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ig-news-digest       thursday, december 16 1999       volume 02 : number 228


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] tonights louisville show      [kim & rhea <reebee@otherside.com>]
  [ig-news] ig - creative loafing article                  [memememi@aol.com]
  [ig-news] 3 extras for 12/16/99  [michael cunningham <mcunningham@pbp1.com]
  [ig-news] fwd: indigo girls news        [jean moses <sneakyjean@yahoo.com>]
  [ig-news] ig on compliation cd                          [shedyskin@aol.com]
  [ig-news] australian tour dates           [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]


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date: tue, 14 dec 1999 23:32:01 -0500
from: kim & rhea <reebee@otherside.com>
subject: [ig-news] tonights louisville show


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


we just got in from our 6th ig show.  i'm sure i feel this way after every
show, but i'll say it anyway...this was the best show i've seen.  the crowd
was wonderful, much better than the last time they were in louisville.  the
girls were energetic, talkative and smiling.  my sweetie stole a poster.
there were lots of them in the bar and by the bathroom, but by the end of
michelle malone's set all but one of them were gone.  kim took it.  at the
end of the show i asked sully for a set list and got the last one.  i'm in
heaven.


amy said they let the band pick the set list for the night. she said they
always get to play the songs they want to play, so they thought they would
let the band pick the songs they wanted to play tonight. this might explain
the title on cold beer.

here is the set list.


go
trouble
three hits
peace tonight
chickenman
wood song (1st time for us to hear this live)
sister
least complicated
shed your skin
closer to fine
ozilline
soon be to nothing
i don't wanna know
cold beer  & set list trauma
faye tucker
get out the map
shame on you


encore
you and me of the 10,000 wars (one of my sweeties favorites)
gone again
galileo


was there anybody else from the list there?


rhea of


kim & rhea


"sometimes i ask to sneak a closer look, skip to the final chapter of the
book...
but the question drowns in its futility, and even i have got to laugh at
me."


emily saliers
indigo girls

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date: wed, 15 dec 1999 07:49:21 est
from: memememi@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] ig - creative loafing article


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
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reprinted without permission from this week's atlanta creative loafing
(12/15/99):
(you can find this online at http://www.creativeloafing.com)


=)
lisa


******************************************************************************
****
social gathering
the indigo girls live long and prosper with community and commitment


by lang whitaker


12/18/99


indigo girls amy ray and emily saliers
michael halsband
in these days when radio's roost is ruled by teeny-bop sugar pop and white
rap-rockers trying to be fly, breaking through the crowded play lists and
getting air play is harder than ever, even if you have something socially
relevant to say. just ask decatur's indigo girls.


ten years ago, when amy ray and emily saliers released their eponymous first
record of earnest, harmony-heavy folk-pop, they immediately began building a
devoted fan following that has continued billowing throughout the decade.
they've sold over seven million albums and tallied six grammy nominations,
and their latest record, the relatively eclectic come on now social displays
a growing maturity while it has garnered plenty of critical acclaim. but
don't expect to hear the indigo girls on your radio.


"radio is really strange," says saliers, on the phone during a recent tour
stop in denver. "it's completely corporate-run, and companies own a handful
of stations, so they control all the advertising and the playlist. so, it's
harder than ever to get played on radio. it's just kind of soulless right
now, if you ask me."


a few days later in st. louis, ray echoes her bandmate. "we're pretty
disillusioned with radio," she says. "i think with the telecommunications act
in the early '90s, and all the mergers ... there's not a lot of substance
there."


for a band that thrives on substance, clearly this is not good news. the
indigo girls have always written songs about pressing issues, such as their
dark take on recently executed texas murderer karla faye tucker ("faye
tucker"), and the duo has been heavily involved in environmental activism,
including their 1995 and '97 honor the earth benefit tours.


but despite the message and commitment in their tuneful music, radio has, for
the most part, turned a deaf ear. "they'll tell you there's a radio format
for everyone," ray notes, dryly, "but that's like saying there's five
different kinds of frosted flakes, or there's peanut butter cap'n crunch and
chocolate cap'n crunch. but it's all the same."


part of the indigo girls' problem breaking through radio stems from the fact
that they refuse to play the image games that most popular artists endure to
help generate publicity. from tour to tour, album to album, saliers and ray
go out each night in worn blue jeans and t-shirts, wearing the same shaggy
haircuts. and they don't see that changing any time soon.


