Hell’s Kitchen Radio #304: It’s Getting Dark In Here

May 23, 3pm

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I think I play it a little too safe on my show from time to time. There are nights that I bring a lot of black metal, or speed metal, or, well, anything darker than I usually play for you, but I hold off thinking “they don’t want to hear this stuff”. I think I’ve been insulting you, and for that I am sorry. I just didn’t want to ostracize my audience. I fell into the “lowest-common-denominator” style of programming. Damn, what is wrong with me?

To make up for my radio shortcomings I decided to get fairly dark tonight. There’s some metal, punk and garage thrown in, as well as some pretty choice hard rock cuts. It’s loud, it’s fun, and from the feedback I received during the show, well-considered.

Radio is supposed to be about the art of the segue. I choose music that I believe will move you. That doesn’t mean it will always be a pleasant movement. It does mean that I have thought hard about why I want to play this song, and hope that you will take the time to consume it. I’m painting a two hour audio picture just for you. Isn’t that great?! Just another in the many reasons that I love Radio Valencia.

Next week I’ll probably play two hours of Americana and Bakersfield Country. Also, I have tickets to see Dave and Phil Alvin to give away. Tune in!

This Thursday night at Folio Books on 24th Street in Noe Valley, I’m interviewing music critic and author Joel Selvin about his latest book “Altamont, The Rolling Stones, The Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day”. It should make for a great hour. It starts at 7PM. Come on down and meet me and Joel, and get a copy of this great read. I flew through it. I thought I knew everything there was to know about Altamont. Well I do now.



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Way Down in the Hole: DoMaJe
The Horned Goddess: The Sword

New Flesh: Fuzz
Flies: Red Fang
No Time For The Blues: OBN IIIs

Let’s Get Killed: The Immortal Lee County Killers
Interstellar Overdrive: The Melvins

Touch Me I’m Sick: Mudhoney
Aquarian: Sleep

Cult Leader: Dopethrone
Farewell: Boris

Magic: Zig Zags
Honky Time: James Hall
Teenage Phase: Adam Mackintosh

Kicking a Can of Worms: Metz
Epoch of the Tyrant: Hot Fog

Squeeze Me Macaroni: Mr. Bungle (01-10-1991 Club Lingerie, Los Angeles, CA)
Suicide: Thin Lizzy (09-25-1980 Sun Plaza, Nakano, Japan)

Uncle Son: The Kinks

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #302: Godfather of the Big Easy

May 11, 6pm

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I was out of town last week, so I have a lot to make up for. I think I did a fairly good job doing so. You be the judge. I have a good excuse though. I was down in the Big Easy, New Orleans, performing a marriage ceremony for Hell’s Kitchen Radio friends Eric McFadden and his bride, Delphine De St Paër. And what a party it was! Five days and four nights during Jazz Fest in NOLA cannot be beat.

The wedding was on the fourth day, featuring what was probably the greatest wedding band ever assembled: Angelo Moore on vocals/theremin, Doug Wimbish on bass, RonKat Spearman on guitar, Wally Ingram on drums, CR Gruver on keys, with Corey Glover joining in on vocals, Lantz Lazwell on guitar. Leo Nocentelli of The Meters performed “Just Kissed My Baby” to the lovely couple, as well as James Hall singing the most beautiful song of his own, and the groom leading the backing band into a 25 minute Maggot Brain while the 66 members of the bridal party made their way down the aisle before the three ring bearers, four flower girls, three junior bridesmaids, parents and finally the bride herself made it to the altar. Whew! There was too much more, including the backing band leading the entire wedding party and guests out into the street for a Second Line to end all Second Lines. The after party was a who’s who of amazing musicians all night long.

I tell much of the story during the second hour of this here show.

Having been gone I missed the KFJC annual James Brown birthday celebration “Doin’ to Death”. The first show features JB in all his funky glory. Get your dance shoes on for this one.

The second hour starts with my feature on NOLA. I bought some local music while I was in town. Would you blame me? I actually start the hour off with Chicago rocker, and old friend of Eric McFadden’s, and my new bestie, Adam Mackintosh‘s “Teenage Phase”. I can’t stop playing this song. I’m playing it now as I’m writing this. Listen to it and you’ll understand why. I hope he writes a song about the Roach Motel we both shared. That was fun.

I close out the night with my tribute to what many consider to be the greatest Grateful Dead show of all time, May 8, 1977. This being the 40th anniversary of said show, I would be remiss if I didn’t pay homage. I don’t consider it the best show they ever played. I do think it deserves to be in anyone’s collection. I would also place it in the top 5 or 10. It was probably their best show of the Spring 77 tour, and the recording itself is pristine. The playing is spot on and the jams are tight. A bit too tight at times. What makes it so highly considered is that this bootleg, which first made an appearance in trading circle back in the mid-80s, was the first high quality recording and show of it’s kind from that era to make the trading scene. Everyone loved it, and deservedly so. But to call it the BEST EVER? I can think of at least five other shows throughout their career that beat it. But that’s for another post at another time.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on the playlist below, and click the links above to stream or download this sparkly delight.

Next week I have so much more music wonders to share with you all.



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Drug PSA: James Brown
I Feel Good: James Brown
My Thang: James Brown

Stagger Lee: James Brown
It’s A Man’s World: James Brown
Get on the Good Foot: James Brown

Bodyheat: James Brown
Since You Been Gone: James Brown
People Who Criticize: James Brown

Funky Drummer: James Brown
The Grunt: The JBs

Hour two:
Teenage Phase: Adam Mackintosh
Big Chief: Professor Longhair

Gator Bait: The Gaturs
Love Lots of Lovin’: Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris
Gospel Bird: Sam and the Soul Machine

Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain: Grateful Dead (05-08-1977 Barton Hall, Cornell U, Ithaca, NY)

Ace of Spades: Motorhead —- It’s the Eight of May. Get it?
I Got the Feeling: James Brown

For those who aren’t in the know, Eric McFadden played guitar for George Clinton and P-Funk at one time. Check out this Maggot Brain below.

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #301: Kill The Thing That Loves Me

April 25, 10am

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Say what you will about Record Store Day, my friend Dan shared some arguments against it, but I’m just fine with my obsession. I spent an hour in line at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records on Valencia last Saturday morning before being able to enter and peruse the annual selection. I also stepped across the street to Stranded Records to pick up a few more. I did not find parking by Thrillhouse Records and my wallet really ended the conversation for me by that point.

I’m not in it for the reissues of some major label dreck. I have no need for the Stevie Nicks rarities LP. As much as I love Prince, I really see no reason why to purchase the 1999 reissue. This is supposed to be about getting people to visit independent record stores to see what they’ve been missing by choosing to download or stream music, only. And there is a lot that you have been missing. You can see the full list of 2017 Record Store Day releases here.

The first hour of this show features my purchases. The second hour starts with a Prince “Deliverance” EP that a judge recently ruled won’t be allowed for release until a hearing in May. You get first listen. Lots of live treats follow, including a rare Os Mutantes soundboard, and the night that Ziggy Stardust died on stage.



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Way Down in the Hole: Steve Earle
Thank You Friends: Big Star
Better Off Dead: The Wipers

Wild One: Pure Hell
Johnny Adams: Spanish Harlem

I Won The Big Deal: Arnold Blair
Le Jeu Telephone: Caroline

Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd
Sitting on Top of the World: Grateful Dead (07-29-66 Vancouver, CN)

Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues: Skip James
A Bigger Paper Bag: Father John Misty

Deliverance EP: Prince

Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud-All The Young Dudes-Oh! You Pretty Things: David Bowie (07-03-1973 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England)
Frutificar: Os Mutantes (06-06-1978 Teatro de Arena, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (07-05-1998 Werchter, Belgium)
Death Valley 69: Sonic Youth (07-04-1998 Werchter, Belgium)

