Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: Old Money

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Releases Digital Only Album, Old Money, Out Now

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
"As a founding member of At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has set the standard for post-modern squalls that combine post-punk, prog, metal and Latin influences." -Rolling Stone

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's Old Money is the first album that The Mars Volta guitarist/producer/writer/arranger will release with Stones Throw Records. The addictive melodies and passionate execution of each performance render Old Money perhaps the most accessible of his non-Volta recordings, and the perfect entry point to anyone not yet familiar with what this prolific artist has to offer.

The album fits comfortably between the guitarist's monumental work with The Mars Volta, and his prior rock-based solo releases such as 2007's The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange. Loosely based on the concept of exploitative industrialists and, well, their old money, the album presents a 10-track collection of concise rock compositions, which range from progressive to psychedelic to downright funky. Many of these sounds could easily be at home on a Volta record proper had they meshed with Cedric Bixler-Zavala's vocals; Rodriguez-Lopez has hinted that this record was a potential follow up to the 2006 Volta release Amputechture until he changed his musical direction.

Through the assistance of many of the players familiar to any fan of his "day gig," Rodriguez-Lopez goes straight for the jugular with an unrelenting trio of opening tracks: the lead-in "The Power of Myth," the haunting, Middle Eastern-psych flavored "How to Bill the Bilderberg Group," and the blistering "Population Council's Wet Dream." The results are formidable and easily rank among the most exciting moments of Rodriguez-Lopez's solo output. The remainder of the album is equally as memorable and certainly the product of acute inspiration on behalf of its creator. Though clear influences of popular ensembles such as Pink Floyd and Santana can be discerned, a deeper study reveals the cross-continental influence of Israeli garage psych heroes The Churchills, French proggers Ame Son and Magma and Turkish guitar-god Erkin Koray - amongst others.

This historical, though thoroughly modern, discourse ensures that this release fits perfectly within the ever expanding Stones Throw Records' novel. This album serves as an interesting new chapter in the same book that houses Madlib's interplanetary ramblings, Gary Wilson's recurring adolescent nightmares and The Stark Reality's fuzzy children's stories: all Mars Volta favorites.

You can download Old Money here for $9.99.

Old Money Track List

1. The Power Of Myth
2. How To Bill The Bilderberg Group
3. Population Council's Wet Dream
4. Private Fortunes
5. Trilateral Commission As Dinner Guests
6. 1921
7. Family War Funding
8. Vipers In The Bosom
9. I Like Rockefellers' First Two Albums, But After That...
10. Old Money

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Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/11/2008 04:18PM
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Conjugal Burning

Shit Yeah.... Omar is a true visionary, not to mention a hard worker, I mean look at all the music this man has given us in the last 10 years! All Hail Omar!

AintNoFreedom starstarstarstar Tue 11/11/2008 05:04PM
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Sounds f'n great. Not digging the download only thing though... A vinyl release for the collectors would be sweet.

happydestiny Tue 11/11/2008 05:09PM
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agreed go vinyl!

Lerxst20 starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/11/2008 07:44PM
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Not sure what it means by digital only album. Stones Throw's site shows that the CD and vinyl will be out in January. Stones Throw decided to be real cool and release the album digitaly right away as they announced the album. The album is amazing by the way.

Matty Boh starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/11/2008 10:31PM
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DeadBandofPhishes420 Wed 11/12/2008 10:09AM
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Interesting song titles..."How to bill the bilderberg group" and "I like the rockefellers first two albums, but after that..." someone has been captivated by the insanity of the elitists and Illuminati...looking forward to listening to what he has to say.

jkuss80 starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/17/2008 09:16PM
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Wow. This guy puts out so much material. Not even Ryan Adams can keep up. I caught my 2nd TMV show on 4/20 in Chicago and I really think Omar's vision is finally catching up to his immense talent if that makes any sense. He's always had the skills, now he has the focus. I cant wait to hear this album. I personally think TMV's peak is still "Deloused in the Comatorium" but I think Omar could take himself even farther with a different singer (Sorry to any Cedric fans). Also, if you havent checked out One Day As A Lion yet you should. Great stuff from The Volta's original drummer and Zach De La Rocha.

Detroit Funk starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/17/2008 09:47PM
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Detroit Funk

i have all of his other solo albums. I can't wait to listen to this.