Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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 the writers 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.”
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
RYO1 (Ghetto Dojo Crew) sat down with the legendary RAKAA from Dilated Peoples for a discussion of his music, graffiti, jiu-jitsu, and what the future holds for him and his crew. Oh and yeah of course we asked him about his favorite taco spot…
Monday, October 6, 2014
We’ve been fans of Luke Chueh’s since we first discovered his art years ago at Gallery 1988. At first glance it might seem easy to categorize Luke as one of a number of artists working within the chasm between popular culture and surrealism, but his work has always been both funnier and darker than his peers’. The veneer of cute simplicity draws people to his paintings, but the depth of both his colors and his hilarious depravity turns them into obsessed admirers and collectors.
Chueh’s new show, “Self-ish” (preview images below) adds new textures, colors, and juxtapositions while reprising some favorite motifs. “My work is an illustrative exploration of visual and narrative contrasts,” explains Chueh. “Drawing inspiration from comics and cartoons, my “cute/innocent” characters are juxtaposed into a world filled with addiction, illness, misery, and loss.” The opening reception for Self-ish will be Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 7-10pm at CHG Circa in Culver City. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through November 1.
With the art stuff out of the way, it’s time to get down on what really matters here– where Luke likes to get a taco. So, Luke Chueh, what’s your favorite taco?
Friday, October 3, 2014
Ted VanCleave is fascinated by concrete. The internationally renowned visual artist uses photography to explore the size, shape, texture, and overall grandiosity of concrete in his new photo series titled Concrete Porn ~ Buildings & Bridges. As most of it was shot in Los Angeles, we were very interested to ask VanCleave about the pornography of concrete, and where he gets his tacos. A gallery of his images is presented at the end, along with a reader contest…
What are the essential elements of a beautiful concrete structure?
For me, it’s all about texture. Whatever materials are used to make the concrete forms, the molds, they are permanently impressed into the dry concrete. And concrete is one of the few exterior building materials that don’t require painting, so you see the actual building materials exposed. I’m all about texture.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
DEANSKII is L.A. born and raised, and uses his film photography and ‘zines to give the world an insight into his life in the city. We got a chance to discuss photography and tacos with a man who loves his family, his crew, and documenting the art, triumphs, and tragedies of underground Los Angeles…
What’s your favorite taco?
I have to save my dad makes the best beef and potato tacos. I add some sweet chili sauce to it and it’s fire. But place-wise, I like the carnitas tacos at Diana’s in Carson, plus they’re open 24/7 can’t go wrong with that.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Our friends from Mexico at We Are Not Zombies just published the latest in their Tacología series, starring Leo’s Tacos of Mid City.
Friday, September 19, 2014
What can people expect at your monthly night at the Lash in DTLA?
Lots of tequila and lots of fun. And a ton of dope music. I have a pretty diverse style myself so I’m looking forward to bringing a different flavor to DTLA. A mix of all my favorite artists, friends and of course the Feided crew. It’s all about the vibe for me, whether it’s bass-house-future-indie-trap-hop-electronica. I just want people to have fun.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The original Guisados opened a few years ago in the beating heart of L.A.’s taco scene, Boyle Heights, where it earned rave reviews and a share of the Taco Madness title in 2012. The first expansion was to Echo Park, and now there is one roughly in the middle of the first two locations– Downtown Los Angeles. There is no doubt in our minds that this location, like the others, will be extremely popular. All photos by Chris Hei, who you can visit on his blog or his instagram. Guidados DTLA is located at 541 S. Spring St. # 101 Los Angeles CA, 90013. More info at Guisados.co.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
L.A.’s Bill Esparza, who wrote our seminal “Tacos 101″ series, has now etched his name at the top of the highly competitive world of taco scholarship. What vaulted him to the highest echelon? An incredible article published last week on LA Magazine’s website called “Tacopedia: A Complete Taco Encyclopedia of L.A.” The subhead is “45 reasons why Los Angeles is the taco capital of America”, but it could easily have been “Mess with the Bill, get the horns,” because the ostensible inspiration for the piece was a somewhat douchey post on Eater LA entitled: A New York City Tacopedia: L.A.’s Got Nuttin’ on Us!
The Eater story could’ve been a list of good NYC tacos, but instead they took the position that it was time to school L.A. on taco knowledge and diversity, which is just silly. Frankly, most people in L.A. simply shrugged, but Bill isn’t like most people. Hes a man on a mission and doesn’t suffer fools. We’re pretty sure he’s been working on his own Tacopedia for some time now, so this presented the perfect chance to both present some solid regional research, and put a serious body blow on ill-informed Mexican food articles originating from New York, of which there have been far too many. We have a feeling there won’t be many more after New York writers realize there’s someone who’s ready to deliver a digital beatdown if they make wild exaggerations or attempt to diss L.A.’s taco scene.
Check out some samples from Esparza’s piece below and then read the entire 45 item Tacopedia, which we hope becomes a book at some point…