Thursday, February 3, 5pm
Well my dear friend Eric “EB” Brown passed away on Monday morning. What a dear man he was. Always ready with a smile and a quick retort. I appreciated him in more ways than I can count. I’ll miss you, dear friend. My heart goes out to your wonderful wife, Cat, and your entire family. My heart also goes out to our large circle of friends, who have lost countless lives over the past decade.
Do you ever think about how you’re going to die? I think I’m going to be stabbed to death. Isn’t that a lovely thought? I’ve thought about this more times than I care to admit; almost always when I’m walking in a compromised neighborhood, late at night. “Will I make it out of here alive” is usually the question I ask myself. So far, so good.
Don’t be so nihilistic, Mr. Hell.
I have no death wish. I would love to be happy and healthy deep into my senior years. I want to see my kids grow up, reaching their dreams, or at least finding stability. That would be nice. And there’s too much music to enjoy. I need to be spinning records for a few more decades, thank you very much.
But when I think about who we’ve lost, I fairly confident these very active and creative people also wanted to keep engaging and producing for many more years. They didn’t ask for this. And they fought against it, tooth and nail.
I think about what Jerry Garcia said about how he was going to live this life: “I choose fun”. He died young, only 53. And he died with a smile on his face. Of course it was the drugs and diabetes that did him in. Luckily I have no drug addiction, and I’m healthier than I’ve been in many many years.
I’m reminded what Miles Davis said about drugs: “When you’re rich, cocaine ain’t a habit.” Thanks Miles.
This show wasn’t meant to turn into a memorial, but many of the songs have that flavor. New music from Eric McFadden, Death Valley Girls, Le Butcherettes, Brigid Dawson, JD Pinkus, Pedro Connect, and red Fang.
Thanks as always for your support. We honestly couldn’t do what we do if it wasn’t for the monthly dues from our station volunteers, and it’s not enough to keep us afloat. We’re going to start an online fundraiser soon, letting you know what we need and how much it’s going to cost. Anything you can send our way is appreciated. Click on the PayPal link below to help out your favorite San Francisco community radio station.
Enjoy and please share.
Oh, and fuck cancer.
Hell’s Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Radio Valencia in SF
Eagles Over America: ShitKit
Ballad of Dwight Fry: Eric McFadden
Sun Goddess: Earth Wind and Fire (For EB)
Dread Lion: The Upsetters
When I’m Free: Death Valley Girls
Alone and Stoned: King Tuff
Ra Wah Wah: Psychic Ills
Heartbreak Jazz: Brigid Dawson and the Mother’s Network
Hummingbird: Bob Seger
Fungus Shui: JD Pinkus
Across the Universe: The Space Lady
The Universe: Le Butcherettes
Pedro: The Toulon – Pedro Connect
Last Of His Kind: Neil Young
Parchman Farm: John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Kicked Out: Dead Moon
Unreal Estate: Red Fang