P.W. Long has got to be one of the most underrated musicians on the planet. Not that he's super obscure or anything, it's just that I really thought he would have reached a bigger audience after all of these years. There are even moments of mainstream appeal in some of his more recent work. Just moments that is. I was predicting he would be the next "Tom Waits" or at least the next "Jon Spencer." But once again I tend to get a little tunnel vision as far as my tastes go and I need to come to the realization that not everybody is hearing it the way I'm hearing it. Throughout his career his music has ranged from noise-rock, blues and even touches of country. He started in the Ann Arbor band Wig and I believe he was only on their first single. Which I still don't have so if anyone could hook me up it would be much appreciated. So I'll start with my first introduction to him which was with Detroit's Mule.
Mule - Wrung (1994)
This one is definitely the heaviest release of his career. Maybe it's just me but this record almost seems to have a bit of a AC/DC feel to it. Just more pissed-off and aggressive . Steve Albini, who would refer to Mule as "Hillbilly Punk," recorded this and I think it's some of the best work he's ever done. Just crank it up really loud and you'll see what I'm talking about. It's just a really tight production.
P.W. Long's Reelfoot - Push Me Again (1998)
P.W. himself has called this album his favorite. It's got a little bit of everything in it. But mostly it's just a really good rock album. I believe this was also Mac McNielly's (The Jesus Lizard) last recorded material, although I could be wrong.
Young James Long - You Ain't Know The Man (2007)
This is his most recent release with his new band he formed in Dallas. This band was originally intended on being a improv project for him before he realized they sucked at improvisation. With members of Polyphonic Spree and Tenderloin. Now this one will go by fast. These 5 short songs will be over before you even know it.