Premiere: NASA [ft. Tom Waits and Kool Keith]: "Spacious Thoughts" [Stream]
Kool Keith and Tom Waits, together at last. The pairing between the rapper and the brawler/bawler/bastard doesn't sound much more natural than you'd expect on "Spacious Thoughts", the first track from the forthcoming debut album by Squeak E. Clean (aka director Spike Jonze's brother Sam Spiegel) and DJ Zegon (aka Ze Gonzales) as NASA. But it's an intriguing experiment nonetheless. Kool Keith shares some colorful reminiscences about the stars-- "I was up there watchin' James Brown's pockets/ Stuffed with Jolly Ranchers/ When the NFL had the Rams in Los Angeles"-- over a haunted, horn-bolstered psych-funk groove. Waits' ragged howl interjects in between Keith verses, carrying in its gale some archetypally Waitsian stuff like, you know, strangling a monkey with a clock, boarding a night train, or how "they say the moon, it smells just like a cherry bomb." It's well worth a listen even if just to hear Waits utter the words "ghetto booty."