Monday, December 22, 2014

Mind Over Mirrors

I am excited to announce that Mind Over Mirrors asked me to collaborate on his next release. In support of this album we are doing 3 weeks of live shows this February. I'm very excited to see you all, stripped of my guitar, and getting deep into my voice. You can read / pre-order the album using the link below, or come see us live at one of the dates below. 


http://immunerecordings.net/catalog/the-voice-calling/



Feb 2 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
Feb 4 - WFMU - The John Allen Show
Feb 5 - Brooklyn - Union Pool presented by Ad Hoc *
Feb 6 - Philadelphia - Johnny Brenda's presented by Bowerbird *
Feb 7 - Baltimore - 5th Dimension * w/ Bobby Donnie
Feb 8 - Durham - Pinhook presented by Rough Drift #
Feb 9 - Athens - The World Famous #
Feb 10 - Asheville - Mothlight #
Feb 11 - Nashville - Stone Fox #
Feb 12 - Louisville - tba #
Feb 13 - Bloomington - The Artifex Guild # w/ Tyler Damon
Feb 14 - Lafayette - The Spot #
Feb 15 - Chicago - Hideout # w / Lagartha
Feb 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club # presented by Acme Records
Feb 19 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill # w/ Phosphenes
Feb 20 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry # w/ Steve Palmer

* w/ Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band // Horse Lords
# w/ Daniel Bachman

Monday, December 8, 2014

December's Bitchin' Tour

Hitting the road tomorrow with a couple of my favorite people.  All shows are with Bitchin' Bajas.  Come on out!  See you soon New Orleans.



12.9.2014 COLUMBIA, MO @ Café Berlin

12.10.2014 ST. LOUIS, MO @ Plush

12.11.2014 MEMPHIS, TN @ Glitch Gallery

12.12.2014 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Siberia

12.14.2014 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Maurice Church (8 PM)



12.16.2014 BIRMINGHAM, AL @ The Forge 

12.17.2014 NASHVILLE, TN @ The Stone Fox

12.18.2014 LAFAYETTE, IN @ The Spot 



Monday, November 3, 2014

Moon Bros. "Frijolillo" / L&L003

I am so excited to say that we have 100 cassettes of my neighbor's music, "Moon Bros.", available.  He is one of the most talented musicians I have ever met and I hope you can find the time to enjoy some of his tunes.  Cassettes are available for $7.00 (includes S+H in the U.S.).  Please get in touch for world postage.  Info below::




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Moon Bros. - Frijolillo
L&L003
CS040

The first L&L release not originating from the palette of labelhead Haley Fohr. Matt Schneider is a guitar player, and maybe the best we’ve ever personally known. Seeing Matt’s fingerwork firsthand is the ideal scenario for experiencing this music; even to the untrained and unpracticed eye Matt’s style is confounding: adorned with personal flourishes and bluntly complex, it is simultaneously free of traditional scales, chords, and keys. Each composition is instantaneous,  improvised and launched from the aether fully formed, making sense only in relation to the spontaneously formed rules of sound interaction. This limited cassette only release is available only here, at shows,  and wherever Matt happens to leave a few copies in exchange for taco money. Recorded at The Compound in Little Village, not to be confused with any of the other many compounds where recording happens. 


 Click here to buy






Friday, September 26, 2014

DROWNING IN A SEA

I recently played Hopscotch Festival, where my set was captured by NYCTAPER.

This year was my year of transformation.  Since October of last year, I've played over 100 shows in support of my new album "Overdue".  Many of these shows were opening slots for larger gigs, some shows were in theaters, some in galleries, many in bars.

At first it was rather easy for me.  There is a fire that burns in me, and it seems like a no-brainer to get on stage, and do what I do.  To sing, and let it out, and be given the opportunity to alter someone's life for even an moment in time.  I've been given a small opportunity and I'm trying to create momentum.  Then, suddenly this past summer while opening for Xiu Xiu, there was a very dangerous evolution in my performance as an artist.  I became hyper aware of the audience (although this was not hard to do).  In many shows, audience members would yell over my songs, and suddenly I was distorted, and loud 80% of the time.  I was competing for attention, trying to scream a message over a sea of conversation, and it's made me think quite a bit about my place.

On one hand I have to think about these people.  What is it they're saying that is so important?  Maybe two lost friends have been reconnected, or something terrible has happened to the woman at the end of the bar, and the words coming from her mouth are her only tether to sanity.  The dudes taking shots and chanting someone's name probably work 60 hours a week, and it is a Friday night after all.

But then I think about myself.  About how I took an hour train ride to get on a plane, then rented a car, then drove thousands of mile.  I have sacrificed everything in my life, and all I get is 35 minutes to send a message.  I know this moment has been stolen from me.  Suddenly I don't want to play on stage at all.  Suddenly I'm opening my sets with songs I have never even played before (Untitled 1, Untitled 2), because, frankly, I don't give a fuck.  I can't stop to tune my guitar because I can't hear it, or I feel rushed and uncomfortable.  Suddenly I'm maxing out my distortion and yelling because it's the only way I can focus and hear myself.  Suddenly I am angry, and I am being loud for the sake of being loud.  I'm trying to burn everything around me, not because of anything internal, but only due to the external.  I feel like I am a woman and her guitar against the world.  That is a terrible way to feel.  I'm pushing my voices in ways that are unhealthy, I'm getting sick on the road, and it's all to drown you out.  How terrible is that?  That is not why either of us are here. 

I'm currently writing new material, and am trying so hard to stay open, to hold onto my message and keep the world from drowning it.  It's been a rewarding year for me.  To those people who scream over my set, mimic the sound of my voice, or chant a headliner's name while I am trying to say something, I hear you and it effects me.   Although I will not acknowledge you from the stage, I remember you as an obstacle.  Music is 50% giving and 50% receiving and without you I can't do me, and the system inevitably fails.  I'm sorry that I have failed you as an artist in these instances, and have taken a narrow mind set on the situation.  I'm not here to judge.  I want to give you all the benefit of the doubt, but it is changing me.  I feel that I must arm myself with sound, with musicians, and take back what I feel has been stolen from me with an army of friends and supporters.  I must leave behind trying to dominate a room with just my voice and guitar, because a sea of people will always overpower 1 woman, and I can't afford to be slaughtered night after night.  I no longer want my guitar to be used as a weapon.

Take a listen to this set from Hopscotch.  I am rushing through songs, playing an out of tune guitar, and stumbling through new songs like a toddler on a playground.  Although it pains me to listen to this set, I think it is important for people to hear.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

JULY / AUG / SEPT SHOWS

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".

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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

ACARINA VIDEO

Who?

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

Acarina





OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

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
LP/CS: circuitdesyeux.net/
CD: tinyurl.com/kbj9lco
MP3: tinyurl.com/lynqxxd
Contact for Circuit Des Yeux: circuitdesyeux@gmail.com / circuitdesyeux.net
Contact for Julia Dratel: juliadratel@gmail.com

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