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ig-news-digest       thursday, october 14 1999       volume 02 : number 180


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] re: sister                                     [ckpjays2@aol.com]
  [ig-news] ig nyc review (10/12)  [lance longwell <longwell_ls@hotmail.com>]
  [ig-news] 12/3/99 date         ["cheryl thiede" <cherylthiede@hotmail.com>]
  [ig-news] review of cons in irelands' hot press magazine  [marion_o'sulliv]
  [ig-news] newsday review of beacon show  [jon griffin <jackdavinci@yahoo.c]
  [ig-news] new ca date!!!               [anna banana <aeigfolk@hotmail.com>]
  [ig-news] review in ny post     [sheryl jones <sljones1@facstaff.wisc.edu>]


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date: tue, 12 oct 1999 18:50:58 edt
from: ckpjays2@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] re: sister


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list and may interest those of you having as much
trouble figuring out what "sister" is about as i am...]


just a bit of info amy gave out in  birmingham before she sang sister she
said :
            "i wrote this next song one night when i was riding my bike
(motorcycle) from chatt.  to home. it was raining and i forgot my rain gear
so i had to stop, it was really wet. so i stopped and wrote this song ,
thanks for listening"


         i may be a bit off on the exact quote but basically she wrote the
song  in one night on her way home in the rain.
- -di

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date: wed, 13 oct 1999 00:52:41 edt
from: lance longwell <longwell_ls@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] ig nyc review (10/12)


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


ok, here's the show review.


opener:  rose polanzani.  she was ok.  either you like her or you don't.
however, she wore the same red top/black bottom outfit that she's worn every
time i've ever seen her.  yawn.  she was accompanied by david "goodie"
goodrich (who was excellent!)  amy introduced her wearing her nice red
leather jacket.


fashion:
emily--black top, blue/white camo bottoms with black leather boots.
amy--silk print top (red diamonds), blue jeans and yes...black leather
boots.


the setlist was:
go (with joan osborne)
trouble (with joan osborne)
land of canaan
least complicated
compromise
love will come to you
gone again
cold beer and remote control
scooter boys
get out the map
sister
closer to fine
ozilline
peace tonight (with joan osborne)
kid fears
power of two
shame on you (with joan osborne)


encore:
or with rose polanzani and david "goodie" goodrich
faye tucker
galileo


some highlights:
during cold beer and remote control, blake was jamming!!  he and amy were
singing the lyrics back and forth to each other.


at the beginning, emily introduced her sister elizabeth and her friends.
elizabeth was in an off-broadway play and emily introduced her friends too.
amy said they would be going to the show on thursday night.


for sister, amy introduced it by saying it was about a motorcycle trip she'd
taken some back.  she was just learning riding and was a total novice and
she didn't have any gear.  it started raining and she got soaked.  she
talked about doddging 18-wheelers.  so, that's what it's about.


peace tonight was good.  emily launched into it too soon and forgot to bring
out joan osborne.  amy stopped it, they brought osborne out.  she finished
the song with them, it was very cute.  on a side note, somebody's got to
stop joan osborne and her "hoochie" dance...man, that is annoying.


a note on the set, i love the candels that are sprinkled throughout the
stage.  very cool!


finally, the guy who was in the balcony last night with the videocamera was
in row 3 tonight recording it.  he wouldn't give me his e-mail or phone
number, but i gave him mine.  he'll be in the audience tomorrow recording as
well.


that's the review...


cheers,
l'sly

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date: wed, 13 oct 1999 11:56:23 cdt
from: "cheryl thiede" <cherylthiede@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] 12/3/99 date


hi all --


luckily you don't really have to breathe to type, or i wouldn't be able to
write this.  i live in eau claire, wi, and am just a _little_ excited about
the announcement of the 12/3 eau claire date.  i have a friend who works at
the university of wi - eau claire and she just confirmed this concert date
with the activities dept.  they do not know yet when tickets will go on
sale, but they will be offered to registered uwec students first.


i will post again when i hear when tickets will be on sale.


cheryl thiede
cherylthiede@hotmail.com


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date: wed, 13 oct 1999 14:10:15 +0100
from: marion_o'sullivan@health.irlgov.ie
subject: [ig-news] review of cons in irelands' hot press magazine


