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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 - Pat On Bowie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 4, 2014
Want to know Pat Mastelottoís favourite David Bowie album? Back stage in LA, Pat talks about his recent visit to the David Bowie exhibition when the band were in Chicago. Check it our here.  Pat has also posted an Instagram hot tickle of Robert's string quartet scape that was playing at The Orpheum in Los Angeles as the audience entered the room.


#KC2014 - SF Crimso
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 3, 2014
E "Doc" Smith offers this preview of King Crimson's appearance at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. 


#KC2014 - Pat & TOOL
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 3, 2014
My thanks to Ray Millar for sending in this short report of Pat Mastelotto visiting the Tool loft. 


Starless Box - The View Inside
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 3, 2014
Does your shelf have a box set shaped hole in it?



Fortunately, the forthcoming Starless box set fills that gap rather nicely...



Here's what the contents of the box set look like...



You can order Starless over at Inner Knot and Burning Shed.

Reid Turns A Seeming Disadvantage To An Advantage
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 3, 2014
My thanks to filiptom for the heads up about this article featuring the great Vernon Reid's difficulty in obtaining permission for a sample for the new album. There's also a passing nod to King Crimson no less. Read it here.  


#KC2014 - The Stage Is Set
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Oct 1, 2014
Here's a video of the pre-show stage at The Vic in Chicago. The soundtrack is Robert's soundscape that was playing as the venue opened its doors.


#KC2014 - One King To Rule Them All
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Oct 1, 2014
King Crimson are assessed by the SF Chronicle here. 


Innerviews Revamped
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Oct 1, 2014
The Innerviews website founded by writer Anil Prasad has been nicely reupholstered to help celebrate its 20th anniversary. Aside from some great interviews with a superbly eclectic range of musicians, there's plenty of Crimson content to be found therein. Check it out here.


#KC2014 - Caption Competition: The Winner
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 30, 2014
Well, having gone through EVERY entry for the caption competition I can announce that we have a winner.


"Leave the camera. Take the cannoli."

Thanks to Eclecticguy for the subtle to The Godfather.


#KC2014 - The Predictable King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 30, 2014
Here's a somewhat mixed review of King Crimson's performance in Boston on September 16th.  


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