New Linkin Park Music

October 25, 2008

yo1

I’ve been making songs on my own at home or in the bus, but hadn’t gotten to work with the other guys until this week. A few days ago, Joe, Phoenix and I were having some fun at Joe’s, and started a couple things. Of the two songs we worked on, one was a heavier, fast-tempo song with heavy guitars and distorted sampled drums, and the other was a little less aggressive, but still dark and upbeat, and had a really interesting chord progression. Joe’s got this new MIDI keyboard-turntable unit, where he can make his vinyl play tones that you hit on the keyboard, and we can scratch them in real time. It’s pretty cool–I think there’s a lot of potential for that thing.

Anyway, more updates to come later. We’re preparing for a more defined studio schedule in the coming weeks.

On a random note, Joe gave me Ableton Live, a program where I can make dope mixtape-mashup-projects…I’m making one that I’ll hopefully be able to post here on mikeshinoda.com soon, which will feature some old songs by other artists that I think are cool.

mike

PS – I have to call The Phoenix out on the shirt he was wearing that day. The funny thing is, he knows it’s questionable, but he wore it to amuse me and Joe.

mike

150 Comments

  1. MIN_LP on July 2, 2011 at 2:32 am

    You Rock!!! Phoenix!!! ;J

  2. linkinladie328 on November 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I have a question..
    in the “given up” music video, there are flashses of words like from a book. where is that from? i made out some words like “a schitzotype, would like you to , by Jaws. Sure, when it was final, I had no idea how large his life, It was his secret”. where did these lines come from?

    just curious.
    :]

    later mike!

  3. Tytto on October 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Great! Fast beated rocking songs yay!!
    i needed something of that, i can’t wait
    and i always wanted to say something: what if in your next songs, the lyrics could be, like more happy? e.g. a song to life or a song of how good cakes are (lol) or just showing your feelings about the cake… well i don’t know if you get my idea, but you surely won’t do a song about cakes xD

    P.S. why i freaking chose cakes?!?! xD

  4. Jon on October 29, 2008 at 5:56 am

    is he taking fashion tips from brad>?

  5. Jon on October 29, 2008 at 5:55 am

    is he taking fashion tips from brad>?

  6. Voeps on October 29, 2008 at 2:53 am

    wow. It’s great to hear that you guys are back in the studio and I can’t wait for the new CD… Thanks for keeping us updated about the new album for it definitely helps pass the wait time =) Hope to hear more about the album soon.
    -Voeps

  7. axrinekey on October 29, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Oh lol!
    Phoenix looks so funny there! xD

    Oh cool!
    Can’t wait for the songs.
    They sound really interesting…

    Well, waiting for the next updates!

  8. Elliot_aka_MC_Eli on October 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    haha nice. Question, would you care to elaborate on recent articles saying that you guys are doing a concept album? What made you guys go this route?

    Can’t wait to hear it! Give brad some solos :P

  9. Hawaii_LP_fan on October 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Sounds like you guys had a blast with creativity time! Much like finger painting time! How much fun it is to get the gobs of tempura paints on your fingers & create works of art! I enjoy watching lptv & the crazy moments you have on the road. I think my favorite is when you & Mr. Chester sword fight. That was hilarious. And I bet if you were to tape this jam session, it must’ve been ONE crazy session of letting loose. How could you not, when Mr. Phoenix had a designer tee to set the mood! :o) haha I’m looking forward to the new music. Have fun kickin’ back!

  10. Lee on October 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Maybe I’m just insane, but I don’t see anything questionable about his shirt… O_o

  11. tpbarbosa on October 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Lovely new photo, Phoenix! I really liked it :D
    Well I really can’t wait to see the new album! I hope it gets more rocker and darker
    That’d be perfect
    And seems like it’s going for it!!

    Well.. good luck Linkin Park on this one! I just want all of you doing your best :D

    Love you all!!! ^^

  12. HJP007 on October 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Thats great news. Hopefully Joe doesn’t get “MUTED OUT” this time.

  13. angie on October 28, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    interesting.
    nice to hear you guys are working. can’t wait for the new record, should be awesome.

  14. Diana_LP_adicted on October 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    PHOENIX HAS A COMIC FACE..HE IS CUTE ON THE PHOTO =) … i’m glad for you guys!! you are making brand new music! sweet^^….. I JUST LOVED MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT..AND THE NEXT WILL BE EVEN BETTER!!!! LOVE YOU ALL**

  15. Estelwen on October 28, 2008 at 5:41 am

    ABOUT THE NEW MUSIC:
    Please can someone explain to me??? i haven’t check LP’s news for a long time (been busy with my studies) and now i’m back and i see everyone talking about “new music” and “new album” so what is it all about? Are you talking about the “road to revolution” album? but that’s live.. not new music so what’s this new music!!!??? I WANNA KNOW, I WANNA KNOW, I WANNA KNOW!! sobs

  16. vegmonkey on October 27, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Glad to hear from you Mike :) Wish Chester is recovering and getting back to the studio soon. Did Phi take Chester’s tee? LOL

    BTW, I just saw this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiUOmDiEN7Y (Where’d you go: Cambodian Version). Take a look. LOL

  17. S113 on October 27, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Alright! Really awesome that you guys are always hard at work. But…I know this has nothing really to do with this blog entry but if you ever get the chance and have some free time, check this out. http://thinkagain.theatlantic.com/ This goes for anyone! It’s a documentary website that asks certain questions that involves today’s society, at least that’s what I think. These questions make you think again about your answers and about what’s happening around you. I think everyone should check it out whenever they want to, and if they want to. Sorry this has nothing to do with the blog, but thought you might like it.

