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OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ

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Born in Puerto Rico in 1975, OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ is the guitarist and producer of the influential prog band THE MARS VOLTA. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, but spent some of his childhood in South Carolina. His music career started at 15 years of age, when he became the singer for the El Paso hardcore band, Startled Calf, from 1990 to 1992. During this time he met CEDRIC BIXLER-ZAVALA, with whom he has been living and working ever since. At the age of 17, RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ left El Paso to hitchhike around the country for a year in the early 90's With the help of Bixler-Zavala, he went back to El Paso, where he began fighting his drug addiction. They then joined hardcore band AT THE DRIVE-IN as backup vocalist and bass guitarist. After signing a record deal with Flipside Records and recording "Acrobatic Tenement" with the band, he became their full-time bassist before switching to guitar. After several years, a combination of excessive hype, relentless touring, artistic differences, and the two friends' drug habits eventually caused the band's demise.

In 2001 RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ and Bixler-Zavala left AT THE DRIVE-IN, and the band went on "indefinite hiatus". Eventually they formed the band with whom they would reach international success, THE MARS VOLTA. During the early years of the band, RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ also worked on a low budget movie called "A Manual Dexterity", starring their bandmate and friend Jeremy Ward, whose soundtrack, "A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume 1", was released in 2004.
In 2005 RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ relocated to Amsterdam, where he eventually wrote and recorded four separate albums.

His first solo project was the OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ QUINTET, with which he played several live shows in Europe; in 2005 it also included three members of THE MARS VOLTA (JUAN ALDERETE, his brother MARCEL RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ and ADRIAN TERRAZAS-GONZALES). The songs featured on this tour later appeared on the album "Omar Rodriguez". It was characterized by long, improvisational songs with Dutch titles and no lyrics. The Quintet also performed live with DAMO SUZUKI, parts of which were recorded and incorporated into a 25-minute EP titled "Please Heat This Eventually", which was released in 2007. On May 29, 2007, "Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo", written and recorded in California and Amsterdam during the two previous years, was released. It was the second full-length solo album by RODRIGUEZ_LOPEZ, featuring THE MARS VOLTA members Cedric Bixler-Zavala...
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3.60 | 25 ratings
A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One
2004
3.57 | 26 ratings
Omar Rodriguez
2005
3.64 | 56 ratings
Se Dice Bisonte, No Bůfalo
2007
4.09 | 88 ratings
The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange
2007
2.74 | 25 ratings
Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far)
2008
1.81 | 14 ratings
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Jeremy Michael Ward
2008
3.44 | 20 ratings
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus
2008
2.29 | 15 ratings
Minor Cuts and Scrapes in the Bushes Ahead
2008
3.50 | 46 ratings
Old Money
2008
3.44 | 34 ratings
Solar Gambling
2009
1.68 | 19 ratings
Despair
2009
3.17 | 22 ratings
Megaritual
2009
2.95 | 35 ratings
El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Cryptomnesia
2009
3.63 | 48 ratings
Los Sueos De Un Higado
2009
3.74 | 63 ratings
Xenophanes
2009
2.76 | 23 ratings
El Trio de Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Ciencia de los Inutiles
2010
3.54 | 27 ratings
Sepulcros De Miel
2010
2.49 | 20 ratings
Tychozorente
2010
3.59 | 20 ratings
Cizaña De Los Amores
2010
3.14 | 18 ratings
Mantra Hiroshima
2010
3.50 | 19 ratings
Un Escorpión Perfumado
2010
2.40 | 11 ratings
Un Corazon de Nadie
2012
2.74 | 13 ratings
Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar
2012
2.41 | 13 ratings
Octopus Kool Aid
2012
2.56 | 9 ratings
Equinox
2013
3.18 | 10 ratings
Woman Gives Birth To Tomato!
2013
3.39 | 9 ratings
Unicorn Skeleton Mask
2013
2.06 | 7 ratings
¿Sólo Extraño?
2013

OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 21 ratings
どういたしまして
2010

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3.44 | 9 ratings
Telestrion
2011

OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.95 | 14 ratings
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Damo Suzuki - Please Heat This Eventually
2007
2.88 | 10 ratings
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
Maida Vale Session
2009
2.68 | 21 ratings
Omar Rodriguez Lopez & John Frusciante
2010

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 ¿Sólo Extraño? by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.06 | 7 ratings

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¿Sólo Extraño?
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by ole-the-first

2 stars Another quite uninspired electronic work from much celebrated prog guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez doesn't puts much in addition to what's already been said on his previous solo works.

The first track, 'Salt Lines', and 'Common Condescend' both remind me a bit of No-Man and their later albums, and I would say that actually all the vocals on this album (although heavily processed) remind me of Tim Bowness. Another interesting track is 'Invisible Laziness', which features some nice electronic effects, and 'Machu Picchu' is not a bad instrumental track.

Despite of some minor changes in style throughout the album, the music here looks quite sameish, and virtually has nothing really unique to offer to listener.

4/10. It's not the worst work in the vast Omar Rodriguez-Lopez catalogue, but definitely one of those you can easily live without.

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 Unicorn Skeleton Mask by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.39 | 9 ratings

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by Kazza3

4 stars If you're a fan of The Mars Volta's latest (last?) effort, 'Noctourniquet', then you might want to check out this album- it's widely speculated among fans that the sessions between Omar and drummer Deantoni Parks that spawned that album are the same sessions that bore many of the songs here. Some of these songs have also been performed instrumentally live by the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group.

The thing that will strike you first is the strange mixing- intentionally muddied, bass heavy, just weird. It's enough to many Omar fans off, but it's not a problem once you're used to it. The other is Omar's vocals- while previous albums (Xenophanes, Un Escorpion Perfumado) have shown him to be a perfectly capable vocalist, through the recent years (his electronic era), he has taken to singing almost mumbled vocals, which are then distorted and run through effects so as to make them completely undecipherable- rendering them more like another instrument. Albeit an annoying one, according to many. This is just one of the trends of his recent solo albums continued here- in recent years for solo albums: a shift towards electronic music influences, intentionally messy production and distorted/effected vocals, albums recently digitally seemingly on a whim, consisting largely of music recorded years earlier.

On to the songs: there are largely two kinds of tracks on this album, structured songs (the ones thought to have been considered for inclusion on TMV's album) such as Storm Shadow, Right of Way, Maria te Canta and Names. These are all very good, mixing and vocals aside, with many interesting parts, and like many Noctourniquet, excellent bridges. The other kind are mostly short jams on a drumbeat or loop, such as Happiness, Tennesse (sic) and Bored to Burns (which highlights Deantoni on drums- although the entire album is filled with his astounding prescence).

Overall, a good if somewhat difficult album, one of his best in recent years, and one of particularly interest to Volta fans and those who have seen Omar's tours in recent years. 4 stars.

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 Woman Gives Birth To Tomato! by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.18 | 10 ratings

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Woman Gives Birth To Tomato!
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by Tull Tales

2 stars This album is available for free listening at Omar's Bandcamp site, and thank God.

While the players are clearly skilled, and this is certainly 'progressive', I can't imagine that I would ever listen to this again. It is completely free form. No structure, no melody; just a group of musicians all kind of doing their own thing, together.

I appreciate Omar's willingness to try new things, and often he strikes gold. I imagine that these sessions were quite a lot of fun for those involved in making them. Unfortunately this time, for me at least, it results in something that I just cannot listen to.

