Shazreen Jamal's Blog – May 2011 Archive (6)

Meeting of A Thousand Suns

I feel like we're starting getting into dangerous territory when we start trying to write around the idea what some third party thought of what our music should be when they can't even comprehend on how to tell us what that thing is or guide us in the direction that you know can get us there musically, creatively or anything.

Let's stop trying to do things that other…

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Added by Shazreen Jamal on May 7, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

"Waiting for the End" video: House of Cards

After all, one of the central themes of A Thousand Suns is the uneasy coexistence between man and machine — where one begins, the other ends and the two intersect. "Waiting for the End" is mostly about that last idea — human beings becoming machines — and the struggle to keep living in spite of it. In a way, it's the central dilemma of our times: How do we continue to be human in an increasingly information-driven age. - James…
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Added by Shazreen Jamal on May 4, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

All About Contradiction

Much like the album itself, they were gunning for big, often-contradictory themes: power and grace, destruction and salvation, ugliness and beauty. - James Montgomery

The concept to the video: It kind of comes from the idea of, like, if you could imagine when nuclear fission was invented, or a moment in time when something can be used for positive or negative. Something can be beautiful or it can be…

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Added by Shazreen Jamal on May 4, 2011 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Apocalyptic Album

The title is a reference to the Doomsday Clock, which was created by these scientists at the University of Chicago after the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan to end World War II. Given the idea that mankind now had this ultimate destructive power, they were contemplating what the repercussions of this would be and the idea that the end of the world could be imminent.

After WWII, when the Soviet Union tested their first bomb, the Doomsday Clock was set. It…
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Added by Shazreen Jamal on May 4, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

"The Catalyst" video: Kiss The Past Goodbye

And to that point, it's telling that Linkin Park are barely even in the video — or, more specifically, when they are, they're shrouded in smoke or submerged in water. You can infer from that what you'd like, but I see it as the band letting fans know that they practically died to make this album, that they went through hell and high water to bring it to fruition. It may be subliminal, but it's definitely there. And it's why I admire Linkin Park as much as I do.…
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Added by Shazreen Jamal on May 4, 2011 at 11:17pm — No Comments

A dog, a throne and a blind king.

All I know about the concept is that Joe Hahn sent me an e-mail that said something about “in the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king,” or something like that. And the next thing I know, I’ve got horns growing out of my shoulders, and I’ve got one blind eye, and I’ve got a white dog and a snake on a throne made of antlers. I think you’d have to ask Joe what that all means. - Mike Shinoda on the set of making the video of…
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Added by Shazreen Jamal on May 4, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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