Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Your Guide to New L.A. Music: Teebs, Clipping, Emma Ruth Rundle, Spazzkid, Vince Staples and Jerome LOL
DJ PK is London-born, but has been based in L.A. for over a decade. He delves into LA’s music scene for us every month…
Teebs – E s t a r a (album)
This is second full-length album from as Los Angeles based musician, producer, and painter Mtendere Mandowa aka Teebs, part of the genre-bending Brainfeeder collective headed by Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison). It’s musical landscape is broad featuring a delicious blend of the electronic and organic sounds including the clarinet of classical musician Lars Horntveth on the track Wavxxes. From the trip-hop sounds of Holiday (featuring Jonti) to the pastoral sounds of Piano Days and glitchy sounds of NY Pt. 2 (featuring glitch maestro Prefuse 73), this album is rich in tone and ambience. My personal favorite – Shoous Lullaby – looping acoustic guitar over a backdrop of waterfall bells and a driving but subtle beat. Dive into the album and you will have an enriching, spiritual, musical experience.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
One of the most popular ways to eat tacos for less money is to hit up various taco tuesday events in town. Often these are held at bars where the taco quality may be slightly questionable, but you can’t say no to a good deal, especially when beer is included. That said, several legit taco spots in LA currently offer some pretty good taco tuesday deals. Our current favorite is El Siete Mares, a classic mariscos spot in Boyle Heights (with other locations around L.A.) that has $1 fish tacos every tuesday, which is half off the regular price. Did you know that King Taco also offers a slight discount every tuesday? All tacos are marked down to $1.29 every tuesday. Pink Taco is a chain, not the most authentic, and originated at the Hard Rock in Vegas, but $2 tacos and $2 margaritas every Tuesday is not a bad deal at all. Do you have a favorite taco tuesday? Drop us a note in the comments and share the taco.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
TACO hit up the indomitable Food One to engage in a little verbal intercourse about life, love and tacos. Check out the interview and see Jim Mahfood this Saturday at Taco Madness.
Tell us more about what you’ve been up to in 2014 and what’s upcoming. Rockin’ a bunch of new t-shirt designs for Nike for their new B-Ball streetwear line, doing all the art on the new Miami Vice comic book (written by Joe Casey), contributing art to the new 21st Century Tank Girl project, hustlin’ the hand-made Pop-Up Funk pop-up Book, and shopping around the animated show that I did for MTV with my pals Scott Mosier & Joe Casey. It’s called D.I.S.C.O. Destroyer (Liquid Television | Sneak Peek of Disco Destroyer from Episode 1). Updates on my work always at http://jimmahfood.com and Instagram is @jimmahfood.
You’ve chosen Access Books as your non profit– why them? Anything to get people to read, anything to make books more available to young people (or anyone else for that matter) is all golden with me!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
This week we caught a minute to shoot the breeze with L.A. art legend Galo “Make One” Canote. We hoped he’d be teaching us the birds and bees. But we learned more. Much more. Check it out and catch Make One painting in the flesh this Saturday at Taco Madness at Downtown’s Grand Park.
Hi Galo, been a while since we talked TACO. What’ve you been working on? Yes, it has been a while. Glad we are still in touch and glad we can re-connect and TACO bout it…(laughs, slaps knee). Oh man! I crack myself up.
Well since we last spoke, I’ve worked on a few projects and also have some in the works. Some of which are still under development, of course. Hopefully they will all come to fruition soon and creep up on ya. I am one whom tries not to boast about upcoming projects until they are just about done or have been completed. Not sure if that is a bad thing, which perhaps may be my own demise for what I call my career, but I often see waaaaay too many folks bragging about what they’re doing or are gonna work on or what they will be doing etc. That often annoys me and comes across to me as or sounds a bit pretentious…or maybe I am the pretentious one…(shrugs).
