Posted in movies | music | tour dates on February 23, 2012

Jay Reatard

If you missed the last round of screenings at IFC Center, you can still catch Better Than Something in the coming weeks when it comes to Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn on March 2nd. The documentary, which began production as a promotional video for Watch Me Fall, examines the great Jay Reatard in his final days and his legacy. Tickets are on sale for multiple screenings, including one with a Q&A with the filmmakers and a "Premiere After Party".

Check out a full list of cities showing the Better Than Something documentary, with dates and the trailer below...


BETTER THAN SOMETHING Screenings - 2012
February 28: The Earl, Atlanta, GA
February 28: Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC
March 1: The Holland, Reno, NV
March 2: Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
March 2-8: Malco Studio on the Square, Memphis, TN
March 2-8: Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
March 2-8: Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR
March 3-5: FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ
March 8-11: American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
March 9-10: Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA
March 15: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
March 22: Kings, Raleigh, NC
March 26: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Austin, TX
April 11-12: Roxie Theater, San Francisco, CA

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Comments (48)

i fucking hate this guy, so so much.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:12 PM

they got any of that footage where he pisses on his band...hes the garage rock R. Kelly...just with less talent

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:14 PM

Would rather watch the Mummies be terrible than this douchebag alive or dead.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:20 PM

At Celebrate Brooklyn he kept spitting on his bassist the whole time. That was kind of asinine, but he rocked balls and literally blew away White Rabbits and Spoon which came after.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:24 PM

He literally blew away White Rabbits and Spoon? What did he use to do that, super breath?

Posted by My Real Fake Name | February 23, 2012 2:30 PM

Most aptly named person ever.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:30 PM

White Rabbits was a yawnfest, and Spoon was over nearly 5 years ago. It was a pretty low bar.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:32 PM

Wasn't he a cokehead asshole?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:43 PM

"pains of being pure at heart? more like pains if being pussys!! hyuck hyuck - hey where'd my band go?"

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:45 PM

This doc should make a lot of money in Thailand.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:53 PM

Carrot Top and Paula Poundstone's lovechild.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:57 PM

I'm still a little unclear about how the literal blowing occurred. Help me out! As I mentioned earlier my first thought was that super breath was involved, (naturally). Of course I now realize it could've been any number of factors: a really really big box fan, an average size jet engine, all the dancers from the Chinese Olympics simultaneously blowing with puckered mouths, (their mouths, not somebody else's mouth). So how did it happen?

Posted by My Real Fake Name | February 23, 2012 2:58 PM

2:58 you should hold off on the dick sauce until after 5:00

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:01 PM

Better than something...

Definitely not better than Linsanity.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:08 PM

2:57 FTW!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:15 PM

No wonder you indie/"rock" fags always comment "sausage". You prefer your male rockers looking like lesbians.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:27 PM

Hate all you want, Reatard made some incredible music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:31 PM

3:01 I demand that you address me by my real fake name which funny enough is My Real Fake Name. My parents were hippies.

Posted by My Real Fake Name | February 23, 2012 3:32 PM

Jay Retard was a third-rate musician and all around asshole who thought he was SOOO ago. who funded this shit? He didn't write ONE song anyone will remember

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:33 PM

Literally.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:37 PM

Post-screening Q&A Session:

"So was Jay like, an asshole to the few stupid enough to actually want to play with him?"

"When Jay did blow, did he become an even bigger asshole, frat boy on steroids kind of guy?"

"So when Jay pissed on you for playing the wrong note, how did that make you feel?"

"So did Jay ever hit a woman in the face?"


Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:38 PM

best guy ever. great songs!

everyones jealous today, go back to work.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:40 PM

It is a shame that Jay wasn't around long enough to witness Linsanity.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:42 PM

hahaha I had a nightmare the other night about being forced to watch a jay reatard documentary, but it really exists!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:49 PM

i saw him on cartoon network last night while i was waiting for adult swim - show called Dude What Would Happen.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:53 PM

Ray Pettibon. Hmmm.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:53 PM

Teh interwebz is made up of unemployed spell checkers and copywrite editors. Oh, the glory days of print media, when you would have spent your breaktimes arguing over the exceptions to "i before e" and how poetic the 3rd person voice is. Now, youz gotta put up with idjits that spel wrongg and use words like "literally". If only you were born 20 years earlier. If only your daddies showed you love after all.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 3:53 PM

"hahaha I had a nightmare the other night about being forced to watch a jay reatard documentary, but it really exists!"

no you didn't, you're just trying to sound funny on the BV comments section

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 4:03 PM

@3:33 95% of the bands covered on here won't have a single song remembered by anyone. I'll give you $1,000 if in 2,022 someone says "Hey man that Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. wrote some fucking CLASSICS DUDE"

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 4:07 PM

@4:07 so spot on!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 4:30 PM

^^
Will you LITERALLY give me $1,000?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 4:31 PM

^ Cool story, bra!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 5:01 PM

Jay Reatard into The Spits at Knit, hello wheelhouse!

Posted by roedood | February 23, 2012 5:14 PM

His songs will most certainly be remembered. He's just going to get more famous with time. Sorry to the 2 or 3 people in this thread still mad he ignored you at a party. You'll surely one day get over it, right?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 5:30 PM

If all Jay Reatard ever did was "My Shadow" he would still be worthy of a documentary. The fact that he was so crazy prolific and wrote some truly catch stuff is just more evidence of why I hold his music in esteem and not yours.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 5:46 PM

Go listen to Bon Iver you pussies

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 6:10 PM

"Jay Reatard into The Spits at Knit, hello wheelhouse!"

I plan on doing the same thing. It's gonna be a great night

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 6:18 PM

No bro, no one is going to remember anything Jay Reatard did. You and your shitty negative comments will be timeless, like the hummus, sausage and clown shit jokes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 6:24 PM

6:24 - pls explain

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 7:17 PM

Hammer I Miss You > the collective output of Pulp, Blur, Kraftwork, and Fiona Apple

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 7:20 PM

Blood Visions is a better LP than anything in your shitty record collection. Lost Sounds killed, the Reatards were amazing.

Haters, get over it. You suck. He rocked.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2012 12:57 AM

I'll second 12:57. Blood Visions is a sick record. It's not good for brunch, but when you're in the mood it's like having your best gat loaded and ready for punk ass bitches.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2012 1:30 AM

All the Jay haters are just pissed they didn't get Kraftwork tickets hahaha fucking tools

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2012 11:46 AM

I hear the Lemonheads are going to try and become current again with their new "It's a Shame About Jay" album.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2012 12:57 PM

6:24 - pls explain

Posted by Souq | March 1, 2012 10:46 AM

What's the song that's starts at 1:38? near the end of the video

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2012 1:55 AM

spot on is right

Posted by jordon | August 5, 2013 4:27 PM

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