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06-30-12: NEW LIZ (VIDEO) INTERVIEW (TONIGHT AT THE MOVIES)
Watch this Liz interview from the People Like Us press junket conducted by Laurie Curtis at Tonight at the Movies.

[Thanks to Laurie Curtis / Tonight at the Movies for the video.]


06-29-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (SCREENCRAVE)
From ScreenCrave:

Now if I choose the right producer, I think my fans are going to be very happy because they're never happy. They're like "Oh, she fucked it up again!" They are, they're very cranky. They want like the old stuff.

You can read the entire interview at ScreenCrave.

[Thanks to Melissa Molina / ScreenCrave for the interview.]


06-29-12: A.R. RAHMAN TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH LIZ (LIVING IN CINEMA)
From Living in Cinema:

A.R. Rahman: Alex [Kurtzman] had written the script with songs in mind. We said, "Let's write a song together." We met Liz Phair, and that's how the song came about. She took some of my melodies, and she came up with her lyrics. It was beautiful.

Jackson Truax: What was the process of collaborating with her? You've worked with so many different artists now, what was it about working with Liz Phair that was unique?

A.R. Rahman: She had this voice that was so much like Frankie. You could see she used the character as an inspiration... The words fit perfectly. It was amazing... That was unique.

You can read the entire interview at Living in Cinema.

[Thanks to A.R. Rahman / Jackson Truax / Living in Cinema for the interview.]


06-29-12: NEW LIZ (AUDIO) INTERVIEW (AWARDSCIRCUIT.COM)
Listen to this Liz interview from the People Like Us press junket conducted by Joseph Braverman at AwardsCircuit.com.

[Thanks to Joseph Braverman / AwardsCircuit.com for the interview.]


06-29-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (MOVIE FANATIC)
From Movie Fanatic:

It was much more that I knew what to do. It was easier because I respond to tense, emotional stuff. That's why I write songs to help me cope with my intense emotions.

You can read the entire interview at Movie Fanatic.

[Thanks to Joel D. Amos / Movie Fanatic for the interview.]


06-29-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (METRO WORLD NEWS)
From Metro World News:

This is so much easier than my normal life. I love this. Rock and roll is, like, way worse. If I were doing any kind of stuff gearing up for a release, it would be like phoners to death, just on and on and on, you'd do 50 million of them.

You can read the entire interview at Metro World News.

[Thanks to Ned Ehrbar / Metro World News for the interview.]


06-29-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (RADIOFREE.COM)
From RadioFree.com:

I made these cassette tapes [under the name Girly Sound], and a friend of mine, Tae Won Yu, made like a zillion copies of them and sent them to every zine in the world. And I guess I owe him my career, because Matador Records, my first label, heard a review of one of these cassette tapes. And the awful part was people started sending me fan mail with, like, $10 in it to make them a tape, and I just kept the money, and I didn't make the tapes. So, like, some part of me is still trying to do shit for free when I can. I'm still working off the guilt of that! [laughs]

You can read the entire interview at RadioFree.com.

[Thanks to Michael J. Lee / RadioFree.com for the interview.]


06-28-12: JENNIFER WEINER TALKS ABOUT LIZ (SHEKNOWS)
From SheKnows:

I met Liz Phair, whos sort of a hero/idol/role model to me. Liz and her team actually did the music for "State of Georgia", the sitcom I co-wrote and co-produced. We met at the Chateau Marmont, and Liz is tiny in person, and beautifully dressed -- I remember boots and scarves and shiny hair -- and of course I went into total country-mouse shut-down mode and could not say a thing, after I blurted out that her music kind of saved my life when I was in my 20s and broken-hearted. I did, however, manage to steal a few chunks of fruit from her fruit plate.

You can read the entire interview at SheKnows.

[Thanks to Jennifer Weiner / Lisa Steinke / SheKnows for the interview.]


06-26-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (SOUNDTRACK.NET)
From Soundtrack.Net:

So I wrote a song about stepping on the threshold of making a really big commitment, but one that is very conscious -- one that you know you are overcoming some of your own bullshit to do this step. What would it feel like to be in that moment? For example, if it were in a romantic situation, say the night before your wedding, you'd been through this whole commitment thing and now you're really going to do it. What's that razor's edge between all your misgivings and actually taking that step? So signing the contract, on the "dotted line", that is what it meant to me.

You can read the entire interview at Soundtrack.Net.

[Thanks to Scott McConnell / Soundtrack.Net for the interview.]


