Tedeschi Trucks Band Appears To Tease New Album With Mysterious Audio Clips [Listen]

first_imgAn official announcement regarding Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s highly awaited upcoming album seems to be coming soon, as the band has teased two short clips of unreleased music today on social media.Both clips include some animation of an underwater shellfish releasing air bubbles, which may point toward the as-yet-untitled album’s cover art or name.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces “Swamp Family” Fan Club, Exclusive Archives & VideosBack in November, the band revealed that the new album is slated for “early 2019” though fans have yet to be clued in on the release date or album title. Their fourth studio effort will follow up 2016’s Let Me Get By, 2013’s Made Up Mind, and their 2011 debut album, Revelator.Listen to the samples of the band’s new music below: It’s been a difficult month for Tedeschi Trucks Band, as longtime member and keyboardist Kofi Burbridge returned to the hospital last week to undergo another procedure related to his 2017 heart surgery.The week prior, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced that they will be moving on in 2019 without longtime bassist Tim Lefebvre as he focuses on a number of other musical projects. He will be replaced at the band’s upcoming January and February dates by bassist Brandon Boone, but a permanent replacement has not yet been announced.For a full list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates, head to their website here.last_img read more

Mo the man for fantasy football managers

first_img Related Articles ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 SBC’s Charlie Cole sits atop the League of Legends, as the Premiership heads into yet another international break.Gameweek 11 saw Cole record 53 points, the same as James Birch who trails in second, with Mohamed Salah’s 15 points making him the side’s top scorer. Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling chipped in with eight and five respectively, however, things could’ve been much better had Harry Kane (4 points) not carried the captain’s armband.Amongst the movers and shakers in the upper echelons of the league is David Lees, who’s 61 points saw him leapfrog several places into the top ten despite also having Spurs striker Kane installed as captain.  Salah, who along with Bournemouth defender Steve Cook earned the highest round score of 15 points, top scored once again, backed up by Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (12) and Watford playmaker Richarlison (7), as Lees charged into seventh spot.SBC’s Conall McCabe also took advantage of some lacklustre scores to climb up to 20th in the standings, courtesy of a 67 point haul.  Almost half of his total was acquired by captain Salah (30), while Alvaro Morata’s goalscoring exploits in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United earned the Spanish striker 8 points.This week’s top scorer comes from the side currently ranked at 33 in the League of Legends, as Tony Kershaw, rather fortuitously, romped to 70 points.  With captain Dele Alli out injured it was vice captain Salah (30) who earned the double points duty, back up by Morata (8), Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey (6) and Burnley defender Matt Lowton (6).A North London derby kicks off round 12 of the Premier League after the international break, as Mauricio Pochettino takes his side to the Emirates.  Elsewhere, Manchester City travel to Leicester City, Manchester United welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford and the league’s basement side Crystal Palace will hope to snatch their second win of the season at home to Everton. StumbleUpon Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Share MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020last_img read more

