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A Season in Hell #40: Radio Valencia: Surfs Up!

May 30, 2011
6:53 pm


Summer is almost here, so it’s time to get wet. I’m thinking surf/luau music to start off the night. Get your tiki fired up, and wax that board.

Also a fond farewell to Gil Scott-Heron, with a live cut from 78. A great live hour, with some gems from the Grateful Dead, a deep album cut from the Stones, and ended it with a very rare live gem from Pink Floyd from 1970.

Listen to the show by going here.

Enjoy.

Hour One:
Paradise Hawaiian Style: Elvis Presley
Riders In The Sky: Dick Dale
Surf War: The Centurians
Exotica: Dave Myers & The Surftones
Surf and Destroy: The Immortals

My Black Bag: The Mermen
Hydrogen Highway: Voodoo Court
Bone Cruncher: The Eliminators “Woodies On The Wharf”

Concert Outlook
Hava Nagila: Chachi, Boba Fett, and the Wookiee
Miserlou: Slacktone
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky: The Cadillac Angels

Crawdad Song: Harry Belefonte
Stop Draggin; Me Down: Mono Men
Bullet->I’m Mad: Reverend Horton Heat

Bonzai Pipeline: The Boardwalkers
Welfare City: Eugene McDaniels

Hour Two:
We Almost Lost Detroit: Gil Scott-Heron (01-16-78 RIP)
I Need A Miracle->Shakedown Street: Grateful Dead (01-15-79)

Stray Cat Blues: Rolling Stones (03-13-71) – Request***
Armageddon Time: The Clash (08-17-82)
USA: The Pogues (06-15-89)

Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd (04-29-70)

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A Season in Hell #39: Radio Valencia: Bob Dylan Blues

May 23, 2011
7:02 pm

Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan. Tonight I play an hour+ of Live and alternative tracks from Bob Dylan. Also a few fine folks covering the master. I end the show with four live tracks from The Melvins, last week at Great American Music Hall.

Here’s the link to this great show.

Enjoy.

San Francisco Bay: Bob Dylan
Death Of Emmett Till: Bob Dylan (03-11-62 Cynthia Gooding Radio Show)

Talkin’ New York->Bob Talks: Bob Dylan (03-28-63 Bob Fass Radio Show)
Gates of Eden: Bob Dylan (05-07-65)
It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding: Bob Dylan (05-07-65)

Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues: Bob Dylan (07-05-65)
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry->Crowd->Baby Blue: Bob Dylan (07-25-65)

Don’t Ya Tell Henry: Bob Dylan (Complete Basement Tapes)
You Ain’t Goin Nowhere: Bob Dylan (Complete Basement Tapes)
I Shall Be Released: Bob Dylan (Complete Basement Tapes)

Idiot Wind: Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks – New York Recording 1974)
I’m Not There: Sonic Youth
Tombstone Blues: Richie Havens

Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power): Willie Nelson & Calexico
Pressing On: John Doe

Lizzy: Melvins (05-16-11)
Revolve: Melvins (05-17-11)
It Shoved: Melvins (05-17-11)
Anaconda: Melvins (05-17-11)

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A Season in Hell #38: Radio Valencia: I’m Your Man

May 16, 2011
7:00 pm


The Melvins are in town, and I’m going to the Tuesday show, where they’ll be playing all of Stoner Witch and Bullhead. I’ll be in heaven even though my name is Hell. I planned a mini-Melvins set tonight. Check it out. Also, the new Beastie Boys is out. I threw that on for good measure.

Here’s a link to the show.

Update: I went to the Tuesday night Melvins show at the Great American Music Hall. They opened with Bullhead. Boris was beyond glorious. After a 20+ minute break they returned with a blistering performance of Stoner Witch. If you BitTorrent then I encourage you to DL the Bullhead performance. This is an amazing audience recording, that could be a soundboard.

Enjoy.

Roustabout: Elvis Presley

Rocket Reducer #62: The Melvins
Revolve: The Melvins

Boris: The Melvins
Hama: Boris

Too Many Rappers: Beastie Boys
Loran’s Dance: Idris Muhammad

Time Axe Bag Dad: Clubfoot Orchestra

Hour Two: All live Bootlegs
Wooden Ships: Jefferson Airplane (05-07-70)
Sweat Loaf: Butthole Surfers (04-30-86)
Mississippi Goddamn: Nina Simone (live)
Don’t Believe the Hype: Public Enemy (06-27-92)

Rainy Night in Soho: the Pogues (06-15-89)
Guns of Brixton: The Clash (08-17-82)

Running Away->Crazy Baldhead: Bob Marley (04-27-79)

Orange Blossom Special: Johnny Cash (10-02-76)
It was a Bad Scene: Link Wray (09-74-KSAN)
Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy (09-25-80)

Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks (11-11-72)

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A Season in Hell #37: Radio Valencia: Yo Snarky!

May 9, 2011
7:06 pm


CTP is my guest.

