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Reviewing 50 Chicago hot dog joints in 50 days: Author Dennis Foley (Episode 448)

I chatted tonight with author Dennis Foley about his new book, “No Ketchup Chicago’s Top 50 Hot Dogs and The Stories Behind Them!” This episode is so authentically Chicago, it called me “jagoff” after I clicked “save.” Car Con Carne…

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Shades Apart returns after 19-year hiatus with ‘Eternal Echo’ (Episode 447)

Shades Apart has been missed. The east coast band (“Valentine,” “Tainted Love,” etc.) went dormant for close to two decades, before reemerging last week with a superior new album (“Eternal Echo”). So… where have they been? Why a new album?…

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The badass rock and roll artwork of Chris Pienta (Episode 446)

Rock and roll! Artist Chris Pienta puts his distinct style on iconic musicians, and tonight we’re going to walk through some of his best music-related pieces. Grab your Labor Day beverage of choice, and let’s talk music. This is episode…

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My strange little party with 8-bit crEEps (Episode 445)

Happy Friday night! Happy Labor Day weekend! Tonight, it’s 8-bit crEEps, who make weird, wonderful, synthy and fuzzy melodic music. Check out the interview, then listen to (and buy) their stuff on Bandcamp. Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H…

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First colon cancer, then possible eviction: The fund to help JBTV’s Jerry Bryant (Episode 444)

JBTV mainman Jerry Bryant has produced close to 10,000 episodes of JBTV, turning many of us on to dozens of new artists through the years. Expenses, coupled with the realities of living under a pandemic, have left him in a…

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‘StEvEn’ creator/social media influencer Parker James talks about Dino Club, music & more (Episode 443)

Imagine being 19 and having over 6 million people following you across TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. Content creator Parker James has turned social media content creation into a career, and he’s done so in a positive, community-embracing way. Parker’s…

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Walking through an art auction for suicide prevention with I Ya Toyah (Episode 442)

One woman industrial army I Ya Toyah is the creative muse behind the Art Auction For Mental Health During The Times Of The Pandemic With The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (long name, I know). She joins me tonight to…

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Formerly: Stoop Goodnoise. Now: Camina. (Episode 441)

Looking for a new band to shelter at home with? Meet Camina. The name is new, but the players aren’t. This is no-kidding, anthemic indie rock, forged right here in Chicago. If this is your first exposure to the band……

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You Weren’t There: Chicago punk in the 80s with filmmakers Joe Losurdo & Christina Tillman (Episode 440)

As the east and west coast punk scenes were gathering press and attention between 77-84, the Chicago scene went largely unnoticed. The documentary film, “You Weren’t There: A History of Chicago Punk, 1977–1984,” tells the story of that era in…

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“They got tanks coming through right here, and there ain’t nothing else you can do” – Songwriter Wyatt Waddell (Episode 439)

Chicago singer/songwriter Wyatt Waddell got a lot of deserved national attention this summer for his song “Fight.” With the release of Vic Mensa’s “No More Teardrops” (featuring Wadell along with the Rebirth Brass Band and Malik Yusef), Waddell is having a…