Over the past year, Florida’s The Heavy Pets have been busy in the studio, and the group is gearing up to release their latest full-length album, Strawberry Mansion, on February 23rd. The new album—which will be released independently with some help from All Points Boats and APB Studios—marks The Heavy Pets’ first full-length studio album since 2011’s Swim Out Past The Sun, though the band has released some EPs during that seven-year period. Strawberry Mansion will be available on major streaming sites and for purchase in double vinyl, CD, and digital formats.It’s clear that the buzz around the group’s new album is growing, and given the group’s feel-good new tunes, it’s clear why. Strawberry Mansion‘s opening track, “Higher”, is a delightfully funky song with an island and some ska-like leanings. Plus, the group recently debuted the 70’s street-funk number, “Shahryar’s Rage”, and the track has over 100,000+ listens in just a couple of short weeks.Read on below to hear The Heavy Pets’ own Jeff Lloyd’s thoughts on the upcoming Strawberry Mansion, plus check out the group’s newly announced tour dates, including an album release party at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room on Friday, February 23rd, and an opening gig for Umphrey’s McGee at Whigfest Music & Arts Festival in Tampa, on February 18th.The Heavy Pets’ guitarists and vocalists, Jeff Lloyd and Mike Garulli, are no strangers to throwing an epic party. Most recently, the band hosted a three-set Festival After Party at Boca Raton’s The Funky Biscuit, which featured a second set that saw sit-ins from the likes of Eric Krasno, MonoNeon, DJ Logic, Tedeschi Trucks Band saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trumpeter Ephraim Owens, highlighting how much respect the Pets have garnered in the greater jam and funk scene.The Heavy Pets With Eric Krasno, DJ Logic, MonoNeon, & The Tedeschi Trucks Band Horns – “Between The Sheets > Dewpoint”[via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]We had the opportunity to speak with The Heavy Pets’ lead guitarist and vocalist, Jeff Lloyd, to discuss the inspiration behind the new album, the album’s special guest collaborators, and more. Check it out below! L4LM: This is the band’s first full album since 2011’s Swim Out Past The Sun. Did it feel good to get back in the studio and make some new music?Jeff Lloyd: It felt fantastic. We focused on a series of EPs over the last few years and felt it was time to get back in and produce a full-length record. We had a ton of material ready to go, so we felt it was time again to make a longer statement. I think we really found a process that works for us—recording at a variety of South Florida studios including our own, and finishing everything at the Power Station, where we have done the bulk of our work the last few years.L4LM: I’m assuming that’s a guest vocalist on “Shahryar’s Rage”. Who are the special guests on the album?JL: Actually, no. That’s our very own Jim Wuest singing lead on “Shahryar’s Rage”, with the rest of us singing some pretty rich harmonies in the back. It’s a cool sound and very uniquely Jim. We do have some South Florida friends we are proud to have on the record, including Michael McCleary (guitarist of Surfer Blood) on trombone and Rob Smiley on saxophone for the closing track “Holy Holy.”L4LM: Is that you or Mike playing slide on “The Ibis”? Sounds very Derek Trucks-inspired. Totally digging it. JL: That’s our dear friend, the one-and-only Roosevelt Collier! Ha, I wish I could play like that. He absolutely slayed that track—took my vision to a whole different level—but this should come as no surprise to me after working with him for so many years. That’s what he does. I absolutely love the parts he laid down, and the back and forth he does with Jim on the Hammond for the solo section.L4LM: What was some inspirations for the music y’all wrote on the album? JL: “The Ibis” was literally inspired by me waking to a yard full of birds one morning and doing a little research. Fascinating creatures. “Real News” I’d written years ago and thought pretty apt for today. There is so much going on on this record, and it is taking me back to our beginnings—a group of friends with a big group of songs. I still feel we are just getting started.The Heavy Pets will celebrate the release of Strawberry Mansion with a proper album release party at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room on Friday, February 23rd (get tickets here). In support of the new album, The Heavy Pets will head out on the road for an extensive run of headlining dates with support from acts such as Goose, The Clock Reads, and The Steady Flow. Additional shows include appearances at Fractal Beach Music Festival at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami on February 4th and opening for Umphrey’s McGee at Whigfest Music & Arts Festival in Tampa on February 18th. Take a listen to “Higher”, and check out a full list of tour dates below.The Heavy Pets Tour DatesFEB 17 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music HallFEB 18 – Tampa, FL – Whigfest*FEB 23 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture RoomMAR 01 – Charlotte, NC – The Rabbit HoleMAR 02 – Asheville, NC – Funkatorium, Wicked Weed BrewingMAR 03 – Savannah, GA – Barrelhouse SouthMAR 08 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note**MAR 09 – Denver, CO – Be On KeyMAR 10 – Denver, CO – Be On KeyMAR 21 – Jupiter, FL – GuanabanasMAR 22 – Dunedin, FL – Spring Beer Jam, Dunedin BreweryMAR 23 – Key West, FL – Smokin’ TunaMAR 24 – Key West, FL – Smokin’ TunaMAR 25 – Key West, FL – Green ParrotAPR 07 – Davie, FL – David Posnack Jewish Community Center, Orlove AuditoriumAPR 14 – Fort Pierce, FL – Sailfish Street PartyAPR 25 – Washington, DC – Pearl Street WarehouseAPR 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy***APR 27 – Providence, RI – Fete LoungeAPR 28 – New Haven, CT – Pacific Standard TavernAPR 29 – Allston, MA – Wonder BarMAY 02 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting FactoryMAY 03 – Manchester, NH – Jewel Music Venue****MAY 04 – Norwalk, CT – Wall Street Theater****MAY 05 – Albany, NY – The Hollow****JUN 06 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt BrewsJUN 07 – Nevada City, CA – Crazy Horse SaloonJUN 08 – San Francisco, CA – Boom Boom Room* supporting Umphrey’s McGee** w/ The Steady Flow*** w/ The Clock Reads**** w/ Goose
