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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #419: We Finally Made It To The End And All I Got Was This Lousy Virus

December 29, 2020
7:48 pm

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The end is nigh. And what are your plans? Are you going to head out and revel with your friends, sans mask, giving hugs, kisses, high fives and COVID to each other, and your beloved Nana upon returning home? Good for you for removing yourself from the gene pool. Unfortunately, you’re also risking others just to play around on amateur night. 

Stay home, watch a movie, drink a glass of bubbly (alcoholic or non), and head off to bed without anything to regret. We have next year, and all of our loved ones to consider.

Thanks in advance. 

This here is my year-end show. There’s a bunch of my faves from 2020, but this isn’t a “Best of…” show in the least. There’s a bunch of other tunes tossed in from across the ages. In retrospect I really should have played “I Want To Be Sedated”. Hmmmmm, just pretend I did, and click on the video link at the bottom.

Let’s all just agree that 2020 was relatively bad for everyone around the world, and move on, shall we? I mean really now, a pandemic puts everything else into perspective. You had a bad year? Oh, I am so sorry. WE ALL HAD A BAD YEAR. Your year sucked extra special bad? WOW! You must really want to win some award. This show is for you then. And only you. 

Enjoy.

jh

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Little Drummer Boy: Lou Rawls
I Want To Be Evil: Eartha Kitt
Desolation Row (alternate take): Bob Dylan

Gate Crasher: Alice Bag
The Sun and its Horizon: Bill Orcutt
Laugh, Love, Fuck: The Coup

I’m Glad I Could Help Out: King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn
Tougher: Dale Crover
In The Pines: Fantastic Negrito
Abre Camino: Death Valley Girls

Badder Than Bullets: Tommy Guerrero
Wing Ruin: Oh Sees
Lock and Key: KnightressM1
Pull Up The People: MIA
Slavery Days: Burning Spear

Are You Glad To Be In America: James Blood Ulmer
Melvana: East New York Ensemble de Music
Cymbaline: Pink Floyd

Silver Machine: Hawkwind
Ride Your Pony: The Meters
Mr. Tamborine Man: William Shatner
The Hipster Be Bop Junkie: William S Burroughs

Auld Lange Syne: Bob Johnson and the Lonesome Travelers
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence & The Pinder Family

***Happy New Year to you and yours. Stay safe.***

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #418: Trim That Tree

December 25, 2020
1:42 pm

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And we’ve made it to Christmas Day!!! How the Hell did that happen so quickly? Seriously though, with all of this staying at home crap since March, one would think this year would have crawled by? Time always seemed to flow when I had to commute most days, pay the bills, do the dishes, and repeat. I’ve been home since mid-March, and December came in like a limping, gasping, clawing gazelle, after having been chewed on and spit out for the rancid meat that COVID and Trump’s allies turned 2020 into. 

What kind of fresh Hell is this?

So let’s stick with this musical lane for the next two hours shall we?

As you will see below the first hour contains a fistful of holiday music that is as off-kilter as yours truly. And isn’t that why you tune in in the fist place? The second hour is something else entirely. I really enjoyed the entire show, but the two hours are as different as Christmas is to Hanukkah. Take that for whatever you think it means.

If you live in the Bay Area of California, you really owe it to yourself to take a drive to either Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Lane) in Alameda, or Chestnut Lights (Woodside Court) in South San Francisco. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the creativity that went into these houses is worth the trip. There are a number of other locations to go check out. Here’s the link for a bunch of them. Take a ride!

Go ho, ho, ho yourself, and I’ll see you all next Monday night to get you good and ready to say so long and fuck you to 2020. 

If you haven’t tuned into my Live Bootleg Bonanza show, tune in Monday’s 6-8PM, before my regular Hell’s Kitchen show, to check out shows from my vast live vault (it’s really just TBs of live shows) of thousands of shows from hundreds of bands. Most are soundboard quality, of varying genres. I played two Frank Zappa shows last week to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday. 

