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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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Infadels - We Are Not The Infadels CD The Infadels - We Are Not The Infadels. CD Review

He is not Hatchy

Publisher: Shock Records

Fri, 23 June 2006

Hatchy by: Hatchy

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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.

Featuring 11 tracks spread over a modest 46 minutes there is plenty of variation to appease all. Thumping rock tunes mix with slower ballads and they are all done in that cool retro 80's music style that is the "next big thing" on the music charts. Supplementing the drums, bass and guitar, The Infadels also mix some cool synth samples throughout their music. It's cleverly done as it is not overpowering and instead seamlessly becomes another dimension to the music. Interestingly the liner notes credit 4 out of the 5 members as playing the keyboards and programming. All of them also take a bow for trying their hands at percussion. Impressive. Jagz Kooner did the production on this album. Known for his work with The Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Garbage it comes as no surprise that We Are Not The Infadels is a highly polished release.

There has been enough press and commentary about the band's name and how it came about; I'm going to break with convention now, I'm not going into it. Google it, if you must.

The best song on the album is Jagger '67. I absolutely loved the humour in this clever tune about the Rolling Stones front man in his swaggering, swinging sixties London prime. Originally hitting the airways in 2005, it is the most recent single to appear on the album. Other previously released singles featured from the same year are Give Yourself To Me and Reality TV, and from 2004 Can't Get Enough and Murder That Sound. The albums opener, Love Like Semtex, is the new single. Having given the album a thorough listening to I would have to agree this was a good choice

The last track on the album, Stories From The Bar, was one I found to be a bit of a surprise. It is quite a slow and dreamy song and much unlike the radio friendly dance rock tunes that precede it. Why a surprise? Because it is also one of the best songs on the album. At 7 minutes long Stories From The Bar will most likely not become another single from the album but I suspect that wont be a problem. There are plenty of other radio friendly tunes in this album to choose from. Keep an ear out for Girl That Speaks No Words, this may be the next one to get spun on the radio once Love Like Semtex has had its run on the play-lists.

Lyrically The Infadels can be rather funny, and I enjoy the varying vocal styles they use, from football chant elements to typical rock music choruses and softly sung ballads. Although admittedly sporadic at times, it does seem to suit the music they make.

Objectively you could say that The Infadels are nothing new. Their sound is just a modern interpretation on the 80's dance-rock music genre. It's similar to The Cure when they were in a good mood, or perhaps Blondie. Perhaps unfortunately for them, endless comparisons with another popular dance-rock band milking the genre, Franz Ferdinand, will abound. I must confess though, after the first listen I was immediately struck with a rather interesting thought. This album really is a lot better than You Can Have It So Much Better (the follow up album from Franz Ferdinand after their brilliant debut) and for that the prospects of a bright future look good for The Infadels.


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For a debut album I considered bestowing 9 buttons as it is pretty good, but I'm going to go with 8. You cannot ignore the simple fact that they are in the right place, at the right time.

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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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