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Car Con Carne

James VanOsdol

"The World's Only Food Podcast Recorded in a Car," hosted by Chicago media personality James VanOsdol. James and guests visit new restaurants for each episode, taking their meals "to go," so they can record a radio show from inside James's Mazda 3.

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Take the Reins performs/eats tacos on ‘I’m At Your Door’ release day (Episode 747)
3d ago
Take the Reins performs/eats tacos on ‘I’m At Your Door’ release day (Episode 747)
Take the Reins returns to Car Con Carne the day of their new release, “I’m At Your Door!” The band talks about how they ended up on a new label (it involved a late night and YouTube), their hands-on experience with pressing their own records, and what the band and Cheap Trick have in common. After we downed a bag of tacos from Taco Stop in Brookfield, Courtney and Dave played an acoustic version of their new song, “Left of Center” from the front seat of the car! Car Con Carne is sponsored by SopelSolar.com. Add value to your home without writing a check. Visit SopelSolar.com to make the move towards cost certainty and go solar! Between federal and Illinois state tax credits, you can save up to 48%! Car Con Carne is also sponsored by Happy to Meat You. Take 10% off your order with promo code JVO and also get three unique steakhouse seasoning blends and the Official Happy to Meat You Carnivore Companion Cooking Guide. Offer ends this week!
Take the Reins performs/eats tacos on ‘I’m At Your Door’ release day (Episode 747)
3d ago
Take the Reins performs/eats tacos on ‘I’m At Your Door’ release day (Episode 747)
Take the Reins returns to Car Con Carne the day of their new release, “I’m At Your Door!” The band talks about how they ended up on a new label (it involved a late night and YouTube), their hands-on experience with pressing their own records, and what the band and Cheap Trick have in common. After we downed a bag of tacos from Taco Stop in Brookfield, Courtney and Dave played an acoustic version of their new song, “Left of Center” from the front seat of the car! Car Con Carne is sponsored by SopelSolar.com. Add value to your home without writing a check. Visit SopelSolar.com to make the move towards cost certainty and go solar! Between federal and Illinois state tax credits, you can save up to 48%! Car Con Carne is also sponsored by Happy to Meat You. Take 10% off your order with promo code JVO and also get three unique steakhouse seasoning blends and the Official Happy to Meat You Carnivore Companion Cooking Guide. Offer ends this week!
Unlocking creativity and opening Sketchbook beer with Steve Dawson (Episode 746)
5d ago
Unlocking creativity and opening Sketchbook beer with Steve Dawson (Episode 746)
Chicago songwriting treasure Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden, Funeral Bonsai Wedding) is performing highlights from his superior "At the Bottom of a Canyon in the Branches of a Tree” at Pravda Fest this weekend. He joined me at Sketchbook in Skokie to talk about his long music career in Chicago. Car Con Carne is sponsored by SopelSolar.com. Add value to your home without writing a check. Visit SopelSolar.com to make the move towards cost certainty and go solar! Between federal and Illinois state tax credits, you can save up to 48%! Car Con Carne is also sponsored by Happy to Meat You. Take 10% off your order with promo code JVO and also get three unique steakhouse seasoning blends and the Official Happy to Meat You Carnivore Companion Cooking Guide. Offer ends this week! ______
Josh Caterer/Hushdrops share an episode (Episode 745)
5d ago
Josh Caterer/Hushdrops share an episode (Episode 745)
As we head toward PravdaFest weekend, Josh Caterer (Josh Caterer Trio) and John San Juan (Hushdrops, Josh Caterer Trio) join me at Sketchbook in Skokie after hours to talk about music, beer and pop culture. And what’s this they’re saying about being on a Spinal Tap Tribute album? Car Con Carne is sponsored by SopelSolar.com. Add value to your home without writing a check. Visit SopelSolar.com to make the move towards cost certainty and go solar!  Between federal and Illinois state tax credits, you can save up to 48%! Car Con Carne is also sponsored by Happy to Meat You. Take 10% off your order with promo code JVO and also get three unique steakhouse seasoning blends and the Official Happy to Meat You Carnivore Companion Cooking Guide. Offer ends this week!
