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Been having that excited/nervous/scary feeling about the new Aristocrats CD. I'm unusually close to it. Who out there knows what I mean?
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The Aristocrats’ “Tres Caballeros” Available For Presale Now – Watch The Exclusive New Preview Video!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hey everyone-

And here we go: After nearly two years since Culture Clash was released, The Aristocrats are proud to share some new music with you, and announce that our third studio album Tres Caballeros is now available for pre-order!

There’s a 5-minute YouTube trailer video previewing the new music, as well as some video footage from the bonus DVD in the Deluxe Edition, available right here for your viewing.

Tres Caballeros will be released in a Standard Edition (CD) and Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD), which will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes, demos, and more.

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If you order from The Aristocrats’ webstore, you’ll find an exclusive Tres Caballeros t-shirt is also available, in all of its 8-bit glory.

TC T-Shirt

The release date is June 23. We’ll have more previews leading up to that date. For now, I hope you dig what you hear, and feel inspired to spread the word on social media and beyond to like-minded folks. :-)

I know we’ve been talking about this for a while, so I’ll take it easy on the hype and stick with the facts.

* Pre-ordering available now - click here to pre-order
* YouTube preview video here - click here to watch on YouTube
* North America tour starts July 5 - click here for dates and details

Or just look below for a summary:

THE ARISTOCRATS
Tres Caballeros North America Tour – Summer 2015
with special guests The Travis Larson Band

Date                   City/State                       Venue

Mon 6-Jul            Sacramento, CA               Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul            San Francisco, CA            Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul            Santa Cruz, CA                 Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul             Portland, OR                     Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul             Seattle, WA                        Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul           Vancouver, BC, CANADA     Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul          Boise, ID                            Reef
Wed 15-Jul           Salt Lake City, UT           Club X
Fri 17-Jul              Denver, CO                       Quixote’s True Blue
Sat 19-Jul             Omaha, NE                        Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul          Des Moines, IA                 The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul           St. Paul, MN                     The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri 24-Jul              Chicago, IL                       Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul              Indianapolis, IN              Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul            Cincinnati, OH                 The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul          Cleveland, OH                  Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul           Pittsburgh, PA                 Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul          Columbus, OH                 Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul               Detroit, MI                        Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug               Toronto, ON, CANADA   Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug             Ottawa, ON, CANADA     The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug            Montreal, QC, CANADA  Café Campus
Wed 5-Aug            Woodstock, NY                  Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug               Boston, MA                        The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug              New York City, NY            Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug             Philadelphia, PA               North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug          Washington, DC               Jammin’ Java
Tues 11-Aug           Raleigh, NC                       Pour House
Thur 13-Aug          Charlotte, NC                    Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug              Atlanta, GA                       Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug              Nashville, TN                   The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug             St. Louis, MO                  Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug            Kansas City, MO            The Scene
Tues 18-Aug            Tulsa, OK                        The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug           Houston, TX                   Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug                Austin, TX                       The Roost
Sat 22-Aug               Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX    The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug            Albuquerque, NM          Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug            Phoenix, AZ                     Club Red
Thur 27-Aug            Mexicali, MEXICO        Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug                San Diego, CA                Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug               Riverside, CA                  Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug              Los Angeles, CA             King King

Ok, a little hype: I’ll have a couple of really cool things to show you leading up to the release date in June. You’ll see. ;-)

For more constant Aristocratic updates, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Lots of stuff is showing up there on an almost daily basis.

Of course, I’m on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram as well, just as me. :-)

Once again, thanks for your patience as this all came together. I can’t wait for you to hear the whole thing.

And that’s all I got for now.

Best wishes to all,
Bryan Beller

“Tres Caballeros” Cover Art & Track Listing Revealed – Plus Updated North American Tour Dates!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hey everyone-

I’ve been admittedly quiet lately because, since mid-February, I’ve been working nonstop on the new Aristocrats’ album Tres Caballeros…which is now finally done! Hallelujah!

This also means I’m fairly spent, so I’m going to be lazy (I know, so lazy, that’s me) and just use The Aristocrats’ e-mail voice as the official BellerBytes update for now. I hope you’ll forgive me. I’ll be back to myself soon, after a few days off in the mountains.

So, here’s some shameless promo text about our new album, of which I’m very, very proud, plus a bunch of summer tour dates. Maybe I’ll see you at one of them?…BB

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Well, look at what we have here: It’s the artwork for our third studio album Tres Caballeros:

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The album is off getting manufactured right now! It’s due for an early summer release (exact date TBA). The album will be released in a Standard Edition (CD) and Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD), which will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes, demos, and more.

