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November 9, 2009 With the release of the 2005's The Acrobat, 2007's With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead and an album in which he covers the soundtrack to the '80s movie Footloose, Thomas Bartlett established Doveman as a true sleeper. His third album of original material with Doveman, The Conformist, is a testament to his soft-spoken style. This time around, though, he adds flourishes of upbeat synths, drums and catchy choruses.
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October 13, 2009 On this edition of All Songs Considered, we've got an exclusive new song from Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and J. Robbins of Jawbox. The two wrote and recorded the new single, titled "Mercury," in just two days as part of our Project Song series. Also on the program: London's captivating quartet The XX; the neo-psychedelic duo MV & EE; folk trio Espers; and new music from Doveman, Vampire Weekend and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth.
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July 21, 2008 The secret identity of the electronic artist known as Podington Bear has been blown. Hear how it happened. We've also got music from the gentle-voiced singer, Doveman. He turns the dance-pop song "Let's Hear It For The Boy," from the Footloose soundtrack, into a slow dirge. Also on the show: Tilly and the Wall, a baroque viola piece, Teddy Thompson, the gifted son of Richard and Linda Thompson, Swedish singer Sarah Assbring, also known as El Perro Del Mar, and a nearly flawless new album from Germany's 20-year rock veterans, The Notwist.
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April 1, 2008 Doveman's front-to-back cover of the Footloose soundtrack gets the multi-track treatment with Steve Lillywhite behind the boards. Thomas Bartlett's understated delivery and beautiful piano work add to an homage to the joys of youth.
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September 28, 2007 A duet from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Bob Dylan remixed by DJ Mark Ronson; British folk guitarist Martin Simpson; The trippy morning face of Small Sins; Artful harmonic pop from Georgie James; The beautifully depressing Doveman.
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