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 Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
2.74 | 13 ratings

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by mohaveman

2 stars An electronic album from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of THE MARS VOLTA. As with most of his solo albums, this bears little resemblance to that bands body of work. Nothing too groundbreaking is offered here. It starts interesting enough with "Home Lost" but quickly turns uninteresting to my musical taste. I have listeded to this a few times and have yet to make it all the way through in one sitting. I lsten to half and then at another time the other half. The final album cut, "Angel Hair" is also not bad but not enough to save the whole thing. 2 stars only

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 Omar Rodriguez Lopez & John Frusciante by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.68 | 21 ratings

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by mohaveman

2 stars From 2011 comes this 7 song EP of Omar-Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chile Peppers). I got this online and played it for a day or two, but it really left little lasting effect. Lots of jamming and a dearth of anything to sink one's teeth into. If I had to pick a favorite track it would be the soft and brooding "VTA" which towards the end sounds like some MARS VOLTA-like sound effects. "0" is also kind of cool. No doubt these guys can play, but the my interest level was not piqued. Also, not really happy with the sound quality. Maybe hurried production?

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 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
2.88 | 10 ratings

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by mohaveman

2 stars From 2007, this short EP contains 5 songs with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Lydia Lunch. Lydia is a spoken word artist of who I know little about. My experience with this from of music is limited pretty much to Laurie Anderson. This is NOT like that at all. This is some weird stuff but gets boring and repetitive quickly. The spoken voice is okay but not fantastic. Omar's music is, naturally, finely done and tends to be eclectic and experimental. Good if you are in the right mood but I am not sure I will ever be in the mood to listen to this again. Creative and "interesting". Challenging.

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 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Damo Suzuki - Please Heat This Eventually by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
2.95 | 14 ratings

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by mohaveman

2 stars Take a guy from The Mars Volta, and one from Can, and this is pretty much what you would expect to get. From 2007, PLEASE HEAT THIS EVENTUALLY is a short 24 minute EP or long-single. The "noodling" gets on my nerves. This could be called "avant-garde" or "experimental" but it is often just not interesting and sometimes repititive. The vocal by Damo Suzuki add little to the overall sound and I just don't care for them much. Maybe I would enjoy the instrumental version of these 2 pieces better. I really like TMV but Omar's works have never impressed me in the same way. Collectors/fans only.

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 The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.09 | 88 ratings

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Wow! Combining high-powered, psychedelic rock and R & B like I've never heard it, Omar Rodriquez-Lopez--of THE MARS VOLTA fame--has created a monster of an album. Almost completely instrumental and, except for the guitar work and modern recording techniques, very reminiscent of lots of music and artists from the jazz fusion and electronic prog experimentalists fromt he 1970s.

1. "Melting Chariots" (3:51) starts off like something from a P-Funk album or TALKING HEADS' Remain in Light. The unusual staccato guitar solo is a quite inconsistent with the rest of the song's feel and sound. (8/10)

2. "Knee Deep in the Loving Hush of Heresy" (6:02) begins with ORNETTE COLEMAN-like free-for-all cacophony. The just as suddenly the music settles into a groove--an almost tongue-in-cheek 'sexy space' walk. The song flows intermmittently in and out of the opening cacophony, as well as into some stark bluesy sections. This sounds a lot like some of TODD RUNDGREN's wild sound/listener experiments from the 70s. The 'sexy space walk' jam is the overall dominant thread that keeps the song moving forward but there are many 'pauses' and 'interludes' into guitar and synthesizer 'tangents.' The song ends with a minute of straightforward heavy metal rock n roll. Interesting sonic and technical experimentation. (8/10)

3. "Jacob Van Lennepkade II" (18:25) is a wonderful multi-track (midi?) jam set over a very engaging, danceable groove laid down by the rhythm section. The occasional 'chorus' section is lead by saxophone melody--all the while the rhythm section keeps on groovin' away on the same pace, same riffs, same chords. The first five minutes are dominated by guitar(s) solo; second five by keyboard(s), third five by saxophone; and the final by guitars again. Awesome performances throughout. Great jam. (10/10)

