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Helping Illinois craft breweries: The Nonessential Project (Episode 507)

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is the focus of a live streaming event happening tomorrow night (12/1/20, 7pm CT). “The Nonessential Project” is a musical supergroup of local artists who are devoting their time and talent to raise funds for…

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From cooking in restaurant kitchens to cranking out paintings in the garage: George Zak (Episode 506)

Let’s talk art. Known for his work as a chef, restaurateur and caterer, George Zak has been heading down a different path this year. He’s been quietly woodshedding away on a unique set of paintings that we’re going to show…

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From KFMDM to “PAIN IS GOD”: Raymond Watts of PIG (Episode 505)

“I love the smell of rock and roll burning holes inside my soul” He is our libertine Lord of Lard… Raymond Watts of checks in from overseas, just as his newly-released “PAIN IS GOD” album has taken over all my…

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Wrong War: right band for right now (Episode 504)

There’s a time, When they will win. There’s not an answer, To every question. First shot misses. Wrong War is a new band that spits attitude and punk rock ethos. Their debut, “Fixed Against Forever” is an accomplished, loud, frantic…

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Chicago’s independent venues team up for CIVLIZATION FESTIVAL (Episode 503)

First to close, last to open. Local music venues remain in a state of existential peril. CIVL (Chicago Independent Venue League) has put together a live streaming event to raise awareness and funds. The CIVLIZATION CONCERT SERIES kicks off Friday…

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The Goddess and Grocer’s Debbie Sharpe (Episode 502)

Well, here we go… home stretch before Thanksgiving. To talk about Thanksgiving food, Fall food… food, in general… I’ve invited Debbie Sharpe, owner of the Goddess and Grocer, to join me for a rare Saturday night Car Con Carne recording!…

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Digging into the dark, synthy, melodic post punk of Kill Scenes (Episode 501)

“the crushing bliss of autumn’s kiss i can’t tell you what it means” Kill Scenes is back with a new album of gloomy-yet-poppy post-punk, and Sean, Margo, Andrew and Jon are here to talk about it on episode #501. Car…

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JVO goes solo for EPISODE 500

Today marks a milestone. Welcome to Episode #500 of Car Con Carne. Because this year is… what it is… I wasn’t able to stage a proper celebration for this episode. Instead, for the first time ever on Car Con Carne,…

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Ascot-wearing Radio Buzzkills frontman readies punk holiday comp (Episode 499)

As the world is slowly transitioning to nonstop holiday music, so too is the pop punk community. “A Gutter Pop Christmas,” a compilation of pop punk bands doing holiday songs, comes out on Cyber Monday. Zac Buzzkill of the Radio…

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It’s OK not to be OK: Smashing the stigma of talking about suicide w/ Hope for the Day (Episode 498)

It’s OK not to be OK. Hope for the Day makes its fifth pandemic appearance on Car Con Carne, as I’m visited by HFTD Director of Education Mike Vinopal and Director of Public Policy Joel Frieders Car Con Carne is…