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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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Ade's NAMM Flashback
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 10, 2015
Adrian Belew was interviewed at the recent NAMM event talking about FLUX FX and a brand new project that's still a bit hush-hush. Check out the interview right here. 


In The Court Of Fro Hawk Two Feathers
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 10, 2015
My thanks to John Hessell for sending this in. "I recently went to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY and saw an exhibit by the artist Fro Hawk Two Feathers. His art work is unique, historical, spiritual, and imaginative.

This exhibit was about his work on the wars in the Hudson Valley involving the Frenglish, Dutch, Lenape and more.  It is historical fiction in various mediums.

While researching his work I found this past exhibit. It was a few years ago, though some of the works from that show were exhibited at the Hudson River Museum. King Crimson, he is in more places than you know!"


Soundscape Sunday: Glass And Breath
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Feb 8, 2015
Welcome to the first in an occasional series where we put the spotlight on the archive of Robert Fripp soundscapes that have amassed in the DGMLive vaults over the years.

First up is Glass And Breath which Robert recorded at DGM Soundworld back in May 2007. It was released almost immediately - about as hot off the press as it's possible to get - and is still available for free.



You can download the album here. 

If you're a fan of any of the soundscapes that you've downloaded from the site why not write a short review - no more than 200 words - and send it to us at competitions@dgmlive.com marked SOUNDSCAPE SUNDAY.

If we feature your review in the Soundscape Sunday slot you will receive a free download of your choice from the entire DGMLive library for your trouble. Only one submission per person please so make it count.  OK get writing!


Up Close With Fripp & Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Feb 8, 2015
Robert and Patricia Fripp are guest speakers at this year's Public Speaking Conference in Las Vegas at the end of this month. Check out the website for details on how you can stream their contributions direct to your computer.


The Night Jakko's Life Changed!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 4, 2015
If you missed Jakko Jakszyk's appearance on the Prog magazine radio on Sunday, the whole show is now available via their on demand player.



The interview with Jakko, in which he talks about seeing King Crimson for the first time in 1971 and many other stories along the way, starts at around 73 minutes.

King Crimson Confirm Live Dates In 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 3, 2015
Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015 for a series of performances across the UK and in Europe.



Beginning in Aylesbury on 31st August the band then appear in several cities in the UK and Europe throughout September, making this is most extensive list of UK dates played by King Crimson since the 1980s.

The current incarnation of the group consists of  Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar), and has been described by Rolling Stone as ďone of the best new bands on the road right now.Ē

Mon     31st Aug, Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tues    1st Sept, Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Wed    3rd Sept, St.Davidís Hall, Cardiff
Sat    5th Sept, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton
Mon    7th Sept, Hackney Empire, London
Tues    8th Sept, Hackney Empire, London
Fri    11th Sept, Lowry, Manchester,
Mon    14th Sept, Symphony Hall,Birmingham
Thurs    17th Sept, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Mon    21st Sept, Olympia, Paris
Tue     22nd Sept, Olympia, Paris
Thurs    24th Sept, Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht
Fri    25th Sept, Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht

Tickets are on-sale from 9am on Friday 6th February priced at £39.50 / £50.00 / £65.00 regionally and £50.00 / £75.00 / £85.00 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from Livenation
Tickets for the Aylesbury shows can be obtained here from Friday 6th February.



Cheating The Polygraph Tracklisting
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 3, 2015
Gavin Harrison has revealed more details about his forthcoming album, Cheating The Polygraph. For a full tracklisting of the Porcupine Tree tunes given a big band reworking, click here! 


A Crafty Symphony
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 3, 2015
Robert Fripp will be leading what is titled The Symphony Of Crafty Guitarists in Holland later this year. The event is part of a week-long course organised by the Guitar Circle of Europe. For more details and how to take part, check out the website here.  


Starless In Situ 10 - 13
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 2, 2015
A bumper crop of Starless In Situ today. First up is Chris Meixner who writes ďCould not resist this one. The 'White Monolith' not only finds a new friendly home in the Milwaukee area but a K-nine Krimson fan as well. She told me she thought Lark's Tongues would make a tasty snack! (She's also been known to sample 'Cat Food'.)Ē



Next comes Don Henson, who clearly can rest easy now his copy of Starless has arrived.



Luigi Ametta in Turin, Italy shows his Starless box is in some good company...



Finally John Hessel shares a pic of Starless on the road!



Stream Fripp & Fripp In Your Living Room
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 2, 2015
Patricia Fripp explains what's going on at the Lady & The Champs Speakers Conference at the end of this month and how you can listen and watch Robert's contribution in the comfort of your own home. Click here for Patricia and more details of how to sign up.


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