Who Is The Best Guitarist Of Them All?

Mirror, mirror on the wall.

Who is the best guitarist of them all?

“Why, it is J Mascis of course, my dear. No other guitarist sounds so sweet to my ear.”

That settles that question. Please don’t argue with the magic mirror. It knows all.

J Mascis, if you didn’t know, is most famous as the frontman for Dinosaur Jr. but has also done solo work and other projects.

I got to thinking about him last night as I read a Pitchfork feature with Eleanor Friedberger, a fine musician herself who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live:

In Boston, we did a Neil Young cover with J Mascis— we were just standing there pinching ourselves, watching J Mascis play “Cortez the Killer”.

What? J Mascis plays “Cortez the Killer” live??? I had to find that immediately.

Listen here as he covers my favorite (I think. It’s so hard to pick one …) Neil Young song, “Cortez the Killer,” with The Fog.

And here he performs the track, “Alone.”

When I see J play live, I close my eyes and his guitar is the magic carpet that takes my mind to places far, far away. No exaggeration. If you get the chance to see him live, don’t pass it up.

Class dismissed.

4 thoughts on “Who Is The Best Guitarist Of Them All?

  1. Don’t get me wrong because I love this song (I mean it is un-natural and still Illegal in 7 States- the kind of love I have for this song!) and I like this guitar work….but I will take Warren Haynes instead as a matter of pure taste. Anyway..it’s Cortez the Killer- so thank you for posting.

  2. I have never been a Dino Jr Fan…we had this talk didn’t we? I can appreciate their musicianship and will admit that J can shred.
    My list…I’ll leave off the obvious Jimi, Eric, Stevie, Pete, Carlos, Jimmy, Buddy, BB, Chuck et al. We all acknowledge their greatness…yadda yadda yadda

    I would rather listen to

    The Edge
    Derek Trucks
    Peter Buck
    Prince
    Bob Stinson (Replacements)
    Mato Nanji
    Jack White
    Ben Harper

    I’ll stop now…we should have this and other discussions over cocktails soon. What say you?

    Shane

    • Yep, we’ve had this conversation, Shane. You have a respectable list there, and I’m a big fan of some of them myself. You’ll get no arguments from me. Also, I totally agree we need to get together soon!

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