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Yak Channel is a podcast network featuring shows on Chicago nightlife and culture. Listen for weekly podcasts on sex (REVEALING with Michelle L'Amour), music (JBTV), food (Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol), small business/comics (Contest of Challengers) living with disability (Quad Podcast) and more!

Yak Channel is a podcast network featuring shows on Chicago nightlife and culture. Listen for weekly podcasts on sex (REVEALING with Michelle L'Amour), music (JBTV), food (Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol), small business/comics (Contest of Challengers) living with disability (Quad Podcast) and more!


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Yak Channel is a podcast network featuring shows on Chicago nightlife and culture. Listen for weekly podcasts on sex (REVEALING with Michelle L'Amour), music (JBTV), food (Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol), small business/comics (Contest of Challengers) living with disability (Quad Podcast) and more!






Safety, accessibility and unity: Building the Humanity is the Genre Festival (Episode 654)

Guitars Over Guns. Sounds great to me. The Humanity is the Genre Festival is happening 9/25, from 12-6:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the historic landmark Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Bronzeville. Joining me for this episode DJ Lady D and Yin Waster, two musical acts who are part of the overall collective behind the festival and its mission to make kids’ lives better… through music.


Welcome to ‘Septemburger’ (Episode 653)

Three chefs, one show! Chicago Gourmet’s “Hamburger Hop” event is happening right now, and joining me to talk about it are Chef Daniel Pineda (Whiskey Business), Chef Yani Sanchez (Takito) and Chef Michael Hernandez (Azul). We’re talking burgers. We’re talking food. We’re talking Chicago. Join us!


Beverly Art Walk strolls into 8th year (Episode 652)

The Beverly Art Walk strolls into its 8th year with another fantastic event on Saturday, 9/18. Spanning from 95th to 111th Streets, Walden to Western Avenue, this year’s walk includes 100 artists, pop-ups, gallery exhibitions, home studio visits and more! Joining me to talk about this year’s event are Music Curator Chris Castaneda and artist Preston Thomas.


Recapping (The Daily Life of Frank)

This week on The Daily Life of Frank, he talks about his daughter wanting to listen to the podcast, the new meds he is on, recaps his Labor Day weekend, remembers 9/11, shares a dad joke, and more!


Chicago Philharmonic’s new Composer in Residence Marcus Norris (episode 651)

Musician and composer (and former Chicagoan) Marcus Norris is the Chicago Philharmonic’s new composer in residence. You can see his epic piece, “Glory,” performed in the Philharmonic’s season opening production OUT OF THE SILENCE this Sunday (9/12) at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. One of the things we talked at length about is how Classical music is a blind spot for people under the age of 60, myself included. He talks about how he discovered and fell in love with...


The Joy Thieves: Defying expectations on ‘American Parasite’ (Episode 650)

A loose collective of musicians delivered one of the year’s tightest sets of music. The Joy Thieves recently put out their first full-length (“American Parasite”), and gave us the cathartic, drive fast, live-without-consequences, kind of music that the end of summer was made for. And when I say “loose collective,” The Joy Thieves’ 50+ member roster also includes current, former and touring members of Ministry, Stabbing Westward, Nitzer Ebb, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, ,...


New Orleans (The Daily Life of Frank)

Frank shares about his time in New Orleans, how school is going for his son so far, his Labor Day plans, reads some parenting tweets, watching All Elite Wrestling in the theater and much more! ********************* Full list of parenting tweets via BuzzFeed here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/asiawmclain/brutally-funny-parenting-tweets


Beloved Chicago band Pulsars return with "largely unheard lost tracks from your favorite weirdos" (Episode 649)

Mid-90s. Chicago. Bands across the city were swept up in a record company feeding frenzy the likes of which we’d never see again. You know the names of some of the bands, as a handful were able to establish a fairly large footprint. Others have sadly faded into the ether. Somewhere closer to the latter of those two distinctions is one of my favorite artists of that era: Pulsars… a band that got one album on Almo sounds, the label started by the guys who founded A&M Records. Almo did okay out...


Dad Mode (The Daily Life of Frank)

Frank and his family are back from vacation and he recaps the full rundown including his son’s gas problem, going into Dad mode, being addicted to claw machines, and more. Plus he talks about his son’s first day at kindergarten, and more!


