How things used to be

R.I.P. Jay Reatard
Jesus. So, as you’ve probably heard, Jay Reatard died yesterday at the age of 29. This reminds me of when Mitch Hedberg died; it’s the kind of news where you check about five different websites, just to confirm that it’s actually true.

I’m not a die hard Jay Reatard fan by anyone’s standards (although I did own and enjoy the LP version of his Matador Singles ’08 compilation). Regardless, it’s always shocking when a prominent musician passes away in his (or her) prime. Given his prolific output and the recent changes in his band’s lineup, I had grown accustomed to seeing Jay’s name in the news every few weeks. It’s sad to think that, from now on, any stories about him will be written in the past tense.

Download the peppy punk rocker “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” below, which was released last year on the album Watch Me Fall. The gloomy lyrics are perhaps a little too fitting, given the circumstances (“All is lost, there is no hope for me”), but the bouncy rhythm means it’s more of a celebration that a downer.

MP3: “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”
 
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