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Hell's Kitchen Radio #433: Born Secular
April 12, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #433: Born Secular
A night with nothing to prove. After last week's country/americana show, I feel like I needed to cleanse myself with a variety of genres. That's the usual as you may know. There's lots of music that's new to you on here. Ace of Cups first ever release (2018), Joe Strummer compilation, prank phone calls to religious radio stations, Ethiopian jazz master, Chilean psych, Irish neo-folk, the king of Be-bop, a rediscovered folk gem, rumbling guitar, punk, funk, and junk.

See how far I go for you?

In the weeks to come I'm planning a few specials: Hello/Goodbye, days of the week, time of day, and a multi-part special on John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees, OCS, Damaged Bug, Yikes, Coachwhips and many more bands.

So much to look forward to, coming up Monday's 8-10PM Pacific on Radio Valencia.

And don't forget about John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza, Monday's 6-8PM Pacific, where I pull full shows from my vast live bootleg collection. Take a look at this blog for previous shows. Tune in every Monday to see what I have planned.



Police Truck: Dead Kennedys
Feel Good: Ace of Cups

Love Kills: Joe Strummer
Prole Art Threat: The Fall
Modern World: Melvins

Let's Have a Party: Wanda Jackson
The Catholics Are Attacking: Pop O Pies
Sticky Situations: National Hardwood Floor Association
Blue Nile: Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics

Here In The Dark: Aoife Nessa Frances
Latinarabia: WatchOut!

I Was Denied: Thee Oh Sees
Circles: Moon Duo
White Rabbit: The Great Society
Klaunstance: Charlie Parker

Crayon Angel: Judee Sill
Hippie Boy: Flying Burrito Brothers

Born Secular: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Puppet Show: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Special Radio Edit Mix: Negativland

Bad Reputation: Reverend Horton Heat
Law of the Jungle: Link Wray
The Frisko Freeze: The Mummies
Uncontrollable Urge: Devo
Jesus: Velvet Underground
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #432: Not Forever, Just For Now
April 5, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #432: Not Forever, Just For Now
There's something about hosting a thematic special that really gets the juices flowing. I don't know if this was really a special, but I stuck with one genre for the most part on this show. My fabulous daughter, Little Lauson Hell tells me she doesn't like Country music. To which I respond, you just haven't really heard good Country music. Like anyone with musical taste, commercial anything is usually crap, that's goes double for Country, but there have been some real treats in the history of this genre. I merely scratched the surface by playing some of my favorite artists. And it's not hit-heavy as you will see.

And I didn't program this show chronologically. So there.

I hope you find some treats in here. That's the plan, right?

Ring of Fire: June Carter Cash
Satan is Real: Louvin Brothers
Travelin' Prayer: Dolly Parton

Thanks A Lot: Ernest Tubb
Your Cheating Heart: Hank Williams
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels: Kitty Wells
Bubbles in my Beer: Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

White Lightning: George Jones
Buckaroo: Buck Owens
Stupid Cupid: Patsy Cline
Mama Tried: Merle Haggard
Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Jubilee Trail/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men
Semi Crazy: Junior Brown

Waltz Across Texas Tonight: Emmylou Harris
In My Hour Of Darkness: Gram Parsons
Your Gentle Way of Loving Me: The Byrds

Wallflower: Bob Dylan
She's A Mover: Sir Douglas Quintet
Wreck of the Old 97: Johnny Cash
Cold Cold Heart: Waylon Jennings

Are You Alright?: Lucinda Williams
Blue Moon Waltz: Jimmy Dale Gilmore
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow: Soggy Bottom Boys ft. Dan Tyminski

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit
Powderfinger: Neil Young
Wrote A Song For Everyone: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Whiskey Bottle: Uncle Tupelo

Hell's Kitchen Radio #431: The Right String But The Wrong Yoyo
March 29, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #431: The Right String But The Wrong Yoyo
How has time changed for you over the past year? Some days, when I'm busy teaching, grading, cleaning up the Hellhole, and caring for the Hell spawn, it seems to fly right by, leaving me wonder where the Hell all this free time is? Then there are days when I fell it drag right along, as if the seconds are actually ticking backwards. What are we going to remember about this time a decade from now? Is there anything you have been putting off that you really need to get to before we all head back out into the world we think we knew? How do you want to approach the post-pandemic world? Will you rush back in, jumping at the chance to go everywhere and see everyone? Or are you going to slowly ease in, keeping your mask on deep into 2021, and quietly judging anyone who has the gall to walk around without a mask?

What's it going to be?

I received my two Pfizer vaccinations a few weeks back, with no side effect besides a minor soreness at the injection site, and I'm keeping my mask on until we're given the go ahead to take it off. I don't want to be the guy who can't get sick, but carries the virus and gets others sick. Not on my watch!

Since San Francisco is moving closer to the yellow tier, this means that Radio Valencia is getting closer to opening our new studio at 3227 22nd Street. This is a storefront location, and I cannot wait to start broadcasting my show live from there. I hunger for the energy of our own studio once again, interviewing people, getting loud, and letting my hair down. Don't get me wrong, the concept of doing my show from my bedroom is oh so much fun, but being reminded that it's Bodhi's bedtime, and not to talk so loudly is really putting a crimp in my style. KnowWhatIMean?

