March 15, 2006
According to a Microsoft employee blog, boundary-extending guitarist Robert Fripp recently spent some time at Microsoft Studios in Redmond, Washington, laying down tracks that could end up accompanying Windows Vista, the company’s forthcoming flagship operating system. For those desiring a glimpse into Fripp’s creative process, a somewhat dark and grainy 25-minute video documenting the session has been posted at channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=151853.
...We’re happy to report that hardcore metal band Every Time I Die is back on the road after surviving a nasty accident that occurred in the early morning hours of January 5th. Apparently, the band’s tour van hit a patch of ice, and cartwheeled off Interstate 80 just outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Luckily the casualties were limited to a few bruises, pulled muscles, punctured roadcases—and the van, of course. ...According to AP reports, 42-year-old Brian Sparks admitted in federal court on January 3rd that he had bilked businesses out of approximately $18,000 worth of music equipment by posing as Grammy-winning guitarist Eric Johnson. Sparks acknowledged that he pretended he was Johnson to convince manufacturers—including Sadowsky and Larrivee guitars—to send him guitars and other gear.