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 […]

May 20

‘I’ve never worried about the guys in Megadeth listening to this’ – Phoenix band Doll Skin eats tacos, talks music

I love Doll Skin (Sydney Dolezal, Alex Snowden, Nicole Rich, Meghan Herring). They have great music, hooks, harmonies and swagger. It was a pleasure meeting them in Crest Hill before their Bada Brew gig in mid-May. We covered a lot in a short time, including: Trying to appease the vegetarians in the band. How was […]

May 14

Horror? Sci-Fi? Thriller? ‘Yes’ to all: Talking ‘Chicago Rot’ with writer/star Brant McCrea

Rejected headline/episode quote: “That guy was masturbating in my dad’s suit.” My guest this week is Brant McCrea, writer and star of the indie horror/sci-fi film Chicago Rot (available for streaming at the usual places). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Chicago_Rot.mp3 We eat tacos from Yoli’s, where the cook handles all the tacos with his bare hands! It doesn’t bother […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 01

Baconfest 2017 recap

I’m in stretchy pants and a hoodie, typing this from my couch. My body is worn and my stomach stretched dangerously taut from a night at Baconfest. No regrets; these are the signs of a Baconfest well-spent. Baconfest is easily one of the friendliest and best-run annual events in Chicago. The atmosphere is comfortable to […]