The Books are coming off the shelf to tour

The first time I heard The Books, it was 5 a.m. many years back and I probably wasn’t the best judge of quality at that moment. I remember thinking that it sounded like listening to elevator music while you talked to a French lady, all while a freaky folk band practiced on the other side of the wall. It scared the shit out of me and took me quite a while to revisit.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the duo uses found recordings throughout their own original pieces. The music combines acoustic elements with electronic parts, then added to whatever recording samples they find at yard sales, book fairs, or really anywhere. Vocalist Nick Zammuto calls this collage music, which pretty much describes it perfectly.

How does this translate live? Well, our shared chance will come when The Books tour North America in support of their upcoming release, The Way Out, which you can buy on July 20th. The fall tour will see them traveling from coast to coast, and including both major markets and smaller areas where they may have some other business or family or something. Either way, this album has been in the works for three years, so who knows when they will be back. If I were, I’d play it safe and buy your ticket pronto — via — when they go on sale starting Monday, June 21st.

The Books 2010 Tour Dates:
06/21 - Chicago, IL @ Jay Pritzker Pavillion (Millennium Park)
08/13 - North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival
09/04 - Monticello, NY @ ATP Festival
09/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
09/30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/01 - Durham, NC @ Shaefer Theater
10/03 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/04 - Knoxville, TN @ Square Room
10/05 - Charlotesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
10/21 - Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre
10/22 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub
10/23 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
10/24 - Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
10/25 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
10/26 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
10/27 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladies Literary Club
10/29 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Culture Center
11/13 - New York, NY @ Zankel at Carnegie Hall
11/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box at The Henry Fonda Theatre
11/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
12/03 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
12/04 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
12/05 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre


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