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Hear What's on Natalie Portman's Playlist

Hear What's on Natalie Portman's Playlist

I've always assumed Natalie Portman has good taste in music — simply because of her Shins-loving character in Garden State, I'm sure. But it turns out the actress really does know her stuff. Portman rounded up a pretty great set of collaborators for her new charity compilation, Big Change: Songs for FINCA, including M. Ward, Portman's My Blueberry Nights co-star Norah Jones, and — yup — The Shins.

The 16-song album, which is available exclusively through the iTunes Music Store for $7.99, benefits FINCA, an anti-poverty organization that provides financial services to low-income entrepreneurs around the world. (Portman serves as the group's "ambassador of hope.") Most of the songs are also available separately.

Among the songs I can't wait to check out: a remix of the Shins' "Australia" by the Bjorn of Peter, Bjorn and John; the intriguingly titled "My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille" by Beirut (which Portman apparently almost sang on); and the exclusive M. Ward track "What is a Soul?" To see the complete track listing, just

1. Tokyo Police Club, "Be Good"
2. Beirut, "My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille"
3. Tom Brosseau, "Plaid Lined Jacket"
4. Curumin, "Tudo Bem Malandro"
5. The Shins, "Australia (Bjorn Yttling Mix)"
6. Brett Dennen, "Ain't No Reason"
7. Sean Hayes, "Turnaroundturnmeon"
8. Thee More Shallows, "Oh Yes, Another Mother"
9. Angus & Julia Stone, "The Beast"
10. Antony & the Johnsons, "Paddy's Gone"
11. Vetiver, "Idle Ties"
12. Norah Jones, "Broken"
13. Devendra Banhart, "There's Always Something Happening"
14. M. Ward, "What Is a Soul?"
15. Wooden Wand, "Forgiveness Figg (Bethany Hotel Blues)"
16. Rogue Wave, "How We Landed"

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macaronsbedon macaronsbedon 9 years
I've just discovered Beirut because of an article regarding her and i heard a few pieces from Devendra Banhart before. If you like this soft and melodious music you might also enjoy Cibelle, a Brazilian songstress who has worked with Devendra.
LeninaCrowne LeninaCrowne 9 years
mmm angus & julia stone
Advah Advah 9 years
Apart from Norah Jones, the album sounds amazing! I just hope it's available outside the US..
Lila-Fowler Lila-Fowler 9 years
that's not the best picture of her though. that's not the album cover is it???
AVDG AVDG 9 years
She's got such a great taste in music. She just keeps getting more and more perfect.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
Brett Dennen, "Ain't No Reason" AMAZING song, i found it by accident
syako syako 9 years
That remix of the Shins Australia is awesome. I heard it on XMU.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I loooove Beirut!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Very uhhh bohemian ;)
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
I loved Garden State lol so funny in the movie where she was listening to the shins and was like "hear this one song, it'll change your life I swear. " :ROTFL: :)
Juiceee Juiceee 9 years
She has awesome taste. I'm so gonna get this playlist!
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