Monday, February 13, 2012

Better Than Something

BETTER THAN SOMETHING is a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known to the world as Jay Reatard. This intimate portrait, captured just months before his untimely passing, brings us incredibly close to Jay's complicated punk-rock world in Memphis, Tennessee. It features scenes from an insightful and candid week spent with Jay, who reveals personal childhood stories and the struggles of life in Memphis.
Tirelessly devoting his entire life to music, Jay Reatard has become a garage rock icon, having created a massive discography spread out over dozens of singles, EPs, and full-length albums, released on labels like Matador, Fat Possum and In The Red. A relentless live performer, Jay toured the world with dozens of bands including Reatards, Lost Sounds, Bad Times, Persuaders, Cheap Time, The Pixies, Spoon, Beck and many more. A devoted - and oftentimes notorious - fixture in his hometown of Memphis, Jay celebrated and continued the city’s long-standing history of American music.

2006 saw the release of Blood Visions (In the Red), Lindsey's first solo album under the moniker Jay Reatard. After a lengthy tour supporting Blood Visions, he signed a multi-album, exclusive deal with the New York-based indie label Matador Records. He released six limited 7" singles throughout 2008 with Matador. Soon after the release of the first single and reviews in NME, Spin Magazine, and Rolling Stone, Lindsey began playing larger shows and various music festivals all over the world. In October 2008, Reatard's Matador Singles '08 compiled all six of the singles on one LP/CD, and Lindsey again hit the road with a second, more extensive tour to support the album.

Lindsey's final album, Watch Me Fall (his first proper studio album with Matador), was released in August 2009. Lindsey was found dead in his home in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Midtown, Memphis, around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Lindsey was 29 years old. A memorial was held for Lindsey on Saturday, January 16 in Memphis at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Eric Friedl and bandmate Stephen Pope were those that eulogized Lindsey. One of Lindsey's trademark white Gibson Flying V guitars hung behind his coffin at the funeral home; he was buried with the guitar the next day. His grave is near that of Memphis soul musician Isaac Hayes.


March 2 - 8:
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
Malco Studio on the Square, Memphis, TN
Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR

March 3-5:
FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ

March 9-10:
Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA

March 15:
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

March 26:
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Austin, TX

April 11-12:
Roxie Theater, San Francisco, CA

Jay Reatard - "You Get No Love"