The “8-bit” artwork represents a new spin on our tradition of animated covers, and was created by Tom Colbie, who designed the cover art for the band’s previous two releases, Culture Clash and Culture Clash Live.

Tres Caballeros was tracked over ten days in February at world-famous Sunset Sound studios, where Van Halen (1), Led Zeppelin IV, and Rage Against The Machine’s The Battle Of Los Angeles were tracked, among hundreds of others. The result: Nine new compositions of greater sonic depth and breadth than ever before, with unique textures and lush layering augmenting the usual trio firepower.

We can also now reveal that the track listing for Tres Caballeros is as follows:

  1. Stupid 7
  2. Jack’s Back
  3. Texas Crazypants
  4. ZZ Top
  5. Pig’s Day Off
  6. Smuggler’s Corridor
  7. Pressure Relief
  8. The Kentucky Meat Shower
  9. Through The Flower

And now, for the up-to-the-minute tour dates (several updates since the last listing)

THE ARISTOCRATS
Tres Caballeros North America Tour – Summer 2015
with special guests The Travis Larson Band

Date                   City/State                       Venue

Mon 6-Jul            Sacramento, CA               Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul            San Francisco, CA            Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul            Santa Cruz, CA                 Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul             Portland, OR                     Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul             Seattle, WA                        Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul           Vancouver, BC, CANADA     Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul          Boise, ID                            Reef
Wed 15-Jul           Salt Lake City, UT           Club X
Fri 17-Jul              Denver, CO                       Quixote’s True Blue
Sat 19-Jul             Omaha, NE                        Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul          Des Moines, IA                 The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul           St. Paul, MN                     The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri 24-Jul              Chicago, IL                       Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul              Indianapolis, IN              Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul            Cincinnati, OH                 The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul          Cleveland, OH                  Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul           Pittsburgh, PA                 Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul          Columbus, OH                 Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul               Detroit, MI                        Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug               Toronto, ON, CANADA   Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug             Ottawa, ON, CANADA     The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug            Montreal, QC, CANADA  Café Campus
Wed 5-Aug            Woodstock, NY                  Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug               Boston, MA                        The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug              New York City, NY            Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug             Philadelphia, PA               North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug          Washington, DC               Jammin’ Java
Tues 11-Aug           Raleigh, NC                       Pour House
Thur 13-Aug          Charlotte, NC                    Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug              Atlanta, GA                       Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug              Nashville, TN                   The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug             St. Louis, MO                  Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug            Kansas City, MO            The Scene
Tues 18-Aug            Tulsa, OK                        The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug           Houston, TX                   Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug                Austin, TX                       The Roost
Sat 22-Aug               Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX    The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug            Albuquerque, NM          Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug            Phoenix, AZ                     Club Red
Thur 27-Aug            Mexicali, MEXICO        Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug                San Diego, CA                Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug               Riverside, CA                  Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug              Los Angeles, CA             King King

As always, you can go to the Aristocrats’ website TOURS page and find complete ticket links for each show.

We’ll have more news in a couple of weeks: Preview videos and audio, the official release date, and more. :-)

-The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats’ Third Album Title: “Tres Caballeros” – Plus North America Tour Dates!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello all-

I’ve been teasing this for long enough…here’s the official announcement!

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The Aristocrats reveal the title of their third studio album:
Tres Caballeros
Plus: North America Summer 2015 Tour Dates Announced

“virtuosic, melodic, spontaneous, outrageous and fun” [Guitar World]

(photo by Mike Mesker)

Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is slated for release in late June.

After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums.

The result: Nine new compositions of greater sonic depth and breadth than ever before, with unique textures and lush layering augmenting the band’s preternatural ability to improvise both individually and as a group at the highest levels possible. But not to worry – it’s all still tempered with a steadfast refusal to take themselves too seriously, and The Aristocrats are still having more fun than a fusion band has any right to have.

“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band – four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago! – and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” says guitarist Guthrie Govan. “The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio which had some thoroughly inspiring rock’n'roll ‘mojo’; our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict ‘trio’ format… all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out. Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so… here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”

The Tres Caballeros tour will bring the band’s new musical vision in trio form to stages across North America in their most ambitious jaunt yet. The Aristocrats will be supported by fellow rock/fusion power trio The Travis Larson Band.

