"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"

This is Ian Mathers' Tumblr. I live in Canada. I've written about music and other things for Stylus, Dusted, PopMatters, Resident Advisor, the Village Voice, and a few other places. Hi.




it’s legal to throw gum in the hair of anyone who puts “authorship of lyrics” at the center of their criticism of a pop singer

it’s legal to give swirlies to people who talk about a pop singer’s worth without considering that different forms of music evolve from different places

and that rock and roll shouldn’t be praised for being so stupid to think that individuals who can write a song are ever the best choices to perform the song, and vice versa

and of course it is legal to give nuclear wedgies to anyone who values lyrics over performance absolutely

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Ke$ha - TiK ToK [Animal]

Because I was a tremendous asshole, I rolled my eyes and thought to myself, of course she likes it. Every time I heard the song I’d replay the same rant in my head: This is Ugg music. This is North Face Music. This is music explicitly created for sorority girls, a demographic that does not need a spokesperson or any additional pandering because they already have Taio Cruz and Katy Perry and Adam Levine and every other vague, expressionless pop singer who doesn’t actually work concrete details or proper nouns into their songs. This “Ke$ha” character is taking things too far!

Of course, I ignored how much of a passionately misogynistic sentiment that was. I ignored the fact that I was getting trolled by a pop singer, which is a worse look for me than it is for her…

It’s only the first day, but Zach is absolutely murdering One Week One Band so far, and as someone who hated “Tik Tok” at the time, for roughly the same reasons he did (and someone who has similarly come around, although I’d guess I’m not nearly the fan he is), this is easily one of the best/most important posts I’ve seen on OWOB. Go read the whole thing (and the rest of the week), this is only a small excerpt.

ironstring reblogged your photo: So, there’s my tattoo. Apologies for the crappy…

i have no idea what this is,…if i did i would probably say OMG THAT’S SO AWESOME

It’s adapted from an old Low t-shirt I have. It’s the name and motto (I guess?) of their record label (and yes, I did listen to their music the entire time I got it… this, specifically).

jakec replied to your photo: So, there’s my tattoo. Apologies for the crappy…

Where is it?

derbrandtaucher replied to your photo: So, there’s my tattoo. Apologies for the crappy…

This looks gorgeous! Where is it on your body?

Thanks! It’s between my shoulder blades, pretty much. In fact, looking closely at the big version of the picture, I can tell I probably had my shoulders back a bit when this was taken.

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I don’t know how you found this post, but thanks?