That being said, I'm really excited about this recent show of mine. I was off last week, so I had a lot of music saved up to share with you all. I think I painted the scene nicely. You let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment, and thanks for all those who chatted me up this past Monday night. Keep it comin'.



Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows: Leslie Gore
Beverly Hills: Circle Jerks
House Rent Blues: John Lee Hooker
China Doll: Joe Craven and the Sometimers

Fig Tree: Bunny Wailer
Rowche Rumble: The Fall
Hurricane: The Coathangers

Personified: Optic Sink
UZI (Pinky Ring): Wu Tang Clan
A Shot in the Dark: Naked City
Soul Kitchen: The Black Angels

Oh It's Such A Shame: Jay Reatard
We Had Love: Mudhoney
Housewife From Hillsdale: The Guttersluts
I'm A Man: Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley

Fuck You: Melvins
Pretty Good: John Prine
Highway Cafe: Tom Waits
Don't Fence Me In: Roy Rogers

Funky Broadway: Delroy Wilson
Freak Out: My Brightest Diamond
Mark of Vaccination: Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Paradiso: Konono No. 1

Makin' Woopie: Ella Fitzgerald (Ellis Larkins - Piano)
Lord of Lightning: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Earthquake: 13th Floor Elevators

The Nile Song: Pink Floyd
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #430: It's A Ripoff
March 15, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #430: It's A Ripoff
I'm taking too much time thinking about how to describe this show. It shouldn't take this long. It should just flow, you know? The show flowed well. I had been listening to a lot of compilations during the week leading up to the show, so a lot of what you hear are from a few that stood out.

I don't look at compilations for songs that have been previously released. Sometimes the joy of a good comp is that rare track, the alternative take (some of which is obvious why it was never released in the first place), guest musicians, and the such.

I enjoy covers a lot, and if you tune in regularly you're aware of this. There are times when I dig deep for the original; much of the time it's an old blues take.

There are no fewer than ten covers tonight, and a few alternate and rare takes thrown in too. Check out the Richard Hell set, featuring his early days with Tom Verlaine (Neon Boys and Television). He also recorded a record with Steve Shelley and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth: Dim Stars.

Check out the birthday tribute to Phil Lesh, who turned 81 on Monday, featuring a cavalcade of "stars" covering a rarely played Grateful Dead tune, "Unbroken Chain". I posted the video from this session at the bottom of this post. It's well worth the listen and the viewing.

There's also a birthday tribute to Sly Stone who turned 78 on Monday.

I could go on and on about the sets I played, but I think you're here for the music. In a rare twist, there aren't any new releases in this show. Next week I'll throw down some new music for you dig.



Fuck You, Let's Rodeo: FEAR
I Don't Know: Willie Mabon
Little Red Rooster: Big Mama Thornton

Beyond and Back: X
Silver Wings: The Knitters
Gold and Silver: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Brand New Day: The Staple Singers
Mack the Knife: Nick Cave
Dedication: Casey Kasem
Blank Generation (Live 1974): Television
Love Comes In Spurts: Neon Boys

Rip Off: Dim Stars
Stairway to Royalty Payments: Evolution Control Committee
The Crystal Ship: Dead Meadow

Pablo Picasso: Catholic Discipline (Live January 19, 1980 KPFK)
Jamie's Cryin': John Jorgenson Band ft. David Lee Roth
I'm Shakin': The Blasters

Unbroken Chain: The Terrapin Family Band with special guests for Phil Lesh's 81st birthday
Que Sera Sera: Sly and the Family Stone

Love Is Something: Brides of Funkenstein
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (alt take): Gil Scott-Heron
Ballad of the Soldier's Wife: PJ Harvey
What Keeps Mankind Alive: WS Burroughs - Anthony Coleman, Selfhaters Orchestra
Why Don't We Do It In The Road: Lydia Lunch

Swampland: Monomen
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #429: International Women's Day
March 8, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #429: International Women's Day
I always like the response to the question asked to late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, when she was asked how many women on the high court would satisfy here? Her response: 9. I love that. There were 9 men between 1789 - 1981 when Sandra Day O'Conner was appointed. Isn't it time for a high court full of women?

Women are rising to greater heights in government, academia and industry, and of course some of the most amazing singers and musicians throughout history have been women. Tonight it's all about some of my favorite women. Most are female-fronted bands, but there are many all-women groups here, solo artists, and a few duets peppered in for good measure.

Spread this show far and wide.

Have you tuned into my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza? Monday's 6-8PM Pacific I dig into my live bootleg library and play a full show or two from the hundreds of bands I have shows from. Take a look at my full blog and scroll down for the past shows I've played.



Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill
Criminal Element: Nikki and the Corvettes
Control: Amyl and the Sniffers
Paint It Black: Avengers

The Power of Pussy: Bongwater
I Like Girls: Samantha Sidley
Somebody to Love: The Great Society

The Leibnitz Language: Le Butcherettes
Kissability: Sonic Youth
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Wasted: The Runaways

If You Don't Give Me What I Want: Vicki Anderson
Theme de Yoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Fine and Mellow: Billie Holliday and Lester Young
Man's Ruin: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
Voodoo Love: Liv Mueller

Butterfly: KnightressM1
Blow Up: Aoife Nessa Frances
Suburban Home: Alice Bag
Big Boss Man: Mercury Rev (ft. Hope Sandoval)

Woodstock: Joni Mitchell
Voyage: Angel in Heavy Syrup
Some Velvet Morning: Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

Tomorrow is Forever: Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner
I Can See For Miles: Petra Haden

Hell's Kitchen Radio #428: Sold To Hell
March 1, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #428: Sold To Hell
Well damn if that wasn't fun. During the week I'm always listening to music; my own collection and a lot of non-commercial radio: Radio Valencia, KALC and KFJC mostly. Thankfully the Shazam app exists. I cannot tell you how often I use that app. Personally I believe it to be the greatest app ever made in the history of app-kind. Quite possibly it's the greatest invention since the printing press! OK maybe since radio. What do I know?

My point: many of the artists I still get turned onto come from listening to quality radio stations, with hosts who really know their music.

What a time to be quarantined!

I'm hoping we're allowed into our new studio soon. I miss having people to interview from week to week. And we've got these great new digs on 22nd street, right next door to the Make Out Room. I really hope they're able to survive this pandemic. Word came today that the iconic Revolution Cafe has closed their doors, permanently. I would fly my flag at half mast if I had one.

Carrying on, here's a bunch of music that will sweep away the ennui, unless you get off on that kind of sensation? I will never yuck your yum.

Brand new Melvins and Mr. Bungle are in the show, along with a lot of artists I don't think I have ever played on here before. Also some new Iggy Pop where he channels the spirit of a dead Welsh poet. Iggy can gargle salt water and I would still love how it sounds.

I want to start featuring more local independent artists who I know have suffered through COVID-19. I've got some Kate Vargas and her man, Eric McFadden in the second hour. They could always use your love.

See you next Monday starting at 6pm Pacific for my live bootleg bonanza, where I play full live shows from my live bootleg library. This blog has posts from the previous shows so you can take a look at what you missed. Then stick around from 8-10PM Pacific for my two hour music mix Hell's Kitchen Radio.



Fuck Around: Melvins
Gaze the Haze: Watchout!

Fascists Eat Donuts: Pop O Pies
Dead Man Walking: Praxis
Break Your Mind: The Darts

Kicker Conspiracy: The Fall
Colossal Youth: Young Marble Giants
Pool On A Plate: Naked Lights
Son of Mustang Ford: Swervedriver

Loss For Words: Mr. Bungle
Tippi Toes: Primus
The Sun and its Horizon: Bill Orcutt
Chik Chikka: Mulatu Astake and the Heliocentrics

The Partisan: Electrelane
Sold America: Damaged Bug
Kolbasti: Altin Gun
Lonesome Cowboy Bill: Velvet Underground
Panik: Bratmobile
Westgate: Amyl and the Sniffers

Shocks Almighty: Lee Scratch Perry
There's A Party: N.A.S.A. (feat. George Clinton and Chali 2na)
What A Man: Linda Lyndell
Got My Mojo Working: Ann Cole

7 Inches: Kate Vargas
Babydoll: Eric McFadden
Done Got Old: Heartless Bastards
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Iggy Pop

Certain Men: Negativland
Talkin' New York: Bob Dylan
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #427: Psychoanalyze Me!
February 22, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #427: Psychoanalyze Me!
Well that was fun. Did you have fun too? No? Then you need to listen to this show again.

I may need to bring back the "set of the week". I am always interested in knowing what you're listening to? What should I be listening to? Turn me on! I don't use Spotify, but I am always happy to go in search of good music.

Are you an artist looking to get played? Send me your music and I'll give it a listen.

This show has plenty of gems to entertain the most cynical of you all. Most of this recent show sits in the punk and blues genres, but I throw a few other nibblets in there for good measure. Is "nibblet" even a word? It's coming up with the red dashed lines under it, indicating that I have just made up a new word! Good for me!

At this point I'm just filling space. Go away now and enjoy two hours of music you didn't know you needed.



1921: The Who
Black Temptation: The Flesh Eaters
TV Eye: Wylde Ratttz

Starship: MC5
Amphetamine: Rocket from the Tombs

Hare Krsna: Husker Du
Dirt: Iggy and the Stooges
My Generation: Patti Smith Group

Why Can't I Touch It: Buzzcocks
Cherry Bomb: Bratmobile
(You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet of the Apes: The Mummies
Diddy Wah Diddy: Bo Diddley
Evil: Howlin' Wolf

Right Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Disaster (Is What We're After): Death Valley Girls
Set It On Fire: The Scientists
Devil Got My Woman: Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Canopnr '74: Oh Sees
Floating Head: Wand
Returning: FUZZ
Open Water: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Motorbike: Wooden Shjips
Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite! (featuring Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer & Sunbears!): Flaming Lips
Anaconda: Melvins

Auf Wiedersehen: Cheap Trick
Goodnight Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #426: Let There Be Songs!
February 15, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #426: Let There Be Songs!
Well this is embarrassing. I should have had this up for you days ago. I really have no excuse. It's not like I go anywhere. I don't commute anymore. I don't go see people. I don't go to shows, or out to restaurants, or even for many walks. I'm mostly in front of this damnable machine for too many hours a day. Maybe that's why it didn't get done: the lack of motivation?


I love hosting my show every week. I would host a daily show if I had the time to do so. Work and family does take precedent, don't ya know.

But for Monday night I'm all yours. So what do you want to do with me? I'm a glutton for your punishment.

Here's what I have for you.



Bungle Grind: Mr. Bungle
Politician Man: Betty Davis
School Boy Crush: US Army Band

I Have Changed: HP Riot
A Time To Rebuild: Robert Hood
P.I.M.P.: Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band

The Romantic Warrior: Return to Forever
Shake Sugaree: Elizabeth Cotton
I've Been All Around This World: Grateful Dead (October 6, 1980, Warfield Theater, SF, CA)

Porno (for Larry Flint): Limbomaniacs
Respect Yourself: The Staple Singers
Gallows Pole: Led Zeppelin
Long Black Veil: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind: Peter Laughner
Poor Georgia: The Low Lows
Hey Joe: Carl Smith
X Offender: Blondie

Future Bomb: Ninja Racers
Fight Back: Midmight Snaxxx
Ravening Trip: Bazooka
That's Not My Name: The Ting Tings

Love Comes In Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Ca Plane Pour Moi: Plastic Betrand
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #425: Black History is American History
February 8, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #425: Black History is American History
If this show had legs it would have found a few dozen dance moves to throw down. It doesn't have this ability, but don't let that stop you from getting down. Black History Month or not, every one of these artists deserves every award they have won, and many more they hadn't.

You have no excuse but to strap in for a real good time.

And do not even get me started about the bullshit that is out there, coming from racist white assholes about the need for a White History Month. EVERY MONTH IS WHITE HISTORY MONTH!!!! For Christ's sake, the entire history of our nation has been written by white people. Blacks get the shortest month of the year. February was chosen because of the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. I get it, I get it. But until we make serious amends with our original sin, this country will never heal. I'm a proponent of paying reparations to Blacks who can show they are direct decedents of slaves. I also believe we need to do the same to Indigenous Americans. Hitler and the Nazi's learned how to control their population based on our treatment of native tribes and Jim Crow laws, post Civil War.

We have a lot of work to do.

The second hour has a Bob Marley birthday set. He would have celebrated 76 years last week. Any excuse to play more Bob Marley.

In the meantime, enjoy these two hours. Many genres, all great music.



Country Blues: Muddy Waters
Stack O'Lee: Mississippi John Hurt
Travelin' Riverside Blues: Robert Johnson

Body and Soul: Billy Holliday
Solea: Miles Davis with Gil Evans Orchestra

Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
Sinnerman: Nina Simone
Good Livin' (Good Lovin'): Bernard Purdie

Git In There: Betty Davis
Leroy Is In The Army: Jimmy Castor
They All Ask'd For You: The Meters
Ride On: Parliament

The Whole World Needs Liberation: James Brown
Radio Commercial/8th Wonder: The Sugar Hill Gang
Bring the Noise: Public Enemy

Soul Rebel: Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry
No More Trouble: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Rasta Man Chant: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Crazy Baldheads: Bob Marley and the Wailers
War: Bob Marley and the Wailers

Star Spangled Banner: Jimi Hendrix
Big Take Over: Bad Brains

I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #424: It's Too Late To Change Your Mind
February 1, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #424: It's Too Late To Change Your Mind
What will you do now that the orange cheeto has fallen from grace? I wouldn't bet him out. He loves a good comeback. Will the next season be worth watching? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, take a look at this juicy set I have just for you and yours. There's something here for just about every member of the family. You got your blues for the teens. Stoner metal for grandma. Sexy vocal stylings for your overweight stinky uncle who's missing teeth and hair. There's funk for white neighbor who swears he was Black in a previous life. And anything else that dad enjoys. For mom there's plenty of polyester dance hits to cover the couch.

We all need a creative outlet to get us through these tough times. What's yours? Need one? Just look at the contest I'm throwing and participate. Deadline is Friday, February 12th.


The rules are simple:

You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.

The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.

Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to

I know this is morbid; my name is HELL

There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022


Stormy Monday: T Bone Walker
Midnight Special: Leadbelly
Three O'Clock Blues: BB King
Dimples: John Lee Hooker

Trouble No More: Allman Brothers
Holy Mountain: Sleep
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra

Snake Song: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Cocaine: Townes Van Zandt
A Romance in Blue: The Natural Yogurt Band
Hump Thru Winter: Fantastic Negrito

The Number Song: DJ Shadow
Funk Drummer (Reprise): James Brown
Ask for Janice/Car Thief: Beastie Boys
El Ritmo De Banda: Fidel Y Sus Teclados

Here In The Dark: Aoife Nessa Frances
Hands: Lithics
Tunic (for Karen): Sonic Youth

I'll Never Say: Dale Crover
Nightfall Pieces: Bill Dixon
Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine: Carolina Chocolate Drops
Rolling Out: Moon Duo

Levitation: 13th Floor Elevators
Music To Eat Bananas To: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

The High Road: The Broken Bells
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - February 1, 2021 - The Death of Ziggy Stardust
February 1, 2021 6:00pm


A Season in Hell
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - February 1, 2021 - The Death of Ziggy Stardust
Tonight is all about David Bowie!!! He's five years gone, and it hasn't gotten any easier. Tonight I have one of his absolute best live performances: the FINAL Ziggy Stardust performance. This July 3, 1973 performance is special for that along with the fact that only Bowie knew he would be "killing" Ziggy on this night. Not even his manager or closest friends were aware of this! Going out at the top, indeed. Can you even imagine?

Strap in for one of the finest shows in rock and roll history. It's time for Bowie!

Hell's Kitchen Radio #423: Is It Safe To Come Out Yet?
January 25, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #423: Is It Safe To Come Out Yet?
Sometimes I have to forgive myself if I'm just not feeling it. You know what I mean? We've been home for over ten months now, and the COVID wall is real, people. It's real! My day starts with my three old son climbing into bed with my wife and me. I'm the one who has the elbows in the face, the knee in the gut, the hot breath up my nose. Most weekdays I get him up, dressed, pack his food, and off to daycare (with very strict protocols for COVID, thank you very much).

Then I come home and get ready to teach. You know I'm a high school teacher, right? Don't even get me started about that. I love my work; it's never dull, but COVID has really put a damper on things. Poor kids. I also have a high school junior in the house: Little Lauson Hell, who you have met on this show many times over the years. I'm actually really proud of her. Her academics remain high, but it's her emotional fortitude that I'm more proud of. She keeps it together better than most adults I know.

As a teacher my work day doesn't really end, but since Mrs. Hell's job is more demanding (corporate work often is, if only because of the threat of the big boss man), I have to go pick up young Mr. Hell from daycare, bring him home, cook for him, and prepare him for bed. The fabulous Mrs and I alternate bedtimes with him, but by the time he lays down I'm spent.

This leaves little space for any downtime.

This is why I look forward to Monday nights with you. It's my only true creative outlet these days. So when I get a late start like I did on this show, it takes the winds out of my sails a wee bit. I brought it back up pretty quickly however, as we setlist below will show. It's the banter that'll keep you coming back (or drive you away in droves).

Dissonance, punk, metal, glam, hip hop, funk, Afro-funk, and more to whet your whistle. Tell 'em John Hell sent you.



Ball and Chain: Big Mama Thornton (February 23, 1973, Cambridge, MA)

Boots: Destroy All Monsters
The Blessing of the Dawn Source: Sproton Layer
Car Crash: The Avengers

Deuce: Redd Kross
Goin' Blind: KISS
Station To Station: Melvins

TVC15: David Bowie
The Cactus: 3rd Bass
Godfather of Funk: Schoolly D
Telephone Girl: Assagai

I'm A Greedy Man: James Brown
Night Time Is The Right Time: Aretha Franklin
Knock Yourself Out: Tower of Power

No Lies: Peruvatwinz
Emma: Hot Chocolate
Alta: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
Small Man, Big Mouth: Minor Threat

I Shot All The Birds: Blind Shake
American Flag: Cat Power
Van Occupanther: Midlake

Sweat Leaf: Brownout
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #422: The King of Love is On Hold
January 18, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #422: The King of Love is On Hold
There are good shows, and then there are shows when I am truly inspired. And tonight was such a night. And I can honestly say it was all about you, the listeners. So many great comments and inspirations. It's like I jump start the show, and then you all chime in, getting me to go farther than I thought I could!?!?

Maybe I'm just excited to be losing 280 pounds on January 20th? I don't know, but this was a fun show to host.

So this is a new dawn, yes? How are you going to approach it? What are going to do differently leading into the next four years? What are your hopes and your fears?

There are so many opportunities standing there in front of us. Let's not lose focus on what makes us great. And let's allow music to be a binding force for good.


The rules are simple:

You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.
The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.
Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to
I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022


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

Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley and the Wailers (July 7, 1975 - Boarding House, SF, CA)
Catfish Blues: Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Nobody Speak: DJ Shadow ft. Run the Jewels

Fuck Donald Trump: YG and Nipsey Hussle
Zed the Mythical Goat: Bazooka
Why Is The King of Love Dead?: Nina Simone
By The Time I Get To Arizona: Public Enemy

God's Away On Business: Tom Waits
Contact Contamination: Midnight Snaxxx
Anti Love Song: Betty Davis
Wild and Free: Curtis Mayfield

Sita Ram: Alice Coltrane
One of These Things First: Nick Drake
Demon Lover: Cambodian Space Project
Black is the Color: The Dry Spells

Jet Boy: New York Dolls
High Heeled Sneakers: The Mummies
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags
Children of the Grave: Black Sabbath

Satori Pt. 2: Flower Travelin' Band
CIA Man: The Fugs
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

Koko: Charlie Parker
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #421: A Playdate With Destiny
January 11, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #421: A Playdate With Destiny
Well that was a weird week. Once you think you've seen it all, our President gets impeached a second time. I was really hoping it would be an unanimous vote, but obviously I live in la la land.

