Hell’s Kitchen Radio #328: Fare Thee Well Now

February 26, 11am

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John Perry Barlow was a maverick in the ways of songwriting and internet freedom. Called “the uncrowned poet laureate of cyberspace,” and “equal parts beat poet and P.T. Barnum”, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Barlow understood the importance of a free and accessible internet, open to all. As songwriting partner of the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, he collaborated on some of the band’s most beloved tunes. He was a gentleman, a showman, a rowdy conspirator, and jack-of-all trades. The world is a better place because of him.

We’ll carry on the fight from here, John. RIP.

The tunes below are some of the absolute best versions performed. Links are provided for each show.



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Feel Like A Stranger: October 12, 1984 Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Mexicali Blues: October 26, 1971 The Palestra, Rochester, NY
Looks Like Rain: April 08, 1972 Wembley Arena, London, England

Just A Little Light: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY
I Need A Miracle: September 16, 1978, Giza, Egypt
Heaven Help The Fool: October 30, 1980 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, NY

Lazy Lightning/Supplication: November 02, 1977 Field House, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
Black Throated Wind: August 27, 1972 Veneta, OR

Cassidy: October 12, 1983 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY
Estimated Prophet: February 3, 1978 Madison, WI
The Music Never Stopped: May 9, 1977 Buffalo, NY

Throwing Stones: September 20, 1990 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY

Hell in a Bucket: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY

John Perry Barlow wrote the Principle of Adult Behavior as standard code of conduct when
he was 30 years old.

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.


Hell’s Kitchen Radio #327: Express Yourself

February 3, 7am

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After so many shows where it feels like I’m paying tribute to some lost musical genius, I needed to cleanse my Hellish soul. This show is sure to get your toes tappin’. On the menu are some classics and some tracks that are soon to be classic in your collection.

I also take a few minutes in the middle of the program to discuss my current thoughts on the state of commercial radio (one of my favorite topics), and the possible (and hopefully impending) bankruptcy of iHeart Radio (formerly Clear Channel). I’d love your thoughts on this. Feel free to leave a comment.

Just take a look at this playlist. Curtis, JB, Fela, Beasties, Brother Ray, Last Poets, The Meters, Aretha, Toots, Parliament, NWA!!!!!!!




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Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfiled
Lickin’ Stick Lickin’ Stick: James Brown

Let’s Start: Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker
Hit It And Pass It: Rasputin Stash

Make It New York: Ghostface Killah
Sure Shot: Beastie Boys
Investigation: Carl Holmes
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Moonlight Mile: Lee Fields and the Expressions
There Is A Mountain: Jo Jones

Got What It Takes: Lord Loves A Working Man
Can’t Help Myself: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Orchestra
Drown In My Own Tears: Ray Charles

F.U.N.K.: Betty Davis
The White Man’s Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Ride Your Pony: The Meters

Funky Kingston: Toots and the Maytals
People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin
Chocolate City: Parliament

Express Yourself: N.W.A.