Jay Reatard Tee For Charity

As some of you already know, last week marked the 2nd anniversary of the death of Jay Reatard.  The insensitive-rock-history part of me sometimes thinks of the big pile of records he’d have otherwise made in those 24 months, but most of the time I think about the guy his friends and family miss so much.  This morning, we were given a virtual elbow in the ribs by the folks at Yellow Bird Project, who are hawking a Jay Reatard shirt to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  The shirt features a Flying V w/ the Gibson logo replaced by Jay’s initials.  So it’s subtle — you can buy one for someone who hated Jay and tell him or her what the deal is after they’ve been wearing the tee for a year. Thanks to Ruben Cox for the link.

Shattered Records Family Showcase: A Tribute to Jay Reatard

This Thursday (March 18) in Austin, TX a fantastic collection of bands from near and far will be performing at Beerland in loving memory of Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr aka Jay Reatard

Thursday, March 18
1pm – 6pm
Beerland, Austin
21+, FREE

1:00 – 1:30pm Mickey
1:45 – 2:15pm Shannon & The Clams
2:30 – 3:00pm Hunx & His Punx
3:15 – 3:45pm Wizzard Sleeve
4:00 – 4:30pm Digital Leather
4:45 – 5:15pm River City Tanlines
5:30 – 6:00pm Cheap Time
6:00 – 6:30pm special guests (Matador Records)

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I was on a flight to NY this afternoon and when I landed there were about two dozen text messages about Jay Reatard’s passing. It is the height of understatement to say I’m upset, confused and deeply saddened by the loss of one of the more amazing people I’ve been fortunate to know.  In record company parlance, yeah, we’ve lost (let’s go down the checklist) a phenomenal performer, songwriter, and insatiable music lover.  But we’ve lost a great friend as well, and that’s the part that hurts the most.

We’re not the only ones feeling that way right now, obviously. Jay’s friends all over the country, heck, all over the world are dealing with this. I know his various scrapes over the years have made for cheap internet fodder, but the people who cared about him are gonna remember a real person that mattered to them.  Our thoughts are with that very large group of people this evening.

Jay Reatard – “There Is No Sun”, Live At Criminal Records

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Things got a little out of hand during a Criminal Records (ATL) instore earlier this week when dozens of shoppers were whipped into a frenzy by one of the more controversial, polarizing performers of our era.  But enough about Wyclef Jean’s visit to Euclid Avenue, Jay Reatard’s performance yesterday was yet another public demonstration of genius-level songcraft.  And there’s more to come along the tour route.     (‘Watch Me Fall’ – available on LP, CD and digital files from The Matador Store)

Jay Reatard / US Tour Dates Starting SOON!

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Starting Saturday, Jay Reatard is back in the States shredding clubs from Chicago to Dallas and everywhere in between (and East of the Rockies to be totally clear). And on a couple of key dates, Jay will be sharing the bill with The Pixies. For all of them though he’ll be sharing the stage with Anders Thode (bass) and Jacob Elving (drums) of Cola Freaks fame. The three of them just finished touring Europe together and if the video above (filmed by our very own Natalie Judge) is any indication, they’ve taken to one another quite well. Be sure you check them out for yourselves when they roll through a town near you. And if bringing in 2010 with Jay Reatard seems right up your alley (apparently it’s up Spoon’s) then make sure you’re in Milwaukee on Dec 31st.

Sat, 11/21 – Chicago IL – Aragon Ballroom (with THE PIXIES)
Sun, 11/22 – Columbus OH – The Summit
Mon, 11/23 – Pittsburgh PA – Brillobox
Tue, 11/24 – New York NY – Hammerstein Ballroom (with THE PIXIES)
Wed, 11/25 – Northampton MA – Pearl Street Nightclub
Fri, 11/27 – Boston MA – Wang Theatre (with THE PIXIES)
Sat, 11/28 – Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brendas
Mon, 11/30 – Wash DC – Constitution Hall (with THE PIXIES)
Tue, 12/1 – Chapel Hill NC – Local 506
Wed, 12/2 – Athens GA – 40 Watt Club
Thu, 12/3 – Atlanta GA – The Earl
Fri, 12/4 – Orlando FL – Backbooth
Sat, 12/5 – Tampa FL – Crowbar
Sun, 12/6 – Mobile AL – Alabama Music Box
Mon, 12/7 – New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks
Tue, 12/8 – Houston TX – Walters on Washington
Wed, 12/9 – Austin TX – Emo’s (Harlem supporting)
Thu, 12/10 – Dallas TX – Granada Theater
Thu, 12/31 – Milwaukee WI – The Riverside Theater (with SPOON)

Jay Reatard UK Tour Continues

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Photo taken from marïe‘s Flickr, used without permission

With the Cola Freaks guys now fully inaugurated in the band, the Jay Reatard tour bus rolls into London tonight.  Only a few more UK dates left, so use your weekend wisely.

