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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?

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PIT TO PIT: 18″
LENGTH: 8.5″

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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,

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{MUSIC MINUTE}: “Take it Easy My Brother Charles” by Jorge Ben

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Take it from our old friend Jorge Ben . . .

Best take it easy for now, my friends and brothers!

Please enjoy!

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Yours truly,

{theEye}

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{MUSIC MINUTE} Josephine Siao Covers Gary Puckett & the Union Gap’s “Young Girl”

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We might not be familiar in the least with the name Josephine Siao, but in Hong Kong she remains one of the most beloved stars of all time. Starting her career as a child, she quickly became one of the biggest teen idols of the late 1960s, and made a very successful transition into adult roles.

Its easy to see why, especially in this insane music video of the young star covering American rock band Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ‘s classic song “Young Girl”. We loved the colours and retro-future vibes, as well as the insane 60s fashions, so wanted to bring this hidden gem to the forefront as is our mission here at The Eye of Faith!

Our eyes are open, our eyes are open

WIDE.

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+STYLE STAR+ ANDRE JUDD: PROPHET OF FASHION

If you’re a fan of Lookbook, or have ever had the chance to browse the online showcase of individual styles gathered to help foster the “collective fashion consciousness” that Lookbook is all about. While glancing past looks by a self proclaimed Mermaid from Neverland you are bound to stumble across this true one-of-a-kind Prophet of Fashion.

Just when you thought style couldn’t get more exciting or gloriously out-of-control you will meet Andre Judd. Andre treads the lines of dreaming and reality with a panache and attention to detail rivalling some of fashion’s greats. Time and time again, Andre has proved that the art of dressing is as much an art as any.

This type of talent is rare, and very few can achieve his bold unique punch of imagination, virtual reality, and pure abandon.  So, naturally we felt the need to connect with the Stylist, Designer, and Fashion Blogger Extraordinaire who answered a few of our questions on life, style, inspiration, and the unique fashion-forward fashion scene of Manila!

Most of all, we felt Andre was the perfect example of what we here at The Eye of Faith are always harping on about and that’s the courage to find inspiration and be your truest self to the highest extent.

“We see something new. Something exciting”

-Andre Judd.

EOF: There seems to be a lot of excitement and intrigue in the world of fashion in the Philippines. What would surprise or excite people most about the Filipino fashion scene?

AJ: Indeed. Every season we see new bright young talents emerge. These designers score high on the critics and fashion press because they have a refined focus on aesthetics as well being commercial.

I think what excites Filipinos about the fashion scene, is that every season it gets better and better. We see something new, something exciting.


EOF: Where would you say the epicentre of Filipino fashion is right now in the Philippines? Any favourite go-to spots?

AJ: Manila is considered the current fashion epicenter, drawing in designers from different parts of the country, as well as Filipino designers based abroad. There are a lot of cool retail shops and boutiques to check out in Manila. Top of my mind is Greenbelt 5, where a few concentrated stores are found selling current collections from my favourite local designers.

EOF: We love how many looks you create, and your undeniable knowledge for style. Who taught you these secrets? God, or deal with the Devil?

AJ: God. Definitely 🙂

EOF: What has been your most important lesson in life when it comes to your own personal brand of style?


AJ: Never say never. It’s my mantra ever since.

EOF: Creating so many complex and detailed looks must be quite the task. What is your secret to staying focused?

AJ: It’s not really hard. I wake up every morning with a strong idea on what I would wear.

EOF: You mix a lot of items one might typically prescribe as masculine or feminine, and it seems once they get the Andre Judd touch, it’s neither. Instead, it’s a whole new brand of cool. What do you call this?
AJ: Some call it non-conventional, others call it androgynous, but I call it post-modern and irreverent 🙂

“Fashion is about change”

-Andre Judd.

