Track of the day #49: Go! Team

This might seem an odd thing to admit, but I think I’m probably a bit guilty of taking the Go! Team for granted. They’ve been around for well over a decade now, and every so often they release a new track that makes me (and probably others too) go ‘I must listen to these guys more often.’

On January 19 they’ll release their new album Semi-Circle (you can find the tracklisting further down this post) and the first track to do the rounds is the title track ‘Semicircle Song.’

According to NPR, in making Semi-Circle, bandleader Ian Parton gathered samples across the Midwest, with an emphasis on capturing the voices of young musicians. He also reassembled the lineup of The Go! Team responsible for their breakthrough, Thunder, Lightning, Strike. ‘Semicircle song’ is manages to combine the group’s usual everything including the kitchen sink approach to produce a song that is a three-minute pop marvel. Utterly gorgeous. Like sunshine on your stereo. As the winter nights draw in, that’s something we need more than ever…

  1. “Mayday”
  2. “Chain Link Fence”
  3. “Semicircle Song”
  4. “Hey!”
  5. “The Answer’s No — Now What’s the Question?”
  6. “Chico’s Radical Decade
  7. “All the Way Live”
  8. “If There’s One Thing You Should Know”
  9. “Tangerine / Satsuma / Clementine”
  10. “She’s Got Guns”
  11. “Plans Are Like a Dream U Organise”
  12. “Getting Back Up”

The return of the Go! Team


It’s funny to think it’s over a decade since the Go! Team arrived with their debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike and attendant singles ‘Ladyflash’ and ‘The Power Is On.’

They’re shortly to release their new album, The Scene Between on Memphis Industries on March 23.

The title track is streaming now, and it’s one of the best things I have heard in ages:

The album tracklisting is as follows:

What D’You Say?
The Scene Between
Waking The Jetstream
Rolodex The Seasons
Did You Know?
Gaffa Tape Bikini
Catch Me On The Rebound
The Floating Felt Tip
Her Last Wave
The Art of Getting By (Song For Heaven’s Gate)
Reason Left to Destroy

More music from my inbox: Frankie Rose


One of the things about having to work for a living is that a) I don’t get to hear everything that arrives in my inbox and b) I don’t get to write about it. ( I do however get lots of unsolicited email, and the rather irritating follow-up emails from people aggrieved that I haven’t listened to what they have sent.) But the arrival of the rather good remix by the Go! Team of Frankie Rose’s ‘Apples For The Sun’ reminded me that I have been rather remiss in not writing about Frankie Rose.

Ms. Rose has an impressive CV so far, what with her being (a founding member, songwriter, instrumentalist and vocalist) in the Vivian Girls and drummer and occasional vocalist in Crystal Stilts, and now a fine solo career to boot, which is the indie equivalent of having your cake, eating it and making trifle out of it as well.

Her latest awesome solo album Interstellar was released earlier this year and is well worth hearing.

This is ‘Know Me’ which is taken from the aforementioned Interstellar:

This is the aforementioned remix of ‘Apples For The Sun,’ the original version of which can be found on the album. It’s a pretty good piece of work in its own right -and it certainly hit the spot on a pleasant Saturday evening (great to fionally see some blue sky here in Scotland!)

Hope you enjoy these. BTW, if you enjoy these, please leave me some feedback -I don’t bite. Much…

…And on the sixth day

There were six covers.

Hope you enjoy these folks…

This is from a gig in London in January this year, where the Arcade Fire (above)cover the Clash classic from London Calling.

Arcade Fire -‘Guns Of Brixton (Clash cover)’. mp3

Years ago, working in a record shop I was virtually sent to Coventry for a day for daring to ask ‘What’s wrong with Bruce Springsteen?’ I stand by that comment, the man is a hero to many, and just as an articulate observer of American life as many rappers or Bob Dylan. And Damon Gough knows it too.

Badly Drawn Boy -‘Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen cover).’ mp3

At fifteen I thought Prince was a genius, but I started to get the feeling throughout the nineties that his work was not as good as it had been. Then I came to Scotland, and amongst the hundreds of albums I have bought in second hand records shops here since I arrived are much of his output from 1980-1988. I’ve also realsied that Country music can be cool too. Here the two collide beautifully.

The Be-good Tanyas -‘When Doves Cry (Prince and the Revolution cover).’ mp3

Having got into Sonic Youth at fourteen through Goo, I remember thinking that ‘Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ was a bit of a disappointment when I heard it, though the first single ‘Bull In The Heather’ was a gem. Here the Go! Team offer their take on it.

The Go! Team -‘Bull In The Heather (Sonic Youth cover).’ mp3

OK, so this track was a hit, and it did through an advertisement, but what the hell, it’s beautiful, and a genuinely different version of the original by the Knife.

Jose Gonzalez -‘Heartbeats (The Knife cover).’ mp3

Speaking of songs that start out electronica like, and end up acoustic, what better way to finish this than with Iron and Wine’s take on a Postal Service song.

Iron and Wine -‘Such Great Heights (Postal Service cover).’ mp3

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