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{FLASHBACK FRIDAY} The Eye of Faith Meets The Beaches {2014} !!!

 

photo by Aaron Robert Duarte
photo by Aaron Robert Duarte

This was way back in 2014 for Supercrawl here in Hamilton, ON. James Street sure was the shit back then – still kind of is, but it definitely had a bit more grit than you might find nowadays.

It was the year we also had the opportunity to style Mr. Charles Bradley after his luggage was lost on his way into the city. Remember it being so sad to hear that this legend of soul passed back in 2017…we will be forever grateful for that opportunity and being in the pure presence of this legend!!!

Fatefully we would also have the pleasure of running into the stylish foursome – “The Beaches” whose lead singer walked away with that smashing shiny black PVC trench coat (made in Switzerland if my memory serves me correct) and wore it for their kick ass performance, which I was privy to watch, as well as sneak some behind the scenes takes.

So lets give it up for Jordan, Eliza, Kylie, and Leandra for all their wicked success since! As well as winning Best Breakthrough Group at the 2018 Juno Awards, the group has also been centred out by an extremely prominent rock n roll rebel icon … Sir Elton John!

In fact, he can’t stop gushing about them….

photo by Aaron Robert Duarte

Great job!

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Too many thots in the mist…

Just a thought.

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Love how they always sport a bit of a vintage edge like any cool Toronto girl would, and of course should! Check out their videos below.

Their latest, “Snake Tongue”, which is an epic ballad for the young millenial woman (“Stop sending me all your dick picks 
They are boring me to pieces”) followed up by the song that caught the attention of Elton John – “T-Shirt”! Love the video for that one since they do a cool throwback to 70s television music showcases.

Lets give these bad ass ladies some love, shall we?

Until next time,

{theEye}

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “The Devil is Loose” by Asha Puthli

Well it sure has been a minute since we’ve had the chance for another addition to our beloved {MUSIC MINUTE} corner of our blog. Things have been really hectic and full, which is great, but with summer officially in full swing we are hoping to take the opportunity to put up more content here to ensure treasures of the {PAST} can be upheld here in the {PRESENT} and hopefully continue shaping our {FUTURE}…

Here we have a wicked piece called “The Devil is Loose” by one of those icons that everyone should know (but doesn’t) – Asha Pulthi! This song is from her album by the same name, and was her third of eight recorded albums.

Asha was born in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) February 4, 1945 and trained in classical Indian music and opera before falling for the devils of jazz which she infused into her traditional roots. After graduating from a public University in India, she received a scholarship to go to New York City and study with legendary choreographer Martha Graham (that aspect will make total sense when you see her moves in the video).

Her fate was setlled when her appearance on “Aint it Peculiar” by the Peter Ivers Band which was covered by major music magazines like Billboard and Rolling Stone. Her reckless abandon and joyful reverie was heard (and you can hear it too here– HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and soon she had avant-garde jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman knocking on her door, or calling her phone? We may never know…but she would make the most prophetic and signature vocals for his out-of-this-world improvisational jazz album Science Fiction, and the rest is history!

She was signed by John Hammond who most famously discovered Billie Holliday, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen – so very good company indeed!

Like I mentioned, this is from her third album of the same name (“The Devil is Loose”). Sadly not much is written about this album at all (at least in English) since it never saw its release in the US. But throughout, her vocals are sultry, soft, sweet, soulful and mysterious… her voice vaguely reminiscent of Diana Ross and then at other times as great and grand as Aretha Franklin.

Unfortunately for Asha, the money men at CBS London found an easy way out of hoisting her up and getting paid her proper dues when she became pregnant which effectively brought an end to her escalating royalties.

But before they could stiff her completely, performances on British television  would ensure her the right to negotiate royalties that only major acts such as The Beatles were able to obtain at the time- 14%!!! This and coupled with her pregnancy, Asha was shipped off to Germany much the same way The Beatles had been shipped to Hamburg.

However, unlike The Beatles, this choice by CBS London essentially hindered her career much more into obscurity and  allowed for artists like Donna Summer to build their brand off what Asha had rightfully developed.

She herself claims that Donna Summer, alleged Queen of Space Disco, copped her style- not only vocally, but literally too!

According to Asha, during one of her performances in Germany in the early 1970s she was approached by Ms. Summer herself.

Donna was in this moment “belting out songs” according to Pulthi, rather than the subdued dreamy vocals of Asha, inspired by her Hinduistic classical training, which gave that otherworldly style that would become the virtual sound of any major Munich disco…and would soon be adapted by the now famous Disco Queen that EVERYONE has heard of.

Not only that, Donna Summer allegedly approached Ms. Puthli backstage asking where she could find Asha’s custom made dress, to which Puthli would not oblige.

Donna, unbeknownst to Asha, went ahead and asked designer Bill Gibb to which he refused. Them’s the breaks, I guess.

“A lot of people say that this album [The Devil Is Loose] and the other album are templates that later on Donna Summer, Pete Bellotte, Georgio Moroder all ripped off from my sound. Now, remember I’ve mentioned to you that I was suspended because I was pregnant. So at that time was when they jumped on the bandwagon, apparently. This is what I’m told by people in Germany, in the industry. Because when they called me up they said, ‘We want to work with the real McCoy,”

-Asha Pulthi {source: Red Bull Music Academy}

Nonetheless, she is more and more recognized in importance and relevance for her ethno-fusion cosmic disco avant-garde synthy soul vibes, her out of the world stage presence (her moves have also been centred out as a major influence to Kate Bush), and undeniable individuality. A rebel spirit through and through.

Her first album “Asha Pulthri” was shot by Mick Rock who was David Bowie’s official photographer (she would also go on to hire Pierre LaRoche, Bowie’s iconic makeup artist), and was admired by art influencers such as Richard Avedon, Manolo Blahnik Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Diane Vreeland, and even headlined at Studio 54.

Her style was always changing and was always an eclectic mash up of her heritage, the {present} day (for her, {past} for us), and the unknown frontiers of space and time….So, how about that Donna Summer?

She most notably also made an appearance in the obscure Merchant-Ivory art film “Savages”, as one of the three wild women leaving very little to the imagination.

Her music was even literally blasted into space in 2009 from the Goonhilly British Satellite Earth Station on the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Why, you ask? Well

“{her music is} a form of free-floating, ultra-sexualized intergalactic disco that matched hyperventilating time with erotic electronics and surreal sonic environments. Puthli has gone so far out that she has space walked into inner space.”

As well, she has been sampled by the likes of P. Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Redman, 50 Cent, and Dilated Peoples. She even owns writing credits to “The World is Filled” by Biggie Ft. Too Short and Puff Daddy…so yeah!

SHE’S A BOSS

 

Nowadays the notion of a globalized pop star like Asha isn’t too uncommon. Artists like BTS get millions of fans around the world; or take for instance, K-Pop Girl Band BLACKPINK who just performed at Coachella…even the song ‘Jai-Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire went on to win both an Academy Award and a Grammy!

That is NOW…but back THEN, artists to cross-over these racial boundaries were even rarer which is why still today, we can look back in awe on the incredible artistry, bravery and honesty Asha put forth to just be who she is!

I was not encouraged to do my own songs. They wanted me glam, more Shirley Bassey than Joan Baez. I insisted upon including at least one of my own songs, just one. They (the CBS record producers) already thought I was difficult because I wouldn’t change my name. There is a cognitive dissonance when you have a name like mine….They gave me suggestions like Ann Peters, Ann Powers. I said no as I had already won the Down Beat at that time and had a fan base in India. As Asha Puthli!”

Asha Puthli @ The Grammy Museum  {source}

Oh, how wonderful it is just to be yourself!

Some people might even blame THE DEVIL…which I’m sure is why she created this cosmic disco masterpiece.

See for yourself below:

HOW EPIC WAS THAT?!

{the dress, the moves, that audience, the song…EVERYTHING}

Luckily, so much of her music is resurfacing so we hope this post will help in the manifestation of her glory. Please enjoy “The Devil is Loose” and let us know what you think in the COMMENTS.

If you are intrigued, Red Bull Music Academy has a wonderful interview with this legend published just this last February, 2019.

We barely scraped the tip of the iceberg with this one, so don’t let us down! Go check her out, channel her spirit, and play those funky cosmic disco sounds hard into the night…

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It’s official.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “Blood and Honey” by Amanda Lear

So, lately we’ve been obsessed with the decadence and glamour of the 1970s disco scene, especially in Europe! And when we found this video by avant-garde superstar Amanda Lear, we found it to be the perfect combination of vintage awesomeness and spooky elegance!!!

