If you have a low tolerance for repetition and guitar noodling, get out now. There will be a LOT.
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I am not a huge fan of Neil Young.
But I LOVE Young’s “Cortez The Killer”.
Its simple, melancholy chord progression is a perfect framework to stretch guitar solos across.
Up top, a ghostly and really lovely version recorded for Pitchfork’s “Surveillance” series; I find filmmaker Jarmusch’s hesitancy/awkwardness, and Cox’s generosity (leading Jarmusch vocally when needed, getting out of his way when needed, and being encouraging and supportive when it’s done) touching. And the shoegazey textures provided by Randall enhance the song’s trance-out atmosphere.
For comparison, the original; reputedly banned for subject matter in Spain under Franco (who is still dead):
A typically spacy Church cover:
These guys not only nail it, they manage to more than DOUBLE the song’s already-epic length.
And I don’t mind a bit:
BtS are J Mascis-worshippers, and Mascis is a Young-worshipper:
BONUS ALTERNATIVE NATION FLASHBACK: MTV VJ Kennedy interviews the laconic and monosyllabic Mascis in 1993, back when he looked more “Grunge” and less “Gandalf”.
Mascis is an infamously difficult interview under the best of circumstances, and this is one of the most hysterically awkward (and 90’s) things I have seen lately:
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