Jay Reatard: One Year Later



A year ago today, mere months after the release of his triumphant, introspective album Watch Me Fall, Jimmie Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard, was found dead at his Cooper-Young home in midtown Memphis. He was 29.

Memphis writer and Flyer contributor Andrew Earles has penned a long, thorough In Memoriam piece for Pitchfork.com, which went up today. It is well worth reading.


As announced on Lindsey's Shattered Records site yesterday, a site now operated by manager Adam Shore on behalf of Lindsey's estate, a host of new and reissued material from Lindsey's career is set for potential release this year, including a "best of" compilation of solo material, new and reissued material from his earlier bands Reatards and Lost Sounds, and potentially a documentary film. Additionally, members of the online "Shattered Records club" will receive a seven-inch single comprising two songs Lindsey recorded only days before his death. This single, according to the site, is not being made available for purchase.

According to Lindsey's Lost Sounds bandmate Alicja Trout, and confirmed by Goner Records' Zac Ives, two new Lost Sounds seven-inch singles are in the works. One will be a reissue of the band's first single, originally released on the Italian label Solid Sex Love Doll. The other will pair two previously unreleased songs.

Trout says that work is still being done on a Lost Sounds "best of" compilation, which will be released, but the release date, label, and make-up of the collection are still being determined, with unreleased band outtakes potentially becoming part of that package but possibly being spun off into a separate release. Straight reissues of Lost Sounds studio albums will follow at some point, Trout says, but not until the singles, outtakes, and compilation are dealt with.

As for Lindsey's teen band, the Reatards, Ives says that Goner is prepping a reissue of the band's first album, 1998's Teenage Hate, for a release sometime in the first half of this year as a one CD or two LP release, possibly including earlier extra material originally released only on cassette. This includes bedroom tape material with Jay playing alongside mentor Greg Cartwright (Oblivians, Reigning Sound) on drums.


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