The tour is going great so far. Thanks to all the fans attending the shows–they’ve been a lot of fun. Because we had so many new songs and a bunch of new technology (new to us, at least) on stage, we started the tour with one set list, with the intention of switching it up as we got comfortable with it. A few shows later, we began improvising a few parts, swapping songs in and out, and jamming a bit on some things. (For live audio collectors: we made up our current Bleed It Out / APFMH jam a couple days ago in Hamburg, live on the spot. I was pretty excited when it all fell into place, and I think you can hear that on the audio.) If you want to grab mp3s of the songs, go here.
Chester posted about a couple things recently. Firstly, he was really moved about the announcement from Ron Artest (GO LAKERS!) that he was auctioning off his championship ring to fund mental and emotional health services for youths who can afford them. When Chester told me about this, I thought it was awesome…go to ronartest.com (his link is currently down, but I’m sure info will be coming soon).
In more big Chester news, not only did he have a #1 album in the country with “A Thousand Suns,” he’s also in the #1 movie in America this week: Saw 3D opened at the top of the box office charts. Congrats to Chester and the SAW team.
And finally, the LPU Summit is almost here! It’s shaping up to be a great event. If you want to meet the band, play our instruments, tour the backstage, see a tour bus, win signed stuff, and have generally have an awesome time, sign up today. Get an annual LPU member pass, and you’ll get into the Summit for free (not to mention all the awesome stuff you get with annual membership).
Before I go, here was the Bleed It Out / A Place For My Head performance from Hamburg…see you at the show!
(above: “Tan Tan Bo” by Takashi Murakami, credit: laist.com)
A painting of mine will be on display in a show called “SugiPOP!: The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art.” The exhibition will be on display at the Portsmouth Museum of Art in Portsmouth, NH.
(For fans in the area: this is the first time my work has been displayed in New Hampshire.)
The show runs October 13th 2010 – January 16th 2011. It is a collaborative effort, co-curated by Beau Basse of LeBasse Projects in Los Angeles and Katherine Doyle of the Portsmouth Museum of Art. It features the work of approximately 30 artists tracing the origins of manga, the rise of Japanese Contemporary Art and into how the art forms have influenced artists around the world.
Sugi, the Japanese word for ‘too much,’ represents the extreme characteristics of Japanese manga and anime, which have merged with the American phenomenon of Pop, to become SugiPOP – a blend of Japanese and American contemporary art shaped and defined by over-the-top pop.
The exhibition features an international roster of artists including Japanese masters Hokusai and Kuniyoshi in a display of original Edo period woodblock prints. The exhibit also features Japanese Contemporary artists Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Yoshitaka Amano, Mr., Ai Yamaguchi, Junko Mizuno and Hisashi Tenmyouya. International artists contributing to the exhibit include KAWS, Gary Baseman, Simone Legno, Natalia Fabia, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Yumiko Kayukawa, Seonna Hong, Hush, Morgan Slade, Edwin Ushiro, Luke Chueh, Andrew Hem, Mike Shinoda, SharkToof, Yoskay Yamamoto and more. Finally the exhibition includes original cels from some of the most significant anime films ever made, including Cowboy Bebop and Princess Mononoke.
The Portsmouth Museum of Art is located at One Harbour Place in downtown Portsmouth. Admission is free. www.portsmouthmfa.org
For an upcoming promotion with iTunes, I need to come up with a list. 15 albums, tied together by a theme. Which of the following themes seems the most interesting to you guys? Vote, and I’ll make that list, to put up on iTunes.
EDIT: it looks like the “surprising” list is in the lead…in the comments, tell me what albums you THINK I listen to. If you’re right, I’ll make sure not to include them on the list.
EDIT 2: We decided that since the “surprising” list and the “influence” list were both so popular…Chester is going to do the “surprising albums” list, and I’ll do a “songs that inspired me” list. Best of both worlds…Thanks for your help!