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Garden State Soundtrack

While the movie is not one of my favorites, the soundtrack for Garden State is pretty spectacular. Nothing really new or trailblazing, just a really great collection of songs. Here’s the tracklist:

1. Don’t Panic – Coldplay

2. Caring Is Creepy – The Shins
3. In The Waiting Line – Zero 7
4. New Slang – The Shins
5. I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You – Colin Hay
6. Blue Eyes – Cary Brothers
7. Fair – Remy Zero
8. One Of These Things First – Nick Drake
9. Lebanese Blonde – Thievery Corporation
10. The Only Living Boy In New York – Simon & Garfunkel
11. Such Great Heights – Iron and Wine
12. Let Go – Frou Frou
13. Winding Road – Bonnie Somerville

I love The Shins and pretty much everything they do and the Iron & Wine cover of Such Great Heights was one of my favorite songs of 2003. Also fantastic is Let Go by Frou Frou, which I hadn’t ever heard before and have been listening to a lot since getting this soundtrack.

While I’m talking about music, here’s my five favorite albums for the year so far: Moonbabies – The Orange Billboard, Kings of Convenience – Riot on an Empty Street, Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand, Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous, The Killers – Hot Fuss (Erlend Oye – DJ Kicks would make the top 5 but I don’t think mix albums can be compared to LPs)

August 13, 2004