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Episode 900 – Sincere Engineer, Plain White Ts, Smoking Popes and Bollweevils at Epic Deli

Welcome to Episode 900, presented by Alex Ross Art. Chicago podcast Car Con Carne celebrates its 900th episode! For this landmark moment, I hosted a roundtable of friends at Epic Deli (2616 Schaid Ct, McHenry, IL): Deanna Belos of Sincere…

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Best of 2023 voting

Thanks for listening to and watching Car Con Carne! I’d love your input as I’m getting ready to put a “year end” special together. Who were your favorite guests? Pick up to 5 from the survey below; I’ll include the…

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Black Friday Deal: Capital Soirée at SubT (Episode 904)

Capital Soiree headlines Subterranean on Black Friday (11/24/23). It’s one of the best deals you’ll find: Capital Soiree, Violet Crime, Pink Squeeze and Teen Blush for a reasonable $15. James Kourafas and Dean Sinclair from the band joined me to…

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Ike Reilly previews ‘Music for Mars’ benefit for saxophonist Mars Williams (EPISODE 903)

Mars Williams, the incredibly talented saxophonist best known for his work with Liquid Soul and Psychedelic Furs, was diagnosed with ampullary cancer just under a year ago. The cancer is awful, brutal and unforgiving, and his friends and collaborators are…

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‘We may not live long enough to see the world we’ve been dreaming of’ – Blind Adam and the Federal League (Episode 902)

Car Con Carne is presented by Alex Ross Art. Support Alex at, and be sure to follow his YouTube page! Blind Adam and the Federal League returns to the podcast on the heels of the release of the band’s…

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From Journey and Vinnie Vincent Invasion to the art gallery: Robert Fleischman (Episode 901)

Car Con Carne is presented by Alex Ross Art. Support Alex’s YouTube page! Robert Fleischman’s career has been fascinating. Most famously, he was brought in to be Journey’s lead singer as work started on the “Infinity” album. He was only…

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‘Most of the times, the songs are extremely personal’ – Chicken Happen (Episode 899)

Just as Chicago indie band Chicken Happen gets ready to release its fourth full-length (IV), Lilly Choi jumps in my car for hot dogs and a chat about the band and the new album. IV releases on 11/10. Make a…

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January 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023: All the guests

A business colleague recently asked what drives me to devote as much time and energy as I do to my podcast. Everyone needs a creative outlet, and this is mine. I genuinely enjoy hosting, producing, promoting and sharing my podcast….

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‘Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadow cast (Episode 898)

With Halloween fast approaching, I made a visit to the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb (135 North Second Street) to interview directors/cast members of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” “shadow cast.” I’m joined by Elliot Lubicz, Josh Chesser, and returning favorite…

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A visit to 13th Floor Haunted House with Patrick Brower of Challengers Comics (Episode 897)

All October long, Car Con Carne is featuring Halloween-related interviews and locations. This episode finds me back at 13th Floor Haunted House (5050 River Road, Schiller Park). Joining me for a trip through the haunt is returning guest Patrick Brower,…