Artist's Choice: Below the Radio

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Twee-jawed indie hippies Grandaddy deliver a pleasantly useless mixtape with Artist's Choice: Below the Radio. Featuring a predictable grab bag of similarly lo-fi precious moments rock, the compilation is primarily lead Grandad Jason Lytle's doing and it plays like a K-Tel commercial for Gen X sad sack-ism. Avoiding any messy iconoclasm, Lytle handpicks various "If you like us, you should really hear this" tracks by Beulah, Earlimart, and others. He's even supplied track-by-track soliloquies written in a conversational tone on why he picked each song. On Beck -- who's "We Live Again" kicks off the disc -- he writes, "a living legend in my eyes," while the Handsome Family's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Twee-jawed indie hippies Grandaddy deliver a pleasantly useless mixtape with Artist's Choice: Below the Radio. Featuring a predictable grab bag of similarly lo-fi precious moments rock, the compilation is primarily lead Grandad Jason Lytle's doing and it plays like a K-Tel commercial for Gen X sad sack-ism. Avoiding any messy iconoclasm, Lytle handpicks various "If you like us, you should really hear this" tracks by Beulah, Earlimart, and others. He's even supplied track-by-track soliloquies written in a conversational tone on why he picked each song. On Beck -- who's "We Live Again" kicks off the disc -- he writes, "a living legend in my eyes," while the Handsome Family's "I Fell" brings on scenes of being "Lost in the out of doors, dementia, and love" and Blonde Redhead's "For the Damaged" reads simply, "Chills..." Although titled Below the Radio, it's hard to argue that artists like Beck and Pavement are exactly left, right, below, or otherwise of the mainstream radio dial. That said, your average Urban Outfitters indie kid might not have yet caught Little Wings' sublimely dippy "Sand Canyon" or waxed rural over Virgil Shaw's depresso alt-country anthem "Twisted Layer." And Lytle has at least chosen lesser-heard album tracks, avoiding any overplayed hits. Considering that most Grandaddy fan faithful probably already own this stuff, Below the Radio largely plays as a big love letter from Lytle to the bands he admires. In the end, that's pretty cool.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • UPC: 617465123627
  • Catalog Number: 1236
  • Sales rank: 391,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Live Again (3:02)
  2. 2 Burned By the Sun - Beulah (2:45)
  3. 3 Color Bars - Earlimart (3:31)
  4. 4 Run - Snow Patrol (5:55)
  5. 5 Wild Was the Night - Goldenboy (3:21)
  6. 6 Bottom Line Man - Giant Sand (4:39)
  7. 7 The Little Acorn - Fruit Bats (6:00)
  8. 8 Comin' Up Empty Again - Home (3:39)
  9. 9 If We Could Go Backwards - Jackpot (4:43)
  10. 10 I Fell - The Handsome Family (4:14)
  11. 11 Sand Canyon - Little Wings (4:28)
  12. 12 Motion Suggests - Pavement (3:14)
  13. 13 For the Damaged - Blonde Redhead (2:57)
  14. 14 Twisted Layer - Virgil Shaw (4:01)
  15. 15 Nature Anthem (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grandaddy Primary Artist
Jason Lytle Vocals
Technical Credits
Beck Composer, Producer
Greg Freeman Producer
Dave Fridmann Producer
John Parish Producer
Jeff Peters Producer
Nigel Godrich Producer
Howe Gelb Producer
Stephen Malkmus Composer
Brett Sparks Composer
Dave Kaplan Executive Producer
Rennie Sparks Composer
Dave McConnell Producer
Beulah Producer
Garret Lee Producer
Virgil Shaw Composer
Gary Lightbody Composer
Mark McClelland Composer
Jason Lytle Producer
Shon Sullivan Composer
Jonny Quinn Composer
Patrick Noel Composer
Rusty Miller Composer, Producer
Eric Johnson Composer
Aaron Espinoza Composer
Nathan Connolly Composer
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