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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 company’s 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 don’t just volunteer to "enhance" the Grooveshark database.

All search results are monitored and when something is tagged as "not available", it get’s 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. Don’t reply to give me a lecture. I know. But if the labels and their laywers can’t figure out how to stop it, then I don’t feel bad for having a job. It’s tough times.

Why am I disclosing all this? Well, I have been here a while and I don’t 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 get’s 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 can’t 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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Happy Birthday Robert Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
Raise a glass of your favourite tipple and send out your birthday wishes today to Robert Fripp, who in addition to being the birthday boy is also celebrating his wedding anniversary on the same day.

Here's Robert during King Crimson's 2014 rehearsals photographed by Scarlet Page



Burnin' Up Daryl's House
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
My thanks to Chuck Benz who writes "It's always fun to keep an eye on Daryl Hall's show Daryl's House to see when a guest wants to do something from Sacred Songs or even Exposure - the latest is Cheap Trick joining on You Burn Me Up..., and at least for the next few days, the video of the show is up on the Daryl's House web site"


Ade Amped Up
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 14, 2016
Adrian Belew discusses how he's gone post-amp and a lot more besides in this new interview. 


Theo's Guide To Good Sax
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 13, 2016
Theo Travis recently appeared on Cliff Pearson’s Live From Progzilla Towers internet radio show talking about some of his favourite sax moments in progressive rock.



The show, which includes King Crimson’s Ladies Of The Road, can be downloaded or streamed here.

Last month Theo and Robert Fripp got together. Theo’s Facebook update noted "Just had a wonderful lunch, catch up and discussion about possible future plans with Robert Fripp."



David Cross - New Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 11, 2016
The David Cross Band have a new album out soon.



Sign Of The Crow, the new studio album by the David Cross Band to be released on Noisy Records on 5th August 2016. The album can be pre-ordered from www.david-cross.com (all pre-orders carry a free and immediate previously unreleased DCB download).

More Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 11, 2016
My thanks to Will Cruttenden, bassist with New Accelerator, who says "there's a very good interview with Tony Levin on the No Treble Podcast. It's an inspiring listen." Check it out here.


Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 5, 2016
My thanks to Abunai for this link to an interview with Tony Levin wherein he discusses life on the road and a few other things besides.  There's also a short interview with Tony's Stick Men buddy, Markus Reuter here and check out this review of the team's recent appearance in Toronto.


Robert Fripp and the OCG Live In June
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 4, 2016
Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists are playing four concerts in the US next month.


The full advertised dates are as follows.

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Thursday, June 2, 2016
 8PM (Doors 7PM)

Westwood Lutheran Church
9001 Cedar Lake Rd
St Louis Park, MN 55426

Tickets: $35

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Friday, June 3, 2016 
8pm (Doors 7PM)

First Unitarian Society of Madison
900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705

Tickets: $30

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
 8pm (Doors 7PM)

Harvest Bible Chapel
935 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Tickets: $35


Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Friday, June 10, 2016 8pm (Doors 7PM)

Ste. Anne de Detroit
1000 Ste. Anne Street
Detroit, Michigan 48216

Tickets: $30


Gunn Goes Live With Security
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 4, 2016
Trey Gunn is going out on tour this month with the Security Project, Jerry Marotta's tribute to the work of Peter Gabriel. The full tour dates can be found over here.  Meanwhile the group have a live album available for download or physical copy. 



You can take a listen or grab your copy here.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 2, 2016
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has been rifling through the multi-track reels and for his latest selection serves up a slice of Neurotica from the Beat sessions as you've never heard it.



You can download Stormy's remix of this KC classic here.

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