Hell’s Kitchen Radio #441: My Minimum Opus

June 24, 2pm

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The illist villain to strike to turntable crew is coming straight at you once again, for your face, and your earholes. Better get ready, better get set, ’cause you thought you saw something, YET, Hell is in the hizzzhouse!!!

OK, I got that out of my system. Thanks.

Another Monday back in our new studio, and I’m getting used to the groove. This show is a wee bit different where the mic breaks are concerned. You’ll have to give it a listen and let me know what you think. Don’t be shy about leaving a comment. 

Lots of new music, and almost all on vinyl this week. I realized that over the past 18 months, streaming from home, where I couldn’t access my vinyl, that I have a heap load of great music on my hard drives. I wasn’t about to keep that to myself. 

I’m looking forward to getting some guests in the studio to interview soon. I already have my wish list, so stay tuned.



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Mandalay: Amyl and the Sniffers
Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll: John Baldy

I’m So Happy I Cry: Fantastic Negrito
The Green Manalishi: The Flesh Eaters

Marlene Dietrich: Black Midi
No Backrub: Bikini Kill
Be Bop Boogie: Hilton Felton

At Det Som Vaxer: Dungen
KGLW/Automation: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
John Henry: Leadbelly

Opus 40: Mercury Rev
Radar Love: The Space Lady
Street Waves: Pere Ubu
Linda Blair: Redd Kross

Come On Back: Purple Wizard
Mr. Highway Man: Howlin’ Wolf
Like Food, It Feeds: The Coachwhips

Drive Fast, Take Chances: Acid King
Shadow of Skull: Boris

Born Stupid: Paul Leary
Glow In The Dark: Death Valley Girls
Love Canal: Flipper with David Yow

Fascists Eat Donuts: Pop O Pies

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #440: Studio Bound

June 16, 9am

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532 days. That’s how long it had been since I had the pleasure of broadcasting from a radio studio. That finally came to an end Monday night as I entered the new home of Radio Valencia, now a storefront location deep in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco.

Granted, there is work to do. We have a new mural by Alan Forbes that we need to get up, signage needs to be added on the front, new furniture purchased, and art hung on the walls, but I can tell you this is the place that I’ve dreamed about for decades. Really, decades. Have you ever seen the show “Northern Exposure“? Then you know.

We have dreams of looking similar to the former East Village Radio.

As for the show, it was all vinyl. I haven’t had the pleasure to host an all-vinyl show since December 2019. I never hooked my laptop up to my stereo. I don’t even think I can. 

All of the music I played tonight was music I purchased during COVID. I didn’t have enough time to play everything I brought, so next week might be more of the same. Oh boo hoo!

Of course I started with Melvins.

You’re welcome.

Please forgive any technical issues, like over modulating, I’m getting used to the setup. 

Enjoy. I can’t wait to host you all!


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Fuck Around: Melvins
Silver Machine: Hawkwind

End Returning: FUZZ
Just Enough To Keep Me Hanging On: David Issacs
Roforofo Fight! Fela Kuti

Bring It On Home To Me: Sam Cooke
TV Set: The Cramps
Not What You Want: Sleater Kinney

Kolbasti: Altin Gün
Velvet Cave: Silver Apples
Take Your Medicine/Meddle With Metal: Czar Face and MF Doom

More Data: Negativland
New Face In Hell: The Fall

Predators and Scavengers: Tomahawk
Johnny: Suicide
Institutionalized: Kendrick Lamar

Saignant: Oh Sees
Bad Luck: Sonny Terry
Living Wreck: Mudhoney

Music Inside: Midnight Snaxxx
Old World: Modern Lovers

High Noon: The Scientists
Snow Day: Mike Krol
Born To Kill: The Damned

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #439: Looks Like I’m Fixin’ To DJ Rag

June 3, 9am

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It’s Memorial Day, so I’m going to honor the troops (of whom I have many as friends and former students) by sticking it to the man! I’m a strong believer in a strong defense. But I am not much for spreading Democracy around the world. I think we ought to practice what we preach, and allow nations to self-actualize as much as possible. We butt our heads (and arms) into other nation’s biz a wee bit much over the years. And too many of our men and women in uniform have paid the ultimate price. I have no problem flipping the bird to the politicians who put our sons and daughters into harms way for the prize of land, labor, markets and other resources. I have yet to hear of one war we have been involved in that, at the heart of it, was about caring for human suffering. If we can’t reap some reward, we aren’t going in. Remember Rwanda? 

