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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Brain dead cdBraindead Lovers
Debut EP

by Hillelman
The first time I listened to this debut EP of Melbourne band Braindead Lovers I was so taken with it that I played the CD three more times in a row. This is some of the best rock music I've heard in ages. And, unlike some other Aussie bands I could mention, these guys have a distinctive sound of their own. Being an EP, there are only five tracks on this bad boy, so I might as well comment on each of them: Sappers Appetite - Are you shitting me? How awesome should an opening song be? That's right, exactly this awesome. If you want to show off your band, to any quality rock music seeking sucka who might be hearing you for the first time; make your first song sound exactly like Sappers Appetite. Traffic - So, you had the best opening track possible, what follows that? Maybe you shou... Read On
Southern Culture on the Skids - Double Wide and Live
Get ready to put your coonskin cap on

by Australian Ninja
Welcome to another music review of a thing, where I'm sure not quite what the thing in question is. This one is from Southern Culture on the Skids. But another name for this band could have been "Those damn hillbillies" or alternatively "People who kind of remind you of the B-52s." With lyrics such as "You don't have sex in a hurricane" and song titles along the lines of; Dirt Track Date, Cheap Motels, Whole Lotta Things and Liquored Up - you'd be forgiven for not taking the band too seriously. Most of the time, rednecks singing about some junk doesn't much appeal to me. So this album sat on the top of my review pile for quite a while. It shuffled i... Read On
True Live - The Shape Of It
Hatchy bypasses the bootyshakers and heads to the snack bar

by Hatchy
We were privileged to get slung a copy of Mintons EP by True Live quite a while ago and yours truly took an immense shine to it. The Shape Of It is True Lives' first long-player follow-up to their debut EP and has arrived with a great deal of expectation. True Live are from Melbourne Australia and among their members boast several that have performed with the illustrious Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Their music is a very earthy and organic style of hip-hop that blends classical instruments and resists the bling-bling macho tirades of "The Best New R&B Artist" on the commercial video music station of the masses choice. You're more likely to see some booty shaking models in a Wiggles music... Read On
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Po' Girl - Home To Me. CD Review
Me fail English? That's Un-possible!

by Australian Ninja
Po Girl, as the name suggests is an all female band. The album 'Home to You' is really laid back, with a down home country style vibe about it. It contains beautiful melodies from some talented ladies, with a strong acoustic guitar presence. The instruments are an interesting mix. Acoustic guitar, violin, clarinet, banjo, wash-tub bass, harmonica, trumpet, hammond organ, harp. Like I said, a really interesting assortment and how often do you get to hear a harp outside of classical music? It kind of makes you appreciate the amazing instruments that have been around for thousands of years, and sadly are under-utilised in modern times outside of classical orchestras and movie scores. Anyhow, the lyrics of 'home to you' with their lyrical elements drawn from living in the south of th... Read On
Mekon Presents - Something Came Up. CD Review
Australian Ninja brings the noise but misplaces the funk

by Australian Ninja
... Read On
The Best Of Fabienne Delsol & The Bristols. CD Review
Aussie Ninja sings along without knowing the words

by Australian Ninja
You are walking backwards through time; suddenly you are entranced by a mysterious sound. A strange man looks at you knowingly. A repetitive beat has you within its thrall - when you realise you have entered...The Bristols Zone... Read On
Ani DiFranco - Reprieve. CD Review
Hatchy needn't even ask me to postpone any punishment

by Hatchy
Reprieve is the latest release from American folk singer/songwriter Ani Di Franco. With several albums already in her catalogue Ani has delivered yet another album full of her unique emotionally and politically fuelled music. Remaining true to her style and like many of her other albums, Reprieve showcases her highly talented musical abilities and competent acoustic guitar work.... Read On
Emo: Why It Should Kill Itself Now And Die With Some Glory
An inquisition by DBL into a popular, yet doomed genre.

by Darth Bin Laden
It was a style that, for all intents and purposes, breathed life back into an industry that had begun to focus too much on either the glitz-and-glamour of rock and roll, or energetic shock punk that was as much about rebellion and pissing off your parents as it was the music. Popular music had completely evolved away from sincerity and emotion in music. Then something started.... Read On
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations. CD Review
The Master of Terror makes his mighty return. DBL's back too

by Darth Bin Laden
Well ladies and gentlemen, I have returned. While I swore I would not return until November, a number of wonderful things happened.... Read On
Under the Covers, Vol.1. CD Review
Aussie Ninja snuggles up with Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs

by Australian Ninja
I promise not to use the words 'groovy' 'far our man' or 'can you dig it' at any time during this review of a 60's cover songs album. ... Read On
David Hasselhoff Sings America. CD Review
Ninja sings Australia, while taking the high road

by Australian Ninja
Good old Mitch Baywatch. A few months back The Gimmick reviewed one of his albums. He proved so popular at Buttonhole, we just couldn't resist having him back again for another round.... Read On
The Charlatans: Simpatico. CD Review
Poor Jason gets forced out of his comfort zone

by Jason
I'll start off by saying i'm probably not the best person to be reviewing music CDs.I rarely listen to the radio, I've got my favorite music and I stick with it. As you would imagine, my first point of call (as well as listening to the CD, of course) was the good old interweb, which provided me with some background information on the band, at least. The following is an excerpt from a March 2006 Press Release located on the Charlatans website: www.thecharlatans.net ... Read On
Nick Hardcastle - self titled debut album
Who is Nick Hardcastle and who told him he was talented?

