Posted in Episodes poetry

“We could ‘Jungle Pussy’ 24/7” – Poet C. Russell Price (Episode 751)

“Some people haven’t read a poem since high school,” says poet C. Russell Price in this episode. They’re probably right, but the new book “Oh, You Thought This Was a Date? Apocalypse Poems” should bring people back for all the…

Posted in 1980s 80s Des Plaines Episodes

Ultravox, Band Aid, Live Aid, Visage: Music legend Midge Ure (Episode 750)

Midge Ure’s career is a life of music that’s played out in front of us: Live Aid. Band Aid. Ultravox. Visage. Rich Kids. Solo. Before he took the stage of the Des Plaines Theater, the songwriting legend joined me for…

Posted in Entrepreneurs Episodes poutine startups

Mark Rose (Spitalfield, Downwrite) eats poutine at Beard & Belly (Episode 749)

This episode is fantastic, featuring two guests that span music, technology and food. Mark Rose made a name for himself in Spitalfield, before launching a successful solo career. We talk about his music, but focus on his Downwrite platform, which…

Posted in Episodes hot sauce Roscoe Village

Chicago entrepreneur success story: Soothsayer Hot Sauce (Episode 748)

It was a pleasure to have Kyle Janis, founder of Soothsayer Hot Sauce, back on Car Con Carne. We met at Village Tap in Roscoe Village (2055 W. Roscoe) to eat cheese curds and mini corn dogs slathered in Soothsayer….

Posted in Brookfield Episodes

Take the Reins performs/eats tacos on ‘I’m At Your Door’ release day (Episode 747)

Take the Reins returns to Car Con Carne the day of their new release, “I’m At Your Door!” The band talks about how they ended up on a new label (it involved a late night and YouTube), their hands-on experience…

Posted in breweries Episodes

Unlocking creativity and opening Sketchbook beer with Steve Dawson (Episode 746)

Chicago songwriting treasure Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden, Funeral Bonsai Wedding) is performing highlights from his superior “At the Bottom of a Canyon in the Branches of a Tree” at Pravda Fest this weekend. He joined me at Sketchbook in Skokie…

Posted in breweries Episodes

Josh Caterer/Hushdrops share an episode (Episode 745)

As we head toward PravdaFest weekend, Josh Caterer (Josh Caterer Trio) and John San Juan (Hushdrops, Josh Caterer Trio) join me at Sketchbook in Skokie after hours to talk about music, beer and pop culture. And what’s this they’re saying…

Posted in Episodes McHenry punk rock

Apocalypse Hoboken: Don’t call it a reunion (Episode 744)

Chicago punk favorites Apocalypse Hoboken return to the stage for two shows at Chop Shop this weekend (details below). Before those shows, ⅗ of the band (Tod, Andy and Scott) joined me at mutual favorite restaurant Epic Deli to talk…

Posted in Episodes grilling Italian Beef

Summer grilling tips from Happy to Meat You’s Scott Fischer (Episode 743)

As I type this, the weather has completely turned around in Chicago and it’s essentially PERFECT SUMMER WEATHER OUT. Which means it’s the time to get that grill firing on all coals. Odds are with it, there are things you…

Posted in breweries Episodes

Boom Hank revisits past while planning for the future (Episode 742)

 Boom Hank released one of the 90s best “sleeper” albums, “Nuisance,” on Pravda back in 1995. With only days away from Boom Hank kicking off Pravda Fest at Sketchbook Brewing in Skokie (4901 Main St.), I sat down with…