Ian Mathers
Music Reviewer




ian Mathers (“may-thers,” thanks) was born in Guelph, Ontario and after growing up elsewhere returned there for school. He got his BA in Philosophy in June 2005 and is now trying to polish off his Master’s degree in the same department working on Roman Ingarden’s ontology of the musical work of art. Nobody else has heard of him either. He is unemployed and trying to figure out how to prolong this for as long as possible. He lives with his twin brother and is always considering getting a cat. He has pretty much given up trying to control the sprawl of music in his apartment (his piles have colonized the kitchen table), but is fighting the books. He does believe that aesthetics, as opposed to morals and math, is completely subjective. He will not knife fight you over it, but he will get pretty heated. He probably doesn’t like your canon, but even if he does he opposes the notion that it could be universally relevant. He is writing this in the third-person, not to gain some much-needed objectivity like Phil Dick or young Stencil, but because that seems to be the convention. His favorite philosopher is Spinoza, but he still reads comic books and watches too much TV. He is the longest serving (and often only) Canadian writer at Stylus, and according to at least one of our commenters, also a lobster.

All Time Top 10


Ten Records I Like More Than I Thought I Did at First
Audio Bullys – Ego War
Broadcast – Haha Sound
The Fall – Bend Sinister
Mojave 3 – Ask Me Tomorrow
New Order – Republic
Pavement – Brighten the Corners
R.E.M. – Monster
Josh Rouse – Home
Smog – Rain on Lens
Superchunk – Incidental Music 1991-95

Ten More Songs with the Word “Song” in the Title
The Afghan Whigs – The Slide Song
Ben Folds Five – Song For the Dumped
Leonard Cohen – Sing Another Song, Boys
Guillemots – Made Up Love Song #43
Hefner – The Baggage Reclaim Song
Jens Lekman – Rocky Dennis’ Farewell Song
Madder Rose – Car Song
Radiohead – Pyramid Song
Sixteen Horsepower – Outlaw Song
Spiritualized – The Slide Song

