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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #370: DLBs Represent!

July 5, 2019
2:02 pm

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Not your average show this week. I welcomed two fabulous friends, Chel and Mel into Hell’s Kitchen to share stories from their “Dirty Little Bitch” days. Before you get offended, you should really give it a listen. The future is female!!! Indeed.

I’ve known these two for quite a while, so I’ll admit we get a little roommate radioish at times. Deal with it; the stories are good.

As for the music, it’s what you have come to expect, which I hope is to expect the unexpected. My, how cliche of me.

As James Brown said “Get Up, Get On Up!”

Enjoy.

jh

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Get Up Get Into Get Involved: James Brown
Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners

The Wizard: Brown Sabbath
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
Little Bird: Jenny Lewis

Raindrop Blue: King Tuff
Congo Call: Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons
You Shouldn’t Do That: Hawkwind

Ashes Ashes: Eric McFadden
Saviour Machine: Redd Kross
Orgasm Addict: Buzzcocks
Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas

Black Sabbath Meets The Temptations
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Moon Bog: Oh Sees
Mademoiselle Mabry: Miles Davis

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #369: Three Is A Magic Number

June 26, 2019
4:34 pm

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Although Radio Valencia as an entity does not identify with a political ideology, we don’t censor our DJs when it comes to them voicing what they believe in. When I was involved with San Francisco Liberation Radio (2000-2003), we were very vocal about our stance against the Bush administration and its march to war. We were so loud that it got us shut down by the FCC, with guns blazing. Fun times.

Monday night LawWorksAction.org streamed a 90 minute live reading of parts of the Muller Report, as recited by professional actors. I thought it important that as a show host/producer I have the responsibility to make this available to my listeners. I did not play the program straight through, beginning to end. Instead, I played to ~15 minute sections, peppered through my show.

When is the last time you read the US Constitution? Have you ever read it? Have you ever discussed it? Are you aware that every action that takes place in our nation has a direct connection to this document?

As for the music, it rocks!

Enjoy.

jh

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It’s Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
Needles and Pins: The Ramones
Drinking Song: The Gits

Live reading of the Muller Report from LawWorks.org
When We Ride: 2 Pac
Punk Fucking Metal: Zig Zags

Who’s Got the Italian: Frisco
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Home Affairs: Osibisa

Live reading of the Muller Report from LawWorks.org
Sequence 5: Stelvio Cipriano
Rebel Heart: First Aid Kit
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

The Passenger: Iggy Pop (Utrecht, Netherlands, 24th November 1986)
Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies (May 30, 1970, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA)
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill (The Palladium May 2, 2019)

The Planet is Fine: George Carlin
Time: Pink Floyd (April 21, 1975 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA)

Oye Como Va: Santana (May 11, 1988, Fillmore Auditorium, SF, CA)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #368: I’m Your Captain

June 24, 2019
11:15 am

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Some shows I’m just inspired to dig a little deeper. This is one of those shows. Are you as tired of the commercial radio dreck as I am? And who can blame you, really? They play the same 40-50 songs over and over throughout the day. It’s insulting. I don’t want to insult you. I want to inspire you.

Leon Redbone passed away a couple of weeks back; the day before Roky Erickson as a matter of fact.

Genres-a-plenty across these two hours, with my ongoing desire to share my recent live show acquisitions with you during the second hour. Some live Bob Dylan from the recent Rolling Thunder Revue 17 disc set, Muddy Waters from 1963, and Grand Funk from 1972 to rock your bones.

Get out and dance this week!

