Published Jan 12, 2011It's hard to believe, but tomorrow (January 13) marks the first anniversary of garage rocker Jay Reatard's untimely death. As tragic as his passing was, let's try and remember the good times he gave us on the occasion. While his career was cut short, the prolific performer recorded a ton of pleasurable punky pop nuggets to be enjoyed for years to come -- some of which we haven't heard about until just now.
A message posted today (January 12) on the late musician's website has just announced a number of Reatard-related releases to remind fans of how awesomely talented he was.
First up is a limited seven-inch exclusive to members of Reatard's Shattered Records fan club that features the last two songs the rocker ever laid to tape. Two days before Reatard passed away, he made home recordings of the tracks "You Get No Love" and "I Am Growing." Both songs are unreleased and are being pressed onto a vinyl single.
A statement says, "It will not be for sale in any shops, not given to blogs for free download, and will not available digitally." Additionally, the seven-inch features a personal note written by Cheap Time member/Reatard bud Jeffrey Novak.
Next up is a 14-song live LP that preserves Reatard's set at the Golden Plains Festival in Australia in 2008. This is also a Shattered Records exclusive.
You can sign up to get these limited goodies, as well as limited T-shirts and other assorted gifts, on his website for $75.
The post points to more Reatard-related projects coming out later this year. Things to look out for include a full-length documentary on the musician's brief life, reissues of records by his groups the Reatards and Lost Sounds, and a definitive greatest-hits record that spans his collaborative and solo work.
Though he may be gone, 2011 is shaping up to make sure Jay Reatard's not forgotten.