Fri Nov 13 London, Underworld

Sat Nov 14 Bristol, Croft

Sun Nov 15 Liverpool, Masque

Mon Nov 16 Dublin, Whelans

Finally, although the Jay Reatard live experience is a bit different these days, nothing can diminish the power of the old lineup. Their Pitchfork session wraps up today. Watch “Hammer I Miss You” below, or click here for the full session.

Jay Reatard – Pitchfork A>D>D Session

Today sees the launch of Jay Reatard’s scorching four-track/VHS session at Pitchfork.

Stephen and Billy’s last stand, we’re happy to have this one for posterity, but here in the UK we’re also looking forward to checking out the NEW BAND (!!) this week. Find tour dates below the video, and buy Watch Me Fall here.

Tour Dates:

Nov 09 Brussels, BE -Botanique Rotonde
Nov 10 Antwerpen, BE – Bar Mondial
Nov 11 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Nov 12 Manchester, UK – Roadhouse
Nov 13 London, UK – Underworld
Nov 14 Bristol, UK – Croft
Nov 15 Liverpool, UK – Masque
Nov 16 Dublin, IE – Whelans
Nov 21 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom w/Pixies
Nov 22 Columbus, OH – The Summit w/Black Hollies
Nov 23 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
Nov 24 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom w/Pixies
Nov 25 Northhampton, MA – Iron Horse
Nov 27 Boston, MA – Wang Theatre w/Pixies
Nov 28 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
Nov 30 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall w/Pixies
Dec 01 Chapel HillC, NC – Local 506
Dec 02 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Dec 03 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Dec 04 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Dec 05 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
Dec 07 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Dec 08 Houston, TX – Walters on Washington
Dec 09 Austin, TX – Emo’s
Dec 10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Dec 31 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

Jay Reatard European Tour Kicks Off Tonight

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Photos by David McKenzie Grant

Jay Reatard and his new band are starting their European tour tonight in France, all the dates can be found below. As previously billed, he’s playing with the Cola Freaks as his new band and by all accounts they’re raring to go as this statement from Mr Reatard attests…

“Life has been great since I’ve been here in Aarhus (Denmark) the last ten days. Working on music all day, walking a half hour to the rehearsal studio, playing with the Cola Freaks all night.  With the last band it was all overplaying – turn it up, play it fast – but the songs got lost in all the distortion. This new band makes the songs in a way sound more pure by scaling back and putting more emphasis on the melody and the changes. It sounds exactly the I wanted these songs to sound like live when I wrote them.

We added a lot of new songs to the live set. There’s already been a secret show in Aarhus before we start a 12 country European tour before coming right back for those Pixies shows.  Can’t wait for those.

I also recorded a cover of Chris Knox’s first band The Enemy – a version of “Pull Back The Shades” for a Chris Knox tribute album.  I did it right in the bathroom of my hotel room here – put the computer on the sink, recorded the guitar and vocals sitting right on the toilet!”

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L-R Jacob Elving (drums), Jay Lindsey (Flying V),  Anders Thode (bass)

Wed Oct 28 Paris, Maroquinerie

Thu Oct 29 Cologne, Luxor

Fri Oct 30 Munich, 59 to 1

Sat Oct 31 Berlin, Lido

Sun Nov 1 Copenhagen, Loppen

Mon Nov 2 Oslo, Parkteatret

Tue Nov3 Malmo, Mejeriet

Wed Nov 4 Hamburg, Logo

Thu Nov 5 Prague, Matrix

Fri Nov 6 Vienna, B72

Sat Nov 7 Bologna, Covo

Sun Nov 8 Clermont Ferrand, Coop de Mai

Mon Nov 9 Brussels, Botanique Rotonde

Tue Nov 10 Birmingham, Bar Academy

Wed Nov 11 Glasgow, King Tuts

Thu Nov 12 Manchester, Roadhouse

Fri Nov 13 London, Underworld

Sat Nov 14 Bristol, Croft

Sun Nov 15 Liverpool, Masque

Mon Nov 16 Dublin, Whelans

Jay Reatard – New Rhythm Section, New Euro & US Dates, Pixies Support, etc.

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Followers of Twitter and some of the more popular rock blogs probably read recently that bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes had left Jay Reatard’s touring band ; while said move required the cancellation of some dates on the West Coast, we’re happy to announce Jay will be back on the road shortly, hitting Europe next week and the U.S. in late November, with the newly ensconced rhythm section of Anders Thode (bass) and Jacob Elving (drums), both from Danish punk titans the Cola Freaks, along for the ride.

