A Season in Hell #31: Do Over

April 28, 6pm

Tonight on the show, Jen Burke Anderson ( joined me in the studio. Jen is an old friend from my KFJC days. She’s a fabulous writer, and was kind enough to read some excellent pieces for us. I love the fundamentalist church piece. Tent revivals should always be this fun.

After the show I went over to 12 Galaxies to check out the last show of the season for Ask Dr. Hal. I was very tempted to walk up on stage and carry Chicken off. But, I figured it was the last show, he might as well enjoy himself while it lasts. It is a very good show… at times.

You can download the show here.

for some reason it appears that only the first two hours were archived. All of my interview with Miss Anderson is there, but you miss some brilliant musical selections, as well as an amazing rant against the suburbs. What the hell do they have that’s so good, anyway? It’s always the best shows that don’t get recorded. Oh well, one for the ages, I guess. I think the podcast ends with Boris. Yes, yes it does.

Next week on a Season in Hell, the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls (BAD Girls, get it) will be on the show, as well as Ragi the Lawyer.

I Love Livin in the City: Danko Jones
She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy
The Elephant is Dead: Bill Hicks

Jen Burke Anderson Interview

Space-Age Couple: Captain Beefheart

Jen Burke Anderson Interview

Tribal Connection: Gogol Bordello

Jen Burke Anderson Interview

T For Texas: Toshio Hirano
Backed into a Corner: Three Day Stubble
Two Little Pigs: The Cows

Rip Van Winkle: Witch
A Bou A Qu: Boris

All Blues: Stan Hirsch & Eric McFadden
Three O’Clock Blues/Darlin’ You Know I Love You: BB King
29 Ways (To Get to My Baby’s Door): Koko Taylor
Rock Steady: John Lee Hooker

Baby Please Don’t Quit Me: Lightnin’ Hopkins
Planet of the Apes: The Mummies
Gallis Pole: Leadbelly
Skunk: MC5

Baro Faro: Gogol Bordello (11-13-08)
Looking out my Window: Tom Jones
Babelogue/Rock and Roll Nigger: Patti Smith
There Stands The Glass: Webb Pierce
Autobody: Zeni Geva

Everyday I Love You Less and Less: Kaiser Chiefs
I Have Tasted the Fire Inside Your Mouth: Nadja

A Season in Hell #31: Roller Derby-a-gogo, or a funny thing happened on the way to the show

April 21, 7pm

So, it would appear that the Pirate Cat Radio internet and FM signal were down even before I came to the station tonight. I won’t get into the details, because I would end up airing dirty laundry, which really has no place on this here blog of mine. But, suffice it to say, I attempted to get us back on the air, to no avail.

Coincidentally, I received a phone call from Chicken John, while I was waiting to see if we were going to be back on the air (the whole time I have my guest, Miss Frisky Kitten of B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls, waiting to be interviewed). He was calling me to ask if I could fill in for him as host of the Ask Dr. Hal Show at 12 Galaxies tonight. Very unusual considering I’m regularly attending to my own show during this time. It became obvious within the next 15 minutes that I would not be doing my radio show, so I phoned him saying I would be pleased to do it.

I consider myself to be Joan Rivers to Chicken’s Johnny Carson. I’ve filled in for him about 10 or so times over the last seven years. I do not do a Chicken John impersonation. I do me. I got some cudos from the crowd, but mostly it was just entertaining as hell watching Rose and Spy do their Mouse Trap dance. The Mouse trap boys did a dance all their own. I got the video to prove it.

I did give Pete Goldie a hard time. That’s always fun. Josh the Orange Box Man did a stupid joke. KROB pleased us with his dulcent tones, David Cappuro flashed us, in time, with many a visual treat. There was no Frank Chu, which is hard to believe. And of course, Hal was truly remarkable in his snare drum tight delivery. That guy can answer anything. I was quite liberal with the Fernet Branca. You’ve had some, haven’t you? I like what Katie said about it: “it tastes like minty butt.” Hmm… OK Then.

DJ icecreamlopez was manning the merch table for the Life-Sized Mouse Trap. She is one cute counter girl. All in all a fine night indeed.

I got in a great discussion with Mark Perez, the creator of the Mouse Trap, about the lack of “new blood”, participating in the SF scene. I hypothesized that the newer folks in town are not aware of the rich body of work that has taken place by so many in recent years. They don’t know where their own place is. Mark told me that I must write a book about the last 15 years in SF. There is so much to say. Who would I interview? How would I focus it? Who would read it?

It’s almost 1am, and I work tomorrow. Thanks for reading. All comments are welcome, unless they’re about World of Warcraft, or some other shit like that. Good night to all the strip teasing mice out there.

