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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #302: Godfather of the Big Easy

May 11, 2017
6:25 pm

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I was out of town last week, so I have a lot to make up for. I think I did a fairly good job doing so. You be the judge. I have a good excuse though. I was down in the Big Easy, New Orleans, performing a marriage ceremony for Hell’s Kitchen Radio friends Eric McFadden and his bride, Delphine De St Paër. And what a party it was! Five days and four nights during Jazz Fest in NOLA cannot be beat.

The wedding was on the fourth day, featuring what was probably the greatest wedding band ever assembled: Angelo Moore on vocals/theremin, Doug Wimbish on bass, RonKat Spearman on guitar, Wally Ingram on drums, CR Gruver on keys, with Corey Glover joining in on vocals, Lantz Lazwell on guitar. Leo Nocentelli of The Meters performed “Just Kissed My Baby” to the lovely couple, as well as James Hall singing the most beautiful song of his own, and the groom leading the backing band into a 25 minute Maggot Brain while the 66 members of the bridal party made their way down the aisle before the three ring bearers, four flower girls, three junior bridesmaids, parents and finally the bride herself made it to the altar. Whew! There was too much more, including the backing band leading the entire wedding party and guests out into the street for a Second Line to end all Second Lines. The after party was a who’s who of amazing musicians all night long.

I tell much of the story during the second hour of this here show.

Having been gone I missed the KFJC annual James Brown birthday celebration “Doin’ to Death”. The first show features JB in all his funky glory. Get your dance shoes on for this one.

The second hour starts with my feature on NOLA. I bought some local music while I was in town. Would you blame me? I actually start the hour off with Chicago rocker, and old friend of Eric McFadden’s, and my new bestie, Adam Mackintosh‘s “Teenage Phase”. I can’t stop playing this song. I’m playing it now as I’m writing this. Listen to it and you’ll understand why. I hope he writes a song about the Roach Motel we both shared. That was fun.

I close out the night with my tribute to what many consider to be the greatest Grateful Dead show of all time, May 8, 1977. This being the 40th anniversary of said show, I would be remiss if I didn’t pay homage. I don’t consider it the best show they ever played. I do think it deserves to be in anyone’s collection. I would also place it in the top 5 or 10. It was probably their best show of the Spring 77 tour, and the recording itself is pristine. The playing is spot on and the jams are tight. A bit too tight at times. What makes it so highly considered is that this bootleg, which first made an appearance in trading circle back in the mid-80s, was the first high quality recording and show of it’s kind from that era to make the trading scene. Everyone loved it, and deservedly so. But to call it the BEST EVER? I can think of at least five other shows throughout their career that beat it. But that’s for another post at another time.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on the playlist below, and click the links above to stream or download this sparkly delight.

Next week I have so much more music wonders to share with you all.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell’s Kitchen with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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Drug PSA: James Brown
I Feel Good: James Brown
My Thang: James Brown

Stagger Lee: James Brown
It’s A Man’s World: James Brown
Get on the Good Foot: James Brown

Bodyheat: James Brown
Since You Been Gone: James Brown
People Who Criticize: James Brown

Funky Drummer: James Brown
The Grunt: The JBs

Hour two:
Teenage Phase: Adam Mackintosh
Big Chief: Professor Longhair

Gator Bait: The Gaturs
Love Lots of Lovin’: Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris
Gospel Bird: Sam and the Soul Machine

Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain: Grateful Dead (05-08-1977 Barton Hall, Cornell U, Ithaca, NY)

Ace of Spades: Motorhead —- It’s the Eight of May. Get it?
I Got the Feeling: James Brown

For those who aren’t in the know, Eric McFadden played guitar for George Clinton and P-Funk at one time. Check out this Maggot Brain below.

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #279: Trick AND Treat

November 6, 2016
10:41 am

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It was a Halloween sPoOkTacUlaR show tonight. I’m not much on holiday themes, but something about this particular holiday inspires me to go the extra mile. You can’t say that John Hell ever phones it in!

Tonight features some of my favorite spooky treats, along with two new tunes from two of my favorite ladies. Phat Man Dee sent me a track that is perfectly scary as well as apropos for the 2016 election cycle. If you don’t get the willies from “Fourth Reich Rising” then perhaps you’re dead already. Good for you!

