March 31, 2020
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Hey radio lovers, it’s my first official show since December 2019. What I miss?
In all seriousness though, this is a remarkable time. How are you spending your days and nights? Reading those books that have been sitting on the shelf, that you swore you would read if only you had the time to do so? Watching those French Noir films that you once loved in college and realize they haven’t aged all that well? Pulling out those dusty puzzle boxes sent to you by grandma when you were 20 (even though you stopped doing puzzles when you were 12)? I actually love a good landscape jigsaw puzzle. How about finally listening to that John Coltrane 45 minute Ascension and the five alternate takes, each 45 minutes to one hour in length? No time like the present.
And the present is all we’ve got! What would Eckhart Tolle say?
How are tight knit families doing? How is the single-set doing? How are people with horrible roommates doing? How well are you practicing social distancing? FLATTEN THE CURVE OR DIE!
I’m mostly concerned about Tinder. How ever will they survive? Did they get a piece of the stimulus package too? HA! Get it? Tinder? Stimulus? I crack myself up.
On Monday afternoon I put out a call on ye ol’ Facebook asking for songs I should play for my triumphant return to Radio Valencia in the pandemic age. The list still hasn’t ended. All songs except two are from that list. Thanks a ton!
On a side note, Radio Valencia lost its space last January, after we were told (along with all other tenants) that our landlord had failed to keep up rent payments to the owner. We all were given 48 hours to move out. After a couple of months searching SF for a new space, we finally landed what we believe to be our most ideal studio location yet! And then COVID-19 struck, which is keeping us from setting up the new space. I cannot wait to share details about our new home. It’s sooooo exciting.
I have never hosted a show remotely from my home before, so you have heard a lot of reruns from me over the past few months, until Monday night! I’d like to say the show went off without a hitch, but you’ll notice the first three minutes is a lot of noise while I scrambled to pay for the Audio Hijack I was using. And later in the show I introduced a Johnny Cash song (“Solitary Man“), which was playing on my laptop, but not on my show. There’s a learning curve here, folks. Thanks for sticking with ol’ Johnny Hell through all of this.
I would like to thank my brother-from-another-mother Adam McKintosh for donating the Blue Yeti microphone to the cause. Some heroes don’t wear capes.
Also, not all songs are from the FB request list. Local violinist, vocalist, and all-around exceptional musician Emily Palen sent me a couple of new tracks from her trio: KnightressM1. I was thrilled to pieces to play “SALT”, from their upcoming release, TBA. Check them out live, whenever and wherever that happens in the (hopefully) near future. I love getting turned on…to good new music, and this group really sent me into the stratosphere. I hope you enjoy the track as much as I do. And dig the “lyrics”. Perfect timing indeed. It really fit with the show’s theme.
OK, enough of me. Take a look at the set list below. There are more hits in this one than I have ever played on my shows before, but fuck it, it’s my show, and we’re all bored.
Enjoy. Stay inside!!! Go masturbate again.
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Don’t Touch Me There x2: The Tubes
Touch Me I’m Sick: Mudhoney
Why Can’t I Touch It?: Buzzcocks
Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down): Ween
You Be Illin: Run DMC
I Just Want To Have Something To Do: The Ramones
People Who Died: Jim Carroll (July 15, 1979 Old Waldorf, SF, CA)
You Can’t Touch This: MC Hammer
Soul Vaccination: Tower of Power
Hellbound Train: Savoy Brown
Nature’s Way: Spirit
People: Barbara Streisand
So Alone: Johnny Thunders
Run To The Hills: Iron Maiden
Gates of Steel: Devo
Leave Me Alone: Helen Reddy
The Wait: Killing Joke
One: Three Dog Night
Nobody Told Me: John Lennon
Knockin’ On Heavens Door: Bob Dylan (November 1975, Montreal, Canada)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong