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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!






Wheatonites Unite! Matt Derda at 302 Wheaton (Episode 689)

Musician Matt Derda joins me for food at 302 Wheaton (302 W. Front St.). We ate the “Wheaton Bowl” (it’s healthy, or so I’m told), fries, onion rings and more as we talked about Matt’s music and 302 Wheaton’s embracing of the local community.


Russian mythology and Italian sausage: Talking ‘Atomika’ over Johnnie’s Beef with comics creator Sal Abbinanti (Episode 688)

ATOMIKA: GOD IS RED, the independently-created graphic novel by Sal Abbinanti, is being compiled in a new Omnibus edition. Jump on the Kickstarter of Atomika while you can: It closes soon, and there are all kinds of cool extras and goodies you can get from stretch goals already hit! Sal’s a favorite of mine, and it was a pleasure to meet him at Johnnie’s Beef in Elmwood Park. Over Italian sausages, we talked about Atomika’s storyline and publication history, the independent and mainstream...


‘More bizarre than Battle Royale and far bloodier than The Ring’ - A.V. Club’s Katie Rife talks ‘Suicide Club’ (Episode 687)

“More bizarre than Battle Royale and far bloodier than The Ring”: Japanese shocker “Suicide Club” can be seen in two midnight showings at Music Box Theatre next weekend. Joining me to talk about Suicide Club is AV Club Senior Writer Katie Rife!


‘The Last Days of Capitalism’ takes on social class disparity, white privilege and authenticity (Episode 686)

The value of truth and money are explored (if not eviscerated) in the engaging, slow-burning new movie “The Last Days of Capitalism.” In a very lean, focused way, the film looks at white privilege, social class disparity, prositution and the fabric of social and sexual relationships. Joining me to talk about The Last Days of Capitalism are Writer/Director Adam Mervis, Lead Actor Mike Faiola and Lead Actress Sarah Rose Harper.


‘Cupid for Christmas’ aims arrow for Hulu this weekend (Episode 685)

Christmas and Valentine’s Day collide in “Cupid for Christmas,” a family-friendly new rom com movie debuting on Hulu this Saturday. Director Blayne Weaver returns to Car Con Carne to talk about the movie’s creation.


From thrift store find to record company publisher: Unearthing Lorna Donley and the Veil (Episode 684)

Have you ever discovered a band from a bygone era and had its music change your life? That’s what happened when music fan Eric Clements discovered a handful of cassettes at a thrift store from an 80s Chicago band called the Veil. The discovery led him down a rabbit hole to learn more. And that led him to start a record label to release a Lorna Donley & the Veil anthology, “Time Stands Still.”Clements is on the show today, along with David Thomas from the Veil, to talk about the thrill of...


Mysterious Chicago band Miirrors reflect on their future (Episode 683)

As they get ready to share a bill with Moritat at the Hideout tomorrow night, the men of Miirrors join me for a chat about music curation, live music, video creation and more!


BACK IN THE CAR with Hushdrops and Village Inn Pizzeria (Episode 682)

After a false start this summer, Car Con Carne is back in the car! This episode finds the car parked outside Village Inn (8050 Lincoln Avenue in Skokie) for a conversation with John San Juan of the long-running Chicago band Hushdrops. Hushdrops release what very may well be their finest recorded output to date, “The Static,” on Pravda Records this Friday (11/12). Also joining in on the conversation is Village Inn co-owner Desi Mulingbayan, who kindly provided delicious thin crust pizza (½...


‘Paranormal Activity’ documentarian and ‘Hell House LLC’ producer Joe Bandelli talks found footage (Episode 681)

The first Paranormal Activity made $193.4 million dollars on a $15,000 budget. The franchise is covered in deep, satisfying detail in the new documentary, "Paranormal Activity: Unknown Dimension," directed by Joe Bandelli. Joe joined me tonight to talk about his new doc (available on Paramount+), as well as the found footage franchise he produced: "Hell House LLC."


