Peter Gabriel Performs for Guitar Center

Peter recorded a version of ‘Here Comes the Flood’ as part of the Guitar Center “Sessions” program, which will debut August 21st on DIRECTV.  Below, you can see the performance, which is also available as a free download from the session.  To check it out, in all its stripped-down glory, follow the link:

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Things I Should’ve Mentioned…

Hi, everyone!  Well, I’m back from Scotland.  And even though I’m not yet an immortal, I still had a pretty great trip (including my very first taste of haggis).  Naturally, of course, there’s lots of great stuff to catch up on… So, why not come and join me for a recap of things that happened while I was away?

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Things I Should’ve Mentioned…

Hey, everyone!  Welcome to another installment of our news round-up series… Lots of nifty things going on, this week, and so we’ll just get right to it.

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Preview: Peter Gabriel and Guy Garvey

From Peter Gabriel’s website comes word that Peter’s cover of the song “Mirrorball” by Elbow is now available as a single.  Also, Elbow’s Guy Garvey has put together a lovely, faithfully tender version of Peter’s excellent “Mercy Street.”  This is all part of the Scratch My Back work that Peter has been doing – and, about which, you can read our previous entry (the album’s there for preview, as well!).  So, follow me for a listen to these two covers, and to find some more useful information about the songs’ creation:

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Preview: Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back

I’m back from my dissertation-induced exile to let you know that the The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. is streaming a preview of the forthcoming Peter Gabriel album Scratch My Back.  The idea behind the album is straightforward: For each song that Peter Gabriel covers, the artist whose song it was will cover one of Peter’s songs.  That album, to be released at a later date, is called I’ll Scratch Yours.  For the moment, though, we get to enjoy a release that is remarkable not only for its breadth, but for the speed at which Gabriel – a noted perfectionist and long-time studio noodler – has produced it.  Needless to say, covering tracks by Elbow, Radiohead, and Regina Spektor, among others, is a fairly bold career move at this stage in Gabriel’s career.  Fortunately, it all mostly works, and the result is a decidedly intimate, engaging album full of challenging interpretations of songs both familiar and strange.

Go ahead and use the player below to hear the whole album (courtesy of The Guardian).  Also, you can download a copy of Gabriel’s cover of Bon Iver’s “Flume” by following the link below the player.  Lastly, the album’s out on February 15th in the UK, and March 2nd in the US.  Enjoy!

As an added bonus, enjoy this cover (not on the album) of Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” featuring Peter Gabriel and Hot Chip: [audio:|titles=Peter Gabriel and Hot Chip – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa]