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ig-news-digest          monday, march 5 2001          volume 04 : number 039

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] amy on wfuv :)                                 [hunterj1@aol.com]
  [ig-news] (no subject)                                  [ssdaydrm10@cs.com]
  [ig-news] amy in blade                                   [mauseee76@cs.com]
  [ig-news] ny blade article                [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]

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date: sun, 4 mar 2001 12:09:13 est
from: hunterj1@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] amy on wfuv :)

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


<< 8-9 pm, words and music from studio a: rita houston welcomes amy ray in an
encore interview and performance.>>

march 5th on wfuv.com radio.

they are into mountain stage kinda things so maybe they will have excerpts
from the recent show.

jude :)

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date: sun, 4 mar 2001 17:41:47 est
from: ssdaydrm10@cs.com
subject: [ig-news] (no subject)

howdy,

here's another amy interview link...

http://www.technodyke.com/features/amyraystag.asp

christy

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date: sun, 4 mar 2001 19:08:02 est
from: mauseee76@cs.com
subject: [ig-news] amy in blade

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

in case anyone hasn't posted this yet...up here in nyc the gay/lesbian
newspaper blade has a picture of amy ray on the cover and an article/picture
inside about stag. i have seen blade in atlanta at some bookstores so i know
you can probably get it in other states besides ny. it is the issue dating
march 2, 2001.

michelle

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date: mon, 5 mar 2001 12:50:40 +1100 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] ny blade article

hey folks,

here's the article from the ny blade (www.nyblade.com) that
michelle mentioned......

- -sherlyn

- ---begin article---
ray of light
the indigo girls' amy ray goes solo with stag

by lawrence ferber

once known as a gentle, acoustic duo, the indigo girls -- amy
ray and emily saliers -- took a decidedly rockier, electrified
turn on their last album, come on now social. and surely a
substantial part of this new direction could be attributed to
ray. want proof? just take a listen to her driving, melodic,
and rockin' solo debut, stag.

"on the last few records there have been one or two songs that
have been more in this vein," admits ray.  "and i've felt
frustrated because it was hard to figure out how to have them
fit in. on come on now social they fit in really well because
emily was writing some more rock kind of stuff, too. but i've
been writing a lot of songs in the last five years that i felt
like i had to put over in this 'other' category and finally i
was like i'm just going to make a solo record. once i decided
that i really started writing for this record specifically. and
it made me feel great, more free about the indigo girls, too,
because i think i needed to have another pressure valve for
these other things i was feeling musically in order to create in
the indigo girls as well."

so free of pressure that ray declares the next indigo album will
hark back to their trademark acoustic style.

"we're gonna make a low-budget, simple record," she says. "it's
something i want to do. i'm twisting emily's arm a little bit,
but she's into it."

its cover bearing a photo of two women in a dancing embrace, one
dangling a cigarette by her side -- "she's trying to quit," ray
notes.  "and i hate tobacco companies, but i don't want to take
out part of the picture because it's art! it's part of a
picture!" -- stag is not only significant for being ray's first
solo effort. it's also one of her own releases, on ray's indie
label, daemon records. does this affect her hopes for the album?

"i think i've already fulfilled them because i just wanted to
make it, to be honest with you," she says. "although i hope it
breaks even because it's on daemon and i don't want to put my
own label in the hole! but i needed to make a record and i did
it."

a literal musical road trip, ray recorded stag in several
states. in durham, north carolina, she laid down five tracks
with local lesbian rock band, and sometimes indigo girls
opening act, the butchies. back in ray's home state of georgia,
one tune was recorded with southern gothic punk legends the
rock*a*teens, another song in birmingham, alabama with daniel
farris and 1945, while yet another track, "hey castrator," was
recorded in brooklyn with a virtual dream team of joan jett,
luscious jackson's kate schellanbach, and the breeders'
josephine wiggs.

lyric-wise, ray feels stag is emotionally "very dark."

"i think it's in your face, very graphic emotionally," she
admits. "i'm pretty much out there saying what i feel and it
runs the gamut from being very cynical to just kind of
laughing at myself. a lot of it is looking at myself and the
things i question in society and myself.  challenging sexism
in the industry, that comes up a lot. i think the biggest
thread that comes through it, though, is this sort of
eroticism of gender fluidity and the spiritual nature of that.
even the songs that aren't apparently about that on the
surface, it runs through there."

to wit, the songs "measure of me" and "mountains of glory"
address ray's latter thread.

"not consciously but subconsciously, i was dealing with my own
feelings about the boy inside me who wants to come out and
wants to feel o.k. about being that way," she says. "if my
girlfriend thinks of me as a boy i want to feel o.k. about
that, i want to be proud of that. but i also want her to think
of me as a woman. it would be great if one day we're so fluid
you call somebody 'joe,' but you're not even thinking joe is a
boy. you're just thinking joe is joe. but that's a long way off,
like star trek next generation land or something. but it would
be nice!"

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