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Hell's Kitchen Radio #371: Flippin' For Flipper
July 8, 2019 8:00pm

 

Do you remember where you were the first time you heard Flipper? For me it wasn't until I joined KFJC in the late 80s. I recall distinctly being disturbed. I couldn't hum along, and the dissonant guitar and driving rhythms left my stomach aching a wee bit. And I wanted more. They were just too hilarious. Songs like "Ha Ha Ha", "Love Canal", and of course, "Sex Bomb" (especially the live version where they ask someone to bring them beer) left me wanting to grab as much Flipper as I could find. That was the problem however, finding Flipper records was not as easy task; even in the Bay Area. Demand outranked supply.

Leading up to their Bay Area shows, celebrating their 40th anniversary (with many years off during that tenure), Flipper-founder/guitarist Ted Falconi, and their current (and 8th) bassist Rachel Thoele stopped into Hell's Kitchen Radio on Radio Valencia Monday night to chat up their many years, many bassists, many tours, and many road stories.

The music runs from the debut, "Generic Flipper" through to their latest EP with sludge stalwarts, and Flipper-influenced, The Melvins, off of their Hot Fish release from Amphetamine Reptile. Thanks to Ted for filling us in on the details. I was unaware that Trevor Dunn was playing bowed bass on a few tracks.

Tickets are still available for their local shows, featuring David Yow of Jesus Lizard on vocals, this Thursday in San Jose at The Ritz, Friday in Sacramento at the Blue Lamp (both 21 and over), and Saturday night's all ages show in SF at the Great American Music Hall, where you'll find yours truly.

Enjoy.

jh

Common People: Leonard Nimoy
Sugar Magnolia: Joe Pop-O-Pie
Giving Up The Ghost: Zig Zags

Zonar Roze: Keith Morris/Ty Segall/John Dwyer/Steven McDonald
Corvette: Shannon and the Clams
Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Ever: Flipper
Life Is Cheap: Flipper

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Hot Fish: Flipper/Melvins
Sacrifice: Flipper/Melvins
Sad But True: Flipper (Metallica cover)
Big Enough: Lié (This all-female powerhouse opened for Flipper in Vancouver)

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Flipper Blues: Melvins
The Wheel: Flipper
The Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly: Flipper
Macho Man: Artless

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Ha Ha Ha: Flipper
Lowrider: Flipper
I Hate You: Charlie and the Moonhearts (Ty Segall produced)

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #370: DLBs Represent!
July 1, 2019 8:00pm

 

Not your average show this week. I welcomed two fabulous friends, Chel and Mel into Hell's Kitchen to share stories from their "Dirty Little Bitch" days. Before you get offended, you should really give it a listen. The future is female!!! Indeed.

I've known these two for quite a while, so I'll admit we get a little roommate radioish at times. Deal with it; the stories are good.

As for the music, it's what you have come to expect, which I hope is to expect the unexpected. My, how cliche of me.

As James Brown said "Get Up, Get On Up!"

Enjoy.

jh

Get Up Get Into Get Involved: James Brown
Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners

The Wizard: Brown Sabbath
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
Little Bird: Jenny Lewis

Raindrop Blue: King Tuff
Congo Call: Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons
You Shouldn't Do That: Hawkwind

Ashes Ashes: Eric McFadden
Saviour Machine: Redd Kross
Orgasm Addict: Buzzcocks
Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas

Black Sabbath Meets The Temptations
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Moon Bog: Oh Sees
Mademoiselle Mabry: Miles Davis

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #369: Three Is A Magic Number
June 24, 2019 8:00pm

 

Although Radio Valencia as an entity does not identify with a political ideology, we don't censor our DJs when it comes to them voicing what they believe in. When I was involved with San Francisco Liberation Radio (2000-2003), we were very vocal about our stance against the Bush administration and its march to war. We were so loud that it got us shut down by the FCC, with guns blazing. Fun times.

Monday night LawWorksAction.org streamed a 90 minute live reading of parts of the Muller Report, as recited by professional actors. I thought it important that as a show host/producer I have the responsibility to make this available to my listeners. I did not play the program straight through, beginning to end. Instead, I played to ~15 minute sections, peppered through my show.

When is the last time you read the US Constitution? Have you ever read it? Have you ever discussed it? Are you aware that every action that takes place in our nation has a direct connection to this document?

As for the music, it rocks!

Enjoy.

jh

It's Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
Needles and Pins: The Ramones
Drinking Song: The Gits

Live reading of the Muller Report from LawWorks.org
When We Ride: 2 Pac
Punk Fucking Metal: Zig Zags

Who's Got the Italian: Frisco
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Home Affairs: Osibisa

Live reading of the Muller Report from LawWorks.org
Sequence 5: Stelvio Cipriano
Rebel Heart: First Aid Kit
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

The Passenger: Iggy Pop (Utrecht, Netherlands, 24th November 1986)
Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies (May 30, 1970, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA)
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill (The Palladium May 2, 2019)

The Planet is Fine: George Carlin
Time: Pink Floyd (April 21, 1975 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA)

Oye Como Va: Santana (May 11, 1988, Fillmore Auditorium, SF, CA)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #368: I'm Your Captain
June 17, 2019 8:00pm

 

Some shows I'm just inspired to dig a little deeper. This is one of those shows. Are you as tired of the commercial radio dreck as I am? And who can blame you, really? They play the same 40-50 songs over and over throughout the day. It's insulting. I don't want to insult you. I want to inspire you.

Leon Redbone passed away a couple of weeks back; the day before Roky Erickson as a matter of fact.

Genres-a-plenty across these two hours, with my ongoing desire to share my recent live show acquisitions with you during the second hour. Some live Bob Dylan from the recent Rolling Thunder Revue 17 disc set, Muddy Waters from 1963, and Grand Funk from 1972 to rock your bones.

Get out and dance this week!

Enjoy.

jh

Groove Me: Blues Brothers
Women's Liberation: TV Mama Jean
Funk and Soul: New York Underground Funk Band
My Walkin' Stick: Leon Redbone

Moving Pictures For the Ear: Don Cherry
Reflections (On New York City Everything is Everything): The Visitors
Cut Loose: The Teacher Haters

Mettavolution: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Priest of the Hill People: Hot Fog
Fallout: Zig Zags

Femme Fatale: Ty Segall
Lorsque je Frappe A Ta Porte: Ginette Taillon
Love Comes in Spurts: Thee Headcoats
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Isis: Bob Dylan (Technical University, Lowell, MA - November 1975)
Mercy Seat: Johnny Cash

Knock On Joe: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (RPM Club, Toronto, Canada, February 14, 1989)
19 Years Old: Muddy Waters (Copa Cabana Club, Chicago, IL, July 26, 1963)
Ta Ha: New Masada Quartet (The Village Vanguard, New York City, NY, June 9, 2019)

Clementine: Grateful Dead (Avalon Ballroom, SF, CA, January 26, 1969)
I'm Your Captain: Grand Funk Railroad (Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, December 23, 1972)

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #367: Right Place, Wrong Lunch
June 10, 2019 8:00pm

 

It's beginning to feel a lot like 2016 around here. too many fabulous musicians are passing away.

Tonight I offer my tribute to the great Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, better known as Dr. John, The Night Tripper, who passed away at the tender age of 77 on June 6, 2019. Considering he was born and raised in New Orleans with its amazing culture and rich cuisine, and had a heroin addiction until late 1989, it's a wonder he lived as long as he did. We're lucky just to have had him for the time we did.

I start my show with a 30 minute live tribute from a blazing hot show in 1987.

I welcome DJ Doug back into the studio with me tonight. He is starting a new show, Tuesday mornings, midnight-2AM on Radio Valencia. Be sure to tune in. He has excellent musical taste, if I say so myself. I always enjoy training new DJs. DJ Doug is a natural.

Enjoy.

jh

Dr John tribute:
Live November 07, 1987, Lone Star Cafe, NYC, NY

Iko Iko
Right Place, Wrong Time
Jambalaya

Big Chief
Wang Dang Doodle

Sugar Sweet/Got My Mojo Working (with Mick Taylor)
Final Solution: Pere Ubu
I'm Straight: Modern Lovers

Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys
Chicken Farm: Dead Kennedys
122 Hours of Fear: The Screamers (Live at Mabuhay Gardens)

Thief: Can
Monkey Man: Rolling Stones
Here Come the Warm Jets: Brian Eno
In and Out of Grace: Mudhoney

They'll Never Take Us Alive: Zig Zags
Love Whip: Reverend Horton Heat
Way of the World: Melvins
Sex Bomb: Flipper

Only Son of a Lady's Man: Father John Misty
Boogieman Sam: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #366: You're Gonna Miss Me - Roky Erickson Tribute
June 3, 2019 8:00pm

 

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.

jh

You're Dead: Norma Tanega
Reunion: Bobby Gentry
Don't Touch Me There: The Tubes

That Time I Killed My Mom: Cokie the Clown
This Thing: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

The River: Genevieve Heyward
Summer Candy: Ona
It Rains Love: Lee Fields and the Expressions
Bitches Ain't Shit: Ben Folds
Superfly: Curtis Mayfield

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

Hell's Kitchen Radio #365: Platters That Matter
May 13, 2019 8:00pm

 

There comes a time in every DJ's life when they need to share what they know. Tonight was such a night. There have been many, actually. I welcome DJ Doug into the studio tonight for his first training session. The fella has already got the musical chops, now we need to get him radio-ready. He just threw down some platters that matter in the second hour, while I held down the announcing duties. Color me impressed. He'll be back on my next show to tell what he knows to you and the world.

There's a lot of new music to share with you these days. Isn't there always? You tune in for the newest in new sounds, and the sounds from way downtown. You can depend on Mr. Hell to play for you what you know you need, even if you didn't know you needed it. You can thank me later.

Until then, enjoy.

jh

Why I Carry A Knife: Zig Zags
Movies: Weyes Blood
I Loves You, Porgy: Grover Washington Jr.

Beauford County Jail: Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves
Linda Blair: Redd Kross
If: Pink Floyd
Don't Do It: The Who

Sex Machine: James Brown
Don't Tell It: James Brown
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: New York Underground Funk Band

The Cruel Millennial: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Hey Louise: RGD
Witness Tree: Rodrigo y Gabriela
It's A Man's World: MC5
Second Coming: Alice Cooper

Saudia: Larry Young
Columbus Unbound: Bill Orcutt and Jacob Felix Heule
Down By The River: Buddy Miles
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere: Bob Dylan

Untitled Original (11386): John Coltrane
Sympathy for the Devil: Rolling Stones

Que Sera Sera: Doris Day
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #364: I Heard It In Hell
April 22, 2019 8:00pm

 

Well here we are once again. I have music, you have ears. Think of it as a match made in musical hell. Hour one is full of something old and something new.

How's this look to you? Be honest? Too much of one genre? Need more female-fronted artists? Not noisy enough? How about the second hour? I'm getting more live tracks into the second hour set. Do you want longer tracks with fewer artists, or shorter tracks and more artists?

Let me know your thoughts, and keep tuning in Monday's 8-10 on Radio Valencia.

Ooh ooh ooh!!! Tune in to me this Friday on KFJC for the annual 28 hour James Brown birthday celebration!!! I'm on 10am-2pm, and I'll be throwing down some rare and live JB tracks for you to get your groove on. KFJC is hosting its annual Month of Mayhem, with many specials each day to enjoy. Check out their Mayhem schedule here.

If music be the food of GODs, then play on?

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio #363: Tangled Up In You
April 15, 2019 8:00pm

 

Well here ya go. So many songs. So many great tunes for you to note and then go purchase, and perhaps, if these bands are still around, go and see perform live and in concert, like I did last Saturday, at The Chapel, seeing Roky Erickson.

Oh Roky, you're wonderful, but it might be time to hang it up. Yes, we are going to miss you, but that was rough. The sound was great! The band was great, but it's hard seeing a musical hero, who has already had his boughts with some serious mental health issues, sit up there forgetting not only the words, but also the melody of some of his most-cherished songs. We love you, Roky, and we're thrilled you found a pathway to health over the past 20 years.

Tune in tonight, 8-10PM for more new music and music that's new to you.

Enjoy.

jh

Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Stoned: Three Stoned Men
Alien She: Bikini Kill
Run Through the Jungle: Eric McFadden

Shameless Imposter: Terry Gross
Kingsport Town: Cat Power
Tangled Up In Blue (NYC Sessions): Bob Dylan

Splatter the Walls: Frisco
Stone Crazy: Buddy Guy
Turn On Your Lovelight: Bob Segar

Cherry Red: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band

Slip Inside This House: 13th Floor Elevators
Two-Headed Dog: Roky Erickson and the Aliens
Starry Eyes: Roky Erickson

The Copping Block: OCS
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Bandits: Midlake
Run Devil Run/The Big Guns: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

It Rains Love: Lee Fields and the Expressions
Total Eclipse Out Of Hell: Enrique

Rue St. Vincent: Yves Montand - For Paris
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #362: Can I Get A Do-Over?
April 8, 2019 8:00pm

 

Ugh, I was supposed to attend a Radio Valencia Promotions committee meeting tonight, but they all cancelled on me!!!!!!!

Luckily I had prepared a two hour live set for you. I didn't think I would be in the studio to talk it up, but here we are...or were. I'm here now, but not when you read this. Then I'll be gone. So...you know...yeah.

As for the music, this is all from my recent haul from the past couple of weeks. Let me be clear however, this is not all that I have downloaded over the past few weeks. I would need need a few more hours for that one. I found some Emmylou Harris from 1970 this week, for instance.

Almost all of these tracks are soundboard quality, with a couple superb audience recordings thrown in there as well. I used to be completely against audience recordings until I heard a few from some legendary tapers who knew where to plant themselves in the sweet spot, using the best equipment at the time. And let's not forget those who have taken the time to master these recordings, digitize them and make them available (free of charge) to you and me. Thanks for all you do.

Enjoy, and please NEVER buy a bootleg, never convert to mp3 and always share.

jh

Rastaman Chant/Lion Of Judah/Keep The Faith: Bob Marley and the Wailers (April 23, 1976 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA)
Iko Iko: Dr. John and The Meters (March 3, 1973 St Bernard Civic Center, Chalmette LA)
I'm Your Captain: Grand Funk Railroad (December 23, 1972 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY)

Sun is Shining: Lee "Scratch" Perry (December 8, 2011 Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ)
We're A Happy Family/Suzy is a Headbanger: The Ramones (January 31, 1978 The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA)
Little Johnny Jewel: Television (July 2, 1978 The Earth Tavern, Portland, OR)

Kill Our Sons (aka Kill Your Sons): Lou Reed (Winter 1970 - Acoustic Demos)
Oleo: Miles Davis
Just Abandoned My-Self: Boris (April 17, 2006 Copenhagen, DK)

I'll Pretend: Swamp Dogg
Sheep: Pink Floyd (May 9, 1977 (Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA)
Bankrobber: The Clash (September 7, 1982 Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA)

Police and Thieves: The Clash (September 8, 1982 Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA)

Spanish Jam/Other One/Wharf Rat: Grateful Dead (April 7, 1984 Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA)

Johnny Was: Bob Marley and the Wailers (April 23, 1976 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #361: Little Hell and Me
April 1, 2019 8:00pm

 

Little Lauson Hell isn't so little anymore. Dang. What happened to my sweet, little, lovable, goofy little girl? Oh right, she's a teenager now. Ugh. Lauson has been joining me twice a year on my show for the past seven years. I've always enjoyed witnessing her musical evolution. Her love of The Beatles continues, but it's her discovery of artists like Frank Sinatra that really surprises me. At 14 I would expect her to listen to more pop-centered tunes, but then I remember that she's my daughter, and that I play a lot of alternative genres and artists at home. She did remind me that I don't play enough contemporary hip-hop. I need to do something about that.

