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Founding member Ishmael Butler was only in his mid-20s when Digable Planets broke up. And so he tried other things, like filmmaking. He still made music, but the releases were few and far between. About six years ago, he teamed up with Tendai Maraire to form a new group, called Shabazz Palaces.
Butler spoke to us about his days as a indie label gopher, the awkward audition Digable Planets had to endure for a record company executive, and the the transformative sounds of Shabazz Palaces.
Digable Planets will be teaming up for a reunion show in Seattle this December.
Martens recommends Material Issue’s 1991 album, International Pop Overthrow, a combination of cynicism and idealism.
He also recommends Summerteeth by Wilco, an album which explores a different side of Wilco.
You can find Todd’s writing in the LA Times and on their blog, Pop and Hiss.
For “The Song That Changed My Life”, Gondry describes the feeling of saudade and how he felt watching Nico Ferrer perform the song “Le Sud” on a Saturday night.
She spoke to us about her early acting days (including auditioning for an intimidatingly handsome Paul Newman), getting comfortable with the inevitable nude scenes for Masters of Sex, and the ways that her mom’s background and brother’s struggle with addiction gave her insight and empathy for her current roles.
Mom is in its third season on CBS. You can see it Thursdays at 9/8c.
This episode originally aired in August 2014.
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