EP Review: “Post Traumatic” by Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda has managed to lend a hand to multiple musical opportunities over the years. He has produced songs and albums for not only LP, but other artists too! In 2004, he created Fort Minor, and released the album “The Rising Tied” and it featured different artists like Styles Of Beyond, Kenna, John Legand and Common. One of the artists included on the track “Where’d You Go” is Holly Brook, but you might know her by her other name Skylar Grey.

I’ve been back and forth whether I wanted to do this review. As much as I love Mike Shinoda and the rest of the guys of Linkin Park, it’s still so hard to listen to their music. The main reason why I ultimately decided to go ahead with it, is because it’s still music. Mike could have put what he was feelings into some kind of artwork, but instead he chose to go this route. He must’ve wanted us to really hear of the pain that he is going through since the passing of Chester Bennington.

So we’re going to start with the review now. There are only three songs on this extended play, so it’ll be pretty short then my normal posts.

We begin with “Place To Start” and I didn’t know what to expect, whether it would have an upbeat or not. It starts pretty slow, and the tempo does speed up once he starts rapping a bit. The one time we hear Mike rapping, it has a very somber feeling to it. You don’t usually him like that, to be frank, you hardly ever hear rappers let their emotions flow outside of the lyrics. Everybody has a reputation for being a hardass, but this is different in so many ways so I’m glad we got to see that, but those voice mails at the end are so heartbreaking and the fact that he included them was almost too much for me.

The next song is “Over Again” and it immediately starts after the first track. I like the honesty of it. You understand every word he’s saying, and it’s pretty raw. Despite the fact he’s speaking about what he has been going through these last six months, you hear the frustration and anger in his lyrics, I don’t think it’s directed towards one person, it’s a number of people. It gives you in clear insight of how felt about their concert they did in October. I know this may seem weird, but I think I liked this one the best. As much as it hurts to hear and for Mike, to sing it out for the fans, doesn’t make you feel too good either. And lastly, I really like the beat, it’s electronic and very heavy. The song is called “Watching As I Fall” and it’s not as brutal (personal) wise in the lyrics, I mean you get a little bit of it, but it’s not so much at one time like in the previous track.

This was interesting because I didn’t know what to expect, I mean I knew I wasn’t going to feel comfortable, I mean even after my papaw’s passing I think I’ve been fairly quiet because it’s a very personal thing for me, but since Mike is an artist both literally and lyrical–he can use that as part as his healing process and then pass it along to the other fans that feel as though they’ve not showing their emotions enough which is ridiculous to even think about, because unfortunately there are people like that! I don’t know what Linkin Park will do after getting through this hurdle. I don’t expect them to come back with anything for a while and I feel like they need that time to sort things out and heal themselves before diving into a new record and tour. However, I did see that Mike has a gig in Australia on the 18th of August, so we’ll just have to see what else Mike and the rest of the band has in store for us!

Have you listened to the “Post Traumatic EP” yet? What were your thoughts on it?  

What One Band Can Do!

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Hello! 🙂

I know everybody would rather read about how things went at my sister’s wedding, but I wanted to do something special first. The music world lost another great vocalist. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park died and I have a lot of friends that I’ve been thinking about over the last week. I felt I needed to let them know that I’m always here for them!

If you read my FB post I published an hour after founding out, I was pretty much in denial about it. I’ve learned that you don’t believe anything that those “news” sites say until that person or somebody close has said something first. And it’s been a couple of weeks and I don’t think it’s sunk in yet because I still feel like it’s a cruel joke! No wonder people think that Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are alive and hiding out somewhere!

I put on my blog’s Facebook page of what I was feeling at that moment and how much these guys have meant for me as a whole! I mean, Chester is essentially the first male screamer I ever liked, and I started listening to Linkin Park mid-2009 and if anybody remembers he was with Dead By Sunrise at the time and I remember the album came out the week after the new Backstreet Boys album and I was stunned on how much I wanted the DBS album more! I still think it’s a damn good album! This was also the year that “New Divide” came out too, it was the only new song from LP that came out that year as Chester was busy, but I loved that song! I STILL love that song!