Queen delphine has been building up her stage chops for a couple of years now and this Cramps cover has certainly shown that she’s not too shy to put a bug in your ear (oh good lord will the puns ever stop?). “Human Fly” is will put a buzz in your ear and make you think twice before you pull out that can of Raid. Eric McFadden on guitar.

The rest of the show is full of horror movie themes, spooky spoken word, and very dark magic. It’s just what Hell ordered.

The holidays are officially upon us, and the election is just days away. Time to run screaming!

Enjoy.

jh

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I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
The Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Delia’s Gone: Johnny Cash

Human Fly: Queen delphine (premier)
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson
My Car: Groovy Ghoolies

All I Want for Christmas is Halloween: Happy Fangs
Night Crawler: Thee Oh Sees
Free the Freaks: CCR Headcleaner
Naked Lunch Excerpts: William S. Burroughs
Monster: Three Day Stubble

Fourth Reich Arising: Phat Man Dee
Helpless Corpses Enactment: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Meat: Idiot Flesh

Judgement Day: Jack O’Fire
My Biggest Mistake: Joan of Arkansas
Dracula’s Daughters: Redd Kross
Lord 13: Monster Magnet

We Love the Dead: Electric Wizard
King Beef: Torche
Remover: Owl

Monster Wizard: Zig Zags
Uncle Powderbag: OBN IIIs
Motorhead: Ty Segall Band

In and Out of Grace: Mudhoney

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A Season in Hell #67: Radio Valencia: ROCK FIGHT 7!!!

December 12, 2011
5:37 pm


It’s on! John Hell and Rotten Ronnie Donovan go toe to toe, head to head, mano a mano for the 7th installment of the bootleg matchup to end all bootleg matchups: ROCK FIGHT 7!!!

What a great show tonight. And once again, I kicked Ron’s ass. Seriously Ron, you really can’t play crappy audience recordings and actually think you’re going to win?

We were blessed with some special guests in the studio tonight. In the 7 o’clock hour Ralph Spight of Victim’s Family and Jello Biafra’s Guantanamo School of Medicine came by to talk about this Sunday’s San Francisco Rock Project benefit at Rickshaw Shop. Zeda, a ten year old bassist, and Cody a fifteen year old guitarist joined him to talk about the show. Check out their website for more info. This is a really excellent cause.

Around 9:30 the greatest guitarist you’ve never heard of, Eric McFadden came in to talk about his new sauce he’s been cooking up. Actually, he was talking about a lot of things, including waffles and an apple pie that one first place at a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s always such a pleasure to see Eric and Super D. They’re on the road so often that one wonders how they feel when they actually have time to relax.

As for the show, you can download it and listen to it at your leisure here for part one, and here for part two.

Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong

Let There Be Rock: AC/DC 12-09-79 JH
Lick it Up: Mindzone 12-17-93 RD
King of the Nighttime World: Kiss 09-03-76 JH
Life in the Fastlane: The Eagles 03-04-80 RD

Ron Donovan Rock Block 1
Voodoo Chile: Stevie Ray Vaughn 12-03-89
Cocaine: Eric Clapton 12-09-77
Reefer Headed Woman: Aerosmith 01-04-83
Get Off My Cloud: Rolling Stones 07-28-66
Everyday I Have the Blues: BB King 12-23-72

John Hell Rock Block 1
Rock the Nation: Montrose 04-21-73
Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy 09-25-80

Interview with Ralph Spight

Rosalita: Bruce Springsteen 08-09-78 JH

Occupy Set
Holiday in Cambodia: Dead Kennedy’s 10-15-80 JH
Know Your Enemy: Rage Against the Machine 06-15-95 RD
Guns of Brixton: The Clash 08-17-82 JH
School’s Out: Alice Cooper 10-31-11 RD
Free Ride: Edgar Winter 12-17-74 RD

Click here to listen to part two of the show.
John Hell’s Rock Block 2
Cocaine Blues: George Thorogood 1989
The Man in Black: Johnny Cash 12-08-94
Come Together: Butthole Surfers 10-24-85
Search and Destroy: Dictators 08-17-91

Ramblin’ Rose: Gang War 05-31-80
Led Zeppelin Medley: Beat Farmers 12-07-85
Hey Hey What Can I Do: Black Crowes with Jimmy Page 10-19-99
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks 11-11-72

