Tuesday Tune- The Shins

Natalie Portman and Zach Braff in Garden State

You guys, Garden State (and more importantly, it’s soundtrack) came out 10 years ago! It’s hard to think about Zach Braff’s cult directorial debut without hearing the tunes in your head.

On screen, Portland band The Shins took pride of place in Natalie Portman’s headphones with “New Slang”, a delightful but melancholy track from 2001’s “Oh, Inverted World”. Add to this tracks by Coldplay, Simon and Garfunkel and THAT cover by Iron & Wine, there’s no surprise that the soundtrack is celebrated as one of the best around.

Fast forward to now; Braff has another movie, along with another killer soundtrack, and The Shins are front and centre- Which brings me to today’s Tuesday Tune!

Not content with simply picking a song that already existed, Braff asked James Mercer of The Shins to watch the movie, then write a song about it. Like a Bond song! What he came up with is “So Now What”. This track joins Bon Iver, Paul Simon and a duet by Coldplay and Cat Power on what looks to be another iconic soundtrack.

Have a listen below and let me know what you think!


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