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Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Orbital‘s going on tour again!  Well, perhaps it’s only a couple of reunion shows and festival appearances, but for me, and thousands of fans or “ravers”, that’s simply amazing.

Personally, these two guys really represented a turning point in electronica for me in the late 90s as I was was ripped away from the industrial scene, ears first, by a reworking of “Satan” and then lulled into relative submission by the ethereal hauntings of “Halcyon” and “Belfast” and before I knew it, I’d been converted.  At that time, I simply couldn’t get away from them… my housemate played Sniverlization constantly, their music was on the Spawn, Pi, and The Saint soundtracks, and they appeared in just about every techno compilation I saw on the shelves, heard on the radio, or played in my not-in-the-know friend’s cars.

And then, I simply burnt out.  We all do, I mean I played “Funny Break (Plump DJ’s remix)” about a thousand times between parties and practice.  Orbital did as well, burnt out that is, in 2004.

However, I’m happy to inform you that they’ve decided to reunite for a quick minute, and their confirmed 2009 festival appearances include appearances at The Big Chill (August 8), RockNess (June 13), and Global Gathering (July 24-25).  They’ll be following up these performances with a couple of their own shows later in September.  Unfortunately, All these shows are on the other side of the pond… but if you’re a fan.  Well, you get the idea.

– Scott (beLIEve)

the passing of a great electronic musician

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

We at Auxiliary Magazine are sad to hear about the passing of a great electronic musician, Charlie Cooper, one half of Telefon Tel Aviv.  In the upcoming issue, being released on February 1st, you will find reviews of their new album Immolate Yourself.

Read more over at Pitchfork

– Mike

launch party photos!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Here are some photos from our launch party last weekend!

[ photos by Chris Brown ]

You can view all the photos from the night HERE.

Thanks again to everyone who came out! Great night!

– Jennifer

Repo! release today

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Brand new rock opera Repo! The Genetic Opera is out on DVD and Blu-ray today.  There will be a full feature in the coming February issue of Auxiliary Magazine, but in case this little gem has slipped through your cracks check out the trailer here for a bit of eye candy.  Especially eye catching is the ultra creepy image of Ogre from Skinny Puppy wearing a human skin mask.

– Luke

I am not a number, I am a free man

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Patrick McGoohan died Monday, January 13th.  Creator and star of the milestone British science fiction series, The Prisoner, McGoohan’s influence has been invading our pop culture since the 60s.  In this modern era, where many of McGoohan’s notions and philosophies from The Prisoner have become eerily appropriate and sometimes shockingly true, we can look back and see one of the finest works of futurism presented as entertainment.

For those who have never seen The Prisoner, it revolves around McGoohan’s character Number Six, a former spy who resigns from his post for unknown reasons.  Number Six is abducted and awakes in The Village, an isolated community where he is throughly interrogated, tortured, baited, and tempted into revealing the secret of why he resigned.  Number six is faced with defeating his captors psychological methods of intelligence gathering while fighting to maintain his own identity in a place where all names are taken away and numbers given in their place.  Indoctrination, identity, surveillance, and government imprisonment are themes that run throughout the show.  These themes and many of the shows iconic images have been influential on modern creators, going so far as to be lampooned by The Simpsons on more than one occasion, and having many themes from The Prisoner present in shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica among others.

The story of Number Six does not end with McGoohan’s passing though, AMC is working on a new Prisoner miniseries slated to air in November.  The new versions will have a more global flavor to better show the changes in the global climate since the sixties.  It is slated to star Jim Caviezel as Number Six, and Sir Ian McKellen as the main warder of The Village, Number Two.

– Luke

launch party coverage by buffalo.com

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Buffalo.com/YourHub a division of The Buffalo News was at the launch party this past weekend and wrote an article on it, yay!  The article is now online and you can read it HERE.

– Jennifer

“it’s me… everything went fine…”

Monday, January 12th, 2009

If you are a fan of the group mind.in.a.box then you know the story within the music and the character “Black”.  And for those of you don’t know, “Black” is the main fictional character in the loose story told in snippets throughout mind.in.a.box’s albums.  I know I have closed my eyes and imagined “Black” running around and doing all the fun things described in the songs.  Well now I don’t have to close my eyes that long and hopefully not at all in the future.  Mind.in.a.box have made a short demo video clip that features the character “Black” with music clips from the track Light & Dark, and they have plans to continue doing this project.  Check out the first clip below!

– Mike

thanks everyone!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Thanks to everyone who came out to the launch party this past Saturday!  It was a great success!  Lots of great people, lots of great music, a fun time all around.

In the next few weeks we’ll be working hard to get put together Issue 2, due out in February!

– Jennifer

robots in disguise

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

British electro duo Robots in Disguise have a new single out with an eye grabbing new video. A dark and yet somehow incredibly fun take on silent film featuring The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding. The pairing of Sue Denim and Dee Plume has been a big hit with me lately and their albums are definitely worth tracking down.

– Luke Copping

hey stupid, pay attention!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

No matter how on top of music I am, I always seem that I miss a release by an artist I am really into.  This leads me to depression because I could have been listening to the album for months or even years in some cases.   Anyways, I just found out that Max Tundra released a new album on October 20th 2008 titled “Parallax Error Beheads You” and I am really excited to check it out!

… Although I can’t really blame myself for this slip, the last album he released was in 2002.

Some Stuff :
Max Tundra – Wiki

– Mike

animal prints! blessing or cursed?

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Animal prints are a personal favorite of mine, making appearances in my closet in many different forms.  They are a current trend: zebra, leopard, snake, and cheetah prints are making it into various incarnations.  Though, I have to put my foot down on these 70s style batwing tops! (batwing tops have no defined arms, almost smock-ish)  They would make any women look like they are wearing a muumuu, no matter what their size!  It’s just plain gross.  You want the print to flatter your figure and ensemble, not have hunters tag you as game.  Even though I am a fan of the “go big or go home”, sometimes you just have to limit your choices when animal prints are involved.  And for the love of Pete, please have animal types match!  (Leopards are zebras natural enemies in the wild and should stay the same way when adorning your body.)

Solid colors are your best friend when looking for something to pair with an animal print: leopard leggings paired with a simple black dress, zebra top paired with red pants, solid colored outfit using animal print accessories (in this instance you can go a little crazy with the use of matching prints; i.e. leopard heels, head scarf, handbag).  Yet!  As much as I love animal prints, I do not encourage wearing real animal pelts or furs.

<3 Meagan Kyla

Abby’s lab

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

One of my favorite shows is NCIS on CBS, and now I can like the show even more because they are releasing a soundtrack that has some of my favorite artists; Android Lust, Nitzer Ebb, KMFDV vs. Skold, and Ministry. The two disc compilation is slotted to be released on February, 10 2009.

– Mike