Omar Rodriguez (album)

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Omar Rodriguez
Studio album by Omar Rodríguez-López
Released December 5, 2005
Recorded June 2005
Genre Jazz fusion, experimental
Length 43:09
Label Willie Anderson Recordings
Producer Omar Rodríguez-López
Omar Rodríguez-López solo chronology
The Special 12 Singles Series
Omar Rodriguez
Please Heat This Eventually
Omar Rodríguez-López chronology
Omar Rodriguez
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[2]

Omar Rodriguez is the self-titled second solo album by The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and the first in the "Amsterdam series" (written and recorded in the city in early June 2005). Most of the overdubs and mixing were done on the road in September 2005. Gold Standard Laboratories began offering a limited edition vinyl picture disc of this release for mail order in December 2006.

The Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet, which formed in unison with the release of this record, toured briefly in the Netherlands in the fall of 2005 in support of this new release. Joining then on stage for one performance was Damo Suzuki, for the song "Please Heat This Eventually" which would resurface on the next two releases from the group.

The centerpiece of the album, Jacob van Lennepkade (which was later reworked on The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange)[3] is named after the street on which Omar lived during its recording.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Een Ode Aan Ed Van Der Elsken" – 3:22
  2. "Regenbogen Stelen Van Prostituees" – 10:06
  3. "Jacob van Lennepkade" – 17:27
  4. "Vondelpark Bij Nacht" – 7:11
  5. "Spookrijden Op Het Fietspad" – 5:03


  1. "A Tribute to Ed van der Elsken"
  2. "Stealing Rainbows From Prostitutes"
  3. "Jacob van Lennepkade", a street name in Amsterdam. "Kade" is Dutch for wharf or quay, a street by the water. Jacob van Lennep was a Dutch poet and novelist.
  4. "Vondelpark by Night"
  5. "Wrong-way driving on the Bicycle Path"