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


indigo girls are one of those rare entities.  they just keep getting better
and better all the time.  come on now social features a whole host of
guests including true greats like rick danko and gareth hudson from the
band.  nevertheless, it?s at all times an emily saliers and amy ray record.
it also happens to be easily one of the best discs of this or any other
year.


accidents will happen.  the gestation of this brilliant collection occurred
at a jam session in london with the english band ghostland.  amongst those
there were john reynolds (sin
ťad o?connor?s drummer and musical
collaborator), caroline dale (cello), clare kenny (bass) and carol issacs
(piano, accordion, organ, moog).  these form the backbone of come on now
social.


reynolds became co-producer and due credit for the extraordinary sound of
this album has to go to him.  the opening tune "go" has an electrifyingly
live feel to it and you won?t hear better rock music by anyone anywhere!


the mandolin-inspired "gone again" (with hudson, danko and sheryl crow) is
as simple as a train journey and as bittersweet as losing a loved one.
"sister", though, is haunting.  a tale of dangerous escape from the deep
south of the usa, it?s the outstanding number here.


come on now social ends with a 12 minute, three-part epic based on the
execution of faye tucker last year.  tucker was the first woman to be
executed by the state of texas since the civil war.  there?s a strangely
irish and celtic feel to parts of "faye tucker" as well as a breathtaking
vocal performance by the female arabic singer, natacha atlas, on this plea
for compassion and justice.


indigo girls have always mixed the personal and the political with the
skill and excitement of the very best in rock and roll.  come on now social
finds them surpassing themselves yet again.  a classic record from one of
the best duos of . . . oh well, all time?


they gave the album 11 out of 12!
fare thee well.
marion (aka molly)

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date: wed, 13 oct 1999 13:36:29 -0700
from: jon griffin <jackdavinci@yahoo.com>
subject: [ig-news] newsday review of beacon show


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


indigo girls rock with a new sonic boom
by:  by isaac guzman. staff writer
edition: all editions
section: part2
date:  10-13-1999
b09


indigo girls. the georgia duo rocks harder while
holding onto its social conscience. seen monday at the
beacon theatre, 2124 broadway, manhattan. the butchies
opened. in the first of three sold-out shows at the
beacon theatre, the indigo girls wasted no time in
giving new york a taste of the duo's new sound. to
launch monday night's 110-minute set, they chose to
open with "go," an uncharacteristically hard-charging
rocker born of the band's collaboration with
ghostland, the british band that backed up sinead
o'connor in 1997 and 1998.
     the vibrant, neil young-like distortion ringing
from amy ray's and emily saliers' guitars probably
didn't surprise any fans who had previously seen the
indigo girls perform live. for years the band has
failed to capture on record the energy of its live
sets. but this performance followed in the wake of
"come on social," the duo's first album to feature the
trappings of modern rock, late '90s-style: drum loops,
trip-hop flourishes, wailing guitars and guest
appearances by the likes of sheryl crow, joan osborne
and me'shell ndegocello.  (osborne and the
irish-tinged band ghostland appeared monday night.)
     while the indigo girls proudly rolled out their
sonic makeover, aided by osborne's appearance on
several songs, they also made it clear that their
commitment to social activism had in no way been
diminished. acknowledging monday's holiday, saliers
said, "yeah, we really believe in columbus day. come
on over and kill the indians." the leftist slant was
reiterated in "go" with the line, "rock is cool but
the struggle is better." many of the new songs, such
as "peace tonight" and "soon to be nothing," featured
indigo girls trademarks such as tight vocal harmonies,
pealing banjos and lilting folk-rock choruses. others
such as "faye tucker" and "ozilline" were tinged with
elements of appalachian folk music. all of them were
infused with propulsive performances by the members of
ghostland, who added elements of irish folk with tin
whistles and accordions. especially notable was
cellist caroline dane, who provided several moving
solos, some of which sounded like jimi hendrix, others
like yo-yo ma.
     though they focused largely on new material, the
duo included many highlights from their 14-year past.
the early hit "closer to fine," which brought their
first acclaim in 1989, inspired an accomplished mass
sing-along that rang through all three floors of the
beacon. "power of two" illustrated saliers' talent for
love songs, and "shame on you" showed ray's ability to
fuse indignant political statements with evocative
guitar pop.  with their unfashionably layered
haircuts, and dressed simply in jeans and untucked
dress shirts, the indigo girls were by far the
least-cool-looking people on the stage of their own
show. but despite
refusing to cater to the image-conscious norms of
mtv, the indigo girls have found success anyway. the
duo almost never gets mainstream radio airplay, but
their last record, 1997's "shaming of the sun," sold
2.5
million copies anyway. though they may look like a
quaint folk-rock institution, the indigo girls have
quietly developed into one of rock's most arresting,
adventuresome acts.
     the butchies opened the evening with a charming,
if derivative, set of grungy pop songs and ballads.
clad in grease monkey jumpsuits, the trio of riot
grrrls pumped out accomplished late '80s indie rock in
the vein of yo la tengo, the spinanes and throwing
muses. but in keeping with their name and hairdos, the
butchies sang about "growing up queer in a small town"
and talked about "having a major pat moment" when a
store clerk didn't know which gender's bathroom to
direct them to. if the band's lyrics were sometimes
difficult to hear, the spirit of their dissonant
guitar rock was always bracing.