Anywho (I hate that colloquialism), you're here for the music, not the commentary. Right? Hmmmm. Maybe you want more commentary. Do you want more commentary? I am a civics teacher, you know?

I offer you my latest, greatest creation: two hours of whatever the hell lit a fire under my butt as the current song was playing. There are some real treats, and a few surprises. And the banter isn't too shabby. I think it flows right on by. You tell me what you think. No one ever leaves comments, except those Q-Anon COVIDiots.

Lest I forget:


The rules are simple:

You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.
The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.
Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to
I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022


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

Convincing People: Throbbing Gristle
Work Song: Dan Reeder
Violence Dreams: Ninja Racers

Earth People: Dr. Octagon
Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey: Sly and the Family Stone
Praying Hands: Devo

No Flag: Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop
Decent Into the Inferno: Foetus
South of the Border: Frank Sinatra

Rubber Biscuit: Blues Brothers (for Harvey on his 80th)
Buckets of Rain: Bette Midler and Bob Dylan
Stranded In Your Love: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, ft. Lee Fields

Shapes of Things: David Bowie
I Ain't Superstitious: Jeff Beck Group
The Wolf Is At Your Door: Howlin' Wolf
Goodbye: Steve Earle

Demolicion: Los Saicos
Money: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
Folcvagen: Fotoaparat
Oompah Pumpah: People Like Us

Mountains of Steel: Orchid
Tattoo: Petra Haden
Hate The Police: Mudhoney

Banned in DC: Bad Brains
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #420: Smoke This Show!
January 4, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #420: Smoke This Show!
Happy New Year, to you all! How did you celebrate the completion of one of the top 10 worst years in the history of our nation? I sat at home and watched the Melvins NYE special. Thanks fellas, that was a hoot!

Tonight was a night of firsts. I have never played Hank III before. Nor have I played Jake Blount (thanks Derlyn!!!), nor has Larry Boothroyd been played on my show as a session leader, though I have played plenty of Victim's Family in the past. And though Buddy Rich has graced these "airwaves", this record with Alla Rakha has never been on, though I look forward to sharing more from all of these artists in the future.

As for what 2021 has in store, it's all about this Georgia special election that's happening on Tuesday. I predict the two Democrats will win by slim margins. I also don't think the GOP candidates will do as well as Trump did. If the two Dems do win, I have to wonder how much sway Trump will have with the House and Senate GOP members with the electoral certification on Wednesday? By the time you are reading this, it'll probably be long over. How close were my predictions?

***I'm bringing back an old contest***


The rules are simple:

You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.
The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.
Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to
I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022
And there ya go. Welcome to 2021.



The Bottle Let Me Down: Hank III
Boll Weevil: Jake Blount
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit

Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys: Traffic
A Minute Passed: Monty Python
Sign O' The Times: Sex Mob

Bertha Butt Boogie: Jimmy Castor Bunch
Hear Me: Firehose
Khanda Kafi: Buddy Rich and Alla Rakha

South: Larry Boothroyd

Are You Really Going To Move To The South: Marissa Nadler
Nosotros: Grupo Fantasma
Oh, I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me: Father John Misty
Lover, You Should've Come Over: Jeff Buckley
Femme Fatale: Velvet Underground

Superstar: Sonic Youth
My Baby: Ken Nordine

Dirty Little Virus: Iggy Pop
Star Spangled Banner: Kronos Quartet

I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #419: We Finally Made It To The End And All I Got Was This Lousy Virus
December 28, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #419: We Finally Made It To The End And All I Got Was This Lousy Virus
The end is nigh. And what are your plans? Are you going to head out and revel with your friends, sans mask, giving hugs, kisses, high fives and COVID to each other, and your beloved Nana upon returning home? Good for you for removing yourself from the gene pool. Unfortunately, you're also risking others just to play around on amateur night.

Stay home, watch a movie, drink a glass of bubbly (alcoholic or non), and head off to bed without anything to regret. We have next year, and all of our loved ones to consider.

Thanks in advance.

This here is my year-end show. There's a bunch of my faves from 2020, but this isn't a "Best of..." show in the least. There's a bunch of other tunes tossed in from across the ages. In retrospect I really should have played "I Want To Be Sedated". Hmmmmm, just pretend I did.

Let's all just agree that 2020 was relatively bad for everyone around the world, and move on, shall we? I mean really now, a pandemic puts everything else into perspective. You had a bad year? Oh, I am so sorry. WE ALL HAD A BAD YEAR. Your year sucked extra special bad? WOW! You must really want to win some award. This show is for you then. And only you.