Paraphernalia: Miles Davis Quintet (11-05-1969 Stockholm, Sweden)
Pinch the Dream: CFM

Banker’s Blues: Rory Gallagher (01-1972 Apropop)

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #300: Celebrate Good Times

April 18, 11am

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I’ve been hosting a radio show on and off since about 1990 when I was at KFJC. I never counted the number of shows I hosted there, but between 1990-1997, probably over 1000 weekly shows. Those were great times, and by far the best education I could have dreamed of. When I started Radio Valencia back in 2010 I had no idea how it might grow and how long we would be around. Monday night I hosted my 300th show, not counting the many specials I’ve done. What a fun milestone this is.

I started off the night with 15 minutes of Facebook Live, which I’m still not totally comfortable doing, but at least it’s a way for my family to see me in action. HA! My guest, managing editor of local magazine “Haight Street Voice“, Linda Kelly spent the rest of the evening with me talking about the importance of having a regular publication in the city that supports local voice, whether they be citizens, homeless, merchants, artists, musicians, or whomever. Linda knows her history of the area like the back of her hand, and wants to use HSV as a medium to bring people together of various backgrounds, all of whom share their love of the city, and the Haight specifically. I concur. It was a fabulous interview. She turned the mic on me in the second hour, asking about my thoughts on show 300 and where I’d like to see Radio Valencia go in the future.

The music is just a continuation of all things John Hell is into. There’s some brand spanking new Father John Misty, new Boss Hog, new CFM, new Crystal Fairy, live Thin Lizzy, and of course some live Grateful Dead. Check out the playlist below.

I don’t really feel that this blog is for me to ramble on and on. I think the radio show itself should be the focus. So, click on the links above to stream or download this show, and then you too can take the two hour journey that I’ve prepared for you, 300 shows in the making…give or take.

This May 25th I’ll be interviewing music critic and author Joel Selvin about his new book “Altamont



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Way Down in the Hole: Blind Boys of Alabama
Tunic: Sonic Youth

Sunday Routine: Boss Hog
N.I.B.: Brown Sabbath

I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Real Love Baby: Father John Misty

Love Song: Bongwater
Lethal Look: CFM
When Doves Cry: Patti Smith

Temple Beautiful: Chuck Prophet
Moth Tongue: Crystal Fairy
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat

Sway: Rolling Stones
A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits
Suicide: Thin Lizzy (09-25-80 Sun Plaza, Nakano, Japan)No Blues: Miles Davis

Loser: Grateful Dead (03-19-1977 Winterland, SF, CA)
Il Teatrino Delle Suore: Sex Mob

Below is the FB Live video from Monday’s show, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #299: Radio Junkie

April 12, 9am

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There’s free-form radio and then there’s FREE-FORM RADIO! I’ve been doing this too long to stop now. There are times when I’m driving late at night, pushing the buttons on my FM radio, thinking to myself “why am I hearing the same songs at this late hour that I would hear in the middle of the day? Shouldn’t the late hours be the time when radio stations stretch out, try something new, or perhaps even a deeper album cut? Isn’t this the time when they can play a 20 minute track? Isn’t this the perfect opportunity for them to try out a new, local artist who deserves the airplay? WHY AREN’T THEY DOING THIS? And why haven’t I written a letter? Tweeted? Made a call? ”

If I was given a chance to program KSAN (aka:107.7 The Bone) I would make “Big Daddy” Tom Donahue proud. That man must be seriously spinning in his grave to see what has happened with his love child. Some say Steven Seaweed is an institution. I say that he’s been phoning it in for about two decades now. No offense, Steven. You’ve made a great career out of being super excited to be playing another AMAZING Van Hagar track, and having people call out the WEEDMAN! I’ve worked in commercial radio. They hand you the playlist and tell you what you are and are not allowed to say and play. Any deviation from the norm and you’re out the door. All to please the listeners. Yeah right. It’s all about the sponsors. There is no longer any art or risk-taking in the land of mainstream radio. And it’s been this way for a good 25 years now; perhaps longer.

