"Yup, it’s Gemini season folks, and I’m feeling flighty! Why, you ask me?…well because I can’t frickin’ decide on which tune to hit, first! There’s too many to decide on! I mean one part of me wants to rock…but then the other part of me wants to groove…and then there’s shit that I’d like to bust to, but on the other hand a mellow track might be a better choice to ease off to…but I mean fu’serious–choosing what to listen to is hard work!
…but fear not fellow nutball Geminis (and also every other person)…Taco Homo has pulled through BIG-TIME and tied together a string of sick hits for your listening pleasure. Varying through all spans of time and genre, these tacosapiens know what the fugg they’re talking about…so sit back, (try your best to) relax, and enjoy.”
-Adam Steinbrenner, airy Gemini lover and member of the Taco Corp.
Taco G’s Gemini Playlist:
Tom Tom Club - “On, On, On, On” from Selftitled
I’d like to invite everyone up to the dance floor to get this party started! Start two-steppin’ to the Tom Tom Club, the most best club in the world. Come for the bass, stay for the female role models showing you how life should be done. I recently cleaned my room with this song on repeat and it was fucking funky.
Destiny’s Child - “Say My Name” from The Writing’s On the Wall
I was pretty paranoid during the middle school dating game, probably because Destiny’s Child was always warning me that my man was cheating on me and also not paying his telephone billz. This was still my jam. Ee yeah ee yay.
The B52’s - “Rock Lobster” from Selftitled
All of my vital organs squeal with delight when this track comes on! DAT GODDAMN GUITAR!! What is UP with it? Why is it so darn perfect? I love it so. much. I may roll up to da beach with my Missy Elliott shades on but I’m dancing to “Rock Lobster” and slowing becoming a rock lobster once I enter the ocean.
Daniel Johnston - “Some Things Last a Long Time” from Welcome to My World
If you’re still on the dance floor at this point, you may want to step into a corner and have yourself a good cry while Daniel Johnston reminds you what it’s like to express your feelings and stuff. This song is beautiful and makes me want to hug everyone around me and weep for both joy and sadness and also human consciousness.
Thelma Houston - “Don’t Leave Me This Way” from Any Way You Like It
Bring it back up to the dance floor and lip sync/play air bass to this epic track. Despite the name of the song, I think it’s the perfect way to leave a playlist. Jaw-dropping bass lines and vocals that make you feel like bacon does combine to make this track one that will ricochet in your brain ‘til the end of your summer/Gemini daze.
Intermission: “Say Hey Kid” - by DEATH GRIPS from The Powers That B
Monica Taco’s Gemini Playlist
Eyedress - “My Hologram” from Hearing Colors
A dope song all up in the Planet of Communcation (Mercury), just all up in Gemini. I found this song on a Gimmie Tinnitus Radio Time playlist (of course) because I love Gimme Tinnitus! I love Radio Time with Bob, and if you’re out there, we just wanna say you are simply the best. Eyedress is very cool too and you should check them out!
David Bowie - “Fashion” from Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
A classic hit that can’t be escaped. Basslines that drive everyone just plain ol’d up the wall 80s crazy. One of the most danceable songs ever and always reminds me of that scene in Clueless when Cher shows off her computerized outfit generator. Can’t forget to mention Bowie is a Capricorn, shout out to Caps everywhere!
Foreigner - “Juke Box Hero” from 4
This is one of my favorite songs in the world and has been ever since seeing that scene in Wet Hot American Summer back in high school. Much like Gemini, this song is packed with energy, always makes me laugh, it’s a summer hit, and it’s ROCKINNN’! GOTTA KEEP ON ROCKIN! Geminis are all my heros.
The Coathangers - “Merry Go Round” from Suicide Squeeze 7” Split with Heavy Cream
Perfect jam to get your body moving all around in a circle as if riding an ornately decorated horse! This song just gets stuck in my head all the time. A scorpio like me needs my jams to be intense in some way, and this song makes me wanna shake my booty an intense way.
Blasted Canyons - “Liquid Fiend” - from The 2nd Place
This band has always made me imagine extremely bright, fantastic colors… Children’s paintings and drawings and macaroni glued all over the place. This song is super fun, and of course packed to the brim and foaming with energy! This song makes me wanna FREEAKKK OUTTTT!