I do take issue with her flagrant LIES about my love for Foo Fighters. Let me go on the record by stating unequivocally that I do not like the Foo Fighters. If I did, you wouldn't hear the end of them on my show. I don't understand why they're as popular as they are. How the hell do they sell out stadiums? It doesn't make any sense! Don't get me wrong, I think Dave Grohl (whom my brother-in-law thinks I look like) is talented and funny, but that doesn't make me a fan of the band!

Lauson enjoys getting my goat. I wonder where she got the sarcastic sense of humor from? Hmmmmm.....

We talk about music, high school, attending live shows at a young age, her friends, and just what makes a teenager tick.

Back to the music. I've denoted Lauson's selection with a "L" next to the track. It was nice to hear her say that she could co-host with me every week. Glad to see she's got the radio bug. She'll be back again this summer.

Enjoy.

Hell's Kitchen Radio #360: Tangled Up In You
March 25, 2019 8:00pm

 

Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder. It's been a few weeks, I know, but don't let that be a reason you forget about dear old Hell. Taking time off allows me to amass more music to share with you. Most of the music on this show I haven't shared with you before, so count yourself lucky.

I hope you're tuning in with Shazam running. Or at the very least grab a pen and paper!

I paid tribute to word jazz stalwart Ken Nordine throughout the show. There's also new music from Frisco, and Tae. It's also the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band, and I have just cracked open the Holy Grail for live Allman's. I'll have more to share with you over time.

I'm not on this coming Monday night (family duty calls), but the after I should have Little Lauson Hell in the studio with me, and new music from Ty Segall (live) and OCS (live!!!), and whatever Lauson throws on. Her tastes have really evolved since last she was on a few months back.

Tune in Monday's 8-10PM (PDST)

See you on the "radio"

jh

Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Take a Letter, Maria: R.B. Greaves
Coral: Ken Nordine
Never Can Say Goodbye: Herbie Mann (with Duane Allman)

Go To Satan: Rube Waddell
Wild Action: The Ventures
California Sun: The Dictators
Panchito Blues II: Peach Kelly Pop

Comptroller: Frisco
Azure: Ken Nordine
So Much For Love: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
Related to What: The Last Poets
Suspiria: Goblin

Focus Pocus: Big Business
Shake Shake Shake: Bryan Ferry

Don't Keep Me Wonderin': Allman Brothers Band (January 24, 1970 Whiskey Go Go, LA, CA)
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Everybody's Happy Nowadays: Buzzcocks (March, 2 1979 Paradiso, Amsterdam)
I Wanna Be Around: Tony Bennett
May This Be Love: Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois (November 8, 1995 State Theater, Portland, ME)
A Thousand Big Bangs: Ken Nordine (with Jerry Garcia and Tom Waits)
Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk

Maggie Sue: Tae
Bankrobber: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (August 19, 1999 Two Days A Week Festival, Wiesen, Austria)
A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die: The Flesh Eaters (July 17,1982 Clutch Cargo's, Detroit, MI)

Tangled Up In Blue: Jerry Garcia Band (Live at the Eel - June 10, 1989)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #359: Too Much Monkey Business
February 18, 2019 8:00pm

 

Did ya hear the news, it's all over town. If you ain't heard it boy, you better sit down. I've got the story here, it's hot off the press. Brace yourself now and take a deep breath. Grab a hold of something, hold on tight. John Hell is on the loose tonight.

Whew, now that I have got that Bob Segar lyric off my chest, let's get on with the show. There's lots of new music represented tonight, as well as some classics you have probably never heard before. I completely failed to play any Ken Nordine, who passed away this past weekend. Dang. I had a few brilliant tracks of his lined up, too.

Check out new music from Gringo Star, Perfect Son, Cherry Glazerr, Sunflower Bean, Deer Tick, Royal Canoe, Brownout, and Jon Spencer. I gave tickets away to see Jon Spencer at Slims. You seem you need to tune in so you too can have the chance of winning tickets to shows. You really need to get out more. Work to live, don't live to work. You need more balance in your life.

You may have noticed, i've taken to closing my show with Louis Armstrong. A lot of DJs will have an opening and closing theme songs. I've played with this over the years, and I feel it's time to throw it back into the mix. Many DJs also have music they speak over; known as a music bed. The only reason you don't hear me doing this much at Radio Valencia is my own prep. Just another goal of mine for 2019. You would think 350+ shows into my RV tenure, and about 30 years in radio I would have this figured out already? I'm pretty lazy it would appear.

Who loves ya, baby?

jh

Cold Bear: The Gaturs
Lawyers, Guns and Money: Warren Zevon
Call of the West: Wall of Voodoo

Watchdog: Gringo Star
Devil Doll: X
I Still Miss Someone: Johnny Cash
Anthrocene: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

It's For Life: Perfect Son
Black Sabbath: Melvins (with Al Cisneros)
Dadii: Cherry Glazerr

Come For Me: Sunflower Bean
When My Left Eye Jumps: Buddy Guy
Pressure Drop: The Clash
Red and Orange: John Abercrombie

Pale Blue Eyes: Deer Tick
RAYZ: Royal Canoe

I Got The Hits: Jon Spencer
White Cat: WAND
Walk on By: The Stranglers

Livin In The Ghetto: Purple Image
My Uzi Weighs A Ton: Brownout

Mr. President: Amnesty
What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #358: Who Loves Ya?
February 11, 2019 8:00pm

 

I'm the luckiest DJ I know. I got to interview the love duo that makes up San Francisco's Love Jerks!!! The last time I saw Rebecca Garza-Bortman she was the better third of Happy Fangs (sorry Michael...love ya), and the last time I saw Bryan Bortman, he was rockin' out with Scissors for Lefty. Little did I know at that time that these two were worshipping one another from afar. Not only did they meet and fall in love, but their wedding was epic!

Now they have their own band, Love Jerks. The came on last Monday night to talk up their Valentine's Day show at the Rickshaw Stop. Have you seen their Facebook Page? Have you seen the promotional videos they have made for this gig? These two are the future; you better get on the bus now! They have a new LP out Million Movies (that's right, VINYL!), which they were kind enough to donate...no payola here, folks. We're straight on the up and up...now. Buy their music here.

They come on during the second hour and we have lots of fun. Check out the music and the interview, where I really don't hold back. How many couple have been in bands together just to watch their love come crumbling down? My money is on these two to make it big and to make it last.

Tune in tonight 8-10PM on Radio Valencia for your chance to win a pair of tickets to go see Jon Spencer this Sunday at Slims.

Enjoy.

jh

Anti-Love Song: Betty Davis
Love and Happiness: The Pharaohs
Addicted to Love: Ciccone (Sonic) Youth

Love Buzz: Shocking Blue
Love Me Tender: James Brown
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
Love Comes in Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Love is a Spider: The Monkeywrench

You Don't Love Me Yet: Bongwater
I Love You, Honeybear: Father John Misty
Trouble: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
It Won't Be Long: Redd Kross
Nothing On Earth: Casual Sex

Scary Things: Love Jerks

Love Jerks: Love Jerks
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret

Holding Out For A Rocker: Love Jerks

Hell's Kitchen Radio #357: Diggin' Deeper In The Soulful Well
February 4, 2019 8:00pm

 

When I started Radio Valencia, my objective was to bring in quality talent who could produce two hours a week of stellar programming, to knock your socks off. We have been lucky to have recruited some veteran DJs, but some of our finest have been folks who haven't spent much, if any time behind the decks. On my most recent show I had the pleasure to welcome and to train a potential new voice on Radio Valencia, Dirty Harry. Harry has a sweet collection of African funk, soul, pop, disco, and rock, and he shared quite a bit during his 45 minute set during the show.

Often times I get more influenced by those sharing the studio with me, than by what I hear on the air. Tonight was no different. Harry made me dig deeper.

Take a look at the funk sets below, and click the links above to dig the groove we've got layin' down just for you.

Enjoy.

jh

Telephone Girl: Assagai
Investigation: Carl Holmes
Cotati Funk: Qunitessence

Who's Gonna Help A Brother Get Further: Lee Dorsey
My Friend: Ricardo Marrero
***Dirty Harry's set***
Heat of the Wind: Roland Bautista
One Note Samba: Sergio Mendez

Nizaka Panga Ngozi: Ngozi Family
Yeke Yeke: Mory Kante
C'est Bon La Musique: Uta Bella

What Do You Want (The Question): Tambu
Lipstick (Shout): JM Black
Mini Pads: Jack McDuff
***Back to John Hell***
Lickin' Stick: James Brown

Maggie's Farm: Soloman Burke
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
Emma: Hot Chocolate
Queen Bitch: Green River

Love Addict: Honey and the Bee
You Can't Love Me If You Don't Respect Me: Lyn Collins
A Quick One While He's Away: The Who
Sweat Loaf: Butthole Surfers

Ramblin (Wo)Man: Cat Power
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #356: Ready In The Polka Pit
January 28, 2019 8:00pm

 

Some nights I just need to ROCK! And since we have no constraints on what we can or cannot play here at Radio Valencia, I felt obliged to feed my urge. Join me, will you?

WARNING: There is one, I repeat, one polka song. Then again it's by Polkacide, so I'm forgiven. If you have never witnessed Polkacide live I feel sorry for you. There a band that MUST be seen live to really understand the attraction. Their "final show" (of which I've seen more than my fair share) was just days after my son was born, October 8th, 2017. I look forward to their next final show, as I'm confident it will polka hard. Join my in the polka pit and you'll see what I mean.

Take a look at the playlist below and prepare for a quality neck ache, ala head banging for two sweet hours.

Enjoy.

jh

California Man: Cheap Trick
King of the Night Time World: KISS
Deuce: Redd Kross

Goin' Blind: Melvins
The Wizard: Black Sabbath
Snowblind: Nashville Pussy

Snortin' Whiskey: Honky
Nurture My Pig: Reverend Horton Heat
In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide
Master Race Rock: The Dictators
John Wayne Was A Nazi: MDC

Magic: Zig Zags
Uncle Powderbag: OBNIIIs
The Archer: Meatbodies
I Come From the Mountain: Thee Oh Sees

Reputation: CIA
Plum: WAND
Johanna: Iggy Pop
Pushing the Extreme: The Wipers

Concert Outlook

Bomber: Motorhead
Are You Ready: Boris
Dragonaut: Sleep

Celestial Crown/Barael's Blade: The Sword
How Many More Times: Led Zeppelin
Chain That Door: Mudhoney

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #355: I'm A Glutton For Punishment
January 14, 2019 8:00pm

 

I hate hate hate being behind in posting my show podcasts! So sorry for the delay. Life got in the way. I hope you can find it in heart to forgive old Hell here. Gee, just take a look at that amazing playlist, will ya?!?!?!?!

I missed my show last week and instead took my daughter, Little Lauson Hell, to her very first Melvins show! She loved them and the opener: Hepa.Titus, featuring former Melvins' bassist Kevin Rutmanis. She even added his band to her Spotify. Raisin' 'em right.

I've got something special in store for you all tonight. Tune in 8-10 and I'll whisper it in your ear.

Enjoy.

jh

Savior Machine: David Bowie
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge
Toby Dammit's Last Act: Sex Mob

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers Band
I Put A Spell On You: Leon Russell
Oh Yeah: Can

Divine Horseman: The Flesh Eaters
Lovely Butterfly: Melvins
Moving to Florida: Butthole Surfers
Fried Pies: Wes Montgomery

Warsawng: Glitter Wizard
By Any Means Necessary/Art of Getting Jumped: Steinski
Rattlesnake: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Dune Buggy: Os Mutantes

Concert Outlook (Zombie: Fela Kuti)
Super Heathen Child: Grinderman

Hell's Kitchen Radio #354: See Through The Haze
January 7, 2019 8:00pm

 

It's nice to have a few weeks off to recharge one's batteries, but considering my weekly show is exactly what I use to recharge my batteries, I felt more empty than ever stepping into the studio on Monday night. True story. I had a few weeks off from work, since I'm a teacher, and you would think I would be traveling the southern continent, or spending many relaxing hours at home, sleeping in late, taking leisurely strolls in my hood. Yeah, you would think that. The truth could not be farther from this. Who am I to complain?

I did buy some tasty vinyl over the break, however. Some rare Grateful Dead, released between 71-75, and some blues LPs that I needed. Yes, needed. I need music. It's my drug of choice. I was thinking of buying some much-needed shoes over the holidays, but instead I bought a Muddy Waters LP, and a Sony Terry and Brownie McGhee LP. Priorities.

I don't have any resolutions for the new year. Resolutions are for suckers. I just keep on keepin' on and let choice be my voice. I should probably cut down on the sugary sweets. Sure, why not? I have switched to black coffee though. No more mocha's for John Hell! It's saving me money, which I can put towards my vinyl addiction, er...um obsession.

Speaking of obsession, my playlist is below.

Enjoy.

jh

Mean Mistreater: Muddy Waters
Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top
Get It While You Can: Janis Joplin

There It Is: James Brown
Louder Than A Bomb: Brownout
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Supermarket Nightmare: Victim's Family
Time Axe Bag Dad: Clubfoot Orchestra
Theme de Yoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Femme Fatale: Big Star
Grave Robber: WAND
Little Green: Joni Mitchell
Back to New Orleans: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Shotgun Blues: Downchild Blues Band
Come Back Baby: Aretha Franklin
Stop Dragging Me Down: Monomen
Winter In America: Gil Scott-Heron

Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfield
Tiger Mountain Song: First Aid Kit
Redemption Song: Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer
South of Heaven: Modest Mouse and Califone

I Can See For Miles: Petra Haden

Hell's Kitchen Radio #353: I Can Taste It
December 17, 2018 8:00pm

 

It's December so it's time for my obligatory BEST of show...kinda. If anything it's a chance to play great music! And isn't that why you tune in week after week? You do tune in, don't you? That's interesting. I just realized that I asked "don't you", and not "do not you". Huh.

My show isn't all about 2018 music, however. Just take a gander at the playlist below and you'll note the diversity in the sets. Yes folks, we here at Radio Valencia believe the only good radio is diverse radio. Why I play all kinds of diverse genres: metal, heavy metal, death metal, speed metal, stoner metal, and doom metal. Don't be fooled by our competitors, they only program to the lowest common denominator. We have discovered a way to much much lower.

That being said, there was a lot of great music in 2018. Albums by King Tuff, Oh Sees, Mudhoney, Sleep, and of course a few by Ty Segall, are just a glimpse into what was another stellar year for the indie rock/garage scene.

