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ig-news-digest      thursday, september 15 2005      volume 08 : number 109

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] minneapolis tickets for sale  ["kovacs, mirinda" <mirinda.kovacs]
  [ig-news] windy city times amy article  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.]


date: wed, 14 sep 2005 13:09:46 -0500
from: "kovacs, mirinda" <>
subject: [ig-news] minneapolis tickets for sale

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

hey everyone,
i have suddenly found myself with an extra pair of tickets for
saturday's show in minneapolis.  they are main floor row n.  i paid $100
with all the service fees, but will sell them for $80.
please e-mail me if you are interested in these seats.  i am in mn so
meeting up to get the tickets to you would be no problem.
mi rinda

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date: thu, 15 sep 2005 07:26:19 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] windy city times amy article

hey folks,

here's an article from the chicago's windy city times.  you can read
it online at (long url etc etc etc):

- -sherly

- ---begin forwarded article---
q&a with amy ray of the indigo girls

by niki coate

this fall, amy ray of the indigo girls will perform more in chicago
than in any other city, with five shows during september and october.
but she's not here just to promote her latest solo album, prom, or the
indigo girls' summer release, rarities. she's also here to promote
freedom for women's voices in chicago and around the globe.

ray is one of the most prominent activists in the music industry.
during this summer alone, in addition to running the not-for-profit
independent label daemon records, she worked with indigenous rights
activists in the chiapas state of mexico and went to capital hill
twice, once for the protection of low-power fm airwaves from
corporations like clear channel, and once to lobby against the energy
bill. ray will play the bottom lounge on thursday, sept. 22, as part
of the estrojam music and culture festival--a celebration of women in
the arts which takes plac sept. 21-24 at various venues throughout
chicago. this year, in addition to its live shows, estrojam hosts
panels, clinics, a film festival and an art fair, all while raising
money for the u.s. campaign for burma and the chicago abused women's

in a recent conversation with windy city, ray discusses the influence
of punk rock and high school on her latest solo album, the affects of
technological advances on the indie scene, and obstacles in the music
industry for female artists.

niki coate: for those people who haven't yet heard your latest album
prom, what should they expect?

amy ray: prom is a rock record. it's totally electric, and there's
some punk influences, definitely.

nc: where does your inner punk rocker come from? how long have you
known about her?

ar: i've known about it since college at least ... i was into the
clash and into political artists, and i think that the politics spoke
to me as much as the melody. it was just how a lot of those writers
could talk about their activism in a way that wasn't dogmatic or
overly earnest. it made you feel an energy around activism rather than
some kind of hopelessness or too much contemplation rather than

nc: what stirred up so much reflection on high school in this album?

ar: it's just a really formative time. you're really developing your
identity and perspective, and what you think your place is in the
world, and how you relate to other groups of people ... i don't think
you ever forget those experiences, and they affect everything you do
for the rest of your life.

nc: did you go to prom in high school, and what do you remember
thinking about it?

ar: i pretty much went to most of the dances .... sometimes i had a
date and sometimes i didn't. my senior year, though, i went with a
girl. i wasn't out, like, "this is my girlfriend." it was more like we
just went as friends. i was pretty involved in high school ... i
wasn't a cheerleader or anything, but i was involved in student
government and activism.

nc: you recorded a couple of songs for prom in the basement of a house
with nineteen forty-five from birmingham, ala. can you describe that
scene for me?

ar: for both of my solo projects, whoever i was working with, i went
into their working environment. nineteen forty-five has a house they
practice at, and in the basement they have recording gear, and we just
started laying tracks down. it's very easy to do now with the way
recording gear is. you can just find somewhere you're comfortable and
make sure it sounds good and just work. you're not limited by budget
and time. so that's really why i did that. it was fun. it was really
homey. we'd just be down there recording, go upstairs and fix
something to eat, go outside and walk the dogs.

nc: how has that change in technology--what you just described about
it not costing as much and being able to use different
facilities--affected the music industry?

ar: the music industry is really sorting itself out in that way.
midlevel studios are having trouble because what they can offer is not
going to be that much more than what someone who knows about recording
gear can do at their own house. in a way, there are these advances in
technology that are really helping out independent artists and making
it possible for us to have this completely different infrastructure
and achieve all of these great things for not very much money, but
there's this other group of people that were pioneers before us that
opened really great independent recording studios and independent
record stores, and we're starting to cut those people out of the
picture in some ways, with digital technology.

nc: particularly speaking as a female musician, is the music industry
still oppressive?

ar: there's definitely a lot of homophobia and there's definitely a
lot of a lot of sexism still, and the industry is still run by men.
there are women climbing the ladder and getting into positions of
power, but you have to look at that whole corporate infrastructure and
who ultimately makes all the money on it, and it's still really white
men, and until that changes, you're not going to change the way it
affects everybody.

nc: why are events like estrojam so important?

ar: normally when you have punk and rock festivals, women make up a
small percentage of who plays. hopefully that's going to change over
time ... but even when they're independent, for some reason ... women
still get left out. i think these festivals give women a place to
network with each other and play and get experience ... because the
ultimate goal for all of us is really to have punk festivals where
everybody plays and gender's not an issue. that's not happened yet,
but it will eventually ... we're all allies, and it's better for men
in the long run if women are thought of as equals. it's just better
for everybody.

nc: do you think in the mean time that women-specific events reinforce
the stereotypes or the separation at all?

ar: well, it depends on who you ask. there's always going to be people
who say it ... stereotypes women and it makes women seem like they're
all mediocre, but i don't really agree. if we were at a place where
... women had an equal footing ... yeah, i think it would be defeating
the purpose to have women-only events. ... but women don't get heard.
and i think this experience really does make women better musicians,
it really does make us better at what we do, and it really does give
us a network of people out there so that we participate in all of the
other events and we make a good showing for ourselves. i think that's
really important, just from a strategic point of view.

thursday, sept. 22, 6 p.m. the bottom lounge, 18+ / $14 in advance,
featuring: amy ray ( with jody bleyle of team dresch, will lochamy,
and les nuby ) , the reputation, the organ, reptoids, 8 inch betsy.
see for a complete schedule of shows.

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