100 episodes

Car Con Carne is an award-winning interview podcast hosted by legendary Chicago media personality James VanOsdol (Q101, WXRT, WGN, WLUP). Hosted in James's car, at live events, restaurants, brewpubs and recording studios, Car Con Carne offers engaging and honest conversations with people you want to know, mostly from the world of music.

Car Con Carne James VanOsdol

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    • 4.8 • 38 Ratings

Car Con Carne is an award-winning interview podcast hosted by legendary Chicago media personality James VanOsdol (Q101, WXRT, WGN, WLUP). Hosted in James's car, at live events, restaurants, brewpubs and recording studios, Car Con Carne offers engaging and honest conversations with people you want to know, mostly from the world of music.

    One of Chicago’s hidden treasures: Irish American Heritage Center (Episode 954)

    One of Chicago’s hidden treasures: Irish American Heritage Center (Episode 954)

    Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox) celebrates Irish and Irish American culture through events, music, theater, literature, and language. It’s truly one of the city’s hidden treasures, which is why I’m thrilled to spotlight what they do in this episode.

    Home to Fifth Province Pub, Mayfair Theatre and plenty of meeting and event spaces, the Irish American Heritage Center is a wonderful place for community, culture and music. Bonus: It’s in a giant, century-old, north side, school building, which makes it look and feel unique and very Chicago.

    Joining me for conversation over bangers & mash from Fifth Province Pub are Brian Esterline (Hospitality Manager) and Ki Wolf-Smith (Board of Directors).

    Meet me on a Friday after work for a Guinness and Tullamore Dew?

    Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex Ross on YouTube (@TheAlexRossArt) to keep up to date with one of the comics industry's most important and celebrated creators.

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    The summer season at Ravinia kicks off next month… and there’s no place more comfortable to see outdoor shows.  

    Your Ravinia Ticket gets you a free ride in Metra’s UP North Line… e train ride to and from the park on Metra’s Union Pacific North Line.  Just show your same-day concert ticket to the conductor, and you’re good to go!

    Go to ravnia.org for the full season schedule and tickets!

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    • 19 min
    Noon Whistle breaks internet with Cicada-infused Malört (Episode 955)

    Noon Whistle breaks internet with Cicada-infused Malört (Episode 955)

    (Disclaimer: We're not in the car for this one, which allowed for the consumption of beer/spirits.)

    Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should

    Cicada-infused Malört is a real thing, and it’s being served at Noon Whistle’s Lombard Brewpub (800 E. Roosevelt). I sat down with Marketing Director Joey Giardiniera to talk about this very Chicago, mostly-appalling, concept. 

    And yes, we sample the product during the recording. THE RESULTS WILL SHOCK YOU. (Sorry: Clickbait. Not that shocking.)

    And don’t let the cicadas fool you: Noon Whistle is a fantastic brewery. As we talked about (and drank) the cicada-infused Malört, we also enjoyed the highly-crushable Noon Whistle Mexican Style Lager. Be sure to stop by the brewpub for a beer and one of their awesome pizzas.

    #chicago #brewery #malort #cicada #podcast

     

    Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex Ross on YouTube (@TheAlexRossArt) to keep up to date with one of the comics industry's most important and celebrated creators.

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    The summer season at Ravinia kicks off next month… and there’s no place more comfortable to see outdoor shows.  

    Load up your picnic basket and head to the show… or take advantage of some of Ravinia’s outstanding food options inside the park. 

    Violent Femmes are set to do an album play of their debut album with the Chicago Philharmonic. It’s been hard for me to imagine stripped down songs like Gone Daddy Gone and Add It Up done with a classical collaboration. Get tickets and see the full schedule at ravinia.org.

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    Or know that the package you were waiting on was delivered and secured.

    Embrace the future of smart living. Empower your home with intuitive control. Call Dan at Easy Automation for a free, no-hassle quote. 630-730-3728. Or visit easy-automation.net.

