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Car Con Carne

Aug 31, 2023

I’m joined by Kira Leadholm of Madame Reaper and the Gentlemen’s Club, recorded outside

Middle Eastern Bakery on Foster/Clark.


We talk about the forthcoming album release (9/8) and the release show at Golden Dagger the following week.


We also talk about the fictional backstory behind the band name, fainting in...

Aug 23, 2023

Deanna Belos of Sincere Engineer returns to Car Con Carne at an exciting time: The band just played Lollapalooza, and the new album (“Cheap Grills”) is set to arrive on September 22.


Deanna and I caught up over corn dogs (naturally), weeks before the launch of the new album and her first-ever headlining tour.

Aug 20, 2023

Car Con Carne visits Plainfield, IL for a visit to Black Dog Vinyl Cafe (16108 South Rt 59, Plainfield, IL 60586). The cafe/live music venue/record store/bar is a focal point for the SW suburban music community, and my trip there was long overdue.


Black Dog Vinyl Cafe owner Mike Marchetti and musician/frequent Black...

Aug 20, 2023

It was an absolute pleasure to have comedian Kyle Kinane join me for a chat about comedy, his hilarious new “Shocks and Struts” special, and the planet-friendly taste treat, Takis.

We cover a lot of ground, though here are some overarching topics:

shitty jobs in Addison
AI and Chat GPT 
Podcasting and...

Aug 18, 2023

JC Brooks is a frontperson’s frontperson: An undeniable force of soul, charisma and swagger who helped elevate soul and classic R&B sounds to audiences across Chicago over the past 15 years.


I’m a fan of JC’s, and songs from both Uptown Sound albums and the most recent album, “The Neon Jungle,” continue...