Monday Meetings.

January 28, 2009

Every Monday, the six of us get together at the studio to review the songs’ progress. Since some of the work is being done at home, we use this weekly check-up time to catch up and stay organized. Every few weeks, we vote on the songs, giving them an A-F grade. The votes are tallied, and we keep a running list of which songs we like best. “C” votes and below generally fall off the list pretty quickly. Right now, we’re got about 15 songs that are getting A’s…but sometimes an “A” isn’t good enough…

Photos by Frank Maddocks.








  1. Termite007 on April 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Does anyone know what kind of jacket Mike is wearing?

  2. Lidiam01 on February 16, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Hey Mike i cant wait to hear the new album =D you should give us like a 20 sec preview.

  3. DinaraLP on February 11, 2009 at 3:51 am

    it’s great to see that you’re working. Working and going to share a new idaes with the rest of the band. The art process is the greatest action that I knew because I love to see and to feel it all around me. My name is Dinara. I’m from Kazakhstan. I wish that one day LP appear in my country too.

  4. JackShinoda on February 10, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Hi Mike, I’m Jaqueline, I’m from Brazil and hope to see you and others here as fast as possible. I love the initiative and you are helping the music4relief in socialvibe, I’m participating and trying to do what I can to help too. much admire the simplicity and generosity of all of the band. …………..HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MIKE ……. all good for you, and that all their plans are made and you continue being that person that we all admire …
    love you … kisses

  5. xkxixexrxax on February 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    i can’t wait for the new album to come out and for you guys to come to england, stevanage in august! That will be my first time seeing you guys live in concert!! im not sure how much the tickets cost though it’s not really clear on the sonisphere website, it just says for camping.

  6. Bunnyfish on February 8, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Dude – so organised! Must be a natural talent! Thanks for the updates.

  7. marusia96 on February 6, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Hi, Mike. I’m Maria, and I’m from Bulgaria. LP is my favorite band since I was 5 years old. Every single day I dream how you come in Bulgaria. Make my dream come true. Please. Love ya guyz.

  8. Sarah4Shinodaa on February 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I ❀ youu and the pictures. Keep them coming! πŸ˜€

  9. Sintia on February 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for posting studio pics! I especially like the ones that are in black/white. Also I am thankful that you keep us updated on the process of the new album. That is one of the reasons I keep coming to your site. Its not only the photos but with the music , art, helping others who are in need, etc. But there is one thing I miss is the LPTV. hopefully ya’ll can bring it back. Well I leave with this note….I believe and have faith in you and LP that ya’ll will make a great album. If I didn’t I wouldn’t had been a fan since ’99. Take care and all of you keep up the hard work.

  10. highlandpark on February 2, 2009 at 1:13 am

    So which band mate gets the most “A’s” voted for? For some reason I think it’s Rob!

  11. AlexiaNewRose on February 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Mike you’re so freakin amazing…!!!your blogs are just way too awesome!lol…and is always super great to read them!
    thank you so much for post blogs like this(:
    you’re the coolest guy EVER…!
    greetz n hugz
    much respect for you and the guyz

  12. linkinladie328 on February 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    yesss…an update. thanks for scratching my itch.


  13. Lvix on February 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Mike, isn’t it difficult for Chester to work on a Solo Album and on a Linkin PArk Album at the same time?

  14. nillp on February 1, 2009 at 9:09 am

    really great to know a little about the album’s work in progress.. πŸ™‚

    “sometimes an “A” isn’t good enough…” yeah. i agree with this.. but i’m sure that you guys are going to finish with lots of A++++++ stuff.. x)

    anyway. have a good monday meeting tomorrow..!

    take care; mk’nil :*

  15. anant_lp on February 1, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Hey Mike,its really cool to see you guys in the studio!Man,its like…”its coming soon”,you know what i mean!uhh…just a question,thats been in my head for quite some time,i.e,will Mr.Hahn be burning the turntables on the new album….I just hope he does!I’ve related to scratching as- “the confusion that has risen in the mind because of the conflict between the mind and the heart”…And of course,it sounds so cool too…Hoping you read this man!!!LP forever!!!

  16. ChesingMinoda_Belson on February 1, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Hey Mike I just had one question. Are you guys planing on putting out some more LPTV Episodes? I love those things sooo much.. If you could reply that would be freakin awesome.


