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Peter Case on World Cafe | January 11, 2011

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Self-described autodidact and three-time Grammy nominee Peter Case has seen it all. As a young musician, he dropped out of high school to travel and make music. He ended up in California, where he built a reputation through a series of bands, including power-pop legends The Nerves. Case eventually found lasting success when he went solo in the mid-1980s.

Case gravitated toward a more acoustic, folksy sound during the course of his career, though he still strives to incorporate strains of new wave, blues, rock, soul and R&B into his music. "I'm trying to forge my own style out of those inherited materials," he tells World Cafe host David Dye.

Case's most recent release was last year's Wig! (Yep Roc). Recorded after open-heart surgery in 2009, the collection of songs is full of electric blues and folk rock — a statement of joy and thanks for good friends and a good life. (link)

Here is the playlist:

Arcade Fire  Modern Man  The Suburbs
Drive-By Truckers  Used to Be a Cop  Go Go Boots
David & David  Welcome to the Boomtown  Boomtown
Peter Case  House Rent Jump  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Peter Case  Bumble Bee Blues  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Peter Case  The Words in Red  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Peter Case  Thirty Days in the Workhouse  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ry Cooder  Get Rhythm  Get Rhythm
The Black Keys  Next Girl  Brothers
The Pretenders  Show Me  Learning to Crawl
The Dears  Omega Dog  Degeneration St.
Sufjan Stevens  Chicago  Come On Feel the Illinoise
Girls  Heartbreaker  Broken Dreams Club EP
Gregory Isaacs  Cool Down the Pace  Night Nurse
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti  Round and Round  Before Today
Middle Brother  Me Me Me  Middle Brother
Lucinda Williams  Drunken Angel  Car Wheels on A Gravel Road
Gurf Morlix  Big Cheeseburgers and Good French Fries  Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream
John Prine  Clay Pigeons  Fair & Square
Cake  Sick of You  Showroom of Compassion
The English Beat  Tears of a Clown  I Just Can't Stop It
Nirvana  The Who Sold the World  MTV Unplugged in New York
Deerhunter  Desire Lines  Halcyon Digest