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
“What a lot of people are finding is that it’s becoming a little more difficult to cope with their stress because they’re not necessarily feeling like they have the social interaction that we know is so beneficial,” said Wegmann. While it is necessary, social distancing and isolation can be tough. Take the recent rise of Zoom or FaceTime for example. “We can use the crisis and we can use the time to live in the moment, to appreciate some of the things that are happening to us in the moment, particularly as it relates to relationships and connecting to people,” said Wegmann. “My children who are older, they’re in their 20’s now, are getting daily FaceTime calls from my parents because they know how to use it now,” said Wegmann. “Significant amount of research has shown that engaging socially is one of the best ways to cope and manage with the stressors in your life,” she said. “Adversity and crisis also creates innovation and people get pushed out of their comfort zones and their challenged to do things they never would have under certain circumstances,” said Wegmann. (WBNG) — The coronavirus pandemic has put many lives on hold for weeks now. “Even though they’re different than what we’re used to because we’re used to face-to-face interaction, being able to touch and see and feel. Those are interactions nonetheless and those are still really important for us,” said Wegmann. That’s why many people are taking advantage of new ways of communicating. Friends and families are now gathering through screens, celebrating holidays, birthdays, and even having virtual happy hours. All efforts to stay safe, while still staying together. Wegmann says social connection is more important now, than ever before. So instead of using this time to completely isolate ourselves, we can make the most of it. “The fact is that it’s a super stressful situation for everybody and everybody is in the same boat,” said Jennifer Wegmann of the health and wellness studies department at Binghamton University.
NewsRegional Fidel Castro warns again about nuclear war and climate change by: – January 10, 2012 Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caHAVANA, Cuba (South Sentinel) — Former Cuban president Fidel Castro warned last week that nuclear war and climate change are critical dangers for humanity, which keeps standing far away from getting any closer to a solution.In an article published on Cubadebate website, titled “The Walk to the Abyss,” Fidel said that never before in history has humanity faced the dangers it is facing at present.In previous occasions, Fidel Castro has extensively written about these issues, two of his articles written in August and September 2010 respectively deal with the catastrophe of a nuclear war: Nuclear Winter and Nuclear Winter and Peace.The military technologies that may affect the whole planet, such as the atomic bomb, are increasingly spoken of today, he said and noted that thousands of such weapons are now ready to be used in an incomparably stronger manner than those launched over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,The weapons of this kind, which are kept in depots, as they add to those already deployed, amount to over 20,000 nuclear warheads, said Fidel Castro, who noted that just a hundred of those weapons could be enough to trigger a nuclear winter that would kill the population of the planet in a brief time, as US scientist Alan Robock has explained.Those who usually read the news and reliable international analyses know that the risk of a nuclear war outbreak increases as tensions grow in the Near East, said Fidel and pointed out that the Israeli government has stockpiled hundreds of nuclear weapons, which are ready to be used, while tension also grows about Russia, a country with unquestionable response capacity, which is now being threatened with a alleged European nuclear shield.The Cuban leader said that the United States not only promotes wars, but also is the bigger producer and exporter of weapons in the world. This powerful country – Fidel pointed out — has signed accords to supply 60 billion dollars to Saudi Arabia over the next years, where US transnational companies and their allies extract 10 million barrels of light oil every single day.In his article, Fidel Castro maintained his view that humanity has no guarantee at all, since outer space is full of US satellites designed to spy on everything that takes place in the world, even over the roofs of the buildings in any nation of the planet.However, the war is a tragedy that may take place while it is quite probable to occur; but if humanity were able to delay it for indefinite time, another similarly dramatic event is already taking place at a speedy way: climate change, he noted.He recalled that the US administration opposed the Kyoto Protocol on the environment, a behaviour that not even coincided with that of its closest allies, whose territories would be tremendously affected, some of which, like Holland, would almost disappear completely.Fidel Castro insisted that the planet is now fully lacking policies about this serious problem, while the sea level continues to increase and the huge ice layers covering the Antarctic and Greenland, which accumulate over 90 percent of the world´s fresh water, are melting at growing pace.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share 23 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet
Published on September 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Since Ian McIntyre took over as Syracuse head coach in 2010, the Orange have had just one season without a clear No. 1 goalkeeper.But after three years of Alex Bono and four years of Hendrik Hilpert, SU entered its 2019 season with two goalkeepers vying for the starting role. Jake Leahy has been with the Orange since 2016 and made the first start of his career in Monday’s 3-1 win over Binghamton. Christian Miesch — a native of Switzerland — transferred from Stony Brook to SU this fall and started in SU’s season-opening loss to Georgetown.“We’ve got two excellent young goalkeepers I think you’re going to hear a lot about in the future,” McIntyre said before the season-opener. “I think we’ve got two starting goalkeepers, and that’s a good problem to have.”Through three exhibitions and two regular season matches now, McIntyre hasn’t given the nod to either keeper. Ahead of Syracuse’s (1-1) matchup on Friday with Yale and Sunday against New Hampshire, Leahy sees it as “his job to lose,” while Miesch said he’s “focusing on what he can, and not what he can’t.” McIntyre was not available to comment on Wednesday about whether he had made a decision.Miesch and Leahy split time in all three of SU’s preseason exhibition scrimmages. In the first scrimmage against Niagara, McIntyre gave 30 minutes to both. The next two exhibitions, each goalie played one half, alternating starts in each.