Enjoy.

jh

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Groove Me: Blues Brothers
Women’s Liberation: TV Mama Jean
Funk and Soul: New York Underground Funk Band
My Walkin’ Stick: Leon Redbone

Moving Pictures For the Ear: Don Cherry
Reflections (On New York City Everything is Everything): The Visitors
Cut Loose: The Teacher Haters

Mettavolution: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Priest of the Hill People: Hot Fog
Fallout: Zig Zags

Femme Fatale: Ty Segall
Lorsque je Frappe A Ta Porte: Ginette Taillon
Love Comes in Spurts: Thee Headcoats
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Isis: Bob Dylan (Technical University, Lowell, MA – November 1975)
Mercy Seat: Johnny Cash

Knock On Joe: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (RPM Club, Toronto, Canada, February 14, 1989)
19 Years Old: Muddy Waters (Copa Cabana Club, Chicago, IL, July 26, 1963)
Ta Ha: New Masada Quartet (The Village Vanguard, New York City, NY, June 9, 2019)

Clementine: Grateful Dead (Avalon Ballroom, SF, CA, January 26, 1969)
I’m Your Captain: Grand Funk Railroad (Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, December 23, 1972)

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #367: Right Place, Wrong Lunch

June 23, 2019
8:58 pm

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like 2016 around here. too many fabulous musicians are passing away.

Tonight I offer my tribute to the great Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, better known as Dr. John, The Night Tripper, who passed away at the tender age of 77 on June 6, 2019. Considering he was born and raised in New Orleans with its amazing culture and rich cuisine, and had a heroin addiction until late 1989, it’s a wonder he lived as long as he did. We’re lucky just to have had him for the time we did.

I start my show with a 30 minute live tribute from a blazing hot show in 1987.

I welcome DJ Doug back into the studio with me tonight. He is starting a new show, Tuesday mornings, midnight-2AM on Radio Valencia. Be sure to tune in. He has excellent musical taste, if I say so myself. I always enjoy training new DJs. DJ Doug is a natural.

Enjoy.

jh

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Dr John tribute:
Live November 07, 1987, Lone Star Cafe, NYC, NY
Iko Iko
Right Place, Wrong Time
Jambalaya

Big Chief
Wang Dang Doodle

Sugar Sweet/Got My Mojo Working (with Mick Taylor)
Final Solution: Pere Ubu
I’m Straight: Modern Lovers

Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys
Chicken Farm: Dead Kennedys
122 Hours of Fear: The Screamers (Live at Mabuhay Gardens)

Thief: Can
Monkey Man: Rolling Stones
Here Come the Warm Jets: Brian Eno
In and Out of Grace: Mudhoney

They’ll Never Take Us Alive: Zig Zags
Love Whip: Reverend Horton Heat
Way of the World: Melvins
Sex Bomb: Flipper

Only Son of a Lady’s Man: Father John Misty
Boogieman Sam: King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardWhat A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #366: You’re Gonna Miss Me – Roky Erickson Tribute

June 21, 2019
10:48 am

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Well Roky Erickson died. So there’s that. Damn. sigh. What a life he led. Have you seen the documentary of his life, “You’re Gonna Miss Me“? No? Go see it now.

I was lucky to have seen Roky perform four times since 1993. The first time I saw him was at the Austin City Music Awards, when he was walked out onto the stage to perform. My mouth was agape as he shuffled onto the stage, timidly, only to belt out three songs in perfect pitch. It made me shudder. The last time I saw him was he final performance, at The Chapel in SF, this past April 20th. I wish I could say he went out on top, but it was a sub-par performance by this legend. Still, it was so wonderful to see him up there sharing his love with the audience.

The first hour of this show focuses on a number of new releases. Support new artist releases!!! I offer links to the new artists below.

The second hour is all about Roky. I have some rare and live treats, as well as some excellent cover versions of Roky solo and 13th Floor Elevator tracks.

There’s a lot to enjoy here.

jh

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You’re Dead: Norma Tanega
Reunion: Bobby Gentry
Don’t Touch Me There: The Tubes

That Time I Killed My Mom: Cokie the Clown
This Thing: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

The River: Genevieve Heyward
Summer Candy: Ona
It Rains Love: Lee Fields and the Expressions
Bitches Ain’t Shit: Ben Folds
Superfly: Curtis Mayfield

Before You Accuse Me: 13th Floor Elevators
May The Circle Remain Unbroken: 13th Floor Elevators
Levitation: 13th Floor Elevators

You’re Gonna Miss Me: The Spades (pre-13th Floor Elevators-Roky)
You Don’t Love Me Yet: Bongwater

