|Grooveshark: Where Are We Now?
|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 7, 2013
Isn't it odd that Grooveshark got the same 'exclusive' stream of David Bowie's forthcoming album, The Next Day, as iTunes. Read all about it here.
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Seven Heads Are Better Than One
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 31, 2016
Ahead of their forthcoming European tour, King Crimson have released this new portrait of the band, the first to include drummer and keyboard player, Jeremy Stacey.
Jeremy is replacing regular drummer and keyboardist, Bill Rieflin, who is currently on sabbatical from the group.
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 29, 2016
Courtesy of Pat Mastelotto today, the team are getting the flight cases ready for the start of the tour.
Radical Action Is In The Building...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 26, 2016
The view earlier today.
Taken from the 2015 tours of the UK, Canada & Japan, Radical Action represents the most comprehensive release for this incarnation of King Crimson, and will be available as a 3cd/1blu-ray set, and in a 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition.
Radical Action features every song and piece performed by Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp and as Fripp commented last month while supervising mixing, “This is King Crimson… re-imagined.”
The details for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows.
CDs presented as individually themed “virtual studio albums” with no audible audience & mixed for audio presentation
One Blu-Ray featuring a complete set-list drawn from Japanese concert performances – almost 3 hours of music - in high-resolution stereo & 5.1 surround audio complete with “picture off” mode allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio. (24/48khz as per original recordings)
Two DVDs featuring the full concert performances in stereo & 5.1 surround sound.
Expanded, perfect bound, booklet: 36 pages with additional tour photos.
Six disc set presented in two triple digi-packs with booklet housed in an outer slipcase.
Audio/Video performances include:
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Radical Action II
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
In the Court of the Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man
Suitable Grounds for the Blues
One More Red Nightmare
All copies come with a postcard featuring Francesca Sundsten’s striking cover artwork
It has been stated many times that King Crimson is not so much a band as it is “a way of doing things”. Less frequently stated but equally true, is the fact that the band inevitably seeks different ways of doing things. The current incarnation of the band, 2014 – the present day, has already released two taster sets in the form of 2015’s Live at the Orpheum mini-album and the vinyl picture disc EP that accompanied the 2015 tours of Canada and Japan, while the full raw concert performance from a single night in Toronto in 2015 was presented as a 2CD set earlier this year to great acclaim.
Now, with the release of Radical Action comes the most fully realised audio and visual statement from this band to date, running to three themed CDs and a Blu-Ray disc offering the filmed content along with an audio only option in lossless high resolution stereo and surround sound.
The set includes at least one performance of every song/piece of music played by King Crimson in 2015, some pieces originally composed in 1969 the year of the band’s inception, others composed/initially performed at a variety of points since, some new to the tour, all arranged for this specific line-up. Indeed it is characteristic of this King Crimson – in direct contrast to all other post 1970s line-ups - to feature a broad range of material from the 1969 - 1974 era, performed in such a manner as to maintain much of what made the music so arresting when first issued, while arranged for fresh interpretation by the seven piece line-up of today. As Fripp put it (when asked what the title of the album meant to him): “What I like about this band is, that what it is actually doing is not what it appears to be doing...”. The idea of King Crimson re-imagined, that the music as presented is new,irrespective of when originally composed, is the key element in this band’s makeup.
The set will be released to coincide with King Crimson’s most extensive European tour since 1974, with performances slated to include, for the first time ever, material from all seven of King Crimson’s 1969 – 1974 iconic studio albums and with limited availability via mail order and concert venues.
Audio: Three themed CDs of material recorded in 2015, each forming a separate discrete
performance with audio selected from a variety of shows and fully mixed from multi-track tapes by Chris Porter, Robert Fripp and David Singleton. As no audience is audible between tracks, this allows for a “virtual studio album” effect. (The current King Crimson line-up was deliberately conceived as a performing band rather than as a band concerned with making full studio recordings).
Video: Among the problems most associated with filming live performance, perhaps the key problems are those of the film-makers’ cameras intruding on the audience’s capacity to enjoy the show without interruption and the intrusion of the cameras on the band’s performance. In effect, both performance and audience response must be misrepresented to approximate a live show for later consumption. In order to record the performances more accurately, a series of Japanese concerts was captured via a number of discreet cameras in a “video vérité” style – with neither band nor audience disturbed by filming – by Trevor Wilkins who also edited and assembled the footage.
