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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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A Cross Stick Men CD
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 21, 2015
David Cross and Stick Men have released a CD documenting their recent gigs in Japan. Midori features improvisations as well as tracks from Stick Men and King Crimson back catalogue.



You can pre-order and listen to samples of the album here.

Collusion Will Be Their Epitaph...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 21, 2015
The details of Sony's contract with Spotify has been leaked. Find out more here.


King Crimson Canadian Tour November 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 19, 2015
Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015. With dates for the UK and Europe already in place for August and September, King Crimson are pleased to announce they will be performing a series of concerts in Canada during November. It will be King Crimsonís first appearance in Canada since 2003.  

Born on 13th. January 1969 in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the 8th incarnation of King Crimson and features:

Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums & keys), Pat Mastelotto (drums & allsorts), Tony Levin (bass & vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar & lead vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar & keys).

King Crimson 2015 dates and venues
please note tickets go on sale Friday 22nd May

Fri 13 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Sat 14 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Mon 16 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24 Nov      Calgary, AB     Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Fri 27 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Sun 29 Nov      Victoria, BC    Royal Theatre


King Crimson Japan 1981
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 19, 2015
Thereís a great audience recording of the í81 incarnation of the group available for purchase. Check it out here. If you already bought the tour bundle to which this has been added then youíre entitled to grab it for free, already!


Happy Birthday Bill
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., May 17, 2015
Happy birthday to Bill Bruford who is 66 today. Although formally retired from live performance Bill nevertheless continues to enjoy a public profile recently discussing Gwilym Simcock's Crimson! at its UK premier at the university in Surrey and an appearance on Radio Two last week.



Cross On The Box
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., May 17, 2015
David Cross is discussing some of his favourite music on the My Vintage show today at 5 pm on Vintage TV (Sky 369, Virgin 343, Freeview 242, Free Sat 505).




Happy Birthday Robert
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 16, 2015
Please raise a glass of your favourite brew and sing happy birthday in the direction of Robert Fripp who celebrates his 69th birthday today. It also happens to be Robert's wedding anniversary so congratulations to Robert and Toyah on their special day as well.



Shahhal Appeal
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 14, 2015
Shallal - the Penzance based dance and arts charity which counts Robert Fripp as its patron - are appealing for support in order to secure a grant from theArts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund. Check out this news story and find out more about the group here.


Music Industry Run By 'Feckless Idiots'
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 13, 2015
Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan has concluded that the music industry is mostly run by feckless idiots in this interview. Well...


Keeling In Concert
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 13, 2015
Andrew Keeling's piece Afterwords is being performed by Fretwork in the Vale Of Glamorgan festival this coming Friday. Check out the website for details. 
Meanwhile check out Andrew's blog for regular updates on his work and some pretty stunning views.


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