The Latest: Pakistan cricketer Afridi positive for virus More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 13, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pakistan cricket’s celebrated allrounder Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19. “I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi tweeted Saturday.Afridi quit international cricket in 2017 and has since played in Twenty20 leagues around the world.Former test opener Taufeeq Umar contracted the virus in May and has made a full recovery.A former Pakistan first-class cricketer, Zafar Sarfraz, died during the coronavirus outbreak.___ Associated Press
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men’s 10,000m during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He will aim for more glory next month at the London World Championships.London, United Kingdom | AFP | British athletics superstar Mo Farah eased to victory in the 3000 metres at the Diamond League meet in the London Stadium on Sunday and said off the track matters didn’t concern him.The 34-year-old — a quadruple Olympic and world champion having achieved the 5000 and 10000m double twice in both sporting showpieces — said he could do little about his medical records being hacked by Fancy Bears and then leaked to the press as happened last week.“Other things don’t distract me. I’m only in control of my legs. Never will I fail a test,” said Farah.“I run year after year with joy and there’s not much more you can do.“I love being on the podium, hearing the anthem and making people proud to be British. I love what I do and I’m good at what I do –- you can’t worry about other stuff.”Whilst Farah posted an impressive warm-up run for the world championships and his track swansong in London in three weeks time there were others too who landed psychological blows.Jamaica’s 100m and 200m women’s champion Elaine Thompson won the 100m coming from behind to edge out her great rival Dutch woman Dafne Schippers despite the winner wearing shoes which resembled trainers.“I do have on spikes but they are very petite. They are built especially for me and made lighter,” said Thompson.“I’m really looking forward to the Worlds. A lot of Jamaicans are in London and it’s like our home town.”There was a cracking race in the women’s 100m hurdles with world record holder Kendra Harrison pushed the whole way by Australia’s Sally Pearson who experienced her greatest moment on the same track in 2012 taking Olympic gold.“She (Pearson) really pushed me and I hit a few hurdles as I felt her next to me,” said Harrison, who made it 21 successive wins.For Pearson it was a welcome return to form after injury blighted the past two years.“My goodness I can’t believe it!” beamed the 30-year-old.“I knew I was in good shape. This is far out! I am really excited I’ve been able to prove myself.”Aries Merritt suggested he could well be a title contender in the men’s 110m hurdles at the worlds just two years after undergoing a kidney transplant as the 2012 Olympic champion won in a personal best time for the season of 13.09sec. Share on: WhatsApp “I won Olympic gold here and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be running into form at the right time,” said Merritt.American athletics great Allyson Felix ran an eye-catching 400m to time 49.65sec, the fastest time in the world this year on what was her first appearance of the season in the Diamond League.“I’m running into shape,” said the 31-year-old, who has six Olympic gold medals but just one in an individual event.“Just wanted my progress to be gradual this year as I had a tough year last year.“I just so love the sport and I am going to keep fighting hard,” added Felix.Nijel Amos threw down the gauntlet to the 800m title contenders when the Botswana athlete ran the fastest time in the world this year 1min 43.18 on the track where he won Olympic silver behind David Rudisha in 2012.There was an emotional send-off for Paralympian legend David Weir, who won his final track race — the 800m — in the stadium where he won three titles in the 2012 Paralympics.“That is definitely the last time on the track,” said Weir.“This is the finale that I wanted — It is amazing to have my family here with me especially my kids who don’t come to many races.”There was a world record in the rarely competed for one kilometre walk on its first outing in the Diamond League — Tom Bosworth recording a time of 5min 31.08sec.The British national anthem also rang out — an oddity in itself at a Diamond League meeting — as the British men’s 4x400m relay quartet from the 2008 Beijing Olympics received bronze medals.The quartet received their medals, with IAAF president Sebastian Coe attending the ceremony, because the Russians had been disqualified for doping.
Publix is officially taking the action it recently promised, in an effort to create a safer shopping experience.Workers on Sunday began installing plexiglass designed to serve as a barrier between shoppers and employees and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The chain said in a statement: “We’re taking extra precautions for the well-being of our customers and associates.” Plexiglass is being installed at all of the registers and customer service desks. The project should be completed within two weeks.Publix has also posted signs which ask people to stay at least six feet apart. They are also disinfecting what they call “high touch” surface areas more frequently than before the outbreak.