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N.A.S.A. LAUNCHES THE SPIRIT OF APOLLO ON FEBRUARY 17, 2009 SQUEAK E. CLEAN AND DJ ZEGON TEST THE BOUNDARIES OF THE UNIVERSE BY DROPPING BRAZILIAN BEATS FORTIFIED BY UNEXPECTED, SUPERSTAR COLLABORATIONS ALBUM GUESTS INCLUDE: TOM WAITS, KAYNE WEST, KAREN O, OL’ DIRTY BASTARD, SPANK ROCK, DAVID BYRNE, MIA, RZA, SANTOGOLD, GEORGE CLINTON, CHUCK D, SIZZLA, METHOD MAN AND MANY MORE

N.A.S.A. LAUNCHES ‘THE SPIRIT OF APOLLO’ ON FEBRUARY 17, 2009 SQUEAK E. CLEAN AND DJ ZEGON TEST THE BOUNDARIES OF THE UNIVERSE BY DROPPING BRAZILIAN BEATS FORTIFIED BY UNEXPECTED, SUPERSTAR COLLABORATIONS ALBUM GUESTS INCLUDE: TOM WAITS, KAYNE WEST, KAREN O, OL’ DIRTY BASTARD, SPANK ROCK, DAVID BYRNE, MIA, RZA, SANTOGOLD, GEORGE CLINTON, CHUCK D, SIZZLA, METHOD MAN AND MANY MORE

N.A.S.A. (North America/South America), and their worldwide debut The Spirit of Apollo is set to be released on Anti- on February 17. 2009. N.A.S.A is an ongoing creative collaboration between two lifelong music aficionados, Squeak E. Clean ad DJ Zegon, and their friends, friends of friends and musical heroes.

While N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and contains a number of superstar artists from both coasts of the US, it is about as far from a tension-building geographical showdown as a record can get. Rather, The Spirit of Apollo was born with the righteous goal of bringing people together through music and art, and that is exactly what masterminds Squeak E, Clean and DJ Zegon have done.

Unexpected collaborations 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.” In spite of the range of performers, the pairings seem organic, inspired and make perfect sense on the first listen, never coming off as ironic or impulsive.

That passion and appreciation for music is the driving force behind The Spirit of Apollo. Conceived in a crowded party in Sao Paulo and nurtured by a shared love of vintage Brazilian soul and funk records, N.A.S.A. was born when Spiegel and Gonzales got together in a studio and hit record. Five years later, after thousands of miles traveled, many favors called in, countless hours spent in recording studios, bartered, traded and out of pocket, N.A.S.A. landed at Anti Records, a label that is home to other likeminded visionaries such as One Day As A Lion, Nick Cave and N.A.S.A.-guest vocalist Tom Waits

Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon will put their turntable skills to good use as N.A.S.A. goes live with dancers, visual effects, art installations and special guests. Also expect more announcements as this album turns into a multi-media extravaganza with the help of more friends, this time from the art world.

N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo tracklist:

1. “Intro”
2. “The People Tree” (feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift of Gab,& Z-Trip)
3. “Money” (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, & Z-Trip)
4. “NASA Music” (feat. Method Man, E-40, & DJ Swamp)
5. “Way Down” (feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch, & John Frusciante)
6. “Hip Hop” (feat. KRS-One, Fatlip, & Slim Kid Tre)
7. “Four Rooms, Earth View”
8. “Strange Enough” (feat. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, & Fatlip)
9. “Spacious Thoughts” (feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)
10. “Gifted” (feat. Kanye West and others TBD)
11. “A Volta” (feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank, & Lovefoxxx)
12. “There’s a Party” (feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)
13. “Whachadoin?” (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)
14. “O Pato” (feat. Kool Kojak & DJ Bãboa)
15. “Samba Soul” (feat. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert)
16. “The Mayor” (feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, DJ AM & Scarface)
17. “N.A.S.A. Anthem”

ABOUT SQUEAK E. CLEAN: Sam Spiegel is a composer, producer, DJ and remixer. Sam has spun all over the World – from award shows and clubs to premieres and parties and fashion shows in Japan, Brazil, Morocco, Canada, Australia, England and all over the US. Spiegel frequently collaborates with his brother, filmmaker Spike Jonze. Notably, he scored and compiled the soundtrack for the Jonze-directed cult classic “Yeah Right!” (the top-selling skateboard movie of all time), and the two worked together with Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on an Adidas commercial that won the Gold Lion for Best Music at the 2005 Cannes International Advertising Festival and Silver for Original Music at the 2006 Clio Awards. While Spiegel has produced and remixed tracks for Maroon 5, Iggy Pop, Kylie Minogue, the Eels, Ben Lee, the Cardigans and many more, 2006 marked the first Squeak E. Clean fully-produced album. Show Your Bones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sophomore record, was named “Album of the Year” by the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, and Spin, and was nominated for a Grammy for best alternative album.

ABOUT DJ ZEGON: A professional skateboarder who has evolved into one of the most sought after, cutting-edge DJs in Latin America, Ze Gonzales has carved out his own musical niche that marries traditional Brazilian beats with underground hip hop, creating a sound and vibe that places Zegon in a class all his own. Recently, Ze spent two years in Los Angeles working with longtime friend – and fellow Brazilian — Mario C, the producer and engineer behind such artists as Beastie Boys, Tone Loc, Young MC and Bjork.

