What gives, N.A.S.A.? No, not about the Martians—they’re coming, we’re doomed, we get that. Rather, why did last year’s Spirit of the Apollo, the debut album by this top-shelf hip-hop duo—which featured knockout cameos from literally three dozen stars in the cosmos (David Byrne, Tom Waits, Kanye West, M.I.A., Santigold, Seu Jorge, and George Clinton, to name a few) fall so quickly from dance-floor gravitational pull? N.A.S.A. members Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon (the acronym stands for North America South America) curated one hell of a poetry slam between these unlikely artists, and it’s a pity the record never reached its due hysteria. Show these guys some love—they went above and beyond for this record. With Hollywood Holt and Fatlip.

Thu., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., 2009

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 18, 2009

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