I can’t stop playing this album by Portugal. The Man. “It’s like falling in love for the first time for me, I can’t get enough of it”.
Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Wasilla, Alaska. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, and Jason Sechrist. Gourley and Carothers met and began playing music together in High School.
Evil Friends is the seventh full length album by Portugal. The Man. Produced by Danger Mouse who is fast becoming a deity in the music biz working with Gnarls Barkley, Jack White , Broken Bells, Gorillaz, The Black Keys, Norah Jones and the rumoured new album by U2.
Evil Friends – Portugal. The Man 2013
Creep in a T-Shirt
Hip Hop Kids
Sea of Air
Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
Purple Yellow Red and Blue
Love The Man – David
I’m driving my truck down south on 101, meeting a client and listening to KCRW on radio. I’m pissed, busy trying to get another clients job out the door. I have to go to this meeting, knowing that all he wants is someone to have a beer with. Maybe we might have breakthrough on this venture and get this new product moving toward market.
Driving fast and being late, which I hate. My crappy radio is hissing, scratchy in and out of reception. A song starts playing I have no idea who it is, but it hits me like a beautiful bullet. I’m hoping that the DJ is going to tell who it is before I have to get out of my truck. Luckily, the DJ say’s Portugal something blah blah. I grab a pen, which is not working and scratch it on an old ATM receipt just to have a clue. My meeting goes great, major progress and a good Mexican beer to boot.
I get home and did a little research about mystery on the googles. I found out the real name of the band is “Portugal. The Man” and the song named “Endangered Song”. Released on 7″ vinyl only 400 copies, which is meant to degrade with each listen. This record will not last forever. The band encouraged the recipients of the album to rip it and post digitally to keep the song alive. Much like the Sumatran tiger a rare tiger subspecies that inhabits the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It was classified as critically endangered in 2008 with a population of less than 400.
Beck’s latest 2014 release Morning Phase is a deep melodic melancholy album. It is something we have not heard since the 2002 release of Sea Change. If you notice almost all the track titles have something to with a “phase”. Beck did work with his father David Campbell who contributed orchestral arrangements for the album, as he had done previously for Sea Change. After I listened to this album a few more times “I get it”. It is a beautiful piece of work for a quite evening of retrospection of your own personal phase.
phase “a distinct period or stage in a process of change or forming part of something’s development.”
Heart Is a Drum
Don’t Let It Go
“For a Friend” – David
20 years ago my friend Tim tried to get me to listen to this album. It was one of his favorites, but I wasn’t hearing it. I was to wrapped up in the Nirvana of the time to see his wisdom. Well, I’m listening now. Wynton Marsalis, who recently played with Clapton in 2011 at the Lincoln Center and released a wonderful album of blues with him that same year once said:
“Music does not come to you. You have to come to it & you’ll walk away with something you didn’t have before.”
Journeyman is a fine set of rock originals and blues classics masterly preformed. Clapton returns to the style and prowess that brought him success in the 70’s with albums like Slowhand and Backless. He’s inspired here. The music is soulful, his playing is powerful and his singing is passionate and moving. Journeyman marks a turn in Clapton’s life and career. At the time, he was in the process of exercising his personal demons, and the album helped him see the importance of music as a pillar and guiding force in his life.
“I grew up with a strong curiosity about spiritual matters, but my searching took me away from the church and community worship to the internal journey. Before my recovery began, I found my God in music and the arts with writers like Hermann Hesse and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.”
Journeyman clocks in at just under and hour and is great from start to finish. As usual, Tim was right. With this run, I’m thinking of you my friend.
Here is my latest pick of great music from an avante gardener. Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style. A Sea Of Split Peas has me playing this album over and over.
A Sea Of Split Peas – 2013
Out Of The Woodwork
Don’t Apply Compression Gently
Are You Looking After Yourself?
Canned Tomatoes (Whole)
Ode To Odetta
Enjoy the music – David
An Americana indie folk band from Sweden? Yes. First Aid Kit, Sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg from Stockholm, Sweden are just that. Stay Gold just released in June is their fourth album and what an album it is.
According to an interview in Swedish TV webpage, the album is more about their own life than their previous ones. “That one has to learn appreciate what is and that all flows, that nothing stays”. That quote just nails it, at least for my own journey. This latest post is for my friends who are on their own journeys.
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold 2014
“My Silver Lining”
“Shattered & Hollow”
“A Long Time Ago”
Stay Gold, David