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“Boy let me tell you what…you can wish in one hand and shit in the other, and see which one fills up first.”

Whenever I think of  PW Long or Mule, the band he once fronted, this is the first thing that comes to mind. They’re lyrics from “Sugarcane Zuzu” off of Mule’s debut long-player on Touch and Go. The self-titled album, released in 1992, pretty much fucked up my notion of what the delta blues should sound like. It was as if a bunch nutty Detroit denizens latched onto a the soul of the Blues and filtered it as only punk musicians could. That wasn’t actually what Preston Wright Long III had intentions of doing. The problem was, he ended up with the rhythm section for the Laughing Hyenas and the rest was magic!

PWlong

After the group’s inevitable dissolution, which left behind a few recordings like the aforementioned S/T debut, The Wrung EP  and If I Don’t Six album in ’94, and the bands final “Soul Sound”, a split 7″ with Shellac, PW Long went on to release a few more albums. Two of them, We Didn’t See You On Sunday and Push Me Again with his outfit Reelfoot (bassist Dan Maister and ex-Jesus Lizard drummer Mac McNeilly). He later went on to record another EP and two solo albums, 2003’s Remembered and 2007’s God Bless The Drunkard’s Dog (Black Diamond/Southern Records.) It was that familiar voice. While it was in the band WIG where he began his notorious run in music, Mule and his solo material is what’s always had a hold of me. I mean come on, Mule even covered the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” which was the B-side of the single for “I’m Hell.” How bad ass is that?

PW Long

Mule

 

Brainiac
Brainiac

Dayton, Ohio, is the birth place of the cash register, the airplane, Roger and Zapp, The Ohio Players, The Breeders, Guided by Voices and… 3RA1N1AC.

In the mid ’90s the Dayton music scene became a hot spot generating worldwide buzz from the massive amount of influential indie rock being produced there. Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor.

After several singles the band was courted by the New York label Grass Records and recorded two albums with Girls Against Boys own Eli Janney at the helm. Countless tours and much critical acclaim came which landed the band on the Lollapalooza side stage and a deal with Touch and Go Records. The band recorded a full length and two EPs with T&G again using Eli Janney and adding Steve Albini, Kim Deal and Jim O’Rourke in the mix to help produce.

The band was opening for Beck and being courted by the majors when Tim was tragically killed in an auto accident.

A Kickstarter campaign launched this week is expected to fund a documentary that will explore the ’90s Dayton music scene, Brainiac’s legacy and how people survive and cope with the loss of loved ones. Over the past 20 years Brainiac has been cited as a massive influence on the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Death Cab For Cutie and countless others. You’ll hear from the band, family members, fellow musicians and label heads.

The film will feature commentary and appearances by:

Steve Albini, Wayne Coyne, Buzz Osbourne, Cedric Bixler, David Yow, Eli Janney, Fred Armisen, Jim O’Rourke, Gregg Foreman, John Schmersal, Juan Monasterio, Tyler Trent, Michelle Bodine, Tim’s mother, Linda Taylor and more

The film is directed and produced by Eric Mahoney, whose documentary and narrative work has been seen on television and at various international film festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca and Melbourne. In addition Eric spent over a decade in the midwest music scene fronting the band Murder Your Darlings.

Contribute to the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1955677038/brainiac-documentary: