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From playing with Johnny Rotten and Killing Joke to eating Italian beef in a Mazda: Martin Atkins (Episode 52)

Martin Atkins played with Johnny Rotten/Lydon in Public Image, Ltd. He was a member of Killing Joke. He created the industrial rock supergroup Pigface (now celebrating its 25-year anniversary). He’s played with Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He’s written indispensable…

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The ‘debauchery sensei of Chicago’ talks ghosts, Chicago rock and charity (Episode 51)

This week’s guests are Herb Rosen (owner of Liar’s Club & musician: Rights of the Accused and Beer Nuts) and Kelly Galassi (bartender/charitable soul). We visit Dante’s Pizza at 2825 N. Milwaukee for a trio of ginormous slices. As Kelly…

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Planning the death metal version of ‘Thriller’ over tacos: Broken Hope’s Jeremy Wagner (Episode 50)

“Please tell me there’s a napkin in that bag.” “This is going to be a good week to get the interiors washed” Death metal comes to Car Con Carne, as Broken Hope founder/guitarist/lyricist Jeremy Wagner jumps in the front seat…

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Rise Against bassist Joe Principe shares a pizza in a strip mall lot (Episode 49)

Rise Against’s Joe Principe sits shotgun for a trip to Chicago suburb Downers Grove. We visit Dan’s Pizza, an awesome mom & pop carry-out pizza place tucked into a nondescript strip mall. Over “party cut” pizza and Sprite, Joe talks…

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Sweating out ‘hot chicken’ with the Budlong’s Jared Leonard (Episode 48)

“Someone’s going to walk by and think we’re having a fight, like Jared said something that hurt my feelings. I’m bawling in here.” What is ‘Nashville Hot’ chicken? In simplest terms, it’s fried chicken with a level of cayenne spiciness…

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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 acoustic versions of “Walk It Off,” “Pain Around Me” and…

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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 Waco Brothers album on the way (Going Down in History)…

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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 one of your arms. That’s what happened to childhood friend…

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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, located in Johnsburg, IL. If you’re looking to keep your…

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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 discussions like: “There is grease just rolling down my hand,”…