Full details on each date can be found on the Aristocrats website calendar page.

The Aristocrats
Tres Caballeros North America Tour – Summer 2015

Date                  City                              Venue

Mon 6-Jul         Sacramento, CA           Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul         San Francisco, CA       Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul         Santa Cruz, CA             Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul          Portland, OR                 Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul          Seattle, WA                    Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul        Vancouver, BC, CAN   Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul      Boise, ID                         Reef
Wed 15-Jul       Salt Lake City, UT        Club X
Fri 17-Jul          Denver, CO                    Quixote’s True Blue
Sun 19-Jul         Omaha, NE                    Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul      Des Moines, IA             The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul       St. Paul, MN                 The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri 24-Jul          Chicago, IL                   Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul          Indianapolis, IN          Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul        Cincinnati, OH             The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul      Cleveland, OH              Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul       Pittsburgh, PA              Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul      Columbus, OH              Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul          Detroit, MI                     Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug          Toronto, ON, CAN        Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug       Ottawa, ON, CAN         The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug       Montreal, QC, CAN      TBD
Wed 5-Aug       Woodstock, NY              Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug          Boston, MA                     The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug          New York City, NY        Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug         Philadelphia, PA           North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug      Washington, DC           Jammin’ Java
Tues 11-Aug       Raleigh, NC                   Pour House
Thur 13-Aug      Charlotte, NC                Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug          Atlanta, GA                   TBD
Sat 15-Aug         Nashville, TN                The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug        St. Louis, MO                Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug       Kansas City, MO          The Scene
Tues 18-Aug       Tulsa, OK                      The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug      Houston, TX                 Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug           Austin, TX                    The Roost
Sat 22-Aug          Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX   The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug       Albuquerque, NM        Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug       Phoenix, AZ                   Club Red
Thur 27-Aug       Mexicali, MEXICO      Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug          San Diego, CA               TBD
Sat 29-Aug          Corona/Big Bear, CA  TBD
Sun 30-Aug        Los Angeles, CA            King King

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It was quite something to get this tour together, and I want to personally thank Rodney Cord and Julie Cord at Blue Mouth Promotions for an incredible job in making this a reality.

And that’s all I got for now. Gotta get back to mixing Tres Caballeros. :-)

Best wishes to all,
Bryan Beller

Beller Bass Clinics & WesFest 10 Wrap-Up

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hey everyone. Just a very quick update to let you know that I’ll soon be doing a few bass clinics for the first time in a while! My friends at Gallien-Krueger AmplificationMike Lull Custom Basses, and D’Addario Strings have been kind enough to sponsor my appearances at the following four events:

May 27 - Professional Music Center – Des Moines, IA
May 28 - Chicago Music Exchange – Chicago, IL
May 30 - Bass Break Live – Washington, DC (weekend bass retreat)
June 16 - Bass San Diego – San Diego, CA

(all start times 7pm except for Bass Break Live; see that link for details)

I really enjoy doing group instructional work, and I’ve missed doing clinics. Touring is great, don’t get me wrong, but the opportunity to connect with bassists and musicians on a more intimate level is something I’m looking forward to doing again. Also, I have a boatload of touring coming up again, starting this summer (more details on that very very soon), so these could be the last clinics I do for quite some time. If you’re closeby, I hope to see you there.

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Meanwhile, WesFest 10 was a great success, with lots of money and spirits raised for everyone involved. Thanks again to everyone who came out and packed the house! Special thanks also to those who donated their time and efforts to make the event a success (remember, I didn’t organize it this year; that torch was passed to others who did an amazing job).

Here’s a pic of me jamming with Victor Wooten for the encore, along with this year’s Wes Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Stefan Sandman to the right. (photo by John Wehmiller)

This was taken just seconds before I started soloing and then somehow managed to yank my short and borrowed instrument cable out of the preamp, knocking it to the ground and cutting my signal out completely in front of 300 people, demonstrating that it’s never too late for a lesson in humility. :-) Thanks again for reading all of my updates about this cause near and dear to my heart…and here’s to you, Wes. You would have laughed.

There’s a gigantic truckload of great pictures from this event, courtesy of Ron Lyon. Check them out by clicking here.

Stay tuned for the big Aristocrats album/tour announcement, coming extremely soon to an inbox near you…

Cheers to all,
BB

Last Call – WesFest 10 This Sunday At The Roxy! (Plus A Little More)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello again. We’re going to cover WesFest 10 first, and then get to some other stuff below…

First: This is it! Just 3 days until the 10th WesFest benefit concert. It’s happening this Sunday at The Roxy in Los Angeles. The lineup is epic: Victor Wooten headlining with Steve Bailey guesting. Mike Keneally & BFD (I’ll be playing with Mike and others). Danny Mo & The Exciters featuring Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Stefan Sandman. And more more more! Plus I’ll be your M.C. for the evening. Greater SoCal and beyond, I strongly urge you to consider attending this event, joining our community for an awesome hang, supporting a great cause, and enjoying a killer night of music. Or, if you can’t make it, you can donate right at this same page I’m linking over and over and over again.


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Meanwhile, in just under two weeks The Aristocrats will be announcing both the name of the new studio album we just tracked and the dates on our North American tour this summer. It will be the longest tour we’ve ever done on this side of the pond, and we’ll be in some great new (and bigger!) venues. On the record side of things, we’re mixing and mixing and mixing. We won’t stop until it sounds Great. But I can tell you that it’s pretty different from anything we’ve ever done before (in a good way, we all think), and we can’t wait to share it with you.

You can always check out the website calendar page to see the latest gig postings. I’ll be doing a local gig with Mike Keneally in March, and there’s the big G4 camp with Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Animals As Leaders and Mike Keneally in late June, and more.

That’s it for the time being. I need to listen to more Aristocrats mixes now. Here’s to this winter…ending eventually?

Cheers to all,
BB

The Latest: WesFest 10 Featuring Victor Wooten, And Plenty More

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hello again-

I’ll get what’s going on with me in a bit, but right now I want to put the focus squarely on the WesFest 10 Benefit Concert, featuring Victor Wooten, happening on Sunday, March 8 in Los Angeles.

Longtime BellerBytes followers already know about my deep commitment to this cause - The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music – but for anyone new, Wes Wehmiller was a world-class bassist and dear friend of mine who passed on in 2005 at the too-young age of 33. His parents established the Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee in his name, and the award goes to a deserving continuing bass student at Berklee who embodies Wes’ spirit both musically and personally. The WesFest benefit concert serves as the centerpiece of an annual fundraising drive for the event. Past headliners have included Allan Holdsworth/Jimmy Haslip, Tal Wilkenfeld, The Aristocrats, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, Mike Keneally, Stu Hamm, Andrew Gouche, Pino Palladino and John Patitucci. I was honored to be a part of the organizing team for the event’s first 8 years, and the initiative has now rasied over $200,000 since its inception. I know I speak for the family and everyone involved when I say we’re all so grateful for the support we’ve received that it’s hard to know how to express it.

This year is extra special because it’s the 10th anniversary of the event, and we have the one and only Victor Wooten (featuring Steve Bailey and other special guests) as our headliner. Also performing will be Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins (I’m playing with Mike!); Danny Mo and The Exciters (featuring JR Robinson and Kira Small), and as always, this year’s scholarship winner (Stefan Sandman) will be flown out from Boston to perform at the event, so donors can see and hear exactly what they’re supporting with their generous donations.

Though I wasn’t part of the core organizing team this year (that credit goes elsewhere!), I will be the M.C. for the evening. If you’re in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 8, I invite you to come down and see for yourself what’s made this event so musically and spiritually special for ten years and counting.

Please click here to learn more, and if you’re so inclined, to get tickets for this very special show. (Also, please remember, even if you can’t attend, you can still donate! Details are all at the link.)

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I have yet another uncharacteristically altruistic topic to discuss in this week’s BellerBytes, and I appreciate your indulgence in advance: A couple who is extremely close and dear to me is looking to adopt a baby. I know this is a totally out-of-left-field topic, but with me having this embarrassing number of folks following what I’m up to, they’ve asked for my help in spreading the word, and it’s my privilege to do so.

You can learn more about them by going to this website:

http://www.happynycfamily.com/welcome.html

(Yes, I promise, this is really their site and not a scam – you have my word that it’s safe to click!)

I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t know them to be exceptional parents (two kids already, one adopted) and stellar humans. So, with that in mind, I’m asking you to please read their own words below (from their website) and to contact them (either call 888-624-7771 or text 917-636-9763) if you might know of someone considering adoption.

Hello! We are a caring, warm and fun couple who have been married for 12 years. Laurie is a stay-at-home mom and Lawrence has a successful career in financial services. We live in a beautiful neighborhood in New York City with our 9-year old daughter and 3-year old son (who was adopted) and we want to grow our family with another adopted baby. Our favorite things to do are: explore New York City’s fantastic parks, museums and zoos, take family vacations – especially to Disney World and lots of beaches! – and spend relaxing Sunday mornings together playing board games and doing art projects.

We cannot think of a greater gift than the one you are considering. Adoption has already changed our lives. At the same time, we can only imagine how overwhelming this decision must be for you. We hope this site helps you get to know us better as a couple and a family, and how much we would love and cherish your child. We’d love to talk to you, and we can be reached at 888-624-7771.

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OK, if you’ve read this far, now I can quickly share with you what’s been up with me:

The Aristocrats - the band I’m in with Guthrie Govan and Marco Minnemann - just spent 10 days tracking a new record at the legendary Sunset Sound studio in Hollywood, CA. I am here to tell you that it was by far the most rewarding recording experience I’ve ever had. Every day we were there, we uncovered another layer and found another reason why the room we were in (Studio 2) was so great. The combination of great vintage gear, the famous reverb chambers (the ones that were used for the early Van Halen albums), and the room sound in the main tracking room all contributed to an environment that encouraged maximum creativity and made us sad to leave. I personally can’t believe how good the rough mixes sound…and as for the material, it’s like nothing we’ve ever done, and we all went for broke in terms of layering the recordings to our heart’s content. The result is a totally new direction for the band, and we all feel like giddy schoolchildren right now. I can’t wait to share this record with you. It drops in late June (exact date TBD) and a U.S. tour immediately follows.

One of the reasons it went so well is that we played the material live at Alvas Showroom for four nights in a row before we went into the studio. That was a really great experience – thanks so much to the fans who came out to watch us (nervously!) play our new babies for the first time. Thanks also to Alvas for hosting the event. Here’s a couple of pix from Alvas and the studio for your amusement.

* Speaking of The Aristocrats, our new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live (and the limited-edition Secret Show: Live In Osaka) is now out and available for immediate ordering. Lots of people have been kind enough to tell us they dig it, but none more elegantly than the website Echoes And Dust, who really got the cheekiness of it all and compared us to a “charging rhino in a pink tutu.” That’s what we call high praise. Click here to check out previews on our YouTube page, or just click here to order. If you’ve already got it, thanks so much for your support and hope you like it!

* I also recently had the privilege of tracking Joe Satriani’s new album, which is due to drop in September. We did it at Skywalker Sound, George Lucas’ expansive compound which contains multitudes, including an incredibly large tracking room. It was another “pinch me” experience, and I’m very grateful to Joe for letting me contribute to his recording. I really dig the material and hope you will too. Here’s a shot of the room at Skywalker that we lived in for a week. Not bad.

Well. That was a lot of information, so I’ll stop now. Hope you’re all doing well – and if you’re on the east coast, I’m sending as much California sunshine your way as I can.

Best wishes to all,
Bryan

New Aristocrats CD, Keneally Gig, NAMM, WesFest 10!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It’s a big day over here in BellerWorld, as The Aristocrats’ new CD/DVD Culture Clash Live and 2CD “live bootleg” Secret Show: Live In Osaka have been released into the wild. They’re both available for order and immediate shipment right now. If you pre-ordered through our webstore, thanks so very much. Your digital download of the audio CD should be in your inbox, and the physical copy should already be on its way to you. Some of you might already have it. :-)

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If you’re not the pre-ordering type and were waiting until release day…well, that day has arrived, so you know what to do. And if you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t been seeing these hype-o-matic posts over the past couple of months, here’s a few preview videos from the DVD for you:

Official Culture Clash Live DVD Trailer
Behind the scenes of the 20-cam video shoot in Tokyo
Complete song “Culture Clash” live from Bangkok

I couldn’t be prouder to share this with you as a wrap up of the band’s Culture Clash World Tour. It’s also a nice transition as we prepare to head into the studio again in February to make the next album.

One important note from The Aristocrats: We were hoping to launch a pay-for-video-streaming service today for a digital-only version of the DVD. But after a lot of beta testing, it just didn’t work out, and we only want to bring the best possible experience to you. So that’s been shelved. A few folks out there helped us with that beta testing, and we are very grateful to those that did so – a hearty Aristocratic thank you to those brave souls.

But wait, there’s more.

If you’re in Los Angeles, I’ll be playing at The Baked Potato this Wednesday (wait, that’s tomorrow!) with Mike Keneally in the old-school “BFD” trio lineup of Keneally, myself, and Joe Travers on drums. It’s been forever since we did this, so if you’re closeby, we’d love to see you there.

Then I’ll be at The NAMM Show all weekend. You need credentials to enter the hall, but if you’ve got them, I’m doing one live booth appearance, this Saturday at 1pm, for my friends at Mike Lull Custom Guitars. They make basses too, you know.

Right after that it’s time for The Aristocrats’ residency at Alvas Showroom, from January 29 through February 1. We’ll be debuting new material in advance of our next album recording, which follows immediately after the residency ends. However, it appears that all four shows have sold out, which is pretty freakin’ amazing, and we’re very humbled by that. I believe there is a waiting list in the event of cancellations, so if you want to get on that list just call (310) 833-7538.

And finally, the WesFest 10 Benefit Concert is happening at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 8…and the headliner is none other than Victor Wooten! I’ll be playing there as well. This is going to be an amazing night both musically and spiritually, and it’s all for a great cause which longtime readers will know I hold dear: The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. Please click here to learn more, and if you’re so inclined, to get tickets for this very special show.

That’s quite enough for one post. Thanks as always for being interested in what I’m up to, and hope to see you somewhere soon.

–BB

Complete Song Preview Video From The Aristocrats’ “Culture Clash Live”

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello from Skywalker Sound (yes, that Skywalker Sound, the ranch that George Lucas built), where I’m fortunate enough to be recording Joe Satriani’s next studio album. It’s an unbelievable place. Just look at the size of this tracking room.

As one astute Twitter follower slyly commented, “That’s no tracking room, that’s a SPACE STATION.” Well played, @becca2710. :-)

But I’m writing for mainly Aristocratic purposes. We’re only 8 days away from the release date of our live CD/DVD “Culture Clash Live (as well as our “official bootleg” 2CD “Secret Show: Live In Osaka), and we’ve got one last preview video to share with you – the complete song performance of “Culture Clash” from our show in Bangkok, Thailand.

Our good friends at Guitar World are hosting the exclusive video – click here to check it out now!

As we’ve mentioned, “Culture Clash Live” was professionally captured at six different shows in five different countries on three different continents. It’s more ambitious than anything we’ve ever put together.

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And the “official bootleg” from Osaka is a complete show, pretty much start to finish, with no performance edits at all, and the first 1,000 units signed by Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann and your humble narrator.

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Pre-orders will start shipping really soon to hit the January 20 release date. So, you know what comes next: Click here to pre-order now!

I feel truly fortunate to be able to share this recording with you, as well as the upcoming new Joe Satriani and Aristocrats studio releases later this year. Stay tuned for details on all of that…

…and if you’re in L.A., don’t forget that I’ll be playing with Mike Keneally and Joe Travers in a 90s-throwback-era version of Keneally’s band Beer For Dolphins at The Baked Potato on Wednesday, January 20. It’s been a long time since we’ve done that and I can’t wait to dig into that vibe again.

That’s all for now. Happy January!

Best wishes to all,
BB

The Aristocrats’ “Culture Clash Live” and “Secret Show: Live In Osaka” Now Available For Pre-Order!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

SURPRISE! We (and by we, I mean The Aristocrats) are launching the pre-sale of our new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live”, as well as our limited-edition “official bootleg” double-CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka”, plus an exclusive new Culture Clash Live” t-shirt, right freakin’ now!

Already convinced? Then just click here to pre-order from our webstore. Release date is January 20, just a month away.

Need convincing? Click here to check out the DVD trailer preview! Or, check it out below now that we’ve finally figured out how to embed it here. :-) (And feel free to share it if you’re so inclined. We approve of this.)

Here’s more info for those who need it:

* Culture Clash Live” is a sprawling, professionally-recorded CD/DVD two-disc compilation taken from 6 shows in 5 countries on 3 continents.

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* Secret Show: Live In Osaka” is a 2CD limited-release that serves as the tour’s “official bootleg”. It’s only available directly from us – and the first 1,000 ordered from our webstore will come signed by the band.

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* The official Culture Clash Live” t-shirt is a brand new design by Culture Clash” artist Tom Colbie, and again, only available directly from us.

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* Full disclosure: The Culture Clash Live” DVD will also be available digitally through a new service called Littlecast. For a small fee (probably $12.95) you’ll have unlimited hi-res streaming capability on your laptop or desktop, and you can download it to your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android). It will contain the concert footage only, no bonus features. It also requires you to be signed in to Facebook, so just a heads up there. We’re still working that up, and we’ll have it ready by January 20. But we may test the new system by releasing our existing live DVD Boing, We’ll Do It Live!” well before then.

