2013 According To … The Paranoid Style


Yes, I know it’s the third piece on/by the Paranoid Style in little more than a month. But they’re just so bloody entertaining, I’d feature them every week if I could. This time with added media. (Maybe I should check what’s in some of these videos first …)

Your Own Music

Your own musical highlight of the year?

Remaining undetected despite countless unwanted attentions from certain surveillance entities who find our methods in some way troubling. We are proud to say that even fewer people are aware of the existence of the Paranoid Style in 2013 then they have been in previous years. We hope to advance this trend line going forward.

Favourite performance of the year?

Our listening party that we threw to celebrate the release of “The Purposes of Music In General”:

What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2013 you’d like to fix?

Rather than dwelling on the multitudinous instances of matters gone astray during this ugliest of calendar years, we prefer to train our attention on the one thing that has consistently gone right amidst this cataclysm:

This is not to suggest that the Paranoid Style approves of cute animals, we merely enjoyed the instances of first hand wrangling and managing of these horribly cute animals.

What you gonna be doing next year?

Why do you ask? Why are you so sure that we’re doing anything? Who have you been talking to? To answer your impertinent question, our plans are to continue to release music and advance our concepts. Alternatively, there is talk we will be assigned to Malta, where the music will cease. We should know by February.

Others’ Music

3 songs or LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2013?

Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths of the New Blues

Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record

Mascott – Cost/Amount EP

Best gig attended?

Wooden Wand at mystery Ethiopian restaurant in Washington, DC – circumstances may not have been ideal, but Wooden Wand killed that night.

Biggest surprise of 2013?

Dylan’s heel turn in his Rolling Stone interview:

On the subject of his supposed “plagiarism”:

“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It’s an old thing – it’s part of the tradition. It goes way back. These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified. All those evil motherfuckers can rot in hell.”


Biggest letdown of 2013?

The death of Lou Reed – we had other plans for him.

Who should we be looking out for in 2014?

Unless you have a lighthouse, looking out is a dismal errand. Be nervous of anyone who comes ashore promising friendship and offers blankets.

Anything and Everything

Event of 2013

Clearly the Summer Olympics. Who would have imagined this young Cassius Clay would win gold in the light heavyweight division? Can we defeat the Russians going forward? The anxiety persists but our athletics suggest we can.

Hero of 2013

In an era of Wiki Leaks, when freedom and liberty are more than just arbitrary watchwords for discerning political candidates, “Rusty” the red panda went over his bamboo bridge and said, “I want to see what this country has to offer me.” It turns out it only offered highways and some hipster bars, but his courage is truly American. Despite the anxiety he caused our city, he is a hero for his brave and forceful opportunism.

Lowpoint of 2013

Well, this was a sad day.

Villain of 2013

Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones. We’re almost certain he will be the next owner of the Washington Football Team.

Favourite book of 2013

Double Feature by Owen King. Funniest American novel since A Confederacy of Dunces.

Favourite film of 2013

Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise? If that doesn’t qualify, we’re assuming it’s Inside Llewyn Davis, which will open in our podunk metropolis on the 20th of December.

Something to look forward to in 2014?

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Bird of Youth’s new record, and a rule-oriented society respecting of its authoritative elders (no hippies).

And finally a video for one of their own tunes, included on the recently issued E.P.:

Previously on MPT:

The Paranoid Style interview (November 2013)