  18. ninguem on October 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    mike check this http://lpcoverlover.com/ – this isnt related with your band, but you will like this bizarre lp covers
    bye

  19. faiintx on October 27, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    MIKE YOU’RE SO AWESOME!! I CANT WAIT TIL THE NEW ALBUM!!!!

    –PALLAVI <3

  20. Rez on October 27, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Exciting stuff! Definitely glad to know that you guys are back at making new music. As much as I liked MTM, I feel like it’s only the first step to bigger and better things. Hopefully this next album will expand the sound that you guys found on MTM. It’s about time Mike I think that you all unleash Brad Delson. I think he has it in him to write great solos and riffs. Even you Mike, I think you and Brad can write and more complex guitar parts. Ofcourse it has to fit in within the context of the song, but we are seeing more and more that the guitar is making a comeback. Technical guitar playing is on the rise and hopefully you guys will find ways to improve too. Peace!

  21. Zmazhiing on October 27, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Ohh, I can’t wait until the new album :D

  22. BrazenEntity on October 27, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    What’s up with his eyes, he looks like a LIZARD;

    trying so hard not to be something that he became something else.

  23. TudorBran on October 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    That’s really great. I hope the new album will be heavier and melodic at the same time. Minutes to Midnight was a good record, but I’m convinced that Linkin Park are able to come up with something much better. Also, Mike, I think you should sing more (I personally love No Roads Left and I feel sorry that it didn’t make the album) and even rap some more (Bleed It Out is one of the best songs of MTM).
    Good luck writing the new album!

  24. Danielle7777 on October 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Mike! I can wait for the new album! I’m kinda hopeing it will be more like the older albums but if its like M2M thats still great to me! My fav song is “Dedicated”! This will be the first album I will be there for. I’m only 12 so I had no clue about HT or M and i was 2 little 2 care XD I found out about u guys long after M2M was out I think it was this May I found you guys so now i’m very happy 2 be a fan and be here for this album! I really respect you and think its great that you post blogs and answer questions from your fans! Have fun making the new album! :)
    Danielle

  25. Andizzle on October 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Mike, I have to say the news on the new music (and more importantly, no more live tracks for the LPU8 cd) has made my day!
    To add my 2 cents to the music downloading conversation, I used to download alot of stuff illegally, just download random songs where ever I could find them. However, I soon got sick of the dodgy quality and the viruses were giving my Norton a work-out! (also, my conscience was getting to me for stealing music, especially from not very well established or famous bands) So I started downloading off itunes!
    But with regards to the whole downloading culture, I still love buying CDS, and I must be the only person in the world with a vinyl record player!

  26. Mr_Huhn on October 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    cant wait to hear the new music!!

  27. Kirstie on October 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Oh! Leave Out All The Rest from Milton Keynes is on Scuzz TV! Cool!

    Where will be able to buy the DVD? Amazon UK doesn’t seem to know anything about it.

  28. bizman10 on October 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Cool glad to hear LP is working on new stuff Projekt Rev was dope as hell hope to hear some more rapping as well as scratches on the new record keep up the good work late…

  29. Alexfbi on October 27, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    oh my god, i hope you guys make a heavier or numetal record for old skool fans, like me, hey =)

  30. mack on October 27, 2008 at 11:40 am

  31. maria on October 27, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Mike, thanks really for being with fans). I respect you and I appreciate all that your doing:share music with us, sharing opinions,) I think that the new LP music will be in a best way)) ever delivered))). It seems to me that it’s a sort of rapcore, alternative rock, hard rock, new metal, (well, Hybrid Theory+Meteora+Minutes To Midnight) sintesis)))))
    That’s great) Anyway what ever it will be, I know that it will be done with a masterpiece))), etc)

  32. Estelwen on October 27, 2008 at 10:11 am

    You’re ALWAYS thanking us but i wonder if someone has thought of thanking you for being so close to your fans… So, thank you mike for being there, always, thank you for everything. you’ve got my respect and my affection. -fan since 2000.

    PS: check the band “anathema” if you don’t know them… when i listen to them, the world around me fades away and their melodies say things that words cannot express, they bring visions.. real deep art. Anathema; one of the best bands of the century (along with LP of course ;) )

  33. DD on October 27, 2008 at 10:09 am

    phoenix pretty sexy@@!

  34. mack on October 27, 2008 at 9:52 am

    phoenix = fashion

  35. jeny on October 27, 2008 at 9:06 am

    hi Mike…
    well, i want to say than i have a friend, DEisy, and she loves you with her heart
    you’re very important for her.
    but, i want to say what’s happened with Chaz.
    is he sad?
    why?
    thanks
    xoxoxox

  36. StevoSVK on October 27, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Whoaa ! I can´t wait for new lp album.
    Good Luck !

  37. Terra on October 27, 2008 at 7:57 am

    man, I am soo stoked for the new album!
    i can’t wait until it comes out.
    please let us know when you might have an idea when it comes out.
    so Mike what do you think?
    is it going to be different from all the albums you guys have made?
    are you guys going to surprise us with the new album?

    anywho, can’t wait for it!
    im pretty sure it’s going to be awesome just like all the other albums! xD

  38. Jelly on October 27, 2008 at 4:17 am

    It’s great to know that you guys are working for the new album. When will it come out? 2009? I don’t think that early… But I hope so :) I wonder how the new CD’s style? It’s early to answer huh? Will it be like HT, M or M2M?… “Faint” is my favorite you know. In my opinion, “Faint” is deeply special, unique! Especially the intro! And your rap in this song is gr8! Everytime I listen to it, I find it’s so special… It’s the most unique song that I’ve heard! So, I hope that you guys will create something like that… or more than that! ^_*

