Posts Tagged ‘Mike Shinoda’

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

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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

The time until the announcement of the winner of the “Linkin Park Featuring You” contest continues to tick away. Mike Shinoda tells us that at some point this weekend, probably tomorrow, Linkin Park will let us all know who the 20 finalists are, and inevitably the winner as well.

On July 12th, the contest kicked off, the purpose being to take a few stems from their upcoming single, “The Catalyst” and remix them, add some of our own flavor, and submit them in a battle royale for Linkin Park bragging rights. Contestants had about a week and a half to get their tracks together, and submit themselves to a public vote, to help Linkin Park make their selection. The public polls closed this past weekend, and my submission ended up coming in 135th place, in the public pole at least. That’s nothing to sneeze at considering that there were probably about 2500 submissions in total, that’s still top 6% or so. You can listen for yourself and see what you think.

http://www.indabamusic.com/submissions/show/22421

It’s ultimately up to Linkin Park to decide. They have their 20 finalists, heck, they’ve picked their winner. All of us contestants meanwhile sit and hold our breath with our collective fingers crossed.

The winner of this contest will get their submission included on their upcoming album, “A Thousand Suns” as a bonus track. Linkin Park is also going to jet the winner out to California to meet the band, hang out and ask them some questions, and hook them up with $1000 in victory money.

I had a hard time sleeping last night knowing that LP has a winner in mind, and I’m willing to bet that sleep will be a hard fought victory again tonight. Hard fought is the way I like it though, it’s never as satisfying if it’s easy to come by.

I want to thank everybody that helped be stay so high in the rankings, everybody that is keeping their fingers crossed for me too, your help has been much appreciated.

– The Outlaw

“A Thousand Suns” Album Cover