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:: 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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And The Winner Is...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 6, 2012
Congratulations to Greg Guillot of Dallas, Texas. Greg was able to tell me that the name of the solo album by Jakko Jakszyk we were looking for was indeed The Bruised Romantic Glee Club. For his troubles Greg nabs himself the CD/DVD-A edition of A Scarcity of Miracles by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins. 

Read About Red On The Dork Report
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Aug 4, 2012
KC's output is the subject of much consideration on the avenues and alleyways of the internet. In the latest installment of an ongoing series on The Dork Report covers the artwork of Red. Elsewhere, Everybody's Dummy blog also takes a look at KC. 

RF Talks To The FT
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 3, 2012
Long-term readers of RF's diary will know that he reads the Financial Times on his visits to Blowers bistro. Well, tomorrow he'll be reading an interview that he did with the FT recently. Now published online ahead of tomorrow's print edition, you can check it out here

Tony's iPad Book Funded
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 2, 2012
Just days after it was launched on Kickstarter, Tony's electronic version of his Crimson Chronicles has been funded. You can read about the book in this piece. Elsewhere, progress on pledge funding the new album by Stick Men is going well and there's still time for you to get in on the act. Check it out here. 

And Through The Wires
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 2, 2012
Trey Gunn has been preparing for his appearance as part of the Security Project alongside Peter Gabriel alumni Jerry Marrotta and Last Fast. Writing on his Facebook page, Trey notes. "Worked through a gear-related anxiety attack today. For the last several years, I have gone completely digital with my setup (Ableton Live with plugins.) But for The Security Project I wanted to get my bass side happening purely analogue and bypass the computer entirely.

I had also been experimenting with the top (guitar) side being done only with analogue pedals and thought I could pull that off until last night. My pedal board was a shambles and I was trying to squeeze as many pedal as possible on it so that I could ditch the computer. But seeing the computer coming back into the system in order to pull off the guitar sounds meant I was going to end up having to bring even more gear than I had room for -- pedalboard full of pedals for the analogue bass, plus all the digital interfacing to make the laptop run right.

THEN...today, I thought "screw it", if I'm bringing the laptop I might as well revert to my completely digital system and get rid all the pedals. At least I know I will sound great -- both bass and guitar side.

Meanwhile, I am still trying to get a grip on the all the material. This stuff is far more unusual that I had even thought. Not to mention learning extra guitar parts and backing vocals.

But, thankfully, I have had a great afternoon and have tweaked out the analogue pedals again and the computer will stay off the stage. Plus I learned three more old tunes (1st and 2nd disc) and I am feeling more ready.

Full panic averted!

Now I can spend most of tomorrow actually building the pedal board... off to band rehearsals for Sunday."

For more details about the Security Project's up and coming live date in New York nip over to their main site.

Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 1, 2012
This great cartoon about the music industry currently doing the rounds at the moment. 

Lose Lose Situation For Artists
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 30, 2012
According to this article on TorrentFreak it seems the big labels won't be funneling any cash gained as a result of the legal award against Pirate Bay in the direction of the artists. Meanwhile, CMU  reports that UMG are preparing for what it calls a 'radical divestment' to ensure the deal for EMI goes through. You can read Simon Raymonde of the Bella Union label's take on the UMG /EMI takeover here, as well as Panegyric's Declan Colgan's equally forthright views on why the deal will be bad outcome for artists. 

Jakszyk Collins & Fripp Giveaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 29, 2012
JFCs A Scarcity Of Miracles is one of the albums used to test drive this speaker system. All of which is a timely reminder that we have a copy of the special edition of the  CD/DVD-A version of the album to give away.

All you have to do to get your mitts on this little beauty is to answer this simple question: What was the name of the Jakkos 2006 solo album reissued by Panegyric in 2009? Once youve got the answer to that pop it in an email to competitions@dgmlive.com marked JFC and dont forget to leave your postal address as well. The lucky winner will be announced on Sunday 5th August.
You can read my take on the album over on the blog.

ITCOTCK Best Progressive Of All Time
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 29, 2012
That's according to this list on the Music Advisor site. There's quite a few other KC titles in there making the list as well as JFC's A Scarcity Of Miracles. 

Olympic Heroes
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jul 28, 2012
Last night at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics, Great Britain's team marched into the stadium to the sound of Heroes by David Bowie, featuring the anthemic surging lead guitar lines of Robert Fripp. For viewers able to access BBC iPlayers the Fripp-led team can be seen at around 2hour and 55minute mark.

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