Monday, December 29, 2008

I was thinking of something. When I was in junior high/high school, we had all these amazing teen movies that were a huge part of the pop culture of the time and had definite impact on us growing up. I'm talking about movies like Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, etc.
For any of you who had those formative teen years in the 90's, or are having them now, what are those movies for you?
I feel like somehow you've been ripped off, that your teen movies couldn't have been as good as ours. How can you compare a Can't Hardly Wait or a She's All That or an American Pie, to any of the classic John Hughes movies?
And for anyone in junior high or high school now, what are your movies? High School Musical?
What is the movie that defines your generation?
---In keeping with the theme of this post I thought I'd put up a quick mix of songs from scenes of some of these movies.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas is officially over.
Everyone got what they wanted?
Mine was pretty swell, check the tree:

As you may or may not know, we have an event called Begin Transmission happening on the AFI site. I hope all of you make videos, even if you don't want to come sing on the album, because I'm enjoying seeing everyone's submissions.

Also, I finished reading all my birthday cards, thank you to everyone who sent me one, they were extremely sweet and touching. Lena from Poland made this shirt:

aaaand, you guys made this donation to the animal rescue in my name, which was a stellar thing to do:

Monday, December 22, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I have a week off from the studio, what to do with myself?
Has everyone finished their shopping? WHAT'D YOU GET ME!?
I'm expecting another stocking full of coal this year.
Looks like Festivus beat Hanukkah in the poll, not sure what that means for the world.
By the way, Davey bought me this shirt for my birthday, I think it's spot-on.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Coconut Records- West Coast

I haven't posted any jams for a while, so here's one that's been on my playlist lately. It's Jason Schwartzman's solo project. Nice guy, good song.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

So we played the KROQ show last night, nothing caught on fire and no one was gravely injured, except for Hunter's knee, it caught on fire.  
We had fun, even though the sets were all short, Warped Tour-style.  We played "Love is a Many Splendored Thing", which is an extremely old AFI song we haven't played for years and years.
Then it was off to see the Cure's secret show at the Troubadour.  Then I finished it all off with a bowl of Lucky Charms.
All in all, a top-notch night.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Yes, I decorated that cookie.  That's about the best I could do.  I'm getting the Christmas spirit though.  
Everyone is gonna get a sad christmas tree from me as a gift this year.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

p.s.  before anyone gets all up in arms, I was at the track for someone's birthday party and didn't actually do any gambling <3

At the track, betting on the ponies...

Sunday, December 07, 2008

p.s. I have the comments on the moderation setting for the time being, just in case you thought Blogger was being a punkass and not adding your comments. It'll just take a bit for them to show up. <3
Munch has crazy eyes, she's ready to tear my throat out right there.

My management sent this picture over to the studio but none of the other things for some reason, so I'll get them tomorrow.
It's very sweet of all of you to send me gifts and cards on my birthday, and Munch obviously appreciates her drawing seeing as how she's guarding it with her homicidal eyes.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgivin'!

In my house only suitcases are allowed to prepare the turkey.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I have Twitter now.
I'm not exactly sure what the point of it is, unless the point is to just post 1-sentence descriptions of what you're doing all day.
In that case I understand perfectly.
Anyway, it's ShyBoysWin.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I meant to post a happy b-day to DXH day before yesterday, but better late than never. Strangely enough, our producer has the same b-day as well, and they're both named David. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We have a special guest mix today by the lovely Marissa Festa, pictured here with a briefcase full of mp3s:


Sunday, November 09, 2008

So, as you may have seen from the post I wrote on the AFI sites, we're entering the studio to record the new album. I'm beyond excited to commit these songs to tape.

Davey and I spent countless hours holed up in basements, hotel rooms, and houses penning these tracks, we even wrote some on the bus on the Blaqk Audio tour. The 4 of us have worked hard on this album and it's finally all coming together.

David Bottrill is great, very laid back and intelligent, very knowledgeable about music. He produced Tool's Lateralus and Aenima, which are two of the best rock records of the past 2 decades. He was also a producer on Origin of Symmetry, which is my favorite Muse album. And from the electronic music side of my brain, he produced a Paul Oakenfold effort.

So let's get in the studio and the next time you see us will be on the stage.

