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Sybris at DMen Tap (Episode 928)

Chicago favorites Sybris have returned! I’m joined outside DMen Tap (2849 W. Belmont Ave.) by all four members of the band: Angela Mullenhour (vocals, guitar) Phil Naumann (guitar) Shawn Podgurski (bass) Clayton DeMuth (drums) We talk about their soon-to-be-released, many-years-delayed,…

Posted in Episodes Experimental music World music

Rami Atassi brings eclectic sounds and influence to Forest Park (Episode 927)

Chicago Magazine says Rami Atassi’s music shows an “eclectic range of influences—desert guitar, jazz, Tropicália, samba, Arabic folk music, and Afrobeat.” And it’s true: Rami is one of a kind, making truly unique world-flavored music. Rami met me at Gene…

Posted in Episodes Wicker Park

Meet ‘first listen’ Chicago band Friko (Episode 926)

Friko was a “first listen” band for me… a band that’s pop smart, experimental, noisy, contemplative, bombastic and shoegazy… sometimes within the same 4-5 minute song. And the vocals… oh man. Niko Kapetan (vocals/guitar) of Friko joins me for Thai…

Posted in Episodes Milwaukee Wisconsin

From Juiceboxxx to Rustbelt: John Chiaverina (Episode 925)

I’m joined by John Chiaverina (FKA Juiceboxxx), as his new project, Rustbelt, is taking off. I met the Milwaukee-based star at an appropriately “Wisconsin” locale: A Milwaukee Culver’s parking lot. Discussed in this episode: *Why John moved away from his…

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Q101 Podqasts

Announced this morning: Car Con Carne is officially part of the Q101 Podqast Family. I’m thrilled to again be associated with the radio station that launched my media career, and excited that they’re all-in for a digital future. Looking forward…

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Smashed Plastic celebrates 5th anniversary of pressing vinyl in Chicago (Episode 924)

Car Con Carne is officially part of the Q101 Podcast Network! I make the announcement during the first few minutes of the show; but to reiterate, it’s nice to be home. I’m joined for this episode by Andy Weber and…

Posted in Archives Episodes Q101

Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel – ARCHIVE INTERVIEW (Episode 923)

This episode is a dive into my archives; no car or food for this one. Instead, I’m sharing a chat with Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel. Catherine Wheel delivered five full lengths in their day, starting with Ferment in 1992…

Posted in Episodes Pizza Restaurateurs Wicker Park

Celebrity chefs collab with Piece Pizzeria & Brewery for PAWS (Episode 922)

Bill Jacobs (Owner, Piece Pizzeria & Brewery) returns to the show to talk about Piece’s Slice To Meet You pizza collaboration benefit for PAWS Chicago. Every time you order one of their celebrity chef featured pizzas, $50 gets donated to…

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Legendary blues DJ Tom Marker talks Harlem Avenue Lounge benefit at Fitzgerald’s (Episode 921)

Tom Marker’s been playing the blues on Chicago radio since 1975. He’s probably best known for his time on-air at WXRT radio, where he hosted the “Blues Breakers” specialty show for close to 40 years. These days, you can listen…

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Last minute guest/podcast MVP: Dr. Daryl Wilson of the Bollweevils (Episode 920)

Sunday, January 14 in the Chicago area was, by all accounts, miserable. The windchill dipped well below zero and it was the kind of day where no one wanted to leave the warmth of their home. I had a rescheduled…