Just saw a similar thing on Frank Black where he talks about his current influences:

" I love punk records, but that’s become less of an influence. I listen to a lot more music from the 50’s, 60s and even 70s than I used to, and we’re better at being rock musicians, so we’re confident taking stabs at more of an established vibe."

Pretty cool tip of the hat to a couple of great musicians as well in the brief article:

"There are certain musicians like Mike Watt or Iggy Pop that we call lifers and I think that’s the boat I’m in. I don’t really want to do anything else."

Just thought this bit kinda fit with your bit on Mascis.