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A FEW WORDS FROM ME...
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.]


12-11-12: LIZ'S "DOTTED LINE" SHORTLISTED IN OSCAR RACE
From The Hollywood Reporter, Liz's "Dotted Line", from People Like Us, is one of seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures that are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.

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.]


12-06-12: LIZ TO SCORE THE CLIENT LIST STARRING JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT
From Liz Phair:

On the set of 'The Client List' w/ @TheReal_Jlh. She is so lovely. We'll be scoring this season! #3headedmonster

Liz Phair on the set of 'The Client List'

[Thanks to Liz Phair for the details.]


Rachael Yamagata - Heavyweight
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".

You can purchase the EP at one of Rachael's shows or Rachael's online store.

[Thanks to Rachael Yamagata and Liz Phair for the details.]


11-14-12: LIZ IN SHANGHAI
From Caroline Beteta:


?, Susan Feniger, Liz Phair, and Greg Suran in Shanghai

[Thanks to Caroline Beteta for the picture.]


11-12-12: LIZ SHANGHAI BOUND
From Liz...

She is headed to Shanghai to promote the Dreamland documentary. More details to come...

[Thanks to Liz Phair for the details.]


10-22-12: LIZ JAMMING WITH BEN HARPER AND TOM FREUND

Ben Harper and Liz Phair
Liz: Ben Harper and me after rad jam sesh!!
Ben Harper and Liz Phair
Liz: @BenHarper @tomfreund when good music happens to good people

Ken: Working on your new album or making cameos on others?
Liz: Cameos . Pure spontaneity

[Thanks to Liz Phair for the info.]


10-02-12: LIZ'S "BOLLYWOOD" ON SPIN'S "50 BIGGEST WHITE GIRL RAP MOMENTS OF ALL TIME"
From Spin:

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.]


10-01-12: LIZ REMINISCES ABOUT THE RAINBO CLUB
Liz, along with several others, remembers the Rainbo Club via Eater Chicago (which is doing a series about iconic Chicago bars). Here are some excerpts:

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.]


Dreamland
Dreamland

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.

For information on Dreamland, visit The Documentary Group and Visit California.

[Thanks to PBS for the details.]


Juliana Hatfield's eponymous covers album
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.

Liz: @julianahatfield "Friend of mine" that was profound hearing you hear me. Major solo, btw, too! Honored & moved. Congrats on release!

Juliana Hatfield: @PhizLair so glad you don't hate it! thanks!

For more details, visit Juliana Hatfield's website.

[Thanks to Matthew Orbit / Liz Phair / Juliana Hatfield for the details.]


08-09-12: LIZ JAMMING AT PAX-AM STUDIOS WITH RYAN ADAMS AND PAUL CUTLER
Ryan Adams: Jams with Paul Cutler and @PhizLair .... Dreamy

Liz Phair and Paul Cutler jamming at Pax-Am Studio
Liz: At Pax Am. Paul Cutler and I just fully fusion jammed with P Cutler. says, "this sounds like,"In A Silent Way"

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
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.]


07-18-12: LIZ RECORDING AT THE VILLAGE WITH MADI DIAZ AND RACHAEL YAMAGATA
Liz was at The Village recording with Madi Diaz and Rachael Yamagata, among others.


Rachael Yamagata, Liz Phair, and Madi Diaz
Liz: Me and Madi D shooting the shiznet at the Village
Rachael Yamagata, Liz Phair, and Madi Diaz
Liz: @rachaelyamagata @madidiaz we're forming a band
Liz Phair's '59
Liz: But here's my baby - '59
Tom Freund and Liz Phair
Liz: Best part - I didn't lend a 'vocal' I did an electric solo. #playah
Tom Freund: impromptu recording with a few of my heroines in music @PhizLair rocking electric with me here on @rachaelyamagata song

[Thanks to Liz Phair and Tom Freund for the pictures / info.]




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