GYMSHORTS. Guitars pulsing and radiating. Soaking wet melodies that make you wanna throw your limbs. Saturday morning cartoons. Surfin’ on a vocal cord tsunami. Splashin’ around on the cymbals. A pizza delivery of golden riffs. Slowin’ it down while breakin’ it down. Bursting out of your childhood radio. Church Sucks - Fuck Rules!!! And with that, we present to you an interview with Rhode Island’s best.
What are your astrological signs?
Trevor: Capricorn. We’re both goats.
Devin: I’m Cancer, July 3.
Sarah: He’s going on 25, ladies.
Devin: I’m a great lover.
What sign is Mike (drummer)?
Trevor: Let’s just say he’s a Taurus…no wait, he might be a Crapricorn too.
Sarah: He’s an upside down cross.
Devin: His birthday is December 2, so he’s a Sagittarius.
What’s the most embarrassing/ridiculous trend you followed while growing up?
Devin: Girl pants before they were skinny jeans. I was wearing flared out low rise girl jeans, and a leather jacket. I used to wear a wicked tight ball chain necklace when I was like 9. And I got my ears pierced too at the same time. I have a picture of myself as a kid with a weird mullet thing, a ball chain necklace and an earring. It was great.
Trevor: Bowl cuts. That wasn’t by choice though. My mom just gave it to me.
Sarah: I got a lot of shit for wearing overalls. But I’m going to stand behind that decision.
Devin: Did you used to wear those little stretchy black necklaces? Mary-Kate and Ashley wore them back in the day…jelly necklaces. They were like, a tattoo almost. And they had arm bands. You definitely wore those.
Sarah: YOU definitely wore those. You brought them up!
What would a Gymshorts space tour be like?
Devin: We’d go straight to Uranus and do the whole fuckin’ thing.
Sarah: When I was little I had a space project where I had to make all the planets. I made the whole solar system out of candy. There was some extra candy leftover, and my dad popped one in his mouth. I was like, “Dad! You ate Uranus!” He started dying laughing and I didn’t know why. Then he said, “Your anus is another word for your ass!”
If you could build the perfect taco, what would be inside?
Devin (guitar): The perfect taco would have a joint on top of it that you can take off and smoke before you eat it, first of all, and it’d probably have pulled pork, corn salsa, definitely guacamole and sour cream. Chorizo, pico de gallo, and some sour cream. Smoked gouda cheese too.
Sarah (vocals & guitar): Cheese, lettuce, guacamole, pico, rice and beans…that’s a burrito, at this point.
Trevor (bass): It could be a burrito inside a taco.
Are you guys Atlantic/East Coast people for life?
Trevor: I’m not gonna swear allegiance to any geographic location.
Can you tell us the story of how Gymshorts became a band?
Sarah: Yes we can, haha.
Devin: I randomly met Sarah at a party and I was there with a guy from my band called The Male Perverts; I needed a bass player for a show the next week, so we basically just asked everyone at the party, and Sarah said, “Yeah!! I’ll play bass!!!”
Sarah: I didn’t play bass. I was drunk as shit. So I was like, “Suurrree!”
Devin: So I said, “Let’s practice tomorrow!” And it was totally fine, it turned out great. After the show, we were all shitfaced, and Sarah said, “WE GOTTA START A BAND CALLED GYMSHORTS!” and I was like, “BAAAHHH LET’S DO IT!” So we wrote all these songs together and about a year later, we picked up Trevor and Mike, and we just bee lined it to playing a fucking ton of shows. It was this weird thing. I can’t believe how easily we came into contact with each other and started doing all this crazy shit.
Sarah: I had written a lot of songs in my head as a joke, and Devin was the first person to not say, “Fuck no! I’m not playing those”. Originally, we wanted to tour elementary schools and be a punk rock band for kids and then it sort of evolved from there.
Are you guys associated with Burger Records at all?
Sarah: We have a tape out on Wiener Records, which is a subsidiary of Burger.
Devin: Yeah, we opened for a lot of Burger bands like White Mystery, Habibi, Tomorrow’s Tulips, and Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel. We’re playing with Cherry Glazerr on July 31st at the Mercury Lounge.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
Sarah: I don’t think so, but now it’s making me think. I mean, I probably wouldn’t know since they’re invisible.
Devin: I saw someone do a ghost… with smoke. It’s kind of like a French inhale.
Sarah: Hahaha, “Do a ghost.” ‘I’m totally having sex right now, I swear!’
It’s pouring rain, a summer polar vortex is about to destroy crops in the midwest, your husband can’t get it up, that picture of your boat got zero likes, someone is killing peacocks in an upscale community in Los Angeles… this world fucking sucks. But! Don’t you fucking fret… because two of your favorite bands have released a split!!!
