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ig-news-digest        tuesday, december 7 1999        volume 02 : number 222


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] show review from st. louis post-dispatch  [sheryl jones <sjones@]
  [ig-news] article from chicago sun-times  [sheryl jones <sjones@library.wi]
  [ig-news] article from milwaukee journal sentinel  [sheryl jones <sjones@l]
  [ig-news] vh1's the list                                  [tnbalto@aol.com]
  [ig-news] final plea: milwaukee ticket  [sheryl jones <sjones@library.wisc]
  [ig-news] sister chords :)    [that loud girl <strange_fire66@hotmail.com>]
  [ig-news] columbus ig contest        [lisa tatonetti <tatonetti.2@osu.edu>]
  [ig-news] eau claire and minneapolis reviews (probably long)  [amy swenson]


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date: mon, 6 dec 1999 12:00:10 -0600
from: sheryl jones <sjones@library.wisc.edu>
subject: [ig-news] show review from st. louis post-dispatch


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                  copyright 1999 st. louis post-dispatch, inc.


                            st. louis post-dispatch


               december 4, 1999, saturday, five star lift edition


indigo girls inspire fans to sing along in successful appearance at
the fox
ellen futterman; post-dispatch critic-at-large


   although ricky martin was performing at the same time only a couple
of miles
away, the audience of 3,607 at the fox theatre wednesday night got its
own "la
vida loca," indigo girls-style. this translated into an exciting blend
of newer
frenetic rock jams and popular folk anthems culled from the duo's
decade-long
career.


   the girls started out fast and furious with the hard-rocking "go,"
from their
recently released "come on now social" cd. it allowed amy ray to pump up
the
volume - as well as the crowd - as she fired on her guitar with
grunge-inspired
recklessness. in a way, it was so un-indigo girls-like, yet it signaled
that the
90-minute show would be a bit unpredictable with ray and her
singer-songwriting
partner, emily saliers, trading leads as they moved among somewhat
diverse
musical forms.


   it is the mingling of their unique voices, skillful instrumentation
and
distinct personalities that has fostered this duo's longevity and
garnered them
such a broad base of fan support. together, ray's huskier vocals and
saliers'
melodic smoothness bring dimension to their music with harmonies that
wrap
around elaborate lyrics so effortlessly.


   the evening brought all kinds of examples, including favorites such
as
"closer to fine," "three hits" and "get out the map." but the best
illustration
came an hour into the concert with the rarely performed "ghost," a
melancholy
tribute to the power of love and its memories. this live rendition was
sparse
yet lush, with the two both on acoustic guitar, backed only by cellist
caroline
lavelle.


   an eclectic audience showed its appreciation for the older stuff by
singing
along, swaying and dancing whenever possible. interestingly,
concertgoers seemed
no less enthusiastic when the duo, along with their four-member band,
turned
their attention to material off the new cd. sometimes this meant ray
assuming
front-and-center posture, especially on the mandolin-driven "trouble"
and the
punk-edged "compromise." she toned it down slightly to do justice to the
fierce
ballad "faye tucker," about the first woman executed in texas since the
civil
war. saliers showed she hadn't lost her ability to have fun as she led a
rollicking "peace tonight," the single from the cd that is now enjoying
ample
radio play.


   a three-song encore ended with "galileo," which once again had the
audience
singing more loudly than the performers. no one seemed to mind, however.
it was
all part of this particular "la vida loca."


   opening act mrs. fun, a duo that consists of a drummer and a
keyboardist,
helped get the crowd into a good mood with their infectious funk
improvisations
and out-there christmas tunes.

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date: mon, 6 dec 1999 12:02:25 -0600
from: sheryl jones <sjones@library.wisc.edu>
subject: [ig-news] article from chicago sun-times


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                     copyright 1999 chicago sun-times, inc.


                               chicago sun-times


              december 03, 1999, friday, late sports final edition


indigo girls get political with their newest album
by mark brown

   the big buzz on the new indigo girls album is that they've gone punk.
and amy
ray would kinda like to dispel that notion, but kinda likes it, too.


   sure, you'll find a harder edge in spots of "come on now social" than
you've
found before, especially on driving cuts such as "go" and "compromise."
yet it's
still full of classic indigo girls songs and sound, from the lilting
"soon be to
nothing" to the gorgeous, poignant hidden track, "the philosophy of
loss."


   "we always wanna change things up, every record," says ray, one-half
of the
world's most famous duo of lesbian singers/songswriters/activists. so
she and
partner emily saliers gave in to the urge to rock a little harder than
the
previous hits "closer to fine" and "get out the map."


   it's all the sweeter when fans call "come on now social" the best
album the
duo has ever produced.


   and it was almost by accident. they met sinead o'connor's drummer,
john
reynolds, while on the lilith fair tour and had "that conversation you
have
where you say 'we should get together and jam sometime.' before we knew
it, we
were making a record with him," ray says. "we had this whole band that
we were
introduced to by him. he really changed our whole careers."


   on previous records, "i hadn't really tapped into specifically what i
was
trying to get at. when john popped up and said 'you wanna experiment?' i
said
sure, i can't lose."


   while some artists try to recreate their most successful songs, the
indigo
girls decided to plow forward.


