Car Con Carne

"The World's Only Food Podcast Recorded in a Car," hosted by Chicago media personality James VanOsdol. James and guest hosts visit n...

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Julia Nash and husband Mark Skillicorn join me this week to talk about their superb documentary film,"Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records." The cultural contributions of Wax Trax! can't be measured (nor can I adequately summarize them here). The best I can do is share some des...
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"Take Me" debuts at the Strawdog Theatre Company on May 20. Co-created by the team of Mark Guarino and Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons, lots of amazing things), "Take Me" is "a comic fantasia about searching the vast universe for answers when all along they may be found inside." Langford ...
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Paul Ciolino and Lupe Aguirre of The Chicago PoPo Report (Saturdays 7-9 p.m. on WLS-AM 890) jump in my car to talk about crime and punishment. Discussed this week: We got breaded steak sandwiches from Freddie's on 31st, a "total cop restaurant." Paul and Lupe are trailblazers. The seemingly-...
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This week, it's taco time with Chicago band Fort Frances (David, Aaron and Jason), arguably the only Chicago band to have earned superstar status in Lithuania. Equal parts Americana and indie rock, Fort Frances can comfortably live next to ANYTHING ON ANY OF YOUR PLAYLISTS. Discussed this wee...
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Mike "McBeardo" McPadden, author of TEEN MOVIE HELL - A CRUCIBLE OF COMING-OF-AGE COMEDIES FROM ANIMAL HOUSE TO ZAPPED! joins me for fantastic pizza from Gino's East River North (a true Chicago classic). We tackled a fantastic deep dish "Gino's Supreme" and had scant few leftovers to speak ...
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Alex Ross is one of the most celebrated artists in the history of comic books; his breathtaking painted covers and interiors are simply unmatched. He breathes life into every character he puts on the page, showing us what these characters would look like if they actually walked among us. I'...
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Singer/songwriter and Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Katie Cole met me at the wonderful Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W. Randolph, Chicago) for food and conversation. She was in town to play Haymarket the following night, and you'll hear us plug the show. You'll also hear us discuss: Mic...
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The War on Peace (Grahm, Steven and Jeremy) returns to Car Con Carne for another hard-to-believe-it-was-done-in-a-car performance! They previewed the new song "High School" from the forthcoming EP, "Mutual Destruction" and joined me for fabulous Tacos Al Pastor from Taqueria Moran. See The Wa...
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DOWNLOAD HERE This week, I go for tacos with Chicago punk band Vortis (Louie Calvano, Jim DeRogatis, Tony Tavano). Jim's more famously known as co-host of the nationally syndicated "Sound Opinions" show, a celebrated music critic and author of several exemplary music-related books. Jim and I ...
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Robyn Hitchcock is unique by any estimation. It's not just his songwriting, lyrics, world view and effortless charisma... it's also that he's managed to release consistently solid music for decades, up through and beyond 2017's self-titled album. This is wholly anomalous in the industry. I mea...
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This week, I'm joined by local band Bummed Out for a trip to Franklin Park (specifically: Sugar Skull and Wow Pizzeria). Discussed on the show: The band is dressed for hunting. Why was the car window open in the rain? Does the art and vision of an album still matter? I didn't know the band...
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Chicago finally has its own record pressing plant, Smashed Plastic! This is the right idea at the right time for the Chicago music scene, and I couldn't have been more impressed with what they've already managed to do with their business. Check out the video tour here: https://www.youtube.com/w...
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Dick Dale RIP… The surf guitar legend died today at the age of 81. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk with him close to seven years ago… we talked about a lot of stuff… his love of the guitar, playing the ukelele. And to be clear, he did all the talking. He was a storyteller an...
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This week, it's the 4th annual Baconfest episode with Baconfest (https://baconfestchicago.com/) co-founder Seth Zurer! We're joined in the Mazda CX-9 (courtesy the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston) by Tim Graham, chef/owner of the fantastic (and relatively new) dining destination Twain (2445 N. Milwau...
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It's local band mayhem as representatives from three bands cram in the Mazda outside the fantastic Two Brothers Roundhouse (205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505). I'm joined this week by: Zak from Sleeping Under 47 Caitlin Edwards of Caitlin Edwards Adam and Zach from Blind Adam and the Feder...
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Author David Himmel joins me for tacos from Turbo Taco (2050 N. Milwaukee). We talk at length about the radio business and Himmel's excellent radio memoir, "The Last DJ: The Life and Times of a 20-Something Oldies Radio Disc Jockey." Discussed in this week's episode: David is a customer of the ...
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How great is this... AM Taxi (Adam, Chris and Jay) jump in the Mazda (courtesy of the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston, 1015 Chicago Avenue) for an interview and in-car performance! The band's new album, "Shiver By Me," is an easy album to fall in love with. I'm playing it as I type this description, ...
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Welcome to Episode 212 (I'm numbering them now)! Tall Doug of the Ridgelands and Alan Cromwell from Blue Island Beer Company jump in the car outside Blue Island Beer Company for tacos and a live performance from Tall Doug. Tall Doug's band the Ridgelands answer the question, "Ever wonder what i...
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Iconic goth D.J. Scary Lady Sarah joins me for vegan food at Upton's Breakroom (2054 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612). We talked about her evolution as a DJ, goth music and music curation as we devoured a truly fantastic meat-free dinner. See Scary Lady Sarah at "Nocturna: New Loves & Broken ...
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This week, Car Con Carne finds the Secret Donut Society at J.P. Graziano in the West Loop. Joining in on the donut fun (thanks, Secret Donut Pat) are Chris O. Biddle of Chicago-based burlesque and variety company Bim Bam Boom and "Seeso" Lobo, performer from the "Dirty Ditties" stage show. Discu...
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