Friday, November 07, 2008

My friend Mark got arrested at the Prop. 8 demonstrations here in Hollywood.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Today is my 10 year anniversary of joining AFI.
I put together a little slideshow with some pictures I had of me AFI-ing over the years, and some that people have sent me in the past.
Enjoy, and here's to another 10 years.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Hallo-weee! What's everyone dressing up as?
I'm considering dressing up for the first time in 5 years. I want to go as Karl Lagerfeld but I can't find a decent silver wig.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So I was listening to the radio today and this song came on by Jordin Sparks:

and I thought "Hmmmm...."

Looks like her and I are going to have to have a charity boxing match, or a hotdog eating contest.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My iTunes says it would take me 67.6 days to listen to the 16,867 songs I have. I think I may take the next 2 months off and just listen to to my iTunes folder from start to finish.
I went to Jerry Finn's memorial last week. It was sad and poignant, but at the same time people were having a good time, telling stories about Jerry, talking about all the things he accomplished. It was nice to see guys from such a wide array of bands, Rancid, Green Day, the Vandals, Bad Religion, Sum 41, and Blink 182 all standing around reminiscing about a guy who touched their lives.

I saw Sigur Ros at the Greek in Hollywood. I've always thought they'd be boring and static live but it was actually an entertaining and emotional show.
I was supposed to go see NIN at the Forum last month but at the last minute my tix fell through. I heard it was, at least visually speaking, one of the best shows in recent memory. Anyone see them on that tour?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Saw Nick and Nora's Infinite Movie last night. Atrocious. Even the amazing Michael Cera was lackluster.
Movies are in a shambles. What was the last movie that made you want to see it 2 or 3 or 4 times in the theater? I think I saw Amelie 5 times in the theater. And Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for some reason. And Braveheart. But not Titanic.

And wouldn't it be nice if there was some stellar new music to listen to? I've been enjoying the new Glasvegas, the Presets. And the Weeds soundtrack from season 3. There's a great song on there from the Great Lake Swimmers.
What about books, some of you must be into this Twilight phenomenon. Haven't read them. I heard the Tiger Army remix I did was supposed to be in the movie but something happened.
We all just need good film, art, music, and literature to inspire us, right? Like a horse shredding a solo on a saxophone.

Friday, September 26, 2008

I went to the ER the other night due to a particularly intense food poisoning episode. I felt like this cloud:

Got put on an IV, that's a creepy sensation, seeing a bag of saline slowly emptying into your body.
Then a mere few days later I was lifting my amp after a particularly strenuous AFI rehearsal and I somehow bashed my head into the wall. When I put my hand to my head it came away covered in blood. So back to the hospital. I'm having a grand old time.
In non-Jade-related-injury news, I recently remixed Weezer's song "Troublemaker", so you may hear that somewhere.
Extremely busy with music right now, very happy with these songs. Can't wait for you to hear them.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wow, good job GG! Looks like McCain might want to rethink the Sarah Palin pick. I'm thinking McCain/Allin '08.

Heard a new Cradle of Filth song, makes me excited for their new album. Sounds like Cruelty and the Beast-era COF.

Anyone excited about any new music coming out? Do people still get excited about music?

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Ok, so in an effort to be socially and culturally aware, I posted the simplest political poll I could. I am actually interested in your political leanings though.
Also, there's a new feature where you can sort of bookmark favorite blogs you read:

In other news, yes, the EP still isn't out, but there's a reason, and it's a positive one. At this rate maybe the new AFI album will be out before the EP. Speaking of AFI, we're currently holed up in a rehearsal studio pumping out the jams. Wolfmother is recording next door. That guy can hit some stratospheric notes.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Robert Smith asked me to remix the Cure's new song "Freakshow" for an EP of remixes called Hypnagogic States. It comes out Oct. 13th and all the proceeds go to the International Red Cross.
Needless to say, I was honored to do this remix, not only because it's one of my favorite bands of all time, but because it's for a worthy cause.
And that cause is dancing. Oh yeah, and charity too.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

You guys seem conflicted about whether that guy should have plummeted to his death, er....plummeted to his sprained ankle. I don't think he actually jumped, so I apologize to those who wanted this guy to pay for keeping me held up in traffic, but I appreciate the thought.

So if you haven't ever seen the amazing video for the band Unholy Grail, which is the black metal project of Tom from Jimmy Eat World, then you must view it. It also features such AFI road crew luminaries as Smith, RJ, and Reno. The part with the solo is golden.

Also, here's a very disturbing screenshot of Smith I took from it. It's currently haunting my dreams.

