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NYC!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

I had not been to the Big Apple in about 8 years, so I was pretty excited to ride the Path over from Hoboken into Manhattan. Still smells the same!

The first stop for my fiancé and I was the Gothic: Dark Glamour exhibit at the FIT Museum, which Auxiliary Magazine had an article on in the first issue. The mood and tone of the exhibit was perfect. I saw everything from true Victorian mourning garb to modern designers Kambriel and Lip Service displayed next to each other.  (Check out Auxiliary Magazine’s Invitation Only editorial featuring these designers.)  It gave a great correlation between the influences that dress the modern goth girl. I also enjoyed the displays because it was just plain eye candy for the shopaholic! The main room of the exhibit featured the “batcave” which featured current and past fashion labels that haunt my personal closet. It featured; Dane, Lip Service, London Underground, Siren clothing, Demonia, and various anonymous pieces (each dated, for example “early 90s”) that may have been DIY pieces or thrift store finds. The largest part of the exhibit was the various high fashion couture designers that may or may not have been influenced by goth style. I found the designs interesting, there were some that were blatant references and some garment choices that were just questionable. The more questionable designs, upon contemplation and reading the description, made it more clear why these garments fit into the exhibit. Yet over all, I found it to be a great testament to goth style and I found myself wanting a lot of the pieces for my closet collection!

Next we stopped off at a store called Gothic Renaissance, which a few of my friends deemed as “stupid” (due to the fact it’s next to a Halloween store) and we were both pleasantly surprised! The store was packed full of the usual club labels (Shrine, Serious, Demonia, etc.) but had some unusual J-Rock designers who’s labels I could not decipher. It was nice to hold up the clothing and see some of the designs up close to inspect the detailing. I enjoyed the massive costume jewelry that adorned the cases, as I am a sucker for anything with spiders or bats! Good store to check out, but the prices are a little on the expensive side for NYC boutiques.

Now it would not be a trip to NYC without stopping at Trash and Vaudeville!  (Check out Auxiliary Magazine’s Men with Style editorial featuring clothing purchased at Trash and Vaudeville.)  Jimmy greeted us and upon introduction of my sweetie as “fiancé” I received a giant hug from Jimmy, awww! NYC love! Trash has mostly Tripp NYC grab in the front of the store, but the back half had a large collection of Stop Staring! dresses as well as some Shrine clothing. I purchased some black Tripp NYC skinny jeans and followed Jimmy’s advise, “Make sure those are the right size, you can’t spare an inch since they stretch out while wearing them!” Oh! I know, I know the powers of the stretch.

When on St. Mark’s you must visit The Sock Man. If you love socks like I do, then you will appreciate the treasures inside! The store contains wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, hosiery mania! Drool. I think we spent over $50 on socks (okay we really didn’t need them) and my favorites were the orange sushi pair and the green pink flamingo pair I purchased. Yes, I am the sock dorkiest.

I stumbled upon a store on Second Ave called Enz’s that carried all major rockabilly/vintage repo clothing: Stop Staring!, Paper Doll, Bettie Page, and Sour Puss.  (Check out a little article on Enz’s by our friends at EveryGirlsSecret.com)  Pretty neat to see dresses up close and personal as I have chosen a Stop Staring! dress for my wedding day (awesome quality). The store was very cute and neatly presented. All the garments and handbags were easily accessible to handle and inspect. The only negative was that I had already seen everything in that store, there was no new clothing labels/designers to discover. BUT, prices are great and the staff friendly and helpful!

We ended the shopping tour with a few other choice places, met up with a friend for dinner, and then headed to Trailer Park for a drink. I absolutely LOVED this place! Pink Flamingo mirrors in the bathroom, need I go on!? I fell in love with the décor, the staff, and the deep-fried tater tots! White trash kitsch at it’s finest!

This gal is exhausted!

<3 Meagan Kyla






I like your Bettie Page bangs

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

R.I.P. Bettie Page, who died at the age of 85 on December 11, 2008.

