’til the MORNing

The DodoNest 2016 winter mix is out now, and  personally, this feels like one my best ones 🙂 There are some wonderful new tracks in here, most from this year, from both underground and well-know artists.

Michael Kiwanuka is an upcoming blues musician that gets you to feel the groove in “One More Night.” I already had my tickets to see him perform but he got throat infection or something and cancelled. UGH! 2016 just gotta carry on being a shit like that. 🙄 

Come” is an amazing, upbeat song by an eclectic young French artist named Jain who comes at you with a big sound you can’t help but move to.  A lot of great indie rock tracks that have gotten me through this ugly butt0-end of the year. (“Get Out” by Frightened Rabbit is my mantra right now).

Funky, groovy, and upbeat but with a hints of remorse. That’s the theme in this mix.
Better things are coming, so just hold on… ’til the morning!

  1. Cold Cold Man – Saint Motel
  2. Fever – Roosevelt
  3. One More Night – Michael Kiwanuka
  4. Come – Jain
  5. Conqueror – AURORA
  6. Grand Canyon – The Wind and The Wave
  7. Silly Me – Yeasayer
  8. My Trigger – Miike Snow
  9. Get Out – Frightened Rabbit
  10. Be Together (ft. Wild Belle) – Major Lazer
  11. Long Way Down – Robert DeLong
  12. Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses
  13. Legendary – POWERS
  14. Devotion – Savoir Adore
  15. Jenny – Studio Killers
  16. Annie (VHS version) – Neon Indian
  17. When I Was Done Dying – Dan Deacon

Thanks for stopping by the Dodonest. Download the mix here

If you can’t download, stream the videos on my YouTube playlist

(Spotify playlist coming soon)

name this album

fvck2016New winter mix for 2016 is about to drop, but i still cant decide what to title it. HAHAHA! Usually i say something “deeep” or someshit but im SO done with this horrible year i just wanna call it FUCKOFF2016GOODRIDDANCE!


This year has, however, been good for music. And given all the madness that has come this year and the angst we are about to receive 2017 with, i am actually hopeful we will see a resurgence of music as retaliation, and perhaps some fresh new fight-the-machine anthems … gleams of light as we stare into the coming darkness

stay musical, comrades

Bummin’ Summin

BYE BYE, Summer!
Here’s an old summer mix that I made for my friends and was really popular but i never uploaded for some reason.
Better late than never

  1. Spotlight – Leagues
  2. Cayucos – Cayucas
  3. Gasoline – Alpine
  4. Breezeblocks – Alt-J
  5. Default – Django Django
  6. The Rifle’s Spiral – The Shins
  7. Shadow – Wild Nothing
  8. Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  9. High School Lover –  Cayucas
  10. About to Die – Dirty Projectors
  11. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
  12. Shuggie – Foxygen
  13. Sacrilege – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  14. Heaven – The Walkmen
  15. Glockenspiel Song – Dog is Dead
  16. Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men

Download it here !


A new playlist for all you fun-loving spring babies!


  1. Bermuda – GIVERS
  2. South – Hippocampus
  3. Money feat. Amir Girgis – The TVC
  4. Toda La Vida – Fuel Fandango
  5. Love As A Weapon – Little Scream
  6. Call Off Your Dog – Lake Street Dive
  7. The Passenger – Dutch Party
  8. Dancing Anymore – Is Tropical
  9. Somos Dos – Bomba Estéreo
  10. IOU – Annabel Jones
  11. Marsupilami – Baywaves
  12. Never Ever – STRFKR
  13. Gone – Jr Jr
  14. Spirits – The Strumbellas
  15. Pretty Haze – Summer Heart
  16. Walk In The Park – Still Parade


Warm by Winter (2011)

(Originally posted in the old Dodo Nest, Feb. 2011 http://dodonest.blogspot.com/2011/02/warm-by-winter.html)
#10 ❄ Warm By Winter ❄
“Warm by Winter,” from the Dodo Nest archives

How to keep your ears warm this winter: cover with large muffy earphones and pop in this special winter mix!

While not exactly independent or underground, these musicians don’t get much attention outside the audiophile circles. If there was justice in the world, we’d be hearing these tunes on the radio. (RADIO?? What the heck is that??)

Well I’ve compiled a mix of cool, yet energetic songs from some accomplished acts, as well as a few relatively unknowns and thrown in a couple of remixes you’re sure to enjoy while your windows frost over.

I tried to incorporate a winter theme here, obviously, but most of all what keeps us warm in the cold months: some hot fuzzy lubby dubb ❤ ❤ ❤ –– a lot of songs about LOVE in this mix… enjoy!


