L.A. TACO http://www.lataco.com "Celebrating the Taco lifestyle in Los Angeles" Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:29:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Every Taco Reference on the Simpsons Ever http://www.lataco.com/taco/every-taco-reference-simpsons-ever http://www.lataco.com/taco/every-taco-reference-simpsons-ever#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:29:44 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=65122 There’s an amazing new website on the interwebs called SimpsonsWorld.com, which collects every Simpsons episode from the past 26 seasons and allows you to watch them online. It also allows keyword search, so you know what that means– in-depth taconalysis from your friends at L.A. Taco! We discovered 22 references to tacos in the history […]

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There’s an amazing new website on the interwebs called SimpsonsWorld.com, which collects every Simpsons episode from the past 26 seasons and allows you to watch them online. It also allows keyword search, so you know what that means– in-depth taconalysis from your friends at L.A. Taco! We discovered 22 references to tacos in the history of the Simpsons. One of those was a reference to Dutch “Putting on the Ritz” singer but the rest were bonafide Mexican food references. The most common use of “taco” or “tacos” on the Simpsons over the past 20+ years has been when reference taco day at school or taco night at home, but there are also references to “Korean tacos” (in the service of a pretty good Judd Apatow burn) and Mexican wrestling “Taco Belly”. Two fictional taco places are mentioned, “Taco Joe’s” and “Taco Bueno,” which reminds us that Springfield needs some authentic Mexican food to come to town. Probably the best use of the word taco comes in Season One, when Selma and Patty show slides from their Mexican vacation, including “a Mexican delicacy called a Taco Platter.”

Overall, references to tacos are getting more common on the Simpsons, which seems natural as the taco lifestyle spreads worldwide. There were four references in the first ten seasons, eight in the next ten, and there have been ten in the last five seasons, including four in Season 25 alone. If any Simpsons writers are reading this post, we’d like to offer our services as consultants if the Simpsons ever want to do an entire episode on tacos, taco trucks, the taco lifestyle, or anything else that will help double the number of taco references in the past 25 years in one episode. Huge thanks to FXX for making this content available online!

Each episode linked below can be watched online, there are also three specific taco-related clips on the site that we tried to embed (it didn’t work), and you read through the transcript of every Simpsons taco reference of all time. Enjoy!

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Season 1, Episode 12. This is a Mexican delicacy called a “Taco Platter”. Watch the clip here.

Season 4, Episode 8: “- Ahoy, mateys.
Had your fill of tacos? Would ye sooner eat a bilge rat than another burger? Then come for all-you-can-eat seafood at The Frying Dutchman.”

Season 7, Episode 15: “What are you gonna spend your money on, kids? There’s a special on tacos down at the Taco Mat- hundred tacos for $100- I’m gonna get that.
I’m gonna contribute my money to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Tacos? Public broadcasting? I won’t have you kids throwing away your money like that.
You’re both coming downtown with me, and you’re gonna put that money in the bank.
Boy, I sure could go for 100 tacos right about now.
No.”

Season 9, Episode 16: “Hey, hey! Sabu! Uh, I need another magnum of your best champagne here, huh? And bring us the finest food you got stuffed with the second finest.
Excellent, sir.
Lobster stuffed with tacos.”

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Season 11, Episode 13: “Champion horse coming through! – What the- – [ Blares ] – Good horse.
Here’s one taco.
And you’ll get another when you win.”

Season 11, Episode 22: “Thank you, Taco, for that loving tribute to Falco.”

Season 13, Episode 15: “We were cleaning out a cooling duct at the plant and found a box of old taco shells.
Oh, why didn’t you call me? We tried, but a recording said you were a bunch of deadbeats.”

Season 15, Episode 13: ” I’m taking you all out for tacos! BOTH: Yay! Okay, for Malibu Stacy’s beach party, we’ve got pita, hummus, tempeh, tofu.”

