The Mars Volta‘s 2002 EP “Tremulant” is now available via digital outlets. The effort was able to receive a digital release thanks to a new partnership between Wise Music Group and Clouds Hill Group.
[via The PRP]
As previously reported, Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Marilyn Manson, etc.) recently suffered a traumatic brain injury after being involved in a serious bicycle accident. A GoFundMe has since been set up to raise money for medical bills.
Marilyn Manson commented:
“My friend and band mate, Juan, needs our help. And our energy. Please give whenever you can. Thank you.”
The following message was also shared on GoFundMe:
“Juan Alderete – beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, friend, bandmate and cat dad – has had the privilege of connecting with music lovers around the world through his remarkable talent as the bassist in Marilyn Manson, The Mars Volta, Big Sir, Deltron 3030, Dr. Octagon, Vato Negro, Halo Orbit and Racer X in addition to lending his bass lines to music by Lil Peep, Jonwayne, Juliette Lewis, B’z and many more.
On January 13, 2020, Juan was involved in a bicycle accident that—despite wearing a helmet and protective gear—left him with a serious type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) known as Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI). He also suffered a fractured clavicle and spinal fracture.
And as many of you fellow musicians and artists understand, there is no paid time off or sick time for this type of work. The journey Juan and his family are about to embark on is a marathon, not a sprint; it is a long road and we want to be able to tap some of the best and most passionate medical professionals who are experts on TBI patients and their potential for recovery.
Physical, occupational and cognitive therapies are just some of what we’ll need to pay for in the coming weeks and months. In-patient care and therapy, special medical equipment and assistance are other expenses we anticipate in the longer term. And while we help Juan focus on recovering, he will not be able to work but of course the goal is to get him back to playing music, and talking pedals on Pedals and Effects with his partner in crime, Nick. Because the world needs Juan on bass just as much as Juan needs to play bass.
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Neurologists have a saying, “Once you’ve seen one DAI patient, you’ve seen one DAI patient,” which means there aren’t any two cases that are alike and the outcomes vary to the point where doctors are hesitant to offer an exact prognosis. Which means we’re ready to take on the challenge and offer Juan every opportunity for him and his brain to heal. And we need your help.
While the outcome is uncertain, Juan‘s family, friends and fellow musicians all agree that we must spend the better part of the next year offering him every single opportunity and resource we can so he can beat this and come back stronger than ever.
We have to advocate for him and be proactive with his care and treatments because – if you’ve ever had a prolonged experience in the healthcare system in the U.S. – you’ve experienced the lack of initiative that is so prevalent. If we want Juan to have the best chance at recovery, we have to draft that plan and get the resources ourselves.
We hope you’ll be part of his road to recovery – any small donation helps, and we will post regular updates here and on his social channels so you’re able to follow his progress.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
In 2017, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta) blasted the Church of Scientology for allegedly covering up for actor Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show,” etc.), who was accused of raping several women including Bixler-Zavala’s wife Chrissie Carnell. Bixler-Zavala and Carnell previously had ties to Scientology, but after they spoke out against it, the frontman said he was followed, got his phones tapped, etc. He also claimed that his dog was poisoned. Now, he has revealed that he sadly had to put down his new puppy after someone fed it rat poison.
Bixler-Zavala said the following:
“I’m at the vet dealing with another hurt animal. This [poisoned meat] is what I’ve been finding in my front and backyard. This is what scientology does when you speak about the predators they protect.”
He also added the following in a separate post:
“We had to put her down today. This was the result of eating rat poison rolled up in raw meat. This is the 2nd dog we’ve had to put down due to the harassment from private investigators and Scientologists. This only makes us stronger. My boys named her biscuit. They still don’t understand what’s happening. We said goodbye to her and let her go peacefully.”
His wife also commented:
“She died in my arms today. A team of vets and the ASPCA’s poison department just confirmed she was fed a brick of flavored rat poison. She was supposed to turn a year old this week. They fed her the most lethal kind. The one where she bleeds out internally. Her lungs were filled with blood. Blood was dripping from her nose and mouth. I’m destroyed.