Tonights show is all over the aural spectrum. Brand new music from Boss Hog, and CFM has a new LP out as well. There’s some sizzling rock, toe-tappin’ country, Japanese Psych, nouveau Americana, Seattle Grunge (I hate that term), and American Punk. I’m sure I left out something. Take a look at the playlist below and click on the stream or download above to enjoy this program, sure to please even the finickiest music lovers in your home.

Next Monday night is my 300th show on Radio Valencia. That’s a lot of shows. I have no clue what I have planned, but it promises to be worth your time. Tune in 8-10PM at

See you on the radio.


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Way Down In The Hole: Tom Waits
The Deep: Red Fang

Ashes to Ashes: Eric McFadden
White Bird: It’s A Beautiful Day

Volunteers: Jefferson Airplane
Sleep Drifter: King Gizzard and the Lizard Gizzard
I’m Sure to Meet You: Angel in Heavy Syrup

Rubber Lips: Damaged Bug
Pretty Bird: Jenny Lewis

Young, Gifted, and Broke: Aura Lewis and Lee “Scratch” Perry
I Fall to Pieces: Patsy Cline
Hey Hey, My My: Neil Young (June 13, 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival)

Ground Control: Boss Hog
Make it Now: Mudhoney (September 26, 1993 Hollywood Palace)
Let It Bleed: Rolling Stones (November 1, 1981 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX)

Dead Weight/Message: CFM
Barn Burning: Dave Alvin

Frankie and Albert: Taj Mahal
Ice Water: Ray Condo
Diddy Wah Diddy: Thee Headcoats

American Heavy Metal Weekend: Circle Jerks (February 14-1986 Fender’s Ballroom Long Beach, CA)

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #298: I Feel Cleansed

April 6, 6pm

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Monday night I filmed my show on FB live. A few weeks back my guest, and talented chartreuse, Phat Man Dee did this and we had over 100 people tuned in. Why not tonight? Then again, why the hell would anyone want to watch a radio show? Really, there is nothing exciting about this. OK, I do a bit of a song and dance during my show when I’m off mic, that’s for sure. Other than that???

Lots of rockin’ about on this night. New music spread throughout, including new Zig Zags, Crystal Fairy (Melvins side project), Ty Segall, Blind Shake, Meatbodies, King Gizzard, and Red Fang. Also, it’s the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Doors record (feel old yet?).

I throw in some covers from Thee Headcoats (did you know Billy Childish was a renowned book translator?), Bob Seger (there’s a good story I tell in there), Nicki Bluhm, Minutemen, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

I’m like a walking music encyclopedia for this show. Check it out and share it far and wide. I probably won’t make it a habit of doing the FB live thing, because who wants to watch a DJ stand around picking their nose trying to decide what to play next?



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Ripping Death: Zig Zags
Chiseler: Crystal Fairy

The Only One: Ty Segall
The Crystal Ship: The Doors
Broken Racehorse: The Blind Shake

Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love: Minutemen
Haunted History: Meatbodies
Steppin’ In Her I Miller Shoes: Betty Davis

Let it Rock: Bob Seger
Superstar: Sonic Youth
Love Comes in Spurts: Thee Heacoats
By the Time I Get to Arizona: Public Enemy/Herb Alpert – Evolution Control Committee

Melting: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
I Can’t Go for That: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Brazil: Frank Sinatra
Jesus Didn’t Die For Me: Rube Waddell
Shadows: Red Fang

Elanore, Put Your Boots On: Franz Ferdinand
Here Comes Sunshine: Grateful Dead (04-02-1973 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
Don’t Come Home a-Drinking With Lovin’ On Your Mind: Loretta Lynn

Thunder Road: Bonnie “Prince”Billy and Tortoise
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill

Run, Devil Run/The Big Guns: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky: Lou Donaldson
New Resolution: Heartless Bastards

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #297: Steal This Show

March 31, 6pm

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I purchased my first bootleg, via cassette from a street vender on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, way back in 1983. It was a Grateful Dead show (obviously) from their 1981 European tour. Specifically, it was the Copenhagen, Denmark show from October 8, 1981. It was the second set only, and an audience recording. I didn’t care. I was so excited. I was just shy of 13 years old, and I knew that I was in possession of some serious contraband. It thrilled me. My heart was racing. I had to hide it away. I didn’t want to get busted holding something that I knew I wasn’t supposed to have.