I encourage you to tune in to Radio Valencia throughout the rest of 2018 for more Best of shows from some of the finest DJs west of East Orange, New Jersey.

I'm taking the next two weeks off to celebrate family and friends. I suggest you do the same. I'll be scheduling some of my favorite Hell's Kitchen Radio programs to play in my absence. I encourage you to have it playing in the background during your family celebrations. I'm available for Bar Mitzvah's too!

Happy Holidaze to you and yours from me, and all of us at Radio Valencia. See you in 2019!

jh

Why Can't I Touch It: Buzzcocks
The White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Inner City Blues: Grover Washington Jr.

Birds of Paradise: King Tuff
Keep on Knockin': Death
No Air: Red Fang
Drown in my own Tears: Ray Charles

Moon Bog: Oh Sees
Motion Pictures: Neil Young
By The Time I Get To Arizona: Brownout

My Wild Sweet Love: First Aid Kit
Isolation: John Lennon
Low Rider: Ty Segall

21st Century Pharisees: Mudhoney
Devil Woman: Charles Mingus

Hillbilly Math: Dale Crover Band

Lady in the Front Row: Redd Kross
Staring at the Sun: Wooden Shjips
The Big Gundown: Ennio Morricone

Pre Strike Sweep: Goggs
Marijuanaut's Theme: Sleep

Teardrops From My Eyes: Ray Condo

Hell's Kitchen Radio #352: One Bourbon, One Joint, and One Pill
December 3, 2018 8:00pm

 

Sometimes inspiration arrives in the strangest of moments. I was actually about three minutes late for my show tonight. Thanks to Dial-A-Shot for keeping it rockin' until I arrived. I quickly threw my first tune on, "Porno" by local SF funk-punksters Limbomaniacs (if you saw them back in the 90s then you know), and as I was contemplating my own porn addiction (tongue in cheek, folks, seriously), I thought about what other addictions people are known to enjoy. Hence tonight's theme: substance use!

Oh the joys of the holidays, when we look for any coping mechanism within reach. So whether it's tasty treat that is alcohol, aromatic marijuana, a psychedelic journey, cocaine blues, or maybe you're into the needle, this is the show for you.

Make this the holiday soundtrack your family didn't know they needed.

See you on the other side.

jh

Porno: Limbomaniacs
Pusherman: Curtis Mayfield
The Pusher: Nina Simone

Alcohol: Gogol Bordello
Alcohol: The Kinks
Tonight's the Night: Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More: Mudhoney
Chinese Rocks: The Heartbreakers
Alice: Meatbodies
Cocaine Blues: Johnny Cash

Heroin: Velvet Underground
God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
Hand Of Doom: Black Sabbath

King Heroin: James Brown
Glorious: Polkacide
Marijuana: Reverend Horton Heat
Eric's Trip: Sonic Youth

Streams of Whiskey: The Pogues
Sister Morphine: Rolling Stones
The Piano Has Been Drinking: Tom Waits

Rastaman Chant: Bob Marley
Flying High: Country Joe and the Fish
Hit it and Quit it: Funkadelic
Alabama Song: The Doors

Hell's Kitchen Radio #351: 8th Annual ANNUAL ANNUAL: 1983
November 26, 2018 8:00pm

 

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 (not McFadden) 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.

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.

See you in the pit!

jh

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

Hell's Kitchen Radio #350: Boy Crush Delight
November 5, 2018 8:00pm

 

I admit it, I have a serious crush on Garage/Psych rocker Ty Segall. In the past 10+ years he has taken the garage rock revival by storm, and continues to reinvent himself with each successive release. He's known for releasing something new, whether on a 7", LP, or even cassette(why???) every few months, with a rotating cast of very talented characters, mostly including guitarist/drummer Charles Moothart and bassist Mikal Cronin.

Honestly, I could have used another two solid hours to showcase his music.

Segall left San Francisco a few years back after he acknowledged that artists couldn't not afford to live in a city that is quickly becoming the playground for the rich. Heading back to his birthplace, SoCal, he set up a new home studio and committed to producing quality rock 24/7. He hasn't let us down.

On this show I try my best to present his music in a chronological order, but because of time constraints I couldn't include each release of his over his short but prolific career. Take this as a snapshot of a genius in the making.

I also take the opportunity to talk about the California propositions for the November 6th ballot. How did you vote? Even if you aren't happy with the outcome, please stay involved in politics. We need every voice to count.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

Cherry Red: Ty Segall (Singles 2)
Kill Someone You Hate: The Traditional Fools (S/T)
Valley of the Jams: The Traditional Fools (S/T)
River: The Traditional Fools (Fools Gold)

Lovely One: Ty Segall
Standing at the Station: Ty Segall Band
Girlfriend Ty Segall Band
You Make The Sun Fry: Ty Segall
I Can't Feel It: Ty Segall (Goodbye Bread)

Ms. White: Ty Segall (Singles)
I Am Not A Game: Ty Segall and White Fence (Hair)
Fuzz War: Ty Segall Band (Slaughterhouse)

Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk: Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin (Reverse Shark Attack)
Thank God For The Sinners: Ty Segall (Twins)
It's Over: Ty Segall (Manipulator)

20th Century Boy: Ty Rex (Ty Rex)
Baby Big Man: Ty Segall (Emotional Mugger)
Hazemaze: FUZZ (FUZZ)

Feel: Ty Segall Band (Live in SF)
Talkin': Ty Segall (Ty Segall)
Pre-Strike Sweep: Goggs (Pre-Strike Sweep)

Alta: Ty Segall (Freedom's Goblin)
Isolation: Ty Segall (Fudge Sandwich)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #349: You're Suffering In It
October 29, 2018 8:00pm

 

If you find yourself face to face with Satan and you were asked what scares you most, what would you say? Would you claim the briar patch? Dark chocolate and caramel scare the bejeezus outta me! And cats. Soft, cuddly cats, who purr and want to sleep on my lap. *shiver* Don't even get me started about a shopping spree at my favorite local record stores. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!

You think Satan would see right through that? Maybe they would turn my favorite things into something I would retch about later. Great! Maybe I'll spend eternity in time management workshops?

I bet I would get some really creative costume ideas if I spent some time in Hell. I feel like my costume vessel is pretty empty these days. A number of years ago I took the position that whatever you choose to be for Halloween you should be a dead version of it. I've been a dead hockey player, a dead judge, dead Jesus (cross and all. There's a longer story there), dead bartender, dead cab driver, dead hippy, and dead Deadhead.

Tonight I come to you as a very alive DJ. This week's show kind of writes itself. There is almost too many Halloween-themed songs out there to share. My job is to curate the perfect two-hour set for your enjoyment. I think I get close. It's scary and silly enough to keep you interested, and I even try my hand at delivering a few mic breaks in verse.

Don't be afraid of the afterlife, when life is scary enough. These are trying times my friends. We need to hold one another closer than ever before. And please remember to VOTE next Tuesday, November 6th. The future of our world is really depending on you. I recommend you vote Democrat (I'm Independent) to balance out the branches at the federal level. Trump doesn't need a blank check.

Enjoy.

jh

Science Fiction Double Picture Show: Rocky Horror
It's Halloween: The Shaggs
The Fly: The Mummies

Red Right Hand: Nick Cave
Digging My Grave: The Flesheaters
Halloween: Mudhoney
Double Dare: Bauhaus

I Put A Spell On You: Marilyn Manson
The Creature From The Black Leather Lagoon: The Cramps
Little Demon: Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Night of the Vampire: Roky Erickson

Hallowscene: Blush Coffin
Halloween: Siouxise And The Banshees
We Love The Dead: Electric Wizard

Ghost Bitch: Sonic Youth
Suspiria: Goblin
Hanging Garden: Savage Republic

Thangsgiving: Happy Fangs
Now I'm Being Zombified: Alien Sex Fiend
Lexicon Devil: The Germs

Falling Elevators: MC 900 Ft Jesus
What's He Building In There: Tom Waits

Hell's Kitchen Radio #348: Rebel Hell
October 22, 2018 8:00pm

 

If there is something I detest, it's when I hear a disingenuous commercial DJ, who claims to just LOVE the new Foo Fighters. Really? You love the new Foo Fighters do you? Really? Really? No you don't. And if you do, then you either have absolutely no taste and no life, or so deeply consumed the Flavor Aid (yes it was Flavor Aid at Jonestown NOT Kool-Aid) that you cannot see the damage all those years under the corporate thumb has done to you. Get out while you still can.

I invited a top local commercial rock DJ to come on my show a few years back, under an assumed name, to play the music they would love to play during their day job but cannot. They turned me down, claiming that they have no need to because they just LOVE The Eagles! I think they were being honest. Poor bastard.

Starting in 2007, I was lucky enough to recruit the late, great Michael "M-Dung" Slavko to join me on both FCCFreeRadio and then at Radio Valencia. He took me up on both, knowing that he would have a chance to take his professionally-honed radio chops and push it to the edge on a non-com. Dung is the number one reason I found myself hungry for a radio career. His morning show on KFOG (when that station had BALLS) was stuff of legend back in the 80s, pre-Stern and the vomit-laden Shock-Jock radio era. Dung Boy was much too classy for that crap. This year Dung was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. You are dearly missed, Dung Baby. B-DAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

One more note about Dung, when I was 16 I got into Wolfgang's nightclub in North Beach, owned by the late rock promoter Bill Graham (his birth name was Wolfgang). Dung was hosting the weekly "Sunday Night Idiot Show" there on this particular night. He featured a Dung sound-a-like contest that evening, and I jumped at the chance to show him my Dung-ness. I didn't win, but he appeared to be pretty impressed with my impersonation, as well as my ability to get into a 21+ club at the tender age of 16.

I don't play The Eagles on my show.

I do feature a Velvet Underground set (two covers and Lou solo), newish Boss Hog and Qui, a harrowing tale from Spiderman, and more Bongwater than you can gurgle. Or is it gargle?

Anyway, this one is for all you classic rockers who need to go back to school.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio #347: Distracted By Your Charms
October 15, 2018 8:00pm

 

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

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

Hell's Kitchen Radio #346: Why I Do What I Do
October 8, 2018 8:00pm

 

How old were you when you fell in love with music? Do you remember your first love? Who was it? The Beatles? Sinatra? Led Zeppelin? Patsy Cline? Who spoke to you? What did they say? Why did it resonate so deeply?

When I was eight years old in 1978, my aunt bought me four KISS LPs: Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun, Alive 2, and Double Platinum. I was hooked from the first grunt. I couldn't get enough of the imagery and the riffs. And yes, I fantasized that I was Peter Criss singing "Beth" to my imaginary girlfriend. I joined the KISS Army, dressed as either Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley for consecutive Halloween's, and overjoyed when I found a discarded copy of Destroyer laying on the street, still in playable condition (playable for a ten year old, anyway). I had posters that covered my walls, and like all of my friends, strongly anticipated the broadcast of "KISS Meets the Phantom Of The Park".

They are the first band that I wanted to know everything about. Where they were from? What they did before they were a band (Gene Simmons was a school teacher!!!)? Why they chose KISS as a band name? Why they didn't stick with Wicked Lester? Of course everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of them out of makeup. But I could not hide my disappointment when they decided to ditch the makeup altogether in 1983. What the hell was that all about? Even before the unmasking, the band had moved so far away from their riff-centric rock, full of stories about partying down and getting the girl, and I had discovered another band that would hold my attention, and continues to do so.

When I was 8 or 9, around 1978 or 1979, I was introduced to The Beatles. I was floored. I jumped ship a year or two later from KISS to the Fab Four, and honestly I felt like I was breaking up with someone. I didn't know at that tender age that I was allowed to have more than one favorite band. Shortly thereafter I added Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead to my ever-growing list of faves. After that the flood gates were open. I started buying my own records when I was 13, and my collection grew by leaps and bounds.

Though much of my record library consisted of what would be "classic rock" by today's standards, I was really proud of what I had amassed in just a few short years. It wasn't just quantity in my mind, it was quality too. I joined KFJC in late 1988 and tired very quickly of what was sitting, collecting dust, in my own library. I hungered for more. More genres, more obscure artists, more "classics" waiting to be discovered. In 2010 I purged about 5000 LPs that were taking up too much space in my home and my psyche. Most of this music could be heard on any commercial radio station anyway, so why would I hold onto it all? What I kept (about 1000 LPs) and what I continue to purchase is inspired by my time in non-commercial radio and local artists.

There are too many musical gems waiting to be encountered by the masses. I continue to be involved in radio to share my discoveries with you. Take a look at the playlist below, and all of my playlists. Much of what you see, you have never heard before. Give it a listen. If I play it that means I like it enough to want to share it with you. Hopefully you will like it enough to support that artist. Buy their music. See them live.

Enjoy...I know I do.

jh

When You Get It Grunt If You Can: The JBs

Researching the Blues: Redd Kross
Chicken A La King/Bad Move: Dale Crover
Love How In Love With Love You Are: Adam Mackintosh with Storm Large
I Shot All The Birds: Blind Shake

Apache: Link Wray
Come On Over, Turn Me On: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Psycho Star: King Tuff
You Are What You Love: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Feel: Ty Segall

Otis Rush Tribute (1935-2018)
I Can't Quit You, Babe: Otis Rush
Double Trouble: Otis Rush
Little Red Rooster: Otis Rush

Southern Politician: Willy Deville
Am I Black Enough For Ya: Schoolly-D
Round and Round: OP8
Lord of Lightening: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Revolution Blues: Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Please Mr. Gunman: Mudhoney

Some Velvet Morning: Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra
Roscoe: Midlake

Pent Juri Hati: Koes Barat


Hell's Kitchen Radio #345: Wild and Cheap
October 1, 2018 8:00pm

 

Do you have any idea how much I love you? I don't think you do. OK, perhaps I just lust for your ears. That being said, can you blame me? I have total and complete respect for you and your ears, and I would never maliciously put you in harms way. On the contrary, I hunger to care for you and to turn you on...to amazing music.

I also love tamales. What's not to love? Last week Virginia "Tamale Lady" Ramos passed away at the age of 65. I spent many a Friday and Saturday night enjoying TL's delicious tamales. She may have loved us all, but you didn't want to get on her bad side. I once saw her rip into some drunk asshole outside of Zeitgeist babbling incoherently in front of her. Seriously dude, do you have any idea how lucky you were to even get a whiff of her amazing fare? Tamale Lady, you will be sorely missed. Raise a tamale in tribute, tonight! Did you know that the remarkable local band Rube Waddell composed a song in her honor? It's true, they did. Now you know. Midway through the show I play this just for you. I cannot imagine any other radio show has done the same.

Music-wise you get another musically-diverse program, with a little something for everyone. Go ahead, take a chance on love...or lust, a lust for quality music. As for the DJ, I'm merely a conduit, a paintbrush for this two hour empty canvas, curated for your pleasure. And only nine covers tonight!

And it's all about your pleasure.

