.::Throwback: Garden State Soundtrack, iron & wine::.

10 11 2009

gardenstate

i hope everyone’s seen this movie by now…. crazy good film, and an awesome soundtrack full of indie goodies. you know what i’m talking about?? i was looking into iron & wine for my band of the week and remembered their cover of postal service‘s “such great heights” on garden state and wanted to make sure you’d all heard it. those that have, you know what i’m talking about. zach braff (that cutie from scrubs that i absolutely love) wrote, directed, and starred in this independent film alongside the beautiful natalie portman back in 2004. he has a great ear for the music that i love and decided that his soundtrack should reflect that… he picked all the music. and it! is! awesome! about the music, braff said: “essentially, I made a mix cd with all of the music that I felt was scoring my life at the time I was writing the screenplay.” sounds like my life. i make a different playlist for any occasion, any emotion. he’s stated that, when he wrote the screenplay, he was “homesick for a place that didn’t even exist,” depressed, lonely, and waiting tables, much like the character he plays in the movie. the music is perfect for that mindset, and something that i love, if you remember my penchant for the *random depressing* songs in life. 🙂 hey, he won a grammy for it… that counts for something!!

the soundtrack features a lot of really great artists and songs, even if they’re mostly mellow & melancholy. i love it. coldplay, the shins, simon & garfunkel, and even nick drake?? gotta be good, right? it really is. there’s not a song i don’t like, and that makes it hard for me to give you a simple review of the album. every song means something, including the song natalie portman‘s character tells braff‘s character will change his life: the shins’ “new slang,” which i didn’t even like when the film came out. i’ve since changed my tune, but i much more enjoyed the second shins’ song on there, “caring is creepy.” one of my favorite songs from the film is “in the waiting line” by zero 7, played during a party scene in the film, and which probably wouldn’t be a favorite if that scene didn’t come to mind every time i hear the song. colin hay has a tearjerker on the soundtrack: “i just don’t think i’ll ever get over you.” been there, lived that song. it’s perfect, but grab your tissues. and then there’s the cover of “such great heights” that i mentioned. any postal service fans out there? maybe i’ll talk about them next week… they’re a *favorite.* i love love LOVE the original, but the iron & wine version puts a different, more wistful twist on it. check out the album if you’ve never heard it, and watch the movie, too. some people have said they couldn’t get into it, but i guess for people like me who can identify, it becomes a cult classic. here’s the full track listing:

  1. “Don’t Panic” – Coldplay
  2. “Caring Is Creepy” – The Shins
  3. “In the Waiting Line” – Zero
  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 & Wine
  12. “Let Go” – Frou Frou
  13. “Winding Road” – Bonnie Somerville

what are your thoughts? i love to reminisce about these things… lemme know what you think. now, on with my little spotlight for the week:

.::iron & wine::.

iron-and-wine-sam-beamthe first thing you should know about this mellow little guy, sam beam, who is iron & wine, is that he is a fan of facial hair. i don’t think i’ve ever seen him without his mountain man beard. maybe he’s like me and stuck in another decade. i have to wonder if he ever really smiles, too… most of his songs would fall in the “random depressing” category, but they’re more mellow singer-songwriter type stuff than anything else. in fact, some of it’s too mellow for even me. there’s a good handful of songs that i absolutely love that he does, though, and that’s what i’m gonna share with you. the most recognizable one for you (besides “such great heights”) would probably be “flightless bird, american mouth” which was used in the prom scene at the end of Twilight last fall. beautiful, pretty song, and i wish the words meant more in my life so i could use them as a FB status or something. take a listen to this live version, & love it yourself. so pretty!

another favorite is “boy with a coin” which i first liked for the music & melody. a bit more uptempo than the others, kinda makes you wanna dance, they’re doin’ flamenco in the video…! ohhhhh yeah, check it out.

and finally, here’s that postal service cover. we’ll talk more about them next time and i’ll let you hear the original version. you’re gonna love it.

.::show of the week: monsters of folk::.

monsters-of-folklast but not least this week, people, if you’re not doing anything wednesday night, indie supergroup Monsters of Folk will be at the tabernacle for a one-night-only, 2.5 hour musical adventure, featuring conor oberst, mike mogis, jim james, and m ward. they’ll be doing their monsters of folk stuff as well as music from their individual careers (bright eyes, my morning jacket, m ward/she & him stuff). you can read more about them here, where i introduced you to them a few weeks ago, and here’s a little teaser of what some of their stuff sounds like, even though they have a wide range of sound, between the four of them…. this is “say please.”

shanayhay & i will be there (hopefully) up in the balcony on wednesday night, kickin’ back for an evening of mellow tunes. see you there? 8pm! have a great week my little effs!

peace,
james

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2 responses

7 02 2010
Cassaundra Auber

Awesome article! I’m really surprised about this. I’m anxious to see what happens. I look forward to reading more of your upcoming blog posts.By the way, have you seen any good movies lately? Don’t wait, Watch Iron Man 2 today!

18 02 2010
Beverley Cabinets

I dont normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! I just bookmarked your site

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