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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #301: Kill The Thing That Loves Me

April 25, 2017
10:52 am

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Say what you will about Record Store Day, my friend Dan shared some arguments against it, but I’m just fine with my obsession. I spent an hour in line at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records on Valencia last Saturday morning before being able to enter and peruse the annual selection. I also stepped across the street to Stranded Records to pick up a few more. I did not find parking by Thrillhouse Records and my wallet really ended the conversation for me by that point.

I’m not in it for the reissues of some major label dreck. I have no need for the Stevie Nicks rarities LP. As much as I love Prince, I really see no reason why to purchase the 1999 reissue. This is supposed to be about getting people to visit independent record stores to see what they’ve been missing by choosing to download or stream music, only. And there is a lot that you have been missing. You can see the full list of 2017 Record Store Day releases here.

The first hour of this show features my purchases. The second hour starts with a Prince “Deliverance” EP that a judge recently ruled won’t be allowed for release until a hearing in May. You get first listen. Lots of live treats follow, including a rare Os Mutantes soundboard, and the night that Ziggy Stardust died on stage.

Enjoy.

jh

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Radio Valencia in SF
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Way Down in the Hole: Steve Earle
Thank You Friends: Big Star
Better Off Dead: The Wipers

Wild One: Pure Hell
Johnny Adams: Spanish Harlem

I Won The Big Deal: Arnold Blair
Le Jeu Telephone: Caroline

Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd
Sitting on Top of the World: Grateful Dead (07-29-66 Vancouver, CN)

Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues: Skip James
A Bigger Paper Bag: Father John Misty

Deliverance EP: Prince

Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud-All The Young Dudes-Oh! You Pretty Things: David Bowie (07-03-1973 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England)
Frutificar: Os Mutantes (06-06-1978 Teatro de Arena, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (07-05-1998 Werchter, Belgium)
Death Valley 69: Sonic Youth (07-04-1998 Werchter, Belgium)

Paraphernalia: Miles Davis Quintet (11-05-1969 Stockholm, Sweden)
Pinch the Dream: CFM

Banker’s Blues: Rory Gallagher (01-1972 Apropop)

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #300: Celebrate Good Times

April 18, 2017
11:24 am

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I’ve been hosting a radio show on and off since about 1990 when I was at KFJC. I never counted the number of shows I hosted there, but between 1990-1997, probably over 1000 weekly shows. Those were great times, and by far the best education I could have dreamed of. When I started Radio Valencia back in 2010 I had no idea how it might grow and how long we would be around. Monday night I hosted my 300th show, not counting the many specials I’ve done. What a fun milestone this is.

I started off the night with 15 minutes of Facebook Live, which I’m still not totally comfortable doing, but at least it’s a way for my family to see me in action. HA! My guest, managing editor of local magazine “Haight Street Voice“, Linda Kelly spent the rest of the evening with me talking about the importance of having a regular publication in the city that supports local voice, whether they be citizens, homeless, merchants, artists, musicians, or whomever. Linda knows her history of the area like the back of her hand, and wants to use HSV as a medium to bring people together of various backgrounds, all of whom share their love of the city, and the Haight specifically. I concur. It was a fabulous interview. She turned the mic on me in the second hour, asking about my thoughts on show 300 and where I’d like to see Radio Valencia go in the future.

The music is just a continuation of all things John Hell is into. There’s some brand spanking new Father John Misty, new Boss Hog, new CFM, new Crystal Fairy, live Thin Lizzy, and of course some live Grateful Dead. Check out the playlist below.

I don’t really feel that this blog is for me to ramble on and on. I think the radio show itself should be the focus. So, click on the links above to stream or download this show, and then you too can take the two hour journey that I’ve prepared for you, 300 shows in the making…give or take.

This May 25th I’ll be interviewing music critic and author Joel Selvin about his new book “Altamont

Enjoy.

jh

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Way Down in the Hole: Blind Boys of Alabama
Tunic: Sonic Youth

Sunday Routine: Boss Hog
N.I.B.: Brown Sabbath

I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Real Love Baby: Father John Misty

Love Song: Bongwater
Lethal Look: CFM
When Doves Cry: Patti Smith

Temple Beautiful: Chuck Prophet
Moth Tongue: Crystal Fairy
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat

Sway: Rolling Stones
A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits
Suicide: Thin Lizzy (09-25-80 Sun Plaza, Nakano, Japan)No Blues: Miles Davis

Loser: Grateful Dead (03-19-1977 Winterland, SF, CA)
Il Teatrino Delle Suore: Sex Mob

Below is the FB Live video from Monday’s show, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #299: Radio Junkie

April 12, 2017
9:11 am

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There’s free-form radio and then there’s FREE-FORM RADIO! I’ve been doing this too long to stop now. There are times when I’m driving late at night, pushing the buttons on my FM radio, thinking to myself “why am I hearing the same songs at this late hour that I would hear in the middle of the day? Shouldn’t the late hours be the time when radio stations stretch out, try something new, or perhaps even a deeper album cut? Isn’t this the time when they can play a 20 minute track? Isn’t this the perfect opportunity for them to try out a new, local artist who deserves the airplay? WHY AREN’T THEY DOING THIS? And why haven’t I written a letter? Tweeted? Made a call? ”