  39. HawkT on October 27, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Hey Mike! Enjoy reading your blog, huge yell out to more LP Music coming our way!!! Awesome, how you all create music and lyrics that touch/relate to so many! Can’t wait to hear the new stuff, hopefully soon? Hint, hint… Do you ever get bored doing what you do and if so what remotivates you? What do you find deeply touches/connects you to what you and the others do? What would you consider to be your most profound moment and what do you hope to achieve in the up coming year? What would be your most insane experience? Thanks for being an inspiration, a fantastic role model and for being you!!! Blessings HawkTnz

  40. Exorix on October 27, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Nice little update! Good to see you guys working on some material. Can I ask, did something inspire you to create these songs? Like Minutes to Midnight was mostly inspired by events you’d all seen and such. Or were they random tracks you guys put together?

    And if you’re gonna do some mix-tapes/mash-ups, if you feel up to it, maybe do a Poll and the fans could select from a group of mash-ups you could have a go at? That would be so cool!

    But I know you’re busy so no worries if this is out of the question!

    Good luck with your studio time, any time LP spend in the studio is history and a revolution in the making!

  41. AnkeNL on October 27, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Like the picture of Phoenix, I just can’t wait for a new album. I’m not a lpu member so I don’t get all the other stuff. I don’t have a creditcard. And to get one just to become a lpu member is a bummer. I want to ask thow I there a way to become a member in a other way like putting it on a bank account ore something. I’m not from America so it has to be a IBAN number.
    I never seen you guys live so I hope next year you’l come to the Netherlands again. see ya xxxxx Anke

  42. Anene on October 27, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Hey Mike!
    I wanted to ask you this question at the M&G in Dallas but i was too dazzled by you and Chester.(No fair) Q. Why do you think there are more male fronted and in general male rock bands that are mainstream than female fronted ones like say Paramore or Evanescence? Is it because record companies aren’t very sure of success regardless of if they make good music so they won’t take the chance to sign them? I attend a festival like Bamboozle or Projekt Revolution and all I’m bombarded with 95% of the time is testosterone.
    P.S: Thanks for keeping us updated on the album. You’re my idol because you embody all that i wish i were talent wise. Give Chester a get well hug ^_^

  43. crystalrussianla on October 27, 2008 at 1:26 am

    hey mike the new CD i want to no from ur mind ur thought ‘s what u think the new CD should sound like. is this new CD gunna be more like MTM or like HT or METEORA or something defferent is there going to be more rap what is it were waiting for. cuz i didnt no what to think when i was waiting for MTM from the start it was like i was geting use to a brand new band then it grew on me i guess. but what i would like to here is more you on the new album cuz mike with out u linkin park would be like every other band u make linkin park deferent is what im trying to say more u this time please.. love u god bless take care and maybe see u next concert and i want a M&G ..lol see u at the art show

  44. linkinparc on October 27, 2008 at 12:26 am

    1st reaction when the site finished loading: OMG dave, big picture…new picture…ernie bass…wtf is he wearing
    2nd reaction: Yay news about the new album, good news = happy fans!!!
    3rd reaction: OMG cant believe they are writing again

    And yeah hard cords =D hav fun mixing your stuff and whatever..

    Question: why do you (and musicians) use those coloured keyboards? and can you take a picture of yours and all the stuff because Im really curious to see the stuff you use to make this awesome tracks I love to listen to…

  45. xoxo_Flor_xoxo on October 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    yayyy!!!
    seriously,This made me Day!
    i cant wait for the new Album to come out & for u guys to tour again.Maybe ill have more luck w/money & actually be able to see u guys in concert one day:)

    lol,The shirt Phoenix was wearing….so funny!!!
    =D
    lol.

    iLY GUYS!! <3

  46. BoC on October 26, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Yay! That’s so exciting!! Do you think you guys will spend less time in the studio this time?
    My band and I are considering recording with MIDI. Our singer has been doing research on it and stuff… we just haven’t figured it out fully. There are a ton of cool things you can do with it though.
    Also, I got Guitar Hero World Tour today! I got to play What I’ve Done on drums. It was so freakin’ awesome! I was extremely happy to get to play LP on there. :D

  47. BrazenEntity on October 26, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    m2m. yep.

  48. KrimsonKing2012 on October 26, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    yea more heavy Linkin Park, I loved Hybrid Theory and Meteora but M2M was ok not as heavy.

  49. ShadowerLiltani on October 26, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Isn’t it just so much fun when you get together with your closest friends and do something all of you like? My friends and I yesterday had probably the best three-way magic card game in history. (Milly’s blue, white, artifact pumped deck one the game). But anyways, do you have any finished stuff you’d be able to share? I’m glad to hear you guys are keeping up with the MTM style. You know when artists have found their style :D

  50. MS_Ineedyou on October 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    The turntable thing sounds exciting xD Mike, i have to say, i’m very excited about when you said that it was realy heavy and stuff……….. i mean i LOVE the new ..mellow.. stuff but i think the heavier stuff sounded amazing :) The mellow stuff is awsome too ;D I’m just happy to hear that you are working on new music :D Btw, Is Chester doing any better ?

  51. Doggie24690 on October 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    There’s nothin’ like knownin’ that your favorite band is coming out with new material. Especially since your guy’s last album, I’ve taken some analyzing music classes that have really opened up my eyes. I can’t wait to hear exactly what you mean by the new turntables also, sounds intriguing.

