When I first thought about the Books live, I just didn’t know HOW exactly it would work. I figured they would just play their instruments while all of the samples played through some computer, but it turns out that they’ve gone above and beyond, if I was a teacher I would give them SERIOUS extra credit. Most of their samples are from videos, and they mash them all up into these videos that play along with the music for a performance that reminded me all at once of Jodorowsky, Shostakovich, Tim & Eric, and DJ Screw. It was extremely fast paced, complex, and a marvel to behold.
There was not much actual dancing, per se, but there was a lot of swaying, clapping, whistling, yelling, cheering, and general happiness. I always found the Books kind of amusing in a detached way, but from their performance I now see their music in a completely different way, which is amusing in a direct way. They were very friendly, and even sort of explained every song before playing it (where they got the samples from, what it was about, etc.). They played flawlessly, perfectly in sync with the samples, video, and each other. The show just felt like I was hanging out with friendly friends who happened to be really weird/have a gigantic library of obscure instructional videos from the 90′s. A+.