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ig-news-digest       tuesday, september 1 1998       volume 01 : number 174


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] blurb from people online        [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]
  [ig-news] cincinnati post article   ["elizabeth black" <kedaz@hotmail.com>]
  [ig-news] milwaukee sentinel review url  [monique barbanson <monique@entel]
  [ig-news] review from milwaukee journal sentinel  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl]
  [ig-news] cinci setlist       [indigo head <s00.krosenblum@wittenberg.edu>]
  [ig-news] minneapolis star tribune review url  [monique barbanson <monique]
  [ig-news] article from minneapolis star tribune  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.]


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date: mon, 31 aug 1998 18:49:36 +1000 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] blurb from people online


hey folks,


this is from people online - nothing particularly new
here, but anyhow... if you want to see it online, the
url is:
http://www.pathfinder.com/people/980824/picksnpans/song/song3.html


cheers,
sherlyn


===
s o n g
spotlight on . . . indigo girls


it was three strikes and you're out for the grammy-winning
indigo girls when they tried to set up free shows at public
high schools this spring. "we wanted to do a career day for
the arts," explains amy ray, who planned the series with
musical partner emily saliers.


the duo scheduled five concerts in south carolina, tennessee
and georgia. but after their second performance, three shows
were eighty-sixed. the first cancellation was at irmo high
school in columbia, s.c., where parents had called to
complain about the singers' sexual orientation. the next two,
in tennessee, were due to their "profane" lyrics. "we were
surprised that people objected," says ray. "we had sent them
all the song lyrics. the way i look at it is, gay people
can't cuss."


the cancellations led to student protests, and the girls
arranged free alternate concerts in response to the bans.
"the students turned a bad thing into a good thing," says
ray, adding that the girls will continue doing high school
shows after the lilith fair tour. "we got a lot of calls from
schools who said they would love to have us. you have to make
it up as you go along."


- -- lisa kay greissinger

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date: mon, 31 aug 1998 06:36:05 pdt
from: "elizabeth black" <kedaz@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] cincinnati post article


i know the concert already happened last night, but i found this article
written a couple days ago from the cincinnati post. by the way, the
concert rocked :)

suffragette sessions: a step beyond lilith


by rick bird, post music writer


leave it to the indigo girls to take the lilith fair concept to an
experimental dimension.


call it lilith fair gone kinky.


the indigos - emily saliers and amy ray - are the founding godmothers
behind a ground-breaking club tour of a dozen women
artists that promises to fracture all musical boundaries.


the suffragette sessions tour comes to bogart's on sunday, one of only
11 cities where the avant garde female music jam is
playing.


a tour press release describes it best: ''gather a bunch of musicians
from different musical genres, who are relatively unfamiliar
with each other, throw them on a tour bus together, drop them off at a
rock club, and see what happens.''


besides the two indigo girls, others performing at the bogart's bill
include ann wilson of heart, jane sibery, kate
schellenbach (luscious jackson), josephine wiggs (breeders), lisa
germano and other punk, funk and spoken word artists.


''the concept is the same as bob dylan's rolling thunder revue,'' said
ms. saliers during a break in rehearsals for the tour two
weeks ago. ''we just wanted to get a group of women together, break down
some barriers, learn each other's music, so we
could become a sort of new band with many different members.''


many people buying tickets to the show may think this is an indigo girls
concert. ms. saliers stressed it is not.


''we are performing as back-up artists, solo artists. we want to
definitely downplay the indigo girls presence, because we are
not performing our songs together.''


however, it's expected the two will perform a couple new songs as the
indigo girls, but other than that, concert-goers can
expect the two to fade into the communal-jam background.


the show promises to be an inventive mix where artists of radically
different backgrounds will be performing each other's songs.
styles will rage from punk to funk, folk to poetry readings. in short,
this is designed as an in-your-face,
break-down-the-musical-barriers tour that will challenge fans.


as ms. saliers puts it: ''if you like listening to acoustic folk songs,
you may stick your nose up at spoken word artists as being
too avant garde that will poke you in different places. the idea of this
tour is to get poked all over the place. that's the spirit of
it.''


ms. saliers said each artist on the tour was asked to bring in three
songs for the rehearsals that everyone else would learn.
performers were also encouraged to play instruments they weren't used
to. it's expected each night on the mini-tour will be an
eclectic, experimental set.


''and we'll have a lot of cheat sheets and music stands,'' ms. saliers
said with a laugh. ''there's no way we can all learn these
songs on three days' rehearsal.''


ms. saliers downplayed comparisons to lilith fair saying she and fellow
indigo - ms. ray - have been thinking about this kind
of tour for years.


''the suffragette tour concept was something we came up with five years
ago. lilith had nothing to do with it,'' she said. ''if it
works out, we may do it again. who's to say. hopefully the fans will get
it, and appreciate the experiment. if that happens i
don't see why we wouldn't do it again.''


as for the indigo girls' future, ms. saliers said they will hit the
studio in january to record a new album. she said some work
will be done in london with the back-up band for sinead o'connor, whom
they met on the lilith tour. they will also record
cuts at various u.s. studios, saying they want to have a feel of an
album recorded in different locations with different sounds.


but for now, the suffragette sessions tour is the focus.


