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The Mars Volta resurfaces with “Cotopaxi” from upcoming Octahedron

Posted in Audio with tags , , , , , , , on Saturday, May 2, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Jon over at Sound Verite was kind enough to clue us in to a new Mars Volta track, the first to surface from the band’s upcoming Octahedron album. This album announcement kind of blindsided me, and the fact that an Mp3 is already on the net is the cherry on top of any already satisfactory dessert. It will hit the streets on June 23rd, but in the meantime, I’m on the edge of my seat for any more morsels of this prog rock perfection to drop on the interwebs. Stay tuned…

MP3: The Mars Volta, “Cotopaxi” (from Octahedron, available 6/23)

ps. Don’t forget about the “solo” side project release ORL has lined up for May! It is another year in which TMV reigns!

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El Grupo Nuevo De Omar Rodriguez-Lopez hace su primer álbum disponible el próximo mes

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, April 6, 2009 by Ryan Buege

El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Cryptomenia

If you guessed that I called on my little friend Babelfish for help with that headline, I’m not going to deny it. While I may be an 8th grade Spanish dropout, I know enough to know that, from the title of this band, the Mars Volta/At the Drive-In/solo axeman Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has apparently put together a new group. Joining Omar in El Grupo Nuevo De Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Zach Hill, Jonathon Hishke, Juan Alderete De La Peña, and Cedric Bixler-Zavala round out his new team and perform the music that he has orchestrated. On May 5, they will be releasing their debut album Cryptomnesia.

Just last week they posted their second trailer for the album (referred to as Cryptomnesia II), and from the sounds of it, this album will be far different from the avant-garde sounds that I recall from his A Manual Dexterity concept release a few years ago. Bixler-Zavala always sounds brilliant over the wailing guitar of ORL, and its clear that it’s probably a much more structured release than either Volta or his older solo works. Word is that Mars Volta might be releasing a new album this summer too, so this is by no means a replacement of Volta, but it’s great to hear some of ORL’s great progressive punk licks in a more restrained form. He’s got a very classic vibe these days! Keep your eyes peeled for a limited edition vinyl release, and I’ll keep you up to date if I hear more about that new Mars Volta album. Enjoy the trailer!

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Ryan B.’s 25 Most Influential Albums (in haiku)

Posted in The Learned Man's Take with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, March 30, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Ryan's Most Influential Albums

Finally, we are at the end of March, and the time has come for me to put the closing bell on the Mind Inversion tribute to the recently popular Facebook meme on your most influential albums. I’ll have you know that, like most lists I make, the albums for this list were brainstormed rather quickly, and I think that’s a good thing. If an album were actually as influential as I thought, their importance should be fairly easy for me to recall. Truthfully, I’ve never really become too embarrassed about any album that I own; sure, I may have made some questionable choices in my youngest years, but somehow I’ve always seemed to have a remarkably good bullshit detector when it comes to music. What follows is a journey through the albums that had the biggest impact on forming my tastes and such over the years. If you really love the music I post about, read on for a brief reverse-chronological (moreorless) recounting of my most influential albums. For better or worse, I’ve written them out as haikus for your enjoyment!

25. Nachtmystium, Assassins: Black Meddle, Part I

Sick, twisted, subtle
Black metal psychedelia
With soul of Pink Floyd

24. Deerhunter, Cryptograms

Melodies so sweet
And a massive wall of noise!
A new Sonic Youth?

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