A Season In Hell

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.

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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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Cat Knows Too Much in “Pussy” The Play on A Season in Hell, Monday at 8pm

November 24, 2014
4:26 pm

Pussy_close_upMaura Halloran’s Pussy is clever, quirky, and full of wit and insights into human nature that only a pussycat can have. The title character is a cat owned by a lesbian whose romance is on the rocks. Writer and actor Halloran, John Hell’s guest on tonight’s A Season in Hell, plays both soon-to-be ex-lovers, their mildly homophobic but clearly curious landlady, and Pussy, a keen observer who knows more than she’s able to say. Halloran shifts smoothly and convincingly between all four characters, and is especially delightful to watch jumping onto furniture and calmly licking herself as her ‘masters’ bicker long-distance. Meet all of Pussy’s characters and their creator, Maura Halloran, 8PM tonight on Radio Valencia.

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Junkyard Barbie

November 5, 2014
9:45 am

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It’s rare that I have two guests in one night but tonight that’s what it’s all about. Long time listeners of my show know that I always enjoy supporting local artists, So tonight two local artists! In the first hour Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie is back once again to talk about the all Barbie exhibition happening at  located at of all places 50 Shotwell in the Mission. If you haven’t seen this you’re really missing out. Just picture it, hundreds of Barbie dolls all altered for your perverse delight. It’s truly a wonder of nature. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday noon to 7 PM, And Sundays noon to 5 PM. There is a poetry reading Thursday night and the closing gala is a week from Saturday, November 15th. Click on the link for more details.

Many of you may be aware that I used to MC Power Tool Drag Races at Ace Junkyard here in San Francisco. What you may not be aware of is that the landlord pulled the rug out from under Bill “The Junkman” Kennedy and closed the junkyard a few short years ago. Bill was a long time facilitator of the underground art scene here in the city, and Ace was the prime location for artists such as SRL, Life-Size Mouse Trap, Cyclecide, Seemen, and other metal obscurists to obtain those hard-to-find pieces which made their creations come to life. In the studio tonight filmmaker Yasi Mak talking about her documentary: Ace in the Hole, about Ace Junkyard and Bill “The Junkman” Kennedy. Bill is in the studio as well, telling great stories about his years at Ace. There is a Kickstarter campaign that ends today at 3PM to raise money to support the film. Please consider donating.



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Channel Zero: Public Enemy
Wild and Free: Curtis Mayfield

Interview with Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie

Since You’ve Been Gone: James Brown

Interview with Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie

Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners
By Any Means Necessary: Steinski
The Art of Getting Jumped: Steinski
Watermelon Man: Herbie Hancock

Sunflower: East New York Ensemble de Music

Interview with Yasi Mak and Bill “The Junkman” Kennedy

Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro-Rock Band
Hands of Time: Perfect Circle

Rastaman Chant/Conquering Lion: Bob Marley (April 30, 1976 – Beacon Theater, NYC)
Feeling Alright: Joe Cocker (October 19, 1969 – Fillmore West, SF, CA)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry: Leon Russell (February 5, 1971 – Baarn, The Netherlands)

I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Tony Bennett

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Barbie and Junkyards tonight at 8

November 3, 2014
3:29 pm

image_108-10PM tonight on John Hell has two, count them, TWO guests on the show this evening. In the fist hour at 8pm, he welcomes back to the Radio Valencia studios, Julie Anderson of the always highly entertaining Altered Barbie exhibition, now in its 12th year! She’s bringing guests! Go see this show!!!

In the second hour, he’s excited to have documentary filmmaker Yasi Mak on to talk about her upcoming film “Ace in the Hole: Death of a Junkyard”. Full disclosure: John used to MC the Power Tool Drag Races there for 8 non-consecutive years. There is a Kickstarter campaign on for this film now.

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Scott Levkoff aka THE PROFESSOR Champion of the creative underground for 25 years on A Season in Hell tonight 8-10

July 28, 2014
4:24 pm

MYSTIC-MIDWAY-200pixScott ‘The Professor” Levkoff of Mystic Midway will be on A Season in Hell tonight, from 8-10PM.

Mystic Midway is a transmedia social game set in the world of a mystical carnival that takes players on a journeys of discovery
latest show at the Augmented World Expo AWE2014
Mr Nobody’s Swamp Shack
and working with The Go Game
Mystic Midway is a TROJAN HORSE for exploring/ introducing collaborative Social  Design into the world
Mystic Midway presents A Midsummer Fairy Revels
a benefit for THE MIDWAY
live music, performances,live opera- CASTA DIVA, gourmet food, strolling fairies and the saucy Court of Titania and Oberon themselves
in a secret graden location NEVER BEFORE SEEN
in the heart of SF
Tune in 8-10 Monday night to hear all this and more.
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