The Aristocrats is a jazz-fusion instrumental rock supergroup consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia, Steven Wilson), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai), and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steve Wilson, Joe Satriani). The group’s upcoming CD/DVD, Culture Clash Live!, will officially be released on January 20th, showcasing performances in six different locations during the band’s recent 100+ show World Tour. The special edition sets will include a Secret Show: Live In Osaka double-disc. Check out Alternative Nation’s review of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash Live! CD/DVD below.
On a Day Like Today is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, released in 1998. The album reached #3 in Canada & #11 in the UK. "On a Day Like Today" was the first single released. It reached #13 in the UK and #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart. "When You're Gone", the second single, was a smash hit reaching #3 on the UK Chart and was in the Top 10 for ten weeks. It reached #11 in Canada. "Cloud Number Nine" reached #6 in the UK and #7 in Canada.
For me, this release took time to sink in because there is so much going on. Not just shredding but dynamics and melody that gives your brain a workout. Then it clicked - holy crap this is an incredible collaboration of sonic nirvana! Every song on "Culture Clash" is killer and has its own personality. Whether rock, fusion, techno, rockabilly, or prog-metal, these tunes are clever and well thought out with arrangements to die for. The disc clocks in just over 57 minutes, all instrumental, and each band mate wrote three songs. You can get lost in these songs and shouldn't focus too long on one instrument because the sum is better than its parts.
ON is the Jane Getter Premonition's debut for the Madfish label. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York, the album features a stellar line-up of Progressive, Jazz and Rock musicians including Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), Bryan Beller (Joe Satriiani, The Aristocrats), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Savatage, Ozzy Osbourne) and Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp). Guitarist and composer Jane Getter has played with many Jazz and Rock greats, garnering increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Jane also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band. CD in digipack with a 16 page colour booklet featuring stunning artwork from Lasse Hoile.
The Aristocrats' 2014 world tour brought Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann to Japan where they performed at the 'Big Cat' club in Osaka. The show got recorded by Takashi Ogawa without the band's knowledge. When they heard the recording afterwards, they were impressed enough to release it as a double cd set. The recording does indeed sound excellent, and the show was great. An excellent decision to release it on album.
Boing, We'll Do It Live! is the first live album of The Aristocrats, released on December 10, 2012. Footage and sound for this release were recorded in two concerts held at Alvas Showroom in Los Angeles, California. During those concerts the band played material from their debut album as well as songs from each band members' solo projects. The album was released on double-CD and DVD. The deluxe edition consists of both the DVD and the two CDs including two bonus tracks not featured on standard editions.