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Toro Y Moi launches North American tour, plus full SXSW schedule

By March 14, 2011No Comments

Toro Y Moi

STREAM: “New Beat” –

VIDEO: “New Beat”(dir. by Scott Ross) –

Columbia, South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) rose to the fore of the music blogosphere in summer 2009 when he and a few peers made their hazy bedroom recordings the most talked-about sound of the season. Critics across the board took notice of the range of his compositions, and his debut album, Causers of This, showcased his ability to make elements of Brian Wilson’s pop, 80s R&B, and Stones Throw hip hop coalesce into a distinct sound that’s as suitable for a dance floor as it is a pair of headphones.

When Chaz first signed to Carpark Records, the plan was to release two records in 2010– one electronic and one with live instrumentation–and although it didn’t quite fit into the same calendar year as his debut, Underneath the Pine is that latter offering. This release sees him following the same creative urges to completely different ends. Having spent the year listening to film composers like Ennio Morricone and François de Roubaix, Bundick returned to his home in Columbia, the birthplace of many Toro tracks of yore, to bring his new ideas to fruition. The result of these sessions is an album evocative of R. Stevie Moore’s homespun ruminations, David Axelrod’s sonic scope, Steve Reich-ian piano phrasing, and the pervasive funk of his first record. Underneath the Pine announces a new phase for an artist whose talent defies classification.


03/16 Austin, TX Fader Fort, 1:30pm
03/16 Austin, TX Force Field PR / Terrorbird 4th Annual Day Party @ Red 7 Patio, 4:30pm
03/17 Austin, TX Carpark Showcase @ 512 Bar, 1:00am
03/17 Austin, TX DMX Party @ Volstead Lounge, 5:00pm
03/17 Austin, TX Waterloo Records, 1:30pm
03/18 Austin, TX Gorilla Vs. Bear @ Klub Krucial, 10:15pm
03/18 Austin, TX The Windish Agency Party @ Emo’s, 2:15pm
03/18 Austin, TX Pitchfork Party @ The East Side Drive In, 6:15pm
03/19 Dallas, TX Club Dada*
03/20 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace*^
03/21 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn*^$
03/22 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar*
03/23 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour*
03/24 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall*
03/25 Portland, OR Doug Fir*
03/26 Kennewick, WA The Red Room*^
03/27 Seattle, WA Crocodile*
03/28 Vancouver, BC Biltmore ^
03/30 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge #
03/31 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge #
04/01 Kansas City, MO Riot Room #
04/02 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr. #
04/03 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry #
04/04 Northfield, MN The Cave ^
04/05 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle #
04/06 Bloomington, IN The Bishop #^
04/07 Toronto, ON Wrongbar #
04/08 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa #
04/09 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall #
04/10 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #
04/11 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom #
04/12 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church #
04/13 Baltimore, MD Talking Head #^
04/14 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel #
04/15 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 #^
04/16 Columbia, SC Indie Grits Film Festival
04/23 Honolulu, HI Next Door

* = w/ Cloud Nothings
^ = w/ Braids
# = w/ Adventure
$ = w/ Nite Jewel

Toro Y Moi & Cloud Nothings
Toro Y Moi / Cloud Nothings Split 7″
Street Date: Mar. 29, 2011

1. “I Will Talk to You” (Toro Y Moi)
2. “For No Reason” (Cloud Nothings)

Toro Y Moi
Underneath The Pine
Street Date: Feb. 22, 2011

1. Intro/Chi Chi
2. New Beat
3. Go with You
4. Divina
5. Before I’m Done
6. Got Blinded
7. How I Know
8. Light Black
9. Still Sound
10. Good Hold
11. Elise

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