April 16, 2012
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.
November 14, 2011
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
June 13, 2011
Rock Fight 6 runs twice a year: December and June. For four hours Ron and I bombast each other with glorious live bootleg material, both of are avid collectors of. We’re a bit obsessed.
I’ve destroyed Ron the last five times. The show starts at 6, and at the moment it’s 5:55 and he’s not even here yet. He’s been late before; up to an hour, once. It’s a sure bet that Ron won’t be in his groove until the third hour. Unless of course, if he’s drunk, which is what happened in Rock Fight 5. You can hear Rock Fight 5 by going here. Listen to the second half of the show the get an idea of what I mean.
Ok, he showed up at 6:04. Let’s get it on!
The plan for tonight is for each of us to play a live cut, one after the other. We try to one-up the other. We’re also going to do “Rock Blocks”, which will consist of each co-host to do a 20 minute block of music of his choice. We do two blocks each.
To know who played what, note the JH (John Hell) or RD (Ron Donovan) at the end of each track. Also, not only are the tracks and artists listed, but the date of each performance. If you would like more info on the shows we played, please visit http://db.etree.org.
Update: Ron did not get drunk tonight. I have to admit, he may have actually tied me tonight. I’m 5-0-1 after 6 Rock Fights.
You can see playlists of all Rock Fight’s on this blog. Scroll back.
Visit my Radio Valencia archive page to download or stream this show. Go there now!
Rock Fight: Cheech & Chong
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: ZZ Top (04-19-80) JH
Feeling Alright: Joe Cocker and the Grease Band (10-19-69) JH
Stuck in the Middle with You: Gerry Rafferty (02-12-93) RD
War Pigs: Black Sabbath (Ozzy and RJD mash-up) RD
Snowblind: Black Sabbath (06-19-78) JH
A little Bit of Sympathy: Robin Trower (08-06-73) JH
Driving Wheel: Foghat (07-18-80) RD
Stay with Me: The Faces (04-05-73) JH
Cat Scratch Fever: Ted Nugent (01-11-77)
Hour two: Rock Block #1 JH
Say it Loud: James Brown (08-26-68)
Dance to the Music: Sly and the Family Stone (10-09-70)
River Deep, Mountain High: Ike and Tina Turner (01-19-75)
Pusherman: Curtis Mayfield (06-06-72)
Rock block #2 RD
Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince (05-13-11)
Erotic City: Prince (06-07-84)
Little Red Corvette: Prince (05-05-11)
Interactive: Prince (05-04-94)
King of the Nighttime World: Kiss (09-03-76) JH
Running with the Devil: Van Halen (06-01-78) RD
Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak (09-25-80)
Sick Again: Led Zeppelin (06-23-77) RD
Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin (03-17-75) JH
Rock Block #3 RD
Voodoo Child: Jimi Hendrix (10-12-68)
Super Freak: Rick James (11-27-82)
Outta Space: Rolling Stones (Billy Preston solo) (06-09-76)
Jumping Jack Flash: Rolling Stones (06-09-76)
Voyager: Gamma (11-23-80)
Rock Block #4 JH
54-46 Was My Number: Toots and the Maytals (04-22-78)
Running Away->Crazy Baldheads: Bob Marley (04-27-79)
Vicious: Lou Reed (12-26-72)
Harold of the Rocks: Primus (11-21-90)
Shake It: Limbomaniacs (01-02-10) RD
Lizzy: The Melvins (05-16-11) JH
Ralphael Hollins of Hood$k8$ Board Company
Ralphael took the pics you see at the top.
Poppy: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (01-26-83) RD
40,000 Headmen: Traffic (02-01-72) JH