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This episode finds me at FoxFire (17 W. State St., Geneval IL) for a conversation with owner/chef K.C. Gulbro. Chef Gulbro talked about the restaurant’s longevity in the Geneva area, the only “right” cooking temperature for steak, the FoxFire menu and where and how he got his chops (specifically: cooking chops and pork chops). As we chatted, we ind…
 
Adam T. Siska of the Academy Is ... is my guest this week! He joined me for a chat over dumplings from the Joong Boo Wang Mandoo stand outside Joog Boo Market on the northwest side. It’s one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets (trust me). With the Academy Is continuing their reunion that kicked off over Riot Fest weekend last year, Adam talked about whe…
 
For this conversation, we met at Club Lago in River North (331 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654). Owner GianCarlo was kind enough to jump in the car with a variety of items from Lago’s menu, and it was all delicious. Also in the car for this episode is Patrick’s friend, Jessica. What are the two of them up to? You’ll watch/hear, but let’s just say …
 
Brian Case (singer/guitarist) of FACS joins me for a chat in advance of their new release, “Still Life in Decay.” We met for hot dogs at Red Hot Ranch, ate depression dogs and talked about: *FACS capturing the moment with each of the band’s annual releases. *The upcoming record release shows at Empty Bottle. *The tension that comes across in the ba…
 
Djunah’s second album, “Femina Furens,” is brave. It’s raw. It’s cathartic. It’s gut wrenching. It’s fierce. It’s vulnerable. Most importantly, it’s great. Donna Diane of Djunah jumped in the car outside Innjoy, in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, to talk about the new album. Much of the songwriting evolved from Donna’s “diagnosis and cont…
 
This episode is a perfect example of what Car Con Carne tries to accomplish. I’m joined by the Nettes (Alex, Kristina and Sonya) for a visit to Perkolator (6032 W. Irving Park) in Portage Park. Before enjoying coffee and breakfast from Perkolator, the Nettes performed a stunning, how-did-they-do-that-in-a-car, version of their song “Another Bet.” J…
 
David, Shen and Chris of Moon join me to chat about their fourth full-length, “Sapiens.” The album will finally see a vinyl release at the Moon show at Live Wire on 3/11 (also appearing: Rocket Miner & 5RVL5). We talk about the very personal nature of some of the album’s songs, the joys of vinyl and what appropriate attire is for the 3/11 show. If …
 
Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering joins me for a chat at award-winning distillery, FEW Spirits (918 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL). Poi Dog started 2023 off with their tenth full-length album, “Keep On Loving Each Other.” The messages within are exactly what we all need to hear at this point in our shared history… and the songwriting and musicianship a…
 
Aweful (Traci, Lucy and Izzy) joined me at Tony D’s (7725 W. Belmont, Elmwood Park) for delicious wings and tacos. We talked about Aweful’s new video (“Open Heart”), their history and their forthcoming release. Thanks to Tony D’s for the hospitality and good eats! __ Car Con Carne is sponsored by Suburban Roofing and Siding, a family-owned company …
 
Ivan Julian is a guitar monster … a punk pioneer … a founding member of Richard Hell & the Voidoids. He’s also played with bands and artists like the Clash, Matthew Sweet and Shriekback. We met outside Rattleback Records in Chicago and talked about: *“Swing Your Lanterns,” his new solo release on Pravda. *The emerging New York scene in the 1970s *I…
 
On this episode of the Looking Glass, Pete welcomes Kevin Kellam, Pat Creed, Katie Cascone, and Chris "Pooch" Puchmelter to the program for a very special roundtable discussion on how we all fell in love with pro-wrestling, and why we are still fans today.Music Credit:Frost Waltz(Alternative) Kevin MacLeod(incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Co…
 
Feed the Beasts is hosting a metal-themed cat rescue benefit at Soundgrowler Brewing Co. (8201 183rd Street Suite P, Tinley Park) on February 18 (5pm start). I’m joined by Nicci and Dan, the kind souls behind Feed the Beasts, as well as Feed the Beasts-adjacent artist Jonathan Grimm. We talk about the how and why Nicci and Dan started rescuing cats…
 
