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New King Crimson Line-Up Confirmed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 24, 2013

The 8th incarnation of King Crimson will be Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp.

Writing on his (not yet published) dairy for September 24th Fripp notes "The Point Of Crim-Seeing was of a conventional Back Line – Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin and Pat Matstelotto - reconfigured as the Front Line, with Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk and myself as Back Line."

Robert goes on "All the Crims have expressed great excitement at the return to Go! mode. Given the considerable commitments of all members, it will take a year before Crimson is able to perform."
 
Bill Rieflin mentioned to me that he told Jacknife Lee (REM and Robbie Williams’ producer) of the triple drumming, and Jacknife’s reply: Of course. We know what two drummers sound like! I’m hoping we’ll find out, and have a pile of fun doing so."

In his (not yet published) diary for September 7th Fripp begins "dear brother crims, we have one year to prepare for action of the savage variety, and be in Go! mode for september 2014… but essentially, King Crimson is in motion."

Robert expects that they’ll be rehearsing, in full and small group formations over that period.


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Live At The Orpheum 'Sublime'
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Feb 1, 2015
The latest album by King Crimson has been reviewed in the appropriately named Gusto section of the Buffalo News. Check it out here. Elsewhere, I'm grateful to Pawel for sending in this link to a review of the album in the pages of Rzeczpospolita,  "one of the top Polish daily newspapers," says Pawel.


Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 31, 2015
Tony Levin was interviewed at NAMM where he talks about the cello, the Levin Brothers and something else. Now what was it...find out here 


Live At The Orpheum At Home 7 - 9
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 29, 2015
Time for another batch of snaps sent in by folks who’ve got their copy of Live At The Orpheum. First up is John who sends his salutations from the borders town of Lauder, in Scotland...



Jeremy in Ashbourne, Victoria in Australia writes "Here’s the download of the album at home with some of its friends"...



Finally, Elijah Hibit (he didn’t say where he was from) sent in this snap...



"My first foray into buying an album on iTunes the day it’s released right onto my phone. It’s kept me company at work ever since. Love it! Thanks for making it available on iTunes! That said...still getting the vinyl next time I hit the ol’ record store. :)"

Please keep your snaps of Live At The Orpheum at home coming in. My own vinyl copy arrived in the office yesterday. You can take a peek over on the blog.

Orpheum Picked
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jan 28, 2015
Live At The Orpheum is the subject of this Critics' Pick. 


Mister Stormy's Tuesday Giveaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
OK - this should have gone up yesterday but the hamster running the wheel that generates the steam to crank up my internet connection futzed out on me. There being no rabbit to hand and a very reluctant cat very much intent on not being herded into said wheel, Stormy Mundy's Monday Selection had to wait 24 hours until the hamster could be sufficiently resuscitated. So here it is, Mister Stormy's Monday Selection on a Tuesday: The Night Watch unedited performance from Glasgow 1973. 


Jakko's On The Radio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
In addition to being interviewed in the January edition of Guitar player magazine, Jakko Jaksyzk is set to appear on radio this week.



He'll be talking things Crimson on Team Rock's Prog Magazine Radio show on Sunday 1st February with host, Phil Wilding.

The KC guitarist has also recorded his own one hour 'Take Over' edition of the show where he chooses the music and talks about his influences, though no transmission date has been fixed yet. Stay tuned for further details. 

Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph sampler
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
You can hear samples from Gavin Harrison's Cheating The Polygraph album due out in April, right here.  


How To Be A Hero For More Than One Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
There are three types of hero and Robert Fripp will be talking with his sister Patricia about which one you might be at the Lady and the Champs 2015 Speakers' Conference on  February 28th and March 1st. Click here to watch Patricia tell you all about it. The workshop will be streamed live  and subscribers get one year's worth of video replays. Check out the Lady and the Champs website for details.


Four Go Forth For Five
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
Last year bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera released an album entitled Fourth Dementia (which you can sample here). Julie and Marco are about to undertake a short tour of the east coast of the USA. They'll be joined by Pat Mastelotto and guitarist, Tim Motzer.



The dates are:
27 Jan - Gypsy Sally’s, Washington DC
28 Jan - 8x10, Baltimore, MD
29 Jan - NJ Proghouse, Dunellen, NJ
30 Jan - Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
31 Jan - Spectrum, New York City, NY


Fripp For Homework
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
My thanks to Sean H for sending in this link from The Guardian in which Robert Fripp's music is recommended as an aide to studying and homework. "The whole idea is not to let the head drop. Brian Eno may be an obvious choice, but let’s throw in his one-time collaborator, the magnificent Robert Fripp as another option. His At The End Of Time album is a masterstroke: he creates a symphony in sound, and takes you on a trip intense enough to get any piece of work rocking in the right direction. Check out Cerys Mathew's piece in full here.


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