Liz Phair's early work gets a vinyl box set edition for the 25th anniversary of Exile In Guyville - WXPN
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Liz Phair | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

For the last two and a half decades, Liz Phair‘s music has served as a formative inspiration for countless aspiring musicians — her sound so enduring that traces of her signature lo-fi rock style can be heard in newer Philly acts like WallaceCorey Flood and Ellen Siberian Tiger, who cite her as an influence.

Now, Phair has announced a 25th anniversary reissue of her early work to be released May 4 via Matador Records. Called “Girly-Sound to Guyville,” the box set will include both a remastered edition of Phair’s 1993 debut album Exile in Guyville and remasters of her 1991 Girly-Sound tapes, which have never been officially released, plus an oral history booklet of interviews and essays.

Phair wrote on her Facebook page:

“A nostalgic audio-odyssey, teleporting fans back to a glorious moment in the past when irony came with a masters degree and wallets were attached to jeans with chains. Make Guyville your next binge-listening location. Sometimes all it takes a box set to remind us that a music scene is really just one big dysfunctional family.”

Ahead of the reissue, Phair has shared the original version of “Divorce Song” that appears on the first Girly-Sound tape — listen below. Phair has also announced a short string of tour dates this summer — the closest one to our region is June 6 in Brooklyn. Check out the poster below and find more information on the tour and the box-set here.

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