Well, here is phase one of my website redecoration. I will continue to keep updating all news, so fear not. Let me know what you think of the changes.
Also, I want to mention if you're desperate for news AT THIS VERY SECOND, why don't you join one/two/all of the Liz Phair mailing lists? That's where all my news usually goes first (if I don't break it here first). If you don't like mailing lists, I suggest you continue to keep an eye on this page or at any one of the other Liz sites. [Thanks to Truck for the design idea.]
Other artists on the shortlist include Katy Perry ("Wide Awake" from Katy Perry: Part Of Me); Fiona Apple ("Dull Tool" from This Is 40); and Adele ("Skyfall" from Skyfall).
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live Thursday, January 10th.
[Thanks to Rebecca Ford / The Hollywood Reporter for the report and Liz Phair for passing along the details.]
On the set of 'The Client List' w/ @TheReal_Jlh. She is so lovely. We'll be scoring this season! #3headedmonster
[Thanks to Liz Phair for the details.]
Rachael Yamagata - Heavyweight
|11-21-12: LIZ CONTRIBUTION ON RACHAEL YAMAGATA'S NEW EP
Liz has contributed to Rachael Yamagata's new EP Heavyweight.
Specifically, Liz played electric guitar on the track "Has It Happened Yet".
[Thanks to Rachael Yamagata and Liz Phair for the details.]
?, Susan Feniger, Liz Phair, and Greg Suran in Shanghai
[Thanks to Caroline Beteta for the picture.]
She is headed to Shanghai to promote the Dreamland documentary. More details to come...
[Thanks to Liz Phair for the details.]
Ken: Working on your new album or making cameos on others?
Liz: Cameos . Pure spontaneity
[Thanks to Liz Phair for the info.]
Liz Phair raps on "Bollywood" (2010)
Perhaps invigorated by the spontaneous MC presence of M.I.A., who had just released Maya, rocker Liz Phair unexpectedly dropped the Internet album Funstyle, her first work since 2005 (even taking time to emulate — or mock? — M.I.A.'s album artwork). Over a tabla-sampling beat, Phair confusingly tries her hand at rapping for the first time in 17 years, at least on record, after a reportedly tumultuous break from her management and other powers that be. "This is my journey," she wrote. "I'll keep sending you postcards." After revisiting "Bollywood", we hope those postcards include singing, exclusively.
For the rest of the list, visit Spin.com.
[Thanks to Spin / Anastasia / Liz Phair for the details.]
Liz Phair, Musician: "The only bad thing about the Rainbo was a flip side of the best thing: it was always the same crowd. So if you were feeling great that night and sociable, it was like drinking in your living room. But if you were in the dog house with anybody, say, for being loud and arrogant while intoxicated the night before, it was a real gauntlet. And on a cold winter's night, who could be bothered trudging any farther to reach a more anonymous establishment?"
"Basically, Matador (Records) hated the cover I'd originally sent and asked Nash Kato from Urge Overkill to stage an intervention. We had to turn it around immediately and he art directed a photo booth shot because it was what was available at that hour. Truthfully, we were just sitting there drinking with him bossing me around. Necessity is the mother of invention."
"Everybody making music in the area showed up there at least some of the time so it was a nexus of idea exchange: biz, art, gossip, what's new, etc."
"The members of Urge Overkill and Material Issue, Red Red Meat and Eleventh Dream Day, among others, were regulars. Sometimes Drag City Dan K and Dan O. Johnny, Jimmy and Janet were my favorite representatives behind the bar. They were all musicians as well. I loved how the Rainbo was musical in front of and behind the bar. You could always count on the bartenders to play killer music you may not have heard before. That was half of its appeal — the playlist."
"Saturday nights were when the neighborhood regulars left the Rainbo to the touristy suburbanites and headed deeper into the sketchy Western parts where car-jacking and real alcoholism lived."
Read the rest of the interview at Eater Chicago.
[Thanks to Patrick Sisson / Eater Chicago for the interview.]
|09-02-12: DREAMLAND DOCUMENTARY FEATURING LIZ NOW AIRING ON PBS
The documentary Dreamland, featuring Liz, is now airing on PBS stations. Check your local PBS affiliates for broadcast times in your area.
[Thanks to PBS for the details.]
Juliana Hatfield's eponymous covers album
|08-10-12: JULIANA HATFIELD COVERS LIZ'S "FRIEND OF MINE"
Juliana Hatfield has covered Liz's "Friend Of Mine" for her eponymous covers album.
For more details, visit Juliana Hatfield's website.
[Thanks to Matthew Orbit / Liz Phair / Juliana Hatfield for the details.]
Rumor has it that Ryan Adams is playing drums in all-star band session featuring guitarist Paul B. Cutler (of 45 Grave fame) and Liz. A 7" single is in the works from this project.
[Thanks to Ryan Adams and Liz Phair for the picture / info.]
Exile In Guyville
|07-19-12: EXILE IN GUYVILLE ON ROLLING STONE'S "10 COOLEST SUMMER ALBUMS OF ALL TIME"
Rolling Stone has ranked Liz's Exile In Guyville #7 on their list of "The 10 Coolest Summer Albums Of All Time.
You can see the entire list here.
[Thanks to Rolling Stone for the list.]
[Thanks to Liz Phair and Tom Freund for the pictures / info.]