I believe to the depth of my being, if our nation cared so much about our vets, they wouldn’t make up 50% of the nation’s homeless population. Let’s put as much effort as we do preparing them for battle, into preparing them for coming home. 

So here ya go. Two hours of stickin’ it to the man.

Enjoy and thank a veteran today. 


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The show starts with the final minute from my Live Bootleg Bonanza, 6-8PM. You can check that show out here. It’s Stevie Wonder (1974) & The Ramones (1977).

The Ballad of the Green Berets: Sgt. Barry Sidler
Rich Man’s War: Steve Earle
Butcher’s Tale: The Zombies

1916: Motorhead
Lay Your Weapons Down: Rich Kids on LSD
War Pigs (Live 1970 Montreux): Black Sabbath

Masters of War: Bob Dylan
Wooden Ships: Jefferson Airplane
An Open Letter To My Teenage Son: Victor Lundberg
The Unknown Soldiers: The Doors

I Can’t Write Left-Handed Anymore: Bill Withers
War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley and the Wailers
X-Men Doctrine And Declaration/General P. Counterintelligence: General Patton vs The X-Ecutioners
Holiday in Cambodia: Dead Kennedys

Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden
The Fiddle and the Drum: Joni Mitchell
Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore: John Prine

Machine Gun (live 12-31-1969): Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsies)
The “Fish” Cheer/I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag: Country Joe and the Fish

Universal Soldier: Donovan
Some Mother’s Son: The Kinks
I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier, Mama: John Lennon
Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival

(What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #438: Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan

May 27, 11am

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I was about 12 or 13, laying in my bed on a weekend morning, listening to my clock radio, set to KFOG 104.5FM, when it was worth listening to. This song came on that hypnotized me; it’s the only way to describe it, really. I was paralyzed. I could not move, and my ears did not want that song to release me from its spell. When the song ended, I knew I had stumbled across some kind of magic. I had to know what that was? Who that was? And what else awaited me? 

The song, “Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again) took me on a journey that keeps showing itself in greater and more dynamic ways over 35 years later. Bob Dylan showed me that there is more to music than what shows up on the music directors list of approved songs. It’s possible this was the song that propelled me deeper into my love of the art of radio?

I think I had my dad take me to Rasputin Records in Pleasant Hill so I could buy whatever record that song is on. I couldn’t locate Blond on Blond that day, but I did come home with the next best thing, Highway 61 Revisited. I swear I wore that copy out in a matter of months. I felt that I had discovered this deep secret: brilliant music can be longer than 2:50 long. 

Mind. Blown.

Along my musical journey, discovering the joy of so many great artists across numerous genres, I have

always gravitated back to Dylan. How many people have said this? How many essays have been written about the man and his lyrics, not to mention the myth of BOB DYLAN? I like not being able to separate fact from fiction when it comes to his persona. I don’t care to know the “real” Bob Dylan, when the shaman is much more interesting. And isn’t that really what he’s going for anyway?

Now, if I could just travel back to that innocent 12 year old version of me laying in bed being woken by the brilliance of Dylan, just for one moment. 

I’ve been asked countless time what my favorite Dylan album is, and I have to go with “Blood on the Tracks“. It’s a summation of everything that came before, in terms of his prose. And it’s filled with emotion regarding the end of his marriage. You can feel his heart in every beat. All of his albums come close, but this one really does it for me.

What’s your favorite Dylan album? Leave a comment, and please share this with all of your Dylan-loving friends. 

I merely scratched the surface with this show. 

If you missed my 6-8PM live bootleg show, you can catch it by going here. I played the 90 minute “Judas” show from May 17, 1966, followed up with a few tracks from the 1975/1976 Rolling Thunder tour, and a track from the 1986 Dylan/Petty tour. 

So much Bob Dylan for your earholes!!!