Tough questions for the NBA as its restart draws near

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers1. How many COVID cases in Florida’s Orange County is too many? While a theoretical bubble means that the NBA shouldn’t have to worry about the surrounding area, the NBA has made it clear that the campus at Disney will not be a bubble. The league’s CBA makes it difficult to fully restrict the movement of players, and while leaving the campus will be heavily regulated and essentially disciplined with days of quarantining and testing, it won’t be forbidden. The NBA will also have Disney workers (which we will get to in a moment) who are allowed to come and go. Even though their access to players and staff will be heavily restricted, there will always be a risk factor, even if it’s slight.This means there are built-in perforations in the bubble, which means it matters how many COVID cases are in the surrounding area. Orange County is a hotspot in Florida, which itself is seeing one of the steepest rises in COVID in the country. Not only is Orange County adding hundreds of new cases per day, it is also seeing an uptick in the percentage of positive tests, which is an indicator that increased testing is not necessarily the biggest factor of increased case count — there is just a higher rate of infected people.2. How many Disney cast members who contract COVID or strike is too many? Related to the previous point: Disney Cast members are the X-factors in this situation. While people within the inner tiers of the NBA restart will be rigorously tested in multiple ways and aggressively isolated if they test positive, the NBA doesn’t have that kind of control over the theoretical thousands of workers who will help staff the hotels, arenas and other areas the league will occupy for more than three months. One concern has to be COVID cases, which could proliferate if the virus manages to infiltrate the campus via a Disney worker. But another is just how much the workers themselves are willing to put up with. Workers and members of the public have been signing petitions by the thousands to push back the opening of various Disney parks over escalating COVID concerns. This is already resulting in Disneyland in Anaheim pushing back its start date. Union officials are continuing to pressure Disney leadership, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.While the season doesn’t restart until July 30, Disney workers will be required as early as July 7, when teams begin to arrive en masse (if not before that to prepare for their arrival). This issue can’t be put off as long as you might think.3. How many players who sit out is too many?Obviously losing Avery Bradley for the restart is a tough blow for the Lakers. But the league-wide view has to be more existential. How many players need to sit out before two problems occur: teams are hobbled beyond the point of competing with a combination of replacement players and COVID cases (see the cluster around the Sacramento Kings at this very moment), and how many players sitting out would dramatically affect the integrity of the postseason?So far, only four players have definitely confirmed they’re sitting out: Bradley, Trevor Ariza, Davis Bertans and Willie Cauley-Stein. But those absences portend the potential for more, as family, health and other consequences become more sharply apparent. In general, players don’t wish to spend months away from their families. They don’t want to be locked down in one hotel room for more than three months. Some of them have publicly questioned whether concentrating on basketball, at a moment when progress on racial equity seems more attainable than ever, is wise. There are a lot of factors that could potentially sway players from participating — the only ones that lay on the other side of the equation are money and a shot at a championship, and not everyone has a real shot at a championship.While a postseason played in a bubble site shouldn’t necessarily be seen as an “asterisk” season for a year that has been a nonstop roller coaster ride of chaos, there will be an asterisk if the league is forced to play without a significant amount of its players. It’s worth wondering if there could be a tipping point where players start realizing it is more appealing to stay at home than go play eight regular season games and maybe make a playoff run under extremely restrictive conditions. In cases like Bradley’s, where his oldest child potentially wouldn’t be able to join him for health reasons, it’s very understandable. The NBA is trying to meet a bottom line, but for some players who already have resources, the check isn’t enough of a call to put life on hold for a few months.*****These are just a few of the hypotheticals that should trouble the NBA as it tries to progress toward something resembling normal competition. The Athletic released a survey on Wednesday of 10 general managers, at least three of whom were skeptical and “pushing for significant change.” It’s hard to see exactly how that unrest will die out as long as COVID cases keep rising and key stakeholders are forced to wonder if the sacrifice and risk are truly worth it.THE DECISION, 10 YEARS LATEROn Sunday, ESPN will air “Backstory: The Decision” which takes a fresh look at LeBron James’ infamous television special in 2010 that made him a villain almost overnight. Without the trappings of recency bias, The Decision now looks like a moment that helped shape a trend of athlete empowerment that dramatically impacted the NBA and other sports leagues.Don Van Natta Jr. revisits the special through the lens of ESPN and ABC officials who helped air it, as well as journalists and observers of the time (notably, it doesn’t seem to include LeBron’s participation, or that of his inner circle). While it’s odd to watch ESPN tackle the missteps of its own programming, such as Jim Gray’s awkward attempts to string along suspense and James’ evident discomfort with the setup, Van Natta doesn’t really hold back on how key architects of the special convinced themselves it would be better received than it was.The program makes clear that some very influential figures opposed it: David Stern, LeBron’s then-agent Leon Rose and influencer Worldwide Wes. ESPN’s John Skipper pushed it forward — he says in his interview he thought “it would be good for business” — even though ESPN and ABC controlled very few of the details. Van Natta reveals that even those in the broadcast control room were like the rest of the viewers, with one crew member shouting at a screen: “Oh my God, get to it already!”But the passage of time makes it easier to parse a few other issues, like the backlash outside of Cleveland where LeBron was the local darling. In the current light of social issues, it’s easier to understand the perspective some journalists interviewed have, which is that there were racial overtones to how the general public disapproved of LeBron’s sense of self-determinism. At the time, few athletes were willing to lavishly tout their free agency to that degree (and it’s worth reminding folks that the special raised millions for Boys and Girls clubs), but James’ first awkward steps into this arena have helped normalize that process for other athletes who wish to have more choice in their futures. While there are few stones overturned in “Backstory” that haven’t already been examined, it’s an illuminating hour-long piece into an hour-long special that was probably a misstep, but has rippled out into something much more significant in the years since. The program airs Sunday on ESPN at 6 p.m. PST.LEBRON’S LATEST VENTUREThe King’s business empire continues to gain steam: Bloomberg Business reported Thursday that $100 million in investments is fueling a new enterprise, the SpringHill Company, which consolidates James’ other companies SpringHill Entertainment and Uninterrupted along with a marketing company Robot Co. With the investments that were secured in March, James and business partner Maverick Carter have designs on creating media to empower diverse voices, they told Bloomberg. Forthcoming media projects include the Space Jam feature set to come out next year, and the company recently formed a Disney partnership.We’ve written before about the scope of LeBron’s business ambitions — the SpringHill Company brings them under one roof.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Clickin’ RunAvery Bradley opts out – After expressing public concerns about various issues, the starting guard has told the Lakers he won’t joint the title chase next month.Now what? – Here’s how the Lakers will tackle missing Bradley at the point.Jason Kidd to the Knicks? – The Lakers’ lead assistant got a chance to interview for his potential third head coaching job.More Than A Vote – Here’s the strategy and motivation behind LeBron’s new voting rights group.Fighting racism in its own walls – The Lakers have hired Dr. Karida Brown in an effort to become an “antiracist” organization.Reset NBA timelines – How free agency and the draft will be pushed back to October in the new arrangement.center_img Editor’s note: This is the Thursday, June 25 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.How many is too many?It’s a difficult question that, unfortunately for the NBA, has many permutations as the league attempts to get its July 30 restart off the ground at Walt Disney World Resort. While there is an exhaustive memo about the various testing procedures and safety protocols to create a “safe” campus relatively insulated from the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a few discouraging rhetorical questions that could shake the entire foundation of this effort.Here’s a few to start:last_img read more