Enjoy.

jh

21st Century Pharisees: Mudhoney
TV Eye: Wylde Ratz
Bring Me The Head of the Preacherman: Siouxsie and the Banchees

Barstool Blues: Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Connection: Montrose
Big Chief: Professor Longhair
Frankie and Albert: Taj Mahal

Got My Mojo Working: Ann Cole
Who's Going To Help A Brother Get Further?: Lee Dorsey
Hey Joel, Where You Going With That?: Ty Segall and White Fence

Tamale Lady: Rube Waddell
Eating Food/Listening to Music: A Children's Garden of Grass
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett
Teeth: Oregon with Elvin Jones
The Mouth Won't Stop: FEAR

I Like Fucking: Bikini Kill
The Story of a Soldier: Ennio Morricone
Lilin: Electric Masada

3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds: Jefferson Airplane (February 1, 1968 The Matrix, SF, CA)
Ziggy Stardust: Bauhaus
Cymbaline: Hawkwind
Stuck Inside Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again: Cat Power

Wild and Crazy: Dr. Octogon
Life is Cheap: Flipper
Return of the Grievous Angel: Gram Parsons

Hell's Kitchen Radio #344: TRASH THIS SHOW!!!
September 24, 2018 8:00pm

 

DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS SHOW!!! It's my first week back in the studio in about a month and I am really rusty. Too many DJ errors to count. Dang! The music kicks ass, and I am pretty funny to listen to while screwing everything up, royally, but other than that this is without a doubt a throw away program. Seriously. At the very least you should speed through my mic breaks. No one should have to sit through such blather. Ugh.

That being said, just take a look at that set list below! Damn! What a fine and diverse selection.

I'm back in the studio tonight, as far as I know at this hour. I do have kids, so anything can get in the way of a good time. Er, I mean, I love having a good time with my kids. They're a blast (insert thumb up sign here).

New music from Goggs, Oh Sees, Tropical Fuck Storm, Sleep, and Ty Segall & White Fence.

Enjoy.

jh

Space Rinse: Goggs
Thesis: Sam and the Soul Machine
Wedge/Seesaw Semiology: Melt Banana

Un Garcon En Mini-Jupe: Karo
Island Cry: Rhasaan Roland Kirk
Panchito Blues: Peach Kelly Pop
Enrique El Corbrador: Oh Sees

The Happiest Guy Around: Tropical Fuck Storm
Anybody Wanna Party: Gloria Gaynor
Comes a Time: Honky
Wam Bam: Silver

Blood: Zig Zags
Watcha Gonna Do About It: Thee Headcoats
Help Save The Youth of America: Billy Bragg

Red Bath: Boss Hog
Hedges: Naked Lights
Cold Thoughts: The Love X Nowhere

Leagues Beneath: Sleep
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret

Body Behavior: Ty Segall and White Fence
Eyes of the World/China Doll: Grateful Dead (June 24, 1973 Portland Coliseum, Portland, OR)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #343: Steel Bridge Spectacular
August 20, 2018 8:00pm

 

Every June in the lovely bayside town of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, a group of talented troubadours gather in the Holiday Music Hotel to woodshed together, in what is known as the "Construction Zone", for hours and days on end, spinning the bottle, and gathering up to create fresh, new music, that they will premier live at local venues once they emerge from the creative process, for the annual Steel Bridge Songfest. Founded by songwriter pat mAcdonald, and now in its 14th year, it's an anything goes process, that will elicit some of the most awe-inspiring musical moments, you would think took months to create instead of hours.

On my show this past Monday night I was happy to welcome back to the studio, guitarist extraordinaire Eric McFadden, who, for the past 14 years has been a mainstay at Steel Bridge. Eric brought along music from the past three years to share.

As you can see by the playlist that follows, there are a lot of names associated with the songs. These are the folks who worked together throughout the event to write these songs. Credit where credit is due.

I hope you enjoy these songs as much as Eric, pat and everyone who was involved in Steel Bridge Songfest enjoyed creating them for you. I look forward to making the trek out to Sturgeon Bay to witness this showcase live in the years to come.

If you're living in the SF Bay Area, come on out to the Ivy Room in Albany on Friday night, August 24th for Eric's CD release party "Pain By Numbers". We close out the show with the track "The Jesus Gonna See You Naked" from the new CD.

Enjoy.

jh

Strawberry Moon: Anna Sacks, Ruby James, Genevieve Hayward
Local Girls: Vincent Gates, Carley Baer
Bomb The Bridge: James Hall

She's So Nautical: James Hall, Chris Bishop, Lumberjack Cash, Liv Muller
Long Way Gone: Morgan Rae, Eric McFadden, pat mAcdonald
Holidazed: Eric McFadden, Tarl Knight, Bruce Butkovich

Rhythm to the Schism: delphine de st. Paër, Loren T, Craig Greenberg, Eric McFadden
Ms. Cherry Lanes: Liam Hall, Matt Spatol
Steel Bridge Lullaby: Geri X, Anna Sacks, Jimm McIver

Views Just Fine: Vincent Gates, Charles Boheme, Michael Black, Barrett Tasky
Haunt Me Out: Brett Newski, Eric McFadden, Michael McKinnon, Jamey Clark, Greg Roteik
Long Way Round To You: Patrick Kelly, Carley Baer, Alex Hand, Barrett Tasky, Jamey Clark

Without Music: Liv Muller, Loren T, Jamey Clark, Queen Delphine
Joys: Eric McFadden, Geri X, Sugar Ransom
Devil's Daughter: Lantz Lazwell, Liam Hall, Matt Spatol, Charles Boheme

Wait: Robin Bienemann, Alex Hand, Cathy Grier
Dance on the Bridge: Morgan Rae, Ruby James, Craig Greenberg, Andrea Wittgens, Jamey Clark
Filigree: Robin Bienemann, Tony Menzer, Mike Wheeler

Diamonds and Fairies: Charles Boheme and many many more
Talk About the Good Things: Claire Kelly, James Hall, Lantz Lazwell, Bruce Butkovich, Jamey Clark

The Jesus Gonna See You Naked: Eric McFadden

Hell's Kitchen Radio #342: Me Love You Long Time
August 13, 2018 8:00pm

 

I try to please you too much. Sometimes I work to please you so much, it hurts. I overthink what I should or shouldn't play, because I don't want to lose you. Sometimes I take a risk, really wanting you to love a song, and I see that you left, and it really breaks me up inside, so much so that next time I see you there, I never even touch that track. It's like the electric third rail kinda thing. I just stay far far away from that. Too risky.

Then I start to think to myself "self, these people are tuning into you because they are really interested in what you're going to play. Go ahead and take that risk. Some may leave. Don't choose songs for the one's who leave. Choose for those who stay. Tonight's show is for those who stay. All tracks, but a couple, average roughly 8 minutes in length. Some jam out pretty far. I don't suggest you multitask while listening.

I pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin in my last half hour, with a selection from a fantastic show from 1971. RIP Aretha, and thanks for sharing your soul, your passion, your life with us all.

Radio is an artform. I get two hours a week to paint an aural picture for you. For this show I'm using a few pretty broad strokes. I hope you enjoy.

Next Monday, August 20th, 8-10PM (PDST), guitar gunslinger, and all around good guy, and my brother from another mother, Eric McFadden will be in the studio with me, celebrating the annual Steel Bridge Songfest. We'll feature two hours of supreme songwriting from such luminaries as pat mAcdonald, James Hall, The Legendary Sons of Crack Daniels, Craig Greenberg, Barrett Taskey, and many, many more. Steel Bridge Songfest is an annual week each June, of songwriting, culminating in four days of live performance, every June in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, as a fundraiser to keep the old Steel Bridge standing.

Enjoy.

jh

Makin' Out: McCoy Tyner Quintet

I Came From the Mtn.: Thee Oh Sees
Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd (October 31, 1966 Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK)
May The Circle Be Unbroken: 13th Floor Elevators

Well You Needn't: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
Oval Office: 3rd Bass

The Prophet's Song: Queen
Hazemaze: FUZZ

Natural Woman/Bridge Over Troubled Water/Dr. Feelgood-Spirit in the Dark: Aretha Franklin (June 12, 1971 Montreux, Switzerland)
Kuruimizu: Boris

New Potato Caboose/It Hurts Me Too: Grateful Dead (October 22, 1967 Winterland, SF, CA)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #341: Wait For It
August 6, 2018 8:00pm

 

Once again I have outdone myself. Even after almost 30 years I still have the ability to put a set together that continues to prove that commercial radio has, does, and always will suck.

The legendary record label and recording studio, Fantasy Records, is closing. I pepper in a few artifacts in tribute, including some CCR, Lenny Bruce, Rancid, and Primus. I took a few requests, one of which is a brilliant 20 minute long devotional Sufi piece, and some Flo and Eddie in the form of a live Zappa/Mother's from 1970.

But that's not all! You also get the shortest, yet most inspiring version of the (almost) entire Tommy LP, an electronic-voiced Eric Clapton side project, and two horny drunk women pissed off at their even more drunk boyfriend. Oh yes, and a really pissed off preacher.

What will I do next Monday to top this one? Tune in Monday 8-10PM to find out.

Monday, August 20th, my brother from another mother, Eric McFadden will be in the studio to co-host our 3rd (non-consecutive) Steel Bridge Special. This is always a hoot.

Enjoy.

jh

Suzie-Q: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Now Ah Lissen: Southern Preacher
Lost On You: LP

Grapevine: The Slits
How To Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties: Lenny Bruce
Roots Radicals: Rancid

Call Any Vegetable: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (February 13, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)
Chinatown: John Zorn's Naked City
Layla: 386DX
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D

Here Come The Bastards: Primus
Hot Rod Lincoln: Commander Cody
Sex and Money: Iggy and the Stooges
How's Never: Gateway

Mainu Yaar Di Namaaz Lain Dey: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Tommy in Seven Minutes: V/A

Toumast: Tinariwen
Atomin Punk: Cherry 2000

Relax: Petra Haden

Hell's Kitchen Radio #340: Return of the Return of the Magnificent Seven
July 23, 2018 8:00pm

 

Sometimes I giggle when I look at my 7" collection. It's true. And when I have to purchase another 7" box to hold them in, I get all silly, thinking about how I'm going to organize them. True story.

You may recall a year ago when I moved out of SF to Berkeley I misplaced my entire 7" collection along with a few important books of mine. I found the mis-labeled box a few months later, but not until I had already re-purchased a few of the missing 45s. I was so frustrated thinking that someone would have had the balls to snatch and grab a very heavy box full of my babies. Thankfully I found it buried in my storage shed behind my home, safe and sound, and ready to be played full blast once again.

On my most recent show it's all about the 7"s (with a few 10"s thrown in, because who doesn't appreciate a quality 10"?). And it's not all rock either. Take a look at the playlist below. Rap, soul, garage, punk, Bowie, rock, psych. I've got it all covered.

I close out the show with a tribute to the Grateful Dead's longest tenured keyboardist, Brent Mydland, who's last show was on this day in 1990 (June 26). I was never a fan of his voice, but he had the Hammond B3 sound down. He just couldn't battle his demons anymore. I have a memory of walking in the lot during a show during the summer of 1989, reading a copy of Dupree's Diamond News (a Dead zine/sheet written for and distributed to Heads in the parking lot before shows). DDN made a statement that the "rumors" of Brent being back on heroin were false; he was clean and sober. He would be dead of a vicious overdose. Too bad Jerry wasn't scared straight from the experience.

I'm out of the office this coming Monday night, and I'm really hoping that our premier fill-in DJ Dial-A-Shot will be taking over. The man ROCKS! I'll have a classic Hell's Kitchen Radio show lined up if he doesn't make it in, and I look forward to manning the helm again the following Monday at 8PM.

Radio Valencia is turning 8 years old on August 11. Be sure to wish us a happy birthday! We like dark chocolate and garage rock.

Enjoy.

jh

Don't Forget to Breathe: The Melvins
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing to Me: Redd Kross

Goin' Back to Cali: LL Cool J
Emma: Hot Chocolate

Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon: Urge Overkill
People Get Ready: The Chambers Brothers
Fantastic Voyage: David Bowie

***San Mateo Set***
Lieutenant Uhuru: Three Stoned Men
Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Mummies
Andalusia: The Phantom Surfers

Hey Hey What Can I Do: Led Zeppelin (You have never heard it played like this before)
Deezy: Honky (Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers ROCK band. Think ZZ Top on meth!)
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags

Kick Out The Jams: Afrika Bambaatta
Rock Box: Run DMC
Macho Man: Artless
Louie Louie: Black Flag

You Stupid Asshole: Mudhoney
Another Way: Mono Men
Let's Get Funky: Jack O'Fire
Lights Out: Wooden Shjips
Observatory: Carlton Melton

Drone: Here Are The Facts You Requested
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson

Dear Mr. Fantasy: Grateful Dead (March 31, 1988 Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #339: Teenage Angstdream
July 9, 2018 8:00pm

 

There once was a time when my daughter looked at me like I was a hero. Now she's 13. Oh well, at least she allowed me to drag her kicking and screaming out of her lair (read: bedroom) to join me in the studio on this fine night. It only took me bribing her with a burrito to make this happen. There was a time when she couldn't wait to co-host a radio show with me. I guess we all grow up eventually, right? RIGHT?

To my credit, she did acknowledge all on her own, that it's pretty cool that she's had this opportunity to be on the radio with me over the years None of her other friends have ever done this before. So there!

Lauson's musical tastes have grown beyond my tastes, as I'm sure mine did when I was her age. If I recall 13 correctly, I was starting to purchase music on my own on a monthly basis; much of which my father hadn't ever listened to. So it comes as no surprise that she's delving deeper into her own interests. And it's those interests that I encouraged her to share on the show tonight.

Interestingly enough, not only is she into hiphop, but she loves Sinatra and Stevie Wonder, and is discovering more classic soul and funk based on the samples used in contemporary hiphop. We talk about this on the air. It reminds me of how I got deeper into blues, using 60s bands like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton as a springboard to discover the originals, which I ended up enjoying more than the covers.

The banter is witty, the music is groovy. The talk about attending concerts, in the second hour, is classic! Much of the music is vocalist-centered as you can see by the playlist below. New music by Ty Segall and White Fence.

Enjoy.

jh

It's Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Fireworks: First Aid Kit
Fourth of July: Dave Alvin
A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits

Lauson's Set:
Chicago: Frank Sinatra
I Just Called To Say I Love You: Stevie Wonder
Shadowboxer: Fiona Apple

Only Son Of A Ladies Man: Father John Misty
Drown In My Own Tears: Ray Charles
Ain't No Sunshine: Bill Withers
Starman: David Bowie - L

In Every Dream Home A Heartache: Roxy Music
Pray For Me: G-Eazy - L
Lilac Wine: Nina Simone
Hallelujah: Jeff Buckley

Business: Eminem - L
Hello Goodbye: The Beatles - L
Senorita: Ovarian Trolley

Body Behavior: Ty Segall and White Fence
Girls: Beastie Boys - L

My Thang: James Brown
Happy Boy: Beat Farmers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #338: Facial Recognition Radio
July 2, 2018 8:00pm

 

Another winner of a broadcast for this week. I think I'm finally getting the hang of this. Lots of tasty library choices on this night. For you not used to the library lingo, "library" means older releases. Some older tunes, some afro-funk, stoner-rock, alt-country, live Iggy and live Dead! What else could you ask for? A few long jams? Sure, I've got that in the show as well. Some jazz and blues? Why not?! Some prog-rock and English punk? Ok, if you say so.

Happy Forfa to all of you. Please celebrate responsibly as you blow up a little bit of our nation, and perhaps a small part of your body.

See you Monday night at 8.

Also, Flint still has no clean drinking water, and Puerto Rico is mostly out of power.

Enjoy.

jh

Status People: Groundhogs
I Knew My Name: Psychic Ills

Reaper Invert: WAND
Giving Up The Ghost: Zig Zags
Temporarily Like Bob Dylan: Bongos, Bass and Bob

Dirty Robber: The Mummies
Mona Lisa: Sam Cooke
God Bless the Child: Kenny Burrell

They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Summer Wages: David Bromberg

Linda Goes To Mars: John Prine
Hikky Burr: Quincy Jones

Tei Egwu:Afro Funk
Mr. Time: Koes Barat
Watcher the Skies: Genesis

Our Darling: Altamont
Untitled: Dead Meadow

Ex-Lion Tamer: Wire
The Passenger: Iggy Pop (August 18, 1996 Bizarre Festival, Cologne, Germany)

Loser: Grateful Dead (May, 08, 1981 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #337: Dub This!
June 25, 2018 8:00pm

 

Sometimes taking a few weeks off leaves me feeling a wee bit rusty. Not tonight! I came out of the shoot all guns blazing hot! Something for everyone in the first hour. Lots of dub in the second. I close out the show with a tasty 13 minute live Jimi Hendrix jam from New Years Eve 69/70 that you are sure to enjoy.

I spent a little while at Econo Jam Records in Oakland today. This was a first for me, but I can promise you it will not be my last. Living in San Francisco for most of my life got me used to the many fine vinyl establishments on that side of the bridge (I actually types "this side of the bridge", forgetting that I don't live in SF now): Amoeba, Stranded, 1234Go, Thrillhouse, just to name a few. But living in Berkeley has opened my eyes to more more MORE!!!!

We truly are living the dream, aren't we.

Also, Flint still has no clean drinking water, and Puerto Rico is mostly out of power.

Enjoy.

jh

Mondo Bondage: The Tubes
Road Runner: Chris Spedding

Shotgun Blues: Blues Brothers
The Bit: The Melvins

Sonic Titan: Sleep
Overthrown: Oh Sees

Oh Man: Spacin'
Down Home Girl: Betty Davis
Power of Soul: Idris Muhammad

Cloak and Dagger (Version 3): The Upsetters
Sin Semilla Dub: The Upsetters
Kasha Macka Dub: The Upsetters

I Am Not Ashamed: The Mighty Two
Get Movin': The Last Poets
Under Surveillance: The Scientist

Soul Revel: Bob Marley and Lee Perry
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Shhhhhh (For A Little While): James Brown

Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix (January 1, 1970 - Fillmore East, NY, NY)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #336: Look Ma, No Brains!
June 4, 2018 8:00pm

 

A night of risk-taking on the ol' radio stream. Or is it Internet stream? Am I allowed to call this radio? We don't broadcast on the FM/AM. We have no antenna. There's no static coming across the line. Am I remiss if I say I have a "radio show"? Or do I have to be all literal and state that I host a two-hour Internet music program each Monday night? That's not very sexy.

Then again, neither am I.

This show however is the bees knees! Just take a gander at that playlist sitting there in front of you. Kraut Rock, Hard Bob, 60s French-Canadian Garage, West African Funk, Midwest Balkanese, and so much more.

How do I do it?!?!?!?!

I'm not on the "air" next Monday night so you can enjoy a classic Hell's Kitchen program instead.

Enjoy.

jh

Haitian Fight Song: Charles Mingus

The Bump: George Freeman
Moonstruck: Malone Barnes and Spontaneous Simplicity

Season of the Witch: Donovan
Happy Boy: The Beat Farmers
La Moustache A Papa: Anna Bell
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Anne Margaret

Staring at the Sun: Wooden Shjips
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra
Brainstorm: Hawkwind

Truth: Alexander Ebert
Leave It (A Capella): Yes
Telephone Girl: Assagai
Rhineland: Beirut

Diamond In Your Mind: Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet
Reaching Through To The Other Side: My Brightest Diamond
Feeling Good (Troublemaker Remix): Nina Simone

Rope Ladder To The Moon: Colosseum (August 22, 1970 Finland)
Little Man With A Gun In His Hand: Minutemen

Here Come The Bastards: Primus

Hell's Kitchen Radio #335: It's Too Late Now
May 28, 2018 8:00pm

 

How exactly did the week pass by without me posting my show? I hate when that happens. I don't just blindly pick music. I take my time to curate a show for you. I would love nothing more than to wax poetic about why I chose what I did for you on this fine night, but alas I cannot for the life of me recall anything beyond the fact it was Memorial Day, and I also picked up the new Sleep and Wooden Shjips LPs.

That'll have to do.

Oh, and you absolutely MUST check out the "Message from Daimo" track later in the show. It's hilarious if you know Daimo. Even if you don't...

Enjoy.

jh

An Open Letter To My Teenage Son: Victor Lunberg
Mudride: Mudhoney

Giza Butler: Sleep
I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama: John Lennon
Eclipse: Wooden Shjips

War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley
1916: Motorhead
Red Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Black Water: Red Fang
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore: Phil Ochs
(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello
Freaks for the Festival: Rahssan Roland Kirk

Sinnerman: Nina Simone
A Message from Daimo
Chinese Arithmetic: Eric B and Rakim
The Fiddle and the Drum: Joni Mitchell
Am I Black Enough For Ya: Schoolly D

Lonesome Train Whistle: Reverend Horton Heat
Buck Whylin': Terminator X

FISH Cheer/Fell-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die-Rag: Country Joe and the Fish

Hell's Kitchen Radio #334: I Can't Call It What I Really Wanted To Call It
May 14, 2018 8:00pm

 

You just never know what you never know, so stop worrying yourself to death about the unknown unknowns. You don't know what you don't know and you don't know how to articulate it.

This and much much less on my recent Monday night show. Just take a look and a listen and you too will discover that nothing, and I do mean nothing beats the tremendous amount of disappointment you are about to endure. You'll be heard to say "well, I can't get those two hours back", and "I never realized I needed something less".

Yes folks, it's quite amazing to witness such a diversity of absurdity in a non-event such as this one right here.

Feel free not to click on the links associated with unabashed microcosm of what is NOT an example of the American Dream. And that's with a capital A and D!

Next Monday new music from Wooden Shjips and Sleep!!!

Yours in apathy,

jh

Call My Body Home: The Monkeywrench
Die!: The Mummies
Louie Louie: Thee Headcoats

Mother Lemonade: Ty Segall
Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd (BBC December 1968)

Sadio Witch: Electric Wizard
Andromeda's Suffering: Alice Coltrane

Lilin: Bar Kokhba Sextet
Here He Comes: Brian Eno

Rosa Lee McFall: Black Mountain Boys
Bad Smells: Glenn Branca
Overture/It's a Boy: The Who

Epistrophe: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
Ten Crack Commandments: Notorious B.I.G.
Groupie Therapy: The Pharcyde

Sophisticated Bitch: Public Enemy
I Wanna Be Your Lover: Prince

Hell's Kitchen Radio #333: Half The Beast
April 23, 2018 8:00pm

 

Where were you when it happened? Where did you hear the news? Who were you with? What were you doing at the time? How did you feel upon initially experiencing this? Who did you tell first? How did you tell them? What was their reaction?

All this and more in my most recent show.

Such a fabulous selection of punk, funk and junk for your earholes to enjoy.

I'm taking next Monday off to go see Ty Segall perform in Berkeley. There will be a Hell's Kitchen Radio classic scheduled, but you may hear another Radio Valencia DJ taking the controls for the night.

jh

The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley/Ann Margaret
So What: Miles Davis

Sunday Morning: Kelly Stoltz
Love Addict: Honey and the Bees
Makin' The Freeway: Firehose
Hit it and Quit it: Funkadelic

Alice: Meatbodies
Taking Too Long: The Wipers
School Teacher: Bob Seger

Come On Over Turn Me On: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Shapes of Things: Jeff Beck Group
Lover, You Should Have Come Over: Jeff Buckley

Expert: PragVEC
Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll: Long John Baldry

It's A Shame: First Aid Kit
Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers: Joanna Gruesome
Hear My Train A'Comin': Jimi Hendrix

Get Down Moses: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Cars and Shoes: The Coup
Lust For Life: NY Loose

Alta: Ty Segall
Pittsburgh to Lebanon: Butthole Surfers
The Geeks Were Right: The Faint

Roscoe: Midlake

Hell's Kitchen Radio #332: Won't You Come Home?
April 9, 2018 8:00pm

 

It's another one of those nights where I just have to do a deeper dive into my cast library of music. There's something old, something new, something ripped off, something I don't think I've ever actually listened to before.

That's fair, isn't it?

Should a DJ give a listen to EVERYTHING before they play it for you? How much preparation do you require from your DJ? How OCD are you, anyway?

I used to know a DJ at a former station I was at who would spend hours writing out his playlist. We hosted four-hour shows at this particular station. I would watch him work meticulously on his playlist. Draft after draft. He would write down songs/artists, and then scratch some out and and fill it in with another. I would tune in from time to time and could really appreciate the effort, but it also felt a little stiff. Maybe it was his mic breaks, but it never felt that authentic to me.

More often than not I'm inspired by the events leading up to my show, and I pull my music a few hours beforehand based on this. I enjoy playing new music more often than not, but I also love peppering some older "library" tracks in for good measure. Some shows, like the one from two weeks ago, take on a life of their own, and I get inspired during the show itself. Thank goodness I bring along my trusty external HD with 100GB of music.

Enjoy.

jh

If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra cover): Tony Bennett
T.V. Eye: The Stooges

Astronomy Domine: Voivod (Pink Floyd cover)
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
Got My Mind Made Up: 2Pac

High Heeled Sneakers (Tommy Tucker cover): The Mummies
Love Buzz: Shocking Blue
You Can't Lose What You Never Had: Muddy Waters

Red House: Jimi Hendrix

Hillbilly Math: Dale Crover
Revolution Blues: Neil Young
Satan is a Bummer: Bush Tetras

Tattoo (The Who cover): Petra Haden
Life on Mars: David Bowie
Tangled Up In Blue: Bob Dylan

Dimples (John Lee Hooker cover): The Allman Brothers Band
Straight to Hell: The Clash
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat

Joset of Nazareth's Blues: Titus Andronicus
Diamonds on my Mind: Tom Waits

Hell's Kitchen Radio #331: Blow My Cover
April 2, 2018 8:00pm

 

This apparently has become an annual event. If you listen to my show on a regular basis (of course you do!), then you often hear a cover tune or three. There are just too many quality versions to share with you. It's easy with a music collection like mine to play hours and hours of covers. The real test is to find two hours worth to make it worth your while to listen.

I've been inspired to host this show for a few weeks now, but I still didn't get through my long list I had prepared for you. Tune in next Monday night and you may get a few extra treats, including a Pink Floyd cover that will knock you into the next galaxy.

In the meantime enjoy the show. Click on the stream or download links above to access, and please share this with music fans far and wide.

Enjoy.

jh

Eight Miles High (The Byrds): Husker Dü
Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker): Rube Waddell

The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star): Evan Dando
See No Evil (Television): REM
Sharp Dressed Man: Xiu Xiu

Every 1's A Winner (Hot Chocolate): Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
Satisfaction (Rolling Stones): Bjork and PJ Harvey
I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick): Puddles Pity Party

Future's So Bright (Timbuk 3): Adam Mackintosh
Hey Joe (Billy Roberts): Black Uhuru
Je T'Aime, Moi Non Plus (Serge Gainsbourg): Cibo Matto

20th Century Boy (T Rex): Buckethead
Little Green Bag (George Baker Selection): Tom Jones and Barenaked Ladies

Every Grain of Sand (Bob Dylan): Lizz Wright
Black Betty (Leadbelly): The Melvins
Kick Out The Jams (MC5): Henry Rollins and Bad Brains

Heart of Gold (Neil Young): Blitzen Trapper
Rouche Rumble (The Fall): Sonic Youth
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star): Jeff Elgas(Vocals) and Marc Stevens(Guitar)

Maggot Brain (Funkadelic): Mike Watt, J. Mascis, Bernie Worrell
Ramblin' Man (Hank Williams): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Hey Bulldog (The Beatles): Eric McFadden
Up and Down (Cookie Monster): Cookie Mongoloid

Hell's Kitchen Radio #330: Time To Pray
March 26, 2018 8:00pm

 

Fucking A Right! Alcohol. God. Devil. Heaven. Hell. Crossroads. Where do you stand? Sometimes when it hits, it hits hard. The music deviner.

There are times when I'll put in some effort to prepare for a show. I'll think about the artists and songs I want to play, and perhaps even the order I want to play them in. Not tonight. Starting with the second set I had an epiphany of sorts. It took us on a journey. Each set flowing into the next. Honestly, I could have kept this up for another few hours, but alas I only have a two hour canvas in which to paint the aural colors to pleasure your ears and your spirit.

And it's all about the spirit on this night. And spirits!

Next Monday I'm considering hosting an all-covers show. Tune in.

Go in pieces.

jh

End of the World PSA: National Lampoon
Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man: Captain Beefheart
Cuban Pete: Desi Arnez

Alcohol: Gogol Bordello
Alcohol: The Kinks
Alcohol: Butthole Surfers

God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
God's Away on Business: Tom Waits
God: John Lennon
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

God God God: Nina Simone
A Message From God: National Lampoon
Monkey Gone To Heaven: Pixies

Satan Dub: Lee "Scratch" Perry
Hell: James Brown
Hellhound On My Trail: Robert Johnson

Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find: 2 Pac
Heaven and Hell: Black Sabbath
Spiritual: John Coltrane

Wizard in Black: Electric Wizard
Worship The Devil: Glitter Wizard

If You Want To Sing Out: Cat Stevens

Hell's Kitchen Radio #329: You Are My Shadow
March 12, 2018 8:00pm

 

I give away some radio DJ secrets throughout this show. There are also some running themes. And there's some questionable language (you may not want the kids listening to the Ben Folds cover).

I've been meaning to host a covers special for a while now. Perhaps next Monday I will do so. Tune in and find out. I played five covers tonight, if you're keeping score.

There are some posts during the year that jus seem sparse, but I can assure you that this show is not! Tune into Radio Valencia regularly and you'll discover artists you never knew you would love. Seriously, this place is life-altering. Take a chance on us.

Enjoy.

jh

Dead Man's Gun: Thee Oh Sees
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver: Primus

Shadrach: Beastie Boys
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Nina Simone
Soul Rebel: Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry

She: Ty Segall
Pornography: Bongwater
Pussy: Brazilian Girls
Bitches Ain't Shit: Ben Folds

Rebel Heart: First Aid Kit
Albuquerque: Josh Tillman
Wonderwall: Cat Power

Stop Moving To Florida: Melvins
If I Like It I Do It: Jamiriquai

I Love My Wife: Frank Sinatra
Within You Without You: The Beatles
Call For All Demons: Sun Ra

Jesus: The Velvet Underground
Heart of the Sunrise: Yes
Blue Domes of Isfahan: Cornflower Suite

Jet Airliner: Paul Peña
I Got Everything I Need (Almost): Downchild Blues Band

Hell's Kitchen Radio #328: Fare Thee Well Now
February 19, 2018 8:00pm

 

John Perry Barlow was a maverick in the ways of songwriting and internet freedom. Called “the uncrowned poet laureate of cyberspace,” and "equal parts beat poet and P.T. Barnum", co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Barlow understood the importance of a free and accessible internet, open to all. As songwriting partner of the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, he collaborated on some of the band's most beloved tunes. He was a gentleman, a showman, a rowdy conspirator, and jack-of-all trades. The world is a better place because of him.

We'll carry on the fight from here, John. RIP.

The tunes below are some of the absolute best versions performed. Links are provided for each show at my blog: http://hellskitchenradio.blogspot.com

Enjoy.

jh

Feel Like A Stranger: October 12, 1984 Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Mexicali Blues: October 26, 1971 The Palestra, Rochester, NY
Looks Like Rain: April 08, 1972 Wembley Arena, London, England

Just A Little Light: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY
I Need A Miracle: September 16, 1978, Giza, Egypt
Heaven Help The Fool: October 30, 1980 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, NY

Lazy Lightning/Supplication: November 02, 1977 Field House, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
Black Throated Wind: August 27, 1972 Veneta, OR

Cassidy: October 12, 1983 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY
Estimated Prophet: February 3, 1978 Madison, WI
The Music Never Stopped: May 9, 1977 Buffalo, NY

Throwing Stones: September 20, 1990 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY

Hell in a Bucket: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY

John Perry Barlow wrote the Principle of Adult Behavior as standard code of conduct when he was 30 years old.
1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.
HOW MANY OF THESE RULES DO YOU STRIVE TO LIVE BY?

Hell's Kitchen Radio #327: Express Yourself
January 29, 2018 8:00pm

 

After so many shows where it feels like I'm paying tribute to some lost musical genius, I needed to cleanse my Hellish soul. This show is sure to get your toes tappin'. On the menu are some classics and some tracks that are soon to be classic in your collection.

I also take a few minutes in the middle of the program to discuss my current thoughts on the state of commercial radio (one of my favorite topics), and the possible (and hopefully impending) bankruptcy of iHeart Radio (formerly Clear Channel). I'd love your thoughts on this. Feel free to leave a comment.

Just take a look at this playlist. Curtis, JB, Fela, Beasties, Brother Ray, Last Poets, The Meters, Aretha, Toots, Parliament, NWA!!!!!!!

DAMN, GET ON THE GOOD FOOT!

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
http://hellskitchenradio.blogspot.com


Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfiled
Lickin' Stick Lickin' Stick: James Brown

Let's Start: Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker
Hit It And Pass It: Rasputin Stash

Make It New York: Ghostface Killah
Sure Shot: Beastie Boys
Investigation: Carl Holmes
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Moonlight Mile: Lee Fields and the Expressions
There Is A Mountain: Jo Jones

Got What It Takes: Lord Loves A Working Man
Can't Help Myself: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Orchestra
Drown In My Own Tears: Ray Charles

F.U.N.K.: Betty Davis
The White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Ride Your Pony: The Meters

Funky Kingston: Toots and the Maytals
People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin
Chocolate City: Parliament

Express Yourself: N.W.A.

Hell's Kitchen Radio #326: White And Mellow
January 22, 2018 8:00pm

 

Sometimes a show just hits right away. Tonight was one of those nights. I have never made it a habit of preparing much for my show. I usually have an idea for a theme, but there are many shows, including this one, where I had a few songs I knew I wanted to share, but other than that I go by feel.

I believe this was a standout show, and I hope you agree. Take a look at the playlist below, and stream or download to your heart's content.

Join me on Thursday, February 1st at the SF Eagle for a memorial for our late friend, and horniest horn man, Ralph Carney. Ralph-A-Palooza promises to be a great show, with some brilliant and talented performers.

Everybody's Clown: Lucifer's Friend
Rhapsody in Blue: Sergio and Odair Assad

Fine and Mellow: Billie Holiday and Lester Young
Dance on the Volcano: Gomorrha

Give Up The Ghost: Hans Chew
South of the Border: Frank Sinatra
White Minority: Black Flag
You're A Big Girl Now: Bob Dylan

Work Song: Nina Simone
Pissing in a River: Patti Smith Group
Buenos Tardes, Amigo: Ween
Rebel Rebel: Seu Jorge

God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest And Her Yes Men
God's Away On Business: Tom Waits

Alta: Ty Segall
Rollin' and Tumblin': Muddy Waters

It's Good To Be King: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1999-04-12 Irving Plaza, NYC, NY)
St. James Infirmary: White Stripes

Hell's Kitchen Radio #325: Blown Away
January 15, 2018 8:00pm

 

First live show for the new year and of course it's a tribute. Duh! Michael "The Professor" Shannon, co-host of Sex Cels (10-midnight Monday's on RV) passed away last month after a long bout with melanoma. I cannot say enough great things about The Professor. My regular interactions with him came during our weekly show transitions. Michael would start Sex Cels each week with a three-song opening theme. He would have me guess the theme and try to stump me. More often than not I would guess correctly. I am a walking musical encyclopedia after all. ;)~ He was a devout atheist and would proudly wear that on his sleeve. He was also a serious Star Wars fanatic. I still liked him though. I can't imagine being in the studio without his smiling face to greet me before taking over the board. Night night, Michael.

Another punch in the gut came a few weeks back when I heard about the passing of another friend, musical stalwart and jack of all musical trades, Ralph Carney. Ralph passed away following a fall down his stairs in his home in Portland, Oregon. He lived in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco for many years, where he was known lovingly as the Mayor of Bernal. Ralph was often found sitting in with local bands throughout the week at clubs like Amnesia or Club Deluxe. He had recorded sessions possibly numbering in the thousands with bands such as the B52s, Elvis Costello, Les Claypool, Stan Ridgeway, and of course Tom Waits, who he spent about 15 years with. Ralph was such a cornball. His personality really shone through his music. Listening to him it made sense that his music was just an extension of his personality. He was like a walking cartoon character; very rubbery. The final twenty minutes of my show is a tribute to Ralph. Another great has left the building. Ralph-a-Palooza will be held on Thursday February 1st, 8PM-2AM, at SF Eagle. Performers include Robin Coomer, Gaucho, The Extra Action Marching Band, The Cottontails, Allison Lovejoy, Griddle, and many more special surprises (no Tom Waits will probably not be one of those surprises).

The first hour features new music from King Gizzard as well as OCS (formerly Thee Oh Sees). Hour two has a lot of tasty live treats from my vault. The playlist follows.

Join my this Sunday afternoon starting at 4PM at Thee Parkside in SF for a live memorial to International Rock Poster artist Ron Donovan. There will be rock posters made in his honor by acclaimed artists including Chris Shaw, and Ron's former partner Chuck Sperry. We're going to send Ron out the only way he would allow: drunk and very very late to the party.

Enjoy.

jh

Why (Is the King of Love Dead?): Nina Simone
A Night out With Jay: Epsilons
Hey Mr. DJ: Bobby Moore

Satan's Stomp: The Flesh Eaters
The Passenger: Iggy Pop

The Book: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Fist City: Loretta Lynn
Marijuana: Reverend Horton Heat
Convenient: Sun Kil Moon
Master Pretender: First Aid Kit

Snortin' Whiskey: Honky
Red Hot: Jurassic 5
Memory of a Cut off Head: OCS

Crossroads: Cream (1968-10-20 San Diego)
Pinhead: Ramones (1977-11-14 Utica, NY)
Don't Let It Bring You Down: Neil Young 1971-02-23 BBC)

Police and Thieves: The Clash (1978-12-28 Lyceum Theater, London, UK)
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad: Grateful Dead (1972-08-22 Berkeley Community Theater)
Overture/It's A Boy: The Who
It's Only A Bargain If You Want It: Des Ark

Pink Panther Theme: Oranj Symphonette
Blow Big Ralph: Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project
Bojack Horseman Theme: Ralph and Pat Carney

Digital Witness: St. Vincent
Way Down In The Hole: Tom Waits

Love How In Love With Love You Are: Adam Mankintosh ft. Storm Large

Hell's Kitchen Radio #324: Deathbed Blues
December 11, 2017 8:00pm

 

Sometimes it hits a little too close to home.

Rock poster artist and friend Ron Donovan passed away last week after losing his liver to too many years of alcohol abuse. I loved Ron like anyone did, which meant it was a love-hate relationship. He was funny, talented, smart, and charismatic. He was also selfish, often tardy, never with the tools he needed to do the job, full of excuses and a real pain in the ass. He burned more bridges than most. That being said, he was ubiquitous. There was no one like the Hobbit, "Rotten" Ronnie Donovan.

For over six years he was my foil when we co-hosted the 6 hour bootleg battle "Rock Fight". Ron and I had perhaps the largest combined bootleg collection anywhere. It was easy to pull out brilliant live versions of tunes to one-up each other. He was always late to these shows, rarely had the material he needed, and would often pass out on the couch before we were through. I ended up having a strict "no hard alcohol" rule for these shows, which paid off as they were the finest we did together. We also hosted a few live bands and interviews during these marathon shows.

In 2011 Ron volunteered his services to make us a poster for Radio Valencia, which he was going to present at a big fundraiser of ours. He was four hours late and the poster had the incorrect URL and frequency on it! Oh, and he misspelled "commercials. HA! In typical Donovan fashion he just shrugged it off with a smile. I still have about a dozen of those posters somewhere.

Ron was mostly known through his great rock poster art. I met him when he and Chuck Sperry ran Firehouse Kustom Rock Posters. I would hang out at their warehouse and watch the magic happen. Ron was always the life of the party and often would bring the party with him. I'll miss seeing him in his ink-covered shorts-over-thermals, and socks/sandals ensemble, riding along on his Powell/Peralta board looking for a free drink at any one of many bars or "offices" he had around town.

Tonight's show is a tribute of sorts to Ron. I'm not sure he would have approved of every track, but he would have liked that they were all songs that one would want played as they passed on.

Yours truly,

jh

Never Talking to You Again: Husker Dü
Dirt: The Stooges

I Wanna Rock: Twisted Sister

Purple Rain: Prince
Heaven: Talking Heads
Teenage Kicks: The Undertones
People Who Died: Jim Carroll

In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (03/19/75 Vancouver, Canada)
Rock and Roll Suicide: David Bowie
Carrickfergus: Van Morrison and The Chieftains

The Bones in the Ground: Robyn Hitchcock
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You: Louis Armstrong
One More Cup of Coffee: Bob Dylan
Jig of Life: Kate Bush

Mea Culpa: Brian Eno and David Byrne
Highly Illogical: Leonard Nimoy
Hooray For Me: Bad Religion

Highway To Hell: AC/DC (12/17/81 Rochester, NY)
Watermelon in the Easter Hay: Frank Zappa

Black Peter: Grateful Dead (12/14/71 Ann Arbor, MI)
Happy Boy: Beat Farmers

Rock on, Rotten Ronnie. I hope you make it to your destination...eventually.

Hell's Kitchen Radio #323: Statutory Rock!
December 4, 2017 8:00pm

 

I found Judge Roy Moore's iPod and you would not believe what he has on this thing! He has a playlist called "Statutory Rock". It's all songs about sex with underage girls, mostly. Dude! I just had to play it on my show. Who knew there were so many songs about having illegal sex with people underage? If you lived in the 70s then you pretty much figured that was happening all the time. And if you live in Alabama today then you probably have kids with someone who is currently underage, and it's possible your sister or brother or some kinda relative anyway. Yes, I went there.

Enjoy and please vote.

jh

Teen Angel: Mark Dinning
Christine Sixteen: KISS
Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight: Spinal Tap

Jailbait: Motörhead
Jailbait: Aerosmith
Jailbait: Ted Nugent

Statutory Date: Twisted Sister
Mellow Yellow: Donovan
Sweet Little Sixteen: Chuck Berry

Goin' Blind: Melvins
Whistle Bait: Lorrie and Larry Collins
Thirteen: The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl: The Yardbirds

Young Girl: Gary Pucket and the Union Gap
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon: Neil Diamond

Cypress Avenue: Van Morrison
Claire: Gilbert O'Sullivan
Do You Wanna Touch Me: Gary Glitter

Gypsy, Tramps and Thieves: Cher
Stray Cat Blues: Rolling Stones
Flower: Liz Phair
He Made A Woman Out Of Me: Betty LaVette

Does Your Mother Know: ABBA
Mexicali Blues: Grateful Dead
Francine: ZZ Top
Lemon Incest: Serge Gainsbourg
The Wanton Song: Led Zeppelin

(How To Keep Your) Husband Happy: The Cosmopolitans

Hell's Kitchen Radio #322: Crazy As It Seems
November 20, 2017 8:00pm

 

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

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)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #321: 7th Annual Annual Annual - 1992
November 13, 2017 8:00pm

 

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 Omni, Gillman Street, Berkeley 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

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

Hell's Kitchen Radio #320: Ain't That A Shame
November 6, 2017 8:00pm

 

I'm sleep deprived, so don't hold me too accountable for what follows. ...I'm trying hard to think of something witty to say. Hmmm. Who knew sleep was so damn important?

Ah yes, my show this week! I was able to get to my Fats Domino tribute. You probably only know him through his seminal hit "Blueberry Hill", but his sound helped define early rock and roll, rhythm and blues, with a touch of jump swing. His stride piano style was always evident in the New Orleans sound, whether he was playing one of his own songs of love and heartbreak, or a carefully chosen cover. I grew up in a household where my dad (born 1941) played a lot of blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Fats played a central role in my early musical development, which I'm certain I didn't realize until he passed away a few weeks back at the age of 89.

The balance of my show features new music from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (their third full-length release of 2017!) and Boris. There's some long noisy jams via Aluk Todolo, a jazzy cover by Sex Mob, a "weird" cover by The Residents, stoner spacey jams from Sleep, and an Op/Ed from John Lennon. There's more as you'll see below. Also, I gave tickets away to see Fu Manchu. Did you know that I often have tickets to local shows I give away on my show? You didn't?!?!?! Tune in and WIN!!! There's so much winning. You're going to get tired of all the winning, I promise you.

I've been spending too much time on Twitter lately. There are links below.

Next Monday night is my 7th annual Annual Annual!!! That's two hours from one year. I'm thinking about hosting 1992.

