Jay Reatard

Show
: Slang Chickens/Earthmen and Strangers/Jay Reatard

Venue: Echoplex

Drinks: Two Newcastles. I was a little full from my visit to
Fatburger just before the show.

Song I Most Wanted to Hear: "MY SHADOW!" Which Reatard roared through
fourth in his lightning paced set.

Musical Disappointments: None really. Listening to Reatard's records
are a very useful for the show because you miss out on some of the
studio recordings' pop nuances with his live show and have to fill
them in with your imagination. What his live show lacks in subtlety,
it makes up for in raw, manic energy.

Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: A little goofy
looking; like a puffy, grown-up version of Beavis from BEAVIS AND
BUTT-HEAD.

Merch Table: A poster of Jay Reatard in the Andrew WK pose; with blood
streaming from his nose, for five bucks. I considered buying it but
passed when I realized that I would never even consider hanging it on
my wall. A few 7 inch singles and an LP of the Matador 08 Singles,
which I already own on CD. I passed on all the Jay Reatard merch and
bought something from Earthmen and Strangers' section, although I am a
little confused about what it was; something one of their members was
involved in with someone else formerly in Jay Reatard's old band The
Lost Sounds, or something like that.

Run-in's With the Bands: Nope. Reatard's bassist Stephen Pope
operated the merch table but I didn't buy anything from him. Reatard
was nowhere to be found before the show or after it.

Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: Reatard stopping after the first
song to tell the lighting dude that he didn't want any fancy lights,
he just wanted a simple white light from above the stage. They
complied for part of the second song and reverted back to their fancy
lighting set-up, only to be again reprimanded by Reatard: "How fucking
hard is it for a single white light above the stage? It's the
simplest lighting set-up to do." He didn't punch or kick anyone in
the face during this show and he managed to leave the stage without
any major injuries.

Best Onstage Chatter: The lead singer of Earthmen and Strangers had an
amazing habit of mumbling an incoherent explanation between songs,
"This is song about when a girl has snakes in her hair that will
attack you."

Jay Reatard's approach to onstage chatter is also pretty damn awesome.
It basically just amounts to him announcing the next song seconds
before going into it.

Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: Fuck no. The bass player looked
fro'd and he rocked non-stop for the entire length of the show (about
50 minutes; there was no encore). After the show, he came back out to
the booth, for there was merch to sling.

Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 8.3


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