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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #382: You’re Comped

December 7, 2019
12:10 am

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I have a lot of records. I don’t have as much as some, but what I have a like…a lot. I actually donated a few thousand LPs to Radio Valencia about 7 years ago, but turns out most of that music was shlocky 70s and 80s classic rock dreck and no one wanted it. I can’t blame them, neither did I. I’m way beyond quantity over quality.

I own about 2000 LPs today of multiple genres. And I purchase 4-8 LPs a month from numerous records stores around the East Bay and San Francisco. I have a rule that whenever I’m going to purchase at least three items, one of those items needs to be of an international variety, and one needs to be a compilation.

Now, there are varieties of comps that one could choose. There are record label “Best of..” comps, artist tribute comps, reissue comps, geographic comps, genre-centered comps, era comps, and rare never released and b-side comps. The latter are my favorites. Clubs have been known to put out comps as well. When crate digging, finding the perfect comp can really make my day.

On this show I feature some real tasty treats from all areas mentioned above. A two hour special only scratches the surface of the music I have (pun intended). Links are provided for your convenience.

FYI: ONLY TOUCH THE EDGE OF YOUR VINYL. The oils from your fingers will harm the grooves. You have been warned.

Enjoy.

jh

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Max’s Kansas City: Wayne County and the Back Street Boys
Venus in Furs: Blasted Canyons feat. Jeremy Cox

Whisper To Me: Cecile Campbell
I’m Gone: The Continentals
Experiment in Terror: Davie Allen and the Arrows
Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love: Minutemen

Candy: Bikini Kill
Marvin’s Groove: BW Souls
Come Out Tonight: Steven J. Bernstein
T.F.B.: High Rise and Keiji Heino

Brother’s Gonna Work It Out: Willie Hutch
Come On Up To The House: Joseph
Get Outta My Life, Woman: Allen Toussaint

5000 Nut (5000 Shots): Pannada Chayapark
You Say You Don’t Love Me: The Buzzcocks
Mr. Soul: Bongwater
Wendy: The Descendants

Cold Cold Heart: Lucinda Williams
Love My Stuff: Charlie Patton
War Is Our Destiny; Saint Vitus
If You Have Ghosts: John Wesley Harding and the Good Liars

Live Fast, Die Young: Circle Jerks
Oblighetto: Brother Jack McDuff
Family Tree: Little Rose Little
Let Yourself Go: Victor Olaiya’s All Stars Soul International

Happiness is a Porpoise Mouth: Camper Van Beethoven
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence
La La La: Segun Bucknor and His Revolution

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #379: Mine All Mine

November 30, 2019
2:10 pm


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A little out of order, but I have a few older shows to share with you on here.

Tune in this Monday night, December 2, 2019 for a compilations special. I have 100s of comps and only two hours to share a few tasty treats with you. See you on the radio.

Radio is my creative outlet. Every week I get a two hour empty canvas on which I can paint tunes that allow the listener to travel to a time and space where they can float, unaware of the responsibilities that lay around them, waiting to be picked up once again following the closing of my show. I hope you have the ability to lay down your weary lists, and just listen for a short time.

We all need to take back some of our precious time. The last thing I want to do is go to my death bed saying “if I only crossed one more item off that list”. Now is the time to live, and yes, of course be your responsible self. But may I please request that every Monday night, between 8-10PM you set it all down and pick up a little bit of Hell?

Thanks a ton. I think this show is a perfect example of what I can offer from week to week. I think I’m counting ten distinctive genres spread throughout this playlist. And the second hour has a few live cuts sprinkled in for good effect.

Take a look, take a listen, and join me Monday at 8. You never know what you’re going to hear, and I like it like that.

Enjoy.

jh

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Skull Ring: Iggy Pop with The Stooges
ABC: Peach Kelly Pop
I’m A Greedy Man: James Brown

Certain Men: Negativland
I Walk With The Lord: Pat Kessee
Where Eagles Dare: Bratmobile
Poor Elijah: Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

Bump Bump Babe: Wells Fargo
Inner City Blues: Grover Washington Jr.

Oh Atlanta: Little Feet
CC Rider: Big Bill Broonzy
Long Distance Call: Muddy Waters with Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield

California Uber Alles: Dead Kennedys (April 28, 1985, Trenton, NJ)Room Service: Rap Reiplinger
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love/Sell or be Sold/Mutiny in Jonestown: Minutemen (January 03, 1985 KPFK, LA, CA)
Earthquake: Kim Gordon

Stak O’Lee: Mississippi John Hurt
Yer Blues: The Dirty Mac
Bo Diddley: The Doors (July 21, 1969 Aquarius Theater, Hollywood, CA)
Marked For Life: Poison Idea

White Heat: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Eena Meena Deeka: Aki Kumar

I Like Girls: Samantha Sidley
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #381: 1969 And Feelin’ Fine

November 26, 2019
4:34 pm

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Oooooooohhhhhh weeeeeeeee It’s time for my 9th annual Annual Annual!!!!!

I live for this time of year.

For the ninth consecutive year I’m taking a night to focus on one year that was chock full of tasty tunes. For this show it’s all about 1969. Atlanta Music FestivalWoodstockAltamontMoon Landing, Nixon!

The final year of a tumultuous decade saw a lot of bands on the wane and a few starting out. The music scene was diverging as proto-punk bands were emerging, while funk and country were defining themselves more succinctly.

As always there is too much in my library to make the perfect two hour show; I merely scratched the surface, which means next week I’ll have 1969 left overs to share!

Speaking of left overs, enjoy the week, and care for yourselves and those around you. Let’s find a way to treat each other with kindness during this time of insecurity. We deserve better.

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

Enjoy.

jh

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Debut Set:
Good Times, Bad Times: Led Zeppelin
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge
The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson

I Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore: Dusty Springfield
Magica: Os Mutantes
Because/You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King: The Beatles – Final Recorded LP
Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud: James Brown

Lay Lady Lay: The Byrds
Girl From North Country: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Neil Young and Crazy Horse – First LP with Crazy Horse
Kick Out The Jams: MC5 – Debut LP
3/5 Of A Mile in 10 Seconds: Jefferson Airplane

Okie From Muskogee: Merle Haggard
Tear Drop City: The Monkeys – First LP without Peter Tork
The Painter: Deep Purple

1969: The Stooges – Debut LP
Beginning To See The Light: Velvet Underground
God Knows I’m Good: David Bowie
Nobody’s Fault But Mine: Nina Simone
In the Ghetto: Elvis Presley

Mr. Green Genes: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Seeing: Moby Grape

My Way: Frank Sinatra

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #380: Come Sexplore With Me

November 21, 2019
10:01 pm

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My first hour features that latest from my live music collection. I cannot believe how much amazing live music I have accessed these past few weeks. If I didn’t also purchase vinyl on a semi-weekly basis I would consider hosting an all-bootleg show.

As much as I love playing music for you week-to-non-consecutive-these-days-week, I also really love interviewing guests. I really really enjoy it when the conversation is about sex and relationships. In the second hour of my recent show I was lucky to welcome the host of Sexploration with Monika, Monika Thomas, and clinical sexologist – author – lecturer Francesca Gentille to talk about tantric sex, communication, and a hot show coming up Saturday, November 23rd, that you can get a discount to. Go here for the tickets and enter HELL10 for a 10% discount.

The show looks detectible, featuring a 5-Course Gourmet dinner in a CATHEDRAL and the theme is sacred sexual exploration… everything from tantra to bondage nuns, with burlesque and bellydancing and a sing-along.

This reminds me, Monday, November 25th I’ll be hosting my Ninth annual Annual Annual!!! Two great hours from one year. I’m still not sure what year I’ll be playing yet, but you can bet the tunes will NOT be the hits. Tune in Monday night 8-10 to get an earful.

See you on the radio.

jh

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Brown: New Orb
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry: Johnny Cash

I’m Waiting For The Man: Lou Reed (January 27, 1973 Alice Tully Hall, NYC)
Penetration: Iggy Pop (July 3, 1983 Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

B-Movie/Flip Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers (December 31, 1978 Winterland, SF, CA)
X-Offender: Blondie (August 3, 1978 El Mocambo, Toronto, CA)
Moving In Stereo: The Cars (August 19, 1978 Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California)

Station to Station: David Bowie (April 27, 1983 Las Colinas Soundstage, Dallas, USA)
Proud Mary: Ike and Tina Turner (September 30, 1973 Soul Train Studios, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Goodbye: Jeff Buckley (June 24, 1995 Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK)

Interview with Monika Thomas and Francesca Gentille

If I’m In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
When My Baby Comes: Grinderman

Interview with Monika Thomas and Francesca Gentille

Magic Dance: David Bowie
Feeling Good: Nina Simone

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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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