12 March, 2009
Blast Off!Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon of the production duo N.A.S.A. are just releasing their debut album, “The Spirit of Apollo,” but they’ve already got a roster of guests to rival a Jay-Z concert: Kanye West, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Santigold, M.I.A., Chuck D, Lykke Li and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It helps that Squeak E. Clean, a k a Sam Spiegel, is an accomplished producer (and Spike Jonze’s brother). “N.A.S.A. stands for North America South America, and its tracks are a three-dimensional, ever-shifting combination of Brazilian, American and even African funk,” Jon Pareles writes. “Chirpy pop choruses punctuate raps, and the beat stays brisk and unpredictable.” It’s a party, and everyone’s invited, when they perform tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.