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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 - Soundchecking At The Egg
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 9, 2014
Some snaps of the mighty beast of Crim in soundchecking mode prior to last night's run-through for friends and family...




























#KC2014 - Albany Announcement
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 9, 2014
Tonight's show at The Egg in Albany begins at 7.30 prompt. Access to the auditorium is by lift (or elevator as the Americans have it) only. For those attending the show tonight please make sure you allow yourself enough time get into the auditorium in order not to miss the start of the show. You definitely do NOT want to miss the start of the show.



#KC2014 - You want a T-shirt?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 9, 2014
The view from the warehouse as #KC2014 merch master Adrian Holmes gets his orders of T-shirts together for the kick off of the tour proper tonight at The Egg in Albany.





Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 8, 2014
Mister Stormy's excelled himself with this amazing expose of the guitar parts for One More Red Nightmare. 


#KC2014 - Jakko Interviewd
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 6, 2014
Jakko Jakszyk talks about his rather spiffing new PRS guitar and other things in this interview, which also contains a video of Jakko and the guitar in action.



#KC2014 - Tony's Pix
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 6, 2014
Tony Levin has added another gallery of photographs from the Applehead rehearsal sessions here.


#KC2014 - Melloscapes???
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 5, 2014
This video from Robert Fripp at the King Crimson rehearsals contains a brief excerpt of a remote-controlled mellotron and a burst of guitar - check it out here.


#KC2014 - Bill, Tony & Gavin Vox-Popped
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 5, 2014
More commentary from the Crims as Robert Fripp and his camera delves deeper into the King Crimson rehearsals. 


#KC2014 - Three KC Principles & Two Old Goats
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 5, 2014
Here's what happens when you get two old goats together...


#KC2014 - Happy Birthday Mel Collins
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 5, 2014
Birthday greetings and a bottle of convivial bubbliness to the man who Robert Fripp refers to in reverential tones as The Guvínor. Mel Collins celebrates his birthday today.



Mel Collins, Elstree August 2014

Mel is of course over in the States with King Crimson where they are in rehearsal for the start of next weekís tour. Itís often easier to list who Mel hasnít played with over the course of over five decades of being a professional musician.

However, Crimheads of a certain persuasion hold his contributions to Crimson with a special regard. You can pass on your birthday greetings to Mel via the guestbook and perhaps share with us your favourite Mel Collins moment both within Crimson and beyond.

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