The chemistry between Chester and Mike was awesome! I had never heard of Nu-Metal and immediately after I started listening to “Collision Course” I was pretty much done for! It was my dad’s but it became mine after like four months of being in my possession! Overtime when their music started evolve, it was like their bond got stronger! I never thought a rapper or a screamer could do EDM until these guys! I can’t imagine what Mike is feeling right now. To be able to share a stage with somebody like Chester is an honor but for them to be bandmates and how this happened, I cannot imagine what any one of them are feeling and my hearts goes out to them!

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By 2010, I was using Twitter a lot more despite the fact I had it for even longer than that! Mike, Chester and Phi were the only three members who had Twitter accounts at the time! Mike and Phi would have conversations amongst each other, but Chester would rarely visit because every time he did his mentions would explode. I’m not being a stalker, he literally said it a few times!

I don’t really remember why I started following more of the fans and couldn’t even told you who was first! I remember Maryam was at University at the time of when we started talking though, because I was in and out of my depression and she tried to set me straight with a few of my life problems! I remember Alex was from Italy and she was our like matriarch of the group; everybody wanted follow her and talk with her! I really enjoyed chatting and admired her for what she was doing with her life!

One of the last that I started talking to in the beginning was Breanna, we have a long history with each other! I helped her while she was at school and needed a code to be able to go through the LP meet and greet back in 2014. I still have text messages saved of our late night conversations! She lives on the west coast and I am on the east so time zones screwed with us most nights! Stacie was another one and was the first one I ever Skyped with and I was so nervous! She even met my mom and dad too! Poor girl! Breanna got to see my dad with his beard!

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I definitely remember on how I met Maddy. I love her dearly despite the fact we no longer talk to each other as much. When I first heard the news, I thought about her and then my other friend Rana. They were definitely Team Chester! My heart broke more for these two than anyone else I think! I met these next two chicks during a chat that was livestreamed on another site (thank god)! Hell I even remember the screen names they used: “ilovelpforever” was Autumn and “caroleeone” was of course Carolee. I enjoyed talking with them while we all basically lost our minds while hearing Mike talk on the screen! And then I found both Melissa and Ally randomly after I saw somebody talk about Rob and I think I just joined their whole conversation!

I made friends from all over the world! There was one girl who was from Viethnam and the closest was from the same state! It was crazy! I sent quite a few of them Christmas cards! I cannot remember how we all met but I still think of every single one of you! Antigoni, Jelena, Nevena (still love your name!), Iva, Yahaira, Stephanie, and Gilmara. It still shocks me that one band can create so many friendships at one time! You all were the reason why I got so fast on my key pad! Every time we had a chat, my toes would just drag on and on, but now they are super quick! So thank you for that and lovely memories! We’ll always be LP soldiers!

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Tune Tuesday | USA

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Well, now that summer’s officially over so is my Tune Tuesday worldwide series!

It’s kind of bittersweet and a relieve at the same time! When you first start something up, a series on a blog, you have to get into a routine as far as figuring out what you’re going to talk about and then finding out what dates each post will be scheduled on! Every single post was either made up a month or two weeks in advance. Once I got towards the middle of it all, I was basically dragging myself to keep going and finish. After this post, I’ll be retiring my Tune Tuesday posts for a bit. I’ll be adding on another music review day to my week! Pray for me! Now that I’m done I’m actually sad, but I’m pretty sure in a week or two I’ll go back to wanting to pull out my hair again! Talking about music will do that to you sometimes!

So out of all the music I’ve gotten myself into in the last few years, I thought I’d be nice and dedicate this post to somebody else. We’re talking about American music for this week and since my friend has a birthday this weekend, I thought I would dedicate this post to her! Now the normal thing would be to send them a card through the mail, but since we met online I couldn’t think of another way to show my love to her than through my blog! We met through Twitter five-six years ago! I was busy finding other Linkin Park fans on there and I found my twin Breanna, She’s roughly the same age as Blondie but we get along so well! We’ve sent letters, exchanged text messages, and last year we finally met face to face through Skype! If we both lived closer to each other, I’m pretty sure we’d never leave each other’s side! She lives on the west coast so I’ve had to learn Pacific time quickly, which means we’ve had lots of late night conversations: it would like 10pm for her but 2am for me! One day we’ll meet I’m sure of it! I have faith we will!

