Category Archives: South side

December 04

Public restroom talk over steak sandwiches: Ricobene’s with Abe Kanan, Bass and Tim Virgin

This week, I’m joined by my very funny colleagues Abe Kanan (WLUP-FM, Abe Kanan on Hold), Tim Virgin (WLUP-FM) and Bass (WLS-AM). We ate at Chicago’s famous home of the breaded steak sandwich, Ricobene’s (252 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616). Abe and Bass are long-time customers; this was a first time for Tim and […]

October 02

‘Where did all the Busch beer come from?’ – Live performance from Black Bear Rodeo

This week, the Boost Mobile-sponsored Car Con Carne finds me driving to Oak Lawn to meet Chicago band Black Bear Rodeo at Grassano’s (5651 W 87th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453). Grassano’s pizza puffs are ginormous and delicious, and their reputation on the south side is well-deserved. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Black_Bear_Rodeo_CCC.mp3 The band started the podcast with a […]

March 19

Zanies, Letterman and Tony the Tiger: Eating beef with comedian Pat McGann

Comedian Pat McGann meets me at Pop’s in Mt. Greenwood at 10337 S Kedzie Ave, where I have the wettest, dense-est cheesy beef ever. We chat about: *Pat’s two appearances on Letterman *Pat’s starring role alongside Tony the Tiger *The key ingredient to launching into stand-up comedy *The challenges of trying out new material *His […]

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 […]

June 20

‘The full Beverly experience’ given by ‘media gadfly’ Scott Smith

“Media gadfly” Scott Smith (@ourmaninchicago) greeted me at the Original Rainbow Cone on S. Western Avenue with a bag of burgers from nearby Top Notch Burgers. He wanted to make sure I enjoyed the “full Beverly experience.” Scott loves promoting the Beverly area to the point where I can’t believe he hasn’t run for mayor […]

March 10

Ex-skinhead talks about dark past, eats fried shrimp

Imagine living a life under the mantra “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” Author Christian Picciolini lived that life, rising to the top ranks of the American skinhead movement. He’s long since turned his back on his violent, racist past and tells the story of his journey […]

March 02

From playing with Johnny Rotten and Killing Joke to eating Italian beef in a Mazda: Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins played with Johnny Rotten/Lydon in Public Image, Ltd. He was a member of Killing Joke. He created the industrial rock supergroup Pigface (now celebrating its 25-year anniversary). He’s played with Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He’s written indispensable books about the music industry (Tour:Smart, Band:Smart and Welcome to the Music Business: You’re F****d!). […]