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Happy birthday to John Gourley, lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Portugal. The Man. If you don’t know their music, I highly encourage you to check them out. They are a psychedelic rock band who have a nice streak of making excellent albums from start to finish. As I’ve said before, their 2011 album “In The Mountain In The Cloud,” is nothing short of a masterpiece, whose songs deserve to be sung en masse in stadiums. Thankfully, their fan base is growing by leaps and bounds after their latest record “Evil Friends” was produced by uber-producer Danger Mouse.
“Evil Friends” will definitely be on my best albums of 2012 list and if you like that album, you will like ALL of their music. Lucky for you, if you are just discovering Portugal. The Man, they’ve already released 8 albums, and they are all great! John Gourley has done much of the artwork for these albums and a lot of their releases have cool and unique packaging. Since you know I like to meet the men (and women) behind the music, you’ll be pleased to know that not only is John Gourley super talented but he’s also an extremely nice guy. I’ve met him on a couple of occasions and most recently he told me that the band has quite a few unreleased songs from the “Evil Friends” sessions, so let’s hope they see the light of day! Happy birthday John! I heart you!