This ‘Star Wars’ actor just tweeted about this Dayton band -- here’s why

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 4:06 PM

Cut outs  of Mark Hamill as  Luke Skywalker   in 'The Last Jedi' and  Tim Taylor, lead singer for Brainiac, pictured in 1995 at Lollapalooza. Taylor was killed in a car accident in 1997.
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Cut outs of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in 'The Last Jedi' and Tim Taylor, lead singer for Brainiac, pictured in 1995 at Lollapalooza. Taylor was killed in a car accident in 1997.(Handouts)

The man behind arguably the greatest Jedi who ever lived has two reasons for supporting a film about one of the most unsung Dayton bands of all time.  

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Mark Hamill took to Twitter today, Feb. 13, to explain why you should support Daytonian Eric Mahoney’s Kickstarter for his documentary about the influential 1990s Dayton band “Brainiac.”

I don't usually post Kickstarters-but this is different for 2 reasons:
1-BRAINIAC is an amazing band that really deserves this documentary.
2-It's @GriffinHamill's birthday soon & he really wants this more than anything.#3RA1N1AC http://kck.st/2EX6OIN

Griffin Hamill is Mark Hamil’s son.

Mark Hamill and rocker Trent Reznor, a former Clevelander known for the band Nine Inch Nails, are among the celebrities who have posted tweets in support of Mahoney’s project about the Brainiacs. 

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Brainiac formed in Dayton in January 1992 with Tim Taylor (vocals, guitar), Juan Monasterio (bass), Tyler Trent (drums) and guitarist Michelle Bodine, who was replaced by John Schmersal in 1994.

On the heels of opening for Beck on a European tour, tragedy struck the band as they were on the verge of signing with a major label. 

Taylor died on May 23, 1997 when his 1977 Mercedes crashed into a pole on Main Street in Dayton. He was just blocks from his home.

Brainiac, (left to right) Tim Taylor, John Schmersal, Juan Monasterio and Tyler Trent, pictured in a mid- 90s UK promo photo. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Now a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, Mahoney has launched the second phase of his plan to bring the film about the Brainiac’s alive.

>> EARLIER: Kickstarter campaign under way for documentary on beloved Dayton band

The latest Kickstarter has collected nearly half of its $20,000 goal. 

His appeal is very Dayton-centric.

Here is an except from the latest appeal linked before: 

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

 

In the mid 90's the Dayton music scene became a hot spot generating world wide 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 signed to Grass Records where they recorded two albums with Girls Against Boys Eli Janney at the helm. Countless tours and much critical acclaim came which landed the band on the Lollapalooza tour 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. Brainiac were opening for Beck and being courted by the majors when Tim was tragically killed in an auto accident. 

 

This film will explore Brainiac's music, 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. 

 

 A fundraiser for the film was held in December at The Bell House in New York. 

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Gravesites overrun for Civil War veterans at Miami County cemetery

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Jackson Cemetery just outside Piqua is home to Civil War veterans and many African-Americans who were born slaves but died free.

The cemetery has been a historical landmark for the last 10 years.

However, of concern to Piqua resident Della Shaffer is that some of these historical gravesites are overrun by brush.

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She knows of nine veterans buried here and has seen at least five headstones in the woods.

“I think it’s very disrespectful and it’s kind of sad to think this is their final resting place after giving service to our country,” Shaffer said.

“We are Americans. These are veterans of the Civil War. These are men that served under Abraham Lincoln.

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“I would love to have this cleared up by Memorial Day out of respect for them. But sometimes things take time,” she said.

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Lights back on after more than 7,800 lose power in Kettering area

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Power has been restored after more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers lost service earlier this evening in the Kettering area due to a “substation event.”

UPDATE @ 8:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 359, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

Power was expected to be restored around 9 p.m., according to the DP&L website.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 4,733, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

At its height, the number without service was more than 7,800 after a malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Crews are working to restore power to more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers without service this evening in the Kettering area, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations, said.

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A malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m. that led to the outages.

Millhouse said service will be switched to other circuits to restore power as soon as possible, and that there should be no other interruption of service as repairs are made to the substation.

FIRST REPORT

More than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening in the Kettering area.

According to the DP&L online outage map, the power failure was reported around 6:30 p.m. and restoration time is expected by 8 p.m. Originally, about 900 outages were reported before that number jumped to 7,882 on the outage map.

We are waiting to hear back from the utility on what led to the outages.

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Collision involving private ambulance, passenger car snarls traffic

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

Crash at Linden Avenue involving ambulance

A collision involving a private ambulance and a passenger car on Linden Avenue at East Third Street ended with no injuries, police said. 

The accident was dispatched about 8:15 p.m. 

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The MedPro ambulance was empty and was not on a call, according to police. The other car, a small Saturn, had a small child inside. 

Police tell us they're working to determine the at-fault driver.

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