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Jay Reatard & Harlem shared a bill @ Emo's on Wed (photo by David Weaver)
Jay Reatard

"While [Jay Reatard's] set [at Emo's in Austin on Wednesday night] had all the makings of a fun night of pop-punk, it was sadly abridged at only 40 minutes -- less than the opening performance by Austin's own Harlem -- after two rowdy fans attacked Reatard on-stage shortly after he announced he was playing the night's final song. He retaliated by swinging his microphone stand and departed mid-song, giving the at-times rambunctious audience the finger as he exited the stage. There was to be no encore -- the lights went up and the PA music kicked in as the two intruding fans were arrested by police outside the club's Sixth Street entrance.

It was a good show -- while it lasted. And Reatard can't be held responsible for violent fans. But at less than 45 minutes and with a buzzkill of an ending, it's hard to regard the night as anything more than an initially promising disappointment. That's the sad thing about punk rock -- sometimes the anger overtakes the fun and an audience walks away let down. With a too-short set and a combative ending, Reatard's Wednesday night show ultimately felt less like a satisfactory set from a skilled player and more like a sad tease of the fun evening that might have been.

Update: The Austin Police Department's public information office has confirmed that Michael Buehrer, 20, and Peter Aravello, 23, were the two men arrested. Both have been charged with public intoxication.

Pitchfork has this statement from Reatard's publicist: "Jay was attacked, totally unprovoked, by two different people, both of whom were later arrested. One guy bolted onstage and came swinging at Jay, but security took him away pretty quickly. Soon after (the band hadn't stopped playing, by the way), another guy sprinted onstage and hit Jay. Unlike the first guy, Jay didn't even see this guy coming. So Jay defended himself with the mic stand until security took that guy away, too. Jay is safe and unhurt, and the cops were there for about an hour afterwards." [Austin 360]

I don't think Jay usually plays much longer than that anyway. Harlem, who were last here to play their label (Matador)'s showcase during CMJ (Jay is on Matador too), visits NYC again to play Mercury Lounge on February 10th. Tickets are on sale.

Jay's next and only upcoming show is opening for Spoon (like he did in Brooklyn once) at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on New Years Eve.

Harlem will announce more 2010 dates soon in support of their 2nd album, 'Hippies' which "hits North American record shops, farmers markets and digital storefronts on April 6 on the always popular LP, CD and MP3/FLAC configurations." MP3 from that album above. Cover art below...

Harlem

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Comments (35)

not like they missed that much of his set...doesn't he play for like, 25 minutes normally?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 4:09 PM

ya, I feel like 45 minutes is really long for a Jay Reatard set

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 4:10 PM

kinda wish he got beat up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 4:15 PM

who the fuck cares

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 4:38 PM

yeah 40 minutes is a long Reatard set, never seen more than 30 and seen him several times. sounds like these two goons were trying to goad him into a fight

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 4:44 PM

reap what you sew

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 4:52 PM

regardless of how long an artist plays, there's NO EXCUSE for going on stage an assaulting him.

I don't even know his music, and don't really care to, but this is bullshit. It's horrible behavior by some horrible "fans"...

~Dan

Posted by POSTY McPOSTERTON | December 12, 2009 5:13 PM

too bad he didnt die

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 6:07 PM

Cant we all just get along? (and while your at it, pass me the hummus)

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 6:07 PM

Jay makes good songs (and hummus)

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 6:19 PM

where's the fucking video clip?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 6:40 PM

TITLE of article:
Live review: Jay Reatard at Emo’s - 40 minutes and two arrests, yes that’s punk rock

Austin 360 thinks that this is Punk. Ha!

