Below the Radio

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Below the Radio
Compilation album by various artists
Released 2004
Label Ultra
various artists chronology
Below the Radio
Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[2]

Below the Radio is a compilation album put together by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and released in 2004 by Ultra Records.

Ultra had approached Lytle via his management some time earlier with the idea, and he decided to include tracks that he considered "sleeper hits", identifying a common theme: "They all seem to have pretty conventional and familiar chord progressions. They all have vivid imagery for me with their words. There also seems to be a bit of sadness, but not necessarily despair."[3]

The album also included a new Grandaddy track, "Nature Anthem".[3]

Allmusic's Matt Collar stated the album "plays like a K-Tel commercial for Gen X sad sack-ism", calling it "pretty cool".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Beck - "We Live Again"
  2. Beulah - "Burned by the Sun"
  3. Earlimart - "Color Bars"
  4. Snow Patrol - "Run"
  5. Goldenboy - "Wild Was The Night"
  6. Giant Sand - "Bottom Line Man"
  7. Fruit Bats - "The Little Acorn"
  8. Home - "Comin' Up Empty Again"
  9. Jackpot - "If We Could Go Backwards"
  10. The Handsome Family - "I Fell"
  11. Little Wings - "Sand Canyon"
  12. Pavement - "Motion Suggests"
  13. Blonde Redhead - "For the Damaged"
  14. Virgil Shaw - "Twisted Layer"
  15. Grandaddy - "Nature Anthem"


  1. ^ a b Matt Collar. "Artist's Choice: Below the Radio - Grandaddy". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Brian Howe (1 November 2004). "Album Reviews: Grandaddy: Below the Radio". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, John (2002) "Jason Lytle made you a mixtape", Prefix, January 1, 2002, retrieved 2011-08-07