Grandchildren: December 17, 2009 Cameo Gallery – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 22, 2009

[photo courtesy of SPFlannigan]

Acidjack reports:
“Although the NYCTaper team was on hand at Cameo Gallery last Thursday night, Grandchildren was not originally the focus of the evening. In fact, the Philly-based band had slipped under our radar completely- which was our mistake. Sandwiched in the middle of a bill that featured avant-garde instrumentalists Dangeroo, the ethereal vocalist Julianna Barwick, our hosts Dinosaur Feathers, and the mighty Pterodactyl (all of whose sets are or will be made available here), Grandchildren still stood out among extremely eclectic New York-based bill.

The spare, pseudo-“speakeasy” Cameo Gallery, with its high ceilings and minimal HVAC system, did little to keep out the December cold, and most of the audience stayed bundled up throughout the various sets. That didn’t stop the crowd from responding to Grandchildren and their multi-instrumental approach. With multiple percussionists, keyboards, horns, guitars, bass and vocals, Grandchildren’s sound is large and expansive. With lengthy instrumental stretches with complex, often propulsive percussion and arrangements, as well as the folk-influenced vocal style popular in many quarters these days, Grandchildren sound a little bit like several different bands, but cannot be shoe-horned into any current subgenre. Compared to their current full-length, the excellent Quilts, and their newly-released Cold Warrior EP (from which several of the night’s songs were drawn) the band’s live presentation is wilder and more exuberant. When you share a room with Grandchildren, you quickly understand how accomplished and passionate the artists in this band are. Of the many bands I have had the chance to record and to see this year, Grandchildren were one of the most impressive, and one of the most delightful surprises.

I recorded this and the other sets with the DPA 4021 microphones set up on a stand slightly to the left side of the room in the band, with the microphones about 10 feet up. According to the members of Grandchildren, this is the best recording of them yet!

Thanks to Dinosaur Feathers for inviting and hosting NYCTaper, and to Grandchildren for permitting us to post this recording. Enjoy!

Direct download of Grandchildren MP3 files (HERE)

MP3 files of the Julianna Barwick, Dangeroo and Pterodactyl sets are available here [link], here [link] and here [link]. The Dinosaur Feathers set will be a featured download on the site in the next few days.

Download the Complete Grandchildren set in FLAC [HERE].

Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

An ACIDJACK master recording

Recorded and produced by acidjack
Hosted at

Equipment: DPA 4021>Marantz PMD660 (Oade Concert Mod) (16/44.1)
Position: Slightly LOC, stand at 11′, DIN
Mastering: 16/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (tracking, smooth peaks, amplify each channel, set fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

I apologize in advance for any tracking errors. Many songs flowed seamlessly and it was at times difficult to discern song breaks.

01 Cold Warrior
02 [crowd]
03 Winterlude
04 Heartbreaker
05 Saturn Returns
06 OK I’m Waiting
07 When You’re Not Looking
08 Anthill
09 Toss and Turn

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Grandchildren, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their EP when it is released by Green Owl Records [HERE].

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