Posts Tagged ‘Linkin Park’

I am taking full advantage of it being summer, So if I revert back to only making 1 post per every couple of weeks or more, that’s my bad. I’ve got plenty that’s happened though, and plenty coming up, so let’s load out with some Updates and New News.

Like I said, school’s over and summer is in session. Verdict is back, and I’m sitting on solid B’s for the Spring Semester. I should have gotten an A in my RTF class, but…well, that one was my fault. The thing is, I missed taking my final in my RTF class. There was some bad information that got circulated around the class, and a number of us were made to believe that the exam was on a Friday…rather than a Monday. I’ve gone over it a dozen times in my mind; where did this start, who’s to blame, who will pay for this…etc. In the end, they let me make-up the exam with a maximum possible grade of a 70. I can’t really blame anyone but myself for that, the Final date was posted both in the book and online, and supposedly our teacher mentioned it as well. Bottom line, they let me make-up the final when they weren’t supposed to, so I’m thankful.

I’ve got a short little workation coming up. My buddy, the Master Bass-er, Jerry’s fiancee is moving in with him in Louisiana. She needs help moving all of her stuff out there, so a number of us have volunteered our services. That will be a nice little weekend, hopefully.

Akon is also looming right over the horizon. I’ve been looking forward to that for a while, but I’ve got to start getting busy with my cosplay. Proto Man ain’t anywhere near finished. That’s about 2 1/2 weeks out, so I really need to get cracking.

As y’all know, all to well, I’ve been putting a lot of hype around Linkin Park‘s upcoming new album, LIVING THINGS, and the single that is out now, BURN IT DOWN. If you haven’t yet, go HERE,  and you can pre-order the album, listen to the single, and sign up for a discounted year of LPU membership. You can also buy Honda Civic Tour tickets there now, but I’d advise finding somewhere else to buy them from. The tickets are pretty expensive via, and can be gotten much cheaper elsewhere.

Linkin Park has gotten very creative with the marketing for this new album. Aside from the traditional methods of marketing, they’ve begun this “scavenger hunt”, getting fans the world over involved in a bit a living, breathing method of marketing. It seems pretty cool, actually. I’ve always admired Linkin Park’s drive to give back to, and involve it’s fans it their exploits. Some of you might remember one of the first posts I made on this blog, asking for support for my submission in a “Pre-Mix” contest for The Catalyst, before the release of A Thousand Suns. That was a lot of fun, and Linkin Park keeps coming up with new ways to keep their fans involved, and part of the process. This scavenger hunt is another one of those…I’ll call it a plot device, leading up to the release of LIVING THINGS.

This scavenger hunt kicked off when Mike Shinoda tweeted on May 8th to stayed tuned at for news of something big coming up. That news came in the form of a video containing a map.

The map lead to a bar on the University of Sydney Union’s campus, in Sydney Australia, Manning Bar. It was late at night when the video posted, so it wasn’t until morning, on the 9th, that Australian LP fans figured out something was up, and made their way out to the bar to find out what was up. What they found was this.

A seemingly innocent enough promotion poster for LIVING THINGS. But when you read the QR code, it sent you to…

…with this photo, advancing the scavenger hunt.

LPAssociation  members quickly translated that message for us, so the clue read:

Last September, “A Thousand Horizons” took fans from all over the world here. May 10 or May 11. 11am-8pm only. Don’t be early. Don’t be late. One person only.

Fans quickly did some research to conclude that the location indicated was NicoFarre Club, in Tokyo, Japan. Two Twitterers and LP fans received the next clue there on the 11th at 11AM, which was an envelope containing the following information.

It became clear that the next clue would be delivered to us from Allan (@youbetterhearme). He was reluctant at first, asking that he would be in a much more divulgatory mood if he were to acquire 3,000 followers. LP fans put the word out quickly that this dude needed followers, and plenty responded overnight. He in turn responded the next morning, on the 11th, by following 1 and only 1 person, @pmharper, the Prime Minister of Canada. He also changed his profile picture from the default egg, to that of which was immediately recognized as the Toronto skyline. It would seem that we had our hint of where the next clue would show up. A LPAssociation Member even made the stretch to say that there was a public park in Toronto, named Allan Park. After Allan goaded the Prime Minister all day and night, Allan finally tweeted the next day, on the 12th, that he needed to leave a clue somewhere under a bench in Toronto at 1 in the afternoon, and also tweeted this picture which sure enough was found to be Allan Park.

4 Twitterers showed up to search the entire park at 1PM on the 13th, and found nothing. At 2PM however, they were approached by a man, who asked if Allan had sent them. The 4 fans were handed the next clue, which turned out to be the following picture.

