Category Archives: Chicago

October 09

Stabbing Westward: ‘All I wanted to do was drink beer and sing songs and maybe have sex’

Christopher Hall and Walter Flakus of Stabbing Westward jump in the Mazda 3 for conversation before taking the stage at Metro to headline Cold Waves 2017 at Metro. This episode is lovingly powered by Boost Mobile. While I’m on the topic, pick up a phone at Boost and call a friend to let ’em know […]

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 […]

April 12

Backseat performance of new Mutts song ‘Tin Foil Hat’ from Mutts’ Mike Maimone

This week, I’m joined by Mutts main man Mike Maimone (hooray for alliteration). It was Taco Tuesday, so we went to Lindo Michoacan (3148 W Lawrence Ave). Before an exclusive in-car performance of the new Mutts song “Tin Foil Hat,” we covered: *My embarrassing placement of “the” in front of Mutts *Mike’s political stance (“I […]

April 04

High school reunion? ‘I would say f*** that’: Taco Tuesday with Chicago glam-rockers V Sparks

Alan Lewis and Prescott Kagan from the amazing glam-rock Chicago band V Sparks join me for Taco Tuesday at Tacos Garcia on Armitage in Logan Square. We talk about the band’s history, including its too-long hiatus and return this year. We also talk about: *The need to go back into the restaurant for more tacos […]

February 13

A blazing performance from Chicago’s Blood People (and a food challenge)

OH MY GOD, this episode was fun to do. I’m joined by 3/4 of Blood People (Aly, Mickey and Jeff) for tacos at the much-celebrated L’ Patron (3749 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Blood People is a band you need to know… truly one of the best independent bands in Chicago right now. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/307636481-carconcarne-a-blazing-performance-from-chicagos-blood-people-and-a-food-challenge.mp3 DOWNLOAD […]

October 22

Smoking Pope vs. JVO at Epic Deli

My favorite restaurant on earth is Epic Deli (2616 Schaid Ct, McHenry, IL 60050). I couldn’t resist going there with Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes, who recently helped create the “Smoking Pope” sandwich for Epic. Our plan for the night was for me to try a Smoking Pope and for him to eat a JVO. […]

September 19

‘Hey, you jagoff!’ We speak Chicagoese with author Dennis Foley

This may be the most “Chicago” podcast episode I’ve ever produced. My guest this week is author Dennis Foley (The Streets and San Man’s Guide to Chicago Eats, We Speak Chicagoese). We meet at Byron’s Hot Dogs at 1017 W. Irving Park (also located at 1701 W. Lawrence), and owner Mike Payne jumps in the […]