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The Return of King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 19, 2007

Ending weeks of speculation in various online communities, Robert Fripp has revealed in his latest online diary that drummer Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) will be joining King Crimson.

The band will be playing a series of live dates in Chicago’s Park West – most recently the venue to RF and the LoCG appearance in the windy city.  Fripp notes “Park West is a fave venue, and one I have been working for 27 years. The LCG were here in 1989 & 1990…This is also the venue where, according to our current plans for King Crimson’s return to active-service in 2008, preparatory to the 40th. Anniversary Celebration of 2009, The Beast Of Crim will be playing a 4-night residency in August 2008 with KC’s third double-drumming formation.

The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.

A fourth double-drumming formation, of 1981-84 (Adrian & Billy B), doesn’t quite count as Adrian’s primary focus was in the front line.”

Harrison is one of the most respected drummers of his generation, adding a prodigious technique to the work of Porcupine Tree as well collaborating with Jakko Jakszyk on The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, and most recently, Drop – an album with bassist and singer, 05Ric and also featuring contributions from Fripp. Some may recall Drop was featured as a DGMLive giveaway (see my review on the blog), perhaps hinting at Harrison's proposed involvement. Only DGMLive  regular, Chocolatefireguard, spotted the listing on King Crimson's myspace site: the top four musicians have been there for a couple of months now.

More details will be announced regarding  rehearsal schedules and ticket availability as soon as we get them.

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KC's Mojo Working In Aylesbury
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 1, 2015
The latest edition of Mojo contains a generous review of King Crimson playing Aylesbury.

Crimson In Utrecht
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 29, 2015
Here’s Tony Levin’s final gallery of photographs from King Crimson’s UK & European tour.  Also worth taking a peek at is Dave Stafford's thoughts on Crimson's first night in Utrecht.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 28, 2015
Mister Stormy has uploaded three tracks from the Live At The Warfield video that is part of the forthcoming THRAK BOX. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, you can order the 16-disc THRAK BOX from Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Stick Men On The Road
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 27, 2015
With the King Crimson tour just finished, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto team up with Markus Reuter and take to the road in Europe as Stick Men.

Sept. 29 - Verona (IT) - Il Giardino
Sept. 30 - Verona (IT) - Il Giardino
Oct. 1 - Sofia (BG) - HDK Hall 11 (Lumiere Cinema)
Oct. 3 - Sala (SE) - Rockland
Oct. 5 - Oslo (NO) - Buckley's
Oct. 6 - Malmo (SE) - Moriska Pavijongen
Oct. 7 - Göteborg (SE) - Nefertiti
Oct. 9 - Bergen (NO) - Sardinen USF
Oct. 10 - Opole (PL) - Dom Expo
Oct. 11 - Wroclaw (PL) - Zaklete Rewiry
Oct. 12 - Prague (CZ) - Lucerna Bar
Oct. 13 - Reichenbach (DE) - Bergkeller
Oct. 15 - Bonn (DE) - Harmonie
Oct. 16 - Zoetermeer (NL) - Boerderij
Oct. 17 - Münster (DE) - Hot Jazz Club
Oct. 18 - Hertogenbosh (NL) - W2
Oct. 20 - Verviers (BE) - Spirit of 66
Oct. 21 - Karlsruhe (DE) - Substage
Oct. 22 - Reutlingen (DE) - FranzK

Don't forget, the Stick Men most recent release features their collaboration with ex-Crimson violinist, David Cross, Live In Tokyo is available: First show can be found here and the second show is right here

Discipline Covered
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 27, 2015
My thanks to Dwayne for this link to this performance of Discipline by the Cal Poly Percussion Ensemble. 

:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 25, 2015
Fresh from his recent bout of talks on the King Crimson UK tour, David Singleton takes us through the process of putting together the successor to THRAKATTAK for the forthcoming THRAK BOX set. Check it out here or over at the DGMLive YouTube channel

All About That Stream
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 25, 2015
Somebody somewhere is making money from streaming music but it doesn't seem to be the writers and artists whose work makes the whole thing tick over. Kevin Kadish, who co-wrote All About That Bass revealed that he's made just $5,600 from 178 million streams. Read more here.

Elsewhere, comes news that an important test case that has potential ramifications for artists whose work is put onto streaming services by their record labels. Read more here. A music industry insider comments "If this does set some form of precedent it's potentially very, very important. Making available rights have long been the artists' best hope for preventing all sorts of online abuses by streamers & record companies but, to date, have gone largely unchallenged. Potentially significant for any artist who doesn't have control of their catalogue & would rather not be on streaming services."

Belew's FLUX Update
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 25, 2015
Adrian Belew's FLUX app has been updated, as Ade himself explained via his Facebook page:
our first FLUXette pack is now available! this is one of the most important aspects of FLUX and one that sets it apart from all other recording formats: I keep adding to it! FLUX is never done!

within a few hours those of you who have the FLUXbybelew app will receive a notification that new FLUX is available. you can download this first "FLUXette" by going into the 'store' tab in the app and then selecting the FLUXette expansion pack. you will then be prompted to buy via an in-app purchase.

the new songs, snippets, music pieces, visuals, and information will become a part of your random FLUX stream assuring even further that your FLUX experience will never be the same twice.

I can't wait to try it!

here is what the official release from NOIISE has to say:

More music, more art, more Adrian Belew!
This update includes the full FLUX store functionality, and the first expansion pack called 'FLUXette' is now available. It features over 25 minutes of brand-new Adrian Belew music and audio snippets, and a set of new 360° interactive visuals. Complete your collection, select the 'store' icon from the menu to check it out. Stay tuned for additional packs to be released in the near future.

We have listened to your feedback, and implemented some extra features:
- a REFRESH button is now available in the track info section, so if the tune finishes you can update the info to read about the currently-playing track without having to exit the screen.

- iPhone 6 and 6+ native compatibility [it now looks better on these devices].
- there were some reports of AirPlay compatibility issues, these should now be fixed.

- Apple Watch compatibility. FLUX on your wrist! Control your FLUX experience and read the track info, all from your Apple Watch. Is Adrian Belew the first musician to have a watch app? Maybe so!

- Audiobus compatibility. Yes that's right, you can now put FLUX by belew™ in the input slot or Audiobus, and then process the output with any of the amazing effects apps that are available. Of course, we suggest you start with Adrian's own FLUX:FX audio manipulation app!

Please keep the great reviews coming, and don't forget to share your FLUX by belew™ experiences on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

King Crimson In Japan 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 24, 2015

There are less than 50 tickets left for each of the first three nights in Tokyo. The fourth night is now SOLD OUT. As we speak there are only 50 tickets left for the first show in Osaka.Grab 'em soon!

Tokyo December 7(Mon)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 8(Tue)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 9(Wed)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December10(Thu)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00 Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Creativeman 03-3499-6669

Osaka December 12(Sat)Festival Hall
OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00 Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)

Osaka December 13(Sun) Festival Hall
OPEN 16:00 / START 17:00 Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Kyodo Information 0570-200-888

Nagoya December 21(Mon)Nagoya Century Hall
OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00 Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info> Sunday Folk Promotion / 052-320-9100

THRAK BOX Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 24, 2015
From the pages of Uncut and the pen of reviewer Mark Bentley.

Don't forget you can order the 16-disc THRAK BOX from Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

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