The internet quickly got to work, and found out that this picture was the Lincoln Park Zoo at Gateway Pavilion, in Chicago. The fans waited on bated breath for the 15th. Mike Shinoda tweeted the zoo that Linkin Park fans would be invading yesterday. I don’t know how many fans showed up, but the clue was found by a Twitterer who showed us that the clue was a Brazil shirt…

…with this written on the shirt’s tag.

This translates to, “The next clue is within the gates of Fort Copacabana. Take the opportunity to eat some traditional sweets, cakes and waffles. May 17, during normal business hours only.”

So, the hunt continues on, to the Forte de Copacabana, found to be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’d love to slink down to Brazil for a couple of days…but, no. No buts. Hell, you know me, I don’t have that kind of money. I just have to continue to let the rest of the world’s Linkin Park fans do what they do.

If the clues lead back to DFW at any point, be sure that I’ll be there, ready to serve as the next link in the chain. And if not, well, I’ll keep promoting regardless.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– The Outlaw


Dude, I was doing good there for a while. And then, well, school happened again. It’s the end of the semester, and things are getting kind of hectic up in here; finals, homework, and catching up on lost time. Also with the end of the semester though, comes more projects, and that means new stuff to show you guys. I’ve got a couple of things here to display, so strap in, and enjoy.

The first thing I have to share with you is my second spanish song. I don’t remember, did I ever tell y’all that I was working on another spanish song. Well, um, Surprise! Yea, so I had another spanish portfolio for this half of the semester, and it needed the same basic things. So of course, I went and made another song…of course I did.

I actually used one of Eastchase’s existing songs that we haven’t touched in a while as the framework for this song. It made the writing process a lot easier, especially considering that we already had lyrics for it. So yea, some of you may recognize the sound. It was fun. It was stressful, but it was fun. If it wasn’t a challenge, I don’t think I would be able to get into it as much as I do. Anyways…I give you, “Instintos Falsos”.

I also just finished up on a new video project this past weekend. It was a project for the film class I’m currently in, and it all felt very last minute. We weren’t actually given the assignment until last Monday, and were expected to have everything turned in by this morning. I’m kind of proud to say that my team was the only team to have their project turned in on time. It wasn’t that hard, really. It needed to be 3-5 minutes long, contain no dialogue, and have a few certain types of shots. For instance, 2 match-action shots (Quick example: when a person opens a door in one shot and walks part of the way through, the the shot changes to the other side of the door to complete the action).

Our concept was 2 girlfriends are in a fight one morning, Girlfriend 2 pisses off Girlfriend 1 and Girlfriend 1 storms off. Girlfriend 2 spends the rest of the day stalking Girlfriend 1, and Girlfriend 1 eventually loses it. I got Miko to help me with the project as an actress, and my partner also got a friend of hers’ to do the same. So, without further adieu, I give you, “You Can’t See Me”.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to add a new category to my publications here, which I will call “Equipment Misuse”. In these posts, I’ll be calling out a lot of things that I see in media today that I think have been done poorly, or that just generally piss me off. I’ve already got a few things that I want speak on, but I’ll save those for next post.

The school year is just about over now, and I’m not really sure what the summer holds for me. To my recollection, I only have one thing in the books for me this summer, and that’s A-Kon with Miko. If I can get my crap ready for that, it is going to be soooo much fun.
Not really sure where my inspiration will draw from, but I’ll find something, as I always do.

While I’m on the subject of “Upcoming”…Linkin Park’s “Living Things” will be released on June 26th. It is available for pre-order now. Also, if you pre-order now, you can get a discount on a years subscription to the Linkin Park Underground. Well worth it in my opinion. Follow the ^link^ to learn more!

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– The Outlaw

Quick little post right here, just because I’m too excited to contain myself…

It’s going to be a great week for music coming up here. You know that I’ve been creating a lot of hype around the new TFK album, “The End Is Where We Begin” and with good reason. I mean I’ve listened to it, and it has badassitude written all over it. I can’t reiterate enough, this album drops on Tuesday April 17th, and I urge you to go pick it up and join in the enjoyment of the latest TFK chronicles.

I also got another bomb dropped on me today. Mike Shinoda updated his blog with some much awaited information, that I will regurgitate for you here. Linkin Park will be releasing the first single “Burn It Down” off of their brand new album “Living Things“.

This happens tomorrow! Yes, tomorrow! I told you that I had good knowledge that Linkin Park was working on a new album. Am I right, or am I right?

I could continue to regurgitate all the info that I know about LP’s new single, but Mike Shinoda can probably do it better himself. I added Mike Shinoda’s blog to my blogroll over there <–. His post “Monday News: Burn It Down, Release Dates, The Album, and a Toolbox.” has all the details. I urge you to check that out as well.

Big week for the rock world. I’m ready. Are you?

[Edit] Burn It Down has been posted. I won’t be greedy, Linkin Park sure ain’t.


Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– The Outlaw

Boys, girls, dogs, cats, and literate creatures of all varieties…welcome back! The year of our demise has begun! Well, at least if you believe the Mayans anyways. We have also begun a new school year. That means finally getting back into RTF work. I’ve been waiting for this since May last year. I’ve been foaming at the mouth, so as Sponge Bob always says, I’m ready.

At this point we’ve also passed New Years, and most of January at this point. Some Updates and New News should probably be in order, right? Not really. I haven’t had much activity since my last post in mid-December. New Years was fun, but relatively uneventful. I didn’t even imbibe that much. And between then and now it’s been a lot of movie watching, script writing, and song writing. Not much to report on for the past month or so. That being the case, I’ll skip over the usual Updates and New News.

I was recently able to get my hands on a couple of copies of Linkin Park‘s Underground #10 and #11. I know they’re not in stores yet, so let’s suffice it to say that I know some people. I may like these cds just as much, if not more than any of the other Linkin Park albums I own. For those of you that don’t know, Linkin Park’s Underground anthology are all songs or versions of songs that didn’t make it to the showroom floor. I know watching the DVDs that come with a lot of the albums that while Linkin Park is working on a new album, they don’t just work on the 12 – how-ever-many songs go on the cd. I think in the case of either Meteora or Minutes To Midnight, each band member came up with their own vast selection of song concepts, and together that total number of songs added up hundreds. From that point, they pick the best of the best and move forward from there. The Underground anthologies picks from all those unselected songs. What I like about all these songs is that they’re unrefined, plenty of them with old lyrics or no lyrics at all. They help give me an idea for what’s been inside their heads, and where their heads might be going.

Speaking of where they might be going, my unknowing mentor, Mike Shinoda has made several allusions recently that he and the rest of Linkin Park are back in the studio working on new material. I know just as well as any other musician that making an album is a long process, but I’m wondering if we could be looking at major album dropping at some point in 2012. That would certainly be the bomb dot com.

Thousand Foot Krutch also has another album in the mix, that I know for a fact will be dropping in March. I know because I and 2,680 others have already helped to finance that album. They’ve also put out 3 songs from that album already for all the fans that have helped out. That’s pretty cool. The End Is Where We Begin is also going to be bomb diggity. It’s apparent that TFK has an immense amount of respect for their fans. There are a lot of places they could have turned when they decided to drop their label, and the first thing they did was put a call out to all their fans. Pretty cool. I just hope there next tour brings them into Texas. One of my favorite bands and I still haven’t seen them live in concert.

Something interesting came up today during my Spanish class. As we were going through the syllabus, our professor pointed out a new portion to our end grade that we didn’t have last semester. A portfolio. The portfolio is essentially a report to the professor of what Spanish learning and exploration we have done outside of class.  Some of the categories we could invest our time in were Spanish movies, Spanish news articles, volunteering, and some others. The one that really caught my I was a creative option. We can write a short story, a poem, or even…a song. Fancy that, an opportunity to merge what I’m best at, with my Spanish work. This could be very interesting. Even though I’m learning this new mode of communication, I had yet to consider using it to add to my talents. I’m probably putting a lot more consideration into this assignment than was ever intended, but this could be pretty cool. Combine that with a new musical idea I’ve had in my head, well, I think I’ve got a side project here.

Well, hopefully I’ll be excited enough after my class tomorrow that I’ll be anxious to make another post. Don’t hold your breath though. You know me at this point, so I know you won’t.

Ooh, I’ve also decided to make a slight change in how I end my posts. Unless I have a picture that relevantly sums up the post, I’m gonna start going with a Demotivational Pic of the…day? Week? Month? Meh, however long it is between posts, you get the idea. Be safe, use protection, and when in doubt…go for the headshot.

Hey, get your minds out of the gutter. I’m talking real weaponry here.
Rule #8: Never go anywhere without a knife.

 Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– The Outlaw

Too tired and w/e to write up an actual post. So…to the moving pictures!
P.S. Forgot I had the music up, sorry if I get drowned out. Won’t make the same mistake next time.

– The Outlaw

Didn’t I say that I’d keep up with this thing. Well, if you called me a liar, I’d have a hard time refuting you.

I had planned on making a series of posts for the “I am Jonah” Awaken series, but due to some unforeseen complications, the recordings didn’t really happen. Meh, sorry guys, what are you gonna do.

