I May Be Too Old To Rock, But Thankfully, The Breeders Are Not

People — writers, fans, music executives — don't really know what to do with an aging female musician. I'm not talking about someone like Celine Dion or Cher, whose popularity was never based on some amorphous idea of coolness or relevance. I'm not even talking about our beloved Liz Phair, who still plasters short,… » 7/14/08 1:00pm 7/14/08 1:00pm

Last Night Liz Phair Descended On The Pampered Aging Nineties Theme…

Yesterday Jessica and I went to see the musician Liz Phair play an intimate concert in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the highly underappreciated cult album Exile In Guyville. The crowd was somewhat disappointingly subdued, chiefly because they couldn't really sing along word-for-word as one usually does in… » 6/26/08 2:20pm 6/26/08 2:20pm

In The Music Industry, Female "Geniuses" Are Hard To Find

Jane Czyzselska thinks that women in music are rarely referred to as geniuses. The Times of London writer claims that Rufus Wainwright gets plied with the "genius" accolade frequently, while similarly blessed female musicians like Kate Bush, Bjork and Goldfrapp are not given the genius label. Um, Jane? Goldfrapp?… » 6/19/08 2:00pm 6/19/08 2:00pm

Exile In Guyville: Did Liz Phair Predict Your Life? Or Did She Actually…

It is the fifteenth anniversary of Exile In Guyville. What more, at this point, could we possibly say about Exile In Guyville? WRONG QUESTION, bitches! (Better question: Why on earth isn't Jezebel devoting a post to each song on Exile In Guyville? Answer: Why, what a capital idea! How did you go about becoming a… » 6/04/08 3:30pm 6/04/08 3:30pm

Will Amy Sing At Mandela's Birthday Bash?

  • Nelson Mandela personally called Amy Winehouse and asked her to sing at his birthday party on June 27! The former president of South Africa phoned her! Bono, Elton John and Annie Lennox are expected to perform as well. This UK paper says,"Let's hope [Amy] bee-hives herself!" Yuk, yuk. [Mirror]
  • Meanwhile: Does Blake…
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Just Pointing Your Body Wherever It Seemed Like A Good Idea

Liz Phair is reissuing Exile In Guyville on some label owned by Dave Matthews that sounds like the name of a wrestling fraternity (and that, to its credit, also gave us Ben Kweller). Exile in Guyville is not that great a conversational topic since I think we can all agree that to deny its greatness is on par with… » 3/31/08 11:45am 3/31/08 11:45am