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'Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records' (Episode 228)

5/20/2019
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Julia Nash and husband Mark Skillicorn join me this week to talk about their superb documentary film,"Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records." The cultural contributions of Wax Trax! can't be measured (nor can I adequately summarize them here). The best I can do is share some descriptive words about the store and label: Groundbreaking, dangerous, liberating, inclusive, edgy, pulsating, throbbing, relentless... what were we talking about again? Julia is more than qualified to...

Duration:00:37:06

We’re About Bringing Families Closer Together (Contest of Challengers)

5/20/2019
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Just your average episode with 2 comic shop owners talking about business! How we now order DC “B” covers. Ordering for July is soul-crushing. The difference between schilling and imparting information. Filling requests by any means necessary. Reporting all damages, shortages and overages. An alternate take on Free Comic Book Day. When the deep discount offer just isn’t worth it, even if you qualify. Is it time to stop hosting signings and events? Contest of Challengers Bingo continues!...

Duration:01:29:30

FaceTiming (The Daily Life of Frank)

5/20/2019
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This week on The Daily Life of Frank, it’s time give Mom’s the credit they deserve! Plus Frank talks about his kids being away and how as parents we deep down miss them, how his daughter is a great giver, his big fear with his daughter facetiming, garage sales, and more! In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Frank shares his personal story and tips that have helped him. All this and more on this week’s Daily Life of Frank!

Duration:00:40:12

Listen to a live musical preview of 'Take Me' with Jon Langford and actors Nicole Bloomsmith and Carmine Grisolia (Episode 227)

5/13/2019
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"Take Me" debuts at the Strawdog Theatre Company on May 20. Co-created by the team of Mark Guarino and Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons, lots of amazing things), "Take Me" is "a comic fantasia about searching the vast universe for answers when all along they may be found inside." Langford returns to Car Con Carne, and this time he brought "Take Me" actors Nicole Bloomsmith and Carmine Grisolia with him! They performed three songs from "Take Me" in the Mazda, and they were breathtakingly...

Duration:00:34:03

'When you're on the street, you've got a millisecond to make a decision' - The Chicago PoPo Report joins me for cop talk (Episode 226)

5/10/2019
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Paul Ciolino and Lupe Aguirre of The Chicago PoPo Report (Saturdays 7-9 p.m. on WLS-AM 890) jump in my car to talk about crime and punishment. Discussed this week: We got breaded steak sandwiches from Freddie's on 31st, a "total cop restaurant." Paul and Lupe are trailblazers. The seemingly-imminent legalization of marijuana in Illinois. Is Chicago the violent dystopia we see reported on the news? "You go to the east of the Cell, you've got a problem." What do people get wrong in their...

Duration:00:31:16

If you can make it in Lithuania, you can make it anywhere. Also, Fort Frances eats tacos. (Episode 225)

5/8/2019
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This week, it's taco time with Chicago band Fort Frances (David, Aaron and Jason), arguably the only Chicago band to have earned superstar status in Lithuania. Equal parts Americana and indie rock, Fort Frances can comfortably live next to ANYTHING ON ANY OF YOUR PLAYLISTS. Discussed this week: The Will Smith cover that helped their career explode, particularly in Lithuania. We avoided Anaphylaxis! Fort Frances' music history The new song, "Double Take," which is awesome (love the horns!)...

Duration:00:28:20

Buncha Horsecrap (The Daily Life of Frank)

5/6/2019
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This week on the Daily Life of Frank, he talks about Cinco De Mayo, trip to the White Sox game, problematic doctors visit, and his family’s derby tradition. Plus how Star Wars is on bucketlist, his son’s problems, and much more!

Duration:00:39:17

Get Ready for the Little Girls (Contest of Challengers)

5/4/2019
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Contest of Challengers 422 It’s an interview episode with Nicholas Aflleje & Sarah DeLaine from the brand new Image Comics graphic novel LITTLE GIRLS. Who are they? What is Little Girls about? How did it come about? They’re going to be at Challengers on Monday, May 13th, for a full on release party! Featuring LIVE MUSIC from both Kachi The Band and Gentle Heat! More info on all the music!! Kachi The Band: https://kachitheband.bandcamp.com/ Gentle Heat: https://gentleheat.bandcamp.com/ And...

Duration:01:04:22

'Porno movies watered down for 13 year olds' - Author Mike McPadden talks coming-of-age movies over Gino's East Pizza (Episode 224)

5/1/2019
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Mike "McBeardo" McPadden, author of TEEN MOVIE HELL - A CRUCIBLE OF COMING-OF-AGE COMEDIES FROM ANIMAL HOUSE TO ZAPPED! joins me for fantastic pizza from Gino's East River North (a true Chicago classic). We tackled a fantastic deep dish "Gino's Supreme" and had scant few leftovers to speak of by the time we left the car! We talked at length about teen coming-of-age comedies, and: We didn't use plates; we went "full animal." The "Slobs vs. the Snobs." Mike's book is perfect for bathroom...

