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ig-news-digest         monday, march 19 2001         volume 04 : number 049

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] review of stag in lavender mag                 [btfenton@aol.com]
  [ig-news] echo lounge tickets          ["<alicia noel>" <noelamt1@aol.com>]
  [ig-news] chords for laramie              [john ihnat <ihnat@forumfed.org>]
  [ig-news] amy in boston globe                            [btfenton@aol.com]
  [ig-news] music midtown - ig is listed                   [btfenton@aol.com]

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date: sun, 18 mar 2001 01:03:46 est
from: btfenton@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] review of stag in lavender mag

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

girls' club a-list
by lisa needham

stag
amy ray
daemon records

now, i would never say anything to disparage the indigo girls as a team
effort. first, i think its against some kind of lesbian creed, and second,
i've always had such a soft spot for their passionate, edgy, folky thing.
however, as a team, the last record by the indigo girls left me a little cold
and dry. so, i welcomed the solo projects of both ladies.

emily showed up on the vonda shepard record. it was, ummm...nothing to be
ashamed of. (okay, i'm being polite--i actually found that record unbearable.
but if you like that sort of thing....)

amy ray, on the other hand...she got joan muthafuckin' jett on her solo
record. in fact, ray may have created one of the coolest postpunk (whatever
that means) records ever. with guests like the butchies, the rock*a*teens,
josephine wiggs, and the aforementioned mighty mighty ms. jett, the erstwhile
indigo's record is all that. it's a veritable lesbian superstar extravaganza.

simply put, ray does it all. there's a traditional appalachian murder ballad
complete with mandolin ("johnny rottentail"); a genderfuck butch anthem
extraordinaire ("mountains of glory"); and the mother of all cool songs,
"hey, castrator," with wiggs, jett, and kate schellenbach. "castrator" is a
dark, muddy piece of work worthy of wiggs's own breeders. it sounds utterly
unlike an indigo girls song, and is utterly irresistible.

oh, and lest i forget: the butchies lend some supremely off-key fun to
"lucystoners," which may be the cleverest song ever, solely for working in
references to rolling stone editor jann wenner's ongoing lame treatment of
female musicians.

not many records during the last 12 months rendered me speechless. there were
some highlights, but nothing that left me with the inarticulate joy this
record inspired. its an homage to everyone from bluegrass songwriters to punk
power trios like ray's hero, husker du. all in all, an amazing, unbeatable,
inspiring record.

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date: sat, 17 mar 2001 23:13:04 est
from: "<alicia noel>" <noelamt1@aol.com>
subject: [ig-news] echo lounge tickets

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hi all,

i'm coming out of lurkdom to let anyone out there who might be interested
know that i have two extra tickets to the echo lounge show in atlanta on
march 29.  email me privately if you're interested, and we'll work
something
out.

a.
noelamt1@aol.com

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date: sat, 17 mar 2001 15:36:01 -0600
from: john ihnat <ihnat@forumfed.org>
subject: [ig-news] chords for laramie

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hi y'all --

i sent this to the ig guitarists list, but thought some people here might be
interested.

noodling around last night and i think the intro chords to laramie are amy's
favourites: em for two measures, then g and d.  and i think the d is a d/f#,
e.g.:
2x023x

. . . emphasizing the bass strings.

well, it's a start.  :)  please email me if you can figure out anything
else.

john

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date: fri, 16 mar 2001 08:12:39 est
from: btfenton@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] amy in boston globe

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indigo grrrl

amy ray lashes out with solo album

by steve morse, globe staff, 3/16/2001


electric guitars and garage-rockin' grit. fiery, neil young-like soloing. and
full-throttle vocals that lash out at homophobia, class prejudice, and ''the
stupid, secret, white-boy handshake that we'll never be part of.''


say hello to amy ray - better known as one-half of the indigo girls
- - and her first solo album, ''stag,'' which just danced into record stores.
it's a side of ray that has been bubbling under for a while but finally burst
out.


''i've really been wanting to make a record that made use of this side of my
musical vision - and to use the songs i've been stockpiling that didn't fit
in with the indigo girls,'' says ray, who recorded the cd with backup from
punk band the butchies, joan jett, the rock*a*teens, josephine wiggs (the
breeders), and kate schellenbach (luscious jackson).


''the whole record has an indie feel, and that's what i wanted,'' says ray,
who released it on her own daemon records, based in decatur, ga. ''i did this
to refuel and get my confidence back.''


it's no secret that the indigo girls - ray's longtime acoustic-based band
with emily saliers - are not your typical major-label act. they've done well
on epic records (part of the sony empire), but their stubborn willfulness and
even more stubborn social activism is not what corporate types feel
comfortable with.


and those corporate types would probably feel even less comfortable if they
caught up to ray's solo album. ''there's still homophobia and sexism in the
record business,'' she says. ''the more corporate you get, the more
homophobic it gets.''


as she sings in the hard-hitting song, ''lucystoners'': ''testing
1-2-3 in the marketplace/it's just a demographic-based disgrace/and a stupid,
secret, white-boy handshake that we'll never be part of.'' the song also rips
jann wenner, the publisher of rolling stone, alleging that his magazine is
guilty of sexism: ''janny wenner, janny wenner, rolling stone's most fearless
leader/gave the boys what they deserve, but with the girls he lost his
nerve.''


''i don't even know jann wenner, but i'm really using him as an example of a
much bigger issue - sexism,'' ray says. ''it covers every part of the
industry - and he was a very handy target. rolling stone has become pretty
vacuous in its music coverage.''


as for the ''lucystoners'' title, it's based on lucy stone, a
turn-of-the-century feminist who got married and kept her own name.
''feminists call themselves lucystoners,'' says ray.


ray also stands up for gay rights on the album, especially in the song
''laramie,'' which examines the killing of matthew shepard, a young gay man
in wyoming.


''the paradigm needs to shift,'' says ray. ''and i'm talking about a lack of
acceptance on every level, not just of gay people. i'm talking about hate in
general and blaming other people for things.''


the album is sure to stir strong emotions. it's only too bad her voice isn't
mixed higher, because it's sometimes lost in the muddy, garage-band sound.
there are nonprotest songs as well, such as the appalachian-sounding ''johnny
rottentail'' and the soul-searching ''black heart today.''


as for the indigos, look for them to play the newport folk festival again in
august (as an acoustic duo this time). they won't have a new record, though,
until next year.


ray will hit the road, backed by the butchies, for a tour coming to lilli's
on april 7. the butchies and opener tammy hart will also do their own sets.


''i won't be doing any indigo girls songs, but i will be dragging my own amps
around and doing my own tech-ing,'' says ray. ''it's good to get back in
touch with those things.''

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date: fri, 16 mar 2001 12:00:43 est
from: btfenton@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] music midtown - ig is listed

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check out the site: www.musicmidtown.com

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