Reverberation: Jesus and the Mary Chain
You’re Gonna Miss Me: Mono Men
Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play: Roky Erickson 
Two-Headed Dog: Roky Erickson and the Aliens

Heroin: Roky Erickson
God Is Everywhere: Roky Erickson with Okkervil River
Street Level St. Paul: The Melvins
Powderfinger: Neil Young and Crazy Horse (January 20, 2001 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

It Ain’t Me Babe: Bob Dylan (Boston Music Hall, Boston, Mass. Nov. 21, 1975)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #365: Platters That Matter

May 19, 2019
5:07 pm

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There comes a time in every DJ’s life when they need to share what they know. Tonight was such a night. There have been many, actually. I welcome DJ Doug into the studio tonight for his first training session. The fella has already got the musical chops, now we need to get him radio-ready. He just threw down some platters that matter in the second hour, while I held down the announcing duties. Color me impressed. He’ll be back on my next show to tell what he knows to you and the world.

There’s a lot of new music to share with you these days. Isn’t there always? You tune in for the newest in new sounds, and the sounds from way downtown. You can depend on Mr. Hell to play for you what you know you need, even if you didn’t know you needed it. You can thank me later.

Until then, enjoy.

jh

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Why I Carry A Knife: Zig Zags
Movies: Weyes Blood
I Loves You, Porgy: Grover Washington Jr.

Beauford County Jail: Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves
Linda Blair: Redd Kross
If: Pink Floyd
Don’t Do It: The Who

Sex Machine: James Brown
Don’t Tell It: James Brown
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: New York Underground Funk Band

The Cruel Millennial: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Hey Louise: RGD
Witness Tree: Rodrigo y Gabriela
It’s A Man’s World: MC5
Second Coming: Alice Cooper

Saudia: Larry Young
Columbus Unbound: Bill Orcutt and Jacob Felix Heule
Down By The River: Buddy Miles
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere: Bob Dylan

Untitled Original (11386): John Coltrane
Sympathy for the Devil: Rolling Stones

Que Sera Sera: Doris Day
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #363: Tangled Up In You

April 22, 2019
2:07 pm

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Well here ya go. So many songs. So many great tunes for you to note and then go purchase, and perhaps, if these bands are still around, go and see perform live and in concert, like I did last Saturday, at The Chapel, seeing Roky Erickson.

Oh Roky, you’re wonderful, but it might be time to hang it up. Yes, we are going to miss you, but that was rough. The sound was great! The band was great, but it’s hard seeing a musical hero, who has already had his boughts with some serious mental health issues, sit up there forgetting not only the words, but also the melody of some of his most-cherished songs. We love you, Roky, and we’re thrilled you found a pathway to health over the past 20 years.

Tune in tonight, 8-10PM for more new music and music that’s new to you.

Enjoy.

jh

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Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Stoned: Three Stoned Men
Alien She: Bikini Kill
Run Through the Jungle: Eric McFadden

Shameless Imposter: Terry Gross
Kingsport Town: Cat Power
Tangled Up In Blue (NYC Sessions): Bob Dylan

Splatter the Walls: Frisco
Stone Crazy: Buddy Guy
Turn On Your Lovelight: Bob Segar

Cherry Red: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band

Slip Inside This House: 13th Floor Elevators
Two-Headed Dog: Roky Erickson and the Aliens
Starry Eyes: Roky Erickson

The Copping Block: OCS
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Bandits: Midlake
Run Devil Run/The Big Guns: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

It Rains Love: Lee Fields and the Expressions
Total Eclipse Out Of Hell: Enrique

Rue St. Vincent: Yves Montand – For Paris
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #360: Tangled Up In You

March 30, 2019
2:41 pm

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Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder. It’s been a few weeks, I know, but don’t let that be a reason you forget about dear old Hell. Taking time off allows me to amass more music to share with you. Most of the music on this show I haven’t shared with you before, so count yourself lucky.

I hope you’re tuning in with Shazam running. Or at the very least grab a pen and paper!

I paid tribute to word jazz stalwart Ken Nordine throughout the show. There’s also new music from Frisco, and Tae. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band, and I have just cracked open the Holy Grail for live Allman’s. I’ll have more to share with you over time.