Back in the physical world, here’s the full track listings:

“Culture Clash Live” CD Track Listing

Sweaty Knockers (Whittier, CA, USA)
Ohhhh Noooo (Whittier, CA, USA)
Get It Like That (Whittier, CA, USA)
Culture Clash (Whittier, CA, USA)
Gaping Head Wound (Whittier, CA, USA)
Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)
Culture Clash Live DVD Track Listing

“Culture Clash Live” DVD Track Listing

Furtive Jack (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Ohhhh Noooo (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
Get It Like That (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Culture Clash (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Blues Fuckers (Mexico City, MX)
Gaping Head Wound (Mexico City, MX)
Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)

“Secret Show: Live In Osaka” track Listing

DISC ONE

Introduction
Furtive Jack
Sweaty Knockers
Ohhhh Noooo
Get It Like That
Culture Clash

DISC TWO

Flatlands
Parental Advisory (pronounced “Blues Fuckers”)
Gaping Head Wound
Twister (pronounced “Desert Tornado”)
Washed Passport (pronounced “Living The Dream”)
Erotic Cakes

I do hope you’ll check out the preview video, and then click to your heart’s desire. :-)

And now I’m taking the rest of the year off.

-BB

New Aristocrats Live Albums Dropping Soon…And I’m Finally HOME

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I can’t believe it – after nearly 18 straight months of Aristocrats and Joe Satriani touring I’m finally HOME. And when I say home, I mean at least four months in a row with only short trips in the U.S. here and there. It’s been about 7 years since the last time that happened. Australia and New Zealand (and Asia and Europe and South America and North America!) were all wonderful, AND I’m so glad to be back.

My last post had a bunch of little details about upcoming shows, which you can see here on the website calendar page, but this one is about one big thing – the breaking news about The Aristocrats’ live album Culture Clash Live. I’m going to just copy the text from The Aristocrats website below here, because it’s already got all of the details and I’m feeling a little lazy…

…but I wanted to at least personalize this by saying THANK YOU to everyone who made the incredible last 18 months of my life possible. I’m grateful beyond words. I’m now resting and recovering in my new home in the mountains north of Los Angeles, and I thought I’d share the view and wish everybody a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season as we round into mid-December.

And now, without further adieu, I present, The Big Aristocratic News.

Happy merry everything,
Bryan Beller

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Dear Aristocratic Faithful-

We’ve been working on this for nearly six months, and everyone has waited long enough, so we are proud to announce, finally, the following news:

Culture Clash Live – a sprawling, professionally-recorded CD/DVD two-disc compilation taken from 6 shows in 5 countries on 3 continents - will be released on January 20, 2015

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Secret Show: Live In Osaka, a 2CD limited-release that serves as the tour’s “official bootleg”, will come out on the same day – the first 1,000 will be signed by the band

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Culture Clash Live physical units will be available at our webstore and eventually major e-tailers, and the audio CD will be available digitally at our webstore and on iTunes, etc. A digital version of the DVD will be available via Littlecast (details forthcoming).

Secret Show: Live in Osaka will be available exclusively at our webstore and live merchandise tables

* Both items will go on presale in early January, exact date TBA

We’ve got a lot going on right now – the live releases, the 4-show residency at Alvas Showroom in late January, the recording of our next studio album…and all of the details can be found in the press release which we’re simply going to post below.

We know you waited a long time for this, and we’re proud to finally have it done and nearly ready for you to check out. Preview videos will come soon. In the meantime, read and enjoy. :-)

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THE ARISTOCRATS –
FEATURING GUTHRIE GOVAN, BRYAN BELLER AND MARCO MINNEMANN -
TO RELEASE CULTURE CLASH LIVE CD/DVD ON 01/20/2015

Also to be released: SECRET SHOW: LIVE IN OSAKA  – limited-edition 2CD live disc, completely raw and unedited from the very special last night of the Asia tour

An intimate-venue Los Angeles residency and tracking of new studio album to immediately follow, at world-famous Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA

The rock/fusion power trio supergroup The Aristocrats – featuring Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums – will release the live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live, on January 20th 2015. Captured in six different locations in five countries on three different continents during the band’s 100+ show Culture Clash World Tour, it showcases The Aristocrats in full flight: Virtuosic, melodic, spontaneous, outrageous, and still having more fun than any group of world touring muzos has any right to have.

