Jay Reatard Kicks Off Tour in Columbus, Signs to Major?

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Modern punk icon Jay Reatard seems to route every one of his tours through Columbus, whether it be with his now-defunct Lost Sounds project or any one of the current offshoots he comes up with on a monthly basis. Lately he’s been playing under his own name, supporting the finest LP he’s been a part of to date, Blood Visions (In the Red, 2006). Fresh off a globe-spanning Summer tour that ended here in Columbus at Skully’s, Reatard is set to kick off a Fall run at Cafe Bourbon St. next Thursday, with locals the Feelers and Night of Pleasure. Click on the donewaiting forum thread for some hilarious local insight. Check his myspace for all of the dates.

In other (non) news, there’s still no confirmation to the rumor of Reatard signing to a major. Word is a bidding war has ensued between Matador, Universal and Capitol, and from what I’ve been hearing one of the majors has won the prize. If true it will be one of the more interesting stories to follow over the next year. I just want to see how they’re going to market a guy named Reatard to the Best Buy patrons in Idaho.