I’m not on this coming Monday night (family duty calls), but the after I should have Little Lauson Hell in the studio with me, and new music from Ty Segall (live) and OCS (live!!!), and whatever Lauson throws on. Her tastes have really evolved since last she was on a few months back.

Tune in Monday’s 8-10PM (PDST)

See you on the “radio”

jh

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Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Take a Letter, Maria: R.B. Greaves
Coral: Ken Nordine
Never Can Say Goodbye: Herbie Mann (with Duane Allman)

Go To Satan: Rube Waddell
Wild Action: The Ventures
California Sun: The Dictators
Panchito Blues II: Peach Kelly Pop

Comptroller: Frisco
Azure: Ken Nordine
So Much For Love: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
Related to What: The Last Poets
Suspiria: Goblin

Focus Pocus: Big Business
Shake Shake Shake: Bryan Ferry

Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’: Allman Brothers Band (January 24, 1970 Whiskey Go Go, LA, CA)
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Everybody’s Happy Nowadays: Buzzcocks (March, 2 1979 Paradiso, Amsterdam)
I Wanna Be Around: Tony Bennett
May This Be Love: Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois (November 8, 1995 State Theater, Portland, ME)
A Thousand Big Bangs: Ken Nordine (with Jerry Garcia and Tom Waits)
Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk

Maggie Sue: Tae
Bankrobber: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (August 19, 1999 Two Days A Week Festival, Wiesen, Austria)
A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die: The Flesh Eaters (July 17,1982 Clutch Cargo’s, Detroit, MI)

Tangled Up In Blue: Jerry Garcia Band (Live at the Eel – June 10, 1989)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

To give you a sneak peak at the new OCS Live at The Chapel LP, here’s a live video from the end of the show. I WAS THERE!!!

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #359: Too Much Monkey Business

February 19, 2019
8:21 pm


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Did ya hear the news, it’s all over town. If you ain’t heard it boy, you better sit down. I’ve got the story here, it’s hot off the press. Brace yourself now and take a deep breath. Grab a hold of something, hold on tight. John Hell is on the loose tonight.

Whew, now that I have got that Bob Segar lyric off my chest, let’s get on with the show. There’s lots of new music represented tonight, as well as some classics you have probably never heard before. I completely failed to play any Ken Nordine, who passed away this past weekend. Dang. I had a few brilliant tracks of his lined up, too.

Check out new music from Gringo StarPerfect SonCherry GlazerrSunflower BeanDeer TickRoyal CanoeBrownout, and Jon Spencer. I gave tickets away to see Jon Spencer at Slims. You seem you need to tune in so you too can have the chance of winning tickets to shows. You really need to get out more. Work to live, don’t live to work. You need more balance in your life.

You may have noticed, i’ve taken to closing my show with Louis Armstrong. A lot of DJs will have an opening and closing theme songs. I’ve played with this over the years, and I feel it’s time to throw it back into the mix. Many DJs also have music they speak over; known as a music bed. The only reason you don’t hear me doing this much at Radio Valencia is my own prep. Just another goal of mine for 2019. You would think 350+ shows into my RV tenure, and about 30 years in radio I would have this figured out already? I’m pretty lazy it would appear.

Who loves ya, baby?

jh

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Cold Bear: The Gaturs
Lawyers, Guns and Money: Warren Zevon
Call of the West: Wall of Voodoo

Watchdog: Gringo Star
Devil Doll: X
I Still Miss Someone: Johnny Cash
Anthrocene: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

It’s For Life: Perfect Son
Black Sabbath: Melvins (with Al Cisneros)
Dadii: Cherry Glazerr

Come For Me: Sunflower Bean
When My Left Eye Jumps: Buddy Guy
Pressure Drop: The Clash
Red and Orange: John Abercrombie

Pale Blue Eyes: Deer Tick
RAYZ: Royal Canoe

I Got The Hits: Jon Spencer
White Cat: WAND
Walk on By: The Stranglers

Livin In The Ghetto: Purple Image
My Uzi Weighs A Ton: Brownout

Mr. President: Amnesty
What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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