Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Telesterion

January 01, 1970

(Rodriguez Lopez Productions)



I don’t care how much of an At the Drive-In and/or Mars Volta fan you
may claim to be: you would need to have a hell of a lot of time on your hands
to be able to properly appreciate the 25-plus recordings authored by
Mexican-American guitar guru-turned-producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. I mean, I’ve
been listening to el hombre’s six-string geometry in all of its myriad shapes,
forms and functions for over 15 years now and still have not a clue as to where
to begin. I mean, who does this guy think he is, Jandek?


Luckily, for those of us who are challenged by our Omar organizational
skills comes this ultimate Idiot’s guide into the massive dearth of this man’s
material. Telestrion is a massive
37-song set (38 on vinyl) that cherry picks the cream of Rodriguez’s seemingly
endless crop of progressively minded guitar rock, pulling from the most
valuable material from such acclaimed titles as Solar Gambling, Xenophanes, The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange, A Manual Dexterity – Soundtrack Vol. 1, Son
Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo
and his memorable one-off for Stones Throw, Old Money, among several others. Running
the gamut from blistering proto metal to amorphous jazz-funk to atmospheric
post-rock film scoring to Latin-tinged space dub, you would have to go back to
the catalog of the late, great Frank Zappa to find a guitarist as dexterous as
Omar. And this formidable anthology is a great place to begin your descent into
the cavernous cache of material from one of the most inventive axe men of our


DOWNLOAD: Where to even
begin… RON HART

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