Liz Phair Takes Her ‘Girly-Sound Tapes’ On A Road Trip

Liz Phair
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– Liz Phair
The Theatre At Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.

Before her smash 1993 debut album Exile In Guyville, Liz Phair was recording cassette tapes of her music under the moniker “Girly-Sound.” The tapes are now part of an upcoming box set and tour.

The three “Girly-Sound” tapes have been restored and mastered for the music’s first official release.  The songs will be part of her new box set, Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set.  As the title suggests, the package includes Exile In Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar.

Along with all that music, Girly-Sound To Guyville includes a book containing an extensive oral history by Jason Cohen, plus writings by Phair and journalist Ann Powers.  The set’s vinyl version of the book includes never-before-published photos, unseen artwork, and other treasures. 

Girly-Sound To Guyville arrives May 4 via Matador Records and will be available as a limited edition, seven-album collection as well as a three-CD set.  The remastered Exile In Guyville will also be available separately as a CD or a double L.P.

Phair plans to perform only the songs from the Girly-Sound Tapes when she embarks on her late spring tour, beginning May 31 at the Masonic Lounge in Los Angeles. Stops include San Francisco (June 1), Seattle (June 2), Minneapolis (June 4), Boston (June 6), Brooklyn (June 7) and Wichita (June 8) before wrapping in Chicago (June 9).

Tickets go on sale March 23.  Keep checking Pollstar’s Liz Phair page for updates.