Lotus

Lotus and Big Gigantic Swap Remixes

In the midst of issuing a pair of new EP's (Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass) and also in the midst of a full-on tour, instrumental electronic band Lotus - have found themselves part of an interesting remix project. Lotus member Jesse Miller has remixed a track of Big Gigantic (an alias for Motet saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken), "Thinking Out Loud," off of the album ‘Fire It Up,' while Lalli returns the favor, remixing the Lotus track, "Simian," off ‘Oil on Glass.'

"Dom's compositions always feature strong melodies, so I wanted to keep that element mostly in tact for this remix while using a different tempo and beat than the original," explains Miller. "I spent a day bouncing tracks to an old 4-track tape machine to get some analog grit and manual EQing on the mix, hence the Cassette moniker in the title."

These two exclusive remixes can be streamed online or download here. Downloads can be in MP3 format or other formats - including full quality .wav files - and fans will set their own price for the downloads. All proceeds will be donated to Musicopia. Musicopia is a non-profit organization that brings educational music enrichment programs to schools and communities throughout the Delaware Valley.

In addition to this Lotus/Big Gigantic cross-pollination on these two aforementioned remix tracks, both bands will be touring together in November for several shows - see the list of dates below. What better way to get prepared for these upcoming shows than to check out these beat-heavy remixes.

For their epic fall tour, Lotus broke new ground in a way that no other rock band has done prior, it allowed their legion of fans to pay-what-they-want for tickets. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour featuring Lotus was an eight night run of shows in western U.S. states, sponsored by Ticketweb, that let the fans decide how much their show ticket would cost. At the $15.00 Pay-What-You-Want level or higher, fans received free digital downloads of Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour was part of a larger fall tour that still finds Lotus crisscrossing the United States.  In addition, Lotus recently announced a New Year's eve run in Pennsylvania that will culminate with an epic New Year's Eve Show with MSTRKRFT at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. Leading up to the big night, the band will stop at Mr. Smalls Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA) on 12/29 and The Note (West Chester, PA) on 12/30, both with support act Tigersapien.

The list of remaining dates on Lotus' fall tour, including plays with Big Gigantic, is as follows:

November 5-6 Paradise Rock Club Boston MA w/The Egg
November 7 Revolution Hall Troy NY w/Tigerspapien.
November 10 Is Venue Charlottesville  VA w/Big Gigantic
November 11 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC w/Big Gigantic
November 12 Variety Playhouse Atlanta  GA w/Big Gigantic
November 13 Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Live Oak FL
November 14 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/Big Gigantic
November 27 Vic Theatre Chicago IL w/ The Hood Internet
November 28 Terminal 5 New York NY w/RJD2, Junior Boys (DJ Set)
December 29 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA w/ Tigersapien.
December 30 The Note West Chester PA w/ Tigersapien.
December 31 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA w/MSTRKRFT
January 3-8 Jam Cruise

For more information, visit: www.lotusvibes.com

Lotus Announce NYE Run in Philly, Set to Begin Fall Tour

Today Lotus announce a New Year's eve run in Pennsylvania that will culminate with an epic New Year's Eve Show with MSTRKRFT at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. Leading up to the big night, the band will stop at Mr. Smalls Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA) on 12/29 and The Note (West Chester, PA) on 12/30, both with support act Tigersapien.

The New Year's Eve announcement comes as Lotus prepare to hit the road for a full season of touring.  Along their Fall Tour, Lotus will break ground in a way that no other rock band has done prior - they are plotting a tour this fall that truly allows their legion of fans to pay-what-they-want for tickets. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour featuring Lotus is an eight night run of shows in western U.S. states, sponsored by Ticketweb, that lets the fans decide how much their show ticket will cost. At the $15.00 Pay-What-You-Want level or higher, fans receive free digital downloads of the band's two new EPs Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass, both to be released on October 6, 2009.