  52. xmxury on October 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Mike!
    Great news! The songs sound very interesting, can’t wait to hear them! I really think the new album is gonna take a little bit more, maybe late 2009 or early 2010, hehe, and I think, don’t know why, that the new stuff is going to be on the LPU8, maybe, just a feeling =)
    Well, good luck to you guys, keep making great music! Please, come to Mexico soon. Phi looks great!!

  53. thompson on October 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    glad to hear you guys are working on some new stuff, can’t wait to hear it. xD That mixer thing you were talking about sounds really cool. Here’s a suggestion that I think everyone would enjoy: take requests on songs people want you to mix together (ie your song with another band’s. Recently I wondered what LP’s music would sound like mashed with say Rage Against the Machine or something.) Just a suggestion….

    adios sir

  54. Ezza on October 26, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    woo new music!!!…i must have missed something somewhere along the line cuz i dont know the story behind Phi’s shirt…can someone enlighten me???

  55. Jaraldoaz on October 26, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    What about Rob, Brad, and Chester?

  56. spraypaintNinkpens on October 26, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Yes can’t wait for new lp music. I hope it doesn’t take too long to put it out. Seems like your best material was written relatively quickly( What I’ve Done, qwerty, Numb)

  57. diptiamin on October 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    So Mike, I can “Barack Your World” Baby! Is that really you and Mark Wakefield? Haha, if not, check it out:

    Dipster…out.

  58. ninguem on October 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    is nice to “hear” of you which they are working in new stuff, i become so happy to know, i was sad of stay without internet in this weekend =/
    mike, i have one question about lpu, why they don’t arrange download of new songs/demos to lpu fans? besides the fanclub cd of course, will be nice if we sign in the lpu and get new songs to hear before, after all, we pay and have rights to listen new/different things
    ps- phoenix reminds me lindsay lohan, i don’t know why

  59. asaulp on October 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Ahhh, thanks for the updates on the new music you’re working on. I’m already anticipating the next album, I can’t hold back my excitement! :) Being an art student, I’m without a doubt always waiting to hear about your next art show, so keep us updated on Glorious Excess (Dies) please :) I can’t wait for “Road To Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes” either! Danggg, you guys make me so happy<3 :D Goodbye, and have a nice day

  60. scottdaniels on October 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Mike i just Wanted to tell you And LP that i am Veary Veary Excited that You Guys are Back in the Studio and that I can not Wait for your Guys New Album to come out Next Year and i can not wait for it to come out so i can Buy it. and I Have Question to ask What Kinda Beat will it have and what Kinda Album will it be ? thanks from Scott Daniels :)

  61. nillp on October 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    oh my.. can’t believe i’m finally updated with your blog.. anyway. really great to hear that you guys are working on new stuff.. cannot wait to hear/see any of them..! and yeah.. that phoenix tee was so questionable.. but anyway this pic is going to my english paper for wednesday.. ;)

    i really liked the improvements of mikeshinoda.com.. congrats! ;)
    do you know that “next” and “back” thing below the posts?! so, instead of that, would be better put the number of the pages.. ’cause this way, it’s easier to go to one page to another.. especially for those like me who lose many posts like me.. anyway. it’s just my opinion.. ;)

    take care, see ya soon. :)

    nil (LL) lp

  62. BlackdeatH on October 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    is new album going to be like MTM or you gonna make something different? … i heard many people wants it to be more like Meteora or Hybrid Theory… they want heavy stuff.. well whatever.. can’t wait to hear new stuff! =)

  63. Anna_4 on October 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Phoenix is so funny in that pic! xD
    I can’t wait for the new stuff.. I’m sure that it’ll be great, like all LP stuff. U rock! Take care, ^^.

  64. analoggirl on October 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Forgive the double post, but I just heard something on the radio… Steve Thompson claims that you once asked him to produce an album but he was too busy to commit to the project. Was it Hybrid Theory or Meteora? Do you think your sound would have been different had you worked with him?

  65. sweet_girl on October 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Oh! darling you work so hard

  66. Madlen on October 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    You’re just teasing us now aren’t you?:DThat’s really cool:DMan I’m so excited…i can’t wait to hear the new stuff…and i hope we’ll get a chance to listen to your mash-up that you’re talking about:D

  67. Mr_Huhn on October 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    thats soo cool!! i cant wait to hear your new music!!! joe has the best turntables ever!!!

  68. burntwaffle on October 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    speaking about music Mike, I have a major question for you. Either for “Road To Revolution” or the LPU 8 CD, is there at all ANY possibility of a live video of ‘No Roads Left’ probably from Third Encore? atleast audio? I know I speak for all Linkin Park fans all over the world when I ask this question. You have an amazing voice Mike, and we are all dying to hear it on a future Release or on a PR: 09 or 10 show!

  69. skindesbous on October 26, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    If the next album is going to be released in one or two years, it means it’s going to be your 10th aniversary, so it got to be your best. Phoenix, if you keep wearing shirts like that, be sure your style will ruin Chester’s one, haha. Thanks for sharing this with us, Mike =D

  70. rockermeg on October 26, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Yes! New music!!! Now I’m even more excited =D
    You have to promise to keep us updated on your progress
    M2M will be hard to follow but I think right now you guys are on top of your game!
    No,you’re not invincible but you are amazingly talented and we’ll all be behind your next album 120%
    …Loving the new CHARACTERS LEFT counter-very useful,arigato Shinoda-sensei :)
    Bon Chance! (yes Japanese and French in one comment)
    xxx
    PS-All my love to Phoenix;stylish as always ;)

  71. linkingirl on October 26, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    First off, I have to say a BIG thank you to Mike for filling us in on your progress with some new LP music. We are all anxiously waiting for a new album! Minutes To Midnight, in my opinion is one of the best albums ever made. I really feel that the band took chances and the album was a sort of departure from all of their other albums.That being said, I would LOVE for the boys to make a new album that incorporates more of their hip hop roots with lots of mixes and beats. I love the rock sound but hope the new album goes more in the other direction.
    I know you boys will surprise us yet again and we won’t be dissapointed…. Best of luck with the new album!

