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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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#KC2014 - More From Madison
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 26, 2014
Here's a bunch of videos shot at King Crimson's recent visit to Madison.

First up, Fripp The Sister - Patricia Fripp gives you a guided tour of the merch table at Madison. If you'd like to hand over your hard-earned pay to Patricia in person, she'll be working the crowd at KC's appearance in San Francisco. 

Secondly, Pictures of a sound check - the Crims sign, hit, blow, pluck and tap their feet!

Finally, the crowd in Madison show their appreciation for what was pretty much a kick-ass concert.


#KC2014 - KC At Kimmel Review
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 26, 2014
"Jakszyk delivered exceptional lead vocals and solid guitar playing. He shared duties on lead guitar with Fripp, and the two played the occasional double lead with flawless precision." Read the full review here. 


Fripp & Eno - For Fans Only
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 26, 2014
There's a splendidly dopey review of Fripp & Eno Live In Paris over at Audiophile Audition. 


How To Tour In A Band
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 25, 2014
My thanks to Pat Mastelotto's For Drummer's Only page for sharing Thor's Rules - a priceless guide to touring in a band.


Brothers In Jazz
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 25, 2014
As well as being on tour with King Crimson, Tony has a new album out alongside his keyboard playing brother, Pete. You can find out about the new Levin Brothers album right here. 


#KC2014 - Rock 'n' Roll & Shopping
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 24, 2014
The stars of King Crimson and crew reveal their intimate shopping lists in Madison, Wisconsin right here. 


#KC2014 - NYC Vox Pops
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 24, 2014
Some more thoughts from folks fresh out of the gigs in NYC right here! 


#KC2014 - Pictures Of A Merch Table
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 24, 2014
Here's the view of the merch table and merch guru Adrian Holmes of on the DGMLive Youtube channel. 


#KC2014 - Pictures Of A Load In
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 24, 2014
A behind the scenes look at setting up for the shows in New York can be found right here. 


#KC2014 - More From NY
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 23, 2014
"sinuous, intricate music" says the Hollywood Reporter in a review of King Crimson's first night in New York.  


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