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Auxiliary Magazine 2012 Calendar submission contest

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Auxiliary Magazine will be releasing a 2012 Calendar with the goal of generating excitement and support for, and to help promote, the best alternative artists, creatives, photographers, models, celebrities, bands, musicians, and fashion designers out there!  The Auxiliary Magazine 2012 Calendar will be compiled of 12 photographs chosen from submissions.  The calendar will then be available for purchase in select boutiques/stores and online.

If you are a photographer or an artist, creative, model, celebrity, band, musician, or fashion designer that wants to be featured in the calendar submit your images to us!

HOW TO SUBMIT

1 : Download the Auxiliary Magazine 2012 Calendar Submission Guidelines.  You must read, agree to, and complete the forms in the Guidelines PDF.
DOWNLOAD HERE : www.auxiliarymagazine.com/downloads/Aux_2012CalendarGuidelines.pdf

2 : Email your submission to us by the deadline.  Only complete submissions that include all required documents and information will be considered.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS : September 30th, 2011

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO : 2012calendar@auxiliarymagazine.com

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Kinetik Festival 2011 : day 5

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

It sounds promising that one of the largest industrial/EBM/electro/noise music festivals in North America (held in Montreal, Canada) will be happening again for a 5th year, most likely in May the weekend of Canada’s Victoria Day holiday. Enjoy some photos from this year’s event and keep hopeful and your ears open that 2012 will be a go.

Montreal QC, May 23

photographs : C. Lang Photography

Continues

Continues

Decoded Feedback

Aesthetic Perfection

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Kinetik Festival 2011 : day 4

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

It sounds promising that one of the largest industrial/EBM/electro/noise music festivals in North America (held in Montreal, Canada) will be happening again for a 5th year, most likely in May the weekend of Canada’s Victoria Day holiday. Enjoy some photos from this year’s event and keep hopeful and your ears open that 2012 will be a go.

Montreal QC, May 22

photographs : C. Lang Photography

System Syn

System Syn

System Syn

Bruderschaft

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item of the week : spooky x-ray skeleton bones apron from Plasticland

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Plasticland’s Spooky X-Ray Skeleton Bones Apron

image source shopplasticland.com

I have to share my obsession with the store Plasticland, I am constantly checking their website for cute and creepy items. Once again Plasticland has got me excited, this time about the Spooky X-Ray Skeleton Bones Apron, it’s such a nice relief from the boring old white chef’s apron. Whether you’re a master cook, a baker, or someone who enjoys grilling, this apron is to die for.

The Spooky X-Ray Skeleton Bones Apron is available online at www.shopplasticland.com.

– Meagan






Kinetik Festival 2011 : day 3

Friday, August 26th, 2011

It sounds promising that one of the largest industrial/EBM/electro/noise music festivals in North America (held in Montreal, Canada) will be happening again for a 5th year, most likely in May the weekend of Canada’s Victoria Day holiday. Enjoy some photos from this year’s event and keep hopeful and your ears open that 2012 will be a go.

Montreal QC, May 21

photographs : C. Lang Photography

W.A.S.T.E.

W.A.S.T.E. left . crowd right

DJ Edwin Somnambulist left . X-Rx right

X-Rx

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film review : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

If you haven’t had the chance to read my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1, allow me to briefly summarize my feelings on that film, all Harry Potter-related media and all Harry Potter fans: DIE. Why all the hate? Hard to say. Maybe I’m just a contrarian. Maybe there’s no reason to it at all, and, like a bull seeing red or a southerner seeing someone darker than antique off-white, I just loose my shit. But perhaps it’s the ubiquitousness of it all. As is the case with spiders, you are never more than 3 feet from a Potter fan, and if you don’t happen to be one, this is just so utterly taxing on one’s patience and sanity. For me, it likely has a lot to do with the fact that I grew up geek. Comic book geek, sci-fi geek, gaming geek (tabletop, not the socially acceptable kind), horror geek; I’ve been all of these things at one point or another (I got better; PROTIP: Drugs help). Point is, I learned at a very young age that if I didn’t shut the fuck up when not in the company of my own kind, I was going to earn a beating. You people, on the other hand, assume everyone is living in Harry Potter Land, and as such never keep it to yourself, whether or not any innocent bystanders give a shit. Bottom line: don’t assume that everyone, even people vaguely familiar with the series, give a shit about you creepy, sad fetishization of a franchise (or your Snape/Draco rape fan-fiction, you sick fuck). And here we come to the central problem with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. It doesn’t just assume you’re a fan; it downright hates you if you aren’t. It throws up every roadblock the last film did towards understanding what is going on, and then it doubles down. Because it wants you to fail. Director David Yates actually wants you, the presumably novice Potter viewer, to approach this movie like you would a marathon game of Monopoly: rage, followed by defeat. But my will is strong, Yates. I made it out the other end, and have now come to expose you crimes to the people!

