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McDonald & Shakespeare
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 14, 2012

My thanks to Brian Thomson for sending me the news that Ian McDonald will be providing the music at an all-star benefit reading of Hamlet in New York this month.  


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Under The Influence...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 14, 2013
It’s always interesting to learn of New Standard Tuning in non-traditional settings. Bay area band, Rocket Moth have employed NST on parts of their debut album, Mesolow

Hannah Stobbart, British singer with the group said “We’re big Crimson fans...Our music doesn’t claim to be ’progressive’ exactly but there is a conscious Fripp connection - the Guitar Craft standard tuning features on several of our tracks.

I might be wrong, but I imagine that this represents a relatively rare usage of that tuning within a broadly ’Pop’ setting (and without any connection whatever to Guitar Craft/Circle etc). Funnily enough, one of the tracks in question has an almost ’country’ lilt to it! My other Fripp connection is that I’m owned by house rabbits”




The other half of Rocket Moth, Paul Craddick, commented "I don’t claim to understand any of the deeper intentions around Guitar Craft/Guitar Circle practice and pedagogy, but I like the idea of this tuning leaving the ‘cloister’ so to speak and entering the messy world of the self-taught, intuitive guitarist, within the envelope of broadly Pop music..

During the writing sessions for our debut album Mesolow, two and a half songs were written in GCST (one of which we plan on releasing as a bonus track, as it didn’t make it on the album). For the recording, two of our favorite guitar solos were played on a Les Paul in GCST, and many supplemental parts in the tuning were added to several of the remaining tracks.

The standout GCST track on Mesolow is Laura, which was written and performed on a beautiful Martin acoustic that seems to have welcomed being strung in GCST. ‘Laura’ is a very simple, open track -- with an almost countryish verse and a Beatles-y chorus.

To our ears, the song’s GCST chord voicings are really lovely and make the song. We considered thanking Robert on the album for ‘inventing’ the tuning (if that’s the right word), but decided against it as we worried that it might come across as o-t-t. Regardless, we’re grateful for this magical tuning, which is a real gift."

You can listen to Laura here and check out the rest of the album on a sampler over on the band’s website.



UMG Settlement Agreed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 12, 2013
A message from Robert Fripp: "We were notified at 10:09am today that signed copies of the mutually agreed Settlement with UMG had been received by our legal representatives."



Road To Red Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 12, 2013
The Road To Red gets a very favourable review in the latest edition of Goldmine. 


Easy Moustache
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 12, 2013
John Wetton is fundraising for Movember and you too can help with the cause by sponsoring his facial growth.  Check out John's Movember page here.  


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 11, 2013
Mister Stormy has been rummaging around the shelves in DGM HQ and found a portion of Potato Pie (previously known as Crimson Blue) from 2002. 


Happy Birthday Greg!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 10, 2013
Greg Lake celebrates his 66th birthday today. The Crimson co-founder is currently working on his autobiography which he talks about in this interview. 


Buy Ek!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 10, 2013
The Observer today runs a long feature about Spotify and its founder Daniel Ek. 


I'll Drink To That!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 10, 2013
My thanks to Lutz who writes "I saw this on a facebook page. Something I really needed a daily dose of."




:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 10, 2013
My thanks to lotusspray for sending in a story about a band who have decided to stop touring. Lotusspray writes "In this weeks’s edition of the Washington DC City Paper, a wonderful account by Justin Moyer, founder of DC punk band E.D. SEDGWICK, of his band’s tour of Japan and why he decided to stop touring.

It may seem odd to post an article of this kind when KING CRIMSON is gearing up for active service but there is an interesting resonance between Moyer’s experiences and those of Our Long-Suffering Host, though at a different level of pop success." You can read the article here. 


Red Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 7, 2013
The Quietus reviews the 2Disc Red


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