UPDATE: Additional information about Frames Per Second video components and accompanying tour dates has been added.If you’ve been paying attention to the social media channels of jamtronica favorites Lotus over the last week, you’ve probably noticed they’ve been gearing up for something big. Each day since Wednesday, November 28th, the band has posted an image of a colorful numeral, beginning at “7” and counting down toward “0” with each successive day. Today, Wednesday, December 5th, is the day to which the countdown has been pointing, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is sure to get fans excited: Lotus has released a brand new album—Frames Per Second, their first studio release since 2016’s Eat the Light—and a 2019 tour to go along with it.INTERVIEW: Mike Rempel Talks Lotus’ New Album & Evolution, Side Projects, Disc Jam, & MoreFrames Per Second is a sprawling, 19-track release comprised of a mix of never-before-heard material and songs the band has been introducing and road-testing since the release of Eat The Light (like “Cold Facts”, “Bug Love”, “Faceblind”, “Cosmosis”, “Forgotten Name”, “Gifford’s Airship”, “Jiggle”, “Pachyderm”, and “And yet They Fight”).“Frames Per Second is a different project than we’ve ever made before,” shares bassist/composer Jesse Miller in a press release. “I hesitate to even call it an album. I see it more as a documentary of our current composing and playing. The guiding theme was the idea that we would record live in the studio with cameras filming. But, since it is not a concert with an audience, big sound system and flashing lights, the energy is very different. It is more intimate and introspective. We set up in a big circle with the primary camera in the center of the room, putting the viewer or listener directly in the middle of the band.”Adds keyboardist/composer Luke Miller, We recorded Frames Per Second live in the studio so we could capture the interplay between the members of Lotus. We’ve been performing together for many years, so there is a telepathy that happens when playing live. We left room for unscripted improvisation in the compositions, and recorded fast, in just four days, so we had to rely on listening to each other and reacting in real time. Documenting the album on video was a way to give listeners an up-close perspective of that process. For an instrumental album, seeing where the sounds come from and the physicality of actually manipulating the strings, keys, and sticks can be very insightful and add a layer of depth and enjoyment. And in a time where many things get digitized to death, musicians playing live in the studio can be a humanizing remedy.”You can listen to the new Lotus album below:Lotus – Frames Per Second – Full AlbumIn addition to the album itself, Lotus is releasing a studio documentary chronicling the recording of Frames Per Second at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia. The documentary aims to “showcase Lotus in a pure, raw form performing live in the studio. You can watch a teaser video for Lotus’ Frames Per Second documentary below:Lotus – Frames Per Second – Studio Documentary Teaser[Video: Lotus]Lotus – Frames Per Second – Tracklisting1. Cold Facts2. Gasoline3. Bug Love4. MacGuffin5. Aquamarine6. Stranger Danger7. Cosmosis8. Faceblind9. Forgotten Name10. Fortune Favors11. Giffard’s Airship12. December Sun13. Cloak & Dagger14. Celluloid Swagger15. Gunk16. Jiggle17. Pachyderm18. Milk & Honey19. And yet They FightView Full TracklistingFinally, Lotus’ big news day is rounded out by the announcement of a new crop of 2019 tour dates in support of the new LP. The newly announced dates include a pair of shows in Philadelphia in January (1/25, 1/26) as well as multi-night stops in Buffalo, NY (2/8, 2/9) and Pittsburgh, PA (2/15, 2/16) in February. Lotus will pick back up in the spring with a three-night stand in Brooklyn, NY (4/4, 4/5, 4/6); a two-night stint in Washington, D.C. (4/19, 4/20); and a two-night Colorado run including a show at Denver’s Summit (4/26) and a tour-closing blowout at Red Rocks with Ghostland Observatory (4/27).Fan club tickets for Lotus’ newly announced tour dates are available now, and general on-sale begins on Friday, December 7th or Saturday, December 8th depending on the show. For full ticketing information, head here. Lotus Upcoming Tour DatesNewly announced dates bolded12/12-16/2018 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico | Holidaze 201812/28/2018 – Detroit, MI | The Majestic Theatre*12/29/2018 – Grand Rapids, MI | The Intersection*12/30/2018 – Chicago, IL | Park West*12/31/2018 – Chicago, IL | Park West*1/25/2019 – Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer1/26/2019 – Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer2/8/2019 – Buffalo, NY | Town Ballroom2/9/2019 – Buffalo, NY | Town Ballroom2/15/2019 – Pittsburgh, PA | Mr. Smalls Theatre2/16/2019 – Pittsburgh, PA | Mr. Smalls Theatre4/4/2019 – Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl4/5/2019 – Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl4/6/2019 – Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl4/19/2019 – Washington, DC | 9:30 Club4/20/2019 – Washington, DC | 9:30 Club4/26/2019 – Denver, CO | Summit4/27/2019 – Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*with special guests El Ten Eleven^with special guests Ghostland ObservatoryView Upcoming Tour Dates
Nigeria retained the top spot in the standings in Africa after it garnered 1,614 points, while Cameroon kept the second place despite dropping two places to 51st following a shock loss to Zambia earlier in March.A win over Lesotho saw South Africa rise three spots to 53rd and third on the continent, while Ghana are stagnant in the fourth position despite their runners-up spot at the Turkish Women’s Cup.The latest rankings saw no changes to the continent’s top 10 as Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Algeria are fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.However, Zambia climbed six places to 100th in the world and 12th in Africa after a maiden Olympic qualification, while Kenya (137th), Tanzania (139th) and Uganda (146th) all dropped four spots.On the world stage, champions USA and Germany retained the top two spots, while France and the Netherlands, Sweden, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Korea DPR completed the top 10.Gambia are newest ranked team on the list, becoming the 159th country on the standings and are 113th ranked in the world and 17th best women’s footballing nation in Africa.The next edition of the women’s ranking will be published on June 26.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria moved into 38th position on FIFA’s latest Women’s World Rankings released for the first quarter of 2020 yesterday.The African champions climbed a spot from 39th position in December 2019 amid the country’s inactivity since bowing out of the Olympic Games qualifiers last October.The Super Falcons missed out on a return to the showpiece event for the third time in a row at the expense of West African rivals Cote d’Ivoire on the away goal rule following a 1-1 aggregate score.
The Premier County made a flying start against Kerry but ultimately lost out by 10 points in the provincial decider.They’ll continue their championship campaign in the qualifiers later this month.The Tipp boss is looking for a positive response to the clash with the Kingdom. It’s been confirmed that the Ulster final between Tyrone and Donegal will take place in Clones on July 17th.There had been suggestions the game could be moved to Croke Park. Meanwhile, we’re awaiting the exact time and venues for next weekend’s round 2 hurling qualifiers.Cork will play Wexford while Clare take on Limerick.
Arsenal have triggered an option to extend Per Mertesacker’s contract despite the centre back not playing a single game for the club so far this season due to a knee problem, manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday.The 32-year-old former German international underwent surgery after picking up the injury in a pre-season friendly in July.“He’s back in training, not with the squad, but he’s two weeks away now,” Wenger told a news conference yesterday. “He has an option that we have taken. There was no negotiation, just an option that we have taken.” Arsenal, which climbed above Manchester City into fourth place in the Premier League table after beating Swansea City 4-0 last weekend, host 10th-placed Burnley on Sunday, with Wenger’s team boosted by the return of a trio of absentees.Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin and full backs Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs are all back training with the squad ahead of the Burnley game, although Theo Walcott is still out.Wenger also offered positive news on striker Olivier Giroud, who opened the scoring against Swansea, but limped off an hour into the game.“Giroud is back in training since yesterday,” Wenger said. “With the number of games we have it’s important that we have all our experienced players back and that everybody is focused to do well.“We’re going through a moment of truth now, January until May is five months to go. You want ideally all your players with big experience back in your squad.”With striker Danny Welbeck also back in the team after a long-term injury, Wenger said he did not expect to seek reinforcements in January, and ruled out a move for unsettled West Ham United creative midfielder Dimitri Payet.Payet has been linked with a move back to his former club Olympique de Marseille, and Wenger said he was not interested in signing the France international.“I expect it to be a very quiet period,” he added. “We are very strong. We have many, many players who can come in. I rate Payet but I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players. We have many players who can play in this position.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram