I saw Laurel Canyon this weekend, and besides finding it a really good (it's been getting mixed reviews, but it really drew me in and involved me...it's richly atmospheric and has great acting...some things are a little clumsy, but overall, it worked), it has a fantastic soundtrack. The songs help you sink into the neo hippie lifestyle of Laurel Canyon and the Frances McDormand character, a free-living record producer. Songs for the band in the film were written by Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse,
Laurel Canyon, with Lou Barlow and Folk Implosion making up the band behind Alessandro Nivola's lead singer character.
"In a funny way," the song that plays over the opening credits, is perfect and is from Mercury Rev
My favorite Alessandro Nivola role: Pollux Troy, brother to evil Castor Troy (played by Nicolas Cage first, then John Travolta) in Face/Off