…as Harry, Ron, and Hermione attempt to break into the vault in pretty much the same fashion they broke into the Ministry of Magic in the last film, they… wait, what’s that? You’re lost? I’ve just dropped you in halfway into the paragraph, and I’ve falsely assumed you could follow where I’m going with all this?? Wow, I must be David-fucking-Yates. Look, I have no problem with splitting a massive film up into smaller, more easily digestible parts, but you gotta play a little catch up. Tarantino takes two minutes of the Bride delivering a monologue to get ya where you need to be in Kill Bill Vol. 2. TWO MINUTES. Fuck, in A New Hope, you had zero familiarity with the universe or characters, but that opening crawl tells you all you need to know before pressing “PLAY”. Deathly Hollows Part 2 can’t even bother to throw me a lazy montage of the last film’s plot points. Yates seems to forget that this is no longer a universally understood series the way it was in early instalments, which were pretty formulaic. Now we have a series so entrenched in its own continuity that it demands a primer just to halfway understand it. Part 1 suffered from not giving novice viewers much of a gateway into the world, but Part 2 is downright unforgiving about it. Because, again, it hates you.

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exhibition review : Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Friday, August 19th, 2011

McQueen at The Met : The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, a retrospective on the late fashion designer, ran from May 4–August 7, 2011 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.


When prompted to impart a final message on his deathbed, Karl Marx said, “Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” This story has come to mind many times in the past few years, whenever anyone did an Alexander McQueen retrospective, and if you’ve been paying attention, that was fairly often. Every magazine and blog that has ever run the words “goth”, “haute couture”, or “Lady Gaga” has run long, in-depth pieces on McQueen since the designers untimely death over a year ago. I suppose I was bothered by the fact that, in my opinion, McQueen was a genius, not just for the message of his art, but for the eloquence with which that message was given. What seemed perfectly clear in the works themselves has been endlessly reinterpreted, rehashed, and reiterated. McQueen was no fool, and he had certainly said plenty, even in his tragically shortened career; why do we all feel the need to put last words into his mouth?

So there is certainly something refreshing about a McQueen retrospective that is allowed to speak for itself. The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute put together a powerful collection of McQueen’s best pieces for this summer’s exhibit, and his enduring popularity delivered. Even on off days, the lines for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which closed last week, were often an hour long, for the entirety of its three month run. The Costume Institute often utilized a labyrinthine layout for its exhibits. In contrast to the Metropolitan’s airy white galleries, its thin corridors, sharp angles, and dark walls were never more appropriate than for this show. McQueen’s designs were separated into themed rooms, including “gothic”, “naturalism”, exoticism”, and “primitivism”. The curators emphasized the “romantic” in each of these themes, printing quotes from McQueen, as well as rather sappy blurbs on their part, on the walls to introduce each room. Certainly, all of these motifs were present in McQueen’s body of work, but separating them each into rooms felt a little artificial and affected. While there was evolution in the designs throughout McQueen’s career, his thematic palette actually remained remarkably stable and unified. The Angel and Demon heels of his final collection to not disagree with his historically-anchored dresses from the 90s, even his favorite shade of red could be found in almost every room of this exhibit. These curators seemed to need to impose some kind of personal statement on the collection of a designer whose works were always their own statement.

