3/23/15


One of my all-time favourite Tom Petty & The Heartbeakers songs ever; and definitely the most Beatles'esque; it's 'Walls', with Fleetwood Mac's very own Lindsey Buckingham on backing vocals. Enjoy!



3/19/15

25, count 'em, TWENTY-FIVE years ago today, one of the most influential albums ever for me personally, Violator, was released by the incredible electronic music forefathers we know and love as Depeche Mode. I'm still blown away by this album just as much as the first time I heard it. Listen to the album in it's entirety right here and now:



Release Date: 1990.03.19.

Track:
01-World In My Eyes
02-Sweetest Perfection
03-Personal Jesus
04-Halo
05-Waiting For The Night
06-Enjoy The Silence
07-Policy Of Truth
08-Blue Dress
09-Clean

3/13/15



1. The Passenger - Iggy Pop
2. Queen Bitch - David Bowie
3. Rapture - Blondie
4. Train - Goldfrapp
5. Girls & Boys - Blur
6. Out Of The Races & Onto The Tracks - The Rapture
7. Courtship Dating - Crystal Castles
8. Afterlife - Arcade Fire
9. Y Control - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
10. West End Girls - Petshop Boys
11. Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
12. Working Day & Night - Michael Jackson
13. Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
14. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
15. Mary Jane - Rick James


3/9/15



1966
The Beach Boys started recording 'God Only Knows'. It became a UK No.2 single in 1966 and the B-side of 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' in the US. Paul McCartney has stated that it is his favourite song of all time



3/5/15



If you're anything like me, you're in your first week of March and you've had just about enough. I live in Toronto and this winter in particular has had be down in the dumps - on top of other things. Maybe the weather has you down, too; you've got no energy and you've been in hibernation mode. Maybe you lost your job or got into a huge fight with a good friend. Maybe you broke up with your significant other, or found out someone was talking shit on you. Perhaps someone you trusted totally fucked you. Perhaps you have crazy anxiety, like I do, and have trouble stopping yourself from always thinking the worst. Maybe you suffer from low esteem and and wish you could love yourself a little more. Whatever your situation may be, I'm here to tell you that you can and will get through it - and you'll come out a better person than you were before. By no way, shape or form am I a therapist or anything - but I have really learned the power of positive thinking and that you need to remember you always have control over you. Life is all about learning lessons, and learning about yourself. It may not be easy, but it definitely makes a difference in day-to-day life to keep positive. Here's some ideas of how to do just that:

1. RECOGNIZE THINGS COULD BE WORSE
I know what it's like; your heart is beating out of your chest, you're about to have a breakdown - it feels like the world is about to come to a crashing halt. Stop. Breathe. Relax. Is the sun in the sky? Do you have a pulse? You're alive and you have a roof over your head. Just check yourself for a second. Things could be worse. 

2. LEARN TO SEE THE GOOD IN A BAD SITUATION
It's not an easy thing to do. Everything great and everything terrible that happens in our lives shape us; they make us who we are. If someone breaks your heart, though it may sting, you'll come out on top. Focus on what you've gained, and what you've learned. Let it make you stronger and bolder. Make negative into a positive by turning it into a fuel that powers you. Keep pushing, keep fighting, and keep going.

3. KNOW THAT EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY
There's always a second chance, there's always another opportunity, there's always another door to walk through. Our time on this earth is very precious, so take a new day by the balls! You're never stuck. 

4. VENT TO A FRIEND UNAPOLOGETICALLY
Nothing is more precious than true friendship - if you've got it, hold onto it! Having that one special person in your life who knows you best, who is on your side and who will be there through everything with you - thick and thin - is a priceless thing. Let it all out to your best friend; they will be happy to be an open ear and help in any way they can, and it'll make you feel a lot better. Sometimes just talking out loud about something can help you make sense of it. Let it all out. Vent away!

5. CALL YOUR MOM/DAD/RESPECTED ELDER
Not only should you be calling your parents more, but there is something to be said about checking in with Mom for some Mom lovin'. Allowing yourself to put down the tough-guy act and becoming that vulnerable little kid again is a good way to let all that bad energy out. She will comfort you, protect you and give you wise words of advice. The wisdom our parents and elders have is truly a precious thing, and it should be sought after! Listen and learn. Your Mom is your best friend!

6. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE
It's incredible how your surroundings can have an effect on you. Everything from the weather, to the people you hang out with. It's not a bad thing to take a look at your social circle from an outsiders view. Do your friends make you happy, or stress you out? Are you spending time with people who better your life, or take away from it? Can you trust them, or are they totally unreliable? No one should be made to feel that they need a million friends, but having at least a few people in your life who you can go to for anything and talk to about anything is super important. There's gotta be at least one person you know who will always have your back, so spend more time with them! It'll make you feel good.

7. LET GO OF TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS
And if those people are taking away from your life, causing you stress, lying to you, taking from you, sucking the life out of you - get away now. You don't owe anyone anything, and remember: you are in control of your own happiness. It is the truly the little things that matter, and if they are not adding positivity to your life it's time to move on. Good-bye.

8. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE FUTURE
Thinking about the future is absolutely terrifying... for everyone! We never know what will happen from day to day, and nothing ever lasts forever. But the key is to stop and press pause. Think about where you are, who you were and the person you are today. Work backwards - how did you get here? Think about all the times in the past that you were afraid - afraid of change, of moving on, of being alone, of making a mistake... whatever it may be. You made it to this point in one piece, right? The future may be and unknown terrifying abyss, but you will get there one day. Just stay strong, make goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them and then you'll see the future really isn't that scary after all. You'll say to yourself, "bring it the fuck on, world"

9. BECOME YOUR OWN 1# FAN
Learning to love yourself is a struggle everyone will face in their lives. Confidence takes time to build with some while it overflows in others at obnoxious levels (which only proves to be incredibly obvious insecurity). Some people never learn to love themselves, sadly... but you at least have to try. Recognize all of the things you've achieved in your life. Think about things that you love and desire and wish for and motivate you. Remember all your friends and family who adore you and will always be there to support you. Realize some of your best traits and put a spotlight on them every day. Wear outfits that make you feel like a million bucks, listen to music that turns you into James Brown and walk down the street like you're mother-fuckin' Beyonce. Whatever you need to do to make you feel good in your own skin, do it. You never know what's around the corner and who you're gonna meet, so always strive to be the best version of you and others will see it, too!

10. YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR OWN HAPPINESS
No matter what happens, where you are, who you're with or what's going on in your life you need to remember that you are always in control. You are the conductor on this train we call Your Life. You don't have to be sad. You don't have to be miserable. You don't have to be angry. You don't have to be scared. No one said it would be easy... but if you are unhappy in your life, you have the means to change that. It's just a matter of boosting your self-confidence, surrounding yourself with people who nurture you, working hard towards being a better person every day and realizing and making your dreams come true. You will get there; you just need to believe you will.


BONUS: SMOKE WEED

It really works. Google it.



2/19/15


A long time ago, we featured Winona Ryder's character from Girl, Interrupted (1999) as a Shirk Magazine Style Icon. We're CHANNELING her again today, because we're wishing we could trade wardrobes right about now! Look at these super adorable behind-the-scenes polariods of Winona during filming that the wardrobe dept. took - years and years later, I still want! ME WANT!








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