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Nick Zammuto (left) and Paul de Jong are the Books. The band's newest album is called The Way Out.
September 10, 2010 How living in remote locations far from a scene helps The Books make singular music.
September 10, 2010 Scavenging voice machine tapes, speech records, and other found sound from thrift stores, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong manipulate unusual sources in wistful and humorous music. Hear them in concert.
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September 3, 2010 The experimental duo has spent the past decade making music based on samples — snippets of audio that its members chop up and rearrange. Sample-based music is nothing new, but the way the two men behind The Books write music puts the band in a class by itself. Their fourth album is called The Way Out..
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July 20, 2010 Each week, we check five record stores around the country to see what new releases they have in the building.
July 20, 2010 On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share a track from Liz Phair's unusual new album Funstyle. Also on the show: a gorgeous new solo record from Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey, a mesmerizing sound collage from The Books, feel-good garage-rock from Agent Ribbons, new-folk singer David Dondero, Icelandic artist Olof Arnalds, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and the New York-based rock group Ra Ra Riot.
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July 11, 2010 Five years in the making, The Books' new album finds the duo sculpting formless musical arrangements and once again capturing the imagination. Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong have developed tremendously as producers who push sound in unexpected places. Hear the duo's imaginative and experimental new album in its entirety until its release on July 20.
From the outset of "Beautiful People," The Books' vocalist, Nick Zammuto, conjures a hymn-like mood.
June 14, 2010 Whether it's references to tangrams or music-theory mathematics, trying to make sense of The Books' "Beautiful People" ends up revealing more questions than answers. From the song's outset (a solemn incantation played in reverse), vocalist Nick Zammuto conjures a hymn-like mood
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