PORTUGAL. THE MAN are better than THE DEAD, DOG.

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♫ Portugal. The Man – The Dead Dog

Portugal. The Man are from Alaska, based in Portland, serious about that punctuation, and are releasing their fifth album in as many years. They also play some of the best guitar based psych/indie/freak rock you can wrap your ears around. I have to admit up front that I haven’t heard all their albums, nor listened to the ones I have as much as I should, but since my buddy Ted is one of their biggest fans I decided to give their latest LP some real attention. I have been spinning American Ghetto (what a great cover) for a while now and was struggling with my take-it-or-leave-it feelings and trying to figure out what I want to say about the album. I kept waiting for some bright light to go off and signal something loud and clear. However, something else has happened in this process, I have grown really fond of the album. “The Dead Dog” (named after a local bar in their Alaska hometown) kicks things off on such a deep groove of drums and guitar noodling that the ensuing left-of-center jams were a bit off-putting to my more pop oriented ears. Repeated listens have made me realize that each pass through revealed a new favorite track. Like this one, American Ghetto‘s space-funk closer.

♫ Portugal. The Man – When The War Ends

The goodness doesn’t stop there. I could easily have included “1000 Years,” “The Pushers Party,” or any other track. But don’t listen to me, stream the whole album after the jump. Dim the lights, close your eyes, and start your love affair with these guys. I’d love to hear your thoughts, old and new fans alike. Ted?

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  1. Danielle Crew
    Danielle Crew says:

    I haven’t been on the site for a couple of months, but when I saw that you featured Portugal. The Man as one of the Best Albums of 2010, I couldn’t resist to comment. They have always been one of my favorites, keeping my attention from their first album (Waiter: “You Vultures!”) up to this one. They have yet to come out with a bad CD. I got even more interested after Forgive Durden featured John Gourley on his amazing album “Razia’s Shadow”. The Satanic Satanist is consisting playing on my IPod since it came out. I HIGHLY recommend it :)

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