  17. Yanchen on January 31, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Hello, Mike! you are a great man, it’s not a compliment, I mean it! You are so tallented! Thank you for photos, it’s really cool to see you working with your band! I wish you a lot of inspiration! Hello from faraway f*ckin’ Russia!!!

  18. lais on January 31, 2009 at 9:24 am

    hi Mike!!
    what’s up?
    i am certainty fascined by your works and by linkin park’s works.
    your works is so vast i can’t really imagine it. if some people discourage you, don’t stop now, i believe in you…
    i believe in Linkin Park.
    i love you all!!!

    thanks: LaΓ­s

  19. Cyan on January 31, 2009 at 5:16 am

    wow!! those black&white photos are really awesome!! looking forward to ur new album!! i know that u wont disappoint us! XD

  20. Saphira on January 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    koool i cant wait till i hear them =D

  21. Jane1 on January 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Mike!
    this pictures is great!!!I like your music but very
    Write to me please ever

                                                   Thanks Jane

  22. sasummsumm on January 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    we have monday meetins at work too XD but i guess yours would me more interesting to me sometimes πŸ™‚

  23. rocksylvie on January 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Yesss!!! Very good news! I love the photos! Monday… Even the grass doesn’t grow on Monday… But you’re different! I just can’t wait the new album! I wish you good luck and the best album till now! Thanks for the update!

  24. Gemeni2u on January 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for the continous updates. So looking forward to next album ! Good luck guys. πŸ™‚

  25. Hawaii_LP_fan on January 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Passion, commitment, and dedication are three words that best describes Linkin Park. The pics confirm that. May all your sessions be filled with “A’s”. Have fun!

  26. TiffTiff33LP on January 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm


  27. pepper on January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    This makes me sooooooooo happy Mike you don’t even know!!!!!!!!!!! =D

  28. missbluesonicspeed on January 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I know that all of us LP fans are excited for the new album release. We also enjoy all the photos of you guys working! But, my concern is, how does your album sound this time? Is it going to be similar to that of Hybrid Theory and Meteora? Or is it going to sound like Minutes to Midnight? Don’t get me wrong, I liked Minutes to Midnight, but I’ve heard other Linkin Park fans request that your sound should go back to your earlier album style. I know you get a lot of comments and concerns, but I was just curious. Thanks!

  29. RMD369 on January 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for the update! I’m really looking forward to the new album and really appreciate you letting us know how its progressing. I’m curious though, you said the 6 of you meet but I don’t see Chester and Joe so were they there?

  30. NoMoreSorrowGirl on January 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the update! Actually I saw that pic while commenting on your previous post, then you decided to post about the pics!well, all I can say that you look great as well as the other guys!and Monday is the day were human beings get a heart attack the most heh!gotta be careful every Monday. And if I’m not mistaken I saw only 4 where is the other 2? CB and JH?missing in action?and I got a Headache of thinking where in the world did I saw that jacket of yours, as I read all the comment it’s in the video “We Made It”…hope you made it guys:))take care and Love ya’ll
    PS: My man Rob looks bored while your explaining hahaha!

  31. Hybr1d_7h3ory on January 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Every time I see a post about the new record on here I get goosebumps, I am sooo stoked for it to be released.

    On another note I was flipping channels and I came across the newest season of Real World in New York. One of the housemates wanted to record a song and the studio he went to was entitled “Machine Shop”, I dont know if there is any infringement on their part, just thought I’d give you a heads up. I know my Mike has to eat.

    Keep up the good work and tell the LP guys hello from the midwest…Hybr1d_7h3ory

    PS…Whose Fedora is that on the amp? Im guessing Brad’s.

  32. Yass on January 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I am sure that even the ones marked with an F are amasing for us LP fans

  33. JODA on January 29, 2009 at 10:36 am

    So you’re not really here as I think? And you’re going to say…”sorry” ?

  34. missdunno on January 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Thank you very much for the updates! That’s really exciting, and (I know everybody says that so I’m not original… but) I really can’t wait for the new album!!!