Dan Vapid and the Cheats are back with ‘Escape Velocity’ (Episode 680)

Dan Vapid and the Cheats return with a new album, “Escape Velocity,” on Friday. Considering Vapid’s career has included runs in the Methadones, Screeching Weasel and Riverdales, it may seem audacious to say that he’s delivered one of his best works yet. That said… I think he has. Dan Vapid and the Cheats return to Car Con Carne for a chat about the past, present and future.+


Bhoomi makes Indian cuisine accessible for Chicago (Episode 679)

Now that Bhoomi is up and running in the Urbanspace Food Hall (15 W. Washington), I’m catching up with Co-Founders Sukhu and Ajit Kalra to talk about their approach to Indian cuisine.


B-Movie themes collide with Chicago in George Zak's latest artwork (Episode 677)

Artist George Zak is back with new paintings to show off. See them in person at the Liar's Club Spooky Day Kickoff on Thursday 10/28!


TAAW returns to Berwyn for Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament (Episode 676)

The AAW is back with a massive weekend of live action starting Friday in Berwyn. Providing a preview of what you can expect are AAW play-by-play announcer Tyler Volz and Chicago’s patron saint of pro wrestling fandom, Kevin Kellam. Don’t sleep on these tickets. See you for the Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament!


500 Miles to Memphis go DIY and release best album (Episode 675)

500 Miles to Memphis just released their career best album, “Hard to Love,” and Ryan Malott joins me to talk about it. We cover a lot of topics: The new album, politics, the music business, the scourge of social media, alcohol use and abuse, watching horror movies while parenting, the appeal of cassettes and records, and the general awfulness of the “cowpunk” label.


Is Wolfden Brewing haunted? (Episode 674)

Is Wolfden Brewing haunted? There's an awful lot of lore around the 170 year-old house to support that belief. Wolfden GM Kyle Brauch joined me to talk about the unexplained phenomena at Wolfden, as well as the brewery's "Murder Den" pop-up. We also talked about the beer. Can't forget the beer. Visit Wolfden at 112 W. Lake Street in Bloomingdale.


Dez Money talks about his genetic ties to rock and roll and his musical path forward (Episode 673)

His dad’s last name is what might grab your interest, but Eddie Money's son, Dez, is carving his own path. He’s a singer. A multiinstrumentalist. A reality TV star. And yeah, a guy with pure musical DNA. He joined me tonight to chat about his musical genes, his passion for making videos, and the slow drip way he's presenting music to the world.


‘Songs From a Scene’ preview with LBC, the Dog & Everything and One Life (Episode 672)

Songs From a Scene ‘21 hits Bottom Lounge on 11/5 and 11/6. Joining me tonight at an undisclosed Midwest location to talk about the shows are Stubhy Pandav (Lucky Boys Confusion), Augie Schmidt (the Dog and Everything) and Pat Gilroy (One Life). Get your tickets soon. These shows are guaranteed sell-outs.


Singer/songwriter Nathan Graham returns to Car Con Carne! (Episode 671)

Nathan Graham, a favorite guest of Car Con Carne through the years, is back on the show as his new single, “Somebody Else” is taking off!


The Chicago International Film Festival ‘After Dark’ (Episode 670)

The Chicago International Film Festival returns on October 13! And it’s impossible to miss: North America’s longest-running competitive film festival features screenings in theaters, at the drive-in, and online. Joining me to talk about the CIFF’s “After Dark Series” is programmer Raul Benitez.


Haunted house time! Let’s go to 13th Floor and the Old Joliet Haunted Prison! (Episode 669)

Halloween season is my favorite time of the year, and haunted houses are a big part of it. Joining me tonight to talk about haunted houses 13th Floor Chicago and the Old Joliet Haunted Prison Haunted House is Bryan Kopp, Senior General Manager. (I regret mispronouncing Bryan's last name when I introduced him. I had a hard time reading his name on my screen, and feel awful about it. I made up for it in the end of the interview.)