Thursday, December 16, 2010
But lacking any bombshells to drop, let me see if I can recap the last few months.
AFI finished the Green Day tour, the last tour of the Crash Love record cycle, culminating with this:
No one seemed to be surprised that we were dressed as Santas, I think they thought we were just part of the show.
The tour was lovely, Green Day are fantastic wonderful gents.
A little bit of home time, a little bit of this:
and then switching gears to Blaqk Audio. Right off the bat we had two shows lined up, Spookfest in SF and Underworld in San Diego, so we had to get our electronic chops popping again.
We acquired a new soundguy by the name of Moses, who does sound for Ratatatat, and who sort of looks like the old timey Moses:
but younger...and no...beard...and with tattoos...and no 5 Commandments.
The first shows were great, especially Spookfest, people just want to dance! 10,000 Kevin Bacons.
I got to see some of MSTRKRFT's set, they devastated the place, and some of DJ Shadow.
As I write this, I'm working on our set for the next BA show, January 6th, at Popscene in San Francisco.
So there you have it, it may have seemed deceptively quiet in my world for the last 3 months but I was stupid busy.
I promise to update more now, and come out and dance with us, we'll be popping up all over.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Friday, October 29th
The Cow Palace in San Francisco (what could be spookier than cows?)
The lineup is k.i.l.l.e.r.:
Underworld (one of the best live shows I've ever been to)
DJ Shadow (one of my favorite DJs ever)
and several other DJs and acts.
and several other
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I must apologize for the quality of the video, I had a mouthful of peanuts and my hand was all salty. The pixelated black stick is Adam.
Luckily they had a copy of my favorite magazine in my hotel room, Garden & Gun. I really don't feel safe wandering around a garden without firepower. Everything is gunnier in Texas.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I'm a fan of horror movies but you have to be in the right frame of mind. What are some good ones to destroy your sense of comfort and well-being?
Here's some must-see classics:
Prince of Darkness
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Thing (80's version)
Blair Witch Project
Dawn of the Dead
with an honorable mention to those venerated serials:
Friday the 13th
Nightmare on Elm St.
the first films of all 3 of those series were epic.
And then, if you really want to try and test your sanity and reason for living, try watching the Begotten, here's a taste:
Friday, August 13, 2010
We are in the obscure city of Holmdel, NJ, which apparently isn't close to anything, I don't even think it's close to Holmdel, NJ.
My hotel room is one of those weird Holiday Inn "suites", that consist of a huge, oddly-shaped livingroom/gymnasium, an incongruously tiny bathroom, and a bedroom with no windows, which doubles as a depressing cave. I drug the desk out of the cave into the gymnasium so I can at least have a little light.
Last night's show was entertaining (I've been pleasantly surprised at how fun these have been).
Davey always manages to somehow find a feather boa in the crowd every night, so you know he's in heaven.
Halfway through the set I noticed this guy with long blonde hair and shades rocking out front and center, in between the barrier and the stage, which I thought was odd because not only did he have a Clash shirt on, but security wasn't booting him. then I realized that it was Billie Joe in a wig and it made more sense.
Now, where does one eat in Holmdel, NJ?
Friday, August 06, 2010
I've had an excuse for the last 5 days at least. We started the Green Day tour, which has been quite the experience so far.
We haven't done a legit big support tour since we went out with the Offspring in Europe in the year 2000. That's 10 years of the headlining Affies.
Currently we're in Chicago. Chicago is like the Miami of Canada. Which is a good thing.
Lollapalooza tomorrow. There's actually a ton of bands I'd like to see in the lineup this year, such as:
The Black Keys
Minus the Bear
The Big Pink
I hope they don't put Frightened Rabbit and Grizzly Bear on next to each other. Could get ugly.
In case you were wondering, yes, Lance Herbstrong is playing.
On to other things.
is in full gear-up mode. We haven't made any major announcements because we have to take care of a few important things first.
We do, however, have our first show booked, which is exciting. Should be announced soon.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
If we get 20 million fans, I'll post a picture of Davey and I jumping over a Volkswagen Bug.
By the way, we have 13,283 fans right now, so just tell 19 million of your friends and it's a lock.
Happy 4th, by the way.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
By the way, speaking of fine humans, I ran into Dave Grohl last night at the frozen yogurt place I go to, and he is one very cool guy. I know him but it's not like we're besties, yet he's the coolest, most down-to-earth, nicest guy. With all the douchey unfriendly tools out there in rock land, it's nice that some people are real human beings.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I was reading one of my computer/electronic music nerd alert magazines today and I noticed that every one of these acclaimed electronic producers is male.
I realized that the electronic music scene is almost completely male-dominated. While there are some notable exceptions to the rule, there's definitely a shortage of female voices in the various sub-genres of electronic music.
In fact, when I Googled female electronic musician producer, DJ Myshell was the first person that came up:
I'm not denying the strength of the cowboy hat/Juno look, but we need a lady-led revolution in the scene, girls making ill breakbeat hardcore, wobbly dubstep basslines, 20 minute psybient epics.
For that matter, in general, if anyone is doing music they want to share, feel free to post links in this thread.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Just did an interview with AP about Art of Drowning. They're doing a piece about influential albums and they're covering some great stuff, At the Drive-In, Cursive, Deftones, Boys Sets Fire, Bright Eyes, etc.
Out of curiosity, what are your jams off that album, if any?