  72. Linkin_Betty on October 26, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    heh Phoenix rocks ^^
    i can’t wait for listen to the new album! i believe it will be great as ever <3

  73. Xare on October 26, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Will we have Rapcore metal again??? :D!!!
    Please give us a surprise and let’s return to nu metal sounds ^^!!!!

  74. YourConscience on October 26, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Hahaha. Fun stuff. I’ll admit I kind of giggled to myself about Phi’s shirt, but I also didn’t think he was taking his style too seriously that day. At least, I hope not… Hehehe. ^_^ As always, I’m anxious to hear the new stuff. It would be amazing if you guys could get the album out in time for Projekt Rev ’09, although I don’t want you guys to rush it just for the sake of getting it out by a deadline. In all honesty, I’ve convinced a couple of my online buddies to fly out to CA next summer so we can hang out at Projekt Rev together, and none of us really think it’d be the same without you guys headlining the main stage. o.0 Oh, and, P.S. Any dates for Glorious Excess (Dies)?

  75. lpcrazygirl on October 26, 2008 at 11:45 am

    This pic is soo cool.Phoenix looks so funny:)
    I´m very excited for your next album. Hope you and the other guys have fun to work on it :)

  76. AS_21 on October 26, 2008 at 11:44 am

    OMG! Mike! Can’t wait to hear what you’ve done. Thank you for letting us know what are you doing now about new album… it’s amazing that we can find out how does it works! real thanks to you! ;) you’re soo kind!

  77. pepper on October 26, 2008 at 11:42 am

    lol don’t listen to ‘um pheonix! rock the v neck gay man shirt!!!

    See Mike, this is one of the very many reasons I love you dude, it is SOOO awesome to be updated about new songs and LP things that are going on, even the small stuff. It keeps me excited inbetween albums and really makes us anticipate and wonder what other epicness LP is gonna create and give us next! I don’t know how you guys do it, but I’m glad you do! I can’t imagine living without your music anyomore. Keep working and creating! I’m so proud of you guys! goes off to vote lp for EMAs :D

  78. HMF on October 26, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Wow! Can’t wait for the next album!!! U guys rock!! Btw, r u going to do another PR tour next year to promote ur new album?

  79. NeneLP88 on October 26, 2008 at 11:20 am

    How weird is that? It’s cool and yet weird the fact of you updating us about what you’re doing with the other guys. With the past albums, it wasn’t so (at least, i think so). It was like “here’s the album!”. Now we are able to get to know how things go on step by step. Amazing!

    Could you enlighten us about what’s wrong with Dave’s shirt? O_o is it an inside joke between you guys? or don’t you like v-necks? XD

  80. NataliaForgotten on October 26, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Awww, now you made me anxious about it! Heavy songs? o/ And I just loved this pic, Phi’s bass is so cool!

  81. DRO22 on October 26, 2008 at 10:11 am

    hey mike, cant wait for the new stuff! im sure its aamazing. of what you have done so far, do you think you will end up using Rick’s way of not thinking what youre making, and instead just letting things come naturally to you, or do you think you will end up using an old and/or new method to the new album? take care, and tell chester to get well soon! best of luck to all of you. -DRO22 from the LPU.

  82. soyuneik on October 26, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Nah, Pheonix is reppi’n the pirate within in. hell yea! Am I seeing that right? Are those effects boards in the drawers?
    I’ve messed with Albeton a few times. Its been a while tho. Grab a bunch of vsts and some soundfonts and you’ll be in good shape. I’m looking forward to hearing what you make.

  83. miKer0cks on October 26, 2008 at 9:52 am

    LOL!!! Phi-Phi looks so funny in this picture!!! Hahaha!!! XD O.o I cant wait for the new ”heavy” stuff!!! <3

  84. Shinizzle3 on October 26, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Lol, yeaaaa new songs :)))) phoenix looks sweeeeeet :PP

  85. SK_2008_LV on October 26, 2008 at 9:26 am

    WOW, good news!!! Can’t wait to hear this new heavy stuff :))) P.S. And thanx for changes of mikeshinoda.com, especially font change, it’s more easier to read now :)

  86. TiffTiff33LP on October 26, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Dude thats awsomeness,I like dark songs,dark songs and lp u cant get anymore awsomer than that!!!!!!^^

  87. Illara on October 26, 2008 at 9:04 am

    haha! phoenix looking awesome! :D
    wow, the post about the new songs really sounds exciting! :) got me thrilled!
    haha, and phoenix looked fine with that shirt. xD

    xoxo

  88. Wello on October 26, 2008 at 8:48 am

    :D …. lol. This makes me happy.

  89. durg on October 26, 2008 at 8:43 am

    :D!
    yayyy haha, so exciting.
    & that pictures pretty great. & whats wrong with the shirt? psh, i think its awesome. :p haha

  90. Mikeshi_Linkfort on October 26, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Phoenix the dandy =) I Shall wait for new songs! Good luck Mike =)

  91. Mondreus on October 26, 2008 at 8:18 am

    =D that made my day.

  92. Rockeiraa on October 26, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Oh my God! I am very anxious to hear a new song, thanks for the information Mike, and also want to thank you for being such a nice person and by Linkin Park there. (;

    Mike, a question: Is there the possibility of Linkin Park come to Brazil to a show in 2009?

