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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #351: 8th Annual ANNUAL ANNUAL: 1983

November 30, 2018
2:18 pm

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Has it been a year already? Who am I kidding, November can’t come fast enough. Seriously, I anxiously await this time of year to comb through the music and media of one specific year to share with you all. This year it took a bit of head scratching to make a final decision. I was considering something from the 80’s when I was a teen, and when I started purchasing music on my own. I would like to thank my brother-from-another-mother, Eric Wilcox for suggesting 1983. Debut records from Metallica, Slayer, Exploited, Suicidal Tendencies, Weird Al, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and so many more!

What did 1983 mean to you? To me it was a very awkward 8th grade (my eighth school in eight years), very poor Bar Mitzvah prep, and my parents marriage falling apart. Yay! It’s also the year that I began noticing more than what was playing on popular radio. I was used to Huey Lewis, Van Halen and ZZ Top, but my friend Etienne was turning me onto bands like Dio, Judas Priest, Ozzy (solo) and Iron Maiden. So I had that going for me.

If you’re interested you can check out the Billboard top whatever here. I do my best to stay away from the hits, though the Donna Summer video was always a favorite of mine. I do talk up some 1983 history and throw some old commercials in there for good measure.

I never have enough time to get through every act I want to, but this will need to suffice. Check out the playlist below, and for Christ’s sake go purchase some of this fine music, and as always go out and see live music from time to time.

Speaking of which, there are some great live shows coming to the Bay Area in the next few weeks. Ty and Denée Segall’s band CIA is playing at El Rio in SF on December 9th, Redd Kross and Dale Crover Band are playing Slims on December 19th, and the Melvins have announced a show at Cornerstone Brewery in Berkeley for January 21st. For more info on live shows coming to town check out THE LIST, which has been my go-to since it was in print form many moons ago.

Check out previous Annual Annual specials here:

ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1971
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1972
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1973
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1974
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1975
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 2006
ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1992

See you in the pit!

jh

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Leave It (A Capella): Yes
Cold Blooded: Rick James
I Saw Your Mommy…: Suicidal Tendencies

Man of Peace: Bob Dylan
Another One Rides the Bus: Weird Al
1983 Commercials
The Antichrist: Slayer

Little Man With and Gun in His Hand: Minutemen
She Works Hard For The Money: Donna Summer
1983 Commercials
Let It All Go: Killing Joke

Holy Diver: DIO
Confessions: Violent Femmes
1983 Commercials
Cuckoo Clocking: Fab 5 Freddie
Rap Machine: Whodini
16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six: Tom Waits

Freezer Burn/I Wanna Be Your Dog: Sonic Youth
Texas Flood: Stevie Ray Vaughn
1983 Commercials
Am I Evil: Metallica

Mr. Whirly: The Replacements
Let’s Start A War: The Exploited
Not Now John: Pink Floyd

Trashed: Black Sabbath

Hungry for some TV commercials from 1983? I know you aren’t, but here you go anyway.

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #347: Distracted By Your Charms

October 17, 2018
8:53 am

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Sometimes when I’m hosting my show in the studio it actually feels like you are right there with me. I feel like I’m talking directly to you! I see you on the couch across from the console, watching me watching you, and I get excited to share my music with you, right then, right there.

That’s how it felt on Monday night.

Starting off with the some contemporary genius’ of the garage/punk world: Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, both live from The Chapel in SF. These two tracks, back-to-back show you me current mood: kinetic and frenetic. I’ve got a lot of energy to shed and share.

Throughout the night it’s a mix of old and new, punk, funk and junk. You know, just as always. And only two cover tunes this week!

I was considering hosting a power trio special, but I want to take a few more weeks to prepare. Stay tuned. I’m also reminded that November is coming, which means my 8th annual Annual Annual is right around the corner. Which year should I focus on this time around. If you want to see my previous Annual Annual shows take a look here. Scroll down that page and find the links you seek.

In the meantime I’m just going to relax and picture you on the couch in front of the console doing lovely and nasty things to yourself as I play DJ.

Enjoy.

jh

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I Come From the Mountain: Thee Oh Sees
Feel: Ty Segall
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

Rave Down: Swervedriver
Emmaline: Urge Overkill
Goodbye: Emmylou Harris

Helter Stupid: Negativland

Semi Crazy: Junior Brown
Birds of Paradise: King Tuff
Unfinished Instrumental: Parliament
I Don’t Want To Pray: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
Higgs Boson Blues: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Step Right Up: Tom Waits

The Wizard: Brown Sabbath
Portland, Oregon: Loretta Lynn
If I’m Lucky I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis

Trickle Down System: Giant Sand
Sun Cycle: Blue Cheer

I Want To Talk About It Now: Bongwater
Happy Boy: Beat Farmers

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #322: Crazy As It Seems

November 30, 2017
10:00 am

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Having spent almost 30 years in community radio, I’ve seen plenty of fresh young faces cross into the medium, where I have been asked to train them in the technical aspects of running the board, as well as how to announce during a mic break. There is an art to this. There is a flow. More often than not I am in the flow. I certainly know when I’m not. I tell the new DJ when it comes to the mic break, just do the business (back announce what you played, read a PSA, front announce and get off mic). Once you have more time in the studio under your belt, then you can wax poetic about the artist you just played and the label they are on, and connect it to some current issue, or talk about the band that’s coming to town and the place they’re playing and some history connected to the label you’re about to play. All of this takes time and experience.

