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As for the album, he says, "Whatever people think about the record is irrelevant. The only important thing is the process. Making this record got me and Cedric to that point in our relationship and that point in the band, and that's what's important."
Listening to it now, he says, the music on Noctourniquet "sounds like an old friend, but it sounds dated to me."
For the last nine months, Rodriguez-Lopez has taken up temporary residence in Highland Park. Before that, he'd been living in Guadalajara with his then-girlfriend, singer-actress Ximena Sariñana. They broke up a year ago and he decided to move back to El Paso to be closer to his parents and brothers.
He says there's no ill will between him and Sariñana, "but life takes you on different paths, you know?" He doesn't disclose if he's currently romantically involved with anyone.
His stint in L.A. has him playing bass and producing an album for garage punkers Le Butcherettes. At the same time, he and his longtime editor Adam Thomson have finished up his fifth feature-length film, Los Chidos. The movie premiered at South by Southwest earlier this month.
Rodriguez-Lopez plans to head back to El Paso to open a new recording studio. The offices of Rodriguez-Lopez Productions — which manages his labels, licensing and mail-order operations — will remain in Echo Park.
That's where he's camped out this morning, his mind meandering from great existential questions to the topic of Mexican drug cartels. Suddenly he's questioning his decision to eat a waffle for breakfast; the sugar, he complains, is making it hard to concentrate.
But maybe that's OK; perhaps he could use a little less focus. After all, his bandmates and his film collaborators have finally gotten through to him, it appears, and they're more than happy to bear a bit of the artistic load.
"I'm entering a new era, thank God," he says. "At 35 years of age I feel like I've just entered my body, like the way one feels maybe just when you're born or something. I can now, just barely, get started."
See Also: More from our interview over at West Coast Sound, "Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Is One Meandering Interview."
saw Mars live at The Forum in '06? opening for the Chili Peppers...wish he and John would make more music together...
Ohhh, I didn't know that him and Ximena broke up! I'm not one of those fans that is nosey in anything outside of the music but it seemed like a great, talented couple. erm... Omar is amazing
Really good article. Everything i want to know about, and none of the same crap. Good job LA weekly.