Thursday, July 24, 2014


I am more than ecstatic to be meeting up again with Xiu Xiu, this time to play 2 weeks of dates all along the West Coast.  It will be my first proper California adventure, filled with sunshine, ice cream, and good times.

Also check out my additional August and September dates to fill out the fall, and the last leg of my tour in support of "Overdue".


July 29, 2014 LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Echo* Tickets

July 31, 2014 SANTA CRUZ, CA @ The Atrium at the Catalyst*

August 1, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Bottom of the Hill*

August 3, 2014 PORTLAND, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*

August 4, 2014 VANCOUVER, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret*

August 5, 2014 SEATTLE, WA @ Barboza*

August 6, 2014 BOISE, ID @ The Crux*

August 7, 2014 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ Kilby Court*

August 8, 2014 DENVER, CO @ Larimer Lounge*

August 9, 2014 ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ Sister Bar*

August 10, 2014 PHOENIX, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom*

August 16th, 2014 CHICAGO, IL @ Experimental Sound Studio

August 29, 2014 LEXINGTON, KY @ Al's Bar Presented by WRFL

September 3, 2014 ATHENS, GA @ UGA's Lamar Dodd School of Art 1st Floor Gallery

September 4, 2014 SAVANNAH, GA @ Hang Fire Bar

September 5, 2014 RALEIGH, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival

September 27, 2014 CHICAGO, IL @ Empty Bottle *Early show w/ Alice Boman Tickets

* w/ Xiu Xiu 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014



Who follow me through cinders?
Who crawls between these fingers?
Who has learned to bleed my inners?
Who has brought me the deepest winter?



Artist: Circuit Des Yeux
Song: "Acarina"
Album: Overdue
Released: Oct 29, 2013 by Lewis & Lynn Records / Ba Da Bing Records
Directed, filmed, and edited by Julia Dratel
Art Direction by Julia Dratel and Circuit Des Yeux
Paper house designed by GNAT
Featuring Circuit Des Yeux and Peter Damm
Production assistance: Peter Damm and Jeff Wainstein
Special thanks to Susan Beckhard, Zach Goldhammer, and Mike Lopez
"Overdue" is available on LP/CD/CS/MP3
Contact for Circuit Des Yeux: /
Contact for Julia Dratel:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

XX MAY 2014 XX

    I've made it back home to Chicago, IL.  I must say that there is nothing like the feeling of coming home.  I can say that I now understand what Joni Mitchell means by "sitting in a park in Paris, France", and the imagining of back home. 

There was a warm glow that grew inside of me as I sat on the train coming home from the airport, watching each stop close the distance from me to the front door of my house.  I have to mention all of my friends and comrades on the road, who are currently without a home.  On this tour I met many musicians who live out of suitcases, and storage units year round.  These people tour year round, and do not have a monthly rent payment, or the luxury of a home base.  I can't help but wonder if they are still able to experience this warm glow of returning home, or if that too is part of the sacrifice that they are living.

Thank you to everybody who helped out on the May 2014 European tour.  It was such an incredible tour.  It was the best tour I've ever experienced.  The shows were amazing.  Playing at Berghain in Berlin was a life changing moment for me.  For once, I was me, and there you all were, 700 people, in acceptance.  I've never had such a positive response, feeling right at home.  It was nothing but affirmation, something that I deeply needed.

I reached uncharted territory on this tour, including Krakow Poland.  This was particularly special for me, as my grandmother is a first generation American, coming from Poland.  I saw familiar facial features, drank too much vodka, and met so many nice people at the show. 

I returned to the cities that I've known, and have fallen deeper in love.  Lisbon, Portugal is a city that will always have a special place in my heart.  ZDB is a magical venue, and I feel so lucky to have played such a fantastic show.  My memory of Portugal is filled with warm weather, golden hues, and great times with friends, old and new. 

Thank you to everybody who was involved with promoting the shows, giving me a place to sleep, feeding me, and helping me find my way.  Thanks to Xiu Xiu (Jamie, and Shana) , Ben Frost (Ben, Greg, and Shahzad), Sir Richard Bishop, Dean Wareham, and Juana Molina for having me.  I'm filled with gratitude for our new friendships, and hope our paths cross soon.  A very extra thank you to Nikita and Erin at Paper and Iron Booking for putting this experience together.

I'm home, but I really could fly back today, and just keep going.  I feel so lucky to have been given that experience, so thank you Europe.  I can't wait to see you all again.

I'll be hitting the road again in a week, going to Canada for the first time, a killer New York gig, and a few other exciting shows. 

June 9, 2014 CHICAGO, IL @ WHPK Presents: Bond Chapel w/ Pillars & Tongues, Humminbird

June 13, 2014 COLUMBUS, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Mike Shiflet, Ape Iron Tickets

June 14, 2014 BROOKLYN, NY @ Issue Project Room w/ Tsembla, Kuupuu Tickets

June 15, 2014 PORTLAND, ME @ The Oak and The Axe Tickets

June 16, 2014 BOSTON, MA @ ZuZu

June 17, 2014 MONTREAL, QB @ Casa Per Il Popolo (Suoni Festival) Tickets

June 18, 2014 TORONTO, ON @ NXNE ( Tickets

June 19, 2014 DETROIT, MI @ MOCAD Tickets

June 21, 2014 MADISON, WI @ Good Style Shop w/ Non-Traveling Band & Andy + Kathy Baird

June 22, 2014 MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ Cedar Culture Center w/ Oneohtrix Point Never Tickets

Thursday, May 8, 2014


I'm going on a solo European jaunt.  Check it out!  Airport bound, see you across the big pond.

10.05.14    Utrecht (NL), Rumor Festival

12.05.14    Dublin (IE), Whelans Upstairs

13.05.14    Cork (IE), Gulpd Cafe

14.05.14    London (UK), Cafe Oto

16.05.14    Gumaires (PT), CCVF

17.05.14    Lisbon (PT), ZDB (w/ Sir Richard Bishop)

19.05.14    Paris (FR), Espace B (w/ Dean Wareham)

20.05.14    Koeln (DE), Stadtgarten (w/ Juana Molina)

21.05.14    Leipzig (DE), UT Connewitz (w/ Ben Frost)

22.05.14    Berlin (DE), Berghain (w/ Ben Frost)

24.05.14    Copenhagen (DK), Jazzhouse (w/ Xiu Xiu)

25.05.14    Krakow (PL), Green Zoo Festival

27.05.14    Hamburg (DE), Kampnagel (w/ Xiu Xiu)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

A Fool's Errand

I've made a mixtape.  These are tracks that were influential to me in recent history.  Jam jam jam----

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I'm very excited to hit the road with two of my best buddies, John Dawson & Cooper Crain.  Hope to see you out on the road::

April 25 BLOOMINGTON, IN @ Magnetic South
April 28 CHICAGO, IL @ Hideout w/ Dawn of Midi
April 29 ST. LOUIS, MO @ Apop Records w/ Joseph Raglani
April 30 COLUMBIA, MO @ Cafe Berlin w/ Steph Foley, Daniel Lutz
May 1 DALLAS, TX @ Three Links w/ Steve Gunn
May 3 AUSTIN, TX @ Austin Psych Fest

Sunday, March 2, 2014


It's amazing how time has the ability to expand and contract.  2 weeks turns into seconds, then back into days, then into a desired lunch, repeated by 10, then suddenly the future is the past and tomorrow is already yesterday.

Back from tour, and it was a tour unlike any other I have yet to experience.  The mood was shifty, and the connection less instant.  I had the opportunity to play to 2000 people a night for 10 days in a row.  But the seats and the people, you all seemed so far away.  It's strange to see how a bigger show is put into production.  The audience is courted in the main room, and the artist is sequestered in the green room.  I was only given 30 minutes to meet 2000 people, to reach out, and try to find a connection.  After 30 minutes I had to return to my room, and sit and wait, and watch the audience file out, without a chance to say "hello", or "goodbye". 

I've learned how to communicate with strangers, and that conversation is indeed a two way street.  I could feel the audience every night, and I tried to give them something.  Despite my efforts, results varied.  I was heckled in some instances, reverted back to the "lanky girl" label from high school with staff members mocking my every move, only to be lifted up the following night, by thousands cheering me on even after I had left the stage.  Thank you especially to Lyon, France, and Lisbon, Portugal.  These two shows specifically ring in my mind.  I was running out of something and you gave me the fuel to keep my fire burning.  

The drives were long, and I have to thank my good friend John Dawson for bearing the burden of 8 hour drives every day, accompanied by intimate conversation.  Within a few short days the currency of objects began to shift.  A shower and a hot meal superceded any bright lights or fog machines a theater had to provide.  The task of finding a warm place to sleep was suddenly like mining for diamonds.  And I didn't even get the chance to say "hello".   Those who listened and responded, you hold the greatest currency.  The small amount of people every night who felt what I felt, and sent it back my way, I will scoop you up like the most valuable pieces of earth, and hold onto you until we meet again.  I wish I could have said "hello","goodbye", or most of all "thank you".

I saw the Swiss Alps, and tried to imagine what a moment it had to have been when the tectonic plates shifted.  I experienced polluted rain in Italy.  My car disappeared, then reappeared in Barcelona.  I saw the impact of a tidal wave that hit San Sebastian only 3 weeks prior to my arrival.  I ate 4 a.m. chocolate cake with new friends in Switzerland.  It was an amazing opportunity, and I lived it thoroughly.

Thank you so much to anyone who provided accommodations, a hot meal, or an ear to listen.  I'll be back in Europe soon, and although it may not be in a 2000 capacity theater with fancy gold trimming, I really truly do hope that I will see you again.