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Exile In Guyville (25th Anniversary)Ranked 327/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
25th Anniversary Reissue Of Influential Landmark Album
Certified Gold In 1998
Remastered By Emily Lazar At The Lodge
"Maybe the greatest work of traditional American indie rock that
anyone has ever made. It's also probably the best road-trip album
of its generation and the signal of a rare talent's arrival. It deserves
to be celebrated. Let's do that." - Stereogum
"A landmark of foul-mouthed, compromised intimacy, a tortured
confessional, a workout in female braggadocio, and a wellspring of
penetrating self-analysis and audacity." - The New Yorker
"Exile is just one perfect song after another" - Rolling Stone
"The genius of Liz Phair's debut is its wonderful simplicity. Phair
was as straightforward as you could get-- her music was incredibly
catchy, rootsy pop, fueled by timeless, original melodies and lyrics
whose honesty was refreshing and, occasionally, shocking." - Pitchfork, #5 in the list of top 100 albums of the '90s
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair's
landmark Exile in Guyville album. On May 4th,
Matador Records will reissue the album on vinyl
and CD. Re-mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge,
the album is set for a remembrance worthy of
its greatness. In addition to the straight reissue,
Matador is also releasing Girly-Sound To Guyville, an
extensive vinyl box set to celebrate the anniversary.
Originally released in 1993, Exile In Guyville is
a seminal album and a feminist landmark. Its
legendary status has only grown over the years.
It's continually included in countless lists Rolling
Stone's 500 Greatest albums of all time + 100 best
albums of the 90s, Pitchfork's Top 100 albums of the
90s, etc. Numerous essays and think pieces have
been written about it and the number of accolades
piled on is endless.
Since the release of Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair has
continued to defy expectation and break barriers.
She has released five albums and is currently
working on a new one. She has also composed
music for television shows and received awards for
that work. In November, it was announced that she
would be fulfilling a longtime dream to be an author,
having received a two-book deal with Random
House. Her first book will be called Horror Stories
which focuses on "heartbreak, motherhood, and
everything in between".LP 1
2. Help Me Mary
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
1. Fuck And Run
2. Girls! Girls! Girls!
3. Divorce Song
6. Johnny Sunshine
9. Strange Loop$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Whip-Smart (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 8, 2018*
Whip-Smart is the second album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, originally released in 1994. It is the follow-up to Phair's critically well-received debut, 1993's Exile In Guyville. Despite not being as critically well received as her previous record, Whip-Smart debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200 and ultimately achieved gold status.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Chopsticks
3. Support System
4. X-Ray Man
7. Go West
8. Cinco De Mayo
9. Dogs Of L.A.
12. Crater Lake
13. Alice Springs
14. May Queen$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Liz Phair (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 8, 2018*
Liz Phair is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, originally released June 24, 2003, on Capitol Records. Why Can't I? and Extraordinary were released as singles. Phair began production on the album with Michael Penn. Liz Phair debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Extraordinary
2. Red Light Fever
3. Why Can't I?
4. It's Sweet
5. Rock Me
6. Take A Look
7. Little Digger
12. My Bionic Eyes
13. Friend Of Mine
14. Good Love Never Dies$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Ghost NotesGhost Notes is the first new album from Veruca Salt featuring all original members (Nina Gordon-Vocals & Guitar, Louise Post-Vocals & Guitar, Steve Lack-Bass, Jim Shapiro-Drums) since 1997's certified gold album, Eight Arms To Hold You. Formed in Chicago, IL in 1993, Veruca Salt took the indie-rock world by storm with their first single 'Seether' from their debut album, American Thighs. For their first record in almost two decades Ghost Notes, the band enlisted producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins/Sunny Day Real Estate/Liz Phair) who also produced their debut release.1. The Gospel According To Saint Me
2. Black And Blonde
3. Eyes On You
4. Prince Of Wales
5. The Sound Of Leaving
6. Love You Less
7. Laughing In The Sugar Bowl
8. Empty Bottle
9. Come Clean, Dark Thing
10. I'm Telling You Now
12. Lost To Me
13. The Museum Of Broken Relationships
14. Alternica$28.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Whitechocolatespaceegg (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 8, 2018*
Whitechocolatespaceegg is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, originally released in 1998. Whitechocolatespaceegg peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. White Chocolate Space Egg
2. Big Tall Man
3. Perfect World
4. Johnny Feelgood
5. Polyester Bride
6. Love Is Nothing
7. Baby Got Going
8. Uncle Alvarez
9. Only Son
10. Go On Ahead
13. What Makes You Happy
15. Shitloads Of Money
16. Girls' Room$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Shape Shift With MeFour years is a measurement of time that America has used for centuries to indicate change. Presidential terms last four years; high school diplomas and college degrees typically take four years apiece, too. It's not an arbitrary thing, either: It typically takes that much time from the declaration of something changing for it to actually change.
