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'I got pretty high and Googled how to make hot sauce': Trying the delicious varieties of Soothsayer hot sauce

10/9/2018
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Kyle from Soothsayer Hot Sauce joins me for pizza from the thrice-visited Dante's Pizza (2825 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618). Discussed in this episode, presented by The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston (who provided a gorgeous CX-9 for this week's show): The literal dumpster fire outside Kyle's place. We sample all three Soothsayer sauces: Omen, Perdition (Soothsayer's flagship) and Harbinger. We eat Dante's "Slice of the Day," which is basically an Italian Beef on a pizza. Everything Kyle...

Duration:00:30:50

Son “Saves” the Day (The Daily Life of Frank)

10/9/2018
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This week on The Daily Life of Frank: I had to confront my Mom about her possible one night stand with JB Why does the cable company test my blood pressure when I’m all out of my medication? Son “saves” the Day by “fixing” the internet and TV outage All kids have a pooping spot A cruel joke we played on my younger brother The only calednar I have is 2018 and here’s small parts that I remember from a party I attended. Who is going to wake up for the 4AM PPV? I’m sorry Cubs Fans Bears Beat...

Duration:00:33:53

It’s Up to You, New York (Comic Con) (Contest of Challengers)

10/9/2018
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Good news-- we did not get broken into this week! The continuing story of Challengers and our (for now) alarm company. Add that to our wonky A/C bent front door and we have 3 too many maintenance issues at the moment. More security measures will be put into place. The New York Comic Con was going on as we recorded this, so we talk about some of the announcements that had been made. And then… things take a slightly dark turn as we’re not really excited by the slate of announcements. And by...

Duration:01:16:52

'This car doubles as an iron lung' - Eating vegan food with author Ashlee Piper (Give a S*it)

10/2/2018
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Car Con Carne, presented by the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston, heads to the Ravenswood area to meet up with author/vegan/sustainability expert Ashlee Piper (Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet.) Given Ashlee's background, it made sense to meet at Urban Vegan (1601-1603 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613). Discussed on the show this week: My first guest for a new sponsor has a book with profanity right in the title. Did I mess up when I went grocery shopping? Did I do the right...

Duration:00:32:07

Open Windows (The Daily Life of Frank)

10/1/2018
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This week on The Daily Life of Frank: I think we are overusing the term Fall “Weather” The Fall must be the President’s favorite time of year because he is it’s signature color Sipping on some Pumpkin Spiced Coffee New Fall TV shows are here and how This Is Us is so addicting Why is it when you have your windows open you can hear all your neighbors private things My family’s October is jammed pack and going on vacation Bill Cosby is headed to jail Da Bears And Much More!

Duration:00:32:09

Please Stop Robbing Us (Contest of Challengers)

10/1/2018
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Dark Matter has a new retail coffee shop right across the street from Challengers. We got broken into and robbed… again. We loved Heroes in Crisis #1 and don’t understand people that are so anti-Tom King. Dal is looking forward to Gran Morrison’s Green Lantern. Patrick, not so much. More love for Man-Eaters #1, now that it’s actually on sale! Doctor Strange has been really good and just had a neat twist. Batman Damned is now quarterly and #1 is not being reprinted at this time. We hope that...

Duration:00:57:38

'Journalists afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted' -Journalist Charlie Meyerson

9/26/2018
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Veteran (seasoned?) Chicago journalist Charlie Meyerson (currently of Chicago Public Square & Rivet, ex- of Chicago Tribune, WGN, WNUA and WXRT) joins me for subs and news talk at Submarine Tender (200 Desplaines Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130.) Just to get it out of the way, the restaurant's name isn't "Submarine Tenders," as wrongly stated early in the episode by your intrepid host. Chicago Public Square has become an indispensable part of my day. Go sign up for the daily newsletter right now....

Duration:00:33:20

The Daily Life Of Frank - Food Delivery Stories

9/23/2018
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This week on The Daily Life of Frank: I love that Fall is here Kayne is coming back to Chicago The Big Move TV is crooked No Shirt Neighbors Delivery Stories Chatty Delivery Drivers Browns and Bud Light And Much More!

Duration:00:30:59

Naked Raygun's Jeff Pezzati: A Chicago music icon

9/23/2018
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Naked Raygun is simply one of the greatest bands to emerge from Chicago. They helped define the Chicago punk sound in the 1980s with a handful of timeless albums and legendary live shows. Proving there is still justice to be found in the world, Raygun's legend is still being discovered and the band's catalog is finding its way into a new generation's streaming playlists. Of course, it doesn't hurt that one of the band's most high-profile evangelists is Dave Grohl, who frequently shares the...

Duration:00:20:11

Batman Damned If You Do (Contest of Challengers)

9/23/2018
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It’s almost time for our health insurance plans to be cancelled! If you complain that comics cost too much, maybe reevaluate your buying choices. What if a creator you love did something you have a serious moral objection to? And yes, there is a comic that shows Bruce Wayne’s penis. No, we do not have it. If you want it for that reason, just own up to it.