Local black metal project Annihilus is raw, primal and awesome (Episode 648)

Raw. Primal. Awesome. Black metal project Annihilus returns with the follow-up to last year’s celebrated “Ghanima” release with “Follow a Song From the Sky.” Luca Cimarusti joins me to talk about forging the album during sheltering-in-place, why the band name should make Marvel Comics fans happy, and where Annihilus fits in the Chicago music landscape. The show kicks off this week with one Car Con Carne announcement and one Car Con Carne-adjacent announcement!


The Stranglers return with ‘Dark Matters’: An interview with J.J. Burnel (Episode 647)

"Committed for insanity and crimes against the soulThe worst crime that I ever did was play some rock 'n roll." The Stranglers have been around for over four decades and have seen and done it all. In the early days, they opened for the first British tours for Patti Smith and Ramones. Sonically, their music has defiantly skirted definition, though “post punk” is probably a safe way to describe them. The past year was rough for the band: Keyboardist Dave Greenfield, a guy whose playing was...


Blind Adam and the Federal League release new album on Anti-Flag’s A-F Records (Episode 646)

Anti-Flag is one of America’s most tireless activist voices in music, and they have a kindred spirit in Chicago’s Blind Adam and the Federal League. Blind Adam and the Federal League return with their new album, An Act of Desperation, on September 10th on the A-F label. Here tonight to talk about the album’s release are Blind Adam and Chris #2 from Anti-Flag. Besides the Blind Adam album coming out on A-F, Chris produced and engineered it. Chris had a shaky Zoom connection, but that’s just...


The Sports Report (The Daily Life of Frank)

It’s a sports packed edition of The Daily Life of Frank! This week Frank talks about the Field of Dreams game, his beloved Chicago Bears being back, food galore, vacation time, and more!


Mice (The Daily Life of Frank)

Frank has some unwelcome visitors inside his Dadcave that thinks have finally left. Plus, animals are overrunning his deck, where he thinks his son is getting his attitude from, heading on vacation, and much more!


The beer! The food! Crushed By Giants redefines what River North can be (Episode 645)

Oh, man. Crushed By Giants rules. I spent the afternoon with Marketing Director Joe Steigerwald, Head Brewer David Kerns and Head Chef Enrique Roman. I got to watch Crushed By Giants in motion, but more importantly, I got to sample everything. For locals who are iffy on spending time in River North, this is a true destination for you. For tourists visiting our fair city, maybe skip that trip to the chains and spend some time with a Bad Day Remedy Imperial West Coast IPA. Crushed By Giants is...


BEHOLD… THE GIANT PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICH from The Rambler Kitchen + Tap (Episode 644)

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap (4128 N. Lincoln) has become a fast favorite over the past two years. Owner Kyle Bagley is here to talk about his business, and to show off THE GIANT PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICH


The superheroic life and music of the man behind V is for Villains (Episode 643)

Live streaming is back on Car Con Carne! We're live from Temperance Beer Co. (2000 Dempster) in Evanston! Joining me for today's chat is the delightful Mr. Agitator of V is for Villains. Will he enjoy a Greenwood Beach Blonde Ale, the Temperance summer beer? Will he scare away the locals? Will he catch us up on what's coming from the band? Watch and/or listen and find out! Thanks to Temperance for their hospitality.


Neighborhood (The Daily Life of Frank)

Frank shares how he and his son are walking buddies, almost showing too much to the neighbor, masks are back, the Olympics, and more!


The plight of concert photographers, “fair use” and entertainment law (Episode 642)

Concert photographers are facing increasingly more oppressive "rights grabs." And that's how tonight's conversation with photographer Bobby Talamine and entertainment lawyer Ilya Zlatkin (of Zlatkin Wong) started. We covered the release forms photographers have to sign in order to shoot a show, "fair use" and its role in our digital lives, and what a photographer like Bobby can do for his career moving forward. This is a long one, folks, but only because it's super interesting. Thanks for...


WWE’s Damian Priest and his whirlwind year (Episode 641)

WWE Superstar Damian Priest is having a very good year, starting with his Royal Rumble entry in January, continuing through his tag match at WrestleMania, alongside Bad Bunny. He joins me today to talk about his career, the music he listens to, and what transitioning from NXT has been like. See Damian Priest at RAW, LIVE IN CHICAGO on Monday August 2 … then watch him at SummerSlam from Allegiant Stadium in Vegas on Saturday, August 21. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry, who...