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Liz Phair – “Ho Ho Ho” (Stereogum Premiere)

Liz Phair is the person responsible for Exile In Guyville and Whip-Smart, two of the point-blank greatest albums in indie rock history, but she’s been quiet in recent years. The forthcoming Amazon holiday playlist All Is Bright features Christmas songs from people like the Rosebuds, Lucinda Williams, and Beth Orton. It’s also got the first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Whip-Smart Turns 20

When Liz Phair tried to go full-on pop with her 2003 self-titled album, working with Avril Lavigne’s songwriting team and posing in Xbox magazine ads, the indie universe predictably reacted with absolute abject horror. Today, the album plays as a piece of top-shelf MOR pop music; it’s a whole hell of a lot better tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014 - 9:05 am

Honeyblood – “Mesmerizing” (Liz Phair Cover)

Earlier this summer, the Scottish duo Honeyblood released a self-titled debut full of toothy, spirited, tough-minded DIY indie-pop. And now, for a sort of victory lap, Rookie has convinced them to cover the slinky “Mesmerizing,” which only emerges as one of the highlights of Liz Phair’s classic-upon-classic debut album Exile In Guyville after you’ve bee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Watch Liz Phair, Ben Folds, Weird Al Audition For Star Wars’ Cantina Band

In honor of Star Wars Day (“May the fourth be with you, revenge of the fifth…”), CollegeHumor rounded up some musicians to audition for the Mos Eisley Cantina Band. The sketch sees artists assuming Star Wars alter egos like BF-1138 (Ben Folds), Liz Ph’Air (Liz Phair), and Weird Al’Attacka’Duwacca (Weird Al). Reggie Watts, Rick Springfield,… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Watch Liz Phair & Everclear Cover “This Land Is Your Land” At Tribeca Film Festival

As promised, Everclear and Liz Phair have recorded a cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” for the soundtrack to a new documentary called Farmland. They played the song together at the film’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere last week, and video of the performance is watchable below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 22, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Liz Phair & Everclear Join Forces For Farmland

Liz Phair and Everclear both hit their creative and commercial peaks in the ’90s, but the two occupied vastly different ends of the alt-rock spectrum. And so it’s kind of hilarious to see a press release claiming that the two have “finally” teamed up, as if the world had spent years wondering when these two… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2014 - 9:33 am

Deconstructing: Liz Phair And Indie Rock Poptimism

As chronicled by Tom last Friday, Exile In Guyville made Liz Phair an indie rock hero. The album blazed new trails: a woman invading (and mostly besting) a boys-club genre, addressing the thrills and spills of modern sexuality in bracingly honest fashion, delivered in the context of short stories deftly disguised as songs. She wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 24, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Exile In Guyville Turns 20

The past decade of Liz Phair has been a bit weird and awkward. There were the two flawed but intriguing major-label albums, failed crossover bids both, which led to the music press treating Phair like she’d spiked the Bowery Ballroom kegs with ricin. There were all the interviews about how she was never indie to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Progress Report: Liz Phair

Name: Liz Phair
Progress Report: Phair chats about People Like Us, her sometimes confusing career, and what she wants to do next.

While in Los Angeles this week I had the chance to do a quick sit down interview with Liz Phair. Even though I was on vacation, I jumped at the… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / June 21, 2012 - 11:47 am

Liz Phair & A.R. Rahman – “Dotted Line”

On her extremely bizarre and kinda-funny 2010 album Funstyle, Liz Phair played around with Bollywood sounds, which was not something anyone ever expected with her. And on the soundtrack to the forthcoming family dramedy People Like Us, Phair actually hooks up with a figure of Bollywood-music royalty: A.R. Rahman, who has scored about a bazillio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Liz Phair – “And He Slayed Her” Video

Two years ago, Liz Phair self-released her bizarre and bridge-burning Funstyle album. And now she’s suddenly just now released a video for one of that album’s better song’s, the melodic-as-all-hell “And He Slayed Her.” The track’s title is a mutation of “Andy Slater,” the Capitol exec who kept Phair under contract when she wanted to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2012 - 9:37 am

Read Liz Phair’s Lana Del Rey Op-Ed For WSJ

Her album and her Saturday Night Live performance both took critical poundings, but Lana Del Rey has already found one important celebrity pseudo-defender in Kristen Wiig. And now Liz Phair, a musician who knows a couple of things about launching controversy, has forcefully come to Del Rey’s defense in a new opinion piece on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012 - 9:35 am

Watch Ted Leo Interview Michael Stipe, J Mascis, Liz Phair & Other SXSW Luminaries

SXSW 2011 came and went — we have the portraits to prove it — but it doesn’t mean those days in Austin aren’t still spitting out worthwhile mementos… Like Fred Armisen before him, Ted Leo interviewed a bunch of folks while he was down in Austin. Unlike Armisen, he takes it fairly seriously, a seriousne… More »

By: brandon / March 29, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Liz Phair Reviews Keith Richards’ Life

Liz Phair knows something about the Rolling Stones — her Exile In Guyville album matches the songs and pacing of the Stones’s Exile On Main Street — but she doesn’t have much in common lifestyle/habits-wise, it seems, with Keith Richards (with the exception of her recent album Funstyle, she’s a pretty responsible person). That’s probably… More »

By: jessica / November 9, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Great Moments From Matador At 21 @ The Palms, Las Vegas

So that happened. It’ll take a few days of drying out and shutting eyes to come to terms with all that transpired in Las Vegas this weekend, though in the spirit of Matador’s three-day, boozy, purely winning 21st birthday blitz through its roster history, here’s a barely bound and scattered stream of its highlights i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 5, 2010 - 11:57 am

Liz Phair Explains Funstyle

A couple days ago we posted “Bollywood,” the bizarre first taste from her new album Funstyle. I thought it was funny; many others did not. She knows how you feel. In a post on her website titled “How To Like It,” Phair explains how these songs are coming from her without a filter:… More »

By: jessica / July 13, 2010 - 3:16 pm

Liz Phair – “Bollywood”

Liz Phair released her first new album in almost five years on Saturday. She mentioned that she was working on a new record in an interview about her burgeoning TV/film scoring career, but the release — especially on a non-Tuesday, right before a holiday, and via her sparse website — is a huge surprise. Another… More »

By: jessica / July 6, 2010 - 12:54 pm

New Liz Phair – “Faith & Tenderness”

Own Liz Phair’s Banana Republic Exclusive without having to purchase bland clothing: It’s at Music Is The Heart For Our Soul. The track will reportedly appear on her upcoming studio album (which should go well with the clothing). More »

By: brandon / June 29, 2009 - 10:20 am

Liz Phair’s “Faith & Tenderness” A Banana Republic Exclusive

Following her much discussed Avril makeover and sexy photoshoots (and, more recently, scoring 90210) there is very little Liz Phair could do to shock us. So news a few months back that the alt icon was appearing in a Banana Republic ad campaign was met with a collective shrug from you guys. We all have… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 14, 2009 - 12:48 am

Liz Phair Does Banana Republic Ad

Not a big surprise. The only thing Liz Phair won’t do at this point is make vital music. But like Estelle’s Crystal Lite hookup, this goes beyond a single advertisement toward some sort of bigger lifestyle affiliation. Liz’s contribution is part of the “Banana Republic City Stories” series, so we get to hear her talk… More »

By: brandon / February 23, 2009 - 9:45 am
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