   "our main concern, first and foremost, is songwriting," ray says.
"past that
point, we're so open to try anything. we never really worry about what
was a
past success. the only thing we worry about is if we're moving too far
away from
our hearts. do we still have the spirit? as long as we have that,
anything goes.


   "it's funny because i think it's rockin' -- in that even the acoustic
stuff
has this thing about it -- sorta like when steve earle does an acoustic
record.
it's still rockin'," ray says. "to me it's really bold; the record
sounds very
committed to me, like we meant what we did."


   they also find themselves in a strange spot with guest artists joan
osborne,
meshell ndegeocello, garth hudson, sheryl crow, rick danko and more
popping up
on the album. these kind of collaborations are what the indigo girls
have done
for years, but suddenly artists such as prince and santana have turned
such
collaborations into a marketing trend, further blurring the line between
community and commerce.


   "it's just the way we operate; it's all about jamming and stuff," ray
says.
"people can tell if you have ulterior motives; they can just feel it.
when you
get in a room with someone who's a musician, you're sharing. all that
business
stuff kinda goes right out the window."


   in a way, that's another contradiction. despite their years of
collaboration,
both ray and saliers are fiercely independent in their writing, with
neither
contributing so much as a line to each other's tunes. "we rarely even
comment on
each other's arrangements," ray says. "we write our songs, then we bring
them to
the table. then we work together to create something that's an indigo
girls
song."


   "come on now social" is full of those, but it has moments even more
politically charged than the atlanta duo's previous work. one song
stirring
controversy is "faye tucker," a reflection on the executed texas
murderess who
last year became a cause celebre both to the christian right and to
death-penalty opponents. convicted of a heinous killing, tucker got
attention
for her gender, her good looks and her jailhouse religious conversion.


   ray wrote the song the day of tucker's execution. by coincidence, she
found
herself in las vegas, pulling the levers on slot machines as the
executioners
were pulling the lever on tucker's life. she's afraid people will see it
as a
knee-jerk reaction to the execution rather than a look at the complex
moral
issues surrounding it.


   "some people don't get it and some people don't understand that i'm
trying to
point those (contradictions) out."

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date: mon, 6 dec 1999 12:04:04 -0600
from: sheryl jones <sjones@library.wisc.edu>
subject: [ig-news] article from milwaukee journal sentinel


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                      copyright 1999 journal sentinel inc.


                           milwaukee journal sentinel


                          december 3, 1999, friday all
indigo girls stay close by staying apart
dave tianen


   it's a partnership that thrives at a distance.


   the indigo girls are now 10 years and seven albums into their
major-label
recording career, but their friendship goes all the way back to
childhood. they
started singing together in high school and did their first recording
while
attending emory university in atlanta in 1985.


   obviously, emily saliers and amy ray are a team that has endured and
even
thrived. but they are also very distinct and separate personalities. all
of the
songs on their new epic release, "come on now social," were written by
one or
the other. they do not co-compose. if pressed a little, saliers will
admit that
she doesn't always even know exactly what her partner's songs mean.


   "separately is really the only way we can write," saliers explains.
"we might
choose different keys, different chords; we might even work at different
times
of day. what happens is we hear each other's songs in progress, and by
the time
we do a rehearsal we're ready to make the best of each other's ideas.


   "we have a very deep love and respect for each other but when we go
off the
road we tend to stay away from each other. even on the road, in hotels
we stay
away from each other. we each have our own circle of friends and things
we like
to do."


   one of saliers' favorite activities on the road is going out and
finding new
restaurants. recently, she took that enthusiasm a step further by
opening a new
restaurant with a group of friends in an atlanta suburb. she describes
the
watershed as gourmet seasonal and says it offers a mix of vegetarian and
meat
entrees. when she's not touring saliers likes to spend her time at the
restaurant.


   "it's my little pipe dream. i really enjoy it. it's something totally
different from my day job."


   a little folky, a little rock, a little country, "come on now
social," is
both typical indigos and also a cut above. many observers are calling it
their
finest outing to date. entertainment weekly says it was an "artfully
crafted
effort" and the boston globe calls it "an album full of surprises and
flush with
indelible, gorgeously crafted compositions."


   and as is usual with the indigos, "come on now social" comes with an
array of
strong political and social viewpoints. "go" is a call to activism for
the
younger generation.


   "ozilline" uses ray's grandmother to illustrate both the strength and
the
burdens of the aged. "faye tucker" is about karla faye tucker, the
double
murderer executed in february of 1998 in texas despite numerous pleas
for
clemency from prominent religious and political figures.


   saliers' own views on capital punishment turn out to be a little more
complex
than the song might suggest. she readily admits that the pain of
victims'
families can't be ignored or dismissed and she believes that there are
some
people who need to be locked up for life.


