Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08

October 23, 2008

This collection of 7″ vinyl singles from Memphis based singer/songwriter Jay Reatard is like a box of candy for garage rock and power pop fans, 13 tracks worth of non-stop indie-style goodness. His guitar and organ infused music has echoes of bands like the Buzzcocks (he often sounds a lot like Pete Shelley), the Cramps, the Plimsouls and early Elvis Costello: A punk sensibility informs his take on 60’s garage rock, which sometimes comes in lo-fi form, sometimes not. Later in the collection, he slows things down with “No Time” and “You Were Sleeping,” which recall Elliott Smith. A full length album for Matador is scheduled for early 2009, which means more garage rock good times are just around the bend. Standout cuts: “See Saw,” “Painted Shut,” “Trapped Here” and “No Time.”



One Response to “Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08”

  1. John Says:

    If you ever have a chance to go to one of his shows you should. Chris and I went to one a year or so ago. They play for like 20 minutes, maybe less but I didn’t feel cheated afterwards.

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