Jay Reatard Gets Busy


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Memphis post-punk musician Jay Reatard has a whole bunch of new activity on deck. Reatard recently announced dates for a cross-country summer tour that starts June 11th in San Diego and ends, a month later, back home, first with a July 10th concert at the Hi-Tone Cafe and then with a performance the next night at Proud Larry's in Oxford, Mississippi. Both these local shows will pair Reatard with TV Smith, the frontman for the classic British punk band the Adverts.

In addition to the tour, Reatard has relaunched his old Shattered imprint with a series of limited-edition vinyl singles (also available digitally) by other artists, including No Bunny, Box Elders, and New Zealand alt-rock pioneer Chris Knox. The first in the series is from Jeffrey Novak of the punk band Cheap Time.

As for Reatard's own music, there's a recent split single with Sonic Youth and a 15-track compilation of songs from some of Reatard's previous incarnations (Lost Sounds, Reatards, Final Solutions, etc.), dubbed Greatest Messes.

You can investigate all of this at Reatard's new web site, which also includes a Twitter feed where he talks trash about $5 Cover and the option of getting a free download of a new song ("You're Gonna Lose") by signing up for his mailing list.

Reatard has a studio debut for Matador Records due later this year, but he's so steadily productive that fans should be happy to let him work at his own insistent pace.


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