1/20“Culture Clash Live” Release Day Is TODAY!

This is it – today’s the day! Our 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. :-)

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:

We couldn’t be prouder to share this with you as a wrap up of our 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: 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.

You’ve heard enough from us in text. It’s time for you to hear from us onstage. We sincerely hope you enjoy Culture Clash Live and Secret Show: Live In Osaka, and thanks again for all of your support.

Best wishes to all,

The Aristocrats

P.S. Oh, and by the way, if you dig it, there are these things called Twitter and Facebook and Instagram where you could talk about it with like-minded folks…

The Aristocrats on Twitter (@acratsband)
The Aristocrats Facebook Page
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1/12Complete Song Preview Video From “Culture Clash Live”

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 now 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.

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, Bryan and Marco.

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!

Thanks again to everyone who made these releases possible. We really look forward to sharing them with you.

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

1/08Wanna Test Drive Our New Digital Video Store With “Boing, We’ll Do It Live!”?

I know we just posted about the presale for new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live and limited-edition “official tour bootleg” 2CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka (release date January 20, preview video right here), but we’ve got some other exciting news to announce.

On January 20 (or very shortly thereafter) we’re going to release the main concert footage from the Culture Clash Live DVD digitally through a new service called Littlecast. It’s an emerging technology and we want to make sure that it’s all smooth for release day. So we’d like to take Littlecast for a test drive by releasing our first live DVD Boing, We’ll Do It Live! (preview video at the link) on Littlecast right now!

Maybe you already have it, maybe you don’t – but it’s a two-hour concert that we’re making available for the special introductory price of only $11.99 during this “Littlecast Test Drive” period. Plus, the video has been improved upon its original version for an even sharper resolution than the original.

With your purchase of the digital Boing, We’ll Do It Live! 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. We’re thinking that two hours of music should be enough. :-)

Note: Littlecast will say you’re getting the “Ability to stream and download unlimited while video is available.” In case you’re wondering, our intention is to keep the video up forever, as long as there’s an Aristocrats and a Littlecast.

So, how to get it? Like this:

1) Log in to Facebook. (This is a requirement – it won’t work without it. Our apologies to the Zucker-haters out there.)

2) Click this link. It should take you to our Littlecast page with Boing, We’ll Do It Live! right on it.

3) Click “Buy Now” in the lower right hand corner.

4) Follow the instructions for payment, via Facebook Payments or PayPal.

5) Get your confirmation e-mail, with links to all of the different options for viewing.

6) Click and enjoy!

That’s it! We’d love to hear from a few good men or women about your experience in purchasing and viewing this product, so feel free to write us at aristocratsinfo[at]gmail[dot]com​ and let us know how it goes. Or you can comment on our Facebook page on one of the threads there on this topic.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for more exclusive preview videos from Culture Clash Live coming up in early January, and we wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2015.

Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats

1/06“Culture Clash Live” Preview Video – Behind The Scenes In Tokyo!

Hey everyone-

In case you missed it, our new pro-recorded live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live - as well as our limited-edition band-signed “official tour bootleg” 2CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka and a limited-edition Culture Clash Live t-shirt- is now available for presale! Release date is January 20, 2015. Click here to go straight to our webstore, or just scroll down to the previous post if you want more information on each release. We also released a preview video of that DVD.

Today we’ve got some more exciting news about Culture Clash Live. The two songs on the DVD from Tokyo were captured in a 20-camera shoot by video freak/editor Jason McNamara, and he took the time to make a special “behind the scenes” video of how he did. It’s quite cheeky and fun, and you can see that special bonus preview video by visiting our friends at Music Radar, who are hosting it exclusively for us.

If that video convinced you to pull the trigger, then you know what to do: just click here to order now. :-)

We’ll be sharing one more preview video next week before the whole thing drops on January 20, so stay tuned for that, and thanks to everyone who’s already ordered for their support. We’re grateful, and look forward to sharing the whole thing with you very soon.

Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats

12/21“Culture Clash Live” and “Secret Show: Live In Osaka” Now Available For Pre-Order!

SURPRISE! We 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? Check out this DVD trailer preview below! (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.


* 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


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


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

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

Thanks so much for your patience this year while we put this huge live package together, and happy holidays to one and all!

–The Aristocrats

12/17Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, Tosin Abasi and Andy Aledort Talk G4 Experience

The headline pretty much says it all – if you want to see a 10-minute YouTube video conference call recorded via Skype with Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, Tosin Abasi (of Animals As Leaders) and Guitar World Senior Editor Andy Aledort all talking about the G4 Experience coming in late June, 2015 to Cambria, CA, then you know what you must do:

Click this link! 

Meanwhile, some late-breaking news: We’re moving up the schedule for the presale of Culture Clash Live a lot. Like, very soon. Days, not weeks. Watch this space. :-)

-The Aristocrats

12/05“Culture Clash Live” Drops On JANUARY 20 – Plus “Secret Show: Live In Osaka” Comes Out Same Day!

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. :-)



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 Dethklok, Steve Vai, Joe 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)