Liz Phair has been on tour as of late, supporting her recent Girly-Sound To Guyville box set and the 20th anniversary of Whitechocolatespaceegg. Last night at Phair’s show in at the Royale in Boston, she brought out Juliana Hatfield and Sadie Dupuis (whose band, Speedy Ortiz, has been opening … More »
Eddie Vedder was the headliner yesterday at the third iteration of his annual three-day music festival, Ohana Fest, in Dana Point, California’s Doheny State Beach. His set weaved together Pearl Jam classics with covers of Bruce Springsteen, Cat Power, Neil Young, and more. For Pearl Jam’s “Better Man,” Vedder brought out Liz Phair, who also … More »
Earlier this year, Speedy Ortiz released a new album, Twerp Verse, and they’re about to embark on a tour opening up for Liz Phair. To commemorate the occasion, the band covered Phair rarity “Blood Keeper,” which was written around the Whitechocolatespaceegg era and was rumored to be attached to … More »
In 1996, Capitol Records bought 49% of Matador Records. Maybe the bigger label thought it would be investing in its own future if it got in early on the For Carnation or Bardo Pond or Silkworm. Probably not, though. Probably, Capitol wanted in on Liz Phair, and probably Capitol figured out that the best way … More »
Earlier this year, the veteran alt-pop smolderer Pete Yorn came back with Apart, his new EP with his old duet partner Scarlett Johansson. And now he’s come out with another song, which also features the vocals of a prominent and fascinating lady. This time around, it’s Liz Phair, who seems to be on … More »
I wasn’t alive when Exile In Guyville came out in 1993. Born one year later, I would eventually hear and love Liz Phair’s sole top 40 single “Why Can’t I?” on the radio — an emblem of early ’00s pop greatness from her practically condemned self-titled record. Years and years later, I’d learn about … More »
Liz Phair is writing a book! Two, actually. Variety reports that Phair has signed a two-book deal with Random House, and the first book, described as “a rich and kaleidoscopic memoir of Phair’s experiences with fame, heartbreak, motherhood, and everything in between,” will be entitled Horror Stories. “I have been writing stories and … More »
I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »
Beginning with a clean, repetitious guitar line reminiscent of Liz Phair’s early 2000s hit “Why Can’t I,” Soccer Mommy’s “Out Worn” offers a lightness to offset the heavy feelings that come along with examining a relationship after the fact. More often than not, the details of our relationships become clearer to us the more distance we give ourselves from the situation. Soccer Mommy, aka Sophie Allison, illustrates the thoughts that pass through our minds about what before went unnoticed: “so sweet when you wanna be / but you don’t really care about me” and “I wanna feel I’m being admired / you only taught me to be out worn.”
It can be easy to blame yourself for not seeing the signs (Allison sings “I feel stupid now / for keeping you around”) but “Out Worn” as a whole provides listeners with the comforting notion that, although you kept him/her/them around for longer than you think you should have, upon reflection, having the courage to recognize these misgivings provides you with the wisdom and strength you deserve. As we usually look for the best in others, it is totally possible that a bad egg will fall into the mix. While this may be disheartening, listen to “Out Worn” and allow yourself to look for the positives in these delayed discoveries — the airy, happy melody reminding you that you’re O.K.
Soccer Mommy’s latest album, Collection, is out August 4 via Fat Possum.