Enjoy.

jh

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The Central Scrutinizer: Frank Zappa
Xmas Message from T-Rex
Merry Christmas From The Family: Robert Earl Keen
Fuck Christmas: Fear
Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas: Alan Jackson

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas: Alan Sherman
The Twelve Days of Christmas: Bob and Doug McKenzie
Merry Christmas, Baby: Otis Redding
Trim Your Tree: Jimmy Butler

Back Door Santa: Clarence Carter
Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle: Phat Man Dee
Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis: Tom Waits
Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’: Albert King

I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus: Kip Addotta
Scrutinizer Postlude: Frank Zappa
Fairytale of New York: The Pogues
Sloppy Drunk Blues: Big Joe Williams

Soulful Strut: Young-Holt Unlimited
Little Games: Yardbirds
Your Mind Has Left Your Body: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, David Freiberg
What Is Man: Johnny Cash

God Made Me Funky: The Headhunters
Get Down, Moses: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

J’al Mal Aux Dents (Faust cover): Oh Sees
Cha Cha: Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics

Media Control: The Nuns
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spencer & The Pinder Family

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #417: Never Draw Attention To The Mistakes

December 10, 2020
4:51 pm

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I’m so pleased that I have this outlet available to me, that on my honor I promise never to phone it in. I gave up my AOL dial up many moons ago.

This show has a lot of date-oriented music associated with it. I won’t give away the easter eggs; I just know you want to find them on your own. Feel free to leave a comment. 

I’m not certain how Angelisxvi showed up in this set. I have a folder for music I want to play on this show, and somehow it made its way in there. I’m guessing there’s a story I have chosen to forget. Or perhaps Little Lauson Hell (who made a brief appearance during this show) snuck it in there? 

There are a few artists who are making their debut on Hell’s Kitchen Radio: Bad Livers, Timothy Leary, Koko Taylor, Clairo, and yes, Angelisxvi. Why, oh why has it taken me this long to share Bad Livers?!?!?!?! And it’s FDR’s first appearance as well I believe. 

Never forget Pearl Harbor…or The Maine. Though I think it’s safe to say 122 years after, The Maine probably was an accident the US Navy used as an excuse to go to war with Spain, the weakest of all the world powers by 1898. Don’t get me started.

I think my vote for BEST SET has to go near the end with the set that starts with Electric Masada and ends with James Brown. That was about 20 minutes that will kick you in the groove thang.

You’re welcome.

Monday’s 6-8pm I’ve taken over to feature my live bootleg collection. If you tuned in you caught an hour of Mudhoney from 1990 in Australia, followed by an hour from the birthday boy, Tom Waits (71 years young) from 1999. I plan on doing this every Monday until we have a new show in place. Considering I download an average of five shows (from five different artists) a day, not including the Grateful Dead (5+ shows a day from them, alone), it’s a toss up what I’m going to share. I like playing more than one artist during that slot, unless it’s a tribute. Tune in Monday at 6pm (Pacific) to hear what I have in store. Then stay from 8-10 for my weekly mix.

Thanks for all of your continued support. 

I started hosting Monday’s 8pm back in 2000 when I joined San Francisco Liberation Radio, moved over to Pirate Cat Radio in July 2007, then to FCCFree Radio in 2008, and then Radio Valencia in 2010. Other than a few short breaks between stations, it’s been 20 years in the same slot. That in combination with my nine wonderful years at KFJC (88-97), and this has been a very fulfilling radio dream come true for me. I may need to write more about this later. 

Enjoy.

jh

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FDR Speech – December 7, 1941
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love: Minutemen
You Can’t Put An Arm Around A Memory: Giant Sand
Love Songs Suck: Bad Livers

People Have the Power: Patti and Fred “Sonic” Smith (March 16, 1990)
Sofia: Clairo
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: Timothy Leary
Insane Asylum: Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon
Take Me: Angelisxvi

Boy Blue: ELO
I’m Herpes, Yes I Am: Gerogerigegege
TV Song: Glenn Branca

Caught In My Eye: Germs
Bohemian Rhapsody: Donald Trump
Knocking ’em Down: Iggy Pop
Killer of Killers: Zig Zags

Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow: Funkadelic
The Pusher: Nina Simone

Kisofim: Electric Masada
Pressure Drop: Toots and the Maytals
Tha Shiznit: Snoop Dogg
The Boss: James Brown

Isolation: John Lennon
My Little Red Book: Love
Diamond In Your Mind: Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #416: The Perennial Annual Annual – 1980

December 4, 2020
1:07 pm

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Each November I choose a year that I want to showcase for two hours. It’s a random selection. For my tenth annual Annual Annual I have chosen 1980. I turned 10 that year, and was already enjoying a growing record collection I could call my own. We owned a jukebox stocked with 45s from the 60s and 70s, and my dad always enjoyed having music playing throughout the house. My two older sisters (6 and 8 years older) often had the rock hits of the day playing in their rooms or on our family room stereo. 

1980 was a strange year for music. So many subgenres had crept into the aural vernacular by this time. It was no longer just a Jazz, Rock, Soul world. By 1980 Heavy Metal, Funk, Punk, and New Wave had infiltrated the discussion, and there’s nothing wrong with that, except commercial radio stations continued to divide us based on their perceived belief that we wanted stations that specialized in one particular genre, and that led to the continuing watering down of quality radio programming. 

Thank Yahweh for college radio!

The former and extremely boring KFOG used to have their daily “10 At 10” show that focused on one year at a time, but rarely, if ever, would they take a chance on some of the artist and genres that I feature on this annual special you see before you.

1980 had a lot of tasty bites to offer however. This show showcases a few commercial tunes (yes, I play the #3 most popular song based on Billboard charts. Sue me), as well as some underground morsels I’m sure you’ll enjoy chewing on. 

If you dig this Annual Annual and you want to check out my previous specials take a look at the link below and have at it. 

Enjoy.

jh

Check out previous Annual Annual specials here:

ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1971
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1972
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1973
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1974
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1975
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 2006
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1992
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1983
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1969

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Rapture: Blondie
This Is A Mans Mans Mans World: The Residents
Clouds: Chaka Khan

Neon Knights: Black Sabbath
Everybody Wants Some: Van Halen
Tattooed Love Boys: The Pretenders
Chinese Rock: The Ramones

Private Idaho: B-52s
Joe McCarthy’s Ghost: Minutemen
Let’s Lynch The Landlord: Dead Kennedys
Video Killed The Radio Star: The Buggles

Teenage Wildlife: David Bowie
Magic: Olivia Newton John
Planet Earth: Devo

Authority Stealing: Fela Kuti
Atrocity Exhibition: Joy Division

Jack-A-Roe: Grateful Dead
Little Wing: Neil Young
Generals and Majors: XTC

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #415: Good For What Ails Ya

December 1, 2020
10:25 pm

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A two hour radio show is like foreplay without the deep thrusting you’re all hungry for. That being said, I’m going to give it to you in a variety of ways throughout this show, even if we don’t have all the time in the world to enjoy one another’s company. It’ll just have to do. 
Is it hot in here, or is it just this laptop sitting on my legs for too many months?

Enjoy.

jh

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Pirate Radio: Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper
Freddie’s Dead: Fishbone
Gutter Cat vs. The Jets: Alice Cooper

Come On Over (Turn Me On): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Not A Crime: Gogol Bordello
She Cried: Jay and the Americans
I’m A Liar: The Gorillas

Cry Baby Cry (Acoustic Demo): The Beatles
Crystal Frontier: Calexico
They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
She Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret

Señor: Willie Nelson and Calexico
Orange Was The Color of Her Dress, Then Blue: Charles Mingus (April 10, 1964, Amsterdam, DK)
Deep Fried Frenz: MF Doom

Señorita: Ovarian Trolley
Bang Bang: Kelly Willis
Masikulu: Konono No1
The Leibniz Language: Le Butcherettes

Rumble: Link Wray
Voice of Chunk: The Lounge Lizards
Filipino Box-Spring Hog: Tom Waits

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