lifeblood: listlogs: 1999v01n189-news


ig-news-digest        monday, october 25 1999        volume 02 : number 189


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] article in the voice, dallas, tx  ["rachel rivera" <medmag11@ear]
  [ig-news] phoenix; 11/1 & la; 11/5       [melissa gordon <melissa@ce1.com>]
  [ig-news] orlando show--boot request and setlist info  [kim shaver <kas280]
  [ig-news] orlando show--boot request and setlist info  [kim shaver <kas280]
  [ig-news] just a little ig - low power radio  [elaine bean <efbean@erols.c]
  [ig-news] cons review 'the advocate' nov. issue  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.]
  [ig-news] fw: austin:  i trade 10/27 tkts for your 10/26 tkts?  [sherlyn k]
  [ig-news] tabernacle (atlanta) on sale now  [little lis <stopandrest@hotma]
  [ig-news] la nov 4 tickets for sale    [froglady <smackenz@scrippscol.edu>]
  [ig-news] austin 10/26 ticket     [taylor martin <babybutch88@hotmail.com>]


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date: sat, 23 oct 1999 12:37:27 -0500
from: "rachel rivera" <medmag11@earthlink.net>
subject: [ig-news] article in the voice, dallas, tx


here is an article and album review as posted in the voice, 10-22-99.
published without permission . it can also be found at www.dallasvoice.com


indigo girls get social


musician, lesbian activist emily saliers discusses her band's new cd,
plight of gay youth, texas' death row


by bradley david, contributing writer


life on the road never gets old for emily saliers.


"i do enjoy it," says the red-headed half of the now-legendary folk rock
duo known as the indigo girls. "usually we play a show and then we get on
the bus. the band and amy [ray, her brunette counterpart] and i get along
really well, so we either play scrabble together or we listen to cds or we
just chit chat or watch a movie. then we usually arrive in the next city in
the middle of the night and we get out and go to the hotel. bus life is
like a little cocoon - it's like having a little family."


the lesbian icons are currently touring in support of their new album come
on now social that has been lauded by critics as edgier and more
rock-oriented than their seven previous albums.


"i don't see it as a vast departure, but i can see how people think it's a
little more rocking," says saliers. "it's got more electric guitar on it
overall than in the past records, but it also has a couple of songs that
are appalachian in vibe, it's got some celtic to it, it's got a couple of
straight-up ballads and some mid-tempo love songs, so i think it's pretty
diverse."


saliers and ray released their first album in 1987 while still students at
emory university. the two had been friends, growing up together in atlanta,
since the ages of nine and 10 (saliers is now 36 and ray is 35) and began
performing together in high school. just out of college, they signed with
epic records. in 1989, their major label debut, indigo girls (featuring
their biggest hit to date, "closer to fine") went double platinum and
earned them the grammy award for best contemporary folk group.


while the indigos always had a major lesbian following, emily was a little
slower than amy in publicly coming out.


"early on, i just had some fears," she explains. "i just didn't want us to
be thought of as a 'gay band' and didn't want to be held back. i was
younger then and it was just adolescent fear."


in 1993, they appeared at the march on washington, performing a haunting a
capella version of the simon and garfunkel classic "american tune."


"i remember walking up that scaffolding [to the stage] thinking i was about
to throw up because i was so nervous," says saliers. "then i remember the
power of that gathering of people - it was very moving. i remember being
honored that we were asked to perform there, and i remember being
completely empowered by the experience and just wanting to get back and be
a gay rights activist as much as possible."


part of that activism has been working with gay youth. in the liner notes
of the new album is a list of the indigos' favorite organizations,
including youth pride, an atlanta-based support group for gay and lesbian
teens.


"yeah, youth pride is a great group," says saliers. "you know, so many
young gay people feel so isolated and hopeless and they're tormented and
beaten up. . . so youth pride is really important for young gay people and
for other people to understand what young gay people go through."


the indigo girls contributed a track for a record benefiting the group and
distributes youth pride literature at concerts.


