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ig-news-digest          monday, june 15 2009          volume 11 : number 048

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] amy interview from the aquarian  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopol]
  [ig-news] emily's ipod shuffle, from the boston globe  [sherlyn koo <sherl]


date: mon, 15 jun 2009 09:38:33 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] amy interview from the aquarian

hey folks,

just catching up from the weekend.  here's an interview with amy from the
aquarian in little falls nj.  you can read it online at


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interview with the indigo girls: mutually beneficial

indigo girls
june 12, 2009
by jordana borensztajn

getting dumped by a major label is usually a serious career pitfall for a
band. but in the case of the folk rock team amy ray and emily saliers--aka
the indigo girls--getting dropped by hollywood records proved to be a
blessing in disguise.

"it was sort of forced on us, but we were really happy about it," ray says,
on the phone, driving near her home in georgia. "i feel like the kind of
music that we make--it's got some pop elements to it because emily can
really write a pop song--but as people, we sort of go against the grain as
far as marketing goes. we're getting older, and we're queer, and we're very
political and that's kind of a nightmare for a major label--let's be real."

the indigo girls, an iconic band in both the folk worlds and among the lgbt
communities, have been making music as a pair for more than two decades.
ray says signing with an independent versus a major label was one area they
never really agreed on. so after parting ways with hollywood records in
'07, the girls' most recent delivery, poseidon and the bitter bug, was
released independently and distributed through vanguard records. the
strength of their songwriting and the quality of the album are proof that
the independent route was undoubtedly the right path for them.

"we're really happy this way. creatively, we've always had a lot of freedom
but on a business level it feels very different to be working for yourself,
and knowing where the money's going, and feeling like you're not wasting as
much--and you're making it based on your own vision."

contrary to many money-focused bands in the scene, the indigo girls have
served up a double-disc cd pack for fans. poseidon and the bitter bug comes
equipped with a full-length studio recording as well as a stripped-down
acoustic record. ray says it was their producer's idea to give fans both
versions of their new songs, and they loved the idea. "it was definitely
harder than i thought it would be to record live acoustic versions of
songs, which is a good lesson, but people seem to really like it, and it's
a good representation of the way things start out and the way they end up,"
she says. "we don't really think about (the financial returns). we were
excited about something that we could do that would make it more
interesting for people. for us it's all aboutb& what we can do different
this time that will be interesting to us, and a new challenge for us and
also our audience. if you just do the least amount, you can't expect
anything back from that."

packed with infectious hooks, raw emotions, and the pair's trademark killer
harmonies, the indigo girls' new record marks another huge leap forward. in
the same fashion as when they started out, the duo write individually and
bring their songs to the table to work together on the arrangements. even
after 24 years, ray says the arrangement procedure is no less nerve-racking
now than when they began.

"our process of arrangement is very similar to when we started, but we're
better at it. we have more notes to choose from, and a little bit more of
an expanded vocabulary. we're older now and as we've grown, we've both
gained more musical knowledge and more songwriting skills. both of us
realize that we have to, as individuals, do the work and evolve within
ourselves in order to bring a new challenge to the group and make it
interesting," she says. "when we get together, it's still pretty scary
because you're bringing your songs in and wondering what the other person
thinks, and whether they're going to like them or not. and that never
really goes away, you know. i don't think that ever becomes routine and
just rote. it still feels kind of scary and it's still hard to imagine when
you write your song, how it's going to be as a duo."

based on the indigo girls' huge global success, these chicks have nothing
to worry about. not only are they adored across the world for their
musicianship, but the pair is also well-respected for speaking out, and
supporting, a variety of causes including gay rights, human rights, and the
environment, and are seen as role models for some members of the lgbt

"we don't affiliate (advocacy) with our songwritingb& but as a career,
it's always affiliated for us--probably because of our families and the way
we were brought up--it was always part of the scene for us. you do a
certain amount of benefits, whatever number feels good, and intermingle
that with what you're normally doing because it's the idea of giving back
to the community. it's really more about what my responsibility is as a
citizen," she says.

"our relationship with the lgbt community is a very mutual relationship. as
much as we can work on behalf of them or be a voice sometimes, they're also
a voice for us. as a role model, i'm just human. i don't really even
entertain that idea. i mean, i don't want to do things to negatively affect
gay issues or queer issues--i'm mindful of that. i'm mindful of a certain
responsibility, probably on a sub-conscious level, of knowing that
sometimes we're representing our fans and it's important to be proud of it,
and even if you have self-doubt, or go through a time of, almost,
self-hatred because of your queerness, or you're having issues with your
own homophobia, it's important to override that, i think, and be strong for
your community. and that's as far as it goes.

"other than that, we're kind of helping each other out, because if it
wasn't for the lgbt community, we wouldn't be doing as well as we do, on
any level--business, socially, family, history--anything."

having played an intimate indoor show fairly recently in new york, the
indigo girls are about to hit crowds at summerstage. ray says the girls
feel a strong connection to nyc, and their fans, and can't wait to unleash
a mix of their old and new tracks. "new york for us is almost like playing
in the south. it feels like a second home. it's so boisterous and
supportive and fun, and it just feels like a big gang of people singing
along. and singing in central park really lends itself to that. we're very
excited about it," she says. "our audience is what's carried us through
this whole thing. we have a really good core fan base that are just there.
they keep it interesting and they challenge us, and we have a
multi-generational thing going on now and that doesn't really take a label
to do that. that just takes commitment and touring."

poseidon and the bitter bug is out now. indigo girls play central park
summerstage in nyc on june 16. for more info, check out or

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date: mon, 15 jun 2009 09:41:25 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] emily's ipod shuffle, from the boston globe

hey folks,

here's a funny little emily thing from the boston globe.  it's online at


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ipod shuffle
what pops up when you put someone's music on random

by joan anderman, globe staff  |  june 12, 2009

emily saliers, the red-headed half of the indigo girls, listens to music on
a top-shelf sound system at home, a computer on the road, and her beloved
ipod nano when she's running. her idea of a good jogger's soundtrack is
eclectic: r&b singer mary j. blige, rocker liz phair, and folk-pop duo the
weepies top her list of motivational tunes. but the selection of songs that
comes up when saliers (whose band performs tomorrow at the south shore
music circus) sets her ipod to shuffle doesn't, she says, do justice to her
tastes. "i love country music. i love singer-songwriters. they didn't pop

1. "the sound," mary mary

2. "all about us," t.a.t.u.

3. "the weakness in me," joan armatrading

4. "angela," missy higgins

5. "oops (oh my)," missy elliott

6. "got my own thing," liz phair

7. "senorita," justin timberlake

8. "shake it off," mariah carey

9. "what's hardcore?" k'naan

10. "do what you do," jermaine jackson

total songs: "i don't even know."

glad we missed: all the indigo girls songs. "there's more indigo songs on
there than anything. it's embarrassing."

most surprising thing in her collection: "i love pop music more than people
probably realize. i love rihanna and kelly clarkson. i'm a diehard jojo
fan. her songs just slay me."

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