Last year, Jay Reatard spent quite a bit of time focused on releasing single songs, aka singles. So many in fact that he was able to piece together two compilations worth of material, including the aptly titled Matador Singles.
That was so 2008.
For 2009, Reatard has much bigger plans. On August 18th, the Tennessee musician will release Watch Me Fall, his first full-length effort since 2006’s Blood Visions, via Matador Records. Speaking of the self-produced effort, Reatard noted its challenges, explaining it will be the first release specifically written and recorded because a label [Matador Records] wants to release it.
“In this situation, people at the label are hearing the songs before the album has been finished, but I try not to let it distract me, Im trying to go about this process in a way thats the closest to how I would have done an album in the past. A lot of bands these days, they approach the making of an album like its collecting songs, they dont think about how all of the songs are going to work together. They sequence their albums on iTunes, wondering what songs sound best next to each other rather than putting them together as they were written. Thats not an album.
In other words, we’ll have to wait until August 18th to hear what exactly makes a real album. Fortunately, Reatard was gracious enough to offer a sneak peak, this in the form of Watch Me Fall‘s first single, “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”, which you can check out below, and will be touring the country this summer.
“It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”
Jay Reatard 2009 Tour Dates:
05/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/11 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
06/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
06/13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
06/15 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe *
06/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
06/17 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s *
06/19 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
06/26 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge ^
06/27 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick ^
06/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop ^
06/29 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club ^
06/30 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa ^
07/01 – New York, NY @ Stuyvesant Oval
07/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
07/03 – Allston, MA @ Harper’s Ferry ^
07/05 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^
07/07 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel ^
07/08 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light ^
07/09 – Nashville, TN @ The End ^
07/10 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe ^
07/11 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s ^
* = w/ The Oh Sees
^ = w/ TV Smit