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indigo girls: why music still needs lilith fair
November 12, 2009, 3:29 pm
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words in edgeways with indigo girls

While Sarah McLachlan’s recent announcement that legendary women’s music festival Lilith Fair is to be resurrected in 2010 was greeted with elation in several quarters, certainly within these pages, it also had its critics. “Hop aboard the marginalising train,” sneered St Vincent’s Annie Clark in an interview with online magazine Spinner, claiming it doesn’t serve anyone to view music in gender terms. In its three year lifespan, from 1997 to 1999, Lilith Fair was repeatedly in the firing line; it was too folksy, too white, too mainstream. Yes, the headliners were often women who had achieved massive commercial success, but how else were McLachlan and co. to get enough people through the gates? As for being too white, if it wasn’t for Lilith Fair, we might not have heard about acts like Bic Runga, Lhasa de Sela or Yungchen Lhamo until much later, while established artists like Queen Latifah, Angélique Kidjo and Meshell Ndegeocello were no more ‘token’ than the few women you would typically find on any other festival’s playbill.

With the debate no doubt preparing to rage once more as the 2010 event gets underway, who better to add their voice to the clamour than feminist royalty and Lilith Fair veterans, Indigo Girls. Touring the UK after a two and a half year absence to promote their latest, independently released, album Poseidon & The Bitter Bug, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray sat down for a chat with Wears The Trousers in an airless, strip-lit dressing room in London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, and I waste no time in cutting to the chase. Is there still a place for a women’s music festival in 2010? “Yes!” comes Emily’s emphatic response. “It’s still a male dominated industry; it’s still a male dominated world in terms of who’s got the power in politics, power in money. Not that those are the most important things, but that’s the reality.

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last.fm listening stats: week #44
November 12, 2009, 2:42 pm
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Got a last.fm account? Join the Wears The Trousers listening group here. We’ll be publishing details of what members are listening to every week throughout the year.

Week ending 08/11/09

Unique to the group

01 Ane Brun (2)
02 Tori Amos (8)
03 Kristin Hersh (-)
04 Marissa Nadler (-)
05 Lisa Germano (7)
06 Alessi’s Ark (3)
07 Ani DiFranco (-)
08 Nellie McKay (-)
09 Anni Rossi (-)
10 Erin McKeown (-)

Overall charts

01 Tori Amos (3)
02 Regina Spektor (2)
03= Björk (6)
03= Bat For Lashes (5)
05 Yeah Yeah Yeahs (7=)
06 Radiohead (-)
07= The Smiths (-)
07= Ane Brun (-)
09= Neko Case (-)
09= Kate Bush (-)

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This week’s stats are based on the compulsive habits of 277 listeners.

pre-orders now open for our odetta tribute album!
November 12, 2009, 4:54 am
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