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Chicago media personality James VanOsdol (JVO) visits new restaurants every week with a guest sitting shotgun. They eat and talk in James's Mazda 3... and sometimes the guest even performs in the car.

Car Con Carne James VanOsdol

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

Chicago media personality James VanOsdol (JVO) visits new restaurants every week with a guest sitting shotgun. They eat and talk in James's Mazda 3... and sometimes the guest even performs in the car.

    Marina City enters ‘the Simulation’ (Episode 797)

    Marina City enters ‘the Simulation’ (Episode 797)

    Ryan Argast and Eric Somers-Urrea of Marina City return to Car Con Carne to chat about the making of their current release, “The Simulation.”
    We chatted outside Fabulous Freddie’s Italian Eatery on 31st and dined on “Yerminators” and pizza puffs. South Side, represent.
    We talked about Ryan’s time on “American Idol,” bachelor parties, eating unhealthy food (and loving it), and whether the music industry is out of its “a la carte” phase.
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    • 38 min
    ‘Dedicated’ diabetes benefit coming to Blue Island Beer Company 12/10/22 (Episode 796)

    ‘Dedicated’ diabetes benefit coming to Blue Island Beer Company 12/10/22 (Episode 796)

    Chris Castaneda joins me for a preview of DEDICATED - A Benefit for the American Diabetes Association, happening at Blue Island Beer Company (13357 Olde Western Avenue, Blue Island) on Saturday, December 10.
    Featured at the event are Sonic45 (White Sox play-by-play announcer Len Kasper’s band) as the house band and a one-time-only R.E.M. tribute set!
    Did I mention the beer? Yeah, it’s Blue Island Beer Company. Their beer is legit. 
    Support a good cause, and come out for a great night: DEDICATED on 12/10/22!
     
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    Looking for a holiday gift or something cool to read on a road trip this season?
    Try Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story. It's the ultimate novel about the '90s and Chicago's music scene.
    Join record store owner Darby on her trip back to 1990s Chicago as she jumps on the Grey Line to time travel back to her carefree twenties, soaking up all the pop culture and rock n roll nostalgia you could ever imagine. 
    Get a signed copy 90daysinthe90s.com

    • 54 min
    Skeleton Key Brewery visited by the Spectral Silhouette (Episode 795)

    Skeleton Key Brewery visited by the Spectral Silhouette (Episode 795)

    Skeleton Key Brewery (8102 Lemont Road in Woodridge) is a fantastic craft brewery with a variety of inventive and delicious beers. That’s where this episode was recorded, as co-owner Paul Slayton and I were joined by musician Henry Scherrer (The Spectral Silhouette Radio Show, Black Bolts, Jukebox JBC).
    Discussed in this episode:
    The horrible tornado that destroyed Skeleton Key, and the subsequent 11-month rebuild. Why the craft brewing scene is the opposite of what people might expect. The vibe, approach and sensibility of Skeleton Key. Henry’s creation of the Spectral Silhouette Radio Show, and its evolution to the live stage and podcasting platforms. The next appearance of the Spectral Silhouette Radio Show at Skeleton Key (12/15/22). Future plans for the Spectral Silhouette. Bar food: You’ve gotta go with horseradish cheese and crackers.  
    I enjoy the hell out of Paul and Henry. I hope you’ll listen to this episode, and then check out both Skeleton Key and the Spectral Silhouette Radio Show!
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    Looking for a holiday gift or something cool to read on a road trip this season?
     
    Try Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story. It's the ultimate novel about the '90s and Chicago's music scene.
     
    Join record store owner Darby on her trip back to 1990s Chicago as she jumps on the Grey Line to time travel back to her carefree twenties, soaking up all the pop culture and rock n roll nostalgia you could ever imagine. 
     
    Get a signed copy at 90daysinthe90s.com

    • 34 min
    Singer/solo artist Nora O’Connor steps back into the spotlight (Episode 794)

    Singer/solo artist Nora O’Connor steps back into the spotlight (Episode 794)

    Nora O’Connor returns with “My Heart” (Pravda), her first solo album in close to 20 years. That’s not to say she hasn’t been busy, of course. We talk about her work with everyone from Decemberists and New Pornographers to Robbie Fulks and Iron and Wine.
     
    Nora answers the question “why now?” for putting out a solo release, and we talk about its distinctly “AM radio” vibe.
     
    We met on a rainy Evanston street and got ghosted by the evening’s participating restaurant, which was weird. Just in case you were wondering why we were in the car and not actually eating…



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    Looking for a holiday gift or something cool to read on a road trip this season?
     
    Try Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story. It's the ultimate novel about the '90s and Chicago's music scene.
     
    Join record store owner Darby on her trip back to 1990s Chicago as she jumps on the Grey Line to time travel back to her carefree twenties, soaking up all the pop culture and rock n roll nostalgia you could ever imagine. 
     
    Get a signed copy at 90daysinthe90s.com

    • 19 min
    Hit the bricks with Man's Body! (Episode 793)

    Hit the bricks with Man's Body! (Episode 793)

    J Niimi and Greg Franco of Man’s Body join me in advance of their show at GMan on Friday, November 11.
     
    The band recently released a live collection, “Taking the Edge off: Live at Kingsize Chicago,” which follows their second studio release,, “A Set of Steak Knives.”
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    Looking for a holiday gift or something cool to read on a road trip this season?
     
    Try Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story. It's the ultimate novel about the '90s and Chicago's music scene.
     
    Join record store owner Darby on her trip back to 1990s Chicago as she jumps on the Grey Line to time travel back to her carefree twenties, soaking up all the pop culture and rock n roll nostalgia you could ever imagine.

    • 13 min
    The best music chat you’ll hear all week: Frank Meyer of the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs -Episode 792

    The best music chat you’ll hear all week: Frank Meyer of the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs -Episode 792

    I love the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs. In addition to being in the Cheetahs, singer/guitarist Frank Meyer is an award-winning director, producer and author. He’s also in a handful of other fantastic bands that span a variety of styles.
     
    In this new episode, Frank and I talk about the new Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs covers compilation - “All the Covers (And More),” which leads us to go deep on dozens of bands, including Cheap Trick, KISS, Aerosmith, Armored Saint, Iron Maiden, the Stooges, the Runaways, the Dead Boys and more.
     
    If you’re passionate about music, you’re going to love listening to Frank!
     
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    Looking for a holiday gift or something cool to read on a road trip this season?Try Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story. It's the ultimate novel about the '90s and Chicago's music scene.
     
    Join record store owner Darby on her trip back to 1990s Chicago as she jumps on the Grey Line to time travel back to her carefree twenties, soaking up all the pop culture and rock n roll nostalgia you could ever imagine. 

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

jack_ralston ,

A must listen

Car Con Carne is a fun and lively podcast with guests like Tom Higgenson of TLB. He has an independent record label, Humans Were Here. Listen to find out what is next for this busy guy.

Alex_Huang00 ,

Car con carne

So cool! Loved hearing about Tom higgenson and his new label Humans were here and his artists like TLB. Just sad I missed out on their holiday extravaganza they talked about…

rokerjr ,

Car Con Carne

JVO is an amazing broadcaster and an even better man, when I hit the lottery and buy my dream radio station, he’s my first hire, bar none.

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