June 21, 2019
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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.
Hell’s Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Radio Valencia in SF
You’re Dead: Norma Tanega
Reunion: Bobby Gentry
Don’t Touch Me There: The Tubes
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