I used LP in last year’s USA post, so I went looking through her Facebook (even though I knew of three bands I wanted to add) I had to make sure all of them were US acts too! Somehow I managed to pick five acts and they’re all from the US! How awesome is that! She likes a lot of punk rock music! A lot of them I’ve never heard of before. Two of them: Dance Gavin Dance and Joyce Manor are bands that I’ve seen my sister listen to on her Spotify! She likes to talk about these two and Circa Survive a lot of Twitter, so those I’ve known for a couple of years now and every time I go into Hot Topic and I see merch by either band I have an urge to buy it for her or at least take a picture of it and sent it like “look what I found!” I’ve actually done that before! She also has a thing for Lana Del Rey, she’s like the only female singer she likes. I remember a conversation we had once, it was in the beginning of the friendship where we were sharing different things we liked and didn’t like, we figured out we are both addicted to tacos through that discussion! She shared that she usually doesn’t listen to a lot of female acts, at that time I was finding bands like Within Temptation and In This Moment which are female fronted so I had been getting stuck in that category and I think that’s how that started I think I was trying to persuade her to listen to one of them and that was her answer to it. It’s all good though!

Happy Birthday to my little twin! Hope you see this and didn’t cry as much! Your friendship means a lot to me. You were there for me when others weren’t and I really appreciate you always waking me up in the middle of the night and obsessing over Mike Shinoda memes. Love you! ♥

Song Review: “Happy Song” by Bring Me The Horizon

Since I wasn’t a big fan of Linkin Park when they first came out like my cousins, I didn’t care much when their music started to change drastically when they released “Minutes to Midnight.” I’ve been able to change right along with bands and artists when they want to go into a new direction with their next album(s) but seems like Bring Me The Horizon might have to work for it.

BMTH was on that list – I wasn’t going to listen to because they were too dark for me. They made Deathcore music and I wasn’t willing to hear their music. At the end of last year, I knew I’d break because I had listened to like four other bands that we’re on the same list. It was just a matter of time. I heard Sempiternal several months after it had come out. Everybody was talking about it and naturally I wanted to know what all of the fuzz was about and then after I heard it, I saw complaints from former fans about their change in sound, so I looked up their past albums and there was a definite change from their first to this album. Oli’s vocals were the focus for a lot of fans, especially when they tried to perform their older songs live. Oli could barely do them anymore. The sound in their albums are still dark in terms of lyrics and sound but they are using more electronic/synths in their newer songs. I liked it because it was something that I was used to hearing.

They’ve recently released their first single of their new album called That’s The Spirit and it’s called “Happy Song” and I didn’t like it when I first heard it. I was actually disappointed in myself a little. The introduction has a bunch of girls shouting the word “Spirit” like a cheer at a game of some sort. Oli’s vocals start out slow, low and then in the chorus he’s higher pitched. He’s shouting-singing, but not like harshly. As much as I love music, I’d hate to see artists and bands release songs that would be good for radio play. I feel like this is one of them unfortunately. It sounds like a song they released in the late winter and there’s nothing special about it. I just don’t like it. I’m sorry! I’m hoping the new album sounds better than this.

I don’t care if you were a fan of them before the change or not, what do you think of “Happy Song?” To try and save Oli”s voice do you think going in the direction like Linkin Park is a good one? 

Guest Post | Carolee Part 1

Music and art have a lot of similarities. They’re both creative outlets, take away your stress after a hard day, and make you very happy! If you’ve read my older posts from say 2011 or 2012, you may remember my Linkin Park drawings I did in 2010. When I got into Linkin Park in mid-2009 I did not think I’d get so deep into the whole rock/metal phase as I did. That year it was my senior year, I had one last art class and I thought I’d go into a mini retirement from my drawing days. So I drew the whole band of LP. I used their music as my inspiration to get me through those days sitting on the cold floor of the art room. They have been a big hit in my family! Anything I basically draw is a hit, but these portraits are my babies!

