We saw rumors floating around earlier, but wanted to hold off until we had a reliable source: Both Matador and Goner Records have confirmed that Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard, has died. Goner writes:
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports:
Memphis police have opened a death investigation, spokesman Jennifer Robinson said. Lindsey was found around 3:30 a.m. in his bed, Robinson said.
He was 29. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Jeremy Lee Lindsey Jr. (May 1, 1980 – January 13, 2010
Jay was what few people have the capacity to be. He created an undeniably classic album that contained so much pain transfered 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.
– Bradford Cox, 1/13/09
Here’s one of Jay’s final recordings, a psyched-out take on Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle.”
[Photo by Ion Sokhos]