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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

    • Performing Arts

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.

    'The biggest scene event of the year' - The return of Chicago's Cupcakes (Episode 310)

    'The biggest scene event of the year' - The return of Chicago's Cupcakes (Episode 310)

    Cupcakes are back! In case you're unfamiliar, Cupcakes (Preston Graves, Greg Soran, Sol Snyder, Matt Walker) were the proverbial "next big thing" out of Chicago in 2000 when their eponymous album came out. The band imploded before they ever had a real shot, and most of the members moved on to higher-profile gigs (American Idol, Morrissey, Bryan Adams, B-52's). Singer Preston Graves joins me mere days before the band does their reunion show, headlining Metro on 2/29. So why are they getting back together after all this time, and what exactly happened back then?
    Fueling this week's chat is delicious food from north side staple Cafe El Tapatio (3400 N. Ashland). Thanks to the team there for providing the eats... go visit them and check it out for yourself!
    Discussed this week:
    Preston has zero working knowledge of Mexican cuisine. Thank goodness we had Cafe El Tapatio to help guide him. Preston's worked all over Chicago. The Chicago scene of the 90s. How and why Cupcakes are back together. The lack of rehearsals leading up to the 2/29 show. Greg's time performing with/on American Idol. All the juke and jiving that goes on. Sol Snyder: "I love me some Sol!" The band's expectations when they first got signed: "(be) on tour forever." "Woodshed" is a total Chicago term. How the band found out the label was done with them. Wait... HOW bad was it between Preston and Greg? What made Preston so impossible to deal with back in the day? The "incident" where Preston pissed me off live on stage at a radio event. Matt Walker has a cool LinkedIn profile. Also? He's a human metronome. We miss the Hothouse Flowers. GET TICKETS FOR THE METRO SHOW ASAP! This is a must-see event!
     
    Thanks to our friends at C&H Financial Services for sponsoring this episode. We couldn't do it without them.

    • 40 min
    The path from addiction and jail through recovery and music-making: Broken Robots at Delightful Pastries (Episode 309)

    The path from addiction and jail through recovery and music-making: Broken Robots at Delightful Pastries (Episode 309)

    Broken Robots (Kat Baker, Tony Baker, Lonnie Phillips) jump in the car for delicious paczki graciously provided by Delightful Pastries (5927 W. Lawrence).
    Broken Robots, specifically Kat and Tony, went through hell to get to where they are today. They survived heroin addiction, homelessness, jail and plenty of related emotional and physical issues along the way. For this episode, they spoke with absolute candor about their experiences to provide context with who they are today, and to offer hope to listeners currently wrestling with addiction and personal demons. This is a powerful interview, and I highly recommend listening and sharing with anyone who might benefit from what Kat and Tony have to say.
    Also... check out their music. While their path was a horrorshow, their music has been a life-saver, and a pleasure for the rest of us to listen to.
    Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services. 

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    Burgers! Metal! It's a Kuma's Fest preview with The Atlas Moth (Episode 308)

    Burgers! Metal! It's a Kuma's Fest preview with The Atlas Moth (Episode 308)

    KUMA'S FEST is coming to Brands Park on the Northwest side on June 27, 2020! Check out this line-up: Anthrax, Converge, Russian Circles, the Atlas Moth and Indians! To preview Kuma's Fest, returning favorite Stavros from the Atlas Moth joins me for conversation over... what else?... Kuma's burgers.
    Discussed this week:
    The Atlas Moth's long history with Kuma's. Stavros potentially spoils something about Kuma's Fest. Wrestling, and Stavros' amazing Chris Jericho story (which also involves Metallica). The past, present and future of the Atlas Moth. Stavros is Metal AF. The evolution of Kuma's Fest(s). Kuma's is one of the places you can count on to truly cook a "medium rare" burger. Atlas Moth's first 7" is still behind the bar. What in the hell did I do with my show notes? Defining The Atlas Moth's sound is like "nailing Jell-O to a wall." The band was pissed when they did their last album, "Coma Noir." Lots of horror movie talk.  The internet has killed band mystique. Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services

    • 40 min
    Grave Podcaster's Union: Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner from 'Runaway Train' to published author (Episode 307)

    Grave Podcaster's Union: Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner from 'Runaway Train' to published author (Episode 307)

    Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum has long been a favorite of mine. On this new episode, we talk about:
    The band's longevity. Soul Asylum playing Clinton's inauguration. Dave's first book. The propulsive force of the live show. Wait... who makes the setlists? The new Soul Asylum album. That time when Soul Asylum purposefully didn't play "Runaway Train" live. Dave's return to Minneapolis. Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services

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    One-woman industrial army I Ya Toyah at Gale Street Inn (Episode 306)

    One-woman industrial army I Ya Toyah at Gale Street Inn (Episode 306)

    Ania, the woman behind Chicago industrial project I Ya Toyah, joins me for food at the iconic Northwest Chicago restaurant Gale Street Inn (4914 N. Milwaukee Avenue). We did Gale Street Inn up right, sampling their amazing ribs, crab cakes and spicy chicken tomatillo soup. Discussed this week:
    The timelessness of Gale Street Inn. The meaning behind "I Ya Toyah." Ania has no safety net on stage. Everything we ate was amazing, but my favorite was the spicy chicken tomatillo soup. I could drink that like lemonade every day of the week. Gale Street Inn mainstay Lorenzo jumped into the backseat to join in the conversation. I only eat in my car now. Lorenzo gives us some Gale Street Inn history. "Nothing says romance like a big rack of ribs." Ania has the thickest Chicago accent you'll ever hear. Not. I Ya Toyah's recent dates with Pigface. Are we on the cusp of a new industrial revolution? The ribs fell right off the bone... onto my lap! Ania moved to Chicago from Poland. Is she sticking around? Ania's delightful dog, Benek, who's all over social media. I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs. The Code Blue Remix album comes out next month. Ania's writing songs that will be much darker than what we've heard to date. Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services
     

    • 38 min
    SIAMÉS does their first U.S. interview inside a car (Episode 305)

    SIAMÉS does their first U.S. interview inside a car (Episode 305)

    SIAMÉS visited Chicago on their first-ever U.S. tour. If you haven't discovered the band yet, listen to this interview first, then get yourself over to YouTube and lose yourself down their animated video rabbit hole.
    Discussed this week:
    Their first impressions of Chicago, from Lower Wacker Drive to Union Station. Who in the band is vegetarian? What's their first U.S. tour like so far? Their incredible YouTube success... The video for "The Wolf" is almost at 100,000,000 views! I didn't get the band drinks! The forthcoming album, "Home." *To clarify, when I say the band has "7000 listeners on Spotify," I was referring to Chicago listeners. I meant to say that, but somehow it didn't come out like that. The benefit of being an indie band. Local bands Blood People and Blind Adam and the Federal League get a mention! Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

Andy Derer ,

Awesome Podcast

JVO leads the listeners through some awesome Chicagoland-based culinary experiences with some great guests. Highly recommended.

dgirl424 ,

Es bueno!

I LOVE this podcast. Probably one of the most entertaining, and thoughtfully made podcasts out there. It doesn't disappoint, and it certainly entices the taste buds.

Browitzer ,

All Meat; No Gristle

You guys get right to the meat of it. And you keep getting closer to me, geographically... Great work. Love listening.

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