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ig-news-digest         tuesday, april 3 2001         volume 04 : number 061

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] a&e photos from echo lounge show               [memememi@aol.com]
  [ig-news] re: sun theater in anaheim - how do the tickets work?  [april ha]
  [ig-news] saratoga tickets onsale    [amy swenson <amy_indigirl@yahoo.com>]
  [ig-news] washington blade article - amy ray   [jsw <sejarez@maitraka.com>]
  [ig-news] washington blade article        [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]

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date: mon, 2 apr 2001 19:19:06 edt
from: memememi@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] a&e photos from echo lounge show

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


just a quick note (my own review to come later!)

there are a few photos of amy & emily playing with the band "group sex" at
amy's 3/29 echo lounge show up on the following website:

http://www.spoonbenders.com

then go to the group sex link, and under the "what is the buzz" section -
you'll find the new photos.

there will be reviews & more photos of both the butchies & amy's sets added
soon to the spoonbenders site (under reviews/live music), so you might want
to check back!
=)
lisa

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date: mon, 2 apr 2001 10:27:08 -0700
from: april haitsuka <grimmy7@earthlink.net>
subject: [ig-news] re: sun theater in anaheim - how do the tickets work?

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
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the first level (right in front of the stage) is general admission. it's
standing room only. i don't know how many people they're going to cram in
there. the second tier is reserved seats for dinner. i'm on the next tier,
which is nondinner reserved seats. you sit at tables that are perpendicular
to the stage. the web site has a seating chart and virtual tour that helps
visualize the setting. http://www.sun-theatre.com

doors open at 6. show starts at 8.

april

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date: mon, 2 apr 2001 09:13:43 -0700
from: amy swenson <amy_indigirl@yahoo.com>
subject: [ig-news] saratoga tickets onsale

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

if you want saratoga tickets, go online now at ticketmaster.com.
evidently, there's a presale going on. enter the callletters kfog to
purchase tickets. i just got 3rd and 2nd row for the two shows, so
there's tons of great seats available.

i'm a little irritated that these shows are going on sale long before
even being announced at the indigo girls sites. it's like you have to
watch ticketmaster every day just to have a chance at great seats, and
it's not guaranteed the good fans are getting the good seats. *shrug*

don't mind me. it's monday and i'm feeling pissy. :)

anyhow... just wanted to share!
- --amy

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date: mon, 2 apr 2001 12:15:59 -0700
from: jsw <sejarez@maitraka.com>
subject: [ig-news] washington blade article - amy ray

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
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not sure if anyone has mentioned this...
there's an article about amy ray and her solo album in the washington blade
mag....

you can link to the article from the main page:
http://www.washblade.com/

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date: tue, 3 apr 2001 09:56:54 +1000 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] washington blade article

hey folks,

here's the washington blade article which was mentioned
before...

- -sherlyn

- ---begin article---

amy ray goes stag
indigo girl rocks out on her new solo album

by harriet schwartz

she may take on rolling stone editor jann wenner as the
personification of white male dominance in the rock industry, but
amy ray of the indigo girls also confronts her own demons on stag
(daemon records), her new solo album.

ray explores both the personal and political on her new album,
sometimes mixing the two. "'black heart today' is a song to myself
about not being able to rise above my bad mood," she says. "but
when i talk about social issues -- human rights issues, or gender
issues -- like in 'laramie' -- things that i'm calling other
people down on, i'm including myself when [suggesting that]
someone needs to work on things."

while "laramie" may look inward and outward, "lucystoners" is a
definitive anti-rock-establishment statement. ray hammers on
wenner throughout the choruses.

"'lucystoners' covers a lot of territory, [including the] sexism
and homophobia that me and emily have experienced in the industry,
over time," ray says.  "jann is unfortunately an excellent symbol
for all this stuff. he is notoriously [seen as] sexist in the
feminist community, and so i picked him. i don't even know him, so
i have nothing personal. when i say he gave the boys what they
deserve, i meant it. it doesn't mean that the guys don't deserve
the coverage, they do. but it means he's sorely lacking in his
parity with women. he probably has women on the cover [of rolling
stone] as much as men, but they are always presented in a very
specific way."

ray believes that there has been a post-lilith fair, anti-woman
backlash in the mainstream music industry.

"i've talked to a lot of [radio] music directors about it," ray
says, "and they say their research shows that people's taste had
changed, but you have to wonder, why did that happen? did the
stations start playing something different?"

independent labels like ray's own, daemon, now in its 11th year,
have picked up some of the slack, she observes, noting that women
artists find far greater support in that segment of the industry.
ray called on many of her daemon records colleagues, as well as a
few old friends and artists she has admired, to put together stag.
the butchies, who have recorded on mr. lady records, gave ray a
sense of direction as she began the process that would lead to
stag.