illustration/photo: photo by leo sorel - the indigo
girls, amy ray, left, and emily saliers, at the be
acon


keywords: indigo girls. music


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date: wed, 13 oct 1999 14:09:19 edt
from: anna banana <aeigfolk@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] new ca date!!!


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new california date!!!
behold the details:


humboldt state university center arts presents:
indigo girls


monday, november 8, 1999
@ eureka municipal auditorium
eureka, ca


tix onsale monday, october 18, after 9:00 am (pst)
707-826-3928


(general admission only)
$30.00
$25.00 for hsu students w/ id


yippee!!!  yay for my school!!!


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date: wed, 13 oct 1999 10:09:54 -0500
from: sheryl jones <sljones1@facstaff.wisc.edu>
subject: [ig-news] review in ny post


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review of nyc show in nypost today!


they liked it! they really liked it!


i'm so pumped up to see them tonight! i do hope, though, that they don't do
too much new stuff only...


indigo gig's to dye for


by dan aquilante

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without the aid of testosterone - either on stage or in the audience - the
indigo girls and their ultra-devoted following created a concert
environment monday that rivaled anything the best men in rock could conjure.


the indigo girls - amy ray and emily saliers - appeared at the beacon for
the first of a three-show engagement featuring their distinctively female
take on heartland rock. often chatty in the past, the indigos had little to
say to their fans this time, allowing the music to do almost all the talking.


and what talking. with fire-and-brimstone musical passion, the band
performed for a solid two hours, working through most of their
underappreciated recent release "come on now social" as well as a few
vintage hits from previous albums.


those who don't know their music might assume the girls offer a girly-girl
gruel of introspective folk mush.


they don't. at the beacon, their appeal was rooted in their precise
understanding of regular, working-class women, and their songs highlighted
these women's purpose and dignity.


in some of the songs that dignity is a bit tarnished, most often by
shortchanged dreams and a grinding daily existence, but there's also some
humor mixed in.


in the mid-show tune "cold beer and remote control," for example, a tale of
a shattered american dream is tempered with the notion that cold beer and
the clicker can soothe a woman's soul - just like it can a man's.


there is no one-upmanship between ray and saliers. the lead vocal division
is simple: brunette ray takes on the jagged-edged rockers and mountain-girl
shouters, while blond saliers sinks herself into the softer, coffeehouse
folk compositions. together in harmony, their divergent styles add dynamic
tension.


monday's show was souped up by the husky alto and hip-shaking of joan
osborne, who joined the indigos for three songs at the start of the show
and for another couple at the close.


as good as those three-part harmonies were, the night's most powerful and
best vocal turn was ray's, on her song "faye tucker." that tune, straight
out of the appalachian folk tradition, opened starkly with ray's mandolin
solo as she sang a few notes. the simple song got increasingly complex as
the rest of the band joined in.


one of the interesting things about the indigo girls is that they are
accomplished, multi-instrumentalists who can play anything and sound good.
the selections ranged from "we are together" - like something out of joni
mitchell's songbook - to a nirvana-like rocker called "compromise." this
versatility kept the beacon show moving - and kept the fans on their feet
for nearly the entire evening.


whenever the girls requested a sing-along, the audience complied, not only
singing the words correctly, but doing so in key.


even those who would never think of playing an indigo girls album would
have been impressed with the performance the pair and their backing band
mustered at the beacon.


the indigo girls continue their series at the beacon theater (broadway at
74th street) through tonight. the performance is sold out, but scalpers are
out in force in the two blocks surrounding the theater.

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