C’mon, like you didn’t see this coming. With this year being the fifteenth anniversary and all of one of the top ten best albums to come out of the 1990s, didn’t you think — if not pray — that Phair would give her best album the full live treatment? We did. Well, we prayed. On June 25, Phair will acoustically perform Exile in Guyville front to back — we assume — at the Hiro Ballroom in New York. The Exile reissue hits the stores the day before, and as we previously reported it’s got some sweet extras. There are three unreleased B-sides ("Ant in Alaska," "Say You," and an untitled instrumental) along with an 80-minute DVD documentary, "Guyville Redux."
The DVD features Phair going back to Wicker Park in Chicago to revisit the "guys" of guyville that were dominating the scene when she made the album. Among those interviewed are Gerard Cosloy and Chris Lombardi of Matador Records, Ira Glass of "This American Life," actor John Cusack, Urge Overkill, Steve Albini, album producer Brad Wood and more.
Tickets for the New York show go on sale this Wednesday. Details on further events in San Francisco and Chicago will be announced shortly. Phair is working on a new album for the fall.