Announcement: LPU Enhancements to Include Merchandise Package, No Extra Fees, & Free LPTV Downloads

May 2, 2011

We’re constantly working to make LP Underground more than a fan club–we envision it as the best way for people who like the Linkin Park’s music to get closer to the band and community of LP.  Today, we announced a list of enhancements to LPUX in a massive email, direct to the fans.  Since it was a really long email, I thought I’d list a few highlights.  Here are my three favorite new additions to LPU:

1.) A physical merchandise package (annual members).  This package includes a limited edition t-shirt, cell phone/device case, an original art print (by me) and other items.  Members who join today will get the package as part of your annual fee.  Existing members will get the package in the mail for no extra cost (LPU is absorbing the costs–even those outside the US).

2.) The brand new LPTV downloadable video library.  Members can download ANYTHING in the history of LPTV for free, optimized for your laptop, iPad, and select phones.  These episodes go back as far as “Meteora,” so there’s a lot to see (and download) there.

3.) Another LPU Summit is on the way.  This one, our fourth, will be held in Hamburg, Germany on June 21!  At past Summit events, fans met the band, saw sound checks and intimate acoustic performances, worked on Music For Relief charity events, toured the crew bus and backstage, and more.  Check out footage from Summit events, and reserve your spot at the upcoming Summit in Hamburg at the link below.  Fans have traveled from all over the world to be at these events, so act fast to reserve your spot at the Hamburg Summit.

These are all added features–all the other benefits of being an LPU member are still in tact.  To learn more about LPU or sign up to become a member, go to LPUnderground.com.

mike

My Old Headphones

April 22, 2011

I realized this evening that my favorite studio headphones are looking pretty bad. Wait…how long have I had these? I’ve used them since…before our first album…actually, since our first demos. Weird. These headphones are like 15 years old, and although the foam around the ears is crumbling, they still sound amazing.

I’m treating myself to new headphones this week. And yes, I’ll be buying the exact same pair.

mike

My Co-Star

April 14, 2011

We’re shooting the video for “Iridescent” today. I walked onto set, and found out this guy above (named Trevor) is going to be our co-star.

Joe Hahn is always full of surprises.

mike

Issho Ni: Fan Remixes

April 1, 2011

(Art by Widya Rahayu)

A few days ago, I asked you guys to make some remixes (or reinterpretations) of our song for DOWNLOAD TO DONATE, “Issho Ni.”  Here were the five that I thought were the best.

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1. Xefusion

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2. Penneysound

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3. ZwieR.Z. ‬

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4. Dmitry Zemtsov

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5. Nairod

Also noteworthy: A Fragile Bear, Shrocaeth, Nike Stoyan, and Svetoch.

And don’t forget to DownloadToDonate.

mike

New Linkin Park Song Available, DTD for Japan Now Live.

March 22, 2011

This week, we got an amazing letter from the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, acknowledging Music For Relief and Linkin Park’s ongoing efforts in Haiti & environmental protection. It read “Both your international and local commitments are a valuable contribution to our global efforts to build a better world. What you do through your music, your fans, your entrepreneurial spirit, and most importantly your passion, is commendable.” I wanted to share that thought with you, because I want you to feel the same pride we do–the good feeling that comes from making an effort to help someone else who needs it.

With that said, I’m asking all readers of this blog to act, and get something in return.

We are thrilled to announce that the NEW www.downloadtodonate.org Japan site is up now. Donate $10 or more, and get access to great music. We intend to add more tracks in the coming months; anyone who donates will have access to these tracks PLUS future tracks that get added. Right now, we have new recordings from Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Angels & Airwaves, B’z, Hoobastank, Sara Bareilles, Flyleaf, Staind, Slash + Myles Kennedy, Counting Crows, Plain White T’s, Elliott Yamin, Enrique Iglesias, and Linkin Park.

The Linkin Park song is entitled “Issho Ni,” meaning “we’re in this together.” It’s an instrumental song that I cooked up this week to benefit the cause.

100% of donations benefit www.savethechildren.org. Please help the kids affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan by donating today! Go here, donate, get music, and spread the word:

www.downloadtodonate.org

mike

Images: Printing The MFR tees

March 15, 2011

The t-shirts are being printed now!

mike

MFR T-Shirts To Benefit Japan

March 14, 2011

Based on the voting, it seems you guys liked both designs for the MFR t-shirt…so we decided to do both!

They are now for sale on the official Linkin Park web store. Proceeds from these t-shirts will be donated to Music for Relief to help survivors of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami.

Click here to purchase: http://linkinpark.shop.bravadousa.com/Dept.aspx?cp=40873_42463

You can also also text ‘MFR’ to 85944 to donate $10 to Tsunami Relief or click here to donate online.

NOTE: The butterfly design WILL be offered in men’s sizes as well! Stay tuned!

mike

Shinoda Sketchbook, 1989

March 9, 2011

Just found this in a box in one of my closets today. This is the cover of my sketchbook, from 1987-89 (ish). Some of this is not my writing–I don’t know whose it is. But I think the funniest part is that there are logos of Bon Jovi, Cinderella, and Ratt, all crossed out. And Oaktown’s 357 made it into the mix somehow. Lucky there was no internet at the time, or my Mom would have Googled The 2 Live Crew and consequently thrown out my entire cassette collection.

mike

Illegal moves!

February 18, 2011

In the words of @JoshGroban, “This proves fair and square that wrestling isn’t fake.”

mike

Happy Bday Thanks

February 12, 2011

Thanks to everyone here, on Facebook, Twitter, and linkinpark.com for the birthday wishes, videos, and images yesterday!

mike