July 2, 2020
How did we get here so fast? Well, it’s been just about ten years, so not exactly fast, but 399 is a pretty big number. To be honest, I’ve hosted more than 400 shows on Radio Valencia since our inception in August 2010. Many of my specials like Rock Fight and the Annual Annual don’t get a show number. So I’m closer to 420 than 400, but let’s not let semantics get in the way of a good time.
There’s always an excuse to party, and in days like these we don’t need many excuses.
I don’t know about you but I’ve been spending a lot of my days with the music flowing. Right now as I sit and write this I’m listening to a Sonic Youth show from November 26, 1992. What a fabulous soundboard!!! Maybe I’ll feature it on my Wednesday afternoon show. Oh wait, I didn’t tell you about my other show on Radio Valencia? I decided to commandeer Wednesday noon-2pm to feature my vast live bootleg library. I’ve hosted two shows so far, the first featuring a Pink Floyd show from 1970, and the second, a Led Zeppelin show from 1975. There’s so much goodness to share, I just can’t keep all of this great music to myself.
You should “like” my Facebook page and see what music I’m listening to, and take a poll to help me choose which bands/shows to play on my Wednesday slot.
As for my Monday show, and show #399, I start with a brand spankin’ new Public Enemy track, showing that we haven’t gotten very far in the past 31 years, let alone 401. There are covers as usual, some funk, some jazz, some punk, everything you have come to love and enjoy after 399 shows in Hell’s Kitchen.
Every set is the set of the night!
I don’t know what I have in store for my official #400 show next Monday night. I’m not very good at planning my shows. Really, I’m not. I try to go with what feels good, so I may need to keep to that formula.
Hell’s Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Radio Valencia in SF
Fight the Power 2020: Public Enemy
Swampland: Melvins with Mark Arm
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Set It On Fire: The Scientists
Retribution: Abbey Lincoln
Farewell to Ibusa: Afro Funk
Banned in DC: Bad Brains
Baby: Psychic Ills
Cornflower Suite: Suni McGrath
Funeral For A Great Drunken Bird: All Them Witches
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit
Let’s Go Hunt For Grandpa: Goober and the Peas
Space Rinse: Gøggs
Immigrant Punk: Gogol Bordello
Earth People: Dr. Octogon
Do You Realize?: Flaming Lips
Biological Speculation: Funkadelic
Make It NY: Ghostface Killah
Lady Day and John Coltrane: Gil Scott-Heron
You Gotta Move: RL Burnside
Mistreating Queen: Radio Moscow
Bales of Cocaine: Reverend Horton Heat
Food Sickles and Girls: The Mummies
Ricky: Butthole Surfers
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
Check out that great new Public Enemy video for the updated “Fight the Power” right here!!!