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Liz Phair - 'Exile in Guyville' 30th Anniversary Tour

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Liz Phair’s beloved debut record, 'Exile In Guyville,' which was first released on June 22, 1993 via Matador.

An 18-track double album loosely framed as a song-by-song reply to The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., Exile In Guyville was dubbed a classic upon arrival. The album’s profile has only risen in the ensuing years. It is now regarded as an iconic work and a feminist landmark, recently ranked #4 in Pitchfork’s “Best 150 Albums of the 1990s” and cracking the top 100 of Rolling Stone’s “Best 500 Albums of All Time.”

This fall, Phair will celebrate the record by launching a full band US tour and performing Exile In Guyville in its entirety (along with some additional hits) at some of the largest venues of her career. Pre-sales will begin on Wednesday, May 17. All dates will be on sale to the public at 10am local time on Friday, May 19.

Liz Phair on Tour, TICKETS
Tuesday, November 7 The Magnolia, El Cajon CA
Wednesday, November 8 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Friday, November 10 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, November 11 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Monday, November 13 Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, November 14 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Friday, November 17 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Saturday, November 18 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
Sunday, November 19 Masonic Temple, Detroit MI
Tuesday, November 21 Roadrunner, Boston MA
Wednesday, November 22 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA
Friday, November 24 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, November 25 The Anthem, Washington DC
Monday, November 27 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN
Tuesday, November 28 Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta GA
Thursday, November 30 Orpheum Theater, New Orleans LA
Friday, December 1 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX
Sunday, December 3 Majestic Theatre, Dallas TX

All dates w/ Blondshell

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode One: Mary Timony, Liz Phair and Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan

(Illustration: Jeff Mahannah)

Today, we are pleased to announce the inaugural episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast.

It is our hope that this series will add context ­(and content!) to the Revisionist History catalog reissues by calling upon our artists, collaborators, and accomplices to discuss a well-loved Matador ­album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

First up: Mary Timony’s Mountains, which has recently turned 20 and is once again available in an expanded and remastered 2xLP edition. She is joined on this episode by Liz Phair and Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan for a wide-ranging 90-minute discussion touching on their respective debut albums, creative processes, and favorite tracks from each other’s catalog.

Stream episode one of The Matador Revisionist History Podcast HERE.

Available now until this Friday, save 25% on Mary Timony's Mountains, Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, and Snail Mail's Lush at the Matador webstore through the link HERE.

And there’s more to come as we close in on significant dates for Kurt Vile, Fucked Up, and The New Pornographers.

Matador Records’ Revisionist History series celebrates the anniversaries of outstanding albums from the label's past with newly remastered reissues accompanied by recently unearthed live footage, unreleased music, photos, and music videos. Last year saw the release of special and extended editions from Guided by Voices, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Chavez, Mary Timony, and Bailter Space. The series will continue in 2021, which will kick off with a reissue of Bardo Pond’s Amanita. More info to follow!

Find more information on the Revisionist History series HERE.

Mary Timony Online

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

Snail Mail Online

Matador Revisionist History: Liz Phair's "Whip-Smart"

How do you follow up one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of all-time?  Well, if you were Liz Phair — facing intense scrutiny from friends & foes alike — you put your head down and persevere with a collection of songs that resulted in her first (and only) Rolling Stone cover (and Matador’s first ban from Spin Magazine).  But it was all a huge misunderstanding!   FUN TRIVIA  :  at least one retailer objected to the couplet, "Your kisses are as wicked as an F-16
And you fuck like a volcano, and you're everything to me”.  I misheard the lyric, thought it was “M-16”, pointed out the hypocrisy of said establishment peddling RIFLES to children but drawing a line at consensual sex between adults.  Bottom line — they no longer sell any of our products but that’s ok because who wants to buy records at Bass Pro Shop? No one ever said Revisionist history was going to be pretty. 

This month marks 25 years since the release of Liz Phair's sophomore LP Whip-Smart. To commemorate the anniversary Phair's expansive box set Girly Sound to Guyville will be available for 25% off standard list price through September 19th at the Matador webstore worldwide.



From the archives: '94 Whip-Smart Promotional Postcard

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

Great Music For Terrible Times : 25% Off Holiday Sale

Dear Citizens of Earth,

As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history.  The icecaps are melting.   America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis.  You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter.  Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means. Nearly 15% of the public believes we actually told someone to “sound more like Adele.”  Nearly $40 million was spent to produce “The Hurricane Heist”

All of that said, there is still beauty, mystery, and grandeur in what’s left of the fine arts.  And when you’re done with the fine arts, there’s Matador's incredible array of 2018 titles from Belle and Sebastian, Body/Head, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus, Iceage, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Liz Phair, Snail Mail, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo.  Will these records help you sort out a world gone mad? hey, they’re great, but not THAT GREAT.  Almost certainly, and that’s why your friends at Matador —a label as magnanimous as it is humble — are offering an unprecedented 25% OFF when you use the code, “terribletimes” thru December 13. Orders of $40.00 and above receive a free tote bag and take it from me, a tote bag skeptic, you’re way less likely to drop shit all over the sidewalk when you have a stylish bag.

