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A Season in Hell Monday 8-10PM, James Brown and Europe 72, Pt 4.

April 30, 2012
5:47 pm

What a great night for radio!!! 8-10PM (PDST) tonight, I’ll be featuring some of the finest James Brown in celebration of his upcoming birthday, in the first hour. In hour numero dos, it’s week for of eight (read: 4/8) of my tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s 1972 European tour which culminated in a  fine triple-LP set, “Europe 72”. I have all of the shows and I thought “Hey, let’s make this happen”. Therefore the second hour tonight and the following four Monday nights is all live Dead from the Europe 72 tour.

Also, this Thursday, May 3rd, from 6-10pm I’ll be co-hosting the annual 24 hour “Doin’ it to Death” James Brown birthday special on KFJC, 89.7FM in the Bay Area, http://kfjc.org

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A Season in Hell Monday 8-10PM Europe 72, Take 2

April 16, 2012
6:17 pm

Tonight on A Season in Hell with John Hell, I bring you week 2 of 8 of my celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s amazing 1972 European tour. Last week I played a stellar Dark Star from 04/08/72. Tonight I’ve got some brilliance from 04/14 and 04/16/72. I’m not going to give it away, but Pigpen is on FIRE!!! All of this in the 9pm hour.

In the 8pm hour it’s all new music. So many great releases in the past few weeks, it’s hard to choose what to share.

Tune in 8-10pm (PDST) every Monday to A Season in Hell with John Hell.

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Monday Night on A Season in Hell 8-10PM

April 8, 2012
10:39 pm

Forty years ago this week the Grateful Dead embarked upon a great tour of Europe. So great that they redefined themselves during it. The band was a mere eight years old, but they were playing like they had surpassed the cosmos in musical interactivity.

This month and next on A Season in Hell with John Hell, I’ll be playing some of my favorite tunes from this tour. That’s eight weeks of some supreme jams mixed in with some of the finest new music happening right now.

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A Season in Hell #70: Radio Valencia: New Year Resolutions

January 2, 2012
7:55 pm


First show of the new year, and I figure with the end only twelve short months away I’ve got nothing to lose, so I’m going for broke. Each week I’ll playing exactly what I want to hear. Hopefully it’s what you want to hear too.

This week some great music from 2011, some odds and ends, and great live stuff from Zappa, Primus, Zeppelin as well as a loving dedication to my fiancee at the top of the second hour.

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Enjoy.

Hour one:
It’s Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Griot: Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band

New Years Eve: Tom Waits
I Wanna Be Sedated: Allo, Darlin’
Sprawl II: Arcade Fire

The Plague: Gardenella Dingledart
20 Miles: Con Brio
Rockefeller Druglaw Blues: The Felice Brothers

Window Shopping: Boris
Too Many Rappers: Beastie Boys
Truth: Alexander

Hour two:
The Way Young Lovers Do: Jeff Buckley
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (04-27-77)

Leave It (A Capella Version): Yes
My Brother Esau: Grateful Dead
Born on the Bayou: Creedence Clearwater Revival (07-04-71 – Closing of the Fillmore West)

Tommy the Cat->Tom Sawyer->Master of Puppets->Tommy the Cat: Primus (02-17-90 Full Moon Saloon, SF, CA)
King Kong: Frank Zappa (11-03-84 Stonybrook, NY)

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

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A Season in Hell #63: Radio Valencia: 1971, It Was A Very Good Year

November 14, 2011
7:46 pm


I’ve always held a special place in my heart for 1971. I wasn’t born in that year. I was born in 1970, but the music from ’71 was simply amazing in so many ways. It was that year that we begin to see the emergence of many genres: R&B, Soul, Blues, and Jazz had already been around for a while, but now more genres of Rock n’ Roll begin to emerge. This is not your father’s Rock n’ Roll. Funk, psychedelic, progressive, and ambient genres begin to really showcase themselves at this time. And of course, some truly classic albums (remember albums?) that the classic rock radio stations play too much of, were released that year.

Tonight on A Season in Hell, with John Hell, I play some of my favorite tunes from that great year. Tune in and enjoy. Heck, you can even download the archived show as well, and enjoy it in 2071.

It’s Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks

I’m 18: Alice Cooper
Dr. Boogie: Flaming Groovies
Magic Fingers: Frank Zappa
Kandy Korn: Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

Country Road: Grand Funk Railroad
Yours is no Disgrace: Yes

Grandma’s Hands: Bill Withers
Man In Black: Johnny Cash
Nevada Fighter: Michael Nesmith & The First National Band

Tamalpais High: David Crosby
I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier: John Lennon
Masters Of The Universe: Hawkwind
Seven Stones: Genesis
The Supermen: David Bowie

Done Somebody Wrong: Allman Brothers Band
Hard to Handle: Grateful Dead (08-06-71)

Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved: James Brown

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A Season in Hell #61: Radio Valencia: Night of the Vampire!

October 31, 2011
6:25 pm


The ghoul in me just loves a frighteningly good holiday. With a name like Hell how couldn’t I? When I was at KFJC I would fill in the Christmas morning shows every year. I would often play Halloween-themed music that morning.

I digress.

Tonight was all-around fun. Thanks for joining me on the Radio Valencia chatterbox, too. I always enjoy chatting with my listeners.

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Night of the Living Dead: Misfits
I Was a Teenage Werewolf: The Cramps
Pet Cemetery (Ramones cover): Yo La Tengo

Teenage Lobotomy: The Ramones
Exquisite Corpse: Bauhaus

Bewitched: Beat Happening
The House on the Hill: The Mummies
Halloween: Mudhoney
Monster: Three Day Stubble
The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead: XTC

Night of the Vampire: Roky Erickson
Clothes of the Dead: Bongos, Bass and Bob!

