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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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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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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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The Guillemots: From the Cliffs CDGuillemots - From the Cliffs. CD Review
Hatchy finds the view from the cliffs to be unimpressive

by Hatchy
The Guillemots have been touted by some in the business as being the next big thing to happen in the UK Indie music scene. Whether they can rise from the ashes of the late 90's brit-pop explosion remains to be seen, their new release, From the Cliffs, (mainly a re-released combination of earlier work) doesn't convince me this is the breakthrough everyone is looking for. It's not that they aren't any good, far from it actually, they are very talented and their music is quite complex. But there are numerous rough edges and sometimes the music is just too layered. It leaves you wondering whether, perhaps, they are trying too hard. Skip the first tune if you want to get to the best song on the album, Trains to Brazil. This is a fast and up-tempo track interwoven with whistles and some biza... Read On
Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentors. CD Review
Hatchy strikes an artful pose

by Hatchy
At times autobiographical, others political, one thing is for certain, this is Morrissey's most rocking album ever. The album was recorded in Italy and features Toni Visconti (of David Bowie and T-Rex fame) as the producer. Before writing and recording this album Morrissey decided to leave LA and set up shop in Rome. You could discern that the move has brightened him up a little; the music is bolder and very up-tempo, quite uncharacteristic of his earlier work. But a more obvious pointer to the relocation is in the lyrics themselves, several refer to the people, places and art of the city. ... Read On
Spiderbait: Greatest Hits. CD/DVD Review
Aussie Ninja likes to rock on, in his garage

by Australian Ninja
Sometimes money just burns a whole in my pocket. It's at those times that I really think I should tell those damn Smurfs living in the pocket of my jeans to stop lighting campfires. ... Read On
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The Life Pursuit by Belle and Sebastion. CD Review
Madame Hooplah pursues life vigorously.

by Madame Hooplah
Belle and Sebastian were formed by Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David in Glasgow in 1996. Stuart Murdoch is still evidently the driving force/singer/songwriter but Stuart David left the band in 2000. ... Read On
Matchbook Romance - Voices. CD Review
The voices tell DBL to burn things.

by Darth Bin Laden
Hey everybody, I'm back after a lengthy (and unplanned) hiatus, to review for you another one of Shock's quality CD's, this time NY's own Matchbook Romance, and their latest outing Voices. Andrew Jordan (vocals, guitar), Judas DePaolo (guitar), Ryan Kienle (bass), Aaron Stern (drums) make up MR and have done so for quite a while now. Voices is the 2005 follow up to their album Stories and Alibis, and is far and away a different kind of album to Stories. So, without further ado, lets have at it!... Read On
Two Tribes '06. CD Review
Aussie Ninja goes trippin' into the Future Music Festival

by Australian Ninja
With great anticipation did I look forward to my first ever Buttonhole music review. I even put on my best pair of listening ears. Look, I'll be the first to admit that I am not a qualified music reviewer. I never went to the review college, I didn't take the exams and I know I didn't learn review writing from some wise old hermit sage living in a luxury apartment. I think I remember that correctly. Well, no matter what he stole from me, one thing is for sure, he does exist.... Read On
HIM - Dark Light. CD Review
The Fazz checks out the latest from Finnish rockers HIM!

by Fazz
His Infernal Majesty (otherwise known as HIM) first entered most of our collective consciousness a few years back through the incessant plugging of people like Bam Margera. This band slaved it out on indy labels finally to be signed to Warner Music and cement themselves in popular skate and goth rock culture. "Dark Light" is HIM's latest offering. I don't care what anyone says⦠HIM ROCK!!!... Read On
Sevendust: Best Of Chapter One (1997 - 2004)
Another CD Review from the man we call Hatchy

by Hatchy
"Best Of (Chapter One)" is a greatest hits collection of songs from Atlanta metal group Sevendust spanning their career from 1997 to 2004. Originally known as Crawlspace on the local scene, Sevendust were snapped up by TVT records one lucky night, and between this, clever marketing and some fairly good music the band went on to notch up over 4 million album sales. At the end of 2004 they parted ways with TVT and consequently this release will most likely be the last we will see from them on this label.... Read On
Soulwax: Nite Versions. CD Review
Read on to see what Fazz thought of these remixed tracks

by Fazz
I've had this CD in my possession for a few weeks now, and I've been struggling with how to approach a review. Soulwax are a band that first graced our ears and airwaves several years back, with some quirky yet catchy and well written rock tunes. This newest release is a remix album of various Soulwax songs by some of the top DJs in the business. If you're thinking along the lines of those atrocious "Ministry of Sound" remix albums, don't worry, so was I at first. I couldn't have been further from the truth.... Read On
Infadels: Can't Get Enough. CD Single Review
Has DBL found a substitute for Popcorn? No.

by Darth Bin Laden
There's a funny trend in dance music to be tirelessly repetitive. It becomes annoying to the point of wanting to know why it's so hard to do something original. Dance tracks so often are the same four bars of music recycled to equally repetitive vocals. Occasionally changing time signature, or churning out constant remixes does not equal innovation. Adding verses to dance tracks is a step in the right direction, but it fails to spark anything new. Even this latest release from The Infadels fails to impress despite an obvious rock influence in the musical progression in the song. However, it fails to be new because it's nothing we haven't heard before. ... Read On
True Live- Mintons EP. CD Review
Hatchy hips and hops and blows the house down

by Hatchy
Hip-hop has always been a bit of a contentious area for me. I liked Public Enemy and Cypress Hill as a kid and recently, really got into Jurassic 5. But for the most part I have avoided the genre because I got tired of the ridiculous grandstanding of most of the artists. Boasting about ghetto life, GAT size, homies and bitches all repeated ad-nauseum on MTV, it just wore me down. And it has caused, to some degree, a generation aware only of one element of the music style despite there being other, better ways to interpret it. ... Read On
Hell is For Heroes - Transmit Disrubt. CD Review
DBL gets his computer running again for another review.