Little Drummer Boy: Lou Rawls
I Want To Be Evil: Eartha Kitt
Desolation Row (alternate take): Bob Dylan

Gate Crasher: Alice Bag
The Sun and its Horizon: Bill Orcutt
Laugh, Love, Fuck: The Coup

I'm Glad I Could Help Out: King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn
Tougher: Dale Crover
In The Pines: Fantastic Negrito
Abre Camino: Death Valley Girls

Badder Than Bullets: Tommy Guerrero
Wing Ruin: Oh Sees
Lock and Key: KnightressM1
Pull Up The People: MIA
Slavery Days: Burning Spear

Are You Glad To Be In America: James Blood Ulmer
Melvana: East New York Ensemble de Music
Cymbaline: Pink Floyd

Silver Machine: Hawkwind
Ride Your Pony: The Meters
Mr. Tamborine Man: William Shatner
The Hipster Be Bop Junkie: William S Burroughs

Auld Lange Syne: Bob Johnson and the Lonesome Travelers
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence & The Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #418: Trim That Tree
December 21, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #418: Trim That Tree
And we've made it to Christmas Day!!! How the Hell did that happen so quickly? Seriously though, with all of this staying at home crap since March, one would think this year would have crawled by? Time always seemed to flow when I had to commute most days, pay the bills, do the dishes, and repeat. I've been home since mid-March, and December came in like a limping, gasping, clawing gazelle, after having been chewed on and spit out for the rancid meat that COVID and Trump's allies turned 2020 into.

What kind of fresh Hell is this?

So let's stick with this musical lane for the next two hours shall we?

As you will see below the first hour contains a fistful of holiday music that is as off-kilter as yours truly. And isn't that why you tune in in the fist place? The second hour is something else entirely. I really enjoyed the entire show, but the two hours are as different as Christmas is to Hanukkah. Take that for whatever you think it means.

If you live in the Bay Area of California, you really owe it to yourself to take a drive to either Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Lane) in Alameda, or Chestnut Lights (Woodside Court) in South San Francisco. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the creativity that went into these houses is worth the trip.

Go ho, ho, ho yourself, and I'll see you all next Monday night to get you good and ready to say so long and fuck you to 2020.

If you haven't tuned into my Live Bootleg Bonanza show, tune in Monday's 6-8PM, before my regular Hell's Kitchen show, to check out shows from my vast live vault (it's really just TBs of live shows) of thousands of shows from hundreds of bands. Most are soundboard quality, of varying genres. I played two Frank Zappa shows last week to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday.



The Central Scrutinizer: Frank Zappa
Xmas Message from T-Rex
Merry Christmas From The Family: Robert Earl Keen
Fuck Christmas: Fear
Please Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas: Alan Jackson

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas: Alan Sherman
The Twelve Days of Christmas: Bob and Doug McKenzie
Merry Christmas, Baby: Otis Redding
Trim Your Tree: Jimmy Butler

Back Door Santa: Clarence Carter
Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle: Phat Man Dee
Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis: Tom Waits
Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin': Albert King

I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus: Kip Addotta
Scrutinizer Postlude: Frank Zappa
Fairytale of New York: The Pogues
Sloppy Drunk Blues: Big Joe Williams

Soulful Strut: Young-Holt Unlimited
Little Games: Yardbirds
Your Mind Has Left Your Body: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, David Freiberg
What Is Man: Johnny Cash

God Made Me Funky: The Headhunters
Get Down, Moses: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

J'al Mal Aux Dents (Faust cover): Oh Sees
Cha Cha: Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics

Media Control: The Nuns
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spencer & The Pinder Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #417: Never Draw Attention To The Mistakes
December 7, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #417: Never Draw Attention To The Mistakes

I'm so pleased that I have this outlet available to me, that on my honor I promise never to phone it in. I gave up my AOL dial up many moons ago.

This show has a lot of date-oriented music associated with it. I won't give away the easter eggs; I just know you want to find them on your own. Feel free to leave a comment.

I'm not certain how Angelisxvi showed up in this set. I have a folder for music I want to play on this show, and somehow it made its way in there. I'm guessing there's a story I have chosen to forget. Or perhaps Little Lauson Hell (who made a brief appearance during this show) snuck it in there?

There are a few artists who are making their debut on Hell's Kitchen Radio: Bad Livers, Timothy Leary, Koko Taylor, Clairo, and yes, Angelisxvi. Why, oh why has it taken me this long to share Bad Livers?!?!?!?! And it's FDR's first appearance as well I believe.

Never forget Pearl Harbor...or The Maine. Though I think it's safe to say 122 years after, The Maine probably was an accident the US Navy used as an excuse to go to war with Spain, the weakest of all the world powers by 1898. Don't get me started.

I think my vote for BEST SET has to go near the end with the set that starts with Electric Masada and ends with James Brown. That was about 20 minutes that will kick you in the groove thang.

You're welcome.

Monday's 6-8pm I've taken over to feature my live bootleg collection. If you tuned in you caught an hour of Mudhoney from 1990 in Australia, followed by an hour from the birthday boy, Tom Waits (71 years young) from 1999. I plan on doing this every Monday until we have a new show in place. Considering I download an average of five shows (from five different artists) a day, not including the Grateful Dead (5+ shows a day from them, alone), it's a toss up what I'm going to share. I like playing more than one artist during that slot, unless it's a tribute. Tune in Monday at 6pm (Pacific) to hear what I have in store. Then stay from 8-10 for my weekly mix.

