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ig-news-digest        thursday, april 12 2001        volume 04 : number 066

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] sigc: the butchies from boston bay windows     [btfenton@aol.com]
  [ig-news] seattle dates - 7/18 and 7/19  [amy swenson <amy_indigirl@yahoo.]
  [ig-news] columbus show              [david murray <rush22dog@hotmail.com>]
  [ig-news] extra ticket for louisville  [anna creech <creechal@hotmail.com>]
  [ig-news] newport tix on sale tomorrow!  [stephen mcgill <smcgill818@yahoo]

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date: wed, 11 apr 2001 07:42:40 edt
from: btfenton@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] sigc: the butchies from boston bay windows

[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was
originally sent to the indigo girls mailing list at
netspace.org.]

striking a raw nerve
new release '3' is likely to usher more punk rock fans to the butchies' side
by r.j. grubb

indigo girl amy ray is creating quite a buzz for her new solo album, "stag."
but one of the hidden benefits of her debut and spring tour is that it also
adds to the current boon for ray's new back-up band, the butchies.

to be sure, the butchies, the north carolina-trio of unabashedly dyke punk
rockers, are enjoying a hot streak. last year, the band took home a glama
(gay/lesbian american music awards) for "best band." then their song "galaxy
is gay" hit prime time when it aired as the background music for neve
campbell's lesbian-smooch scene on "party of five." nowadays, the band just
hit the road for six weeks as the openers for ray and her back-up stage band.

with ray, the band constantly plays to sold-out shows-like the one at lilli's
when the stag tour hits somerville on april 7. the timing couldn't be better
since the band will release their third album called aptly "3" (mr. lady
records) on april 17. much fuller-sounding and more raw than the band's
previous releases, "3" is poised to usher more punk rock loving fans their
way. still, despite the run of good fortunate, the butchies say they just
hope the hit-making gears remain greased while they keep grounded.

[...]

along with york, singer/guitarist kaia wilson started things off with team
dresch, one of the pacific northwest trailblazing riot grrrl bands of the
early '90s. in 1998, both teamed up with bassist alison martlew, formed the
butchies, and released their first album, "are we not femme," which unleashed
a new self-described "pumped rock" aesthetic that spoke of dyke love and
loss, genderfucks, politics, and even disco. a year later, the album
"population 1975" hit the shelves solidifying the band as a thrill-ride,
lesbian-validating punk band.

roughly around this time, ray contacted mr. lady records-the fast growing
indie label founded by wilson and her girlfriend filmmaker, photographer
tammy rae carland. ray was looking for girl bands to join her 11-year-old
indie label, daemon.

a date with mr. lady

"she loved our music," explained york. "we sent her a cd and she came to see
us. we played a daemon showcase in the fall of '98. then we just started
developing a relationship. we would email, talk on the phone, blablabla."

that blablabla eventually led to the band scoring the opening slot on the
indigo girls' "come on now social" tour in 1999.

"opening up for the indigo girls was really, really fun," remembered york.
"and how the indigo girls work things is that they invite their opening band
on stage for the encore."

after a few encores of joan jett's version of gary glitter's "do you want to
touch me," the butchies found themselves joining ray in the studio.

"i don't know how it happened, but amy said i'm doing a solo record and i'd
love for you guys to play on a couple of songs," said york. "and it just
clicked."

in a recent rolling stone interview ray explained that "the butchies
surprised me, because i thought i had them pegged. i thought they'd do really
good on "mtns of glory" and "measure of me"-those are two extremes they do
really well, the punk sort of ballad and the fast song. i didn't peg them as
a 'laramie' kind of band."

"laramie," a punkless, straight-ahead guitar rock song that centers on the
murder of matthew shepard, is a change of pace for the band. yet the butchies
wowed ray with their versatility. soon ray was "digging us and saying i would
love for you guys to be in my band," said york. the "stag" tour kicked off in
texas last month when the band played the sxsw (south by southwest) festival.
given their dual roles, the butchies found themselves playing a grueling
four-sets in one day.

"it was insanity," said york. "and you wouldn't have known it. we were damn
proud of ourselves. i swear we gave it our all."

to be sure, their fans give their all too. that is, butchies' fans tend to
toss a bra or two on stage to show their appreciation. for this tour, if the
crowd is feeling frugal with their wares, then the band devised a unique
method of audience participation. so be prepared when the butchies play the
first track off their new cd, "anything anthology"-a song that uses a subtle
cowbell at the end-because the band has unwittingly created a not-so subtle
cowbell girl.

"the first girl totally knocked our socks off, because she was banging that
cowbell like she was giving someone a smack on the ass," said york. "and the
second girl, amy called her the sleeper, because you had no idea she was
going to be as crazy as she was. but when she got on stage and we started
playing the song, she started freaking out and jumping high up into the air.
it was just insane."

