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Archive for December, 2012

music video premiere : Cindergarden – Lunar Phases

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Auxiliary Magazine is excited to premiere the new music video Lunar Phases by Cindergarden off the Lunar Phases EP released December 21st on Looking Glass Records. Check out this exclusive first look below!

– Mike Kieffer

fashion editorial : Tempered

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Featuring fashions by Strange Vixen.

photographer : Liz Besanson
makeup artist : Casey Tolbert
hair stylist : Alaina Ray
model : Alexa Nicole

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auxiliary profiles : Jessica Jewell

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

photo : Chrix Lanier
interview : Jennifer Link

Jessica Jewell is a frequent contributor to Auxiliary Magazine whose writing and photography spans the editorial spectrum, from lifestyle and media to music and unique features. A multi-facteted journalist, Jessica’s past experience includes: photography, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, and online news outlets; paralleled with a professional career in marketing. When she’s not on the hunt for her next story, you can find Jessica Jewell on the road for her next adventure. She loves the desert, trail running, street photography, fresh produce, and general mayhem.

What do you do at Auxiliary Magazine?
My territory spans the editorial landscape. I write and take photos for everything from: music, lifestyle, fashion, media, and event pieces. My fortes are music and personality profiles if I had to choose, though.

How did you join the magazine?
I was referred to Auxiliary by Saryn Christina, a contributing photographer, who I had actually modeled for in the past on other outside projects after the word got out through a mutual friend and collaborator about my pursuit of my true passion: alternative media and journalism.

What skills and experience from your background do you use as a contributor for Auxiliary?
I hold a degree in Journalism and contributed to a couple other publications prior to joining the Auxiliary team. I always loved photography. I had covered events and had done a few photo essays prior to joining; despite my past as a model, my aesthetic is more photojournalistic, raw, gritty portraits and street photography are my favorite. I have a talent for meeting unique people and exploring unusual places. I approach stories in a documentarian-style. I try to come from the standpoint of letting people think out loud and sitting back for both the interviewee and reader to find the content to be candid and organic, whether the story is told by writing or photography.

What is it about writing that is most appealing to you? How did you get started?
Writing has been the only constant in my life. I can express myself vulnerably and be honest. When I get into my writers’ mindset, I’m the only person on the planet and lose myself in a nebulous, timeless space. It’s a comfort and an affliction I wouldn’t give up for anything. In terms of journalism, I love the opportunity to meet new people doing incredible things and share it with the world. I’m eclectic and so are my subjects. I’ve been scribbling since I can remember. It’s always been my go-to medium ever since I was a kid. I started out as a poet, frequenting open mics and actually used to be a songwriter for a friend’s metal band. My innate curiosity and knack for meeting people led me to journalism after sometime. I do still write my psychobabble when I get a chance.

Do you think that the written word is just as important as an image?
Hard to say, I think it’s really dependant on the subject. In terms of journalism, an image sometimes speaks on levels that transcend words. They also can leave interpretation up to the viewer. Conversely, words can illustrate whole worlds to readers and provide such intimate details.

What artists out there (dead or alive) inspire you the most and why?
Diane Arbus, Charles Bukowski, and Sonic Youth. Their work has been a huge inspiration to my craft. I love visceral work that evokes instinctual reactions. No smoke and mirrors,just in your face, stomach-churning reality. I identify deeply with Arbus. Like she was, I’m immensely fascinated with people living on the fringes of society. I admire peoples’ unique tenacity and will to survive. Also like Arbus, I feel awkward and displaced from the status quo. It’s always been difficult to find a group I resonate with, and have been a drifter all my life. She photographed the people who didn’t have a voice and didn’t try to attach herself to the images. She sought to capture peoples’ raw essence. The photography wasn’t about the process or even the aesthetic, but about giving a platform to people snubbed by society, the freaks. “I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don’t like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.” – Diane Arbus. “Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.” – Diane Arbus.