Thanks for all of your continued support.

I started hosting Monday's 8pm back in 2000 when I joined San Francisco Liberation Radio, moved over to Pirate Cat Radio in July 2007, then to FCCFree Radio (co-founder) in 2008, and then Radio Valencia (co-founder) in 2010. Other than a few short breaks between stations, it's been 20 years in the same slot. That in combination with my nine wonderful years at KFJC (88-97), and this has been a very fulfilling radio dream come true for me. I may need to write more about this later.



FDR Speech - December 7, 1941
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love: Minutemen
You Can't Put An Arm Around A Memory: Giant Sand
Love Songs Suck: Bad Livers

People Have the Power: Patti and Fred "Sonic" Smith (March 16, 1990)
Sofia: Clairo
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: Timothy Leary
Insane Asylum: Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon
Take Me: Angelisxvi

Boy Blue: ELO
I'm Herpes, Yes I Am: Gerogerigegege
TV Song: Glenn Branca

Caught In My Eye: Germs
Bohemian Rhapsody: Donald Trump
Knocking 'em Down: Iggy Pop
Killer of Killers: Zig Zags

Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow: Funkadelic
The Pusher: Nina Simone

Kisofim: Electric Masada
Pressure Drop: Toots and the Maytals
Tha Shiznit: Snoop Dogg
The Boss: James Brown

Isolation: John Lennon
My Little Red Book: Love
Diamond In Your Mind: Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet

Hell's Kitchen Radio #416: The Perennial Annual Annual
November 30, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #416: The Perennial Annual Annual
Each November I choose a year that I want to showcase for two hours. It's a random selection. For my tenth annual Annual Annual I have chosen 1980. I turned 10 that year, and was already enjoying a growing record collection I could call my own. We owned a jukebox stocked with 45s from the 60s and 70s, and my dad always enjoyed having music playing throughout the house. My two older sisters (6 and 8 years older) often had the rock hits of the day playing in their rooms or on our family room stereo.

1980 was a strange year for music. So many subgenres had crept into the aural vernacular by this time. It was no longer just a Jazz, Rock, Soul world. By 1980 Heavy Metal, Funk, Punk, and New Wave had infiltrated the discussion, and there's nothing wrong with that, except commercial radio stations continued to divide us based on their perceived belief that we wanted stations that specialized in one particular genre, and that led to the continuing watering down of quality radio programming.

Thank Yahweh for college radio!

The former and extremely boring KFOG used to have their daily "10 At 10" show that focused on one year at a time, but rarely, if ever, would they take a chance on some of the artist and genres that I feature on this annual special you see before you.

1980 had a lot of tasty bites to offer however. This show showcases a few commercial tunes (yes, I play the #3 most popular song based on Billboard charts. Sue me), as well as some underground morsels I'm sure you'll enjoy chewing on.



Rapture: Blondie
This Is A Mans Mans Mans World: The Residents
Clouds: Chaka Khan

Neon Knights: Black Sabbath
Everybody Wants Some: Van Halen
Tattooed Love Boys: The Pretenders
Chinese Rock: The Ramones

Private Idaho: B-52s
Joe McCarthy's Ghost: Minutemen
Let's Lynch The Landlord: Dead Kennedys
Video Killed The Radio Star: The Buggles

Teenage Wildlife: David Bowie
Magic: Olivia Newton John
Planet Earth: Devo

Authority Stealing: Fela Kuti
Atrocity Exhibition: Joy Division

Jack-A-Roe: Grateful Dead
Little Wing: Neil Young
Generals and Majors: XTC

Hell's Kitchen Radio #415: Good For What Ails Ya
November 23, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #415: Good For What Ails Ya
A two hour radio show is like foreplay without the deep thrusting you're all hungry for. That being said, I'm going to give it to you in a variety of ways throughout this show, even if we don't have all the time in the world to enjoy one another's company. It'll just have to do.

Is it hot in here, or is it just this laptop sitting on my legs for too many months?



Pirate Radio: Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper
Freddie's Dead: Fishbone
Gutter Cat vs. The Jets: Alice Cooper

Come On Over (Turn Me On): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Not A Crime: Gogol Bordello
She Cried: Jay and the Americans
I'm A Liar: The Gorillas

Cry Baby Cry (Acoustic Demo): The Beatles
Crystal Frontier: Calexico
They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
She Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret

Señor: Willie Nelson and Calexico
Orange Was The Color of Her Dress, Then Blue: Charles Mingus (April 10, 1964, Amsterdam, DK)
Deep Fried Frenz: MF Doom

Señorita: Ovarian Trolley
Bang Bang: Kelly Willis
Masikulu: Konono No1
The Leibniz Language: Le Butcherettes

Rumble: Link Wray
Voice of Chunk: The Lounge Lizards
Filipino Box-Spring Hog: Tom Waits

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