4. "Fuerza de Liberacion" (5:33) begins with some odd synthesizer and vocal percussion 'noises.' At the one minute mark most of this fades away to be replaced by a kind of steady 'Carribbean' beat over which a heavily muted/treated male voice talks for over two minutes. Giving way to a multi-track guitar solo, beneath which the drummer--and then the keyboardist and saxophone player--has some real fun. The song's basic bass and keyboard structure remains steady and constant throughout. (8/10)

5. "Sparked From the Insult List" (6:08) is pure Latin groove rock--SANTANA at his jammin' best. Again, multi-track guitar (by which I mean that one guitar is being played but that it's sound is being channelled through two or more effects boxes and then into multiple recording tracks, giving it the feel that multiple instruments are being played). The presence of Rhodes-like keyboard and flute give this a very 1970s feel. Awesome feel and sound--one I can never get enough of. (10/10)

6. "Baby Fat" (2:47) has a very jazzy, KING CRIMSON feel to it--even down to the discordant free jam the song devolves into. (8/10)

7. "The Apocalypse Inside of An Orange" (11:14) is a true adventure in Psychedelic/Space Rock--even down to the "Indian" feel of the 'sitar' and bass sounds--a musical expression of pre-Big Bang (or post-apocalyptic) cosmic soup. It's actually quite entertaining and even engaging. (Again I am reminded of some of TODD RUNDGREN's work from the 70s--this time almost exactly like the middle 30 minutes of his 36 minute epic, "Treatise on Cosmic Fire"on Initiation). I quite like it! (9/10)

8. "Coma Pony" (6:36) is another throwback song, starting with a very cool, laid back jazz fusion (almost trip hoppy) groove set down by bass, drums, and very 60s/70s keyboard sound and style--over which the guitar again does his multi-track jamming. The ERIC GALE- like jazz guitar, BOB JAMES-like keyboard playing, TOM SCOTT/GROVER WASHINGTON- like sax play, and catchy melodies make this a very enjoyable and comfortable song--like a stroll through memory lane. (10/10)

Truly an exceptional album of adventurous music. Close to being a masterpiece; definitely 4.5 stars.

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 Woman Gives Birth To Tomato! by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.18 | 10 ratings

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Woman Gives Birth To Tomato!
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by JLAbad

5 stars A free and exclusive sonorous adventure (9/10)

Do you remember The Marts Volta, "Frances the mute" era, with experimental and bizarre passages? If you miss it, you will enjoy this album.

The first time I listen it the amazing and masterpiece of Ornette Coleman "Free Jazz" I think -Oh, **** what's this! But now for me and the world wide critical, is one of the best album of jazz music, and one of the first free jazz style.

Why do I say this? It's simple, this free rock album you can listen to streaming via Web of Omar Rodriguez "bandcamp" and I do not know if it will go down in rock history as a masterpiece, but I do know that the author has the audacity to reunite his band, recording and mastering this work.

A work that, perhaps, would reject any producer for their exceptional courage and wonderful creative madness.

I would give it a second chance!

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 Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar by RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, OMAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
2.74 | 13 ratings

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Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Eclectic Prog

Review by ole-the-first

3 stars The second part of Omar Rodriguez Lopez 2012 electronic music trilogy starts off being much more promising that the first album, 'Un Corazon de Nadie'. Indeed, it feels much more entertaining than both 'Un Corazon de Nadie' and 'Octopus Kool Aid', but it's still a very strange minialist recording.

Some interesting (yet strange and simple) keyboard work (alongside with nice little shifts and changes) is found on 'Gentle Umbrellas'. 'Spllbound' has a very dancey drums, it's rather a dance music track than any of experimental rock, whilst 'Fear Eats The Soul' and 'Decided?' start like acoustic ballads with lots of electronic distortion. 'Angel Hair' is another ballad song here, and it sounds like it was recorded on a bad dictophone, then more electronic treatments are coming.

Despite of being definitely not the best album from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, it still has a bunch of worthy stuff that makes it one of his more interesting releases of past few years.

5/10

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