@LinkinPark Limited Edition Tour Posters

August 11, 2012

The tour begins tonight in Bristow, Virginia.  And besides the music, we’ve got something special at each show for you.

At each stop, you’ll find a limited-edition tour poster designed just for your city.  The one above, for tonight, was done by REYES.  Every show will feature a different design by a different artist.  All in limited quantities, none will be reproduced after this run.

In addition to REYES, posters on this tour will be designed by: Anthony Lister, Estevan Oriol, Greg “Craola” Simkins, STASH, James Roper, SEVER, Jonny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Todd Bradrud, George Thompson, Jamie Oliver, Joshua Petker, PUSH, Randy Ortiz, and others.

Stay tuned for more images and more info.

mike

Linkin Park SOUNDWAVE Transformer

July 12, 2012

Linkin Park and Hasbro are collaborating on a super-limited LINKIN PARK EDITION SOUNDWAVE. It’s a new and exclusive model based on the original 1984 toy, the one I grew up playing with. It includes Lazerbeak, Buzzsaw, and Ravage. There will only be 2000 units, available at SURU and comic/hobby shops.

Hasbro is currently showing a sample of it, inside the Transformers booth at Comicon. Here are some pics from Les, the designer. Shout out to Mr. Hahn for overseeing its golden glory on our end (no, it’s not real gold).

The LINKIN PARK SOUNDWAVE will be available later this year.

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mike

The Number One, Twitter Responses, and a New Linkin Park Video Game.

July 8, 2012

I wanted to take a moment to respond to a couple things online that caught my eye. These responses seemed worth more time than a tweet, so I collected them for answers here.

1.) First off, thanks to the fans for making LIVING THINGS #1 in the U.S. this week. Billboard says that LP now holds the record for the most consecutive #1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart since the year 2000. A surprising bit of trivia, though: the five albums are Meteora, Collision Course, Minutes To Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and LIVING THINGS…Hybrid Theory, although it did stay in the Billboard Top 100 for over 100 weeks, peaked at #2, and never made it to #1.

mike

Linkin Park PC with Music OS Software: More Info

July 6, 2012

As announced HERE and HERE recently, my bandmates and I have teamed up with Dell and Open Labs to release a limited edition PC, containing Music OS software and a large library of exclusive, original Linkin Park sounds.  With it, you can write, record, and perform your own songs — even using LP sounds and loops if you like.

Why Music OS / Open Labs?
As I mentioned in the video above, I was using basic keyboard and samplers on stage for a while, and I outgrew them.  They couldn’t do all the things I needed to do; then I found Music OS.  Music OS is a software that does a lot on its own, but also allows me to run all my favorite software inside it.  In other words, if I use 25 different virtual keyboards, samplers, and effects in various songs, I can just open those inside Music OS and play the exact sounds from the record on stage.  I also enjoy using the touch-screen feature; the software is designed with performance in mind.

Why PC?
It’s no secret that I use Apple devices for much of my everyday stuff.  But on stage, I’ve been using Music OS on PC for years.  In testing, Open Labs found the PC to be a more stable touring unit, and that’s what we need in concert.

Why Dell?
This year, I visited Dell with the Open Labs team, and got a chance to see and try out some of their new laptops and desktop computers.  They were awesome (I personally loved the touch screen XPS 17, with the JBL speakers).  They’re also less expensive than Mac, which we figured might be helpful for the LP fans who are interested in getting this.

The info and purchase page is below.  There are only a few hundred available worldwide, and we’re not making more, so if you’re interested, now is the time.

Click here to find out more or purchase.

mike

My Chapter for Jono Bacon’s ART OF COMMUNITY Second Edition

July 3, 2012

A while back, the amazing Chris Anderson (Wired, TED) introduced me to a guy named Jono Bacon.  With Chris recommending we speak, and with a name like that, there was no way I could forget this guy.  Jono is the author of a fantastic book called The Art Of Community.  The book is about growing, empowering, and leading communities to success, both online and in the world.

As it turned out, he was writing the second edition of the book, and asked me for an interview for one of his chapters.  I gladly obliged.

Now, the new book is out (with my interview chapter) and you can check it out here on Amazon: LINK

Jono also notes: “While the book is available to buy in bookstores it is also licensed under a Creative Commons license — I have believed that if you don’t have $40 to your name but want to improve your community, you should have access to the information. People can download it from the website at http://www.artofcommunityonline.org/ too.

So: either get it for free, or purchase it and support Jono if you can.  Either way, please help Jono and me out by spreading the word.

Thanks,

mike

Watch now: Aesop Rock: “ZZZ Top”

July 2, 2012

For fans of THE RAID, I think you’ll like this new video from Aesop Rock. The video features Patti Li and some guys she beats up.

My score and soundtrack for THE RAID is available for listen and purchase HERE.

Preorder for Aesop Rock’s Skelethon can be found HERE.

mike

Detroit Beautification Project

June 28, 2012

REVOK / POSE / Seventh Letter.  What up Detroit…

mike

RECAP: #LIVINGTHINGS TWITTER LISTENING PARTY

June 27, 2012

A few weeks ago, I challenged the fans to hold off listening to the album until release day. I had suggested the fans create their own listening party, and share with us on Twitter. As it turns out, one group of fans scheduled a big online “listening party”, celebrating the release in the U.S. I decided to join them.

I’ve never seen anything like it. The sheer volume of activity and excitement was astounding. I’m writing to share some of that excitement with those of you who weren’t there.

We all hit play, together, worldwide, around 1pm PST. As the album played, people shared reactions in words, photos, and videos. LIVING THINGS was a top-two trending topic on Twitter worldwide for about an hour. People were freaking out. I re-tweeted some of the comments, and added some of my own thoughts. I also favorite-ed many of the things people were saying and the pictures they put up. There was so much going on; my Twitter feed was impossible to follow. After it was done, many people listened to it again. Others stayed on just to chat.

I can’t really recreate any of the actual magic of the day, but luckily, I don’t have to.

Here are a few snippets:


To get a real sense of how it went down, check out this stuff people said:

https://twitter.com/#!/m_shinoda/favorites

…and my own Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/#!/m_shinoda

mike

Living Things Is Here; Twitter Release Day Listening w/ Me, Tomorrow at 1pm

June 25, 2012

 

(image courtesy of @Moniics)

Our 5th studio album, LIVING THINGS, comes out in the U.S. tomorrow.  Elsewhere in the world, it has already arrived.  We just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who is listening, however you’re doing it.  For those who took the Release Day Challenge, we salute you.

Tomorrow, I will be doing a Twitter release day listening party at 1pm PST.  At that time, we’re all going to hit “play” and listen together, worldwide.  Feel free to upload photos and and videos before and during, to show how you got the album, how you’re listening, and who’s there.  Special thanks to @AdieK84 and LPAssociation.com for helping pick the time and getting people organized.  Find me on Twitter here: @m_shinoda

Thanks again, and enjoy LIVING THINGS

-m

PS: tonight, theaters across the US are showing “Linkin Park Live In Berlin” for one-night-only.  Find a theater near you here: http://www.fathomevents.com/upcoming/alllocations.aspx?eventid=1098

 

 

mike

LIVING THINGS RELEASE DAY CHALLENGE

June 6, 2012

Imagine opening your birthday presents by yourself, alone.  Imagine having no one to look in the eye, sharing the excitement of each new thing.

Now imagine opening those presents, surrounded by the people you love.  There’s something better about sharing an exciting moment with other people.

Growing up, when one of my favorite bands released a new album, it was an event.  I used to leave school at lunchtime with my friends to drive to the store and buy it.  We would rip open the packages and put one in, and listen to it together, eating lunch in the car.  We would shout over the music, rewind our favorite parts, play songs over.  It recently occurred to me how sad it is that so much of that experience has been lost.  Albums leak, release dates are spread out over the course of weeks, and often, people hear an album alone, on pathetic computer speakers.  True, they tweet, text, and chat about it, but the magic isn’t as magical.

Our new album LIVING THINGS comes out in the US on June 26. It hits the shelves in a number of other countries on June 22.  And it’s no secret that the album will likely leak a week or two prior. We want to issue a challenge to our fans: make the LIVING THINGS release date a special event for yourself.

When the album leaks, ignore it.

You’ll only have to wait a few days.  Then, at midnight of the release date in your country, listen to the album from front to back.  If you can, listen to it with friends.  Have a party.  Drive somewhere.  Enjoy yourself.  If you decide to download the album leak rather than purchase the album, fine.  This challenge still applies to you.  This is not about downloading, it’s about deciding to have more fun.

However you get the album, document the day. Take photos of you buying the album and putting the CD in your car, downloading it and listening to it on your iPod, streaming it and playing it on your stereo.  Tweet your photos to us @linkinpark with the hashtag #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY.  We’ll retweet our favorites.

We want LIVING THINGS release day to be as special for you as it will be for us.  Challenge yourself to hold out, and we’ll all share in the excitement together.  For the record, I’ll be celebrating on the 26th, so if you want to celebrate with me, come find me on Twitter.

@m_shinoda

mike