  35. Zmazhiing on January 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Ooh, I can’t wait for next album πŸ˜€ I’m sure it is gonna sound awesome πŸ˜€

  36. PankakeMunky on January 29, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I was just curious, since you said that some songs that get rated “A” are not always good enough, what happens if you guys get second thoughts about a song that’s been rated “C”? Would that song get a 2nd chance to be useful? Thanks for keeping us updated on the progress of the next album. πŸ™‚

  37. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on January 29, 2009 at 8:26 am

    heya Mike :)) its nice ur workin’ hard 4 the new album :)) 15 songs? wow :)) dont worry if ya think that some songs arent good enough, just keep workin’, ull se the results! :)) im waitin 4 the new albumt oo i cant waiitt XDD take care, Gabry πŸ™‚

  38. MartaH on January 29, 2009 at 8:25 am

    hi mike!yeah I can’t really wait for the new LP album!! but I can understand you. it’s true, sometimes even if we do our best it’s not enough. [I’m searching for perfection, knowing it’s something I won’t find] but I’m like you, I think that it’s a good thing demanding from ourself something more and you’ve always done it, you and the other guys of course!! in fact the other day I was watching on tv a special right about the LP story and I though about all the LP improvements.. it’s so unbelievable how many steps forward LP has taken in just 10 years. so guys go hard at this album, we’re looking forward to it!(my english sucks, so I’ll try to improve it and search for perfection) kisses πŸ˜€

  39. Linkin_Paranoik on January 29, 2009 at 7:46 am

    hey mike. it’s so great to see you guys who are working for the new linkin park album, i can’t wait really but at same time i’m glad that you’re taking time because i know you want to make always something better, so it’s ok and that’s right xD
    i really can’t wait cause i love you guys and i’m sure you will do something great, and i love the pics so much, brad rocks with his new hairstyle and dave is amazing, and and mike your black & white pic is fantastic, so guys have a good day and take care
    LINKIN PARK 4EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. kiprida on January 29, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I didn’t understand why there are only 3 persons in studio??!!;)) Of course, it’s banal, but I’m also waiting for you album!;) I hope that your next tour, introducing the new album, will come to Latvia;) (sorry for bad english)

  41. Shadow on January 29, 2009 at 6:44 am

    LOL, just as I got online and on to and saw this post the radio started playing “Leave out all the rest”! If THAT is not a good sign then really I don’t know what would be. Means: I am sure the new album will be a huge succes. Thanks for all those updates about what you guys are working. Mmm…Cookies -> or in this case: Mmm…LP- All Fans Like Jewels From America … πŸ˜‰ Plus I gotta say I agree to Naka: it would be nice to hear some more songs on the new CD then we are used to…

  42. Naka on January 29, 2009 at 6:35 am

    [may I say that my english is not so good?] I think this is a nice thing to heard about on my birthday. And also a lot of nice pictures too. Maybe I’m being fool but I think it would be nice a longer CD than what we’re used to. why don’t you justl the songs with the ‘A’ grade? and I’m quite sure that these ‘A’s are more than enough since you’re awesome in every single thing you do. Hope I need go to mall buy your new record soon. byebye

  43. LPmAgaS on January 29, 2009 at 5:39 am

    wow!!! awesome photos…!!!:) you guys rock!!!:) 15 songs…? I hope that the new album will include them all… but as you said “sometimes an A isn’t good enough…!!! I hope the new album will be realeses soon…!!!!:):)

    SEE YA!!!!:)

  44. YuN_RoCks on January 29, 2009 at 4:13 am

    hey there Mike! nice to have updates on how your work is going, we all can’t wait to hear the new stuff, As, Bs, Cs or whatever it is. don’t forget that we love your songs and that Ds and Fs would be cool to hear too!
    the pictures are awesome and that jacket really looks to me like the “we made it” one! cool πŸ˜€

  45. Joanie_LP on January 29, 2009 at 3:55 am

    so happy to see you guys working!!! can’t wait!

    btw – Massive Attack And Mos Def – I Against I – what a cool song, you should listen to it if you still haven’t! DOPE!

  46. SarahLikEMoOncrY on January 29, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Mike~ I’m looking forward to the album~~ !^o^//

  47. Aditya_the_warrior_within on January 29, 2009 at 1:47 am

    15 songs with an A ?? :O
    ya that sounds more like LP πŸ™‚
    hope we get the pedning songs which didn’t make the record in the LPU 9 disk πŸ™‚
    hope the album is kickass and shakes the world !!!!!
    (just wish you guys tour asia and come to India in this process for the album tour ) πŸ˜€
    all the best !!!!! with best wishes and love

  48. murry on January 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Sometimes A isn’t good enough? Overachievers.

