Leigh MichaelWednesday,24 July 2013

The Snap:

After releasing the well-regarded Evil Friends in June, indie band Portugal. The Man has been treating fans to a flurry of public appearances, from an interview on World Cafe to a live show with Conan. They also just released their autumn tour schedule, during which they’ll be heading to cities all over the U.S. in September and October. You can pre-order tickets here.

The Download:

I think we’ve hit the summer lull in music news. Case-in-point: Pitchfork’s home page feature was about a Mountain Goats re-issue today. Anyway, I sort of enjoy the inevitable hush that falls over the music world each year. I feel like it gives me a chance to catch up, take a breath, and appreciate all of the great material that’s surfaced up to this point.

So I really enjoyed listening to Portugal. The Man on NPR’s World Cafe recently. I knew that the band collaborated with Danger Mouse (think Gnarls Barkley and The Black Keys), but I didn’t know that they tossed 2 weeks worth of recordings — an eon in the studio world — to get a fresh start with the guy. Or that founders John Gourley, Zach Carother had their roots up in rural Alaska, where they remained until they were young adults. They even credit our finest 49th for Portugal. The Man’s unique sound.

Portugal. The Man released Evil Friends back in June.They’re a prolific band – since 2006, they’ve churned out eight albums. The most recent one is a frenetic bundle of energy, produced by bigwig Danger Mouse. I liked the album, but I agree with Joe: it has “a lot of good tracks that will fit well into playlists, but it could use the occasional slowdown when listening from start to finish.”

TSD’s article on Evil Friends’ release is great, and I highly recommend that you read it if you’re a latecomer to the album. In the spirit of the “summer lull/looking back” time that I love so much, I’m going to end this article with a few of my favorite Portugal. The Man songs (and videos) from past albums. Then we can all get excited that their prolific streak continues, and that we can expect a new release sometime in the near-ish future.

— “So American” from 2011’s In the Mountain in the Cloud

— “Purple Yellow Red and Blue,” a groovy Passion Pit remix

— “People Say” from 2009’s The Satanic Satanist

— “Do You” from 2009’s The Satanic Satanist

— “All Your Light” from 2011’s In the Mountain in the Cloud

— “The Sun”  from 2009’s The Satanic Satanist

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World Cafe, Portugal. The Man, Conan, Image Credit: Flickr

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