A Season In Hell

Ask Dr. Hal Show Broadcast Live at XOXO in Oakland TONIGHT from 10-Midnight

October 30, 2015
1:32 pm


A LEG UP – In need of a healing development, we hope East Bay friends of Ask Dr. Hal! will come to this later-night pre-Hallowe’en live podcast show at XOXO in Jack London Square, where food and drink will also be available. The Extra Action Marching Band will be playing nearby. During our show, which ends at Midnight at the club, we’ll be featuring some guest performers… Consider dropping by during the Night Before Hallowe’en. But if can’t join in the festivities in person, never fear, the entire show will be broadcast LIVE across the world, via the Radio Valencia website.

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #237: Devil Doll

October 15, 2015
9:12 pm


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Every week I knowingly select more music than I will ever play. I do this, because radio is an artform. It’s an empty canvas. I need to fill it, and I need to have the appropriate materials to do so. So much good music to share. Take a look at this blistering playlist below. And you can hear it in my voice. There was a lot of hooting and hollering goin’ on.

I’m going to start identifying what I feel was “best of set”, as each week there’s always that set that is just more awesome than the others. For this show it was absolutely justified. See below.

This Sunday at The Chapel, on Valencia, Ty Segall‘s side project, FUZZ, is opening for one of my top 5 desert island bands, MUDHONEY! If you don’t have tickets, too bad for you: it’s sold out! I cannot wait to sweat the night away, in what promises to be an amazing show. Fuzz has a new record out too, which you know will be on turntable A in the Radio Valencia studios next Monday night.

In the meantime, check out the playlist below, and click on the Dl or stream above.



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Border Radio: The Blasters
Devil Doll: X
River of Fever The Flesh Eaters

Dismissive: OBN IIIs
Fun House (Take 5): The Stooges

Where Eagles Dare: Bratmobile
Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast: Pink Floyd (for DocBot)
Crimson: Ken Nordine
Jean-Pierre: Miles Davis

In ‘n Out of Grace: Mudhoney
One: Fuzz
There She Goes, My Beautiful World: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

In the Cartoon: Clown Alley (for John Law)
Young Man Blues: Altamont

It Hurts Me Too: Grateful Dead with Duane Allman (02/11/70 – Fillmore East, NYC)
Sova: Dungen

Storm and Feather: Golden Void
I Don’t Want Nobody To Get Me Nothing: Grant Green

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Tonight We Have Pie – John Hell’s Best of 2015 So Far

August 17, 2015
6:11 pm

The10(1)Oh Hell yeah! My buddy Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeois Productions Presentsis hanging out with me tonight to talk up her upcoming show at Bottom of the Hill, featuring past guests, Happy Fangs. She’s also bringing me homemade pie!!! Tune in 8-10 tonight!!!

A few weeks ago I hosted my “Best of 2015 – So Far” show. Take a look below for all pertinent details.

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We’re half way through the year, so how about we check in with the great music we’ve heard so far in 2015? Tonight’s show is all about new releases, and a few re-issues that caught my eye. Check out the amazing Hawkwind cut in the second hour. New music from LA bands Wand, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, as well as some sizzling tracks from Bay Area groups Rin Tin Tiger, Tiger Honey Pot and Queen Crescent.

If you like what you hear, then go out and support these bands by purchasing their vinyl or MP3s. And for Christ’s sake, go see them live!!!

And continuing with my celebration of the 50th birthday of the good ol’ Grateful Dead, there’s a sweet treat at the end of the show for you. Check out the playlist below, and please share with your music-loving friends.