"we have a resource table at our shows every night, and groups can come and
present their literature," she explains. "they can have a representative
from their group there so that people milling around the lobby can get to
know some of these groups."


last year, the indigos found themselves in the middle of a controversy when
several scheduled high school appearances in south carolina were canceled
because of a few homophobic parents.


"what happened was, we set up a whole string of high school shows that were
all free, and we were just going to go in and play and do a
question-and-answer session about music and the music business," she says.
"it was supposed to be just encouragement for the arts, because so much of
the arts funding had been cut in high schools."


at the first show, amy used the f word as it is written in her song "shame
on you."


"a few parents found out that we were coming to their [kids'] high school
and, because we're gay, objected to us playing, and then the principal
tried to use the fact that amy had used profanity as the reason why the
show was being canceled, when in fact it was pure homophobia," she says.


in a domino effect, almost all of the high schools canceled their
appearances. but that didn't stop emily and amy.


"what we did was, we just went into the towns and booked small venues and
all the kids who wanted to come to the show got to see us anyway," she
says. "there was a press conference, and none of the parents who opposed us
being there came to have a dialogue about it. we invited the dialogue and
it never happened. it was just amazing how a very few bigoted people could
derail something that was meant with the purest of intentions."


saliers says she and ray were political even before they were musicians.


"i come from a political family," she says. "i was born in connecticut - my
dad was a professor at yale - and there was a lot of political activity
surrounding the war and the civil rights movement and my parents were good
liberals. as soon as amy and i were playing together, we were doing
benefits for greenpeace and community shelters and things like that. . .
even if we weren't in music, we would be activists. this was just a way for
us to use our vocations to give back. it's just a natural thing - it's no
big deal."


one of their many causes is abolishing the death penalty. the final track
of the new album is a song ray wrote about karla faye tucker, who on
february 3, 1998 became the first woman to be executed by the state of
texas since the civil war.


"i think amy was just particularly struck by how everybody used [tucker] as
a pawn in the battle for their cause," she says. "you had the church,
because [tucker] became a born-again christian, you had anti-death penalty
people, you had pro-death penalty people, and of course the involvement of
governor george w. bush, who i'm not a big fan of - he's anti-gay anyway. .
. so there was just this whole furor and here's a woman's life that's
caught in the midst of all that. the song is about what it all means and
how in the end we couldn't just overcome being cruel."


saliers says people still mistakenly assume that she and amy are
girlfriends "even though we've done a million interviews explaining how we
never have been and never will be."


the two are both currently in relationships, but saliers says their
girlfriends don't travel much with them on tour. "they have their own
lives," she says.


asked if the indigo girls will still be satisfying their loyal audiences 20
years from now, saliers is taken aback.


"i hope i'm still alive in 20 years," she jokes. "no, amy and i will still
be friends and we'll probably still be doing something together. i think
we're just bound for life."


the indigo girls perform on thursday at 8 p.m. at the bronco bowl, 2600
fort worth ave. tickets $31.75-$36.75. 214-943-1777. 972-660-8300.

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date: sat, 23 oct 1999 21:16:35 -0700
from: melissa gordon <melissa@ce1.com>
subject: [ig-news] phoenix; 11/1 & la; 11/5


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

i have an extra pair of tix for each of he above;
  
fairly close (around 6th row, perhaps, for phoenix)
1st row (i think) of loge for la;
  
plus, you'll be sitting with me!  so much for humility, i know.
  
anyone interested?
  
melissa

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date: sun, 24 oct 1999 15:29:33 -0400
from: kim shaver <kas28024@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu>
subject: [ig-news] orlando show--boot request and setlist info


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hey y'all
  
the orlando show was soooo incredible last night...michelle malone opened
and then came back out and did "thin line" and "wild horses" with the girls...
  
did anyone happen to boot this show...the girls and/or michelle's set?  if
so, i'd looove to do a trade...thanks...
  
