Stream of the new EP

Here’s a stream of the new EP  ‘Zammuto – Idiom Wind’ … Now available for presale at Make Mine. My heartfelt thanks to all who have listened, reposted, blogged and written about it this week!  My heart is warmed.  We’re very excited to debut the new material live next month…

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2011 Year In Photos

Hey Everyone,

I just posted a new photo album here:

These are all pictures from our little homestead in Vermont this year.  The small building with the woodshed attached is my studio where ‘The Way Out’ and the new album were written/recorded/mixed/mastered… My wife, Molly, is the pregnant gardener in all these photos, and this year the farm was incredibly productive.   Thanks to Molly, and her uncanny ability to grow things, we all ate like kings this year.  Also pictured are my boys Sepp, Asa and the newest one Cy, who was born in October.  As you’ll see, they play hard, and crash often.  The new band appears here and there, too.

Best wishes for the new year from our family to yours.

Nick Zammuto

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First Shows

Hey Everyone,

I’m happy to announce that the new band is playing it’s first shows in early February!  You can get tickets here:

FEB 3:  Mass Moca, North Adams, MA

FEB 4:  92YTribeca, New York, NY

FEB 6:  Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA

We had our first rehearsals in November, and it made us all quite giddy.  It’s coming together better than we had ever hoped.  Please don’t miss your chance to see these first shows: my brother Mikey has used the word ‘Epic’ more than once to describe what’s about to happen…

Here’s a (somewhat goofy) photo of the new band:

From left to right that’s my brother Mikey (Bass), Sean Dixon (NYC, Drums), yours truly (vocals, guitars) and Gene Back (From Brooklyn, who you’ll recognize from the Books, Guitar and Keys).  And yes that is a bonfire, made of branches from the great ice storm of 2008.  We lit it up last sunday:

The new show will focus mainly on the tracks I’ve been writing over the last year, with some classic and never before played ‘Books’ songs thrown in, plus a couple surprises.  The show will have some video synched with the performance (as the books show did) although the band is so fun to watch, the video component will be more contained to short bursts and set peices, to allow eyes to be on the band most of the time.  (Sean is one of the best drummers you will ever see.)  I’m working on video now, based on the vast collection of stills and vhs i’ve put together over the years, along with a few commisions, and i’m not sure how much i’ll have done by February…  but I think the show will fly either way.

And, before the show we will be screening ‘Achante’, the short film about Haitian Vodou that I scored this year.  Here’s the trailer

Achantè Extended Trailer from Mazibel on Vimeo.

Really hope to see you there!


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Ep Release on Make Mine Records

Hey All,

My old friend Manish from London runs a 7” Label called Make Mine, and we decided to release three of the songs from the upcoming LP this December, gearing up for the full length release next year.   (about 10 years ago ’The Books’ were his labels first release!)

Side A will be Idiom Wind

Side B will be F U C-3PO

And the bonus ‘digital only’ will be Weird Ceiling.

In fact Pitchfork was kind enough to post ‘Weird Ceiling’ today.

These are reworked ‘finished’ versions of the demo tracks I’ve posted in the past, so have a listen for the changes…

Once the EP is available for sale I’ll repost

And thanks for the slew of recent orders from the store, you all, it is extremely helpful in getting this project off the ground… and remember you can preorder a Home Printed LP to further help the project along. (design coming soon)

Also, I finished two more tracks recently, called ‘Zebra Butt’ and ‘The Shape of Things to Come’, as well as revisited/improved/mastered a lot of the older songs, so stay tuned…



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Birth of Cy

Hey All,

This is more on the personal side of my blog posts, but I wanted to share with you the birth of our third son, Cy:

He was born here at home in Vermont, in a big tub in our living room, on October 23.  Molly’s water broke at around 4:30pm that day, and her contractions started in earnest around 6 pm. The boys, Sepp (5yo) and Asa (2yo), were busy messily painting their halloween costumes, so we let them finish. I put them to bed at around 7pm, as usual, and then went downstairs to set up the tub:

By then our incredible midwives, Tanya and Lucinda, were arriving and we started filling the tub.  Also, Molly’s Mom, her sister, and our dear friend Libby were here to help. We got a nice fire going in the woodstove and had the house up to 80 degrees pretty quickly.  We quickly ran out of hot water, so we put every pot we had on the stove to heat more.  By 9pm Molly’s contractions were getting very intense and she decided to take a stroll outside.  It was a particularly clear and dark night, with the Milkyway crystal clear and Jupiter brighter than I’ve ever seen it. (i’ve always loved stargazing so it felt particularly meaningful to see the sky so clear.)  By the end of our walk around the house, with frequent stops for contractions, Molly was ready to get in the tub.  By then it was full of hot water and ready to go, and we got in around 10pm.  From here her labor progressed very quickly and intensely, and she gave birth to Cy at 10:22pm, catching him herself and scooping him up to the surface of the water.  With barely a sound he looked up at her as if to say “Hi, Mom.”  It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.  Here’s a picture of them just two hours after he was born:

They are both remarkably healthy, happy and seemingly unfazed. 

This was our second homebirth.  Asa was also born at home, up in his bedroom.  After Sepp’s birth in a hospital, Molly was adamant that we have our children at home.  Sepp’s hospital birth, although it wasn’t traumatic per se, was offensive to Molly on a number of levels.  Her own birth experience and studies of midwifery and the birthing process has lead her to the realization that birth is not a risk-frought medical procedure as we are lead to believe by well meaning yet fearful OBGYN’s.  It is a natural rite of passage for both mother and child; a sacred time to be experienced as fully as possible.  From my limited perspective, it took me a while to see the truth in this, but having just witnessed what I can only describe as perfect, we highly recommend homebirth.  Be sure to find an experienced and warmhearted midwife.  As someone once said, “Locals are born in the hospital, ‘natives’ are born at home.”    

Thanks for reading, Nick

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Next New Track!

Zammuto – Too Late To Topologize | zammuto
Here’s a working version of the fourth track from the new record. I’m sorry, Timbaland, but it had to be done. Dropping that syllable just drives me crazy, I needed to stick one back in to restore balance to the world 😉

Free download available for 48hrs here:

I made this track with a Korg Electribe (S) and a TC-Helicon Voice Live 2, and its made to be performed live 100%, so please come see our first shows in November. Special thanks to Sean Dixon for the acoustic drums, really looking forward to working more with him, he’s an extremely inventive player, and will Kill live.

Also i’m proud to say that my dream of composing, mixing and mastering all within one program was finally realized with this track. It is directly exported from the timeline of Sony’s Acid without post-sweetening. I’ll post more about the studio soon…


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New Song – Zammuto – Idiom Wind (available for 48 hrs)

Here’s the new track:


Just finished this afternoon. Pretty different, again, from Yay and Groan Man. I’m trying to carve out as much new territory as I can early on in the process, and stretch out a bit. This is more of a songy song this time, and yes, Dylan references are as irresistable to me as ever. and I’ve been loving playing the drums recently, I’m really into 3 over 4 polyrhythms, they are so wonderfully ambiguous and spacious. Please download and repost, since this will only be available for 48hrs. And extra thanks to Gene Back for his multitrack fiddle on this song. If any of you need a fiddle session, Gene is extremely capable and highly creative. You can contact him here: So glad he’s in my band! For those of you who have requested a studio tour, I’ll try to blog about it soon… Thanks for listening! More soon, Nick

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