He looks like he could maybe be a comicbook hero and/or villian, Stabby Knife Teeth Man.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

I was stuck in traffic yesterday because the police had city streets and the highway blocked off. When I got up there I saw it was because this guy was threatening to jump off the overpass. Kind of a weak threat. Probably result in a twisted ankle, tops.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Some of you may have heard about Jerry Finn, producer of the last 2 AFI albums as well as Morrissey, Alkaline Trio, Green Day, etc. He had a massive brain hemmorhage a couple weeks ago and is currently still in intensive care. He hasn't regained consciousness yet but send some love out to him and let's hope for a speedy recovery.
He was having lunch with Nick 13 when it happened and Nick got him to the hospital and stayed with him, so a round of applause for Nick as well.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I just had Cookie Crisp with chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips, Oreos, and soy milk. Instant diabetes. You can get it at this cereal bar called Jujus in Westwood in LA. Try it.

Smith was very appreciative of the birthday gift that some of you pitched in for. A $200 credit at a tattoo shop. I'm sure he'll get something amazing along the lines of:

After he get it he's going to send me a pic and I'll post it.
It'll probably be Steve Buscemi and Carrot Top rollerblading or a wizard with a crystal ball and in the crystal ball is a castle and in the window of the castle is a unicorn with a crystal ball with a wizard in it.
Sorry to blow your mind unexpectedly like that.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Any Batman fans? I went to an advance screening of the new Dark Knight movie last night.
It was suitably entertaining in a blockbustery sort of way. Heath Ledger was amazing, as I'm sure you expected him to be. Long as hell though, 2 1/2 hours.
I sat in the 3rd row of an IMAX screen so I was staring straight up at Christian Bale's immense and uncomfortably detailed face. Sort of a weird scene, tons of people from bands and then Posh Spice and David Beckham (?).
In other news, we'll have some big AFI announcements soon regarding the new album.
We've been quiet lately, but working intently and intensely, as I'm sure you noticed from the video of Davey and I writing. It takes a long time to write an album when you're writing it in slow motion and in black and white.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

I want to shave my head. Not bald, mind you, just a nice half-inch long summer buzz. It'd be a nice recording-the-new-record look.
However, since I haven't had my hair that short since I was a youngster, I'm not sure what to expect.
Some people can pull that look off and some people fail.

I figure it can go one of two ways:

It can go well....


Or poorly....

Perhaps I should just wear that bumblebee vest with no shirt instead.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Went to a wedding in Salt Lake City. Ate some chocolate eclairs and enoki mushrooms. The guys from Rancid were there, nice to see them again.

Saw Ironic Man.

Went to the Cure on saturday. Such a fabulous set. All the standards, as well as some of my favorites like Push and A Letter to Elise. Robert gave me amazing seats right up front, made me feel like I was watching them in a small club.

Madonna wins? I guess that's fitting, she's historic, like the Declaration of Independence or the Liberty Bell. Good choice. I remember when the Open Your Heart video came out, I was crushing hard.

Lost season finale. Thoughts?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I got nominated for the World's Sexiest Vegetarian by Peta again but I was more hoping to win World's Saxiest Vegetarian this time. Unfortunately this guy wins it every year.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Been spending time in the studio. Poor blog is all dusty and cobwebby. We've been working on new material and it's coming along fantastically. We've also been destroying vegan club sandwiches and seitan bowls with regularity.

In other news, I'm about to do a remix for a band that I'm extremely excited about, a band I grew up listening to. More on that later.

Anyone hear the new Coldplay songs, Viva La Vida and Violet Hill? Pretty good, actually.

Is Iron Man worth seeing?

Saturday, May 03, 2008

2 things are exciting me immensely at this moment:

1. The new Cure single. Entitled "The Only One", it has me brimming with anticipation, among other things. It hearkens back to Wish-era Cure, which I adore. You can hear part of it here--- The Only One

2. Trader Joe's Organic Soy Creamy Fudge Bars. Damn!

p.s. after I took that picture I forgot to put them back in the refrigerator and now they're melted. DAMN!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Davey and I Writing, 4/17


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Slaving away over a hot batch of songs. This album is starting to take shape, it's exciting.

Went to a pretty interesting affair a few nights ago at the Troubadour. Tom Morello was having a charity show/jam session to benefit the homeless. Saw some fairly impressive all-star jams. "Superstition" with Stewart Copeland of the Police on drums, Flea on bass, Tom Morello, Slash, and Steve Vai on guitars and Perry Farrell on vocals. It was cool seeing all these virtuoso performers in such a small club. Davey did "Fire Woman" with Steve Vai, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker, and then did "Ant Music" duetting with Perry Farrell.

