Archive for February, 2011

28/02/11

James Blake gained popularity with two dubstep EPs, but this album—his first full length LP—sounds more like dub than dubsteb. Unlike on the EPs, his voice is brought to the foreground on this seemingly simplistic and minimal album. He generally repeats one or two lines while bending and layering his voice to fit with the [...]

28/02/11

Everywhere you go, it’s there: window-sized murals asking if you’re looking for a chocolate fix; store fronts appealing to the ‘shopaholic’ in all of us; and travel packages calling all adrenaline junkies for whatever poverty tourism deal they have lately. Why all of this addiction language? Why would companies and businesses want to associate themselves [...]

28/02/11

Artist: The Dreamers Studying: Bachelor of Music, Majoring in Jazz Performance Genre: Jazz/Funk/Neo-Soul Not for fans of: Thrash Metal, Non-Disney Animation, Monotony Age: Five months A youthful band jumping out of the woodwork of the School of Music’s Jazz Department, The Dreamers’ generic name does not do them justice for the amount of creativity they [...]

28/02/11

It seems that few of us are squeezing out summery Wellington this year, like every year. Can you lie down in your mat, sipping some wine while enjoying the vibes and the magic at the Botanic Gardens? Have you danced to the imaginary frequencies pouring out of the supposedly out-of-budget Cuba Street Carnival? Or spotted [...]

28/02/11

Hasn’t it been warm lately? If it is so warm, why are there mice in my house? Any sensible mouse would be reclining in a sun lounger on a purpose-built island in the lagoon in Frank Kitts Park, or floating on an airbed atop the fountain in Oriental Bay. At any location, I imagine this [...]

28/02/11

Victoria’s refurbished Student Union Building is still incomplete, despite classes starting this week. After many months of limited access and even more limited facilities, students had been hoping to be able to utilise their building. When Salient went to print, the second-floor was still totally out of use. The facilities that have been opened, however, [...]

28/02/11

It was great to see so many of you at the Civic Welcome last week. It was a brilliant start to the year and Orientation with over 2000 new students coming along. Christchurch Quake I’m writing this just after news broke of the latest earthquake to hit Christchurch. VUWSA’s thoughts are with all our students, [...]

28/02/11

With Oscar season in full swing, it’s the time of year in which you lucky cinema-goers get to choose between several feel-good tales of individuals overcoming adversity. The best of the bunch is neither a historical whitewash about a monarch striving to overcome a crippling speech impediment nor the story of a Bostonian pugilist trying [...]

28/02/11

Welcome back, friends. For the Love issue of Salient, we’re travelling to the Great Barrier Reef, the home of the tremoctopus—affectionately known as the blanket octopus. Imagine you’re as big as a walnut, and you’re trying to make sweet, passionate love to a six-foot-six sack of jelly. It’s a situation that I hope none of [...]