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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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King Crimson Live At The Orpheum Preorder
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 4, 2014
The new live album from the latest incarnation of King Crimson is now available for pre-order.




Thus sayeth the blurb:
King Crimson has performed, recorded & released material in its own inimitable manner for the past 46 years. As the band enters its 47th year of operation in 2015, the occasion is marked with the first release culled from the bandís Autumn 2014 US tour. Comprised of 41 minutes of material by the newest incarnation of the band fronted by the line-upís formidable three drummer setup, Live At The Orpheum has been mixed from 24bit multi-track performances recorded at the bandís two concerts at the Los Angeles venue. Featuring a mixture of new & old King Crimson material Ė some being performed live for the first time Ė the album makes an ideal recorded debut for the septet.

For those who travelled from all over the world to see the US shows, itís an opportunity to relive the power, precision & sheer musicality of the concerts. For those who couldnít attend but wanted to, itís an opportunity to hear why the concerts generated such excitement.

For any fan of the band, recent or long-term, itís an essential purchase. With further concerts being planned for 2015, Live At The Orpheum is the perfect start for a new year of King Crimson music.

You can order from Inner Knot (America) and Burning Shed (Europe)

Track listing:

CD (16/44.1 stereo), DVD-A (24/96 Hi-Res stereo)

1 Walk On: Monk Morph Chamber Music
2 One More Red Nightmare
3 Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
4 The ConstruKction of Light
5 The Letters
6 Sailorís Tale
7 Starless

Gavin Harrison - Pat Mastelotto Ė Bill Rieflin - Mel Collins - Robert Fripp - Jakko Jakszyk - Tony Levin


Recorded Sept. 30th, October 1st at The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles
Front Line: Mixed & Engineered by Gavin Harrison
Back Line: Mixed by Jakko Jakszyk & Robert Fripp
Production Engineer: Jakko Jakszyk
Live Recording Engineer: Mark Vreeken

Robert & Patricia Fripp Streaming
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 3, 2014
Robert and Patricia Fripp's speeches at The Lady and the Champs speaking conference in February 28th and March 1st 2015 will be available for streaming in the comfort of your own home. Check out the website and details right here.


1981 Tour Bundle Now Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 3, 2014
Live this week - a mighty 25-date tour bundle featuring King Crimson's first foray into North America. Culled from numerous audience recordings baked and lovingly sprinkled with Alex 'Stormy' Mundy's patented stormydust, you get 25 in-concert performances by the then newly incarnated KC for just $107 (FLAC) or $82 for MP3. You can check out Mister Stormy himself in this cameo appearance. If you've already purchased four of the gigs that were previously available from this run of shows then you'll be entitled to a free download of your choice. Get in touch with Mister Stormy directly at alex@dgmhq.co.uk to claim your freebie.   


The Humans Telling Strange Tales In 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 26, 2014
King Crimsonís Bill Rieflin will be touring in the UK next year as part of The Humans, as they start work on their new album, Telling Strange Tales. You can check out the dates confirmed so far over at Toyahís website.  


Adrian Interviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 26, 2014
You can listen to a brand new interview with Adrian Belew about his ongoing work right here.  


FLUX - "a branch of the tree"
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 25, 2014
Adrian Belew - who is currently on tour with his Power Trio - talks some more about his new app FLUX in this interview. 


Starless In Situ 3
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 22, 2014
This one comes from Barrie Sillars, who writes: "This is the photo we have all been waiting to take. It has only taken two years."



The Problem With Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 22, 2014
Producer Steve Albini recently gave an address on the subject of the music industry and what the future might hold. There's a summary of his remarks here and the full transcript here. Thanks to Seah Hollenhors for the heads-up.


Bernier & DeCarlo
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 22, 2014
Ex-Stick Men member Michael Bernier and drummer Ritchie DeCarlo have released an album which you can sample and buy right here.


New King Crimson Live Album Set For January 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 20, 2014
Check out this video made earlier this morning by Robert Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk as they work on a King Crimson live album due for release in January 2015. Robert reveals that Starless, taken from the bandís two-day stopover in Los Angeles, is to be one of the tracks on the 40 minute album. The release date of January 13th has been set and further details on track listing and ordering will be posted soon. Stay tuned to DGMLive news page for the announcement.   


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