''it's a socialist experiment in music. expect the unexpected and have a
good time,'' she said.


who's playing


artists appearing on the suffragette sessions tour include:


amy ray and emily saliers of the indigo girls;


lisa germano, singer-songwriter, formerly with john mellencamp's band;


lourdes perez, singer, guitar player;


kate schellenbach of luscious jackson;


jane sibery, canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and poet;


jean smith of mecca normal;


ann wilson of heart;


gail ann dorsey, guitarist who played with david bowie and tears for
fears;


josephine wiggs of the breeders;


thalia zedek of punk rockers come.


opening act: shonen knife, a japanese rock trio.


club profile


suffragette sessions tour


at bogart's on sunday at 8 p.m. tickets: $20, at ticketmaster
(562-4949).


                                      publication date: 08-27-98


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date: mon, 31 aug 1998 07:59:41 -0700
from: monique barbanson <monique@entelechy.com>
subject: [ig-news] milwaukee sentinel review url


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.  i will forward the article
along in a minute...]

you can read the (positive) review at:


http://www.jsonline.com/letsgo/daily/0829suff.stm

enjoy,


monique


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date: tue, 1 sep 1998 10:07:07 +1000 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] review from milwaukee journal sentinel


hey folks,


here is the article from the milwaukee journal sentinel
that monique mentioned - if you want to read it online,
it's at:
http://www.jsonline.com/letsgo/daily/0829suff.stm


cheers,
sherlyn


===
'sessions' tour shows variety
shonen knife, big band are impressive, though show still has
some bugs


by rob elder
of the journal sentinel staff
august 29, 1998


it was an oddly fitting choice that japanese popsters shonen
knife opened the genre-hopping suffragette sessions tour on
thursday night at the rave.


the tour features an amalgam femband, playing songs from each
of its member's respective bands, styles and personal songbooks.
the suffragette sessions band is composed of (big inhale): the
indigo girls, jane siberry, lisa germano, drummer kate
schellenbach of luscious jackson, lourdes perez, thalla zedek of
come, josephine wiggs of the breeders, jean smith of mecca
normal, and gail ann dorsey. whew.


but cutting into the night first was shonen knife. the trio from
osaka, japan, wooed the near-capacity audience with its punk-pop
riffs and set list peppered with american cover tunes. shonen
knife's rendition of the monkees' "daydream believer" was
particularly catchy. once called "bored housewives" by spin
magazine, the ladies proved that they were anything but, as they
tore through an impressively energetic set.


more than halfway through its 12 dates, the tour hasn't worked
out all the bugs. understandably so, as the stage has to hold 10
musicians at a time. however, the crowd still had to wait 40
minutes after shonen's knife's set before the next song.


jane siberry provided that song -- a slow, wispy ballad called
"the beginning of time." siberry's high, melodic voice and
backing guitar line were clouded, however, by a noisy crowd
whose adoration turned to rudeness when siberry couldn't be
heard. later, she made a joke of it when perez was praising her
for the song, adding "basically inaudible" to perez's list of
compliments.


using sheet music and changing stage arrangements after each
song, the sessions seemed less like a concert and more like a
variety show. there was no ebb and flow of songs, but rather:
start, finish, introduce, rearrange, start again.


strengths in the show, however, were many. when individual bands
play, their set lists are usually an up-and-down of lesser songs
supported by hits. not so with this tour. each song was a
performance unto itself, contrasting with its predecessor and
shining with a voice all its own. songs seem to have been chosen
with the "showcasing" effect in mind. lisa germano benefited
most from this arrangement, with her moody piano on "wood
floors."


siberry also added a wonderful upper-register to the indigo
girls' harmonies. although the three-guitar, heavy-handed
rendition of luscious jackson's "under your skin" fell flat,
highlights were a spanish ensemble song, "tengo la vida," led by
perez, and a cover of the breeders' "cannonball."


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         and i don't even get it..."    - patty larkin

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date: mon, 31 aug 1998 20:16:58 -0400
from: indigo head <s00.krosenblum@wittenberg.edu>
subject: [ig-news] cinci setlist


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

okay, this is straight from the cincinatti setlist that mark gave me:


under your skin
roll the dice
gabrielle
way below...radio
soon to be...(auggggg!  what is the full title of this??????)
chez virtue
cimarron
go go go
vestigios
wood floors (note:  i love wood floors!  beautiful song!)
pullin a cloud
tengo la vida (yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
love...everything
faye tucket
power of two!!!!!!!!!  :-)
oh my my
cannonball (!)
ziggy
mystery
georgia


gotta love the abberviations!  anyway, now you lucky nyc and philly people
will have some clue on what to expect!


love,
karen :-)

