Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Songs Jay Reatard Left Behind Edition

jayreatardGood morning!

There will be a memorial on Saturday in Memphis for garage rocker Jay Reatard, who died early Wednesday morning at 29. Already, it appears Reatard left behind at least some unreleased material. To start, there's "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle," a Nirvana cover that popped up on his Web site yesterday. Another cover has also been making the rounds: Reatard's take on Chris Knox's "Pull Down the Shades," from a benefit album for the New Zealand singer. Hear a sample here.

Also on that comp: The most substantial piece of new music from Jeff Mangum, Eminent Indie Recluse, since he put out a disc of Bulgarian field recordings in 2001.

- We should've reported this Tuesday: the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announced its 2010 grant recipients, who will receive $7.25 million total. Read the full list of individuals and organizations who received grants here.

- It looks like Jay Leno's heading back to The Tonight Show, WaPo reports—unless, that is, Conan O'Brien changes his mind about hosting program at 12:05 a.m.

- Industry Gallery in Northeast opens Saturday. Its first show is "Round the corner" by the aluminum and metal artist Shlomo Harush. WaPo has a feature; ReadysetDC has a preview.

- Joel Pollack, who owns Big Planet Comics, has been updating an autobiography on the store's Web site (via ComicsDC).

- James Murphy says he may retire the LCD Soundsystem name after an upcoming album and tour.

- Tonight in City Lights: Reggaeton stars Jowell y Randy. Steve Kiviat says:

Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Jowell y Randy occasionally nods in other directions on its 2009 mixtape Se Acerca el Momento. Involved in reggaeton separately in the late ’90s and together through much of the last decade, Jowell y Randy here reach out with a bachata number, some Auto-Tuned vocals, and even some mariachi instrumentation. On most cuts, however, the team sticks to rapping and singing over that familiar boom-chi-boom-chick rhythm, which could have been a formula for dullness. Instead, rhyme-spitter Jowell’s often nasal flow and rhyme-crooner Randy’s lush R&B melodies contrast and combine with that insistent beat—and prove more invigorating for it.

Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Jowell y Randy occasionally nods in other directions on its 2009 mixtape Se Acerca el Momento. Involved in reggaeton separately in the late ’90s and together through much of the last decade, Jowell y Randy here reach out with a bachata number, some Auto-Tuned vocals, and even some mariachi instrumentation. On most cuts, however, the team sticks to rapping and singing over that familiar boom-chi-boom-chick rhythm, which could have been a formula for dullness. Instead, rhyme-spitter Jowell’s often nasal flow and rhyme-crooner Randy’s lush R&B melodies contrast and combine with that insistent beat—and prove more invigorating for it.

That's tonight at Fur. Happy weekend!

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