Premiere: The Books, “A Cold Freezin’ Night” MP3


The sample-happy tape intellectuals The Books will drop their first album in five years on July 20, causing a million indie-rock dudes and perhaps the French Ministry of Culture to cream their jeans. The Way Out is beautiful and characteristically conceptual, built upon samples culled from old self-help recordings and glued to a flurry of seemingly unrelated ideas. “A Cold Freezin’ Night” is comprised of scraps of two children talking into tapes, a boy and a girl, and we daresay it expresses burgeoning feminist anger—the boy, untethered and proud, screams about “a cold freezin’ night” triumphantly, while the girl, miserable with rage, sighs, I wish I was a boy, in addition to delivering a short uninhibited treatise Valerie Solanas could totally get down with. (I’m gonna rip your balls off). But its guitar tickling harmonies and nail-gun of a beat neutralize its violent impulses, showing that even underneath age-old gender friction, there’s got to be some humorous release.

Download: The Books, “A Cold Freezin’ Night”

POSTED June 21, 2010 11:45AM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (2) TAGS: , ,




  1. Matt says:

    Hi, thanks so much for posting this! One correction: I think it’s talking about being bald, not ripping balls off. That line comes right after the kid says they’re going to rip their hair off.

  2. antonella says:

    I went to the Millenium Park performance and left completely amazed with the new song. i wish i was a boy….
    fan from hell. well actually, from Mexico.
    thanks for posting it, i feared not finding it.