“The Spirit of Apollo” record by N.A.S.A may very well be one of the most ambitious collaborative records ever. Either that or I don’t understand very much about hip-hop (which is very likely).
Last night my wife Amanda and I went with our friend Brian to the Hammer Museum in LA for their quarterly FLUX Screening. Last night’s premieres included a short by Spike Jonze with the Beastie Boys, and a full screening of N.A.S.A.: The Spirit of Apollo.
N.A.S.A. was started by longtime producers Sam Spiegel and DJ Zegon and, over the course of five years, their debut album ended up including everyone from Tom Waits to Kanye West and John Frusciante. In addition to curating the featured appearances in the songs, they sought out the most innovative visual artists they could find—think Shephard Fairey and Sage Vaughn—to pair visual stylings to musical stylings and put each song it’s own space.