The Go! Team – Remixes, Collages, Sampling, Whatevers

Is The Go! Team still popular? Do the kids today know them? It’s hard to believe that their debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike came out way, way back in 2004. We were all still babies back then.

I haven’t kept up with all their music, although I do have Proof of Youth, and their other albums have been on my Amazon list as a reminder for as long as I can remember. I’m sure a term exists that describes the music, but… beats me. A lot of the songs are composed of bits of other songs, so I suppose it’s sampling, but I think it goes beyond that. Oh well, trying to describe music is one of my least favorite things. I give up.

What I can do is unconditionally recommend Thunder, Lightning, Strike to everyone. Once you listen to that, you can make up your own mind about what you’re hearing and if you’d like to hear more.

Huddle Formation is my favorite example of one of their songs with vocals. They all have this same great energy.

Meanwhile, Junior Kickstart is a great example of the instrumentals. Some of them are a bit more relaxed, but this captures the busy beat with the hooky horns. There’s always something like that going on, and the songs stick in your head.

PS “Proof of youth” reminds me of a Courtney Barnett line, “You’re still in your youth,” and I always thought Still In Youth would be a great name for a band, a song, anything.


Walter Martin

Walter Martin’s My Kinda Music

Most of the music I plan to write about on here won’t be particularly new. When I was a wide-eyed youth with boundless horizons, I could keep track of everything. These days, staying up until four in the morning every night and reading dozens of posts each day just ain’t that appealing.

THE EXCEPTION: Last month I got back from five or six weeks in Ireland. I was absolutely thrilled to see that Walter Martin released a new album, My Kinda Music, while I was gone. He’s billing it as the second in his “Juveniles” series, which is music geared kind of towards everyone. Some of the press I’ve read calls it children’s music, but that’s not really appropriate. It’s better thought of as music that everyone can enjoy, adults and kids both (disclaimer: I don’t know children, so who knows what they like). Some of it is definitely silly, but the day that adults can’t be silly is the day that I’ll retire from adulthood. Most of it is just beautiful, wonderful music about family, memories, and how rattlesnakes just want to dance.

I’ve listened to the album a few times now, and I’m happy to report that it has some songs that are downright amazing – Family Tree, The Wishing Well – and all of it is well worth the 9 or 10 bucks that it costs you on Amazon.

Check out another of my favorite songs here: Trip on a Ship (with Laura Gibson)

And, one of my favorites from his previous album, Arts & LeisureDown by the Singing Sea. That song has an incredible buoyancy. It will keep you afloat.