Looking back on that, it’s so sweet I thought that way.

Shortly after that I began to hear tales of a store near my San Mateo home, in Burlingame, “The Record Man”, who had a three ring binder full of shows, called “the bible”, that he would pull out to show you if you asked nicely. I can picture him to this very day. I bought the brilliant June 18, 1975 Pink Floyd show from Boston Garden. This is an audience copy as well, but the quality far surpassed the 81 Dead show I had. This Floyd show had early versions of Sheep and Dogs, with their original titles “You’ve Got to be Crazy”, and “Raving and Drooling”, respectively. I was floored. By now I was totally and completely obsessed. I knew that I couldn’t keep spending money on boots, since I didn’t have a lot to begin with, having no job at 14. I had to think of other ways to find this golden booty.

I go into much better detail about my obvious addiction in a previous post, which you can find here.

I download an average of 12 shows a week these days. This year I’ve taken to featuring many of these shows during my second hour, but tonight I thought I’d take both hours to share what I’ve found recently. Sometimes two hours just is not enough! It’s a mix from rock and blues, to jazz and reggae. There’s some Americana and psych thrown in for good measure. As always I put the date and location for your edification.

In a few months I’m hoping to host another Rock Fight, where I go up against another bootleg collector and beat them to a pulp (aurally speaking that is) for about four hours. This time around, sound engineer John Karr will be joining me. Look towards the month of June for this show. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, sit back, put on the headphones, close your eyes, and let me take you to many venues and many nights of live musical magic.




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Rastaman Chant: Bob Marley and the Wailers (The Paris Theatre, London, May 24, 1973)
When the Music’s Over: The Doors (09-18-68 Television-Byen, Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Denmark)

No Speak, No Slave: The Black Crowes (06-11-92 Tokyo, Japan, Nakano Sun Plaza)
Incident and Neshabur: Santana (09-23-74 University Arena, Albuquerque NM)

Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk: Charles Mingus Sextet (64-04-14 Store Sal, Odd Fellow Palet, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Judy is a Punk: The Ramones (02-11-80 Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
I Know You Rider: Janis Joplin (07-28-66 California Hall, San Francisco, CA)

Hunt For Grandpa: Goober and the Peas
No Expectations: The Rolling Stones (alternate take)
Round and Round: OP8

Gloria: Patti Smith (06-25-2005 Royal Festival Hall, London, England)
Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo (08-15-90 Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO)
I’m Losing You: The Faces (05-13-71 John Peel Sunday Concert, Paris Cinema, London, England)

Careful With That Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd (05-09-77 Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA)
Salty Dog: Procol Harum (05-05-77 Hofstra University Playhouse, Hempstead, New York)

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Neil Young and Crazy Horse: (02-25-70, Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Black Diamond: Kiss (09-05-77 Tarrant County Convention Center, Ft. Worth, TX)

Johnny B. Goode: Chuck Berry (09-1967 Fillmore Auditorium, SF, CA)

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #296: Phat Chance Buckcherry

March 30, 1pm

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Well damn, Chuck Berry died. Now what are we

supposed to do? It’s like when you lose a parent and now you just know that you’re all on your own. You knew this day would eventually arrive, but you never put too much though into it, because well, you knew it would just bum you out. He wasn’t the nicest guy in the world, but I learned pretty much everything I needed to learn about music, through him. He didn’t write autobiographical songs. No. He wrote about life as a young, fresh-faced kid, not trying to get into trouble, but just realizing that life is for the living, and if you’re not busy living, then you’re busy dying. Chuck Berry most likely did not go quiet into his dark night.

