Styx drummer Todd Sucherman is one of the best in rock and roll, something he reminds us of every time he sits behind the kit at a Styx show. He and I go way back… to freshman year of high school. We haven’t properly hung out since we were both Niles West Indians, so it […]

This is a weird, brief and wonderful one: I’m joined at Fatso’s Last Stand by “The Keeper” from electronic band Magic Sword. Magic Sword is a full-blown concept: The band members perform in┬áblack cloaks and masks, living out a sci-fi fantasy set to a John Carpenter-meets-Daft-Punk vibe. Things discussed with The Keeper: *Comic books *John […]

Just last week, I watched an early rough of the Car Con Carne TV pilot. Simply put, I can’t wait for you to see it. In the meantime, here’s a longform audio version of one of the segments, an interview with Chicago Sky superstar Allie Quigley. We talk about her younger days in Joliet, through […]

Nathan Graham of Lucky Dutch on Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol

You’re going to be blown away by this episode’s in-car performance (“It’s not the weirdest thing that’s happened in a car on Western Avenue”). No fair skipping ahead to hear it! Nathan Graham, frontman of Chicago band the Lucky Dutch, jumps in the front seat for a visit to Red Hot Ranch (2072 N. Western). […]

Michael McDermott is one of the greatest songwriters of the past 25 years. If you’re familiar with McDermott, you probably already know that Stephen King’s a fan (“Not since I first heard Bruce Springsteen singing ‘Rosalita’ had I heard someone who excited me so much as a listener, who turned my dials so high, who […]

Don’t flick your Bic, ‘Matches’ is in the mix! Translation: Comedic actor Matt Nikkila jumps in the front seat for a trip to Weiner’s Circle, the infamous Chicago hot dog joint. Over char dogs, we discuss: *Matt’s secret radio past *The disproportionate amount of yoga pants in Lakeview *The thankless nature of “barprov” (“it’s a […]

This week finds me at a classic north side hot dog joint: Wolfy’s at 2734 Peterson, a place whose food guest Miss Alex White describes as a “big, meaty Tylenol.” About Miss Alex White: She and her brother Francis Scott Key comprise the wildly fun and successful indie band White Mystery. We talk about how […]