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SOUNDTRACK: Garden State.

A brilliant movie, and an equally brilliant soundtrack? It sounds too good to be true. But as we all should know, miracles do happen, and this miracle just happens to contain the incomperable combination of Zach Braff and Natalie Portman.
Of course, I could be talking of none other than Garden State.

Garden State

This is the movie that put the Shins on the map. Though of course, it did it in a beautiful, quirky, thought-provoking way. Written and directed by star Zach Braff, the movie follows a young man returning to his home state of New Jersey after years in California. It’s just as he remembers, save for a new redemption. Appealing to the lost kid inside all of us, the movie uses music to its advantage, and this eventually won Braff a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for a Motion Picture. It not only exposes soon-to-be indie darlings like the Shins but also creates a “New Jersey” for all of us, regardless of where we come from.

the movie: wikipediaIMDb
the soundtrack: wikipedia / websiteamazon
“New Slang” – The Shins.
“Let Go” – Frou Frou.
“I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” – Colin Hay.

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SOUNDTRACK: Gilmore Girls.

March 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Officially titled “Our Little Corner of the World: Music from Gilmore Girls”, this soundtrack keeps you close and personal. Unlike many other soundtracks, you don’t have to have watched the show to understand the music. In fact, as an avid watcher of the show, I have issues finding the music within the episodes themselves. This is a good thing. The music stands alone, instead of being integrated into the context of a serialized show.

Gilmore Girls

With music from John Lennon,  The Shins, Yo La Tengo and others (it took me quite a while to figure out which ones to post), this indie gem is full of the kind of music that keeps small-town kids connected to the bigger picture.

Gilmore Girls on wikipediaIMDb
soundtrack on wikipediaamazon (many more wonderful bands await you!)
“Oh My Love” – John Lennon.
“Know Your Onion!” – The Shins.
“My Little Corner of the World” – Yo La Tengo.