Director: Alex Hammond, Ian Markiewicz
Label: Factory 25
For Jimmy Lee Lindsay, known to his fans and detractors as Jay Reatard, life was a race against time. After growing up fast among Memphis crack addicts, he managed to blaze a path through the rough-and-tumble underground rock scene of the early aughts, releasing over 100 singles, EPs and full-length records in fourteen years. Then on January 13, 2010, not yet 30, he died. With their feature documentary Better Than Something, filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz let Jay tell his own story: a poverty-stricken childhood, teen years spent as a two-fisted tunesmith battling fans and band mates alike, and a short-lived adulthood of focused and relentless productivity. Jay said "I just try to make as much as I can with the time that I have." By any measure, that is exactly what he did. Better Than Something is both a testament to Jay Reatard's indisputable legacy and a tribute to his vital, thrilling, and all-too-brief life.
DVD & LP
Region 0 / NTSC
12" sized 50 page book
- A 14 track LP on vinyl of Jay Reatard rarities including 13 unreleased songs.
- 50 page 12' book with essays by TV Smith (Adverts), Cole Alexander (Black Lips), King Khan, Alicja Trout, and more... Includes an unreleased interview with Jay Reatard, and never before seen photos.
- 20 minutes of additional interviews of Jay Reatard and friends
Limited Edition LP Tracklist
01 - Such A Shame - Jay Reatard - TV Rennes 2008
02 - Bummer Bitch - Reatards - Gonerfest 2005
03 - No One Stands Me - Reatards - Gonerfest 2005
04 - I Get Nervous - Lost Sounds - VPRO 2005
05 - Tyrants Head - Lost Sounds - VPRO 2005
06 - You Call It Love - Angry Angles - Gonerfest 2005
07 - Let It All Go - Jay Reatard - SXSW 2007
08 -Better Than Somethings - Lost Sounds, 1998
09. Fading All Away - Studio Brussel, 2009
10 - Death Is Forming - Jay Reatard - Crystal Ballroom 2008
11 - Not A Substitute - Jay Reatard - Stuy Town NYC 2009
12 - Waiting For Something - Jay Reatard - Walter's 2009
13 - Nightmares - Jay Reatard - Studio Brussel 2009
14 – Let It All Go – Jay Reatard - France 2008