The Observer

A semester unlike any other is coming to a close—here’s some music to reflect

Playlist of the week 12/04/20
December 4, 2020

This is the final edition of The Observer of the semester, and boy has it been a difficult semester for everyone reading this—regardless of whether or not you were on campus. Unfortunately, I was at...

Spotify Wrapped is the best thing about the internet, but it’s also indicative of the future of streaming audio

Spotify Wrapped 2020 is an amazing look at the year behind us, but a foreboding look at things to come.
December 4, 2020

I don’t know about you all, but my social media has been flooded with people posting their 2020 Spotify Wrapped, showcasing their top music from the last year––and it might be the distillation of...

In this homage to radio, Oneohtrix Point Never produces his most consistent work yet

Turn off your mind, relax and flow downstream to the sounds of beeps and boops.
December 4, 2020

Oneohtrix Point Never is one of those artists everyone has probably heard but can’t recognize. Recent credits include work for The Weeknd and FKA twigs, who capitalized on his deft touch with splicing...

“The Queen’s Gambit” proves the future of movies is TV, and I’m okay with it

Anya Taylor-Joy dominates as Beth Harmon, a fictionalized female version of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, in the new series
December 4, 2020

When you think of what differentiates a film from a TV show, the defining aspect of film is usually the singular cohesive story and stylings that TV shows usually lack. There is a limited nature to film,...

“Happiest Season”: Holiday rom-com meets queer existentialism

Mackenzie Davis and Kristen Stewart star as a lesbian couple in this groundbreaking Christmas rom-com.
Streaming recommendation of the week 12/04/20
December 4, 2020

This review contains spoilers. Christmas is typically regarded as the happiest time of the year; however, this year that may be hard to imagine as we approach the worst weeks of the pandemic. That being...

“2020 (hindsight)”: A virtual play about despair and hope in this year to remember

A play through Zoom? Who’d have thought.
November 20, 2020

This year has been a rough one. While there have been glimmers of hope along the way, it is evident that our lives have changed for the worse over the past year as we have been deprived of some of the...

Coronavirus cancels CWRU events again

Dr. Srinivasan leads a cooking class for students celebrating Diwali.
uISA’s Diwali continues in virtual form
November 20, 2020

The United States is currently in the throes of another spike in this seemingly never-ending pandemic, hitting record numbers of daily infections. This has started to have wide ramifications at Case Western...

Presenting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductees … on HBO Max?

Artists like Ringo Starr appear virtually to induct the latest class into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Artists like Ringo Starr appear virtually to induct the latest class into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
November 20, 2020

When you ask any student of Case Western Reserve University what the top things to do in Cleveland are, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will invariably end up on that list. A museum documenting the history...

Looking back at the PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 was the default gaming device for the last seven years, and for good reason.
November 13, 2020

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S released this week, ushering in a new generation of gaming consoles, with their increased power, graphical output and the potential for more impressive...

Songs of hope after a divided election

Playlist of the Week 11/13/20
November 13, 2020

After last week being one of the most boring weeks I have ever experienced (I’m being sarcastic, if you couldn’t tell), it is time to kick into high gear with some great music. I think most of us have...

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