No Place Like Home With Tacos!

One of our initial intentions for Grisl was that it would be used as a travel guidebook filled with recommendations from people who have been outside and around the block. For many reasons, this portion of the site has been slow developing.  We’ve expanded on this concept to include recommendations from bands who would like to share guidance one getting around their own hometowns. After all, nothing makes a traveler more appreciative of where they hail from than being on the road.  The feature is called No Place Like Home.

The best part is that when one of our readers travels to a place that is foreign to them they will have some solid recommendations from an awesome source, one of their favorite bands!  I know I look forward to checking out some of these places and am sure that there are many others who would be interested.


*Photo credit to the incredible Matt Koroulis.  This is just one of many great concert pictures he has posted.  Check more of his rad pics over here –> http://www.flickr.com/photos/truth_in_noise/
Tacos!
For this installment of No Place Like Home we had an opportunity to ask our questions to vocalist/guitarist Donovan of the rambunctious duo Tacos!.
Where does Tacos!call their hometown and how long have you been there?

 

We are essentially based out of Seattle, but call Tacoma to Bellingham our home too.

If friends or family from out of town were visiting you where would you have to take them for must eat grub?  What sort of food does the place serve?  Any specific dish that you would recommend?  What do you like about this place?  Price range?

This is obvious, of course, tacos! With that said, our favorite spot is Rancho Bravo on Capital Hill. There are far too many other great sit-down and truck options to list. Can’t go wrong in this town.

Here at Grisl we are big into the craft beer scene, dive bar scene and regular bar scene (basically we love bars…).  Assuming you also enjoy grabbing some drinks with your pals, where are the can’t-miss spots that you would recommend?  What makes these places special to you?  Any specific drinks that you would recommend?  Price range? Vibe (i.e. bow tie or acid wash jeans?)?
Well, Lupe is a bartender at Hattie’s Hat in Ballard which is one of the best bars in Seattle. Great food, great beer selection, our favorite brunch spot, the all-around package.  I am an assistant brewer at Engine House 9,  and bar-back part time at the Valley in Tacoma, both of which have great food and drinks.
What is your favorite music venue in the area to catch some shows?  Any memorable shows you watched there off of the top of your head?

In Seattle there are a ton of options but we love playing the Sunset in Ballard, Chop Suey on Capital Hill, a DIY venue called the Black Lodge amongst others. There’s a great scene coming up in White Center (south Seattle) based around the Company Bar.  In Bellingham we love playing the Shakedown whenever we can.

After a night of drinking and/or live music where are the best places to get some late night munchies/more drinks?  What sort of food are we talking about?  Price range?

Well, the afore mentioned Rancho Bravo is a safe bet, and Mario’s Pizza is great too, both cheap, and open after the bars stop serving, which is 2AM in Washington.

After a night of drinking and/or live music where is the best place to get breakfast? What do you specifically recommend?

Hattie’s Hat is the best in Ballard, Bang Bang Cafe in Belltown, and Petrirosso on Capital Hill are amazing. In Tacoma Peterson Bros.1111, and Top of Tacoma are great brunch spots as well as great bars to boot.

We are always looking for great coffee while traveling.  What is your favorite spot to grab some joe?

You can’t turn left or right without running into a coffee shop here. Stand-outs include Stumptown and Cafe Vita in Seattle, Bluebeard and Valhalla in Tacoma, Batdorf and Bronson based in Olympia.

Do you have any lodging tips for people passing through (e.g. specific places or general areas)?

We are usually trying to be on the cheap and try to stay with friends whenever possible. I’ve heard there are great deals through air b-n-b.

What kind of day trips and/or outdoor activities in the surrounding areas would you recommend to our readers?
There are endless things to do around the Puget Sound. Summertime around the arboretum, the beach at Golden Gardens north of Ballard, day trips to the peninsula on a ferry, and of course winter fun in the surrounding mountains.
Travel/On Tour:
Favorite city the band has played a show:

We love playing anywhere really. We love to get on the road. Austin, Tucson, San Diego and Denver have been great spots for us.

City with the best live crowd:

That’s a hard one! We’ve had great shows some places, and come back to a not so great show. Really depends on a number of things. Luckily we have friends in a lot of these towns and so we get to see them regardless.

Best venue & why (e.g. acoustics, stiff drinks, etc.):

Bender’s in SF, great space, great drinks, awesome booking agent. Tower Bar in San Diego, again all around great people.

Weirdest thing you’ve seen on tour:

The mountains above Colorado Springs on fire.

Skuzziest place you’ve slept:
We’ve slept on a lot of floors. Let’s leave it at that…,

I want to thank Donovan for taking the time to answer our questions.  He and Lupe are essentially Bellebrities (Bellingham celebrities) and it is really cool that we had an opportunity to find a little more about them.  A lot of the spots they recommend I can vouch for as well.  Some of them are new to me and I can’t wait to check out!
Tacos! album cover
The self-titled full length debut from Tacos! is one hell of an asskicker.  Having seen them play multiple times it is nice to be able to own the songs that are frequently culprits of massive bangovers the morning after.  It is also nice to be able to put a song title to them.  I have lost my mind to “Wood Elf” on many occasions and never knew what it was called (perfect song title).  Lupe is a force to be reckoned with behind the drums both live and on recording. Donovan’s gravely vocals and mind melting guitar skills will grab a hold of you and shake you until your lunch money falls out.  The duo is a gem of the Pacific Northwest.  Tacos! have become better and better as a live show.  The last time we saw them at The Shakedown (Bellingham) they played like they should be headlining the larger venues in Seattle.  Don’t miss them next time you have the chance. Tacos! released their self-titled full length earlier this year in a digital format.  Now they have the physical record available for purchase.  You can pick up a copy of the insanely cool orange creamsicle vinyl over here –> Tacos! – S/T

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HAPPY FRIDAY!

