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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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#KC2014 - Happy Birthday Mel Collins
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 5, 2014
Birthday greetings and a bottle of convivial bubbliness to the man who Robert Fripp refers to in reverential tones as The Guvínor. Mel Collins celebrates his birthday today.



Mel Collins, Elstree August 2014

Mel is of course over in the States with King Crimson where they are in rehearsal for the start of next weekís tour. Itís often easier to list who Mel hasnít played with over the course of over five decades of being a professional musician.

However, Crimheads of a certain persuasion hold his contributions to Crimson with a special regard. You can pass on your birthday greetings to Mel via the guestbook and perhaps share with us your favourite Mel Collins moment both within Crimson and beyond.

#KC2014 - Travels Round My Sirius Probe
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 4, 2014
In the latest video update from the King Crimson rehearsals, Robert takes us on a guided tour of his rig and plays a bit of Mellotron as well! Check it out here.


#KC2014 - Tony's Steady Beat
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 4, 2014
Robert Fripp isn't the only person who has interviewed Tony Levin - here's a piece ahead of next week's gigs in Albany. 


#KC2014 - Robert Talks To Bill
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 4, 2014
In the latest of Robert's interviews with the band, Bill Rieflin explains just how much FUN they are having. Check out the video on the DGMLive Youtube channel. 


#KC2014 - Robert interviews Gav & TLev
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 3, 2014
The latest installment of KC TV is up today with your intrepid reporter Robert Fripp asking the questions other interviewers dare not ask! 


#KC2014 - More From The Toyah & Robert Chat Show!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 2, 2014
Toyah Willcox was chatting on skype with her husband Robert, and you can see what was said about the King Crimson rehearsals over on the DGMLive Youtube Channel. 


#KC2014 - DGM Live Now On Youtube
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 1, 2014
As you can see from the embedded video at the top of this site DGMLive is now on Youtube.  The DGM Live Youtube channel will be hosting regular updates from the forthcoming tour from next week. In the meantime check out this excerpt from the rehearsal at Elstree Studio last month. You can also take a look at some vintage material from 1969.

You can keep up to date with the tour by following our twitter feed @DGMLIVEHQ and please don't forget to use the hashtag #KC2014 when tweeting about all things Crimson. 


Wetton & District 97
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 1, 2014
A live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton is set to be released October 6th. 



Thus sayeth the blurb:
The album includes three songs from the iconic landmark album RED which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain.  This CD also captures numerous other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit 21st Century Schizoid Man.
This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.
1. One More Red Nightmare (4:41)
2. The Great Deceiver (3:38)
3. Lament (4:19)
4. The Night Watch (5:31)
5. Fallen Angel (5:47)
6. Book Of Saturday (3:07)
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man (5:25)
8. Starless (4:47)
9. Easy Money (5:27)
 
You can listen to a sampler here.

Pre-orders UK and USA. The album will be listed on iTunes in September 2014 ahead of its 6th October worldwide release date.


On This Date 45 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Aug 31, 2014
On this date 45 years ago King Crimson finished recording their debut album at Wessex Studios. The last item to go in the can was Robert Fripp's guitar solo on 21st Century Schizoid Man completed at around 8.30 a.m. 


Epitaph On Cello
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Aug 31, 2014
My thanks to Albemuth for the folowing heads-up: A couple of days ago I crossed over a review of a new disk ("Uncovered") by cellist Maya Beiser.  As is something of a fad these days, her disk covers pop-rock songs in a classical setting.  The general opinion is that her disk is a cut above the others. 

The exciting thing for us is that one of the songs she covers is King Crimsonís Epitaph.  I think she caught the mood of Epitaph very nicely, using multi-tracked cellos; itís a lovely track.  Beiserís disk is being (legally) streamed at various locations on the web, so take a listen.  (See her TED performance of Reichís "Cello Counterpoint" while youíre at it.)  I note that she will be on tour at the same time as KC in September, but on opposite sides of the US coast."


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