   "it's very easy to turn to revenge. i think, what if somebody
murdered my
mother; that's the first thing you might go to. but i don't believe in
an eye
for an eye and i can't support state murder. it's a very heavy and
complex
thing."


   as anybody who has seen them at lilith fair can testify, the indigo
girls
have a devoted, ardent fan base they connect with on a visceral level in
concert. but it is largely a "girls" club. that's probably not going to
change
any day soon.


   "we do have some male fans," saliers says. "we get the occasional
errant frat
boy. we have a lot of guys who will come up and say 'i'd like your
autograph for
my wife or girlfriend.' you probably have to be a little brave to be a
guy
indigo girls fan."


   the indigo girls will appear at the riverside theatre at 7:30 p.m.
wednesday.
local favorites mrs. fun will open. tickets for the indigos are $34 and
$29 and
may be purchased through ticketmaster or the riverside box office.

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date: sun, 5 dec 1999 20:16:33 est
from: tnbalto@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] vh1's the list


i was watching vh1's "the list" last week and the topic was "best girl
bands."  none of the guests picked the girls, but during their little intro
showing some of the average joe on the street's picks, one of them listed the
indigo girls and they showed a little clip from galileo.  nice to see some
vh1 recognition.


tiffany


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date: mon, 6 dec 1999 12:18:49 -0600
from: sheryl jones <sjones@library.wisc.edu>
subject: [ig-news] final plea: milwaukee ticket


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i still have an extra ticket for the milwaukee show on wednesday.  if
anyone wants it, please email me.  we can arrange to meet somewhere
outside the venue.  thanks.
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sjones@library.wisc.edu
url: <http://www.geocities.com/felidae>

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date: mon, 6 dec 1999 16:29:26 gmt
from: that loud girl <strange_fire66@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] sister chords :)


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over the weekend, i sat down and figured this out...it sounds right,
although i think (from seeing the show last night) that amy is playing the
chords slightly differently--ie, it looks like she's playing the dm at the
5th fret, but with no bar).  but this seems pretty close:


fingerpicking pattern for intro and verse:


e-----------------------------------
b-----------------------------------
g------2-------2-------0-------0----
d----3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3--
a--5-------5-------4-------4--------
e-----------------------------------


then the chorus:


dm  am  bb  c


that's it--at least for amy's parts--as i lack banjoage, i'm not going to
touch the emily part.


happy playing,
shelley


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date: mon, 6 dec 1999 11:09:04 -0800
from: lisa tatonetti <tatonetti.2@osu.edu>
subject: [ig-news] columbus ig contest


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hey ya'll,


i don't think this has been posted yet--cd 101 is giving away seats to a
private big room show w/the girls next sat.  the station is at 101.1 on
your columbus, oh radio dial, or you can listen on-line at cd101.com.  i
went last time they did this w/twink and barb and some other listees and it
was absolutely amazing.  tiny room, maybe 25-30 people, and the girls
w/their guitars.


[...]


lisa


"the best thing you've ever done for me is to help me take my life less
seriously, it's only life afterall."--emily saliers

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date: mon, 6 dec 1999 11:33:48 -0800
from: amy swenson <aswenson@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com>
subject: [ig-news] eau claire and minneapolis reviews (probably long)


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i'll try not to ramble too much, but here's a quick review of my weekend
in mn and wi:


[...]


anyhow, highlights from eau claire (since no one has mentioned it...):
the concert was in a gym, so the acoustics weren't great, but the view
was wonderful! we were in the side bleachers, which meant no heads in
the way, and a great view of the stage. i think it was equivalent to
13th row at berkeley, if not better. the absolute highlight was "i don't
wanna know" with emily playing banjo (i think). i just about died! the
girls seemed very happy and had "worked out at the ymca that day", to
which i thought, damn! i'd love to be there for that! amy had on her
world-famous black tank top, light checked pants (i think) and a black
and white striped shirt. emily was wearing a blue jean shirt and jeans
(i think).


minneapolis had a very similar setlist, but they played "i don't wanna
know" again, and ghost (*sigh*) and burn all the letters in the encore
with mrs. fun (the opener). they also played "johnny rotten", although
not as fast as at berkeley, and "nuevo senorita" which i had never heard
live before, just the two of 'em on stage... it was gorgeous. i almost
cried.


[...]


another funny moment was when emily was introducing peace tonight. she
said, "here's a little ditty..." and someone in the audience yelled
"jack and diane!" they laughed and emily said, "no, not jack and diane.
but that's a song about the loss of innocence, and this is... well, i
guess it just a song about having fun..."


it sounded like she was trying to connect the two and utterly failed,
but it was cute nonetheless.


they both looked fabulous! amy was wearing the tank top (well, probably
a different one) and a plain red shirt and what looked like really light
khackies. (i know i spelled that wrong!) emily had on a black t-shirt
and her black and white camoflauge pants and a blue shirt over it. they
were very patriotic looking. :) and em also had on the blue sparkly eye
shadow.


so that's my story and i'm sticking to it.


love,
amy

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