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Listen: Jay Reatard Covers Nirvana

Posthumous Recording Surfaces

Mar 12, 2014

Before his untimely death in 2010, Jay Reatard recorded a take on Nirvana's “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” for an In Utero tribute album. Now, a remastered version of that cover has surfaced online. The album is set to be released as part of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19.  More

Jay Reatard Documentary Gets Theatrical Run

Better Than Something the Late Songwriter

Feb 10, 2012

Capturing the garage rock artist months before his unexpected death in 2009, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz's musical documentary of songwriter Jay ReatardBetter Than Something, is scheduled to make its first run of theatrical screening starting in March. More

Wavves Release More Details of Fat Possum Debut

First Album Recorded In a Proper Studio Due 8/3

Jun 03, 2010

The divisive and maddening lo-fi adventures of Wavves continue with the release of King of the Beach, due on Fat Possum August 3. It's said to be a marked departure for this notoriously homespun act, as they entered a professional studio to record the album, venturing to Sweet Tea Recording in Oxford, Mississippi for a three-month session helmed by Dennis Harring (Modest Mouse). We have the details. More

Jay Reatard’s Cause of Death Revealed

Musician Died of Alcohol and Cocaine Poisoning

Feb 03, 2010

Autopsy results reveal drug use as cause of death. More

Jay Reatard Memorial Service to Be Held Tomorrow

Investigation Updates Reveal Homicide Is Not Probable

Jan 15, 2010

In the wake of Jay Reatard's untimely death, there's been an immense outpouring of support and admiration for the young artist. Tomorrow, family, friends, and fans alike will get a chance to pay their respects to the punk rocker who passed away at his Memphis home early Wednesday morning. More

Jay Reatard Dies at age 29

Cause of Death Unknown

Jan 13, 2010

As reported by Pitchfork, Lo-fi garage rocker Jay Reatard died today at age 29. While additional details are forthcoming, Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the musician was found dead in his home at 3:30 this morning. More



Reviews

Watch Me Fall

Watch Me Fall

Matador

Sep 11, 2009

"Manic depression's a frustrated mess" goes the infamous Jimi Hendrix lyric, and Memphis garage rocker Jay Lindsey, aka Jay Reatard, can certainly relate. The mania of his music belies the morose depression evinced in the lyrics throughout Watch Me Fall, his desperate pleas subverting the heady instrumental rush. Whether he's matter-of-factly intoning, "All is lost, there is no hope" on the frantic fist-pumping opener "It Ain't Gonna Save Me," or confessing "I always play the fool," on the byzantine synth surge of "I'm Watching You," it's as though the music was recorded during an amphetamine binge, and the lyrics were scrawled during the subsequent crash. More