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electric dragon 80,000 volts

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

There exists a movie, out there is the ether of world cinema, that has been able to satisfy all my worldly expectations and criteria when considering what makes a film fun. A film that’s not deep, heart wrenching, or dramatic; just plain, old fashioned, goddamned fun. Part moving comic book, part asian cyberpunk treatise, part noise rock manifesto, and part badass throw down between two powerhouse characters. Unsurprisingly starring two of Japan’s most interesting, unique, and talented actors: Tadanobu Asano (Mongol, Ichi the Killer, Last Life in the Universe) and Masatoshi Nagase (Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, Suicide Circle, Cold Fever) as Dragon Eye Jim Morrison and Thunderbolt Buddha respectively. This 55 minute piece pushes two out of the ordinary characters together for one brutally cinematic and sublimely ridiculous final showdown. Filmed in stark black and white, and accompanied by a heavily distorted and guitar heavy noise rock soundtrack by Tadanobu Asano and director Sogo Ishi’s excessively fun noise band; Mach 1.67. Electric Dragon 80,000 Volts is a must see film for those nights when you have 10 friends over and far to much alcohol in your bloodstream. A short, brilliant, bright, and violent film that never lets up, holds nothing back, and is smart enough to end before it burns out. If you are a fan of such films as Wild Zero, Tokyo Zombie, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, or 964 Pinnochio, than this is a must see, and it’s available on netflix.

Check out the trailer alone for a taste.

Or watch the first ten minutes of the film here.

– Luke

repo chick

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Director Alex Cox has made Repo Chick, a spiritual successor to his 1984 punk rock sci-fi odyssey Repo Man.  From viewing the trailer for Repo Chick though, it seems to hold little of the spirit of the original.  For those not familiar with this great cult film, Repo Man is the story of Otto (Emilio Estevez, is one of his best roles) a disaffected Los Angeles punker who gets caught up in the repossession business thanks to a speed addled repo man extraordinaire named Bud (Harry Dean Stanton).  Where the movie starts to twist is with the introduction of a 1964 Chevy Malibu whose trunk contains something deadly, and possibly not of this earth.

Repo Man captures the bland aesthetics and impotent rage of the suburban faux punk lifestyle rebelling against an era where homogeny was praised.  Menial jobs, bad fluorescent lighting, and products labeled with nothing more than their names, e.g. a can simply labeled “food” and beer in an unadorned white can save for the word “beer”.  It’s when Otto starts to dig below the surface that he finally finds a driving force to get off his ass, and possibly the planet.  Repo Man also has one of the finest 80s punk soundtracks outside of Return of the Living Dead.  A mix of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, The Plugz, Fear, and Suicidal Tendencies that fits the film like a custom made sonic glove.  Repo Man is a film very closely tied to one place and one era that has not really lost any of its charm or relevance thanks to its ability to transcend its initial purpose.  It will be interesting to see where Repo Chick falls into place.

– Luke

item of the week : animal pucker dress

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Rock Steady’s Animal Pucker Dress


image source shop.steadyclothing.com

As I’m staring out the window of my wintery Buffalo apartment, it’s hard for me to not shudder at the cold snow.  Whilst dreaming of sandy beaches, my fellow editor, Luke Copping, emailed me a link to Rock Steady’s home website. Oh my! The Animal Pucker Dress in zebra print has me praying to the weather gods for a heat wave! The ruffled strap has me swooning as  I daydream of sitting by the pool with a tiki drink in one hand and well, a tiki drink in the other! Of course all my friends in the warmer weather can flaunt in this awesomely priced Rock Steady sooner than I, so what’s stoppin’ you?!

The Animal Pucker Dress is available online at www.shop.steadyclothing.com.

– Meagan

february issue release party

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Calling all groovy ghoulies, we’re having a party!  Auxiliary Magazine and Cats Like Us are pairing up to bring you the February issue release party on February 12th.  Cats Like Us is a retro clothing store located in Tonawanda, NY men’s and women’s new retro fashions, tiki barware, kitchsy baby onesies, they’ve got something for everyone!

The Auxiliary Magazine crew will be at Cats Like Us on Friday February 12th from 12pm to 8pm, with a free ice cream social from 6pm to 8pm.  We’ll be raffling off a gift basket filled with retro-licious goodies.  You’ll receive free raffle tickets with every purchase of Cats Like Us merchandise or buy raffle tickets directly from the Auxiliary Magazine raffle table.  Enter to win all day!  We hope to see ya’ll out for our special in-store event at Cats Like Us, sure to be a great time!


