Monday, August 17, 2009

Is that what I am about to hear with this Portugal dude?

"What a lovely day, yeah, we won the war.
May have lost a million men, but we've got a million more."


In my quest to figure out the gut wrenching that is the San Francisco Outside Lands schedule, I discovered a band that I like and want to share with you.

The band is Portugal. The Man. According to Wiki, Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Wasilla, Alaska and based in Portland, Oregon.

It's an odd name for a band, but wiki explains that as well:

"A country is a group of people," guitar player and vocalist John Gourley explains. "With Portugal, it just ended up being the first country that came to mind. The band's name is 'Portugal'. The period is stating that, and 'The Man' states that it's just one person." The name has more personal meaning as well: Portugal. The Man was going to be the name of a book that Gourley had planned to write about his father and his many adventures.


The opening track on their latest album, The Satanic Satanist, reminds me a lot of a band called Dispatch. The music and the lyrics are fantastic. Fantastic and timely. In a time when people are up in arms over health care but not giving two shits about our sons and daughters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The song is called "People Say".


[Download Portugal. The Man - People Say]

This new album is filled with great songs. Check out The Sun and Work All Day for some other gems.

Just in case you are going to Outside Lands, then we will see you at Panhandle Solar Stage Saturday at 3:10PM to catch Portugal. The Man. If I can convince TLO that is. In fact, you can listen to us hash out our Outside Lands schedule on our upcoming podcast. Look for it here!

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