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.
Ryan Adams’ new album Prisoner is coming out next month, and he’s also been working on albums by Jenny Lewis and Liz Phair. Adams recently sat down with Zane Lowe to discuss all of his current projects, and although the full interview won’t air until tomorrow, Apple Music has shared a few excerpts … More »
Liz Phair was one of the greatest musical minds to come out of the ’90s, and her first three albums hold up just ridiculously well. But Phair hasn’t released a new album since 2010, and even that was the weird self-released curio Funstyle. The last time she put out an actual studio album on … More »
Beach Slang are good at covering songs. Last year, the Philly-based band released their rendition of Dramarama’s “Anything, Anything” and a few weeks ago they graced fans in Brooklyn with a rendition of the Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Frontman James Alex stayed up late one night recording a cover of Liz Phair’s very, … More »