2013 saw Trent Reznor write a new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, tour heavily in support of the album with a stage show that is complete and utter eye-candy, and make an announcement for a new music streaming service called Beats Music which he has been working on with Dr. Dre. Yesterday, Reznor released a free 77-minute live concert film from the recent tour (which will be part of a live Blu-Ray DVD set for release in the Spring of 2014), and took to the internet to answer some questions from fans, via Reddit.Reznor revealed that Nine Inch Nails will definitely tour in 2014 with a different lineup than the current Tension 2013 Tour one, discussed – among other things – Beats Music, what his favorite synth to use is (a Prophet 12), the different aspects of production looked good on paper but wouldn’t translate to the actual stage, his favorite NIN album is The Fragile, attempts for he and James Franco to work together, his work with How To Destroy Angels, and some other funny banter with fans. Here are some excerpts from the session:On stage production –Rob and I have learned over the years that looking at renderings and imagining how things will look in real life always winds up quite different when you get to production rehearsals and see what you’ve built. Those few weeks of sitting in a warehouse is where everything comes together (hopefully). The end result of the Tension tour is very different than what we’d imagined, for a number of reasons, some of which are explained in the Vevo behind-the-scenes clip. For example, one of the many technical hurdles we didn’t expect: When we set up the two front semi-transparent LED screens we had custom made for this tour, we discovered that in front of each other their structure created a moire effect, weird black lines over any video content. We had to work around it (Disappointed is the only song that uses all three screens layered in front of each other, the sparse white lines minimized the moire effect).On The Fragile being a predominant album to choose from for the current tour:With the expanded lineup of Pino and the backup singers, I started reworking some older material at rehearsals and The Fragile became the most fertile place to pull from, for whatever reason (which is currently my favorite NIN album).On his work with Beats Music, and appeasing both artist and fan:I’ve spent the last 2+ years (along with Rob) designing this platform and genuinely look forward to presenting it to the world. Our goal was to create something we would genuinely be excited to use ourselves that focuses on the joy of discovering great music, ease of use, and was built from the ground up as something that becomes an asset to the musician as well. There’s much you’ll hear me say on this in the near future.His attempts to work with James Franco:James was set to direct an Amex Unstaged with us that we unfortunately had to cancel because we couldn’t get production together in time. I met with him several times and we had the start of a great idea. I am very disappointed this didn’t come together and hope we can do something in the future.Thoughts on touring:Here are some thoughts on touring: When we commit to a touring cycle, it usually is at least a year long, and can start to feel stale after X amount of time. What I’m doing this cycle is making each leg of the tour have its own identity. The festival run we did over the summer was very different from the Tension tour we just finished. We’re currently rehearsing with a new incarnation of the band for what’s ahead. This keeps things fresh from a musician’s perspective, but also keeps things interesting for fans in an era where every show ends up on YouTube. The setlist and presentation moving forward will be very different from what we just did. That’s part of the incentive behind releasing the Tension footage now. That was one very specific look at Nine Inch Nails in the Fall of 2013, that I wanted the whole world to be able to see (just like you can see the festival footage on YouTube, which was its own thing). Yes, we are planning to return to North America in 2014…Read the entire Reddit AMA session here.[via Consequence of Sound]
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The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are marking the 18th anniversary of the disappearance of a Native American woman by distributing a poster on her case in the Navajo language and reminding the public of a reward of up to $10,000.Laverda Sorrell of Navajo, N.M., was last seen by her husband, according to a statement he provided to authorities. He said he dropped her off at 11:30 p.m. July 4, 2002, at the Window Rock School District #8 in Fort Defiance, Ariz., where she worked.A family member reported her missing July 8, 2002 to the Navajo Police Department.“Anyone who disappears often leaves behind loved ones who will never stop looking for them, and that’s the case with Laverda,” said Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “The FBI is committed to providing answers for her family and we will not stop looking for her, either.” Executive Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety said, “We are very committed to resolving this case and we continue to seek the public’s help for any information that would be helpful to us.”A statement provided by the family reads: “As her family, we are sending out this sincere plea to the public to help us as we have not given up on our search to find Laverda. No matter the outcome, we are determined to bring her home and find closure for our family. Laverda was everything to our family: a daughter, a mother, a sister, and an aunt who was such a compassionate, selfless, and caring person. She was the glue that kept and brought our family together because of her tender, gentle, and loving grace. If you have any information that might be helpful, we implore you to contact the FBI immediately.”The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Laverda Sorrell’s disappearance.Anyone with information on Laverda Sorrell’s disappearance is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or send information online at tips.fbi.gov. Laverda SorrellFBI News:
Ayumu Goromaru, Top League, NEC Green Rockets, Yamaha Jubilo GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The Japan fullback touched down in the 15th minute and was followed onto the scoresheet by Rocky Havili, Shinji Nakazono, Takeshi Hino and Dewald Potgeiter as Jubilo made it 14 points from a possible 15.Toyota Verblitz picked up their second win of the season and move into second place in the group ahead of Kobe Kobelco Steelers, who play Sunday, thanks to a 45-21 victory over Toyota Industries Shuttles.Flyhalf Takaya Monji scored 18 points for Verblitz with a try, six conversions and a penalty goal.Meanwhile in Group A, 2015 Rugby World Cup winner Liam Messam scored in his Top League debut as Toshiba Brave Lupus downed Honda Heat 41-10.The All Blacks flanker was joined on the scoresheet by RWC 2007 winner Francois Steyn, the South African scoring a try, four conversions and a penalty goal as Toshiba made it two wins from three games.Another former Springbok, Pierre Spies, continued his good form of late with a try as Kintetsu handed Suntory Sungoliath their second loss of the season, the Liners winning 25-19 to go fourth, one point behind Toshiba. KEYWORDS Last season’s All-Japan Championship winners Yamaha Jubilo remained unbeaten in the 2015-16 Top League on Saturday thanks to a 39-19 win over NEC Green Rockets.Ayumu Goromaru scored one of Yamaha’s five tries and added four conversions and two penalty goals as Katsuyuki Kiyomiya’s side made it three wins from as many games to remain top of Group B. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5