Elm City Vintage: Death Star Sphere of Sprockets

One of the more entertaining things out there you're ever going to watch.

Via Elm City Vintage.

Tonight at Cafe Nine

Ceschi - "This Won't Last Forever"

Kind of a happy Mother's Day from Ceschi.

Local Guy Struggles to Lay Low

Local Guy struggles to stay out of pictures. 
Captioned "Mixed Bag?" in a Paul Bass photo, one local man struggles to "lay low" as he finds himself the banner headline photo of a recent article about Yale and a recent tax debate.

"I have nothing to do with Yale or taxes," he'd probably say. "Why am I in the headline photo for this article?"

I guess we'll never know. He's even actively trying to do his best to hide his face in the picture, by placing his hood as far over his head as possible on what appear to be a completely sunny day. The office he's walking past (433 Temple) is the Yale Office of City and State affairs. This recent debate about taxes has affected no one more than Moody.

"Ever since this happened, my friends have been reposting, you know, tongue in cheek about it," he'd most likely say. "But when the Music Scene writes a satirical article, that's where it's gone too far."

Mill River CleanUp

The Mill River runs at the base of East Rock Park and travels to connect with the Quinnipiac near the Long Island Sound. Part of East Rock Park is scenic, however people leaving trash everywhere have made it look messy. One local resident has taken matters into her own hands, literally, inviting friends to participate in river clean-ups on a regular basis. No matter how many times it gets cleaned, though, "There's no end to the trash."

On the average clean-up, a garbage bag full of discarded items can easily be filled. Much of the trash comes from the parking lot of Wilbur Cross High School. The rest of it seems to be generated by homeless encampments along the riverside as it nears the highway underpass of Interstate 91 before the tide gate. The camps look abandoned. One tree had bags of poop hanging from its branches. It was speculated those the poop bags never made it into the river. We're not touching those.

The Mill River used to be way more contaminated until factories along its riverbanks were either closed or relocated. Today, one factory, the Eli Whitney Museum, has been converted into an educational facility.

Oregon Trail Pale Ale Causes Dysentery*

Proposed Design.
Bound to end up in legal trouble again for loose restrictions on their nomenclature, the adventurous beer brewers at New England Brewery have scored another victory with Oregon Trail Pale Ale. At 5.5%, this pale ale assists anyone reminiscent of either migrating to the West Coast through covered wagon, or playing the most basic of all videogames 3 decades ago.

Released in 1971, the original video game "The Oregon Trail" is currently rated at 4.4 out of a possible 5 on Google Play. It was originally produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, which was founded by the Minnesota Legislature, and has continued to be a hit among Millennials who have no recollection of playing computer games in 1975.

The goal of the game was (or is, if you're still playing it 30 years later) to cross the continent using oxen-drawn carriages. One of the most challenging aspects of the game is avoiding dyssentary. The beer label makes mention of this with the tongue-in-cheek "May Cause Dysentery" which is sub-asterisked with "not actually."

Beer, in fact, was used to prevent the spread of cholera throughout much of history before antibiotics were developed. New England Brewery takes a big risk yet again with this move, since it was re-released in 2012 by Red Wagon Games (also the producers of a recent Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer game). It's possible that the folks at New England Brewery might avert legal action by offering RWG a lifetime supply of the OTPA (Oregon Trail Pale Ale) but it's uncertain at this point, because we're not sure how much beer those guys drink.

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Featured Show this Weekend: Consider the Source with The Mushroom Cloud, Polluter

SATURDAY NIGHT - Pacific Standard Tavern
Our featured event this weekend is Polluter, The Mushroom Cloud, and Consider the Source. Here are a sample of some of their sounds:

Polluter: "Spy Hunter":

The Mushroom Cloud: "Sweet Dreams":

Consider the Source: "This Dubious Honor":
Three Musicians converging on an epic plateau of sound and reflex. Three conscious minds communicating on sub-conscious levels. New York City’s CONSIDER THE SOURCE is the fourth voice, produced only when the trio’s three musicians combine forces to fearlessly share their inner most distinct musical styles with each other.

Toting the loaded description Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Funk, their sound is a melting pot of Middle Eastern scales, psychedelic jams, and a hard rocking rhythm section. Featuring Gabriel Marin on Fret-Less Double Neck Guitar, John Ferrara on Bass, and Justin Ahiyon on Drums/Percussion, the three musicians cite their influences as including The Bad Plus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson and Tool—but a major source of their musical power can be attributed to a trip the band took to India, where they studied the complex tala (rhythm) of North India, and the micro-tonal scale structure and melodic ornamentations of South India. Guitarist Gabriel Marin, recently highlighted in GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE says, “Our music combines influences from Turkish, Bulgarian, North and South Indian styles with jazz and fusion, and then we filter it through our own heavy rock and psychedelic sounds and approaches.”

Opening are The Mushroom Cloud, as well as New Haven's own Polluter. The event takes place Saturday night at Pacific Standard Tavern (212 Crown St.)

(Facebook Event Page)