06-26-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (COLLIDER.COM)
From Collider.com:

Well, I'm writing a new record, and I'm very excited about the songs that I've been writing. I don't want to get my fans excited, but I feel like I'm writing stuff that's more like the older material. I've come full circle, in a way, and I think part of that was divesting from a major label and that corporate thing. That kind of killed me. I got pissed off and stuck in a rut. Finally, it's floating again. I know what I love about music and I know why I was always in it, so I'm very excited.

You can read the entire interview at Collider.com.

[Thanks to Christina Radish / Collider.com for the interview.]


06-26-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (LOS ANGELES TIMES) / WRITING "DOTTED LINE"
From the Los Angeles Times:

He [A.R. Rahman] is the opposite of me. He is a trained, masterful musician. I've had no training. I don't know what a seventh is. I can't tell you about chord progressions. So it was embarrassing for me to stand next to him. He just assumed I knew things. When I got there he just said, "OK, so would you like to go in the vocal room and please try a couple things?" I just thought this guy is going to start wondering why I'm not a professional musician.

You can read the entire interview at the Los Angeles Times.

[Thanks to Todd Martens / Los Angeles Times for the interview.]


06-25-12: NEW LIZ (VIDEO) INTERVIEW (IAMROGUE.COM)
Watch this Liz interview from the People Like Us press junket conducted by Jami Philbrick at iamROGUE.com.

[Thanks to Jami Philbrick / iamROGUE.com for the video.]


06-22-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (WENN)
From World Entertainment News Network:

I know they brought back Lilith Fair and it didn't do as well or get the press that the first one did. That was such a moment in time. Had they kept it up it could've become like a "Chickapalooza", maybe should've; that would've been nice.

You can read the entire interview at World Entertainment News Network (WENN).

[Thanks to World Entertainment News Network for the interview.]


06-21-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (STEREOGUM)
From Stereogum:

(Regarding film music) When it comes to creating original music for films, I've actually not gotten a lot of jobs in the past. There was a time when I really tried hard to do that stuff -- back in my late 30s, sometime in the early 2000s -- I'd get pitched for stuff and write songs for things and then I wouldn't get it. I was kind of new to L.A. and looking for ways to continue making a living and everyone around you is like soundtrack! Soundtrack! And I ended up writing songs for all kinds of shit that didn't up getting used.

(Regarding the new album) I want to make a kickass record and if I have my way Ill have Ryan Adams produce it and we'll do some down and dirty shit with great songwriting and it won't be Guyville, but it will be authentic. And I'll tour it. I'll tour the shit out of that shit.

You can read the entire interview at Stereogum.

[Thanks to T. Cole Rachel / Stereogum for the interview.]


06-19-12: NEW LIZ INTERVIEW (LOS ANGELES TIMES) / NEW ALBUM DISCUSSION
From the Los Angeles Times (Pop & Hiss):

My fantasy is that this comes out on Matador...

I'm working on a proper rock record, a good, old-school rock record. Finally. I had a lot of issues to work out...

I want the production to be kind of Jack White-ish, Ryan Adams-ish, that style of production. I want it to sound [messed]-up, but at a level of mastery that is respectable.

You can read the entire interview at the Los Angeles Times.

[Thanks to Todd Martens / Los Angeles Times for the interview.]


06-19-12: NEW LIZ (VIDEO) INTERVIEW (PEOPLE LIKE US PRESS JUNKET)
From gofobo:

Liz Phair talks about writing "Dotted Line" with A.R. Rahman as well as picking five records to recommend to an eleven year old.

[Thanks to gofobo for the video and liz phair fan for the link.]


06-16-12: LIZ AT THE PEOPLE LIKE US RED CARPET (VIDEO)
From Film Independent:

On the red carpet of the People Like Us world premiere at the 2012 LA Film Fest were stars Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass, Philip Baker Hall, producer Roberto Orci, singer/songwriter Liz Phair and more.

[Thanks to Film Independent for the video.]


06-16-12: LIZ AT THE PEOPLE LIKE US RED CARPET (PICTURES)


Liz Phair: "Nailed it. :)" (Photo courtesy of Liz Phair) (source)


Singer Liz Phair attends the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere of 'People Like Us' at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images) (source)


Singer Liz Phair arrives at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of 'People Like Us' at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage) (source)


Singer Liz Phair arrives at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of "People Like Us" at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage) (source)


Singer Liz Phair arrives at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of "People Like Us" at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage) (source)


Singer Liz Phair (shoe detail) arrives at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of 'People Like Us' at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage) (source)

[Thanks to Liz Phair, Jesse Grant / Getty Images, and Frazer Harrison / WireImage for the pictures.]


