This link is inevitably going to be pulled down, ha! But here’s the full Sao Paulo show, as shown on MULTI SHOW, Brazil. Big crowd, lots of energy…it felt like a great show, here’s how it looked to you guys at home.
I just got an email from the good folks at Lazarides Galleries. They’re doing their annual show at The Old Vic Tunnels. The show, BEDLAM, will feature works by Antony Micallef, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, War Boutique, and others.
For many of us, Micallef is a favorite–truly a modern master. Lazarides gave me sent me images of these two incredible new pieces with you:
Antony Micalef, ‘Study of Icarus’, 90 x 90 cm, oil on linen:
Antony Micallef, Bestial Descent, 100 x 80cm, oil, charcoal and metallic gold paint on canvas:
…And here are some others that are worth checking out:
I first met STYLES OF BEYOND (S.O.B.) in the late ’90s, rapping at parties and with friends in the San Fernando Valley, north of L.A. Years later, I featured them on my Fort Minor album, on songs like Remember The Name and Believe Me.
After we wrapped up the touring for FM, the guys were signed to Linkin Park’s imprint Machine Shop Records. Above all, I believed in these guys, and I loved the music they made. Shortly thereafter, we began putting the finishing touches on an amazing album, Reseda Beach. Aside from the music they self-produced, we had tracks from J. Dilla and Scoop Deville, and even a super random cameo appearance by Michael Buble (which didn’t make album, but was an amazing experiment).
It was a very exciting time–I always felt like the album they put together showcased exactly what set this group apart from other rap collectives: their knack for setting a tone and vibe, their unique sense of humor, and their classic-sounding style.
As I mentioned HERE a while back, we had every intention of releasing the S.O.B. album on our imprint label, but we ran into roadblocks. When things got impossible, Styles Of Beyond split up, and decided to pursue separate interests. It was a terrible time, especially for them, but also for me–we had all put so much work and hope into this project, and it seemed that it might all go straight down the toilet.
But recently, thanks to persistent interest from fans, Ryu, Tak, Cheapshot, Skully, and some mutual friends decided to put out the album that we all put so much work into.
I’ve always been a big fan of this album, and I’m glad you’re all going to be able to hear it. Here’s one of my favorite tracks off the record, The Pirate Song:
So please support the guys, check this out, and spread the word. They’ve got a bundle that comes with a t-shirt, and another bundle that comes with a second CD (including many of the other tracks we recorded while making the album, featuring Bishop Lamont, Scoop Deville, Apathy, Celph Titled, and some guy named Mike Shinoda).
Get the album HERE
A few months ago, I was approached by the editor of a magazine in the UK called “The Big Issue.” It is a news magazine that prides itself on being “a hand up, not a hand out.” They combat the problem of homelessness by offering eligible people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by making money selling copies of the magazine.
I’ve since written two pieces for Big Issue. A new issue is out right now, with my first piece as their American Election Correspondent. You’ll have to get a copy of that one to read it; below is my first piece, from September.
POWERLESS: THE EFFECT OF INDIA’S OUTAGE ON LINKIN PARK
In my band, Linkin Park, I help oversee songwriting, production, art direction, and social media. They are things I grew up doing. I’ve been drawing and making music since I was a toddler. My father worked in aerospace, and introduced us to the personal computer in 1984, shortly after Apple’s famous “1984” ad debuted. I’ve always been a fan of video games—I even started my own club with elementary school friends, centered on beating every Nintendo game we played (I had the team record, finishing a game one hour and fifteen minutes after I first turned it on).
In their words: “This means that Linkin Park has taken exceptional precautions in ensuring the safety of their concert goers at each venue. It’s about knowing what to do before a storm hits, not waiting for the storm to hit and scrambling to figure out a plan. We hope that many other bands will move to become StormReady, and we will remember that Linkin Park was first.”
“Squids are one of many animals capable of changing color when they feel threatened, frightened, or just need to be a little dressier, but while many animals can change color, almost none can do it as quickly as squid…In an effort to find out what stimulates those cells, the DIY bio-hackers at Backyard Brains teamed with resaerchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Using a technique they had already tested by making a cockroach dance, the team attached an electrode to the squid’s dorsal fin, allowing them to send electrical impulses into the animal. The electrical impulses they chose to deliver? The Cypress Hill classic ‘Insane in the Brain.’”
Shout out to Kevin Rose & Ian Chant (geekosystem.com)
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.