Film Review: ‘Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury’

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There’s an interesting story — or a couple of them — itching to get out of “Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury,” a documentary about a struggling ‘90s indie-rock group from the South that soldiered on before and after three of its members became Orthodox priests. Who could resist the story of a band that’s berobed by day, rocking out by night? An early shot of one of the group’s ordained members sprinkling holy water onto a drum kit prior to a recording session whets your appetite for a shaggy dog story, or a shaggy-bearded-rocker-cleric story.

The plot either thickens or gets less interesting, depending on where you’re coming from, when you learn (if you weren’t already part of the group’s modest cult following) that Luxury was part of the Christian post-punk scene, associated with the Tooth & Nail label that made a splash in the ‘90s.
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Space Apaches’ Smokin’ Voyages Album Review

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Artist: Space Apaches Members/Instruments: Drums: Jim Arrendell Bass: Rob Geisler Key/Piano/Guitar: Aaron Price Guitar: Andrew Reed Guitar: Tom Leiner Album: Smokin’ Voyages Production: Record Label: Artists International Inc.; All songs written by Andrew Reed, except ‘I Am the Six O’Clock New’ by Larry Norman; ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ by Mickey Newbury; and ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ by Stan Jones; Produced by Andrew Reed; Recorded at Sedgwick Studios, Asheville, Nc; Engineered by Jim Georgeson, chief engineer and Jason Pitroff, 2nd engineer; Mixed by Jim Georgeson; Mastered by Stephen V. Smith at SoundSmiths Honoring the past and embracing the experiences that have shaped your [ Read More ]

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Albums by U2, Linda Ronstadt and more to be preserved by Library of Congress

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Albums by U2, Linda Ronstadt and more to be preserved by Library of Congress
Washington (AP) — U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25 recordings selected for long-term preservation in the library's National Recording Registry, chosen for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance. Among the seminal sounds of the 20th century announced Wednesday are Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown." Librarian of Congress James Billington said the recordings represent part of America's culture and history. "As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation's aural legacy is protected," he said. U2's 1987 album with hits like "Where the Streets Have no Name" and "With or Without You" was chosen after the library received many public nominations.
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Larry Norman

Shortly before his short-lived band People! released its 1968 debut, Larry Norman had a disagreement with Capitol Records. The label wanted to call the album I Love You after its first single, a pleasantly psychedelic cover of a Zombies song that had been a radio hit. Norman wanted to name it after one of his original songs, We Need A Whole Lot More Jesus And A Lot Less Rock 'N' Roll. The label prevailed and Norman went solo, setting a pattern for a career that would exert tremendous influence while staying in the margins. Norman often gets called the "father of Christian rock," but the resemblance between father and progeny can be hard to see. Where most Christian rock is blandly imitative, Norman, who died at the age of 60 this February, was a true original, pursuing a passion for rock 'n' roll sparked by a childhood...
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