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bore-o y moi by v
July 18, 2013, 7:44 am
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Last week I caught Toro y Moi at House of Vans, an indoor skate park in Brooklyn. In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much, given his just-okay show at Webster Hall a few months back, but it was free…so there’s that.

This performance proved that the same issues persist: Chazwick Bundick, a stellar producer, has made excellent albums at home — as in by himself, on his computer — and doesn’t seem to have quite figured out how to translate that excellence live. Invariably, the details get muddied, the songs all start to sound more or less the same, and it becomes clear that his voice isn’t his strong suit — a fact that I happily overlook on the records. Oh well. In the right context, he’s great.

The show’s opener, a portly, Biggie-channeling rapper called Jonwayne, was only notable in that he berated the crowd repeatedly for not playing along with a call-and-response thing he was trying to get going. Way to win fans!

More interesting was the second act, San Francisco-based beatmaker Shlomo. I’d never heard of him, but nearly everyone else in the skate park completely freaked out when he went on. Have a listen:

thanks to jai for the photooooos

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