Exile In Guyville Reissue Out On June 24th On ATO Records
29 May 2008 — In celebration of the 15th year anniversary of the groundbreaking album, Exile in Guyville and its long awaited reissue on June 24th, Liz Phair will perform the entire album at two additional performances on June 23rd at the Fillmore in San Francisco and on the day of release, the 24th at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. Tickets for the Chicago show will go on sale this Saturday and tickets for San Francisco will go on sale on Sunday, both via Ticketmaster. The two New York shows on June 25th & 26th at the Hiro Ballroom sold out in minutes and no additional shows are to be announced.
Exile in Guyville, which was out of print, will be available on CD, vinyl and - for the first time ever - in digital format. The special reissue package will include three never-before-released songs from the original recording sessions: "Ant in Alaska," with Phair simply accompanying herself on guitar, "Say You," which features Phair and a full band, and an untitled instrumental with Liz on guitar. Phair has also just completed a new, 80-minute DVD, "Guyville Redux," for the reissue.
In "Guyville Redux" - which features an introduction by Dave Matthews, founder/co-owner of ATO Records - Liz and the "guys" of Guyville take us back to the making of the album, the male-dominated, Chicago independent music scene of the early 1990’s (which included Urge Overkill, Material Issue, and Smashing Pumpkins), and the Wicker Park neighborhood where it all happened. Phair interviews Gerard Cosloy and Chris Lombardi of Matador Records, which originally released the record, famed indie producer Steve Albini, Ira Glass of NPR’s "This American Life," John Henderson of the elusive indie label Feel Good All Over, Brad Wood (producer of Exile In Guyville), John Cusack (who founded the Chicago avant-garde theater group New Crime Productions), Urge Overkill, and more.
Conceived as a song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, Exile in Guyville was released in 1993, and ranked #1 that year on both the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and Spin magazine’s year-end critics poll. Incredibly influential to this day, its place as a seminal rock album has been reaffirmed by its inclusion in countless historical "best of" lists over the past 15 years, including: "Rolling Stone’s "500 Greatest Albums of All Time," Spin’s "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005," Rolling Stone’s "Women in Rock (the 50 essential albums)," Blender’s "Best Indie Rock Albums of All Time," Pitchfork’s "Top 100 Albums of the 1990’s," and VH1’s "Greatest Albums Of All Time," to name but a few. Exile in Guyville is, in the words of Pitchfork, "a certifiable indie roadtrip classic."
Phair is currently working on new studio album for the fall.