We didn’t know very much about this divinity (don’t worry…we will be working on giving her an honored place on our altar of Style Idols & Divinities), but we have been delving into this marvelous woman’s life like no one’s business!

Here is a woman who hobnobbed with The Beatles, David Bowie, Brian Jones, Bryan Ferry, Andy Warhol…had the model looks of Verushka and the voice of Marlene Dietrich. Not only that, she was a close confidante to THE Salvador Dali, and remained one of his closest friends and muses until his death. She even closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1980s pop music muses collection back in 2013!

What is so wonderful about Amanda is her mystery . . . sometimes things are best left to the imagination, and Lear keeps this enigmatic quality to this day (her birth date and nationality is still unclear, as well as other rumors circulating)!

This is what we respect most of this bad ass woman! Just be yourself, and everything else will fall into place.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {JAN 2, 2018}

“Torso” {circa. 1906}

by F. Holland Day

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Day was an advocate for photography as fine art.

Open your eyes. Take in all you can. Be the best you that you can be.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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DING DONG CHARLIE MANSON IS DEAD!

We’re not in Wonderland anymore Alice

-Charles Manson

 

Maybe we can all sleep a little more sound knowing that yesterday marked the passing of one of the world’s most notorious criminals – Charles Manson.

Infamous for bringing a dark turn to 1969’s Summer of Love co-ordinating a string of horrific murders in the Hollywood Hills of 7 highly influential and well-to-do victims including the heiress to the Folger coffee fortune, owners of a successful grocery chain, and iconic beauty – actress and model Sharon Tate.

You could say 8 victims total if you include that Tate was pregnant.

While he never committed any of the murders with his own hand – there is little doubt that his cult-like hold on his followers was so powerful that he was able to control and manipulate seemingly ordinary people to do some of the world’s most vicious atrocities using his strange magnetic quality, and the help of psychedelics like LSD.

{THROWBACK: “The Night Roger Sterling took LSD with Angela’s Mom from ‘My So Called Life’}

The three women also charged in the murders have all given chilling accounts of the murders, as well as the hold Charlie had over them.

{read Susan Atkin’s account of the murders from December 14, 1969}

And whilst Manson and his black witches were put away, they were spared the death penalty when it was deemed unconstitutional in California in 1972- Manson still garnered countless followers and fans who worshipped the man like a God. Most recently he was even engaged to a 20-something woman named Star, only later to call it off when it was revealed to him that their relationship was a ploy to acquire his body and set up a Lenin-esque tomb in Los Angeles after his death to make money.

All across the internet you can buy merch featuring his face and words, countless best-selling books about the man, his cult, and their crimes, successful feature films, and even an NBC series ‘Aquarius’ featuring the handsome Gethin Anthony as the cult-leader. 

Most recently the popular FX series American Horror Story featured a scene in their latest season ‘CULT’ depicting Evan Peters telling his own followers about the legend of Charles Manson and the murders that incited his revolution. This episode aired only less than two weeks before his death, in a strange twist of fate with Peters also doubling as Manson, and series stars Sarah Paulson, Bilie Lourd, and Leslie Grossman as Susan “Sexy Sadie” Atkins, Linda Kasabian (granted immunity for her testimony at the trial), and Patricia Krenwinkle – California’s longest serving female prisoner.

Personally it felt a bit like a gross glamorization of a horrific act, and a bit of a gratuitous showcase of violence (which is very AHS these days), and the thought that these twisted fuckers could get any kind of glorification from something like this was disgusting.

We’ll post it here, and let you decide:

Then it was announced that Charles Manson was dead, and somehow it seemed like a door had been closed on all that, and maybe we can feel good that some strange twisted energy has been depleted from this world.

Or maybe, its only out there running rampant looking for its next conduit….either way:

Ding Dong Charles Manson is DEAD!

 

We collected some fascinating headlines from the murders and trials, and thought they made for a unique visual of the horror and terror these seemingly simple-minded and harmless people brought onto this world.

His legacy will live on for better or worse, and if there is one thing we can learn from Manson is that evil truly does exist in this world, and we can never underestimate its reach. He may have indeed incited some kind of wickedness when you consider all the messed up things that have begun to avalanche in our society.

 Also, never underestimate a starving artist scorned!

