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:
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.