Apocalypse Hoboken: Don’t call it a reunion (Episode 744)
1w ago
Apocalypse Hoboken: Don’t call it a reunion (Episode 744)
Chicago punk favorites Apocalypse Hoboken return to the stage for two shows at Chop Shop this weekend (details below). Before those shows, ⅗ of the band (Tod, Andy and Scott) joined me at mutual favorite restaurant Epic Deli to talk about the band, preparation for the shows, and what comes next. Thanks to Epic Deli for the hospitality. We loved everything we ate, though I’m super partial to the Ken Jennings burger and banana pudding! Car Con Carne is sponsored by Happy to Meat You (happytomeatu.com). Bring home that same spectacular taste that you've come to expect from your favorite chophouses, and get it for less! Use my promo code (JVO) to take 10% off your order, and your delivery will include three unique steakhouse seasoning blends and the Official Happy to Meat You Carnivore Companion Cooking Guide … absolutely free! Support the independent businesses that support Car Con Carne!   See Apocalypse Hoboken at Chop Shop: Friday 6/24 APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN KYLE KINANEBORIS THE SPRINKLER  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLWIG   Saturday 6/25 APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN KYLE KINANE OFF WITH THEIR HEADS THE COPYRIGHTS TIJUANA HERCULES
Summer grilling tips from Happy to Meat You’s Scott Fischer (Episode 743)
Jun 18 2022
Summer grilling tips from Happy to Meat You’s Scott Fischer (Episode 743)
As I type this, the weather has completely turned around in Chicago and it’s essentially PERFECT SUMMER WEATHER OUT. Which means it’s the time to get that grill firing on all coals. Odds are with it, there are things you could be doing to make your grilling experience easier and tastier. That’s why Scott Fischer of Happy to Meat You  joined me for this episode; he shares super easy and practical tips to ensure that your friends and family are well-fed this summer. While I’m on the topic of Happy to Meat You, take 10% off your order and get all kinds of great extras this week by using my promo code (JVO). They hand cut the meat every morning and ship same day. Eat the cuts that are served by the finest Chicago restaurants; order from Happy to Meat You! Scott and I also talk about his business, including Happy to Meat You’s recent emergence on QVC.
Boom Hank revisits past while planning for the future (Episode 742)
Jun 15 2022
Boom Hank revisits past while planning for the future (Episode 742)
Boom Hank released one of the 90s best “sleeper” albums, “Nuisance,” on Pravda back in 1995. With only days away from Boom Hank kicking off Pravda Fest at Sketchbook Brewing in Skokie (4901 Main St.), I sat down with Stump and Chris from the band to talk about their history in the Chicago scene, the inherent challenges of learning how to play all their songs again, and what might come next. Are you ready for a Boom Hank DOUBLE LP? Perhaps? I am.   Car Con Carne is sponsored by Happy to Meat You (happytomeatu.com). Bring home that same spectacular taste that you've come to expect from your favorite chophouses, and get it for less! Use my promo code (JVO) to take 10% off your order, and your delivery will include three unique steakhouse seasoning blends and the Official Happy to Meat You Carnivore Companion Cooking Guide … absolutely free! Support the independent businesses that support Car Con Carne!   PRAVDA FEST   Friday June 24:  Boom Hank  Hushdrops  Steve Dawson  Josh Caterer    Saturday June 25:  The Handcuffs  Diplomats of Solid Sound  The Service  The Slugs    June 24 & 25, 2022  Doors @ 6p, shows @ 7p  Sketchbook Brewing Co, 4901 Main St, Skokie IL (outside behind the brewery)
From ‘Inglorious Basterds’ to darkwave auteur: Omar Doom (Episode 741)
Jun 9 2022
From ‘Inglorious Basterds’ to darkwave auteur: Omar Doom (Episode 741)
He’s Private First Class Omar Ulmer from Inglorious Basterds… and as an actor, you probably know OMAR DOOM from that movie, Death Proof and Grindhouse.   Omar started out as a musician, and music is what brings him here… his new EP, Straight Razor Volume 2, comes out next week… and it’s get-in-your-car-late-at-night-and-drive-fast, propulsive, EBM/Darkwave stuff.   In this episode, we talk about his music, his first-ever tour, his relationship with Quentin Tarantino, and what the future may hold for both his acting and music careers.
