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Deeper, Not Softer: An Interview with Princess Superstar

She influenced too many off-beat divas to count, but was struggling for her own record deal. Now, Princess Superstar is back, and she means business.

Joe Vallese
Music

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines (take 2)

It wouldn’t be a Tori Amos album without some patriarchal ass whooping and she more than delivers here.

Joe Vallese
Music

Suiting Up: An Interview with Fred Nicolaus of Golden Suits

When not performing with Department of Eagles, Fred Nicolaus is releasing incredible music with Golden Suits and exploring a deep love of John Cheever. The connection? He tells PopMatters all about it ...

Joe Vallese
Music

Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Strange Loop"

By the time the unexpectedly bright “Strange Loop” begins, and our Guyville journey ostensibly comes to its close, we have been so immersed in the quirks, characters, and corners of this fictitious, conceptual land that Phair’s final act is to catch us off guard. If Exile in Guyville was a thriller, “Loop” would be its masterful twist ending.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Stratford-on-Guy"

Guyville’s penultimate track reinforces the acting, knowing contradiction that makes Liz Phair’s vision as a storyteller so unique, its memorable chorus succinctly encapsulating the album’s stresses, disappointments and grit without redundancy.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Johnny Sunshine" and "Gunshy"

Exile in Guyville wraps up its "domestic nightmare" trope with “Johnny Sunshine” and “Gunshy”, back-to-back cautionary tales that recall and extend the album’s by now familiar themes of neglect, oppression, and destruction—both physical and emotional—within a coupling

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Flower"

“Flower” is sarcastic, silly, salacious, and solidary -- a fine reminder of what Liz Phair and Exile in Guyville offers its female listeners: the permission, if even for just a hair over two minutes, to tap into and vocalize baser instincts without the threat of stigma and with the security that you’re never doing so alone.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Shatter"

“Shatter”, the 13th song on Exile in Guyville, is its most cinematic in scope, providing the kind of tonal encompassment requisite of any great film score.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Divorce Song"

The next entry in the “domestic nightmare” branch of Liz Phair’s catalog, “Divorce Song” is a testament to Phair’s gifts as a storyteller and keen observer of human behaviors, emotions, and the delicate imbalances in male and female perception that can send a once thriving relationship entirely off-course.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Girls! Girls! Girls!"

Musically, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” is a taut, stretched rubberband of a song that comes so close to snapping but never does -- a kind of sonic blue-balling -- refusing to offer any sense of release as Phair expertly weaponizes her sexuality.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Fuck and Run"

This special edition of Between the Grooves celebrates and examines the classic “Fuck and Run” by inviting a panel of women introduced to the song and its creator during the very period Liz Phair is singing about, navigating the rocky terrain of romantic relationships, self-respect, and everything in between.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Mesmerizing"

With “Mesmerizing”, something’s changed in Guyville -- and what better way to prove that than to show us all the ways nothing has changed at all?

Film

A Key Brick in the Wall of Sound: An Interview with Darlene Love

The final installment of PopMatters' Performer Spotlight on the women of 20 Feet from Stardom is a lesson in the power of love; Darlene Love that is.

Joe Vallese
Music

The Top 5 'Girly Sound' Tracks from Liz Phair

In anticipation and celebration of Exile in Guyville’s 20th anniversary, Sound Affects shares its picks for the top five Girly Sound tracks, the record that formed the blueprint for Exile and later portions of Liz Phair's output.

Film

The Women of '20 Feet from Stardom': Merry Clayton

As part of our 20 Feet from Stardom, today we explore the gospel of legendary chanteuse Merry Clayton. Our interview discusses friendship, faith, and fearlessness, principles by which this diva passionately abides.

Joe Vallese
Music

Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Canary"

“Canary”, the eighth track on Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, and in many ways the album’s most significant thematic and tonal turning point, makes a strong case for why a musician -- especially one with as sharp a gift for word play as Phair -- need always publicly publish her official lyrics.

Joe Vallese
Music

Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Soap Star Joe" / "Explain It to Me"

If we’re to properly consider “Explain It to Me”, one of the most beloved tracks on Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, we must put it into relationship with its preceding number, “Soap Star Joe”, an oft-forgotten, discordant ditty that has all the charm and seriousness of a spaghetti western.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Never Said"

It’s only fitting then that “Never Said”, the lead single from Exile in Guyville and the track ostensibly chosen to introduce Liz Phair to the world, would be a song where she repeatedly, defensively, and sometimes unconvincingly swears that she “never said nothing”.

Film

A Window to the Heart: "Fill the Void's" Rama Burshtein and Hadas Yaron

Statuesque presents an exclusive, intimate, and rousing conversation with Fill the Void director Rama Burshtein and her award winning rising star Hadas Yaron.

Joe Vallese
Music

Strange Loops: Liz Phair - “Dance of the Seven Veils”

From knocking indie music scene bad boys, to riffing on the tales of Salome and John the Baptist, to re-appropriating the most taboo of anatomical vulgarities, “Dance of the Seven Veils” is a testament to the cunning complexities of Liz Phair’s composer mind.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Help Me Mary"/ "Glory"

This week's installment of Between the Grooves' journey to Guyville takes a deeper look at the brilliant sequencing of "Help Me Mary" and "Glory", the former's uncommon, spite-work prayer segueing masterfully into the spiritual and sexual awakening of the latter.

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Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "6'1""

“6’1””, the rollicking first chapter in the Exile in Guyville odyssey, thrums with cutting wit and palpable angst—the perfect introduction to Liz Phair’s unique brand of musical storytelling.


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