Praising Jay Reatard

The sad news today: Jay Reatard is dead at 29. No cause of death is being reported yet. He died in his sleep.

Jay was one of the most fun artists to hear and watch over the last few years, like experiencing the Ramones or the Stooges. He created short, sharp shocks of punk rock. Blood Visions, his 2007 breakout album, is my favorite. But I loved about everything he put out.

Watching him live was fantastic. He’d play this ridiculous V-shaped metal guitar but played it with conviction.

My Shadow – Jay Reatard

Turning Blue – Jay Reatard

Screaming Hand – Jay Reatard

D.O.A. – Jay Reatard

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