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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…
Garrett Kamps | January 7, 2015 - 1:24 pm

In Memoriam

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…
Scott Lapatine | December 26, 2012 - 3:48 pm

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Nick Zammuto – “Tonight We’ll Go For A Ride”

Nick Zammuto, formerly one-half of the beloved sonic collagists the Books, composed the score for the film We The Animals. The movie was directed by…
James Rettig | October 22, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Paul de Jong – “You Fucken Sucker”

The Books' Paul de Jong is releasing a new solo album called You Fucken Sucker this year, one reportedly inspired by "societal frustration... compounded by…
Chris DeVille | March 6, 2018 - 10:47 am

Paul de Jong – “It’s Only About Sex”

Paul de Jong, best known as one half of genius sonic collage artists the Books, has a new solo album coming soon. It's called You
Chris DeVille | February 20, 2018 - 5:06 pm

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,…
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,…
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…
Chris DeVille | February 10, 2015 - 2:38 pm

In Memoriam

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…
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…
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…
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…
Brandon Stosuy | 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."
Brandon Stosuy | 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.
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…
Brandon Stosuy | 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…
Amrit Singh | September 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm
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