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Tag Archives: Saul Williams
93. Saul Williams, The Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! Fader Label Released October 31, 2007 Produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, The Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! was a noisy salute and vicious satire of black culture, identity, contradiction … Continue reading
Next week, Afro-Punk is launching its first national tour. Saul Williams headlines all dates, and ass-man CK Kidtronik opens throughout. Other artists scheduled to appear in select cities include Living Colour, Kimya Dawson, Amp Fiddler and Hollywood Holt. Should make … Continue reading
Saul Williams is still supporting his 2007 album The Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! In March, he’ll embark on a sixteen-day jaunt supporting jam-band experimentalist Les Claypool in “The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini Fest.”
After a widely publicized digital “pay what you want” release last fall, the Fader Label will issue Saul Williams’ third album, The Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, on July 8 in CD and vinyl formats. Despite some early standoffish reviews, … Continue reading
It’s unfortunate that the press chose to focus on the way Saul Williams’ The Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! was sold instead of the music itself. The last you probably heard about the album was when Trent Reznor from Nine … Continue reading
Saul Williams and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor unleash a cultural sneak attack in The Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, a meditation on black identity and contradiction. Download it for free at niggytardust.com. Continue reading
Last week, Saul Williams made a surprise announcement when he declared that he would release his next album on Halloween. Produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! is the spoken-word legend’s third album, and first since his 2004 self-titled disc.
"The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! is the lovechild of Trent and me," says Williams in a press release. "The Niggytardust concept sets me free to do more on stage with costume, etc. than one might expect from a regular Saul Williams show. It allows me to put my theatre training to use. I’ve also thought long and hard about all the discussion surrounding racial epithets etc. and chose this title as a means of furthering the dialogue while also showing how creativity will outlive and outshine hatred of any kind."
Williams will take a page from the Radiohead playbook and sell his album for free or for a $5 donation. But unlike Radiohead — which angered fans by selling a low-quality 160kb version of In Rainbows — Williams will offer high-quality formats such as 192kb, 320kb, and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec). The 320kb and FLAC formats are only available to those that make the $5 donation. NiggyTardust is on sale at www.saulwilliams.com.
The press coverage surrounding Niggytardust has focused on Reznor’s involvement and its digital sales gimmick, but it may also turn out to be a significant artistic statement, too. Despite his storied history as a sometime actor, published poet, musician and philosopher, Williams has yet to make a full-length album that mirrors his ambitions. With Niggytardust, the third attempt may be the charm.