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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…

+E.O.F. STYLE DIVINITY+

It’s official.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. NEW PICKS: Rhapsody in Blue!

We recently acquired some really sick classic 90s mens shirts that are perfect for a classic cool vibe this Spring / Summer! And weirdly enough, they all fell into this awesome blue palette which is super timeless and versatile.

We always gravitate towards that preppy ivy style but with a bit of a twist, and these shirts do that trick to give you that dapper playboy who still loves a little rock n roll!

Grab more details on these shirts, and more of our latest time traveled pieces! Also if you are in the Hamilton, ON area, we will be bringing some new pieces to our booth at the Hamilton Antique Mall {3RD FLOOR- 33E} this coming week, so definitely check it out.

Remember XIXIXI gets you 25% at the CHECKOUT, and we offer FREE SHIPPING in Canada and the U.S. – so don’t miss out!

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Until next time,

{theEye}

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The Eye of Faith Presents “THE VISITORS” @Supercrawl 2018

2018 was such an exciting year for us in fashion, and our collection “The Visitors” was the perfect way to cap it off, at the annual Supercrawl festival here in Hamilton, ON.

This collection was our most encompassing yet, with 13 looks on 13 models, rocking the runway in the hot September sun! We really wanted to go for a more eclectic party vibe this time around, and I think we really captured the essence of what we were looking to achieve!

The collection was inspired by the ABBA song “The Visitors” – a wicked disco jam, about the anxiety of having guests showing up at your home for a party! Strangers surrounded by your books, paintings, and furniture…it can leave you in a quite a tizzy.

Disco glamour, divas, glitter, and rock n roll definitely played a hand, and we really wanted to play off the idea of visitors – who perhaps could be from a different dimension; so, there’s also a bit of space and sci-fi moments happening throughout.

Each piece is one of a kind, handmade, and uses vintage fabrics and materials.

Styled by The Eye of Faith

Makeup Up by Janet Granados & Claudia Alaimo

Hair by Hexe Noire & Poison IV

Best of all, we got to end the show with our girl Amanda Lear’s “Fashion Pack”, who was another inspiration for this collection!

For more information on any of these pieces, feel free to email us:

the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

Until next time,

{theEye}

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HALLOWEEN COSTUME KARAOKE @Sousbas {October 31} !!!

As you might know, we host a Karaoke Cabaret every second and fourth Tuesday at The Casbah here in Hamilton, ON. It’s always important for us to give tribute to the Gods of Karaoke and this Halloween we are so excited to announce that we will be hosting a special Halloween Costume Karaoke at Sous Bas {145 Main St. E}!!!

NO COVER, FREE CANDY, and all the songs you can sing! Bring us a carved jack-o-lantern and you get a FREE DRINK!

Since its Halloween, we encourage you to dress up as the artist you want to sing!!! Here is a little gallery for inspiration of some pop culture icons and their best music inspired Halloween get-ups!!!

 

Of course, we always encourage everyone to be themselves, so do you!!! Come as you are . . .

Can’t wait for this night, so do come out if you’re looking to howl at the moon this Halloween!!!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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The Return of the #Supercrawl Fashion Pop-Up Shop!

For months we have been excited for the return of the Supercrawl Fashion Pop-Up shop. If you are a dedicated follower, you may remember us doing the Pop-Up last year at Limeridge Mall for 10 days.

This year, we are so lucky to be open for over three weeks (August 3 – August 25) right in the heart of Downtown Hamilton right smack in the middle of Jackson Square.

Seeing as the Supercrawl Festival is right downtown on James Street it couldn’t be a better fit!

If you’ve been following us, you may also know that over the past few years we have been branching our brand into creating original designs using vintage materials and fabrics we have obtained over our years of purveying.

Well, this truly is an exciting time for us, because this is our first ever Pop-Up where we are selling exclusively these one of a kind pieces that we handmade over the last four years. It truly is a special honor to be able to showcase these designs, and hopefully sell some to appreciative style-savvy people in our city.

We share this with 7 other fabulous Hamilton designers and brands including Batik Boutik, Defective Collectiove, Design by Mallory, Kitster Creations, True Hamiltonian, and With Love Lingerie. The chance for local designers and brands to showcase in a mall setting is so rare, so we feel very lucky to be a part of it all!

