Conan O’Brien, ‘American Idol’ And Jay Reatard: This Week’s Deep Cuts

It’s been a busy week here in the MTV Newsroom, as we’ve been dealing with the return of “American Idol,” the meltdown on late-night TV and the horrors of the disaster in Haiti. And even though it’s a long weekend, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty to follow on MTV News. Be sure… Read more »

Remembering Jay Reatard’s Aggressive Approach To Writing Pop Music

With the tragic news of the passing of Memphis’ garage-punk Jay Reatard, the music world has lost one of the most prolific songwriters of the last decade. “With 22 full-length albums and over 100 releases, Jay dedicated his life to music,” a statement on his website reads. One could barely begin to digest the newest… Read more »

Jay Reatard Chooses Craziest Way Possible To Dismiss Band Members

Bands break up all the time. Sometimes it’s amicable and they agree to quietly go their separate ways to pursue “other musical ventures.” And sometimes they tell the truth, after the years of resentment and ego boil over into backstage brawls or verbal beatdowns that make working together unbearable. And then there’s Jay Reatard. The… Read more »

For The Record: Jay Reatard, Keith, Will.I.Am & More

· No one is saying you shouldn’t go see Jay Reatard live, but it might not be a bad idea to wear a helmet and shoulder pads. · Keith Richards has 3,000 guitars and has played only ten of them. Insert joke about other things he has in large quantities. · What producer wears a… Read more »

MTV’s March Madness Guide — NCAA Brackets With A Musical Twist

If you woke up this morning with a certain tingle on the left side of your body, don’t panic — you’ve probably got a severe case of March Madness. Either that, or you’re having a heart attack and should probably go directly to the emergency room. Seriously, go! Now! Still here? Good. That means that… Read more »

Lo-Fi Punk: Is Columbus, Ohio, the New Brooklyn?

show|null|video|1586842 When you see MTV News producer CJ Smith’s report on the burgeoning lo-fi punk movement (clip above), you’ll notice that the phenom is spreading out around the country. From LA’s No Age and The Smell, to Portland’s Eat Skull and Little Claw, to Memphis’s Jay Reatard, the artists are from all over the place…. Read more »

For The Record: News On Pitchfork Festival, Ghostface & Raekwon, Dave Matthews, Fall Out Boy, Poison

· The Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place July 18-20 in Chicago, has added a bunch more acts to this year’s roster, including: Ghostface & Raekwon, Dinosaur Jr, Mission of Burma (performing their classic album, Vs., Jarvis Cocker, The Apples in Stereo, Jay Reatard, the Dirty Projectors, and F— Buttons (who were awesome last night in… Read more »

SXSW ’08: Thursday’s Live Reviews

Our Thursday recap is up and bursting with raves about Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Clipse, but you can also check out more detailed accounts at the You R Here blog. What happened yesterday? Well… · Serj Tankian, Ben Harper and Tom Morello raged against the war at Stubb’s · Yo La Tengo took on a… Read more »