The story of alternative rock band Luxury is both familiar and fascinating. Familiar because the story of rock shoulda-beens is one we’ve all heard, but fascinating because of the outcome and different paths the band have taken since.
Formed in the early 1990s, Luxury released their debut full-length Amazing and Thank You in 1995 on noted Christian label Tooth & Nail Records. The band’s guitar-heavy, melodic, alternative rock was very much akin the likes of Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Built to Spill, and at times, to the big sounds created by the Smashing Pumpkins, but with a less dour demeanor. The band seemed on an upward trajectory but a terrible highway accident in 1995 derailed Luxury’s momentum.
After a year-long hiatus, the band returned and released their 1997 album The Latest & The Greatest. Once again taking on noisy, angular guitar music. The band never quite took off however but remained a consistent entity. Now years on, there is a new documentary that brings the band’s story to your screens.
Can a band that consists of orthodox priests rock out like any other band? Parallel Love certainly believes so, and perhaps is proof that sometimes life will get in the way of plans, but a little faith will find a way to get you there in the end.
Parallel Love is directed by Matt Hinton and is scheduled to hit select cinemas in the US on May 15th.
Check out the trailer for the documentary:
Miles Davis and The Birth of the Cool
Can one distill cool into one documentary?
If there is one thing that has been indisputable about the legacy of Miles Davis is that he was the personification of ‘cool’. And it seems like there was no decade where he was making music that he wasn’t ever cool. We once said about Miles Davis and his cool that “no matter how scrupulous your selection – one cannot distill cool into thirteen tracks, no matter how good“. Now the unenviable task of distilling that cool into a succinct document falls into the hands of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a new documentary detailing the life, music, and legacy of Miles Davis.
Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before hitting the festival circuit through the year. The film chronicles the rebellious nature of Miles Davis, detailing his desire to constantly break from the norm, with director Stanley Nelson saying;
“He was an extraordinary artist celebrated for his restless artistic aesthetic and his ceaseless innovation. He changed the course of music five or six times. By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who redefined the original American musical genre, jazz, and continues to influence generations of rock, funk, and hip-hop artists.”
Bruce Springsteen gets cinematic with Western Stars
“Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved”
“We all have our broken pieces … nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges”
On the heels of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album Western Stars, Warner Bros Pictures has announced the release of the cinematic experience accompanying the album. The new film features Springsteen performing all 13 tracks from the new album, accompanied by a full orchestra in his 100-year-old barn. The film will also showcase old home footage as well as Springsteen’s life-earned ruminations we’ve seen through his career- brought to life recently with his stint on Broadway and on his Netflix special.
Warner Bros. exec Toby Emmerich has said about Western Stars and Springsteen;
“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead.”
Western Stars will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off September 5th. The film was produced by Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis with Springsteen executive producing it. Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny.