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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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Old Crow: Medicine Show CD Old Crow: Medicine Show. CD Review

Hatchy goes back to his roots

Publisher: Shock Records

Wed, 5 July 2006

Hatchy by: Hatchy

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Picture an old wooden box car trundling down a lonely stretch of track in America circa 1920's. The 20th century is just emerging from its youth. A bitter, bloody European war has just been fought and a new dawn cautiously greets the prohibition era. The big cities are discovering jazz and swing music is the sound of the hour, but down in the deep-south bluegrass is still the only music on the radio. Welcome to the music of Old Crow Medicine Show.

I found the album cover to be a bit misleading at first, greeted by 5 young men, some in shades, all looking impossibly cool (one is wearing a Guns and Roses t-shirt, is that cool again?). You may be lead to believe that this is another album full of punk/ska music, but then you notice two guys are holding banjos. From here things can only be presumed to get a bit interesting. And interesting they do. OCMS clearly take what they do very seriously, something that becomes evident with just the first listen to the album. Anyone familiar with Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie or perhaps early Bob Dylan will probably like a lot of what is on here as they keep it true to the style of bluegrass but give it a more modern feel through their lyrics. Admittedly Bob Dylan was never really a bluegrass musician however his early folk music and singing style can be heard a lot through this album. Some people may attribute much of the music to a bunch of guys getting drunk and singing around a campfire. That's not always a bad thing especially if they can sing, and play instruments well, which OCMS can definitely do.

The first track is about cocaine, the second about the Vietnam war, the third about a man in poverty. As you can discern there is a bit of an eclectic mix with regards to the songs on this album. They never stray too much from the themes that appeal to lovers of this music so traditionalists won't be disappointed. Original? Probably not, but any fan of this music isn't really expecting it to deviate too much from the plan. One thing that does give it a bit of cred is that some of the instruments the boys play date back to the 1920's. They are a hard working band, living many parts of their early careers out of cars, or shacked up together in one house with very little or no money. They can claim more than just a passing association to living a down and out lifestyle which suits their music well.

For lovers of a great thigh slappin' hoe-down, "Hard To Tell" with its high paced fiddle and banjo is the pick of this release. The rest of the songs in the album take much of their inspiration from depression era themes of hard times and troubles. I also really liked "Wagon Wheel", for anyone who has worked and travelled they'll find an affinity with its themes of longing for home but liking for the freedom of the open road.

I must admit I harbour a bit of a like for this kind of music, it sort of runs in the family, and being raised on the blues I'm already well conditioned to it. If you were a fan of the Coen brothers tribute to Homers 'Odyssey' - 'O Brother Where Art Thou' and the music that featured in the film, then you will definitely like this album.

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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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