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS, N.E.R.D., SANTOGOLD, AND JULIAN CASABLANCAS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE GENRE-BLENDING NEW MUSIC COLLABORATION

PHARRELL WILLIAMS, N.E.R.D., SANTOGOLD, AND JULIAN CASABLANCAS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE GENRE-BLENDING NEW MUSIC COLLABORATION

Artists Brought Together as Part of Converse Century Celebration

Release of All-New Original Track, “My Drive Thru,” Available for Free Download
Exclusively at converse.com Today Tuesday, June 10

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Converse, the creator of iconic shoes including the Chuck Taylor® All Star®, Jack Purcell® and One Star®, announced today that it had brought together the talents of Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D., Santogold and Julian Casablancas as part of the brand’s Century celebration. The artists recently joined forces to create a brand new, all original music track, “My Drive Thru,” that will be distributed digitally free of charge to a global audience exclusively on converse.com and authorized Converse web sites around the world. The track will be released on Tuesday, June 10.

“I’ve always wanted to work with Julian and I’m a big fan of The Strokes. Santogold is super-talented and she cares about music so much that it’s not just about sound, it’s a visual aesthetic,” said Pharrell Williams, the track’s producer. “Working together on original music that crossed all of our inspirations was completely refreshing and I love the track. As for partnering with Converse, I only wear and support the things that I like. The Chuck Taylor is the golden goose egg.”

Converse has long been associated with the worlds of music, sport, art and fashion. The brand’s current Century celebration is largely inspired by its role in disrupting the status quo over the last 100 years. The Chuck Taylor shoe has been worn by musical icons ranging from Sid Vicious to current artists like Common and M.I.A.

“As an artist that is just breaking, being asked by Pharrell and Julian to join them on this project was a dream,” said Santogold, whose debut CD was released in May 2008 to rave reviews. “My inspirations come from sources ranging from singers like Nina Simone and Grace Jones to bands like Devo. Working across musical genres was like creating a patchwork where I got to weave together various influences and allow them to co-exist in a fresh and original way.”

In addition to collaborating on the track, the artists also participated in the creation of a music video that will be released during the summer. The song will be promoted, in part through Converse print, outdoor and online advertising tagged Three Artists, One Song. The advertising features the three artists as well as a range of emerging musical talent from across the globe, including Kid Sister, YACHT, Bradford Cox and members of Gallows, Fiery Furnaces, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and Care Bears on Fire.

DOWNLOAD “MY DRIVE THRU” AT http://WWW.CONVERSE.COM

My Drive Thru – The Line Up:

Pharrell Williams
He can see sounds. Pharrell Williams has already made history for being one of the most successful and prolific producers to emerge during the last decade. As a part of the beat-making duo The Neptunes, Pharrell and his partner Chad Hugo have helped A-List pop stars sell millions of albums and even earn Grammy Awards for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Nelly, and Usher.

N.E.R.D.
Funk rock class is now in session. “N*E*R*D* is who we are. “It’s our life,” Pharrell would say in 2000, in describing the group that includes him, Chad and longtime friend and creative wunderkind, Shae. The three of them together combine for uninhibited explorations of sounds, emotion and truth, adhering to no agenda, subscribing to no rules. N*E*R*D* is the way they live their life, the way they see the world.

Santogold
Worth more than her weight in gold. Her genre of music can only be described as Santogold. She’s a true alchemist in the music lab where she’s crafted a liquid mix of new wave, Wall of Sound era pop, dub and twisted beats. Santi White’s singular sound doesn’t bow down to the expectations of mainstream radio. So if you’re listening, Pop music, here’s your cue.

Julian Casablancas
The underground front man. If you’re looking for synchronized dance moves, you’ve got the wrong guy. Julian Casablancas may front indie rock superstars, The Strokes, but he always lets the music take center stage. With an obsession for songwriting that’s borderline psychotic, it’s his infectious hooks that take the spotlight.

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ZUNE ARTS | FriendsWithYou feature Santogold

FriendsWithYou feature Santogold in Zune Arts film “Tickle Party”

Acclaimed Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou bring their love of magic and adventure to Zune Arts with the new film “Tickle Party.” Set to the eccentric sounds of New Wave art rocker Santogold’s “Say Aha”, the film pairs up a couple of “fuzzies” (fluffy white creatures with a penchant for dance) with a hapless monster reduced to crying tear-shaped rubies. A reminder that it’s more rewarding to be kind than cruel, “Tickle Party” features a unique blend of stop motion, puppetry and assorted 3D elements.

“This film is a great example of how Zune Arts can fuse art and music together to create fun original content,” said Rob Schaltenbrand, brand marketing manager for Zune Arts. “The music of Santogold pairs really well with the creative vision for FriendsWithYou in this film and the music breathes life into the “fuzzies” carrying them through this delightful journey of discovery and sharing.”

Watch the film “Tickle Party” at http://zune-arts.net/tickleparty.

BONUS: Download special “Tickle Party” Valentine’s Day cards in the download section on the video site.

FriendsWithYou is an artist collaboration founded by the two Miami-based artists, Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. Since its conception in 2002, FWY has promoted its message of magic, luck, and friendship through its popular designer toy line, art installations, new-form playgrounds, published works, live performances and various animation, motion pictures, and multimedia projects. From Art Basel in Miami to Pictoplasma in Berlin, FWY has participated in some of the most respected artistic happenings worldwide. The collective has also created works for today’s most prominent brands, including Nike, MTV, Red Bull, Volkswagen and Coca-Cola.

Santogold, aka Santi White, is a Philly born female producer and songwriter who has already received club rotation and airplay in urban Afghanistan and downtown Beirut, and will be bringing her unique sound to the States with her debut LP on April 22nd, released on Downtown Records.

Zune Arts brings the best creative minds to collaborate on inspiring work of art under themes of sharing, connectivity, discovery, and friendship. Zune Arts is continuously growing, ever-evolving, and always open to new voices, influences and ideas. Join us.