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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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Signed KC Banner For Charity
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 4, 2016
Thereís a chance to own a real King Crimson rarity - a King Crimson banner signed by all seven members of the band - and raise money for Cancer  Research.



This banner stand was displayed in the lobby of almost all shows on King Crimsonís 2015 tours of UK, Europe, Canada & Japan.

It measures 0.8m wide x 2.0m tall and comes in a zip case.

There are a few slight dents & marks on it (it has been all over the world during itís travels) but overall itís in very good condition. Please see the photos.

It was signed by ALL the current band members; Robert Fripp, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk & Bill Rieflin in Nagoya Japan on 21st December 2015 and is being auctioned for charity with their knowledge and blessing.

The successful winner of the auction will also receive a letter of authenticity from DGM and 100% of the profits will go directly to Cancer Research UK.

The autographed KC banner stand auction is now live on Ebay at 7pm and will run for 7 days.

KC In Paris - Review
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 4, 2016
In case you missed it first time around - and we did - hereís a lengthy observation of King Crimsonís 20th September Paris show.


Epitaph Top Ten
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 4, 2016
My thanks to rzachol who tells me that Epitaph is number ten in the Polish Greatest Songs Of All Time poll. Read all about it here (in Polish). 


Happy New Year!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 1, 2016
A happy 2016 from everyone in King Crimson and all at DGM.





Pennies From Pandora
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 31, 2015
The world of streaming services continues to be a somewhat uneven experience for artists. Pandora has recently been forced to up their royalty rate (thanks to Intrepid for the heads-up) and there's also news of a $150 million class action lawsuit against Spotify alleging "it knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted compositions without obtaining mechanical licenses." Read all about it here.


A New Beginning
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 31, 2015
There's a new course in January 2016 for anyone interested in developing a relationship with their guitar and music.



Check out the details here.


Best Of 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 31, 2015
King Crimson's appearance in Vancouver earlier this year is rated as one of the best live events of 2015 in the pages of the Vancouver Sun


The Story Of The Mellotron
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 30, 2015
Hereís something to listen to as you recover from the excesses of the festive period. Itís an interview with author Nick Awde, about his 2008 book, Mellotron: the machine and the musicians who revolutionised rock, first broadcast on Resonance FM. You can listen here


Happy Birthday Peter Sinfield
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 27, 2015
Peter Sinfield celebrates his birthday today. Originally a friend and song-writing partner of Ian McDonald, Sinfield first joined King Crimson as a roadie in early 1969 before going on to provide lights, lyrics and the name of the group.



Please raise a tipple of your favourite fancy and wish Peter the very best. 

Peace from Osaka
:: Posted by Mr Stormy on Thu., Dec 24, 2015
The Team have been busy to bring you this wonderful song just in time to listen to while you sip a tipple of your choice and munch on a mince pie.


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