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item of week : insomnia necktie by Cyberoptix Tie Lab

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Cyberoptix Tie Lab’s Insomnia Necktie

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My personal favorite ties that my husband wears are the ones from Cyberoptix Tie Lab. Cyberoptix infuses the elegance of men’s neck wear with a creative modern twist, don’t ever wear a boring necktie again! Check out the silkscreen Insomnia Necktie with a EEG Test brainwave illustration design that can be customized in your choice of fabric and width. If you’re looking to give this as a gift, spring for the extra ten bucks and get a Cyberoptix Tie Lab premium wooden gift box. No need to wrap the gift Cyberoptix does it for you, how easy is that?!

The Insomnia Necktie by Cyberoptix Tie Lab is available online at www.cyberoptix.com.

-Meagan






in attendance : Psyclon Nine at Halloween Massacre 7

Monday, November 21st, 2011

New York NY, October 30 – Pysclon Nine, the beloved aggrotech band,  has made a huge come back. From taking almost a year-long break to jumping on the stage at Gramercy Theater in New York City and showing fans they are still alive. The rumors may be true about why they stopped playing music, but it all doesn’t matter now, Nero Bellum has proven that he will not stop! The venue was packed full of screaming fans as Pysclon Nine rocked out newer songs and old songs, like “We the Fallen” and “Parasitic”. Fans grabbed Nero and pulled him close just to feel his presence once more.

On stage along with Nero was Rotny Ford, another original member of Psyclon Nine, Pan (Keyboards) who joined the band for just this one show, and two new members of the band, Jared Warren (Bass) and Kylie Megaera (Drums). Nero has stated that Abbey Nex will still be in the band he was just unable to make this show.

When speaking with Nero I asked why now? He told me he has been writing a lot and not just music. He played guitar for Dismantled, a band out of L.A, and when they played here in New York City in July, Jet Berelson, foundered of Vampire Freaks, pulled Nero aside asking him to do a Halloween show.

The show was a success as well as the night itself. People dressed up for Halloween, there was a costume contest, and tons of candy everywhere! It was like being a kid trick or treating again! Will Psyclon Nine tour soon? It’s a secret Nero says, but the twinkle in his eyes says it’s coming.

- Emily Strange

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item of the week : silver filigree bat cameo choker by Sinister Vanity

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Sinister Vanity’s Silver Filigree Bat Cameo Choker

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It’s hard to think that Thanksgiving is less than a week away and then it’s officially “holiday shopping time”. Beat the long lines and general shopping pandemonium by purchasing items from independent designers like Sinister Vanity on www.etsy.com. The Silver Filigree Bat Cameo Choker is enchantingly beautiful piece of jewelry with a gothic Victorian flare that would make a wonderful gift for a friend or a loved one. With a price tag of $25 for a handmade designer gift, it will spread some holiday cheer but will not break your bank.

The Silver Filigree Bat Cameo Choker by Sinister Vanity is available on at www.sinistervanity.etsy.com.

- Meagan






music video : Santa Hates You – Raise the Devil

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Put down your eggnog for a second, Santa Hates You has released a new video for “Raise the Devil” just in time for this holiday season! PS and Jinxy have some fun in this video along with some mutant looking man who reminds me of Thomas Rainer (Nachtmahr) if he had an allergic reaction.

- Mike






3 year anniversary party and Cats Like Us fashion show

Monday, November 14th, 2011

We are approaching our 3 year anniversary!  On Friday, December 9th, join us in celebrating three years of Auxiliary Magazine! The party is at Club Diablo in Buffalo NY and it will be a night full of fashion and music!  There will be a Cats Like Us, the Buffalo based retro clothing boutique, fashion show and music will be provided by Edwin Somnambulist of Industrial Strength Nightmares Radio and the monthly Toronto event Neurodance, plus Aaron Andrews (regular Auxiliary Magazine music contributor), Jason Draper (Auxiliary Magazine contributor), and Darago (Auxiliary Magazine music editor Mike Kieffer). In addition we will be raffling off tons of gift certificates and great items from the event’s sponsors. If you’re in the area, we hope to see you there!

Our great sponsors!

Cats Like Us www.catslikeus.com
Chez Ann Salon www.chezannsalon.com
Das Bunker www.dasbunker.org
Dungaree Dolly Bags www.dungareedolly.com
Fluevog Shoes www.fluevog.com
Gloomth www.gloomth.com
Heavy Red www.heavyred.com
Industrialshirts.com www.industrialshirts.com
ISNradio www.isnradio.com
Jason Masarik – Renaissance Tattoo www.monsterlabtattoos.com
Jennifer Link Photography www.jennifer-link.com
Plastik Wrap www.plastikwrap.com
Rose Mortem www.rosemortem.com
Sourpuss Clothing www.sourpussclothing.com
Spragwerks www.spragwerks.com
Zach Rose Photography www.zachrosephotography.com

more info on the facebook event page






item of the week : juliet gown by Rose Mortem

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Rose Mortem’s Juliet Gown

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The Juliet Gown by Rose Mortem combines stretch mesh and lace into an elegant and dramatic design. As Rose Mortem says, “tragic innocence was never so well-dressed,” and I couldn’t agree more. The gown is offered in black or white which would make an elegant for an  alternative bride. Rose Mortem is offering a 10% off your entire order during the month of November, check out www.rosemortem.com for more information.

