08/31/2012 02:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pete Turner of Illegal Pete's on Bands, Bullet Trains, Boulder, and Yes, Burritos

On this week's podcast, Pete Turner of Illegal Pete's joins us to talk bands, Boulder and bullet trains. And yes, burritos too, because alliteration is fun.


We force Pete to dig up repressed memories of Blinky the Clown, the local television icon who passed away this week at the age of 91. Ron questions the cost of the Colorado State Fair's winning steer. We theorize on the special terms behind Sports Authority's urban camping permit for Sniagrab and then hitch a taxi ride with Mayor Michael Hancock, whose welcome video now plays in the back seat of 550 local Yellow Cabs.

In celebration of Illegal Pete's 17th anniversary, Pete takes us on a stroll down memory lane, sharing the ups and downs of being one of Colorado's most beloved burrito barons. We talk about the Illegal Pete's Starving Artist program, their record label, and the exotic menagerie of artists and local acts that the company sponsors. And Pete breaks news by announcing a new album from Esme Patterson due out in November -- then lets us play an exclusive track from the album.

We talk about Seth Brigham, one of Boulder's most obnoxious citizens, and the recent court ruling that denied a permanent restraining order (requested by the Boulder City Council) against him. Then, naturally, we use the opportunity to collectively shake our heads and say, "Boulder, you've changed, man."

Finally, we explore the wonders of tube trains, alpine slides, and other possible solutions to I-70 traffic, then take a side trip to Moscow to learn about Muchachos, the first Illegal Pete's restaurant in Russia.

MUSICAL BREAK: "Jessica" by Esme Patterson from All Princes, I

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