June 18

Ralph’s World/Bad Examples musical genius Ralph Covert shares new song and talks Chicago music, goat tacos and Grammys

http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_Covert.mp3 Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World, Bad Examples) jumps in my car to eat goat tacos from Taqueria Atontonilco in Pilsen (1637 S Blue Island Ave). Ralph’s an incredibly talented songwriter, and we cover a lot of ground: The early days of Bad Examples and the DIY foundation the band was built on Condoms-as-band-marketing The Chicago music scene […]

June 11

Rockabilly with Them Guilty Aces! Hot dogs at Gene and Jude’s!

This week, it’s distinctly American sounds played in parking lot of distinctly Chicago (ish) hot dog joint. This week, Boost Mobile presents Car Con Carne, featuring Chicago rockabilly/doo-wop/soul band Them Guilty Aces. Somehow, I managed to cram four band members and myself into the Mazda 3. Things got a little tricker when the band played […]

June 04

Meet and listen to a band to know: Turnspit

This week, I’m joined by Turnspit members Gillian McGhee and Jason Swearingen for hummus and falafel from Sultan’s Market (2057 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE Turnspit performs a stunning new song called “Walk Away,” but before that happens, we discuss: I got a fish soda, but it’s not a real […]

May 24

Hot Doug is the Alec Baldwin of Car Con Carne

PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE! Hot Doug’s: The Movie is coming, and the guys behind the documentary are fantastically talented old friends of mine, Chris and Nick Markos. Along with the titular Hot Doug, Chris and Nick jumped in my car for gyros at Hub’s (You like-a the juice? The juice is good, eh?). We talked […]

May 20

‘I’ve never worried about the guys in Megadeth listening to this’ – Phoenix band Doll Skin eats tacos, talks music

I love Doll Skin (Sydney Dolezal, Alex Snowden, Nicole Rich, Meghan Herring). They have great music, hooks, harmonies and swagger. It was a pleasure meeting them in Crest Hill before their Bada Brew gig in mid-May. We covered a lot in a short time, including: Trying to appease the vegetarians in the band. How was […]

May 14

Horror? Sci-Fi? Thriller? ‘Yes’ to all: Talking ‘Chicago Rot’ with writer/star Brant McCrea

Rejected headline/episode quote: “That guy was masturbating in my dad’s suit.” My guest this week is Brant McCrea, writer and star of the indie horror/sci-fi film Chicago Rot (available for streaming at the usual places). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Chicago_Rot.mp3 We eat tacos from Yoli’s, where the cook handles all the tacos with his bare hands! It doesn’t bother […]

April 19

Lucky Boys Confusion rocks car, eats hot dogs

Jason Schultejann and Kaustubh Pandav of Chicago band Lucky Boys Confusion jump in the Mazda 3 for a trip to Fatso’s Last Stand (2258 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622). We talked about: *Their record release show at HOB (it was “inspiring” and “elevated”) *The art of communicating on stage *LBC history (“You guys have […]