05-22-12: HEAR "DOTTED LINE"
Hear Liz's "Dotted Line" (with A.R. Rahman), from the People Like Us soundtrack, here!

[Thanks to People Like Us Soundtrack / SoundCloud for the song!]


05-21-12: "AND HE SLAYED HER" PRODUCTION DETAILS
Courtesy of With Wings Media:

Liz Phair - And He Slayed Her
Directed by: Joey Boukadakis & Paul Boukadakis
DP: Shane Kelly
2nd Unit: Tod Campbell
Editor: James Staskauskas
Color: Ken Miller
Producer: Chris Blankenship
Production Co: ProductionFor / Airloom Entertainment

Special thanks to Kip McClanahan, Jose Hernandez, Todd Smiley, Soloman Bachman, Selenia Rios, and the whole ProductionFor team.

An alternate link to the "And He Slayed Her" video can be found here.

[Thanks to Shane Kelly for the link.]


05-21-12: LIZ ON ANDY SLATER / "AND HE SLAYED HER"
From BlackBook:

Liz: "Andy Slater didn't 'dump' me from Capitol, I had to fight tooth and nail to get off. He actually prevented me from leaving and I had to wait till he got fired. My anger about being 'retained' is what song is all about."

[Thanks to Tyler Coates / BlackBook for sharing.]


05-21-12: NEW LIZ VIDEO "AND HE SLAYED HER"
You can watch Liz's new video for "And He Slayed Her" exclusively at PerezHilton.com!

[Thanks to Perez Hilton and Liz Phair.]


05-15-12: MORE PEOPLE LIKE US FROM LIZ
From Liz Phair:

Hanging out with Alex Kurtzman & AR Rahman in AR's studio doing an EPK for "People Like Us" soundtrack pic.twitter.com/PzUyJvc1

Alex Kurtzman, Liz Phair and AR Rahman
Alex Kurtzman, Liz Phair and AR Rahman

[Thanks to Liz Phair for the info and pic!]


People Like Us
People Like Us

05-14-12: PEOPLE LIKE US SOUNDTRACK RELEASE DATE
From The Playlist:

While Academy-Award-winnning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) wrote the score, perhaps the most interesting musical item of note is the film's closing credits song that was written by candid indie-rocker turned glossy L.A. musician Liz Phair.

Liz's song is "Dotted Line". The soundtrack from Lakeshore Records will hit shelves on June 19th, while the movie opens in theaters June 29th.

[Thanks to The Playlist / Indiewire for the info and the link!]


04-26-12: LIZ TALKS ABOUT DIVORCE
Shine from Yahoo! talks to Liz (and twelve other individuals) for tips on how to save a marriage and avoid divorce. Here is Liz's tip:

Don't divorce until you...
...have dealt with the fact
that your marriage has concealed a whole host of your personal defects from public view, and everyone prowling around the single kingdom today has X-ray glasses.
- LIZ PHAIR, MUSICIAN AND WRITER OF "DIVORCE SONG"

You can read the rest of the article at Shine from Yahoo!.

[Thanks to Elizabeth Weil / Shine From Yahoo! for the article.]


04-22-12: "AVALANCHE (STEREO ROMANCE)": THE DETAILS
If you haven't already, you can listen to / download "Avalanche (Stereo Romance)" here.

Back in November, Liz talked about the song here. Later, she pondered how to make the song available to the public here.

After the song was made available, Liz tweeted about the song here:

"Avalanche" - beautiful song, very personal, was included in a California documentary this winter. Madi Diaz on BVs :)

Madi Diaz also tweeted about the song here:

@thekyleryan (Kyle Ryan) and i had the honor of playing / singing on @PhizLair's new song http://wearsthetrousers.com/2012/04/liz-phair-shares-new-song/ check itttt ooouuut #longtimehero <3

[Thanks to Liz Phair for the song and her recollections; Madi Diaz for her recollections; and to everyone who sent "thank you".]


04-20-12: HEAR / DOWNLOAD "AVALANCHE (STEREO ROMANCE)"
Hear / download Liz's "Avalanche (Stereo Romance)" here!

[Thanks to Liz Phair for the song!]


03-31-12: LIZ TALKS ABOUT HER FIRST TIME
Rookie Mag talks to Liz about the first time she had sex.

Other contributors to the "Absolute Beginners" article (about grown women having sex for the first time, with a couple of first kisses thrown in) include Lena Dunham, Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Sarah Silverman, Miranda July, Shannon Woodward, Krista Burton, and Pamela Des Barres.

[Thanks to Rookie Mag (@RookieMag) and liz phair fan (@lizphairlyrics) for the details.]


