Jay Reatard Essentials

Jay Reatard Essentials

Memphis rocker Jay Reatard passed away in 2010 at only 29, but the impact he left on the indie scene is considerable. Reatard emerged as a purveyor of scuzzy, lo-fi punk tunes when he was just a teenager, contributing to seven bands in the early '00s before striking out on his own. By the time he released 2006's Blood Visions, he'd already become something of a 21st-century garage-rock pioneer. That success led to a deal with Matador and 2009's Watch Me Fall, a refined statement distilling Reatard's many influences, showing that he was ready to take on the world.

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