I recently wrote up my favorite albums of 2014 for BFF.fm. One release I couldn’t overlook was White Reaper’s debut EP on Polyvinyl Records. Months after playing this album religiously on my show and spazzing out to it in my spare time, I got to catch up with the whole band via telephone for a recap of their Summer 2014 tour. This was definitely one of the funnest interviews I’ve conducted to date.
Last Spring, I had the opportunity to speak with Joe Casey, frontman of Detroit’s Protomartyr, the day after their record release party at PJ’s Lager House for Under Color of Official Right. Since I recently named Protomarytr’s second album to my top albums of 2014, I thought I’d revisit this interview. I don’t remember being so nervous about conducting this interview, but I totally botched the band AND album name during the introduction. Lovely.
The interview takes place around the 1:30 mark. Listen to Joe set the bar really low, right before he jumps into the Safari.
On the occasion of the 1st birthday of the Cracked Machine radio show, I’ve gone back to the beginning and put together an ALL-Ohio set of rock. I’m also joined via phone by Tim Krug of Oh Condor and Swim Diver to talk about the Brainiac reunion in Dayton, OH that happened last week at Blind Bob’s. We talk about the good cause for the reunion and why the band members and local Ohio artists got together.
Listen to the show:
On Saturday, December 6th, the four surviving members of Dayton, Ohio’s rock band Brainiac took to the stage for the first time in seventeen years since the death of Tim Taylor, guitarist and frontman of the the band. They played as We’ll Eat Anything – an early name the band once took the stage under. From the inital responses, the night looked like it fulfilled everyone’s hopes of a sweaty, noisey, cathartic mess of glitched-out rock and roll.
The core group was joined onstage by local musicians from notable bands to perform a full set of the legendary band’s material. Other local Dayton bands also performed selected tracks from Brainiac’s discography, as well as the work of Jeremy Frederick – a dear friend of the band and a major contributor to the Dayton rock scene who passed away in 2012.
While the excitement and nostalgia generated by the Brainiac reunion is understandable, it was motivated as part of a fundraiser for the Izzy Frederick Education Fund, the daughter survived by Jeremy Frederick.
If you enjoy the video below – and any/all of the videos to follow – please, consider making purchases or donations via Jeremy’s Human Reunion bandcamp page. [Please note: I have no skin in this game. I just want to see funds raised for the reason the band reunited.]
Photo pulled from Brainiac fan page on Facebook.