Thursday, April 9
Well here I am, week four of this shelter-at-home, and I’m finding I’m not that bored. I just want to go record shopping in a record store. Oh don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of music to keep my going, and I have purchased a few LPs online, and ever took sweet advantage of the recent Ripple Records download deal. WOW! But there is nothing like walking into my favorite record stores, thumbing through the new arrivals, chatting with the clerks about what they are enjoying, searching the 7″ sections, checking out my very long want list, and looking to see if is hidden in the stacks.
I love how stores are willing to order for me, but part of the fun for me is to see if a record like Money Chicha has shown up, just so I can get that deep feeling of satisfaction for finally landing that long sought after LP.
There’s a ritual to the whole process of record buying. I think only crate-diggers really know what I’m talking about. I used to be a club DJ in San Francisco, and I used to shop for 12″s weekly. Damn, I had a lot. It actually felt pretty good to unload those about a decade ago when I started up Radio Valencia.
Speaking of Radio Valencia, we have a new home. The lease is about to be signed, and since we’re in a shelter-at-home and cannot move in yet, our new landlord is willing to hold off on rent until we actually move in. Thanks landlord, you rock! And we cannot wait to rock very soon in our new digs. Details are coming once everything is secure. But after ten years and our fourth home, I can promise you when I say this is going to be the absolute BEST home for Radio Valencia. I hope we’re here for years to come. And you can even come hang out there with us!!!
As for this recent show you are about to enjoy, it’s a deeper dive into my digital library. It’s large, but I miss playing my vinyl for you. There are a few live treats in there, and even some brand spanking new Ty Segall. He covers Harry Nillson on a new EP.
I may try to host a show between my Monday night show, featuring my live library. I have over 4000 live shows from over 500 bands of many genres. And with all this sitting around the house, I’m downloading multiple shows a day. As of this writing I have a PIL show from 1982 and a Germs shows from 1978 downloading. And I have over 1000 Grateful Dead shows too. Maybe I should log into a separate slot just to play live Dead?
That’s enough for now. Time to enjoy two hours of Hell’s Kitchen Radio.
Hell’s Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Radio Valencia in SF
Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers Band (March 20, 1971 The Warehouse, New Orleans, LA)
Lilac Wine: Nina Simone
The Mob Rules: Black Sabbath
I Shot All The Birds: The Blind Shake
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine: Bongwater (Peel Sessions March, 19, 1991)
Bad Ma Fucka: Brother Ali
Messin’ With The Kid: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
Ramblin’ (Wo)man: Cat Power
Ha Ha Ha: Flipper
That’s How It Goes: Meat Puppets
Police and Thieves: The Clash
Barn Burning: Dave Alvin
Coconut: Ty Segal
I’m In Love With The Ooo-Ooo Man: GTOs
Dinah-Moe Humm: Frank Zappa (October 31, 1977, The Palladium, NYC, NY)
Radebe: Johnny Dyani
Star Spangled Banner: Kronos Quartet
New York New York: The Last Poets
Salad Days: Minor Threat
Not Boweevil: Sex Mob
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong