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David Dondero has done all kinds of work in his life. He's been a carpenter, a cook, a trucker, a bartender in Alaska, a drummer in This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, a solar panel installer, a day laborer, a record store clerk, and a gas pumping attendant in New Jersey, but at the end of the day he's a songwriter.
He released his 9th album Inside the Cat's Eye on January 23 via Koschke Records. You can listen to it here:
In November 2016, Against Me!'s label Total Treble Records released a 10" EP recorded by Laura Jane Grace:
In 2006, NPR's "All Songs Considered" named him one of the 10 Best Living Songwriters.
Arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001 just days before the Sept 11th attacks, Bacon has been shaped by the increasing complexity of modern life – politically and personally. But it was becoming a mother in 2011 that changed the creative game for her. Not only did the lack of time and sleep teach her to work harder and with more focus, but she learned a secret of parenthood: that explosive overwhelming love for a child can be matched in the opposite by the extraordinary pain of loss.
Leaning briefly and barely close to that loss after a health scare with her son, Bacon’s songwriting experienced a massive evolution. Where before she sang sad songs in the major key, pitting emotions against each other, now she leans head on into the emotional expression of each song, creating visceral cinematic music with her capable band.
Bacon also composed a folk opera in 2009. Haunting folk melodies and harmonies meet operatic hyperbole, creating indelible characters and an unforgettable musical experience. It was adapted as a verse puppet play by Alphabet Arts for Brooklyn's Puppets & Poets Festival in 2013.