Category Archives: hot dog joints

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 […]

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 […]

March 10

What’s in a name? Bad Bad Meow play live

Chicago band Bad Bad Meow met me at Jimmy’s Red Hots (4000 W. Grand) for old school Chicago dogs and fries. We talk about the band’s history, that questionable band name and why most of the band members were surprised to learn Car Con Carne was a food podcast. And then… they jammed in the […]

February 22

Radio chameleon Abe Kanan: ‘on the same page with eating disgusting foods’

(This episode contains adult language that may not be appropriate for non-adults and/or hypersensitive people.) I’m joined this week by the very funny Abe Kanan, who can be heard every weekday morning on Mancow’s show on The Loop (WLUP Chicago). Abe’s also the host of Abe Kanan:ON HOLD, an excellent podcast that’s been running for […]

November 14

Styx drummer Todd Sucherman: ‘If you have room for fries, you’ve got room for another dog’

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 […]

October 05

‘We disguise ourselves to protect the identities of our loved ones’ – Magic Sword and hot dogs

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 […]

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 […]