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Grooveshark
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 18, 2011

There's an insight into the working methods of Grooveshark in the comments section of the Digital Music News. My thanks to Rockette for sending in the following post. He writes "The row about Grooveshark rumbles on at Digital Music News. Most commentators deplore the companyís lack of ethics, and of course there are the usual dismissive comments from Brave-New-Worlders claiming that the only future for the music biz is for all artists to give away their tracks for free.

This recent anonymous post caught my eye:

I work for Grooveshark. Here is some information from the trenches:

We are assigned a predetermined ammount of weekly uploads to the system and get a small extra bonus if we manage to go above that (not easy).The assignments are assumed as direct orders from the top to the bottom, we donít just volunteer to "enhance" the Grooveshark database.

All search results are monitored and when something is tagged as "not available", it getís queued up to our lists for upload. You have to visualize the database in two general sections: "known" stuff and "undiscovered/indie/underground". The "known" stuff is taken care internally by uploads. Only for the "undiscovered" stuff are the users involved as explained in some posts above. Practically speaking, there is not much need for users to upload a major label album since we already take care of this on a daily basis.

Are the above legal, or ethical? Of course not. Donít reply to give me a lecture. I know. But if the labels and their laywers canít figure out how to stop it, then I donít feel bad for having a job. Itís tough times.

Why am I disclosing all this? Well, I have been here a while and I donít like the attitude that the administration has aquired against the artists. They are the enemy. They are the threat. The things that are said internally about them would make you very very angry. Interns are promised getting a foot in the music industry, only to hear these people cursing and bad mouthing the whole industry all day long, to the point where you wonder what would happen if Grooveshark getís hacked by Anonymous one day and all the emails leak on some torrent or something.

And, to confirm the fears of the members of King Crimson, there is no way in hell you can get your stuff down. They are already tagged since you sent in your first complaint. The administration knows that you canít afford to sue for infringement.

Judging by the way Grooveshark have conducted themselves in their dealings with Declan Colgan and Robert Fripp, this has the ring of truth. In the old days, the enemy of musicians were what Zappa called "the old cigar-chomping guys"; now it appears there is a new foe, somewhat younger but just as devious and unscrupulous.  As Pete Townshend said, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss".


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And We're Back...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 28, 2016
We've been experiencing some server issues in the back end of the site. So, although the front of the site was up, the back end wasn't functioning properly making some actions - like news updates, etc - impossible. The bug has now been zapped and normal service resumed.  


King Crimson's iTunes
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 22, 2016
King Crimsonís iTunes page has some new additions to the roster this week, with Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair joining the very latest Crimson release, Live In Toronto.



Utilising the remasters undertaken by Robert Fripp that formed the core of the 30th Anniversary editions, all thirteen of King Crimsonís studio albums, from 1969 to 2003, are now available in the iTunes store.


All About Live In Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 22, 2016
John Kelman has been listening to King Crimson's Live In Toronto. Check it out here. 


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 21, 2016
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has dusted off a real treat for his latest selection. It's Robert Fripp sketching out some ideas for what would eventually appear as Prince Rupert's Lament. To grab this lovely work-in-progress take, recorded near the end of the Lizard sessions, go here


Stick Men Prog Noir 30 Date Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 20, 2016
Stick Men, featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, are embarking on a 30 date tour next month.



The dates for the tour are as follows:

APR 12, TUE - Woodstock, NY (Woodstock Music Lab)    
APR 13, WED - New Hope, PA (Havana New Hope)
APR 14, THU - Dunellen, NJ (NJ Prog House, Roxy & Dukes)
APR 15, FRI - New York, NY (The Iridium) - 2 shows
APR 16, SAT - New York, NY (The Iridium) - 2 shows
APR 17, SUN - Norfolk, CT (The Infinity Hall)
APR 19, TUE - Piermont, NY (The Turning Point)
APR 20, WED - Pawling, NY (Daryl's House)
APR 21, THU - Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)      
APR 22, FRI - Natick, MA (Natick Center For Arts)    
APR 23, SAT - Schenectady, NY (Van Dyck)
APR 24, SUN - Rochester, NY (Lovin' Cup)
APR 25. MON - Rochester, NY (Lovin' Cup)
APR 26, TUE - Syracuse, NY (The Lost Horizon)
APR 27, WED - Montreal, QC, Canada (Cafť Campus)    
APR 28, THU - Quebec City, QC, Canada (Le Cercle)
APR  29, FRI - Ottawa, ON, Canada (Maverick's) NEW !            
APR 30, SAT - Toronto, ON, Canada (The Mod Club)
MAY 1, SUN - Kitchener, ON, Canada (Dallas Night Club)      
MAY 3, TUE - Auburn Hills, MI (Callahan's Music Hall)
MAY 4, WED - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
MAY 5, THU - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
MAY 6, FRI - Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
MAY 7, SAT - Dubuque, IA (The Venue)
MAY 8, SUN - Minneapolis, MN (Fine Music Cafe)
MAY 10, TUE - Moline, IL (Rascals)
MAY 11, WED - St. Louis, MO (The Old Rock House)
MAY 13, FRI - Louisville, KY (Headliner)        
MAY 14, SAT - Columbus, OH  (Scarlet & Grey Caffe)
MAY 15, SUN - Cleveland, OH (Beachland Music Hall)

Elsewhere, Stick Men are also releasing Midori, a 2 CD set which also features ex-Crim, David Cross on violin and keyboards.



