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Paul De Jong – “Hollywald” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s always sweet when either of the former Books boys drops a piece of solo ear candy. Nick Zammuto had his turn with 2014’s Anchor, and 2015 belongs to Paul De Jong with IF due in two short weeks. We’ve already heard the lead single, “Auction Block” and followup “This Is Who I Am.” Today,… More »

By: Collin Robinson / April 15, 2015 - 10:50 am

Paul De Jong – “This Is Who I Am” (Feat. Jungle Green) (Stereogum Premiere)

Throughout the 2000s, the string-savvy Paul De Jong played cello and other instruments in the electronic folk outfit the Books. He’s flying solo these days, but his music retains his former band’s springy warmth, using found-sound flourishes to twist organic songs into more mystical creations. We heard this prominently on “Auction Block,” the first single… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / March 9, 2015 - 10:12 am

Paul De Jong – “Auction Block”

In the years since the Books split up, Nick Zammuto has maintained an active recording and touring presence, but his former bandmate Paul De Jong (not to be confused with the karaoke expert and New Zealand pastor of the same name) has been pretty quiet. Now De Jong is back with the pretty, quiet “Auctio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 10, 2015 - 2:38 pm

30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the ’90s? The ’80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »

By: Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015 - 1:24 pm

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2012

Each September, we recognize 40 new bands we look forward to listening to for years to come. And each December, we salute the veterans who’ve decided to pack up their knives and never ever get back together. This year’s class of quitters includes an anarcho-pop one-hit wonder, a multi-platinum Aussie rock band, and a New… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 26, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Zammuto – “The Shape Of Things To Come”

Nick Zammuto, formerly one half of the electro-acoustic duo the Books, has a new project called Zammuto. We’ve already posted his track “Idiom Wind,” and now a new self-titled album is imminent. Below, download the softly-glowing album track “The Shape Of Things To Come.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Zammuto – “Idiom Wind”

Zammuto is the solo project of Books’ guitarist/vocalist Nick Zammuto. His latest track “Idiom Wind” is a pulsating and spacious Dylan-referencing number featuring chill jazz percussion and multitracked fiddle by Gene Back. Download that along with skittering, spliced-up, Battles-y instrumental “YAY” below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 15, 2011 - 1:15 pm

ATP NY 2010: Sleep, Sunn, Skinny Dipping

At this point people know what to expect from Kutscher’s: The faded Catskills resort’s crumbling walls held together by mold, broken everything (we were forced to do our own DIY toilet plumbing, heard about another one that flushed boiling water), that lost-in-time Tammy Faye Makeup Counter. What we didn’t expect was the persistent skinny dipping… More »

By: brandon / September 8, 2010 - 9:30 am

The Books – “A Cold Freezin’ Night” Video

It’s worth noting the Phillie Phanatic, a staple of my childhood, makes an appearance in the Books’ frantic video collage for “A Cold Freezin’ Night.” When Jessica wrote up the track, she mentioned the samples of “kids whispering and singing into tape recorders.” They also talk a lot of shit — the goofy violence come… More »

By: brandon / June 30, 2010 - 9:54 am

The Books – “A Cold Freezin’ Night”

Frantic samples and a persistent quarter note beat play underneath the main feature of this song: Samples of kids whispering and singing into tape recorders. All their words sound like confessions, without the guilt — one girl repeats “I wish I was a boy,” other voices promise torture, or utter curses. It reminds me of… More »

By: jessica / June 21, 2010 - 5:41 pm

The Books – “Beautiful People”

Offering some sort of sly commentary (or truism) on looks, the Books’ “Beautiful People” uses vocal clips about math and science to create its vocal textures. It also says something about the electro-acoustic duo that, per usual, they’re able to infuse the ones, zeroes, theorems, and pure abstraction with emotional resonance. The track’s from their… More »

By: brandon / April 27, 2010 - 5:16 pm

Pygmalion 2009 In Photos

Some 90 acts descended upon Champaign-Urbana, IL this past weekend, performing across 14 venues and four days for the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival. We sent photographer John Gitchoff to circle the fest, and he delivers this spread including shots of Low, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, and the Zach Hill-ified Wavves. Enjoy. sounds of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm

The Books & José González Cover Nick Drake

That blockbuster Dark Was The Night charity comp is following up on yesterday’s Dirty Projectors & David Byrne MP3 with a new song stream every day over at MySpace. Today’s taste is a take on Nick Drake’s “Cello Song,” which makes sense given the artists covering it. Listen. (UPDATE: You can now stream it at… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 16, 2009 - 11:59 am