Duration:01:00:48

Pro tip: Don't invite people to your home who ignite flash bombs. Exploring Baconstock with 13-Monsters

9/22/2018
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13-Monsters members and co-organizers of the annual Baconstock event in Romeoville, Deb and Jamie, join me at this year's Baconstock for conversation about: Why is Deb wearing a stocking cap? 13-Monsters is "all about hats." The birth of Baconstock: It started as a birthday gift? Some very clear examples that prove we're not in Chicago raise their hands. "WELCOME TO THE STICKS, EVERYONE." Is Jamie a redneck? "I'm a city boy, but I moved out far just to have fun." Waze is constantly drunk....

Duration:00:18:34

Why craft brewing is like 'giving medicine to the sick': Metal Monkey Brewery

9/22/2018
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This week, Dan and Jason of Metal Monkey Brewing (515 Anderson Drive in Romeoville) jump in my car as the annual Baconstock festival in Romeoville was going on in the background. Metal Monkey is a beer fan's favorite... especially in the Romeoville area. During the course of our chat, we talked about: The balls it takes to start a brewery Why the lack of craft brewers in the area makes Metal Monkey Brewing the equivalent of medicine men. The new Oktoberfest beer. How the beer ideation...

Duration:00:07:49

Something Stinks in Comics Retail (Contest of Challengers)

9/18/2018
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The new DC Universe streaming service started today. Did we subscribe? If we did, did it work? The full Batman Day 2018 rundown, and comparisons to past events. Also, looking to 2019 and Batman 80th Anniversary. Also, Patrick cannot count… or add. Batman Damned #1 comes out next week and it’s already sold out. Marvel stealth-cancelled the brand new Vision mini-series before we could even turn in our orders for #1. Something smells bad in comics retail… And maybe we do know what we’re doing...

Duration:01:11:15

Cleveland Rocks (The Daily Life of Frank)

9/18/2018
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This week on The Daily Life of Frank: Airport Early Morning Conversations Sites of Cleveland So Many Floors at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Losing his Food Truck Virginity Over Sleeping No Extra Towels Examining if it’s really a Bed Bug? Uber Conversations and the One Crazy Uber Driver One of his Biggest Fears Breaking up with your true love and the Bears correlation and much more!

Duration:00:34:29

Best of Media Guests, Volume One

9/17/2018
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This week, it's a look back at some of Car Con Carne's best media guests. In this podcast (presented by Boost Mobile), I revisit great moments with: Matt Pinfield. The ex-MTV legend talks about music "guilty pleasures." WXRT DJ Johnny Mars. We talk about when I replaced Johnny at XRT, and a silly prank I pulled that ended up taking on a life at its own. Abe Kanan, Tim Virgin and Bass. Three of my most-frequent radio colleagues (and repeat guests, one and all) join me in conversation about...

Duration:00:26:20

Chicago band The Giving Moon is given encased meats

9/10/2018
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Chicago indie band the Giving Moon joins me this week for encased meets from Jr's Red Hots (2345 W. Armitage). Discussed on this week's show (which is sponsored by Boost Mobile): You never want to use the napkins packed with hot dogs. The band's epic 2-song performance in the Chicago finals of the national #next2rock competition. The backseat band members are also the Car Con Carne IT department. Sean is a horrifically messy eater. He "makes everything messy." Feeding bands is part of my...

Duration:00:18:57

The Cost of Doing Business (Contest of Challengers)

9/9/2018
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From the sound of glass shattering you’d think “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was on his way to the ring, but NO! It’s a break-in at Challengers. And, unrelated, identity theft! It’s a great week for criminals at Challengers’ expense! And we do mean ‘expense.’ Hear how we deal with these types of highly disappointing, yet not wholly unexpected, occurrences. Plus, the aftermath of the Ryan Browne GHA hardcover release party.

Duration:01:07:04

The Unofficial End to Summer (The Daily Life of Frank)

9/2/2018
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This week on The Daily Life of Frank: · Frank discussed the unofficial end to Summer, festivals, poor Naperville, and recounts his daughter encounter with a giant Hotdog from last year’s Fling · Its fantasy football draft season, and his bandwagon College football team · His trip to Cleveland, the love of learning and baseball bucket list, and how his last time he was away there might have been a murder in the other room · His meds are causing him to have romantic dreams. He shares a story...

Duration:00:38:13

The awkward 'bro hugs' that will forever define our relationship: Smoking Popes at 350 Fest

9/2/2018
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I'm joined this week by a Car Con Carne favorite: Smoking Popes! Half the band jumped in my car outside the annual 350 Fest in Tinley Park. Usually, I'm restricted to interviewing one Caterer brother (Josh). For this momentous occasion, I had two Caterers in the car (Josh and Eli)! Discussed in this episode, sponsored by Boost Mobile: The world's most awkward bro hug ("I sensed a reticence on your part... there was no torso contact"). I'm terrible at the handshake thing. The hug issue is in...

Duration:00:20:12

'Waiting for that career-ending F-bomb': Catching up with Tony from MEST at 350 Fest

9/2/2018
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In this episode, I sit down with Tony Lovato of Mest in the parking lot of this year's 350 Fest in Tinley Park. Discussed in this episode, sponsored by Boost Mobile: Looking back, what would Tony have done differently about Mest's major label run? Why an influential radio station wanted the band to change its name. The band's initial break-up, announced on MySpace. The band's return at Riot Fest, a few years ago. Is that tea in Tony's cup? It would have to be. We're in a car. 350 Fest is the...

Duration:00:09:36