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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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Just Michael Giles
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 12, 2014
This just in from Michael Giles no less! "Due to the current hot debate about tuning on the DGM Live Forum, I write to let you know of my Blogstone which contains essays on various subjects Ė including THE Bflat TENOR KNEE PUMP with toe hold, and the tuning problems associated with itís formidible sibling -  THE Fsharp BARITONE KNEE PUMP with  internal plunger, double flange-droppings filter bags and Seven Sevtaves of 14 notes.
 
Readers and writers of DGM Forum might be interested in these rare instruments and their unusual tunings" Michael's unique musical musings can be found here.
 


King Crimson Record Club On Twitter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 11, 2014

On Thursday 13th Feb at 7.30p.m. GMT Crimheads on Twitter are getting together to listen to King Crimson's debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King in its entirety, live-tweeting reaction as it plays.

This is the first King Crimson Record Club event for Twitter - the virtual equivalent of getting together with a bunch of mates and chinwagging in real time as the album plays.

If you'd like to take part all you need is a Twitter account and follow the hashtag #KCRC or by following @thesidsmith.

The King Crimson Record Club press PLAY at 7.30p.m. GMT prompt.



Crim On The Box
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 11, 2014
King Crimson were mentioned several times on BBC4 last night during Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades. As well as the cover of Court being prominently featured in the background montage of album covers, Viv Albertine of The Slits cited her love of the first KC album to much nodding from the other guests.  LTIA and Red were also mentioned in recaps of particular years of the 70s, although pedantic train-spotters spluttered with apoplexy when Red's release year was cited as 1975.

At the end of the hour-long programme each guest was asked to pick an album that represented something special.  Viv Albertine chose a KoKoMo album (which of course contains Mel Collins) and host, Danny Baker picked up his treasured copy of Still by Peter Sinfield.


The show is available in the UK via the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.





Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 10, 2014
If you've wanted to hear Robert play some rock 'n' roll, well now you can in this fab selection courtesy of Mister Stormy. 


The Beatles, The Boss & KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 10, 2014
This just in from noted Hellboy, Tom Redmond.

"Yesterday Joanne and I went to an all-day event at Monmouth University focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Beatlesí arrival in the US.  There were a variety of panel discussions and some live performances Ė overall a very good day supported by exceptional research and professionalism.
 
The final panel was made up of several musicians including the original (1972) drummer in Bruce Springsteenís East Street Band.  A question to the panel regarding how much the Beatles influenced the original Springsteen line up. The drummer, Vin Lopez, responded, ďWe only listened to King CrimsonĒ.  Joanne jumped out of her seat and threw an enthusiastic elbow into my side.  I must say that Vinís comment and the flying elbow took my breath away."

 

 


Ain't Life Tweet
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 5, 2014
Here's a tweet from yesterday to get a Crimhead's pulse a-racing : @toyahofficial Picked Bill Rieflin up from terminal 5. King Crimson start rehearsals this week. And The Humans make plans xxx


Doing Something With All That Jazz
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 5, 2014
My thanks to Laurence for sending in this clipping regarding Sony's plans for its jazz catalogue and reminding me of the classic Ronnie Scott quip: How do you make a million pounds playing jazz? Start off with two million.  


Fripp's In The Bag
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 4, 2014
My thanks to Sean Hollenhors for the heads-up about this video of Dan Briggs of metal band Between the Buried and Me discussing what's in his bag at Amoeba Music. Check it out here.


Digital Royalties
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 4, 2014
Here's a tale of Survivor and the difficulty they've had with some royalties. 


At A Distance
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 4, 2014
There's a Guitar Circle Of Europe Spring 2014 Preparation - AAD (At-A-Distance) Course happening on Monday, February 17th to Friday, April 18th, 2014

This Course is recommended as a preparation for the upcoming OCG Special Performance Projects, particularly the OCG VIII in Italy next Spring.

If you wish to participate please send your Application Letter to HernŠn NuŮez: hnunez@t-online.de, also contact him directly if you have any questions about these courses.

Application Letters for the AAD please include a recent photo (file size should be no more than 1Mb).

Those who wish to participate in both courses can apply to a special discount, ask for this if needed, please. Find out more details here.

The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists VIII - Special Performance Project
Tuesday 29th of April to Monday 5th of May, 2014, Casa Stella Maris, Caorle, Italy. More details here.


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