When I was a little bitty boy, my father used to often sing “My Ding-a-Ling” to me, much to my mother’s chagrin. I swear it’s the first song I ever memorized so I could sing it on the playground. I knew at a young age what my father and Mr. Berry were singing about and it made me laugh out loud that a song that sounded so damn innocent, was indeed as lecherous as they come. HA!

I got to see Chuck Berry live, once, at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California. It was a small theater half way between San Fransisco and San Jose. It’s torn down now, and in its place tech companies that could care less for the old theater and its colorful history. The stage sat in the center of the room and rotated so the audience could see all sides of the performer. I saw a number of shows there, but it was Chuck Berry that absolutely stood out the most.

Chuck had a long history of showing up to a venue with only guitar and amp in hand. It was up to the promoter to hire the backing band, all of whom one would hope, were well-versed in Chuck Berry tuneage. And why wouldn’t they? Chuck would take the stage only after he had counted the cash, handed to him in a briefcase by said promoter. Who knows if he had even met the band yet. I’m pretty certain there was no soundcheck; or perhaps only a brief one. He would call out the song and key, count it out, and away they flew. It would take a bar or three before the band would gel, but then they would really rock!

On this particular night, the crowd was calling out songs and Chuck was playing them! I could believe it, an all-request show! WOW! This was November 1987, and I had turned 17 at the end of September. I attended the show on my own, and sat in the third row. All around me were 40-somethings, all of whom looked ancient to me. I’m 46 now, so that’s hilarious to even consider. I shouted out for him to play “Promised Land”, a song the Grateful Dead had performed for many years, and perhaps my favorite cover of theirs. A very large, very gruff and very 40-something man, sitting directly in front of me turned around and barked “HE ALREADY PLAYED THAT SONG, KID!”. Chuck was RIGHT THERE, and proclaimed in a very animated voice “No I didn’t. Here it goes!”. HA! I laughed my ass off, while flipping this guy off (in my mind), and rocked out. Thanks Chuck. Thanks for everything. I don’t care about any of the stories about your personal life. It’s the music I came for, and it’s for the music that I’ll forever stick around for. RIP Johnny B. Goode.

On this particular night I was also thrilled to have in the studio, all the way from Pittsburgh, PA, the one and only, vivacious vocalist who puts the Phat in PHATASTIC, Phat Man Dee! What an absolute delight she is. Her vocals will mesmerize you, who eyes will tantalize you. She’s a lot or woman. Man Dee was here in support of a dear friend, Robert, who is suffering from the affects of MS. We had a great fundraiser for him the previous weekend, and she stuck around to hang with old friends and play some tunes on the radio. We play a bunch of her tunes throughout the show. I promise that you will be searching for her music once you hear it. And luckily for you I have the link right HERE to go find it. Lucky you.

There’s a lot of CB covers thrown into the mix as well, as so many great artists performed the master’s classics. Enjoy them all.


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Back to Memphis: The Band
Back in the USA: MC5

C’est la Vie: Emmylou Harris
Hey Phat Chick: Phat Man Dee

Pepe: Phat Man Dee
Neverwaus is Forevermore: Phat Man Dee
Promised Land: Chuck Berry

Let It Rock: Chuck Berry
Too Much Monkey Business: Elvis Presley
No Particular Place to Go: Chuck Berry
Around and Around: The Animals

Fourth Reich Arising: Phat Man Dee
O Sinnerman/Shalom Chaverim: Phat Man Dee

My Ding-a-Ling: Chuck Berry
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man: Nina Simone
No Money Down: Duane Allman

Two Tone Tattoo: Phat Man Dee
Oh Louisiana: Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode: Grateful Dead (12-31-1978 Winterland, SF, CA)

Back in the USA: Rick Derringer/Edgar Winter


Hell’s Kitchen Radio #295: My Bag Of Tricks

March 29, 10am

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I did a deep dive into my CD collection tonight. I don’t buy CDs anymore. I haven’t purchased one in a few years, and it was a Melvins CD, since they rarely release on LP. The first hour has some delightful genre-busting “album cuts” for your edification. The second hour, as promised, is my weekly live music feature. Just take a look at the playlist below for track, artist, date and location.

