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ig-news-digest        friday, december 10 1999        volume 02 : number 225


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] review from milwaukee paper  [sheryl jones <sjones@library.wisc.]
  [ig-news] new cd (attn. folks in mlps)          [neil <neily@netreach.net>]
  [ig-news] igc: amy ray in cmj nmm                      [h <hhusted@bu.edu>]
  [ig-news] las vegas, los angeles one, & phoenix boots available :)  [hunte]


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date: thu, 9 dec 1999 12:47:50 -0600
from: sheryl jones <sjones@library.wisc.edu>
subject: [ig-news] review from milwaukee paper


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


indigo girls mix fine new material with their classics


              outstanding backup band adds to the excitement


              by gemma tarlach
              of the journal sentinel staff


              last updated: dec. 8, 1999


              the indigo girls have always believed "rock is cool, but
the struggle is better."


              such was the guiding principle of their wednesday night
show at the riverside theatre, which drew a near capacity crowd of more
than 2,000.


              the indigos kicked off the concert with the anthemic call
to arms, "go," also the opening track on their recently released epic
album "come on
              now social."


              from there, the singing/strumming amy ray and emily
saliers alternated slow and fast songs drawn from the span of their
nearly two decade
              career.


              the indigos played down their arguably biggest hit,
"closer to fine," nestling it midway through the set. not that they were
wanting for material.
              newer songs - particularly the unrequited love ballad
"andy," which spotlights saliers' gossamer soprano, and the poppy "peace
tonight" - stood
              up well next to classics such as "least complicated" and
the roadhouse stomper "i don't wanna know."


              augmenting the indigos' solid folkies-gone-rock song craft
and hard-working stage presence, an outstanding backup band - including
cellist
              caroline dale, who whipped out a few wicked solos - added
extra shine to the tunes.


              although ray complained between songs about the media
pigeonholing the indigos, the simple truth is that an earnest do-goodism
permeates the
              duo's material, and to ignore it would be to hollow out
their core.


              in its finest moments, the indigos' sincerity reveals a
universal truth or two, as in the slice-of-real-life "cold beer and
remote control" or the
              evening's third and final encore, "galileo."


              unchecked, however, ray in particular falls prey to the
excessive heart wringing - witness the self-righteous "faye tucker" -
usually confined to
              open mike night at college campus poetry houses.


              aptly named opening duo mrs. fun makes their giddy jazz
accessible even for those not wild about the genre. tunes such as the
instrumental
              "lulu's walk" and glib "everybody wants to be somebody
else's lover" rock 'n' rollicked. keyboardist connie grauer and drummer
kim zick
              even sassed up "jingle bells" in the spirit of the season.


              saliers and ray added to the fun by joining the duo on
stage for their set closer, the jazz rap "undecided."

                                           appeared in the milwaukee
journal sentinel on dec. 9, 1999.


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url: <http://www.geocities.com/felidae>

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date: thu, 9 dec 1999 18:21:52 -0500
from: neil <neily@netreach.net>
subject: [ig-news] new cd (attn. folks in mlps)


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
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new info (via the newsgroup)
anyone know where one can order this on the web?
anyone want to obtain me said disc?
it's being auctioned on ebay at the mo, but i'm sure it can be bought new
still...


"a radio station in minneapolis has just released a cd with a live version
of
peace tonight... just amy and emily, stripped down, sounds great! there are
also other wonderful tracks from sheryl crow, jude, barenaked ladies, and
many
others!"