"the songs with the butchies were a few of the first songs done
and i didn't expect them to be as diverse and as strong in terms
of branching out into different styles," ray says. "[the butchies
played] a song like 'laramie' that's not normally in their style,
and also 'lucystoners' which is a little more their style. when
they had such great performances, it raised the bar of what i was
expecting."

fans may have imagined that ray's solo album would pick up where
the indigo girls' latest studio album, come on now social, left off,
particularly building on ray's rock-oriented songs like "go" and
"compromise." however, stag has a much rawer sound, owing more to a
punk aesthetic than anything else. ray says that working with a
smaller budget had an impact on the sound, but that she wanted a
stripped-down rock feel.

"most of it is stylistically my choice, what i want it to be -- a
punk approach, the rawness," she says. "a lot of the stuff was
recorded live, with us playing together in one room. that has a
raw sound -- it's very hard to control sonically. so i made
choices to do things that way that i thought would lend themselves
to the song. ... i did different tricks. some of it came out really
well, and some of it you can't tell the difference."

ray says there were key moments when she felt the absence of emily
saliers, her collaborator in the indigo girls. she says that saliers
typically handles lead guitar for the indigos, so the solo project
required her to take on that role herself. she also missed saliers's
input regarding harmonies.

"when i was driving long drives to atlanta or birmingham to record,"
ray says, "it was very alone and different, making decisions about
mixes, those things i'm used to going to emily with."

while stag has been an energizing project for ray and an invaluable
outlet for her more aggressive musical side, she is clear that the
solo recording does not herald a permanent break with saliers. after
a short spring solo tour, ray plans to begin a new indigo girls
record with saliers in july.

whether working solo or with saliers, ray continues to explore her
musical process. she says she has a tendency to be overly cerebral,
but has also learned to trust her intuition. she looks no further
than songs on stag to prove her point.

"a song like 'late bloom' came very fast to me, was recorded fast
and i mixed it myself," she says. "[these are] things that don't
usually bode well for a song, and it turned out to be one of my
favorite tracks. ... i work on my songs for a long time. sometimes
they take that much work, and sometimes i miss the boat and don't
realize i should have stopped. sometimes i'll go back to an original
version of a song. maybe technically it isn't as good, but it has
something emotional that i can relate to."

amy ray will perform on wednesday, april 4, at the 9:30 club, 815 v
st., nw. for more information, call (202) 393-0930 or visit
http://www.930.com on the web. earlier that same day, at 4 p.m., she
will appear at olsson's dupont circle store, at 1307 19th st., nw.
for more information about that appearance, call the store at
(202) 785-2662.

- ---
with help from her friends
amy ray discusses her guests at the stag party

josephine wiggs: "the breeders were a very important band to me, so
i've always wanted to play with josephine. she's very
unconventional, but she grooves. she finds that one little lick and
repeats it a lot."

kate schellenbach: "kate's a great drummer. she gets the song, it
only takes her two takes -- and more takes than that and she won't
do it. well, she will, but it won't be as good as the first two,
and she knows that about herself. she's very inventive. she's
managed to merge that hip-hop groove with the old motown feel."

joan jett: "joan is very influential. i grew up listening to her. i
remember running track and everyone at track freaking out about 'i
love rock'n'roll' or any time she came out with something, we all
freaked out about it. i don't think people always realize what a
great musician she is. i think sometimes when you do rock and punky
stuff, people just think you are a three-chord wonder. she is that,
but she's also incredibly musical. i sung her [a] melody once and
she remembered it -- it's pretty special, that kind of musicality."

1945: "they were called 'three finger cowboys' until last year.
they're a pop band and they're a punk band -- they find that balance
between accessibility and rawness that's really hard to find.
they're amazing songwriters. i am a huge fan of their albums --
they've made two and both were very well received by college radio."

the butchies: "they have a record coming out. ... it's a great
record, i've heard it. ... i'm a huge team dresch fan, so naturally
i'm a butchies fan. i think that if they stick at it, which i'm sure
they will, they will get what they deserve, which is to play an
arena show. they're melodic -- kaia [wilson] has a real knack for
picking out a guitar line that will work; she always finds the right
guitar line, a signature. i can always tell you what part of a song
is kaia's. mel [york] is one of the best drummers i've ever played
with. she's diverse and inventive. al [martlew] is a great bass
player and has a beautiful voice."

kelly hogan: "she lives in chicago now. she was originally part of
the scene in atlanta, the punk scene. she did mostly torch songs,
like dusty springfield. she's brilliant."

rock*a*teens: "they are a band i've been infatuated with for years.
the lead singer who writes for them is one of the top five
songwriters for me. he's influenced me a lot. they remind me of a
cross between old spanish movies and that drama you feel in life
sometimes. they're very melodramatic and i love that about them.
they have that conquistador vibe. it's like neil young with some
punk band all mixed together."

danielle howle: "her voice is classic. she's a great songwriter
too. she's got this deep southern voice that is full of soul. she
has some records out and people should check her out."
- -- harriet schwartz

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