What a lineup. Beast Astray

September 24, 2014


Conceived and curated by Joe Hahn, BEAST ASTRAY is an exhibit of artwork inspired by the motion picture, MALL.  Artists featured include:

AARON DE LA CRUZ . AXIS . BILL McMULLEN . BOM.K . BRANDON REZA PARVINI . CLEON PETERSON . DABS MYLA . DI NGUYEN . EDWIN USHIRO . ESTEVAN ORIOL . GABRIEL PEREZ . GEORGE THOMPSON . GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS . IGOR KOVALIK . JAMES JEAN . JASPER WONG . JESSE HAZELIP . JIM LEE . JOE HAHN . JORAM ROUKES . KEEGAN GIBBS . KENICHI HOSHINE . KIM JUNG GI . KOMATSU MIWA . MANNY SAYES . MARK DEAN VECA . MECHIKURO . MIKE LEE . MIKE SHINODA . MU PAN . REVOK . ROBERT FOX . ROBERT MACKENZIE . RON ENGLISH . ROSTARR . SABER . SAGE VAUGHN . SEVER . SLICK . STASH . STEVEN PLATT . TRISTAN EATON . VINCENT DI NGUYEN . ZESER

The exhibit opens on Thursday September 25th at Known Gallery (441 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036) and will continue to be on show until October 5th.

MALL is Joe’s debut feature film. Co-starring Vincent D’Onofrio (who pulls triple duty as star/ producer/ screenwriter), Cameron Monaghan (TV’s SHAMELESS) and Gina Gershon (KILLER JOE), MALL examines a group of disaffected suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting. The film will be distributed throughout North American theaters and all major digital platforms on October 17th via Paragon Pictures in association with Silver Lining Entertainment.

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Watch: Climate Justice Badasses.

September 23, 2014

Thank you to Kumi Naidoo, Bill McKibben, and Andrew Freedman, who are badass.

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How Watching Videos Can Help People Fighting Ebola In West Africa

September 6, 2014

Hey guys,

Hopefully you’ve been following our journey on the road during Carnivores Tour thanks to Chideo. For those of you who don’t know much about it, Chideo is the first online interactive charity broadcast network where fans can get access to exclusive video content and experiences with their favorite celebrities while doing some social good.

In 2005, we started a nonprofit organization, Music for Relief, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated many of the places we had just played on tour. Through Music for Relief, we are committed to utilizing our connections with other bands, people in the music industry and, most importantly, our fans to raise awareness for those in need.  Since its inception, Music for Relief has raised over $6 million to aid survivors of natural disasters around the world and planted over 1 million trees to reduce climate change.

Right now, Music for Relief is responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  One of the most crucial aspects of fighting this deadly virus is having the protective gear to help those who are sick. Music for Relief is raising money for goggles, masks, gloves, full body suits and more for the brave aid workers responding to the crisis. The more gear they have, the better the chances there are of getting the virus under control and preventing it from spreading.

I want to encourage you all to get in on the conversation, and Chideo is a perfect place to get started.  You can register on Chideo.com or download the Chideo app and you’ll gain access to behind-the-scenes video content (like our backstage dance party during Rob’s drum solo or Dave’s weirdest and most exciting backstage tour ever), not to mention you’ll be the first to hear about future sweepstakes opportunities to get up close and personal with the band. On top of all that, your generous donation will support our charity Music for Relief. A full protective suit costs about $350, but with all of you contributing, the impact can be great.

It’s been a lot of fun reading your questions and creating our video responses – we hope you’ve enjoyed them, too. Please know that you are making a difference by donating to Music for Relief on Chideo and helping people in the greatest need around the world.

Thank you.

mike

Linkin Park by 10 Second Songs

September 4, 2014
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New Linkin Log (Vlog) #3

August 22, 2014

This one is a wilder one.  We were still coming down off of adrenaline from the show in Boston.  Guest appearance by Phoenix LP and the goat.

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First Carnivores Tour Vlog

August 10, 2014

In case you missed it:

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What to watch / What to make

August 3, 2014

I mentioned on Twitter a few days ago that I’m planning on doing a vlog from the road on Carnivores tour; I’ll post a new video once a week.  Shoot me ideas and suggestions by following me on Twitter (HERE), and I’ll try to incorporate them as I go.  Not sure what’s going to happen or how it might evolve.

The episodes will end up on our LP Youtube channel (subscribe now!), and unlike the normal LPTV episodes, my vlog videos will be short, no-budget, firsthand accounts, probably shot on my phone.

The tour starts this week.  Until then, here’s the latest LPTV episode, following the band through the end of the tour in Europe:

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Watch Now: Smooth Seas Never Made Good Sailors (LPTV)

July 16, 2014

This episode of LPTV takes place as we leave the studio, heading into album launch and the beginning of our tour…but after only few shows, Brad got an injury that threatened show cancellations.  This episode takes you through the efforts of the band to create a “contingency plan” and to keep things focused during an uncertain time:

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Pointless Dicks: @CHVRCHES, Laziness, and Cowards.

July 1, 2014

As we released THE HUNTING PARTY, I spoke on various occasions about the inspiration of the album.  Part of the answer is that the album is a response to a surplus of danceable, safe, indie-pop music that’s taken over “rock”.  A year ago, we knew the indie-pop thing was a style that our band is capable of making.  But we were not interested in pursuing it.  Why?  Because there is a LOT of it out there.  It seemed far more exciting for us to go against the grain.

In interviews like this one and this one I plainly explained that, although I enjoy listening to bands like Haim, CHVRCHES, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, M83, and Phoenix, I felt like the genre as a whole was suffering from a surplus of bands in that vein–bands that, in many cases, came after the ones I mentioned.  And I made it abundantly clear that my comment was not a dig:

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But in spite of all that, in an interview recently, the band CHVRCHES was asked to respond to the comment…kinda.  They were asked to respond to a version of the comment that was not consistent with what I actually said.  Now, to be clear, it’s a journalist’s tendency (if not their main objective) to sensationalize this kind of commentary, and make a fight where there is none.  Let’s not let them have that.

I learned a new term this year: “click bait.”  Click bait is when someone titles a piece in a sensationalized way in order to get more clicks.  It’s what I did with the title of this post.

There’s a lot I could pick apart about the CHVRCHES interview; after all, the group’s singer criticized me for “saying something that would become a tagline”…by saying something that became a tagline.  (Also notable: the journalist printed the title “pointless dick” but the actual words were “pointless dig”).  But really, my criticism is not with them or any of those bands.  I said their names because I was telling the story of how our album began: not because I hate that style music, but because I hate the volume of it.  In contrast, one way of looking at it is: the bands I named are the only ones I singled out as being on my “awesome” list (albeit, there are others who are awesome, and there are yet others who are “not awesome”, but that’s neither here nor there).

Lazy journalists will simplify words and start conflicts they don’t have to fight in.  Cowardly bloggers will take sides based on what other blogs think is cool.  In contrast, THE HUNTING PARTY is a statement about who we are and what inspires us right now.  It’s a stab out into an unknown.  Our fight is with conformity, stagnation, inspiration, and even our own band’s complex history.  And a big thank you goes out to CHVRCHES and all the bands whose names I’ve mentioned, for helping us find direction with this album.  Because sometimes, knowing where you don’t want to go is all the direction you need.

 

mike

Linkin Park Fans Become #LPBLKMRKT Dealers

June 8, 2014

For all North American Linkin Park fans, we just announced a new campaign unlike anything before.

The idea behind LP BLK MRKT is simple.  We send you a package of stuff, and you get to be an authorized Linkin Park black market dealer.  You sell exclusive merchandise that no one else has, and you will make a 5% sales commission.  Yes, you make money for everything you sell.  You will get a magnetized sign to put on your car with the #LPBLKMRKT logo, and other fans can find you via social media or simply by recognizing the logo.

Go to LPBLKMRKT.COM now to apply.  You don’t need to be a member of the street team or LPUnderground, anyone in North America can apply.

If you’re interested in buying the limited-edition merchandise, watch for #LPBLKMRKT on your social media and anywhere the CARNIVORES tour comes to town…

 

mike