    I would like to see Linkin Park in Brazil again, I would be very happy.
    Thank you for your attention.

  93. Joanie_LP on October 26, 2008 at 8:02 am

    yey, can’t wait for the new album

    and btw, my mom used to have a shirt like this :D but in pink :)

    oh, and one more thing. It would be great if you make more songs like these you wrote about here. More beats, more solos, tough guitar riffs. Perfcet! :) but you decide what to do, I only give opinion what it would be cool to make :)

  94. analoggirl on October 26, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Admit it, Phoenix is the most fashion forward in the band. I don’t see you rocking a fedora, vest and MFR bandana at shows. ;)

    Anyway, thanks for the update! I’m really looking forward to hearing some new music and I love that you guys continue to experiment with your sound. What inpires you these days? Are you hoping to reinvent yourself with the next album, as you did with MTM? Can we expect another (co-)producer credit?

    Lastly, some new White Pegacorn wouldn’t be so bad either! (Amazing job on the lyrics and video for “Barack Your World”. You completely nailed the genre. I felt like I was watching GnR, Whitesnake and Van Halen all rolled into one. LOL)

  95. LaKennyLP on October 26, 2008 at 7:43 am

    oh my f… god…

    what do we have to expect???? a return to the past??? I’M SOOOOO EXCITED MIKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
    PLEASE, TELL ME THAT’S TRUE!!!!! _____

  96. 2T_LP on October 26, 2008 at 7:36 am

    thats gr88 guyzz!!!! im soo excited!!!CANT WAIT TILL THE NEXT YEAR 4 A NEW STUDIO ALBUM!!
    can u mike tell us when will it be releazed…late 2009 or earlier???

  97. uvagirl28 on October 26, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Hey Mike. I work in radio and I”m guessing now that this is a rumor: Linkin Park is half way done with the record, all that needs to be done is finalizing the production. This supposedly comes from people working at the label. Could you clarify that? Thanks!

  98. Sepol on October 26, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Great news =)

    By the way, I know that program, Ableton Live, it’s really awesome (altough a little bit complicated for me =P). I can’t wait to hear that “mixtape/mashup” that you’re doing.

    Thanks for the update, it’s really nice to know what the band is up to.

  99. karolp on October 26, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Mike is true that you made the music “Barack Your World” with Mark Wakefield ? kisses from Brazil !! we’re waiting for you here !!

  100. Linkin_Paranoik on October 26, 2008 at 6:57 am

    p.s i love the phi phi pic :]

    italy loves you guys. we can’t forget the live concert in venice. that was more than awesome. thank you.

  101. Linkin_Paranoik on October 26, 2008 at 6:56 am

    hey mike! oh my god a dark song? i love that, well i really love rock songs i hope the new album will sound rock
    i’m so glad you’re working for the new album, i’m sure it will be a great album cause you made all amazing albums and i love them too much, honestly i’d have a question for you but i’m sure you won’t read this comment XD cause i’m not so lucky, anyway it would be amazing to have your answer, well the question is: mike will you be the producer of this new Linkin Park album? i really hope that mike i think it’d be amazing, so amazing cause you’re very great and i’m sure it would be good also for the other guys, you’re a genius of the music so i’m sure you’d know what to do

  102. thenewLinkinPete on October 26, 2008 at 6:54 am

    This is so exciting! Thanks for the update. So are you guys planning on a different working style this time around or the pairing up-thing again like with M2M? Also I´d ask about the term “poor me”- song: there has been some debate about in on the MB. You said that it´s a style of writing but would it be fair to call songs like Crawling or V-Day poor me songs as finished versions or is it smthng you try to steer away from? This may seem an odd question, but I really like that kind of songs and the term ,when it´s understood right, not emo. Also I think that PhiPhi is in a position where he can wear any shirt and be the coolest guy ever =) Keep us on track with the working, please! -Petri

  103. becksgiggs on October 26, 2008 at 6:50 am

    haha!! I love Phoenix so much. He always makes me laugh so hardly. Dark song??? yes!!!! I love dark song. It’s such a great new!!! I can’t wait for new albums and see you guys live again!!!! On the other hand, hope Chester can get well soon and put out his solo album ASAP so he can focus on new LP record. Few songs of his solo album sounds really good, I hope it will come out soon. At last, oh yes, more Mr. Hahn on upcoming album please!!!! Go Joe!!!

  104. PankakeMunky on October 26, 2008 at 6:46 am

    that’s awesome to hear new music is on the way. since i can’t really see much of phoenix’s shirt, what was he wearing? it looks like there’s see through patterns from the picture but it’s hard to tell. please elaborate on the design of it, mike :D

  105. djzap on October 26, 2008 at 6:41 am

    hey mike – i use ableton live too, it’s a great tool for remixing and mashing and even putting together rough track ideas. the beatmapper tool is really good once you get to know how to use it properly. btw, i know this is off topic, but when you play bass, on the fort minor album, do you play with a pick or your fingers?

  106. big_bad_lukas on October 26, 2008 at 6:33 am

    and whats what kinda of updatss we want xD
    awsome (:

  107. missbluesonicspeed on October 26, 2008 at 6:15 am

    This is exciting! Glad you guys could get together and hang out. The turntable sounds pretty nifty. Good luck with that Joe! I know that we’re always on edge to hear the latest news from you guys, so keep it coming! ;) Also, I was just wondering what types of things inspire you guys to write new songs. Is it always something different, or does it relate from one album to another? Anyway, have a great day!

