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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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a Perfect Circle - eMotive CoverA Perfect Circle - eMotive
What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?

by Special K
The message of peace hasn't changed - it's just that I never heard it in music before. Yeah sure the Beatles and "Give peace a chance" was about the only peace song I know for the simple reason that it has peace in the title. That was until A Perfect Circle released eMOTIVe. It is one of the first albums that made me sit up and listen to the lyrics and hear the message of the song. The most surprising thing was the complete lack of publicity for the album. I'm a bit slow off the mark with this one as it was released in Australia in November. Track 1 - "Annihilation" Crucifix "NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT" (1982) With the music-box like tune playing behind this track, I'm sure it's been done for atmosphere but it carries a simple message to decide between peace or annihi... Read On
Wait by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Float By...
The Drones. CD Review. Madame Hooplah wasn't too impressed.

by Madame Hooplah
Having been impressed by the Drones when they supported Little birdy at The Prince Of Wales last year I was really keen to hear the Melbourne bands' second album. ... Read On
Queens of the Stone Age: Lullabies to Paralyze
QOTSA line up for their fourth studio album

by Special K
Way back in 1993 when Metallica toured Australia â coincidently my first and possibly most memorable stadium gig - I was introduced to a little-known support band by the name of Kyuss. Between us all at that gig we knew very little about them but what we did find was they rocked. Years passed..Kyuss faded and out of the ashes came the Queens of the Stoneage consisting of Josh Homme, their Guitarist and Nick Oliveri the original drummer on Blues for the Red Sun. After fears that the band had broken up and the departure of bassist Nick Oliveri, I thought weâd seen the last of QOTSA with the monster hit âNo One Knowsâ with its ultra catchy German Oompa riffs, being the bands swansong. Fortunately the band survived and released their fourth album Lullabies to Paralyze.... Read On
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Atreyu: The Curse
CD Review

by Fazz
Atreyu. This word brings to mind for many of us the heroic main character from âThe Neverending Storyâ, a film many of us recall fondly from our childhood. The character in question was young, naive, and just a touch effeminate. Atreyu the band are the complete antithesis of these traits. I was introduced to this band by one of our young forum mainstays a few months back (cheers Troby), and while not being overly impressed with their debut release âSuicide Notes and Butterfly Kissesâ, their latest release âThe Curseâ is again, the complete opposite of my first impressions.... Read On
System of a Down: Mesmerize.
CD Review

by Ando
You know what really gives me the irrits (apart from my buttonhole superiorsâ period pains!) â When critics and fans try and label a band like System of a Down âAlternative Rockââ¦âAlternative Rockâ; what the hell is that anyway? I think the first time I heard the term was in reference to Pearl Jam back in the early nineties. 15 years ago they used it because they couldnât pigeon hole a sound and theyâre still doing it today! âWhoâs they?â you sayâ¦Them! The media! The music industry circus clowns, the marketing parasites! Anyway, I refuse to let a band that uses double kick, blast beats and death growls be labeled âAlternative Rockâ. I think it might have something to do with the gallons of metal pride that run through my veins. The marketing parasites really have a hard time packaging bands like System of a Down. Just to give you an example of how hard this band IS to handle, their previous album Steal This Album (wait for it) had virtually no cover artwork at all. What it did have was âSteal this Albumâ written across what appeared to be a blank CDR with no cover sleeve in texta. After the explosive success of Toxicity (their second album), their label had little choice but to publish distribute and advertise such an outlandish album title and cover sleeve. Thatâs just a little sample of the bullish nature of these firey lads of Armenian descent that reside in California. ... Read On
Deftones Music News
Impending Release!!!

by Fazz
If youâre on the same mailing lists as I am, youâll have received an email giving all Deftones fans an opportunity to get involved, even if itâs on a superficial level, in their impending DVD/CD release âB-Sides and Raritiesâ. Basically what they want is any photographs taken of Deftones any time over the past 10 years. They then will be using select fan photographs in the layout and DVD presentation of the release.... Read On
Weezer: Make Believe
Our bass playing forum boss checks out Weezer's latest

by Fazz
Weezer! What can I say about this band? Iâve followed their progress very carefully since the release of their debut âBlue Albumâ and its excellent single "Buddy Holly" way back in 1994. And after 11 years Iâve come to this conclusion⦠I Love WEEZER. In my humble opinion they would have to be one of the greatest rock acts in recent times.... Read On
Remembering Never: Women and Children Die First
Hardcore Metal makes a Comeback!!!