 

From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils in the power of scorpions to torment.
-Charles Manson

 

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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A VIEW WITH A ROOM // A POP UP {SHOP} @VOLVERDESIGNS

 

A VIEW WITH A ROOM - THE EYE OF FAITH VINTAGE - POP UP SHOP- JAMES STREET NORTH-11

As you know, we had the pleasure of setting up A POP-UP {SHOP} at Volver Studio at 126 James Street North in Hamilton, ON this Friday, and it was a blast! Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who made their way up to the third floor, and especially THANKS to our loyal patrons who keep the dream alive.

I know a lot of our international friends and followers are not able to readily see what we are up to in the flesh, but perhaps a digital gallery can suffice.

We went for our signature time-traveled look, which was all the more amplified by the incredibly gorgeous space.

Hope you enjoyed the view!

Hoping to get more and more of this stuff online into the New Year, so stay tuned, or if you see something that is catching your eye and need more information email us at: the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

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Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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{STYLE IDOL} Jean-Michel Basquiat


BASQUIAT

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jean michel basquiat

{French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ miˈʃɛl baskija]; December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988}

1. artist. style icon. 

2. academic; a little underground; a little street; archaic African; American hip-hop; Classic; Refined; Cultured; Gritty; Nitty; Bad Ass; Post-Punk; Anti-Conservative; Painted. Layered; Tough; Rugged; Tribal; NYC. 

3. timeless. 

4. cool. 

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I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

-Jean Michel Basquiat

I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life.

-Jean Michel Basquiat

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {December 9, 2015}

Simon in a Vintage Suit. H. Craig Hanna, 2013

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“Simon in a Vintage Suit” by H. Craig Hanna (2013)

Timelessness. Its a real thing.

Lest we forget.

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{PHOTOBLAST} ‘SELFIE’-CENTERED SOCIETY

 

ROBERT CORNELIUS - 1839- SLFIE CENTERED- THE EYE OF FAITH VINTAGE BLOG

Robert Cornelius – Self Portrait – 1839

The FIRST ‘Selfie’ , as well as the first ever photograph of a human being in history. Not bad for a dead guy . . .

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KIM K - SELFIE CENTERED - THE EYE OF FAITH VINTAGE BLOG

“Why do you like me more when I was prouder and wilder, more full of words, yet emptier?”
― Friedrich Hölderlin

Don’t quote me on this one, but I feel like I’ve been hearing/reading a lot of talk about Kim K being the inventor of the selfie. She released her book SELFISH , and whilst you can attribute the ‘success’ of her following (52.8 million and counting) to her candid take on life posting bits and bites of her online constantly, she wouldn’t be the first or last to take a picture of themselves.

Nowadays ‘selfies’ are rampant on the internet, and its quite curious to see a generation of children growing up with the notion that there is an essential need to post one’s image ‘online’ at all times. There’s a saying these days that ‘if you don’t see it on Instagram, it didn’t happen‘ – which by all standards seems a little reductive to the actual experience of life and living, don’t you find?

While Kim may have been one of the forerunners in the popularization of the ‘selfie’, and even pushing the boundaries of the process of raising your phone in front of your face and pushing a button to some form or medium that one could consider ‘art’ . . . ? ? ?

Too much self-centred attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centred attitude is the source of suffering.

-Dalai Lama

Yes, that’s what’s strange and hilarious about this whole ordeal, when in fact, if you take a look at a ‘selfie’ from the past, they are a whole lot more interesting than the run-of-the-mill duck face, booty-tooched, tiara-faced, bicep crunched, mid drift bared, grainy narcissism that is usually made to elicit some form of hype or attention; rather they are candid, curious moments immortalized by light and silver taken in a manner that is even more technically advanced and complicated than your phone or tablet.

Hope I didn’t offend anyone and their phone or tablet, but its the gosh-darn truth. And even before the advancements of the photograph in general, we had artists who painstakingly mixed pigment and with brushes artfully illuminated their souls onto canvas in what are often the best works by any artist- the self portrait, as we have come to call it.

It’s good to be selfish. But not so self-centred that you never listen to other people.

-Hugh Hefner

It would seem as a collective whole; as a community through history – we have always been fascinated by our true image, or at least, the image we leave behind of ourselves when we are gone. Perhaps its a stab at not being forgotten, or perhaps it is the artists own way of insuring they remember the times that were.

So in true E.O.F. style, we want to take a look back at the great ‘selfies’ of the past, remembering where we came from, and hopefully we can invigorate some imagination to add a flux to our inevitable futures.

