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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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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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Two Tribes 06 CD cover Two Tribes '06. CD Review

Aussie Ninja goes trippin' into the Future Music Festival

Publisher: Shock Records

Fri, 3 March 2006

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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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.

When I received an album to review I was reminded of my limited specialities in life. Those being; martial arts, playing video games, reading comics, writing about those things, eating lots of food and of course staring vacantly into space. It took me many years to hone those specialised and highly irrelevant abilities to the levels of "alright" and "pretty good."

Two Tribes '06 is a double album featuring some highlights from the ninth consecutive Two Tribes music event. I've chucked in a track listing at the end of this review so scroll away if you dare. I've never heard of the event before, so I am woefully ignorant about what goes on there. All I have is these two CDs and my best pair of listening ears. Clearly not enough to educate the wonderful Buttonhole readers about this album [or 'ablum' as I like to say, thanks to Ice TV.] So off to the merry old Internet I went.

Oh and what I found would make you wish you were blind.
But then I stopped looking at that bizarre and very graphic Internet site and instead looked up "Two Tribes." The basics; the event features "over sixty international and local artists playing house, electro, techno, progressive house, trance, breaks, beats." Look, it's really not my bag, baby. I mean, I listen to my Fat Boy Slim, Junkie XL CDs and my favourite "Come with us" Chemical Brothers album regularly.

Two Tribes 06 CD pic 1 (Neil from Young Ones)
I wonder how many lentils I've ever eaten
But I am not familiar with the artists who performed at Two Tribes '06. One artist I did recognise however by name; Dylan Rhymes. I know his "Naked and Ashamed" track from Need For Speed High Stakes, which featured an excellent electronic / DJ music soundtrack.
The other information I found on the event about Two Tribes I won't specifically mention here. Let's just imagine we're watching "The Young Ones" and Neil is upset because his 'mellow' is being 'harshed' by 'the man.'

Two Tribes is the kind of music people listen to when they are high. Dance music, but not the foxtrot, waltz or tango kind of dance music. The other kind of dance music where the volume is ear blisteringly loud. And there is brightly coloured seizure inducing lights and enough people crowded into one room to give the local fire chief nightmares.
I've got nothing for or against such things, but I feel that I should add Buttonhole encourages you to enjoy yourself responsibly and does not condone the use of illegal substances.

Anyhow, personally I like electronic music, so Two Tribes was an interesting album / collection to review.
On the whole, most of the music is pretty enjoyable.
The double CD album contains a reasonable variety of electronic music. To the un-initiated however it all sounds very much the same. With Two Tribes most of the tracks blend together seamlessly. I guess that works to your advantage if you like that trance inducing effect often associated with electronic music. I listened to it a few times while writing other articles on my "1996 Man" home computer. "Being revived from 1996 he can't adapt to our modern times!" After a few plays I noticed some tracks I liked more than others. My favourite track being "Coburn - We Interrupt This Program." I listened to that track repeatedly, and in my opinion it is the best track on the whole double album. My other favourites were;
*Big Black Boot - Vibrate 2005
*Dylan Rhymes - Fashion Kills
*Tiga - You Gonna Want Me

Two Tribes 06 CD pic 2
What's all that about?
If you are already familiar with the type of music played at the Two Tribes events, then go ahead and buy Two Tribes '06. That is a fine thing to do, just be aware of what you are getting. Highlights that may or may not feature your favourite artists from the overall pool ["over sixty artists"] of talent showcased at the live event.
As far as rave type music goes, it's a nice collection and overall I enjoyed it. I recommend it to people who already like dance music, but for everyone else there is little incentive for you to involve your listening ears in more shenanigans.

Track listing
Disc 1:
1. Praise Cats Feat. Andrea Love - Shined On Me (Skylark Vocal)
2. Big Black Boot - Vibrate 2005 (Peace Division Deeper Pass Mix)
3. Digitalism - Zdarlight
4. Dylan Rhymes - Fashion Kills
5. The Egg - Walking Away (Tocadisco Remix)
6. Tomas Andersson - Washing Up (Tiga Remix)
7. Warren G Feat. Bishop Lamot - Do What It Do (Sharam Jay Remix)
8. Suicide Sports Club - I Don't Know' (King Unique Vocal Mix)
9. Tiga - You Gonna Want Me (Jesper Dahlback Remix)
10. Tocadisco - You're No Good For Me (Tocadisco's Recover Mix)
11. Husky Rescue - City Lights (Product.01's Crunchy City Remix)
12. Coburn - We Interrupt This Program (Interrupted Vocal Mix)
13. Chab Feat. JD Davis - Closer To Me
Disc 2:
1. Freeform Five - No More Conversations (Mylo Remix)
2. Twisted Funk - Raise Your Hands (To the Dirty Dub mix)
3. Who's Who? - Not So Dirty
4. Enzo Mori & Stephan Clark - First Class (Electro Mix: High Heels Booty Mix)
5. Pryda - Aftermath
6. David Amo & Julio Navas Pres. Paco Maroto - Electronic Electro
7. Dave McCullen - B*tch (Club Extended)
8. Soulwax - NY Lipps
9. The Drill - The Drill
10. Cirez D - Knockout
11. Martijn ten Velden & Lucien Foort - Bleeep! (Original Mix)
12. Steve Lawler - That Sound (Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso Mix)
13. Wonderland Avenue - White Horse

by: Australian Ninja

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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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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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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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