Duration:00:41:33

'Porno movies watered down for 13 year olds' - Author Mike McPadden on Car Con Carne

5/1/2019
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Mike "McBeardo" McPadden, author of TEEN MOVIE HELL - A CRUCIBLE OF COMING-OF-AGE COMEDIES FROM ANIMAL HOUSE TO ZAPPED! joins Car Con Carne for fantastic pizza from Gino's East River North.

Duration:00:41:33

Legendary comic book artist Alex Ross talks about his work, the comic industry and his 'Marvelocity' museum exhibit (Episode 223)

4/23/2019
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Alex Ross is one of the most celebrated artists in the history of comic books. His breathtaking painted covers and interiors are simply unmatched. He breathes life into every character he puts on the page, showing us what these characters would look like if they actually walked among us. I've been lucky to interview Alex a few times through the years. The first time was waaaaay back when I worked at Q101 (the first time around). I also did a piece on him for Time Out Chicago several years...

Duration:00:32:33

Legendary comic artist Alex Ross talks about his work, the industry and his museum exhibit (CCC)

4/23/2019
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Alex Ross is one of the most celebrated artists in the history of comic books. His breathtaking painted covers and interiors are simply unmatched. He breathes life into every character he puts on the page, showing us what these characters would look like if they actually walked among us.

Duration:00:32:33

Carnival in Town (The Daily Life of Frank)

4/23/2019
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This week Frank talks about his fear of carnies, his Dad's mistake for Lover's Lane, almost getting mugged, his daughter and her texting habit, and much more

Duration:00:30:03

Easter Recap on the Road (The Daily Life of Frank)

4/23/2019
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This week Frank records the podcast from his car on his way to the doctors. He recaps everything Easter, talks about places he doesn’t want to use the bathroom, and much more!

Duration:00:18:00

Katie Cole talks music, touring and Smashing Pumpkins while eating Haymarket tater tots (Episode 222)

4/22/2019
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Singer/songwriter and Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Katie Cole met me at the wonderful Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W. Randolph, Chicago) for food and conversation. She was in town to play Haymarket the following night, and you'll hear us plug the show. You'll also hear us discuss: Michael from Haymarket hand delivered our delicious Haymarket food! Too bad he wasn't on roller skates. Katie's side hustle with the Smashing Pumpkins. Haymarket's Americana series is fantastic. Katie's superior...

Duration:00:32:07

That train overhead? It's the 'L.' That amazing performance? It's the return of the War on Peace. (Episode 221)

4/14/2019
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The War on Peace (Grahm, Steven and Jeremy) returns to Car Con Carne for another hard-to-believe-it-was-done-in-a-car performance! They previewed the new song "High School" from the forthcoming EP, "Mutual Destruction" and joined me for fabulous Tacos Al Pastor from Taqueria Moran. See The War on Peace May 17h at Lincoln Hall! There may be balloon animals. Discussed this week: A return to thematic darkness for the band. There's a train overhead: "It's called the 'L'." I'm like the Carson of...

Duration:00:25:03

Jim DeRogatis takes on R. Kelly while Vortis takes on greasy tacos (Episode 220)

4/10/2019
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This week, I go for tacos with Chicago punk band Vortis (Louie Calvano, Jim DeRogatis, Tony Tavano). Jim's more famously known as co-host of the nationally syndicated "Sound Opinions" show, a celebrated music critic and author of several exemplary music-related books. Jim and I go waaaay back. We first met and worked together at the start of my radio career, and I adore him. Over the past several years, Jim's been at the center of the R. Kelly case. He broke the story in 2000, and his...

Duration:01:01:45

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4/7/2019
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This week on a brand new episode of The Daily Life of Frank: Frank talks about why he is in a sour mood, and how he lost a box of Capri Sun. He also talks about the biggest event in sports entertainment!

Duration:00:30:36

'(Chicago fans) would know the arcane stuff' - Music legend Robyn Hitchcock (Episode 219)

4/4/2019
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Robyn Hitchcock is unique by any estimation. It's not just his songwriting, lyrics, world view and effortless charisma... it's also that he's managed to release consistently solid music for decades, up through and beyond 2017's self-titled album. This is wholly anomalous in the industry. I mean, even the Stones crapped out after "Some Girls," and Bowie got kinda sketchy for a while after "Scary Monsters." Hitchcock has known no such hiccups. He's long been a favorite songwriter of mine, so...

Duration:00:34:22

Birthday Bash (The Daily Life of Frank)

3/27/2019
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This week on a brand new episode of The Daily Life of Frank: Frank talks about basketball, his little girl’s birthday bash, and his sons biting habit. Plus he talks about his broken tooth, Batman mug, and what not to ask meteorologists. All this and more this week on The Daily Life of Frank!

Duration:00:29:25