I would be lying if I said, in high school when I first cut my own bangs, that Bettie wasn’t part of the inspiration. I still think her style and cheesecake poses are timeless. Not only has she inspired me in my hairstyle, but forged my interests in both pin-up photography and love of animal prints! Bettie was a true one-of-kind fashion icon that will never die in my heart.

Rest in peace Bettie. You will be missed, but not forgotten.

- Meagan Kyla






dystopian animated films on the horizon

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Two major films are being released this year from genre giants that have the animation world buzzing.

Tim Burton (Sweeny Todd) and Timur Bekmambetov (Nightwatch) will be producing Shane Acker’s “9″, a feature length version of Acker’s Oscar nominated short film of the same name. The trailer was released recently and needs to be seen to be believed. Voice talent attached to the film includes Elijah Wood and Crispin Glover.

Slated for a February 2009 release is “Coraline” a collaboration between Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and writer Neil Gaiman. Based on Gaiman’s novella of the same name, it tells the tale of a girl who is trapped in a idealistic world parallel to her real one, which quickly turns sinister and dangerous.

- Luke Copping






BlogNIN!

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Cleveland Rocks…  well Nine Inch Nails does

Ugh…  the week between X-mass and New Years is always a delightful week where the office is a quarter crew and the drive to actually be at work is at an all year low…  but thankfully I am busy with things to do.  To concentrate today I put in my headphones and selected three Nine Inch Nail’s albums; Year Zero, Ghosts I-IV, and The Slip…  It has been a nice relaxing workday.

As lately, I went to the Nine Inch Nails wiki page and read a little about the band, their albums, their tours, and just general stuff about the them…  and I came to find out that Trent Reznor (NIN founder) has hinted that the 2009 tour could be, “the last shows for the foreseeable future.”

Well I guess I will never see them…  I passed on three shows in my lifetime. The first one I think I was too young to go to, some were in cities I would have to drive to, and I am sure that one or two happened when I wasn’t into NIN at the time (I didn’t follow them between ’99 and ’04).

I remember when I first started to listen to NIN, oh how I loved them. Then they slowly started to become a household name and I started to become so angry when I would walk around school and the prep kids and jocks were wearing the t-shirts and talking about a new video or something.  They thought they were so cool because of it.  GRR!!  I hate them damn kids!

But I really dig the last 2 albums…  It will be a sad day when NIN is no more (it is bound to happen in my lifetime).

Mike






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Friday, December 26th, 2008

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- Jennifer






take the lawyer off speed dial

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

As reported on nme.com, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will stop filing lawsuits against people who illegally download.  Instead they are going after the internet service providers and having them deal with the matter.  (read the article for more information)

So what does the mean to me? Well I think that if the RIAA really wanted to stop illegal downloading of music, the scare tactics of lawsuits was not the way to go…  sure it stopped some, but the amount of people sharing and downloading was just too high.  They would have had to have a team of a billion lawyers just to handle all the cases.  So realistically it was never going to happen.  Now they’ve passed some responsibility onto the ISPs (internet service providers).  Multiple ISPs will be able to contact their subscribers that are participating in the illegal act and drop them if necessary.  This tactic will target home more quickly then selective lawsuits.  Once word starts spreading that company “x” is dropping customers and people are having to find a new ISPs to use I believe that sharing will slowly die away…  Although this is really only for America but if it is successful the major labels will start pressing other countries to participate.

- Mike






print copies now available!

Friday, December 19th, 2008

You can now order print copies of issue 1 : december 08!

Print copies of Auxiliary Magazine are available through MagCloud.

Click here for more information on ordering a copy.

- Jennifer






ain’t no joke

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Sitting at work today a fellow employee mentioned that he might not come in tomorrow because of a big storm that is going to hit the region dumping up to 10” of snow and winds of up to 50 mph…  basically creating a big mess. Hearing this news I got II Ice Age (2008 edit) by Vicious Alliance in my head and had to listen to it. Then I started to think of other songs that have to do with winter. Not being into Christmas music I was lead to think of Killing Joke and their song Whiteout (off their 1994 release Pandemonium). Now I know this has nothing to do with snow or blizzards or anything.. but living in Buffalo when ever I hear the words whiteout I don’t think of the act of whiting out with correction fluid or perhaps whatever Killing Joke meant it to mean (if I remember it was related to death). Like most people (I assume) when I get something in my head I crave to know more and this usually leads me to Wikipedia. I found the section on the Post-Punk / Industrial Metal / New Wave group Killing Joke and it was a good read and to top it off I found out that they are planning a new release in the spring of 09… YAY!

