New Mix: Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, More : All Songs Considered Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back after a long break with this week's essential new music, including Nick Cave's heartbreaking song "Jesus Alone" and Peter Gabriel's ode to Edward Snowden.
NPR logo

New Mix: Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, More

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493757946/493763440" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
New Mix: Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, More

New Mix: Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, More

New Mix: Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, More

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493757946/493763440" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Clockwise from upper left: Peter Gabriel, Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker), King Creosote, L.A. Salami, Nick Cave Courtesy of the artists hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artists

The gang's finally back together! And by gang we mean hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, who find themselves in the studio together for the first time in a month. With the summer break finally over, the two return with this week's essential mix, from both veteran artists and new discoveries.

Robin opens the show with an epic, trance-inducing piece from Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote, who calls it a "plaintive, hymn-like lament of frustration and debasement." Bob follows with a profoundly dark new song from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds called "Jesus Alone."

Also on the show: Peter Gabriel writes an ode to what he sees as the heroics of whistle blower Edward Snowden; Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) a fantastically textured new song called "Fear Less;" London-based singer-songwriter L.A. Salami (his full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami) has a remarkable debut with lyrics that recall the densely layered poetry of Bob Dyla and a strange and wacky new cut from Cloud Becomes Your Hand, a New York-based band with a sense of humor and adventure that reminds Bob of Devo.

Songs Featured On This Episode

Cover for Astronaut Meets Appleman

01You Just Want

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493757946/493764145" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    You Just Want
    Album
    Astronaut Meets Appleman
    Artist
    King Creosote
    Label
    Domino
    Released
    1969

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

King Creosote

  • Song: You Just Want
  • from Astronaut Meets Appleman

King Creosote is otherwise known as Kenny Anderson, a singer-songwriter from Scotland. He says he wanted this cyclic piece, from the new album Astronaut Meets Appleman, to be both deviant and reverent, calling it a "plaintive, hymn-like lament of frustration and debasement."

Buy Featured Music

Song
Astronaut Meets Appleman
Album
Astronaut Meets Appleman
Artist
King Creosote
Label
Domino

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Skeleton Tree

01Jesus Alone

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493757946/493764248" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    Jesus Alone
    Album
    Skeleton Tree
    Artist
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    Label
    Bad Seed Ltd.
    Released
    1969

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

  • Song: Jesus Alone
  • from Skeleton Tree

This dark and brooding song from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' latest album, Skeleton Tree, opens with the line, "You fell from the sky," words that took on a whole new meaning after Cave's 15 year-old son tragically fell to his death.

Hear Bob Boilen talk with director Andrew Dominik about One More Time With Feeling, Dominik's new film about Nick Cave.

Buy Featured Music

Song
Skeleton Tree
Album
Skeleton Tree
Artist
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Label
Bad Seed Ltd.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for The Veil (Single)

01The Veil

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493757946/493764272" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    The Veil
    Album
    The Veil (Single)
    Artist
    Peter Gabriel
    Label
    Real World Productions
    Released
    1969

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Peter Gabriel

  • Song: The Veil
  • from The Veil (Single)

Peter Gabriel wrote this song for a new film by Oliver Stone called Snowden, about whistleblower Edward Snowden. Gabriel released an official statement with the cut, saying Snowden had "made it very clear why we need to have some way to look over those who look over us. With increasing terrorist attacks, security is critical, but not without any accountability or oversight."

Buy Featured Music

Song
The Veil (Single)
Album
The Veil (Single)
Artist
Peter Gabriel
Label
Real World Productions

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Fear Less (Single)

Fear Less

Audio for this story is unavailable.

Nick Murphy (Formerly Known As Chet Faker)

  • Song: Fear Less
  • from Fear Less (Single)

For much of his recording career Australian electronic musician Nick Murphy was known as Chet Faker. He returns with this fantastically textured new single under his own name.

Cover for Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut

01Going Mad As The Street Bins

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493757946/493764441" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    Going Mad As The Street Bins
    Album
    Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut
    Artist
    L.A. Salami
    Label
    Sunday Best Recordings
    Released
    1969

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

L.A. Salami

  • Song: Going Mad As The Street Bins
  • from Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut

L.A. Salami (his full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami) is a London-based singer-songwriter who's only been playing music for a few years. His remarkable debut full-length, Dancing With Bad Grammar, is full of surprising twists and turns, with lyrics that recall the wordplay of Bob Dylan.

Buy Featured Music

Song
Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut
Album
Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut
Artist
L.A. Salami
Label
Sunday Best Recordings

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Rest In Fleas

01Hermit

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493757946/493764480" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    Hermit
    Album
    Rest In Fleas
    Artist
    Cloud Becomes Your Hand
    Label
    Northern Spy
    Released
    1969

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cloud Becomes Your Hand

  • Song: Hermit
  • from Rest In Fleas

Bob Boilen checked out this album, Rest In Fleas, solely because of the cover art. He ended up loving what he found — a playful, wacky rock cut from a band that reminds him of Devo.

Buy Featured Music

Song
Rest In Fleas
Album
Rest In Fleas
Artist
Cloud Becomes Your Hand
Label
Northern Spy

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?