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No Place Like Home With Bardus

One of our initial intentions for Grisl was that it would be used as a travel guidebook filled with recommendations from people who have been outside and around the block. For many reasons, this portion of the site has been slow developing.  We’ve expanded on this concept to include recommendations from bands who would like to share guidance one getting around their own hometowns. After all, nothing makes a traveler more appreciative of where they hail from than being on the road.  The feature is called No Place Like Home.

The best part is that when one of our readers travels to a place that is foreign to them they will have some solid recommendations from an awesome source, one of their favorite bands!  I know I look forward to checking out some of these places and am sure that there are many others who would be interested.


Bardus band photoFor this installment of No Place Like Home we had an opportunity to ask our questions to vocalist/guitarist Justin of the excellent noise rock band Bardus.

Where does Bardus call their hometown and how long have you been there?

Philadelphia PA is where we reside, I (Justin) have been living in the city for 13 years or so.

If friends or family from out of town were visiting you where would you have to take them for must eat grub?  What sort of food does the place serve?  Any specific dish that you would recommend?  What do you like about this place?  Price range? 

For Family: I would take them to “The Abbey” 637 N. 3rd Street. or ” Memphis taproom” 2331 E. Cumberland. Both have excellent beer with American/Polish style comfort food that appeases most family members (veg and vegan options). They both offer seasonal menus that vary.

Here at Grisl we are big into the craft beer scene, dive bar scene and regular bar scene (basically we love bars…).  Assuming you also enjoy grabbing some drinks with your pals, where are the can’t-miss spots that you would recommend?  What makes these places special to you?  Any specific drinks that you would recommend?  Price range? Vibe (i.e. bow tie or acid wash jeans?)?

If in South Philly: The P.o.p.e most locals go there. Good beers, nice atmosphere, pretty hip, very easy going . Fishtown: El bar (I work there) divey, hip, big backyard to hang in, weirdos all over (in a good way), cheap cheap cheap!  If you’re not in South philly or Fishtown, ask to be taken there.

What is your favorite music venue in the area to catch some shows?  Any memorable shows you watched there off of the top of your head?

Kung Fu Necktie host a show almost every night, lots of local bands cut their teeth there , Underground Arts is another great venue that host mostly underground music(go figure). Union Transfer is really nice, they host the bigger shows, lots of space, plenty of bars to grab a drink.  Seeing Roomrunner play at KFN a few months back  was pretty awesome. Loud, catchy as hell, couldn’t go wrong!

After a night of drinking and/or live music where are the best places to get some late night munchies/more drinks?  What sort of food are we talking about?  Price range?

Being part of the Quaker states we close at 2 a.m so usually going back home and making horrible quesadilla for each other is a national pastime, or going to the pretzel factory. $2 will buy you more than enough pretzel to make you regret making the trek down to the pretzel factory.

After a night of drinking and/or live music where is the best place to get breakfast? What do you specifically recommend?

Definitely either Honey’s: anything seriously and/or Coffee House Too (I work there also) Hangover hoagie, Burrito, pretty much anything

We are always looking for great coffee while traveling.  What is your favorite spot to grab some joe?

I’ll do it the same way. If in south philly: Grindcore house, B2, Ultimo. Fishtown: Coffee house too, Reanimator, Lola bean.

Do you have any lodging tips for people passing through (e.g. specific places or general areas)?

There are some hostels on 3rd and Market in old city.

What kind of day trips and/or outdoor activities in the surrounding areas would you recommend to our readers? 

If you can make it to the Art Museum on the first Sunday of every month its free. There is also a new skate park right by which is rad, Old city is pretty nice, So much history to see and most of it is free!

Travel/On Tour:
Favorite city the band has played a show:

Asheville NC

City with the best live crowd:

The ones that people move around.

Best venue & why (e.g. acoustics, stiff drinks, etc.):

Anywhere that lets us play is our favorite at the moment.

Weirdest thing you’ve seen on tour:

From pimps rapping about shrimps to guys wearin nothin but ties.

Longest length of tour:

nothing more than 2 weeks

Skuzziest place you’ve slept:

From a pile of dirt and clothes, waking up with a rat eating boogers out of my nose.


I would like to thank Justin for taking the time to answer our questions.  I was lucky enough to have a trip to Philadelphia last weekend and checked out a couple of his recommendations.  Honey’s was an insanely good spot to grab some breakfast.  I had spicy chorizo biscuits and gravy.  HOLY SHIT.  Not only was the food delicious but it is an excellent beer town.  I wish I had more time to visit.  I will definitely be back.

Bardus Solus

Bardus has been on our radar for a while now.  An outstanding EP (Pig EP) followed up with a stellar debut full length (Solus) makes it clear that this Philly band has a bright future.  They play a style of noise rock that doesn’t get old and tired.  It is a genre that can feel over saturated at times but they have a unique sound that distinguishes them from the crowd.  Until now their debut full length was only available in the digital format.  Thanks to the new Illinois based tape label, Wolf Beach Tapes, a physical release is being issued of this album.  Limited to 100 copies, Solus will be available on dark blue cassette with white lettering.  The buyer will also get a digital download of the album.  The tape is set to release on October 31st of this year but the pre-orders are live.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own a badass tape from a very deserving band.  Order it over here –>  Bardus – Solus

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