  49. uarpig on January 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    mike, i am so hapi that LP’s workin on the new album
    waitin for u gys great work to cum soon….
    miss u, love!

  50. CuteWhiteBunny on January 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    good to see you guys are still working hard

    thanks for the news

  51. ThunderStrike on January 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the good news Mike! I’m sure this will be your best album (achievement wise) to date. I can’t wait for it xD

  52. Rex on January 28, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    great stuff
    u guys always work hard its not difficult to see.
    may i ask where joe hahn is? havnt see him for awhile.

  53. ThePrincess on January 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Actually I want to give a comment about ‘the Songs Progress’ but I don’t understand about that ! so I’ll give a few comments about this Pic ! .. well this is Monday’s Pic right ? Which means that its your ‘BRAND NEW FACE’ and coz you look ‘STUNNING like Usually’..I could be relieved now that the ‘Stress Work’ s did not change that ‘AMAZING Face’ and the most importantly this Pic can be Erased a little my Sense of ‘Damn Longing’ to You :)… thank you Honey for sharing this !

    NOTE : I’ll send this pic to my friend Emily, she is big fans of Mr Delson..oh yeah baby..she will be ‘shock’ LOL !

  54. Neffer on January 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I love the pictures of you and the guys in the studio! I’m glad you keep us up to date with what’s up with your new album, I can’t wait to be able to finally hold a new album once again! lol Brad seems to never age at all ❀

  55. lynndarwinharris on January 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    You guys are one of the hardest working bands in the industry. I have been a fan since Hybrid Theory and will be a fan for an eternity. to quote you: “but sometimes an “A” isn’t good enough”, that is why you are the best! Thank you so much for all that you do for your fans!!! It is appreciated!!

  56. ninguem on January 28, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    is nice to see you working in new stuff
    rob is trying to hide himself hahahaha, and brad is more human with shorter hair
    mike this is the jacket you used in “we made it” video?
    good work bye

  57. kaosgirl on January 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    It’s nice to see you guys working hard in the studio. But since you haven’t posted a lost in translation post in awhile, I figured I’d give you something to laugh about.

    Since you love youtube so much. Here’s a link that’s causing college kids to laugh all over the country.

    Enjoy working and don’t forget to have fun and rest

  58. soyuneik on January 28, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Who’s rockin the Fedora? That’s one sexy ass studio. I like that strategy, Ii know what ya mean about A not being good enough. Bleh…I just got done replacing the rotary encoder on my Mpc.
    What a pain that was. Well I wish you the best, but I don’t think you’ll need it. ;C)

  59. tpbarbosa on January 28, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Good news Mike! I hope the album gets finish soon! I can’t wait anymore πŸ˜€
    By the way, can you explain for us the whole idea of the “Chance to meet LP in the studio” ?
    I mean I don’t know how to do it, of course I saw the Phoneix’s video, and I totally support the idea.
    I just wanted to hear from you what are the best choices to make there ( which cause deserves more help) and stuff like it.
    I’d be fully apreciatted πŸ˜€

  60. minodagirl91 on January 28, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Hi mike!! Monday I had an operation on my knee and after that I cried so much because it hurt a lot, so my doctor gave me some medicine but it didn’t work so I listened to your music and it helped me… I don’t know how but it calmed me down (specially:where’d you go, Krwlng and pushing me away-piano version) so I just wanna say thank u for these amazing songs, they’re my medicine.. Keep doing them. U rock Mike!! Have a great day.. =)

  61. Trenskinoda on January 28, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    This makes me soooooo excited!!! I can’t wait for the next album!

  62. BrazenEntity on January 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Your hair… *tears to my chin
    I don’t know how much longer I can take this… But the card with the turtle makes me hold on… instead of giving my life to all this, I’m great in seeking my honor from my emotion, which is herein where I stay. I know you know the feeling… the spikes of people as “they” described as being on the “level” of which we either represent or are trying to save, as it were… are often detrimental to who our souls know we are, having being a victim to our own strength. Sometimes we are so set in the construct of our name as defined by other people… but that, to itself be defined.

    Austin sys h-h-hiiii

  63. HMF on January 28, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Wow, great pics and i can’t wait for the new album!!

  64. NataliaForgotten on January 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Monday is usually a boring day, heh (not anymore). Really amazing pics. Can’t wait for new songs, awww! x.x

  65. Ana_ on January 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    You’re so perfectionist!! But that is good! πŸ™‚ I bet you’ll make a great album! Hmm… I know this jacket from somewhere – “We Made It” video! πŸ˜€ Thanks for keeping us updated. πŸ™‚

  66. Illara on January 28, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    its really awesome that you guys meet up mondays. it kills monday blues away. xD

    seeing you guys working in the studio really made me looking forward even more! im excited!

    have a good day!

  67. cuz on January 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    You guys are perfectionists and so modest. I’m sure there’s more A’s πŸ™‚ But enjoy the process until you’re satisfied with the results. Thanks for keeping us updated, it’s so good to know how it’s going. The photos are great. Much love to all of you!

  68. epicsend on January 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I really like your style weeding things out you start with a bunch of stuff but you easily pick out when thing arent going much further and drop them my band does that too cant wait for the next album what I love about you guys is that you are able to learn from each album you do

    this is a side question for you Mike a band I put together in my instrumental music class wants to cover Faint for a show thats coming up and we have everything down except the strings in the verses we use a keyboard set on strings but when we play it it sounds off and when we use the pitch shifter on it it just sound horrible are there any tips you can give us to make it more accurate?

  69. Pattylp on January 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Hello Mike. It’s the first time I comment here. I love when you put pictures in the studio. I’m very anxious for the next cd! Kisses!

  70. Metal_Value on January 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Cheers for keeping us up to date man, can’t wit for the new album gonna be immense! xD

    Btw mike you need to look at this if you haven’t already, it’s a vid on youtube and it’s a musician called Peter Aidu performing a piece called “Piano Pase” by Steve Reight, it’s incredible, basically what’s happening is Peter plays on two differant pianos, one hand on each, and plays the exact same melody at the same time on both pianos, but then he slightly speeds his playing with one of his hands, and when he does the phasing kicks in and the one melody phases and goesout of time from the other, then phases back in time again, It’s dope check it out


  71. pAoLo on January 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Brad looks like he’s 20 again :O

  72. burningdaylight on January 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    i love the pictures!!! mr. maddox does a good job taking them – what program does he use to edit them (obviously it’s more complicated than iphoto lol!)? ps: yay piano!!!

  73. HarryHeadbanger on January 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    hey Mikey !!
    come on !! how can ur “A” graded songs can’t be gud enough….u know ,i wud even love to hear ur “F” graded songs…coz u know just how to hit the so “RIGHT” note…
    desparately waiting for the new album…i wish to hear a mix of Hybrid Theory & M2M… πŸ˜‰
    but it’s so great to see you guys changing ur sound…that’s what evolution of sound is !!
    keep goin you guys !!
    P.S. when are we getting to see Mike’s new look ?? πŸ™‚

  74. skindesbous on January 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    If “A” songs are not good enough that might mean that maybe you’re giving the best of you, or that you need to be better, but I think that both options will give a good result. Anyway, I haven’t ever liked that way of choosing songs… If I were you, I’d work in a song I thought it may be a great one, but that’s my opinion… You look good on the pics! Good luck with the work!

  75. bec on January 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Rob looks like he’s about to fall asleep – are you putting lullabys on the new album?

  76. mike_n_LP_4ever on January 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Oooh! You’re wearing that sexy ass jacket from We Made It! How is “A” not good enough ‘sometimes’? Isn’t “A” good? Lol! Brad looks so hot with his short hair! If only it was shorter, like in Somewhere I Belong. And Rob is like, hiding in the background lol. Also, “Right now, we’re got about…” <<< Lol And lastly! Do those 15 A songs have your, emcee status skills in it? πŸ˜› I hope so!


  77. pandora426 on January 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Mike: You look great as usual and I love that jacket. Thanks for letting all of us around the world know how the album is going.

    Brad: I love when you keep your hair short because then we can see you handsome face better and you look younger.

    Phoenix: Your hat looks very cute. Where did you get it? I enjoy watching “Little Things Give You Away” because you sing in it. Though it’s a small part, it’s still awesome.

