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Food is the New Rock is a free, weekly podcast featuring Zach Brooks (from Midtown Lunch) and Chuck P (from KCRW) talking food with a musician or music with a food person.

Food is the New Rock is a free, weekly podcast featuring Zach Brooks (from Midtown Lunch) and Chuck P (from KCRW) talking food with a musician or music with a food person.
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Food is the New Rock is a free, weekly podcast featuring Zach Brooks (from Midtown Lunch) and Chuck P (from KCRW) talking food with a musician or music with a food person.




Outside Lands w/ Chef Stuart Brioza

Ep. 200 - It's only fitting that our 200th episode is at Outside Lands, one of the best music and food tests in the country. We caught up with Chef Stuart Brioza, who runs the acclaimed SF restaurant State Bird Provisions along with his wife Nicole Krasinksi, to chat about music behind the Gastro Magic stage.


Dan the Automator

Ep. 199 - This week's guest is artist and Hip Hop producer extraordinaire, Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School). He's not only worked with a ton of artists over the years, but he's befriended a bunch of chefs- including David Chang, who appears on the latest Deltron 3030 album. We met up with him at a coffee shop in SF just before Outside Lands to talk all about that, plus he tells us about the time he introduced Michael Stipe to Momofuku.


Jimmy Pardo

Ep. 198 - Comedian Jimmy Pardo, host of the Never Not Funny podcast, is this week's podcast guest... our very first for the Headgum Podcast Network (our new home!) Zach unlocks all of Jimmy's food issues, before they bond over their shared love of Chicago and Styx.


Ali Spagnola

Ep. 196 - Comedian/musician/internet celebrity Ali Spagnola is this week's podcast guest. We talk about what it's like to eat five dozen oysters in one sitting, buffet strategies, Pittsburgh sandwiches, and how she stays incredibly ripped.


Rich Redmond

Ep. 195 - Country music star Jason Aldean's drummer Rich Redmond is this week's guest. He's not just a drummer, but an actor, author and motivational speaker who does drummer seminars called Crash Courses (which you can learn about at He also likes eating, and we talk to him about what it's like finding food on tour and in Nashville- where he spends most of his time.


David Gelb

Ep. 194 - Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb is this week's podcast guest. We talk to him about how music and food came together in a magical way for his breakout hit documentary about sushi (that was really about so much more than sushi.) He also tells us about growing up in NYC with a dad who was not only a big part of the classical music scene, but ended up Managing the Metropolitan Opera House. He also gives us a sneak preview of Season 2-4 of Chef's Table, the new series he's...


Allen Salkin

Ep. 184 -Writer Allen Salkin is this week's podcast guest, and we change things up a bit. Normally we talk to a chef about music or a music about food, but this week Zach goes off script a bit to chat mostly about the food business. Salkin's New York Times article about New York food blogging in 2007 put Midtown Lunch on the map, so the conversation starts there, before veering into the Food Network (he wrote the definitive book on the subject), the Jonathan Gold documentary City of Gold...


Randy Liedtke

Ep. 173 - Comedian Randy Liedtke comes on the podcast this week to talk food (and a little music?) We ask him about his iPhone cookie prank, his ideal burger blend, and his time as a barista. Plus he tells us all about the sandwich that graces the cover of his new album "I'm on a Roll", and his plans to enter a chili cook off and wreak havoc. Jeff Miller, from the band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, joins us as co-host.


LIVE from the East Side Food Fest

Ep. 166 - Hear us podcast live at the East Side Food Fest this past weekend with special guests Noelle Scaggs from Fitz & the Tantrums, DJ Them Jeans (aka Jason Stewart), Chef Zach Pollack from Alimento in Los Angeles, and Nguyen Tran from Starry Kitchen. We talk about Starry Kitchen's journey from an illegal take out spot in a North Hollywood apartment to their latest iteration inside an Echo Park "Bar-cade". Zach Pollack goes off on Yelpers (especially the ones that bitch about his...


Paul Stanley

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.


