REVIEW: The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash Live! & Tres Caballeros

It’s been intriguing to watch The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann) grow. I was lucky enough to be at their very first performance, before they even had a band name or Aristocrats-specific material. And since then they’ve played countless gigs (actually Bryan Beller could probably name them all – he seems great at stuff like that) and inspired musicians all over the world to push their abilities to new levels. And I guess that’s the big caveat for The Aristocrats: it’s pretty much ‘musician music.’ I know of one or two non-musicians who listen to them but for the most part this is a band that seems best appreciated by those who are trained to take in the nuances of what The Aristocrats are putting out there. This year there have been two new Aristocrats releases, the live album Culture Clash Live! and the new studio record, Tres CaballerosRead More …

Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova

Joe Satriani Shockwave Supernova

PRESS RELEASE: Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album,Shockwave Supernova, on July 24th, making him one of the first to utilize the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music. It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a “masterpiece” or “the last word on guitar” from the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer.  Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on September 18, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died.  Read More …

The New Aristocrats Album Is Called…

Photo By Mike Mesker

Photo by Mike Mesker

PRESS RELEASE: 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.
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INTERVIEW: Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

Across 14 studio albums Joe Satriani has redefined instrumental guitar, led the charge in popularising shred, introduced all sorts of techniques to the guitarists’ lexicon, and spearheaded innovations in gear that have influenced countless luthiers and modders. While Joe is always looking forward – to the next guitar, the next gig, the next album – 2014 finds him also taking stock of how he got to this point, if only for a moment. This year has already seen the release of TThe Complete Studio Recordings, a 15-disc box set which brings together each of his albums (the studio disc of the two-CD Time Machine album is represented) plus a disc of alternate mixes, unheard tracks and rarities. And he has also released Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, which explores his creative output album-by-album, offering unprecedented incites into the conception and execution of his albums, the origins of the G3 tour, the success of Chickenfoot and of course those early days teaching guitar to the likes of Steve Vai, Alex Skolnick, Kirk Hammett and Larry LaLonde. With plenty of touring booked for this year already, Joe has just announced a tour of Australia for November, which means it’s high time we had another chat. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Steven Wilson

theravenRegarded as a visionary and one of the driving forces behind the modern progressive rock/metal movement, Steven Wilson, the man who created Porcupine Tree, is an eclectic and prolific artist who is able to tap into the pure emotional heart of his music as well as the intellectual side without compromising either. Witnessing a Steven Wilson live performance is to be engulfed by mind-bending visuals and a bombastic aural surroundscape. His latest album, The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) is perfectly built for the live stage. Actually, scratch that: the album is so ambitious and enveloping that it requires a special stage setup in order to pull it off in a way that’s true to Wilson’s vision. So when Wilson tours Australia this month, he’s brought with him a quadraphonic PA system as well as multimedia visuals for a truly immersive experience. Accompanying Wilson is a collective of world class calibre musicians:  Guthrie Govan on lead guitar, Adam Holzman on keys, Theo Travis on flute and sax, Nick Beggs on bass guitar and Chapman Stick, and Frank Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman – drums. I caught up with Wilson on the eve of the tour to talk surround-sound, the guitar, the creative process and the shifting musical landscape. Read More …

The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash Vinyl Edition

cultureclashIt’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: Read More …

New Joe Satriani video: ‘A Door Into Summer’

Unstoppable MomentumJoe 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! Read More …

Joe Satriani names new album & best band ever

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Joe Satriani has just announced the May 9, 2013 release of his next album, Unstoppable Momentum, and a pair of killer bands associated with the project: the studio band consisting of Mike Keneally, Vinnie Colauita (whoa!) and Chris Chaney, and a new live band consisting of …Mike Keneally, Brian Beller and Marco Minnemann! That’s right, Keneally Minnemann Beller! This is mind-melting news for me and I’m sure many of you too.

Below is the news in Joe’s words, but before we get to that, let me add that Beller, Minnemann and their buddy Guthrie Govan will hit the road for a huge US Aristocrats tour this summer. Their second studio album, tentatively titled Culture Clash, is targeted for a July 16 release, and the US tour will go for six weeks, from mid-July to late August. Check out tentative dates here, but bookmark the tour page to keep an eye on the dates once they’re locked in.

And now for that word from Joe Satriani…

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