|:: 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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 22, 2013
Trey Gunn, currently hiking in India, has updated his Facebook page with reports of a collision with a motorcycle. Fortunately, every one concerned was bruised but otherwise fine. For those without Facebook. here's his account of the incident.
"In Udaipur, Rajasthan. Fantastic city with lakes and temples and hills and towering buildings. Plus some super great food.
I have a fantastic collision with a motorcycle last night. The streets
are an obstacle courses and a half. And so it seems my timing is quite
different from the locals -- they move a bit slower and more consistent.
Joe and I were crossing a relatively smallish, but very busy,
street as I saw my opening and began to move. I turned back to look the
other way and there was a motorcycle headlight bearing right down on
me. My body leapt out of the way and I crashed right into another cycle
coming from the other direction with no headlamp on. My body retained it
composure and, even though I couldn't see anything, I cleaned knocked
the guy and his motorcycle over. I was still standing, though pretty
stunned. The whole street stopped moving and fell silent as we gathered
ourselves back together.
In the normal Indian fashion he was way more concerned about me than either himself or his bike."
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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 21, 2013
My thanks to Pekka Ranta from Finland for this one of The Road To Red box. Pekka writes "The Precision Bass is on it too because the booklet pictures of ladies-man Wetton made me think about painting the bass white and removing the scratchplate. I'll pass the leather shirt 'though."
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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 19, 2013
According to Ryan, heís got a big smile on his face down in Murfreesboro, TN. Hereís why...
Fripp In Nashville
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 16, 2013
In 2004 Robert Fripp recorded what amounts to a studio album in just one take in this soundscapes session.
You can download it here.
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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 16, 2013
Zonga Dude writes "The Road To Red has joined its fellow British box set companions, here in France."
And The Winner Is...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 15, 2013
Congratulations to Guy Vella in Florida. Guy was able to tell me that the name of the guitarist with whom Tony Levin and Alan White collaborated with in 2011 was none other than David Torn. Guy's name was picked at random from the fickle fedora of fate and as a result, he wins a copy of Levin, Minnemann Rudess.
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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Dec 13, 2013
Here's what George Chacona had to say after his copy of The Road To Red turned up: The Beast arrived today and as I was listening to Asbury Park on my
headphones I found my memory of the Cow Palace gig. Thank you for
including it and thank you for the most amazing music for all of us.
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