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ig-news-digest         friday, october 1 1999         volume 02 : number 167


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] go spoken word         [nancy lambert <armydillo@mindspring.com>]
  [ig-news] wall of sound cons review       [helen <ghelen@act.paxus.com.au>]
  [ig-news] from cnn.com           [kristie robson <krobso@po-box.mcgill.ca>]
  [ig-news] berkeley show                    [meiwei wu <meiwei@orconet.com>]


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date: wed, 29 sep 1999 22:18:18 -0400
from: nancy lambert <armydillo@mindspring.com>
subject: [ig-news] go spoken word


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


to all who are wondering what amy is saying in go here it is:


the truth is i was afraid . . .
. . .i felt inferior. . .
. . .i excelled in competing with others and i knew instantly that these
people were not competing at all, that they were acting in a strange,
powerful trance of movement together.  and i was filled with longing to act
with them and with the fear that i could not.


- -- taken from "i was marching" by meridel lesueur in salute to spring


this lady was an awesome writer.  i went and got her book from the library
tonight and i cannot put it down yet.


on my thoughts on cons -- love it


i liked all the live stuff and now am loving the studio stuff -- especially
the horns in peace tonight (yes they are horns and not an accordion even
though that is what they sub in live shows)


a horn player,
nancy lambert (aka armydillo)

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date: thu, 30 sep 1999 10:21:37 +1000
from: helen <ghelen@act.paxus.com.au>
subject: [ig-news] wall of sound cons review


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


hi everyone


just copied the wall of sound review. it's ok. they rated it as 66. the guy
who wrote it is a fan as he's been to more than 10 shows so he's worth
listening to. he just wasn't taken with it. hope he listens to it more and
it grows on him.


helen

over the course of 10 years and seven albums, the indigo girls (amy ray and
emily saliers) have released some of the finest folk rock of the decade.
but it hasn't been a consistent pattern - their self-titled epic debut,
indigo girls, still stands as one of their greatest achievements, while
rites of passage and swamp ophelia, released in the middle of their career,
contain some of their best songs. but those are preceded and followed by
lesser records.


the duo's latest, come on now social, alas, falls into the latter category.
there are some bona fide winners amidst the disc's 12 tracks (14 counting
two hidden tracks at the end), but more that are notable only in their
plainness. almost any fan of the girls will tell you that the group's
defining moments have always been on stage. i won't dispute that, having
seen them more than 10 times myself. but what's especially disappointing at
this point in their esteemed career is that ray and saliers have not grown
more as songwriters. instead they've taken baby steps ahead, and just as
many tumbles backward.


ray's desire to rock has never been as apparent as on the album-opening
"go," which features joan osborne on backing vocals, and ranks as one of
the duo's best electrified songs ? ever. equally successful is the
appalachian-style "gone again," which evokes smiles and images of a dance
hall band, playing a song for themselves in between its sets at a saturday
night social.


working in a collaborative style, the songs of come on now social were
written over the course of sessions with producer-drummer john reynolds and
his band ghostland, which backed up sinead o'connor on tour in 1997 and
1998. other than that and high-powered guests  - throaty joan osborne
backing the group on four tracks, while sheryl crow sits in on two -
there's nothing particularly remarkable about any of social's songs, which
are still evenly split between those written by saliers and ray.


some touch heartstrings while others, like "faye tucker," scream to be
heard. the latter is in honor of karla faye tucker, the first woman
executed by the state of texas since the civil war. two quiet, acoustic
songs are hidden after "faye tucker," the last official song on the cd.


because this album was written, recorded, and released by the indigo girls,
there's no dearth of talent and style. unfortunately, more than a decade
into their career, there's also no reason to call this one of their finest
albums. it just doesn't come close.


- - andrew strickman

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date: wed, 29 sep 1999 14:05:37 -0400
from: kristie robson <krobso@po-box.mcgill.ca>
subject: [ig-news] from cnn.com


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


talking up free speech on the road


(cnn) -- spitfire is a free-speech forum that tours college
campuses in the united states, its stated intention being to
educate, enlighten and entertain while instigating action. the
organization is to initiate a major tour this fall.


following its success at the summer's woodstock '99, the outfit
is to begin a 20-city journey at the university of northern
iowa on october 16.

perry farrell (jane's addiction), mickey hart (the
grateful dead), zack de la rocha (rage against the machine),
chris novoselic (nirvana), jello biafra (the dead kennedys),
chuck d (public enemy, ice cube), art alexakis (everclear) and
amy ray (indigo girls, dwight yoakam) are among those set to
talk on such subjects as racism, politics, censorship, the
environment and human rights.


other scheduled dates are at the university of iowa (october
17); southwest missouri state in springfield(october 19);
university of texas, dallas(october 21); and the university of
arkansas in fayetteville (october 22). further appearances are
to be announced at www.colleges.com/spitfire.

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date: wed, 29 sep 1999 18:01:37 -0700
from: meiwei wu <meiwei@orconet.com>
subject: [ig-news] berkeley show


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


it seems like there's a show in berkeley on 11/6. i found it from
tickets.com and calling berkeley bass (510) 762-2277.  tickets
goes on sale 10/3 at 10am.
cheers,
meiwei

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