Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wanted: AFI News HQ T-Shirt Design Submissions

Recently we asked if you would be interested in some AFI News HQ t-shirts. Many of you responded in the affirmative. As a result we have decided to move ahead to the design phase, and that's where you graphic design enthusiasts come in. Send your submissions to by next Thursday, August 11, 2011. Please refer to the guidelines before submitting.

After submissions close, we will pick our three favorites and post them for voting on our Facebook page, where the number of likes will determine the winning design. That design will be printed on a limited edition shirt that will go on sale very soon. We will be selling these at a certifiably insane $7.00 in order to raise money for our AFI Ignite hosting costs and prizes for future contests. If you enjoy the service we provide, please consider supporting us.

  • Must include "AFI News HQ" and some other artistic element
  • Maximum of 3 different colors (background is black)
  • Medium width and height design, not a full graphic tee
  • You may NOT use any licensed AFI logos or art
  • You may NOT use the band members' faces
  • Submit as many designs as you like
  • Good luck, and we look forward to seeing your creativity!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekend Discussion: What Do You Want From AFI's Next Album?

We've been in the depths of AFI dormancy for some months now, but we're not so far away from the first whispers of a new AFI album. As early as 2010, Jade had begun to write some music for the ninth studio album. There are recent rumors that the band has now begun the formal songwriting process, although we have not gotten any official updates.

It cannot be disputed that AFI has always redefined themselves with every new release. With that in mind, we want to know what you are hoping to find in AFI's next album. Feel free to be a realist or a dreamer. This discussion extends to any area of the creative process, from lyrics to music to atmosphere to art style and more. We look forward to seeing your ideas, and which ones turn into reality!

You can comment here, and share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

Blaqk Audio's Website Now Has Official Media Player

Theory, AFI and Blaqk Audio's webmaster, has put an official media player onto the Blaqk Audio website. It features all of the songs that are available on Blaqk Audio's Soundcloud page.

The collection of five songs is entitled "Heaven" and includes Bliss, Mouth To Mouth, Ill Lit Ships, Down Here, and Bon Voyeurs. Management has emailed us and informed us that the songs on Soundcloud and the media player are not final versions and are as of now still unfinished.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Listen to Blaqk Audio's "Let's Be Honest" Now!

At Spookfest in October 2010, Blaqk Audio premiered a new song called "Let's Be Honest" and to date that song has never been heard, except of course for the people who attended the show. We now have a live recording up on our Youtube channel here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Introducing: Full AFI Shows on our Youtube Channel!

We've teamed up with Mark from AFI Vids to bring a series of full AFI shows from all live eras to our YouTube channel. These shows are NOT split into different videos. These are full, hour-long shows for uninterrupted viewing at DVD quality. We will be posting new full shows regularly.

The first show we bring to you is AFI live at the Astoria in London, England on February 7, 2003. The band played this show a month before Sing the Sorrow's release. Click here to watch it! When you're done, be sure to subscribe to our channel (direct subscribe link) so you can get each video as soon as it's posted.

A big thanks goes to Mark for making this possible. AFI Vids is currently is going to be relaunching with a new design on September 15, 2011.

01. Strength Through Wounding
02. The Prayer Position
03. Sacrifice Theory
04. Girl's Not Grey
05. Ever and a Day
06. Triple Zero
07. A Single Second
08. This Secret Ninja
09. Morningstar
10. Dancing Through Sunday
11. The Despair Factor
12. 6 to 8
13. The Lost Souls
14. The Days of the Phoenix
15. God Called in Sick Today
16. Totalimmortal

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blaqk Audio Songs, 12" Singles, Website COMING SOON

Blaqk Audio's official management team has sent some information to about future plans. They will release the long-awaited 12" singles Davey talked about last year, they will add more songs to Blaqk Audio's Soundcloud page for streaming, and they will create a new layout for the official site.

We have been promised these 12" singles before. In an interview nearly one year ago, Davey predicted a Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) release for the first single, which would also be released as a 12" single. That never happened, presumably for reasons outside Davey and Jade's control.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Details About "Bright Black Heaven" Production

Blaqk Audio's upcoming album, Bright Black Heaven, was at least partially produced by Keith Cooper, Scarlet Grey's drummer, at Killingsworth Recording Company in Los Angeles. Cooper has previously worked with Nick 13 and Scarlet Grey, among many other bands.

Cooper was not involved with CexCells. Cooper's website lists Blaqk Audio as a client under Interscope Records, and we have contacted him to find out how many tracks he worked on.

Edit: Our reader Monica Grey just told us that this news has been known for a year. Sorry we didn't post about it then!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jade: "Big Plans in the Works" for Blaqk Audio

In a recent chat on his page, Jade said the following:
I had a very long conversation last night with Davey about [Blaqk Audio], we have some big plans in the works.

Friday, July 22, 2011

New Blaqk Audio Song: Bliss

Blaqk Audio has posted a new song, "Bliss" to their soundcloud page! This is a never before heard song! You can listen below:

Bliss by Blaqk Audio

They have also uploaded "Mouth to Mouth" and "Ill-Lit Ships", go check em out! Thanks to Oskar for the tip!

Jade's Remix of "Who's That Chick" Now Downloadable

Jade has now made his remix of Rihanna's "Who's That Chick" on Soundcloud available for download. Previously you were only allowed to stream. Thanks to @TheLostRomantic on Twitter for the tip!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

AFI News HQ Giving Out 4 Spotify Invites

You may have heard of the new music streaming service Spotify, which just recently became available in the United States after years in Europe. Spotify is different from anything you've used before, because it allows you to instantly play any song from a catalog of 13 million tracks - for free. Spotify is currently invite-only in the US, and not open to the general public. If you wait until signup is open to the general public, your free streaming will be limited significantly. But if you manage to get an invite now, you can enjoy 6 months of free, unlimited music streaming... including AFI's entire catalogue!

We have four (4) invites to give away. Here's how to enter:
  • Follow us on Twitter at
  • Tweet the following message "I want to win a Spotify invite from @AFINewsHQ #afispotify"
  • We will select four users at random, and we will contact you via direct message. Reply to us with your email address and you will be invited to Spotify!
  • Entries must be submitted by Friday night at 11:59pm PST

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Blaqk Audio song played on Jade's

Last night Jade premiered a short clip of an unreleased Blaqk Audio song in his room. You can listen to it here. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Also, as of the writing of this post, Jade is online again, this time at

UPDATE: It seems it was not really new, it was an old demo Jade had. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jade Engaged To Girlfriend Marissa Festa

We'd like to send our congratulations to Jade and his longtime girlfriend, Marissa Festa, over their recent engagement! Marissa made the announcement through her Twitter page here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Luke Janela Posts First Track Featuring Adam

A while ago we posted that Adam was recording drums with Luke Janela. Luke has now posted the first song featuring Adam, called "The Beautiful Truth" to his Bandcamp page! Go check it out, it's a great song.

Update: Luke sent us a Tweet saying that Adam is on four more songs on the record for a total of 5! Luke's album, "Tomorrow Was" will be released on August 1st!

Davey To Appear In The Movie Knife Fight

A few weeks ago Jennifer Morrison posted on her Twitter that Davey would be involved in the movie Knife Fight however this could not be confirmed. Recently, he has been added to the IMDB database as part of the cast for the movie playing the character Jimmy. It is not yet apparent how big of a role Davey has, but it seems to be a supporting role.

"Knife Fight is sex, drugs and money; it's about how politics is really played-a knife fight in a telephone booth, where blood is spilled, low blows are common and the best candidate is not always the best person. It's a world where the noblest ends are used to justify the darkest means."
-Bill Guttentag