Anyways…  if you have some free time today go check the Wiki band highlight  of the day Killing Joke, it’s a good read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_joke






the battle wages on

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I just found out that KMFDM records will be coming out with an album Skold Vs. KMFDM.  It is 22 tracks and 10+ min. long by Tim Skold and Sascha Konietzko!  I am SOOO excited because when Tim Skold was in KMFDM I really loved them. YAY!!  Now lets hope he goes on tour with them again!  Skold was around for Symbols, Adios (my favorite), MDFMK (by MDFMK), and Attack.

Mike






the winter blahs

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I do love the cold, because most of my favorite clothing for everyday and going out are long-sleeved and sweater-like items. Yet!  I get stuck in a rut for the sake of being warm and to not freeze my lil’ buns off!  Wearing the same black long-sleeved/tee/jeans/hoodie combo… meh.  B-O-R-I-N-G!  When the snow is falling I’m generally not looking to be fashionable (BUT I will never leave the house in sweat pants) so I grab the “winter uniform” and head out into the snowy Buffalo streets.

In my winter wardrobe dilemma I have done the unthinkable, worn skirts!  Gasp! Well, it helps when you are wearing sweaters on your legs.  Okay, not sweaters for real, but really thick wool leggings.  These leggings are often warmer than my jeans or pants and a lot more comfortable.  I have purchased a few pairs all over the place in order to compare the warmth and comfort, but my favorites came from Hot Topic and Target (go figure!)  Jenny (from Auxiliary Magazine) has purchased a few styles from Express and really loves them, so that will be my next leggings purchase.  I definitely am willing to spend a few extra bucks on a quality pair to keep my stems toasty and allow me to chase away the winter doldrums.

Now, if winter depresses you (like it does for me), don’t fret!  Just get creative and dip into your summer wardrobe; a dark colored summer dress (usually a heavier cotton is better, due to it’s cold!) over the thick leggings with a blazer or sweater makes for an excellent outfit.  Don’t just limit yourself because it’s a “summer” or “winter” piece because pretty much anything goes!  I would recommend just being smart about what patterns and fabrics you carry over from your other seasonal wardrobe. You really don’t look want to look like you should be sunning yourself on the beach in the middle of a snow storm (then again if you really want to, go for it!)

I am determined to not fall into my mindless winter blahs and am working hard to spice up my clothing even when I’m wishing to be closer to the equator.  Keeping warm thoughts really doesn’t help, but snuggling up to my fiancé does!!!

<3 Meagan Kyla






fashion elitism

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

The fashion elite: Who are they and how do they get into that mind set?

Granted, I come from the largest and possibly most pretentious scene that there is: The Goth Scene, this is not a bash or a dig, it’s just the truth.  When you go out to a goth event or are interested in the “scene”, it is a very visual scene.  The goth scene consists of elaborate dress, hair, make-up, and spending time, money, and effect to look that way.  And yes, some people “get it” and some people don’t in the fashion department.

What I don’t understand is where some people get this idea of their elitism? (And I’m not just talking about the goth scene here.)  Do they think it’s the labels on their clothing?  The events they are involved in?  The people that they know and the contacts that they have made?  Or could it be that it’s just in their head, because most of the time no one likes them.  Putting yourself so high on a pedestal has its consequences and I’m sure it can have its superficial rewards.  I would think being so high on the “social and fashion totem pole” has to be very lonely.  But patting yourself on the back and kissing yourself in the mirror has to be tiresome, no?

I think it’s an attitude.

Could insecurities play a factor in the elitist air about them?  Possibly over compensating for something they really aren’t?  Yet, some of the most beautiful, best-dressed, most put together people are so down to earth.  These are the type of people who you would think to be the pretentious snobs, but they may just be a little shy.

