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Episode 17: theFIVE10 Podcast with Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man

theFIVE10 Podcast

With their peculiar name and remote place of origin, Alaskan experimental indie pop band Portugal. The Man are an unlikely success story. After heading southward to the musical hub of Portland, Oregon, the group -- co-founded by the duo of John Gourley and Zach Carothers -- delivered a series of unique, artfully crafted independent albums throughout the late 2000s, touring hard and eventually signing a deal with Atlantic in 2010. The band's diligence paid off during their major-label tenure with each subsequent album gaining them a wider fan base and increased acclaim. On 2013's Evil Friends, they forged a collaboration with producer Danger Mouse, who again helped out on the group's politically driven eighth album, 2017's Woodstock, which yielded the Grammy-winning hit single "Feel It Still."* JC got a chance to sit down with Carothers to talk about their unlikely rise to the pop charts, their charitable work, and the future of the music industry. All of that and much more on this week's theFIVE10 Podcast! *bio written by Ned Raggett


21 Jan 2021

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Voting Matters: Mobilizing the Vote with Deval Patrick, Zach Carothers and Amy Lee

Washington Post Live

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Portugal. The Man’s Zach Carothers and Evanescence’s Amy Lee join The Post to discuss how they’re working to get out the vote.


19 Oct 2020

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Episode 76" - Portugal. The Man Returns! (John Gourley & Zach Carothers)

Dave & Ethan's 2000" Weird Al Podcast

Dave and Ethan welcome back the founding members of Portugal. The Man - John Gourley & Zach Carothers - on the heels of their ground-breaking new song, "Who's Gonna Stop Me," featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic!

1hr 15mins

14 Oct 2020

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Ep. 87/Portugal The Man's Zach Carothers

Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton

Zach Carothers talks about his interior work during Covid19, taking time to pay attention to his mental health, and putting down roots in the Portland area for the first time. The PTM Foundation is also advocating for indigenous peoples who have been severely impacted by the spread of Covid19. Carothers is clear-eyed about the challenge of a pandemic. "We will not be the same people coming out of this that we were going in," Carothers says." But, we have the chance to create what's next. And that's, exciting."


25 May 2020

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Portugal. The Man. Feeling It Still: Truly A Rockstar Performance: Episode #33, Zach Carothers(PTM Bassist)

