Jay Reatard

Honestly, I kept hoping news would break that Jay Reatard's death was a hoax. Very, very sad news.

There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said - plus I would feel like a big phony if I tried, considering I'm a relatively new fan. He was a integral part of the Memphis garage scene 10 years before I heard 2006's Blood Visions, and at 29, he'd been playing music for half his life. In my opinion, he put out some of the best music released in the past decade, including last year's Watch Me Fall.

It is incredibly unsettling and sad that he’s gone so soon.

Waiting For Something - a short documentary about Jay Reatard

Jay Reatard | MySpace Music Videos

"Jay was what few people have the capacity to be. He created an undeniably classic album that contained so much pain transferred to tape in such an explosive way that it made you feel different after hearing it. He was transgressive and honest. His flaws were something he focused on and overdubbed and distorted until they made you forget who he really was-- a person with feelings and a good heart. He loved music and worked hard from a young age to pursue it. He was a self-made and unmade man. I am truly sickened to see him go." -- Deerhunter/Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox