OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ
manual dexterity-soundtrack vol. 1 (2004/GSL)
POST-ROCK. A series of studio collaborations from OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ, half of the songwriting duo at the core of THE MARS VOLTA, and a previous member of AT THE DRIVE IN, "a manual dexterity" stands on its own as a substantial, provocative tangent in the MARS VOLTA catalog and is a more shambolic, free-form version of things to come rather than any prior AT THE DRIVE IN or MARS VOLTA recordings.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ
megaritual (2009/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. 2009 release, the final album in the series initiated and recorded by OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ in Amsterdam. Committed to tape in 2006 and mixed the following year, the album features 9 instrumental tracks performed solely by Omar and his brother, Marcel. Accomplished multi-instrumentalists, there are few moments on the album that do not give the impression that the duo are in fact a "full" band, though perhaps not one as populated as THE MARS VOLTA. "megaritual" is another compelling and unpredictable entry in the growing Rodriguez-Lopez canon, sure to satisfy the casual passerby and the committed fan alike.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ
minor cuts and scrapes.. (2008/2008/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. "minor cuts and scrapes in the bushes ahead " is the newest in a series of selectedly-archival solo releases made available by OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ of THE MARS VOLTA. Recorded in 2001-2002, shortly after completing the "tremulant" which would be THE MARS VOLTA's debut, the forgotten album was initially made available only to friends on the then-surfacing minidisc format. Comprised of approximately 10 mostly instrumental tracks, "minor cuts.." occupies some realm between Rodriguez Lopez's familiar rock/jazz/Latin hybrids and the more form-less audio canvases of his experimental solo releases. Travelling from one imagined dreamscape to another, the listener experiences what might be considered a variety of soundtracks to a night's worth of dreams, as well as a few nightmares. "minor cuts.." often achieves a sense of timelessness, enabling it to compare to some of the most enduring work of artists as varied as BRIAN ENO, THROBBING GRISTLE, and JOHN FRUSCIANTE.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ
se dice bisonte, no bualo (2007/GSL)
POST-ROCK. One of 4 albums written and recorded by OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ whilst living in Amsterdam in 2005, "e dice bisonte, no bufalo" was conceived simultaneously to THE MARS VOLTA's "amputechture" and OMAR's soundtrack to the forthcoming Jorge Hernandez film, "el bufalo de la noche". Consisting of 3 vocal tracks and 6 instrumentals, the album includes the original studio version of the song "please heat this eventually" (without the vocals of Damo Suzuki). The song "rapid fire tollbooth" has been a feature of THE MARS VOLTA's live set for the past few months and is proving to be a favorite among the rabid fans populating.
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xenophanes (2009/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ likes to keep himself busy. He’s released an album with THE MARS VOLTA, dropped 2 solo albums, lent his production talent to several, and collaborated with HELLA drummer Zach Hill all just this year. His latest effort finds him both singing and writing lyrics, in addition to the usual guitar playing and composing. "xenophanes" is a triumph of imagination and an inspired, concise statement. A conceptual journey through life, death, and re-birth, the album tells the story of a selfish and judgmental female caseworker who falls in love with a male client. MARS VOLTA members Juan Alderete de la Peña, Thomas Pridgen, and Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez are featured on the album, with jazz keyboardist Mark Aanderud and vocalist Ximena Sariñana lending additional work as well.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ & LYDIA LUNCH
s/t (2007/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ has been a fan of Lydia's work since discovering her in the early '90s. When MARS VOLTA curated a festival in 2005 they invited her. And when Omar and Lydia met, they hit it off very well. The release is the first of what Omar hopes will be a series of collaborations with Lydia. The music was recorded in Amsterdam and New York and Lydia's vocals were recorded at her own studio in Barcelona. The politics of the record are fairly obvious and Omar feels as though she speaks for both of them in that regard.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ & JEREMY M. WARD
s/t (2008/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. Back in 2001, just after the breakup of AT THE DRIVE-IN, MARS VOLTA guitarist OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ and his late friend JEREMY MICHAEL WARD (member of DE FACTO) recorded an album together, a minimal affair with nods to composer Steve Reich and the household sound manipulations of Matmos. That album, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Jeremy Michael Ward was released in an edition of 200 minidiscs and given out to friends. Now, this album will finally be widely available again.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ QUINETET
the apocalypse inside of an orange (2008/INFRASONIC)
POST-ROCK. "the apocalypse inside of an orange" is the next in a series of albums written while OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ was living in Amsterdam in 2005. As the name on the album implies, the tracks included are performed by the OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ QUINTET, the band that toured Europe in late 2005. This 60 min., limited edition double-vinyl features 7 new tracks as well as a previously unreleased version of the song "Jacob van lennepkade" that 1st appeared on OMAR's self-titled (aka Dutch) album in 2005.
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sepulcros de miel (2010/RODRIGUEZLOPEZ)
EXPERIMENTAL-ROCK. After few below the average solo albums in line, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez returned with great one again. Previous duet with John Frusciante release was extremely raw, and could be counted as rehearsal recording only. From the very 1st sounds you will understand what this album is all about - deeply psychedelic guitar jamming with plenty of synth and electronic effects. But differently from many similar O.R.L. - there is spacey atmospheric sound, excellent guitar works, complex rhythmic structures, many jazz fusion elements. And almost no chaotic cacophony at all! It could attract many of the former MARS VOLTA fans. Vinyl includes MP3 download code.
INSTRUMENTAL/POST-ROCK/DOOM. This is maybe the most awaited (instrumental) record of the year. Founded in 2006, OMEGA MASSIF quickly seized the attention and interest of listeners from several genres (metal to doom to sludge to instrumental postrock) through the years. Their 2nd album "karpatia", again unites the well known calm melodic components with an immense dynamic and dark feeling in the monolithic heavy parts. In contrast to other instrumental bands, OMEGA MASSIF invent their own sound and are able to maintain the tension throughout the whole record without the usage of cheap climax ideas. Comes with a stunning artwork.
blasts of lunacy (2011/HARDWARE)
HARDCORE. Montreal-based, lords of slam-skank OMEGAS have to be one of the best bands in hardcore at the moment. Their brand of anthemic hardcore gives devotion to their NYC and Boston hardcore influences with a uniquely snarky street-punk attitude, all of which is filtered through a little crazy, making the title of their debut LP all too appropriate. "blasts of lunacy" is 12 tracks of hardcore wizardry. This particular release sees the band emphasizing their NYC influences even more than on previous material. With this 23min. LP the band has proven that it is able to maintain momentum through an entire full-length and that their particular brand of over-the-top hardcore.
n.y. terminator (2012/PAINKILLER)
HARDCORE. Montreal, Canada's OMEGAS is a throwback to early '80s hardcore from the production to the sound to the energy, with these 5 tracks that are layered with fuzzed out guitars and manic, reverb-heavy vocals.
HARDCORE. This is the complete discography with everything, that OMNIPRESENT DISEASE ever recorded. Include the "dressed like you" 10", the split 7" with ALARMSTUFE GERD, the demo and some unreleased tracks. Who doesen't know these guys, have to expect a full load of harsh trash with stop-and-go parts with critic lyrics full of hate and some cool samples. The tapes will be spraypainted and limited up to 50 tapes
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dressed like you (2010/SPASTIC FANTASTIC)
HARDCORE. Unlasting the 4 punks of THE OMNIPRESENT DISEASE are releasing their own 9 track 10" after their split with ALARMSTUFE GERD. "dressed like you" is a dirty and disowned platter, seeking for hideous revenge, ahungered, cornered but ready for anything. THE OMNIPRESENT DISEASE belongs to the precious few hardcore-punk bands, that typify what punk really means.
SXE-HARDCORE. Fronted by Jim Hesketh, formerly of CHAMPION, Seattle's ON play an impassioned style of youth-crew inspired hardcore that brings together the heaviness of BATTERY, the melody of DAG NASTY, and the vocal delivery of YOUTH OF TODAY.
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