We recently spoke with Mike Shinoda about the return of Fort Minor, as well as the past and future of Linkin Park. Check out the interview here.
I kind of donít care where and if [Fort Minor] fits in. For me, trends will come and go. Rap music right now is in a really exciting place... Thereís a lot of room for individual, unique voices. Iím excited for what thatís going to develop into in the coming years. My role in it isnít to be a part of any movement, or a part of anything at all. I just make what I make. If people dig it, then they dig it.
Lazy journalists will simplify words and start conflicts they donít have to fight in. Cowardly bloggers will take sides based on what other blogs think is cool. In contrast, THE HUNTING PARTY is a statement about who we are and what inspires us right now. Itís a stab out into an unknown. Our fight is with conformity, stagnation, inspiration, and even our own bandís complex history. And a big thank you goes out to CHVRCHES and all the bands whose names Iíve mentioned, for...
LP didnít ďcall the copsĒ on @RomeMusica smoking pot. Not sure where the rumor came from. Definitely not my style, bummer it happened. We were at a meet & greet when Sublime was on stage, not dressing room. Wouldnít even know if there was smoke. If someone was ďrepresenting the bandĒ to the cops in the venue about weed smoke, they were out of line.
Thereís so much music out there; thereís so much stuff that sounds like Haim or CHVRCHES or Vampire Weekend that Iím full. The thing Iím hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music. And Iím confused by that. The dude from Foster the People was literally a jingle writer. No disrespect, but for me to make that stuff was kind of out of the question.
Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory is coming to vinyl again via Warner. The album's original pressing is a costly buy on eBay, and the record was reissued for the first time in a decade last year as a part of Record Store Day. The newest pressing is tagged with an Oct. 22 release and is available to preorder for $20.99 through Shop Radio Cast.
Here's something interesting. In promoting their collaboration "A Light That Never Comes," Steve Aoki and Linkin Park released a teaser video that appears to show the use of a pirated version of Lennar Digital's Sylenth 1 software. Unique Squared has an opinion piece & evidence on the issue, outlining several possible outcomes from the situation. Does it bother you that financially-stable musicians are still stealing the software that helped them become successful? Does it not matter?
Update: Steve Aoki has addressed the concerns via his blog, where he shows proof of purchase and explains the pirated software.
However, the honest truth is that screenshot is in fact of my road...
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has joined Stone Temple Pilots, replacing original vocalist Scott Weiland (fired for the billionth time in February). The band revealed Chester in a surprise performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast yesterday, playing a set which included a new song called "Out Of Time." The recorded version is in the replies - What do you think?
A few online retailers are posting about a vinyl release for Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, to include a colored 10". Some are speculating it'll be a Record Store Day release, and others thing the 10" will contain the B-Side "My December." You buying?
Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon is out today on DVD and Blu-ray, and to celebrate we are giving away a copy of the DVD and the official soundtrack. The CD features Linkin Park's "Iridescent" (watch the video in the replies) in addition to Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance and more. Enter here.
Anberlin will be heading over to Europe next month to play some shows with Linkin Park. The band is also playing a free show for London, more details can be found here. Dates for the European shows can be found in the replies.