EOF: Interesting shapes, textures, and patterns are essential ingredients to your fashion magic. Do you have any tips on incorporating these ideas into one’s everyday style?
AJ: Try playing with shapes, textures, and patterns. For the novice, one can start with just one different detail. Like if you love black, why not play with colour – lets say fuchsia, and combine it with black. If you like wearing block colors, why not try a printed top? It’s the idea of adapting to new things. After all, fashion is about change. You don’t need to sacrifice your style, you just simply like it to evolve 🙂

EOF: You’ve accidentally conjured up an angry spirit who won’t get the hell out of your closet. You want to call the cops, but you know they won’t believe you so you pull out your exorcism kit and go to work. What is the one thing you are hoping to save from your wardrobe?
AJ: Oh my, toughest question ever. I’d pick my accessories box. You can do wonders to your look just by adding a necklace or a brooch.

EOF: What is your favourite vintage find, and why do you think your devils approve?

AJ: Its my Gianni Versace bomber jacket from the 80s.  You wouldn’t believe how super cheap I got it. Its my number one treasured find because its real leather, it has chain mail, looks very contemporary,  the color of the leather goes with anything, and it gives an instant edge to any look.

EOF: We have received a lot of botched up advice on fashion in our lives, but we have always stayed pure to what is inside. What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever been given?

AJ: Men shouldn’t wear women’s clothing.

EOF: For us, fashion is definitely an escape, and the style or look we wear is the story being told. You are an expert in storytelling, with a seemingly eternal well of inspiration. With almost 400 looks on LOOKBOOK, dark we ask – do you have a favourite?

AJ: Every new look I post is my favourite.

EOF: Here at The Eye of Faith, we like to think of ourselves as soldiers marching for a better tomorrow. Are there any causes or struggles in your life that you are fighting for?

AJ: I am a huge advocate of Filipino fashion so as much as I can I like to wear Filipino designers in my looks. That way I can help promote their names in the international scene via LOOKBOOK.

EOF: What sort of things can the readers of The Eye of Faith expect from Andre Judd in the future?

AJ: Expect the unexpected 🙂

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+STYLE STAR+ Say Hello to Max Westin . . .

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What is there to say about Max Willebrand Westin? The 18 year old style savant from Gothenburg (best name ever!), in Sweden, was kind enough to let us break in on his busy school schedule to pick his brain a little, and learn a bit more about what makes his fashion clock tick.

We were drawn to the dreamy photographs on Max’s blog, and his blending of classic tastes with a youthful post-modern edge. Max is sure to jet to heights of style stardom, or any other place his heart takes him to – so keep a look out for this bright young +STYLE STAR+ right in our midst! One day we can graze the night sky with our eye and find Max shining bright above us all. . .

Click here to check out Max Westin on TUMBLR.

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First, a bit of an introduction to yourself. What is your name, and what do you do?
My name is Max and I live in the Gothenburg area in Sweden where I’m currently studying my last term in school. I’m into photography, fashion and I really enjoy travelling. Regardless of how daft this might sound, dressing myself in the morning is many times the highlight of the day. Vintage and retro clothing is an important key to my style.

What would be your earliest fashion memory, and has it played a part in leading you to your fashion future?

I remember starting to care about what I was wearing probably in fifth or sixth grade, when I was eleven or twelve years old. Back then I didn’t know too much about how to dress, but I was really fond of big, graphic t-shirt prints and always went for the bright and vibrant colours. I’m still a big fan of bold colours and prints, but I have fortunately learnt what goes well with what and what doesn’t.

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When you wake up in the morning, what thoughts go through your mind while picking out your outfit for the day?

Not much actually. I’m usually putting on four different outfits before I’ve made up my mind. I tend to go either all black or really matchy matchy (it’s a bad habit, I know) with colours and such.

Do you have any go-to inspirations or style idols you look up to in your own style?

Lookbook.nu is a great source of inspiration. There’s quite a lot of people posting and even though, in my opinion, the diversity isn’t the richest, I’m sure everyone would find people and styles that appeal to them. You just need to give it some time. To name a few of them:Mind the MustardJudasLouis PhilippeMinji and the twins Jalan and Jibril
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What has been your most important lesson in life when it comes to your own personal brand of style?

