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Food is the New Rock

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Every week we talk music with a chef or food with a musician. Hosted by Zach Brooks from Midtown Lunch and produced by Chuck P. More at http://www.foodisthenewrock.com

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Every week we talk music with a chef or food with a musician. Hosted by Zach Brooks from Midtown Lunch and produced by Chuck P. More at http://www.foodisthenewrock.com

iTunes Ratings

209 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Kelis

By dsmith4201 - Jun 20 2017
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I honestly wish that episode was longer.

Loved it!

By Ulysmo - May 19 2016
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Loved the host, loved the guest, loved the movie.

iTunes Ratings

209 Ratings
Average Ratings
127
57
6
8
11

Kelis

By dsmith4201 - Jun 20 2017
Read more
I honestly wish that episode was longer.

Loved it!

By Ulysmo - May 19 2016
Read more
Loved the host, loved the guest, loved the movie.
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Food is the New Rock

Latest release on Aug 31, 2016

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 20 days ago

Rank #1: Graham Elliot

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Ep. 43 - You may know Chef Graham Elliot from one of his amazing Chicago restaurants (Graham Elliot, Grahamwich, G.E.B.).  Or as a judge from Masterchef on FOX. Or maybe as the food curator of Lollapalooza. But, did you know that music saved his life?  Or that he got to cook for Morrissey after writing him a poem describing why he wanted to cook for him?  He also tells Zach & Chuck about Gordon Ramsay's obsession with ABBA, and what it was like meeting Richard Marx (Spoiler: It was awesome.)  
Masterchef Season 4 starts May 22nd on FOX.

Apr 30 2013

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Rank #2: Rachael Ray

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Ep. 55 - You obviously know this week's guest as an author, Food Network personality, and daytime talk show host, but did you also know that Rachael Ray loves music and her husband is in a band? She's also obsessed with Austin, and every year throws a huge party at SxSw with her favorite bands.  We also found out that she's a crazy Foo Fighters fan, her first concert was Peter Gabriel, and her first crush was Tom Jones (and those feelings may or may not still exist.)

Jul 31 2013

33mins

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Rank #3: Tenacious D

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Ep. 65 - Jack Black and Kyle Gass are our latest podcast guests, and this may shock you... but both of the members of The D are into food. All the major chicken groups are discussed... including roasted, fried and waffle topped.  We also find out Jack & Kyle's favorite BBQ spots while they're on tour, and Jack unlocks the mystery behind Zach's lifelong obsession with General Tso's chicken.  
Tenacious D are presenting The Festival Supreme Saturday October 9th at the Santa Monica Pier.  But your tickets now and get more info at http://www.festivalsupreme.com/

Oct 08 2013

31mins

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Rank #4: Grant Achatz

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Ep. 59 - Chicago Chef Grant Achatz (Alinea,NEXT) was in town this past weekend for the L.A. Food & Wine Fest, and we were lucky enough to get to sit down with him to talk about whether or not food is art (spoiler: when Grant Achatz cooks it, it is.) He also tells us about the void in his music taste that coincides with the years he was slaving away at the French Laundry. Grant also tells us about the time Justin Timberlake invaded his dining room at Alinea, and admits that one day he hopes to cook for Axl Rose.

Aug 27 2013

56mins

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Rank #5: Paul Stanley

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Ep. 165 - Legendary Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley is this week's podcast guest. Not only is he part owner in the chain Rock & Brews, but he is also a great cook. We talk to him about the food his mom made for him growing up, the wood fire brick oven he has in his house for making pizza, plus his tips on how to make meatballs. And he tells us all about it while taking down a pair of fish tacos at one of the newly opened Rock N Brews in CA.

Oct 13 2015

39mins

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Rank #6: Questlove / Alt J

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Ep. 118 - This week's episode is a two for one special! Recorded at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, we crossed a major guest off the bucket list in the first half of the podcast when we got to sit down with Questlove, the legendary drummer of The Roots.  We talked about the food he ate growing up, cereal (a lot about cereal, actually) and how he's turned his New York City apartment into a food salon.  In the second half of the episode our guest is Gus from the UK band Alt-J.  We talked to him about American junk food, his secret restaurant notebook, and the magic of a chip butty (naturally.)  
This week's podcast is brought to you by The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas ( http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com), who made it possible for us to go to Life is Beautiful and record these podcasts.  And UE Boom, who just comissioned us to create a series of posts featuring 5 music inspired family meal recipes from 5 amazing Los Angeles chefs. The first, featuring Chef Jeremy Fox from Rustic Canyon, is up now at http://www.makemusicsocial.com

