A Man Alive is the fourth studio album from the San Francisco-based band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. The group's origin dates to 2003, when band leader Thao Nguyen met drummer Willis Thompson. Thompson has since left, as has the former group member who came up with naming the band "The Get Down." Nguyen expanded on that idea for "The Get Down Stay Down." A Man Alive was recorded in San Francisco, with Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs producing. Garbus brought a lot of tUnE-yArDs energy to this infectious and creative new album.