Earlier, P. Rodg expressed worry about not having anything to do on July 11. I had a similar problem, but with July 9. My concerns have been assuaged by an email missive I received from a certain Jay Reatard, explaining the deatails of his upcoming tour, which will include a stop at The End on the 9th. The Memphis garage punker has "just completed" his new album, according to Matador Records' website; presumably it will come out around the same time.
Reatard is touring with TV Smith of British punk band the Adverts. The decision to bring Smith along makes perfect sense, considering how much the two bands have in common. Reatard's sound shares the same blend of sinister paranoia and big, catchy hooks that the earlier group created on their classic 1978 album Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts. According to Smith's website, we should "expect a solo show and some songs with Jay and band." It will be pretty good, I think. Six or eight years ago, I saw TV Smith play a show at the Velvet Lounge in Washington, D.C. He turned out to be a charming and friendly man who played an energetic mix of new material and old stuff like "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" and "Bored Teenagers."
The End is rather a small venue for a recording artist of Jay's stature; but with two-and-a-half months' advance notice, maybe we'll be able to get there before it fills up. Should you doubt that you need to get excited at this early date, just watch these videos from one of their recent shows. Sick as hell, right?
In related news, Hendersonville, Tennessee's Jeffrey Novak has released his first single on Reatard's Shattered Records. Novak is the frontman for Nashville's Cheap Time, but explains his motives thusly: "I got tired of playing with other people for a while, so I decided to record some solo stuff alone in my bedroom on my 8-track." You can listen to the single here, and, like, download it (for $1.98) if you like it. What do you think?