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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

 

One time for your mind

Digable Planets are getting back together. I didn't expect to see that on Pitchfork this afternoon. Excerpt:

Leaving their fans worried and confused, Ladybug, Doodlebug, and Butterfly-- collectively known as the Digable Planets-- parted ways for no tangible reason. Fans were left to dry on rumors of creative differences, gender issues, and ego tragedies...but the Planets just needed some room to breathe, some time apart from each other, and a moment to consider what was important in their lives.

After all this time, the Digable Planets crew have bounced back, ready to drop their sultry and atypical hip-hop beats into the game. Despite various solo efforts such as Butterfly's Cherrywine, Doodlebug's work as Cee Knowledge, and Ladybug's forthcoming solo debut-- these newly inspired Planets are ready to hit the scene as mature as ever.

According to an interview with MTV, Ladybug illustrated their relationship as compared to a high school girlfriend that you never thought would change, "Five years later you run into each other and it's all good? That's why we broke up, it's all growing."

Reuniting for a couple weeks in Europe, the collective appeared Stateside for three shows underneath a much enthusiastic welcoming over the first couple months of 2005. Now, working on their third release, the Digable Planets prepare for some North American dates this summer.


In Portland? Indeed. They'll be doing a show at Berbati's on June 17th.

I remember the first time I listened to Digable Planets. It was 1994 and the same night my friends and I had snuck in to see Clerks at the KOIN Cinema. Afterwards, we headed back to Flog's place and he decided that "Blowout Comb" would provide an ideal soundtrack to a game of Risk. At the time, my knowledge of hip-hop was limited to the Beastie Boys and whatever trickled down from MTV to Z100- Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, LL Cool J, etc.

It was akin to the evening a few years prior when I found my parent's old copy of "Dark Side of the Moon" after years of living on a steady diet of 100.3 FM and KISN. It was, like, mind blowing, like looking into an entirely different world, various other 8th grade cliches, etc. But all these years later I haven't heard anything quite like "Blowout Comb."

Talk about your random memories.

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