It’s been so awesome seeing The Aristocrats go from humble beginnings as a “let’s pick two songs each and play a set at NAMM” thing (I was there, woo!) to a fully fledged band with original material, two kickass studio albums, an awesome live album/DVD, and shirts that you see fans wearing around town even here in Melbourne. The band has just wrapped up a successful US tour and now they’re releasing a limited edition vinyl version of their second album, Culture Clash. Only 1,000 will be pressed so get in early! Here’s the press release: Continue reading
Joe Satriani is about to release his new album, Unstoppable Momentum, on May 7. Preorder it here! It features Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Mike Keneally on keys and Chris Chaney on bass. Oh and his live band will feature Keneally as well as Bryan Beller on bass and Marco Minnemann on drums, which is an utterly killer line-up. I’ve heard Joe’s new album and without giving too much away let me just say that it continues along the vein of his last few but with a really engaging, human feel thanks to the talents of misters Colaiuta, Keneally and Chaney. Think The Extremist but with more push and pull from the rhythm section. The first single, A Door Into Summer, offers a bit of an indication of what to expect but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Check it out below! Continue reading
Check this out! Bryan Beller, solo artist, member of The Aristocrats, Dethklok and low-end overlord for Mike Keneally and Steve Vai gets his own signature model from Mike Lull Custom Guitars. It has a AAAAA flamed maple top, asymmetrical neck carve, diamond control layout, signature card, and utterly spectacular! More info here. That’s it above, of course, but coffee not included.
The exceedingly spectacular and awesome Mike Keneally recently send out the following to his mailing list (which you really should be on, okay?). Also, I see that Mike’s playing at The Baked Potato the day before I arrive in LA in January. DAMMIT! Mike, brother, I hope you’re playing a set at NAMM too. Please? Please?
US Premiere of The Universe Will Provide November 18 in LA!
Hey, all you Maroon 5 fans! What goes on?
Right now I sit, and alternatively stand, and play many Queen songs on the guitar. I scribble down my interpretation of “the middle part” of yet another insane slab of Brian May guitarchitecture. I do this for you, ladies and gentlemen, and for all kind souls who will attend our salute to Queen at the Roxy on November 9. By “our” I mean the masterminds and musical directors of this AIDS benefit event, Bear and Brendan McCreary, as well as Brendon Small, Rick Musallam, Joe Travers, Pete Griffin, myself and others who will perform a great wodge of awesome Queen tuneage for those with feet to arrive and ears to listen.
And then… and then, I plunge boldly forward into remembering how to frickin’ play the guitar parts to The Universe Will Provide in preparation for its long-belated US premiere, at REDCAT in Los Angeles on November 18. To say that I am ecstatic to have this hour-long orchestra-with-guitar instrumental suite finally being performed in the state I call home is a totally reasonable and accurate thing to say. Thank you Max Kutner at CalArts for being the spark that made this thing happen, and to Lauren Platt at CalArts as well and all others who are currently and will soon be working very hard to pull this off – this is no small undertaking and I am pretty overwhelmed with gratitude that all this energy and enthusiasm is being funneled toward the performance of my piece – I’m a lucky so-and-so.
BASSIST/COMPOSER BRYAN BELLER RELEASES WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE CONCERT DVD
Live DVD documents the sole west coast show of Beller’s debut 2010 tour and includes numerous special bonus features
NASHVILLE, TN (April 29, 2011) – Bassist/composer and sideman extraordinaire Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally) has released his solo project’s first live concert DVD, Wednesday Night Live. An up-close-and-personal 4-camera document of the Beller band’s one-night-only 2010 show at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, the DVD is a serious statement from an artist who’s quickly establishing himself as one of the elite bass playing and compositional voices in the rock/jazz fusion scene today.
The DVD shares a basic running order and band lineup with the live CD of the same name, but also includes special features such as between-song dialogue not present on the CD, additional videos from previous shows with an expanded lineup, interviews with each of the band members, a rare live video of the impossibly difficult “See You Next Tuesday” from the very first Bryan Beller Band gig ever, and four new remixes of studio tracks from Beller’s first album.
Monster bass player, awesome Bass Player contributor and all-round nice guy Bryan Beller is taking preorders for his new live album, Wednesday Night Live. Click here to jump straight to the preorder page, or keep on reading for more info and a preview of the DVD.
From Bryan’s site:
Wednesday Night Live CD (2011) — $15
(Available for pre-order now, ships by March 31! All pre-orders come signed, numbered, and include a free Wednesday Night Live sticker)
The Wednesday Night Live CD is a raw, powerful, intimate live document of the Bryan Beller Band 2010 touring lineup playing a 45-minute set at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, plus two bonus tracks from other shows. Featuring: Rick Musallam (guitar), Griff Peters (guitar), Mike Keneally (keyboards & guitar), Bryan Beller (bass), Joe Travers (drums). Packaging: Jewel case + 6-panel color booklet designed by Mike Mesker.”
2. Greasy Wheel
3. Life Story
4. Get Things Done
5. Thanks In Advance
6. Love Terror Adrenaline/Break Through
7. Seven Percent Grade
9. Cave Dweller
But wait, there’s more! Also from Bryan’s site:
Wednesday Night Live DVD (2011) — $20
(Available for pre-order now, ships late spring 2011)
An up-close-and-personal 4-camera document of the Beller band’s one-night-only 2010 show at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, featuring the Wednesday Night Live lineup. Special features include between-song dialogue not present on the CD, additional videos from the Thanks In Advance record release party show, interviews with each of the band members, a rare live video of “See You Next Tuesday” from the very first Bryan Beller Band gig ever, and four new remixes of studio tracks from Beller’s first album View, including never-before-heard remixes of “Supermarket People” and “Wildflower”. Packaging: DVD longbox.
Click here to order.
Computers have transformed the music industry, from downloads to autotune. And they can be used to bring artists together to collaborate in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Online collaboration is not simply the domain of famous artists sending files to each other via Wi-Fi from the tour bus. As revenue from CD sales contracts, many artists from all corners of the industry are turning to a new kind of session work to supplement their income, and this means that you too might be able to secure a renowned professional for your next recording project – even if your name is not Clapton or Santana. Let’s look at three players who have been involved in such collaborations: Bryan Beller, Razl and Steve Turner.
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