Grandaddy Clause: Skateboard Parks

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

skateabovLytle: Skateboard parks are now everywhere, which is wonderful. That wasn’t always the case when I was growing up. A good day at the skate park includes gliding over transitions, popping over hips and doing long, smooth grinds. It’s like a grand journey, a perfect piece of music or an epic Italian meal. Skateboarding has remained a constant for since I was eight years old. It runs through my blood and is responsible for making me the person I am. It’s nice that I still have the ability to flow around, clear my mind and tap into something very familiar. I called my girlfriend last year from a skateboard park in Southern California and told her, “There’s about 15 guys here and guess who the youngest one is? Me!”

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Ludwig Van Beethoven

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

250px-beethovenLytle: 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.

Grandaddy Clause: Tape Op

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

tapeop68Lytle: Tape Op magazine pretty much bridges the gap between amateur home recordist and high-end studio. And it does it in an un-intimidating way. I’ve seen it grow from a black-and-white zine to a magazine with lots of ads, plenty of color, slicker paper and a larger format, yet it’s still pretty much the same. People who are in recording for the right reasons flock to it. What we have now is all these historically significant engineers commenting in the editorials, and you realize what a wonderful magazine this is. And the best thing is, it’s free.

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Toyota

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

toyota520Lytle: I probably owned five to 10 crappy, beater cars before I made my first chunk of money and was finally able to buy the first car I was really excited about. And that happened to be a ’93 Toyota pickup. I’ve driven nothing but Toyotas since. They make really efficient vehicles, the ergonomics are really smart, and I like the way they pretty much gave the people what they wanted.

MAGNET would like to add that, no, Toyota did not license Grandaddy’s music for a commercial. That was Honda:

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Bota Box Wine

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

wines_merlot_170x230Lytle: The winemaking world finally figured out they can sell more box wine if they make it taste good. From the taste tests I’ve done, usually on camping trips, I’ve narrowed it down to Bota. It makes sense on a number of levels. It’s really easy to recycle the packaging. The enemies of wine are air and light, so in a box it’s vacuum-sealed and hidden from the sun. Also, it takes away from the pressure of having to finish the whole box if all you want is one glass a night. You don’t have to wake up to a crappy-tasting bottle the next day. I’ve noticed their box designs are really boring, though, so I’m trying to get endorsed by a box-wine company so I can design their artwork.

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Jeff Lynne

jasonlogoeAfter 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: Everything Jeff Lynne has done—from the Idle Race, the Move, ELO, the Traveling Wilburys and even his current solo stuff—I love it. I love everything. One of my living and breathing heroes. He is one of the people I would love to meet. He seems like a totally charming man, a real stand-up guy.

ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” from 1979’s Discovery:

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Breathe Right Nasal Strips

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

breath_h250Lytle: I used to have allergy problems, and I’ve suffered slightly from insomnia. Right now, I have this full-on arsenal: a cup of NyQuil, Breathe Right nasal strips, ear plugs and I’m sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic bed. I’m attempting this sensory-deprivation state of sleep with the Breathe Rights as my ace in the hole. I’ve thought about getting nasal surgery, but I can get 30 years’ worth of Breathe Rights for the money it would take to have the operation. And there’s no guarantee with surgery. You could end up with a mono-nostril.

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Clint Eastwood

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

clint550cLytle: Clint Eastwood is pretty much my hero all the way around for every reason: that it’s good to be an artist and good to be alive. I like pretty much everything he’s done, and I’m even gonna cut him some slack with Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can, his orangutan movies.

Scene from 1978’s Every Which Way But Loose, in which Eastwood’s mom complains about Clyde the orangutan eating all her Oreos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMNvYhI4AzM

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Heinz Ketchup

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

ketchupcLytle: I like eating good food, but I have a problem with restaurants that don’t serve ketchup because they think there’s something lowly about it. My taste in food is very simple, so a little ketchup goes a long way. I can get a bowl of rice, some crunched-up tortilla chips and some black beans, drown the whole thing in ketchup, and that would be a dream meal to me. And ketchup on steak is incredible! Another favorite that gets some sideways glances is I accidentally discovered that pancakes in syrup with a little ketchup squirted on it is really good. My favorite brand is Heinz because it’s on the cover of The Who Sell Out.

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Beck

jasonlogoeAfter 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.

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Lytle: Beck can do no wrong in my book. He’s pretty much pulling off what Prince thought he was gonna pull off at one point, as far as jumping all over the place and remaining a true artist. Somehow, his body of work is super-cohesive regardless of the fact that his albums do tend to sound a lot different from each other.

Beck’s “We Live Again” from 1998’s Mutations:

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.