Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman (Braff), a 26-year-old actor/waiter who returns to his hometown in New Jersey after his mother dies. Braff based the film on his real life experiences. Garden State was well received and has garnered a cult following.
The music that accompanied the film was hand-picked by Zach Braff. Commenting on the selections, Braff said that "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." The music in the film features a number of Indie Rock artists, notably The Shins. In an early scene, Sam passes Andrew a headset which is playing the song "New Slang" by The Shins as she says "You gotta hear this one song — it'll change your life; I swear."
Writer, actor and director Zack Braff was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for a Motion Picture for his work on the soundtrack album. The album has sold over 1.3 million copies and has been certified as platinum by the RIAA. Now, 10 year after the original release, Garden State is presented to you for the first time on vinyl! One of the two beautiful printed inner sleeves includes a print of a hand-written note from Braff, which he wrote especially for the 2014 vinyl release of the soundtrack.