(moon art : James McNew)

MATADOR HOLIDAY SALE : 25% w/ code "terribletimes"

Liz Phair - Amps On The Lawn Tour, Autumn 2018

(photo by Elizabeth Weinberg)

In the wake of the wildly well-received 'Girlysound To Guyville' box set release and reissue of 'Exile In Guyville', Liz Phair is playing North American dates this September and October (see below). All (non-festival) shows go on sale this Friday at 10am local time, however there's a presale tomorrow at 10am (CODE : AMPS) and another on Thursday at 10am (CODE : ONTHELAWN).

Thursday, September 6 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
Friday, September 7 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Saturday, Septemer 8, Hopscotch Festival, Raleigh NC
Monday, September 10 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY
Tuesday, September 11 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Cleveland OH
Thursday, September 13 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI
Saturday, September 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, September 18 The Showbox, Seattle WA
Wednesday, September 19 Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, September 20 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Friday, September 21 The Theater at The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September 24 Belly Up, Solana Beach CA
Tuesday, September 25 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Thursday, September 27 Mohawk, Austin TX
Friday, September 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, September 29 Ohana Music and Arts Festival, Dana Point CA
Monday, October 1 Exit/In, Nashville TN
Tuesday, October 2 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati OH
Wednesday, October 3 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, October 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, October 6 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Monday, October 8 Royale, Boston MA
Tuesday, October 9 Corona Theatre, Montreal QC
Wednesday, October 10 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON
Friday, October 12 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI

stream/purchase 'Exile In Guyville' on LP or CD

Previously announced 'Girly Sound To Guyville' Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA [SOLD OUT]
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA [SOLD OUT]
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN * [SOLD OUT]
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA * [SOLD OUT]
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY * [SOLD OUT]
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL * [SOLD OUT]

* support from Soccer Mommy

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

OUT TODAY: Liz Phair - "Girly Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set"

Liz Phair's comprehensive early-career retrospective, Girly Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set is out today. The 56 tracks include  Phair's three Girly-Sound tapes, as well as her seminal 1993 debut LP Exile in Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.

The LP box set is now sold out on the Matador web-store, but copies are still available via indie record stores and third-party online retailers.


The team at our subterranean web development bunker has manufactured the "Guided Listening to Guyville" playlist to help digest all of Phair's newly available material. The site that features lyrics, facts and live videos for each song in the expansive release. Check it out here.

Also premiering today: a newly remastered version of the video to "Never Said," from Exile in Guyville. This video follows the recently reissued "Stratford-On-Guy," also restored from its original masters.

[caption id="attachment_33163" align="alignnone" width="537"] Liz Phair at The Empty Bottle in Chicago IL. (photo by Marty Perez)

Upcoming Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA [SOLD OUT]
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA [SOLD OUT]
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN * [SOLD OUT]
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA * [SOLD OUT]
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY * [SOLD OUT]
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL * [SOLD OUT]

* support from Soccer Mommy

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page


Liz Phair - "Bomb: ('Girly-Sound' version), "Stratford On Guy" Video (remastered audio)

(photo by Elizabeth Weinberg)

"Stratford On Guy" (directed by Liz Phair)

Prior to the May 4 release of 'Girly-Sound To Guyville' : The 25th Anniversary Box Set', we've released the remastered audio for "Bomb" (culled from 'Sooty', the third 'Girly-Sound' cassette') as well as premiering Phair's video for "Stratford On Guy" (the song that "Bomb" would eventually morph into) with remastered audio as well (above).

"We were in talks with labels about the second record - Matador was being courted by Atlantic - and Danny Goldberg came backstage to meet me. I told him about my idea for the next video - ‘Stratford-On-Guy’ - explaining that we were stalled due to budget constraints. He asked ‘what do you need?’ I said, ‘a private plane to fly over downtown LA and get footage at night.’ I wanted to shoot the electric veins of the city. He just said, ‘done!’ It was one of those real rock star moments.

So my husband, his friend Michael Mees, who was the DP, and I went up in this 8 seater Lear Jet and got the greatest footage ever. We were literally flying sideways so Michael could shoot straight down over the rooftops of all the buildings. We were executing these tight turns above the skyscrapers and the G force was incredible. You could feel your internal organs dragging to the other side of your body cavity. Michael was using this really heavy camera and Jim, my husband, had to hold onto him as we shot. The lens of the camera was pressing down against the window pane and I remember Michael nervously joking - and not really in jest - that the glass beneath him better hold. It was so fun. We made two approaches into the airport so we could capture that fantastic runway lighting. Those images are etched in my memory forever. I seem to recall I somehow wedged my head up between the pilots like a dog peering over the backseat so I could see that awesome 180* cockpit view, too. Good times!” -
Liz Phair

stream / download "Bomb"
Preorder /stream 'Girly Sound to Guyville'
Stream / preorder 'Exile in Guyville'

Upcoming Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA SOLD OUT
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN * SOLD OUT
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA * SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY * SOLD OUT
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL * SOLD OUT

* - Soccer Mommy supports

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

Liz Phair - "Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set" Out May 4, "Divorce Song" Premiere, New U.S. Tour Dates

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair’s landmark debut Exile in Guyville. On May 4th Matador will release a comprehensive box set: 7 LPs or 3 CDs cataloging the Guyville era in an edition of 1900, including the first official restored audio of all three 1991 Girly-Sound tapes. The tapes were meticulously restored from original copies of the cassettes, traded from hand to hand at the time, by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters. Also available on double vinyl and regular CD for the first time in years: the original Exile in Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.