Dare to try your way! There’s no room for caring what other (mostly insignificant) people think about the way you dress and present yourself. For example, not that it’s groundbreaking, but I as a guy like to wear high-waisted pants and really short shorts and therefore I do so, even though some people may find it disgusting.

Where are your favourite go-to spots to go for killer fashion and style?

In terms of places to shop?  I do most of my shopping at Topman, Weekday, Asos and several thrift/vintage stores.

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You’re walking down the street and stumble upon a time portal that will take you anywhere you want to go in the history of time. Where do you decide to take it, and why?

Sometime in the 80’s without a doubt! I’d go all in for a hardcore shopping spree, buying tacky silk shirts and leather jackets with huge shoulder pads!

Here’s a fun one. You’ve accidentally conjured up an angry spirit who won’t get the hell out of your closet. You want to call the cops, but you know they won’t believe you so you pull out your exorcism kit and go to work. What is the one thing you are hoping to save from your wardrobe?

Some kind of jacket! My collection of jackets mean the world to me.

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What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever heard or been given?

I can’t come up with any specific advice that I’ve heard or so, but in general, I really must say I think that a lot of male style/fashion bloggers are dressing pretty safe and boring, and due to that, they’re also giving safe and boring tips!

Any thoughts of the future of mens fashion and/or fashion in general, through the eyes of Max?
I’d love to see (and I’m sure I will see) more people crossing borders and gender-bending in fashion

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You can check out Max’s blog here for more of his amazing brand of style!

Thanks again, Max! You really killed it !

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“Every man and every woman is a star”

-Aleister Crowley

Until next time,

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Poems by Greta Bellamacina PLUS “London at Night” EOF Exclusive Poem!

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The last time we spoke with the gorgeous and talented Greta Bellamacina she was getting for a poetry read in Paris, the city of lights, and we were lucky enough to read an original poem written for The Eye of Faith on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Now she is back, with another exclusive poem, and a new book of poetry hand-picked by the divine poet laureate herself, as well some gorgeous black and white portraits that portray the artist in the most gorgeously mysterious manner. . .

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Even as she works hard on a commission by the Royal Academy for their annual summer show, she still has time to be one of the world’s most intriguing style stunners, most especially at the release of POEMS which was featured on the VOGUE UK blog!

 

 

 

London at night 

 

the unbearable night

the night building which washes water 

the night wind which sounds like trapped radiator spirits

the night red light mill

the night full of ship tears

the night window that pains

the mystery that calls you old-fashioned

the night meadow of drafts

the water you would plant under the ground

to save a generation. 

The night walls that shudder flowers

the night woman who is bare 

the equal distances from arms and closed eyes

and gardens that makes a city wide. 

The great face of street kingdoms

the letting of strangers

with metal coloured necks and the sex of swans.

The night cars that are already knocked at doors

the eyes of god lamps 

the night love of dead trees

the five stoned fat of sunlight behind the night

the nights spangle of solace

the park firing of birds

the parks angels

the denial of kneeing

the fear of the colour grey 

the night that is your collar bones

the night which is a wife

the nights common breath

the night watching over the year

and requiting the vertical fires of land

with sea-sore heads.

The unforgiving night

the polite notion of restarting and the barking of roses.

The night skin of summer

the eight ways you became bother and sister

for the sake of rainwater

freely whiter than burnt wood. 

 

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Conversations with Artist Cathy Busby

Conversations with Artist Cathy Busby 

Art, in our eyes, is a utopian platform for discussion, and is the perfect platform for the metamorphosis between {Past}, {Present}, and {Future}. Often times, art speaks to all three. By all means, Canadian artist Cathy Busby‘s art illuminates these dimensions simultaneously creating complex statements on history, society, and life.

We are honoured to feature a conversation with this talented artist by our equally talented correspondent John Wisniewski, so please enjoy!

