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Car Con Carne

Dec 30, 2022

Tony, Louie and Jim of Vortis return to Car Con Carne to talk about their excellent new garage/punk record (in mono!), “The Miasmic Years.”
Covered in this episode:
*The accuracy of the new album title.
*The mind-blowing inspiration for their song “COVID Blues.”
*Being a politically-charged...

Dec 28, 2022

Violin virtuoso Susan Voelz recently released a fantastic album, “Trust the Waves Will Hold You,” a collection of unreleased Poi Dog Pondering songs that she fleshed out and made whole.

Discussed in this episode:

*Background on “Trust the Waves Will Hold You”

*The “gateway drug” that is the song “Oyster”...

Dec 21, 2022

Returning guest/Car Con Carne favorite Mike Vanderbilt (voted Best Bartender in Chicago by the the readers of the Chicago Reader) joins me for a holiday show at Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge (6715 W. Ogden, Berwyn).


We recorded on “Monster Movie Meatball Night,” before Christmas screenings of “Silent Night Deadly...

Dec 16, 2022

It’s the year-end special! It’s been a fabulous year on Car Con Carne, and this episode features 10 of 2022’s many highlights.


Looking for your next read? Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story is the ultimate novel about the '90s and Chicago's music scene.

Join record store owner Darby on her...

Dec 13, 2022

Car Con Carne pulls up to Wicker Park for a long chat with Bill Jacobs, owner of the much-celebrated Piece Pizzeria & Brewery (1927 W. North Avenue). 


As we eat Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage pizza (red pizza with pepper jack, caramelized onions and atomic sausage), we talk about:

*Piece’s quick rise to fame...