  108. cuz on October 26, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Great update! Be sure to post whenever something’s going on. Now I can’t wait for the new music. So it’s great to have Barack Your World–I’m listening to it over and over since I got it few days ago. It’s fucking amazing dude! Hope to hear the mixtape-mashup thing soon. Also, let us know what’s up with your art. Shout out for the guys :)

  109. Shinodabestfriend on October 26, 2008 at 5:52 am

    OMG faints crying
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. Brittney on October 26, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Awesome update, Mike! Be sure to keep us posted; hearing about a new LP album makes me happy :] And Phx’s shirt is just great lol

  111. ThunderStrike on October 26, 2008 at 5:29 am

    Wow, nice to hear all these updates. I can’t wait for the new album, especially when I know you’re recording heavy stuff!! And Phoenix looks….weird o.O

  112. Henna on October 26, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Thanks for the update Mike! and it’s great to see you guys getting together and trying out new sounds. That new turntable sounds interesting, nice to see what Joe comes up with. I didn’t quite get why Phoenix’s shirt amused u guys though, care to elaborate? hehe. and its also good to hear u guys will be back in that studio. Can’t wait to hear the new album and remember Mike, us fans want to hear more of u in this one :)..Take care…
    Henna (England) xxx

  113. pbizkit33 on October 26, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Thanks for the update Mike. Keep them coming!!!! I really want to hear what Joe can do with that new turntable. Sounds like that can be a fun new toy to experiment with.

  114. Vican on October 26, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Thanks for the update – it made me gasp and wiggle my hands slightly in excitement. The songs both sound very intriguing, and I hope we get to hear them sometime soon. We’re all looking forward to hearing more about your progress with the album, so don’t be scarce with the updates (or pictures for that matter).

  115. martinac on October 26, 2008 at 4:44 am

    WOW! Its so cool seeing pictures of ye guys meetin up and playing together SOOOOOO EXCITING!! looking foward to it thanks for keepin us updated MARTINACXXX

  116. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on October 26, 2008 at 4:36 am

    omg thats so cool!! im waiting 4 the new album, im so exicited!!!! yay very very pretty. xD cant wait for road to rev. too ,of course!! i saw the video of loatr in live , i think its awesome!! .. kkidk wat to say yet. xD LP rocks ever. =) bye mike!! ^__^ – Gabry-

  117. Kirstie on October 26, 2008 at 4:35 am

    I love the shirt!!! In a observant-non fan girl way; The Phoenix is very sexy!

    Hearing you talk about new music gives me LP withdrawal symptoms and I only saw you in June!

  118. Lolo on October 26, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Good your doing stuff together again :D!
    About the t-shirt it reminds me of the one Ross, from Friends, was wearing thinking it was high fashion. lol It’s from the 10th season episode 9. I couldn’t find any pic of that pink t-shirt though I found a video of it http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Tir8BnFzQ94
    Hahaha that was hilarious!

  119. TEQUILA on October 26, 2008 at 4:30 am

    oh,great post)u made my day)we’re waiting for new album so much…and now even more)))i think,mike won’t let us know more than would warn up our curiosity)) mike,how’s it going with GLXS DIES?i guess it’s not easy to work with new album and paintings at the same time :-/ -Liz

  120. Meteora20 on October 26, 2008 at 4:16 am

    juhuu! back to the studio. awesome news. and i’m looking forward to the new album.

  121. drpd1 on October 26, 2008 at 3:54 am

    oh my god its been sooooo long since i was able to read your blog. my net was not working. so congrats on the CSI thing….. and and and Happy Belated HT Birthday…. can’t wait to hear the new music…… :)

  122. Deftones06 on October 26, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Yeah, awesome news!!!!!!!!
    It’s great you’re keeping your fans updated about the new album, Mike…I can’t wait for it!!!
    And also, I’m happy you’re speaking about an heavy stuff…I think MTM was a good album with some new interesting elements, but I prefer the heavy side of Linkin park =D

  123. YuN_RoCks on October 26, 2008 at 3:19 am

    I love this thing: you posting updates about you and the others putting some stuff together. it’s awesome! it’s like we take for granted all these things, but you talking about it here on the blog is like making US know, and that’s great. thank you so much <3 moreover, do we have to prepare for a little music player here on MS.com? cause that would be cool! hearing your new stuff {if included or not in the future album} and old too is great! btw, what has Phi's shirt to amuse you? we wanna knoooow! thanks again for the updates, take care!

  124. Kalini on October 26, 2008 at 3:18 am

    Mike, please, explain how you do this! You write two lines and make everyone feel involved in what you’re doing. The way you described the new songs of yours, made me so curious and even more, anticipating them. Meanwhile you’re going to entertain us with the mixtape-mashup-project, thanx to Joe. That’s pretty cool! Well, I’ll be expecting more updates to come later. The photo of Phoenix is very cool!!! Take care, Krassie.

  125. eirime on October 26, 2008 at 2:59 am

    I think that songs will be cool, especially if that songs will be heavy songs:) I love it:)

  126. Lobby on October 26, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Heavy songs! Heavy songs! I just love No More Sorrow, Faint and Lying From You, if you do some more similar to those, I’d be fancied. :) I heard that someone had told you about the Metallica show in Estonia and you said you’d consider coming here with the new albums tour. Please do so! :D Aight, I’m setting myself ready waiting for the new album… Wee I want that! PS! If you can, post some samples of the new music, so we’d have a little idea what’s it gonna be! =)

  127. Daga280 on October 26, 2008 at 2:53 am

    I HAVE A QUESTION I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT… Mike, what did you do with your old and unused tracks that you’ve recorded during your work on MTM-will you use those unused ideas in your upcoming album??? thanks :)

  128. yohannaaaa on October 26, 2008 at 2:32 am

    CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEW ALBUM!!!!
    Thank you so much Mike for keeping us updated :]]]]]]
    This is gonna be so awesome!
    /yoe.