—— ❄ Warm By Winter ❄ ——

1. Zero Yeah – Yeah Yeahs
2. Celestica – Crystal Castles
3. Five Fingers – The Bird Day
4. My ❤ – The Bird and the Bee
5. Not Today – White Wishes
6. Like Flowers At Night – Panda Riot
7. You’ve Got The ❤ – Florence And The Machine
8. Enzymes – Freelance Whales
9. Keep The Girls Away – Teen Daze
10. Get In Line – Forever Today
11. Human Nature (Michael Jackson COVER) – Toro Y Moi
12. Falling Out – Body Language
13. Still Sound – Toro y Moi
14. Not In ❤ (feat. Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles
15. True ❤ Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston COVER) – Mates Of State
16. You’ve Got The ❤ (The Xx REMIX) – Florence And The Machine

Get it here!

These Warming Winters

TWW.jpgGoodbye 2015! You’ve been good to our ears. It’s time to open the champagne bottles and bring in the new year with some new tunes.

Indie faves like Borns, Beirut, and the mysterious Grimes put out some great new music. But don’t overlook underground acts like Houndmouth and Wild Child; they have some very enjoyable jams.

This year also saw the rise of overnight sensations like Alessia Cara, with an old-soul R&B track that will make you wondering what you’re doing at this party. Also, am I a hipster for liking Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood only when it’s covered by Ryan Adams? Yes. Yes, I am [hangs head in shame].

And lastly, I’ll let you in on a little secret: Matt Berninger (of The National) trained a parrot to pick out words from a hat to write the lyrics for EL VY ‘s Return to the Moon, #truestory 🙂 Enjoy!

  1. Electric Love – BØRNS
  2. Mountain At My Gates – Foals
  3. Giving Up on You – Wild Belle
  4. Fools – Wild Child
  5. Monkey Tree – Mother Mother
  6. Sedona – Houndmouth
  7. Mystery – Boxed In
  8. Gibraltar – Beirut
  9. Return to the Moon – EL VY
  10. Yellow Eyes – Rayland Baxter
  11. Bad Blood (TaySway cover) – Ryan Adams
  12. Meet Me In The Woods –  Lord Huron
  13. Colours –  Grouplove
  14. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood
  15. Here – Alessia Cara
  16. Disclosure (ft. Lorde) – Magnets
  17. Flesh without Blood | Life in the Vivid – Dream Grimes

Download HERE

another summer gone

Wake up, it’s August!

Blink and you’ll miss the summer.  The solstice is weeks behind and the days are only getting shorter. So to have a proper send-off, let’s enjoy the waning days of Summer 2015 with a fun and fresh mix.

red lights and sunsets
red lights and sunsets
  1. Lifted Up / 1985 Passion Pit
  2. Go Outside Cults
  3. Valise Charlie Gray
  4. Party Line Belle & Sebastian
  5. Just Because Body Language
  6. The Less I Know The Better Tame Impala
  7. Time Machine Darwin Deez
  8. Pedestrian At Best Courtney Barnett
  9. Howl The Unlikely Candidates
  10. Left Hand Free alt-J
  11. A New Wave Sleater-Kinney
  12. Eyes of the Muse King Tuff
  13. Peaches In The Valley Below
  14. Midnight Song Wild Nothing
  15. Emily San Fermin
  16. Sea Creatures Soak
  17. On the Fence Milo Greene
  18. Inside Out Spoon

Click the cover image, or here to download

Body Language

I present a special Dodo mixtape, another re-upload from way back in 2010: a real chill, electronic, act called…

avian mixtape
Body Language

While being mostly electronic, this band makes soulful, textured music that is full of heart. They are so enjoyable you’ll be pressing the repeat button (if you have one). So uncork a good bottle of chianti and play this mix in the twilight hours. enjoy


“Running Late”

A few years ago, around 2010, i made this mix for my wife. She had been gathering a (quite justified) reputation of unrepentant unpunctuality. It got so bad that people actually began liying to her about appointments, telling her they were half-an-hour or so earlier so that she could show up barely on time. This would later prove counter-productive because she caught on and would generously compensate… >_<

So I jokingly (but actually seriously) made this mix of some of our favorite jams that happened to mention time, or lateness in their lyrics or titles.  The result was a very enjoyable mix that many friends said perfectly captured her personality of unfashionable late-ness.  This, of course, did nothing to assuage it, but the theme in the mix yielded a surprisingly palatable album.

I don’t know why it’s taken me 5 years to upload it, but here it is… better late than never, aptly. Hope you like the music on your way to a late appointment 😉

Runnin' Late
a collection of time-themed tunes
  1. Place To Belong – Little Dragon
  2. My Favourite Book – Stars
  3. Too Little Too Late – Metric
  4. If Time Was For Wasting – Dylan LeBlanc
  5. It’s Too Late – Evermore
  6. Out of Time – Blur
  7. Time – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. The Day and the Time – Shakira & Gustavo Cerati
  9. Time To Get Away – LCD Soundsystem
  10. It’s Too Late – The Streets
  11. It’s About Time (Fat Jon remix) – Pase Rock
  12. Timebomb – Beck
  13. There’s Never Enough Time – The Postal Service
  14. Wait (Secret Stars Cover) – Death Cab for Cutie
  15. Swimmers – Broken Social Scene
  16. The Wait – Built To Spill
  17. Extra Time – Star Slinger