A Season in Hell #30: Dirty 30 and Michael Peppe to Boot

April 14, 10pm

A Season In Hell #30: Dirty 30

Tonight in the studio I am so excited to have DADAist, wordsmith, absurdist, Michael Peppe. Peppe has a long performance history, going back to New York City in the mid-70s. He’s been in San Francisco for quite a while now (1980), and I have gotten to know him, seen him perform, had him perform at a few shows I produced over the years as well. On the show tonight Michael performs a part of a new two-and-a-half-hour long piece. He only does about 15 minutes of it.

The site is a great DADA site you should definitely check out. There are some Peppe recordings on there from the late 70’s. It also says he’s dead. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice. I remember listening to WFMU about five years ago, and they were playing some Michael Peppe. the DJ was asking where is Peppe now. I rushed to the computer and sent him an email, screaming that he’s in SF!!!

I’ll have him on again soon.

Download the show here.


I love Livin in the City: Danko Jones
Sonic Revelations: The Monkeywrench
Motor City is Burning: MC5

Ass, Gas, or Grass: Men’s Club
Pluto, September 31st: The Moving Sidewalks
Thurston Hearts the Who: Bikini Kill
Tunic: Sonic Youth
Columbian Necktie: Big Black

Michael Peppe Interview

Adolescent: Michael Peppe
We Do What We’re Told: Peter Gabriel

Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Chariot Choogle: Fantomas/Mike Patton

Through the Roof and Underground: Gogol Bordello
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This Land is your Land: Woody Guthrie
Leg: Arzachel

Desperado: Alice Cooper
Calvary Scars: Deerhunter
Ecru: Ken Nordine
Monster: Brute Force

Damballa: The Pharaohs
I Am The Black Wizard: Emperor
I Think of Demons: Roky Erickson
Ghost: Ladytron
Three Girl Rumble: Wire
Look At That Table and Make it Spin in Your Head: Lynx

Rollin & Tumblin’: Crack Daniels
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes/Maggot Brain: P-Funk (11-01-78)
Suck and Screw Orgy: Alan Karminski
Portland, Oregon: Loretta Lynn

Celluloid Heroes: The Kinks

A Season In Hell #29: What? You Again?

April 7, 9pm

Tonight on the show, I, once again, invited Ragi the Lawyer to come down. He has been on four times in the last six weeks. He came down last week, when I stayed home, sick. Thanks Ragi. Anyway, he came in tonight to talk about renter’s rights; especially in case of a fire. We actually took one call. Good for him!

Katy Bell came by, celebrating her birthday. Happy Birthday Katy! We had a KROB moment and then she was off again. If you’ve been to the Power Tool Drag Races, you know Katy as our Flag Girl. She also produced the Mark Growden benefit, which I MCd just over a week ago.

I’ve really been keen on this new format idea. The first hour is an interview, the second
is new music, the third is specialty genres, the fourth will toss you into dreamland, either calmly and sweetly, or kicking a screaming. You be the judge. I’d like your suggestions about music and genres for the third and fourth hours.

I love hosting a four hour show. Two hours is not nearly enough. I’ve been in radio for 20 years now, and I look at it as an art form. Taking two or more sources of sound and mixing them together, either end to end, or throughout; it’s the art of the segue.

Go here to download the show. I’m very pleased with the set starting with Sonic Reducer, by Rocket from the Tombs. Tell me what you think.



I Love Livin’ In The City: Danko Jones
She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy

Alcohol: Gogol Bordello
Bury Our Sins: Eric McFadden

Give Me Wine or Money: The Mekons
Bukowski: Modest Mouse
Time Has Told Me: Nick Drake

Ragi the Lawyer

I’ve Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash
How To Speak Hip, Part One
Charlie Parker: Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
KC Blues: Charlie Parker

Untitled: Radio Moscow
Blessed Black Wings: High On Fire

Interview with Larnie Fox of Crank Ensemble

Sonic Reducer: Rocket From The Tombs
Maximum Protection: Mort Kridel Advertising Agency
Get It On: Kramer
FCC Station Identification: Cary Grant
How Babies Are Made: Christopher Recordings on Sex Instruction
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D
The Session: Karen Finley

Peace Frog/Blue Sunday: The Doors
Take a Stress Pill: Turn Me on Dead Man
Gimme Shelter: Grand Funk Railroad

Zodiac: Melvins
California Uber Alles: Jello Biafra and the Melvins (10-31-04-Slims, SF, CA)
Kill the Poor: Dead Kennedy’s (12-13-82-Stuttgart, GR)
No Pussy Blues: Grinderman

Capitalism Stole My Virginity: The International Noise Conspiracy
The Hidden Garden/Naima: Material
Loran’s Dance: Idris Muhammad

Thursday Miles: Miles Davis