Buyers have the option of purchasing the remastered Exile in Guyville on 2xLP / CD or purchase the box set which includes Exile in Guyville as well as the Girly-Sound tapes Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Sooty. The box set also includes a book featuring essays by Ann Powers (excerpted below), Liz Phair, and an extensive oral history of Phair’s collaborators compiled by Jason Cohen. The vinyl edition of the book also includes never before seen photos, artwork, and ephemera.

Both sets will also be available via all digital retailers and streaming services on release date.


If a 7 LP set is not enough (and when is it ever, really) the 3 Girly-Sound tapes, restored by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, will be released as replica cassettes in a limited edition of 345 copies. The cassettes will be available as a premium exclusive for those ordering the box set on vinyl or CD through the Matador webstore.

An excerpt from TALKING BACK IN GUYVILLE? by Ann Powers
Back in the 1990s, when everybody in a certain corner of the punk scene was reading feminist theory and making mixtapes, people used to go on about "speech acts." You might wonder, what the hell is a speech act? How is it different than plain old speech? Every time you open your mouth, you're spraying out your point of view like viral spit. Pointing this out seems a little redundant.

Yet people can easily forget that their words don't just fall on empty air; they hit people and have the power to infect. "It was nothing," a guy says, after he's told a woman her ass looks good in those jeans, or she might hurt herself if she carries something heavy, or it's kind of a shock that she's so good at playing guitar. One thing feminists do is point out that the little jokes men make, the condescending asides, even the well-meaning compliments (you're so pretty, little girl) are epidemic. They keep women an invisible quarantine, away from their own subjectivity, away from power. Or, as Liz Phair says in one of the songs on her immortal Exile in Guyville, "When you said I wasn't worth talking to, I had to take your word on that."

A lot of dudes had said a lot of things to Liz Phair by the time she was 23. After college and a year of fucking around in San Francisco, she was back in her parents' house in the Illinois suburbs, semi-secretly writing and recording songs on a 4-track. She was also running with some guys who loved to tell her how much they knew about rock and roll and what it took to be a real musician. They tended to be startled when they discovered her ambition. When she gave her tapes to a couple of them, they recognized that she was brilliant, but by the time she got a record deal with a cool indie label, many were wondering how and why. "Guyville is wrapped up in how the songs were written and in the way it was created and came about: It's that girl, that girl having people say you can't do this, you aren't good enough to do this, you don't know what you are doing," Phair told the journalist Jessica Hopper in a 2013 oral history of her absolutely brilliant, groundbreaking, stereotype-defying debut album Exile in Guyville.

To preview the release of Girly Sound to Guyville, Phair has released a track from Girly-Sound: an early version of the Guyville highlight "Divorce Song" originally heard on Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha.

Stream / Buy "Divorce Song (Girly-Sound Version) Here

Liz will kick off the "Girly Sound To Guyville Tour," performing material from the newly reissued set, this Spring with select dates across the U.S. Tickets are on sale next Friday March 23rd at 10am ET.

Newly Announced Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN *
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS (previously announced)
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL *

* support from Soccer Mommy

"Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set" Tracklist

Exile In Guyville
1. 6'1"
2. Help Me Mary
3. Glory
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
8. Canary
9. Mesmerizing
10. Fuck and Run
11. Girls! Girls! Girls!
12. Divorce Song
13. Shatter
14. Flower
15. Johnny Sunshine
16. Gunshy
17. Stratford-On-Guy
18. Strange Loop

Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha
1. White Babies
2. Shane
3. 6 Dick Pimp
4. Divorce Song
5. Go West
6. Don't Holdyrbreath
7. Johnny Sunshine
8. Miss Lucy
9. Elvis Song
10. Dead Shark
11. One Less Thing
12. Money
13. In Love w/Yself

Girls! Girls! Girls!
1. Hello Sailor
2. Wild-Thing
3. Fuck And Run
4. Easy Target
5. Soap Star Joe
6. Ant In Alaska
8. Polyester Bride
9. Thrax
10. Miss Mary Mack
11. Clean
12. Love Song
13. Valentine

1. Gigolo
2. Flower
3. Batmobile
4. Slave
5. Open Season
6. Whip-Smart
7. Suckerfish
8. California
9. South Dakota
10. Bomb
11. Easy
12. Chopsticks

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

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