If you’re looking for some reading material that’ll fill up an afternoon, Rolling Stone has opened up their archives of many (all?) their Bob Dylan reviews and interviews.



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See That My Grave is Kept Clean
Girl From North Country
Boots of Spanish Leather
Spanish Harlem Incident

It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding
Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence (Killing Me Alive)

Meet Me In The Morning (New York Sessions)
Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again)
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

Million Dollar Bash
Romance in Durango
It Ain’t Me, Babe, with George Harrison

Covers Set:

I Shall Be Released: The Band
Just Like A Woman: Nina Simone

Political World: Bob Dylan
I’m Not There: Sonic Youth
I Wanna Be Your Lover: Yo La Tengo

Goin’ To Acapulco: Jim James and Calexico
Señor: Willie Nelson and Calexico

Tombstone Blues: Richie Havens
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue: Grateful Dead (10-10-1982)

Here’s some brilliant footage from the Rolling Thunder tour from May 23, 1976, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #437: I’m Your DJ

May 19, 4pm

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There are times that I really want to send a sternly written letter to some commercial radio station, reminding them of the disservice they are doing to their listeners. It’s almost as if they are some junkie pushing tainted drugs. The user doesn’t even know there are quality drugs down to the left end of town (or in most cases left end of the dial). In this case on the left end of the internet. 

But why write a letter when I can just share this show, right? Should I send this show off to the program directors of the top commercial stations so they can see how much better they can be (that sounds pretty egotistical, and I didn’t even need to reread it), or shall I just go to where their listeners hang out and offer them a better bang for the buck. 

Allow me to bang you. Bang you all.

It was tax day on Monday, so there are a few tunes that fit some kind of money theme, but other than that, I’m all over the place in a good way. I even improvise a bit more than usual and through in the 23 minute epic, “Echoes”, by Pink Floyd. It’s the greatest version you have ever heard. Tune in to find out why. I’m also falling in love with Mike Krol. This guy…sheesh!

I’ve been pulling out a number of anniversary box sets lately. CSN&YRay Charles, The Who. I have new Ty Segall later in the show that will kick your ass. And that’s what you want in a radio station, shows that will kick your ass in ways you didn’t know you needed. 

Radio Valencia is here to kick your ass in all the best ways.



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Taxman: The Beatles
Snow Day: Mike Krol
Kill The Poor: Dead Kennedys
Life Is Cheap: Flipper

Free Money: Patti Smith
Mason’s Children: Henry Kaiser
Millionaires Blues: Hip Lankchan

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out: Derek and the Dominos
Greenbacks: Ray Charles
Hours of Wealth: Opeth
Echoes: Pink Floyd

I’m Your Man: Mark Growden
Untitled: Mike Krol
I Wish I Was In New Orleans: Tom Waits
Tattoo Zero: Tomahawk

Sleeper: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis

Almost Cut My Hair [demo]: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Never Learn To Love: Psychic Ills

Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand [Take 1 and Take 9]: The Who

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #436: Lucky To Be Here

May 13, 2pm

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Some nights I like to play music for you like we’re hanging out on the floor in front of my dad’s Hi-Fi, and I’m really excited to pull this record out, hopefully to blow your mind. I hope there are moments during this show that blow your mind. I hope that you take a moment to search out these bands, and support them by purchasing their music. 

I am damn lucky to be able to do this every week. 



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Bang The Drum All Day: Todd Rundgren
Hecho en Mexico: Money Chicha

Cease to Exist: Psychic Ills
Ridge Rider: Judee Sill
Tougher: Dale Crover

SHHH!: Tomahawk
Greener Pools: Witch Egg
Stack O’Lee: Mississippi John Hurt
Corner Seat: Virvon Varvon
1000 Years: Coachwhips

Keith Moon: Mike Krol
Tattoo (early version with commercial): The Who
Make It Better: A/LPACA

Long Shadow: Joe Strummer
Long Black Veil: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

A Love Supreme: A Love Supreme Electric (Vinny Golia- John Hanrahan- Henry Kaiser- Wayne Peet- Mike Watt)
I’m Going To Take Over: The Ethiopians

Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin
Mother: John Lennon

Sprites: Bent Arcana
Spoonful: The Super Super Blues Band
Your Spaceman: Helios Creed

Earthen Gate: FUZZ
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #435: Get On The Good Foot – James Brown Birthday Special

May 6, 3pm

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It’s James Brown’s birthday. Whatever you’re doing isn’t better than what I’m playing for the next four hours. Get on the good foot, I’m starting out with two hours of live JB throughout the years, then two hours of studio selections from across his illustrious career, focusing on my favorite era 1968 – 1975.