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Season 15, Episode 16: “I thought you might want to have a nice family dinner.
We’re having “Make Your Own Taco” night.
Gina, thanks for showing us the meaning of Christmas.
And thanks for showing my brother that girls can be cool.
Who is this nerd? Taco, please.”

Season 17, Episode 1: “Let’s review the easy-to-follow rules of your show.
Each of you thought you were in a race to plant the taco bell flag at the north pole.
What you didn’t know is, the race was a chase, spiced up by the presence of the betrayer.”

Season 18, Episode 2: “I just wanted to save those animals while Bart became a drummer, but I never thought the two stories would intersect.
And what about my new job as a Mexican wrestler? Beware of Taco Belly.
Whoo! Eat your heart No mas! No mas!”

Season 19, Episode 12: “Listen, Sheriff, I can help you take down Bonnie and Clyde.
After the racially insensitive cartoon.
One taco coming up.
Even I’m offended by this, and I’m a fat Southern sheriff.”

Season 20, Episode 17: “You realize, if you’re suspended, you’ll be missing Taco Wednesday.
Crunchy shell, ground beef, lettuce, mild sauce, and of course, shredded cheddar cheese! I’ll never tell.
Then consider yourself suspended, mister.”

Season 20, Episode 18: “Homer, you’ve become a super-taster.
The mildest spices will overwhelm your tongue.
Even a taco could drive you insane.
I can’t eat tacos? Oh, my god.
What day of mayo is it? Cinco.”

Season 21, Episode 22: “Uh, yes, I’d like um How do you say taco in Mexican? Taco.
Yes, that’s exactly the word I want to translate.
Taco.
Homer, can we please find Bart? Oh, yeah, yeah, right.
Uh, just give me one of those crispy shells with meat in it.
Taco? Oh! Walt, because I like your face, I’ll let you decide which state I kill you in.
Okay, uh Hawaii.”

Season 23, Episode 8: “Wait one hairy, banana-peeling, scene-stealing minute here! Wha? What’d I do? Whose show is this? Huh? Huh?! Whose name is on that sign?! Yeah, that’s right, little buddy boy! Krusty! Krusty! And don’t you ever upstage him or craft service will be serving chimp tacos! Yeah, I’d like to squeeze a lime on that! Now apologize to Krusty! Not so hard.”

Season 24, Episode 1: “Well, my only professional job was playing a nefarious hot dog in an ad for Taco Bueno.
You fresh-made tacos will never defeat pre-boiled hot dogs! Please, I owe Yale Drama School $200,000.”

Season 24, Episode 17. “Searchy, where can I find brake fluid? There are 14 Taco Joes in your area.
That was yesterday.”

Season 25, Episode 9: “Tonight’s movie is Life is Funny, directed by Judd Apatow.
It’s based on his life, starring his family and ad-libbed by his friends.
So for the next three and a half hours, enjoy! (frustrated groan) Did you just pass gas while we were making love?
You’re the one who hired the Korean taco truck for our private school fund-raiser.”

Season 25, Episode 12: “There’s my Sky Gramma! (mumbles) Bart’s usually first in line for Taco Night, but now he’s muy tarde.”

Season 25, Episode 13: “But I can see Miss Hoover? It’s Tuesday, Lisa.
Taco Tuesday.
Huh? Huh? Taco Tuesday! Taco Tuesday! Taco Tuesday! Taco Tuesday, Taco Tuesday Oh, no.
I’m about to become another moppin’ statistic.
There’s only room for one of us, Ethel.
Bart, that’s your sixth taco.
You know, Whitman says, “If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.
” Fascinating.
Congratulations, boys.
You made it through another Taco Tuesday.”

Season 25, Episode 20. “This is for the tacos, bro, the tacos!”. Watch the clip here.

