Editors' pick

Jay Reatard


Editorial Review

Obscured by the juvenile name, song-a-minute pace, mess of flying hair and Flying V guitars is the fact that 29-year-old Reatard (ne Jay Lindsay) is a punk-rock tunesmith without peer. The Memphis native has been bashing out hyperspeed, Ramones-influenced songs since he was a teenager but last year's "Matador Singles '08" found him hitting the perfect sweet spot of pure adrenaline rush and pop perfection. When he plays live with his band, though, it's all about the former half of the equation: yelping, thrashing and barely enough time between songs to catch your breath.

--David Malitz (May 2009)