"image is not a large part of what we present," saliers says. "amy and i are
really about the songs and going into the studio and making the best record
we can make, and then taking it out on the road. we're still a grass roots
band, and i think our fans would wonder what we were doing if we did our hair
all different or started wearing new clothes. it's just not something we do.
i find that sort of thing quite inspiring and interesting in other artists,
but for us, it's just not natural."


ray and saliers also admit their reticence to participate in the wacky
promotional carousels that many radio stations spin, even if that means
giving up possible air time. "we have relationships with certain radio
stations that have been good to us," saliers says, "but we're not going to do
some crappy morning show where they make fun of you on the air or talk about
bodily functions. it's just not worth it."


"we do the things that are fun," ray adds. "radio stations do contests now
where 15 winners get to go hear a private show, and we love doing those
because we get to play, and it's not based on who can afford to buy tickets,
it's based on who wins. those are good because they're listener-oriented and
they're not elitist. but the game is pretty demoralizing, because if you play
it to the extent that they want you to, i think you wake up one day and you
realize you crammed your music down everyone's throat, and you don't know
whether they liked it or not."


still, for a relatively mainstream group that manages to stay under the radar
of most mainstream music outlets, things could be a lot worse. over the
decade, the indigo girls have managed to carve out a place for themselves to
do what they do without much interference from the forces of corporate
politics in the music business.


given the room to do things their own way, the indigo girls have evolved at a
comfortable pace. come on now social, which features tracks with muted drum
loops and complex rhythms, represents something of a departure for ray and
saliers. in addition to first-time production collaborator john reynolds, a
drummer who previously worked with sinead o'connor, the album features guest
appearances by joan osborne, sheryl crow, me'shell ndegeocello, the band's
rick danko, middle eastern singer natacha atlas and luscious jackson drummer
kate schellenbach. the introduction of new voices and players into the duo's
familiar sound has naturally impacted it.


"but," saliers says, "it's not like we've done a drastic turn or made a
complete appalachian album, whereas on this album there a couple of songs
that are totally appalachian in vibe. i think this is a really well-produced
record, and there is plenty of diversity within the songs."


of course, diversity is relative when you're dealing with an artist best
known for writing campfire favorites. despite dressing up their new batch of
songs with flourishing beats and layered guitars, the songs remain the same,
especially structurally. ray has always tended to write little punk ditties
camouflaged in birkenstocks and frayed bell-bottoms, and saliers has always
leaned toward wistful songs of longing. they both continue these patterns on
come on now social, suggesting that despite being willing to take on
society's ills, they find comfort within their own conventions.


while social flirts with a more commercial sound, neither increased sales nor
radio play have materialized. that, however, suits the indigo girls just
fine. "i think epic records would love for us to have a huge hit, which we've
never had," saliers says. "but because we sell alright and we recoup [the
company's investment] -- and in time each record eventually goes platinum --
the record company is satisfied with that. they've got other artists, like
rage against the machine, that sell three or four million, and we just keep
plugging away. we're just a little grass roots band. so they don't put any
pressure on us. but i think if we didn't sell any records, they might try to
force us to play the game. or they might drop us like they drop other
artists. that's the name of the game: sell, sell, sell." saliers pauses,
before adding, "it's pretty bleak."


what makes the bleakness worth enduring, though, is the chance to play live.
touring invigorates the indigo girls, allowing them to reconnect each night
with their core audience. "the fans are what makes doing all of this worth
it," saliers says. "so i feel very grateful for our career."


"we have a cool audience and they're pretty open-minded," ray again echoes
saliers. "there's this greater community we're trying to be a part of through
our activism. it's more of a mutual assent. our shows, they suck if the
audience isn't very good. and if the audience is good, the shows are good.
and i think we understand that relationship and we depend on them."


conversely, indigo girls fans depend on the duo to continue taking stands on
issues such as environmental protection, gay and lesbian rights, the plight
of indigenous peoples and gun control. and of course, they keep coming back
for the music.


