to find Liz now?
Liz is recording for Capitol
Records these days. Theyve set up a page
just for her on their site, but it hasnt changed
since late in 1999. Id look to the fan sites for more
A few of the fan sites: Lizphair.com
is the official unofficial Liz Phair site. I dont
know what that means. Theres an active message board
(August 2000) and an excellent selection of video clips. Cool,
Tall, Vulnerable, and Luscious is another Liz site which
probably has more photos than any of the others. Beginning
to See the Light is full of minutiae, including gig histories,
fans anecdotes, bootleg trades. I
Spy a May Queen even features a term paper on Liz.
If thats not enough, follow the Liz
Phair Web Ring until you find what youre looking
Liz Phair News
This just in:
Matador Records Goes Independent
Not sure what all needs to be said about this business, but,
yes, Matador is pleased to report that we have ended our relationship
with Capitol Records and are back to being an independent
independent. Our press release says, basically, that Matador
releases will now be sold via independent distributors and
our own direct-retail sales network. All our artists and catalog
will remain with Matador, with the exception of Liz Phair,
who goes to Capitol. If there are any questions, please direct
them to Vic.
12/06/98 A few months back,
Liz Phair recorded some songs for "Sessions," a public TV
show hosted by David Byrne... and it's about to air soon:
Jan. 2 (or, in some places, Jan 3). Liz setlist = the Johnny
Feelgood, Polyester Bride, Mesmerizing, 6'1", What Makes You
Happy. Check local listings or the Sessions
10/16/98 Liz Phair was on the
television (ours) this morning... on the Rosie O'Donnell show.
Her performance was good, but, more importantly, Rosie and
Liz have decided to team up as the new Lavern and Shirley.
Hope none of you missed it!... stay tuned for more television,
more Liz. Come October 18, Liz will be the guest host on MTV's
120 Minutes. That's a week from Sunday.
10/09/98 And now, ladies and
gentlemen, a story:
I just took a look at the liner notes of Liz Phair's new LP
and noticed that she thanked New Trier High School, our alma
This brought me back to a fuzzy place where I think our
paths converged in the summer of 1986 or 87. On a warm summer
evening in the dewy hamlet of Winnetka where Ms. Phair and
I grew up, my aunt, older sister, and my ten year old self
were in an absolute crisis alert. Our mutt Cocoa -- the
better half of the duo Cocoa and Candy -- had flown the
Any other dog would enjoy such freedom pissing and humping
his way through the suburb, but we knew our animals loved
chasing moving cars and if we didn't act fast they'd be
seriously injured. (Candy who had been hit twice had already
developed a gelatinous tumor at the back of her head after
being run over the second time. This tumor had to be drained
daily by a tap system our vet had rigged into the back of
her skull.) As the screaming match ensued, we recieved a
call saying our dog had been found on Cherry St. wounded
We arrived at a neat brick house near the corner and were
led to the garage, Cocoa lay sprawled on a beach towel,
panting slowly with dog saliva accumulated about her chops.
A small wound was visible on her back left leg. As I moved
to approach the dog I noticed a teenage girl watching me
from presumably the kitchen. I stored that image in my head.
Since the success of "Exile" I've wondered about that summer
afternoon, whether that was Ms. Phair and whether she was
the one who saved Cocoa.
Oh and by the way -- Cocoa was let loose as my brother raced
to NTHS to get his mug on television as Rock Hudson -- another
NT alumn -- had died of AIDS that day. When he returned
home I waited for him to ride up the driveway on his bike.
At the precise moment I threw a broom handle into his bike
spokes and he tumbled into my mother's garden. That night,
as Cocoa lay in the animal hospital, we watched the coverage
of Rock Hudson's death on TV. Sure enough my brother was
doping around behind the reporter. That was the first time
I understood AIDS.
Ask Liz about this one if you get a chance.
06/19/98 The first single from
the upcoming Liz Phair full-length is now officially Polyester
Bride. An as-of-yet unmade video should be making its
way to your TV screen late July/early August.... A Liz Phair
b-side Freak Of Nature will appear (non-exclusively)
on the Q101 local sampler Local 101, on sale July
21 in the greater Chicago area. Proceeds will benefit a variety
of drunk-driving charities (though, if you ask me, drunk drivers
should be paying us!)... lastly: Uncle Alvarez,
from whitechocolatespaceegg will also be on a
(cough, wheeze) Starbucks sampler of Lilith Fair artists.