Nov 04 2014

47mins

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Rank #7: Portugal the Man

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Ep. 108 - Zach Carothers & Jason Sechrist from Portugal the Man are this week's podcast guests.  We started the show talking about food at Summer festivals, and they confirmed what Warpaint and Grouplove told us on previous podcasts, and that is that Osheaga in Montreal is the absolute best.  Jason tells us about his stint as an oyster shucker in Portland, and Zach gives us recommendations for eating in El Paso and Alaska.  They're on the Honda Civic Tour w/ our pals Grouplove through September.  
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Come hang out with us at L.A. Times' The Taste opening night part, this Friday night August 29th at Paramount Studios. Our good friend Jeff Miller (who is a frequent guest co-host on this podcast) will be playing live with his Indie Rock cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, and there will be tons of great food and great booze.  Plus we'll have a booth onsite where we'll be recording a podcast during the party!  Get more info and tickets at http://events.latimes.com/taste

Aug 26 2014

41mins

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Rank #8: Doug Benson

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Ep. 128 - Comedian and podcast impressario Doug Benson comes on the show this week to talk about food.  He tells us about the worst episode of Dining With Doug & Karen (spoiler: it was the one with Wayne Federman), his love of chain restaurants, and why he doesn't like eating food with his hands at restaurants.  Our pal Jeff Miller (from the band Black Crystal Wolf Kids) is the guest host, with beads in his beard. And you'll be excited to know that after the podcast we did do a slo-mo shakey face video of the bead beard.
Also, after the show Doug suggested that after 128 episodes we should probably get a theme song for the show... so, we're doing it!  Want to make us a theme song? Put it together and send it to foodisthenewrock@gmail.com.  We'll post the best ones and have people vote on it.

Jan 27 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #9: Jon Favreau

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Ep. 95 - Iron Man director Jon Favreau comes on the podcast to talk about his new movie "Chef", and what a big role music and food play in the film- which takes place in L.A., Miami, New Orleans, and Austin. Zach also brings up how similar the movie is to Swingers (which he also wrote and starred in), including the awesomeness of the soundtrack- which features music from Gary Clark Jr., Rebrith Brass Band, and Perico Hernandez. 
The film "Chef" is in theaters now, and stars Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Jon Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr.

May 26 2014

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Rank #10: Rick Bayless

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Ep. 22 - Mexican food ambassador, and James Beard award winning Chef Rick Bayless takes time from running his Chicago restaurant empire to talk food and music with Chuck & Zach. We get him to talk about making mix tapes, food as art, and the similarities between chefs and musicians. Plus he talks about his brother Skip (the sports reporter), President Obama's victory, and about the time Jimmy Buffet came into one of his restaurants and didn't order a margarita. Recently he was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican Government, and his new cookbook "Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamole & Snacks" is in stores now.

Nov 13 2012

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Rank #11: Cheech Marin & Chef John Sedlar

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Ep. 33 - You know Cheech Marin from his important work as half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, but did you also know that he is an avid cook? He competed on Rachel's & Guy's Celebrity Cook Off on the Food Network, and last month hosted a dinner at the Los Angeles restaurant Playa.  Just before dinner we got to sit down at the restaurant with him and Playa Chef John Sedlar to talk food and music.  Cheech tells us about the origin of his name, where he buys his beans, and how pizza delivery is going to be worked into his Cheech & Chong app "The Fatty", which you can download on iTunes for free.

Feb 19 2013

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Rank #12: Moby

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Ep. 75 - We kick off 2014 w/ singer, songwriter, DJ, photographer and vegan author Moby. Zach went to his house, where they talked about sustainable farming, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, oysters, and how advances in Vegan cooking over the years have made touring much easier for him over the years. He also tells us the story of how he bought stock in Whole Foods immediately after discovering the first branch in Austin in 1992, and floats his theory that heaven is vegan. Moby's latest album "innocents" is out now on Mute Records.

Jan 07 2014

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Rank #13: J. Kenji Lopez Alt

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Ep. 168 - This week's podcast guest is J. Kenji Lopez Alt, the Managing Culinary Director of Serious Eats and author of the recently released cookbook THE FOOD LAB (an instant classic, and a must have book for any home cook.) We talk to Kenji about his obsession with the Beatles, how he almost became a professional musician, and his love of karaoke.

Directly after the episode, stick around for a preview of EGG ROLL HUNT, Zach's audio quest to find the Grateful Dead fatty egg rolls he's been talking about on the podcast for the past 3 years. The entire thing is now available at http://HOWL.FM. Use the promo code EGGROLL for a free month.

