Saturday, March 7, 2015

Culture Clash Live & Secret Show by The Aristocrats

How does an instru-
mental album earn a pa-
rental 'visory?

These two albums from one of my favorite music groups capture everything that is great about The Aristocrats. Culture Clash Live is an "official" live album with eight tracks recorded at various sites on their tour in support of the Culture Clash studio album. The accompanying DVD has nine tracks. Culture Clash Live captures the band's epic musicianship and their wacky personalities.

Sometimes it seems like Bryan Beller's ebullient bass is the glue that binds together the frenetic playing of Marco Minneman (drums) and Guthrie Govan (guitar). Never content to play any particular style or genre, they synthesize it all into music you just want to embrace.

Check out the DVD's trailer for an idea of their performances.

Secret Show: Live in Osaka is another live recording, this one with two CDs, that's only available from the band's webstore. What makes it special is that it was "secretly" recorded and released completely without editing. The result is a performance that has a bit more presence to it; a real sense of immediacy and capturing one particular moment in time. The inter-song banter is captured at a low level and the performances exhibit some of the jaggies that are normally edited out. But I prefer it over Culture Clash Live because the grainy patina lets you marvel at the strength of this unedited performance.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the first 1,000 to order Secret Show and get the autographed version.
The band's website and store can be found at

I received no compensation of any kind for this review.

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