here's the setlist (i'm almost positive i remembered it correctly in order
but if anyone disagrees, let me know):
  
go
peace tonight
tried to be true
get out the map
compromise
trouble
thin line (w/mm)
soon be to nothing
shed your skin
closer to fine
wild horses (w/mm)
cold beer and remote control
ozilline
least complicated
faye tucker
power of two
shame on you
- -----encores------
ghost
gone again
galileo
  
smiles!
- -kim

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date: sun, 24 oct 1999 15:29:33 -0400
from: kim shaver <kas28024@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu>
subject: [ig-news] orlando show--boot request and setlist info


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
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hey y'all
  
the orlando show was soooo incredible last night...michelle malone opened
and then came back out and did "thin line" and "wild horses" with the girls...
  
did anyone happen to boot this show...the girls and/or michelle's set?  if
so, i'd looove to do a trade...thanks...
  
here's the setlist (i'm almost positive i remembered it correctly in order
but if anyone disagrees, let me know):
  
go
peace tonight
tried to be true
get out the map
compromise
trouble
thin line (w/mm)
soon be to nothing
shed your skin
closer to fine
wild horses (w/mm)
cold beer and remote control
ozilline
least complicated
faye tucker
power of two
shame on you
- -----encores------
ghost
gone again
galileo
  
smiles!
- -kim

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date: sun, 24 oct 1999 20:19:09 -0400
from: elaine bean <efbean@erols.com>
subject: [ig-news] just a little ig - low power radio


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>from another list i'm on - read on for minimal ig/amy content, but the
article is interesting anyway.


elaine
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the washington post
sunday, october 24, 1999; page g05


mired in eye-glazing technical language and first amendment
rhetoric, the low-power fm radio licensing issue is finally
getting a little rock-and-roll sexiness.


indigo girls, bonnie raitt, jackson browne, minutemen-founder
mike watt, jenny toomey (of simple machines and tsunami) and
indie rocker archer prewitt have joined a grass-roots movement
backing a federal communications commission proposal to license
100- and 1,000-watt radio stations to private individuals. if the
proposal
becomes law, a record collector could, for instance, get
a low-power license to broadcast his vinyl selection over a
several-block area, or an inner-city health organization could broadcast
safe-sex announcements in spanish to nearby neighborhoods.


the idea is being pushed by fcc chairman william kennard, who
believes the proposal would increase minority and noncorporate
voices on the airwaves. corporate broadcasters--which own most
major radio stations--oppose the idea, fearing that the low-power
stations
will bleed into their frequencies. the argument will eventually be
settled
by whoever has the most persuasive
engineering reports.


pushing the cause has been a coalition of illegally operating
"pirate" broadcasters, community radio advocates and folks who
are just plain tired of corporate radio. now they are joined by
a handful of activist performers.


"radio waves are a natural resource, and they belong to the people, but
just like other natural resources, corporations will stop at nothing to
gain control of the airwaves for their sole financial gain," said indigo
girl amy ray in a statement.


the performers have declared oct. 14 through today "left off the
dial: 10 days for low power fm." concerts performed during this
period haven't been benefits officially, though some money has
been raised for the low power radio coalition, an advocacy group.
instead,
the performers have dedicated these shows to promoting
the low-power fm cause.


the fcc will receive public comments on the issue through early
next month. there is no timetable for a decision, an fcc spokesman said.
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date: mon, 25 oct 1999 10:54:14 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] cons review 'the advocate' nov. issue


hey folks,


this article was posted to the newsgroup...


- -sherlyn

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from: indigoskies@hotmail.com
subject: cons review 'the advocate' nov. issue
date: sun, 24 oct 1999 01:52:05 gmt


copied totally without permission from the new november 'advocate'.
all typos are proudly my own.  (just a picture of the cd):


