Linkin Park’s ‘New Divide’

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New Divide or New Horizon?
After lying low for almost 2 years, Linkin Park are back with quite an impact – their new song, “New Divide” is featured as a theme song in one of this summer’s most anticipated movies – the Transformer’s sequel, Revenge of the Fallen. The movie will be in theaters on June 24, 2009.  The single is already available for purchase on iTunes.

“New Divide” has made history by being just the 3rd record in history to debut in the Top 10 on the American Billboard Hot 100 Chart & Modern Rock Chart simultaneously.  Linkin Park’s “What I’ve Done” also enjoyed similar success.  The track is “built on layered, heavy synths and a sharp performance by Mr. Bourdon.” It also creates “a nice interplay between the organic feel of the rhythm track and the more robotic feel of the keyboards.”

Mike Shinoda recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about Linkin Park’s brand new single.

I feel like “New Divide” is the beginning of a new phase for our band. We’re hoping to release things a little bit more often. We’re hoping to have Chester’s solo album, which will be under the project title of Dead By Sunrise, out by the end of this year. And we’ll have a new Linkin Park record out next year.

Creating The Song
Linkin Park give a small glimpse into the creating of the song “New Divide” in the video below, as they collaborate on creating the track.

Making the Video
Directed by the band’s own DJ, Joe Hahn, the video for “New Divide” will depict Linkin Park band members being  ‘yanked around by unseen forces and out of control’.  Images of the band members were captured as they performed for the production of the video, in which they literally fly around the set with slings on their backs.

As the on-set footage of the music video reveals (see clip below), the concept of the video is quite unique with regard to the distinct interpretive methods Joe Hahn has employed. According to Mike Shinoda “[Joe] is planning on using a lot of really interesting cutting-edge visual techniques, blurring the line between our performance and some kind of digital/mechanical reality.” Chester Bennington puts it more simply, describing the experience as being “in a tomb rocking out and there’s a huge dead Transformer.”





Mike, Origami and Designer Sneakers

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ms_sneakers1Mike Shinoda, self-professed collector and owner of around a 100 pairs of shoes has recently designed a pair of sneakers for DC Shoes.  All the proceeds from the sale of these sneakers will provide assistance to students of the Arts Center College of Design, the school Shinoda formerly attended in Pasadena, California.  Shinoda has a BFA in Illustration and enjoys painting in his spare time. According to him, the concept and design of the latest sneakers were inspired by Japanese patterns found on traditional fabrics and origami.

On this one, we basically took the Xander shoe, which is the one we did last year, and kind of revamped it for more of a warm-weather look. I’m half-Japanese, so it’s influenced by various Japanese patterns that I gravitated to growing up –”

Shinoda confessed that he grew up folding Origami in his interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“Dude, I grew up folding origami. We had a children’s day celebration every year and we’d fold cranes and samurai helmets and fish, amongst other things.”

Origami (折り紙 ) (from oru meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Using a single piece of paper, and geometric folds and crease patterns a representation of an object is arrived at. (click on the image to learn more)

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Chester in Crank:High Voltage

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crank2Watch out for the release of Crank: High Voltage which opens on Friday, April 17. You’ll catch a glimpse of Chester Bennington who makes an appearance in the movie – you’ll see him when he has a reported run-in with Jason Statham’s Chev at a horse track. Chester also had a cameo in the previous Crank film. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan also makes an appearance and plays a dog walker who also encounters Chev. The soundtrack for the movie was produced by Mike Patton of Faith No More fame.

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Chester Bennington ‘honoured to be playing Knebworth’

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sonisphereSONISPHERE: AUG 1-2, a weekend camping festival at the UK’s true home of rock, Knebworth. 60,000 fans will witness titans Linkin Park and one of the biggest rock acts of all time Metallica  – headlining at the venue that has hosted massive shows from Led Zeppelin and Oasis. “As I’ve become aware of the awesome bands who have played Knebworth over the years I realise what an honour it will be for Linkin Park . This is definitely one of the big ones. You have to work on earning the respect of the fans in the UK. I would say the experiences over the years playing festivals over there, the audiences actually get better and better each time. I think it will be amazing to come out and play this festival. Obviously we’re huge fans of Metallica as well. We’ve had the pleasure of playing with them on a number of occasions.” The singer hinted about some all-new material.”I can’t promise because we’re still writing, but I’m going to put it out there that you might hear some new stuff from us.”