    Rob: Did you have a great birthday? You don’t really look like you’re 30; you look more like you’re 23 and that’s the truth. All of you guys look young for your age to be honest.

    Chester and Joe: What happened to those two? I haven’t seen them lately on your blog, Mike.

  78. cavpollo on January 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Good to know πŸ˜€

    I wonder if the fans can get involved in the votations, hehe (at least one song…. pleeeeeease, XD)

  79. TinaPants320 on January 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    looks like everyone got haircuts ❀

  80. Noe_Kenji on January 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Hey Mike, check out this link below, there are the picts i took of the artshow in Barcelona!!
    20hours traveling to attend it!! i looooved it! i discovered really nice painters!!

    can you tell us why the colors of the picts on the internet of your painting are diferents of the real? or maybe the painting i saw was a fake… hehe

    thanks! πŸ™‚

  81. MS_Ineedyou on January 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Guess What ?!?!? Did you know that the song you and Styles Of Beyond made “Second 2 none” is in Transformers ?? You probably do…. Just wanted to let you know πŸ™‚ —Brooke.

    P.S- Thanks for keeping us posted on the whole studio deal πŸ™‚ I appreciate that you take time off to write blogs and keep us updated on important events, or just the randomest shit. Like when your water heater broke xD !! Thanks Mike πŸ™‚

  82. Raiden on January 28, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Finally some news about the new album. Great to see some fresh pics about you guys. Wish you guys a no-problem work, so we don’t have to wait so much until the new album. That would be the greatest gift, if the new album comes out this year. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date. Maybe a single in summer? πŸ™‚

  83. Lynnie on January 28, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Mondays, hm…? ~Secretly look at Mike’s address on random sheet of paper~
    Nice one – I’ll bring the coffees and muffins, you let me in the door…deal?
    I’m kidding, by the way, for all of those planning on lynching me!
    ‘but sometimes an “A” isn’t good enough’ – if an ‘A’ isn’t quite good enough to be an ‘A’, shouldn’t it be a ‘B’, because a ‘B’ isn’t quite an ‘A’ and if an ‘A’ isn’t quite good enough, it’s reduced in status to a ‘B’…correct, no?
    Loving the pics… PLEASE GOD, tell me Brad’s growing his big hair/beard thingy, again… that’s cute!
    Brad’s shmexy!
    I need sleep.
    Have a good day.

  84. nikkiann0100 on January 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Hey, Mike. Thanks for the pics. Im really excited to hear the process of the new album. Thanks for keeping us updated.

  85. analoggirl on January 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I thought being in a band meant the end of Monday status meetings! I’ve always hated those.

    Your grading system intrigues me. Can someone contest a grade? Are the songs marked on a curve? Who’s the brownnoser in the group? haha.

    Anyway, I’m happy to see LP back in the studio. Bring your A game, boys. πŸ˜‰

  86. lp_fm_fan on January 28, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    That’s awesome, Mike. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing.

  87. Anene on January 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    One question: Where’s Chester and Mr. Hahn?

  88. lxlatinangelxl on January 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Oh, you’re showing off the We made it jacket xD and Brad looks like in the Meteora days… I miss the afro though…”A” isn’t good enough? what do you want,’ A+’ ? xDDD

  89. thenewLinkinPete on January 28, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I quess you canΒ΄t say that much about the songs or the direction of the album but how do you see LP in the future, I mean there has been lots of conversation about the major/indie thing and as far as success goes LP has been huge. Now, you took quite a turn with M2M but youΒ΄re still one of the most succesfull bands and you have a solid, huge fan base and they “grow” with you so to say. So with the new album do you feel like appealing more to that audience of your own and maybe not getting that much “mainstream” success? I know you donΒ΄t plan these things, though, but I mean do you see the new music being different that way? Or will we see LP going maybe indie in the future?

  90. Alexandra1984 on January 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I like that you keep things organized if only i could do that with my midterm examinations….Anyway it’s very nice of you that you keep us updated!

  91. JanekZech on January 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    By the way, I just got my LPU 8 package, and I noticed that the T-shirt was produced in Nicaragua. I just hope that the people there work under good conditions and that there’s no child labor. Can you confirm this?

