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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #338: Facial Recognition Radio

July 5, 2018
3:53 pm

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Another winner of a broadcast for this week. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this. Lots of tasty library choices on this night. For you not used to the library lingo, “library” means older releases. Some older tunes, some afro-funk, stoner-rock, alt-country, live Iggy and live Dead! What else could you ask for? A few long jams? Sure, I’ve got that in the show as well. Some jazz and blues? Why not?! Some prog-rock and English punk? Ok, if you say so.

Happy Forfa to all of you. Please celebrate responsibly as you blow up a little bit of our nation, and perhaps a small part of your body.

See you Monday night at 8.

Also, Flint still has no clean drinking water, and Puerto Rico is mostly out of power.

Enjoy.

jh

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Status People: Groundhogs
I Knew My Name: Psychic Ills

Reaper Invert: WAND
Giving Up The Ghost: Zig Zags
Temporarily Like Bob Dylan: Bongos, Bass and Bob

Dirty Robber: The Mummies
Mona Lisa: Sam Cooke
God Bless the Child: Kenny Burrell

They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Summer Wages: David Bromberg

Linda Goes To Mars: John Prine
Hikky Burr: Quincy Jones

Tei Egwu: Afro Funk
Mr. Time: Koes Barat

Watcher the Skies: Genesis
Our Darling: Altamont

Untitled: Dead Meadow
Ex-Lion Tamer: Wire

The Passenger: Iggy Pop (August 18, 1996 Bizarre Festival, Cologne, Germany)
Loser: Grateful Dead (May, 08, 1981 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY)

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #337: Dub This!

June 26, 2018
3:55 pm

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Sometimes taking a few weeks off leaves me feeling a wee bit rusty. Not tonight! I came out of the shoot all guns blazing hot! Something for everyone in the first hour. Lots of dub in the second. I close out the show with a tasty 13 minute live Jimi Hendrix jam from New Years Eve 69/70 that you are sure to enjoy.

I spent a little while at Econo Jam Records in Oakland today. This was a first for me, but I can promise you it will not be my last. Living in San Francisco for most of my life got me used to the many fine vinyl establishments on that side of the bridge (I actually types “this side of the bridge”, forgetting that I don’t live in SF now): Amoeba, Stranded, 1234Go, Thrillhouse, just to name a few. But living in Berkeley has opened my eyes to more more MORE!!!!
We truly are living the dream, aren’t we.

Hey, I hear WAND is playing this Thursday at Starline Social Club in Oakland. All ages. Make this happen.

Also, Flint still has no clean drinking water, and Puerto Rico is mostly out of power.
Enjoy.
jh

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Mondo Bondage: The Tubes
Road Runner: Chris Spedding
Shotgun Blues: Blues Brothers
The Bit: The Melvins
Sonic Titan: Sleep
Overthrown: Oh Sees
Oh Man: Spacin’
Down Home Girl: Betty Davis
Power of Soul: Idris Muhammad
Cloak and Dagger (Version 3): The Upsetters
Sin Semilla Dub: The Upsetters
Kasha Macka Dub: The Upsetters
I Am Not Ashamed: The Mighty Two
Get Movin’: The Last Poets
Under Surveillance: The Scientist
Soul Revel: Bob Marley and Lee Perry
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Shhhhhh (For A Little While): James Brown
Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix (January 1, 1970 – Fillmore East, NY, NY)
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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #336: Look Ma, No Brains!

June 24, 2018
6:04 pm

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A night of risk-taking on the ol’ radio stream. Or is it Internet stream? Am I allowed to call this radio? We don’t broadcast on the FM/AM. We have no antenna. There’s no static coming across the line. Am I remiss if I say I have a “radio show”? Or do I have to be all literal and state that I host a two-hour Internet music program each Monday night? That’s not very sexy.

Then again, neither am I.

This show however is the bees knees! Just take a gander at that playlist sitting there in front of you. Kraut Rock, Hard Bob, 60s French-Canadian Garage, West African Funk, Midwest Balkanese, and so much more.

How do I do it?!?!?!?!

I’m not on the “air” next Monday night so you can enjoy a classic Hell’s Kitchen program instead.

