Three weeks ago, you broke up with your boyfriend of two years. According to Facebook, you’re now in a committed relationship with your iPhone 4G. It’s been months since you read anything longer than a paragraph. Like a sixth grade insurgent coordinating a war of mass distraction, you are always tweeting and tumbling, checking in and cooing at cat videos. Isn’t it time that real life caught up with the Internet? Yes? Great. Hold still for just a second. The Books—no, hello, over here—The Books are a band. They make music on computers. Boredom-fighting duo Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong splice together random images—hi there! yep, still talking!—random images of little kids doing weird stuff and car chases and beach scenes. And they use snatches of conversation, and video clips, and even a cello to create collages of sound and music. The two have been entertaining easily distracted idiots since beepers were en vogue, but they are very much like the Internet. Plot? God no! There are no plots. The Books are like a big cat video.
THE BOOKS PERFORM AT 7 P.M. WITH THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930.