Hopefully soon we will have these pieces catalogued for sale to the rest of the world, but until then, keep updated through our Instagram and Facebook for any breaking news!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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A KARAOKE CABARET takes on an 80s New Years Eve Party at @casbahhamilton via @riskybiz80s

 

We are psyched to announce that will be hosting a very special KARAOKE CABARET in The Casbah Lounge on New Year’s Eve in conjunction with Risky Business 80s NYE Beach Party !

And in true The Eye of Faith fashion we will also be hosting and judging an 1980s-themed costume contest for all you fun people who like to dress up and look radical!!!

Tickets are $15 advance from Dr. Disc and The Casbah (or email us at the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com) or $20 at the Door!

We will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for the winners all before the clock strikes 12 . . . so if you are in the Hamilton, ON area come on down and help us bring on 2018 with a bang!

Special thanks to DJ Mark at Dr. Disc for bringing us on board to assist the Risky Business team in bringing you optimal fun and amusement!

Hope to see you there!

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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The Eye of Faith Presents “A KARAOKE CABARET” {Halloween Edition} October 31!!!

 

We are pleased to announce that this Halloween we will be conjuring the spirits of music at A Karaoke Cabaret special {Halloween Edition} at The Casbah starting at 9p!

We love hosting every second and fourth Tuesday, but couldn’t resist the chance to do it up on All Hallow’s Eve! Hopefully you and your friends can’t resist either!

So, share share share….

Lasers and hazers will be in full effect!

QUESTIONS? Comment below or Email us!

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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The Eye of Faith Presents {NEW KINGDOM} @SUPERCRAWL 2017

 

Creatures of a day!
What is a man?
Man is the dream of a shadow.

-Pindar

 

SUPERCRAWL is upon us again! North America’s fastest growing festival is in its 8th year, and is set to be bigger and better than ever. Which is why we are so excited to announce our latest runway show entitled {NEW KINGDOM} to close the Designer Showcase in the Maker’s Market Fashion Tent at 9pm on Saturday, September 9!

 

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This collection is inspired by the palette, modernity, and of course, glamour of Ancient Egypt and is a nod to a new society who embraces the {past} to invigorate the {present} and propel us all into the {future}. We are featuring both menswear and womenswear, and most of the designs utilize vintage materials for a truly one of a kind statement.

We’ve been preaching for years, but its a still a huge issue! We fill our landfills with so much wasted fabric that its killing our planet. If we can work towards helping reduce this footprint in any way- we are vigilantly dedicated to this cause- and if more people could follow suit, who knows what could change?

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You are only a spirit

-Djehuti {ancient egyptian proverb}

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So if you’re around this Supercrawl weekend in Hamilton, ON make sure you swing by the Fashion Tent at James and Murray and check out some of the city’s best fashion, and of course, our {NEW KINGDOM} at 9p on Saturday, September 22!!!

CHECK OUT THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK

PLEASE SHARE!

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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{FAVOURITE FINDS} WE LIKE, WE LIKE TO PARTY!!!

Alright, so summer is almost over, but it doesn’t mean the party has to end!

That’s why we are showcasing some of our coolest new vintage finds to help give you some inspiration. . .

So, lets get this party started!

 

Pastel Blue PVC Motorcycle Jacket

For those daze . . . of moto-inspired craze, with a pastel punch, you can’t deny this lovely gem is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

PIT TO PIT: 21″
LENGTH: 27″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 31″

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90s Jantzen Southside Insane Rainbow Graphic Two Piece Bathing Suit

Party outside, party inside – this two piece bathing suit gives us electric rainbow life!!! Super cool, and rare piece. Do you measure up?

TOP
PIT TO PIT: 18″
LENGTH: 8.5″

SHORTS
WAIST: 13″ – 16″
LENGTH: 9″

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90s CALVIN KLEIN Clear PVC Hooded Poncho

We have a thing for clear PVC anything! It’s just so rad, and timelessly futuristic!!! So in short, this is the perfect combination of {PAST} / {PRESENT} / {FUTURE} which you know is totally our jam. A rare find, so if you’re digging our vibe, act fast!

PIT TO PIT: 28″
LENGTH: 31″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 31″

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Exquisite Designer FRANK USHER  Graphic Beaded Sequin Party Jacket

I mean can you say “WOWZA”!!! This is THE party jacket that you need to light up the room. Great slouchy vibe, and in mint condition with all sequins and beads intact. Super RARE find, so don’t let this one slip through your fingers!

