By Akshay Bhansali
Curiosity brought me to Le Poisson Rouge in New York City last night for the release of N.A.S.A.'s first album, The Spirit of Apollo. Come to think of it, it brought MTV News correspondent Kim Stolz there as well. Why? Well, the debut album from N.A.S.A. (stands for North America, South America) — made up of DJ Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon — features Chuck D, Spank Rock, M.I.A., Lykke Li, David Byrne, DJ AM, Santogold, Kanye West, Kool Keith, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, Method Man, Sizzla and the Cool Kids ... and yes, the list goes on and on. Not bad for a first record from a yet-unheard-of recording pair.
Based solely on the guest roster of The Spirit of Apollo, one would think the music gods commanded "LET THERE BE LIGHT!" and this record was conjured up. But really, as the duo say on their MySpace page: "The Spirit of Apollo is an ongoing creative collaboration between two lifelong music aficionados, Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, and their friends, friends of friends and musical heroes."
Expect Brazilian-infused funktastic club bangers. Here's some video from last night's party, with Squeak E. Clean, a.k.a. Spike Jonze's brother Sam Spiegel, on the decks and Martian chicks, an ape and some other thing dancing.
PS: Here's the track list. CRRAAAZZYYY!!!
» "The People Tree" (featuring David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift of Gab and Z-Trip)
» "Money" (featuring David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge and Z-Trip)
» "N.A.S.A. Music" (featuring Method Man, E-40 and DJ Swamp)
» "Way Down" (featuring RZA, Barbie Hatch and John Frusciante)
» "Hip Hop" (featuring KRS-One, Fatlip and Slim Kid Tre)
» "Four Rooms, Earth View"
» "Strange Enough" (featuring Karen O, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Fatlip)
» "Spacious Thoughts" (featuring Tom Waits and Kool Keith)
» "Gifted" (featuring Kanye West, Santogold and Lykke Li)
» "A Volta" (featuring Sizzla, Amanda Blank and Lovefoxxx)
» "There's a Party" (featuring George Clinton and Chali 2na)
» "Whachadoin?" (featuring Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold and Nick Zinner)
» "O Pato" (featuring Kool Kojak and DJ Babão)
» "Samba Soul" (featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and DJ Qbert)
» "The Mayor" (featuring the Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface and DJ AM)
» "N.A.S.A. Anthem"