Enjoy.

jh

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Haitian Fight Song: Charles Mingus

The Bump: George Freeman
Moonstruck: Malone Barnes and Spontaneous Simplicity

Season of the Witch: Donovan
Happy Boy: The Beat Farmers
La Moustache A Papa: Anna Bell
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Anne Margaret

Staring at the Sun: Wooden Shjips
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra
Brainstorm: Hawkwind

Truth: Alexander Ebert
Leave It (A Capella): Yes
Telephone Girl: Assagai
Rhineland: Beirut

Diamond In Your Mind: Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet
Reaching Through To The Other Side: My Brightest Diamond
Feeling Good (Troublemaker Remix): Nina Simone

Rope Ladder To The Moon: Colosseum (August 22, 1970 Finland)
Little Man With A Gun In His Hand: Minutemen

Here Come The Bastards: Primus

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #335: It’s Too Late Now

June 5, 2018
9:48 am

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How exactly did the week pass by without me posting my show? I hate when that happens. I don’t just blindly pick music. I take my time to curate a show for you. I would love nothing more than to wax poetic about why I chose what I did for you on this fine night, but alas I cannot for the life of me recall anything beyond the fact it was Memorial Day, and I also picked up the new Sleep and Wooden Shjips LPs.

That’ll have to do.

Oh, and you absolutely MUST check out the “Message from Daimo” track later in the show. It’s hilarious if you know Daimo. Even if you don’t…

Enjoy.

jh

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An Open Letter To My Teenage Son: Victor Lunberg
Mudride: Mudhoney

Giza Butler: Sleep
I Don’t Wanna  Be A Soldier Mama: John Lennon
Eclipse: Wooden Shjips

War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley
1916: Motorhead
Red Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Black Water: Red Fang
I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore: Phil Ochs
(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello
Freaks for the Festival: Rahssan Roland Kirk

Sinnerman: Nina Simone
A Message from Daimo
Chinese Arithmetic: Eric B and Rakim
The Fiddle and the Drum: Joni Mitchell
Am I Black Enough For Ya: Schoolly D

Lonesome Train Whistle: Reverend Horton Heat
Buck Whylin’: Terminator X

FISH Cheer/Fell-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die-Rag: Country Joe and the Fish

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #334: I Can’t Call It What I Really Wanted To Call It

May 24, 2018
12:22 pm

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You just never know what you never know, so stop worrying yourself to death about the unknown unknowns. You don’t know what you don’t know and you don’t know how to articulate it.

This and much much less on my recent Monday night show. Just take a look and a listen and you too will discover that nothing, and I do mean nothing beats the tremendous amount of disappointment you are about to endure. You’ll be heard to say “well, I can’t get those two hours back”, and “I never realized I needed something less”.

Yes folks, it’s quite amazing to witness such a diversity of absurdity in a non-event such as this one right here.

Feel free not to click on the links associated with unabashed microcosm of what is NOT an example of the American Dream. And that’s with a capital A and D!

Next Monday new music from Wooden Shjips and Sleep!!!

Yours in apathy,

jh

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Call My Body Home: The Monkeywrench
Die!: The Mummies
Louie Louie: Thee Headcoats

Mother Lemonade: Ty Segall
Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd (BBC December 1968)

Sadio Witch: Electric Wizard
Andromeda’s Suffering: Alice Coltrane

Lilin: Bar Kokhba Sextet
Here He Comes: Brian Eno

Rosa Lee McFall: Black Mountain Boys
Bad Smells: Glenn Branca
Overture/It’s a Boy: The Who

Epistrophe: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
Ten Crack Commandments: Notorious B.I.G.
Groupie Therapy: The Pharcyde

Sophisticated Bitch: Public Enemy
I Wanna Be Your Lover: Prince

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #333: Half The Beast

April 27, 2018
2:01 pm

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Where were you when it happened? Where did you hear the news? Who were you with? What were you doing at the time? How did you feel upon initially experiencing this? Who did you tell first? How did you tell them? What was their reaction?

All this and more in my most recent show.

Such a fabulous selection of punk, funk and junk for your earholes to enjoy.