Ron Donovan’s Rock Block 2
Riding the Storm Out: REO Speedwagon 05-11-78
Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast: Airbourne 07-10-11
You’re All I Got Tonight: The Cars 11-22-78
Death By Misadventure: Ted Nugent 06-04-77
Running with the Devil: Van Halen 09-13-79
Purple Haze: Bootsie Collins 07-09-11

I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy and the Stooges 09-03-10 JH

Hour four: Big Four
Antisocial: Anthrax 07-03-11 JH
Indian: Anthrax 07-03-11 RD

Interview with Eric McFadden

Hanging Moon: Eric McFadden 06-26-11

Hanger18: Megadeth 07-03-11 JH
Harvester of Sorrow: Metallica 12-05-11 JH

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A Season in Hell #66: Radio Valencia: I’m Too Jaded

December 5, 2011
7:58 pm


I love interviewing local bands, and tonight I had in a great singer: Xandra Corpora of Con Brio. She likens the band to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, but I think they have a really original sound. Check out the two tracks we played on the show.

Also, next week is Rock Fight 7. See below for details. Rotten Ronnie Donovan phoned in to talk smack, but I put him in his place and hung up.

Tonight, some brand spankin’ new Mark Lanegan, which will knock your socks off.

Click here to listen to the podcast of this fabulous show!

It’s Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
The Gravedigger’s Song: Mark Lanegan Band

Interview with Xandra Corpora of Con Brio

Cadillac: Con Brio

Interview with Xandra Corpora of Con Brio

Not At All: Con Brio

Porcelain Doll: The Ferocious Few
Gasoline & Cocaine: The Ferocious Few
Breathless: X
Hell City, Hell: Supersuckers
Bernal Heights: Jhameel

Am I Evil: Metallica
Euthanasia: Melvins

Wedding Day: Cracker (09-15-11)
Victoria: The Kinks (02-18-77)

Interview with Ron Donovan

King of California: Dave Alvin (11-05-11)
Soul Sacrifice: Santana (05-01-71)

Working for a Dead Man: Eric McFadden (04-07-08)
Start Wearing Purple: Gogol Bordello (08-19-06)
Done Got Old: Heartless Bastards (05-04-10)

Search and Destroy: The Stooges (09-03-10)
Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

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A Season in Hell #65: Radio Valencia: Pamela Parker Visits

November 28, 2011
8:03 pm

Pamela Parker of the Pamela Parker Band stopped by tonight to premier a new song. She’ll be playing this Friday at the Boom Boom Room in SF. Go check her out. She shreds. She’s also going to be joining Eric McFadden at Cafe DuNord on December 10th. It’s about time he got back in town. Two great shows that you really must go see.

It’s Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Mr. Plow Theme: The Simpson’s
I Love the Living You: Roky Erickson
All You Fascists Bound To Lose: Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry

Hell Broke Luce: Tom Waits
Soul Rebel: Bob Marley & Lee Scratch Perry
Down Home Girl: The Coasters

Fever: Fela Kuti
Filling A Hole: Eric McFadden

Interview with Pamela Parker

Carnival: Pamela Parker Band

Interview with Pamela Parker

Devil Moon: Eric McFadden
Big Sky->Baddest of the Bad: Reverend Horton Heat
The Big Three Killed My Baby: White Stripes
Victim of Changes: Judas Priest

Wild Horses: Old and in the Way (11-04-73)
Real in Real Time: Giant Sand (03-19-94)
Funky Crime: Red Hot Chili Peppers (04-28-89)
Mississippi Queen: Mountain (12-28-71)

Sing Me Back Home: Keith Richards (03-13-77)
Don’t Do It: The Band (12-28-71)
Do It Again: Steely Dan (04-30-74)
Plow King: The Simpson’s

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

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A Season in Hell #51: Radio Valencia:

August 22, 2011
7:03 pm



Fun nights often happen when you least expect it. Tonight I was pleased to have singer/guitarist Pamela Parker in the studio, along with sousaphone player Ed Ivey. They’re playing a big show with Eric McFadden this Thursday night at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma. See the above flyer for info. There are lots of fine musicians on the bill.

We tried to call Eric McFadden and Robin Coomer…er, I mean Patsy MacDonald of Shake Well. Neither were around, so you’ll have to listen to the message I left on their phone. Funny stuff there.

Second hour features some tasty live material. Check it out.

Enjoy.

Do It: Rollins Band

Happy Boy: Beat Farmers

Caring Is Creepy: The Shins

Peeping Tomboy: Kurt Vile

Interview with Carl Grubbs and Pamela Parker

Carnival: Pamela Parker and the Subterraneans, featuring Eric McFadden

Interview with Carl Grubbs and Pamela Parker

Hangin’ Moon: Eric McFadden

Interview with Carl Grubbs and Pamela Parker and Ed Ivey

Rise and Shine: Eric McFadden

Chocolate Jesus: Tom Waits

When My Baby Comes: Grinderman

Window Shopping: Boris

Unemployed Black Astronaut: Busdriver

Jigsaw Puzzle: The Rolling Stones

Superstition: Stevie Ray Vaughan (04-29-90)

54-46 Was My Number: Toots and the Maytals (10-01-75)

Scarlet Begonias->Fire on the Mountain (09-14-78)

Sweat Loaf: Butthole Surfers (05-10-86)

Badge: Cream (05-05-05)

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A Season in Hell #49: Radio Valencia: Courtney Rocks RV!

August 8, 2011
7:00 pm



Tonight I welcome guest DJ Courtney to the show. Like Jay from a few weeks ago, Courtney put some money down in an auction to raise some dough for AIDS WALK SF. I auctioned off a couple of guest DJ spots, and she got it. It turns out we have a lot of the same friends…from 20 years ago!!!

The first hour belongs to DJ Courtney. I take the blame for the rest. Hour two features a new track from Mark Growden and some live Eric McFadden.

Click here to listen to archived show.

Enjoy.

Do It: Rollins Band

Guest DJ Courtney:

Criminal: Fiona Apple

Kundalini Express: Love and Rockets

Gucci Gucci: Kreayshawn

Super-Massive Blackhole: Muse

Friends of Mine: Duran Duran

Love Etc: Pet Shop Boys

Bring on the Dancing Horses: Echo and the Bunnymen

Goodbye Horses: Q Lazarus

Cry me a River: Cliks

Song to the Siren: This Mortal Coil

These Things Take Time: The Smiths

Hour two belongs to me.

Le Peuple En Suisse: Nina Simone

Old Lady from Brewster: Mark Growden and LaTosha Brown

Dum Maro Dum: Asha Bhosle w/R.D. Burman

Little Sadie: Mark Lanegan

Puppet to the Man: Kurt Vile

Had to Cry Today->So What: Eric McFadden Trio (06-26-11)

Concert Outlook

Nubian Sundance: Weather Report (05-04-75)

Obscured by Clouds->When You’re In: Pink Floyd (03-14-73)

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A Season in Hell #21: Radio Valencia: Eric McFadden

January 10, 2011
7:39 pm


“A Whole lot of sweet love goin’ on here at Radio Valencia” – Eric McFadden

Local guitar slinger Eric McFadden joined me in the studio tonight to talk about music, his interests, and play some of his latest music.

Hour one:
Roustabout: Elvis Presley
Bridge over the Bay: Eric McFadden, Rick Younglove, Dustin Welch (false start)

Interview with Eric McFadden

Bridge over the Bay: Eric McFadden, Rick Younglove, Dustin Welch

Straight to Patti: Liar
Fuck Me, Kill Me: Angry Babies
Want Me Too: EMT
Medicine: Crack Daniels

Interview with Eric McFadden

Jockey Full of Bourbon: EMT

Interview with Eric McFadden

Babydoll: EMT with Robin Coomer
Last Day of my Life: Eric McFadden

Hour two:
Tick Tock: Eric McFadden and Wally Ingram with Les Claypool and Nels Cline
Hobo Love: Rube Waddell
What’s in my Head: Eric McFadden
The Ossuary: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Interview with Eric McFadden

Delicate Thing: EMT
Make yourself at home: Alien Lovestock
For Those Who Should Die: Liar

Interview with Eric McFadden

Devil Moon: Eric McFadden
Train to Salvation: Eric McFadden

Interview with Eric McFadden

Blight: Eric McFadden

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