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcIntyre opted to start Miesch in the season-opener at No. 13 Georgetown, where the Orange conceded three goals, two from open play and one off a corner kick. The sophomore transfer made three saves in SU’s defeat. On Monday night, McIntyre tapped Leahy for his first career start. After allowing the opening goal, the redshirt junior made two saves and earned his first win as SU rallied to beat Binghamton 3-1.When Leahy arrived in 2016 to Syracuse, McIntyre said he was “an 18-year-old happy to be here.” He sat and waited behind Hilpert, while dealing with a significant shoulder injury that sidelined him for his first two seasons at SU. Leahy redshirted a season and his first appearance came not for SU, but for Syracuse FC, a local team that plays in the National Premier Soccer League.Miesch played in the fourth division of German soccer before moving to FC Sion Academy back home in Switzerland. That’s where he learned of the opportunity to move to the United States and play collegiately. He spent his first collegiate season with Stony Brook in the America East. In 16 starts in goal, Miesch kept four clean sheets and earned All-America East second team and was on the All-Rookie team.“If you still have that goal of going somewhere, namely MLS or any professional environment, the ACC is the place to be,” Miesch said. “The people really have bigger ambitions and that’s why they come here.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorBono started from 2012-14, before he was drafted by Toronto FC, where he currently plays. Following Bono was Hilpert, who when he first arrived in 2015, split time with Austin Aviza. Hilpert started 16 games to Aviza’s nine, and Hilpert was the clear top choice for his last three years of school.“There’s a responsibility of being the starting goalkeeper at any school, especially Syracuse,” Leahy said. “We’ve had a very good lineage of excellent goalkeepers and I can’t speak highly enough of Hendrik, I learned a lot from him in my time being here.”When Hilpert graduated, it appeared that Leahy would have the job. Leahy said he assumed he’d be the starter — he was the most experienced returning keeper. McIntyre acquired Miesch to challenge for the starting role.“I’m totally used to that growing up,” Miesch said, of competition for the starting role. “Without competition, it wouldn’t be the same.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The management of Legon Cities Football Club held a Zoom Hangout with fans as the club battle to survive the Covid-19.Team Legon Cities was represented by CEO Terry Maxwell-Aidam, Deputy CEO/Administrative Manager Kwabena Asenso and the club’s Communications Manager Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang.Fans of the club were given the opportunity to ask as many questions of their choice with a greater number of them focused on the COVID and how the club was managing in these very difficult times.CEO Terry Maxwell Aidam addressed as many of these questions which focused on transfers, the possibility of owning their own stadium, and their plans for the not too distant future.He added that the club was still in talks with government and the University of Ghana on the possibility of using the facility as their home venue when the league resumes.“We have started engaging the authorities at the Premier University and we are hopeful of a positive response from them. We believe that such a facility would help us grow our fan base and also align ourselves with the institution as the name of the club has a connection with the school.” CEO Aidam further added that Legon Cities are willing to bring the business bit out of their Club where supporters can even make money out of the Club and that they are targeting campuses after the pandemic to boost their stadium attendance.Terry Maxwell confessed the Club made an approach to ex Asante Kotoko striker, Sogne Yacouba but was quick to add that a deal could not be struck with the player and his representatives. He added that Replica jerseys were ordered before football came to a halt but would be available when football makes a return to avoid imitations by the public.The team is said to have arranged a training program for the players to get them to an appreciable fitness level as and when the football season resumes.The club is also set to unveil a number of new signings in the not too distant future to augment their squad.
DES MOINES — A bipartisan group of state senators has voted to confirm Mason City native Beth Skinner as director of the Iowa Department of Corrections.Senator Rich Taylor, a Democrat from Mount Pleasant is a retired correctional officer. He urged his colleagues to support Skinner. “She has some very honorable intentions, I believe, and she wants to move the department forward, She’s not afraid like some of the last directors that we had that are afraid to say: ‘We need more help,’” Taylor said. “…As she put it: ‘This is a new day.’”Forty-five senators voted to approve the governor’s appointment of Skinner to lead the state’s prison system. Three voted no. Senator Nate Boulton, a Democrat from Des Moines, said he’s concerned about the safety of officers on guard in the nine prisons around the state.“In the last month, four separate assaults have taken place and I’m not talking about somebody getting shoved,” he said. “I’m talking about closed fist, direct assaults (by) inmates upon corrections officers.”Boulton said in one of those instances, it was an inmate who jumped to the defense of an officer. Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, said Skinner has expressed concern about staffing issues and it’s up to legislators to find the extra money.“We’re going through the process and I know that she’s an advocate,” Zaun said. “…She’s one of them. She’s been in the Department of Corrections for years. I don’t know of any other time or any other director who’d probably be a better advocate.”Skinner is the second woman to serve as the top officer in the Iowa Department of Corrections. She’s a 1990 graduate of Mason City High School. State prisons are located in Anamosa, Clarinda, Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge, Mitchellville, Mount Pleasant, Newton, Oakdale and Rockwell City. As of today, there are about 8500 inmates in the state prison system. Thousands more are under supervision in work release, probation, and other prison-related programs.