The concept behind Below the Radio is that you -- the independent music consumer and/or poseur -- admire Grandaddy's Jason Lytle so much, you're willing to pawn your bowling shoes for a K-Tel collection of his favorite songs. Hyped as a "mix tape," the compilation includes Lytle-picked tracks from up-and-comers Fruit Bats, Earlimart, and Snow Patrol as well as graying icons like Beck, Pavement, and Giant Sand. There's even one new Grandaddy track -- the hold-hands-and-sway indie gospel sing-along "Nature Anthem. " For maximum marketability and cross-selling appeal, most of the 15 tracks tread musical ground similar to that tilled by the Modesto beard farmers: spaced-out, sad-sack rock with a vaguely Americana flair. It could be called Now That's What I Call Indie Rock! The good news is that Lytle chose to champion a number of criminally underexposed odes and artists. The bad news is that this is not a new Grandaddy disc. -- Eryc Eyl
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.