What else. Nick 13 and I did some advanced shopping on sunday, 5 hours worth. He's a force to be reckoned with. That's all for now, but I'm going to try to be more prompt with my posting. Oh, by the way, I heard the new Motley Crue song today and it's pretty boss. Original line-up, sounds like Dr. Feelgood era Crue.

p.s. Darth Vader wins both!? What's so sexy about him? The heavy breathing? The Nintendo 64 controller glued to his chest?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Hallo. Since someone apparently posted an incorrect tracklisting for the EP, I'll post the real one for the first time:

1. Fainting Spells
2. Carcinogen Crush
3. The View From Here
4. Ether
5. 100 Words

It will be out soon(ish), promise.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tardy tardy.
My lack of posting has been due to my overall busy state of affairs but I must apologize nevertheless.
Bamboozle was tres fun, although freezing. Did anyone see Smith do the somersault onto stage in the middle of the set?

Writing is going very well with AFI, lots of new songs. Lots of new Blaqk Audio songs too, which I'm writing in the cracks of time between AFI and generally living life.

Also, the EP is most definitely alive and well and coming out. It's just taking a little longer than anticipated, like most things in this world.

Now go do your taxes.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Who's coming Sunday?

Friday, March 28, 2008

I'm glad to see that my 2 favorite activities are also your 2 favorite activities.
On a different note, isn't it nice when you're listening to your ipod on shuffle and a song comes on that you haven't thought about in forever?
I'm going to make some recommendations now and again, and here's my first 2:

The Get Up Kids- Red Letter Day EP

Cradle of Filth- Midian

In the days of AFI van tours, I used to make tons of driving mixes and these were two repeated sources. Obviously two very different styles but they somehow work together.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I was at a coffee shop today and I couldn't help but notice that I was reading. I wonder if people do that much any more. It doesn't really seem like the go-to activity of these modern times.
Hence this poll....
Now, which Blaqk Audio instrumental would you like to hear?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Endlessly, She Said won by 1 vote over 37mm. I don't have all the songs but I'll put some more up over time. I don't know why the player has a random "02." on there, or why a Linkin Park song sometimes shows up. Probably global warming.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Upon seeing the last Smith video, people were saying they would like to hear some of the instrumentals.
See, I listen. I listen and I love.
I tracked down some of those DU versions, so let me know which one you'd like to hear most.

Well Christian Siriano and the Smoke Monster are clear favorites. Not much difference between the two, really. They could have had Smoke Monster designing couture evening wear and Christian Siriano knocking down trees and chasing Hurley around the island.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A week and half later......currently working on new AFI songs, and then I go home at night and work on new Blaqk Audio songs.
I was trying to think if there's any new music about to come out in the next weeks/months but I can't think of a thing.
Is there something I'm missing? Is the new Cure coming out soon? I need an album to look forward to.
We can all look forward to Project Runway tonight:

And Lost tomorrow night:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

ANSWERS (don't post here)

by the way, if you haven't noticed, I'm answering questions in the order they were posted. So if you're wondering why I haven't answered yours yet, it's because I haven't got there yet.

Monday, February 18, 2008


The first 1000 comment post evaaaaa!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

For all you DF-ers, I'm going to start posting blogs on the DF site now, too. I'll try to do all the AFI-related stuff there, EP updates, album-writing updates, prom dates, blind dates, etc.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Blaqk Audio is playing Bamboozle on April 6th. !.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

These layouts are all fug, someone give me one with a little style and pizzazz?

Monday, February 11, 2008

The last of the LLW Smith footage.

Btw, I didn't put the AFI music on there, I took the footage on someone else's camera and then someone at the label stuck it on.


Saturday, February 09, 2008

One of my favorite bands of all time have broken up.
Godspeed, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Friday, February 08, 2008

I was at a Grammy party last night and Mini-Me was there. He has a guy that's paid to carry him around parties on his shoulders. He's creepy.

Friday, February 01, 2008

They're making one of my all-time favorite books into a movie, with Michael Cera in the lead role. If you haven't read this, get on it. Besides the fact that most of it takes place in Ukiah, it's one of the funniest books I've ever read. Except for The Road by Cormac Mccarthy. That was hilarious.