N.A.S.A.

Tuesday, March 3

Not to be confused with our illustrious space program, N.A.S.A., aka North America/South America, represents the continent-crossing collaboration between L.A.’s Squeak E. Clean and Brazil’s DJ Zegon. This pair of skater jocks’ debut disc, Spirit of Apollo, crash-landed in stores February 17 with its polyglot sound and armada of guests. From David Byrne to Chuck D, Kool Keith to Tom Waits (and even a resurrected Ol’ Dirty Bastard), N.A.S.A. skirts the troposphere and beyond with its fusion of hip-hop, New Wave and other genres. Just check “People Tree,” a fitful head-nodder featuring Byrne’s haunting wail and Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) riding the beat. Or the Wu-Tang-like “Way Down,” featuring (appropriately) RZA, Barbie Hatch and John Frusciante.

Tue., March 3, 9 p.m., 2009

 
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