I heard that Gregg Allman is cancelling his entire 2017 tour. Hopefully his health isn’t that poor. In any case I pulled out a tasty treat from the famous Fillmore East run in March 1971. There’s also a rare Jack Bruce/Robin Trower cover of a Cream song. I think you’ll agree that Trower give Clapton a run for his money here.

I close the show with a track that is 51 years old this week. The Grateful Dead played the third Acid Test in Los Angeles on March 12, 1966. This Viola Lee certainly sounds lysergic-inspired. You tell me.

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The Way of the World: Flipper
Round and Round: Neil Young

Say Hey: Michael Franti
I’ve Been Working: Van Morrison
The Big Three Killed My Baby: White Stripes

I Think It’s Going to Rain Today: Nina Simone
Moonlight Mile: Rolling Stones
Forest Ocean Sound:  Landing
Chicken Little: The Romulan’s

Me and My Friends: Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Air is Getting Slippery: Primus
Home Sweet Mobile Home: New Duncan Imperials

Mt. Abraxas: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

Astronomy Domine: Pink Floyd (01-17-1971 The Roundhouse, London, England)
Pale Blue Eyes/Louie Louie: Patti Smith (02-15-1976 Boarding House, SF, CA)
Moving To Florida: Butthole Surfers (05-10-1986 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Trouble No More: The Allman Brothers (03-12-1971 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)
Rock Island Line: Johnny Cash (11-12-1956 Country Style USA Radio)

Alcohol: The Kinks (02-19-1977 Winterland, SF, CA)
Politician: Jack Bruce and Robin Trower (02-26-2009 Kantine Club, Cologne, Germany)

Viola Lee Blues: Grateful Dead (03-12-1966 Pico Acid Test, Danish Center, Los Angeles, CA)

Hell’s Kitchen Radio #294: Battle of Witty

March 15, 5pm

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Spinning a two hour set is always a hoot for me, but having a co-host who meshes with my style, and also knows how to throw me a surprise of three is always a real pleasure. On Monday’s show I was thrilled to have Radio Valencia‘s Gatsby Fassbinder, host of Tighten Up Your Wig, Thursday’s 4-6PM. If you like my show you’re going to love his. Like myself, Gatsby is a walking encyclopedia for all things that he knows he knows. His tracks are marked by “GB”.

New music from Melvins side project, Crystal Fairy, featuring Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes. Also, new music from Meatbodies from their latest LP “Alice”. A brand new 7″ is out from Zig Zags that is more metal-y than previous tracks, but no less scary. A classic Iggy Pop/James Williamson track from “Kill City”, a love song from Diamanda Galas, and the greatest fucking rock band of all time (next to the Melvins) SLEEP!

It’s safe to say that tonight was all about the ROCK! The talk is cheap and so are we. Not much more to add. I’d prefer to allow the music do the rocking.



Hell’s Kitchen with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF

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Slow Ride: Fu Manchu

Sweet Self: Crystal Fairy
Hell Toupee: Iron Prostate
The Kettle: Colosseum -GB

I Got Nothing: Iggy Pop/James Williamson
Living, Dying, Living/In A Zombie World: The Accused
Ripping Death: Zig Zags
Alice: Meatbodies -GB

Do You Take This Man?: Diamanda Galas
The Devil’s Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat
Let’s Go Steady: Dow Jones and the Industrials -GB

Piece of Mind: Monomen
I Heard it on the X: Olivelawn
Jezebel: The Mummies
I Lost My Mind: The Flesh Panthers -GB
I’ve Got The Shame: Fatso Jetson -GB

Spooky Nuisance: Satan’s Satyrs -GB
Holy Mountain: Sleep
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing to Me: The Monkeywrench

You Never Come Closer: Doris -GB