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Jay Reatard

February 2, 2010

In keeping with my habit of discovering how great a band is one week after they play in Chapel Hill, I’ve recently become obsessed with Jay Reatard.

I’ve only heard his previous records in passing, but 2009’s Watch Me Fall has spent the last several weeks in heavy rotation at the bike shop.  The sound is a blend of the voice and songcraft of Ziggy-era Bowie, the driving energy of late-70’s punk, and the angular song structure of The Pixies.  This record plays especially well at top volume.

Usually, my lag time in learning about great bands is tolerable because if they played here once, they’ll probably play again.  Unfortunately, this will not be the case with Jay Reatard because he died in his sleep a few weeks ago.  His passing gives an eerie weight to this album.

Listen here.

Buy here.

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