"feeling social"
a more hook-minded cd from lilith fair faves indigo girls includes a
host of guest performers  by dean buckley


considering that the indigo girls have eight albums under their belt,
one might pretty well know what to expect from their latest effort-
strong melodies, tight harmonies, and acoustic janglings with a
smattering of electric guitar.  amy ray and emily saliers will probably
again trade off lead vocals and songwriting; they'll alternate between
ray's husky canting and the tight chirp of saliers, which keeps things
fresh and varied.  the duo's lyrics will invoke a strong appreciation
and simultaneous wariness of the south, and like ani difranco, the two
will remind listeners of the power of folk music in passing along
traditions, honoring their forebears, and questioning the status quo.
'come on now social' fulfills all expectations and throws a few twist
in as well, mostly by the grace of the guest musicians.  joan osborne
lends backing vocals on many tracks, including the propulsive album
opener 'go'; sheryl crow, me'shell ndegeocello, and luscious jackson
drummer kate schellenbach all contribute their instuments and vocals
here and there.
moreover, longtime sinead o'connor collaborator john reynolds
coproduces the set and plays drums, providing more percussive color
than ray and saliers are accustomed to.  natacha atlas even adds her
middle eastern wailing to the otherwise celtic-flavored album
closer, "faye tucker."  their friends' touches prove that the duo is
not as predictable as we thought- and quite capable of new tricks.
still, one of the album's truly satisfying moments comes when saliers
sings the hidden track "philosophy of loss," a plaintive piano-and-
guitar tune on one of her favorite topics, questioning the intentions
of organized religion.  it's so beautiful one can't help but wish there
were more such plain, unadorned moments on the record.


.........................................
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before you buy.

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date: mon, 25 oct 1999 10:57:02 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] fw: austin:  i trade 10/27 tkts for your 10/26 tkts?


hey folks,


another one from the newgroup... please direct any responses
to the original sender at bhobbs@infoware.com, not to me...


- -sherlyn


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from: "brian c. hobbs" <bhobbs@infoware.com>
subject: austin:  i trade 10/27 tkts for your 10/26 tkts?
date: thu, 21 oct 1999 11:38:11 -0500


greetings;


i've been reading this newsgroup in the shadows for a while.  it's been
amusing so far.  now, tho, i need some help.


i have two general-admission tickets to the indigo girls concert on wed. the
27th at the backyard.  problem is, i can't go.  i can go to the tues. night,
26th concert.


does anyone have tuesday night tickets they'd be willing to trade for my
wed-night tickets?  i'd really hate to miss them, especially with all the
glowing reviews i've seen on this newsgroup.


thanks much,
brian


- ---
brian hobbs
infoware
bhobbs@infoware.com

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date: sat, 23 oct 1999 11:58:30 edt
from: little lis <stopandrest@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] tabernacle (atlanta) on sale now


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
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hey everyone,
sorry if this info is a repeat, i haven't had time to read my list mail in a
few days.  last night at the uga concert the guy next to me informed me that
tickets for the tabernacle shows in atlanta, on 12/16 and 12/17, were going
on sale this morning.   he saw an ad in the newspaper.  anyway, yes, they
are on sale now.  i just bought some myself.  the tabernacle is general
admission, but it is a smaller venue.  so if you're interested in going i
wouldn't wait long to buy the tix.  oh, they're $31 plus i paid a $4.50
service charge.


oh by the way, the show last night was amazing, of course.  kind of bummed
that amy didn't sing sister.  but how could i really be upset when i heard
everything else they played.  let's see what i can remember (in a ver mixed
up order!) - go, get out the map, shame on you, shed your skin, least
complicated, power of two, faye tucker, virginia woolf, love will come to
you, ozillene, trouble, cold beer, gone again, reunion, kid fears, closer to
fine, galileo, compromise, ... anyone out there who can help me with this?
there was probably more.  hopefully you can get the details (chatter,
clothes, etc) from someone else's post!


happy day to all - it is beautiful here in atlanta!


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date: sat, 23 oct 1999 19:43:06 +0000
from: froglady <smackenz@scrippscol.edu>
subject: [ig-news] la nov 4 tickets for sale


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netspace.org.]


.. [i have] 2 extra tickets... for the november 4th show in l.a.
... i have 2 tickets in row u on the floor. they're $40 each.
let me know if you want 'em cuz i'd sure love to share.
- -sam (feeling warm and fuzzy from listening to a dar boot)

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date: sun, 24 oct 1999 19:08:09 pdt
from: taylor martin <babybutch88@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] austin 10/26 ticket


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hey y'all-


i have an extra ticket to tuesday's austin show.  if ya want it, let me know
. . .thanks!


tay


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