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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #348: Rebel Hell

October 24, 2018
10:19 am

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If there is something I detest, it’s when I hear a disingenuous commercial DJ, who claims to just LOVE the new Foo Fighters. Really? You love the new Foo Fighters do you? Really? Really? No you don’t. And if you do, then you either have absolutely no taste and no life, or so deeply consumed the Flavor Aid (yes it was Flavor Aid at Jonestown NOT Kool-Aid) that you cannot see the damage all those years under the corporate thumb has done to you. Get out while you still can.

I invited a top local commercial rock DJ to come on my show a few years back, under an assumed name, to play the music they would love to play during their day job but cannot. They turned me down, claiming that they have no need to because they just LOVE The Eagles! I think they were being honest. Poor bastard.

Starting in 2007, I was lucky enough to recruit the late, great Michael “M-Dung” Slavko to join me on both FCCFreeRadio and then at Radio Valencia. He took me up on both, knowing that he would have a chance to take his professionally-honed radio chops and push it to the edge on a non-com. Dung is the number one reason I found myself hungry for a radio career. His morning show on KFOG (when that station had BALLS) was stuff of legend back in the 80s, pre-Stern and the vomit-laden Shock-Jock radio era. Dung Boy was much too classy for that crap. This year Dung was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. You are dearly missed, Dung Baby. B-DAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

One more note about Dung, when I was 16 I got into Wolfgang’s nightclub in North Beach, owned by the late rock promoter Bill Graham (his birth name was Wolfgang). Dung was hosting the weekly “Sunday Night Idiot Show” there on this particular night. He featured a Dung sound-a-like contest that evening, and I jumped at the chance to show him my Dung-ness. I didn’t win, but he appeared to be pretty impressed with my impersonation, as well as my ability to get into a 21+ club at the tender age of 16.

I don’t play The Eagles on my show.

I do feature a Velvet Underground set (two covers and Lou solo), newish Boss Hog and Qui, a harrowing tale from Spiderman, and more Bongwater than you can gurgle. Or is it gargle?

Anyway, this one is for all you classic rockers who need to go back to school.

Enjoy.

jh

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Radio Valencia in SF
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Dad: Qui
Eight Miles High: Husker Du
Caliente: Reverend Horton Heat

Radebe: Johnny Dyani
Banzai Pipeline: The Boardwalkers
Speed Ticket: Inez and Charlie Foxx and their Mockin’ Band
Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown: Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Sunday Morning: Kelly Stoltz
Pale Blue Eyes: Patti Smith (January 09, 1976 WBCN-Boston)
I’m Waiting For The Man: Lou Reed (May 14, 1974 Stockholm, Sweden)

The First and Last to Love Me: Kip Hanrahan
Celebrity Compass: Bongwater
Nasty: Killdozer

Black Eyes: Boss Hog
The Invasion of the Dragon Men: The Amazing Spiderman
Electric Funeral: Black Sabbath
Beer Sheba: Masada

Park Head: Melvins
Kim’s Dirt: Dirty Three

Soul Rebel: Bob Marley and Lee “Scratch” Perry

Want to check out the sounds of Dung? Check out the audio-only clip of mic breaks from a classic Sunday Night Idiot show below.

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #345: Wild and Cheap

October 4, 2018
1:32 pm

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Do you have any idea how much I love you? I don’t think you do. OK, perhaps I just lust for your ears. That being said, can you blame me? I have total and complete respect for you and your ears, and I would never maliciously put you in harms way. On the contrary, I hunger to care for you and to turn you on…to amazing music.

I also love tamales. What’s not to love? Last week Virginia “Tamale Lady” Ramos passed away at the age of 65. I spent many a Friday and Saturday night enjoying TL’s delicious tamales. She may have loved us all, but you didn’t want to get on her bad side. I once saw her rip into some drunk asshole outside of Zeitgeist babbling incoherently in front of her. Seriously dude, do you have any idea how lucky you were to even get a whiff of her amazing fare? Tamale Lady, you will be sorely missed. Raise a tamale in tribute, tonight! Did you know that the remarkable local band Rube Waddell composed a song in her honor? It’s true, they did. Now you know. Midway through the show I play this just for you. I cannot imagine any other radio show has done the same.

Music-wise you get another musically-diverse program, with a little something for everyone. Go ahead, take a chance on love…or lust, a lust for quality music. As for the DJ, I’m merely a conduit, a paintbrush for this two hour empty canvas, curated for your pleasure. And only nine covers tonight!

And it’s all about your pleasure.

Enjoy.

jh

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Radio Valencia in SF
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21st Century Pharisees: Mudhoney
TV Eye: Wylde Ratz
Bring Me The Head of the Preacherman: Siouxsie and the Banchees

Barstool Blues: Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Connection: Montrose
Big Chief: Professor Longhair
Frankie and Albert: Taj Mahal

Got My Mojo Working: Ann Cole
Who’s Going To Help A Brother Get Further?: Lee Dorsey
Hey Joel, Where You Going With That?: Ty Segall and White Fence

Tamale Lady: Rube Waddell
Eating Food/Listening to Music: A Children’s Garden of Grass
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett
Teeth: Oregon with Elvin Jones
The Mouth Won’t Stop: FEAR

I Like Fucking: Bikini Kill
The Story of a Soldier: Ennio Morricone
Lilin: Electric Masada

3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds: Jefferson Airplane (February 1, 1968 The Matrix, SF, CA)
Ziggy Stardust: Bauhaus
Cymbaline: Hawkwind
Stuck Inside Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again: Cat Power

Wild and Crazy: Dr. Octogon
Life is Cheap: Flipper
Return of the Grievous Angel: Gram Parsons

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #341: Wait For It

August 8, 2018
10:12 am

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Once again I have outdone myself. Even after almost 30 years I still have the ability to put a set together that continues to prove that commercial radio has, does, and always will suck.

The legendary record label and recording studio, Fantasy Records, is closing. I pepper in a few artifacts in tribute, including some CCR, Lenny Bruce, Rancid, and Primus. I took a few requests, one of which is a brilliant 20 minute long devotional Sufi piece, and some Flo and Eddie in the form of a live Zappa/Mother’s from 1970.

But that’s not all! You also get the shortest, yet most inspiring version of the (almost) entire Tommy LP, an electronic-voiced Eric Clapton side project, and two horny drunk women pissed off at their even more drunk boyfriend. Oh yes, and a really pissed off preacher.

What will I do next Monday to top this one? Tune in Monday 8-10PM to find out.

Monday, August 20th, my brother from another mother, Eric McFadden will be in the studio to co-host our 3rd (non-consecutive) Steel Bridge Special. This is always a hoot.

Enjoy.

jh

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Suzie-Q: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Now Ah Lissen: Southern Preacher
Lost On You: LP

Grapevine: The Slits
How To Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties: Lenny Bruce
Roots Radicals: Rancid

Call Any Vegetable: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (February 13, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)
Chinatown: John Zorn’s Naked City
Layla: 386DX
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D

Here Come The Bastards: Primus
Hot Rod Lincoln: Commander Cody
Sex and Money: Iggy and the Stooges
How’s Never: Gateway

Mainu Yaar Di Namaaz Lain Dey: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Tommy in Seven Minutes: V/A
Toumast: Tinariwen
Atomin Punk: Cherry 2000

Relax: Petra Haden

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