For the second year in a row, vinyl records outsold CDs in the U.S. I’m at a point where I have a turntable. My son has a turntable. My daughter has a turntable. The appeal… the draw… of vinyl records is at the heart of the documentary film “Vinyl Nation.” Joining me to talk about the movie are directors/producers Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boon…
 
In this episode, I’m joined by Chicago indie band LOTEC (Dan, Kenny and Sean) for a visit to PINK’S SHRIMP & OYSTERS (773 N. Quentin Road). LOTEC’s back after being away for… decades (how is that even possible?). We talk about their just-released fourth album, ”Squares,” what the past meant, and what the future holds for them. As for the food from …
 
Eater Chicago named Bartoli’s one of the Essential Deep Dish Pizza Restaurants in Chicago. USA Today called Bartoli’s Chicago’s Best Pizza. Food And Wine said it’s the Best Pizza in Chicago. The critics aren’t wrong… Bartoli’s makes fantastic pizza. For this episode, I’m joined by Bartoli’s Owner/Founder Brian Tondryk. We talked about Bartoli’s pla…
 
Mustafa, Eric and Jon from the Brokedowns joined me for a chat over slices from Dante’s Pizzeria (3028 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). We talked about their fantastic new album, “Maximum Khaki,” their first release in five (!) years. We also talked about laserdiscs, the joy of vinyl, Pink Floyd, video making, that awesome “Maximum Khaki” album …
 
Comedian Mike Stricker joins me for hot dogs from Gene & Jude’s in this episode. He’s a very funny guy, and we talked about: *How I totally forgot we’d already met, and feel really dumb about it. *Gene & Jude’s war on ketchup. *McDonald’s ketchup profiteering. *Mike’s goal to perform in all 50 states. *Mike’s vape shop performances (no, really). *W…
 
Chicago Magazine says Peanut Park Trattoria (1359 W. Taylor St.) is one of the “10 hottest restaurants in Chicago right now.” Time Out named it one of the 30 best Italian restaurants in the city. The accolades are well-deserved. Dave Bonomi, owner of Peanut Park Trattoria (1359 W. Taylor), joined me to talk about Peanut Park as we ate delicious pas…
 
Sweetie is an excellent Chicago-based punk band with Birdy Vee, Sweet Johnny Marble, and Joe Pennington. The band joined me for a chat before a gig at Punk Rock Tacos on 1/13/23, and we talked about: The religious rebellion that shows up in their songs The band’s origin story Their cool cover of “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’” The appeal of bei…
 
Noah Corona, creator and curator of Punk Rock Tacos, joins me for an episode about the ongoing live music series. The need for all-ages shows has never been stronger, and Punk Rock Tacos nailed it. This was my first visit, and every expectation I had for it was exceeded. Noah and I talked outside Cemitas Poblanas (345 North Avenue Villa Park), and …
 
It’s Dry January, and I think a lot of us are working toward GO BREWING’s mantra of “Less alcohol, fewer calories… more productive tomorrows.” Go Brewing is the first low-alcohol or NA brewery in Illinois, and I’m joined by Go Brewing’s President, Joe Chura, for this episode. We talk about Go Brewing’s first 90 days since opening the taproom, the c…
 
The members of GHOST FOREST (singer/guitarist Scott “Gub” Conway, drummer James Kimball, bassist Brant McCrea, join me on the first episode of 2023. We recorded at the super cool Rot Shop (a former location and topic for Car Con Carne) and chatted about the band’s fiery post-punk debut. It’s primal, powerful, stuff. Check out the interview, then st…
 
We've been told for decades that the future is digital. That computers and the internet will solve all of our problems. But what if we were wrong? What if the answer to our problems is analog and more human interactions. In his new book, The Future is Analog- How to Create a More Human World, Canadian based journalist David Sax explore these and ot…
 
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 band in the 20s: How do you reach beyond the ‘converted?’ …
 
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” (listen to this as soon as you can; you’ll l…
 
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 Night 1 & 5” and ate amazing food fro…
 
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