Di 12 dischi di ORL, Anywhere e di parole sui Mars Volta…

Dopo le voci di qualche giorno fa e il leak di un album pubblicato prematuramente, è arrivata la conferma dalla Ipecac Records, la mitica label fondata da Greg Wackerman e Mike Patton e dal roster che vanta pubblicazioni di vari suoi progetti (Fantomas, Tomahawk) oltre a band come i Melvins passando per i “nostri” Zu fino al Maestro Ennio Morricone e in tempi recentissimi Le Butcherettes con il loro album Cry Is For The Flies, viste di spalla agli At The Drive-In nel loro gran bel concerto milanese e a breve di nuovo da queste parti (8 ottobre al Tunnel di Milano).

Di seguito il comunicato:

Welcome Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (ORL Projects) to the Ipecac Family!

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be releasing a series of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (At The Drive In/Mars Volta) solo albums with the first release, Sworn Virgins, available digitally on July 15.

The previously unreleased albums were recorded from 2008 to 2013, while Rodriguez-Lopez lived in Zapopan, Mexico and as well as his eventual return to El Paso. The titles will be released on a bi-weekly basis with the first spate of albums running through the end of the year. Each album will see a digital release with a limited number of physical copies (CD) available on Rodriguez-Lopez’s various live outings. Following the initial run of releases, a limited edition CD/LP box set will become available.

“The best part about having a record label is that you get to choose to work with people that you really admire,” said Ipecac’s Greg Werckman. “We had all admired Omar’s work from afar and then recently got to know him up close. It was so great to find out that as talented as he is, he is an even better human being and we love having him as part of the Ipecac family. But, it seems that he has blatantly taken advantage of our friendship. Sure, we were excited to release his solo catalog… but this many titles??????? What have we gotten ourselves into?”

Rodriguez-Lopez adds, “It’s crucial in this day and age to be able to surround yourself with like minded people that you can share an ethos with. I feel grateful and fortunate enough to have found this with such amazing people: Mike, Greg, Shawn, Marc and the Ipecac family. After throwing around many different project ideas, this seemed like the best place to actually begin, on what will surely be a long lasting collaboration. I can’t think of a better home for these records or of another label crazy enough to put out this much material. The series also owes its blood to the hard work and talents of Jon Debaun and Chris Common, who diligently scouredthrough endless hard drives to find these albums and provide such stellar mixes.”

Omar Rodriquez-Lopez initial release schedule:

Sworn Virgins (July 15)
Corazones (July 29)
Blind Worms Pious Swine (August 12)
Arañas en La Sombra (August 26)
Umbrella Mistress (September 9)
El Bien Y Mal Nos Une (September 23)
Cell Phone Bikini (October 7)
Infinity Drips (October 21)
Weekly Mansions (November 4)
Zapopan (November 18)
Nom De Guerre Cabal (December 2)
Some Need It Lonely (December 16)


Il link in chiusura rimanda a ORL Projects, la nuova entità sotto cui verranno pubblicati gli album di Omar, erede della Rodriguez-Lopez Productions. Alla pagina Bandcamp è possibile già ascoltare e scaricare il primo album e prenotare il secondo, come descritto nell’annuncio ci saranno successivamente edizioni in cd e box set limitato in cd e vinile.


Su questo sito sono stati pubblicati alcuni dettagli riguardo ai musicisti impegnati negli album, particolarmente interessante la lineup dell’album Arañas En La Sombra

07/15:Sworn Virgins:

All songs written by: ORL
Produced by: ORL and DeAntoni Parks
Recorded on the e flat morgue portable unit by: Chris Common, Jon Debaun
Mixed and mastered by: Chris Common
Art by: Elyn
Layout by: Mackie


For this record, I was contracted to make music for a movie that didn’t materialize. The producer wanted the songs and especially the lyrics to be straight and simple. When my mother, who was the main inspiration for the record, passed away I had to hire my friend Sam Margolis to help me finish the production. 2012.

All songs written by: ORL
Produced by: ORL and Sam Margolis
Recorded on the e flat morgue portable unit by: Jon Debaun, Chris Common, Sam Margolis
Mixed and Mastered by: Chris Common
Photo by: Angel Marcelo
Layout by: Mackie

08/12:Blind Worms Pious Swine:

One of the last solo records before forming Bosnian Rainbows, this album was the first to be recorded in El Paso after moving back from Mexico. 2012. Teri Gender Bender guests.