From Screeching Weasel to the ‘Basement’: John ‘Jughead’ Pierson (Episode 740)
Jun 8 2022
From Screeching Weasel to the ‘Basement’: John ‘Jughead’ Pierson (Episode 740)
John ‘Jughead’ Pierson is probably best known as a founding member and driving force of Screeching Weasel up through the beginning of the 21st century. These days, he’s well into the triple digits of his long-running podcast, Jughead’s Basement. We talk about his approach to, and experience with, podcasting and dig into Screeching Weasel history as we eat outside King’s Gyros (5233 N. Milwaukee Avenue) in Chicago. They’ve been serving “Royally Delicious” food since 1972, and I can’t say for certain, but I may have found one of their royal hairs in my sandwich.
Whatever: The Slugs return for Pravda Fest (Episode 739)
Jun 8 2022
Whatever: The Slugs return for Pravda Fest (Episode 739)
The Slugs are one of Chicago’s most enduring indie rock bands, and they’re reuniting for Pravda Fest at Sketchbook Brewing Co. (4901 Main St., Skokie, lineup below).   Dag and Gregg Juhlin came together to talk about the band’s long history and the nagging perception that there was some, um, acrimony between the two brothers through the years.   Stupid me. Stupid you. Stupid together. Forever. Whatever.   Pravda Fest Friday June 24: Boom Hank Hushdrops Steve Dawson Josh Caterer Saturday June 25: The Handcuffs Diplomats of Solid Sound The Service The Slugs
Creating a Branded Podcast (Panel) - Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 738)
Jun 4 2022
Creating a Branded Podcast (Panel) - Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 738)
Small businesses… big companies… entrepreneurs… it seems like the demand for branded podcasts is at an all time high.   In a panel recorded at Chicago Podcast Day in May, 2022, I was joined by Patrick Brower (Contest of Challengers) and Alex Stewart (Sassy Confetti) for a helpful, insightful discussion about how to meaningfully build a brand extension in the audio content space.
From Word of Mouth to Paid Ads: How to Best Use Social Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 737)
Jun 4 2022
From Word of Mouth to Paid Ads: How to Best Use Social Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 737)
You’re on social media. Your audience is on social media. So how do you effectively nurture your community and grow your audience? That’s the focus of this Chicago Podcast Day panel, which includes true masters of the social space: Erik White (VP Digital Sales & Strategic Initiatives, Cumulus Media; former boss of mine)   Mike Vanderbilt (Best Bartender in Chicago, Windy City Double Feature Picture Show, Centerfold: Revealing Culture Through Playboy Magazine, Cheap Tracks: A History Of Cheap Trick Song By Song) Lizzie Baumgartner (Audio production coordinator, Audacy; The Emo Social Club)
What Can Digital Audio Learn From Traditional Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 736)
Jun 4 2022
What Can Digital Audio Learn From Traditional Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 736)
This episode features the audio from a panel held at the first-ever “Chicago Podcast Day” event held at 2112 on May 21, 2022.   “What Can Digital Audio Learn From Traditional Media?” was the focus, and my guests were prolific creators who cut their teeth in traditional media. I admire them all:   Jill Hopkins (New Media & Civic Events Producer, Metro family of Venues; WBEZ, Vocalo) Amy Guth (WGN Radio, Crain’s Daily Gist) Todd Ganz (If the Walls Could Talk, 100.3, 101.9 FM)   Lots of fantastic information and storytelling happening here: Even if you’re not a podcaster/aspiring podcaster, I think you’ll enjoy listening!
Night Spice eats spicy food from Beacon Tap (Episode 735)
Jun 3 2022
Night Spice eats spicy food from Beacon Tap (Episode 735)
Beacon Tap (1374 Lee, Des Plaines) was one of the last restaurants Car Con Carne visited before lockdown (March 2, 2020). Now, just over two years later, I was more than excited to return.   I was joined by the talented Kevin Singleton of the new(ish) synth-based band Night Spice for this visit. We absolutely tore through Beacon Tap’s menu, guided by the charming and hospitable Beacon Tap General Manager, Tommy Riemer.   We talked a lot about Night Spice's new release, “Welcome to Miami, IL," which is available for streaming in two versions: Instrumental and band-with-vocals... and they sound like two entirely different projects.   Kevin and I also talked about the evolution and the far-reaching, multi-platform, vision of Night Spice as we ramp up to the band’s performance at Summerfest next month and RIOT FEST in September.