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Interview with Djemba Djemba http://www.lataco.com/taco/interview-djemba-djemba http://www.lataco.com/taco/interview-djemba-djemba#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:46:27 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=65112 Djemba Djemba is one of the most interesting underground producers in Los Angeles right now, and has his hands in many projects and crews including Team Supreme, Mad Decent, and his own label Rabbit Records.  His bass-heavy style is punctuated by moments of pure beauty and utter strangeness, making his music unpredictable but resonant. Despite staying […]

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Djemba Djemba is one of the most interesting underground producers in Los Angeles right now, and has his hands in many projects and crews including Team Supreme, Mad Decent, and his own label Rabbit Records.  His bass-heavy style is punctuated by moments of pure beauty and utter strangeness, making his music unpredictable but resonant. Despite staying underground, he’s also managed to produce music for some of the world’s biggest pop stars while keeping his signature futuristic style intact. His live show gets people completely nuts– see for yourself on Sunday of Hard Day of the Dead coming up in 2 weeks…

L.A. TACO: What’s your favorite taco?

DJEMBA DJEMBA: Guisados and Tacos Arizas.

LAT: How does the City of LA inspire you? What are your favorite and least favorite things in LA?

DD: I’m originally from Iowa, so pretty much everything about LA inspires me. Even the traffic. Most of my music is made to play in traffic to get out your aggression, or to play while cruising the strip with your window’s down to get weird looks. The worst thing about LA is the air quality. My favorite thing about LA is my access to excellent Mexican, El Salvadorian, Brazilian, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Taiwanese foods; the meals that “foodie” restaurants other cities pretend to reinvent and charge 5x the price I can get it at home.

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LAT: What is Team Supreme, and how would you describe one of the Team Supreme nights to someone who’s never been?

DD: Team Supreme is a collective of producers who are interested in doing music, and less so doing a “brand” that people will think is cool. We built Team Supreme out of a weekly beat cypher and small monthly show’s at La Cita, into a record label, large club night, and music discovery platform for upcoming artists.

LAT: Who are your favorite current and all time MCs?

DD: Snoop Dog, Nas and Biggie, and probably Kendrick.

LAT: Which song represents “the 90’s” to you?

DD: Hanson – mmmbop

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LAT: Where did you grow up? What’s your favorite neighborhood?

DD: I grew up in Fairfield, IA. My favorite neighborhood is Berkley, CA.

LAT: Do you have a lucky number?

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LAT: Do you feel bad for pushing the Man U soccer player way down in Google rankings? 

Not really bc if anything people in Europe think he’s the one making the music, and I hope this leads to more opportunities for him beyond St. Mirren. Also if you’re reading this Eric, I always thought Sir Alex never gave you the shot you deserved to prove yourself, and David Moyes will always hold the record for the worst thing that ever happened to Man U.

LAT: What is the ideal crowd for you to play for?

DD: The ideal crowd to play for would be a bunch of people with money who buy merchandise and music without any forethought on a whim after hearing one song. But the best parties are 18+ with a completely diverse mix of ethnicities, sexual preferences, and music tastes.

LAT: This is where you can put shoutouts, rap magazine interview style.

Shout out Team Supreme, Astronautico, Low End Theory, M|O|D, Wedidit, LuckyMe, OWSLA, PC Music.info, Anklepants, Flying Lotus, Madonna, my girls and everyone that does real shit in the world, and fuck politicians/bosses/ceos/racists/psychopaths we’re coming for u.

Djemba Djemba: Twitter // SoundCloud // Live on Nov 2 at Hard Day of the Dead.

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My Favorite Taco ~ Roy Choi http://www.lataco.com/taco/favorite-taco-roy-choi http://www.lataco.com/taco/favorite-taco-roy-choi#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:12:03 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=65116 Roy Choi did a fun AMA on Reddit earlier today, and one of the questions the redditors asked him was about his favorite tacos. The reply was: some are: mariscos jalisco, leo’s, ariza, taco zone. Roy was also asked “What do you order to judge a taco truck?”, and responded thusly: al pastor and carne asada plus […]

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Roy Choi did a fun AMA on Reddit earlier today, and one of the questions the redditors asked him was about his favorite tacos. The reply was:

some are: mariscos jalisco, leo’s, ariza, taco zone.

