i’ve been wanting to make the guest music mixes a more regular thing, and couldn’t think of a better way to kick that off than this playlist from my new friend Nick. he played it in the car when we were driving around cape town on one of those perfect almost-summer days, where the most important thing on your to-do list is eating gelato by the sea.

Because I’m out of touch with the new sounds, my mixes tend to be archaeological; I’m totally preoccupied with stuff thats a few sedimentary layers down and immediately recognizable and resonant to me when I find it. “Wait, holy shit, that’s Van Morrison?!? That’s important.”

To wit, 11 tracks of some importance to take with you on a leaky boat.

1. Once Upon a Time in the West – Dire Straits
2. Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac
3. Dweller on the Threshold – Van Morrison
4. Castles Made of Sand – Rhett Butler
5. Think Too Much (B) – Paul Simon
6. But I Might Die Tonight – Cat Stevens
7. Fearless – Pink Floyd
8. Green Shirt – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
9. Cattle and Cane – The Go-Betweens
10. Things Can Only Get Better (Live) – Howard Jones
11. Six Months In A Leaky Boat – Split Enz

Download the mix here.

cover image courtesy of the gahetna archives. all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!


  1. A great mix should always include Fleetwood Mac and Split Enz. Looking forward to listening to this one whilst I wind down this Friday night.

  2. After giving it a spin, I must say it’s also the perfect mix for a rainy winter’s day. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I wish I didn’t have to wait until I go home to download this! You should share your playlists on Spotify!

  4. I wish you could make a 8tracks account to post all your wonderful playlist there (: Did you ever thought about it?

  5. Thank you so much for the lovely music! They provide perfect motivation during long, tiring days at the library, studying for finals.. x

  6. Nice blog and the sounds look good….I’m familiar with all the artists but not with all the tunes….I guess will just have to listen!

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