Some things never change . . . certain aspects can change drastically on a dime, but as a whole, I think our tendencies tend to stay consistent.

The oldest ‘selfie’ we included in the gallery is of Ancient Egyptian sculptor Bak, who was chief sculptor to the pharaoh Akhenaten (father to the very famous Tutankhamun) who drastically shifted Ancient Egyptian customs during his rule which included their religion, as well as the world of art. Amazingly, this sculpture that depicts Bak and his wife dates from 1345 BC and is one of the earliest known examples of an artist taking to their own self image. 

My personal favourite is that of Grand Duchess Anastasia (fourth from last) which dates from 1913. 13 at the time, she uses a Kodak Brownie (circa. 1900) propped on a chair in front of a mirror to curiously capture her own self image and remains one of the most famous ‘selfies’ ever taken (sorry Kim…) due to the circumstances of her death just five years after she took this photo.

Curious how things change. Curious how they stay the same, also.

Keep your eyes open. The past lives everyday around us.

Just takes a little squinting of the eye to see it so clearly.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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Into the Age of Aquarius, the Spirit of a Generation

That’s Verushka above holding the crystal ball. The premium European Sex Pot 1960s Supermodel Extraordinaire will always be remembered for her natural inclinations toward the artistic and extreme. This photo being a prime example of her unnatural talents, but it wouldn’t be without the stand alone talent of Don Snyder [1934-2010] and his remarkable publication “Aquarian Odyssey: A Photographic Trip into the Sixties”.

Since we’ve been especially psychedelic lately with our recent posts, it was important for us to go one step further and discover the psychedelic moods in the art and fashion of the day. There really was no better artist to turn to than Don Snyder, whose work is a cosmic collection of photographs taken throughout New York City in the 60s, as well as communes in New England and San Francisco.

The photographs he captured are both timeless and magical, and offer a beautiful glimpse into a not so far away world. His combination of stark reality with the whimsy of his surroundings create for priceless and spectacular moments caught in time. It’s all in the subtlety of each shot; the magic he has captured, proof there must truly be a God, or perhaps that Don Snyder is one.

Either way, let us not forget Don Snyder and his wicked gifts he has left for this generation to covet. Don passed in 2010 alone without a will, leaving an apartment full of prints and negatives the world might never get the privilege to see! He was known as a gifted photographer, and an even better teacher – “the alchemist of the darkroom”.

His friends and colleagues remember him for both the ingenuity and artistry of the man, but also his kind and dynamic spirit. While some might say the Psychedelic Art movement died with the times, young artists are emerging with some of the same sensibilities we see in Snyder’s work. Photographers like Petra Collins, Elliot Lee Hazel, and Ryan McGinley can all be seen as forgers of the same odyssey.

Sixties psychedelia has always “turned me on”, and while 2012 and the future seems to be striving for some sort of impossible sleekness. There is an unbearable inclination towards  cutting-edge in technology, and perhaps we have forgotten the strides the “Age of Aquarius” took for us.

The influential people of this moment were not celebrities seeking hits on a web page. The influential people of this generation were making dramatic steps to shaping the future. Causes of consideration included  civil rights, women’s rights, gay and lesbian rights, the liberation from the repression of sexuality, as well as the controversial use of drugs or “herbs” such as marijuana or LSD, all these things have been brought to the forefront of popular culture thanks to millions of brave “Aquarians” everywhere.

Now that all these steps have been made, it is up to younger generations not to let these messages fall to the wayside.  We must keep on keeping on, or have our freedoms slowly and unwittingly fall to our wayside. Yes, steps have been made, but where are we going? This is the question Don Snyder asks. And his “Aquarian Odyssey” represents a moment of hope amidst great uncertainty for the future. Sounds familiar, right?

Don Snyder’s “Aquarian Odyssey: A Photographic Trip into the Sixties” is a rare book to come by these day, but there is no denying the spell kept within. Browsing Barnes and Noble, a few copies can be found in near perfect condition, and with the recent death of the artist, and the rising interest in this niche of popular culture and history, it wouldn’t be unwise to pick one up today! A sure-fire great addition to any well-rounded style library!

Don’t forget!  When the moon is in the seventh house, The Eye of Faith will always be there! Snyder was a smart man for leaving his legacy behind with this one publication. Perhaps with these photos we can seek to find an answer to some of life’s great mysteries. Hope we helped you get there. Wherever that may be.

Sincerely,

{[The Eye]}

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