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Toronzo Cannon brings the blues to the backseat (Episode 47)

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon jumps in the backseat just as his Alligator Records debut, “The Chicago Way” is about to drop. He brings his resonator guitar along to play stunning…

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Exclusive live performance from Jon Langford in the parking lot of Ivy’s (Episode 46)

Jon Langford is an artist’s artist. He’s a member of the Mekons, Waco Brothers, The Three Johns, Men of Gwent and an accomplished solo performer and painter. With a new…

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Recovering from brain surgery, playing piano and eating encased meats: Keyboard king David Allen (Episode 45)

Imagine being told you had a mass on your brain and that it had to come out immediately. Now imagine coming out of that surgery and not having control over…

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‘Disturbing’ restaurant practice 86’d / ‘JVO sandwich’ sales steady: Epic Deli’s Tyler Wildey at BBQ’d (Episode 44)

This week’s episode finds the Mazda 3 in Grayslake, IL for BBQ’D, a barbecue joint recommended by guest Tyler Wildey. Tyler’s the man behind the insane sandwich shop Epic Deli,…

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‘Dripping glistening grease’ with 88 Fingers Louie’s Denis Buckley (Episode 43)

For this episode, James is joined by 88 Fingers Louie’s lead singer Denis Buckley. They meet up at Taqueria El Tapatio on the west side of Chicago, which leads to…

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Comedian Paul Farahvar eats burritos, discovers flight attendant party (Episode 42)

“What goes on here? This is like a boarding school.” This week’s episode finds James and comedian Paul Faravhar sitting a few doors down from Allende, a dive-y burrito place…

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Superdawg with ManBQue’s Jesse Valenciana (Episode 41)

“I am so bloated and full right now, I thought my seatbelt was on.” And so goes Car Con Carne’s trip to legendary Chicago hot dog establishment Superdawg. Jesse Valenciana,…

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Taco night with ‘Beardo’ creator Dan Dougherty (Episode 40)

One of my favorite comic strips is “Beardo,” the daily cartoon mirror of creator Dan Dougherty’s life. I started up a bromance with Dan months ago at the C2E2 comic…

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In-car performance with Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes (Episode 39)

This episode is a Car Con Carne first: A live-to-tape in-car performance, courtesy of Smoking Popes lead singer Josh Caterer! While parked in the lot of The Texan in Algonquin,…

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It’s a Polish sausage, my friend: Felonious Munk sits shotgun for Jim’s Original (Episode 38)

Felonious Munk isn’t your typical stand-up comedian; he’s also a whip-smart commentator and observer of the human condition. For this episode of Car Con Carne, Munk sits shotgun for a…