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Peter Gabriel on World Cafe | September 29, 2011

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Peter Gabriel's 12th studio album, New Blood, contains re-imaginings of some of his best-known songs — including "Solsbury Hill," "Red Rain" and "Don't Give Up" — using orchestral arrangements and ambient sound. The album continues a career reinvention he began on Scratch My Back, a covers album with the attached expectation that the covered artists would reciprocate.

New Blood is a well-deserved victory lap for Gabriel, whose 25-year-old solo career has gained him innumerable accolades as both a pop star and innovator at the vanguard of electronic and world music. His shadow looms large over the pop music of today, too; artists such as Neon Indian and Vampire Weekend have made their admiration of Gabriel's work central to their own music.

Here, Gabriel talks to host David Dye on World Cafe amid excerpts from New Blood. (link)





Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Helplessness Blues
Givers "Up, Up, Up" In Light
Vampire Weekend "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Peter Gabriel "A Quiet Moment" New Blood
Peter Gabriel "Solsbury Hill" New Blood
Peter Gabriel "San Jacinto" New Blood
Peter Gabriel "Passion" New Blood
Peter Gabriel "Don't Give Up" New Blood
Ryan Adams "Lucky Now" Ashes & Fire
Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel Of Love" Tunnel Of Love
Vetiver "Wonder Why" The Errant Charm
Del Amitri "Be My Downfall" Change Everything


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks "Tigers" Mirror Traffic
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti "Bright Lit Blue Skies" Before Today
Beirut "Sante Fe" The Riptide
Iron & Wine "Boy With A Coin" Boy With A Coin
J Viewz "Salty Air" Rivers And Homes
Jimi Hendrix "The Wind Cries Mary" Are You Experienced?
Mayor Hawthorne "The Walk" How Do You Do
Kathleen Edwards "Change The Sheets" Voyageur
Spoon "Sister Jack" Gimme Fiction
Ra Ra Riot "Boy" Orchard
Eels "In My Dreams" Hombre Lobo
Gomez "Options" Whatever's On Your Mind
Deer Tick "Miss K." Divine Providence
The Gourds "My Name Is Jorge" Cow Fish Fowl Or Pig
Wilco "Born Alone" The Whole Love
Langhorne Slim "Sometimes" Langhorne Slim