hello again. you may have noticed things look pretty different around here… a redesign is almost as good as a holiday. almost. thanks for all those link recommendations, i have been making my way through them slowly but surely. i always appreciate it when people take the time to comment – it means a lot to me!

so here’s the mid-month music mix. it is unintentionally quite melancholic, which was pretty weird to listen to while i was reading reports and seeing imagery from the heart-wrenching devastation in japan. please read this informative post on how you can help, even in the smallest way.

my only criteria for this mix was something pretty chilled. initially i wanted to fill it only with artists who haven’t featured in any other playlist… but in the end i couldn’t help but add a few of my die-hard favourites.

i have a special place in my heart for the nico track. not only because of that scene. i have played it incessantly for many years, sometimes on repeat, and never ever tire of it. i also can’t believe i haven’t included neutral milk hotel in any of my mixes yet. in the aeroplane over the sea is a great contender for top 10 albums of my lifetime.

ships in the night. playlist:

  1. wilco – solitaire
  2. feist & ben gibbard – train song
  3. zach hurd – changing landscapes
  4. apollo sunshine – breeze
  5. misophone – white waves
  6. mgmt – congratulations
  7. nico – these days
  8. neutral milk hotel – king of the carrot flowers, part 1
  9. sufjan stevens – heirloom
  10. madeleine peyroux – between the bars (elliott smith cover)
  11. inlets – junk (paul mccartney cover)
  12. beth gibbons – mysteries
  13. phoenix – rome (neighbours and devendra banhart remix)
  14. gotye – heart’s a mess (lull’s radio edit)
  15. incubus – aqueous transmission
  16. brazilian girls – ships in the night

ps: thank you for the overwhelming response to the formative years mixtape! that must be some kind of a blog record. for some reason i was kind of hesitant to even post it in the first place, it sort of felt like i was revealing a part of my angsty teenage soul or something. i really enjoyed reading through all the comments, and had a few slapping forehead moments when i realised that i had left off a couple of artists who were essential to that mix (pulp being one of them, as well as springbok nude girls – i think all south africans my age can identify.) perhaps a volume two is in order?

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!


  1. Great new look Diana! Well worth the wait. And great playlist. I love this type of chilled music to start off with the week. Many thanks.

  2. Hello! I love your blog and the music you post but I hope you can have a live streaming of your playlist instead like on last.fm or grooveshark so we can play it online instead of having to download. That would be great ;-)

    • the reason i make the mixes available for download is because i, like many people, enjoy listening to music on my ipod & on the go. it is also easier for people in countries like south africa (where i live) who have limited broadband to download a mix once-off rather than having to stream it every time they want to listen to it.

      • I love the fact that your mixes are downloads because I’m rarely at my computer during the day when I listen to music. Plus, I love having complete “albums” with the beautiful art you put together.

        Great redesign, by the way.

  3. This comes at exactly the right time in my life, finals week! Thank you providing the tunes.

    and thank you for the Japan-related link. I’m so so saddened by this and the crap helpless feeling I have.

  4. I will definitely check out all these songs! I do like Phoenix, Sufjan Stevens, Goyte and MGMT, Feist and Ben Gibbard. But a duet? Ooooh how delightful?

    I want to thank you again for mentioning my blog last week, because that has gotten my 496 referring URLs! I was just looking through my dashboard and realized, hey let me check out the stats, since I haven’t since I started this blog last month. BAM! I was in shock, obviously a good shock! Thank you thank you thank you!

    Hope you have a lovely week and I’ll be listening to this playlist!

  5. Oh, I LOVE Neutral Milk Hotel. Aeroplane over the Sea was the first complete song I learned to play on the guitar… in 1999, I think. And I agree about that Nico song.. I could listen to it over and over and over… But I haven’t heard a lot of the other songs on the mix, so I’m excited to have a listen. Thanks!

  6. i’m pretty new to your blog so this is the first playlist i’m downloading. i just want to tell you how amazing the cover design is. Did you do it?

  7. I embrace any excuse to watch *that* Royal Tenenbaums scene yet again.

  8. i love, love, love these days!!! {and the tie back to the royal tenenbaums} thank you, again, for yet another amazing mix :)

  9. thank you so much for these mixes. you have expanded my music tastes infinitely since i found them! :)

  10. I can’t seem to download it. When I go to the link and click download, nothing comes up to start downloading. I downloaded the formative play list to see if it was my problem but that one worked just fine. any ideas of what I can do to make it work?


  11. Wonderful, as usual. My favorite is the Ben Gibbard and Feist duet.

  12. i live in japan and i was definitely feeling this mix, the mood was just right. i always `hang in there` for your wonderful bimonthly playlists, although i check daily in the hopes of finding a new one, hah ha. this makes finding a new one better than candy and more highly anticipated than christmas. gets me through otherwise silent commutes on japanese trains. words cannot express the gratitude i feel for your musically mixed gifts of joy. pure joy. thank you!!!!! i thoroughly enjoy all your other sections as well and am happy to say your blog has been number one on my blogroll for well over a year. absolute favorite! ((bowing emphatically)) cheers!

  13. Hello I’m a lurker and constant linker to your site, I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love this playlist! I’ll try and comment more often in the future, your blog’s one of my favourites.

  14. miss crowland Reply

    thanks so much for making these playlists. they are such a treat to listen to at work.

  15. Whoa! Apollo Sunshine! That’s my friend Sam! You should listen to his new solo work – Yellowbirds. It is fan-freaking-tastic.

  16. Rachel Linnea Reply

    I can’t stop listening to this playlist! Thank you so much for posting it. I’m in the middle of my winter quarter final exams at school and your playlist is helping me get through the week.

    Thanks again for the great study tool!

  17. I know it’s more than half a year later, but I just had to comment:

    Ships in the Night has been a constant and sympathetic companion during the turbulence of the last 7 1/2 months, and I thank you so much for introducing me to some of my genuinely favorite songs. I don’t know if it was so much ‘life-changing’ as ‘my life changed and this playlist took on elevated meaning and renewed excellence’, which I think can be just as good!, but I do know that I look forward to your mixes like I do none other.

    Thank you for sharing so much with us!

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