Do you wear the clothes or are the clothes wearing you?  That’s my question to the “fashion elite”.  Who crowns this royalty or is it just a false sense of self?

Now, food for thought, because as George Michael said “…sometimes the clothes do not make the man.”

<3 Meagan Kyla






and everything I know will die…

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I recently received some Aggrotech albums and to be honest I haven’t really been a fan of the genera over the years, but hey I’ll give anything a listen. The EP from Vicious Alliance keeps getting stuck in my head and I found myself going back and re-listening to it. There is something about them; I found myself googling trying to find more about this group. They claim to exist in a parallel universe set in late 1930′s, early 1940′s where there was a second American Civil War and an influenza that wiped out half of everyone’s families. Vicious Alliance was a secret society formed to revolt against the breakdown of moral society and the corrupt government that ruled them. In 1939 they got everything together and revolted and from what I can tell, were victorious in the Battle of Philadelphia (which is where they band is headquartered).

The EP “Crushed by the System” is full of the synths, samples, hard beats, lyrics, and harsh male vocals that categorize Aggrotech. But they also have a female singer that well, sings. Perhaps this is why I was attracted to the band, but there is solid well-written music with good melody through-out. The recording levels seem to vary but hopefully this will get fixed on a full-length album.

I am sure that this EP will get its fair share of play in the clubs. I recommend checking them, and to be specific these tracks, out: Crushed by the System  & Where Soldiers Fall.

Mike






need thicker earmuffs

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Tiz the season where every store, restaurant, bar, and bathroom you go into is playing that dreadful Christmas music. I can’t take anymore and really I only noticed it a few days ago. I guess I am lucky because I am sure its been playing in the background for a solid month now. Why is it popular, WHY!!!! I don’t want to go out to eat anymore, I don’t want to call anywhere where I might get put on hold, I even don’t want to watch tv because the commercials all have deck the bloody halls or what ever it is called playing. For the love of Pete please turn it all off!

Mike






my life as a goth girl

Friday, December 12th, 2008

by Vanity Kills

Date: December 1st, 2008
Entry: the “Black Lipstick Wearing Hippie” myth

Dear Diary,
Allow me to tell you a little story…

The tale begins thousands of years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the mighty Earth and I was 18. Yours truly was gracing my local Goth dive with my usual sweet and charming presence.  A strange girl sashayed past me rockin’ something that screamed “Walmart discount lingerie rack”.  An ensemble surely worthy of a day shift stripper for a low low price of $6.99.  It is my duty as a catty Goth girl to be the judge, jury, and executioner of any fashion travesty of this magnitude.  After all, what just had appeared in front of my eyes wasn’t exactly an outfit, more like a head on multi train collision.  As soon as the phrase “What the hell is that?” (Okay, I’m sure I used much harsher language) left my mouth, an ugly troll like creature appeared by side out of nowhere ready to defend the honor of this anonymous yet poorly dressed maiden.  Think of a short, fat, and over 40 love child of Captain Crunch and Gimli the dwarf from Lord of the Rings.  And don’t forget the ever glamorous skullet.  He attacked me for being “so judgmental” and informed me that people embrace the Goth scene to “get away from people like me”.

I guess dressing in black, having big shoes, and bigger hair automatically gives us the innate ability to be ever so tolerant and accepting of everyone around us.

Okay got it. Oh and in case you didn’t know mermaids, unicorns, and leprechauns are fully integrated into modern society too.  By the way, I’ve got a bridge to sell you at an attractive price, interested by any chance?

I don’t know if the fugly man gnome and I are part of the same Goth scene, but in the Goth scene I’m a part of, going out dressed to the nines and knowing that you and your friends will be the best outfitted girls at the bar is half the fun. The other half is laughing at the girls with neon green loose kanakelon falls mounted to mousy brown hair.

Fact: If you express yourself by basing your makeup on WWF wrestlers, I have the right to laugh at you.

