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GC Down Mexico Way
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 15, 2012

Robert Fripp will be directing an introduction to the Guitar Circle in Mexico in 2013. You can check out the details over on the Guitar Circle website

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KC In The UK
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 16, 2015
King Crimson rehearsals are underway this week ahead of the first full UK tour since 1982, which begins next month. 

Thirty-three years ago, the KC tour schedule took in Oxford, Guildford, Cromer, Dunstable and Poole, these in effect being play-in gigs for the Beat material prior to the recording of the album in London's Odyssey Studios. 

Before that, you would have had to have gone back to the winter of 1972 to find Crimson performing in cities such as Cardiff, Brighton, and Birmingham.

The 2015 tour is a huge opportunity to hear the latest incarnation of the band unveil brand new material written since last year's US tour.  In addition, the group will be playing older repertoire, some of it not heard on a UK stage since it was first played in 1969. Indeed, there's some material, such as Starless, which has never performed in the UK at all.

Brighton has now sold out and, at the time of writing, the London dates are not far behind. With second nights added in Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh, the tour promises to be a real King Crimson celebration.

Given the rarity of something like a full UK tour, if you're thinking about going to see King Crimson but haven't made your mind up yet, best not wait too another 33 years!

Fair Streaming
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 16, 2015
Anil Prasad has followed up his recent viral polemic on streaming with a look at what a more equitable streaming model might look like, including comments from Trey Gunn and Markus Reuter. Check it out here. 

Adrian's Idiom
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 14, 2015
Adrian Belew has unveiled his latest composition on his Youtube page. Writing about the tune Adrian notes "itís a brand new song called "idiom" from the upcoming FLUX pack.*

in case youíre unsure, an idiom is a phrase or expression used figuratively rather than literally. for example if you use the expression "he bought the farm" you are not referring to someone purchasing real estate, youíre talking about someone dying.

idioms fascinate me because they are usually bizarre. there are thousands of idioms in the english language. this song is made entirely of idioms.


it was raining cats and dogs
between a rock and a hard place
so I drove him up the wall
and down to the wire
at the drop of a hat,
an arm and a leg
he lost his head
for a piece of cake

so he went back to the drawing board
for a taste of his own medicine
with a chip on his shoulder
tighter than dickís hat band
he was off the hook
on the fence
over the top
and out on a limb

Iím an idiom
somebodyís pulling my leg
Iím an idiom
you must be pulling my leg

the song was recorded by daniel rowland and miles fuqua at studiobelew in mt. juliet, tennessee
mixed and mastered by daniel rowland
written and performed by yours truly
written on july 1, 2015

*a full explanation of the new FLUX pack is coming soon.

Oblique Murphy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 14, 2015
Ronan Chris Murphy, who worked on various King Crimson mixing projects, including USA, and was part of the ProjeKct Two crew, has released a video where he provides a beginner's guide to Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies. Check it out here.

King Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 13, 2015
With both nights in Quebec now sold out, a third date has been added to King Crimson's run of dates in Toronto.

The full dates for the Canadian tour are:

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre

King Controversial
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 13, 2015
On this date 12 years ago King Crimson played the Montreux jazz festival. It didn't go well for the band.

Adrian Belew reckoned it was his worse gig in nine years and Robert Fripp summed it up as "An evening of clams, clunkers, recoveries..." With Pat Mastelotto diving into the audience at the end to remonstrate with a persistent photograph, this may well be one of the most controversial gigs the Crims ever played! Find out for yourself by downloading the concert here.

To Text Or Not To Text...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 13, 2015
My thanks to jhessell who sent in this article about how one actor handled a member of the audience texting during a performance.

Jakko Talks King & Kinks
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 12, 2015
A few weeks ago Jakko Jakszyk was a guest on Steve Davis's Interesting Alternative show on Phoenix FM radio. You can hear Jakko talking to Steve and co-host Kavus Torabi (of Gong, Guapo etc) and playing a selection of tracks from his musical past and present. Jakko also tells the story of how he came to be a member of The Kinks for ten days. Meanwhile tomorrow evening, Theo Travis will be joining Steve and Kavus to talk about his new album, Transgression. Tune in live at 10.00 p.m.

The Albums Not For Streaming
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 12, 2015
Here's a piece on ten albums that do not appear on the new Apple music streaming service. 

On This Date 31 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jul 11, 2015
The Discipline-era King Crimson played its final gig together at Le Spectrum in Montreal.

The concert, and the preceding night, appeared on the 2CD Absent Lovers, released in 1998.

Here's Robert Fripp's take on that period in the group's history.

"Absent Lovers" (recorded on the group's last two nights in Montreal, 1984) validates the group as a live unit, right up to the end. That particular end was a finish, a conclusion and a completion. No discussion followed the end of the tour, to address either working together or not working together.

We recorded the last shows on multi-track. Sensing that the end of the band might be nigh, this allowed for a possible live-album to commemorate the outfit (as with "USA"). Bill mixed the tapes for a Canadian radio broadcast, which became a bootleg (as with any radio broadcast) called "Absent Lovers". Any mix of any music is a presentation of a world-view: a sonic society of the imagination, how we see that world & our place in it. When I was given a copy of Bill's mix, it confirmed my sense of Bill's Crimson world-view, and gave deep offence. My own Crimson world-view of the same event can be found on the DGM "Absent Lovers" (with acknowledgement to David Singleton, my Ton Prob partner). Bill's is on the bootleg.

The 3 years' commitment discharged, world views divergent, we went different ways. For my part, I went to Claymont Court to allow the future to present itself, without any demand on what that future might be & require of me.

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