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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.
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
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)
Jay’s memorial service will take place tomorrow, Saturday, January 16 at 5:00 PM:
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Avenue
We’ve been asked to post this publicly so that everyone who cared about Jay can attend.
I never thought I’d be writing something like this. We miss you so much, Jay.
We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard. Jay was as full of life as anyone we’ve ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.
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.
In the lead-up to the release of Watch Me Fall last year, this documentary was shot by Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz.
As we mourn Jay’s passing, we thought we’d again share the film as we remember Jay’s life.
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)
As much as Jay enjoys hanging out in record stores, he apparently loves playing OUTSIDE of them even more.
Stop by Vinyl Richie’s Wiggly World at 2:30pm this Saturday for a very special out-store by Jay and his new band as they take over Richie’s parking lot for a free, all ages rock show.
Vinyl Richie’s Wiggly World
2436 E. Robinson St.
407 895 0001
Holy crap. It’s almost December.
Anyway, next Thursday December 3rd Jay Reatard and his brand-spankin-new band will stop in Criminal Records in Atlanta for a very awesome, very free, very all-ages instore… come kick it.
Thursday December 3 @ 4:30pm
1154-A Euclid Ave.
404 215 9511