Posted by TXn | December 12, 2009 6:45 PM

Nice security guys

Posted by Anon | December 12, 2009 8:37 PM

what a puss - Henry Rollins got beat up every Black Flag show and kept rockin

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 9:11 PM

Live the chaos.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 11:44 PM

this is what you get for (a.) antagonizing your audience, and (b.) playing the character of a huge silly pigheaded asshole all the time - therefor inspiring your fans to themselves act like the same violent entitled jerk you pretend to be.

it's too bad because he's got talent and is a kind, depressed dude underneath the stupid meathead persona.

poor Jay Lindsey.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2009 11:47 PM

thanks for checking in Dr. Phil, but judging from the look of those 2 harlem perps the cops arrested the wrong duo. that's the real crime. arrest whoever is responsible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 12:34 AM

Woah Anon 11:47 totally pegged Jay down. Completely.

He has not-so-quietly surpassed R. Adams and J. White for most spoiled, messed-up enfant terible in rock. But that figures since unlike the other two, he traffics in lame attempts at violence.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 12:52 AM

i once saw a security guard get cold cocked at red 7. he never saw it coming and the guy that did it disappeared.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 1:00 AM

Austin kinda sucks, SxSW aside. It's wanna-be tough guy ville. It's still Texas and therefor still stupid, folks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 1:08 AM

Heads Up: Bradford Cox just left a message on BrooklynVegan giving his insight about the anonymous review (not that it matters but I am the anonymous who wrote that review) of the Velvet Underground interview which he was mentioned in. It is definitely him.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/12/lou_reed_doug_y.html

Posted by jason | December 13, 2009 2:52 AM

What's the big fuckin' deal. Jay is okay with some of you & put down by several. WTF

Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2009 1:03 PM

If hippies is anything like the new song they put out, I'm down

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 2:57 PM

fuck texas. it's a cesspool.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 2:58 PM

Does anybody really want to see Jay Reatard play for much longer than 45 minutes? I like his music, but I don't really need to hear 30+ breackneck pop punk songs in a row to feel like I got my money's worth. It's not like the guy's got a lot of range. Fatigue is going to set in if you listen to that shit long enough. If he was still playing 20-25 minute sets after being on Matador and getting all the exposure he's gotten, that would be one thing. But 45 minutes is a normalish amount of time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 3:25 PM

Too bad they didn't bust him up--he's a total douchebag

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2009 10:33 AM

humm ass

Posted by hasid | December 14, 2009 1:03 PM

r. adams? yeah, sure he personifies violence wtf are you talking about. the guy is a rivers cuomo wannabe.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2009 3:37 PM

i didnt know this guy... but i really like those two songs BV hooked up. He is dope! i got the tunes on repeat son.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2009 3:55 PM

Didn't The Ramones play even less time than that?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 10:45 AM

"Austin kinda sucks, SxSW aside. It's wanna-be tough guy ville. It's still Texas and therefor still stupid, folks."

"fuck texas. it's a cesspool."

just moved from NYC to TX. the greatest misperception about New York City is that everyone there is worldly and sophisticated. that's the biggest myth. tons of retards in that town who have never been anywhere outside of NY. it's also one of the filthiest cess pool cities in the country. great city, but there's dog shit everywhere you walk. lots of good looking people, but lots of butt ugly people. lots of toothless rednecks in TX, but lots of idiot toothless ghetto rats and chotch bags in NY.

and NYC is the "ultimate wanna-be tough guy ville" in the country.

at least you can make a living in TX and not pay every cent of your income to NY state. biggest rip-off state in the country.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 8:19 PM

real punks keep playing after the audience attacks them, just watch any old FEAR concert.

also, HE'S DEAD JIM. rip reatard

Posted by lawl | January 14, 2010 7:26 PM

I was just looking for some info on jay retards death and I found this page and I just wasted about 10 minutes of my life reading these stupid fucking comments.

Posted by your dumbasses | January 24, 2010 6:15 AM

I love Peter and Michael!

ROCK N ROLL 4 LYFE

Posted by Audrey | March 3, 2010 2:27 PM

not like they missed that much of his set...doesn't he play for like, 25 minutes normally?

Posted by 76 Trombones Robert Preston | January 8, 2013 12:37 PM

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