  92. lucky_cat on January 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    1) These pictures are awesome!
    2) It’s good to see you have a sorta organized working method. If you work alone like me most of the time, it’s more difficult to make the decisions … If the “A” isn’t good enough, I tend to go back to the “C” and see if I overlooked something. But this can get a bit confusing …
    3) Enjoy your work πŸ™‚

  93. Lobby on January 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Isn’t a bit too early to talk about PR09 ? Anyway, I’m interested in the new stuff. ^^. And as a typical fan, I must say that I hope you guys come to Estonia this time, last time you skipped us, going from Latvia straight to Finland.. We held a DAMN AWESOME Metallica concert back in 2006, I think you guys could do better!! So you guys now make some “A+” songs, good luck! =) PS! I’m glad to see that you, Mike, have been successful on using capped letters, commas and periods! I’m thrilled for you!

  94. tinkerbella26 on January 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I’m so excited!! Thanks for the update Mike!

    P.S. I dunno if it’s the right thing to ask, but can you clear up any PR09 rumors?? I’m sure u know the story…

  95. ShadowerLiltani on January 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I think I’m starting to understand how you think as an artist. I like when an artist is more than willing to put themselves into their art, to work so hard like that. But please don’t ever compare yourself to another artist like you did in the last blog. You’ll stop growing if you do that. I always look forward to Linkin Park’s special signature that makes them unlike other artists. I’m looking forward to this new album because I know I’m going to hear that signature again. I think that photograph of you at the keyboard is a great shot, Frank always takes awesome photos of you guys.

  96. mvaug002 on January 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    i think its impossible for u guys to produce a C song. Even those songs are A’s

  97. Deftones06 on January 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    So you have kept the MTM working method…mmm yes.. It’s good…This time, I hope you guys have got heavy inspiration and give only “A” to heavy songs ahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Joke aside, thanks for keeping us updated about the next album πŸ˜‰

    PS: I agree with spraypaintNinkpens, I think there’s no need to make 150 demos…if you want to make more demos, make them for the next next record ^^ It’s just an advice of course, do what you want to do…

  98. Madlen on January 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I so those pics last night and i was so damn happy:)Now I’m even happier:)I can’t wait..I just get excited about the new album all the time:DIt probably makes me look retarded when I’m daydreaming about it:DAnyway we hope to hear or see some new stuff soon?Love you guys…

  99. MayJ on January 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Sounds pretty cool,Mike!
    I really liked the lockjaw, Rob’s drum sounds really cool with your guitar & piano.Was it rated A??
    I really can’t wait till the new album comes out!
    Waiting for that day is the strength for me to survive from this messed up
    By the way,Brad looks much younger with his new hairstyle!!

  100. Mechanoid on January 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hey Mike I hope to see you soon in France with the band =) and I think that you should listen to this this person uses the In the end melody even if she sings in french I think that you have to know this ^^

  101. Marlena_LP on January 28, 2009 at 11:47 am

    IΒ΄m happy to see you working on the new album

    P.S.: Sad day, my dog passed away ;_;

  102. Aesrak on January 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Hey Mike!

    You showed off ProTools 8 in December, looks pretty good. Just wondering, what other software do you guys use to produce your music? Can’t wait for the new music! And the photos look awesome, using the first as my desktop background haha


  103. shan1105 on January 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Well I can’t wait until the new album is out. And what was that post about the blood, i’m a nurse and it confused me. That was a stretch for an analogy. But they are a big Lp fan so i can’t anything bad about them.

  104. Jaclyn on January 28, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Great album news! Yay! Cool to see all these studio pix m/ You’re wearing We MadeIt jacket ;)) so you’re gonna make it rock and roll! If “A” isn’t good enough you need to have higher Xzero gradel ….a group 0 individual can receive blood only from a group 0 individual, but can donate blood to individuals of any AB0 blood group (ie A, B, 0 or AB). If anyone needs a blood transfusion in a dire emergency, and if the time taken to process the recipient’s blood would cause a detrimental delay, 0 Negative blood can be issued.

  105. DrBiggy on January 28, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for keeping us updated man!

  106. Shinoda77 on January 28, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Please hurry up! πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for the new album. Hope you have a special gift for us πŸ™‚

  107. Jordi on January 28, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I can’t wait for the new album!! Come to Spain!!

  108. eleni1997 on January 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    very very nice Mike!