I trained a new DJ on my recent show: Johnny Fuzz; no relation. His set is labeled below. Great guy, great choices. He’ll be getting a show soon, so please show him some love and tune in.

My next show is pretty timely. I call it “Statutory Rock”! You can only guess what I’ll be playing.

Finally, send some healing thoughts to Hell’s Kitchen Radio alum, and legendary rock poster artist, Ron “Rotten Ronnie” Donovan. He’s in the hospital with lived failure after living the life of a rock start, too hard, for too long. We love you Rotten Ronnie. Don’t make me host a tribute to you any time soon.

Check out the playlist below and click the stream or download button above to enjoy this great show. There’s some kind of tribute??? to Charles Manson at the beginning.

Enjoy.

jh

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Never Learn to Love: Beach Boys
Cease to Exist: Charles Manson
Mayla: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

20th Century Boy: Ty Segall
Destination Unknown: Missing Persons

Kings Lead Hat: Brian Eno
The Eureka Garbage Lady: GTO’s

***Johnny Fuzz Set***
Caroline: Chrome
Allas Sak: Dungen

Vitamin D: Can
We Are Time: The Pop Group
I Don’t Like Linoleum: The Dancing Cigarettes
Creature That I Am: Cool Ghouls

Lucid I Would Dream: Miranda Lee Richardson
***John Hell***
Raw Optics: Oh Sees

Timid Scripts: HRVRD
Warm Piston: Monomen
She’s Got Balls: AC/DC
The Bomber: Joe Walsh and Barnstorm (09-24-73 Arlington, TX)

The Beacon: Golden Void
Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite (Take 4): The Beatles
Bad As Me: Tom Waits

Jesus Didn’t Die For Me: Rube Waddell
Sugaree: Grateful Dead (May 6, 1978 Patrick Gym, U of Vermont)

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Hell’s Kitchen Radio #321: 7th Annual Annual Annual – 1992

November 16, 2017
9:45 am

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It’s that time once again when I get to indulge my inner Dave Morey and focus my show on one special year. This is my seventh annual Annual Annual, and this year it’s all about 1992. I turned 22 in late September and was deeply involved at KFJC as well as attending countless live shows around the Bay Area.

The club scene was really good to me too. South Bay spots like Marsugi’s and One Step Beyond were regular hot spots for us KFJC folks. I also spent a lot time at The Stone in SF, Paradise Lounge, Above Broadway, Slims, um, er, my brain is hurting trying to remember all the places. I recall The Omni924 Gillman StreetBerkeley Square, and Freight and Salvage in the East Bay too. And of course many many Grateful Dead shows up and down the west coast. 1992 was a really fun year for me.

As for the music, the indie scene was at a peak since Nirvana went super duper platinum (is that a ranking?) the previous fall with Nevermind. Major labels were doing everything they could to swipe up the next big thing. Some really horrible knockoff bands were popping up on commercial radio during this time. Some things never change.

I was hosting the 6-10AM morning show on Wednesday’s at KFJC. The music below feels like I took it straight from one of my playlists from that time. It’s possible I did. Granted we weren’t allowed, by FCC rules, to play any music with naughty language, so there are a few tracks on here that I would have loved to have played back then, but could not. Count yourself lucky for the advent of internet radio!

Take a walk down memory lane for the next two hours and enjoy 1992 like it never left us.

Enjoy.

jh

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I Say Fuck: Supersuckers
Spear and Magic Helmet: The Gits
Ghettos of the Mind: Pete Rock and CL Smooth
California Uber Alles: Disposable Heroes of Hiphopricy
Love American Style: Mr. T Experience
Professor Booty: Beastie Boys
I Ain’t No Nice Guy: Motorhead
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Skeeter: King Buzzo (Melvins solo EPs)
Suck My Left One: Bikini Kill
Everything’s Ruined: Faith No More
Caliente: Supersuckers
Stranded on Death Row: Dr. Dre
Youth Against Fascism: Sonic Youth
Officer: The Pharcyde
Murder in the Red Barn: Tom Waits
Always Something: Yo La Tengo
Sweet Old World: Lucinda Williams
Summer Babe (Winter Version): Pavement
Living Wreck: Mudhoney
Sandusky: Uncle Tupelo
Your Ass Is Next In Line: The Mummies
Merry Muthafuckin’ Xmas: Eazy-E
Have A Cigar: Primus
Time Will Tell: Black Crowes

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