Portugal. The Man Music On Hold For Official Alaskan Phone Lines

The use of music from Portugal. The Man and four other acts with ties to the state of Alaska has been put on hold by officials there. The music was slated to be used as hold music for state office phone lines to promote Alaska-related artists. But the project was paused when members of the public raised concerns about some of the music.

Matt Shuckerow, a spokesman for Governor Mike Dunleavy, said the intent is to revive the project and periodically switch out the music. He added that the Department of Administration is waiting for an updated list of music suggestions from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a partner on the project.

The council’s executive director, Andrea Noble-Pelant, said lyrics of the initial five songs were being reviewed. Apparently there was concern over criticism from a conservative blogger who said that the lyrics of one group, Harm, had a "discordant" message that "might just drive a distressed caller over the edge."

The chairman of the council's board of trustees, Ben Brown, said he did not know why the Dunleavy administration had halted the project. But Brown added that he wants to make sure that whatever music is played is appropriate for hold music.

Portugal. The Man will hit the road in North America later this summer as support for Mumford & Sons, beginning on August 3rd in Los Angeles.