EDITOR’S CHOICE – MUSIC: Top 10 Albums of 2012

Top 10 lists are problematic for anyone writing them because it’s like they require us to imagine there’s some kind of objective criterion by which we can measure pieces of music. That’s really not true, despite the stock we often place in them – the works themselves and the lists we quantify them in. Certainly,…

Your Best Student Experience: A Call to Action

What exactly is the “Best Student Experience” we’ve all heard so much about since we first set foot on Western’s campus? Perhaps there’s no need to bother with the question, since the university’s administration has defined it for us in a document titled “Institutional Vision, Proposed Mandate Statement and Priority Objectives” – a paper that…

Echo: Soundtrack to your summer

The idea of calling a set of songs the soundtrack to a certain time of your life is pretty interesting to me because of the sense of mediation it implies. I don’t think anyone really thinks of this when they say it. I know I haven’t for the most part, because it really just means…

Silver, Ross, McArthur, Fearnall…Bieber?

Shortly before 8 pm yesterday, an anonymous person or group hacked the USC Elections site. Voters were redirected to a page that welcomed them to the “Justin Bieber Hairstyle vote 2012” and informed them that “a vote for Bieber is a vote for world peace.” As of now, the motivations behind the defacement of the…

Israel Day demonstration stressed politics and culture

Clashes and debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not new to Western’s campus. Whether centered around a former Israeli Defense Forces member speaking at Western or Israeli Apartheid Week’s presence on campus, public protests have become commonplace whenever the specter of the conflict is raised. The Israel On Campus-organized Israel Day display in the UCC…

Review: John K. Samson – Provincial

John K. Samson Provincial ANTI- Records January 24, 2012 RATING: 8.5/10 John K. Samson is a man obsessed with the minutiae of everyday life in small-town Manitoba. His debut solo record, comprised of tracks from his previous EPs as well as new songs, paints a beautifully detailed portrait of life in Western Canada, and specifically,…

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Top 10 Albums of 2011

Top 10 lists are hard, especially with something as open to personal preference as music. Should one include their personal favourites, or the albums one sees as innovative and daring, even if they weren’t on the iPod rotation as often? 2011 was a great year for musical experimentation – concept albums abounded and the noble…