September 15th, 2021

Snail Mail

Today, Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) announces Valentine, her new album out November 5th via Matador. To mark the occasion, she has released the title track, “Valentine,” and its outrageous period drama companion video directed by Josh Coll.

“I wanted to take as much time as possible with this record to make sure I was happy with every detail before unleashing it unto y’all,” says Jordan. “Referring to the process as the deepest level of catharsis and therapy I have ever experienced would be a huge understatement. Valentine is my child!”

A hugely anticipated follow-up, Valentine was written and produced by 22-year-old Lindsey Jordan and co-produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee). Written in 2019-2020 the album is filled with romance, heartbreak, blood, sweat and tears. But Valentine is poised and self-possessed, channelling its anger and dejection into empowering revenge fantasies and rewriting the narrative of its own fate. Stitched throughout it is the melodrama and the camp Jordan so deftly utilizes to offset her pain. The sonic leap forward can be heard from the first moments of the title track – the whispered voice and eerie sci-fi synths erupting into a full-on stadium-sized adrenaline-rush of a chorus. From there it’s all go – with digitized electronic inflected anthems, swooning baroque FM rockers, smoldering slow-jam R&B and some of the most gorgeous and heart-rending finger-picked guitar ballads this side of Elliott Smith. The star of the show however is Lindsey’s voice – no longer the prodigal wunderkind, her vocals and words are rawer, deeper, snarlier and more feeling than ever before.  Snail Mail has also announced a worldwide tour including US runs both in the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022

2021

 

Sat Nov 27 2021 – Richmond VA @ The National*

Sun Nov 28 2021 – Charlotte NC @ Neighborhood Theatre*

Tue Nov 30 2021 – Orlando FL @ The Beacham Theater*

Wed Dec 1 2021 – Tampa FL @ The Ritz Ybor*

Fri Dec 3 2021 – Birmingham AL @ Saturn*

Sat Dec 4 2021 – Knoxville TN @ The Mill & Mine*

Sun Dec 5 2021 – Louisville KY @ Headliners Music Hall*

Tue Dec 7 2021 – Milwaukee WI @ Turner Hall*

Wed Dec 8 2021 – Madison WI @ Majestic Theatre*

Fri Dec 10 2021 – St Louis MO @ The Pageant*

Sat Dec 11 2021 – Bloomington IL @ The Castle Theatre*

Sun Dec 12 2021 – Columbus OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre*

Mon Dec 13 2021 – Detroit MI @ Majestic Theatre*

Wed Dec 15 2021 – Millvale PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre*

Thu Dec 16 2021 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place*

Fri Dec 17 2021 – Providence RI @ Fete Music Hall*

Sat Dec 18 2021 – Asbury Park NJ @ The Stone Pony*

Sun Dec 19 2021 – Norfolk VA @ The NorVa*

Tue Dec 21 2021 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore*

2022

Fri Feb 18 2022 – Manchester UK @ Manchester Academy 2

Sun Feb 20 2022 – Glasgow UK @ QMU

Tue Feb 22 2022 – Bristol UK @ SWX

Wed Feb 23 2022 – London UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

Fri Feb 25 2022 – Paris FR @ Le Trabendo

Sat Feb 26 2022 – Lyon FR @ Epicerie Moderne

Sun Feb 27 2022 – Bologna IT @ Locomotiv

Mon Feb 28 2022 – Milan IT @ Magnolia

Wed Mar 2 2022 – Zürich CH @ Bogen F

Thu Mar 3 2022 – Munich DE @ Ampere

Fri Mar 4 2022 – Dresden DE @ Groovestation

Sun Mar 6 2022 – Copenhagen DK @ Loppen

Mon Mar 7 2022 – Gothenburg SE @ Oceanen

Tue Mar 8 2022 – Oslo NO @ Parkteatret

Thu Mar 10 2022 – Stockholm SE @ Slaktkyrkan

Sat Mar 12 2022 – Berlin DE @ Columbia Theater

Sun Mar 13 2022 – Hamburg DE @ Knust

Mon Mar 14 2022 – Brussels BE @ AB Ballroom

Tue Mar 15 2022 – Cologne DE @ Gebäude 9

Wed Mar 16 2022 – Amsterdam NL @ Paradiso Noord

Tue Apr 5 2022 – Philadelphia PA @ Union Transfer#

Wed Apr 6 2022 – Philadelphia PA @ Union Transfer#

Thu Apr 7 2022 – Brooklyn NY @ Kings Theatre#

Fri Apr 8 2022 – Boston MA @ Royale#

Sat April 9 2022 – Montreal QC @ Club Soda#

Mon Apr 11 2022 – Toronto ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre#

Tue Apr 12 2022 – Cleveland OH @ Agora Theatre#

Thu Apr 14 2022 – Chicago IL @ Riviera Theatre#

Fri Apr 15 2022 – Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue#

Sat Apr 16 2022 – Lawrence KS @ Liberty Hall#

Sun Apr 17 2022 – Denver CO @ Ogden Theater#

Wed Apr 20 2022 – Seattle WA @ Moore Theatre^

Thu Apr 21 2022 – Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre^

Fri Apr 22 2022 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom^

Sat Apr 23 2022 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom^

Sun Apr 24 2022 – Oakland CA @ Fox Theater^

Wed Apr 27 2022 – Los Angeles CA @ Hollywood Palladium^

Thu Apr 28 2022 – San Diego CA @ The Observatory North Park^

Fri Apr 29 2022 – Mesa AZ @ The Nile^

Sat Apr 30 2022 – Santa Fe NM @ Meow Wolf^

Mon May 2 2022 – Austin TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater^

Tue May 3 2022 – Dallas TX @The Factory Studio^

Thu May 5 2022 – Atlanta GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven Stage^

Fri May 6 2022 – Asheville NC @ The Orange Peel^

Sat May 7 2022 – Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle^

Sun May 8 2022 – Nashville TN @ Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville^

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February 24th, 2021

Julien Baker on “Heatwave”

“Maybe it’s a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial. I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it. I know I’m not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life’s fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience. Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is precious and it’s not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts? It’s certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life’s fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence, but it’s true; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought.”

Baker’s new album Little Oblivions is out this Friday, February 26 on Matador Records.

https://julienbaker.com/

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October 21st, 2020

Julien Baker is releasing her 3rd studio album Little Oblivions in February. Today she has the first single “Faith Healer.”

She says, “Put most simply, I think that ‘Faith Healer’ is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience. I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For awhile, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel– the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides.  When I revisited the song I started thinking about the parallels between the escapism of substance abuse and the other various means of escapism that had occupied a similar, if less easily identifiable, space in my psyche.

“There are so many channels and behaviors that we use to placate discomfort unhealthily which exist outside the formal definition of addiction.  I (and so many other people) are willing to believe whomever– a political pundit, a preacher, a drug dealer, an energy healer– when they promise healing, and how that willingness, however genuine, might actually impede healing.”

https://julienbaker.com/

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