The Juliet Gown by Rose Mortem is available online at www.rosemortem.com.

- Meagan






the PinUp : Manzin

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Starting out as a model borrowing his styling cues from Marilyn Manson, Manzin developed into a unique homme fatale. Manzin is now loose in New York City, not afraid to break the rules, and taking gender ambiguity to a personalized new level.

photographer : Ron Douglas
makeup & model : Manzin
location : Beauty Bar New york
interview by : Arden Leigh

You recently relocated to New York City. What have you been up to there and how has the new environment affected your personal style?
Manzin : Mostly I’ve been getting lost in the city and abandoning myself to whatever interests me. Once the tricky business of finding a job was out of the way, I could indulge a bit more in the restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops and I’m really enjoying the variety. It’s making me a bit more polished than I was before, I like to think I’ve come a long way from haunting thrift shops, now my key pieces are by quality designers and I have more access to better materials to play with. Plus spending time pounding the pavement has exposed me to a lot of different people and I’m constantly inspired and to some extent influenced by who and what I see on the streets.

view the full feature in the October/November 2011 Issue






seven deadly questions : VNV Nation

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Ronan Harris of VNV Nation reveals how he sins.

interview by Mike Kieffer & Vanity Kills

Perhaps the most well known modern EBM/futurepop group of today, Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson of VNV Nation continue on their vigilant quest to spread their music to any willing ear. Automatic is their newest weapon, which is powerful enough to please their fans and pull many more onto the VNV bandwagon.

Wrath – VNV Nation is entered in a fight to the death battle of the bands, who would you want to square off against and what weapon would you choose?
Ronan Harris : Not being a fan of violence or displays of testosteronal inspired violence, this is hard to imagine but if this was a scene in some far-fetched, postapocalypse, low-budget sci-fi movie with Christopher Lambert or JCVD as the cyborg leader whose very word means life or death through the medium of bad acting and interpretational dance, and including some obligatory cliché punk looking folk driving around in chopped up Pintos, firing shots into the air, while inexplicable gas explosions shoot up into the sky around an abandoned factory… etc. (see 1980s for more on this)… I guess I’d go up against Belinda Carlise, if nothing for the sheer bizarreness of it all. Was she a band, even if she was a solo act? Who cares. It’s my answer. VNV vs Belinda Carlisle. Weapon of choice; I think grenades or an MP5K should do it. It’d be quick. The after-party would be awesome.

Envy – If you could put one item on your tour rider that you would always get regardless of price what would it be?
RH : When we started out we used to put “One shaved Golden Condor” and some other necessary items on the rider that you really do need on tour but people didn’t seem to have the sense of humor we expected. Hell, it was for our amusement, no one else’s. If I could put an item on the rider now that I could actually have, it would be one of two things… One, a fabric-lined, wooden box containing a bottle of an ultra rare single-malt scotch that I happen to like, and a collection of handrolled Dominican Republic cigars. After load-out, when everyone’s gone home, the whole crew would all sit around and act like kings of the road, enjoying some fine scotch and discussing the day because our crew’s conversations are hilarious and it would be the high point of the day. Two, an inflatable bouncy castle to be erected in the corner of the hall. You can never go wrong with a bouncy castle. It’s the ultimate icebreaker at cocktail parties and promotes fine conversation covering a wide range of topics. That or people would take their shoes off, get on the thing and re-join the 8 year old mosh pit club, remembering what it was like to smash their nose while flying around on one, though without a parent to run to after.

read the full interview in the October/November 2011 Issue






artist spotlight : Lori Earley

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Femme and Fatalité : the art of Lori Earley

by Rena Finkel

Lori Earley’s haunting portraiture has been a staple of the alternative and art scenes since she first began exhibiting her works in 2004. The beautiful women in her world are ethereal creatures; fantastic mannerist figures full of secrets. Their large eyes and elongated limbs are immediately recognizable, but it is the elegant-but-fierce melancholy mood that pervades her work that has given Earley such distinction. We were fortunate enough to be able to talk to the New York City artist about her work and her recent diagnosis with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Tell us about how you developed your style.
Lori Earley : I honestly don’t know, it’s something that just came to me naturally. However, I think I might have finally found the reason and source of the distortion which I will explain later on. In high school art class, I was assigned to draw a self-portrait for the first time. When I drew mine, I found that I had a really difficult time making the eyes look real and in proportion to the rest of the facial features. I always inherently drew them much larger than they were. I tried several times after that to make my drawing look realistic but after several attempts, I had to give up because I just couldn’t do it. Whenever I was asked this question, I would say it was something I couldn’t explain. The best way I could put it into words was that the distortion of my figures was a visual manifestation of how I felt inside. The really interesting thing now though is that I was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It’s an extremely rare, genetic syndrome in which the physical features of someone with it tend to have large eyes, a slender build and stretchy, elongated hyper-mobile limbs, as I do. The reason for this is because Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects the collagen in your body which is essentially the “glue” that holds your ligaments, bones, tendons, etc. together so it makes you very hyper-mobile and you tend to feel very stretched and elongated. The interesting thing about having this condition is that you can contort your body into unusual positions (many contortionists have the syndrome), but otherwise, depending on which type you have, the pain can be mild to excruciating, and I think the pain has lent itself well to emotions of the figures in my painting. When I found out I had it, it was like an epiphany! I finally had an answer as to where the natural distortion from my figures came from, and a lot of my fans made the connection as well. It was a very interesting discovery! Because I have Ehlers-Danlos though, it can be very difficult to keep up with my painting along with the business aspect of it (amongst other things), so I need assistance and found an amazing assistant who helps me tremendously with my business. She has been working with me for five years now and has become my best friend as well. I feel she deserves to be mentioned because without her, I wouldn’t be able to paint because I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everything because of my condition. So thank you, Sarah Smith!

read the full article in the October/November 2011 Issue






item of the week : gracie dress in gonebad print by Too Fast

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Too Fast’s Gracie Dress in Gonebad Print

image source toofastonline.com

Too Fast designs a lot of their own fashions and the Gracie Dress in the Gonebad print caught my eye as I like the bright colors and unique fabric. The Gracie Dress gives the look of a top and skirt combo, but is all one piece! Super easy to wear and to style with a pair of ballet flats or some high to the sky stilettos, whatever your look this dress will definitely have people asking you, “Where did you get that dress?!”.

The Gracie Dress in Gonebad Print by Too Fast is available online at www.toofastonline.com.

- Meagan






film review : Attack the Block

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Starting to feel like The Angriest Critic only hates movies? Sometimes “great genre cinema” comes along and deserves prase like, “easily the most entertaining film of the year.”

by Adam Rosina

Let’s cut the foreplay and get right down to it: Attack the Block was easily the most entertaining film of the year, and this was not a year without a great deal of exceptional genre fare. This Edgar Wright-produced film by British first-timer Joe Cornish is one of the most unexpectedly mind-blowing debut movies of the last two decades, and right up there with the first efforts of Tarantino, Smith and the rest of the 90s indie innovators. I make that comparison without the slightest hint of exaggeration. There’s just so much to love here! It’s an original film, but like many of its contemporaries, it isn’t afraid to wear its influences loud and proud, with an inspired mash-up of The Goonies and Monster Squad-type films of the eighties with Carpenter in his prime. But this is no mere homage, and Cornish is both a writer of great skill and a director with a keen eye for composition. He also manages to bring together an amazing cast of newcomers to deliver startlingly realistic (and often hilarious) performances one would never expect in the midst of a sci-fi horror flick. The creatures are perfectly terrifying and the action, while ever exhilarating, does not cross the line into violent “god-mode” parody. But the best part of this film is its revolutionary spirit, capturing the tensions of a nation and the frustrations of its marginalized youth. In short, Attack the Block is absolute punk-fucking-rock.

read the full review in the October/November 2011 Issue






music video : BT – Le Nocturne de Lumière

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Are you ready to take a journey through time and space? OK well maybe just be hypnotized for 11 min. or for as long as your ADHD will allow. BT’s latest video for the track “Le Nocturne de Lumière” from his Grammy-nominated full length album These Hopeful Machines, is a visual treat. Reminds me of when visuals were all the rage using Winamp.

Step 1: Turn down the lights
Step 2: Turn up your speakers
Step 3: Hit play
Step 4: View full screen

- Mike






paris fashion week : Alexander McQueen spring 2012

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The Alexander McQueen spring 2012 collection was shown at Paris fashion week.  The collection was highly cohesive and showed that Sarah Burton, now head designer at McQueen, offers a more polished version of McQueen’s vision.  The theme of the designs was the sea, with many soft textures and colors, there were hints of darkness with oil spill black laced into the designs and collection.  The key to continuing to follow the trend of bold silhouettes and exaggerated shoulders into spring 2012 will be adding some softness with ruffles and color.  Peach will be a good way to add some girlyness for spring and will let you avoid baby pink.  Other great colors to add softness, cream and many shades of lavender.  Wear black all spring and summer long by opting for transparency with lace and appliqué, and with lots of soft texture.

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