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date: mon, 31 aug 1998 08:21:57 -0700
from: monique barbanson <monique@entelechy.com>
subject: [ig-news] minneapolis star tribune review url


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.  i will forward the article
in a minute...]


warning: it takes quite a while to download this url.


http://webserv1.startribune.com/cgi-bin/stonline/article?thisslug=loc28&date=28-aug-98&word=suffragette&word=suffragettes

enjoy,


monique


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date: tue, 1 sep 1998 11:06:31 +1000 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] article from minneapolis star tribune


hey folks,


here's the article that monique mentioned, from the
minneapolis star tribune.  if you want to see it
online, the url is:
http://webserv1.startribune.com/cgi-bin/stonline/article?thisslug=loc28&date=28-aug-98&word=suffragette&word=suffragettes
(that's all on one line...)


cheers,
sherlyn


===
published friday, august 28, 1998


all-female suffragette tour owes debt to dylan, lilith fair
vickie gilmer / star tribune


it's no surprise that the indigo girls have dubbed their female
tour de force the suffragette sessions tour (sst). like the
suffragette movement that worked to win women the right to vote,
the indigos are proud to wave the flag of equality in the realm
of rock 'n' roll, championing women's rights with the same
fervor they bring to their folk-hued pop songs.


lilith fair may have helped bring female folkies into the
mainstream, while the spice girls sold the concept of girl
power, but the indigos have long held on to their woman prowess
with brazen fierceness.


tring to balance vision, art and melody, the grammy-winning
duo -- emily saliers and amy ray -- landed upon the concept of
sst, loosely based on bob dylan's infamous 1975-76 rolling
thunder revue.


"we specifically wanted it to be a rock club tour and make it
seriously grass-roots all the way around," says ray of sst,
which visits first avenue tonight. "the idea was to take the
singers in a band that are songwriters -- people that don't
have their own identity necessarily -- and play outside of the
roles."


as with dylan's tour, ray wanted to blur the lines between
performers, genres and audiences, making sst an event
noteworthy not only for its talent but for its ability to work
in a communal manner.


taking their experience from touring with lilith and stripping
it down to its rock 'n' roll bones, the indigos enlisted a wide
array of musicians for sst -- all of whom will perform together
onstage, taking turns highlighting each player's music. ray's
eclectic tastes led her to solicit such artists as hole, l7 and
ani difranco -- but all were too busy to join sst.


"it's not a glamorous tour," ray says. "the ticket [price is]
low; we want to break even and give everybody some money. a lot
of the people on the tour are worried about making money.
they're working-class musicians, and they've never really been
given the credit they deserve."


such an estrogen-heavy lineup can have its drawbacks because it
can narrowcast the entire event. "i'm trying to understand the
all-woman thing," says singer-instrumentalist lisa germano.
"there is something that's good about it, but i fight being put
in a box or being separatists. i like being together, i like
the revue, but i can see having men, too. "


ray isn't uncomfortable with the all-female lineup and feels
that this is just a more visible collaboration of touring
female musicians.


"the suffragettes tour is all women, and lilith is not," ray
says. "lilith is great; i'm a big fan. we had this idea for a
long time, and lilith helped solidify the feeling of playing
with a lot of people. it's definitely not a reaction against
it."


tonight's lineup:


  indigo girls: these georgians are as peachy as they are
cheeky, building a successful career on their soft pop-folk
sound and emotionally tough feminine assertions without
forgoing their leftist politics.


  lisa germano: an eloquent multi-instrumentalist whose solo
records are fleeting, billowy arrangements that lurk on the
dark edges of one's consciousness, germano may be the most
diverse talent on the tour, able to play violin, piano or
mandolin, and sing with rock bravado or fearful self-doubt.


  thalia zedek: queen of the indie scene, she is the
frontwoman of come's damaged blues, possessing a voice that
can chill with a voodoo witch's black magic, or compel with
sensuality.


  jane siberry: this thoughtful canadian chanteuse, equally
adept at folk, pop, jazz and torch songs, will bring a
refined eloquence to sst's loose-limbed vibe.


  kate schellenbach: the drummer for luscious jackson,
she'll contribute a gritty backbeat.


  lourdes perez: relatively unknown to u.s. audiences, perez
is a puerto rican whom the indigos discovered in austin,
texas. her deep contralto and string-based folk-pop songs
draw on traditions of her homeland.


  gail ann dorsey: best known for her stint as bassist in
david bowie's band, she is schooled in r&b and soul, and her
style carries a comforting warmth as well as an ability to
push the boundaries.


  jean smith: a poet and vocalist, she works in the band
mecca normal, marrying literate, intense wordplay with a
somewhat abrasive sonic onslaught. her repertoire on sst will
include spoken-word pieces.


  josephine wiggs: leaving perfect disaster, wiggs joined the
breeders, providing the rhythm anchor. she's since gone solo,
displaying a style that's supple, intellectual and assured.


copyright 1998 star tribune. all rights reserved.  


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