     

    (Image provided by Noon Whistle Brewing)
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    • 19 min
    Byron’s Hot Dogs with pop-punkers After the Fight (Episode 953)

    Byron’s Hot Dogs with pop-punkers After the Fight (Episode 953)

    Pop punk/skate punk band After the Fight is back after a period of relative quiet. They’ll be releasing a new song (“Age of Distraction”) on 5/24/24, the same day as their first show in four years, at Montrose Saloon (also appearing: Medicine Hat, the Fomites and 13 Monsters).

    Josh, Steve and Tim of After the Fight join me for delicious hot dogs from Byron’s Hot Dogs (1701 W. Lawrence) and catch me up on the band, starting with its formation 20 (!) years ago.

    Thanks so much to Byron’s for the great eats and hospitality!

    Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex Ross on YouTube (@TheAlexRossArt) to keep up to date with one of the comics industry's most important and celebrated creators.

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    The summer season at Ravinia kicks off next month… and there’s no place more comfortable to see outdoor shows.  

    Your Ravinia Ticket gets you a free ride in Metra’s UP North Line… e train ride to and from the park on Metra’s Union Pacific North Line.  Just show your same-day concert ticket to the conductor, and you’re good to go!

    Go to ravnia.org for the full season schedule and tickets!

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    A smart home connects virtually all of the technology in your home.  With an Easy Automation-installed smart home system, you and your family can control nearly every device and system in the house in ways that are easy and fun to use.

    Transform your living space with cutting-edge home automation. Experience seamless control over audio/video, lighting, climate, security, and more. Embrace the future of smart living – your home, your rules.

    Get a quote by visiting Easy-automation.net, or call Dan at 630.730.3728

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    Thanks to everyone who participated in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at Soldier Field on May 19! We had a fun day, and did something really meaningful and important for our community.
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    • 21 min
    (PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW) Take the Reins debut new song (Episode 952)

    (PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW) Take the Reins debut new song (Episode 952)

    Returning favorites Take the Reins jumped in the car before headlining Punk Rock Tacos at Cemitas Poblanas in Villa Park on May 10, 2024.

     

    In addition to catching up on all the things that have been happening with the band since we last chatted in 2023, the band debuted an acoustic version of a new, as-yet unheard, song called “Dead Leaves.” 



    Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex Ross on YouTube (@TheAlexRossArt) to keep up to date with one of the comics industry's most important and celebrated creators.

     

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    The summer season at Ravinia kicks off next month… and there’s no place more comfortable to see outdoor shows.  

     

    Your Ravinia Ticket gets you a free ride in Metra’s UP North Line… e train ride to and from the park on Metra’s Union Pacific North Line.  Just show your same-day concert ticket to the conductor, and you’re good to go!

     

    Go to ravnia.org for the full season schedule and tickets!

     

     

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    I want you to join my team! I’m training for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at Soldier Field on May 19. Go to fightforairclimb.org/chicago and click “register as a team member.” From there, search “Car Con Carne” and get yourself signed up!

    Join me at Soldier Field. Let’s have some fun, do good and feel good.

     

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    A smart home connects virtually all of the technology in your home.  With an Easy Automation-installed smart home system, you and your family can control nearly every device and system in the house in ways that are easy and fun to use.

     

    Transform your living space with cutting-edge home automation. Experience seamless control over audio/video, lighting, climate, security, and more. Embrace the future of smart living – your home, your rules.

    Get a quote by visiting Easy-automation.net, or call Dan at 630.730.3728
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 18 min
    Cambodian fried chicken sandwiches with Leo Graphics Chicago at Hermosa Restaurant (Episode 951)

    Cambodian fried chicken sandwiches with Leo Graphics Chicago at Hermosa Restaurant (Episode 951)

    Jamie and Deb of Leo Graphics Chicago (4200 W. Diversey) join me for conversation and food from the remarkable Hermosa Restaurant (4356 W. Armitage).

    We’re joined by Hermosa Restaurant owner/visionary Ethan Lim. Ethan has built up Hermosa on his own terms, and his warmth and authenticity are present inside the space and in every bite he prepares.

    As we talk, we dig into the sandwiches that everyone is talking about: Hermosa’s Cambodian fried chicken sandwiches. Before you even listen or watch, take the time to order ahead and get one of them in your belly this week. This is a “top five” sandwich for Chicago; no exaggeration.