The Pay-What-You-Want dates are part of Lotus' larger Fall Tour, running from early-October through the end of the year. Big stops include performances at Denver's Fillmore, NYC's Terminal 5 (w/ support acts RJD2 and Junior Boys DJ set), Baltimore's Sonar, Chicago's Vic Theatre, the Electric Factory in Philly for New Year's Eve and others. Lotus brings out several must-see opening acts for many of these shows, including Break Science feat Adam Dietch, The Egg (from London, UK), Big in Japan, Big Gigantic, RJD2, Junior Boys, and more. Don't miss a few special small shows: here's the scoop - the Denver Fillmore show is being bundled with the Quixote's show (to get into Quixotes, you must buy the Fillmore ticket), and also, for New Years, Lotus presents another "bundled" show at The Note in West Chester, PA (to purchase a ticket for The Note, you must purchase a bundled Electric Factory ticket).

Downloads of both new EPs will be bundled with advance ticket purchases for select Fall Tour dates including the two Denver shows, both Boston shows and the New Year's run.  The material on both Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass can be directly traced back to Lotus' 2008 full-length release, Hammerstrike. A number of songs were recorded that didn't find their way onto Hammerstrike (either they hadn't been finished by deadlines or they weren't coalescing with the sound of that project), but after finishing the album, Lotus decided to revisit these tracks, and the results are extraordinary. Feather on Wood is sunnier with a laid-back vibe, yet not afraid of big rock beauty, while Oil on Glass is darker in character, with more head-nodding tempos.

Listing of forthcoming Lotus tour dates (and who will be opening each show):
October 2            Aces Lounge            Austin, TX

October 3            Aces Lounge            Austin, TX

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT Dates (Oct 6-Oct 14)
October 6            The Roxy                 Hollywood, CA w/ Break Science ft  Adam Deitch             
October 7            The Independent     San Francisco, CA w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 8            McDonald Theatre   Eugene, OR w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 9            The Showbox          Seattle, WA w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 10          Crystal Ballroom      Portland, OR w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 11          The Nightlight           Bellingham, WA  w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 13          Knitting Factory        Boise, ID w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 14          Murray Theater        Salt Lake City, UT w/ Break Science ft Adam Deitch
October 15          Belly Up                   Aspen, CO                                              
October 16          Quixotes                  Denver, CO
October 17          The Fillmore            Denver, CO
October 20          Granada Theatre     Lawrence, KS                     
October 21          The Old Rock House St. Louis, MO  w/ The Egg
October 22           Slowdown               Omaha, NE w/ The Egg
October 23           First Avenue            Minneapolis, MN w/ The Egg
October 24           Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI w/ The Egg
October 26           Copper Dragon       Carbondale, IL w/ The Egg
October 27           Bluebird Nightclub   Bloomington, IN w/ The Egg
October 28           Bogart's                   Cincinnati, OH w/ The Egg
October 29           House of Blues        Cleveland, OH w/ The Egg
October 30           The Town Ballroom  Buffalo, NY w/ Tigersapien.
October 31           Sonar                       Baltimore, MD w/ Big In Japan & The Egg
November 1         The State Theatre    State College, PA
November 4          Higher Ground         Burlington, VT w/ The Egg
November 5          Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA  w/ The Egg
November 6          Paradise Rock Club  Boston, MA w/ The Egg
November 7          Revolution Hall         Troy, NY w/ Tigersapien.
November 10        Is Venue                   Charlottesville, VA w/ Big Gigantic
November 11        Cat's Cradle              Carrboro, NC w/ Big Gigantic
November 12        Variety Playhouse     Atlanta, GA w/ Big Gigantic
November 13        Bear Creek Music & Arts Live Oak, FL                                         
November 14        Orange Peel             Asheville, NC w/ Big Gigantic
November 27         Vic Theatre              Chicago, IL                      
November 28         Terminal 5                New York, NY w/ RJD2 and Junior Boys (DJ Set)
December 29         Mr. Smalls Theatre   Pittsburgh, PA w/ Tigersapien. & aFugate
December 30         The Note                  West Chester, PA w/ Tigersapien.
December 31         Electric Factory        Philadelphia, PA w/ MSTRKRFT

Lotus Announce Huge Fall Tour

lotusLotus are about to break ground in a way that no other rock band has done prior - they are plotting a tour this fall that truly allows their legion of fans to pay-what-they-want for tickets. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour featuring Lotus is an eight night run of shows in western U.S. states, sponsored by Ticketweb, that lets the fans decide how much their show ticket will cost. At the $15.00 Pay-What-You-Want level or higher, fans receive free digital downloads of the band's two new EPs Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass, both to be released on October 6, 2009.

