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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.

    Mest: Growing up and moving forward (Episode 302)

    Mest: Growing up and moving forward (Episode 302)

    Tony Lovato of Mest joined me for a conversation on the release of the new album "Masquerade," which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Mest album "Wasting Time." The band headlined two shows at the 350 Brewing Company's Insanity Factory in Tinley Park over the weekend. On a related note, 350 remains one of Car Con Carne's favorite places on earth. Great food. Great drink. Great hospitality. Punk rock vibe.
    Discussed this episode:
    The "Peter Pan"-like world of being a musician. Revisiting "Wasting Time" after 20 years. The new album: Writing it and its inspirations. The original line-up playing together, and how unlikely that thought was ten years ago. The band flyers I had to urge Mest to "clean up" many years ago. Mest's record deal, and how crazy their signing was. Tony as a dad, who also happens to be a frontman. I knew Tony when he was 17, which is crazy to me. Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services

    • 21 min
    Episode 301 - Yacht metal rocks! The Band Royale talks about their new album, touring and the truth about Chicago pizza

    Episode 301 - Yacht metal rocks! The Band Royale talks about their new album, touring and the truth about Chicago pizza

    The Band Royale's new, self-titled, album is fantastic, starting with the explosive "Loose Lips Sink Ships." I was excited to have the brothers Bauman (Joel, Nate and Zach) in the car for pizza at Big G's in Wrigleyville. Discussed:
    Chicago secretly prefers party cut to deep dish. Party cut is the Baby Yoda of pizza. Touring with Chevelle. The new album, and how much it rocks. The Band Royale history. Hanger is a real problem, and it's easily solved.  
    Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services. If you own a small business, you owe it to yourself to check them out!

    • 17 min
    Episode 300! Rockford band Yes Factory debuts two new songs live!

    Episode 300! Rockford band Yes Factory debuts two new songs live!

    This week, I'm joined by 4 members of Rockford band Yes Factory (Ian Zander, Brennan Reiter, Hannah Hovland and Kelen Price-Snowden). Before we ate delicious hot dogs at the legendary Superdawg, the band played two new songs in the car ("You Never Finish What You Start," "Someone I Love").
    Discussed on the show:
    The origin of Yes Factory. The fact that Chicagoans and Rockfordians rarely go to each other's cities. Kelen enjoyed the equivalent of sitting coach in Delta. Kelen impressed us with his fancy box. Brennan and Hannah had a "voice off" in the backseat. Ian finds inspiration in bar restrooms. Chloroform: A love story. Hannah gave me a seismic shift in my lumbar area. The creators of Superdawg shockingly looked like anthropomorphic hot dogs. Sport peppers on a hot dog are "how it's supposed to be." Car Con Carne is like an ASMR video on YouTube. Hannah finds listening to people chew repulsive. She picked the right podcast! Finding compatible music partners is like finding a needle in a haystack. We talk about the recently-released Yes Factory EP. The legendary Chicago pizza chain is NOT "Illuminatis." Pizza Masons are not a real thing. After the half hour mark, we acknowledge that one of the members of Yes Factory is the son of Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander. Spoiler warning: It's not who you think!

    • 41 min
    Plain White T's frontman talks T's, future projects (Episode 299)

    Plain White T's frontman talks T's, future projects (Episode 299)

    Plain White T's frontman Tom Higgenson is a popsmith. The dude knows his way around a melody. He jumped in my car before headlining the MS Sucks charity event at Bottom Lounge in Chicago.

    • 13 min
    Lucky Boys Confusion takes on MS for benefit event (Episode 298)

    Lucky Boys Confusion takes on MS for benefit event (Episode 298)

    Adam, Jason and Ryan of Lucky Boys Confusion jump in the car at the MS Sucks event started by their bandmate Stubhy, who was recently diagnosed with MS. We talk about how the diagnosis affected the band, and what it means for the future.
    Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services.

    • 8 min
    Let's talk local music with Brian Shamie (Chicago Soundcheck/Daily Herald) - Episode 297

    Let's talk local music with Brian Shamie (Chicago Soundcheck/Daily Herald) - Episode 297

    Journalist/Chicago music supporter Brian Shamie of Chicago Soundcheck/The Daily Herald joins me for a quick chat while at the MS Sucks benefit. This episode is sponsored by C&H Financial Services.

    • 5 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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