    Ethan’s story, history and perspectives are refreshing, and I think you’ll enjoy hearing what he has to say.

    As for the Leo Graphics team: Jamie and Deb are a blast to hang out with. We talked about their independent print shop business, which fuels and supports the local music community. They explain the process and economics behind their work in making record jackets (they share highlights from the likes of King Gizzard and Vortis), and the benefits of focusing on smaller-batch orders. 

    They also shared examples of the work they do on physical records; if you’re watching the video version, you’ll love seeing what they did for artists like Naked Raygun and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult.

    The Leo Graphics chat came to a crescendo when Jamie and Deb show what they brought for “show and tell”: Car Con Carne stickers of all sizes & a cool banner! They do fantastic work, and if you’re looking for print work: signs, album jackets, decals, drum heads, stickers … whatever … give them a shout!

    Jamie and Deb are also in 13 Monsters. If you see this in time, check them out at Cary’s Lounge (2251 W Devon Ave) on Saturday, May 11!

    Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex Ross on YouTube (@TheAlexRossArt) to keep up to date with one of the comics industry's most important and celebrated creators.

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    The summer season at Ravinia kicks off next month… and there’s no place more comfortable to see outdoor shows.  

    Load up your picnic basket and head to the show… or take advantage of some of Ravinia’s outstanding food options inside the park. 

    Violent Femmes are set to do an album play of their debut album with the Chicago Philharmonic. It’s been hard for me to imagine stripped down songs like Gone Daddy Gone and Add It Up done with a classical collaboration. Get tickets and see the full schedule at ravinia.org.

    ##I want you to join my team! I’m training for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at Soldier Field on May 19. Go to fightforairclimb.org/chicago and click “register as a team member.” From there, search “Car Con Carne” and get yourself signed up!

    Join me at Soldier Field. Let’s have some fun, do good and feel good.

    ##

    A smart home connects virtually all of the technology in your home.  With an Easy Automation-installed smart home system, you and your family can control nearly every device and system in the house in ways that are easy and fun to use.

    Transform your living space with cutting-edge home automation. Experience seamless control over audio/video, lighting, climate, security, and more. Embrace the future of smart living – your home, your rules.

    Get a quote by visiting Easy-automation.net, or call Dan at 630.730.3728
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Her Head’s on Fire (or HHOF w JVO @ TBKG) - Episode 950

    Her Head’s on Fire (or HHOF w JVO @ TBKG) - Episode 950

    Her Head’s on Fire band members Jeff Dean (Guitars) and Rodrigo Palma (Bass) join me for veggie tacos at TBK Grill in Skokie.

    We talk about the differences between recording the new album, “Strange Desires” (out 5/17), and the previous release (College Rock & Clove Cigarettes).

    We also cover topics like the creative process, royalty in tacos, how to handle band personnel when more than one member share the same name and why all musicians in Chicago will end up in one of two camps.

    Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex Ross on YouTube (@TheAlexRossArt) to keep up to date with one of the comics industry's most important and celebrated creators.

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    The summer season at Ravinia kicks off next month… and there’s no place more comfortable to see outdoor shows.  I’ll see you in Highland Park next month for Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (6/12). JD McPherson’s opening that one. And then, I can’t even believe this is a thing… Violent Femmes are set to do an album play of their debut album with the Chicago Philharmonic. It’s been hard for me to imagine stripped down songs like Gone Daddy Gone and Add It Up done with a classical collaboration. Get tickets and see the full schedule at ravinia.org.

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    I want you to join my team! I’m training for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at Soldier Field on May 19. Go to fightforairclimb.org/chicago and click “register as a team member.” From there, search “Car Con Carne” and get yourself signed up!

    Join me at Soldier Field. Let’s have some fun, do good and feel good.

    ##

    A smart home connects virtually all of the technology in your home.  With an Easy Automation-installed smart home system, you and your family can control nearly every device and system in the house in ways that are easy and fun to use.

    Transform your living space with cutting-edge home automation. Experience seamless control over audio/video, lighting, climate, security, and more. Embrace the future of smart living – your home, your rules.

    Get a quote by visiting Easy-automation.net, or call Dan at 630.730.3728
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 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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