Roustabout: Elvis Presley

White Punks on Dope: The Melvins

That’s Life: Frank Sinatra
You Can’t Get Away From Me: Reverend Horton Heat
Goodnight Irene: Gene Autry
Semi-Crazy: Junior Brown

Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo
Reptile: Mono Men
Hell City, Hell: The Supersuckers
Daddy Frank, the Guitar Man: Merle Haggard

No End in Sight: Mudhoney
Motor City is Burning: MC5
Work Song: Nina Simone
Rose And The Thorn: 13th Floor Elevators
I’ve Got You Babe: The Dictators

Interview with CTP

For Goodness Sakes, Just Look at Those Cakes: James Brown

Interview with CTP

Darkest Light: Lafyette Afro-Rock Band

Interview with CTP

Show ’em Whatcha Got: Public Enemy
By The Time I Get To Arizona (Whipped Cream Mix): The Evolution Control Committee

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Button King CTP on A Season in Hell 8-10pm Monday Night

5:30 pm

For the past few years Christopher T. Palmer, better known as CTP has been covering the earth with his simple, black-background, quirky-worded buttons. The best thing about these buttons is that most of the sayings were offered to him by friends, which he quickly turned into the feeling you end up wearing on your sleeve…or collar. You get the point. His site, Snarky McFuck Buttons is a must visit.

CTP will be on A Season in Hell, with John Hell (FINALLY) tonight, 8-10PM (PDT), to talk about his art (and it is an art). He has t-shirts now too. Of course he does.

You can find him on Twitter too. @ctpctp

Tune in.

John Hell

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A Season in Hell Playlist for Monday, May 2, 2011

May 3, 2011
4:54 pm

If you’re like me, and I know you are, then you love a fine night of stage performance in an intimate setting. Luckily for you San Francisco offers many fine places to indulge in this fetish. You naughty radio listener, you. Anyway, the Mission District has without a doubt, the BEST place to see a stage play, or a bad movie: The Dark Room Theater. Located at 2263 Mission St., between 18th and 19th streets. The Dark Room has been around since 2005, hosting adapted stage performances of classic films such as: The Shining, Caddyshack, Life of Brian, Star Wars, the Ten Commandments (I was the voice of God), many Twilight Zone episodes, original plays like Emperor Norton and Zippy the Pinhead, as well as Sunday nights Bad Movie Night, which features a movie and commentary from three “talented” hosts with mics, but also encourages audience participation. Think MST3K, but way better. They host many sketch comedy groups, as well as stand up comedy too. I love this place. We are so lucky to have The Dark Room in SF.

From their website:

 

The Dark Room is your one-stop shop for comedy, theater, events, entertainment, rehearsal space and recording studio facilities (both pre- and post-production).

The proprietor of The Dark Room, Jim Fourniadis, will be on my show Monday night, 8-10pm, talking about The Dark Room Theater, as well as his days in the east coast punk band Rats of Unusual Size, where he was the front man and lead guitarist. We’ll play lots of music and talk about lots of great SF underground entertainment history, as well as too many in-jokes you won’t understand. We hope you laugh anyway.

Enjoy it here.

Hour one:

Roustabout: Elvis Presley
Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon: Urge Overkill
I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy Pop

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Rock and Roll Nursing Home: Iron Prostate
Ford’s Theater Wipeout: Cab City Combo
SOS: Rats of Unusual Size
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater
Jim sings: Elvis was a Caveman

Hour Two:
Radar Love: Rats of Unusual Size
Blah, Blah, Blah: Lenny Bruce
T for Texas: Toshio Horano

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Coffee Man: Rats of Unusual Size
More Than a Man: Steffanos X

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide
Twitch: Rats of Unusual Size
Razzles: Rats of Unusual Size

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Argh: Rats of Unusual Size

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

I Ain’t Nothing: CC Ramone and Jim Fourniadis

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KFJC: Doin’ It To Death, the Annual 24 Hour James Brown Birthday Special

2:27 pm



As many of you are aware, I spent nine glorious years on the air at KFJC; 88-97, as The Reverend Dah Wave. I started there fresh out of high school, at the age of 18, with rough idea of what “eclectic” meant. Actually, at that time, KFJC was known as an “alternative” station. Then Nirvana had to go and get famous, and “alternative” ended up meaning “crap”. By the time I left in 1997, I was very well schooled in the finer points of quality music. I also learned that there was no way in hell I would ever work for a commercial radio station. Radio is an art form, and one to be taken seriously, even when you’re having a goofy time playing Frank Sinatra back to back with Megadeth.

After James Brown died on Christmas, 2006, Spliff Skankin’ of KFJC’s Jah’s Music organized the first James Brown celebration. I jumped at the chance. Now the special happens around his birthday (May 1st). The month of May in KFJC-land is known as Mayhem. It’s a month full of specials. I once hosted a 15 1/2 hour Miles Davis special. I also co-hosted, along with Kevin Odante, and the late-great Spiderman a Curtis Mayfield, Jerry “the Iceman” Butler, and the Impressions special.

All Mayhem long there are some great specials, including a Captain Beefheart special coming up.

Good times.