Categories: Band members, Blog, Concerts

Artistic Irony

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obamaWe had a comment on the blog over the weekend about Artist Shepard Fairey’s arrest, thanks for bringing that to our attention. Some more details on that story below…
Fairey was arrested on graffiti-related charges in Boston on Friday just hours before the opening of his exhibit at the city’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Police said warrants for his arrest were issued on January 24th for posting five of his Obey images on property owned by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. “I’m making art that not everybody likes,” Fairey told reporters today after pleading not guilty to the graffiti charges.  Fairey has been caught up in a whirlwhind of activity as he opened his first solo art exhibit in Boston last week. He has also filed a countersuit against the Associated Press after being sued  for copyright infringement, asking a judge to rule that his Obama Hope image did not infringe on any copyright by the AP. Although the legality of Fairey’s Obama work may still be in question, the image itself has become an icon with the Smithsonian announcing last month that the image would become part of the permanent collection at the museum’s National Portrait Gallery

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Let’s Hear What You Have to Say!

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megaphone_logo1We noticed one fatal flaw in our blog but not to worry, we have fixed it!  You will see on the right side we  have dedicated an area for Your Voice – this area shows the most recent comments from our readers.  As you can see it’s been very quiet, too quiet – it’s time to be heard – Talk about your thoughts about the band…
- What do you think of Mike’s thought-provoking painting that hangs today in a gallery in Barcelona, Spain – the sale of which will benefit  the Michael K. Shinoda endowed scholarship at the Art Center College of Design – how has the band’s success been impacted by his dedication and constant efforts to elevate the artwork of Linkin Park
- Talk about the fact that on a day this week in 2005,  Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington visited southern Thailand after the 2004 tsunami, assessing damages, visiting two elementary schools and even helping repaint a house during the course of his visit.   Further on, Linkin Park founded Music For Relief helping to initiate the effort to raise over $3 million for Tsunami victims.


The Art of Linkin Park

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studio_one_printedmatterWe’ll be talking more about the Art of Linkin Park in future posts. We are going to start by reviewing the artistic collaboration between Linkin Park and the company which was responsible for creating some of their boldest artwork. (Click the image to see more about the company).
Shepard Fairey, the creator of this company was personally congratulated by Mike Shinoda for being the man behind the famous and now iconic Obama poster, which was featured on Mike’s Jan 21, 2009 blog post. “On a random note, congratulations to Shepard Fairey — his famous Obama piece has been inducted into the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. Pretty amazing, considering the guerilla art/graffiti nature of his past campaigns!”
Shepard Fairey’s famous website can be accessed at www.obeygiant.com.


Want to help Linkin Park make a difference?

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Do you have an online profile on MySpace, Facebook or any other social networking site? Do you have a blog? Click here and add SocialVibe to any of your pages. You will earn donations just by having your page viewed and make a difference on behalf of Music for Relief, a philanthropic organization founded by Linkin Park. Invite the highest number of friends to join SocialVibe.com and win a trip to LA, to hang out with members of Linkin Park in the studio as they record their newest album! Click here to watch a video of Phoenix explaining the campaign and how to get started.


Linkin Park – Project Revolution 2009

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Take a poll and let Linkin Park know who you would  like to see in 2009 on the Project Revolution Tour… Chester Bennington doesn’t want any whining after the fact it seems – on his Official Blog he suggests you get involved in the process of voting for who should be on the Tour. Vote Now: http://www.cbennington.com

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Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park says, “Black Violin is one of a kind… Incredible!”

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With influences from classical composers such as Shostakovich and Bach to contemporary hip-hop icon Jay-Z, Black Violin blends the classical with the modern in a compelling and truly unique musical style.  Mike Shinoda’s association with Black Violin began when he invited Black Violin along on a world tour with his wildly popular hip-hop side project, Fort Minor. View Black Violin’s Brandenburg piece below…

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