by Darth Bin Laden
Hey everyone. I've been out for a little while, I've had no end of computer troubles but I finally conquered the bastard and now its back to work. I hate not having access to technology because it essentially screws me up, I'd be up shit creek without a paddle if we ever entered into an ice age or something and lost all of our technological resources.... Read On
Fatboy Slim - Bondi Beach NYE 'O6. CD Review
DBL still thinks Popcorn is the greatest techno track ever.

by Darth Bin Laden
The FatBoy himself is coming to Bondi Beach, Sydney to throw "Shore Thing" - one hell of a beach party to ring in 2006. It could be said that this CD is a preview of what's to come very, very soon. I say that its shameless promotion. Every self-respecting FatBoy Slum fan in Australia is going to buy this CD, which is an Australian-Only release. If FBS had called it "FBS â Southern Hemisphere Remix" or something like that (don't look at me for intelligent titles) it would be ok. But when you name the CD after an event which you would like to sell tickets to, your not exactly being subtle.... Read On
David Hasselhoff- The Night Before Christmas. CD Review
When is he going to do a duet with KITT?

by The Gimmick
On the first day of Christmas Doctor G Shock sent to me, a copy of the Hoffs new CD. That's right, my first venture into the realm of music reviews and what do I get as my first mission? Davis Hasselhoff â The Night Before Christmas. First off, let me say I don't hate the guy, in fact he goes out of his way to take the piss out of himself which I like in someone. But honestly the last thing we need in these troubled times is another Christmas CD brought out by a guy, who's only chance of getting back onto TV is to sit on one he bought himself, or at least move to Germany.... Read On
Fazz's CD Single Triple Shot Mega Review (Fun time Edition)
New tracks from Devastations, Ween and... Ricki Lee?!

by Fazz
Those lovely people over at Shock Records have recently been supplying all of us here at Buttonhole HQ with a steady stream of new music and DVDs. I for one am grateful for such generosity. When it comes to singles though, I have a hard time filling a page writing about one particular song, so I decided to stockpile 3 single reviews into 1 decent-sized article.... Read On
Babyshambles - Down in Albion. CD Review
Fazz uses the word "Shellac-esque" and makes sense doing it.

by Fazz
I received this CD in the mail from our always-courteous leader Sammy about 2 weeks ago. At first I was looking at the cover art, and reading the included press-release, and I didn't quite know what to make of this release. The press release states, and I quote: "For the uninitiated, Babyshambles and particularly their enigmatic frontman Pete Doherty (pronounced Docherty) have had more press headlines (for both the right and wrong reasons) than George W. Bush over the past year or so. At this point we would also like to point out that Babyshambles are far better songwriters than George Bush." Funny, I'd never ever seen their names in any kind of press before this release, and I hear that George W. Bush is quite talented at redneck banjo playing!... Read On
Jose Gonzalez- Australian Tour EP. CD Review
Madam Hooplah's favourite non-muppet related Swede.

by Madame Hooplah
The guitar in 'Sensing Owls' is more static with a repetitive phrase driven along by the light but energetic percussion. Next comes the aforementioned 'Hand On Your Heart'. It's pretty unrecognisable at first. You just start to realise that the lyrics are silly and then recognition strikes. If he was attempting to bring out the inherent beauty in the song with his beautiful guitar and super earnest vocals it's fruitless. Some may say he was polishing a turd.... Read On
Kid Carpet- Ideas & Oh Dears. CD Review
DBL gave all of his toys to charity.

by Darth Bin Laden
Doc G (aka Editor Hilleman) sent me a package a number of weeks ago with a CD and a DVD inside for reviewing. Unfortunately, life is funny in the way that you get sick, you wind up with a ton of homework, and just when you think you're out of the woods, some more crazy stuff happens that you just can't prepare for. ... Read On
My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.
CD Review. This "Revenge" is a dish best served by DBL

by Darth Bin Laden
My Chemical Romance came out with a sophomore release called I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love about 2 years ago now. It got them a deal with a major label and everyone cried sell-out. I'm going to use this chance to say that I am so sick of that word. You idiots have no idea. Most of you who cry sell-out are the same people that bitch about the fact that your favourite band doesn't have enough money because nobody knows who they are and they won't come to your city and play a show. The rest are just the girls that are 'in love' with Frank and the Way Bros., and are upset that now more girls are sending crazy-hormona...err.. 'Emo' photos of themselves to try to win them over.... Read On
UnderOath - They're Only Chasing Safety. CD Review
DBL cranks the volume for his first Buttonhole review!

by Darth Bin Laden
With their first release in 1998, Underøath quickly set up a faithful following underground as a melodic death metal band with its own sound. Then along came They're Only Chasing Safety. Whilst interwoven with its older sound, the roster changes (most notably their lead vocalist and guitarist) give a new line up but a more indifferent sound. ... 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!)

Where are you most likely to get information about your favourite music?
The internet
The radio
TV Music Channels and/or shows
Friends at work or school

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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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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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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