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ig-news-digest         wednesday, may 9 2007         volume 10 : number 031

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] ig keene 5/4/07 - not a review but a recording...  ["mike reynol]
  [ig-news] durango herald article    [sherlyn koo <>]


date: tue, 8 may 2007 14:48:11 -0400
from: "mike reynolds" <>
subject: [ig-news] ig keene 5/4/07 - not a review but a recording...

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

first the link

indigo girls
colonial theater
keene, nh
2nd row dead center (was that a pun...oops..maybe)
full show! 108 min.


mini digital voice recorder -> winamp (convert to cd quality wav) ->
audacity (normalize and a low pass filter cuz there was diginoize) ->
lame 96 kbs (so it would fit as one big file on mediafire...i will split
from the original cd wav files later.)

dedicated to my dad, who died that day (but i found out after the show
and we were not tight, but i am feeling all sentinmental, so why not
share it...)

much better than it sounded on the way home.

mike r.

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date: wed, 9 may 2007 15:19:33 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] durango herald article

hi folks,

here's an article from the durango herald - online at
arts_entertainment/ae070508_1.htm ...

- -sherlyn

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indigo girls to sing out against desert rock
musicians oppose power-plant plan

may 8, 2007
by amy maestas | herald staff writer

contemporary folk/acoustic rock duo the indigo girls famously said years ago
that they are activists first and musicians second. their words have trailed
them since that declaration, and emily saliers and amy ray have lived that

on may 21 in shiprock, n.m., the indigo girls will be throwing their activist
support behind the proposed desert rock energy facility, a coal-fired power
plant slated to be built on the navajo nation 25 miles southwest of farmington.
ray and saliers will perform a benefit concert called honor the earth. the
intent is to lend support to grass-roots american indian groups working to
prevent the building of desert rock.

honor the earth is a national environmental-awareness group that takes on a
range of causes for the country's american indian population. headed by two-time
green party vice-presidential candidate winona laduke, the group, which formed
in 1993, has become involved in the desert rock issue as a way to support the
segment of the navajo nation that opposes the plant and also to continue its
promotion of safe, renewable energy alternatives.

the indigo girls have been working with honor the earth and performing benefit
concerts for its various causes for about 15 years. during the years, the indigo
girls have taken on the fight for issues that the honor the earth board of
directors deems worthy.

in participating, the indigo girls spend much time getting educated about the
issues they help promote. in this case, the indigo girls aim to support the
groups opposing the coal-fired plant.

"we believe (honor the earth's) work to bring awareness is some of the best work
on energy policy to be done," said ray in a telephone interview from virginia.

"honor the earth got involved with desert rock cautiously. we do our own
research to get our own perspectives about the issue and learn both sides of it.
in this case, the details are pretty nuanced."

if built by houston-based sithe global power, in partnership with the navajo
tribe's din'e9 power authority, the power plant reportedly would generate 1,500
megawatts of electricity once operational. it also may generate more than $50
million each year for the navajo nation and create 400 permanent jobs.

those projections aren't worthy enough for many people's support, including the
indigo girls, because of the already elevated ozone levels and mercury
contamination in the area.

"(the navajos) are suffering under the burden of bad energy practices," ray
said. "we are hoping to bring light to change the energy paradigms."

ray said that the current energy paradigm in the u.s. is not sustainable. she
and saliers strongly believe that communities have to recognize the connection
between poor energy policy and ultimate injustice and violence.

"the problem is that companies, like sithe global, are getting tax breaks for
these kinds of projects. they are getting all the benefits and the people in the
community aren't getting in on that. our message is to tell companies who want
to make money off the natives' backs to stop it."

in shiprock, laduke will speak briefly before the indigo girls perform a regular
concert. part of the show will certainly include music from the duo's latest
release, "despite of differences," said ray.

this latest recording was done on hollywood records, a new record label for ray
and saliers. the result is both predictable and fresh. true to their roots, the
singers' lyrics are provocative and introspective (and decidedly less dogmatic
than past songs); the music is emotional and angelic.

ray said of the album that it is one of the "tightest" releases the indigo girls
has made. "it's more spontaneous, energetic and in your face; it is also more
musically economical."

music aside, ray puts her emphasis on the genesis of the group's booking in
shiprock, a small native town that is musically underserved.

"the southwest is like a whole other planet," she said. "it's a very magical

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