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Portugal. The Man on World Cafe | July 5, 2013

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Portugal. The Man is a shape-shifting indie-rock band originally from Wasilla, Alaska. Led by vocalist John Gourley, the group just released a new album called Evil Friends, which was produced by Brian Burton, a.k.a Danger Mouse. Burton helped the band capture the potential of each track, while lending a rhythmic feel to its psych-rock style.

A member of Broken Bells and Gnarls Barkley, Burton has also worked as a producer with artists such as The Black Keys and Norah Jones. In this installment of World Cafe, Portugal. The Man's members talk about how they scrapped two weeks' worth of recordings to start fresh with Danger Mouse, and describe how growing up in Alaska helped them find a unique set of musical influences. (Link)


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Hour 1

Bruce Springsteen “Blinded By the Light” Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
Langhorne Slim & the Law “The Way We Move” The Way We Move
Frank Turner “Recovery” Tape Deck Heart
((Ben Folds Five "Erase Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Portugal. The Man “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Portugal. The Man “Sea of Air” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Portugal. The Man “Evil Friends” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Portugal. The Man “Modern Jesus” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((RJD2 "The Stranger" The Colossus))
Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” Hard Again
The Shouting Matches “Gallup, NM” Grownass Man
Neko Case “Man” The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
The Breeders “Divine Hammer” Last Splash
((The XX "Heart Skipped A Beat" The XX))

Hour 2

Dire Straits “The Bug” On Every Street
JD McPherson “Fire Bug” Signs & Signifiers 
Billie Lee Riley “Red Hot” Sun Records: The Definitive Hits, Vol. 2
Mayer Hawthorne “Her Favorite Song” Where Does This Door Go?
The Style Council “My Ever Changing Moods” The Singular Adventures of the Style Council
((Foxygen "Shuggie" We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic))
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers” Modern Vampires of the City
Suzanne Vega “Cassidy” Dedicated 
The Olms “Wanna Feel It” The Olms EP
((Heartless Bastards "The Mountain" The Mountain))
Richard Thompson “Good Things Happen to Bad People” Electric 
Elvis Costello “Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes” My Aim is True
The National “Don’t Swallow the Cap” Trouble Will Find Me
Joan Osborne “St. Teresa” Relish
Elbow “Grounds for Divorce” The Seldom Seen Kid