Imagine how boring a night would be if you couldn’t elbow your friends and giggle in agreement everytime some hot mess that obviously didn’t look in the mirror prior to leaving their house walked by.  Political correctness is a necessary evil in the office where if you hurt someone’s feelings your sweet ass is in danger of getting 86ed.  What would be the PC term for those who are badly dressed anyway?  The attractively challenged?  Stylishly disadvantaged?  Ha ha ha… is there a Gothic sensitivity training camp I’ll be sent off to for Elitist Aversion Therapy?

They’d pry my eyes open so I’d be forced to look at club shots of kids in Tripp pants, ICP shirts, spiked collars, and Kool Aid dyed hair whilst listening to Covenant’s “Dead Stars”.  At the end I’d puke anytime the song would come on (and we all know that happens quite a bit) or I’d get the urge to point out someone’s fatal fashion flaws.  I’m sure some of you would love that.  ;)

This all goes back to that tired old eternally repetitive question of “What is Goth?”.  Some of us are drawn to the darker aesthetic because they feel that Goth as a whole is a subculture shunned by the mainstream and there is strength in numbers when being one of the so called misfits.  Many others are just attracted to the elegance of days past or the fantasy of the Hi Tech future that lies ahead.  The majesty and refined elegance of Victorian mourning garb.  Or the sleekness, symmetry, and cold android like grace of a well put together cybergoth get up.  Both styles project an air of elitism.  If you can pull it off you’re doomed to people deeming you unapproachable.  People will either hate you because they’re jealous or kiss your ass.  You can’t really avoid it and it comes with the territory.

Back when I was 18, my Gothness had no punk undertones.  It was not a political statement.  It wasn’t to show the world that I am open minded and that I reject the preps, cheerleaders, and thugs that populated my high school.  I didn’t cast aside the mainstream because I was tired of the mall worshipping consumer mentality of the American teenager and wore black outfits in protest.  Not even close.  I just thought that their attire and more importantly music sucked.  I wanted to cover myself in a wardrobe fit for a queen (I was all about the velvet and lace in high school) from head to toe. I liked my aural stimuli dark and romantic or angry and synthesized.  Revolting against anything never entered the equation. Thus calling out people on their latest Hot Topic travesties does NOT make me hypocrite. It just makes me GOTH.  Just makes me female.  We’re not at all different from our cheerleader friends.  Our outfits are just 10x cuter.

Perhaps the vertically challenged homely hobgoblin that deemed himself so morally superior to me and decided to lecture me on the folly and error of my gossiping ways would’ve been better off joining a hippie commune where everyone is special in their own way.  Acid and saggy boobed sky clad women dancing for everyone!

I mean if black lipstick really held the mystical powers of open mindness, erased all prejudicial thoughts, and gave everyone the urge to hold hands and sing kumbaya, wouldn’t Manic Panic become a government agency?  Wouldn’t all KKK members be captured and forced to wear Robert Smith’s tousled hair likeness on their chests and voila no more cross burnings.  Black Panthers would suddenly realize how pointless it is to hate whitey upon being given vampire capes.  The Taliban would no longer throw acid on Afghan schoolgirls for committing the crime of wanting to be a woman with an education after being mandatorily tattooed with the face of Peter Murphy on their right butt cheek.

I guess because some jocks make fun of you, you’re automatically supposed to be kind to others. Yeah right.  In reality most people can’t wait to take it out on someone else and make them pay their due.  A PVC dress does not change human nature.

If one is looking for a safe haven from the criticism and cruelty of the world, a scene where one faces the risk of social ridicule for being unable to properly recite Skinny Puppy’s complete discography in 30 seconds or less, the Goth/Industrial collective might not be the place for them.  The New Age movement might be more what you’re looking for.  They strongly embrace the self deluding “everyone is an unique snowflake” mentality.  The rest of us with self esteem strong enough to handle the occasional naysayer, just talk smack back about the offender to anyone and everyone within ear shot.  Then move on. If your ego is completely shattered by someone hating your new foam hair, then perhaps take the booze money you were spending at the bar and visit a therapist and nurse your wounded psyche back to health.

It’s just a club.  It’s just a bad outfit choice.  It’s just someone else’s opinion.  For goodness sake… it’s just GOTH.  ;)

<3
Vanity Kills