In a recent blog, I posted the news about Jay Reatard‘s death. At the time it was undetermined about how he died but apparently his death is now being investigated as a homicide. According to The L.A. Record Memphis Police are looking for a possible suspect in the musician’s death.
Hearing this I decided to so some internet surfing and found out some interesting info…
It appears as if Jay Reatard had some hate towards someone according to Exclaim.ca. Reading though the article it stated that Reatard had beef with New Jersey band Liquor Store.The garage punk outfit allegedly slashed the tires on Reatard’s tour van recently and Reatard did not take it lightly.
What is crazier is I read the last Twitter posted by Jay Reatard on 01/11/2010 at 3:24PM:
@jayreatard – “I will give anyone a hundred bucks per tire that they pop on the band liquor stores van ! Yes I’m serious”
So who is this Liquor Store band and why did they slash Reatard’s tires in the first place? Not trying to be CSI BHP here but looking at their MySpace page I noticed they just so happened to be in Tennessee for a couple of shows…right around the time Reatard was discovered dead.
Coincidence? Only time will tell…
Regardless the world lost a good artist who may not have been well known but really made in impact with his style.
UPDATE: According to a post on the Terminal Boredom message board, Reatard threatened members of Liquor Store with a chainsaw and hit a band member in the face with a disco ball.
Wait… did you say a chainsaw and a disco ball? Well no wonder they slashed his tires! Still the cause on the initial brawl is still unknown at this time as well as there is no proof that foul play has been involved.
I was on a flight to NY this afternoon and when I landed there were about two dozen text messages about Jay Reatard’s passing. It is the height of understatement to say I’m upset, confused and deeply saddened by the loss of one of the more amazing people I’ve been fortunate to know. In record company parlance, yeah, we’ve lost (let’s go down the checklist) a phenomenal performer, songwriter, and insatiable music lover. But we’ve lost a great friend as well, and that’s the part that hurts the most.
We’re not the only ones feeling that way right now, obviously. Jay’s friends all over the country, heck, all over the world are dealing with this. I know his various scrapes over the years have made for cheap internet fodder, but the people who cared about him are gonna remember a real person that mattered to them. Our thoughts are with that very large group of people this evening.
Check out this well done short documentary on Jay Reatard:
We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard. Jay was as full of life as anyone we’ve ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.
Jay Reatard, Memphis rocker and current cover feature of Death + Taxes Magazine, has been reported dead. He was found at approximately 3:30 a.m. in his bed this morning. This statement has been posted on the website of Goner Records: “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public.”
Rest in Peace, Jay. Thank you for the insane memories and incredible music; we’ll miss you, and we’re very grateful for having had the chance to speak with you.
Nothing like waiting until the last minute… With less than 10 hours to go I give you my Best / Worst list of 2009. Mind you none of these are in order/ranked, they are just the best / worst I have been pondering over all year long… Enjoy.
The Avett Brothers – I & Love & You
Mastodon – Crack The Skye
Frank Turner – Poetry Of The Deed
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus
Converge – Axe To Fall
Those Darlins – Those Darlins
Gallows – Grey Britain
Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
P.O.S. – Never Better
BlakRoc – BlakRoc
The Sidekicks – Weight Of Air
Best Unreleased Album:
Dangermouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Song
Brokencyde – I’m Not A Fan But The Kids Like It
Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major
Sugar Ray – Music For Cougars
On The Fence About Albums:
Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
Drummer – Feel Good Together
Guilty Pleasure Albums:
Owl City –Ocean Eyes
Brokencyde – I’m Not A Fan But The Kids Like It
Best Box Set Released:
Coheed & Cambia – Neverender
Best Anthology Released:
Fat Wreck Chords – Wrecktrospective
Best Festival I Attended:
Bonnaroo – Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, Public Enemy, NIN, Andrew Bird, Wilco, Beastie Boys, Al Green, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix and many more.
Best Shows I Attended:
The Avett Brothers @ Akron Civic Center – Akron, OH
Dan Auerbach / Those Darlins @ Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Converge / High On Fire @ The Grog Shop – Cleveland Hts., OH
Loudest Show I Attended (EVER):
Mastodon @ Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Most Unsuspecting Show I Attended (with good reason):
Britney Spears / Pussycat Dolls @ The Value City Area – Columbus, OH
Worst Show I Attended:
Gin Blossoms @ Cain Park – Cleveland Hts., OH
Best Local Acts I Saw Live:
Movie That You Should Not Watch When Your Heart Aches:
500 Days Of Summer
Best TV Show:
Bouncing Souls celebrating 20 years as a punk band and releasing a song a month all year.
Greg Ginn (of Black Flag) agreeing to play a couple of songs for free at Blue Arrow Records courtesy of myself and Addicted To Vinyl.
Going to Bonnaroo with two of my favorite people and then coming home and immediate going to see Rancid / Rise Against from backstage.
Seeing Those Darlins 4 times live.
Matt’s wonderful girlfriend scoring me an autographed personalized CD from Frank Turner as well as a hi-five.
Meeting the fine folk at Thirty Tiger Records followed by shopping at Grimey’s while pit-stopping in Nashville.