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Lazarus [David Bowie cover]

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Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman posted this around 4am the day David Bowie died. He says: "i kept trying, but I couldn't concentrate on work today. so instead I made a cover of 'lazarus.'"

Earlier in the day, I’d mentioned to Thomas that Bowie's "Lazarus" would have sounded right at home on the Doveman album "With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead." Artists! Sometimes they take suggestions. Rarely, mind you. But sometimes.

We're posting this as a tribute to David Bowie to be enjoyed “free just like that bluebird.” But if you'd like to spend some money, half the profits from the Bandcamp download will be donated to the Ali Forney Center. Their work on behalf of LGBTQ youth actualizes the fantasia of an accepting world which the Thin White Duke helped portray — greeting all comers with the love & support Bowie did in his art. Read more about their important work here:

We’re trying to get this cover on Spotify, Apple Music & other DSPs by the end of the week. Trying…

— Alec Hanley Bemis


released January 11, 2016
“Lazarus” written by David Bowie from Backstair.
Cover performed by Thomas Bartlett.
Glenn Hansard contributed harmony, moral support & the portrait of Thomas.


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Doveman is Thomas Bartlett and a select group of collaborators (most often, the band includes banjo player Sam Amidon, drummer Dougie Bowne, guitarist and conjurer Shahzad Ismaily, and trumpeter Peter Ecklund). Together Doveman -- the Dovemen? -- make lovely, interesting, heart-rending sounds, like a broken wing flapping and starting to take flight. ... more


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