Liz Phair unveiled three tracks from her forthcoming album, “Somebody’s Miracle” last night (Aug. 1) during the first of two shows at New York’s intimate Joe’s Pub. Backed only by guitarist Dino Meneghin, Phair opened with the new song “Table for One” and also played the title track, the single “Everything to Me” and “Closer to You,” which didn’t make the final cut for the 14-track set.
“I’m getting into the whole supper club thing,” Phair said with a laugh. “I could have a fallback career.” Later, she quizzed the audience, “Are you guys enjoying your dinner? Are you having fish?”
Because another show was booked in the club later in the evening, the artist was forced to rush through the last portion of the set, which clocked in at less than an hour. As fans began to shout out requests, Phair committed to playing “Everything to Me,” telling the crowd, “Come on, come on, I love my single.”
The show featured such older favorites as “Divorce Song,” “Supernova,” “F*** and Run,” “Never Said” and “Polyester Bride,” as well as the rarity “If I Ever Pay You Back” and “Extraordinary,” an oft-licensed track from Phair’s 2003 self-titled album.
“Somebody’s Miracle” is due Oct. 4 via Capitol. In support, Phair will tour North America with a full band beginning around the release date. Her current acoustic jaunt will wrap with an Aug. 24-26 stand at Blue Orchid in her Chicago hometown.