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Omar Rodríguez-López Equinox (2013)

 

Omar Rodríguez-López — Equinox
Location: Los Angeles, California
Album release: January 1, 2013
Record Label: Rodriguez Lopez Productions
Duration:     35:13
Tracks:
01. Sueños Salvajes       4:54
02. Lovely Rain       4:29
03. Oír Hasta Júpiter       3:11
04. Popolon       6:52
05. Mermaid Grapefruit       3:30
06. Araña Virus       2:06
07. Dientes Para el Osmosis       6:26
08. No       3:49
Producer: Omar Rodríguez-López
¶  Equinox is the twenty-third studio album by Omar Rodríguez-López as a solo artist. ¶  It was given a "surprise" digital release on January 1, 2013.
Personnel:
O. R.-López – vocals/guitars/keyboards/synthesizers/drum machine
Marcel Rodríguez-López – synthesizers, percussion, drums (7)
Thomas Pridgen – drums (1, 4)
Juan Alderete – bass
Bandcamp: http://omarrodriguezlopez.bandcamp.com/album/equinox
Sargent House: http://sargenthouse.com/
OR-L Productions: http://www.rodriguezlopezproductions.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodriguezlopezproductions
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Juan Alderete
Birth name: John Peter Alderete
Born: September 5, 1963, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Genres: Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal, speed metal, jazz, experimental, trip-hop,
Occupations: Musician, songwriter
Instruments: Bass guitar
Notable instruments:
Fender Jazz Bass
Lakland Daryl Jones
Fender Precision Bass
Personal life:
¶  On May 1, 2007 Alderete announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare blood disease called Polycythemia vera. However he also mentioned that he is feeling fine, will experience no side effects from the medication, and will continue to play music. Since discovering his condition, Juan had agreed to become a spokesman for the MPD Foundation.
Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Alderete
Juan Alderete pedals & Effects: http://pedalsandeffects.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JuanAldereteBass
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Thomas Pridgen
Birth name: Thomas Armon Pridgen
Also known as: "Tha Predator"
Born: November 23, 1983
Origin: El Cerrito, California, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, gospel, experimental, fusion, progressive rock, hard rock
Occupations: Drummer
Instruments: Drums
Notes:
¶  Thomas also used DW 9000 Series Hardware and Pedals, Pro-Mark TX510 Thomas Pridgen Autograph drumsticks, & Shure Microphones.
¶  Thomas has recently been seen using a kit made from resin by a company based out of Ventura, CA Thump Drums.
Website: http://thomaspridgen.wordpress.com/
Biography:
¶  Pridgen won the Guitar Center Drum-Off at age 9 and at age 10 was the youngest recipient for a Zildjian endorsement in the nearly 400 year history of the company. Pridgen is also naturally left-handed, but plays the drum kit as if he is a right-hander with his kit set-up right-handed. Thomas has studied with David Garibaldi, Walfredo Reyes Sr, Troy Lucketta, and Curtis Nutall. He endorses DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Audix Microphones, and ProMark Drumsticks. Thomas was also the recipient of a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 1999 at the age of 15; he was the youngest musician to ever receive this scholarship. He has played in clinics with Walfredo Reyes, Jr. and Dennis Chambers. By his teenage years he had already done studio sessions with many Bay Area Gospel artists.
¶  In 2006, Pridgen received a call from Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta:
“Omar asked if I wanted to come check out the band,” Pridgen recalls from his home in El Cerrito, California. “We talked on the phone for a couple of hours, and then I went to Ohio to meet them. Omar invited me to a back room, where the whole band was set up. We jammed for a good thirty minutes. He then said, ‘We’re going to play that groove tonight in front of everybody.’ This was for a huge show in Cleveland, when the band was touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
¶  In 2007, Pridgen became the new permanent drummer for The Mars Volta. Pridgen's first appearance was at the March 12th show in New Zealand, where the band debuted the song "Idle Tooth" which was later renamed "Wax Simulacra" for the forthcoming album. After shows in New Zealand and Australia, The Mars Volta toured a few West Coast venues as the headliner, then entered the studio to record their fourth LP, The Bedlam in Goliath. Pridgen's style on Bedlam in Goliath used "blistering 32nd-note full-set combinations, stunning single-stroke rolls, and blazing single bass drum patterns" along with creative and precise paradiddle technique.
¶  Thomas Pridgen has been voted as Best Up and Coming Drummer by Modern Drummer magazine.
¶  Besides his work with The Mars Volta, he has also been involved with Christian Scott and Wicked Wisdom. Thomas, for some time, was working with singer Keyshia Cole as her live and session drummer and being her music director. He also was featured alongside with Tony Royster Jr., Eric Moore, and others in drumming DVD entitled "Shed Sessions", a Gospel Chops DVD.
¶  Thomas was also featured on the Modern Drummer 2008 DVD with footage from his performance at the festival.
¶  On one of the last dates of the Bedlam Tour in Mexico, Thomas and the band 'wrecked' the kit and cracked the 20"x24" acrylic bass drum. After this Thomas was seen only using DW maple jazz kits live, but he now uses his Acrylic kit again with his new band The Memorials.
¶  Best alternative drummer by Modern Drummer 2012 Readers Poll.
¶  While not on tour or recording sessions, Thomas is also available for drum lessons mainly in San Francisco Bay Area.

 © Thomas Pridgen, now a drummer for the Mars Volta, performing in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. Date: 21 April 2008. Author: Neilonidas

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