Grails: April 24, 2011 The Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

June 6, 2011

[Grails at the Knitting Factory in 2008. Photos courtesy of davebgimp. See his Flickr stream here]

Portland’s Grails have been making genre-defying, intense, experimental and satisfying instrumental music for the better part of the last decade, but with 2011’s Deep Politics, their recent release on Temporary Residence Limited, they have hit the top of their game. Many of their past records have a deep psychedelic groove to them, drawing clear Eastern inspiration, but Deep Politics is an entirely different beast, focusing a bit more on pianist/bassist Bill Slater’s keyboard work and working with more varied textures. In the live setting, the band’s sound comes across as a good bit jazzier than one would expect, especially compared to some of the other bands they probably share a fan base with. This set at the Knitting Factory was one of the best performances I have seen this year and easily the strongest display of pure musicianship. This show was a special treat, as Grails’ tours tend to focus more heavily on Europe, and the band members have a variety of commitments. In fact, the members of Grails play in several other bands from time to time, and they also trade in-show duties depending on the demands of the specific song. Their technical virtuosity never falters, and they absolutely fill the room with sound. This set drew on a range of the band’s records, not drawing too heavily from Deep Politics but still showing off its live charms, including the epic show opener, “Almost Grew My Hair.” In fact, the set was so compelling that the Knit’s sound engineer Rob – who sees an awful lot of shows in a month from behind the board – was prompted to exclaim “Wow, I sure hope you got a good recording of that. Those guys were amazing.” I have to agree, and I hope he and everyone else is satisfied with the recording!

I recorded this set from our usual location in the Knit, using a combination of Schoeps Mk41 supercardiods pointed at the stacks and AKG 414 large diaphragm microphones in wide cardiod mode to capture the full feel of the room. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to the commenters to the corrections to three of the tracks.

Stream “Almost Grew My Hair”:

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Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced for by acidjack

Equipment: Schoeps Mk41>CMC6 +AKG C414 B-XLS (wide cardiod)>Oade M248 >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/44.1)
Position: At soundboard, slightly ROC, mics at 8.5 ft
Mastering: 2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (EQ AKGs, mixdown, EQ combined source, tracking, set fades, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:03:31]
01 [intro]
02 Almost Grew My Hair
03 [tuning]
04 All the Colors of the Dark
05 Immediate Mate
06 Back to the Monastery
07 Acid Rain
08 Take Refuge
09 Burning Off Impurities
10 [encore break]
11 Reincarnation Blues

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Grails, visit their website, and purchase Deep Politics directly from Temporary Residence Limited [HERE]

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4 Responses to Grails: April 24, 2011 The Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

  1. David
    June 7, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Many thanks for posting this fantastic recording of a band that are new to me but whom I love already. So much wonderful music on this site,makes me wanna move to NYC. Thanks again!

  2. Anna Paz
    June 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    06 Back To The Monastery (reworked)
    09 Burning Off Impurities
    11 Reincarnation Blues

  3. Thomas
    June 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    i know i’m late in leaving a reply here, but i need to let the NYCTAPER team know how much i appreciate this excellent recording of an excellent band; thank you truly, this has become one of my all-time favorite listens…

  4. John
    July 7, 2012 at 11:58 am


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