Monthly Archive for June, 2008

Dear Criminals

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[Music Video] Linkin Park – Leave Out All the Rest

Almost a month ago Linkin Park released the music video for “Leave Out All the Rest”, the final single from the acclaimed “Minutes to Midnight”.

This is what they said of the video in an interview with MTV.com:

Linkin Park spent last weekend standing in front of a green screen in a warehouse in Van Nuys, California, shooting the video directed by the band’s DJ, Joseph Hahn, who also came up with the video’s treatment. The clip depicts a day in the life of Linkin Park — that is, if they all lived in a futuristic flight vessel, floating somewhere in outer space.

“Joe wasn’t even going to write a treatment for this song,” MC Mike Shinoda told MTV News on the set. “We’d [received] a number of treatments, and we were kind of bummed out, because we weren’t connecting to any of them. And then, out of nowhere, we get a treatment from Joe in an e-mail, and we just loved it. It was random, out of nowhere, and it fit the song perfectly. I really like this video, because it’s different from everything else he’s done with us before. It’s this sci-fi thing, which is fun. We’ve never really done that, and when I walked onto the set, I thought it looked like ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ ”

In the video — which features no performance footage — the band lives in a rundown, artificial habitat that’s making its way across the galaxy. At first, the boys are seen passing the time performing mundane tasks, but then gravity is lost onboard the vessel, sending the guys floating about.

“We’re explorers in space, just like when we go on tour,” said Hahn. “We’re leaving our home life behind, and I guess it kind of ties into ‘Leave Out All the Rest,’ in that we have to leave things behind in order to do something better.”

According to Shinoda, it was Minutes to Midnight producer Rick Rubin who first realized the song’s potential as a single.

“When we were in the studio, working on the album, this song was one of the ones that I was personally pretty attached to,” said Shinoda. “I remember Rick, of all people, who never says stuff like this, because he’s more of a guy who either likes a song or thinks it can be better, and usually it can be better. I don’t know if it’s just that he sets his standards so high, but he never says things like, ‘This is a single.’ But when he heard this song, he said, ‘This sounds like a massive single.’ For us, when we write a record, we don’t think in terms of singles. In our minds, every song is a single.”

I absolutely love music videos that are unique, just like this one. I think that live videos for singles are cheap. Even if they cost several thousand dollars for making it, they’re cheap. Come on, you just go out there and play while someone gets that on tape and then you get someone else to edit it and BAM! you got yourself a music video.

I love videos that have any sort of a storyline or acting, just like “Jesus of Suburbia” from Green Day (if they did a live video for that song I would have killed Billie Joe Armstrong), “Dammit” from blink-182 (the only video from them that actually relates to the song), “There Is” from Box Car Racer (well, it doesn’t feature that much of acting or whatever but it does feature some imagery that really relates to the song), and the list could go on forever, I might as well write an article about music videos sometime in the future.

For now, enjoy this epic music video by Linkin Park.

Directed by: Joseph Hahn
Format : AVI
Codec : XviD
File size : 64.9 MiB
Play time : 3mn 24s
Bit rate : 2649 Kbps
Width : 728 pixels
Height : 310 pixels
Preview : YouTube

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Modlife is up and running: Tom pwned us all

This is from an interview conducted back in March, 2008:

You just released that whole Modlife thing online a little while ago. What’s the story behind that and how has it been going so far?

Modlife is amazing. It’s blown my mind. It’s an idea I had that took a lot to come to fruition, and we’re going to launch it to the world this summer. It’s an operating system to help kind of revolutionize the music industry at first, but at best it’s for anybody. Any kid, any band, any business or housewife to use a bunch of digital tools in any way, shape or form they choose to use them. For a band, they can do broadcasts, films and podcasts, deliver their records digitally – everything they want to do on a computer. For a housewife, maybe they just want to put up photos of their kids and they don’t have any records and maybe it’s free. I don’t know, but it’s probably the most futuristic, ingenious thing I’ve seen on the Internet since its inception, I think. I’m really excited about it.

The trend now is kind of leaning less towards labels and more towards other avenues.

Yeah, label’s are kind of a thing of the past.

Do you think this is going to team up with that?

Yeah, I think there’s a lot of things that are going to happen, but our goal is to be self-sufficient. To not need labels, not need other people, or be able to hire labels for specific duties, like marketing and promotion. But I think with Modlife, we’ll be able to do it all ourselves.

And now that project is coming true!

Go check modlife.com

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Heart possessions and year-changing decisions

Have you ever woken up one day just to see a poster on your wall that you had always thought it was cool but never put too much attention on it, and then it happens: you notice how it was the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?

I used that lame metaphor in a failed attempt to explain my recent crush on one of my bestest friends.

I won’t go into too many details right now, I’m just going to say that I was this close to giving up on everything and then suddenly it happened. She was valiant enough to tell me something that completely changed my point of view on some subjects.

I’m sick of my own depression. I can’t stand thinking about all this negative stuff all the time, I need to change.

A lot of things are happening around me, most of them aren’t directly related to me but in some way they do, and at the same time I’m facing a lot of new things all the time.

I’m not doing really well in college… I dropped out of Mathematical Analysis and I’m considering dropping out of Physics too. In fact, I’m ditching my class right now. I did quite well on Introduction to Scientific Thinging (or IST from now on). I got an 8 out of 10 and surprisingly most of my classmates failed. What surprsises me is that I didn’t study much for the exam, I just read the chapters of the book and studied from previous exams I got online.

But I need to change. I need to focus on myself and on making the lives of people around me easier. I need to help myself and everyone around me.

And by achieving small accomplishments every day I think I’m getting closer to that. When everything you do or try to do leads to frustration, you just don’t find a purpose on anything. And that’s what needs to change: I need to find a purpose and I have to avoid getting frustrated.

Let’s start right now.

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