I’ve been in a musical rut for most of 2008, particularly as far as finding music I like that has been recently released. Then last night I saw a review in the Onion for Jay Reatard’s Singles 06-07, and a few hours later it was mine. Reatard is not for everybody; I think a lot of the stuff on the record is beyond solid, but there are redundancies and a few tracks that are abrasive, including the first one. But, I try not to let that deter me if there are other high points on the record, and Reatard provides plenty of them. Do the 30 second review on iTunes of Another Person, I Know A Place, All Wasted, or All Over Again and see what you think.
As I look back, most of my favorite records over time have had at least one song that are unlistenable. (Revolution No. 9, anyone?) Reatard avoids any totally indulgent moments here, but knowing a few rough patches won’t destroy a record for me gives me a chance to get past those moments when you really hate the first song you hear, which is the case for me here.
I have music infatuations from time to time. I’ll find a new record that strikes me in a fresh way, and I will play that thing right into the ground. I’m doing that with Reatard right now, and woe is anyone who has to endure my control of the music. Linus alone has probably heard some of the tracks three times already. He’s going to hate Reatard, even though I saw him go over and look at the iPod when Reatard was on, which he only does when he likes what’s playing and wants to be able to request it by name.
And speaking of requests, I’ve been getting to know the Okkervil River record The Stage Names, a mere 11 months after it was released. Twice in the last week different Pipeline People have asked who the band playing at the time was, which is usually a sign that something is good.