“The ASPCA opened a case file on it. They re sending me the medical file to then go file a police report here. My kids could have died or gotten extreely ill. They’re always out finding treasures. Always putting their hands in therir mouths.”
Bixler-Zavala has since called out other Scientologists as well [slightly edited by MetalSucks]:
“I will not shut my mouth about this shit. Clearly you repugnant pieces of shit don’t want my wife and I to tell our story. We most certainly have some interesting receipts that can tie a whole fuck load of xenu sympathizers and xenu soliers to these rapes. Never trust a Scientologist who tries to co-opt the me too movement. Never trust an artist who is still friendly with their Scientologist celebrity pals. You know who I’m talking about. Go ahead and scroll past this and turn your blind eye. This whole bullshit idea of tolerance is a very convenient way of you hiding your head in a hole while you ‘separate’ the artist from their ‘spiritual’ beliefs.
“You go ahead and take gigs with these people. You would be an utter fool to think that the money you help make on tour with these sheep doesn’t go back to celebrity center. If Beck can leave what the fuck is your chicken shit excuse? You gotta wonder what kind of dirt they got on you from your auditing sessions or your time on the purification rundown. ‘They’ pass your folders around and own you. You would be surprised who is in whose pocket.
“So here’s a special shout out to all the Powerful Cats, all the midnight vultures, all the friends of Earl, all the Berric troops, all you owners of hip red bag coffee, all you Stoned owners of Harvard, all you House Geisha dwellers, all you managerial pieces of shit repping strokes of luck, all of you Oscar stylists, all you deadly little Sarahs, all you post apocalyptic soldiers fighting zombies in Atlanta, all you black cube thugs, all you newly indoctrinated ‘people of the sun,’ all you poser hags wearing Native American regalia for purposes of rock stardom. I see you. I see what side of HERstory you are on.
“And finally, to our beloved horse fucker Bijoux. Swab your mouth all you want, you ain’t African American. How’s that new kidney treating you? Probably best to stop drinking. Not everybody can afford something so ephemeral as a fucking kidney. I loved you in the movie Bully. So method.”
Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Marilyn Manson, etc.) recently suffered a traumatic brain injury after being involved in a serious bicycle accident. The incident took place on January 13 and he is currently in a coma.
Alderete’s wife Anne issued the following statement:
“Hi everyone – this is Anne, Juan‘s wife. While I generally hesitate to share personal details on social media, it felt right to include all of you who’ve supported Juan over the years as friends, fans, fellow music (and food, cat, bike, Japan) lovers and musicians.
Juan was in a solo (no cars, other people) and very serious bicycle accident on 1/13/20 not far from our home. He – as always – was wearing a helmet and protective clothing but sustained serious head trauma in the form of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); his form of TBI is Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) and as of today, he remains in a coma.
The only prognosis is to wait and see, as the brain is a complicated organ and the outcomes for DAI patients has a range as wide as the sea. While frustrating, it also allows for a world of positive outcomes so we can only hope for the best.
We know you have questions, concerns, thoughts to share, so please feel free to leave them in the comments (not DM please, sorry) here. We’re also very eager to hear from neurologists, medical professionals with experience in DAI and TBI, first-person accounts of similar trauma and outcomes – essentially any useful, factual and accurate resources that relate to Juan‘s injury. If you have any of these, please DM me (Anne) @tunatoast. [via Instagram.]
We will post updates here from time to time. Thank you all and please keep Juan in your thoughts. – xo, Anne”
While responding to fans in some since deleted tweets, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said The Mars Volta will be reuniting. Pitchfork are also reporting that the frontman seemed to hint that him and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López have been working on new material as well.
Bixler-Zavala said “it’s happening” after a fan tweeted: “I dream of you guys giving TMV a new chapter.” Prior to that, he also told another fan that him and Rodríguez-López have been “in the kitchen finding new ways to through [sic] curve balls.” He then added the following in another deleted tweet:
“What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards …it’s new shit, new people, left turns , tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.”
Furthermore, Pitchfork also said that Bixler-Zavala seemed to suggest that the band’s back catalog will be reissued in high quality as well.
It seems The Mars Volta will be reuniting at some point. While responding to a fan on Twitter, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said the band “will be back soon.”
[via The PRP]