Previously only available as a download, the limited edition release will only be available either at the forthcoming gigs or via the group's bandcamp page.


KC Live In Toronto Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 17, 2016
The first full concert release by this incarnation of King Crimson is released this week.



The 2-disc set captures the band in full-flight in a decisive performance. The show, already available for download, has prompted these reactions from site visitors.

"What an album! Couple of points - firstly itís a brilliant live recording and mix, and also firstly itís a brilliant performance. Everyone is brilliant, though itís most noticeable that Mel Collins has now properly found his place in the many hot tunes that didnít originally have a wind part."


"'Larks Tongues In Aspic, Part I' -- The highlight for me. Gave me chills on my first listen."

"This is a wonderful document of a band on fire - and they certainly were that night. For those underwhelmed by last yearís Orpheum release, this may well be the cure. For those simply waiting for a more complete Crim Mk.VIII experience, this is very much the real deal, presented virtually unaltered. It presents the band in all the breadth of its sweep, and finally does justice to the jaw-dropping triple-drummer frontline. The stereo mix is dynamic, clear, almost too good to be true for a live mix!"

"Many are still asking the question "Why three drummers?" I can say that I am not after hearing this. This band is smoking hot. At times, there are moments of sublime beauty, and at others, borderline cacophony, and everything in between that youíve come to expect from King Crimson."


"This is a wonderful concert with the highs of Epitaph and Easy Money! It canīt be better!"


You can order it via Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe).

King Crimson At Plumpton 1969
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 14, 2016
King Crimson's appearance at the Plumpton Festival in 1969 is available to download today. Although this show has long been available as part of the Epitaph set released in 1997, there's been several calls for it to be added to the site, not least of all by site visitor, Harry Spade.

It's a great audience recording that captures the band on especially good form.



The Plumpton concert is available to download here.

Keith Emerson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Mar 12, 2016
The death of Keith Emerson was announced yesterday. Keithís work with The Nice and then Emerson, Lake and Palmer saw him emerge as one of the pivotal figures in the late í60s rock music and throughout the 1970s.

King Crimson supported The Nice in 1969, notably at Croydonís Fairfield Hall which yielded The Niceís Five Bridges album, and when both bands played various bills America during November. It was there, following McDonald and Gilesí announcement they would be leaving the group, that Emerson and Lake began discussing the possibilities of working together.

Emerson had several connections to King Crimson beyond his obvious association with Greg Lake and later, Peter Sinfield, with both Andy McCulloch and Ian Wallace renting rooms in the keyboard playerís flat in Londonís Drayton Gardens.  

In 2014 Jakko Jakszykís surround sound and new stereo remixes of Brain Salad Surgery were released, followed a year later by Jakkoís remix of their 1972 album, Trilogy.

The team at DGMLive sends its condolences to Keithís family.

UPDATE: Greg Lake pays tribute to Keith Emerson.

"To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

As sad and tragic as Keith's death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.

My deepest condolences go to Keith's family. May he now be at peace."


Trey Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 11, 2016
There's an interview with Trey Gunn just been posted where he talks about his approach to his chosen instrument, being asked to join King Crimson and lots of other topics. Check it out here. Also check out Trey's updated blog in which he relates his recent experiences as part of the 3Below event where he shared a platform with Michael Manring and Alonso Arreola. 


Sir George Martin
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 9, 2016
The death of Sir George Martin at the age of 90 has understandably prompted a wave of tributes. Both Robert Fripp and Ian McDonald have cited The Beatles, and therein Martin's work with them, as being an important influence.

John Wetton worked with Sir George on many occasions as he told me in 2014. "Back in 1970 I was taken under George Martinís wing. for some reason he liked what I did and he used me again and again on sessions. He was great. It was like having the Duke of Edinburgh for your grandad. Heíd show me around and tell me about his new engine heíd got in his car and all that sort of stuff. Iím very grateful to him because I earned so much money when everybody else was starving at that point in 1970. For a while I was part of the furniture at AIR when it first opened. He had me playing on loads of singles, Kodak adverts, and I did one album with Larry Norman and I also did the second Edwards Hands album with him.Ē

Jakko Jakszyk also paid tribute to Martin via his Facebook page.
 
"Saddened to hear of the passing of the great George Martin. A unique talent and true innovator. Indeed the shaper of the music I grew up with. The inventor of numerous studio techniques that we've all copied since and an amazing arranger of strings and brass. There really will never be anyone comparable I suspect."

You can also read about own favourite George Martin moments over on the blog.


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