Culture Clash Live will be released on the band’s label, BOING Music, and available physically as a CD/DVD package containing 8 audio tracks on the CD and 9 cuts on the DVD. Only three tracks are the same performance on both CD and DVD – all others are unique, giving fans a chance to hear how the songs evolved while on tour. DVD bonus features include: a look behind the scenes at the video setup in Tokyo; an extra drum solo shot with 20 cameras; and demos from the Culture Clash album.

Physical units will first be sold through the band’s webstore at http://thearistocrats.spinshop.com. The digital audio-only will be available through iTunes and other major e-tailers. New for this release: Digital-only versions of the DVD will be available through LittleCast.

As if that’s not enough, the band is also releasing a 2CD set called Secret Show: Live In Osaka, which shows The Aristocrats at the peak of their live prowess: Equal parts raw, funny, bracing…and with no editing in any of the performances comprising the two-disc set. The band didn’t even know they were being recorded until after the show, when they were presented with a live-to-two-track recording by the soundman. The first 1,000 units of Secret Show will be signed by the band, and the limited release will only be available at the band’s website and live merch tables.

Each band member had unique thoughts on the tour, which ended up in the liner notes for the package. Some highlights:

“Every time we play a song live, it seems to evolve slightly,” says Govan. “However hard we might try to capture definitive versions in the studio, the true nature of any given composition inevitably reveals itself during the subsequent touring process, mutating incrementally from one night to the next as we do our best to maintain the element of spontaneity and encourage the occurrence of little musical ‘accidents.’”

While the music evolved and the audiences made each show unforgettable, the live recording process was anything but smooth. “The panoply of technical pitfalls that ensued reached a certain comic level of absurdity,” Beller remembers. “The crowds were unremittingly awesome, only to be rivaled in ferocity by the gremlins in each location.” So the project became a Frank Zappa-style live compilation by necessity, which gave it a rollicking international flavor – a culture clash after all.

Drummer Marco Minnemann put it all in perspective. “I remembered sitting in a van on our ride to one of our shows, listening to one of the songs – which I usually avoid, because it’s sort of like looking in the mirror trying to fix your hair or something – saying out loud, ‘Hey, we’re actually not that bad!’ You sometimes just gotta let go and enjoy the real-time moments without questioning them.”

To top it all off, the band is slotted to play a four-show residency at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA in late January 2015 to work out new material…and then just two days later, they go back into the studio to make their highly anticipated third studio album at world-famous Sunset Sound, where Van Halen (1), Led Zeppelin IV, and Rage Against The Machine’s The Battle Of Los Angeles were tracked, among hundreds of others. The Aristocratic musical mayhem continues…with a tentative release scheduled for July of 2015.

The members of The Aristocrats first performed together as a trio at the Anaheim Bass Bash during the winter NAMM show in 2011. After a huge response from fans for the trio to become permanent, the band (named after the infamous dirty joke of the same name) quickly recorded their first album The Aristocrats in 2011, to instant wide acclaim. The band released a live album, Boing, We’ll Do It Live! in 2012, followed by their breakthrough second studio album Culture Clash, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart in July of 2013 (we know: jazz…?). Guitarist Guthrie Govan has been featured on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine and is known for his solo album Erotic Cakes, as well as recent touring work with Steven Wilson, and performing with the band Asia/GPS from 2001-2006. Bassist/solo artist Bryan Beller graced the cover of Bass Player Magazine in late 2012, and is recognized from his work with DethklokSteve VaiJoe Satriani, and Mike Keneally. Drummer Marco Minnemann is a multi-instrumentalist and prolific solo artist/composer, was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer, and is known for his live work with Necrophagist, Kreator, Adrian Belew, UKZ, and Steven Wilson – as well as his Telly Award-winning DVD Extreme Drumming.

Culture Clash Live CD Track Listing

  1. Sweaty Knockers (Whittier, CA, USA)
  2. Ohhhh Noooo (Whittier, CA, USA)
  3. Get It Like That (Whittier, CA, USA)
  4. Culture Clash (Whittier, CA, USA)
  5. Gaping Head Wound (Whittier, CA)
  6. Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
  7. Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  8. Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)

Culture Clash Live DVD Track Listing

  1. Furtive Jack (Tokyo, JAPAN)
  2. Ohhhh Noooo (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  3. Lousville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
  4. Get It Like That (Tokyo, JAPAN)
  5. Culture Clash (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  6. Blues Fuckers (Mexico City, MX)
  7. Gaping Head Wound (Mexico City, MX)
  8. Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  9. Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)

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