By Jye Smith Oct.9.2008
In: Concerts, Opinion
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Saul Williams coming to Australia

Saul Williams is an American poet, writer, actor and musician known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop and for his leading role in the independent film Slam.

5th December – Melbourne – The Espy
6th December – Byron Bay – The Great Northern
7th December – Brisbane – The Zoo
11th December – Sydney – Oxford Art Factory
12th December – Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
13th December – Meredith Music Festival

But chances are you have never heard of him. So do it now. First his spoken word, then with producer Trent Reznor (NIN).  I hear a lot of people refer to it as rap the first time they hear it – probably because they do not know the history – but I ask you to listen closely.

The album was entitled The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust and I highly recommend it. Interestingly, the album was available for purchase or free download at The website allowed users to pay $5 to support the artist and be given the choice of downloading a 192kbit/s MP3 version, 320kbit/s MP3 version or lossless FLAC version.

Listen to the sophisticated spoken symphony of the truly brilliant word smith, Saul Williams.

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! is the lovechild of me and Trent Reznor. I met Trent when he asked me to fill the opening slot of his European With Teeth tour. After only the 2nd show he asked if I might be down to collaborate on a song or album, whatever I saw fit.