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The solar-powered space pop combo Grandaddy were formed in 1992 in Modesto, California, by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jason Lytle, bassist Kevin Garcia, and drummer Aaron Burtch. Although a noisy, lo-fi approach characterized early recordings like 1994's Complex Party Come Along Theories, the addition of guitarist Jim Fairchild and keyboardist Tim Dryden in 1995 expanded the band's sound exponentially, fueling such subsequent efforts as the unreleased Don't Sock the Tryer and the 1996 EP A Pretty Mess by This One Band. Originally issued on indie label Will Records, 1997's acclaimed full-length Under the Western Freeway proved to be Grandaddy's creative breakthrough, and the following year the album was reissued on major-label V2, with "Summer Here Kids" earning Single of the Week honors in the pages of the NME. The Broken Down Comforter Collection, a compilation of singles tracks, preceded the 1999 Signal to Snow Ratio EP, which heralded a movement toward the vintage electronic textures further in evidence on 2000's superb Sophtware Slump. In 2002, the group released another odds-n-sods collection, Concrete Dunes, which paved the way for a busy 2003. That spring, Grandaddy released the Floating Debris EP as well as their fourth full-length, Sumday, and spent the rest of the year touring, making appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury. In 2005, they resurfaced with the Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla EP, and a full-length album (Just Like the Fambly Cat) followed in 2006. The latter release was essentially a solo project for frontman Jason Lytle, however, as the group disbanded during the recording process. Lytle subsequently relocated from California to Montana. He resurfaced in 2009 with his first proper solo release, Yours Truly, the Commuter, on Anti-. After releasing an album of improvised piano pieces titled Merry X-Mas 2009 at the end of the year, Lytle's next move was to form Admiral Radley with former Grandaddy bandmate Burtch, plus Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray of Earlimart. Their first album, I Heart California, was released on Espinoza's The Ship label in July of 2010. Lytle next returned to his own songs and began recording his second album. Meanwhile, he was recruited by Fairchild to put Grandaddy back together for some 2012 festival appearances. The group played the U.K.'s End of the Road Festival, San Francisco's Outside Lands, and Paris' Rock en Seine Festival, as well as some warmup dates. Plans for an album were kicked around, but before that could happen, Lytle released Dept. of Disappearance in October of 2012, again for Anti-. In 2015, Lytle hinted that a new Grandaddy album was on the way. Fans of the group had to wait until the summer of 2016, during another reunion tour that featured an old-school lineup of Burtch, Dryden, Fairchild, and Garcia alongside Lytle, to hear the confirmation that Grandaddy's fifth studio record was indeed in the pipeline. The band signed to Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton's 30th Century Records label and released Last Place in March of 2017. Despite getting the band back together for live shows, the album was written and performed by Lytle only, with just a bit of drumming from Burtch. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  1.   Song
  2.   So You'll Aim Toward the Sky
  3.   The Crystal Lake
  4.   Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland
  5.   Evermore
  6.   Way We Won't
  7.   The Warming Sun
  8.   A.M. 180
  9.   Underneath the Weeping Willow
  10.   Hewlett's Daughter
  11.   A Lost Machine
  12.   He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
  13.   Everything Beautiful Is Far Away
  14.   Elevate Myself
  15.   Broken Household Appliance National Forest
  16.   Miner at the Dial-A-View
  17.   I'm on Standby
  18.   Jed the Humanoid
  19.   Disconnecty
  20.   Lawn & So On
  21.   The Group Who Couldn't Say
  22.   What Happened...
  23.   Guide Down Denied
  24.   Under the Western Freeway
  25.   That's What You Get for Gettin' Outta Bed
  26.   Nonphenomenal Lineage
  27.   Clear Your History
  28.   Air Conditioners in the Woods
  29.   Pull the Curtains
  30.   At My Post
  31.   Skateboarding Saves Me Twice
  32.   Oxygen/Aux Send
  33.   Now It's On
  34.   The Final Push to the Sum
  35.   Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake
  36.   El Caminos in the West
  37.   XD-Data II
  38.   Street Bunny
  39.   What Can't Be Erased
  40.   Our Dying Brains
  41.   L.F.O.
  42.   Poisoned at Hartsy Thai Food
  43.   Go Progress Chrome
  44.   This Is the Part
  45.   Chartsengrafs
  46.   Jed the 4th
  47.   Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
  48.   50%
  49.   Where I'm Anymore
  50.   Campershell Dreams
  51.   Nature Anthem
  52.   Ghost of 1672
  53.   Rode My Bike to My Stepsister's Wedding
  54.   O.K. with My Decay
  55.   The Go in the Go-For-It
  56.   Aisle Seat 37-D
  57.   I Don't Wanna Live Here Anymore
  58.   Revolution
  59.   Beautiful Ground
  60.   Why Took Your Advice
  61.   E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping It Real)
  62.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  63.   Love Hurts
  64.   This Is How It Always Starts
  65.   She-Deleter
  66.   First Movement/Message Sent
  67.   Saddest Vacant Lot in All the World
  68.   Wives of Farmers
  69.   Brush With the Wild
  70.   A Valley Son (Sparing)
  71.   Florida
  72.   Laughing Stock
  73.   Goodbye?
  74.   Jeez Louise
  75.   N. Blender
  76.   Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance
  77.   Songbird Son
  78.   The Boat Is in the Barn
  79.   I Don't Want to Record Anymore
  80.   Summer Here Kids
  81.   Chek Injin
  82.   Oh She Deleter :(
  83.   Wonder Why In L.A.
  84.   Moe Bandy Mountaineers
  85.   F**k the Valley Fudge
  86.   "Yeah" Is What We Had
  87.   Discarded Pilot Intro
  88.   Cinderland
  89.   Summer...It's Gone
  90.   Lost on Yer Merry Way
  91.   Rear View Mirror
  92.   The Animal World