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Get Your Grub on at Tacolandia June 28

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2014 11:48am | Post a Comment

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Los Angeles really is a land of delicious tacos. Tacolandia seeks to highlight some of the city’s best Saturday June 28 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in Downtown (125 Paseo De La Plz Los Angeles, CA 90012) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Curated by Latin American food guru Bill Esparza and presented by LA Weekly, Tacolandia 2014 features 40+ taco vendors from both Los Angeles and Mexico, along with entertainment and tequila tasting. (Please note the event is 21+.)

Amoeba will be at the festival—stop by our booth and spin our prize wheel!

mariscos jaliscoTickets are $30 for general admission, plus $20 for access to the tequila garden, or $50 for a premium ticket that gets you both, plus five drink tickets and a VIP gift bag. Once you’re inside the fest, samples of tacos and tequila are free (up to 10 half-ounce samples for the tequila).

 

 

 

The taco providers include Ameca, Amor y Tacos, Aqui es Texcoco, Bistro LQ, Cielito Lindo, C-V-Che, Carnitas El Momo, Chichen Itza, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Colonia Taco Lounge, Coni’Seafood, Corazón y Miel, Don Chente, EggSlut LA, FIG, Finca Altozano by Chef Javier Plascencia, Flor Del Rio, George's At The Cove,Gish Bac Restaurante Oaxaqueño, Guerrilla Tacos, La Flor de Yucatan, La Guerrerense of Ensenada, La Monarca Bakery, Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali Taco & Co., Mexicano, Petty Cash, Pez Cantina, Picca, Revolutionario LA Food, Rincon Oaxaqueno, Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses, SoHo Taco, Sol Cocina, Starry Kitchen, Taco Maria, Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, Tacos Kokopelli of Tijuana, Tacos Leo, Taco Punta Cabras and Tamales Elena.

Album Picks: The Fresh & Onlys, Craft Spells, Lust For Youth

Posted by Billy Gil, June 10, 2014 09:33am | Post a Comment

The Fresh & Onlys - House of Spirits (LP, CD)

the fresh and onlys house of spirits lpThe Fresh & Onlys continue to move away from the reverb-drenched garage rock of their early records and toward something more grandiose on House of Spirits. From the outset, it’s clear they mean business, with more precise songwriting and cleaner production than ever before. Tim Cohen’s lyrics take a darker turn—he sings like Rosemary’s Baby grown up on the rollicking “Who Let the Devil,” claiming Satan bottle fed him with blood, fitting in nicely with co-singer/songwriter Wymond Miles’ typically gothier songs, such as the country-Cure style “Animal of One.” The band turns in one of their loveliest songs ever with “Bells of Paonia,” a throbbing, fuzzed out shoegaze ballad with a dreamy romanticism that suits the band nicely. Mostly, these updates work for the band. Occasionally you miss the early rock stuff, though they go balls out on “Hummingbird,” and the lack of reverb reveals some weakness to the vocals. Still, I’ll take earnest and scrappy any day over easy or lazy, as the band leaps past the tired garage-rock moniker that has previously tailed the band and lands in exciting new territory.

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"Game of Thrones" Season 4 Episode 9: The Wildlings and the Wall

Posted by Billy Gil, June 9, 2014 10:40am | Post a Comment

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Warning: There Will Be Spoilers.

Even with last week’s thrilling fight that ended in the deaths of two characters and the fate of Tyrion Lannister looking grim, last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” might have been the most exciting yet. Dramatically though, it’s a different story.

The episode began with Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly talking about love like it’s a damn Lifetime movie, not a TV show where people are regularly bludgeoned to death onscreen. Cheesy as it might have been, we knew it was just the calm before the storm. And what a storm it was—basically a Gallagher concert’s worth of blood sprayed onto viewers for about 45 minutes, with the occasional flick of storytelling thrown in the mix. Look! There’s Gilly, miraculously finding her way to Castle Black. Hey! Janos Slynt is kind of a wuss, hiding from the battle in the food cellar with her. And we were all waiting to see what happened with Ygritte and Jon Snow. But mostly it was just one big bloody battle.

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On one hand, the battle was a spectacle to behold. And for a fantasy show set in a place beset by constant battle, the show is surprisingly light on actual fighting (aside from, you know, major characters dying in terrible ways all the time). Barring the battle of the Blackwater in season two, this was the mother of all fights in the show on an episode that smartly eschewed the regular multitiered storytelling to keep us held in the grips of the battle. Truly stunning were the wildling giants riding on mastodons, terrifying and even seemingly realistic.

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20 Dad Rock Albums To Check Out For Father's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2014 05:27pm | Post a Comment

20 Dad Rock Albums for Father's Day

Father’s Day is just a few days away. To celebrate, we’re gathering some of our favorite “dad rock” albums. What is “dad rock,” you might ask? We’re talking about those staples your parents owned on vinyl, the ones that weren’t cool enough for you to discover on your own—no Black Sabbath, David Bowie or The Doors here—but that nonetheless are essential albums in rock history. Listen to one of these ol’ classics this Father’s Day and think about how your dad was right all along—“Hotel California” is pretty far out. Here they are, in no particular order:

Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)

fleetwood mac rumours lpNow Fleetwood Mac are cool again, but there was a long period when they weren’t. You don’t make one of the biggest albums of all time without some backlash. But after a Smashing Pumpkins cover, a high-profile reunion special and extensive touring, the Mac came back into public favor, and you can see their influence in a huge way these days, especially in young, female-fronted rock bands like Best Coast, Haim and Beach House. Anyway, Rumours kicks ass and pretty much every baby boomer owns it.

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Weekly Roundup: Zig Zags, EFG, The Cold and Lovely

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2014 09:27am | Post a Comment

Zig Zags – “So Stoned” video

zig zagsL.A.’s Zig Zags have been steadily building steam by teasing out chunks destructive garage-rock with heavy doses of Sabbath and hardcore like this one, “So Stoned,” whose video is a glam-rock ode to getting stoned and watching YouTube videos. Ty Segall was behind the boards here, giving “So Stoned” that terrific feeling of barely being contained—too much rock! The trio’s self-titled debut album is due June 16 on In the Red.

 

EFG – “Singing Bridges”

efg singing bridgesThe new song by L.A.’s EFG (aka Electric Flower Group) starts as a lonely, spaced out Jesus & Mary Chain-esque pop tune before a throbbing bassline and absolutely corrosive guitars take over, sending the song into the stratosphere. The band’s fuzzed-out psych rock continues to develop nicely, so much so that the band is playing a plum slot at Chinatown Summer Nights on June 14, a free, outdoor fest once a month in Chinatown over the summer.

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