Roy was also asked “What do you order to judge a taco truck?”, and responded thusly:

al pastor and carne asada plus i taste the salsas and look at the taquero’s face.

 

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Recap: Dead Beat Club ~ Full Release http://www.lataco.com/taco/dead-beat-clubfull-release-recap http://www.lataco.com/taco/dead-beat-clubfull-release-recap#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:17:16 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=65073 This last friday night the Deadbeat Club held a one night only photography show in the city of Long Beach. Being that it was a rare and special event, the space was packed with art patrons of all ages and descriptions. The DJ was playing fresh vinyl with slick bass lines and beats to keep everyone […]

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This last friday night the Deadbeat Club held a one night only photography show in the city of Long Beach. Being that it was a rare and special event, the space was packed with art patrons of all ages and descriptions. The DJ was playing fresh vinyl with slick bass lines and beats to keep everyone grooving from one section to another. There were five artists on display which included Devin Briggs, Nolan Hall, Grant Hatfield, Dennis McGrath, Ed Templeton, and Tobin Yelland. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to catch some of the show before she had to jet on over to a different event. Click the link to see a quick recap.

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Alphabet City, an Ignorant Coloring Book by FUZI http://www.lataco.com/taco/alphabet-city-ignorant-coloring-book-fuzi http://www.lataco.com/taco/alphabet-city-ignorant-coloring-book-fuzi#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:43:16 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=65102 Artist FUZI has just released a new book, a limited-edition coloring book– but not one for the kids. The book is 52 pages, and features handmade binding and a screen-printed cover. The interior is riso-printed, and each page features a different letter of the alphabet and a corresponding Ignorant Style design by FUZI UVTPK. The […]

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Artist FUZI has just released a new book, a limited-edition coloring book– but not one for the kids.

The book is 52 pages, and features handmade binding and a screen-printed cover. The interior is riso-printed, and each page features a different letter of the alphabet and a corresponding Ignorant Style design by FUZI UVTPK. The book was produced in a limited-edition of 250, and each is hand numbered and signed.

It is available here. Keep reading for a look inside the book…

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Change the Name Protest Against the Washington Redsk*ns ~ Photos by Douglas Miles http://www.lataco.com/taco/change-the-name-redskins-photographs http://www.lataco.com/taco/change-the-name-redskins-photographs#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:54:49 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=65051 Douglas Miles is an artist living and working on the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. Here he recounts his experience at the recent “Change the Name” protest in Phoenix, and shares his photographs of the event. On Sunday October 12th the Phoenix Cardinals were to play the Washington Redskins in Phoenix Arizona. My friend […]

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Douglas Miles is an artist living and working on the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. Here he recounts his experience at the recent “Change the Name” protest in Phoenix, and shares his photographs of the event.

On Sunday October 12th the Phoenix Cardinals were to play the Washington Redskins in Phoenix Arizona. My friend Monica and I were invited personally via facebook by Amanda Blackhorse to attend an anti-mascot protest rally. This meant I would not only be there but I would photograph this radical event. For those that don’t know, Amanda Blackhorse was the lead plaintiff in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc. which sought to revoke trademark protection of the term “Washington Redskins” because it is disparaging and racist to Native Americans. She won. The Redskins team is now suing her in a “payback” move. Amanda, a single mother from the Navajo tribe, currently works as a social worker on the Navajo Nation.

In 2013 I curated “What Tribe” at Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights to be exact. This show featured numerous artists asked to discuss “stereotype” in media. The issue of Native American mascots and stereotypes (of other “tribes”) overlap stemming from the same root cause: deep seated institutional racism in America. On the day of the protest as I watched the rally occur I came to the horrific realization that racism against Native Americans is not only accepted in America, it is big business. Often I use my art to discuss socio-historical and current issues facing Native Americans. Because Native people are viewed in romanticized, noble, one-dimensional shallow ways, I utilize photography as a medium to show the hidden, forgotten everyday “real” lives of Native people, not the trend that hipsters, charities or cultural exploiters look for. My photographs are new forms of street photography. Some of the street photographers that inspire me are Mike Miller, Estevan Oriol, Ricky Powell, Gordon Parks and especially Eriberto Oriol, a master of the macrocosmic Los Angeles downtown photogravure groove.

