N.A.S.A Recruits Waits, Yeahs, ODB, MIA

 

 

 

 

 

These and “many more”
appear on duo’s debut.

By Blurt Staff

 

The debut release from N.A.S.A. (North America/South
America)—Squeak E. Clean (producer/DJ Sam Spiegel, who has worked with Ben Lee
and Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and DJ Zegon—will come out on Anti- on February 17, 2009.
No ordinary debut, it’ll feature a gaggle of guest appearances from N.A.S.A.’s
“”friends, friends of friends and musical heroes,” both living and dead.

 

From the press release: “While N.A.S.A. stands for North
America/South America and contains a number of superstar artists from both
coasts of the US, it is about as far from a tension-building geographical
showdown as a record can get. Rather, The
Spirit of Apollo
was born with the righteous goal of bringing people
together through music and art, and that is exactly what masterminds Squeak E.
Clean and DJ Zegon have done.”

 

Among the artists contributing to the 18-track release will
be Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Karen O and Nick Zinner, M.I.A., Ol’ Dirty Bastard, David
Byrne, George Clinton, Santogold, Kanye West, Chali 2na, Method Man, and Chuck
D. “In spite of the range of performers, the pairings seem organic, inspired
and make perfect sense on the first listen, never coming off as ironic or impulsive.

 

“That passion and appreciation for music is the driving
force behind The Spirit of Apollo.  Conceived in a crowded party in Sao Paulo and nurtured by a shared love
of vintage Brazilian soul and funk records, N.A.S.A. was born when Spiegel and
Gonzales got together in a studio and hit record. Five years later, after
thousands of miles traveled, many favors called in, countless hours spent in
recording studios, bartered, traded and out of pocket, N.A.S.A. landed at Anti-
Records…”

 

N.A.S.A. will play live to support the release, and the show
will include dancers, visual effects, art installations and special guests. More
announcements are promised “as this album turns into a multi-media extravaganza
with the help of more friends, this time from the art world.”

 

 

N.A.S.A. The Spirit of
Apollo
track list:

 

 

1. “Intro”

 

2. “The People Tree” (feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift of
Gab, & Z-Trip)

 

3. “Money” (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu
Jorge, & Z-Trip)

 

4. “NASA Music” (feat. Method Man, E-40, & DJ Swamp)

 

5. “Way Down” (feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch, & John
Frusciante)

 

6. “Hip Hop” (feat. KRS-One, Fatlip, & Slim Kid Tre)

 

7. “Four Rooms, Earth View”

 

8. “Strange Enough” (feat. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, &
Fatlip)

 

9. “Spacious Thoughts” (feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)

 

10.  “Gifted” (feat.
Kanye West and others TBD)

 

11. “A Volta” (feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank, & Lovefoxxx)

 

12. “There’s a Party” (feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)

 

13. “Whachadoin?” (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold &
Nick Zinner)

 

14. “O Pato” (feat. Kool Kojak & DJ Bãboa)

 

15. “Samba Soul” (feat. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ
Qbert)

 

16. “The Mayor” (feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, DJ
AM & Scarface)

 

17. “N.A.S.A. Anthem”

 

 

 

ABOUT SQUEAK E. CLEAN:  Sam Spiegel is a composer, producer, DJ and remixer.   Sam has spun all over the World – from award
shows and clubs to premieres and parties and fashion shows in Japan, Brazil,
Morocco, Canada, Australia, England and all over the US. Spiegel frequently
collaborates with his brother, filmmaker Spike Jonze.  Notably, he scored and compiled the
soundtrack for the Jonze-directed cult classic “Yeah Right!” (the top-selling
skateboard movie of all time), and the two worked together with Karen O from
the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on an Adidas commercial that won the Gold Lion for Best
Music at the 2005 Cannes International Advertising Festival and Silver for
Original Music at the 2006 Clio Awards. While Spiegel has produced and remixed
tracks for Maroon 5, Iggy Pop, Kylie Minogue, the Eels, Ben Lee, the Cardigans
and many more, 2006 marked the first Squeak E. Clean fully-produced album.  Show Your Bones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
sophomore record, was named “Album of the Year” by the likes of
Rolling Stone, NME, and Spin, and was nominated for a Grammy for best
alternative album.

 

 

 

ABOUT DJ ZEGON: A professional skateboarder who has evolved
into one of the most sought after, cutting-edge DJs in Latin America, Ze
Gonzales has carved out his own musical niche that marries traditional
Brazilian beats with underground hip hop, creating a sound and vibe that places
Zegon in a class all his own. Recently, Ze spent two years in Los Angeles
working with longtime friend – and fellow Brazilian — Mario C, the producer
and engineer behind such artists as Beastie Boys, Tone Loc, Young MC and Bjork.

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