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Not that I'm necessarily a fan, I've always held an uneasy regard for the sun. I think I prefer the overcast of a Berkeley morning to the unrelentingly cheerful sunny skies of LA.
There's something about summertime that makes you want to just get in the car and ride to something. Maybe it's that residual feeling of freedom from the school year, or those sunny skies I was talking about.
Which brings me to my point: what are your summer jams for 2010?
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I've been a little remiss in my blogging as we traipsed across Europe but things are a bit more mellow now and we're scheduled to fly home in 3 days, that is if this:
The UK leg of the tour was killer, it's always pleasant to tour with your friends, and having Sick of it All and the Dear and Departed along was the best. My very first trip to Europe, in 1999, was when Sick of it All took us, so it was nice to return the favor.
On the ferry to France I was able to sit in the very front of the lounge, surrounded by floor to ceiling glass windows and watch Calais materialize out of the dawn fog, one of my favorite Channel trips yet.
The shows on the Continent were fun, back to Milan and Zurich, back to Vienna, and then to a place I hadn't been yet, Warsaw, Poland.
We had a 10-hour drive from Austria to Poland and a 20 hour drive from Poland to Belgium the night of the show, which we were all dreading. But damn, was it ever worth it. What a crazy show, so good, the crowd was so amazing. We played our entire set, including encore, and I was on the bus changing out of my sweaty playing clothes when I heard that the crowd hadn't left the venue, even though the house lights and music were on. They stayed in there chanting for 20 minutes through it all. So I immediately stumbled shirtless and shoeless out into the frigid Eastern European night and made my way back to the stage where we played another encore.
Encores are pretty corny in general, they're something you sort of have to do but they're always slightly embarassing because they're so expected, but this was a legit encore, where the crowd literally won't leave until you play more songs.
All in all, I ate pounds (kilograms) of vegan deli slices and drank gallons (liters) of this:
Via has really revolutionized the art of touring.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Everyone cherishes the decade in which they spent their most impressionable years. Some of you are probably having those years as we speak, and the '10s(?) are your decade. You'll look back on Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Jersey Shore, and health care debate with a tear in your eye.
I'm proud to be a product of the 80's and proud that I recognized the guy that played Johnny in the first Karate Kid the second he came on the screen.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I looked out the back window of the bus and saw a group of people already lined up at 11 am. It's always great to see you guys in the morning, with your umbrellas and blankets, it always gives us a good feeling about the show.
I guess this information has just went out so I can mention it, we're doing a summer tour with Green Day. I'm excited about it, I've listened to them since I was a kid. My first band, which you may know also included Nick 13 from Tiger Army and Geoff Kresge, used to open occasionally for Green Day when they were still a local band. I think it kicks off around August.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
What a climate shock, we flew from snowy, winter-gripped Tokyo to humid and hot Australia. Winter to summer in 9 hours. My hair doesn't know how to act.
Basically all the bands on this festival are staying at the same hotel. I walked across the street to Starbucks, saw Davey and Adam eating with Dave Navarro from Jane's Addiction, and while drinking my coffee I ran into Taking Back Sunday and Jimmy Eat World.
The bands sort of took over this block.
Japan was great, seriously the best shows I think we've ever had there, so arigato gozaimasu for that.
Looking forward to these Aussie shows, last time we were here was fantastic and fabulous, let's do it like that again.
Now, as to the guitars, I said I would put them up but then a couple of people on here called into question my selling of them, implying that I was trying to make a buck off of AFI fans.
Let me just say: that's some unequivocal bullshit, pardon my francais. If there's one thing I've never done in this life, it's take advantage of the fans that are the reason I make music.
The reason I posted them on here is because if someone other than me is going to own one of my guitars, I want it to be someone who appreciates AFI music, who loves the music that those guitars were used to create, that would value them as something other than a Les Paul that you could buy down at Guitar Center.
I don't feel I need to explain myself, but I just did anyway.
Anyway, for those that were interested in them, I didn't want to leave you hanging. I don't need to sell those guitars, I can just as easily keep them, I still haven't decided if I'll sell or not. If I do, of course a suitable charity will be involved, that goes without saying.
And now, on to another unrelated note, I noticed that a leak of a new Blaqk Audio song is floating around, I believe it was recorded off the radio. Glad to see some new BA material got out there, albeit in poorly ripped form. Hope you like it. Bit of trivia, I wrote that piano part on the piano that was used to record "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue. I think all posts are better if I end them talking about the Crue.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I have a couple of beauties in mind:
I played the Goldtop on Crash Love and the White Studio on Decemberunderground.
I hate to see them go but I have to make room for new ones!
I'll post the links tomorrow or the next day.
p.s. I was going to sell that killer square of brown carpet but I think I'm gonna have to hang on to that. Sorry.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
We shot it at this insane Greek Revival mansion in the middle of nowhere. It's owned by a strange sort of recluse woman and her various animals. Nick 13 came to hang out and I have a picture of him petting a horse.
By the way, I just wanted to say that this last leg of touring, Petaluma to Las Vegas, was stellar. You guys really brought the love and made it great for us. Thank you.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
“If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.”
"Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody."
Friday, January 22, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Thanks to any of you guys who voted for me, you're the best <3
p.s. I haven't forgot about doing the guitar tab, I've just had an insane couple of months, so hopefully when we hit the road again in a week or so, I can knock it out.