Where do you roam and frequent in Los Angeles?
As a self-proclaimed foodie, you can find me at different restaurants looking for my latest fix. My most recent addiction has been trekking out 45 minutes to Rosemead to sink my teeth into the tender skin of some unsuspecting dim sum.

What piece is a fashion staple in your closet?
Definitely my prized boots. I have a shoe problem, more specifically a boot problem. My favorite pair is a dark grey, knee high pair of military-inspired heeled boots with two rows of vintage buttons up each side the front. It’s not uncommon to see me wearing a torn-up t-shirt. I like feeling comfortable and slightly rough around the edges. I also love jackets. Lots and lots of jackets.

Do you think the fashion drives the music or the music drives the fashion?
Easy. The music. Fashion and lifestyle hinge on influences like music. The mood and aesthetic is set by the sound. Fahsionistas better thank their lucky stars for music. What do they draw so much of their inspiration from? The music, of course.

You have the power of time travel, what one live performance past or future would you attend?
So hard to choose! How about a top five (in no particular order): The Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3, Bark Psychosis, Sonic Youth, Jimi Hendrix.

What celebrity, musician, or notable person that you have met were you most star struck by?
I don’t really get start struck, honestly. It was interesting meeting Michael Hussar, Billy Corgan, and Peter Murphy though.

spotlight editorial : CandiWorld

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

photographer : Bodo Janos Attila
model : RazorCandi

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item of the week : Drowning In Cocktails Dress by Lip Service

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Lip Service Drowning In Cocktails Dress

image source www.lip-service.com

New Years Eve is next week and that means parties and ritzy dresses. The Drowning In Cocktails Dress from the Disco Killer line by subculture fashion staples Lip Service, is the perfect NYE dress. Sequins and puffed shoulders make it current and glamorous, the mesh contrast and deep v-neck with back strap are a bit cyber and sci-fi making it unique, and the simple overall shape make it comfortable and appropriate for multiple settings. Hop from fancy cocktail party, to club night, to after-hours apartment party with this dress. With a change of shoes, hosiery, or jewelry or the addition/subtraction of a waist clincher or hair accessory, this dress can transform throughout the night as needed.

The Drowning in Cocktails Dress is available online for $90 at www.lip-service.com.

– Jennifer Link

release of the week : Mr. Kitty – Emotional / Physical

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

‘Tis the season for the music industry to take a break and with only a few releases to pick from this week was an easy one. Mr. Kitty is back with the Emotional / Physical EP on Aural Sects. This release follows the same formulas used for the Eternity album (read Auxiliary’s review of Eternity) which was released earlier this year. Yeah this might not be a super album like Crystal Castles – (III) or deeply complex like oOoOO – Our Loving Is Hurting Us but what it lacks it makes up for in charm, spirit, and energy.

Emotional / Physical is available as a free download on Bandcamp at www.auralsects.bandcamp.com/album/emotional-physical.

– Mike Kieffer

beauty editorial : Silver & Gold

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Featuring beauty products by Make Up For Ever and Essie and fashions by Kaotic Ekko’s Curiosities, Sxc GRRRL Xcessories, and more.

photographer : Kim Akrigg
creative director : Pretty Deadly Stylz
fashion stylist : Pretty Deadly Stylz
makeup artist : Shawnna Downing
hair stylist : Shawnna Downing
models : Hinson C @ ELITE and Lina K @ ELITE

view the full feature in the December/January 2012/2013 Issue

fashion editorial : Sugar High

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Featuring fashions by Iron Fist, Jeffrey Campbell, LEKUIN Designs, Miss G Designs, Impressive Swank, Etoile Couture Jewelry, Lip Service, Gelareh Design, Bubbles & Frown, Philthy Ragz, Beauty Is Pain Boutique, Kellea Lascano Designs, LindenCA, Blackliqorish Latex, and more.