Nov 03 2015

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Rank #14: Andy Ricker

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Ep. 40 - You may know Chef Andy Ricker from Pok Pok, his Thai food empire that started in Portland and expanded into New York City last year. He's a James Beard Award winner, and his wings are legendary. But did you know that he also spent a lot of time as a DJ and a musician before becoming a chef?  He also geeks out about New Zealand music with Chuck, and tells us about his first concert (Spoiler: It was Bob Marley). His cookbook Pok Pok, which comes out in the fall, is available for pre-order now.

Apr 09 2013

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Rank #15: Lita Ford

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Ep. 155 - Rocker and former Runaway Lita Ford is this week's podcast guest, in advance of her appearance on Chopped.  We learn all about her childhood, how she learned to cook Italian from her mom and learned to fish and hunt from her Dad.  She tells us about all the McDonald's she ate as a member of the Runaways, and how she always felt pressure to stay as thin as the rest of the girls in the band.  Then we talk about the Rock Stars episode of Chopped airing August 18th on the Food Network.

Aug 04 2015

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Rank #16: Fall Out Boy

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Ep. 79 - Fall Out Boy returned from hiatus last year, complete with a slimmed down Patrick Stump. But don't let their lead singer's new look fool you- the dude loves to eat.  Patrick is this week's podcast guest, and he tells Zach all about what it was like to grow up getting to eat all the great ethnic food in Chicago. He also admits to being an on again off again vegetarian (a reluctant carnivore, if you will) and tells us about how good Taylor Swift's catering is.  Fall Out Boy's Monument Tour w/ Paramore kicks off in June. Go to www.falloutboy.com for more details.

Feb 04 2014

45mins

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Rank #17: Jurassic 5's Cut Chemist

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Ep. 39 - Coachella is just two weeks away, and this week our guest is Cut Chemist (aka Lucas MacFadden) the brilliant turntablist from one of the headliners we're most excited to see, Jurassic 5.  Lucas tells us what it was like growing up in what's now Thai Town w/ musicians like Biz Markie, Wil Dog from Ozomatli, and Zach de la Rocha. Plus he shares his recipe for amazing chicken wings, shows us how to eat horse dick, and most amazingly gets Zach to consider juicing. Follow him on Twitter @cut_chemist and for god's sake, like his food photos on Instagram so he'll post more of them!

Apr 02 2013

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Rank #18: 100th Episode w/ Eddie Huang

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Ep. 100 - We did it!!!  100 episodes... and what better way to celebrate than by finally getting chef/writer/food show host/TV sitcom creator Eddie Huang to come on and shoot the shit about music with us (among other things.)  Back on episode #35 w/ Francis Lam, we promised you Eddie and it only took us 65 episodes to deliver on that promise! In addition to asking EH about his first albums and first concert, we also ask him what it was like to eat ribs with 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell and he cops to being completely awestruck by Cam'ron. There was also a lot of hip hop talk, 19% of which Zach understood. Our friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist steps in as guest host.  
Eddie has his own podcast called Monosodium Glutamate, his MTV show "Snack off" debuts July 10th, and he has a sit-com coming soon to ABC called "Fresh off the Boat"- which is based on his memoir of the same name.

Jul 01 2014

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Rank #19: Yacht

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Ep. 29 - Claire and Jona from the L.A. (by way of Portland) band Yacht stop by Bronson Island and end up becoming our favorite vegans of all time. They talk fake meat food science, the Vegan Passport, coconut bacon, daiya cheese and what it's like to have Hot Chip as their personal mixologists. They also tell us what it's like touring with LCD Soundsystem, and how nerve wracking it was to soundcheck in front of the band while they ate dinner.  The story ends with Claire and Jona doing an imitation of Nickelback (no joke.)  Thanks to my old radio buddy Mark Hamilton for filling in for a very sick Chuck P. again this week.

Jan 22 2013

52mins

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Rank #20: Mark Bittman

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Ep. 116 - New York Times columnist Mark Bittman took 30 minutes out of his book tour to talk music with us last week by the pool of his hotel in West Hollywood. He takes us through his childhood, from the Beatles (and knowing a bunch of the screaming girls in those classic New York photos), to Hendrix (who he saw five times.) And then talks about some of the music he listens to now, like tUnE-yArDs (yes, Mark Bittman dropped  a Tune Yards reference on us.)  Naturally we also talked about how much more political food has become, while at the same time music has seemlingly become less political.  
Mark's new book "How to Cook Everything Fast" is out now.

Oct 21 2014

39mins

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