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Cat Power (Chan Marshall) put out the best record of her career in 2012, with the triumphant Sun.
December 12, 2012 For one listener, it was a good year for albums that were big and loud, but a few quieter, introspective picks snuck onto Robin Hilton's list as well.
Jason Lytle performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 28.
November 5, 2012 Lytle's deeply affecting story-songs offer listeners moments of fantastical escape or quiet reflection, while examining the mundane hopes and failed dreams of oddball characters. Watch him perform solo acoustic versions of songs from his latest record, plus one classic Grandaddy tune.
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October 24, 2012 Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and Sea of Bees singer-songwriter Julie Ann Bee fell for each other's work and decided to put out a single together. The special 7" will drop on Black Friday (a.k.a. Record Store Day) in November.
Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle just released a new album, Dept. of Disappearance.
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October 16, 2012 The singer-songwriter reflects on abandoning the studio life for the mountains in an effort to rediscover his passion for music.
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Jason Lytle's new album, Dept. of Disappearance, comes out Oct. 16.
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October 7, 2012 The former Grandaddy singer's songs are as sweetly sad as they are comical, and as intimate as they are epic. Lytle simply tells stories — mostly fictional tales that offer listeners little moments of fantastical escape or quiet reflection.
Graveyard (clockwise from upper left), Martha Wainwright, Flying Lotus, Sera Cahoone, and Cody ChesnuTT.
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September 19, 2012 Preview some of fall's most anticipated new albums from Flying Lotus, Cody ChesnuTT and more.
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December 14, 2009 On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton about the year in music. What were the biggest surprises of 2009? What were the best new bands and the best songs? Listen and let us know what you think.
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September 2, 2009 Three years after the breakup of his widely adored space-pop group Grandaddy, singer Jason Lytle has returned with one of the year's best albums, Yours Truly, The Commuter. Lytle showcased the new songs, along with some old Grandaddy favorites, in this full concert, recorded live at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City July 11.
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June 11, 2009 After 15 years with the band Grandaddy, frontman Jason Lytle packed his bags and moved to big sky country. In Montana, he built a home studio, then spent two years recording his first solo album, Yours Truly, the Commuter.
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June 11, 2009 Given that he's recently weathered the break-up of his band Grandaddy, the termination of his relationship with a fiancee, financial hardship and a battle with drugs and alcohol, it probably shouldn't be surprising that Jason Lytle writes songs about giving up. But in "Birds Encouraged Him," there's still hope amid the suffering.
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