N.A.S.A. (North America/South America), the global music collaboration whose debut album The Spirit of Apollo was released on Anti- earlier this year, will be touring the U.S. in August. Dubbed "N.A.S.A.'s Intergalactic Circus," the August performances will include space monsters, Martian dancers and special musical guests that the group picked-up during their recent travels throughout the Universe.
In celebration of this week's 40th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing and the upcoming tour, N.A.S.A. has premiered a new music video for the track "Whachadoin?" (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold & Nick Zinner). Watch it HERE.
For the new video N.A.S.A. masterminds Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon called upon Argentine visual artist Jimena Oddi, continuing their righteous goal of crossing borders to bring people together through music and art. In addition to creating the original artwork for the video, Oddi co-directed the animated piece with Jorge Jaramillo.
"The Apollo space program is one of the main inspirations for this project," said Squeak E. Clean. "In the spirit of Armstrong and Aldrin, we pushed the boundaries of musical exploration."
This spirit is evidenced in the unexpected collaborations that abound on the eighteen-track release. Tom Waits growls over Kool Keith, Karen O taunts while Ol' Dirty Bastard gives shout-outs to Wu Tang and N.A.S.A. from the grave, and David Byrne, Chuck D and others expound on the evils of "Money." Let's not forget Kanye West, Lykke Li and Santigold pairing up for a triple threat on "Gifted."
The group is also releasing a new remix today, "Whachadoin?" (PinkEnemy Remix).
To download the MP3 CLICK HERE.
N.A.S.A. US TOUR DATES
TUES, 8/11 - RENO, NV - Nikki Beach WED, 8/12 - LOS ANGELES - El Rey THURS, 8/13 - SALT LAKE CITY - Twilight Concert Series at The Gallivan Center FRI, 8/14 - DENVER - Beta SAT, 8/15 - SAN FRANCISCO - The Independent THURS, 8/20 - NEW YORK - Bowery Ballroom
Click here to view Kanye West and Kid Cudi appearing with N.A.S.A. in Cork, Ireland this month.