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Toro Y Moi
I just read that Robert Hegyes died a few days ago. Known to 70‘s television fans as Juan Epstein of Mr. Kotter’s infamous Sweathogs crew, he was a character defined by his unique melding of ethnicities. See, Brooklyn was even open and cool back then.
Fast forward to 2012, we’re taking a trip down to South Carolina to check out the African-American/Filipino artist Toro Y Moi. His blend of ethnicities gives him a unique perspective on life and music, as further defined by his Spanish/French moniker. (Amazing, he goes by a stage name at all considering his real name is Chazwick Bundick. Kudos to your parents, Chazwick.)
On his new release,”Underneath the Pine” (Carpark Records, 2011), Toro Y Moi goes beyond the chillwave movement he started with, bringing his music out of the bedroom and onto the dance floor. Check out Toro Y Moi and the rest of the scooby gang in a cool Super 8 film for the great song “Still Sound”. Extra points for being part of the sweater-rock crew.
Good Stuff. And if that doesn’t get you moving and grooving on a Monday, then try out the song “New Beat” - if that one doesn’t work, then you may officially be dead.
Dear Mr. Kotter,
Please excuse Chazwick from class today. He was up all night channelling Daft Punk, Stereolab, and Yoshimi-era Wayne Coyne into one hot new album.
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