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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 company’s 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 don’t just volunteer to "enhance" the Grooveshark database.

All search results are monitored and when something is tagged as "not available", it get’s 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. Don’t reply to give me a lecture. I know. But if the labels and their laywers can’t figure out how to stop it, then I don’t feel bad for having a job. It’s tough times.

Why am I disclosing all this? Well, I have been here a while and I don’t 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 get’s 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 can’t 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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Mr.Mundy's Tuesday Tickle
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Alex Mundy has been digging around the vaults and has come up with a previously unheard piece from King Crimson's 2004 writing sessions. The piece in question, Mellow II features a rather laid-back kinda Crim. Check it out here.


America's Greatest Innovation?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Vernon Reid nominates the electric guitar as America's greatest innovation and name checks a certain guitarist as a pioneer of the instrument in this radio piece.


Warning Sign
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 24, 2016
My thanks to Stahlhofen, who spotted this on the interweb...



Celestial Fripp Sound
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 23, 2016
Robert Fripp’s contributions to David Bowie’s Heroes were under the spotlight in a documentary aired on part two of BBC4’s Music Moguls:Masters Of Pop series last night. Producer Tony Visconti, sat at the mixing desk, went through individual tracks, detailing how the song was built up. The segment in the main programme can be found at around 25 minutes.



There’s more detail in this special 20 minute extract of the interview with Tony Visconti in which he describes the three guitar tracks laid down by King Crimson’s other guitarist as that "celestial Fripp sound". The section on Fripp starts at around 4.56.

Heroes is also the subject of this review commissioned by Pitchfork since Bowie’s death.

Robert Fripp String Quintet in Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 22, 2016
You can take a look and listen to the Robert Fripp String Quintet over on our Youtube channel. Taken from the RFSQ Video release "Live in Japan", it was filmed at Tokyo FM Hall for "Wowow" TV on November 11th, 1992.


Fripp, Giorgio & The Parrot
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 19, 2016
The death of record label executive and producer Giorgio Gomelsky was announced last week. Here's a remembrance of the man by Brian Cullman in which Robert Fripp makes a cameo appearance. 


Aaaaaaaah! Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 19, 2016
Aaaaaaaah! featuring a soundtrack created by various King Crimson ProjeKcts and the acting talent of Julian Barrett, Noel Fielding, Toyah Willcox, Julian Rhind-Tutt and others is reviewed here. 


Greg Lake Reissued & Honoured
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 19, 2016
Greg Lake has a couple of albums reissued and has received an honourary degree from from the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy.



Thus sayeth the blurb:

Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit “LUCKY MAN” and co-wrote “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”.
 
This 2-CD set collects together both of Lake’s two solo albums, his first self-titled album (1981) and his second album “Manoeuvres” (1983). The set includes FOUR BONUS TRACKS which have never been included on any re-issue of the albums, only on separate rarities albums.
 
The first album and its three bonus tracks feature all of the members of TOTO with the exception of Bobby Kimball as Lake handles all lead vocals. Both albums also feature appearances GARY MOORE on guitar.
 
Both CDs have received a 2015 REMASTER which has the personal approval of GREG LAKE. The booklet includes extensive liner notes. This is a great and easy way to buy both of Greg Lake’s studio albums and all the rarities connected to these albums in one place.
 
Track Listing:
 
DISC ONE: GREG LAKE
1. NUCLEAR ATTACK
2. LOVE YOU TOO MUCH
3. IT HURTS
4. BLACK AND BLUE
5. RETRIBUTION DRIVE
6. LONG GOODBYE
7. THE LIE
8. SOMEONE
9. LET ME LOVE YOU ONCE
10. FOR THOSE WHO DARE
 
BONUS TRACKS
11. YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
12. YOU’RE GOOD WITH YOUR LOVE
13. COLD SIDE OF A WOMAN
 
DISC TWO: MANOEUVRES
1. MANOEUVRES
2. TOO YOUNG TO LOVE
3. PARALYSED
4. A WOMAN LIKE YOU
5. I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE TONIGHT
6. IT'S YOU, YOU GOTTA BELIEVE
7. FAMOUS LAST WORDS
8. SLAVE TO LOVE
9. HAUNTED
10. I DON'T KNOW WHY I STILL LOVE YOU
BONUS TRACK
11. HOLD ME

“Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on 2-CD Set: Amazon CD

In other news, on January 9th Greg received an honourary degree from the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy! This was the very first honourary degree for music the prestigious university has ever awarded!



From Ronson To Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 16, 2016
Another tribute to David Bowie and essential guitarists gracing his records with their distinctive styles and approaches. 


Five Years Rescreened
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 15, 2016
In the days following the announcement of David Bowie's death, a lot of tributes have been paid to the man and his music. The BBC re-screened their acclaimed documentary Five Years,which features contributions from many of the musicians who worked with Bowie, including Robert Fripp. It's available on iPlayer for another 25 days. Fripp also crops up on this list of Bowie's most notable musical collaborations, and also in Prog magazine's selection of Bowie highpoints. 


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