Good news on top of bad news, everyone! We’ve already reported on the slightly mysterious (though not entirely surprising) disbandment of abstract folk duo The Books this past January. At the time, Nick Zammuto calmly alluded to “a box set with the four [Books] records” as one noteworthy aspect of their musical death knell, but now that a few months have passed, the reality is looking even more worthwhile. As Zammuto himself relays, The Books are releasing an “enormous” box set of all their albums, plus a “huge” amount of bonus material, both audio and visual, by the “end of the summer.” Okay, so that isn’t much of an elaboration on what he previously said, but I can only assume that his focus on the physical size of the box set means that we can at least expect something doorway-sized. Utilize your tape measures to ensure proper delivery, folks.
Zammuto regretfully informs us of his inability to reveal any details regarding the box set, but more than making up for it in terms of sheer Books-related information is his brand new blog, dedicated to documenting how each and every track was made, from the “recording process” to the “strange trajectory of the project.” He continues, “I’ve been threatening to do this for a while and now the time has come… I need to do it now or risk forgetting it all if I wait any longer. I apologize in advance for blog entries that sprawl and ramble.” The first entry (already posted) is a detailed, first-person account of the year or two before The Books was even an idea, and of Zammuto’s inner grappling with his interest in both art and chemistry. I’ll let him do the storytelling. Something tells me he has an affinity for it.
Zammuto (the band) dates:
06.17.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
06.18.12 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen *
06.19.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor *
06.20.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central*
06.21.12 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre *
06.22.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
06.23.12 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
06.25.12 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street *
06.26.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre *
06.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium *
06.29.12 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
* Explosions in the Sky