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Monday, May 19, 2008

Liz Phair taking 'Exile' in S.F.

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 1:05 PM

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If you were ever a Liz Phair fan, the mere mention of her indie rock classic Exile in Guyville should evoke memories of exactly where you were when you first heard "Fuck and Run." (Mine involved the guy I was dating at the time, who both introduced me to the record and inadvertently acted out the booty call M.O.s Phair described so wryly. Kinda like giving a girl the Band-Aid before you cut her with that X-Acto knife). Anyway, it's no small news for Phair geeks that Exile is not only getting the re-issue treatment (after going out of print, the songs will be re-released on CD, vinyl, and digitally June 24) but Phair is also doing select performances of the album -- including one show in San Francisco!

The first confirmed gig is an acoustic performance on June 25th at the Hiro Ballroom in New York. Shows in Phair's hometown of Chicago and our fair city are next on the list. (She's also working on a new record, but, well, the Exile shows are the big news here.) -- Jennifer Maerz

More on the Exile re-issue below:

The special reissue package will include three never-before-released songs from the original recording sessions: "Ant in Alaska," with Phair simply accompanying herself on guitar, "Say You," which features Phair and a full band, and an untitled instrumental with Liz on guitar. Phair has also just completed a new, 80-minute DVD, "Guyville Redux," for the reissue.

In "Guyville Redux" - which features an introduction by Dave Matthews, founder/co-owner of ATO Records - Liz and the "guys" of Guyville take us back to the making of the album, the male-dominated, Chicago independent music scene of the early 1990's (which included Urge Overkill, Material Issue, and Smashing Pumpkins), and the Wicker Park neighborhood where it all happened. Phair interviews Gerard Cosloy and Chris Lombardi of Matador Records, which originally released the record, famed indie producer Steve Albini, Ira Glass of NPR's "This American Life," John Henderson of the elusive indie label Feel Good All Over, Brad Wood (producer of Exile In Guyville), John Cusack (who founded the Chicago avant-garde theater group New Crime Productions), Urge Overkill, and more.

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