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...
Bruce Iglauer, founder of iconic blues record label Alligator Records, joins me for an in-depth conversation about the blues, his label and excellent new book ("Bitten by the Blues"). Over tacos from Flaco's Tacos (1116 20 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660), we discuss: The gut punch of the Ep...
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This week, I'm joined by super-talented WGN-TV anchor/host/personality Marcus Leshock (a multiple Emmy winner! A WGN Employee of the Month!). Gaby from Borinquen Lounge (3811 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618) jumps in the car with jibaritos that are beyond delicious: Fried plantains, steak, garl...
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Lilly Winwood rolled through Chicago to headline the Haymarket Americana Series at Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661). Before she took the stage, she jumped in the Mazda for dinner and a conversation about her career, music, and rock-star-royalty father. Lilly pu...
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"The punk kids didn't like us very much... and the kids who were into the math-y/emo type stuff... we were like 'fart and dick joke' guys (to them). We never really fit in anywhere." Sidekick Kato was a major force on the Chicago music scene in the 1990s, a true "band's band." I never thought I'...
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Chicago's favorite purveyors of bacchanalia, The Beer Nuts, are playing their final show on Halloween night this year. Before they call it a day, they jump in the Mazda to tell stories that can't be repeated at work or in uptight company. Seriously: NSFW, and not for delicate ears. We grabbed so...
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This week, finds the Mazda at the House of Torment Haunted House in Morton Grove (8240 Austin Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053). The excellent Chicago band The Burst and Bloom joined me for the terror, and an in-car performance of "Counting" that will haunt you (Get it? Heh.). Discussed on this week'...
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This week, I'm joined by 4/7 of Ready Freddies (John, Christine, Ann Marie and Amy), a Queen tribute band comprised of A-list Chicago musicians. We got tacos from El Primo Chuki's on Lawrence and talked about: The band's Halloween show at Martyr's The impending release of the Freddie Mercury bi...
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Chicago band Friday Pilots Club (Caleb and Drew) jumped in the Mazda CX-9 (on loan from the spectacular team at The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston) for conversation and food from Red Hot Ranch (3057 N. Ashland). Discussed this week: The Mazda CX-9 lends itself to an Iron Chef-type scenario. Bands n...
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Kyle from Soothsayer Hot Sauce joins me for pizza from the thrice-visited Dante's Pizza (2825 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618). Discussed in this episode, presented by The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston (who provided a gorgeous CX-9 for this week's show): The literal dumpster fire outside Kyle's...
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Car Con Carne, presented by the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston, heads to the Ravenswood area to meet up with author/vegan/sustainability expert Ashlee Piper (Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet.) Given Ashlee's background, it made sense to meet at  Urban Vegan (1601-1603 W Montrose Av...
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Veteran (seasoned?) Chicago journalist Charlie Meyerson (currently of Chicago Public Square & Rivet, ex- of Chicago Tribune, WGN, WNUA and WXRT) joins me for subs and news talk at Submarine Tender (200 Desplaines Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130.) Just to get it out of the way, the restaurant's na...
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Naked Raygun is simply one of the greatest bands to emerge from Chicago. They helped define the Chicago punk sound in the 1980s with a handful of timeless albums and legendary live shows. Proving there is still justice to be found in the world, Raygun's legend is still being discovered and the b...
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13-Monsters members and co-organizers of the annual Baconstock event in Romeoville, Deb and Jamie, join me at this year's Baconstock for conversation about: Why is Deb wearing a stocking cap? 13-Monsters is "all about hats."  The birth of Baconstock: It started as a birthday gift? Some very cle...
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This week, Dan and Jason of Metal Monkey Brewing (515 Anderson Drive in Romeoville) jump in my car as the annual Baconstock festival in Romeoville was going on in the background. Metal Monkey is a beer fan's favorite... especially in the Romeoville area. During the course of our chat, we talked ...
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This week, it's a look back at some of Car Con Carne's best media guests. In this podcast (presented by Boost Mobile), I revisit great moments with: Matt Pinfield. The ex-MTV legend talks about music "guilty pleasures." WXRT DJ Johnny Mars. We talk about when I replaced Johnny at XRT, and a sil...
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Chicago indie band the Giving Moon joins me this week for encased meets from Jr's Red Hots (2345 W. Armitage). Discussed on this week's show (which is sponsored by Boost Mobile): You never want to use the napkins packed with hot dogs. The band's epic 2-song performance in the Chicago finals of ...
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I'm joined this week by a Car Con Carne favorite: Smoking Popes! Half the band jumped in my car outside the annual 350 Fest in Tinley Park. Usually, I'm restricted to interviewing one Caterer brother (Josh). For this momentous occasion, I had two Caterers in the car (Josh and Eli)! Discussed in ...
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  In this episode, I sit down with Tony Lovato of Mest in the parking lot of this year's 350 Fest in Tinley Park. Discussed in this episode, sponsored by Boost Mobile: Looking back, what would Tony have done differently about Mest's major label run? Why an influential radio station wanted the b...
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Tom Higgenson of Plain White Ts joined me for a long overdue catchup. And for this episode, we went for burritos at Los Burritos #2 in his old stomping grounds of Villa Park. We talked at length about the band's excellent new release, "Parallel Universe," as well as: Villa Park is like primordi...
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This week, I'm joined by 50% of Descendents (Stephen and Bill) outside this year's 350 Fest in Tinley Park. Discussed on this episode: The perils of prejudging tacos. Touring smart in the present day. There's no shortage of smartypants guys in punk rock. (Stephen): "I always thought that was tr...
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