It probably didn’t help that school has been so hectic, I feel like I’ve been struggling to keep my head above water the past couple of weeks. It also didn’t help that I had to miss a really important class to go to the rescheduled Linkin Park concert. Did I say ‘had to’, yea, I did. Come on, priorities.

Speaking of which, that concert was so freaking awesome. I felt like I was a deaf mute the following day. But you guys do live concerts, you don’t need me to tell you how awesome it is to see your favorite band live. It was still one hell of a concert. Anyways, moving on…

So, I have a girlfriend now! If you really know me, then you know how big of a change for me this is. I haven’t been in a real relationship for a year, and before that…goodness, I can’t even remember. This is truly awesome for me. I haven’t felt this happy in a long time. I really hope this one works out for me. Keep you fingers crossed!

Well, since this is blog that is more primarily about music, and my musical activities, I’ve got some news. I have an assignment later on in the semester to make a music video. Given that we get to pick whatever talent we want for the video, I felt like this would be the perfect opportunity to make Eastchase’s first music video. Trinity and I had our first preproduction meeting last night, and we’ve got some good ideas, some REALLY good ideas. I wish I could say more about it, but I don’t wanna give out too many details, at least until I get around to post production. But, seeing as we haven’t even gotten into principle photography yet, I really don’t wanna say much. I’m putting some serious thought into this though. I’ve got 18+ shots and 4 locations planned out.

I don’t know, I getting really pumped up about this. It’s just a class assignment, but it has the potential to be so much more, and I’m visualizing all of that potential. This feels like the first big project that I’ve decided to undertake since going in the direction that I did. It’s the first time I’ve ever attempted preproduction anyways. I’m rambling, I’m excited.

I’ve got a lot of stuff piling up on me. I’m bound to get pretty stressed as the weeks move on. Heck, I pick back up with work at Lone Star here in a month or so. But not all the stuff that I’ve got on my plate is bad. This music video, while being a little stressful I’m sure, is going to be awesome. And my girlfriend is going to be there for me through everything. The bad is well balanced with all the good I have now. Good times are upon me.

Expect more news soon regarding the video soon. You know how often I update though, so the next news may be a couple of weeks to a month off, let’s just be realistic here.

I’ll leave you with some of the pics from the Linkin Park concert.

– The Outlaw

Linkin Park announced their winner over the weekend. The guy’s name is Czeslaw (or just Chex) and he hails from Swidnica, Poland. While Trin and myself aren’t thrilled at not being selected, or even being in the top 20, I have to admit; they picked what seems to be a real stand up guy, with a really good mix. My dad would say that Chex’s mix sounds like garbage and noise, but he also has old ears ,and doesn’t really get behind the whole techno thing. The only thing that really bothers Trin and I is that some people made it into the top 20 that were trash talking other people’s mixes. Also, some mixes made it into the top 20 that I felt violated the rules, i.e. no vocals other than those provided by Linkin Park. Oh well, it’s not my contest to run. And if it was, there is no way I could have sifted through the some 2500 submissions and narrow it down to 20 finalists, so they are to be commended.

It’s not a good idea to dwell on it too much, so we’re moving on. Hopefully though, we can set our sites in a different location. Higher. What I mean by that, is that probably since we started Eastchase, we saw Linkin Park as the pinnacle of rock existence, and have strived to sound like them. Linkin Park is changing, evolving some would say, and we’re not sure if we like their new direction. Not a big deal to most people, but with them being such a huge influence in our own music, it’s hard to not feel strongly conflicted. There may be a little hope, based on the release of their official version of “The Catalyst”, but I’m not going to hold my breath this time around.

We used to thing that shooting for Linkin Park was as high as we could shoot. I think we can shoot higher now. If their new album turns out like the techno-palooza that we’re now expecting it to be, well, I’ll be looking for other influences.

Just the thought of it has had me looking for inspiration elsewhere, and I’ve been finding it in unexpected places. I’ve thought about all the different kinds of music I’ve listened to over the years and I remembered that I’d overlooked some stuff. Back in junior high and high school I’d made some cds with lots of music from games that I used to play, and listened to those cds a lot, like enough to consider some of my old games on my list of favorite bands.

I’ve been hard at work trying to write a cover song to one of the levels from an old favorite game, and it’s actually coming along pretty well. Trinity said the concept sounded like 8-bit Saosin.

Regardless, Trinity and I are continuing to move forward, above, and beyond all of our obstacles. With directionality questionable, there is no telling what we’ll be on the other side of the tunnel, but we’ll be there.

– The Outlaw