After the dissolution of beloved sci-fi pop outfit Grandaddy in 2006, frontman Jason Lytle left behind California’s blue suburban skies for the peace, quiet and sobriety of Montana. This week, Lytle re-emerges with news of a solo debut and a part-time seasonal job as guest editor for magnetmagazine.com.
Read our new Q&A with Lytle about his forthcoming album, Yours Truly, The Commuter (Anti-), here.
Lytle: I have felt my soul shudder and stir more while listening to Ludwig van Beethoven than any other composer. Primarily I like his adagios or his moodier, sad stuff. There’s a connection to the human condition that I hear in his music. This morning I woke up at 3:00 and decided to go on a walk. I walked three miles through the snow while it was two degrees outside, listening to Beethoven, the adagios pulled from different symphonies, on my iPod. Pretty incredible stuff. That Beethoven movie with Gary Oldman, Immortal Beloved, even though it’s riddled with plot holes, is one of my favorites and the closest I’ll ever get to spying on him.
For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.