"i think the songs are very honest and earnest -- sometimes too much so --
but i think that they speak to certain people in emotional struggles,"
saliers says. "there's a large amount of activism within the songs, or just
political context, and people understand that who follow us."


based on the past decade, it seems that as long as the indigo girls continue
making open-hearted, reflective songs that reveal something to listeners, ray
and saliers will continue to command a committed, devoted audience. radio be
damned.


the indigo girls play the tabernacle on thurs., dec. 16, and fri., dec. 17.
tickets are $31 general admission, $36 reserved; available through
ticketmaster. for more information, call 404-659-9022.

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date: wed, 15 dec 1999 13:55:45 -0500
from: michael cunningham <mcunningham@pbp1.com>
subject: [ig-news] 3 extras for 12/16/99


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


hkf's,


quick change - show is not sold out yet so i have to make a deal.  i'll get
rid of the 3 tickets for $30 bucks each or close to that.  plus i'll throw
in a blue indigo girls bumper sticker (white background) that needs a new
home (not sure if you can get these anymore).  so how's that sound!!!  (get
back to me thru e-mail by 5pm or try me at home at 404-355-1617)


thanks y'all,
a+e=ig


"we are fortunate ones
fortunate ones
i swear!!!"


mcunningham5@earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~mcunningham5/indigo.html
"you probably have to be a little brave to be a
guy indigo girls fan." - emily saliers

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date: wed, 15 dec 1999 17:21:46 -0800
from: jean moses <sneakyjean@yahoo.com>
subject: [ig-news] fwd: indigo girls news


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got this in the mail today from <gasp> the fanclub!


jean


> hey everybody,
>
> just wanted to let you all know that there is now apparel available
> at
> <http://www.indigogirlsdirect.com>!  more will be available soon, so
> keep an
> eye out for it.
>
> also, amy and emily have taken over ownership of
> <http://www.indigogirls.com>.  the new design is almost finished!
> you all
> will be notified when the new site is up and running.  this site will
> be
> ever evolving, ever changing, with direct input from amy and emily,
> so it
> should be a fun and informative site to visit.
>
> look for another email coming to you next week with two big
> announcements!
>
> happy holidays!
>
>
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> http://www.indigogirls.com </a>
> the official store: <a href= "http://www.indigogirlsdirect.com" >
> http://www.indigogirlsdirect.com </a>
>
>

=====
jean moses
sneakyjean@yahoo.com
__________________________________________________
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thousands of stores.  millions of products.  all in one place.
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date: wed, 15 dec 1999 19:22:17 est
from: shedyskin@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] ig on compliation cd


[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was
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netspace.org.]


i was browing at a record store and saw a double compliation cd called
something like "folk, gospel and blues - will the circle ever end" and was
surprised to see galileo on it. i think it's just the regular studio version.
does anyone else know about it? i didn't see this on lifeblood's site.
[...]


peace
dorothy

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date: thu, 16 dec 1999 12:52:08 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] australian tour dates


hey folks,


i just called the promoter and got the following list of dates for
the australian ig tour...


thu 2/3/00      canberra theatre, canberra act
fri 3/3/00      melbourne concert hall, melbourne vic
tue 7/3/00      brisbane concert hall, brisband qld
thu 9/3/00      state theatre, sydney nsw
sat 11/3/00     thevarton theatre, adelaide sa
mon 13/3/00     concert hall, perth wa


i'm also guessing that they'll announce at least another show each
for sydney and melbourne, but i could be wrong...


there's a half-page ad in this week's drum media here in sydney for
the show.  also, ticketmaster is now listing the melbourne show...


looks like i will be taking a couple of days off work to do the
canberra-melbourne-sydney roundtrip - whoohoo,
sherlyn
=-= sherlyn koo - sherlyn@fl.net.au =-=-=-=-=-=-= [sydney, australia]
"change the country of your head
  into the country of your heart..."    - karma county

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