Sound on Sound guest column

I had a guest spot in the ‘Sounding Off’ column in Sound on Sound magazine this month (June 2013), venting my spleen about bonus tracks, and the modern idea that CDs have to be long. It looks to be available even to non-subscribers.

And here’s a scan of it. Don’t suppose SoS will mind — anyway, they took out some of my terrible jokes which made it seem more serious than it originally was! It’s good advertising for the mag, which is all like this (only much better and about recording and gear rather than moans. So quite different, really).

Sound on Sound Sounding Off June 2013 Blake McQueen

Sound on Sound cover June 13

Update: I should add that it’s not like I have no interest in the sort of tracks you get as bonus tracks. Sometimes they’re good, and as a musician and “recordist” even poorly-recorded, early versions of tracks can provide a valuable insight into the creative and recording processes of a band you like. I just don’t want them stuck on the end of a great CD. Release them as a separate, inexpensive CD. Or make them available as downloads on your website. Put them on a second CD you include with the album if you must (although I’m not that keen on that either). Whatever you do, just don’t put them on the classic album itself.

The Elf has a keyboard blog at Andertons

A friend of mine who likes to call himself ‘The Elf’ has started blogging about keyboard-related matters at (a good UK music shop and website that I buy from quite a bit). Here’s his first post.

(Doesn’t look like he has his own account there yet, he’s had his first post put up via another poster there — hope they sort out the presentation. The general keyboard blog is here, but it mostly seems to be product release bumpf).

Maze gig report

We had great fun at The Maze last week. We went down really well even with a crowd predominantly there to see some very different bands. Fat Goth were terrific, they had a spellbinding drummer. Dick Venom and the Terrortones put on a raucous show, Dick is a great frontman who literally throws himself into it, he has to be seen to be believed. Dick and Wrex are great characters, no wonder they’re psychobilly legends. Nice also to see Apart from the Noise and Blind Thieves too.

My keyboard kept jumping patches for some reason. Might have been the huge bass and kick drum coming through the floorboards — need to get a more solid stand!

Coralspin at The Maze, May 3, 2013.

Coralspin at The Maze, May 3, 2013