You’ll note from the dates below that Jay is opening for The Pixies in Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington D.C.   There’s also a New Year’s Eve date supporting Spoon in Miwaukee.

Wed    Oct    28    Paris,Maroquinerie
Fri    Oct    30    Munich, 59 to 1
Sat    Oct    31    Berlin, Lido
Sun    Nov    1    Copenhagen, Loppen
Mon    Nov    2    Oslo, Parkteatret
Tue    Nov    3    Malmo, Mejeriet
Thu    Nov    5    Prague, Matrix
Fri    Nov    6    Vienna, B72
Sat    Nov    7    Bologna, Covo
Sun    Nov    8    Clermont Ferrand, Coop de Mai
Mon    Nov    9    Brussels, Botanique Rotonde
Tue    Nov    10    Birmingham, Bar Academy
Wed    Nov    11    Glasgow, King Tuts
Thu    Nov    12    Manchester, Roadhouse
Fri    Nov    13    London, Underworld
Sat    Nov    14    Bristol, Croft
Sun    Nov    15    Liverpool, Masque
Mon    Nov    16    Dublin, Whelans

Sat Nov 21         Chicago     Aragon (with The Pixies)
Sun Nov  22         Columbus     The Summit
Mon Nov  23     Pittsburgh     Brillobox
Tue Nov  24         New York      Hammerstein Ballroom (with The Pixies)
Wed Nov  25     Northampton Iron Horse
Fri Nov  27         Boston         Wang Center  (with The Pixies)
Sat Nov  28         Philadelphia Johnny Brenda’s
Mon Nov  30     Wash DC     Constitution Hall (with The Pixies)
Tue Dec 1         Chapel Hill    Local 506
Wed Dec 2         Athens 40     Watt Club
Thur Dec 3         Atlanta         The Earl
Fri Dec 4         Orlando         Backbooth
Sat Dec 5         Tampa        Crowbar
Mon Dec 7         New Orleans One Eyed Jacks
Tue Dec 8         Houston     Walters on Washington
Wed Dec 9         Austin         Emo’s (Outside)
Thu    Dec 10        Dallas        Granada Theater
Sat  Dec 31      Milwaukee     Riverside Theatre  (with Spoon)

(‘Watch Me Fall’ available on CD/LP and digital album from The Matador Store)

Jay Reatard & Comrades – The Shattered Records Tour

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Jay Reatard’s US touring in support of the new LP/CD/digital album ‘Watch Me Fall’ continues with the Jay-curated Shattered Records tour.  Dates are listed below, but feel free to embed the widget below on your blog, website, MySpace profile, etc.

Mon Sep 28 – Chicago – Empty Bottle with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Tue Sep 29 – Toronto – The Reverb with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Wed Sep 30 – Montreal – La Sala Rossa with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Thu Oct 1 – New York City – Le Poisson Rouge with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Fri Oct 2 – Boston – Harper’s Ferry with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Sat Oct 3 – Baltimore – Ottobar with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Thu Oct 15 – Seattle – Crocodile Cafe with Box Elders and special guests
Mon Oct 19 – San Francisco – Great American Music Hall with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather
Tue Oct 20 – San Diego – The Casbah with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather
Wed Oct 21 – Los Angeles – El Rey Theater with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

Jay Reatard’s FREE, All Ages, West Coast, Record Shop Tour

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After a day off, Jay Reatard’s FREE, all ages, West Coast, Record Shop Tour (try saying that 5 times fast) is back in action tonight. If you’re in Portland, OR we highly recommend you swing by Jackpot Record’s downtown store at 6pm. Everything we’re hearing from fans, record store owners and Jay himself is that these in-stores have been really fun, really loud, and really crowded. And well why shouldn’t they be. Jay’s got a terrific new album to celebrate and is one of the best performers around these days.

And a reminder for all of you in the Northwest, Jay invades a city/record store near you this week. You’ve been warned!

Tue, 8/25 – Portland OR – Jackpot Records – 6pm

Wed, 8/26 – Seattle WA – Easy Street – 7pm

Thu, 8/27 – Seattle WA – Sonic Boom – 7pm

Fri, 8/28 – Vancouver BC – Zulu Records – 8pm

Jay Reatard – “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” in MTVU’s “The Freshmen”

Jay’s amazing new video is currently embroiled in a Battle Royale with MTVU rotation at stake. I would make a joke about the bands Jay is up against, but I’ve never heard of any of them.

Please visit “The Freshmen” site and vote for Jay. Over and over again. It’s quick and easy. With your help Jay can infiltrate the hearts and minds and heads of college students everywhere.