Audio/Video: Two DVD discs featuring the complete concert performances. Blu-Ray features the concert film in high-resolution [24/48] stereo and 5.1 surround sound with additional ‘video off’ mode allowing for high-resolution audio only playback in stereo and surround sound.
In essence the music can be experienced in a number of different ways – as continuous uninterrupted audio on CD, as a viewable concert performance in stereo or 5.1 surround on the DVDs and Blu-Ray, or in high-resolution, lossless audio stereo or 5.1 surround without pictures on the Blu-Ray.
Schizoid Man Sighting
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 25, 2016
My thanks to EleKtriK_Udi for sending in this pic of the Schizoid Man face, spotted in the south side of Tel Aviv.
David Enthoven - The Last Goodbye
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 25, 2016
Journalist Richard Williams’ blog has an affectionate account of David Enthoven’s funeral yesterday, including this heart-warming passage.
One of the morning’s pleasures, over which the man in whose memory we were gathered would certainly have shared a chuckle, was the sight of Fripp, Eno and Ferry (so much history there, from Ferry’s failed audition for King Crimson to Fripp and Eno’s collaboration on No Pussyfooting and beyond) joining the singing of “All Things Bright and Beautiful”. You don’t get that every day.
You can read the whole thing here.
Stick Men's Prog Noir
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 24, 2016
Stick Men have a new album scheduled for release in October. Prog Noir
features new material which the band say is more song-orientated than
before. Featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, the
album is available in various deluxe packages and extras. Check out the pre-order page where you can listen to a few pieces as well as take a peek at a video for The Tempest.
You can also listen to an exclusive preview of the track, Plutonium over on Podcasts From The Yellow Room - scroll to 2.50 to check it out.
Thus sayeth the blurb...
Stick Men's new album “Prog Noir” is
available in pre-sale in 3 formats: Signed Limited Edition Combo Package
- Deluxe Box Set (2LP/2CD/Poster) with T-Shirt; Regular CD and Download
(WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats)
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION
COMBO PACKAGE DELUXE BOX SET (2LP/2CD/POSTER) + T-SHIRT
• 2LP 180 grams gatefold (the LP has a, 11 minute
bonus tracks on the Side B of the second LP, which is not included in
the regular CD package)
• 2CD special edition of the new album,
Digipack. (Disk One is the regular 10 track album. Disk Two contains 8
• Full color poster of the album artwork (17x22 inches)
Full color T-Shirt (front only). Available in Navy Blue and Black.
ALL BOX SETS WILL BE SIGNED BY ALL 3 BAND MEMBERS (Tony, Pat & Markus).
All orders will be shipped in the late October.
are $140 USD / 120 EUR plus shipping.
Those who contribute $200 USD /
190 EUR or more, will have their names included in credits inside of the
This special box set includes digital pre-order of “Prog
Noir”. Fans will get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more),
plus the complete album the moment it's released.
SINGLE CD, REGULAR EDITION of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks) can be pre-ordered for $17 USD / 15 Euros plus shipping
DOWNLOAD of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks in WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats) can be pre-ordered for $10 US / 8 EUR
Exclusively available at:
(orders placed from North, Central and South America, Middle East,
Africa and Asia)
(orders placed from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 23, 2016
There's an affectionate tribute to David Enthoven, who died last week, published today in Music Week.
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 23, 2016
Curved Air have a new album out that was directly inspired by Schizoid Men, the second disc from King Crimson's Ladies Of The Road.
Tapestry Of Propositions, presents a special version their song, Propositions, and the improvs that usually follow. Taken from several different gigs, the music has been woven into an hour-long suite of music.
Apparently the venture came after the Curved Air team listened to Schizoid Men, the extended version of 21st Century Schizoid Man, which seamlessly connected all the guitar solos from the parent track as performed by Boz, Mel, Ian and Robert. You can find out more about Tapestry Of Propositions here.
KC Rehearsals Part Two
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 19, 2016
Here's some more pictures from yesterday's rehearsals.
Thursday 18th. August, 2016 at 10.32.
It's that time again!
Photographer: Deptford John
King Crimson on Wednesday 17th. August, 2016 at 12.49: photographed by Dean Stockings being photographed by Toyah Willcox...
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