If I was given a chance to program KSAN (aka:107.7 The Bone) I would make “Big Daddy” Tom Donahue proud. That man must be seriously spinning in his grave to see what has happened with his love child. Some say Steven Seaweed is an institution. I say that he’s been phoning it in for about two decades now. No offense, Steven. You’ve made a great career out of being super excited to be playing another AMAZING Van Hagar track, and having people call out the WEEDMAN! I’ve worked in commercial radio. They hand you the playlist and tell you what you are and are not allowed to say and play. Any deviation from the norm and you’re out the door. All to please the listeners. Yeah right. It’s all about the sponsors. There is no longer any art or risk-taking in the land of mainstream radio. And it’s been this way for a good 25 years now; perhaps longer.

Tonights show is all over the aural spectrum. Brand new music from Boss Hog, and CFM has a new LP out as well. There’s some sizzling rock, toe-tappin’ country, Japanese Psych, nouveau Americana, Seattle Grunge (I hate that term), and American Punk. I’m sure I left out something. Take a look at the playlist below and click on the stream or download above to enjoy this program, sure to please even the finickiest music lovers in your home.

Next Monday night is my 300th show on Radio Valencia. That’s a lot of shows. I have no clue what I have planned, but it promises to be worth your time. Tune in 8-10PM at http://radiovalencia.fm

See you on the radio.

jh

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Way Down In The Hole: Tom Waits
The Deep: Red Fang

Ashes to Ashes: Eric McFadden
White Bird: It’s A Beautiful Day

Volunteers: Jefferson Airplane
Sleep Drifter: King Gizzard and the Lizard Gizzard
I’m Sure to Meet You: Angel in Heavy Syrup

Rubber Lips: Damaged Bug
Pretty Bird: Jenny Lewis

Young, Gifted, and Broke: Aura Lewis and Lee “Scratch” Perry
I Fall to Pieces: Patsy Cline
Hey Hey, My My: Neil Young (June 13, 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival)

Ground Control: Boss Hog
Make it Now: Mudhoney (September 26, 1993 Hollywood Palace)
Let It Bleed: Rolling Stones (November 1, 1981 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX)

Dead Weight/Message: CFM
Barn Burning: Dave Alvin

Frankie and Albert: Taj Mahal
Ice Water: Ray Condo
Diddy Wah Diddy: Thee Headcoats

American Heavy Metal Weekend: Circle Jerks (February 14-1986 Fender’s Ballroom Long Beach, CA)

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #298: I Feel Cleansed

April 6, 2017
6:20 pm

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Monday night I filmed my show on FB live. A few weeks back my guest, and talented chartreuse, Phat Man Dee did this and we had over 100 people tuned in. Why not tonight? Then again, why the hell would anyone want to watch a radio show? Really, there is nothing exciting about this. OK, I do a bit of a song and dance during my show when I’m off mic, that’s for sure. Other than that???

Lots of rockin’ about on this night. New music spread throughout, including new Zig Zags, Crystal Fairy (Melvins side project), Ty Segall, Blind Shake, Meatbodies, King Gizzard, and Red Fang. Also, it’s the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Doors record (feel old yet?).

I throw in some covers from Thee Headcoats (did you know Billy Childish was a renowned book translator?), Bob Seger (there’s a good story I tell in there), Nicki Bluhm, Minutemen, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

I’m like a walking music encyclopedia for this show. Check it out and share it far and wide. I probably won’t make it a habit of doing the FB live thing, because who wants to watch a DJ stand around picking their nose trying to decide what to play next?

Enjoy.

jh

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Ripping Death: Zig Zags
Chiseler: Crystal Fairy

The Only One: Ty Segall
The Crystal Ship: The Doors
Broken Racehorse: The Blind Shake

Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love: Minutemen
Haunted History: Meatbodies
Steppin’ In Her I Miller Shoes: Betty Davis

Let it Rock: Bob Seger
Superstar: Sonic Youth
Love Comes in Spurts: Thee Heacoats
By the Time I Get to Arizona: Public Enemy/Herb Alpert – Evolution Control Committee

Melting: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
I Can’t Go for That: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Brazil: Frank Sinatra
Jesus Didn’t Die For Me: Rube Waddell
Shadows: Red Fang

Elanore, Put Your Boots On: Franz Ferdinand
Here Comes Sunshine: Grateful Dead (04-02-1973 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
Don’t Come Home a-Drinking With Lovin’ On Your Mind: Loretta Lynn

Thunder Road: Bonnie “Prince”Billy and Tortoise
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill

Run, Devil Run/The Big Guns: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky: Lou Donaldson
New Resolution: Heartless Bastards

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