I’m taking next Monday off to go see Ty Segall perform in Berkeley. There will be a Hell’s Kitchen Radio classic scheduled, but you may hear another Radio Valencia DJ taking the controls for the night.

jh

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The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley/Ann Margaret
So What: Miles Davis

Sunday Morning: Kelly Stoltz
Love Addict: Honey and the Bees
Makin’ The Freeway: Firehose
Hit it and Quit it: Funkadelic

Alice: Meatbodies
Taking Too Long: The Wipers
School Teacher: Bob Seger

Come On Over Turn Me On: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Shapes of Things: Jeff Beck Group
Lover, You Should Have Come Over: Jeff Buckley

Expert: PragVEC
Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll: Long John Baldry

It’s A Shame: First Aid Kit
Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers: Joanna Gruesome
Hear My Train A’Comin’: Jimi Hendrix

Get Down Moses: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Cars and Shoes: The Coup
Lust For Life: NY Loose

Alta: Ty Segall
Pittsburgh to Lebanon: Butthole Surfers
The Geeks Were Right: The Faint

Roscoe: Midlake

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #332: Won’t You Come Home?

April 13, 2018
5:15 pm

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It’s another one of those nights where I just have to do a deeper dive into my cast library of music. There’s something old, something new, something ripped off, something I don’t think I’ve ever actually listened to before.

That’s fair, isn’t it?

Should a DJ give a listen to EVERYTHING before they play it for you? How much preparation do you require from your DJ? How OCD are you, anyway?

I used to know a DJ at a former station I was at who would spend hours writing out his playlist. We hosted four-hour shows at this particular station. I would watch him work meticulously on his playlist. Draft after draft. He would write down songs/artists, and then scratch some out and and fill it in with another. I would tune in from time to time and could really appreciate the effort, but it also felt a little stiff. Maybe it was his mic breaks, but it never felt that authentic to me.

More often than not I’m inspired by the events leading up to my show, and I pull my music a few hours beforehand based on this. I enjoy playing new music more often than not, but I also love peppering some older “library” tracks in for good measure. Some shows, like the one from two weeks ago, take on a life of their own, and I get inspired during the show itself. Thank goodness I bring along my trusty external HD with 100GB of music.

Enjoy.

jh

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 If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra cover): Tony Bennett
T.V. Eye: The Stooges
Astronomy Domine: Voivod (Pink Floyd cover)
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
Got My Mind Made Up: 2Pac
High Heeled Sneakers (Tommy Tucker cover): The Mummies
Love Buzz: Shocking Blue
You Can’t Lose What You Never Had: Muddy Waters
Red House: Jimi Hendrix
Hillbilly Math: Dale Crover
Revolution Blues: Neil Young
Satan is a Bummer: Bush Tetras
Tattoo (The Who cover): Petra Haden
Life on Mars: David Bowie
Tangled Up In Blue: Bob Dylan
Dimples (John Lee Hooker cover): The Allman Brothers Band
Straight to Hell: The Clash
The Devil’s Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat
Joset of Nazareth’s Blues: Titus Andronicus
Diamonds on my Mind: Tom Waits
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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #331: Blow My Cover

April 4, 2018
9:32 am

 

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This apparently has become an annual event. If you listen to my show on a regular basis (of course you do!), then you often hear a cover tune or three. There are just too many quality versions to share with you. It’s easy with a music collection like mine to play hours and hours of covers. The real test is to find two hours worth to make it worth your while to listen.

I’ve been inspired to host this show for a few weeks now, but I still didn’t get through my long list I had prepared for you. Tune in next Monday night and you may get a few extra treats, including a Pink Floyd cover that will knock you into the next galaxy.

In the meantime enjoy the show. Click on the stream or download links above to access, and please share this with music fans far and wide.

Enjoy.

jh

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Eight Miles High (The Byrds): Husker Dü
Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker): Rube Waddell

The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star): Evan Dando
See No Evil (Television): REM
Sharp Dressed Man: Xiu Xiu

Every 1’s A Winner (Hot Chocolate): Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
Satisfaction (Rolling Stones): Bjork and PJ Harvey
I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick): Puddles Pity Party

Future’s So Bright (Timbuk 3): Adam Mackintosh
Hey Joe (Billy Roberts): Black Uhuru
Je T’Aime, Moi Non Plus (Serge Gainsbourg): Cibo Matto

20th Century Boy (T Rex): Buckethead
Little Green Bag (George Baker Selection): Tom Jones and Barenaked Ladies

Every Grain of Sand (Bob Dylan): Lizz Wright
Black Betty (Leadbelly): The Melvins
Kick Out The Jams (MC5): Henry Rollins and Bad Brains

Heart of Gold (Neil Young): Blitzen Trapper
Rouche Rumble (The Fall): Sonic Youth
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star): Jeff Elgas(Vocals) and Marc Stevens(Guitar)

Maggot Brain (Funkadelic): Mike Watt, J. Mascis, Bernie Worrell
Ramblin’ Man (Hank Williams): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Hey Bulldog (The Beatles): Eric McFadden
Up and Down (Cookie Monster): Cookie Mongoloid

 

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #330: Time To Pray

March 29, 2018
12:04 pm

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Fucking A Right! Alcohol. God. Devil. Heaven. Hell. Crossroads. Where do you stand? Sometimes when it hits, it hits hard. The music deviner.

There are times when I’ll put in some effort to prepare for a show. I’ll think about the artists and songs I want to play, and perhaps even the order I want to play them in. Not tonight. Starting with the second set I had an epiphany of sorts. It took us on a journey. Each set flowing into the next. Honestly, I could have kept this up for another few hours, but alas I only have a two hour canvas in which to paint the aural colors to pleasure your ears and your spirit.

And it’s all about the spirit on this night. And spirits!

Next Monday I’m considering hosting an all-covers show. Tune in.

Go in pieces.

jh

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End of the World PSA: National Lampoon
Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man: Captain Beefheart
Cuban Pete: Desi Arnez

Alcohol: Gogol Bordello
Alcohol: The Kinks
Alcohol: Butthole Surfers

God’s Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
God’s Away on Business: Tom Waits
God: John Lennon
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

God God God: Nina Simone
A Message From God: National Lampoon
Monkey Gone To Heaven: Pixies

Satan Dub: Lee “Scratch” Perry
Hell: James Brown
Hellhound On My Trail: Robert Johnson

Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find: 2 Pac
Heaven and Hell: Black Sabbath
Spiritual: John Coltrane

Wizard in Black: Electric Wizard
Worship The Devil: Glitter Wizard

If You Want To Sing Out: Cat Stevens

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #328: Fare Thee Well Now

February 26, 2018
11:08 am

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John Perry Barlow was a maverick in the ways of songwriting and internet freedom. Called “the uncrowned poet laureate of cyberspace,” and “equal parts beat poet and P.T. Barnum”, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Barlow understood the importance of a free and accessible internet, open to all. As songwriting partner of the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, he collaborated on some of the band’s most beloved tunes. He was a gentleman, a showman, a rowdy conspirator, and jack-of-all trades. The world is a better place because of him.

We’ll carry on the fight from here, John. RIP.

The tunes below are some of the absolute best versions performed. Links are provided for each show.

Enjoy.

jh

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Feel Like A Stranger: October 12, 1984 Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Mexicali Blues: October 26, 1971 The Palestra, Rochester, NY
Looks Like Rain: April 08, 1972 Wembley Arena, London, England

Just A Little Light: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY
I Need A Miracle: September 16, 1978, Giza, Egypt
Heaven Help The Fool: October 30, 1980 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, NY

Lazy Lightning/Supplication: November 02, 1977 Field House, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
Black Throated Wind: August 27, 1972 Veneta, OR

Cassidy: October 12, 1983 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY
Estimated Prophet: February 3, 1978 Madison, WI
The Music Never Stopped: May 9, 1977 Buffalo, NY

Throwing Stones: September 20, 1990 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY

Hell in a Bucket: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY

John Perry Barlow wrote the Principle of Adult Behavior as standard code of conduct when
he was 30 years old.

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.

HOW MANY OF THESE RULES DO YOU STRIVE TO LIVE BY?

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