Grassy Knoll, the / Short Stories
Album: Short Stories   Collection:General
Artist:Grassy Knoll, the   Added:May 2004
Label:Sixty One Sixty Eight  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-08-09 Pull Date: 2004-10-11
Week Ending: Sep 12 Sep 5 Aug 22 Aug 15
Airplays: 1 2 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 10, 2004: Memory Select
The Confounded Bridge
4. Aug 18, 2004: press and release
Carrie Carrie Carrie
2. Sep 01, 2004: Civil Society
Broken Wings
5. Aug 15, 2004: Oh Messy Life
My Little Black Book
3. Aug 31, 2004: The Literate Pop Fans
Broken Wings
6. Aug 11, 2004: Brownian Motion
They Found Another Arm Today

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-08-03
The Grassy Knoll has specialized in sample-based funky rock. Here, extending the formula, NYC-based spoken word artist Becca Ayers is enlisted to provide readings and soundbites of variable coherence (well, they are resampled, after all) but generally very dark, as well as making the tunes better for having a vocal hook to hang on, even if it’s only a spoken one. Some of the lyrics are complete, others are snippets. The funk and dub grooves are damned impressive as well. Excellent stuff that I’ve enjoyed more each time I listened to it. Large portions of it remind me of that great late-period Golden Palominos album “Dead Inside” – introverted, bad-mood groove and shell-shocked, jaded vocals telling horrible tales. In fact, this here is damned near a tribute to that album I think, though The Grassy Knoll is ever so slightly more into melody than the Pals were at that point.

1. Not quite big beat but definitely big groove and big riff
2. Hipster poetry over fuzzed-out guitar
3. Bass vamp, 4 AM trumpet wail, chattery vox sample
4. Assertively nasty in sound and in lyrics; “pried our fucking eyes open”
5. Short, drug-driven monologue
6. Dubby, but tellingly, both a bit dull and lacking vocals – coincidence?
7. The ugliness of the title extends to the oh-so-familiar modern horror tale recited over a creepy loop
8. Mildly nasty guitar alternates with threatening lyrics over a groove
9. That flavor of visualizing spirituality that sees (or claims to see) god in every thing – sailboat, thighs, guitar; great ornery funk
10. Fuzz-bass kicks ass while Ayers recites words of spiritual nihilism; excellent
11. Smidgen more upbeat but cynically so – Ayers is just more gleeful in her delivery of negativity, the guitar solo is ironic wankery; a relatively buried “fuck”

Track Listing
1. Carrie Carrie Carrie   6. In the Winter of '72
2. The Confounded Bridge   7. They Found Another Arm Today
3. My Little Black Book   8. Burn
4. Lipstick Traces   9. The Drought
5. Down   10. Broken Wings
  11. Feather Dusted My Face