Liz contributed four songs to the film Julie Johnson. Here are the song titles:
|06-25-01: LIZ PHAIR IN ATTENDANCE AT COLDPLAY CONCERT IN L.A.
Liz Phair was in attendance at Coldplay's concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 24th. Opening for Coldplay was Pete Yorn, who has collaborated with Liz on her forthcoming album.
Courtesy of Allstar, dated June 25th, 2001:
British band Coldplay used its time in Los Angeles for Saturday's (June 23) KROQ Weenie Roast to host a surprise gig at the Wiltern Theater on Sunday (June 24), and a slew of celebrities were on hand to see it:
A rarely spotted Alanis Morissette and an always-spotted Winona Ryder were seen groovin' to the lush melodies as well as Liz Phair, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Kirsten Dunst (hanging on Tobey Maguire), Keri Russell, Daphne Zuniga, and Bob Saget.
The band performed "Idiot" -- which, according to singer Chris Martin, could be the first single from its as-yet-untitled sophomore effort -- for the first time for the gathered few lucky enough to score a ticket to the gig, which sold out in three minutes. Eat your hearts out, Britain!
[Many thanks to Christelle and Allstar for this report.]
The TRIO Network.
|06-24-01: SESSIONS AT WEST 54TH PERFORMANCE TO BE REBROADCAST ON TRIO NETWORK
For those of you who missed it the first time around (or who want to see it again), Liz Phair's 1998 performance on Sessions at West 54th will be rebroadcast on the TRIO network on Monday, June 25th. Check your local listings or visit the TRIO Network website for show times in your area.
[Many thanks to the folks on Support System for passing along this information.]
For a synopsis of the film, click here. [Thanks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian for this information.]
With her fourth album still in the preliminary stages, Liz Phair has signed on for a role in filmmaker Finn Taylor's forthcoming stalker thriller, Cherish. The film, set to film this month in San Francisco, stars Robin Tunney (Vertical Limit) and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) with supporting roles from Phair and Saturday Night Live alum Nora Dunn. Taylor, best known for scripting 1994's Pontiac Moon, and 1997's Dream With the Fishes, hopes to debut the film at next year's Sundance Festival.
Sadly for fans, Phair's involvement with the flick looks to be on a strictly thespian level. Though word is Cherish has plenty of music in it, most of it looks to be recycled Seventies love songs with nary an original song.
Phair's commitment to Cherish also means sessions for the follow-up to 1998's whitechocolatespaceegg will be further delayed. At last count, Phair had upwards of forty tracks ready to go, many pre-produced by Los Angeles-based songwriter Pete Yorn. She's yet to pick a final producer for the project but longtime collaborator Brad Wood and singer/songwriter Michael Penn are top candidates.
Where whitechocolatespaceegg whimsically documented the birth of Phair's first child, her forthcoming album may tackle the dissolution of a relationship. Phair recently divorced and relocated from her native Chicago to L.A. Musically, Phair was last heard from last year, offering up the theme song, "Misfortune," for the NBC show Cursed.
[Thanks to Greg Heller of RollingStone.com and Robert Joyner.]
Rock on, Bozo! Add Liz Phair and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain to the list of rockers expected for Bozo's farewell show, which tapes Tuesday and airs in July.
[Thanks to Ellen Warren and Terry Armour of the Chicago Tribune and Janet Drews.]
Play Misty For Me With the subversive 1997 buddy movie Dream With the Fishes, Finn Taylor promoted himself from one-credit screenwriter (Pontiac Moon) to indie writer/director. The next rung may be auteur, as the Albany resident has just begun production on Cherish, an edgy thriller-slash-love story. Robin Tunney plays a promiscuous, immature computer animator who runs over a cop while evading a stalker, then spends most of the movie under house arrest, where she falls for detective Tim Blake Nelson. Nora Dunn, Lindsay Crouse, and Liz Phair play supporting roles in the independent feature, which shoots around the Bay Area through June.
While the moody Dream soundtrack echoed the characters' druggy disorientation, Cherish is filled with the love songs Tunney requests from a sappy radio station. "Finn has some hyperromanticized scenes that will require a lot of '70s pop music," producer Johnny Wow reports, dashing hopes that a new Phair tune would be part of the mix. "We have a list of songs that are written into the script, and we're in the process of getting the rights." Wow and co-producer Mark Burton financed the film through a consortium led by their production company, avoiding studio interference and -- if all goes according to plan -- leading to a bidding war when Cherish debuts at Sundance next year. Meanwhile, Taylor is slated to direct a Hollywood feature this fall (unless it's derailed by a SAG strike).
[Thanks to the SF Weekly and Andy Peters.]
Liz Phair is hard at work on her fourth Capitol studio album, according to a spokesperson at her management office. Although no producer has been named for the as-yet-untitled disc, the one-time indie rock pin-up has a handful of candidates in mind for the project, including longtime collaborator Brad Wood, plus singer/songwriters Michael Penn and Pete Yorn.
Over the past two years, Phair has reportedly amassed 35 new songs, including material penned with Yorn and R. Walt Vincent. According to the spokesperson, the end product promises to vary "from radio-friendly pop to experimental rock with nontraditional arrangements". While no release date has been firmed up, fans can expect the album late this year or in early 2002.