Worth The Fight Podcast

Zach Carothers, bassist for Portugal. The Man. shares his personal experiences with Psychedelic Medicines. We talk in-depth about the band’s inspiring activism through the PTM Foundation, giving Voice to the marginalized and overlooked. In our Hopeful conversation, Zach delivers a rockstar performance in Realness and Authenticity—telling it how it is, Unabashedly confronting our nation’s mental health challenges and systemic injustices.  Portugal The Man links: https://www.portugaltheman.com/ https://www.facebook.com/portugaltheman https://twitter.com/portugaltheman https://www.instagram.com/portugaltheman/ https://www.youtube.com/user/Portugalthemanband   Feel it Still - Grammy award-winning song for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" in 2018:   - https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/01/29/with-alaska-roots-and-appreciation-portugal-the-man-wins-grammy/ - Acceptance speech by Zach Carothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChjVbBwbotI    Zachary Carother's Instagram: - https://www.instagram.com/zacharycarothers/?hl=en   12:59 - May is Mental Health Awareness Month: - https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Month - https://adaa.org/mental-health-awareness-month - https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month   13:19 - Veteran suicide. Approximately 22 veterans per day commit suicide. - https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/data.asp - https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/data-sheets/2019/2019_National_Veteran_Suicide_Prevention_Annual_Report_508.pdf - https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/01/ce-corner-suicide - https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/03/04/suicide-remains-growing-challenge-for-younger-veterans-survey-shows/   13:43 - Homeless veteran percentage at around 10-15% - http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/ - https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/pit_count.asp - https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/ahar/#reports - https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Homelessness_in_America._Focus_on_Veterans.pdf   13:53 - Ayahuasca and MDMA therapy being used for war veterans as a means of trauma healing and integration. - https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/1/10/18007558/denver-psilocybin-psychedelic-mushrooms-ayahuasca-depression-mental-health - https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/05/09/psychedelic-drug-provides-relief-for-veterans-with-ptsd/   14:30 - Approximately 1 of 4 Americans are on psychology meds. 18-19 million suffering with anxiety disorders. 8% of population has PTSD at any given time: - https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/1-in-6-americans-takes-a-psychiatric-drug/ - https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/mental-health-disorder-statistics   16:30 - The Sopranos - https://www.hbo.com/the-sopranos   18:20 - Brene Brown and vulnerability - Website: https://brenebrown.com/ - TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability?language=en - Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unlocking-us-with-bren%C3%A9-brown/id1494350511   19:32 - MDMA and psilocybin being fast-tracked as a breakthrough therapy by the FDA in phase 3 clinical trials with federal government. Johns Hopkins, NYU, University of Wisconsin Madison and Imperial College of London are all doing research and studies.  - https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidcarpenter/2020/05/12/psychedelic-pioneer-rick-doblin-on-fda-trials-of-mdma-most-important-reality-check-of-maps-34-year-history/#4764b2b4230a - https://maps.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwk6P2BRAIEiwAfVJ0rOfJTnkt5vFPNMiAlRxz-svyM8mddqeFlOeurxAj4Xf5CESnzSah3hoCqqsQAvD_BwE -NYU: https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2018/june/the-underground-world-of-psychedelics-and-the-potential-of-plant.html - https://nyunews.com/2019/03/03/03-04-ops-king/ - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0269881116675512 - Johns Hopkins: https://hopkinspsychedelic.org/  - University of Wisconsin Madison: https://pharmacy.wisc.edu/testing-innovative-mental-health-treatments/ - https://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2019/09/could-psychedelics-be-the-answer-to-chronic-mental-health-issues - Imperial School of London: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/psychedelic-research-centre/   23:37 - Denver and Oakland decriminalization: - https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/08/us/denver-magic-mushrooms-approved-trnd/index.html - https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/23/psychedelic-mushrooms-denver-decriminalization/ - https://decriminalizedenver.org/ -https://www.npr.org/2019/06/05/730061916/oakland-city-council-effectively-decriminalizes-psychedelic-mushrooms - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/06/05/oakland-california-legalizes-magic-mushrooms-and-peyote/1347888001/     24:00 - Marijuana and other drug offenders in jail: - https://drugabusestatistics.org/marijuana-incarceration/ - https://www.drugpolicy.org/issues/drug-war-statistics - https://www.aclu.org/gallery/marijuana-arrests-numbers - https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/01/22/four-in-ten-u-s-drug-arrests-in-2018-were-for-marijuana-offenses-mostly-possession/   24:39 - Medical Marijuana and state legality: (Matt said 38 states, but it could be closer to 33) - https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/qa/what-us-states-have-legalized-medical-marijuana - https://norml.org/legal/medical-marijuana-2 - https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-medical-marijuana-laws.aspx   26:27 - Covid-19 and jail populations: - https://www.npr.org/2020/04/28/846678912/a-ticking-time-bomb-advocates-warn-covid-19-is-spreading-rapidly-behind-bars - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-outbreaks-jails-prisons-cdc-report-covid-19/ - https://www.aclu.org/news/smart-justice/new-model-shows-reducing-jail-population-will-lower-covid-19-death-toll-for-all-of-us/ - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/opinion/coronavirus-prisons.html   27:14 - reparations for marijuana drug offenders in jail.  - https://qz.com/1482349/weed-and-reparations/ - https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2014/07/the-case-for-marijuana-reparations-the-profits-from-drug-legalization-should-be-shared-with-those-affected-by-the-war-on-drugs.html     29:00 - Zachary Carothers on podcast with "Trainer Jeff" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8OxvBIUnz8   29:18 - Indigenous peoples and land acknowledgments/recognition by Portugal. The Man: -https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/10/28/listen-putting-native-issues-out-front-portugal-the-man-talks-protests-indigenous-influence-on-next-album/ - https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/portugal-the-man-releases-land-acknowledgement-video-to-honor-indigenous-peoples-land/ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSw02mrJtCw   31:19 - Portugal. The Man non-profit foundation - "PTM Foundation" -  https://www.facebook.com/PTMFoundation/ - https://www.instagram.com/ptmfoundation/ - https://linktr.ee/ptmfoundation?fbclid=IwAR2LX3lK8B9-Arvry-EHlXmAAOeyDy9wcRAKpYfUayrmkwoQ9DNZOs1XpWw   35:54 - Indigenous peoples are three times more likely to have PTSD. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3875613/   36:29 - Peyote in Native American healing process - https://maps.org/news/bulletin/articles/439-bulletin-spring-2020/8138-sacred-peyote-conservation-respecting-indigenous-traditions   45:14 (and 49:34) - Heroic Hearts Project and Jesse Gould - Worth the Fight Podcast guest #3 - https://www.heroicheartsproject.org/ - https://www.heroicheartsproject.org/team - http://worththefightpodcast.org/come-together-episode-3-conversation-with-jesse-gould-heroic-hearts-project   47:32 - Kelly Brogan - https://kellybroganmd.com/   49:56 - Worth The Fight Podcast 316 with Amber & Marcus Capone/VETS - http://worththefightpodcast.org/seals-diving-into-psychedelia-episode-16-amber-marcus-caponevets   50:10 - Ibogaine: - https://maps.org/research/ibogaine-therapy - https://americanaddictioncenters.org/meth-treatment/success-rate-for-ibogaine - https://www.ibogainealliance.org/ibogaine/   57:25 - Sebastian Junger and "Tribe" the book. And veteran childhood sexual trauma.  - http://www.sebastianjunger.com/ - https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Homecoming-Belonging-Sebastian-Junger/dp/1455566381 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3640796/   1:00:27- Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. By Steven Newcomb - https://www.amazon.com/Pagans-Promised-Land-Christian-Discovery/dp/1555916422 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NmlJcy7RrA - https://www.indianz.com/News/2018/10/30/standing-up-to-the-doctrine-of-christian.asp   1:14:58: Rick Doblin - https://maps.org/about/staff - http://worththefightpodcast.org/psychedelic-state-forecast-episode-10-rick-doblin-maps   1:16:25 - Worth The Fight Book on Kindle, Amazon and audiobook.  - https://www.amazon.com/Worth-Fight-Spirituality-Psychedelic-Overcoming-ebook/dp/B07NRCXB72   1:16:40 - Mark Poelzer - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-poelzer-b137a87/ - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8618647   1:17:28 - Madison Psychedelic Society and Worth The Fight bookclub with Matt Simpson and Day H-J - Madison Psychedelic Society - http://www.madisonpsychedelic.com/  - May 28th, 2020 at 7 pm CST “Worth The Fight” presentation: https://www.meetup.com/Madison-Psychedelic-Society/events/270374700/ - June 17th, 2020 at 6 pm CST “Worth The Fight” Bookclub: https://www.meetup.com/Madison-Psychedelic-Society/events/270374821/   - http://worththefightpodcast.org/navigating-necessary-nuance-a-trip-between-the-lines-wday-h-j-episode-31-day-hj-madison-psychedelic-society

1hr 19mins

23 May 2020

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EP 069 with Zach Carothers

Crude Conversations

In this episode, Cody has a conversation with Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man. Zach grew up in Wasilla, Alaska, where he spent most of his time skateboarding, snowboarding and playing music. He started playing music in elementary school programs. Then in high school, he played for a band called The Dependable Letdowns. The next band he played for was A New Hope, which eventually changed its name to Anatomy of a Ghost. After Anatomy of a Ghost broke up, Portugal. The Man was formed in 2004. Between then and now, a lot has happened. They’ve gained band mates and lost band mates, recorded eight albums, toured the world and even won a Grammy. Zach says that the feeling of success is a carrot on a stick. That his idea of success is always changing. At first, it meant playing a show and having the crowd sing your lyrics, then it was the first time he played in a big city or traveled overseas, then it was the first time he played at a big music festival. Now, his idea of success is tied to the band’s current work with the rights of indigenous peoples, through the PTM Foundation.

1hr 13mins

3 May 2020

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Episode 19" - Portugal. The Man (John Gourley & Zach Carothers)

Dave & Ethan's 2000" Weird Al Podcast

Dave and Ethan interview the world-famous Portugal. The Man founding members - John Gourley & Zach Carothers - about their love of Weird Al!


11 Sep 2019

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HTBARP 11 Zach Carothers: Bass Player of Portugal.The Man

How To Become A Rockstar Photographer Podcast with Matthias Hombauer

Today, I am really excited, cause my guest is Zach from one of my favourite bands Portugal. The Man. The reason why I brought him up is not only that I love their music, but I also started my music photography career with them. I met these guys in Vienna for my first portrait session 6 years ago. Man, was I nervous. It used off camera flash for the first time and honestly saying I haven´t had any clue what I was doing.  MY heart was pounding when they entered the large concert hall where they were playing a gig later on. Luckily everything went well and my portraits got published in one of germanies largest indie magazine. This was the beginning of our relationship, and we started to work together very time hen they came back to Vienna. Fast forward to 2017 Portugal the man released their new album “Woodstock” which kicks ass. Their single “Feel it still” got Nr.1 in the alternative Billboard charts, they played in front of 10 000 people a few days ago and they’ll start their world tour soon. I had the great opportunity to sit down with Zach and discuss about his life as musician, which struggles he had on the way to success and why he has more cameras on tour with him than me as a professional photographer.   

1hr 6mins

4 Jul 2017