That’s right kids, Clean Girls and Vulture Shit released a cassette through Mirror Universe Tapes earlier this week. My personal favorites are “Divorce (Hooray)” and “Portion Control”, but you’ll have to buy it to hear it! So, go do that. As in now. Now is a great time to explore your most Expensive Tastes.
We sat down in a virtual room with Fletcher Shears of The Garden and Puzzle (who has a new album out, Wrecked - go listen!) to ask the REAL questions. And in case you didn’t know, The Garden premiered a new song and video last week titled "This Could Build Us a Home". I’ve had this song in a loop in my head ever since I’ve heard it, and was super excited to catch another mystifying glimpse into the vadaverse. Check it all out below.
How do you get to the vadaverse from here?
Fletcher Shears: We actually can’t talk about that.
What are your astrological signs?
We are scorpios.
What’s your favorite taco?
A soft taco.
Do you like Devo?
What is your favorite horror film (or films)?
Lord Of The Rings.
If you could start a business, what kind of business would you start?
A business that specializes in tracking down and killing silk worms.
What’s something you can’t enough of?
What can you see from your window right now?
I’m stuck in a black box currently, with no windows. There is 1 ant in here with me.
Do you have pets?
If you could ask a question, to anyone or about anything, what would it be?
I don’t have questions, I only have answers.
What do you dream about?
Things that make me uncomfortable in the morning, and usually give me a stomach ache.
Additionally, some great news for all you Garden fans here in New York… They will be playing with The Growlers at the good old Bowery Ballroom on September 18! Taco Homo has been dreaming about the fall and we can’t wait to see everyone do the vada vada in unison. See you there!
Photo by: Emmanuella Zachariou
Taco Homo can’t believe that all of our dreams are coming true and more on July 25!!
"Love songs, grilled corn and sleeping too much… sounds like Taurus to me. Taurus season is like Barry White nibbling warm honey off of your toes; it sparks a tingle of anticipation for the hot, sweaty days and warm, summer nights soon to come. And it leaves you feeling kinda sticky. Here are some tunes that made Taco Homo kinda sticky this spring." - Sara McCarthy, A Real Life Taurus and Wonderful Friend
- Sara McCarthy, A Real Life Taurus and Wonderful Friend
Pangea - Jelly Jam
Hey remember when together Pangea had a keyboardist?? This is Pangea in their rawest form. I LOVE THIS ALBUM. Every time I hear it I never want to stop listening to it or to music in general. I wouldn’t mind if William Keegan screeched “it doesn’t matter who you are, who you are, who you AAAAAAARRRRREEEEE” (from “Rumblin’ Sound”) in my ear non-stop for 1,000 years. I can also personally relate to “You Sleep Too Much" because - call me a Capricorn (or Libra rising?) - I love sleeping wayyy too much. I chose the song "Blood, Blood, Blood" as my favorite because I crave it like a vampire. Before delving deep into Living Dummy and Killer Dreams EP, I briefly sampled Jelly Jam and “Blood, Blood, Blood” stuck with me so much that I had to go back and listen to this album basically every minute of Taurus.
Slow Animal - The Other Side EP
Slowly and steadily, these guys came out with a great album. They didn’t rush to create a half assed EP, they worked hard and at their own pace to bring us true perfection. Typically Taco Homo praises the bass gods, but each track is so good that even we can admit no bass is needed. No shirt, No bass, No problem. Slow Animal is one of the first bands that brought Taco Homo together! We saw them play a show literally in a garage in Prospect Heights with grilled corn and PBRs all around us. They blew out the electricity of the entire house right as they started the first song. Hey Slow Animal, if you remember that, we totally wanna interview you! If/when they play here in New York again, we have no doubt they will blow out the circuits of the entire city and everyone’s hearts.
Surf Curse - Sad Boys EP
A chilled out love song certainly feels like Taurus to me, and Surf Curse writes them like no other. As I started listening to the Sad Boys EP, warmer days arrived - positive time with positive vibes. In this track "Haunt Me", the singer soothingly sings “I don’t care, I just want you near” and talks about a post-mortal love experience. You can tell this album is ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love. Surf Curse loves the simple pleasures in life: pizza, catchy uncomplicated riffs, and a life long bond of loyalty; one that these two dudes certainly seem to have. I’d say Surf Curse is in it for the long haul <3
Tavares - Tavares Anthology