Liz Phair To Perform <i>Exile In Guyville</i> In Its Entirety

May 19th, 2008 // 18 Comments

41YAB39MQPL._SL500_AA240_.jpgThis “plays whole album live” is a pretty smooth way to get around the “how can we miss you if you’ve never gone away?” problem has-beens face. When a group like Public Enemy says they’re going to play It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, it’s as if the group had broken up soon after its recording, thus never having to admit they recorded There’s A Poison Goin’ On. Liz Phair will join this exclusive club of veterans revisiting former glories when she performs Exile In Guyville solo and acoustic at New York’s Hiro Ballroom on June 25, and at to-be-announced shows in Chicago and San Francisco.

The DVD included on the Guyville reissue that these shows are accompanying will feature Phair-conducted interviews with Brad Wood, Urge Overkill, Steve Albini, John Cusack (“who
founded the Chicago avant-garde theater group New Crime Productions”? Oh, that John Cusack!), and numerous other guys from Guyville. Her next album is planned for the fall, so it won’t be too long before we see how this self-reflection has influenced her work.

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  1. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    Come on Liz, where is the love? What about LA?

    I love this trend. The other day I was thinking about what album I would most like to see performed live, and I settled on Jay-Z and Dangermouse doing The Grey Album. Its probably because the chance of that actually happening is like .000001%, but how fucking cool would that be?

  2. HomefrontRadio

    ‘Solo and acoustic’?

    That should strike the fear of god into anyone who saw her shows around the time of the original release, if they even still care.

  3. Anonymous

    As in, complete with Danger Mouse, Jay-Z and the Beatles, or just DM, J-Z and samples? I could see the latter happening without the ground opening under them.

    Personally, the Flaming Lips doing a Zaireeka/Soft Bulletin double shot would be magnificent.
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  4. Thierry

    Paul & Tommy (and Chris – but that’s wishful thinking) playing Let It Be, Tim and PTMM. Makes for a tidy 100 minute set, with time to encore with “If Only You Were Lonely” and “Trouble”.

  5. Clevertrousers

    @Thierry: I could do without the Pleased To Meet Me and replace it with some tidbits from Hootenany… but that would be sweet.

  6. Audif Jackson Winters III

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: The original lineup of Kula Shaker performing “Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts.”

  7. Thierry

    @Clevertrousers: Without PTMM I don’t get “Skyway”, and I want “Skyway”. But I’d be okay if they played “Color Me Impressed” and “Within Your Reach”, too.

  8. the rich girls are weeping

    Guh, am I the only one who doesn’t like this trend? Especially now that Guyville has joined the ranks? (Blah, blah, blah — loved it in college and know much better now.)

    I mean, I adore Built to Spill’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, but you sure as hell won’t find me at ATP to see them play it in full 10 (omg 15?) years after the fact.

    I find this trend, actually, the very worst kind of nostalgic pandering to No. 1 Super Music Nerds. Kinda offensive!

    THAT BEING SAID, I would still kill, kill, kill to be at those Sparks shows in London. And come to think of it, I’d probably watch Nick Cave & Co. do whole albums. But that’s it! I swear!

  9. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @the rich girls are weeping: I’m sure you’re not the only one, but, as noted above, I don’t necessarily think its only nostalgia pandering, but simply a cool way to present the music you’ve recorded. Granted, it becomes a little less unique each time its done, but I think its a great way to hear deeper cuts from an album you love that don’t typically get played in concert.

    For instance, I’ve seen The New Pornographers in concert more than a half-dozen times, but have yet to hear Miss Teen Wordpower. I really like that song (I mean, I could be wrong, but aren’t they basically making fun of an earnest teenage girl? Bold), but it seems that my only chance to hear it live will be in 2013 when Neko and the rest of gang need/want some cash and decide to play Electronic Version front-to-back. And, god-willing, I’ll be there.

    That being said, I saw Bright Eyes do it at Coachella a few years ago. Yeah, I should’ve seen NIN instead.

  10. spinachdip

    If Dirty were still alive, I’d love to see Wu-Tang perform 36 Chambers live (the 15th anniversary’s coming up!), with the kung fu samples and the “keep feedin’ ya” skit intact.

  11. mike a

    A 36 Chambers show would indeed be great – but wasn’t GZA supposed to do the same thing with Liquid Swords, and didn’t he pretty much drop the whole concept after a few songs? Focus is not one of their 36 chambers, especially live.

  12. mike a

    But really, I agree that this concept is just about played out. How about going the opposite route and making bands perform their worst albums in their entirety? I think it’d be fun to watch them cringe onstage. Just think of it: Bad Religion Performs Into the Unknown! Ray Davies Presents Think Visual! The Decendants Play Late-Period All!

  13. Audif Jackson Winters III

    @mike a: Mani, Reni, John Squire and Ian Brown reunite at last to exclusively play “The Second Coming” from top to bottom, including a 20-plus minute jam version of “Begging You” as the closer.

  14. Anonymous

    @spinachdip: ENTER THE WU-TANG (36 CHAMBERS) LIVE! SPONSORED BY THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY: BUY 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, NEWLY REMASTERED, FROM DRAGON DYNASTY…

    …doesn’t that sound real? (Aside from the ODB resurrection.) This needs to happen.

  15. Thierry

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: Man, now I want a Seahorses reunion!

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