We’ll Miss You, Seba Jun (repost)

As a throwback to the old Dodonest days, I am reposting this classic mix of hip-hop jazz goodness. As of today, this is my most-downloaded mix. It has tallied over a thousand downloads…. wow!  Goes to show how timeless this guy’s music really is, and how more and more people are getting hip to his legacy. Years go on and still these jams sound so fresh and enlightening. They age like wine!

So in an effort to reach out to more ears, I re-present We’ll Miss You, Jun Seba- a Dodonest’s Nujabes retrospective. 😉 Rest in peace, Nujabes, and thanks for all the musical bliss.

[as originally posted on Dodonest; September 21, 2010]

“It’s funny how the music put time in perspective, add a soundtrack to your life and perfect it” – Shing02, Luv(Sic)Pt.3

I can’t believe it’s only been a few months since Nujabes‘ passing. Personally, no other artist has left such an impression upon his/her death like him. It seems his absence left a large void in my musical heart. Perhaps because I was turned onto his music during a particularly enjoyable time in my life, his passing symbolized an end to that mirthful chapter.

As a change of pace from the usual indie stuff, I’m digging into my “urban” side (LOL) and sharing with you what made hip-hop not only enjoyable to me but maybe even therapeutic. This playlist is an homage to the music that comprises the soundtrack to your life.

—–We’ll Miss You, Seba Jun—–

  1. Next View*
  2. Sky Is Falling (feat. C.L. Smooth)
  3. Luv (Sic) (feat. Shing02)
  4. Ordinary Joe (feat. Terry Callier)
  5. Latitude (Remix) (feat. Five Deez)
  6. Blessin’ It (feat. Pase Rock & Substantial)
  7. Feather (Feat. Cise Starr & Akin)
  8. Luv (Sic) Part 2 (feat. Shing02)
  9. Modal Soul*
  10. Aurorian Dance*
  11. Don’t Even Try It (feat. Funky DL)
  12. Old Light (93 Million Miles Away) (feat. Pase Rock)
  13. Luv (Sic) Part 3 (feat. Shing 02)
  14. Highs To Lows Remix Feat Cise Starr (Street)
  15. Home Sweet Home (feat. Substantial)
  16. Thank You (feat. Apani B)
  17. F.I.L.O. (First In Last Out) (feat. Shing 02)
  18. Think Different (feat. Substantial)
  19. Summer Gipsy*
  20. 四季ノ唄 Shiki no Ūta (Song of the Season)

Choice cuts: the incredibly romantic Luv(Sic) Trilogy; the mind-altering Think Different with Substantial (this song changed my entire perspective about hip-hop vs rap); a couple of rarities including the intro instrumental, Next View, the Highs To Lows Remix with Cise Starr, and another Shing02 track, First In Last Out; and to bring the set to a close, the ending theme to Samurai Champloo, Shiki no Ūta… I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Some of his best hip-hop tracks line the way here. But because Nujabes was first and foremost a producer, I decided to include a few of his compositions without an MC (denoted by *). These beautiful instrumental pieces come in as interludes, of sorts. Between the emceeing and high-energy beats, I thrown in a couple of Nujabes’ most hear-felt rhythms & harmonies including: Modal Soul, which features the wonderful saxophone melodies of Uyama Hiroto; the often-imitated classical guitar style of Aurorian Dance; and the coffee house sounds of Summer Gypsy, whose delightfully-deceptive dance club intro and outro always makes me smile.

All you hip-hop fanatics, ENJOY!Jun Seba, we will miss you dearly.

DodoNest presents:

We’ll Miss You 瀬葉淳
Selections from the late and great Nujabes

Wintry Mix

Silver Years CD Cover

“Your Silver Years Have Come Early”

  1. Low Key – Tweedy
  2. This Head I Hold – Electric Guest
  3. Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
  4. 10,000 Emerald Pools – BØRNS
  5. Stoic Resemblance – The Helio Sequence
  6. Lampshades On Fire – Modest Mouse
  7. Bury Our Friends – Sleater Kinney
  8. Class Historian – BRONCHO
  9. Careful You – TV On The Radio
  10. Perfect World – Broken Bells
  11. Let’s Be Still – The Head & The Heart
  12. Inside Out [Tycho remix] – Spoon
  13. Wandering Star – Empire of The Sun
  14. Gold Silver Diamond – Generationals
  15. Let Go – The Postmarks
  16. Home By Now – Bombay Bicycle Club

Download it here


those falltime feels

The air is thick. You can almost grasp it. The days get shorter, and the nights get colder. Everything is still.  Your wide awake but your mind is sleepy. The fog has crawled inside your ears. Ah, those falltime feels. Reach for your Walkman and headphones and pop this new tape in.  These tracks are sure to push that haze out your skull.

those falltime feels
(fog over the Franklin Mountains, southwest USA, Avian Eddy)
  1. Golden – My Morning Jacket
  2. Grizzly Bear – Angus & Julia Stone
  3. Birds Dont Sing – TV Girl
  4. Never Work for Free – TENNIS
  5. My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
  6. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
  7. All The Time – Bahamas
  8. Easy Money – Johnny Marr
  9. Do You – Spoon
  10. Rainbow – Robert Plant
  11. Lover Girl – Sarah Jaffe
  12. Sweet Ophelia – Zella Day
  13. Fall In Love (Until The Ribbon Breaks Reimagination) – Phantogram
  14. Stolen Dance (Milky Chance cover) – Ásgeir
  15. Work it Out – Knox Hamilton
  16. VESSEL – Dan Mangan & Blacksmith