  129. diff on October 26, 2008 at 2:31 am

    The new album will be the first LP album (or actually the first album ever) I’ve waited for and been aware of so it’s pretty exciting to have this expectant feeling. Whatever it’ll be like, I’m looking forward to hear LP’s new music.

  130. Aqua101 on October 26, 2008 at 2:25 am

    ≈♥≈Yay! Phi is cute&funny, indeed. Geez, miss out few things (got busy hang-out w/ jobs). First, Happy HT B’Day, Mike! Second, really can’t wait for yr LP new album. Plz make it hot upbeat…and yr voice more (also Chester together). BTW, I did vote yr ReMix Finalist. I like most “the stories of the lost” (I did comment under ‘irdahk’). We can put multiple vote, can’t we? Its beat so dope. I also wanna hear yr own Mix/Mash thing, Mike. Make it good beat…I need a good special & unique beat, I think u r the expert on that…Take Care & Take it easy :)

  131. IronSoldier on October 26, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Cool, I hope you will experiment more in this album. Longer songs, not standart songs structures and other, I think, is cool. Little things is great example, it’s long interresting song, with long and nice guitar solo. It would be awesome to get that kind of songs, but heavier :)

  132. Noe_Kenji on October 26, 2008 at 2:02 am

    coooooooool!!!! :) cant wait! te most important is that you guys, enjoy this moment :) so then we will be able to enjoy your music 2!

    i wanna ask you something mike, its not the first time i ask you for this, but i really would like to find what im looking for…
    i would like to learn to play the hard way piano, and many others. but i don’t know read tabs. so i would like to know if you can tell me where can i find a program which translate mp3 music to midi files. or, maybe can you help me to find the hard way midi?

    Please answer me!

    thank you so so much!

    only 3 days to see alicia keys in live!!!! all the shows i have attented was yours!! im so exited!!!! -

  133. Chemist999 on October 26, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Uhm… Phoenix should rename himself Lord of The Squirrels. But most importantly – less sampled drums, more real Robbles. ;)

  134. Suru on October 26, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Jeez, can’t wait for the new album and for that mix:P I’m wondering how Chester going to finish his Dead By Sunrise album if he’s still not in good condition also, working on 2 albums in the same time? maybe it’ll be sheduled again. Get well soon Chaz!

  135. stardust001 on October 26, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Great news! It’s always awesome to hear about new stuff. Am very excited.

    That shirt really has to go away. ASAP. -.-

    Can’t wait to listen to the mash/mix you’re making.

    Thanks for keeping us up-to-date! :)

  136. Lvix on October 26, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Can’t wait for the new album!

    Mike, how it’s going with the new ‘Styles Of Beyond’ Album?

  137. Doomguy13 on October 26, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Glad Joe gave you Ableton Live! I have had it for a few months and it is an awesome program. Can’t wait to see what you make with it.

  138. ffmuteki9 on October 26, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Haha, Phoenix is really funny, and you guys are as well. hope we can hear the mash-up soon, and how’s Chester?
    are you gonna have a gig in Texas??

    hope you guys can release your albums sooner so that you can end up the contract with WB and become indies.

  139. MrJQ23 on October 26, 2008 at 12:00 am

    awesome news indeed mike! more scratchin’ from joe in “real time” is fantastic as well. i would definitely suggest using the new equipment for sure. take it easy.
    -ventura county man
    (102.7 KIIS FM May 12, 2006 FM signing)

  140. BeautifulSeraph on October 25, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Outstanding news!!!!!

    Hopefully there will be more updates soon!

  141. Jaclyn on October 25, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Aaaaaa! Super news! It’s always a pleasure to read such kinda things about an album recording! Yay! Phi is cool!

  142. Dori on October 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    That shirt!? I thought Phi was cooler than that! haha

    Interesting post.. I always found it cool that the scratching could be mixed in with the music, and it still sounds great! Joe really does give your music that extra thing to set it apart from other rockbands out to today!

  143. ms_shock on October 25, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    LOOOOL!!!!! Cool pic!!!!! I want more!!! hahaha xD And YEAHH!!!!!!! SUPER, AMAZING NEWS!!!!!! Thank you, mike!!!!!!!!! Looking forward your new songs, mixes and ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  144. lynndarwinharris on October 25, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Awesome!! Can’t wait!!! Thanks for keeping us updated!

  145. Hybr1d_7h3ory on October 25, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Oh Phoenix, what are we gonna do with him. Him and Brad did get a good laugh at the boobies in Kansas City, they were staring at them forever, if you didn’t see it you should ask them about it sometime. I can’t wait to hear this mash/mix up. By heavy, do you mean A06 ish because that song is AMAZING. A couple people I know didn’t really like LP because they thought you guys couldn’t be “hard and heavy” but after letting them listen to A06, And One, Giving Up, No More Sorrow, I have converted them to the way of LP.

    Keep up the good work Mike…
    Hybr1d_7h3ory
    PS…My thread on the LPMB about pirating music and recycling water bottles got closed :( May I start a new one?

  146. Philly_Willy on October 25, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    lol yes he looks like a metro.
    What kind of mixtape will it be? Hip hop? or will it be like cheapshots one with old pop songs?

  147. zimminator on October 25, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    omg mike!!!! ugh now u are gettin me psyched wayyyyy early! yer album wont come out for a while, and leave a post like this!? haha loser.

  148. ThePrincess on October 25, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    OK…THAT PHOENIX…AND WHERE ARE YOU….

  149. Vomitorator on October 25, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    FUCK YES!!!!!!

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