the Books

A blog by Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong of the band 'the Books'

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Aug 21

Bass Projector

Here’s a new video about my ‘Bass Projector’, it uses a flexible mirror attached to a speaker to project images of low frequency sounds using lasers.

Available for 3 more days as part of our Indiegogo campaign:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zammuto-lp-2

Bass Projector from Nick zammuto on Vimeo.


Aug 19

'Scratch Edition'

Here’s a new video about my method of scratching rhythms into the ‘locked groove’ of vinyl records.  I’ve been using this method of beat making since my early days with ‘The Books’ on tracks like ‘Smells Like Content’ and ‘Vogt Dig for Kloppervok’ and many others.

Scratch Edition from Nick zammuto on Vimeo.

More here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zammuto-lp-2


Jul 31

Zammuto LP 2

Hey All,

We’re busy making our second record here in VT:

Zammuto LP 2 from Nick zammuto on Vimeo.

You can preorder the home silkscreened special edition LP and the new sculpture ‘Bass Projector’ here.  The ‘Spoon Box’ is also making it’s return.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zammuto-lp-2

Yesterday we released a new track called ‘Need Some Sun’ which you can hear and download here:

Thanks to all who have supported the project so far.  The response has been overwhelming, and we are deeply grateful.  It changes everything for us, as we navigate this crazy business and keep the family going.

Yours,

Nick


Mar 28

Zammuto Tour Starts Tonight

Hey All, 

Our first show is tonight in Northampton, MA at the Iron Horse.   Full tour dates below:

03/28/13 Thu Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall
03/29/13 Fri Hamden CT Spaceland Ballroom
03/30/13 Sat Middletown CT Eclectic House
03/31/13 Sun Montreal QC Il Motore
04/01/13 Mon Toronto ON The Garrison
04/03/13 Wed Grand Rapids MI Ladies Literary Club
04/04/13 Thu Evanston IL SPACE
04/05/13 Fri Iowa City IA Mission Creek Festival
04/06/13 Sat Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
04/07/13 Sun Northfield MN Carleton College
04/08/13 Mon Grinnell IA Grinnell College
04/10/13 Wed Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
04/12/13 Fri Columbus OH Wexner Center
04/14/13 Sun Red Hook NY Bard College

Some new surprises in store… Can’t wait to play!

Nick


Nov 26

Cyber Monday Sale and Euro Tour

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Hey All,

Amazing deal on the Books Box today only.

And don’t forget, our European Tour begins this Friday in London:

Nov. 30 London, UK. Birthdays
Dec. 1 Utrecht, NL Le Guess Who Festival
Dec. 2 Brussels, BEL Autumn Falls Festival, Le Botanique
Dec. 3 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
Dec. 4 Berlin, DE Kantine am Berghain
Dec. 5 Hannover, DE Feinkostlampe
Dec. 6 Schorndorf, DE Manufaktur
Dec. 7 St. Gallen, CH Palace
Dec. 8 Rennes, FR Transmusicales Festival

Can’t wait…

See you soon!

Nick


Nov 15

Europe Tour Starts in Two Weeks

Hey All,

After playing about 70 shows in North America this year, it’s time to cross the ocean.  Here are our European dates:

Nov. 30 London, UK. Birthdays
Dec. 1 Utrecht, NL Le Guess Who Festival
Dec. 2 Brussels, BEL Autumn Falls Festival, Le Botanique
Dec. 3 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
Dec. 4 Berlin, DE Kantine am Berghain
Dec. 5 Hannover, DE Feinkostlampe
Dec. 6 Schorndorf, DE Manufaktur
Dec. 7 St. Gallen, CH Palace
Dec. 8 Rennes, FR Transmusicales Festival

We are also playing a very special one-off performance in NYC on January 26th where we plan to debut new material in the works…  and maybe even some live sculpture:

Jan. 26 New york, NY Le Poisson Rouge

We had such a great time opening for Ultraista at LPR, we are honored to be invited back to headline.

On a more personal note, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to support us on our epic fall tour, thus far.  We were so heartened by the warm (and sometimes deafening) response to the new band, we are charged up to get started right away on a new record.  You all are an inspiring group of people, and it’s been a pleasure to get to know you better on the road.  As I’ve done before, I plan on opening up our studio process by releasing work in progress along the way, so please stay tuned.  I also plan on finishing the Books Blog Series; i’m glad there is so much curiosity… bear with me, i’ve got a lot on my plate.

Lastly, my deep thanks to the band… Mikey, Gene and Sean.  What a year!  You guys destroy every night.  My family and I can’t thank you enough for your selfless dedication and extraordinary talent while giving birth to this new project.  I look forward to years of productive music making and further hilarious adventures on tour.  You’ve brought this thing to life in a way that goes beyond anything I could have dreamed and hoped.

much love,

Nick


Oct 29

West Coast Tour Starts Today

Hey Everyone,

The west coast leg of our fall tour starts today in Phoenix, AZ.  We’ll work our way up to Vancouver over the next week and a half, then fly to the Walker in Minneapolis for a very special one off.  Then Europe in December:  The band has become quite the well oiled killing machine, and we’re honored to have the amazing AU opening for us on all these dates.  Can’t wait to play for you.