In 2012, while watching livestream of a LPU chat. I met a girl that I kind of meshed well in the chat. At the end of it, we gave out our Twitter names and we instantly followed each other. At this time, I was still using Tumblr and I remembered her Twitter username at the time was the same as her Tumblr URL. I loved her edits on there of the band! I thought she was a genius! I also thought she was older than me! Nope, she’s the same age as my sister! Carolee is her name. She’s a big LP fan, she loves to draw. I always talk about her to my nana, she really is a genius. When she was in high school, she took physics, chemistry, and calculus. Music and art were our only common areas. I love seeing her new artwork on Facebook! She mostly does anime of characters in The Legend Of Korra. I’ve never watched the show, but she does a great job on these sketches. After thinking about it for months, I finally asked her to collaborate on a blog post with me. This is a two-part edition.

Carolee and I have another common ground as far as genres of music goes. It’s not just rock and metal music, oh heck no! We have to add some EDM and dubstep to it! I used to do these “Top 3 Thursdays” and I asked her to give me three favorite EDM artists that she loves! After she gave her written out post (which I’ll include at the end of next week’s installment!) she talked about maybe including some of her artwork too! She said that she had some that was actually created while listening to two of the artists she picked out! I actually wanted to save those two artists until next week. So that’s why I’m explaining a little bit about my friendship with her and just letting her personality come out in the rest of the post! All I’ve asked from her are her favorite EDM and dubstep artists and why she likes them so much. I hope you enjoy!


When it comes to electronic music, my needs are like the next person’s: I want to hear music that makes me feel like I’m having a good time. However, there’s also another thing I look out for: I’ve always been interested in music that’s different-stuff that really stands out. Something that gets my imagination going or that leaves me feeling like I just woke up after having a really long and weird dream. This is mainly due to the fact that I’m an artist. I like music that gets my brain going. Some people might argue that this is an element hard to find in electronic music, but I don’t believe that’s the case.

I’ve been listening to EDM and dubstep for 5 years now. I’m in no way an expert, but this is a genre that has become second nature to me,  just how rock music has been with me since I was a child. And along the way I’ve discovered some amazing artists.

KOVEN:

If you haven’t heard of these two yet, you need to right now. I feel like they are one of the most underrated duos out there on the scene right now.  Some might say it’s not “real EDM”, that it’s “too different”, but that’s actually the best part! These are people who I feel may have started to take the genre in a new direction! Their own direction. You listen to something they make and think ‘wow, I didn’t think about a song being made that way’  but you fall in love so hard anyway. This duo consists of a DJ/drummer and a vocalist. They are fairly new but the music they’ve released lately is incredible in the way it really challenges what this genre should sound like. I feel like there’s a lot of elements in their music that I wasn’t used to hearing, but that now I wish more people used.

  1. I love the vocals on their newest tracks. They add an amazing vibe on the music that you’ll be wanting to experience again and again.
  2. I seriously love how different their stuff is! They like to experiment with different sounds and yet the quality of the music is really high. There’s almost like a cinematic sound when I listen to Koven, like I could be listening to them in the movies. You’ll think “how does everybody not know who they are yet?”
  3. Koven’s music is really good for me to listen to when I need that spark to bring the inspiration flooding. It’s also very meaningful, deep, and feels complete. There’s some electronic music that will feel like more could’ve been done, leaving you feeling incomplete, but that’s not the case with these two and that’s probably why I love their music so much.
*I’ve only used spell check to fix my parts, Carolee’s words are her own.

Top 10 Favorite Songs By Linkin Park

Mel and Michele are the hosts of Ketchup With Us. There are two ways of doing a post. You could do it in the way I’ve been doing it. A 10 minute post of whatever is in your head at the moment. Or you could link up any post you want, brand new or old post on your blog. For the month of June, they’ve got a new prompt added to the mix and it is all about lists! Everybody loves a good list! So once you’re done with whatever you’ve chosen to do, just send it to their blogs!


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In honor of the release of Linkin Park’s newest album “The Hunting Party” today. I thought I’d make a list of my favorite songs by them because I just let them have one week to talk about them, I must have a second week. Since I’ve already published this week’s Tune Tuesday post as well, I’ve had to make this a separate post which is perfectly fine with me.  

