Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Toro Y Moi Played Mercury Lounge, Dec. 19
Last Wednesday, I managed to catch Toro Y Moi at Mercury Lounge, which was even cozier than usually. The venue was packed stage-to-door by the time Toro's early set came around, bobbing to the woozy beats. Singer Chaz Budnick exemplified the laidback nature of his South Carolina roots, cooing into the mic and murmuring words of thanks in between songs. And although nominally a one-man band, Toro Y Moi live is definitely enhanced by Budnick's bandmates (including, it should be said, my friend Andy on drums), pushing the sound into that of a full-formed quartet, rather than the shy bedroom producer. It was a nice, if temporary, antidote for the miserable, frosty weather.
They'll be back in early April at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Here's live footage of "Still Song," off the new album, via Hippies Are Dead, and a download of the first song they played.
MP3: Toro Y Moi - "Blessa"
Rest of the photos after the jump.