THE WALKING DEAD Food Special w/ Emily Kinney

Ep. 164 - If you are a Walking Dead fan you know this week's guest Emily Kinney as "Beth" but did you also know that she's a super talented singer/songwriter? Her new album "This is War" is out now, and for the first half of the podcast we treat her like any other musician guest, asking her about her love of coffee, the food she eats on tour, what she cooks, and who has better catering: Walking Dead or Masters of Sex (ok maybe that last one isn't something we ask every other musician.)...


Ep 163 - Excited to finally have singer Kelis on the podcast, who you probably know as the singer of the Milkshake Song, but did you also know she's a trained Cordon Bleu chef? She has a cookbook coming out this week called "My life on a plate: recipes from around the world" as well as a line of sauces called Bounty & Full and we talk about all of it. Plus, what's better Auntie Anne's or Wetzel's Pretzels.


Rohan Marley

Ep. 162 - Bob Marley's son Rohan stops by the podcast to tell us his entire life story, fromJamaica to Miami (where he went to the same high school as Zach) to playing football, then back to Jamaica- where he now owns a huge plot of land where coffee is grown. He has since startedMarley Coffee, which he also tells us all about.


Michael Cimarusti

Ep. 161 - This week's podcast guest is Michael Cimarusti, the chef of Connie & Ted's and Providence (which is widely considered the best restaurant in Los Angeles.) We talk to him about reggae (he did a reggae college radio show) and the Grateful Dead, plus argue about whether or not Miley Cyrus has ruined the Flaming Lips. He tells us about the time John Paul Jones ate at Providence and about Dock to Dish, the new sustainable seafood CSA for restaurants he helped bring to the west coast....


Jarobi White Returns

Ep. 160 - From A Tribe Called Quest to Chef, Jarobi White returns to the podcast for a second time. Since we talked to him last year he's started a new company (Eats, Rhymes, Life), was part of the Black Chef Series at BluJeen in Harlem, started a Tribe Taco Tuesday in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, and was back in L.A. for Labor Day Weekend hosting a BBQ w/ Roy Choi at the Line Hotel in Koreatown. We talk about all that and Star Wars.


Atlas Genius

Ep. 159 -On this week's podcast we talk to brothers Keith andMike Jeffrey from the band Atlas Genius. Both are avid vegans, so we talk a lot about that, plus Australian fair food, the greatest garlic dip in the entire universe, and the awesomeness of vegemite. Plus the guys tell us how they got their very own limited edition Atlas Genius donut at DoRite Donuts in Chicago, IL (available until September 11th.) Their new album Inatimate Objects, featuring the song "Molecules", is out now.


Matthew Koma

Ep. 158 - Singer/Songwriter/Producer/DJ Matthew Koma is this week's podcast guest. He's worked with Alesso, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tiesto and Zedd (who he co-wrote Clarity with) and has toured all around the world as a singer and DJ. We talk to him about coffee, his favorite sushi spot for special friends only, and the place he took his Grandma too in NYC before seeing Lady Gaga in concert. Plus he admits to being an oatmeal fanatic, and teaches us all about overnight oats. +++++ Tickets are...


Goldenvoice's Nic Adler + BONUS Dumpling Crawl Preview

Ep. 157 - This week's we talk toNic Adler, who not only runs the Roxy and founded the L.A. Vegan Beer Festival but also curates the food and booze at all of Goldenvoice's major festivals- including Coachella and FYF Fest(which is this weekend.) We talk to him aboutall extra focus that music festivals are paying to their food nowadays and the thought process that goes into choosing the vendors for massive festivals like Coachella and FYF. Nic also talks a little about what it was like...


Outside Lands 2015 w/ Dan Deacon, Jon Gabrus, Chris Cosentino & More

Ep. 156 - This past weekend Zach went up to S.F. for Outside Lands, and for the third year in a row we recorded a special podcast from the festival. This year we were excited to partner with Chefsfeedwho let us hang backstage at their GastroMagic stage, eating drinking and interviewing people all weekend long. First we spoke to Chefs Evan & Sara Rich from the excellent S.F. restaurant Rich Table(right after they threw porcini donuts to the crowd while Pat Mahoney from LCD Soundsystem DJ'd)....


Lita Ford

Ep. 155 - Rocker and former Runaway Lita Ford is this week's podcast guest, in advance of her appearance on Chopped. We learnall 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 Choppedairing August 18th on the Food Network.