Jay Reatard was an ultra-prolific, genre-hopping punk prodigy, who when he died suddenly in 2010, left behind one of the most confusingly byzantine, yet simultaneously rewarding discographies of any artist I can think of. The online journal Chart Attack has thoughtfully prepared a primer that will guide you from the pubescent thrash of The Reatards to the post-punk of Terror Visions and all the punk, pop, psych, and garage in between, complete with YouTube clips representative of each project. It’s a fantastic way to kill the rest of your Friday afternoon. It’s unquestionably better more rewarding than working.
If after all those clips, you’re inspired to further study, Jay’s website offers a compilation called Jay Reatard’s Greatest Messes that covers his favorite moments from before he went solo, including a smattering of everything you may not have. For the low, low price of just $7.99, it’s a steal at twice the price.