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Matador Singles '08 (Bonus Track Version)

Jay Reatard

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Earlier in 2008, Jay Reatard released a collection of singles recorded for various labels over two years (Singles ‘06-‘07), and followed it in the fall with Matador Singles ’08, neatly culling a half-dozen 7” singles on the Matador label into one set. This collection makes for surprisingly cohesive listening as Reatard continues to refine his groove, so to speak, channeling his furiously wild energy into music clearly influenced by pioneers of pop-punk. Songs like “See/Saw,” “Screaming Hand” and  “Always Wanting More” beautifully conflate early British and New Zealand post-punk into one powerful mélange (think Buzzcocks + Adverts + the Clean + Chris Knox), all clattering snares, adrenaline-pumped guitars, and pinched snarl. “DOA” uses old-fashioned hardcore as a touchstone, while the reverb-heavy “Trapped Here” evokes the moody post-punk of the Jesus and Mary Chain, but “I’m Watching You” reveals Reatard’s penchant for pure pop. It’s a wonder that these individual tracks coalesce to make a really strong listening experience from start to finish, but they do, with conviction.

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Quail hunting is almost as good as quail bunting...

As many of you know the hoilday of hoildays is soon approaching. This hoilday is National Jello Eating Contest of the Republic of Democracy of the Monarchy/Oligarchy Question Mark Flute Parading Understatment Misspelling Day on here. I have been preparing for weeks! Hopefully my butter beating skills will win me the National Jello Eating Contest of the Republic of the Democracy of the Monarchy/Oligarchy Question Mark Flute Parading Understatment Misspelling Day on here medal. If I win that means I get to hang my quail bunt bunting up on the front of the teacup shaped house I am currently residing in. By quail bunt bunting I mean bunt cakes with chunks of quail hung on my teacup shaped house's porch. This patricular bunting is in honor of The National Jello Eating Contest of the Republic of Democracy of the Monarchy/Oligarchy Question Mark Flute Parading Understatment Misspelling Day on here!! Anyhoo, this hoilday (National Jello Eating Contest of the Republic of Democracy of the Monarchy/Oligarchy Question Mark Flute Parading Understatment Misspelling Day on here) is in honor of... oh my am I repeating myself? Well you know who repeats them self? Do you? DO YOU?!!?! Jay Reatard! That darn aristocat is jazzing up the gym at my health club (Built in honor of The National Jello Eating Contest of the Republic of Democracy of the Monarchy/Oligarchy Question Mark Flute Parading Understatment Misspelling Day on here) very catchy... I often lull children to sleep with the tender melodies of "Screaming Hand"... What a classic! Just the other day I was baking a quail bunt cake when I accidently baked in the album "Matador Singles '08 (Bonus Track Version)"! A common mistake I am sure, because the cover art reminds me of funfetti. When hanging them up however, I realized that it is an ingrediant I shall never leave out again. Only this album could make the coveted day of The National Jello Eating Contest of the Republic of Democracy of the Monarchy/Oligarchy Question Mark Flute Parading Understatment Misspelling Day on here so special. Face head's are people tooo! Ponygal 626

hooray!!! its a few hours early!

I didn't like Jay until a couple months ago, when my local record store clerk sat me down and forced me to listen to blood visions on vinyl. I thank him eternally. Jay Reatard is a genius.

PArt man...part amazing!

Jay is part GVB...part 13th Floor Elevators....part Ramones....part New Zealand rock from the 1980's....yet he has his own thing going on that puts him far beyond...thank you Jay for rocking my mind!!!! Please keep the onslaughter going.

Biography

Born: May 1, 1980 in Lilbourn, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Memphis-based punk rock juggernaut Jay Reatard adopted a fistful of musical approaches, beginning in the late '90s in his bedroom, where he recorded punk, synth punk, power pop and straightforward rock & roll tunes at a frantic pace. Reatard was born Jay Lindsey and dropped out of school when he was 15, owing to boredom with conventional education and a problematic home life. Lindsey became interested in rock & roll when he heard Nirvana via MTV, and in his mid-teens he began writing songs....
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