Thursday, October 25, 2007



That acronym came to mind when I saw that The Spiral had sent me an email with the subject line "Niggy Tardust." I was checking my email on my cellphone and couldn't actually read the body of the message. I saw only that the message included "attachments." So I thought, "Hm, it says it's from the Spiral, but there's a weird racially provocative subject line and attachments...some racist must have hacked into and sent out some crazy virus!" Seriously. That's totally what I thought.

Then I checked to read what I thought would be Trent's vehement disavowal of anything to do with this so-called "Niggy Tardust" virus and Trent's threats to kick the ass of this racist motherfucker, etc. etc.

Instead, what I see is this:

Big news today!As many of you know, I've been working closely with Saul Williams on his new record. We've spent many hours together in hotel rooms, busses, backstages and studios around the world working on something we knew was great. This is the most involved I've been with any project outside NIN since Antichrist Superstar, and I've been impatiently waiting for the chance for you to hear it.

Well... guess what?

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! has arrived!After my own recent dealings with record labels we decided to release it directly to you. Head over to for all the details. Register now and you can download the record November 1st.

Working on this project was a real pleasure. Saul was interested in breaking boundaries / crossing genres / defying expectations and we learned a great deal from one another in the process. When asked about the sound of the record, I've had to resort to "... I really don't know HOW to describe it." That's a good thing more than ever these days.

A word on the way we've chosen to release this.There are obvious similarities in how Radiohead just released their new record and the way we've chosen to. After thinking about this way too much, I feel we've improved upon their idea in a few profound ways that benefit you, the consumer. You obviously will be the judge of this in the end. One thing that IS very different in our situation is that Saul's not the household name (yet!) that Radiohead is, and that means we need your support on this more than ever. If you like what you hear, spread the word.

I hope you enjoy the music,TR
posted by Trent Reznor at 7:56 AM.

Oh, it's Saul. Okay.

Well, that's a relief, I guess.

So then if you go, you can see this.

I like the background music, but um, what? There's voodoo and Trent's hand grabbing an English muffin? Can someone tell me what the fuck is going on here?


Iris said...

From what I can hear of it the song in the background sounds "okay". I'm a little leery of Saul though. I liked the beginning of the Survivor remix too until it got the peeing part. We don't need the sound effects for everything guys. But whether I really like the music or not I'll probably still buy the album just as a sign of support for this "label free" thing they're doing.

And for the record I think it's a bagel.

maise said...

Oh, the little video is different now!

Now it's Saul mumbling to himself and playing with the crumbs of the English muffin (which is clearly a symbol of Western imperialism...DUH).

maise said...

Don't get me wrong, folks, I think Saul is really talented, and I loved his first album, but Jesus.

Iris said...

They still have the other video on the ninofficial YouTube account.

JR said...

What this means is that Trent is using again.

With that, JR returns to her work-induced hole to listen to Bob Mould's "See A Little Light" over and over and over.

Danny Angel said...

I was totally right on the sweatshop tip, Gabriel. FYI.

How exhausted can one man be?

What does Sunday have to do with these things?

"ch ch ch ha ha ha"

"One, two Freddy's coming for you"

"Let Grandpa have a WHACK!"

maise said...

Looks like Angelman has caught the Niggy Tardust virus, inasmuch as he's making no sense whatsoever.

Gabriel said...

I think the saddest thing here is that Maise's first thought was "OH NOES, RACISM!" (like, what the hell Maise), and not, "Ziggy Stardust reference, what's up?"





JR said...

Cats with eyepatches are ALWAYS cool.

Hell, EYEPATCHES themselves are always cool. That's why I wear one even when I'm not working as an Adam Ant impersonator.

Gabriel said...

Seriously, JR. Maise is just being bitchy because she doesn't have an eyepatch, and dogs are out -- CATS are IN.

maise said...

Well, of COURSE, I got the fucking Ziggy Stardust reference, you fucking creep.

God, I hate you.

JR said...

If we don't see any comments from Maise for the next hour or so, we'll KNOW it's because she's run out to the eyepatch store to see if they make eyepatches for dogs.

Gabriel said...

I hate it when those crazy David Bowie hackers break into and send out viruses!!!

maise said...

You want to know what my REAL issue is with Saul Williams? He has a tendency to press buttons that he doesn't earn.

Like when we read his poetry back at WTC, and he used Holocaust/concentration camp imagery to describe some relationship problem. [insert annoyed eyeroll here]

And if you check out the Niggy Tardust website, he compares the artist/label relationship to apartheid. Really??? Gosh, I had no idea the two issues were equivalent. No wonder why everyone's so upset.

Why is it that everyday frustrations are GENOCIDE for Saul Williams?

maise said...

Look, if the subject line said "keepz you erect all nite" and included "attachments," I would totally think the same thing.

JR said...

Maise, are you saying that black people can't like David Bowie?

maise said...

No, I'm just saying that usually when I get email from the Spiral, it doesn't reference two racial epithets.

maise said...

I should add, reference two racial epithets and appear to include nothing but "attachments." (the result of checking email on my cell phone)

Gabriel said...

So what you're saying Maise is that you not having an iPhone made you think Trent Reznor was racist?

I mean seriously. It is from the SPIRAL. It is a play on a BOWIE album name, for fuck's sake. If you were any kind of fan of Reznor, you would realize immediately that this was something authentic -- if not a bit strange.

You're such a poseur. You and your store-bought eyepatch.

p.s. and are you really complaining about saul williams making "everyday frustrations" HUGE issues... on a NIN-inspired blog?