The set is the follow-up to Phair's 1998 album whitechocolatespaceegg, which she produced with Wood and Scott Litt (R.E.M., Indigo Girls). The album debuted at No. 35 on The Billboard 200.
-- John D. Luerssen, N.Y. / Edited by Jonathan Cohen
[Thanks to John D. Luerssen and Jonathan Cohen.]
The original motion picture soundtrack will be available on Virgin Records. I've just learned that another act, LP (who is signed to Koch Records), will have her song "Coming Home" in the movie and on the soundtrack as well. [Thanks to LP for part of this information. Visit her website at www.lprock.com.]
By Teri van Horn - Singer has about 35 songs already in contention for follow-up to Whitechocolatespaceegg.
LOS ANGELES - Former indie-rock poster girl Liz Phair is expected to enter the studio within the next month to finish work on her fourth album, according to her management office.
The singer has been writing and demoing material sporadically over the past two years and has about 35 songs contending for the follow-up to 1998's Whitechocolatespaceegg. The songs range from radio-friendly pop to experimental rock with nontraditional arrangements. Phair hopes to release the album later this year.
Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Pete Yorn and musician R. Walt Vincent played on and co-produced the most recent batch of tracks. Phair has not yet picked a producer for the final session, but longtime collaborator Brad Wood and singer/songwriter Michael Penn are among the possibilities. Wood produced Phair's Exile in Guyville (1993) and Whip-Smart (1994) and co-produced Whitechocolatespaceegg.
[Thanks to Teri van Horn, sonicnet.com, and Robert Joyner (who kindly forwarded me this information).]
Koch Records has announced that it will release the soundtrack for Julie Johnson, a new film by Niagara, Niagara director Bob Gosse. The soundtrack will feature, among others, new songs from Liz Phair and Jason Morphew. Morphew, whose song "Bring Your Sorrow Over Here" was featured on the Niagara, Niagara soundtrack, told amuZnet that the film and its accompanying soundtrack will be out in April. Although full details of the soundtrack aren't yet available, Morphew, who contributes a track of his own, said he has already heard Liz Phair's contributions and told us that "...they're the best Phair songs I've ever heard." There is already a bit of buzz regarding Julie Johnson, which will star Courtney Love and Lili Taylor.
NOTE: Contrary to the article's report, the film and soundtrack album will not be out in April -- a fall release date has been tentatively scheduled. [Thanks to Alex Green.]
Liz Phair and others in Apple television advertisement
|03-06-01: LIZ FEATURED IN AN APPLE COMPUTER TV AD
Liz Phair is one of many music acts participating in Apple Computer's new television advertisement "Rip. Mix. Burn." which premiered on Tuesday, March 6th on the following programs:
Lili Taylor and Courtney Love in Julie Johnson
|01-30-01: LIZ CONTRIBUTES TO JULIE JOHNSON SOUNDTRACK
Here is some late-breaking news...
Liz Phair has contributed a few songs for the film Julie Johnson, directed by Bob Gosse (Niagara, Niagara). She was one of the main contributors to the soundtrack. According to my source, the songs are "brilliant", but, unfortunately, no songs titles were known at the time of this report.
More details to come... [Thanks to my source for passing along this information.]
Sundance Film Festival
|01-27-01: LIZ PERFORMS AT VH1 PARTY AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Apparently at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, January 25, 2001, Liz Phair was a performer at VH1's premiere party for the film Julie Johnson, starring Courtney Love. At this point in time, I don't have any details on what Liz performed or why she was there in the first place. The only report that I have seen of this event so far comes from E! Online's website, reported by Anderson Jones:
PARK CITY, UTAH - Following the premiere of Julie Johnson, at the bash VH1 hosted for her at the Stag Lodge, star Courtney Love made a dramatic -- surprise -- entrance, looking pretty fly for a white girl in a shearling fur coat. (Rumor had it Love would be a no-show because of a lingering catfight with scheduled performer Liz Phair.) She paused at deejay Paul Sevingy's booth to flip through his record collection before retreating to an upstairs alcove -- no questions, no photos.
I will pass along more details about this event as they become available. [Thanks to Anderson Jones of E! Online for the report and Linds for passing along this bit of information.]
|01-19-01: LIZ SPOTTED IN WEST HOLLYWOOD
I'm not really sure if this is newsworthy or not, but I'll report it anyway. On Wednesday, January 16, Liz Phair was seen shopping at Book Soup of West Hollywood, the premiere bookstore for the entertainment industry, the largest general interest independent in Hollywood, and a cultural fixture on the Sunset Strip. She informally discussed the merits of David Sedaris' books (including Me Talk Pretty One Day) while browsing for books. [Thanks to Tom K. for the info.]
|01-09-01: EXILE IN GUYVILLE ON 100 GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL ALBUMS LIST
Liz Phair's landmark album Exile In Guyville is ranked #96 on VH1's "100 Greatest Rock And Roll Albums". The accompanying series will be aired on the network starting on Monday, January 15. For more information, go to VH1's website.