Reviews
2003 Year End Thoughts - Ian Mathers69corp - Our Present to the FutureSteve Adey - All Things RealAlfie - Do You Imagine Things?The Allman Brothers Band - One Way Out: Live At The Beacon TheatreSam Amidon - All Is WellAmp - USAndrew W.K. - The WolfA.R.E. Weapons - Free In The StreetsAt Dusk - The Summer Of Promises KeptAt Dusk - HeightsAtmosphere - SevenAu Revoir Simone - Verses of Comfort, Assurance & SalvationAudio Bullys - GenerationBasteroid - Upsets DucksBelle and Sebastian - BooksBelle And Sebastian - Push Barman To Open Old WoundsBelow The Sea - Blame It On The PastThe Black Angels - PassoverBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club - HowlThe Boats - We Made It For YouBoy in Static - VioletThe Burdocks - Airplane TracksBurdocks - What We Do Is SecretCadence Weapon - Breaking KayfabeCave In - Perfect Pitch BlackCharalambides - Our Bed Is GreenChef Menteur - We Await Silent Tristero's EmpireThe Cinematic Underground - AnnasthesiaClinic - Winchester CathedralLeonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen / Songs from a Room / Songs of Love and HateThe Constantines - Shine A LightConstantines - Tournament Of HeartsCrowded House - Time on EarthPierre Crube - Immediate False ReliefCyann & Ben - Sweet BeliefsDe Novo Dahl - Cats & KittensThe Dears - No Cities LeftThe Dears - Thank You Good Night Sold OutThe Dears - Gang of LosersPat Deighan - Night LightDiefenbach - Set & DriftDoves - Some CitiesR. Luke DuBois - TimelapseThe Dudley Corporation - In Love WithEarly Day Miners - The Sonograph EPEinstürzende Neubaten - Perpetuum MobileElbow - Leaders Of The Free WorldElectric Six - SwitzerlandElectric Turn To Me - Clouds Move So Fast Electronic Barnacle Island - Deeply Faulted Area Resembling An Upright Deck Of CardsElefant - Sunlight Makes Me ParanoidEluvium - Talk Amongst The TreesEspers - IIExplosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead PlaceMarianne Faithfull - Before The PoisonFake Problems - How Far Our Bodies GoFigurines / I Am Bones - Skeleton / Wrong Numbers Are Never BusyFirewater - Songs We Should Have WrittenFog - HummerLaurent Garnier - The Cloud Making MachineGomez - Out WestThe Goslings - Between the DeadThe Goslings - Grandeur of HairRachel Goswell - Waves Are UniversalGreen Day - American IdiotGrey Ghost - How To Create WordsHeadphone Science - We Remain FadedHearts Of Darkness - Music For Drunk DrivingHefner - The Best of Hefner 1996-2002Herbert - ScaleHinterlandt - New Belief SystemHinterlandt - Sitting, Going PlacesHinterlandt - PoprekordtThe Hiss - Panic MovementHorse Feathers - Words Are DeadHotel - Our Demon BrotherI Am Robot and Proud - The Catch / Spring Summer Autumn WinterInterpol - AnticsTakuma Itoi - QuietudeChachi Jones - ClaustrophiliaMarsen Jules - Les FleursDamien Jurado - And Now That I’m in Your ShadowKid606 - Kill Sound Before Sound Kills YouKilling Joke - Killing JokeJens Lekman - When I Said I Wanted To Be Your DogJens Lekman - Oh You're So Silent JensJens Lekman - Night Falls Over KortedalaSondre Lerche - Two Way MonologueLet Airplanes Circle Overhead - Let Airplanes Circle OverheadLiars - They Were Wrong, So We DrownedLife Without Buildings - Live at the Annandale HotelLow - A Lifetime Of Temporary Relief: 10 Years Of B-Sides And RaritiesLow - The Great DestroyerLow - Drums and GunsThe M’s - Future WomenKirsty MacColl - Titanic DaysNellie McKay - Get Away From MeMadagascar - Forced MarchMadlib - Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue NoteManicured Noise - Northern Stories 1978/80Maxïmo Park - Our Earthly PleasuresMclusky - The Difference Between Me And You Is I’m Not On FireMilosh - You Make Me FeelMilosh - MemeMinotaur Shock - RinseMission Of Burma - ONoffONMonkey Swallows the Universe - The Casket LettersMONO & world’s end girlfriend - Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder RefrainMonster Movie - All LostMusic A.M. - A Heart & Two StarsMy Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet RevengeMy Majestic Star - Ideas Are the AnswerMy Morning Jacket - ZN.E.R.D. - Fly Or DieNight Is Invisible - 1A Northern Chorus - Bitter Hands ResignOK Go - Oh NoOla Podrida - Ola PodridaOneida - Secret WarsPan.American - For Waiting, For ChasingJeff Parker - The RelativesPicastro - Whore LuckPink Grease - This Is For RealPlacebo - Sleeping With Ghosts (Special Edition)Plankton - The UndertonePopulous - Queue For LovePort-Royal - FlaresPrefuse 73 - Extinguished: Outtakes, Alternate Takes And BeatsThe Primary 5 - North PolePseudosix - Days Of DelayRadar Bros. - The Fallen Leaf Pagesradicalfashion - OdoriRaising The Fawn - The North SeaReadymade - All The Plans RestingCorrina Repp - It’s Only The FutureAlexander Rishaug - Possible LandscapesRoyal City - Little Heart’s EaseSamamidon - But This Chicken Proved FalseheartedThe Shins - Chutes Too NarrowThe Silent League - The Orchestra, Sadly, Has RefusedThee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - Horses In The SkySix By Seven - 04Six-Fing Thing - Self-Portrait As A Vulnerable ShrubSixtoo - Chewing On Glass & Other Miracle CuresSmall Life Form - OneSmoke or Fire - This Sinking ShipSnow Patrol - Eyes OpenSounds Like Braille - Right Out Of Left Field, Straight To The Middle Of Nowhere…Space Needle - Recordings 1994-1997Spiritualized - The Complete Works Volume 2Still - RemainsSunburned Hand of the Man - Sunburned Hand of the ManThe Sundowners - Chicago Country LegendsSweet Billy Pilgrim - We Just Did What Happened And No One CameTachikoma-Kun - Gentle, Amoral Robot MusicTeenage Fanclub - Man-MadeThe Planet The - Physical AngelAmon Tobin - Solid Steel Presents Recorded LiveUnkle - Never, Never LandVarious Artists - Radio India: The Eternal Dream Of SoundTom Verlaine - Around / Songs and Other ThingsThe Weakerthans - Reunion TourChris Whitley - Hotel Vast Horizon Chris Whitley & The Bastard Club - Reiter InWintersleep - WintersleepWitch - WitchWoven - 8-Bit MonkSusumu Yokota - SymbolZeebee - ChemistryZeebee - Priorities