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JOHN: Could you tell us about your installation “Steve’s Vinyls”? What inspired this project?

CATHY: Steve’s Vinyl was an art installation and performance giveaway of the nearly two-hundred albums left to me by my late brother, Stephen Busby. Steve was a gay man who died of AIDS-related illness. I had kept this eclectic collection of record albums in cardboard boxes for many years, neither playing nor looking at them. Gradually it occurred to me to stage an art event to appreciate and disperse them. It was a way of remembering him publicly and activating his record collection as music and graphics, dispersing the albums into the Halifax community.

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I knew the Khyber Centre for the Arts would be the best place in Halifax to host this event with its history of art installations, bands and performances since the 1990s. I planned Steve’s Vinyl for Dec 3, 2011 to coincide with World AIDS Day. It was a tribute to Steve and his varied tastes in music, men, and identities and a way of activating the collection as music and graphics. The collection became a time machine, a stimulant of memory and pleasure.

I colour-coded the albums, putting together, for example, the ones with a lot of yellow or pink on the covers, and made floor-to-ceiling stripes of these colours to frame the corresponding albums. This made the 200-or-so albums seem to fill this quite-large space. I carried over the colour-coding to make section breaks in the book, and to determine the colour scheme for the cover. Also, once people choose an album, they left drawings and notes on the wall in its place.

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These albums were further brought to life by the party with dancing and the performance of the MC in characters from the albums: Ken Hughes, the leather man from the Village People, Bruce Springsteen and Janis Joplin. The hype for the event came from the lottery-style draw where the first number could choose from all the albums. People were excited to have their number called, and in the end, everyone was a winner.

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JOHN:  What project are you currently working on, Cathy? Maybe you could tell us about any future plans?

CATHY: There are a few things coming up: My work, Pickled Art Centre Opening (2008) with Jinkelong, a large vinyl work, opens as part of (Da Bao) (Takeaway) at the Surrey Art Gallery on Jan 25. I’ll be featuring my printed matter at the LA Artist Book Fair Jan 30 – Feb 2 and I’m doing a page-work for the Capillano Review. Then in April my work will be featured in a show of politically-engaged artworks at Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver, curated by Justin Muir. In June, I’ll be showing in Berlin.

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One of the things I’m most excited about at the moment is a project I’m working on with LA based artist Bridget Kane, called Debt and Hope. It came about at a seminar about the problems of post-secondary art education and she, as a recent graduate blurted out that she was looking for hope in all of this and was $120,000 in debt. Of course many people are in debt these days, but this incident made me want to commemorate this situation, this moment we’re in now, so I asked her if she’d be interested in collaborating on an artwork about this. Since then, we’ve had an extensive email exchange and agreed that this correspondence would be the resource for our artwork, which will be presented at Assembly with support of the MAK Center in LA. I gave a reading from our correspondence at the Can-zine Broken Pencil Festival last October and this was the first public presentation of our work, I think it fueled the fire for both of us. The date for the actual installation is still to be determined, but will likely be sometime in 2014.

CATHY: Whom are some artists who have inspired you?

JOHN: About artists whose work is important to me, AA Bronson is an artist who has completely remade himself after the death of his two General Idea partners. Now he connects and collaborates with various artists depending on the project and does sexual celebrations in ritualized form, documenting the whole process, such as in he and Peter Hobbs book, Queer Spirits (2012). He is making hope and magic tangible, creating community wherever he goes – for example being the founder of both the New York and LA Art Book Fairs.

Since the 80s, I’ve appreciated the Guerrilla Girls and their feisty interventionist work, and then there’s Barbara Kruger’s big, biting pithy one-liner billboards and room wraps that have always seemed to me to stand up to mainstream marketing practices and call their bluff.

In another world of practice, Elaine Ho who founded Homeshop in Beijing and kept it going for 5 1/2 years, until the end of 2013. During the 2008 Olympics, she created an alternate art-hub, celebrating, for instance, all of the losers.

