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The Books

The Books' story began in 2000, when Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong met through a friend in New York City. Sharing similar interests but different backgrounds in acoustic music and found sound, Zammuto and de Jong experimented and plunked away with a mix of melody, electronics, and ethereal atmospherics. Eventually, with some urging by Tom Steinle of Tomlab Records, they created what would become their debut record, Thought for Food, in 2002. Within a year, the Books relocated to Hot Springs, NC, and recorded and released The Lemon of Pink. With a lot of favorable word of mouth and critical buzz from the first two records, the Books relocated again in the winter of 2004 and recorded in an old Victorian home in North Adams, MA. These sessions culminated with the release of Lost and Safe in April of 2005, their third album for Tomlab. The band basically disappeared in the years that followed, until launching a short tour in the autumn of 2009. Their fourth album, Way Out, was released by new label Temporary Residence in July 2010. ~ David Serra
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Track List: The Way Out

1. Group Autogenics

2. Idkt

3. I Didn't Know That

4. A Cold Freezin' Night

5. Beautiful People

6. I Am Who I Am

7. Chain Of Missing Links

8. All You Need Is A Wall

9. Thirty Incoming

10. A Wonderful Phrase By Gandhi

11. We Bought The Flood

12. The Story Of Hip Hop

13. Free Translator

14. Group Autogenics II

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Track List: Lost And Safe

1. A Little Longing Goes Away

2. Be Good To Them Always

3. Vogt Dig For Kloppervok

4. Smells Like Content

5. It Never Changes To Stop

6. An Animated Description Of Mr. Maps.

7. Venice

8. None But Shining Hours

9. If Not Now, Whenever

10. An Owl With Knees

11. Twelve Fold Chain

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Track List: The Lemon Of Pink

3. Tokyo

4. Bonanza

5. S Is For Evrysing

6. Explanation Mark

7. There Is No There

8. Take Time

9. Don't Even Sing About It

10. The Future, Wouldn't That Be Nice?

11. A True Story Of A Story Of True Love

12. That Right Ain't S**t

13. P.S.

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Track List: Thought For Food

1. Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again

2. Read, Eat, Sleep

3. All Bad Ends All

4. Contempt

5. All Our Base Are Belong To Them

6. Thankyoubranch

7. Motherless B**tard

8. Mikey Bass

9. Excess Straussess

10. Getting the Job Done

11. A Dead Fish Gains the Power of Observation

12. Deafkids

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Thank you Pandora for bringing them to me. I appreciate it.
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aleatoric?
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aleatoric!
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still holds up to this day, totally loving it, and so do my dogs
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the most perfect anti dubsteb
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With your left brain..stick out your tongue to the universe..an d imaaagine your own peculiar vibration..d e e p e e r r . . d e e p p e r r
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If you work very hard my boy, you may become....uh h h . . . . w o m e n .
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amye_2
Very interesting. . . . d e f i n e t l e y something to continue to explore
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this band is pure comfort. wraps me right up:)
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Best band i ever heard in my entire life so far
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What am I missing here?
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I am looking forward to The Books at Celebrate Brooklyn on June 17, 2011.
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i can't find the books. they must be in la hoya.
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so good live
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moejoe64
AMAZING!!!!
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THE BOOOOOOOKS
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Incredible artists. Can't wait to see them at Millennium Park!
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SO peaceful
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I made my premiere Heelys skate movie using a Books track. "Heelys Traffic Demo"
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booneymaster
who the hell has a favorite album to cry to Caroline Murski
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"so hollow like outer space, yet also rich with everything human"
yep, thanks, thats about right.
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Yo - Everyone should really consider buying the Red Hot compilation "Dark Was The Night." It features a number of really fantastic artists, but in particular, The Books and Jose Gonzalez cover "Cello Song" written originally by Nick Drake. With the combination of Nick Drake's immaculate songwriting and the dynamic instrumentat i o n of the Books, this song is out of this world.
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zpurplez
Saw them in concert tonight- good show- though videos might be distracting
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Thought for Food is my favorite album to cry to... Its so hollow like outer space, yet also rich with everything human...
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I really love this band, too. A very futuristic sound, hey?
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love the books, love love love
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Definitely up there with my favorite groups of all time. Lost and Safe has been my favorite album since it came out.
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One of the best groups, ever.
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ames.n.ander s o n
You should catch a live show but if you can't, buy the DVD "Playall". (it's on their website to order, but youtube has some clips as well) It's the visual content played at shows and it is amazing. Stock-footag e that they've edited to sync up with the sounds in a way that will give you chills, smiles, and sometimes tears all at once. Enjoy!
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Hooked on the Books at first listening.
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I am going to bed at noon!
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actually they are pretty excellent in general
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they have excellent verbal background chatter. :)

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