The Handcuffs release best album to date: The reverential ‘Burn the Rails’ (Episode 734)
Jun 1 2022
The Handcuffs release best album to date: The reverential ‘Burn the Rails’ (Episode 734)
Chicago band the Handcuffs will release their finest moment to date on Friday (6/3), “Burn the Rails,” on Pravda Records.   ⅗ of the band joined me to talk about the new album onsite at Sketchbook Brewing in Skokie, which is where the Handcuffs will perform in a few weeks for Pravda Fest:   Friday June 24:  Boom Hank  Hushdrops  Steve Dawson  Josh Caterer    Saturday June 25:  The Handcuffs  Diplomats of Solid Sound  The Service  The Slugs
‘If Elvira & Wednesday Adams did shots of snake venom at a bachelorette party’ - The Darts (Episode 733)
May 26 2022
‘If Elvira & Wednesday Adams did shots of snake venom at a bachelorette party’ - The Darts (Episode 733)
“Garage-punk-rock grrls will make your head slam and your feet shake. And then there's the music” The Darts play Liar’s Club on May 28 (along with Mystery Actions and the Rumours). In advance of that, Nicole Laurenne from the Darts jumps on Car Con Carne to talk about the band’s eerie beach party vibes, the new EP (“Love Tsunami”), how they wrote what should be the “song of the summer,” the coolness of vinyl, the coolness of Chicago and how Facebook can be an inspiration.
Dialogue with Howard Jones in advance of ‘Dialogue’ tour (Episode 732)
May 20 2022
Dialogue with Howard Jones in advance of ‘Dialogue’ tour (Episode 732)
Howard Jones returns to the Greater Chicagoland area on July 2 for a show at the Des Plaines Theater (with Midge Ure!)The legendary synth pop hitmaker joined me for an episode that talked about his decades of music excellence, from “Human’s Lib” through this summer’s “Dialogue” album. Howard Jones is a longtime favorite, and it was an honor to chat with him for 30 minutes on this episode of Car Con Carne. Photo: Simon Fowler / howardjones.com
LBC 25, Riot Fest and Mr. Ms. & the Infusions: Stubhy (Episode 731)
May 14 2022
LBC 25, Riot Fest and Mr. Ms. & the Infusions: Stubhy (Episode 731)
Two weeks from the day this episode was recorded, Lucky Boys Confusion will play a sold-out 25th anniversary show at Bottom Lounge. Didn’t get tickets in time? No worries: The band was just announced as part of this year’s Riot Fest lineup!    My guest is longtime friend Stubhy of LBC. We talk about the LBC shows coming up, as well as his spectacular new solo project, Mr. Ms. & the Infusions. We also discuss his invisible disability (MS) and upcoming plans to raise awareness and funds to fight it.   Stubhy’s one of a small few guests that I never need to prep for. As proof, we went for an hour before I realized it was probably time to wrap things up!
PravdaFest is coming! (Episode 730)
May 11 2022
PravdaFest is coming! (Episode 730)
PravdaFest celebrates the 38th anniversary of Chicago-based Pravda Records on June 24 & June 25. Sketchbook in Skokie is playing host to epic Pravda reunions and performances, including: FRIDAY 6/24 -Boom Hank, Hushdrops, Steve Dawson, Josh Caterer SATURDAY 6/25 -Handcuffs, Diplomats of Solid Sound, The Service, The Slugs Joining me to preview the event and talk Pravda history are Service members and Pravda founders Kenn Goodman and Rick Mosher.
Chicago Podcast Day is coming! A solo podcast episode (Episode 729)
May 3 2022
Chicago Podcast Day is coming! A solo podcast episode (Episode 729)
A podcast guest canceled at the last minute, but the show must go on … I’m podcasting tonight from the home office/studio. I talk at length about podcasting and Chicago Podcast Day (happening 5/21/22 at 2112 in Chicago), my record collecting sickness, live music events I’m looking forward to, the state of radio and the Season 4 moment that hooked me back in to Ozark.
Star Union Spirits in Peru, IL embraces history, delivers award-winning spirits (Episode 728)
Apr 28 2022
Star Union Spirits in Peru, IL embraces history, delivers award-winning spirits (Episode 728)
The Chicago Rum Fest is this Saturday at Logan Square Auditorium (2538 N. Kedzie). Joining me to talk about the event, as well as their own spectacular line of spirits, are Jeff Yosowitz and Bob Windy of Star Union Spirits. The Peru, IL distillery is cranking out award-winning spirits that you will absolutely love. Cheers!