The Pay-What-You-Want dates are part of Lotus' larger Fall Tour, running from early-October through the end of the year. Big stops include performances at Denver's Fillmore, NYC's Terminal 5, Baltimore's Sonar, Chicago's Vic Theatre, and others. Lotus brings out several must-see opening acts for many of these shows, including Break Science feat Adam Dietch, The Egg (from London, UK), Big in Japan, and Big Gigantic. Don't miss a few special small shows: here's the scoop - two shows at NYC's Mercury Lounge are being bundled with the T-5 ticket, and the same offer is available for the Denver shows (to get into Quixotes, you must buy the Fillmore ticket).

Downloads of both new EPs will be bundled with advance ticket purchases for select Fall Tour dates including the three New York City shows, two Denver shows, both Boston shows and a few other shows to be determined.  The material on both Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass can be directly traced back to Lotus' 2008 full-length release, Hammerstrike. A number of songs were recorded that didn't find their way onto Hammerstrike (either they hadn't been finished by deadlines or they weren't coalescing with the sound of that project), but after finishing the album, Lotus decided to revisit these tracks, and the results are extraordinary. Feather on Wood is sunnier with a laid-back vibe, yet not afraid of big rock beauty, while Oil on Glass is darker in character, with more head-nodding tempos.

LotusListing of forthcoming Lotus tour dates (and who will be opening each show):

September 4    Bottom Line    Nagoya, JP    
September 5    Metamorphose Festival    Tokyo, JP
September 6    Drunkard's Stadium    Kashiwa, JP
September 18   Mercury Lounge    New York, NY
September 19    Mercury Lounge    New York, NY
October 2    Aces Lounge    Austin, TX
October 3    Aces Lounge    Austin, TX
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PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT Dates (Oct 6-Oct 14)
October 6     The Roxy    Hollywood, CA          w/ Break Science ft  Adam Dietch                
October 7    The Independent    San Francisco, CA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 8    McDonald Theatre    Eugene, OR        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 9    The Showbox    Seattle, WA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 10    Crystal Ballroom    Portland, OR        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 11    The Nightlight    Bellingham, WA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 13    Knitting Factory     Boise, ID        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 14    Murray Theater    Salt Lake City, UT        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
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October 15    Belly Up    Aspen, CO                
October 16    Quixotes    Denver, CO
October 17    The Fillmore    Denver, CO
October 20    Granada Theatre    Lawrence, KS        
October 21    The Old Rock House    St. Louis, MO        w/ The Egg
October 22    Slowdown    Omaha, NE        w/ The Egg
October 23    First Avenue    Minneapolis, MN        w/ The Egg
October 24    Turner Hall Ballroom    Milwaukee, WI        w/ The Egg
October 26    Copper Dragon    Carbondale, IL        w/ The Egg
October 27    Bluebird Nightclub    Bloomington, IN        w/ The Egg
October 28    Bogart's    Cincinnati, OH        w/ The Egg
October 29    House of Blues    Cleveland, OH        w/ The Egg
October 30    The Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY          w/ The Egg
October 31    Sonar    Baltimore, MD        w/ Big In Japan & The Egg
November 4    Higher Ground    Burlington, VT        w/ The Egg
November 5    Paradise Rock Club    Boston, MA        w/ The Egg
November 6    Paradise Rock Club    Boston, MA        w/ The Egg
November 7    Revolution Hall    Troy, NY        
November 10    Is Venue    Charlottesville, VA        w/ Big Gigantic
November 11    Cat's Cradle    Carrboro, NC        w/ Big Gigantic
November 12    Variety Playhouse    Atlanta, GA        w/ Big Gigantic
November 13    Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival    Live Oak, FL             
November 14    Orange Peel    Asheville, NC        w/ Big Gigantic
November 27    Vic Theatre    Chicago, IL        
November 28    Terminal 5    New York, NY      

