Phair Powers Up For Podcasts
Currently touring in support of her latest Capitol album, "Somebody's Miracle," Liz Phair says she's found a positive outlet for downtime while on the road. "I'm all about podcasting," Phair tells BilCurrently touring in support of her latest Capitol album, "Somebody's Miracle," Liz Phair says she's found a positive outlet for downtime while on the road.
"I'm all about podcasting," Phair tells Billboard.com. "I'm totally fixated on it. It's what I'm into. We usually do a couple of live songs and then there are interviews. We're going to do it every Friday. It might be a little late here and there, but pretty much [it's up] every Friday."
Posted on Phair's Web site, the podcasts have been well received. Last week's second update featured live performances of "Polyester Bride," from 1998's "Whitechocolatespaceegg" and the title track from the new album. There is also a "soundseeing tour" of a bus breakdown and Phair reading a short piece of original fiction.
The debut podcast featured live versions of the unreleased track "Table for One" and "Baby Got Going," also from "Whitechocolatespaceegg," as well as conversations with Phair's brother and her opinion of rail travel. Light and loose is how Phair approaches the concept.
"They're different," Phair says. "We record the live shows and it's very unprofessional at this point -- like, sometimes they sound good and sometimes they sound terrible but it's really fun. It's like having my own little radio show. I think it's great. We listen to all of the [National Public Radio] stuff on Sundays. It's kind of like having my own version."
The 38-year old singer says she plans on touring behind "Somebody's Miracle" throughout 2006. Phair, now a Los Angeles resident, performs tonight (Oct. 25) in her former hometown of Chicago. As for any extracurricular releases, there are currently no DVD plans ("Should I have some?," she asks) and a live album remains up in the air.
"No firm plans," Phair says. "But we're all talking about it."