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December 1, 2005

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Grandaddy, Excerpts From the Diary of Todd Zilla (EP)

V2 Records

***

Positioned as a taster for the band’s upcoming full-length, this collection of odds-and-sods may not be the place to begin with Grandaddy, but it’s far from a throwaway.  Granted, I love this group to pieces, but anyone inclined to pick up the EP ought to be fascinated by the punk-to-baroque dynamics, which recall nothing so much as their 2000 breakthrough, “The Sophtware Slump” (If you don’t own it, go pick it up – now).  “F**k the Valley Fudge” is uncharacteristically nasty, but in dire times like these singer Jason Lytle’s newfound anger ought to come as a relief.  We’re as pissed as you are, Jason.  And if the dazzle of these castaways is any indication, the new record ought to be a doozy.

—  Ben Doleac