Friday, February 12, 2010
Gift Basket Raffle 12pm-8pm
Release Party / Ice Cream Social 6pm-8pm
Cats Like Us . 67 Main Street . Tonawanda, NY (suburb of Buffalo)
free event!

inspiration files : democratic fashion

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Democratic Fashion : The Look-book of Your Neighborhood

The idea behind the street fashion blog (while not new) is a revolutionary one.  The democratic position of street fashion blogs plucks style from the hands of a select, well-funded few and returns it to those it most affects: the people.  In this world trends and style are driven by the cool girl on 14th street who shops vintage rather than the Park Avenue label slave.  The equal opportunity lens of the street fashion blogger honors each alike, provided the outfit is well-curated and beautiful.


image source lookbook.nu

Of course, not every street fashion blog is relevant to a more rebellious ilk.  While popular blog The Satorialist may strike some as edgy, to those who are comfortable with pushing the envelope it’s about as inspiring a read as an Ann Taylor catalog.

Luckily, not all street fashion blogs are created equal.  Sometimes it’s about documenting the right city.  Other times it’s simply about getting the right viewer.

While not strictly a “street fashion” blog in the sense that it is photographed by a casual observer, Lookbook.nu has some delicious offerings from a mostly-younger and adventurous crowd.  While some looks play in that dangerous minefield that borders on hipsterdom, others pull off a look that is a beautiful blend of high fashion and alternative ilk.


sugarpill cosmetics

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

When I received a package from Shrinkle’s designer, Amy Doan, I was surprised to find a little package with a small sample from her up and coming cosmetic line, Sugarpill Cosmetics.  I was greeted by a personal note with a sample of a gold loose eye pigment and I do mean GOLD!  I was excited by the color as I’m really into golds, coppers, and bronzes to go with my fair skin and blonde hair.


image source shrinkle.com

I applied the loose pigment directly to my lid with a soft, fluffy brush and I immediately noticed that the a little goes a long way!  The color directly applied to the lid alone was not as intense as I normally like for an evening look, but I would wear it alone for a more subdued day look.  I liked that the pigment blended very smoothly when I paired it with a more intense gold eyeshadow as a base, which really brought out the shimmer in the Sugarpill Cosmetics gold pigment.  The two paired together made a nice shimmery evening look.

I’m not a professional make-up artist, but I’m a budding make-up enthusiast and I can’t wait to try more Sugarpill Cosmetic products!  I love the cosmetic ads for the upcoming launch and I think we’ll have a lot to look forward to from Amy Doan!

Currently the Sugarpill Cosmetic’s website is still under construction, but you can purchase from eBay under her seller name, Shrinkle.  Also check out her cute clothing creations on etsy.com.

– Meagan

item of the week : dagger and skull socks

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Lip Service’s Mens LS Dagger and Skull Socks


image source lip-service.com

Whoa!  Lip Service is making socks!  I have to say I think this is pretty smart of them to infuse their cult classic symbol onto accessories.  Not only does Lip Service have a sweet looking brand symbol, it’s subtle enough without screaming, “I’m wearing a name brand!”.  My husband’s and my obsession with kitschy socks has got us excited about these!  I am especially fond of the black and green colorway but, I may have to purchase a few pairs in order to keep the peace in our house!  (I don’t share my socks!)  I love that the model is wearing these with a pair of shorts, as you need to rock these socks wearing your pants rolled up for the whole world to see.  Lippy socks, get some!

The LS Dagger and Skull Socks are available online at www.lip-service.com.

– Meagan

make it yours : tutorial goldmine

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Ah, the DIY process… it has the potential to be equal parts frustrating and fun, as well gratifying and time-consuming.

For me, the process usually starts with one of the following: a fashion dilemma or a source of inspiration.  In one instance, I fell deeply in love with those much-discussed shoes from Rodarte’s 2008 collection (as well as those stellar tights) but lacked the funds to buy the originals.  The knock-offs were, as usual, sub-par.  The only solution was to make it myself!  Which leads me to stage two of the DIY process: research and experimentation.


image source fashion-mongers.blogspot.com

Thankfully, that deeply connected world of blogs did half my research for me.  Like an incredible party thrown by a well-known socialite, it seems that just by “attending” one you meet many others destined to change your outlook.  Follow the RSS feeds or subscribe to posts and you’ll find your inbox overflowing with affordable and customized DIY fashion.  Check out the links page and you’ll find yourself with more beautiful projects than time and money allows.


in the media : wwd fast

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Today an interesting article was brought to my attention, an article on the steampunk trend in the last 01/14/10 Women’s Wear Daily Fast issue.  So I’m taking this opportunity to start a new feature on the site that’s been brewing around in my head, a feature siting “alternative” or subculture fashion in major media.


image source abneypark.com

“Up Rising: The Steampunk Trend” discussed the steampunk subculture fashion trend and debated whether or not it has made it into mainstream fashion and culture.  If it is being covered in Women’s Wear Daily I think it is safe to say it has.  Perhaps not everyone would know the term steampunk, but the style has defiantly found it’s way into mainstream fashion.  Run next to the article were several photos of the band Abney Park.  It brought up some interesting points, such as steampunk being one of the few subcultures where the fashion created the music, when normally it’s the other way around.  I also found the quote from Diana Vick of Seattle’s Steamcon that, “steampunk is a very accepting community,” to be interesting.  Normally when I hear complaints about steampunk it’s firstly about how trendy it is, and secondly about all the rules and arguments on what is and isn’t steampunk.