CATHY: Cathy do you collect activist posters? Why is this artwork important to you?

JOHN: I have some activist posters collected casually when I was making them myself in the 1980s . However, my substantial collection of posters comes from 2005 – 2007 when I collected neighbourhood posters in North End Halifax. These were the substance of an exhibition at the Emerson Gallery in Berlin (2006) and at Art Metropole in Toronto (2007). Each year I compiled them into limited edition  artist books, volume one and two (edition of 10). They are a portrait of the Halifax community and include posters for performances, protests, other social justice activities and gatherings of various description, all past-due and non-commerical. Sometimes I’d dig down through layers on the utility poles and find ones from events from past years. In this sense the art project of collecting and assembling was an archeology of sorts and I felt it was an important history to document, one that was so ephemeral in nature that it was often lost. The National Gallery of Canada purchased both volumes, so now this history is preserved.

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CATHY: Could you tell us Cathy about your work “We Are Sorry” and how the project began?

JOHN: I’ve done three large versions of We Are Sorry; first in Melbourne Australia (2009), then in Winnipeg (2010), and most recently in Vancouver (2013). The motivation for the project came from my work with public apologies generally. Then in 2008 the federal government apologised in Canada and Australia to their Aboriginal peoples for the Indian Residential School system in Canada and the Stolen Generations in Australia. These systems are now recognized to be responsible for generations of disrupted and broken lives.

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I often commemorate important but fleeting media moments in my work. The Laneway Commissions in Melbourne accepted my proposal to make large sign vinyl panels which were installed on the exterior of a power substation . The next year I was invited by the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission of Canada to do a similar project in conjunction with their launch in Winnipeg. At this point AA Bronson of Printed Matter in New York invited me to make a pamphlet in their Artists and Activist series, and this accompanied the Winnipeg project.

Since 2008, despite the inherent promise of the apology to respect Aboriginal people, much disrespect has been demonstrated including severe budget cuts to many Aboriginal programs addressing health and social conditions. So I made a commemorative billboard, Budget Cuts in 2012.

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Then in 2013, the sign vinyl of We Are Sorry, Melbourne Laneway Commissions became the raw material for the work I contributed to Witnesses: Art and the Canadian Indian Residential Schools last Fall. I fitted a piece from it for the Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia to fill the wall space available, with the words WE ARE SORRY centred at the bottom. The rest of the two large panels were cut into about 1000 pieces and these were available for visitors to take. The idea was, and I’m quoting myself now from the accompanying pamphlet: “…I like the idea of many people dispersing this work and that pieces of it find their way into homes and offices where it can be a reminder of the need to take responsibility for a justice-based co-existence / relationship between Aboriginal and settler peoples in Canada, which was the intent and the spirit of the 2008 apology…” Almost all the pieces were taken during the exhibition. It’ll be interesting to see them and hear stories about where they’ve ended up.

Thanks so much for this interview. It’s been great talking with you about my work.

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If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy our conversations with:

Chad Channing ( Drummer for ‘Nirvana’ & ‘Before Cars’)

Greg Prato (Author & ‘Rolling Stones’ Editor)

Donald Rizzo ( Artist )

Allyson Adams (Author & Daughter of Actor Nick Adams)

Lurker Grand (Author of “Hot Love: Swiss Punk + Wave 1976 – 1980” )

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Music Minute: Machu Picchu – The Strokes (2011)

We can all relate to ambition.  Whether it’s something flying over our heads, or a driving force at our back, we all know there’s a lot left to accomplish when we turn in at night.   Most importantly, we can all relate to being human.  And we do only have a limited amount of time to strive for those clouds.

“Platinum’s on the rise,
Playboy’s in disguise
I’m just trying’ to find…
A mountain I can climb.”

Here at The Eye of Faith, we adore everything vintage and things that are relics, and every so often we tune into what’s happening lately on planet Earth, and rock music is carrying the feet of the youth that are in revolt.

We take a music minute now, to listen to The StrokesMachu Picchu.

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