    Brad,Rob and Dave have nice style! And you πŸ˜›

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  110. SinisterNL on January 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Mike; i see there are like millions of buttons and stuff like there, do you know hoe to handle em all ;D?
    greetingz to the rest!
    BTW: can be expect sum backing up vocals of phx or bbb?

  111. LPAngel on January 28, 2009 at 11:20 am

    ItΒ΄s good to see how indebted you are, and itΒ΄s good to know how you work. i love the photos =). iΒ΄m very anxious for your new album. thanks for keeping us informed ;)=D

  112. rockermeg on January 28, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Wow…organised…(*shuffles creased guitar tabs and lyrics sheets)
    Yeahh! It’s great how ambitious and hard-working you guys are!
    Where are Chester and Joe??
    Tell Brad his hair looks super cute like that xD
    And Phoenix that the hat is BRILLIANT
    And Rob that he still looks like 20 xD
    Aaand Mike you look as gorgeous as you always do! (The jacket is niiice)
    Also, I love that guitar…

  113. spraypaintNinkpens on January 28, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Great, so release the cd soon. There’s no need to make 150 demos.

  114. Daga280 on January 28, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Its great U have this special Mondays-time to check wot uve wrote from last meetting. but i dont c Chester on those photos… hope he adds some his ideas too πŸ™‚ Im sure you pick only best songs πŸ™‚

    Im proud of u guys^^ take care πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ oh and thanks 4 sharing this πŸ˜‰

  115. miKer0cks on January 28, 2009 at 11:00 am

    It’s nice knowing how you work guys πŸ™‚ Really cool plan…So you’re doing it like MTM style, huh? Cool!!!

    I saw the pics yesterday and my fave are the balck and white ones πŸ˜€ Especially the one you play the piano is awesome!!! You look so concetreted in your work πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to hear some new deoms of the new album πŸ™‚

    PS. I know you all are going to do your best to make those A’s songs even better…But I bet they are, since you’ve written them, and I know that everything that comes from your hands, guys, is marvellous πŸ˜€

    Thx for keeping us updated πŸ™‚ Have a great day πŸ™‚

  116. Raspberry on January 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for keeping us up-to-date on how things are going, maybe you should put some pics of the beatles around the studio to remind you to keep on target πŸ˜‰ hehe.
    Wishing you all the very best of luck with the new album!

    Maria x

  117. nataku on January 28, 2009 at 10:57 am

    wow, you a nice system for working. me and my “creative group” (we’re screenwriters) wanted to do the same thing though it didn’t work out :O. but you seem to be more organized and of course you know yourself better. i’ve known those people only more than 1 year. good luck. looking forward to your new CD. p.s. cool photos.

  118. kanurachel on January 28, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Cool I’m sure you’ll make a great album

  119. DLB on January 28, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Sorry for fangirling, but…YOU GUYS ARE SO CUUUUUTE! melt at how adorable Rob is sitting like that It’s nice to see Brad’s face again x33 (I mean that in the nicest way possible). Ok, I’m done. πŸ˜€

    That said… explodes with happiness that you guys are in the studio again It’s always exciting to see what you guys come up with. Are you guys still coming up with silly titles for the songs still? Those were the best part of the M2M dvd. XD Are you still keeping the same “sounds” as you did on M2M and just evolving them more?

    Have a good day, Mr. Bishounen. ;DD

  120. Kalini on January 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Wow, even A’s not enough, so “B” votes and below must fall off the list. Obviously, you do a good job at the weekly meetings and have a good organization. Keep on doing the great job! Nice photos, I can see the working atmosphere! KK

  121. Shinodabestfriend on January 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

    mike, listen.. I know you will take the best of your band, but don’t be mad at yourself in voting.. we are sure your songs are beautiful just like you write them.. you don’t need to be negative.. you work as bests! ^^ as you can see.. πŸ˜€ have a nice day! ^^

  122. Sonia_LPrnway_ on January 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

    great to see you guys working hard on the next album! πŸ™‚

    2 things: a) Rob looks kinda bored, lol! and b) Brad’s growing back the bradfro? :O

  123. RachaelLP on January 28, 2009 at 10:50 am

    We know what perfectionists you guys are, so I’m not suprised A’s aren’t enough for you. I just hope it takes less than 150+ demos for you to find the few A+’s you want! I like the organisation though :D.

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