Today is the fifth annual Doin’ It To Death 24 Hour James Brown Birthday Extravaganza!

I was on 10am-2pm.

You can go here to listen to the entire show. Look for “Doin’ it to Death”. It’s broken up into one hour segments.

Or, you can go here to listen to my four hours.

Hour one

Hour two

Hour three

Hour four

And below is the playlist from my set.

I played this gem from the TAMI show.

John Hell is Doin’ It To DEATH 10-2pm
Brown, James Cold Sweat Live in Dallas 08-26-68
Brown, James Since You’ve Been Gone Funk Power
Brown, James Think Make it Funky
Slaughter’s Big R (soundtrack) Sexy, Sexy, Sexy Slaughter’s Bi…(James Brown)
Brown, James Summertime Mutha’s Nature
Brown, James Don’t Be a Drop Out Ain’t that a Groove
Maceo & All the Kings Men Funky Women Doing Their Own Thing
Collins, Bootsy Shine-O-Myte One Giveth, the
Wesley, Fred & The New J.B.’s Breakin’ Bread Breakin’ Bread
Jungle Brothers Straight Out the Junglle Straight Out the Jungle
Ice-T Power (LANGUAGE) Power
Queen Latifah Nature of a Sista
Kool Moe Dee I Go to Work Knowledge Is King
Schoolly D Am I Black Enough For You?
Beastie Boys Hey Ladies Paul’s Boutique
Brown, James That’s Life Live at the Apollo, VOL.2 PT.1
Brown, James Papa Don’t Take No Mess Make it Funky
Brown, James Get Up->Soul Power->Get Up Live in Paris 03/18/71
Brown, James Licking Sitck, Licking Stick Live in Dallas 08-26-68
Brown, James Funky President (People It’s Dead on the Heavy Funk 74-76
Brown, James Mother Popcorn (Part 1) It’s a Mother
Brown, James Mother Popcorn (Part 2) It’s a Mother
Brown, James Come Rain or Come Shine Plays James Brown
Brown, James It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s Wor Live..At the Apollo Vol 2 Pt 2
Brown, James Escapism Make it Funky
Brown, James The Payback Payback, The
Brown, James You Mother You Sho Is Funky Down Here
Lusson, Robert Free James Brown
Dupree, Nancy James Brown Ghetto Reality
Brown, James For Once In My Life JamesBrownJazz
Brown, James Out of Sight TAMI Special
Brown, James You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be St Singles 1972-1973, The
Brown, James Intro->Living in America Live SF Hilton Ballroom 10/12/92
Brown, James The Spank Jam 1980’s
Brown, James Blind Man Can See It (extended) Blind Man Can See It
Brown, James I Feel Good Sex Machine Today
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A Season in Hell #36: Radio Valencia: It’s Getting Dark Room in Here or Riot for AMERICA!!!

May 2, 2011
6:11 pm

If you’re like me, and I know you are, then you love a fine night of stage performance in an intimate setting. Luckily for you San Francisco offers many fine places to indulge in this fetish. You naughty radio listener, you. Anyway, the Mission District has without a doubt, the BEST place to see a stage play, or a bad movie: The Dark Room Theater. Located at 2263 Mission St., between 18th and 19th streets. The Dark Room has been around since 2005, hosting adapted stage performances of classic films such as: The Shining, Caddyshack, Life of Brian, Star Wars, the Ten Commandments (I was the voice of God), many Twilight Zone episodes, original plays like Emperor Norton and Zippy the Pinhead, as well as Sunday nights Bad Movie Night, which features a movie and commentary from three “talented” hosts with mics, but also encourages audience participation. Think MST3K, but way better. They host many sketch comedy groups, as well as stand up comedy too. I love this place. We are so lucky to have The Dark Room in SF.

From their website:

The Dark Room is your one-stop shop for comedy, theater, events, entertainment, rehearsal space and recording studio facilities (both pre- and post-production).

The proprietor of The Dark Room, Jim Fourniadis, will be on my show Monday night, 8-10pm, talking about The Dark Room Theater, as well as his days in the east coast punk band Rats of Unusual Size, where he was the front man and lead guitarist. We’ll play lots of music and talk about lots of great SF underground entertainment history, as well as too many in-jokes you won’t understand. We hope you laugh anyway.

Enjoy it here.

Hour one:

Roustabout: Elvis Presley
Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon: Urge Overkill
I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy Pop

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Rock and Roll Nursing Home: Iron Prostate
Ford’s Theater Wipeout: Cab City Combo
SOS: Rats of Unusual Size
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater
Jim sings: Elvis was a Caveman

Hour Two:
Radar Love: Rats of Unusual Size
Blah, Blah, Blah: Lenny Bruce
T for Texas: Toshio Horano

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Coffee Man: Rats of Unusual Size
More Than a Man: Steffanos X

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide
Twitch: Rats of Unusual Size
Razzles: Rats of Unusual Size

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Argh: Rats of Unusual Size

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

I Ain’t Nothing: CC Ramone and Jim Fourniadis

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