photographer : Sequoia Emmanuelle
art director : Sequoia Emmanuelle
fashion stylist : Jessica Huerta
makeup and hair : Mynxii White, Amelia Nightmare, Daved Munoz, Austin Bean, and Ashley Joy Beck
models : Mynxii White, Amelia Nightmare, Daved Munoz, Austin Bean, and Ashley Joy Beck
photo assistant : Ivy Morrison
location : Pillarbox Studios

[ additional images not seen in the December/January 2012/2013 Issue ]

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style : Dark Deco

Monday, December 24th, 2012

For the holidays the Dark Deco style concept is gothic and romantic, sultry and empowering, dark and celebratory. Featuring fashions by Fluevog, Darling Clothes, Love & Lemons, Bicyclette Boutique,, Larene Lan, HoneyRose&K, FashionWhore, and WILDFOX.

styled and written by : Pretty Deadly Stylz
photographer : Bailey Northcott
makeup artist : Jeya Singh
hair stylist : Jeya Singh
model : Maddie B @ ELITE

[ additional images not seen in the December/January 2012/2013 Issue ]

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interview : DYM

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

With a couple of beers in hand and a casual conversation, Auxiliary’s Hangedman sat down with the nicest guys ever, that is, Toronto industrial/electronic heroes E~N and Arc of DYM. Excited about their second full album release, Technocratic Deception, due in December on Deathwatch Asia and in January on Vendetta Music, DYM shared their thoughts on their creative process, the scene, the state of industrial music, and how it all fits into their grand plan for total dance floor domination.

interview by : Hangedman
photographer : Adrian Onsen

[ additional images not seen in the December/January 2012/2013 Issue ]

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release of the week : Klonavenus – Klonawelt

Friday, December 21st, 2012

This week’s featured release actually came out December 7th but it is definitely the album I listened to the most this week, and that album is Klonawelt by Klonavenus on EK Product. This little known duo from Rome, Italy embrace the classic EBM sounds and mix in more modern futurepop elements giving it a nice fresh sound. But really the bouncy melodies and vocals have a fun element to them that seems to be lacking in most newer releases. This album is perfect music to cheer you up and get you moving!

Klonawelt  is available for purchase online and can be listened to online on Bandcamp at www.ekproduct.bandcamp.com/album/klonawelt.

– Mike Kieffer

item of the week : Sourpuss Gift Certificate

Friday, December 21st, 2012

image source www.sourpussclothing.com

Have some last-minute shopping left to do? You don’t have to rush off to a big box store or the mall and deal with hoards of crazy holiday shoppers, you can still shop small and niche businesses in this late hour. Sourpuss offers Gift Certificates, with a range of $10 to $5,000, so really any gift budget is covered there I should think. And there is always the option of picking out a gift online and telling that certain someone a gift is in the mail and being sent right to them! For that option, Sourpuss is offering 35% off everything from December 20th until December 25th. All you need to do is enter the code BLOWOUT at checkout to get the discount. This close to game day, you can still find deals. And ladies and gents, this ones a big one. Or maybe you have a little extra cash to get yourself a treat? So what are you waiting for? Get out there (into the world of the internet that is) and get that shopping done!

Gift Certificates available online for $10-$5,000 at www.sourpussclothing.com.

– Tasha Farrington

music video : OOFJ – Death Teeth

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Check out this video from the Scandinavian duo OOFJ. The track has this tripped out minimal techno feel with soft vocals that just implants this uneasy feeling like something is about to go terribly wrong. Their new album Disco To Die To is due out February 25th, 2013 via Clapyouclapme and Fake Diamond, let’s hope that the rest is as good as “Death Teeth”.

– Mike Kieffer

music video : Santa Hates You – Scum

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Santa Hates You follows up their calling out of assholes around the globe in “Scum” from their new album It’s Alive, with a music video that depicts the duo, consisting of Jinxy and Peter Spilles of Project Pitchfork, taking out those assholes. Santa Hates You delivers their message with horror, camp, humor, and fun! Check out the video and check out our interview with Santa Hates you in the December/January 2012/2013 Issue!

– Jennifer Link