If you have a subscription to WWD you can read the whole article on WWD’s website.

– Jennifer


Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I am getting very excited for the upcoming release by Mind.In.A.Box due out March 9th.  Mind.In.A.Box is one of my favorites (as it is for some of the other Auxiliary editors as well) and I can’t wait to hear some new music from them!  This album will be a little different…

As it says on Metropolis Record’s website
Mind.In.A.Box’s previous three albums garnered them a lot of respect with fans and critics alike with their hard to categorize style of electronic music. For 2010, their newest album, R.E.T.R.O., takes a slightly different approach to their songwriting. An homage to the era of the Commodore 64 and 1980s video games, the album even includes a few cover versions of cult classics – all done in MIAB’s signature style. However, do not take these adaptations lightly. This is not just another cut and paste cover album. This is Mind.In.A.Box re-inventing the past for an advanced future.


It’s available for pre-order at Metropolis and Storming the Base in Canada

I hope this means an upcoming supporting tour is on the way!  Or at least some one off live shows in North America.

– Jennifer

behind the scenes

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

A quick behind the scenes take and beauty video from Auxiliary Magazine editor and frequent photographer for the magazine, Luke Copping.  This is from a small piece that can be seen in the upcoming issue, due out February 1st.

item of the week : skull charm bow

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Jessica Louise’s Skull Charm Bow


image source jessicalouise.com

Jessica Louise may be best known for her cute tops at the mall store Hot Topic, but she has a lot more adorable items in store for you at www.jessicalouise.com.  I have to admit I want to own 90% of everything she makes, yet the Skull Charm Bow in black and white stripe really needs to belong in (my) everyone’s accessory collection!  My favorite part of the hair bow is the expression of the skull, its mouth looks like it’s sewn shut like a voodoo shrunken head.

Pair the Skull Charm Bow with a black cocktail dress or dress up an everyday outfit with a little cute and creepy couture!  The price is excellent at $8, so you can treat yourself to two, one for each side of your lovely head.  Get into Jessica Louise’s designs, you’ll thank me for it!

The Skull Charm Bow is available online at www.jessicalouise.com.

– Meagan

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Monday, January 11th, 2010

With the current trend of fantastical films on the rise, so many people seem excited for the upcoming Tim Burton helmed Alice in Wonderland but neglect that a true master of the wondrous and surreal, Terry Gilliam also has a remarkable project on the way. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, from description alone, sounds like an amazing production. The remarkably talented Heath Ledger’s final film before his unfortunate passing left the film uncompleted. Gilliam, rather than end the project like he was forced to with this previous production The Man Who Killed Don Quixote seems to have transformed Dr. Parnassus into a fitting tribute to a talent that was snuffed too early. The dreamlike qualities of the film allowed for a unique technique to be employed in its completion, Ledger’s friends would be cast as a transformation of the same character as the film moves through alternate realities. Gilliam then cast Johnny Depp, Colin Ferrel, and Jude Law as reinterpretations of Ledger’s final role to complete the film. But having four dynamite talents playing one single character is not nearly where it stops. You also get Christopher Plummer in the titular role, and perhaps, in the most appropriate piece of casting ever, Tom Waits as the Devil. Wrap all of this up with Gilliam’s signature surreal visions and whimsical nature, and you have a movie that I am literally drooling to see.  Check out the trailer below.

– Luke

kinetik festival 2010

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Auxiliary Magazine will be at Kinetik Festival 2010!  Kinetik is one of the largest industrial/ebm/noise festivals in North America.  Every year it takes place in Montreal, Canada in mid May.  This year Auxiliary will be setting up shop along with a bunch of other great alternative fashion and music companies.  Some of this years headliners include Leather Strip, Combichrist, Hocico, Covenant, Rotersand, 16 Volt, and Chemlab.  Tickets are now on sale, and the first price increase goes into effect January 12th.


Make your plans now, this is an event not to be missed.  And be sure to stop by our table and say hi!

view the full lineup at www.festival-kinetik.net
buy tickets at www.festival-kinetik.net/store.htm

– Jennifer