03-04-12: LIZ "JAMMIN'"
From Jon Solo:

@alagio @phizlair @jonsolomusic rocking 'one life' at betty's crib. so much fun.

John Alagia, Liz Phair, and Jon Solo jamming
John Alagia, Liz Phair, and Jon Solo jamming

[Thanks to Liz Phair for the info.]


Twitter
Twitter

03-02-12: FOLLOW LIZ ON TWITTER
From Liz:

Hey, I think it's time to share my twitter addy: @PhizLair. Would u let folks know please? Thanks. Xx

[Thanks to Liz Phair for sharing.]


02-18-12: LIZ FILMING VIDEO FOR "AND HE SLAYED HER"
Thanks to Autumn Boukadakis, we learn that Liz is in Texas filming a video for "And He Slayed Her"! Click here to learn a few more details from Liz herself.

[Thanks to Autumn Boukadkis for the informative Liz tweets.]


VH1
VH1

02-13-12: LIZ RANKED #65 ON VH1'S 100 GREATEST WOMEN IN MUSIC (1990 TO PRESENT)
Liz was ranked #65 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music (1990 to present). For the complete list, click here.

[Thanks to XRay of the Liz Phair Forum for the link.]


02-10-12: DREAMLAND PREMIERE / RECEPTION
From Visit California:

You can be the first to screen Dreamland, new film chronicling a day in the life of innovative "True Californians", including Liz Phair. The film will premiere on Wednesday, February 22 (from 5:30 - 7:30 PM) at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. You can meet the pioneers and visionaries whose personal passions inspired the film (which probably means Liz will be in attendance).

If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP here.

[Thanks to Caroline Beteta / Visit California for the details.]


Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

02-04-12: LIZ ON LANA DEL REY
Liz has written an essay about Lana Del Rey for the Wall Street Journal (specifically, the Arts & Entertainment "Speakeasy" blog). An excerpt:

I have a lot to say about her, but no sound bites. You see, Lana Del Rey is exactly what I was hoping to inspire when I took on the male rock establishment almost twenty years ago with my debut record, Exile In Guyville.

You can read the rest of Liz's essay at the Wall Street Journal.

[Thanks to Christopher John Farley / Speakeasy / Wall Street Journal for the details.]


02-04-12: (OLD) LIZ INTERVIEW IN M MUSIC & MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
I don't know how this one managed to slip past me, but M Music & Musician Magazine interviewed Liz back in November 2010. Here is an excerpt:

M Music & Musician Magazine: What is your (writing) method like now?

Liz Phair: I just wrote my first new song on guitar in almost eight months, because I'm out on the road and the guitar is in my hand again. Then I'll stay up really late at night finishing something. I'm very loose like that. If I'm in the studio for any purpose I immediately get creative and want to write something. But I don't have a schedule. I do not require myself to write six songs per month or something. I'm not that formalized.

Read the rest of the interview at M Music & Musician Magazine.

[Thanks to Chris Neal / M Music & Musician Magazine for the interview.]


VH1
VH1

02-01-12: VOTE FOR LIZ AT VH1.COM
You can vote for Liz on two different polls at VH1.com:

As Liz mentioned earlier, she was named as one of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. The series will air Monday, February 13th through Friday, February 17th at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

[Thanks to VH1.com for the details.]


01-13-12: LIZ IN LONDON
Liz mentioned that she performed in London at the premiere of the documentary Dreamland. From Visit California:


Liz Phair in London at debut of 'Dreamland'

Liz Phair in London at debut of 'Dreamland'
Liz Phair performs in London at debut of 'Dreamland'
Liz Phair in London at debut of 'Dreamland'
Liz Phair in London for the premiere of "Dreamland" (Photos via Visit California)

Stars of the film traveled to London to help us celebrate the debut and to bring the film to life in spectacular fashion: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, musician Liz Phair, big wave surfers Sarah and Mike Gerhardt, pioneering women in wine Amelia and Dalia Ceja, and professional climber Kevin Jorgeson. After watching the film, the audience was brought behind the scenes of the documentary and its subjects through an engaging Q&A led by the film's director, Mark Obenhaus. That was followed by a surprise concert by Liz Phair and her band, who rocked the house as camera phones flashed.

[Thanks to Caroline Beteta / Visit California for the info and Gareth from the Liz Phair Forum for the link.]


01-13-12: BRAD WOOD AND CASEY RICE ON WORKING WITH LIZ
This is a year old... Brad Wood and Casey Rice reminisce on working with Liz over at Professional Recording Workshop.

[Thanks to NeonFlow from the Liz Phair Forum for the link.]




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