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More KC 69 Now Online
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 13, 2012

You can now nab yourself two vintage bits of Crimso history via DGMLive. First up is the historic Hyde Park gig which helped bring the band to much wider world, and their next-day gig at the Marquee from their legendary run at the London club. Please note both of these gigs (with bonus tracks) are available as part of the King Crimson Collectors' Club series via the mail order shop.

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Crimso On BBC Six Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 7, 2015
King Crimson and Islands got a special namecheck and shoutout on BBC6 Music yesterday.  The station’s output had been given over to The Unthanks, whose latest album, Mount the Air, has attracted  widespread critical acclaim.

Adrian McNally, pianist with the group introduced the track:  “This next piece, alongside Sketches Of Spain by Miles Davis and Gil Evans, has had more influence on me as an arranger and producer than any other, and also reveals the source of inspiration of our use of trumpet in The Unthanks. For most of my adult life this piece has been just a distant memory from childhood. I wasn’t even sure who it was by until I looked it up again recently.

All I could remember was the feeling it gave me, and now I realise that my limited armoury of tricks that relate to the impact of scale on the power and intimacy of music were all subconsciously learnt from this one piece. As an adult I can see its flaws but the best prog is full of flaws because the best prog was pushing boundaries, and if you’re pushing boundaries and not getting it wrong half the time, you’re not pushing hard enough. This is Islands by King Crimson...”

The programme then goes on to play the full track with Adrian adding afterwards, “Before we get any King Crimson aficionados regarding my comment about trumpet on that track, that was Mark Charig playing the cornet not the trumpet but did inspire us to use trumpet in The Unthanks which we’ve gone on to do.”  You can listen to the whole show here with the King Crimson section starting at around 01.09.34.

The band have previously covered Starless by King Crimson on their 2011 album, Last. You can read my take on the record over on the blog

This Just In From Reuter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Apr 5, 2015
Markus Reuter talks about his work including Stick Men and Crimson ProjeKCt in this new interview with Anil Prasad. 

Gavin Interviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 2, 2015
Check out this podcast wherein Gavin Harrison talks about his new album, Cheating The Polygraph, and the role Robert Fripp had in its conception. 

KC Unplugged
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 1, 2015
The support act for the forthcoming King Crimson tour will be King Crimson - unplugged! 

In addition to Crimso playing a 20 minute set of KC-related material on acoustic instruments at each of the dates already announced, the group are also also to make low-key acoustic only appearance at this year's Green Man Festival, as a warm-up for the KC tour proper later that month.

This perhaps surprising announcement comes after an equipment failure at last week’s full rehearsals. While the electrics were being fixed, Fripp and Jakszyk reverted to acoustic instruments in order to carry on their work. “We turned a disadvantage into an advantage” comments Fripp in his April 1st dairy published later today.

There’s no indication yet as to which numbers will be covered but the phrase “KC-related” opens up the possibility of Guitar Craft repertoire as well as solo material from Jakszyk and Rieflin also under consideration.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 30, 2015
The latest Stormy selection finds Alex blowing off the cobwebs from the tracking sessions of Indoor Games from King Crimson's Lizard. You can download the track here for free and you can also watch and listen via DGM Live's YouTube channel. 

On This Date 41 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 29, 2015
Starless And Bible Black was released on this date 41 years ago.

The album received mixed reviews at the time. The Melody Maker, under the headline Crimso: Black is beautiful, declared “...the history of Crimson would appear to consist of a series of internal struggles, polarised between Fripp and various caucuses in the band and centering on Fripp’s assertion of the rightness of his own path, but little of of it resulting in real creative tension. Probably as consequence of greater personal stability, however, and possibly because of a more harmonious chemical balance within this particular set of musicians, this album strikes me as an extremely happy medium between emotion and technique; it’s neither as overweeningly grandiose and manic as the first two albums, nor as precious as Islands. In short, as Micawber would say, Mr. Fripp seems to have got his shit together.”

Record Mirror observed “They are an incredibly highly strung group, fierce when driving together and daring on solo flights. Side two’s title track and Fracture may be more than you can bear to listen to on first hearing; try it again and again and rock’s cobwebs start to dissolve.”

Sounds reckoned “King Crimson have made a record that equals in intensity and innovative musicianship the strength that can achieve on stage. LTIA palled very quickly as an album, especially when you’d seen them play a good gig, but this one - I suspect - will maintain its ability to hold you through a sequence of twists and turns much longer than its predecessor.”

And finally, NYC’s TV News had this advice for listeners: “As long as you take the next few weeks to become accustomed to Starless you’ll probably develop an intense passion for it. Suggestion: don’t listen to it if you’re depressed or contemplating life after death.”

New Crimson Titles Unveiled
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 27, 2015
Robert Fripp has updated his online diary today and reveals the titles of three new tracks currently under construction at this week's King Crimson rehearsals. Robert also reveals that an album featuring a full set list taken from last year's American tour is in the pipleline though no release date has been set. You can read all about it here. 

Gathering The Threads
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 26, 2015
Judy Dyble has a new three disc career-spanning anthology out now called Gathering The Threads.  The album features archive tracks featuring Judy's stint with Ian McDonald and Giles, Giles & Fripp.  By way of a launch event she's appearing in London tomorrow...

Judy will also be playing a concert in April. Check out this site for more details.

Sign Of The Times
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 25, 2015
We’ve seen this sign before here on the news page but here it is again - spotted in the vicinity of Tate Modern, and still managing to screw up the actual quote.

Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence
Sound is that cup, but empty
Noise is that cup, but broken

Robert Fripp,

On This Date 30 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 25, 2015
30 years ago today the very first Guitar Craft course was held at Claymont Court, West Virginia. According to the wikipedia entry for Guitar Craft, by 2011 three thousand students had attended the Guitar Craft courses whose aim was to offer participants an opportunity to develop "a relationship with the guitar, music and oneself".

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