All songs written by: ORL
Produced by: ORL
Recorded on the e flat morgue portable unit by: Jon Debaun, Chris Common
Mixed and Mastered by: Chris Common
Art and Layout by: Mackie

08/26:Arañas en La Sombra:

This is the oldest record in the series and features sessions with original Mars Volta members Ikey Owens, Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore. John Frusciante guests. 2012

All songs written by: ORL
Produced by: ORL
Recorded on the e clat morgue portable unit by: Jon Debaun
Mixed by: Jon Debaun
Mastered by: Chris Common
Art by: Julio Venegas


Nei giorni scorsi, Omar stesso ha rilasciato una lunga intervista a Rolling Stone in cui parla della serie di dischi in pubblicazione sottolinenando che si tratta di materiale realizzato tra il 2008 e il 2013, cita un nuovo mixaggio di un album con Zach Hill (Cryptomnesia o Mantra Hiroshima?), annuncia progressi anche per gli Antemasque, parla dei suoi progetti cinematografici e, soprattutto, spende parole interessanti riguardo ai Mars Volta:

I only want to be in bands now. I only want to make records with people.” I started Bosnian Rainbows, and shortly after that I started Antemasque with [Cedric Bixler-Zavala]. Now, obviously, this with At the Drive-In. And eventually Mars Volta


Since you’re in this more collaborative mindset these days, if you were to do another Volta album, would you want to take a more band-oriented approach where you worked on the music together? 
That would be interesting, just because we never worked that way. Volta, from the beginning, was a very specific idea of what we wanted out of it. We had been in At the Drive-In, which was a complete collaboration with a band, and we were so sick of that at the time. But with Volta, it was like, “Here are the songs. I want the drums to sound like this. Play this organ, keys. …” We knew what we wanted, and we talked a lot about it before we did it. It was like making a movie where you talk a lot about the script before you shoot anything. We recorded everything with another drummer who wasn’t Jon Theodore, and we recorded it, refined it, tweaked little things. Then I called up Jon and had him re-record everything that was already there but with his intense groove and feel.


You mentioned Mars Volta earlier in your list of projects you’d like to revive. Do you have plans to put out another Volta album eventually?
At some point, we’d love to do [Mars Volta] again too, you know what I mean? There’s so much to do there as well. Obviously now we’re focused on At the Drive-In and making this record great and touring. Jon Theodore is doing Queens of the Stone Age right now. There are only four surviving members of the real Mars Volta, which is Eva Gardner, the original bass player who gave us all our soul but unfortunately had to leave the band because her father died on the second tour; Ikey Owens, who, of course, isn’t with us anymore; Jeremy Ward, who isn’t with us anymore; and Jon Theodore. Jon and Eva are still alive, and we’re so grateful for that. And any true fan of the band knows that’s the real chemistry right there. Whenever we get to that time, we hope that it all lines up with whatever Jon’s doing and whatever Eva’s doing, because she’s been touring with Gwen Stefani. I just have a feeling it will. Life has a funny way of working out that way. 


Un aggiornamento anche riguardo gli Anywhere, collettivo aperto con all’attivo due 7″, un album e un ep e di cui fa parte Cedric: è prevista per fine luglio la pubblicazione di Light The Portals, un triplo t 7″ e 6 nuovi brani e artwork curato da Alan Forbes. Due le versioni, una in vinile colorato e box set in 75 copie (costo: $100) oppure in vinile nero limitata a 300 copie ($30). Clic qui per preordinare.

‘Light The Portals’ is the final installment of the Anywhere recording collective. The lineup for this recording includes Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta / At The Drive In), Mike Watt (Minutemen / Iggy & The Stooges), and Christian Eric Beaulieu (Vertical Scratchers) with Phil Manley (Trans Am / Life Coach), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Jonathan Hischke (Hella), Bret Constantino & Matt Holliman (Sleepy Sun), Greg Rogove, Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless / Golden Void), Larry Boothroyd (Victims Family), and Naima Mora.


Infine, dopo le date in USA annullate per problemi alla voce a Cedric, prosegue il tour degli At The Drive-In che si sono esibiti nel frattempo in alcune date europee e sono ora in partenza per l’Australia.

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