words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Faith-Ann Young
Truth told, it was hard to pay any attention to any of the music because randomly, three drunk chicks in silver spandex bodysuits and green painted legs came onstage and did a little bizarre, nonsensical, inebriated dance tease (doubt they were professionals as they were having difficulty balancing or even standing still in their stilettos...while visibly wasted). When the crowd grew bored of that (after throwing beer cans and dollar bills at the girls' feet), men dressed as apes came on stage and freaked with the drunk man-woman-alien chicks.That's a description of N.A.S.A.'s free record release party (1/29) for debut The Spirit of Apollo which came out on Anti in February. N.A.S.A. return to LPR tonight (3/12) for a show with DJ Stretch Armstrong. Tickets are still available.
I asked around if anyone knew if this was customary for N.A.S.A., but no one had a clue what was going on.... - Faith
N.A.S.A., the duo of Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, will also tour the U.S. in February and March playing an official SXSW showcase at Emo's on March 19 (plus a few other Austin gigs - see below) and a performance at Coachella on April 17.
N.A.S.A.'s recent album, laden with guest spots from Tom Waits to M.I.A. and RZA, also sported interchangeable artwork from five artists - who seem to be taking turns illustrating the group's videos. Marcel Dzama (who worked on the video for Department of Eagles' "No One Does It Like You," to be unveiled at MOMA) drew N.A.S.A.'s "The People Tree," a song that features David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab and Z-Trip. Artist Splunny created the video for "Hip Hop," below, and the band's newest video, for "Way Down," was illustrated by artist Sage Vaughn. Obama-artist Shepard Fairey (who will be at Coachella) made a video for "Money," discussed here. All of these and more will be collected on the N.A.S.A. documentary in the works.
All tour dates, videos, and more pictures from the last LPR show, below...
N.A.S.A. - "The People Tree" (feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip)
N.A.S.A. - "Way Down" (feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante)
N.A.S.A. - "Hip Hop" (feat. KRS-One, Fatlip, & Slim Kid Tre)
N.A.S.A. - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 12 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, New York w/ special guest DJ Stretch Armstrong
Mar 13 - Barbary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 14 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington DC
Mar 19 - N.A.S.A. Space Camp @ SXSW - Austin, Texas
Mar 19 - Windish Showcase @ SXSW - Austin, Texas
Mar 20 - Spin Magazine Party @ SXSW - Austin, Texas
Mar 21 - Filter Magazine Party @ SXSW - Austin, Texas
Mar 27 - Adidas' 60th Anniversary Party - Shanghai, China
Apr 15 - Colmena Festival - Tepoztlan, Mexico
Apr 17 - Coachella - Indio, California
May 22 - ADD - Sendai, Japan
May 23 - Lab. Tribe - Kyoto, Japan
May 25 - Loop - Shibuyaku, Tokyo
May 29 - Air - Shibuyaku, Tokyo
May 30 - JB's - Nagoya, Japan