Meet Laura Jane Grace. Four years ago, the Against Me! frontwoman came out as transgender; 18 months later, she released the band's sixth album, the fiery Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one which she began working on before her transition and helped document the struggles she was facing. It was an intensely personal record that took on a life of its own, connecting with thousands of new listeners drawn to Grace's honesty and complexity while still pleasing Against Me!'s dedicated fanbase.
Now, four years after Grace's public reintroduction, Against Me! is ready to release their new album, Shape Shift With Me, on Total Treble. While much has changed in the lives of Grace and her bandmates-guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard-in that time period, it's clear that those intervening years have done wonders for creativity.
"Everything with Shape Shift With Me has been really about keeping momentum going," she says. "In between every tour we did for Transgender Dysphoria Blues, I would have a couple songs I had written and we would demo them. At the end of two years of touring, we had an album ready to record. Usually, you come off of touring for a record and you're back at square one. But this was so fully formed it felt like there was no choice but to go ahead and record the songs."
Shape Shift With Me has the distinction of the first album Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It's an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace's songwriting for the past 20 years.
"Tons of people have written about love. But while love is clichÉ, it's infinitely relevant. For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That's what I ended up being drawn to this time. It's writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations."
As such, Shape Shift With Me is a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator. But even though she was opening herself up to new songwriting topics, she knew what her mission was from the start.
"Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?" she asks rhetorically. "There needs to be more records about trans rights and everything like that, but feeling like I already did that, I wanted to move on to write commentary on living from a trans perspective. I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St., Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville and the Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free. All those records are relationship records. There's been an infinite amount of records talking about what love means from a cisgender perspective. I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak."
With Grace's new motivation came a new outlook on the band, as well. Previous albums found the songwriting process to be a largely solitary experience, but she embraced the spirit of collaboration for Shape Shift With Me-so much so that when Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers sent her some demos of songs he was working on for another project, she became inspired and ended up co-writing "Boyfriend" and "Norse Truth," two of the album's most memorable tracks, with him.
"It was just about opening up to whatever comes my way karmically," Grace says. "Whatever everyone in the band is willing to offer, I just wanted to be open to it. I didn't want it to be like what it was in the past where it may have felt closed. I want it to be different."
In a career already full of classic punk records, Shape Shift With Me feels like the definitive Against Me! album-it's poppy and catchy ("Rebecca," "Suicide Bomber"), aggressive and in-your-face ("ProVision L-3," "Dead Rats"), sentimental and longing ("Crash," "All This And More"). Moreover, it's the culmination of four years of existence as Laura Jane Grace-there's no going back now, so she might as well embrace it.
"While I've always wanted the moon and the stars, I have a certain amount of humbleness," she admits. "I just want to play shows and make records and write songs. That's what I've always wanted to do. Of course I always want the biggest and best things for those shows and records and songs, but when it comes down to it, I just love doing it. I have no other ambitions or career goals.
"David Bowie put out 27 full-lengths. Prince put out 39 full-lengths," Grace remarks. "That is so inspiring to me-working, creating art, creating records and let everyone else sort it out. That's what I've always wanted to do and that's what I will keep on doing."1. ProVision L-3
5. Delicate, Petite & Other Things I'll Never Be
7. Haunting, Haunted, Haunts
8. Dead Rats
10. Norse Truth
11. Suicide Bomber
12. All This And More$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Super Fake NiceNearly twenty years since the formation of his Tennessee-based project, Self, Matt Mahaffey is releasing a new EP - Super Fake Nice.