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Cave In: Wand
Lectric Motions: Nudity
Wanderlust: White Hills
Ramen Rock: Tiger Honey Pot
Wilding: Moon Duo
Spit You Out: Metz
Black Acid: Queen Crescent
Into the Void: Brown Sabbath (Brownout)
Concert Outlook (The JBs)
When You Feel It, Grunt if You Can: The JBs
Mr. Time: Koes Barat
Lupine Ossuary: Thee Oh Sees
Feel: Ty Segall
Say: Mikal Cronin
Empty: King Gizzard
Mirror of Illusion: Hawkwind
When You’re Smiling and Astride Me: Father John Misty
Hold You Down: Rin Tin Tiger
Bride of Crankenstein: Melvins
China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (July 14, 1985 Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA)
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Hot Toddies on Hell’s Kitchen – Monday at 8PM

January 26, 2015
7:13 pm


It’s Monday, so it’s time for your favorite radio show, Hell’s Kitchen with John Hell. Tonight I’m serving up Hot Toddies for EVERYONE! It’s a drink AND a band! This trio is playing at the Fillmore this Saturday to celebrate their 10th year of rockin out together. I’ll be chatting them up in the first hour. or the popup player

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December 22, 2014
1:33 pm

Screen shot 2014-12-19 at 11.11.45 PMJohn Hell of Hell’s Kitchen Radio and Ron Donovan invite you to tune in Monday night, December 22, from 6-midnight to a rock ’em, sock ’em bootleg battle to end all bootleg battles.

Tune into Radio Valencia ( where you can not only listen to the action, LIVE as it’s taking place, but you can also help determine the winner.

John Hell and Ron Donovan have the largest combined live bootleg collection in the history of mankind. So it’s no surprise that they battle it out every six months to decide who the ultimate bootleg champion is. Got a favorite rock band? Chances are John and Ron have their BEST live concerts

Tonight’s guests include author Linda Kelly; sound engineer, John Carr; Metallica official fanzine editor Steffan Chirazi; bassist and vox for Limbomaniacs, Butthouse; guitar maestro Eric McFadden, and who knows who else?

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Hell’s Kitchen #198: 1974 ANNUAL ANNUAL

December 5, 2014
9:09 am

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Once again John Hell mixes up the musical stew by taking you back to a magical year in musical lore: 1974. It’s time for my fourth annual “ANNUAL ANNUAL”! 1974 had a little bit of everything: proto-punk, glam-rock, shoe-gaze, funk, soul, avant-jazz, country, western, country-western, and the beginnings of prog-rock. I’ve got a taste of it all in the next two hours.

I’ve thrown in some commercials and movie trailers from the era too. Who knew 1974 was so damn cool? Where were you in 1974? I was four years old by years’ end. I was living in Toledo, Ohio with my parents and two older sisters. My dad would play a lot of jazz and blues, while my sisters, who were 10 and 12 at the time, were playing mostly Monkeys and Beatles tunes. My mother was into Helen Reddy. Crazy times. My biggest memories of that time had to do with the snow making it difficult for my father to drive to work in the winter.

If I were an adult in 1974 it would have been totally different. It would have been all about getting my ass up to Detroit, Cleveland, and New York City to catch some amazing sounds. I probably would have been spending a lot of time at CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City.

Want to hear previous ANNUAL ANNUAL shows? Just follow the links below.



This was a great show. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you. See you next week.



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Rumble: Link Wray
Earache My Eye: Alice Bowie
Hey Joe: Patti Smith

Sweet Jane: Lou Reed
Devil Gate Drive: Suzi Quatro
***Texas Chainsaw Massacre***
Back of a Car: Big Star

Chatterbox: New York Dolls
***Burger King Commercial***
100,000 Years: Kiss
Rock On: David Essex
Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow/Nanook Rubs It/St. Alfonso/Father O’Blivion: Frank Zappa

Be Thankful For What You’ve Got: William DeVaughn
The Bottle: Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson
Don’t Call Her No Tramp: Betty Davis
***Blazing Saddles Trailer***
Kung Fu: Curtis Mayfield
Rated X: Miles Davis

Loose Lucy: Grateful Dead
Revolution Blues: Neil Young
Diamonds on my Windshield: Tom Waits
Rebel Music (3 O’clock Roadblock): Bob Marley and the Wailers
Don’t Go Near the Water: Johnny Cash

Heaven or Hell: Waylon Jennings
Angel From Montgomery: Bonnie Raitt
Boots/Numb Erone: The Residents
Mitternacht: Kraftwerk

Baby’s On Fire: Eno/Cale

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