As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history. The icecaps are melting. America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis. You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter. Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means. Nearly 15% of the public believes we actually told someone to “sound more like Adele.” Nearly $40 million was spent to produce “The Hurricane Heist”
All of that said, there is still beauty, mystery, and grandeur in what’s left of the fine arts. And when you’re done with the fine arts, there’s Matador’s incredible array of 2018 titles from Belle and Sebastian, Body/Head, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus, Iceage, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Liz Phair, Snail Mail, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo. Will these records help you sort out a world gone mad? hey, they’re great, but not THAT GREAT. Almost certainly, and that’s why your friends at Matador —a label as magnanimous as it is humble — are offering an unprecedented 25% OFF when you use the code, “terribletimes” thru December 13. Orders of $40.00 and above receive a free tote bag and take it from me, a tote bag skeptic, you’re way less likely to drop shit all over the sidewalk when you have a stylish bag.
The day after a second sold out, packed to the rafters, headline show at London’s Tuffnel Park Dome, Snail Mail dropped by Maida Vale Studios to record a live session for Annie Mac’s Evening Show.
You can listen back to the performances of ‘Heat Wave’, ‘Anytime’ and the cover of Lois Maffeo’s Courtney Love – ‘2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World’, as well as Lindsey’s chat with Annie Mac from 1:03:14 on this link
Snail Mail are back in the States soon, kicking off a run of November / December shows in Jersey City on the 30th.
Snail Mail’s cover of Courtney Love’s “2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World” is available today via Amazon Music. You can hear Lindsey Jordan’s version the Lois Maffeo-penned b-side from the 1990 “Uncrushworthy” EP (K Records) by announcing, “Alexa, play the new song from Snail Mail,” but if you don’t actually own an Alexa-powered device, not only will you look pretty foolish if anyone else is in the room, but you’ll have to simply click on this link (so think about it beforehand).
Snail Mail’s ridiculous global touring run in support of ‘Lush’ has been augmented with a December 29 Philadelphia date with Kurt Vile and The Feelies, and 3 West Coast shows in January playing prior to Parquet Courts. Said dates in San Diego, Santa Ana and Los Angeles go on sale this Friday, October 5 at 10pm pacific time.
In addition to today’s premiere of a 4-song session taped for KEXP, Snail Mail have confirmed 14 more U.S. shows starting with a November 30 date at Jersey City’s White Eagle Music Hall. Ticket links can be found below.
Snail Mail’s debut LP Lush is out in the world this Friday, and the band begins touring today with two dates supporting Belle & Sebastian before playing a sold-out release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday.
Beginning this week, Snail Mail will be carrying postcards on the road, free for you to grab at your local show. Fill it out with your own message or drawing, send it to the address listed on the postcard, and if Lindsey chooses your card, you’ll win a box of her favorite records from the Matador warehouse. If you won’t be at an upcoming Snail Mail show (I don’t know what kind of tragedy would cause this to happen) but would still like to participate in the contest, the postcards will be included in Lush pre-orders and available at local indie retail stores. Lindsey will pick the winner on July 4th.
Off the back of a very warmly received first ever full band headline show in London last week, Snail Mail announces a new batch of European tour dates for later in the year. Tickets are now onsale, full details can be found below.
As if you needed any further incentive to get your hands on the forthcoming debut LP – we’re giving away a signed ‘Lush’ test pressing to one lucky fan who pre-orders the record through our webstore.
Following last month’s single “Pristine,” Snail Mail released “Heat Wave” today ahead of her debut LP Lush. The video, directed by Brandon Herman, features Lindsey Jordan showing off her high school varsity hockey chops and not-to-be-overlooked air hockey skills to boot.
On June 8, we’re releasing ‘Lush’, the eagerly awaited debut album from Baltimore, MD’s SNAIL MAIL, aka Lindsey Jordan, whose 2016 ‘Habit’ EP for Sister Polygon lit up the universe (ours, anyway). Produced by Jake Aron and recorded last year, ‘Lush’ is a dramatic, ultra-confident leap forward from a songwriter & guitarist that couldn’t possibly be more-in-the-moment. The video for single #1, “Pristine” can be found above. Preorders for the LP & CD versions of ‘Lush’ (with or without a t-shirt bundle) start today.
Lindsey Jordan is on the brink of something huge, and she’s only just graduated high school. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout ‘Lush’, her debut album as Snail Mail, spinning with bold excitement and new beginnings at every turn.
“Is there any better feeling than coming clean?” sings the eighteen-year-old guitarist and songwriter halfway through the sprawling anthem that is “Pristine,” the album’s first single. You can’t help but agree with her. It’s a hook that immediately sticks in your head—and a question she seems to be grappling with throughout the record’s 10-songs of crystalline guitar pop.
Throughout ‘Lush’, Jordan’s clear and powerful voice, acute sense of pacing, and razor-sharp writing cut through the chaos and messiness of growing up: the passing trends, the awkward house parties, the sick-to-your-stomach crushes and the heart wrenching breakups. Jordan’s most masterful skill is in crafting tension, working with muted melodrama that builds and never quite breaks, stretching out over moody rockers and soft-burning hooks, making for visceral slow-releases that stick under the skin. – Liz Pelly
Following on from an impressive sold-out, over-subscribed, full-to-bursting debut UK show in January at The Lexington, Snail Mail has announced a short run of dates in May – playing debut shows in Belgium and Amsterdam along the way.
Tickets go on sale at 10:00 GMT on Wednesday, March 7th
Snail Mail announced today new dates with London natives Shame, in Houston, New Orleans, and along the East Coast this upcoming March. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am EST. This tour follows an opening slot for Ex Hex in December, and Midwestern/Canadian dates early in 2018 with Lomelda and Ought, all of which are on sale now.
Fresh off a North American tour with Beach Fossils, Snail Mail has announced a string of Winter dates, the first of what will be a very big 2018 for the group. The tour includes support from Lomelda on several shows, and a few dates with Montreal natives Ought. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am EST.
Brooklyn-via-Baltimore singer /songwriter/guitar prodigy Lindsey Jordan aka Snail Mailis the latest addition to the Matador Records roster. Snail Mail will release a full-length album in 2018, following Sister Polygon’s 2017 12″ reissue of the of the introductory cassette, ‘Habit’. Snail Mail’s NPR Tiny Desk concert premiered this morning, and might provide a hint or several why press, musical peers (including but not limited to Waxahatchee, Priests and Girlpool), and yeah, record labels have taken so much interest in a short spell..
(prior praise for ‘Habit’)
“There’s no grandstanding here, no attempts at hiding how truly confusing it is to be young and feel like the world is simultaneously infinite and hopeless. Perhaps that is why Snail Mail sound so alive despite much tangible optimism: there’s no person behind a curtain, the ugly resides in reality.” – Quinn Moreland, Pitchfork
“Jordan has a voice that only comes along every now and then … she is able to fit a universe of emotion into a single turn of phrase without any vocal affectation … whether she’s muttering or shouting, you feel the heartbreak, the frustration, the joy that came with writing these lyrics” -Stereogum
“a minimalist swirl of drowsy tempos, unassumingly meticulous guitar parts, and the sort of entry-level existentialism that’s too pure to be pretentious.” – Patrick D. McDermott, The Fader