Download: those falltime feels

New Horizons

Ready for new things? At a crossroad in life? Can’t make up your mind? Well, take a step back and get your earbuds ready for some new sounds. Take your time. Put your mind at east while you tune in to this fun and varied mix. Perfect for road trips or even just sitting on your porch and watching the day go by, New Horizons is a great transition to the next chapter.

new horizons
Birdman mixtape #13
  1. Coming of Age – Foster the People
  2. Afterlife – Arcade Fire
  3. Disconnect the Dots – Of Montreal
  4. Supernova – Ray LaMontagne
  5. Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
  6. Turn It Around – Lucius
  7. The Struggle – Grizfolk
  8. Lightning Bolt – Jake Bugg
  9. Seasons (Waiting For You) – Future Islands
  10. King And Cross – Ásgeir
  11. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
  12. All I Know [Moby remix] – Washed Out
  13. Just One of the Guys – Jenny Lewis
  14. Heartbreak – Angus & Julia Stone
  15. West Coast – Lana Del Rey
  16. Blue Moon – Beck
  17. Seasons [Future Islands cover] – Slow Club

Download: New Horizons


Been a longtime coming, but the sequel to Spring ♣ Fling is here!

Lovely new music from popular new artists like #WildClub and #Midlake (which i was fortunate enough to see open for Pearl Jam recently 😮 ); a beautiful soundscape i can’t get away from by #WashedOut, other favorite artists like #Phantogram and #NeonIndian. A surprise mash-up (slash) and/or cover by the versatile #JackConte #Pomplamoose

Spring Fling II
Birdman mixtape# 12 – art by Akane
  1. Thunder Clatter Wild Cub
  2. Jerk Ribs Kelis
  3. Digital Witness St. Vincent
  4. From Nowhere Dan Croll
  5. Desert of Pop The Ruby Suns
  6. The Bay Metronomy
  7. Do The Trick Dr. Dog
  8. The Old and the Young Midlake
  9. All I Know Washed Out
  10. The Love Club Lorde
  11. Change Of Coast Neon Indian
  12. Forever Haim
  13. Plenty Of Girls In The Sea MGMT
  14. Fall In Love Phantogram
  15. Up All Night (Brothertiger Remix) Soft Lighting
  16. Happy Get Lucky (Pharrell Vs. Daft Punk) Pomplamoose

Hope you likessss

Download: Spring Fling II
*Also, playlist on Spotify, and on YouTube

a swan song, of sorts

Hot off the digital press: A new set of experimental, electronic, tracks from Toca Tóno
 Pollito Records presents:
“before you go, just know: 1, 1, and 0”

Trip out on this eery circuital drumbeat combining electronic drones and acoustic sounds alike as the psychic machine calls out, “before you shut down, you gotta remember 1.1.0… 1.1.0…

 1-1 and O is the story of a sentient machine longing for its user. Upon shutting down it sends out a final message. Fittingly, this will be the last music from Toca Tóno as I’m leaving El Paso for good this autumn. It was a good ride, EPT, but greener pastures and all… Anyways, i hope you enjoy this last tune from my musical collaboration with Carlos “Xuck” Fidel.  Toca Tóno was a fun project and maybe our music will gain appreciation over time on the netherplane of the interwebs. Adieu, adieu.
(Be sure to download the .zip file, which contains an intro and outro)
Produced by Xuck @ Pollito Records (c) 2013

That many-splendored thing


Love is a “many-splendored thing.” It is full of surprises and rewards, and it is tempting to ingrain the wonderful aspects of a relationship to memory while blurring out the least-favorable moments.

But realistic love is full of nuance. Yes, there are ups and downs, but there are scary turns and sudden stops. We are faced with complications that aren’t black and white, choices that you never saw coming and have no easy answer. Sometimes love is true but can lie, sometimes it is duplicitous but authentic.

We are in love with love– with the comfort of companionship, and the ideal of commitment. But who, in a relationship, has not been crossed by temptation? Who has not experienced love turning to hate at the next dawn? When have you hated the fact that you were in love and felt helpless about it?

  1. DLZ – TV on the Radio
  2. Pregnant – Cold War Kids
  3. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys
  4. Down Boy – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  5. Sister – She Wants Revenge
  6. The Recluse – Cursive
  7. Love Is a Murder – The Constellations
  8. You Don’t Know What Love Is – The White Stripes
  9. Aint No Rest For The Wicked – Cage The Elephant
  10. Happiness is Overrated – The Airborne Toxic Event
  11. Alone – The Morning After Girls
  12. X’Plotation – Microfilm
  13. All Of The Above – The Phenomenal Handclap Band
  14. Holdin On To Black Metal – My Morning Jacket
  15. Desperate Guys – The Faint
  16. Famine Affair – Of Montreal