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Heligoats perform live, eat ‘Italian Beef pizza’ (Episode 79)

It’s another exclusive “backseat performance” as Chris Otepka of Heligoats plays two of the band’s best songs (My Camping Trip From Hell, Fish Sticks) live in the back seat of…

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‘This band literally runs on Taqueria Moran, High Life and the occasional bottle of Jameson’ – Pop-punkers Sleep On It (Episode 78)

Chicago pop-punk band (and newly-signed Equal Vision recording artist) Sleep On It meets me for tacos and horchata at their favorite hangout, Taqueria Moran (2226 N California Ave). Zech Pluister…

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Whopperito night: ‘I want to talk to you about your medical condition, but I want to do that after we eat’ (Episode 77)

Burger King unveiled it’s Whopperito (a Whopper made like a burrito) on August 15th, and I decided to try it during BK’s launch week. Fast food’s never been a Car…

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‘It’s still a man’s world out there’: Mystery Actions tear up Chicago punk scene (Episode 76)

Nikki, Lucy and Polly from Chicago punk rock band Mystery Actions join me for Taco Night at Taqueria Traspasada (3144 N California). Over tacos and Jarritos, we cover the following:…

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From Joliet to DePaul to the WNBA: Chicago Sky star Allie Quigley (Episode 75)

Just last week, I watched an early rough of the Car Con Carne TV pilot. Simply put, I can’t wait for you to see it. In the meantime, here’s a…

Nathan Graham of Lucky Dutch on Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol
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A car-melting live backseat performance from The Lucky Dutch’s Nathan Graham (Episode 74)

You’re going to be blown away by this episode’s in-car performance (“It’s not the weirdest thing that’s happened in a car on Western Avenue”). No fair skipping ahead to hear…

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From working in a ‘war zone’ to eating diner food in a Mazda: ‘Blues Doctor’ Dan Ivankovich (Episode 73)

This week, I’m joined by one of CNN’s “Heroes of the Year,” “Blues Doctor” Daniel Ivankovich. Wikipedia explains his work better than I can: He’s the “leader of the Bone…

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Local H: As Good As Fed (Car Con Carne TV Pilot) (Episode 72)

BREAKING: A Car Con Carne TV pilot is being worked on as you’re reading this. Scott Lucas of super-huge Chicago band Local H joined me for the pilot’s first shoot,…

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Guest-a-palooza at the Taste of Chicago -or- ‘My life is a week-long burgerfest’ (Episode 71)

Car Con Carne kicked off the live events in the Taste of Chicago’s “Food for Thought” podcast pavilion this year, and a bunch of guests were there to make sure…

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Michael McDermott performs and talks about success, addiction and redemption (Episode 70)

Michael McDermott is one of the greatest songwriters of the past 25 years. If you’re familiar with McDermott, you probably already know that Stephen King’s a fan (“Not since I…