Having grown up in an era of radicalism, I saw my own brothers and sisters take stands marching against oppression of American Indians during the “Red Power” Movement during the 70’s. Growing up in South Phoenix I also witnessed the Brown Berets cruising dutifully to protect barrio dwellers. My hopes are that my paintings, art, writings, photography and even the skate films of my company, Apache Skateboards, create a new iconography for Native people by Native people, not a pitiful, stereotypical angle frequently used in pop culture. The photographs of the anti-Redskins protest are the documents of a time in the streets where Native people must now go to reclaim indigenous territory and respect. You can see families, single Mothers, teachers, artists, elders, leaders, children and allies come together for a unified cause, to smash racism in various forms. In American history, a ” Long Walk” occurred when Natives were forced from ancestral homelands. Creating a movement takes hard work, dedication and a brave few. The new Long Walk must now take place figuratively and literally in the hearts and minds of the people first.

All photographs © Douglas Miles.

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Douglas Miles is an artist, writer, photographer and curator living and working on the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. He can be reached at dm1apache@me.com .
Follow him : @dmiles1_apache @whattribeproject / twitter: @apachesk8boards
www.apacheskateboards.com

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Tune of the Day: “Cloud City” by Sweater Beats http://www.lataco.com/taco/cloud-city-sweater-beats http://www.lataco.com/taco/cloud-city-sweater-beats#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:21:36 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=65032 One of the most original and forward-thinking record labels in the world is Huh What and Where which was founded out of a dorm room at UC Riverside and reps Los Angeles to the fullest. Their latest upcoming release is Sweater Beats’ Cloud City EP, which is due 10/28. Check out the title track above, […]

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One of the most original and forward-thinking record labels in the world is Huh What and Where which was founded out of a dorm room at UC Riverside and reps Los Angeles to the fullest.

Their latest upcoming release is Sweater Beats’ Cloud City EP, which is due 10/28. Check out the title track above, which is also a free download. Sweater Beats AKA Antonio Cuna is currently opening for Chance The Rapper on his North American Fall tour.

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Tracklist:
1. Cloud City
2. Rain Dance
3. Dark Matter ft. Allie
4. Golden Sun

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Ongoing Fall Tour Dates with Chance the Rapper and Young & Sick:

10/17/14 Waterville, ME @ Colby College
10/18/14 Kutztown, PA @ University of Kutztown
10/19/14 Kingston, RI @ University of Rhode Island
10/22/14 Charlotte, NC @ University of North Carolina: Charlotte
10/23/14 Kent, OH @ Kent State University
10/25/14 Lewisburg, PA @ Bucknell University *
10/26/14 Morgantown, WV @ West Virginia University
11/01/14 @ Pomona, CA @ Hard Presents… Day of the Dead +

* with Jason Derulo
% without Young & Sick
^ with Travis Scott
+ Sweater Beats only

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Seducing the world with his own brand of dream-soaked pop and lushed out r&b, Antonio Cuna, aka Sweater Beats, is a force to be reckoned with. Since the release of his single “MLLN DLLR” on Bondax’s Justus Recordings in 2012, Cuna has garnered support from tastemakers like Diplo and Annie Mac, and has delivered standout mixes for Boiler Room, SSENSE, and Red Bull Studios. His debut EP for Symbols (“That Feel”) sees Antonio implementing more organic instrumentation, as well as original vocals, and the finished product is a strong vision of the future of Pop and R&B. Sweater Beats’ next EP is due this Fall on LA imprint and long-time affiliate Huh, What & Where.

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