Viernes - El Trio de Omar Rodríguez-López

(llueve ahora en mi ciudad)


Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez leaving the impenetrable wankery of The Mars Volta behind to hook up with Flea and make a more accessible record seems like a great idea when you hear about it, but the execution ends up sounding more like the best possible Wolfmother than At the Drive-In. The best possible Wolfmother is still Wolfmother.

Verdict: Meh


#antemasque @cedric_bixler_zavala_ not a bad Tuesday (at Middle East Corner)


Le Butcherettes at The Bowery Ball Room NYC

Teri Suarez and Lia Braswell 

November 9th, 2014

Photographed by T.H. Jordan

Saw Antemasque for the 2nd day in a row (is that nerdy?). Got to meet my high school hero Cedric Bixler Zavala. Thanks @bustiecaca

Selling Omar Rodriguez-Lopez A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One USA 2-LP vinyl set OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack
Volume One (2004 US 10-track double LP, picture sleeve with
insert. Superb soundtrack for an unfinished film by the super
talented guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, features guest
appearances from Mars Volta bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala
and also John Frusciante [Red Hot Chili Peppers]. The sleeve,
which is still in its opened shrinkwrap, shows very little wear
and the vinyl looks barely played GSL90) 991 buys and sells premium quality and top condition rare and vintage vinyl records, rare CD’s and music memorabiliaeOne

Album Review: Antemasque - Antemasque


The rock and roll history books are littered with great partnerships. Jagger and Richards, Gilmour and Waters, John and Taupin, Morrissey and Marr; the list goes on and on. One which might not spring to mind right away is that of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala; like some of the aforementioned, theirs has been a turbulent but extremely fruitful alliance, producing one of the most acclaimed and influential post-hardcore records with 'Relationship of Command' in their days with At The Drive-In, and making mercurial magic with The Mars Volta for the best part of the last decade, their jazz-fusion space-prog stupefying and frustrating in equal measure. Since the Mars Volta’s public and rather messy split in January 2013 and the, um, “mixed” feedback the ATD-I reunion shows recieved, many thought the two would never work together again, but they make a grand return with new project Antemasque, releasing their debut record after only forming earlier this year. It’s quite clear this pairing have a frenetic working pace when creating, but does that translate to good music?

It’s certainly the most “normal” thing the two have produced in years; while the albums toward the tail end of The Mars Volta weren’t quite as “out there” as the earlier efforts, this finds them at their most accessible - if anything, this has more in common with the other band that emerged from the ATD-I split, Sparta. Rodriguez-Lopez has one of the most furiously creative and inventive minds of any modern musician, always with his mind on the next idea or project, and following this and last year’s icy electropop sojourn with Bosnian Rainbows, it appears he is back on the plane of us mere mortals, going back to his roots of creating tightly-wound post-hardcore jams. For those that grew quickly tired of The Mars Volta’s “dicking about”, this will be the best thing Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala have done in years; while OR-L is still enamoured of the odd guitar effect, this is wholly straightforward stuff and will go some way to reclaiming some credos as reliable songwriters rather than wild & wide-eyed hippies susceptible to 33-minute wig-outs.

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