Features
A Week in the Musical LifeArticle
Alfie – If You Happy With You Need Do NothingOn Second Thought
Belle & Sebastian: The Boy With The Arab StrapPlaying God
Bob Dylan: Time Out Of MindPlaying God
Broadcast: Until ThenSeconds
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Cabaret Voltaire: Nag Nag NagSeconds
Chumbawamba: AmnesiaSeconds
Constantines: Shine A LightPlaying God
Crowded House: Into TemptationSeconds
Daft Punk: HomeworkPlaying God
David Bowie - "Heroes"On Second Thought
David Bowie - LodgerOn Second Thought
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DJ Spooky vs. The Freight Elevator Quartet - Fi...On Second Thought
Doves: The Cedar RoomSeconds
Elastica: Mad Dog God DamSeconds
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Senior Ser...Seconds
Elvis Costello: Lipstick VogueSeconds
Gang of FourOn First Listen
Guided by Voices - Isolation DrillsOn Second Thought
Hefner – Painting and KissingSeconds
Hillside: The Festival in My BackyardArticle
Husker DuOn First Listen
Interpol: PDASeconds
Iron & Wine: Sodom, South Georgia / Passing Af...Seconds
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Global A Go-GoOn Second Thought
Joy Division - The KillSeconds
Kate Bush – The Whole StoryOn Second Thought
King Cobb Steelie - Junior RelaxerOn Second Thought
Leonard Cohen: Take This WaltzSeconds
Life Without Buildings – JunoSeconds
Lo-Fidelity All Stars featuring Pigeonhed: Batt...Seconds
Local H - Here Comes The ZooOn Second Thought
Lupine Howl - The Carnivorous Lunar Activities ...On Second Thought
Manic Street Preachers: No Surface All FeelingSeconds
Modest MouseOn First Listen
Mogwai: R U Still In 2 It?Seconds
Mogwai: Young TeamPlaying God
Music CriticismPop Playground
New Order – Leave Me AloneSeconds
No ActionSoulseeking
NostalgiaPop Playground
Oasis: Definitely MaybePlaying God
Paul Simon – The Rhythm of the SaintsOn Second Thought
Pavement: Wowee ZoweePlaying God
Pere UbuOn First Listen
Plumtree: The GameSeconds
R.E.M. - UpOn Second Thought
Red House Painters – Have You ForgottenSeconds
Rival Schools: The SwitchSeconds
Scraping the Barrel 006Scraping the Barrel
Sonic Youth - Daydream NationOn Second Thought
Spacemen 3 - Performance: Live At The Melkweg ...On Second Thought
Spiritualized - Pure PhaseOn Second Thought
Spiritualized – Rated XSeconds
Spiritualized: Amazing GracePlaying God
Stars – HeartSeconds
Stranded: Readymade's The Dramatic Balanced ByArticle
Superchunk - Indoor LivingOn Second Thought
Teenage Fanclub - BandwagonesqueOn Second Thought
Teenage Fanclub: ThirteenPlaying God
Television - The Blow UpOn Second Thought
TemptationSoulseeking
The Fall - Code: SelfishOn Second Thought
The Fall: Hip PriestSeconds
The LimeyA Kiss After Supper
The Mountain Goats: Have to ExplodeSeconds
The New Pornographers - Use ItSeconds
The Pleasures of IndulgenceSoulseeking
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale Of New...Seconds
The Ronettes: Be My BabySeconds
The Smiths: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"Seconds
The Sycamores - Farewell to DeserontoOn Second Thought
The Weakerthans: AsideSeconds
The Wedding Present – Take Me!Seconds
Top Ten Albums to Put on When You’re Staying ...Staff Top 10
Top Ten Canadian Rock Not-Quite-SmashesStaff Top 10
Top Ten Favorite PhilosophersStaff Top 10
Top Ten Favorite PronunciationsStaff Top 10
Top Ten Least Favorite PhilosophersStaff Top 10
Top Ten Lines From Sad SongsStaff Top 10
Top Ten Random Songs On My Winamp PlaylistStaff Top 10
Top Ten Solos*Staff Top 10
Top Ten Songs I Listen To The Morning AfterStaff Top 10
Top Ten Songs I Sent With My Girlfriend To The ...Staff Top 10
Top Ten Songs That Don’t Live Up To Their TitlesStaff Top 10
Top Ten Songs That Reflect My Politics (Kind Of)Staff Top 10
Top Ten Songs To Play When You Want To Keep You...Staff Top 10
Top Ten Songs With FluteStaff Top 10
Top Ten Surprisingly Effective Exercise SongsStaff Top 10
Total EclipsesYouTube / ITube / WeTube
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Weezer - MaladroitOn Second Thought
Whipping Boy - HeartwormOn Second Thought
Wilco: I Am Trying To Break Your HeartSeconds
Wilco: SummerteethPlaying God
Wire: Being Sucked In AgainSeconds
Wire: Blessed StateSeconds
Wire: Ex Lion TamerSeconds
 
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