I was lucky to have seen the Hardest Working Man in Show Business perform live three times, and each was better than the previous. I was also honored to have interviewed him in 1992 (or was it 1993?) soon after he got out of prison, during my Friday 10am-2pm jazz, soul, funk show on KFJC, Temple of the Bird. He graciously offered my 15 minutes to talk about his music and not to bring up prison, women, or drugs. Thanks James.



The opening two hours, which you can find here, feature two shows from two of his hot 70s-era bands. 

July 1971 – Apollo Theater, New York City, New York

December 18, 1977 Stars at The Hotel Bradford, Boston MA

The second half of my show is all about the hot studio sessions that had us up and sweating on the good foot. See the set list below and get up on the get down.

James Brown: Nancy Dupree
Lickin’ Stick, Lickin’ Stick: James Brown
Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud): James Brown
Message From James Brown
Super Bad: James Brown

Doin’ It To Death: Fred Wesley and the JBs
Let’s Go Get Stoned: James Brown
Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year: James Brown
America Is My Home, Pt. 1: James Brown

Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn: James Brown
Down And Out In New York City: James Brown
Brother Rap: James Brown
Please Please Please 1974: James Brown

More Mess On My Thing: The JBs
Funky Music Is My Style: The JBs
Shake It Baby: Maceo and the Kings Men
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved: James Brown

I Know You Got Soul: Bobby Byrd
If You Don’t Give Me What I Want: Vicki Anderson
What So Never The Dance: Bootsy Collins

Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing: James Brown
My Thang: James Brown

Get On The Good Foot: James Brown

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #434: Hello/Goodbye Special

April 27, 1pm

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Hosting a special is always a treat. I like the work once I’m inspired. A few weeks ago this “Hello/Goodbye” idea popped into my head. It’s not very original, but it’s what you do with it that counts. How would you fill a two hour show of only songs that have the theme in the title, or are obviously about the theme? 

I need to thank my buddy Michael for a few suggestions as well as many of the KALX staffers for throwing a few hundred titles my way. Wow! It’s an embarrassment of riches. I only have two hours to fill, so I wanted hour one to be the “Hello” theme, and hour two to close it out with the “Goodbye” theme. I opened and closed with Cheap Trick: “Hello There” and Auf Wiedersehen”. To segue from one to the other, I used the over-obvious Beatles tune “Hello/Goodbye”. 

During my research I discovered there are countless songs about goodbye. It makes for a more emotional tale, than a song featuring a greeting. That being said, I think I represented both salutations well. You be the judge.

Next week it’ll be mostly new music, and we’re getting closer to being in our new studio on 22nd Street in San Francisco. Let the excitement commence!



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Hello There: Cheap Trick
Dad, I’m In Jail: Was (Not Was)
Hello: Ice Cube ft. Dr. Dre and MC Ren
Hello: Prince

Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda: Allan Sherman
Hello Dolly: Louis Armstrong
Hello Mary Lou: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Hello Operator: White Stripes

Hello, I Love You: Eurythmics
Hi Everybody: Sonic Youth
Hello Sunday. Hello Road: Gil Scott-Heron
Hello In There: John Prine

Hello Walls: Willie Nelson
Frizzle Fry: Primus
Hello Hooray: Alice Cooper
Hello Goodbye: The Beatles

Goodbye Bread: Ty Segall
Goodbye: Dusty Springfield
Long. Slow Goodbye: Queens of the Stone Age

Bye, Bye Baby: Janis Joplin
Goodbye Big Asshole: Acid Mothers Temple
Goodbye Blue Sky: Pink Floyd
Last Goodbye: Jeff Buckley
Goodbye: Emmylou Harris