Niggy, please.

JR said...

I think Maise just called the Tardust black.

Iris said...

Gabriel are you really giving Maise shit over not liking Saul Williams? I seem to remember you having damned near a violent reaction to our bookclub threads on his book.

one should
link your

And eye patches are for pink eye patients.

Gabriel said...

Can any of you motherfuckers read?

I didn't say jack shit about Maise liking or not liking Saul Williams.

I was talking about Maise's retardo Live Free Or Die Hard The Racist Hackers Are Taking Control Of My Ninternet fit.

And thank you for reminding me of my genius, Iris. Fuck. I rule.


Jizzy Ballgush

Danny Angel said...

Dude I just got some sweet Oxfords from Mooshoes in the NYC. Keeping it no-leather you fucking savages.

Iris said...

p.s.  and are you really complaining about saul williams making "everyday frustrations" HUGE issues... on a NIN-inspired blog?
Niggy, please.

This is the comment I was refering to Gabriel. Last I knew WTC was a NIN blog and you were throwing a coniption fit over Saul's style. Maise is similarily complaining about his style (choice in name/email subject line) but you're reading her the riot act.

Ro said...

Niggy Tardust??? Is that like Randall taking back "porch monkey"???

maise said...

Suck it, Gabriel! My husband said that if he got an email with the subject line "Niggy Tardust!" and could see nothing but attachments, he would think it was weird spam or a virus too.

And he, unlike me, is perfectly sensible all the time.

So eat it.

Gabriel said...

oh yeah? Well my girlfriend said she would have known it was something legit!

I mean, Maise, come on... "my husband agrees with me"? Why are you arguing like Angelman all of a sudden?

Gabriel said...

Iris said:
This is the comment I was refering to Gabriel. Last I knew WTC was a NIN blog and you were throwing a coniption fit over Saul's style. Maise is similarily complaining about his style (choice in name/email subject line) but you're reading her the riot act.

No, Iris, i was saying that Maise calling into question Saul William's turning of small issues into REALLY BIG MELODRAMATIC DEALS is rather absurd, given that she is a fan of Trent Reznor, KING of the overstated melodramatic poopy fit.

JR said...

She can't see logic with that stupid eyepatch on.

Jesus Christ, Maise, stop trying to be like a cat. You're a dog. You should stay with your own kind.

Yeah, I'm speciest. So what?

Iris said...

HA! Ro I said the same thing last night to Maise!

maise said...

Yeah, but it's not like Trent's all, "My girlfriend reminds me of Auschwitz" or whatever the fuck that one poem of Saul's was.

Gabriel said...

Yeah, Maise, Trent just compared a crappy record contract to HUMAN SLAVERY.

He's totally not like Saul AT ALL.

maise said...

Yeah, this is true. All right, point to Gabe.

But can we PLEASE talk about these bizarre promo video clips? Please?

Iris said...

No we can't Maise because today Gabriel is emulating DA's topic aversion skills.

Danny Angel said...

One time I went over to Gabriel's house and he equated it to the second coming of Christ.

My question: who cares about Saul Williams? "Artists" like him make me sleepy.

Did I tell everyone about my Vegan shoes. Classy!

Danny Angel said...

Topic aversion skills? I tackle every topic head on and destroy everyone. I have yet to lose one debate.

maise said...

Well, Angelman, I don't know if anyone's ever told you, but you ARE the Second Coming of Christ.

Danny Angel said...

You know Maise, WE AGREE ON THAT.

Gabriel said...

Iris wrote:
No we can't Maise because today Gabriel is emulating DA's topic aversion skills.

Excuse me? Aversion? How, exactly? By ripping apart Maise's latent white racism, running this entire comment thread, and backing up every point? Beating Maise with my facts so hard that she's resorted to teaming up with Angelman?

Please. Niggy owned all you bitches. Now suck, little ho's.

Danny Angel said...

it's wierd to see someone steal my moves, and employ them with less skill than I do.

Yes, that means YOU, Gabriel.


maise said...

Oh, fuck yourself, Gabriel, with your "latent white racism." Where are you getting that?

Danny Angel said...

My vegan oxfords are all class...

Gabriel said...

The difference between you and I Angelman, is that when I crow about having backed up arguments with relevant information, I've actually done it. You perfer to talk about shoes.

To each his own.

Danny Angel said...


Danny Angel said...

This is why you should all listen to me and why, all joking aside, I am always FUCKING RIGHT:


Wasn't Gabriel the one lecturing me on the great advances by the GAP? And don't tell me GAP doesn't know who makes their fucking clothes.

You can either apologize and admit your error(s) or suck it. Either way the ANGELMAN COMES OUT ON TOP.

Zeemort said...

According to the report I saw on telly, GAP had issued a statement saying that they 'weren't aware' of the fact that the clothes were produced in sweatshops.

I don't trust them as far as I can spit, really.

JR said...

I agreed with Angelman about this way back in, what was it?, 96 or so.

The real news is that I got TOO SICK to see The Jesus and Mary Chain last night. I know, it sucks.

maise said...

So wait, Bono was in charge of organizing all the sweatshop labor?

Gabriel said...

I like how the article also points out the HUNDREDS of suppliers Gap has severed ties with to avoid all child labor abuses. But apparently, they were still knowingly, EVILLY, still using this factory in India -- INTENTIONALLY with children -- to just be as big of a bunch of bastards as they could be?

Gimme a fuckin break people. You all need hobbies.

I am enjoying my beaded Gap underwear right now. I can feel the children on them.

And they feel wonderful.