by Special K
"It's just a four-letter word baby how does it hurt?" asks Nick Hardcastle: that four-letter word is "shit" and I can tell you that it hurts like a bastard listening to this generic pop drivel. I guess I was left asking who is Nick Hardcastle? A friend of Dirk Digglers perhaps? Judging by the photos on the album cover he's worked extensively as a Big W catalog model and like Derek Zoolander he has perfected his own brand of "Blue Steel" look. As it turns out he's on an ABC Childrens show titled "Creature Features". Now I get the picture. Struggling actor, ends up on kids show, wants to make it big. Decides that if Hi-Five can do it why can't he and hooks up to record an album. Australian Idol you have a lot to answer for!... Read On
The Minus 5. CD Review
Aussie Ninja subtracts 1 more than 4

by Australian Ninja
"Everybody's talking about the new sound funny, but it's still rock n' roll to me." As far as review CDs go, this is one that I have really enjoyed. The Minus 5 [golden gun album] as a band - have great energy in their songs. When I listen to their album I am reminded of 60s music. Not so much in style, but the feel of it. Even the songs that go on about guns are very 'happy' feeling songs.... Read On
Old Crow: Medicine Show. CD Review
Hatchy goes back to his roots

by Hatchy
Picture an old wooden box car trundling down a lonely stretch of track in America circa 1920's. The 20th century is just emerging from its youth. A bitter, bloody European war has just been fought and a new dawn cautiously greets the prohibition era. The big cities are discovering jazz and swing music is the sound of the hour, but down in the deep-south bluegrass is still the only music on the radio. Welcome to the music of Old Crow Medicine Show.... Read On
Eclectic Triple CD Review
Peeping Tom, Declan O'Rourke & Rodrigo Y Gabriela

by Hillelman
"Eclectic" is a fun word to say and also the best one to describe the range of CDs Buttonhole receives for review from the mighty Shock. We really get a great variety of sounds, which suits me perfectly, because I prefer to listen to all kinds of styles. ... Read On
Crunk Hits. CD Review
Aussie Ninja sips from his pimp cup

by Australian Ninja
So what the heck is "Crunk" anyway? Having never heard such music before I turned to the magic old Internet to help me with my musical enquiry. I tried turning to the magic old lamp in my neighbours shed first, but it turned out to be a piece of crunk. Clearly when faced with a possibly not magical lamp vs. the Internet for finding information, the Internet was the easier option. Some say that the word crunk comes from the words 'crazy' and 'drunk.' Or chronic and drunk hence crunk. Still others say crunk comes from mixing the words 'crazy' and 'funk.' Then there are the rest of the people who say "What the hell are you talking about?"... Read On
The Infadels - We Are Not The Infadels. CD Review
He is not Hatchy

by Hatchy
A couple of years ago they teased us with the rocking and catchy single Can't Get Enough. It was played heavily on the radio and was even included on the Gran Turismo 4 soundtrack. For those impressed by this song The Infadels have finally unleashed their debut album onto the dance-rock music scene. Full of promise and definitely awaited with great expectations, We Are Not The Infadels pretty much hits the target of what fans have been hoping for. ... Read On
Sarah Harmer: I'm a Mountain. CD Review
Hatchy is a mountain climber

by Hatchy
This album, being the fourth from Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer, is a folk music recording with a bluegrass sensibility. The distinct absence of percussion on this album gives way to sweetly tuned guitars, fiddles, harmonicas and other traditional instruments, all working together to craft some very 'old style' music. Utilising her melodious singing voice to good effect, the whole atmosphere created by this album is very chilled with a natural, earthy vibe. Sarah's lyrics on I'm a Mountain are deep and emotional, combining songs of love and longing with political and social commentary. ... Read On
A Sound Mind: So Thankful. CD Review
Fazz sings the praises of a quality local act

by Fazz
Here at buttonhole we like to give our content a distinct Australian flavor, and what better way to do so than to cover local material? A Sound Mind are a band from the South-Eastern suburbs of Buttonhole's home town, Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne without a doubt has the biggest and best music scene in the country, so it's to be expected that some great artists come from here.... Read On
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ToonlogoMusic Quote of the Month

"They say, 'Dylan never talks.' What the hell is there to say? That's not why an artist is in front of people."

Bob Dylan, referring to his live shows, from an interview with Rolling Stone. (Yeah, I know I use a lot of Dylan quotes. What can I say? I just dig the guy!)

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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