The six-song collection will feature original tracks - "Gonna Rock," "Subconscious," "Hey Hipster," "Looks And Money," "Splitting Atoms" and the lead single "Runaway." Super Fake Nice was written, produced, recorded, performed and arranged by Matt Mahaffey at his Fresh Imperial studio in Franklin, Tennessee. This is the first new body of SElf material to be released since his 2005 album Porno, Mint, & Grime.
SElf is the brainchild of Matt Mahaffey, a multi-instrumentalist studio wizard. He began writing songs at the age of four and spent a large part of his high school and college upbringing mastering studio techniques. In 1995 he released his debut SElf album, Subliminal Plastic Motives followed by tours with Garbage, 311 and Cracker. An early review of the debut from People Magazine described Mahaffey as a "virtual one-man rhythm nation" and stated the album proves " that alternative rock can be more than atonal, angst-ridden prattle." Following Subliminal , came releases on Dreamworks and Spongebath including 1999's Breakfast With Girls and 2000's Gizmodgery (made completely with toy instruments).
Since then, Mahaffey further crafted his unique blend of funk, hip-hop and alt-pop and in the early 2000's his focus started to shift into film and television, scoring music for CSI Miami, Entourage and Weeds. He also started playing and producing for other artists including Beck, Pink, Liz Phair, Keith Urban, The Sounds, Lupe Fiacsco, HelloGoodbye and Tenacious D.1. Runaway
2. Subconscious Life
3. Gonna Rock
4. Hey, Hipster
5. Looks And Money
6. Splitting Atoms$12.9910 Colored Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities & Live (Pre-Order)Release Date: July 13, 2018*
Brand New Collection Includes Demos And Live Tracks Making Their Debut On Vinyl
2x 180-Gram Colored Vinyl Pressed At Record Industry
Includes A Tip On Gatefold Stoughton Jacket
Individually Numbered And Limited To One Pressing
Born October 7, 1944, and hailing from California, Judith
Lynn Sill was an American singer-songwriter who learned
how to play piano in her father's Oakland bar. She met,
befriended and started opening shows for Graham Nash
and David Crosby in the mid-to-late 1960s.
After a bit of interest from Atlantic Records, David Geffen
offered Judee a contract and she became the first artist to
sign with his then-fledgling Asylum label. During her early
days at Asylum, she sold her song "Lady-O" to the Turtles and
was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Graham Nash
produced her first single, "Jesus Was A Cross Maker," off her
self-titled debut album which was released on September
15, 1971 and engineered by Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell). The
song was inspired by her romance with singer-songwriter
JD Souther, who later wrote the song "Something In the
Dark" about her. The album featured Sill's voice in multiple
overdubs, often in a four-part chorale or fugue. Her debut
album was not a commercial success, despite good reviews.
Sill took over orchestration and arrangements for her
second album, Heart Food, which was released in March
of 1973. The album was critically acclaimed but sold poorly
and ended her association with Asylum and David Geffen.
Judee continued to write songs and in 1974 began to record
new material planned for a third album that was never
finished. Sill continued to struggle with drug addiction
and health problems, eventually dropping out of the music
scene completely. Judee tragically died of a drug overdose
on November 23, 1979, at her apartment in North Hollywood.
Sill's music was not commercially viable at the time but
was incredibly influential as well as ground-breaking and
many notable songwriters such as Andy Partridge, Liz Phair,
Warren Zevon and Shawn Colvin have been fans of her work.
Her songs have been covered by the Hollies, Cass Elliott,
Warren Zevon, Beth Orton, Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy,
Ron Sexsmith, The Fruit Bats and many more.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. Intro/The Vigilante*
3. Enchanted Sky Machines*
4. The Archetypal Man*
5. Crayon Angels*
6. The Lamb Ran Away With the Crown*
7. Jesus Was A Cross Maker*
1. The Pearl**
2. The Phoenix**
3. Jesus Was A Cross Maker (home demo)
4. The Desperado (Outtake from the Heart Food sessions)
5. The Kiss***
6. Down Where The Valleys Are Low***
7. The Donor***
8. Soldier Of The Heart***
9. The Phoenix***
10. The Vigilante***
11. The Pearl***
12. There's A Rugged Road***
* Live at Boston Music Hall, 10/3/71
** Outtake from the album Judee Sill
*** Solo demo for Heart Food$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now