10-29 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom (w/ AU)
10-30 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (w/ AU)
10-31 Santa Barbara, CA - Muddy Waters (w/AU)
11-01 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater (w/ AU)
11-02 Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place (w/ AU)
11-03 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (w/ AU)
11-05 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (w/ AU)
11-06 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Biltmore Cabaret (w/ AU)
11-07 Seattle, WA - Barboza (w/ AU)

11-10 Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center (w/ Eluvium)

11-30 London, UK. Birthdays
12-01 Utrecht, NL Le Guess Who Festival
12-02 Brussels, BE Autumn Falls Festival, Le Botanique
12-03 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
12-04 Berlin, DE Kantine am Berghain
12-05 Hannover, DE Feinkostlampe
12-06 Schorndorf, DE Manufaktur
12-07 St. Gallen, CH Palace
12-08 Rennes, FR Transmusicales Festival

We will be carrying large format home screenprinted posters of Zebra Faces and Butts, as well as the BOOKS BOX, and new shirts etc…

See you there! 

Nick


Sep 25

ON TOUR NOW

Hey All,

We are beginning the second leg of our immense fall tour tomorrow down in DC.  So far the shows have been EXTREMELY fun, and the band is getting scary tight.  See our remaining  tour dates below:

Also here’s a short (15 min) documentary about the band and our creative process made by our friend Matt Day as hosted on Pitchfork TV:

09-26 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
09-27 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park (w/ Givers, Gotye)
09-28 Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
09-29 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-01 Nashville, TN - The Basement
10-02 Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
10-03 Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-04 Austin, TX - The Mohawk (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-05 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-06 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-08 St Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-09 Chicago, IL - Schubas (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-10 Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-11 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-12 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-13 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse (w/ Lymbyc Systym)

10-29 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom (w/ AU)
10-30 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (w/ AU)
11-01 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (w/ AU)
11-02 Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place (w/ AU)
11-03 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (w/ AU)
11-05 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (w/ AU)
11-06 Seattle, WA - Barboza (w/ AU)
11-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Biltmore Cabaret (w/ AU)
11-10 Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center (w/ Eluvium)

11-30 London, UK. Birthdays
12-01 Utrecht, NL Le Guess Who Festival
12-02 Brussels, BE Autumn Falls Festival, Le Botanique
12-03 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
12-04 Berlin, DE Kantine am Berghain
12-05 Hannover, DE Feinkostlampe
12-06 Schorndorf, DE Manufaktur
12-07 St. Gallen, CH Palace
12-08 Rennes, FR Transmusicales Festival
 
Come out and support us on our maiden voyage and I promise years of music to come, See you out there!
 
Nick 

Aug 28

Live in Athens, GA (tour starts next week)

Hey All.

Wonder what the new band sounds like live?  Here’s 5 songs from our recent performance in Athens, Georgia.  It was a very spirited night, have a listen.  We’ll be embarking on a massive North American tour next week, so please help spread the word and drag all your friends to the show.  We promise a memorable night filled with amazing performances and hilarous videos (synched in classic Books style).  We’ve done everything we can to keep ticket prices low… and with our recent rehearsals we were able to add a bunch of new songs including some ‘Books’ favorites.  You’ll recoginze Gene and Mikey from the last Books tour and if you haven’t seen Sean Dixon play the drums you are in for a special night!  Dates below…

09-05 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
09-06 Richmond, VA - The Camel (w/ Marionette)
09-07 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival (w/ Built to Spill, Jesus and Mary Chain)
09-08 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
09-09 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
09-10 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09-11 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
09-12 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree

09-14 Kansas City, MO - Richard Berkley Riverfront Park (w/ Chairlift, Gotye)
09-15 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
09-16 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion (w/ Chairlift, Gotye)
09-17 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion (w/ Chairlift, Gotye)
09-18 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre (w/ Chairlift, Gotye)
09-19 Hamilton, Ontario - Casbah Lounge
09-20 Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphitheatre (w/ Chairlift, Gotye)
09-21 Montreal, Quebec - Jacques Cartier Pier (w/ Chairlift, Gotye)
09-22 Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
09-26 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
09-27 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park (w/ Chairlift, Gotye)
09-28 Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
09-29 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-01 Nashville, TN - The Basement
10-02 Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
10-03 Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-04 Austin, TX - The Mohawk (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-05 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-06 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-08 St Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-09 Chicago, IL - Schubas (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-10 Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-11 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-12 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt (w/ Lymbyc Systym)
10-13 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse (w/ Lymbyc Systym)

10-29 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom (w/ AU)
10-30 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (w/ AU)
11-01 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (w/ AU)
11-02 Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place (w/ AU)
11-03 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (w/ AU)
11-05 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (w/ AU)
11-06 Seattle, WA - Barboza (w/ AU)
11-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Biltmore Cabaret (w/ AU)
11-10 Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center (w/ Eluvium)

Please support us on our very first headline tour, and keep this thing going.  Can’t wait to play for you all. 

Yours truly,

Nick


Aug 2

Twigs and Yarn - Mastering

Hey Everyone,

I recently had a chance to master a beautiful record that I think you might enjoy…

It’s a Texas band called Twigs and Yarn (Stephen Orsak and Lauren McMurray) and this is their first release.

You can hear it on their Japanese label ‘Flau’ here:

http://flau.jp/releases/28.html

I fell in love with it while working on it,

Hope to see you out on tour this fall!

Nick


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