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item of the week : Ron English murphy guys tee by Retro-A-Go-Go!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Retro-A-Go-Go’s Ron English Murphy Guys Tee

image source retroagogo.com

The artist Ron English takes an interesting gas masked modern take on a famous childhood character with the Ron English Murphy Guys Tee by Retro-A-Go-Go! Ron English is one of the newest artist to join the Retro-A-Go-Go! team and is best known for his mash up’s of cultural icons with a twist. Check out Ron English’s work at www.popaganda.com.

The Ron English Murphy Guys Tee by Retro-A-Go-Go! is available online at www.retroagogo.com.

– Meagan






music video : Ghoultown – Drink With The Living Dead

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

My favorite cowboys from hell, Ghoultown have released a video for “Drink With The Living Dead”. The art was created by Juha Vuorma with the help of Laume Conroy as director to produce a ghoulishly visual video. Check out www.ghoultown.com to buy their latest CD, Life After Sundown and to see what these Texas hellbillys are up too. If you’re in the Toronto, Ontario area, Ghoultown will be in attendance at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear convention on August 26, 2011.

– Meagan






Kinetik Festival 2011 : day 2

Monday, August 15th, 2011

It sounds promising that one of the largest industrial/EBM/electro/noise music festivals in North America (held in Montreal, Canada) will be happening again for a 5th year, most likely in May the weekend of Canada’s Victoria Day holiday. Enjoy some photos from this year’s event and keep hopeful and your ears open that 2012 will be a go.

Montreal QC, May 20

photographs : C. Lang Photography

ESA and S.K.E.T.

S.K.E.T.

Modulate

God Module

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Kinetik Festival 2011 : day 1

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Rumors and whispers of Kinetik 2012 are starting.  It sounds promising that one of the largest industrial/EBM/electro/noise music festivals in North America (held in Montreal, Canada) will be happening again for a 5th year, most likely in May the weekend of Canada’s Victoria Day holiday.  For the 2011 edition they moved the venue from Usine C to Metropolis (with one day at Club Soda).  The general consensus of attendees during the festival was that the move was a good one.  Kinetik Festival 2011 was a great time for us, Auxiliary Magazine had a vendor table, the bands playing put on impressive performances, and we loved the new venue.  Enjoy some photos from this year’s event and keep hopeful and your ears open that 2012 will be a go.

Montreal QC, May 19

photographs : C. Lang Photography

Iszoloscope

Iszoloscope

iVardensphere

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fashion editorial : tartan

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

featuring designs by Pinar Eris

AUXILIARY ONLINE CONTENT
[ additional images not seen in the August/September 2011 Issue ]

photographer : Saryn Christina
makeup artist : Sarah Anstead
hair stylist : Jeanna Kier
model : Sarah Hilker

view the full editorial in the August/September 2011 Issue






item of the week : gaze-cap by Futurstate

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Futurstate’s Gaze-Cap

image source furturstate.com

Futurstate has released a whole slew of new pieces including the amazing Garrison styled Gaze-Cap. This military inspired hat is a perfect accessory for the male or female fashionista who wants to add a militant touch to an outfit.  Check out Futurstate’s blog at futurstate.blogspot.com for their newest editorials featuring the Gaze-Cap and other new designs.

The Gaze-Cap by Furturstate is available online at www.futurstate.com.

– Meagan






upcoming : Cut Copy and Washed Out tour

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

September 13th to October 9thCut Copy is on tour and starting in September they pick up Washed Out and Midnight Magic. Be sure to check out our April/May 2011 Issue for a review of Cut Copy’s new album Zonoscope on Modular Fontana and the August/September 2011 Issue a review of Washed Out’s new album Within and Without on Sub Pop.

Note: there are other dates before and after this selection but they don’t include Washed Out and Midnight Magic.

09-13 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
09-14 – Portland, ME – The State Theater
09-15 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
09-17 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
09-19 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
09-22 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
09-23 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club, Pygmalion Music Festival
09-24 – Cincinatti, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09-26 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
09-27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09-28 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
09-30 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
10-01 – Orlando, FL – Firestone Live
10-03 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10-04 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
10-07 – Vancouver B.C. – The Vogue
10-09 – Portland, OR – Wonder

– Mike