by Fazz
As most of us will have noticed, metal has been blistering back into our consciousness over the past few years. And I for one can say âExcellentâ! I love heavy music. Remembering Never is a band that take metal to the extreme. Blistering onto the scene a few years back with their debut release âSuffocates my Wordsâ in 2001, the band has progressed steadily through stages of punk-rock and metal with the lineup change for their 2002 release âShe Looks so Good in Redâ and finally perfecting their art for 2004âs âWomen and Children Die Firstâ.... Read On
Xlogic 256Mb MP3 Player Review
The price is right, so come on down!

by Ando
I was a tad spontaneous the other day. While shopping at my local GO-LO (yes thatâs right trend setters GO-LO) I was browsing for the usual odds and sods when I came across what appeared to be an offer too good to refuse â a portable mp3 player.... Read On
48May - The Mad Love
CD Review

by Fazz
48May are an act that launched onto the NZ music scene in early 2003. I was fortunate enough to meet one of the memberâs girlfriends in passing and she pointed me in the direction of this extremely talented pop-rock act. ... Read On
Jimmy Eat World: Futures
CD Review

by Fazz
Jimmy Eat World blazed onto the scene a few years back, revolutionizing the Emo scene. After several split EPs and small budget releases the band released âStatic Prevailsâ and followed shortly with âClarityâ featuring the hit single âLucky Denver Mintâ. Next up was the award-winning âBleed Americanâ which had to be renamed âJimmy Eat Worldâ after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center...... Read On
Team America Soundtrack
CD Review

by Ando
Take a few serves of pungent cliche rock with copious amounts of profanity. Stir in a handful of nauseating cheesy love ballads with numerous references to how bad the Pearl Harbor Movie was. Add some choice orchestral and techno cuts and garnish with a few Asian spiced jingles and a repulsive broadway musical and what you have is the soundtrack to the hit new movie â Team Americaâ¦And man does it blow â F@#k Yeah... Read On
Elliott Smith
From a basement on the hill

by Madame Hooplah
Elliott Smith 1969- 2003 Review/tribute How wonderful to hear a posthumous release that is a fitting tribute to the artist. After a career of five great "Smitho" albums the final one does not disappoint in the slightest, unlike the unfinished Jeff Buckley album "Sketches for my sweetheart the drunk". What a relief.... Read On
In memory of "Dimebag" Darrell
20 August, 1966 - 9 December, 2004

by Special K
Dimebag Darrell, guitarist for Damageplan and Pantera, was killed during a shooting spree at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub Wednesday night. He was 38.... Read On
Gomez: Split the Difference
CD Review.

by Tyz
I went and saw Gomez at The Corner Hotel in Richmond four years ago. It was during their tour for the Liquid Skin album and they still had a pretty limited fan base in Australia. It was a bit surreal seeing them at such an âintimateâ? venue as I had built them up to demi-god status in my mind ever since I first heard their debut Bring it on. ... Read On
Muse: Absolution
Cd Review

by Mugwai
When Muse first exploded with their debut âSHOWBIZâ?, many criticised them as being a âmini Radioheadâ?. Muse retaliated with âOrigin of Symmetryâ?, a harder, edgier yet more musical offering and shoved it straight up the criticsâ noses. Now âAbsolutionâ? is here, just to make sure itâs gone through the nose and right into the cerebellum. ... Read On
48 May
New Zealand's Next Big Musical Export?

by Fazz
Sean Farrow will let you in on the noise out of New Zealand.... Read On
Daft Punk / Leiji Matsumoto - Interstella 5555
Music DVD Review

by Fazz
A groundbreaking project, âInterstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystemâ? is the result of a collaboration between popular French house band Daft Punk, and legendary âJapanimationâ? director Leiji Matsumoto. Itâs the worldâs first (to my knowledge) âhouse musicalâ?, a story set to the soundtrack of Daft Punkâs âDiscoveryâ?. For fans of Daft Punk and/or Leiji Matsumoto, this is the Beeâs Knees! It is, simply, one of the greatest ideas ever come to fruition. The music, the action, the story and the characters all come together to create an amazing and new visual/aural experience unlike anything else.... Read On
Phoenix: Alphabetical
Cd Review

by Madame Hooplah
According to their website (www.wearephoenix.com), French group Phoenix wanted to make a more personal and intimate album than their 2000 debut âUnitedâ. Fair enough, I guess that is whatâs required for artistic growth and maturation. The lyrical content certainly displays some introspection and inspiration. The thing is-youâre too busy tapping your feet to pay much attention to any of that soul searching. ... Read On
Coldplay Live 2003
Music Dvd Review

by Fazz
Coldplay. What a band! The British music scene really outdid themselves with this band when they burst onto the international stage 4 or 5 years ago. A band that has an emotional sincerity akin to fellow British band Radiohead. 2 brilliant full-length albums to date and now this release â" a stunningly crafted live concert DVD and Music CD double pack. ... 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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