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Portugal. The Man

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There has to be some credit given for this band's name alone -- co-founder John Gourley once explained it as an attempt to create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members. Formed in Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man (yes, there's a period in the middle of their name) grew out of the ashes of Anatomy of a Ghost, a post-hardcore band whose vocalist and guitarist -- Gourley and Zach Carothers, respectively -- opted to continue working together. Rounding out the new band's lineup was keyboardist/singer Wes Hubbard, himself a veteran of other Alaskan groups, and the trio eventually relocated from Alaska to Portland, Oregon. Their initial existence in the Pacific Northwest was the typical hardscrabble life of a band with few resources, but drummer Jason Sechrist (formerly of Konmai Defense System) joined to form a more stable lineup. The band's profile received a boost from the Internet (the musicians made heavy use of MySpace and PureVolume for promotional purposes), and Portugal. The Man released an initial EP in 2005 before issuing their debut album, Waiter: You Vultures!, in early 2006. The next year, the group (whose lineup had once again reverted to three members, as Hubbard had left and was replaced by touring keyboardist Ryan Neighbors), issued Church Mouth, whose aggressive sound bore traces of Led Zeppelin and Jane's Addiction. The bandmates then opted to finance their third record themselves, drawing upon a wealth of guest musicians -- including trombonists, trumpeters, and violinists -- to create the eclectic Censored Colors. In 2009 the group released The Satanic Satanist, then quickly followed up the next year with the mellower and more electronic American Ghetto. Later that year, the band signed with Atlantic Records. Guitarist Noah Gersh joined the band for their 2011 summer tour. The group recorded their major label debut album, In the Mountain in the Cloud in late 2011; it was produced by John Hill, mixed by Andy Wallace, and released in July of 2012. A month earlier, Sleep Forever, a 13-minute short directed by Michael Ragen, and shot entirely in Gourley's hometown, premiered on the Independent Film Channel. This was the last recording for members Sechrist and Neighbors, who were replaced by drummer Kane Richotte and keyboardist Kyle O'Quin. Portugal. The Man enlisted Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) as producer for 2013's Evil Friends; the album was released in June of 2013. ~ Ned Raggett
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Albums by
Portugal. The Man

    12 songs

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    Evil Friends

    10 songs

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    The Majestic Majesty

    11 songs

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    In the Mountain in the Cloud

    15 songs

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    Censored Colors

    11 songs

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    American Ghetto

    11 songs

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    The Satanic Satanist

    15 songs

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    Censored Colors

    12 songs

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    Church Mouth

    13 songs

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    Waiter: "You Vultures!"

    4 songs

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    Devil Say I, I Say Air

    4 songs

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    Remix EP

    1 song

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    Heavy Games

    1 song

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    Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue

    2 songs

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    Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue

    1 song

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    Evil Friends

    2 songs

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    Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)

    1 song

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    Soul Got Out Of The Box (feat. Yoko Ono)

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    Satanic Satanist [LP]

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    It's Complicated Being a Wizard

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    iTunes Live from SoHo


Top Songs by
Portugal. The Man

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   People Say
  3.   Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)
  4.   Purple Yellow Red and Blue
  5.   All My People
  6.   The Dead Dog
  7.   AKA M80 the Wolf
  8.   Modern Jesus
  9.   My Mind
  10.   So American
  11.   Lay Me Back Down
  12.   60 Years
  13.   Sugar Cinnamon
  14.   Atomic Man
  15.   Evil Friends
  16.   Lovers in Love
  17.   Guns and Dogs
  18.   Work All Day
  19.   Smile
  20.   Head Is a Flame (Cool with It)
  21.   Sleep Forever
  22.   Church Mouth
  23.   The Sun
  24.   Do You
  25.   Someday Believers
  26.   Out and in and in and Out
  27.   Just a Fool
  28.   The Devil
  29.   And I
  30.   Creep in a T-Shirt
  31.   Bellies Are Full
  32.   Created
  33.   Stables & Chairs
  34.   Heavy Games
  35.   Once Was One
  36.   Mornings
  37.   Everyone Is Golden
  38.   Colors
  39.   Children
  40.   Guns. Guns...Guns
  41.   Horse Warming Party
  42.   Bad, Bad Levi Brown
  43.   Chicago
  44.   Waiter
  45.   How the Leopard Got Its Spots
  46.   Main Man
  47.   Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
  48.   Sea of Air
  49.   Plastic Soldiers
  50.   The Pines
  51.   Share with Me the Sun
  52.   Senseless
  53.   Floating (Time Isn't Working My Side)
  54.   Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs)
  55.   All Your Light (Times Like These)
  56.   Our Times
  57.   Hard Times
  58.   When the War Ends
  59.   The Pushers Party
  60.   Do What We Do
  61.   1000 Years
  62.   The Home
  63.   1989/Our Way
  64.   All Mine
  65.   Hard Times and Our Times
  66.   Sit Back and Dream
  67.   (Intermission)
  68.   Shade
  69.   Dawn
  70.   Oh Lord
  71.   The Bottom
  72.   Sleeping Sleepers Sleep
  73.   Sun Brother (Excerpt)
  74.   Tommy
  75.   Kill Me. The King
  76.   Elephants
  77.   Gold Fronts
  78.   Evil Friends by Danny Brown
  79.   Waves
  80.   You Carried Us (Share with Me the Sun)
  81.   1989
  82.   Fantastic Pace
  83.   Break
  84.   Let You Down
  85.   The Woods
  86.   Never Pleased
  87.   New Orleans
  88.   Salt
  89.   Marching with 6
  90.   Telling Tellers Tell Me
  91.   Some Men
  92.   Our Way
  93.   Hip Hop Kids
  94.   Emerald Magic
  95.   Opal Magic
  96.   Ruby Magic
  97.   Sapphire Magic
  98.   Amethyst Magic
  99.   Crystal Magic
  100.   Amber Magic
  101.   Gold Magic
  102.   It's Complicated Being a Wizard
  103.   Part I: The Colors
  104.   Part II: The Twenty-Five

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