'a new sound'

can't say fans ever saw that at an ig show. but, besides the cowbell novelty,
the butchies are also bringing a new sound to the "stag" tour. and for
wilson, the word is "raw."

[...]

'much more gross'

[...]

other lesbian rockers, like ray, have coined the mood as the "lillith fair
backlash." ray explores it on her new song, "lucystoners." for wilson, it's a
disappointing step backwards.

"i wish things progressed differently," wilson said. "i've seen a lot of
backlash with people not wanting to define themselves as a lesbian band and
identity. a lot of confusion and resistance. it's not helpful to be in that
environment. people refusing to identify or align themselves with feminist or
queercore-i think that's strange and not the way i would like to see things
progress."

[...]

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date: wed, 11 apr 2001 11:34:16 -0700
from: amy swenson <amy_indigirl@yahoo.com>
subject: [ig-news] seattle dates - 7/18 and 7/19

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

the indigogirls.com bbs announced that the girls will be playing
seattle on 7/18 and 7/19. tickets go onsale friday at 10am at
ticketbastard or the summernights webpage.

i've posted all the summer tour dates i know of at, along with links to
purchase info:

http://www.indigirl.com/igc.html

thanks!
amy

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date: wed, 11 apr 2001 14:51:05 -0400
from: david murray <rush22dog@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] columbus show

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

hello all-

well, after 9 hours in the car and little sleep, i'm back at work for the
afternoon so i thought i'd post about columbus since no one else has.

the show was pretty good but nothing compared to ny and phily. she had pa
and mic problems at the start (massive feedback) and before lucystoners and
i think it "subdued" her all night. plus it screwed up the flow of the show.
i guess after driving from boston and having the day off may do that. not
sure. it was hot as hell too. don't get me wrong, i enjoyed the show but
comparing shows, it was just ok. the pa system overall was pretty shitty
from where i was standing, which didn't help things. her vocals were buried
a bit.

the butchies rocked and seemed to be in the same mood. i don't know who runs
the venue but they are clueless. we are standing outside until 8:35pm, they
finally start letting people in and i'm 3/4 of the way back. i get to the
door and rose is on stage already. unbelievable. the ticket says 8pm show
anyway. why wait to let people in that late then have the show start before
everyone is in? poor rose, i could bearly hear her at all. there is
absolutely no respect for opening acts. tough gig.

amy's setlist didn't change, stag in song order and then the buzzcocks cover
and refugee, which still totally jam. unlike ny, the crowd was extremely
talkative all night, even during lazyboy (no pin drops here), which amy
explained is about her grandmother's lazyboy chair which she collaped and
died in. she went on to say that her family was having a hard time deciding
what to do with it and thus, she wrote the song about it. on your honor is
still my favorite live tune. this song should be on every rock radio station
in the country. i've decided that i'm going to send a copy of stag to my
local rock station, demanding they play this tune or laramie. both fit the
bill.

back to work.

dpm
"rock is cool but the struggle is better..." -ar

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date: wed, 11 apr 2001 15:23:10 -0400
from: anna creech <creechal@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] extra ticket for louisville

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

i have an extra ticket for the louisville show - if you know someone who
wants it, drop me a line.  first come, first serve.

anna

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date: wed, 11 apr 2001 14:23:35 -0700
from: stephen mcgill <smcgill818@yahoo.com>
subject: [ig-news] newport tix on sale tomorrow!

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

got this from the newport mailing list today...

special announcement for subscribers!

more artists announced! tickets are going on sale
early with a special discounted 2-day ticket for
subscribers only.

the pre-sale begins at noon on thursday, april 12 and
will continue on friday, april 13 until 10:00 pm.
tickets go on sale to the general public at 10:00 am
on saturday, april 14.  the discounted 2-day ticket
will not be available after the pre-sale.

the festival begins on friday, august 3rd, with an
evening concert at the hotel viking and continues from
11:30 am to 6:30 pm at fort adams state park on
saturday and sunday, august 4th and 5th.

saturdayms fort stage lineup will feature emmylou
harris and the newport folk debut of the flatlanders;
featuring the virtuoso talents of joe ely, jimmie dale
gilmore and butch hancock.   look for ellis paul on
the borders stage on saturday in a menms song circle,
a concept to be repeated on sunday with women
performers.  several other artists for both stages
will be announced soon.

on sunday, the indigo girls will appear along with
many other artists including toshi reagon, susan
mckeown - and the campbell brothers, performing their
amazing sacred steel gospel compositions.

adult single day tickets will be $ 48 per
day for the saturday and sunday events.
the festival 2-day ticket will be $ 84 for the two
days at fort adams, but will be offered to subscribers
for $ 74 during the special pre-sale.  the password to
purchase tickets during the pre-sale is wnewpfolk.
use this link to take you to the purchase page at
ticketmaster.com.

https://ticketing.ticketmaster.com/cgi/purchasepage.asp?event_id=10032879e8823b8&event_code=enf2day

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