January 17

‘Where to eat and what to eat there’: Fooditor editor Mike Gebert and Big Guy’s owner Brendan O’Connor

This week, it’s a trip to Berwyn (said in the best possible Svengoolie voice) for amazing food from Big Guys Sausage Stand. I’m joined by peerless food writer Mike Gebert (owner and editor-in-chief of Fooditor, author of The Fooditor 99: Where To Eat and What To Eat There) and Big Guy’s owner Brendan O’Connor. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Big_Guys_on_Car_Con_Carne.mp3 We […]

January 08

Bluegrass performance from Coyote Riot and cheesy beefs at Pop’s

Coyote Riot (pronounced “KEYE-OAT,” not “KEYE-oaty,” like I say throughout the episode) joins me for amazing cheesy beefs from Pop’s (10337 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60655). More amazing, they play a blistering version of “I Was Born to Take It Easy” in my car. Yep… bluegrass performed live in a Mazda 3. So freaking […]

January 01

WWE Hall-of-Famer Sunny talks about her wrestling career while trying not to vomit

(1/8/18) There was an issue with an previously-released MP3 of this episode. It’s been corrected, and the episode again exists in its entirety. _ This week is a special episode recorded outside of the car (and without food). As 2017 was winding down, I caught up with Sunny (WWE Hall-of-Famer) backstage at a Berwyn Championship […]

December 31

The Best of Car Con Carne – The Performances (Volume Two)

This is the second of a two-part special featuring the best of the in-car performances, sponsored by Boost Mobile. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_BEST_OF_VOLUME_2_final.mp3 Featured in this episode are show-stopping performances from: Michael McDermott “Willow Springs” (7/4/16) Turnspit “Walk Away” (6/5/17) Them Guilty Aces “Last Straw” (6/11/17) Lucky Boys Confusion “Stormchaser” (4/19/17) Jon Langford “Walking on Hell’s Roof Looking […]

December 25

The Best of Car Con Carne – The Performances (Volume One)

Happy Holidays! This is the first of a two-part special just in time for holiday listening! It’s the best of the in-car performances, sponsored by Boost Mobile. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_BEST_OF_VOLUME_1.mp3 Featured in this episode, show-stopping performances from: Josh Caterer “Need You Around” (12/1/15) The War on Peace “High Rise Lies” (10/29/17) Heligoats “My Camping Trip from Hell” […]

December 17

Evil Engine talks about lead singer’s reality TV experience, mystery album cover body parts and fried pickles

This week, Chicago band Evil Engine jumps in my car for delicious appetizers from Epic Deli (2616 Schaid Ct, McHenry, IL 60050) http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/EVIL_ENGINE_CCC.mp3 In this episode (lovingly sponsored by Boost Mobile), we discuss: Band history: Evil Engine has that “new band smell” Lead singer Kryssie’s moments in the public eye, from her appearance in an […]

December 08

‘Everybody’s butt puckers up on everything’ – Stand-up comedy talk with comedian Mike Maxwell

This week, I happily open the passenger door to comedian Mike Maxwell. We meet at Los 2 Amigos 2216 W Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL, which is right next door to a Boost Mobile location. I love Boost. So much so, I mention in the podcast, “If it were open right now, I’d say let’s just […]