  1. Papercut – I literally use to listen to this song just because of the introduction. The “creepy” sounds of it just made me so happy when I was just getting into them. When I go to watch the music video for it though, I instantly return back to my junior year of high school, being in my Short Stories class reading about the story called The Yellow Wall Paper. Just remembering it and watching the video at the same time, it was like they were using it as a reference. I can never forget that story because of that music video.
  2. Numb – I have always liked “Numb” and “In The End.” It’s those first songs of both albums that you remember hearing from your friends and they’ve just became your favorites because you can relate to them in more ways than one. When I was a senior in high school, I actually wanted to do a slow, piano version of the song as my senior solo in my choir class, but unfortunately my teacher told me that he didn’t like when girls sang guys songs. I was sad but I understood.
  3. No More Sorrow – I love this song, it’s another good introduction song too. Just how the guitars sound at the very beginning, it’s got that very big rock sound that we didn’t really hear from them yet at that time. I love Chester’s screams and it’s a good song to handbang.
  4. Victimized –  It’s a short freaking song, but it’s a pretty powerful one though! If you’ve been a big LP fan for a long time and you like the two albums MTM then you REALLY missed Mike’s raps. That’s why everybody was pissed that it wasn’t longer, my problem about it was I really liked the sound in general. The drums and guitars just sounded so damn intense that I wanted to be longer than two minutes. You always like the shortest songs the most and wish they never end though.
  5. Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer – I have to add one of the LP/Jay-Z mash ups from 2004. When we got that album, we only got it for my dad because he was obsessed with “Numb/Encore” and you can’t blame me because sadly I wasn’t into them fully yet. When I discovered them back in 2009 though, I became obsessed with this track and so did my mother. She was mainly addicted to Mike’s raps. I’m pretty proud of how much LP lyrics she knows.
  6. Valentine’s Day – I love this song. It is one of those depressing songs that you just can’t help but listen to on Valentine’s Day and everybody that is a hardcore fan of LP knows YOU have to play it even if you’re having a good day. If you don’t, well then you’re not a fan. I’m just kidding!
  7. Waiting For The End – This is another song that my mom and I were addicted to when it first came out. I am still addicted to it honestly. I still use it as my ringtone. I just love the sound of the guitars and of course Chester slow words. The fact that all of the members contributed vocals on that song, makes things that much better too!
  8. New Divide – Yes, I was VERY sad to find out that LP was not going to be featured on the new Transformers movie but I do like Imagine Dragons take on it though. When ND came out, we hadn’t heard from them in a while and everybody was SO excited to hear new music from them.
  9. Not Alone – For some odd reason, when I changed over to my new iPod majority of my favorite LP songs didn’t quite make it. This one included and this song has a powerful meaning since it was released after the wake of the Haiti tragedy. I love Chester’s soft lyrics as well as the nice melody of the drums too. So sweet and nice.
  10. Across The Line – This song does not exist on any of the CDs but I think it was on one of the LPU special released demos. I love the lyrics of different topics from drugs and military. It’s very edgy and the guitars in the middle is just amazing awesome!

Tune Tuesday: America

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Okay, the only band I knew that not only could kick this traveling musical journey off but they have an album releasing next month! Since the whole month of June and probably a little bit of July will be packed with my travels posts. I just decided to give them the start of this thing. If you know me well enough, you know how much of a Linkin Park fan I am. In 2009, I got introduced into every rock and metal band you can imagine at that time. I had several bands that helped my rocker side to explode, but LP and the fan base just accepted me right in without ever hesitating. I am a hardcore fan, I don’t hate on their newer albums I happen to love them! My favorite albums are Meteroa and A Thousand Suns. I’m very proud to say that my nana has watched both the Jay-Z and Linkin Park mash-up DVD once and the live DVD at Milton Keyes twice! She has four burnable CDs of just LP songs. When their song “Waiting For The End,” came out my mom was so hooked to it that she had it on CDs for her car and slowly I started to feel like my favorite song was turning into a song I hated because she was learning the words and singing out loud. I honestly don’t know what’s worse when she sings Chester’s lyrics or does Mike’s raps. I have a BIG crush on Rob Bourdon, the drummer! I also drew all six members of the band for my senior year in high school.

Guilty All The Same by Linkin Park featuring Rakim

Until It’s Gone by Linkin Park