Every Time We Say Goodbye: Ella Fitzgerald
See Ya Later, Alligator: Bill Haley
The E.N.D.: The Pharcyde
Goodnight Ladies: Lou Reed

We’ll Meet Again: Vera Lynn
Auf Wiedersehen: Cheap Trick

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #433: Born Secular

April 15, 4pm

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A night with nothing to prove. After last week’s country/americana show, I feel like I needed to cleanse myself with a variety of genres. That’s the usual as you may know. There’s lots of music that’s new to you on here. Ace of Cups first ever release (2018), Joe Strummer compilation, prank phone calls to religious radio stations, Ethiopian jazz master, Chilean psych, Irish neo-folk, the king of Be-bop, a rediscovered folk gem, rumbling guitar, punk, funk, and junk. 

See how far I go for you?

In the weeks to come I’m planning a few specials: Hello/Goodbye, days of the week, time of day, and a multi-part special on John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees, OCS, Damaged Bug, Yikes, Coachwhips and many more bands. 

So much to look forward to, coming up Monday’s 8-10PM Pacific on Radio Valencia.

And don’t forget about John Hell’s Live Bootleg Bonanza, Monday’s 6-8PM Pacific, where I pull full shows from my vast live bootleg collection. Take a look at this blog for previous shows. Tune in every Monday to see what I have planned.



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Police Truck: Dead Kennedys
Feel Good: Ace of Cups

Love Kills: Joe Strummer
Prole Art Threat: The Fall
Modern World: Melvins

Let’s Have a Party: Wanda Jackson
The Catholics Are Attacking: Pop O Pies
Sticky Situations: National Hardwood Floor Association
Blue Nile: Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics

Here In The Dark: Aoife Nessa Frances
Latinarabia: WatchOut!

I Was Denied: Thee Oh Sees
Circles: Moon Duo
White Rabbit: The Great Society
Klaunstance: Charlie Parker

Crayon Angel: Judee Sill
Hippie Boy: Flying Burrito Brothers

Born Secular: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Puppet Show: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Special Radio Edit Mix: Negativland

Bad Reputation: Reverend Horton Heat
Law of the Jungle: Link Wray
The Frisko Freeze: The Mummies
Uncontrollable Urge: Devo
Jesus: Velvet Underground
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #432: Not Forever, Just For Now

April 7, 3pm

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There’s something about hosting a thematic special that really gets the juices flowing. I don’t know if this was really a special, but I stuck with one genre for the most part on this show. My fabulous daughter, Little Lauson Hell tells me she doesn’t like Country music. To which I respond, you just haven’t really heard good Country music. Like anyone with musical taste, commercial anything is usually crap, that’s goes double for Country, but there have been some real treats in the history of this genre. I merely scratched the surface by playing some of my favorite artists. And it’s not hit-heavy as you will see.

And I didn’t program this show chronologically. So there.

I hope you find some treats in here. That’s the plan, right?

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Ring of Fire: June Carter Cash
Satan is Real: Louvin Brothers
Travelin’ Prayer: Dolly Parton

Thanks A Lot: Ernest Tubb
Your Cheating Heart: Hank Williams
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels: Kitty Wells
Bubbles in my Beer: Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

White Lightning: George Jones
Buckaroo: Buck Owens
Stupid Cupid: Patsy Cline
Mama Tried: Merle Haggard
Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Jubilee Trail/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men
Semi Crazy: Junior Brown

Waltz Across Texas Tonight: Emmylou Harris
In My Hour Of Darkness: Gram Parsons
Your Gentle Way of Loving Me: The Byrds

Wallflower: Bob Dylan
She’s A Mover: Sir Douglas Quintet
Wreck of the Old 97: Johnny Cash
Cold Cold Heart: Waylon Jennings

Are You Alright?: Lucinda Williams
Blue Moon Waltz: Jimmy Dale Gilmore
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow: Soggy Bottom Boys ft. Dan Tyminski

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit
Powderfinger: Neil Young
Wrote A Song For Everyone: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Whiskey Bottle: Uncle Tupelo