And as an artist, what is your overall mission, point of view or goals right now? You know? Every artist gets asked this question. And my overall objective and/or mission or goal as an artist, or as one defines one to be, is to just be…to just exist. I truly have nothing profound or theoretical or say…but to simply just be who I am and to do what I do. As in our last interview, I don’t necessarily define myself as an artist, nor categorize myself as one. I feel by doing so limits me to other outlets. I like to view myself as a universal hustler with no definition…
You’ve been beautifying this city for a long time. How have you and your art grown? Well, to be honest, I wish I would have grown more….in height that is (laughs). I have the tendency to lag a bit; procrastinate. Be lazy. Not that I have not grown, but I know and am well aware that I could have grown more…matured more artistically to be more accurate. But thank God I still have time and am considerably young to re-apply myself and commit more to the arts or anything creative. To be more committed to myself creatively in an effort to grow more. Albeit, the latest thing I have focused more on is the art or lettering or typography. I am studying letters more in an effort to perfect my lettering. As you and many well know, letters have always been my fascination and is the core of what drives me, motivates me or inspires me artistically. Just need to find my niche’.
Monday, March 31, 2014
It’s been a long journey with plenty of amazingly close battles, but the final four is finally set. In the Sabrocho by far the fiercest competition was between Yuca’s and MexiKosher. Going into the final day, MexiKosher looked strong, having gotten the most total votes through the first 3 rounds, but at the end Yuca’s voters came through with a torrent of votes in the final 6 hours. Yuca’s ended up with the most total votes of any of the final four competitors. Another very close contest was Carnitas el Momo vs. Guerrilla Tacos. Fans of Carnitas El Momo should know that they came within a dozen votes of making it to the next round, and went farther than any carnitas specialist ever has in the history of Taco Madness.
So who are the finalists? Let’s explore…
Saturday, March 29, 2014
LA Taco had a chat with Venice-born artist Max Neutra about his work, inspiration and life in Los Angeles. Check it out, then come see Neutra in action next Saturday at Taco Madness in Downtown’s Grand Park.
Hi Max, first and foremost, what’s your favorite taco spot?
Tacos Reyes in Canoga Park. Not just damn good asada tacos, but free chips and salsa and friendly service.
And what brought you to LA, and what keeps you here?
A job working as the main AV tech for Warner Music Group brought me here. Art keeps me here.
How did you start doing murals and how has your art evolved?
I started out doing a lot of live painting at events. There was a lot of aggression, paintings with a lot of teeth and eyeballs. Images that worked well for the punk rock shows I was painting at. Perhaps the aggression was a way for me to find the courage to paint in front of an audience. But I’ve been doing it long enough now that things have changed. I’m not as angry, and more comfortable in my skin, and have found myself enjoying a balance of chaos and harmony. My work is not nearly as aggressive now, but it still has some wild elements.
Friday, March 28, 2014
What is your favorite method; medium? Are you currently developing or interested in any particular new techniques?
All mediums can serve a purpose, and it’s important to explore and experiment with new things, but If I had to choose it would be spray paint for sure. There is so much you can do with it. It’s just fun. If I’m using spray paint that means I’m painting something large which is always a plus. There’s something nostalgic and special about spray paint for me. It was so hard to get my hands on as a kid, but when I did I fucking cherished any paint I got.
How do you like to develop content/generate new material?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sand’s larger then life personality matches her huge vibrant characters that you can spot all over Los Angeles. A native to L.A., Sand is one of the hardest working artists and aims to keep her people by her side forever as she continues her sometimes arduous journey to the top. You will never find Sand excluding anyone from being apart of her art. L.A. Taco’s Desilu caught up with Sand a few weeks ago to gain some more insight into the crazy artist’s mind and to find out which foundation she chose to represent for Taco Madness, where she’ll paint live on April 5th in Grand Park.
Where did you grow up and how do you feel that your surroundings have influenced you and your art?
Sand: I grew up in East L.A. The city of Los Angeles is very competitive and the people of this city are very strong. So when it comes to my art it emulates that and it’s influenced my art in a way that I make my characters colorful, big and bold. Plus growing up in Los Angeles I was always able to see murals and graffiti done by all kinds of artists. When I was younger I remember seeing all of this art and I wanted to paint my own stuff but I had no idea how to even do a mural to begin with. I would ask the elders about it but I didn’t receive much help.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
L.A. TACO + GRAND PARK INVITE YOU TO ATTEND TACO MADNESS 2014, a free Event in Downtown Los Angeles on April 5th, From 12pm to 7pm celebrating Tacos, Art, and Music!
L.A. Taco and Grand Park had so much fun last year celebrating everything that’s great about Los Angeles, we’ve decided to do it again at beautiful Grand Park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Keep Reading for full participant list + more info…