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Connections’ new video for “That’s All”

Here’s the video for “That’s All,” a new song from Connections slated for an upcoming release on Hozac Records. The video was produced at the Columbus Museum of Art’s Center for Creativity. As part of the January edition of the museum’s Connector Series, visitors to the museum were invited to create a rock ‘n’ roll persona and help produce this video.

Pitchfork previews song from new Connections album

Connections, Body LanguageConnections’ new album, Body Language, will be out on LP/CD/digital on October 1. You can pre-order it now through our distributor, Midheaven (a.k.a. Revolver), or via iTunes or Amazon. The band has tour dates in the works to support it, some (hopefully) with the Breeders.  In the meantime, check out a track from the new album, “Summer Creeps,” kindly previewed by the folks over at Pitchfork.

 

Anyway in the Onion Poker Club

The first time I ever stepped foot inside a poker club I could feel my gut tighten as I walked through the door. Just the thought of losing even a small fraction of my meager savings was enough to cause my body to spasm in trepidation.

And yet I was immediately seduced. The place seemed to convulse with frenetic activity. Players shoved piles of money across the gaming tables as they playfully antagonized their opponents. Long-time regulars laughed together about the legendary gamblers that had struck it big or gone broke. Losers grieved and berated the dealers, while winners gloated and tossed them fat tips. The symphony of fortunes swelling and collapsing was, to me, enchanting.

Over the next few years the online poker boom reached its height, and I spent a good deal of time in the privacy of my home, gambling on the Internet. I enjoyed the speed and convenience of playing online: In a matter of seconds, I could use a debit card to deposit money into my account and play several different tables at once. I also liked certain aspects of being anonymous. There was no physical audience present to be embarrassed in front of when I made a foolish play or lost a lot of money. If I busted my account, I could simply close my laptop and try again some other day, and no one else had to know.

But despite both the efficiency and accessibility of gambling online, I still often found myself craving the inside of a poker club or a casino. The games offered in brick and mortar institutions were the same as the ones I could find online, so what then was the allure of these places that made me forgo the obvious comforts of gambling in my own room?

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For decades, those who tried to study the habits of gamblers have been frustrated by one crucial complication: a lack of reliable data. Studies often have to contend with unreliably small samples sizes and monitoring environments that don’t effectively simulate those of gambling establishments. The misreporting of statistics—both intentional and unintentional—by study subjects also compromises findings. But with the emergence of online gambling, researchers have an unprecedented opportunity to collect large amounts of unbiased data about gamblers as they operate in authentic gambling environments.

And they’ve unearthed one finding in particular that is noteworthy: Overwhelmingly, Internet gamblers exhibit a remarkable amount of restraint.

 

A series of studies conducted by the Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addiction, aimed at providing public policy makers with empirical research about Internet gambling, have reached a few general conclusions about the behavior of online gamblers. In partnership with bwin, a large European gambling site, the researchers were able to collect and analyze the data of tens of thousands sports bettors, online casino gamblers at Pkv Games, and poker players over a period of two years.

From these studies, a prominent, unifying theme emerged: In each gambling category, the vast majority of players gambled infrequently and in moderation, while a small subset of players (between 1 percent and 5 percent) exhibited intense gambling behavior that far exceeded that of the rest of the sample.

Out of over 4,000 online casino gamblers examined, the median betting frequency over a period of nine months was once every two weeks, with a median outcome of around a 5.5 percent loss of all money wagered. One analysis of the roughly 40,000 sports bettors examined determined that participants placed a median of 2.5 bets of $5.50 every fourth day. And researchers at the University of Hamburg, in a study intended in part to supplement some of the work accomplished by the Harvard Medical School, found that from the over two million online poker identities they observed over a period of six months, the median player played only 4.88 hours and most players paid less than a dollar in rake fees per hour per table. (The separate studies placed emphasis on the median values, as they derived that the small group of intense gamblers drove up the mean values considerably.)

Winter Makes Sailors and Connections at Treebar with Swearing at Motorists

swearingshowSeems like Swearing at Motorists’ Dave Doughman has been MIA in recent years. However, he is reportedly working on a new album and is making his return to Columbus next week to play a show at the Tree Bar on Monday, May 13. Also on the bill are Connections, who consist largely of Dayton-area natives like Mr. Doughman, and Winter Makes Sailors. Be forewarned: it is on the early side, with a start time of 9pm.

Connections opening for the Breeders in Detroit

After two successful performances supporting the Breeders on their Last Splash tour in Pittsburgh and Oberlin, Ohio, Connections have been asked to open for them again at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit on Sunday, May 12 (a.k.a. Mother’s Day). We can’t think of a better way to tell mom you love her than to take her to the show, and tickets are still available.

Connections’ Private Airplane reviewed by Pitchfork

Pitchfork says Connections’ Private Airplane “is undiluted by stinkers, throwaways, or noodly psychedelic interludes.” Read the whole review here.

Watch Connections’ new video for “Miller’s Grove”

Download Connections’ “Nightwatch” – What do you know about skin care?

As always let us know what you thought, it’s for you guys that we do this after all. Who among our readers and followers know about skin care? I’ve been having a few issues, and I think it might be due to smoking. I might order a product or two from https://sdaraskin.com/. What do you guys think?

Connections cover The Kinks at Anyway 20th Anniversary Celebration

Connections’ debut out now!

connectionsprivateairplanePrivate Airplane (Anyway 070), the debut album from Columbus supergroup Connections, was released earlier this month. The band features singer Kevin Elliott and guitarist Andy Hampel, both formerly of 84 Nash, Times New Viking drummer Adam Elliott, El Jesus de Magico guitarist Dave Capaldi, and bassist Philip Kim, also of Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch. The album is available in Columbus at Used Kids, Lost Weekend, Magnolia Thunderpussy, and via mailorder and download at Midheaven.

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