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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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48 May The Mad Love CD 48May - The Mad Love

CD Review

Publisher: Festival/Mushroom records

Wed, 19 January 2005

Fazz Profile 01 by: Fazz

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48May are an act that launched onto the NZ music scene in early 2003. I was fortunate enough to meet one of the member’s girlfriends in passing and she pointed me in the direction of this extremely talented pop-rock act.

Launching onto the scene in 2003 with their single “FightBack” 48May captured the attention of all music lovers in NZ and quite a few over here might I add. Next up came a string of tours with U.S. act Alien Ant Farm and many others, followed by a couple more singles. “The Mad Love” is the culmination of all these efforts.

“Leather & Tattoos” is the opening track from this debut release. Starting things off are some blissfully poppy vocal harmonies which get you thinking of some less reputable “boy” bands. Don’t let this fool you, the song breaks into a jumpy punk riff smothered in glossy lead guitars. Next up we have “The Window”. This is one of my choice picks. It has a less “punky” feel and leans more towards the Foo Fighters/Weezer sound that made me fall in love with this band in the first place.” Come Back Down”, 40May’s 2nd hit single is next on the agenda. Again this track is a smoothly written, brilliantly performed piece of rock music with amazingly catchy vocals and guitar lines. Following “Come Back Down” we have “Always”. A bouncy, punky, yet amazingly dark song which reminds me of bands like SUM41 and Blink 182. It truly shows the band’s ability to chop and change styles while keeping a particular theme and sound.

Up next we have the excellent “Home by 2”, this band’s latest single. Slipping back into the vanilla pop-rock song structure as smoothly as they slipped out of it, you’re carried into a song of immense emotional feel, catchy vocal hooks and blisteringly massive rhythms. Exercise caution with this track, it’s the kind of song that gets stuck in your head for days at a time. As if it’s an inconsequential thing the bands debut single “FightBack” sneaks in as track #6. This is the track that started it all, and in my humble opinion is still the best song on this record. “FightBack” has that amazingly simple 3/4 time signature that has proven so successful for bands like Weezer, The Hurts and Foo Fighters, and it works just as well here.

“Pokerface” is up next. It’s the sort of song that at first seems like it could slip by unnoticed, that is until the chorus breaks. “Pokerface” goes from a seemingly lamenting pop track into something which is again, surprisingly dark and dissonant yet retains an element of fun. Track 8 is “Passing By”. Another toe-tapping catchy-as-buggery tribute to pop-punk acts everywhere. The chorus is simply something that digs in and gets under your skin to become another tune which you’ll be humming all day at work. “Mexico” follows “Passing By” and seamlessly slips the band back into that Early Blink 182-esq punk sound. Smothered with delightful harmonies and with a funny little prank on the vocal line “telephone delay” which actually has a really irritating delay effect on it, this song is a real party starter.

Throttling back a little is “Take Your Time”. This is another “Fazz-Recommended” track. Jon Austin really shows his flare for emotionally heavy lyrical work here, backed by CaptainHook’s brilliant guitar work and Jarod and Shan’s thunderous rhythm section. This song gets darker and darker as it moves along before breaking back into its wonderful chorus for the finish.

Second to last we have the utterly awesome “Spinning Around”. This song shows the amazing songwriting ability of 48May. It’s a smooth tear-jerker of a rock ballad to rival the most incredible rock ballads you know and love. This would be my second favorite track on here. I don’t care how many of their website forum members say its crap, this song absolutely rules. Finally we have “Into the Sun”, the excellent closing track to an excellent record. This one really feels like a closing song, I don’t know what it is. Not to say it lacks anything. More to the point it’s probably one of the better written and arranged songs on the album. It has verses that carry you into a world which the brilliant chorus confirms with the line “I used to think about the times I could talk about it…”. Closing out the song is one of my favorite songwriting methods, dropping all the music and having just the chorus with a guitar and a solo vocal line, which breaks into the whole band rocking out. This record couldn’t have finished with any other track. And if you listen closely after a few minutes one of the boys mentions something about doing porno, but I’ll leave the rest for the listener.

As a debut album this one takes the cake. Written and Performed by 48May and Produced by Greg Haver and 48May, “The Mad Love” is truly a pop-rock record par-excellence.

Visit 48May at www.48May.com.


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It will have the kids rocking and making out and have everyone else amazed at what 4 guys from Hamilton, NZ can accomplish in 2 short years.

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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
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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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