PIT TO PIT: 22″
LENGTH: 25″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 27″

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Graphic Gold Metallic Street Party T-Shirt

You know what they say . . . all that glitters is most definitely GOLD! Gold has always been a big staple of our style, and we want to pass on this age old wisdom to all those stylishly discerning. That means you!

Glam it up, or grunge it up … just do your thing!

PIT TO PIT: 22″
LENGTH: 26″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 16″

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Models: Nicole Buston & Danielle Brandino

Rare LINDA LUNDSTROM 90s Green Shiny Holographic Party Jacket

Linda Lundstrom was a fabulous Canadian designer throughout the 80s and 90s, and this cyber-inspired holographic jacket is just one of the fantastic style statements she designed during her career. Holographic is super ‘in’ right now, but this piece just has a whole other level to it than the cheap mall knock offs you are seeing today.

THIS IS THE REAL DEAL, people! So don’t miss out!

 PIT TO PIT: 20″
LENGTH: 26″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 28″

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So if you like to party . . . LETS GO! Sometimes you just need to put on some fresh duds and let loose. Nothing wrong in that. Just as long as you are being true!

Don’t forget, that XIXIXI gets you 25% OFF in the {SHOP}, so don’t be shy! It’s all for you…and much more to come, so stay tuned!

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Until next time,

{theEye}

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Because the Sky is Blue it Makes Me Cry!!! ‘VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS’ TRAILER {Luc Besson, Supermodels, and Rihanna OH MY!}

 

Luc Besson,
Supermodels,
and Rihanna
OH MY!

 

In case you didn’t know, trailers have been dropping for Luc Besson‘s latest visual masterpiece “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” which stars burgeoning stars Dean DaHanne and the supermodel who continues to break the mould (as well as continually be a major bad ass)- Ms. Cara Delevingne.

Based on the French comic series first published in 1967 and reappearing again in 2010, Valérian and Laureline ; the trailer is full of astounding moments that dazzle the eyes (that PALETTE, though?!) and are all the more amplified by the surge of emotions provided by the addition of the very first original recording by the Beatles to ever appear in a movie trailer!

Sounds like a big feat, but apparently all it took was for Luc Besson to ask Paul McCartney himself.

I just asked! We reached out to Paul McCartney, and he asked, ‘What is the film?’ and then he said yes! I never met him – I wish I could, to thank him. From what I heard, he’s seen a couple of my films…There is a vibe that I think, from what I heard, made him say, ‘For this one, because it’s at least new and fresh.’ So I think that he likes that. He likes to be part of something new.” {source}

{Read More} The Beatles’ ‘Because’ Featured in First ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Trailer

While the French director certainly isn’t a stranger to the genre of science fiction, count on today’s advances in technology breaking the walls down for true aesthetic mastery, much the same way he did years ago with the stellar 90s masterpiece “THE FIFTH ELEMENT“!

I mean, who can forget that DIVA MOMENT!!! 

{watch the full version here}

OH, and have you spotted HER yet?

According to most conspiracy websites, the Queen of Witches herself: RI RI , GOOD GIRL GONE BAD , MISS SUNSHINE . . . RIHANNA where you at?

Well, if you’re asking yourself that question, here’s the second teaser to drop this week to get another look!

Alright, if you haven’t spotted it yet, lets post our own little teaser below, just because . . .

+SORRY NOT SORRY+

Only Luc Besson could pull of making this film, and we can’t wait for it to land in theatres July 21!

We were super inspired, as always, by the style and look of this film – most particularly that super rad vintage Hawaiian graphic shirt that Dean DaHaan sports in the film! Are we not always saying that a wicked wild graphic shirt is absolutely timelessly cool?!

{READ MORE} +THE CASE FOR HAWAIIAN SHIRTS+ by The Eye of Faith {Vintage}

I guess it really wouldn’t be the first time I’ve said :

” I TOLD YOU SO”

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Here’s some graphic shirts we have in our {SHOP}!!

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+ RAD 90s Illustrated Botanical Naturalist Stripe Graphic Print 

Short Sleeve Slouchy Shirt+

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+ COOL 1960s Mens Sunset Resort Silhouette Bad Ass

Surf Street Chic Graphic Hawaiian Shirt+

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+ CHIC 1980s Slouchy Grey and Purple Abstract Graphic Print

Slouchy Silk Playboy Shirt+

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THANKS FOR TUNING IN!

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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