     "104.1 the point"


     "all of these tracks are live either in the point's studios, at an
intimate point encounter, or a point acoustic show... needless to say, you
can't get these songs anywhere else! track listing:


          barenaked ladies: the old apartment
          sheryl crow: my favorite mistake
          the honeydogs: i miss you
          jude: i'm sorry now


          indigo girls: peace tonight


          fastball: fire escape
          shawn mullins: lullaby
          kathleen wilhoite: symphony
          duncan sheik: barely breathing
          fleming and john: ugly girl
          the verve pipe: generations
          stretch princess: sorry
          dido: here with me
          sixpence none the richer: kiss me"

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date: thu, 9 dec 1999 12:27:03 -0500
from: h <hhusted@bu.edu>
subject: [ig-news] igc: amy ray in cmj nmm


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hi


this is from the jan '00 issue of college music journal: new music monthly,
with kid rock on the cover.  it's in the context of an interesting opinion
piece on activism and art in music, about how you're either an artist or
commercial and rarely do the twain meet anymore, and that music is more
corporate than counterculture.  the spectre of those '60s glory days of
activism and music hangs over the article and frames it.  he uses kid rock
as his example of an artist who just doesn't care, but the issue is
splashed with his face: on the cover, on a full page photograph, and a half
page photograph.  the artist he criticizes most is the one selling the
magazine, which detracts from the validity of the argument--or perhaps just
goes to show how right he is about commerce.  these are just relevant
excerpts.


does music matter anymore?
by michael azerrad, pp. 32-39, 77.


...
"as soon as something cool appears on the media radar screen, it's snatched
and injected straight into the mainstream--today's techno is tomorrow's bmw
commercial.
somehow, this wormhole straight from obscurity to ubiquity bypasses the
mainstream music media.  "the cover of rolling stone always has to be
someone who's commercially successful in a mainstream way rather than
interesting, cutting edge coverage of who's really making things happen,"
says indigo girl amy ray, referring to an approach propagated by many
entertainment magazines.  "and [then] they talk about how there's nothign
going on by not telling people that there _is_ something going on."


[... he goes on to talk about ignored music scenes, rave culture,
commercial radio targeting and pigeonholding its audience]


"in another, wonderful way, pigeonholing allows musicians to have a very
powerful impact, if only on a very specific group of people.
music, ray feels, means something when it celebrates some aspect of your
community.  "i think music means something because of that," she says,
"because it still is that to a lot of people.  i don't think music means
much whe we're talking about hte massive scales of hype and stuff, when it
gets lost completely in consumerism and image and it's all about profit and
selling and there's not much there for people to hang on to."


...
[beastie boy adam h.'s speaking up about the woodstock rapes on the mtv
music awards, then]


"people have to learn how to use the influence they have or the money that
they have, the resources, if they really want to do good," says ray.  "and
have some courage about it--and not be afraid of what your audience is
going to think of you if you do this and that."
...
"activism and political thought and even feminism sort of got commodified
in the last 20 years... it's all about demographics and sales," says ray.
"so that ends up making it look like there's these fragmented populations
of people that are being spoken for.  but they're really just being sold to."
the way amy ray sees it, most fans see ratm for its unrelentingly
aggressive music and couldn't give a fig about its politics.  "they don't
know what the fuck they're talkin' about," says ray.  "it's this guy
standing beside you, one minute he's talking about disenfranchisement and
he's screaming these lyrics but he's going to go home and... he's into the
band for a different reason."  mattering in a political sense then, has
become just another way that a band can distinguish itself in a crowded
marketplace."


****
end.
****
amy has by far the best commentary on what he's saying, and she's quoted
many times, but probably out of context to support a rather weak thesis.


cmj isn't as notoriously bad as rolling stone and spin, but...
my beef with this article is, a) it's in one of those mainstream media
magazines ray criticizes, b) she's the only woman quoted, except for a kim
gordon soundbyte c) despite being quoted extensively, there are no
photographs of her at all (unlike dicky barret and moby), proving it's all
either boys or fashionable t&a that get visual coverage.


however, there *is* a small face shot picture of kaia wilson (go butchies!)
and a box with a good quote or two, and they consistently review good
women-fronted bands.  and amy is obviously seen as an authority, at least
by the author.


luv, h
np: the smiths, "singles"

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date: thu, 9 dec 1999 14:16:34 est
from: hunterj1@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] las vegas, los angeles one, & phoenix boots available :)


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


listee melissa g. was wonderful enough to send me three new ig shows to
share with y'all.  let me know if you want them.


as always, i'll need a blank and return postage but you can save your $ if
you want to set up a trade.


let me know.


jude :)

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