Below the Radio

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Below the Radio
Below the Radio - Grandaddy.jpg
Mixtape by Grandaddy
Released 2004
Genre Indie rock
Label Ultra
Grandaddy chronology
Below the Radio
Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla

Below the Radio is a mixtape put together by Jason Lytle of American indie rock band Grandaddy, released in 2004 by record label Ultra. The album also included a new Grandaddy track, "Nature Anthem".


Ultra Records had approached Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle via his management some time earlier with the idea for him to compile a mixtape, 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."[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 7.3/10[3]

AllMusic's Matt Collar stated the album "plays like a K-Tel commercial for Gen X sad-sackism", calling it "pretty cool".[2] Brian Howe of Pitchfork wrote "for the most part, the songs [Lytle] selected sound quite a bit like his own band. Lush yet sleek and slightly sterile is the dominant style of Below the Radio".[3]

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. ^ "Jason Lytle Made You a Mixtape: Grandaddy | Prefix". Prefix. January 1, 2002. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Artist's Choice: Below the Radio – Grandaddy | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Howe, Brian (November 1, 2004). "Grandaddy: Below the Radio | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 

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