Red Rocks Burns in the Bisco Inferno

Festival season started early this year.  Well, early for Colorado.  Last Saturday The Disco Biscuits and a cavalcade of friends and like-minded musicians brought the ruckus to Red Rocks Amphitheater for an all-night non-stop mini-festival of epic proportions.  If that sounds like an overstatement, perhaps it is.  Although technically not a festival – the word is honestly a little big for what went down – being outside and seeing no fe

Summer Camp 2009 | Opening Day

Lotus On Tour In Support of Brand New Album

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

This fall, Lotus releases their highly anticipated studio album, Hammerstrike, and steps out on their most ambitious tour yet. The months ahead will wrap up a huge year of growth for Lotus; a year that has positioned this instrumental post-rock outfit for a breakout 2009.

Hammerstrike (October 14, 2008/SCI Fidelity)  finds the band reaching back in order to move forward.  Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads.  The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises.  Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track.  The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.  It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded.

The band will tour this fall in support of Hammerstrike. The complete list of confirmed dates is as follows:

October 15 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA w/ BLVD
October 16 The Roxy Hollywood CA w/ Region of Darkness, BLVD
October 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
October 18 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR w/ BLVD
October 22 The Cabooze Minneapolis MN w/ Family Groove Company
October 23 Majestic Theatre Madison WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 24 Miramar Theatre Milwaukee WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 25 Park West Chicago IL w/ Family Groove Company
October 26 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI w/ Garganta
October 28 Skully's Music-Diner Columbus OH w/ Papadosio
October 29 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Papadosio
October 30 Lulu's State College State College PA
October 31 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA w/ Grimace Federation
November 1 9:30 Club Washington DC
November 3 Jefferson Center Roanoke VA
November 2 The National Richmond VA w/ SeepeopleS
November 5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 6 Cat's Cradle w/ SeepeopleS
November 7 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 8 Georgia Theatre Athens GA w/ SeepeopleS
November 9 Music Farm Charleston SC w/ SeepeopleS
November 11 Freebird Live Jacksonville FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 12 Beta Bar Tallahassee FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 13 Proud Larry's Oxford MS w/ SeepeopleS
November 14 Tipitina's Uptown (Indoors) New Orleans LA w/ SeepeopleS
November 15 Antone's Austin TX w/ SeepeopleS
November 26 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA
November 28 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA
November 29 Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza New York NY
December 30-31 Fox Theatre Boulder CO

Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released to critical acclaim, and came on the heels of their double live CD release, Escaping Sargasso Sea.

Rothbury: Thursday with the Biscuits, EOTO, Lotus & Others

The funky, jammy, L.A. based Underground Orchestra proved to be a good start to the music of the weekend before the chaos started. Anthony Rogers-Wright proved to be an entertaining bassist and just one component of this group. Sam Feldman plays the mandolin, which I love, so this group had an instant in.

Lotus Releases HAMMERSTRIKE and Announces Fall Tour

This fall, Lotus releases their highly anticipated studio album, Hammerstrike, and steps out on their most ambitious tour yet. The months ahead will wrap up a huge year of growth for Lotus; a year that has positioned this instrumental post-rock outfit for a breakout 2009.

Sonic Bloom: Winterpark 2008

Relentlessly winding upwards along Berthoud Pass, my brain lights up like a pinball machine in action and BAM my thoughts of needing to extol some elder wisdom on my co-hort becomes apparent. The event we are quickly approaching entry into, is unlike most of the "festivals" she has attended in the past.

Day 2 of Jam on the River 2008

Due to a scheduling mishap by the Disco Biscuits, they had to play during Day 1, which made the festival's lineup suffer tremendously on Day 2 (pictures here). The festival's organizers compensated by making Day 2 free if one held any ticket stub from either Day 1 or any of the late night shows. That saved Day 2's attendance. We can't blame the festival's organizers for this one.