Vampire Blues: Wooden Shjips
My Girlfriend Is A Witch: October Country
Halloween: The Dream Syndicate
Hellfudge: Lard

Viking Demon: Rube Waddell
Werewolves of London: Grateful Dead (05-11-78)
Death Train: Beat Farmers (12-07-85)
Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?: The Misfits (02-28-82)

Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd (04-29-70)

Tom Violence: Sonic Youth (08-17-90)
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime: Dean Martin

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A Season in Hell #40: Radio Valencia: Surfs Up!

May 30, 2011
6:53 pm


Summer is almost here, so it’s time to get wet. I’m thinking surf/luau music to start off the night. Get your tiki fired up, and wax that board.

Also a fond farewell to Gil Scott-Heron, with a live cut from 78. A great live hour, with some gems from the Grateful Dead, a deep album cut from the Stones, and ended it with a very rare live gem from Pink Floyd from 1970.

Listen to the show by going here.

Enjoy.

Hour One:
Paradise Hawaiian Style: Elvis Presley
Riders In The Sky: Dick Dale
Surf War: The Centurians
Exotica: Dave Myers & The Surftones
Surf and Destroy: The Immortals

My Black Bag: The Mermen
Hydrogen Highway: Voodoo Court
Bone Cruncher: The Eliminators “Woodies On The Wharf”

Concert Outlook
Hava Nagila: Chachi, Boba Fett, and the Wookiee
Miserlou: Slacktone
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky: The Cadillac Angels

Crawdad Song: Harry Belefonte
Stop Draggin; Me Down: Mono Men
Bullet->I’m Mad: Reverend Horton Heat

Bonzai Pipeline: The Boardwalkers
Welfare City: Eugene McDaniels

Hour Two:
We Almost Lost Detroit: Gil Scott-Heron (01-16-78 RIP)
I Need A Miracle->Shakedown Street: Grateful Dead (01-15-79)

Stray Cat Blues: Rolling Stones (03-13-71) – Request***
Armageddon Time: The Clash (08-17-82)
USA: The Pogues (06-15-89)

Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd (04-29-70)

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A Season in Hell #19: Radio Valencia: Best of 2010

December 27, 2010
7:02 pm

I missed my show last week, because I was up in the snow. A lot of snow too. I didn’t move my car for two full days, and it had about three feet of snow covering it when I left. Lots of snow. Went sledding too, with the little one.

Anyway, I thought a great way to make up for my absence would be to do a three hour Best of… show. So I did a five hour show. Feast from FCCFreeRadio came over for a little while, as did KROB. We played a lot of fine 2010 music in the first two hours, before jumping to some great live shows from 2010. The last two hours included some fine ditties I picked up this year; all of them live. The show ends with two amazing live cuts: Zeppelin and the Dead.

As always these shows are available to download. Just click on the “hour” links.

If you haven’t checked out Radio Valencia yet, what are you waiting for? Really, if you’re anything like me, then you get tired of your own music collection and need some serious inspiration. Radio Valencia is the cure to this ill. It’s a great radio station. Tune in between 4 and midnight, and you’re sure to hear something you’ve NEVER heard before. Some you’ll dislike, much you’ll LOVE!!!

Hour One:
Roustabout: Elvis Presley
40 Day Dream: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Truth: Alexander (of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)
Out of the Blue: Julian Casablancas

Fuck You: Cee-Lo Green
Lost Daughter: The Dry Spells

SNS Radio Smacks Down for Homeless Relief
Bugs Bunny PSA against drugs
Beat The Devil’s Tattoo: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

A Minor Altercation: Nice Face
Jail La La: Dum Dum Girls
Frost Hammer: High On Fire
Pig House: The Melvins

Hour Two:
Feast Comes By

Hate Worldwide: Slayer
Immigraniada: Gogol Bordello

Rain: BxI
Skit I Allt: Dungen

Detroit: The Bright Light Social Hour
Still Alive: Three Mile Pilot

Post Acid: Wavves
Caesar: Ty Segall
Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain: TURBO FRUITS

Hour Three:
Come on over, Turn me on: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan (09-15-10)
Acid Tongue: Jenny and Johnny (12-10-10)

Hate the Police: Mudhoney (09-03-10)
Search and Destroy (09-03-10)

Fortune Has Its Cookies To Give Out: Tom Waits (10-02-10)
Done Got Old: Heartless Bastards (05-04-10)

Blue Christmas: Elvis Presley (07-05-76)
Car Thief: Beastie Boys (Paul’s Boutique Demos)
Powderfinger: Beat Farmers (12-07-85)
Dancin’ Fool: Frank Zappa (09-21-78)

Marie, Marie: Dave Alvin (02-18-05)

Hour Four:
Hurdy Gurdy Man: Butthole Surfers (09-21-85)
Beat on the Brat: The Ramones (07-20-82)

The Continental: SNL with phone calls and KROB

Straight to Hell: The Clash (08-17-82)
High Roller: Cheap Trick (03-28-97)
Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth: Minutemen (05-12-84)
Polk Salad Annie: Meat Puppets (09-21-84)

Hour Five:
Toys Go Winding Down > Pudding Time: Primus (11-17-93)
Fat Bottom Girls: Queen (03-01-79)
Dirty Boots: Sonic Youth (08-17-90)
Cortez the Killer: Neil Young (02-07-84)

The Rover Introduction / Sick Again: Led Zeppelin (05-26-77)
Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead (03-19-73)

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