Enjoy.

jh

It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Jambalaya: The Residents

Ain't That A Shame: Fats Domino
Bad Luck and Trouble: Fats Domino
Good Hearted Man: Fats Domino

You Win Again: Fats Domino
Your Cheatin' Heart: Fats Domino
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans: Fats Domino

The Book/A Journey to (S)Hell: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Walking in the Park: Colosseum

Aquarian: Sleep
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier: John Lennon
I Want You/She's So Heavy: George Benson

Ampn': Fu Manchu
The Horned Goddess: The Sword

Deadsong/Absolutego: Boris

IV: Aluk Todolo
Volpina: Sex Mob

Hell's Kitchen Radio #319: The Big Three Killed My Baby Brain
October 23, 2017 8:00pm

 

You would think since I'm only getting about four hours a sleep, having a newborn in the house, I wouldn't be up for doing my weekly show. You would be incorrect. What the hell do you know anyway? It's not like I was looking to run out on the little one and my bride. No, no, no. It's more about taking the time away so when I come back I'm even more hot to care for all-things-baby!

It was so great getting back on the horse tonight after three weeks away. The playlist felt fresh, and your comments kept me on edge...er, I mean happier than a baby with a fresh boob in the mouth!

You'll have to forgive me, I have baby-brain right now. That being said, I think you will agree that I can still throw together one hell of a playlist. Oh, I'm thinking about starting a campaign to get a local commercial radio station (107.7 The Bone, KFOG, Live-105) to allow me to program their station for one hour during the evening drive. I promise not to play anything with bad words...in English. Really though, the dreck they are playing is insulting. Give me one hour and I know you're going to have listeners hungry for more.

Until that day, keep tuning in Monday's 8-10PM and I'l give it my best; baby-brain and all.

Enjoy.

jh

Common People: William Shatner
Earthquake: Butthole Surfers
Someday Soon: The Doors

Grateful: Patti Smith
What Goes On: Velvet Underground

Vitamin C: Can
Free Your Mind and your Ass Will Follow: Funkadelic

Lord of Lightning: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (World Cafe-Bakehouse Studios-Melbourne, Australia-January 25, 2017)
A Lotus on Irish Streams: Mahavishnu Orchestra (Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA November 9, 1972)
Frankie and Albert: Leadbelly (1940-12-12 - WNYC Radio - Folk Songs of America - New York, NY)

Eric's Trip: Sonic Youth (November 26, 1992 - Teatro Tenda Strisce, Roma, Italia)
When I Met You: David Bowie

Celluloid Heroes: The Kinks (BBC 1974)
Black Magick: Ty Segall

Last Looks: Lee Renaldo
The Static God: Oh Sees
Moon Tattoo: Sofi Tukker

Evil Ways: Santana (Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, February 14, 1969)
Brown-Eyed Women: Grateful Dead (October 21, 1971, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #318: It's Much Too Much
October 2, 2017 8:00pm

 

Is he or isn't he? Apparently he is. Dang. I saw Tom Petty three times in the late 80s and early 90s, including the very first Bridge School benefit in 1986, which is the only one I attended. I also was able to see him with Lenny Kravitz opening (the Let Love Rule tour). Petty always put on such a great show. I gave up going to shows in large venues many years ago, but I always felt that I seeing Petty again would be fun, regardless of the size of the venue.

There are few artists I would see in a large venue today. I would see Neil Young in a large venue if Crazy Horse was backing him. Other than that I prefer a venue ranging from a size 50-1500 people. The more intimate the better.

Speaking of an intimate setting, my bride took me to see Thee Oh Sees last week at the best venue in SF: Great American Music Hall. Not only was it a brilliant show, it was without a doubt, the loudest show I have ever been to. Even guitarist/lead singer John Dwyer was heard to ask if that show wasn't louder than the previous night's? I'm seeing them again in December at the Chapel. Get your tickets before they sell out.

Last night I was lucky enough to catch what has been marked as the "Last Polka" of the great SF punk-polka band, Polkacide, at Bottom of the Hill. After 30+ years they're hanging up their lederhosen. I spent a good 30 minutes in the polkapit. and boy did I feel it. The four original members are grandparent age now, and I'm guessing that having 10 people in the band makes it difficult to make the scene too often. I'm hoping for an annual reunion at the very least.

On a completely unrelated note, my bride Catherine gave birth to our little boy, Bodhi Miles Hell this past Thursday! We couldn't be more excited about this fella coming into our lives. I'll be taking a few weeks off from my show so I can be home with the little fella, fitting him with black t-shirts and guitar picks, and singing to him my favorite Melvis and Grateful Dead tunes. I can't wait to have him and Little Lauson Hell both in the studio with me in the years to come.

Check out the playlist below. There's a live Tom Petty tribute, new music from Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Boris. Lots of great live treats in there as well.

Enjoy.

jh

Porno: Limbomaniacs
Pan: Ty Segall

Plastic Plant: Thee Oh Sees (September 28, 2017 Great American Music Hall, SF, CA)
Jack the Ripper: Link Wray

Young, Gifted and Black: Aretha Franklin
Radebe: Johnny Dyani
Dead Flowers: Townes Van Zandt
Rise Up With Fists: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

American Girl: Tom Petty (April 23, 1977 The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA)
Even the Losers/The Waiting/So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Bob Dylan (June 26, 1986 HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN)
Something in the Air: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Keys to the Castle: Thee Oh Sees
Dystopia-Vanishing Point: Boris

Ride Into the Sun: The Velvet Underground
My Favorite Things: John Coltrane (October 26, 1963 Tivoli Koncertsal, Copenhagen)

I Loved Another Woman: Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (June 9, 1968, Carousel Ballroom, SF, CA)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #317: Take A Knee
September 25, 2017 8:00pm

 

I promised I wasn't going to go on a rant tonight. I almost got through the entire show too. It was worth it. But it's all about the music, right? That's why you tune in. You want to hear what I'm going to play, and in what order I'll be playing it. I get it. That's why I listen to quality radio programs, and often with a pen and paper at hand. I want to get excited about a tune I haven't heard before so I can run on out and purchase it, and perhaps get turned on to an artist that has deftly escaped my attention until now.

Recently, a friend of mine was telling me that I should contact a commercial radio station and ask for the opportunity to be their music director for one day. Yes, the music heard on most commercial stations, most of the time, makes me want to puke. Much of what I'm perplexed about is the order of their songs. They can hand me the list of all artists/songs they want played for that day and allow me to place it in an order that actually makes sense. Don't hold your breath for me to do this anytime soon, but I do like the idea.

If you have been enjoying the second hour live sets I've been doing then I believe you're really going to enjoy what I have in store for you on this show. Check out the playlist below, and click the stream/download links above.

Enjoy.

jh

Some Context/The Acrid Corpse: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Powerman: The Kinks
Time of your Live: Daevid Allen
Repo Man: Iggy Pop

Rodeo Chica: Boss Hog
That's Not My Name: Ting Tings
Let It Bleed: Goat

Plastic Plant: Thee Oh Sees
Death Sound Blues: Country Joe and the Fish
The Same Thing: Muddy Waters

Jeun Ko Ku: Fela Kuti

Keep on the Sunny Side: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Roadrunnre: Jerry Garcia Band (August 1, 1974 - Keystone, Berkeley, CA)

Head Home: Midlake
Visions of Johanna: Bob Dylan (May 26, 1966 Royal Albert Hall, London, England)

Sweet Jane: Lou Reed (October 27, 1974 Palace Theater, Dayton, OH)
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Neil Young (February 19, 1970 KQED TV, San Francisco, CA)

Messin' With the Kid: Rory Gallagher (July 10, 1972 Bob Harris Show, BBC)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #316: A Little Dab'll Do Ya
September 18, 2017 8:00pm

 

When you start out in non-commercial radio today there's such a learning curve when it comes to deep musical knowledge and history of the many genres one can investigate. When I started in 1988 I never thought that I would be able to conquer that mountain of musical mayhem. Almost 30 years later I find that I have a fairly intimate knowledge of many genres: early Jazz, Bebop, Post-bop, Chicago Blues, 60s/70s neo-Punk, 70s Classic Rock, 60s/70s Underground Funk, 60s American Psychedelia, Kraut Rock, 2000s Stoner Rock, all-things James Brown, Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, Melvins, and on and on and on...

I really feel for the new breed DJs who want to break into this scene today. There's just too much damn great music to listen to. I was looking at a collection of digitized music of mine recently, and I cannot believe how much I haven't even spent time listening to and getting to know on a deeper level. What the hell is wrong with me?!?!?! I really think that I need a gofundme for people to contribute to so I can take time off work so I can be able learn all this music to better entertain you.

There's a world of great music out there to enjoy. I appreciate you tuning in every Monday night, and/or streaming/downloading these shows to help you broaden your musical horizons.

Enjoy.

jh

New Day Rising: Husker Dü (October 17, 1987 The Ritz, NYC)
Eye Shaking King: Amon Dull II
Stop the Pusher: Bo Diddley

Moth Tongue: Crystal Fairy
The Pusher: Nina Simone
Detachable Penis: King Missle

High Heel Sneakers: Rahssan Roland Kirk
Sophisticated Sissy: Rufus Thomas
She Caught the Katy: Taj Mahal
Big Chief: The Meters

Aquarian: Sleep
Moving to Florida: Butthole Surfers
Wealthy Man: Cat Power

Sea of Joy: Blind Faith
Out of Focus: Blue Cheer
Mr. Brown: Bob Marley

Messin' with the Kid: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix
Oh Me: Meat Puppets

Neptune's Convoy: Fu Manchu
The Klan: Gil Scott-Heron

Bitches Brew: Miles Davis

Hell's Kitchen Radio #315: Barbie Stole My Donut
September 11, 2017 8:00pm

 

What was your favorite childhood toy? I used to love my Space 1999 spaceship. Loved it! I loved it more than the Star Wars toys I accumulated, probably because I really didn't care so much for the Star Wars franchise. I know, I know, shoot him now! I was more of a Trekkie. Did anyone own a Barbie? Did you own more than one? Did you own a Ken? Did you make them swap clothing? Did you have them make out? Did you take them apart and turn them into grotesqueries? My guest Monday night is all about turning Barbie and her friends into works of contemporary art.

Julie Anderson has curated "Altered Barbie" since 2003, hosting many multi-media artists who use Barbie as their muse, their canvas, their medium. We take the first hour and talk to her and singer Ethel Merman (who is performing at the opening reception this Saturday night) about the history of the event, the history of Barbie, legal issues and great art experiences.

I'm planning on attending the opening reception this Saturday night and I strongly urge you to come down and have a great night. It's absolutely worth every second, and you can walk out with some great art!

The gallery is located at Back to the Picture, 934 Valencia Street in San Francisco
Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM

The remainder of the night focuses on recent live acquisitions that I'm excited to share with you.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

In The Flesh: Pink Floyd
This Year's Kisses: Billie Holiday + Lester Young
Buckets of Rain: Bob Dylan

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers
I Don't Want to Talk About It: Delaney, Bonnie and Friends

Interview with Julie Anderson and Ethel Merman of Altered Barbie

Barbie Girl: Aqua
Million Dollar Babies/I Love the Dead/Million Dollar Babies: Alice Cooper (June 4, 1980 El Paso)

Stinkfoot: Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention (November 9, 1974 Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA)
Into the Groovy: Sonic Youth

You Know You Know: Mahavishnu Orchestra (April 21, 1972 Music Hall, Cleveland, OH)

Lusitanos: Weather Report (May 4, 1975 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA)
Dancing in the Streets: Grateful Dead (January 3, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #314: You're Fired!
August 21, 2017 8:00pm

 

Do we get to listen to music in the afterlife? I sure hope so, or it's going to be seriously boring. Or maybe when we die we can travel anywhere in time, so we can go see all those concerts that we were too young to attend when we were alive. That would be pretty awesome!

Who would you go see?

I'd see all the obvious 60s and 70s rock bands that I never got to see, but add to that Nina Simone, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Maybe Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Johny Thunders. Too many great artists to count, really.

Tonight's show wasn't about a lot of dead rock stars. No. There's lots of life in this here show you're about to listen to. Oh it's got its share of dead musicians, but don't let that get you down.

Enjoy.

jh

Common People: William Shatner
The Cactus: 3rd Bass
Get It Together: Beastie Boys

Dirty Women: Black Sabbath
Little Child Running Wild: Curtis Mayfield
Skull Ring: Iggy Pop

Catholic School Girls Rule: Red Hot Chili Peppers
John the Fisherman: Primus
Cosmic Slop: Funkadelic

Too Young To Die: Jamiroquai
Shocks (Almighty Mix): Bob Marley and Lee Perry
Night Destroyer: Red Fang

A New World/Altered Beast: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out: Nina Simone

China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (August 27, 1972 Old Renaissance Fairgrounds, Veneta, OR)
Life on Mars: Seu Jorge

Natural Born Lover: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
The Shape I'm In: Bo Diddley
Baba Diddy Baby: The Mummies

Hell's Kitchen Radio #313: So's Your Face
August 14, 2017 8:00pm

 

Lauson spent the night in Hell's Kitchen this past Monday night and was more than her usual kooky self. Little Lauson Hell is about to enter 8th grade and I'm not really certain how I feel about all this growing up stuff. She knows that when it comes to the playlist to make make her choices a wee bit more left of maintstream. That being said, she's her father's daughter: she just knows what she likes. Almost all of her selections (designated by "L") are fairly outside the norm of what a 12 year old probably listens to. Does your kid flip for Nina Simone?

Some new music from Ty Segall from an oddly digital-only release (where's the vinyl, Ty?), and Dale Crover has graced us with what he claims is his first full-length solo effort, Fickle Finger of Fate, but I consider the classic Kiss-style Melvins solo EP of his to be his real first solo release. Whatever. Speaking of the Melvins, their documentary, Colossus of Destiny is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray and we're all better for it. I saw the film at a s showing at the Swedish-American Hall in SF last Fall and the boys performed an acoustic set and did a Q&A following the film. It's chock full of great interviews and music. Check it out!

I've got way too much music to share with you this coming Monday night. Two hours really isn't enough time, but it'll have to do. See you on the "radio".

Enjoy.

jh

Common People: William Shatner
Love of the Common People: Leonard Nimoy
Bo Diddley: Bob Seger

Lose Yourself: Eminem - L
Nice Nice Very Nice: Ambrosia

Don't Stop Me Now: Queen - L
Baby's On Fire: Ayers-Eno-Cale-Nico
Man Thinks Woman: Mecca Normal
She's An Angel: They Might Be Giants

None, No More: Dale Crover
The Room Where It Happens: Hamilton - L
I Put A Spell On You: Leon Russell
You Don't Own Me: Grace ft. G-Easy - L

Dust: Ty Segall
The Runaway: Danny O'Keefe
Feeling Good: Nina Simone - L

Mayla: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Kisah Sedih Di Hari Minggu: Koes Barat
That's What I Like: Bruno Mars - L

Foolish Heart: Grateful Dead (June 19, 1988 Alpine Valley Music Center)
Eight Miles High: Husker Dü

Intergalactic: Beastie Boys - L

Hell's Kitchen Radio #312: The Oddball Mashup
August 7, 2017 8:00pm

 

Tonight I'm training a new Radio Valencia DJ: Andre Champaign. Andre took over the first 30 minutes of my show, and it was a dub-lovers delight! Two sweet sets that'll get your toes a-tappin'. and your body swaying.

Andre also inspired my sets. Since my recent move I've been finding items in my library I had forgotten all about. I was told in my radio youth to never draw attention to a mistake; the listeners won't notice anyway. I took that to heart, but added never draw attention to a mistake UNLESS you can make it an artform! You can hear what I mean in my final mic break of the evening. HA!

I was hoping to do a 7" special soon called "The Return of the Magnificent 7", but in my recent move I lost a box of items, including ALL of my 7"s. I cannot begin to tell you how sore I am about this loss. I also lost a few DVDs and important books. Ugh. I hate the idea of having to rebuild my collection. But that's how it goes. As bad as I fee about this, I cannot define my identity by what I own. In the end, I still love music; it's my drug of choice. You can count on me to continue to curate two hours of aural bliss every Monday night.

I do still have a John Zorn special that I'm planning for this Fall. I'm still not certain how many hours and how many parts it will be. There is so much good music to choose from this grand composer/musician. So we have that to look forward to, which is good.

Check out the playlist below and click the stream or download link above to listen.

Enjoy.

jh

Andre Champaign Set:

Airbag: Easy Star All Stars
Safe from Harm: doublestandart
Speak to Me/Breathe: Easy Star All Stars
A Little Dub From My Friends: Easy Star All Stars

Night Nurse: Cottonbelly
Teardrop: Massive Attack
Diffraction: Com Truise

John Hell Set:

Double Six: Lee "Scratch" Perry
George Bush Don't Like Black People: Legendary KO
Do I Look Like A Slut: Avenue D

Turku: Erkin Koray
Ocean Breathes Salty: Sun Kil Moon

You Can't Catch Me: Chuck Berry
Dirt: The Stooges
Buck Whylin': Terminator X

A Better Tomorrow: Dan the Automator and Kool Keith
Hallogallo: Neu!

Killer Sounds From Outer Space: Turn Me On Dead Man
Half Way To A Threeway: Jim O'Rourke
The Passenger: Wall of Voodoo

Que Sera Sera: Doris Day

Hell's Kitchen Radio #311: A Love Letter To You
July 31, 2017 8:00pm

 

I took off for a mid-week trip after this show. This is why you are seeing it so late in the week. That's just the way I roll.

No special on this night, just some fine tuneage. And just take a look! I was obviously looking to mix it up a bit. These sets are totally worth your time to check out. You know you want to. Right? RIGHT?!

New music from The Melvins and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. A brilliant cover from Camper van Beethoven (thanks Doug), some metal, a couple 1967 leftovers, some psych, some glitter-pop, a few choice covers, and a David Lynch tune to boot!

A few specials I have in mind for the next few months include a covers special, and my third John Zorn special to soothe your earholes.

Tune in Monday 8-10PM (PDST) for another tasty treat on Hell's Kitchen Radio.

Enjoy.

jh

Common People: William Shatner
An Open Letter to My Teenage Son: Victor Lundberg
1977: Thee Headcoats

Give It To Me: The Melvins
Interstellar Overdrive: Camper van Beethoven
I Have A Radio: David Lynch

Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
The Embryo: Pink Floyd (BBC 07-16-1970 Paris Cinema, London, England)

Han-Tyomi and the Murder of the Universe: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
En Gang Om Aret: Dungen

Kathy's Song: Simon and Garfunkel (dedicated to my bride on her birthday)
Take a Letter, Maria: RB Greaves
Summer Babe (Winter Version): Pavement
1976: Redd Kross

Burning Spear: Thee Oh Sees
Sticks and Stones: Jo Jones
Can You Get To That: Funkadelic
Albuquerque: Josh Tillman

ACDC: Sweet
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite: The Beatles
Let's Go Hunt for Grandpa: Goober and the Peas

Hate the Police: The Dicks

Hell's Kitchen Radio #310: Summer of Love Special
July 24, 2017 8:00pm

 

I grew up wishing I had graduated from a San Francisco high school in 1964 so that by the Summer of Love in 1967 I would 21 years old and able to fully immerse myself in everything that era had to offer. It's the music of that time that influenced me the most during my adolescent years, when I was moving past what played on the home hi-fi and more into discovering my own likes. It was that swirling psychedelic music and it was that message of change and opportunity that grabbed me most.

My family moved to the Bay Area in late 1982 when I was 12 years and I knew right away what a special place San Francisco was. In our first excursion into the city my parents wanted to tour Fisherman's Wharf, I wanted to go to the Haight. Of course by 1982 the Haight was long past its hippy prime and deep in its lost years of heroin and speed and closed storefronts. That didn't stop me from searching this great city and colorful neighborhoods for any crumb that remained from the vibe that the Summer of Love hoped to propagate following 1967. Today the area is inundated by boutiques and way too many Tibetan importers and head shops; not to mention countless tourists, who, like me, are looking for a shred of evidence that there was once an energy of love that attempted to take our nation to a higher level, overcoming war and grief and capitalism. And let's not forget the number of homeless teens and 20-somethings who have been termed out of foster care, who call the doorways of Haight Street their home.

It was the swirling music, colorful fashion, and risk-taking youth that took precedence at that time. It was the music industry that bastardized it and made way for the punk movement of the 70s/80s. But before that all came to pass we have to appreciate what the bands of the time were doing. San Fransisco was one hell of a great scene. Great clubs, like the Avalon Ballroom, Carousel, Fillmore, Family Dog at the Great Highway had the best bands playing their stages night after night. And promoters like Chet Helms and Bill Graham were pairing local rock bands with legendary blues and jazz artists, opening the ears of the audience to sights and sounds they may never have taken the time to check out on their own.

We are all better for 1967 and San Francisco.

Two books I'd like to recommend that will shed much better light on that era include Joel Selvin's"Summer of Love", and David Talbot's "Season of the Witch". The latter starts in 67 and works its way up through the first 49er Super Bowl win in early 1982. Both are definitely worth your time, especially if you hold a place in your heart for San Francisco.

As for the music I chose for this show, it's all from 1967, and most are west coast American bands. in retrospect I could have chosen more obscure acts from that year, or other, more current bands, covering these songs, below. Instead I played music that really moved me as I was growing up. And isn't that the job of the DJ, to move you the way they have been?

My friend Linda Kelly, managing editor of the local rag Haight Street Voice was hanging out in the studio with me too. She was interviewing me for the August issue. It's a free paper, so pick it up when you see it, or go online to check it out. I hope she doesn't make me sound too bitter. It's been a challenging year when it comes to my love for SF. But isn't that like all relationships? We'll see it through to the end.

Wednesday I had the chance to take in the Summer of Love exhibition at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. It was more than I could have hoped for. If you live in the Bay Area make sure you get to this show before it closes, August 20th.

Next Monday night is lots of new music and the return of Little Lauson Hell!!!

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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Time Has Come Today: The Chambers Brothers
Bass Strings: Country Joe and the Fish

Omaha: Moby Grape
Season of the Witch: Donovan
Down on Me: Big Brother and the Holding Company

Plastic Fantastic Lover: Jefferson Airplane
The Golden Road: Grateful Dead
San Francisco Nights: The Animals
You Keep Me Hanging On: Vanilla Fudge

Astronome Domine: Pink Floyd
Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite: The Beatles
Stroll On: Yardbirds
I Feel Free: Cream

Waterloo Sunset: Kinks
Pleasant Valley Sunrise: The Monkees
Dear Landlord: Bob Dylan

I Was Made To Love Her: Stevie Wonder
Cold Sweat: James Brown
Before You Accuse Me: 13th Floor Elevators
Heroes and Villians: The Beach Boys

It's A Happening Thing: Peanut Butter Conspiracy
Friday on my Mind: The Easybeats
I'm Waiting For The Man: Velvet Underground

Foxy Lady: Jimi Hendrix
Paint It Black: Rolling Stones
I'll Never Fall In Love Again: Tom Jones

San Francisco (Flowers in your Hair): Scott McKenzie

Hell's Kitchen Radio #309: Cash & Cave
July 17, 2017 8:00pm

 

This ain't no bar fight (though I'm fairly confident that Cash would win). No, this is a love fest. Johnny Cash and Nick Cave have more in common, musically, than many other combos. Cave has claimed that it was the fire and brimstone preachers of the American south that have inspired him the most in his songwriting, while Cash lived it by being raised there!

I've been wanting to host this special for a while now, but it's not easy with only two hours to cover two men of such musical prominence. I'm sure the critics can tear my sets apart, which is fine. How would you improve on this show? Leave comments. In retrospect, I could have played Cave's version of "The Singer", and left out the Cash/Dylan duet. Other than that I could have used about six more hours to really do them justice.

Next Monday night will feature lots of new music and some psych jams.

Enjoy.

jh

Mercy Seat: Johnny Cash
Flesh and Blood: Johnny Cash
Devil's Right Hand: Johnny Cash

Red Right Hand: Nick Cave
Moonland: Nick Cave
There She Goes My Beautiful World: Nick Cave

Delia's Gone: Johnny Cash
Cocaine Blues: Johnny Cash
Stagger Lee: Nick Cave
Where the Wild Roses Grow: Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue
Give My Love to Rose: Johnny Cash

Redemption Song: Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer
I've Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash and Lynn Anderson
The Ship Song: Nick Cave

Tupelo: Nick Cave
Jennifer's Veil: Birthday Party
The Folk Singer: Johnny Cash
Girl From North Country: Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan

25 Minutes to Go: Johnny Cash
Don't Take Your Guns To Town: Johnny Cash
Wanted Man: Johnny Cash
Jubilee Street: Nick Cave

Super Heathen Child: Grinderman
Hurt: Johnny Cash

Cindy: Johnny Cash and Nick Cave
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry: Johnny Cash and Nick Cave

Hell's Kitchen Radio #308: Fourth of Hell
July 3, 2017 8:00pm

 

It's a total shock to have any idea where or when any of my shows may or may not be listened to, if at all! I say this, because it hit me a long while back that since you can download these shows, it's always possible, albeit a slim shot, that you are listening to this show in the far distant future on some media player, deep on the outskirts of a space system, having never even stepped foot on Earth. You've only heard passing mention of this long-dead orb. And what you've heard are meager little bits of nonesuch info that has honestly left you responding "meh". And who can really blame you?

I can!

This planet has had its ups and downs, but it's the only planet we have at this time. So you can float there all smug in the Aldebaran system with your flying everything, and ability to beam everything and anything anywhere at any time, but for me and my friends and family in July of 2017 we'll keep on fighting the good fight, making love, rocking out, and flying like an eagle, thank you very much.

Little Lauson Hell joined me on the air this past Monday, for what I believe was her 8th visit to the Radio Valencia studios. Below I link to her previous shows. It's a trip watching her grow up on the radio. I remember how shy she was the first time she was with me. I think she was maybe 7 years old. I always say "she was shy until she was no longer shy". Lauson didn't bring much music to the show, but we spoke about her recently completing 7th grade, her fun-filled summer, and her goals for 8th grade. She's got wit, I'll give her that.

Once again I streamed video via FB Live. Thanks for all who tuned in. I honestly don't see what's so fascinating about watching a DJ cue up records, but knock yourself out. My buddy, and musical realization of a childhood dream I had all gone to pot, Adam Mackintosh tuned in and gave me permission to play his recent cover of the Pat MacDonald classic "Future's So Bright". If you recall the Timbuk 3 tune, then you really do need to listen in to this version. Brilliant!

Adam also introduced me to singer Liv Mueller last week via the Marco Polo app. Have you seen this thing? What a voice she has! WOW! Deep, dark and sultry. You can find her release "Liv Sings Light of the Valley, Shadow of the Mountain" on iTunes.

I guess in my weird, subversive sort of way, much of the music on Monday night was somehow or another related to 'merica.

Enjoy.

jh

4th of July: X
4th of July, Asbury Park: Bruce Springsteen

US Blues: Grateful Dead
Summertime: Janis Joplin

Red House: Jimi Hendrix
Highway 61: Bob Dylan
New York State of Mind: Jay Z and Alicia Keys
Get It Together: Beasties Boys

Feeling Good: Avici
Voodoo Love: Liv Mueller

Future's So Bright: Adam Mackintosh
Have A Beer With Fear: Fear
Stars and Stripes of Corruption: Dead Kennedy's
Bales of Cocaine: Reverend Horton Heat

Fairly Local: Twenty One Pilots
What Do You Want From Life?: The Tubes
Hillbilly Math: Dale Crover

I Live For Cars and Girls: The Dictators
Work It: Missy Elliot
The Falcon Has Landed: Fu Manchu

I'm So Bored With the USA: The Clash

Hell's Kitchen Radio #307: Sweating To The Moldies
June 19, 2017 8:00pm

 

Sorry to have missed last week. I just had to watch the Warriors beat up on the Cavs. Thanks to DJ dialashot for taking the controls. I trust he did me proud.

The heat of our studio makes me want to rock out and sweat! Full disclosure: turntable two was out of commission tonight, but thanks to my many years of radio experience I come prepared. I was taught years ago to always have something cued up and ready to go. That's why I bring my trusted iPod with me just to be safe. Junior DJs take note.

The second hour of the broadcast featured some live cuts, including a new release from the "Sonic Journals" of Owsley "Bear" Stanley, and a 12 minute rendition of "Come in my Kitchen" from Johnny Winter. Also, a new release from Seattle's The Monkeywrench, featuring Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney. It's a live album released by Valley King Records.

I'm in the planning stages for my next Rock Fight, which will feature myself and recording engineer John Karr. I'm nervous about this one. He's got more quality live shows that he himself engineered and recorded than all the shows I've downloaded over the years. I'm hoping my years of radio experience distract him enough so I can continue my string of Rock Fight wins. Stay tuned.

Enjoy.

jh

Common People: William Shatner
You're Gonna Miss Me: Doug Sahm and Sons
Corpse on a Roof: The Blind Shake

Astronome Domine: Voivod
Digging My Grave: The Flesh Eaters
I'm Gonna Kill That Woman: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Alice: Meatbodies
Black Betty: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
When I'm Old: The Fastbacks
We Don't Quit: The Flat Earthers

Bottle Up And Go: The Monkeywrench
Who Was In My Room Last Night: Butthole Surfers
She's A Lady: Tom Jones

Doo Doo Wap Is Strong In Here: Curtis Mayfield
The Girls Are Naked: Creation
Four Women: Nina Simone

Rejected Generic Pop Song: Father John Misty
Can't Help Myself: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution
Glorious: Polkacide

Deep Elem Blues: Doc and Merle Watson (May 1, 1974 Boarding House, SF, CA)
Come On In My Kitchen: Johnny Winter (September 05, 1978 Bottom Line, NYC, NY)

Whole Lotta Rosie: AC/DC (December 17, 1981 War Memorial, Rochester, NY)
Bridge Over Troubled Water: Aretha Franklin (June 12 1971, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland)

The Way Young Lovers Do: Van Morrison

Hell's Kitchen Radio #306: Are You Fella's OK?
June 5, 2017 8:00pm

 

It's been a few weeks since I've had guests in the studio, and countless months since a live performance. So tonight I think I hit a home run. RonKat Spearman of Katdelic and formerly of George Clinton's P-Funk graced the studio with vocalist Leslie and guitarist Sasha in tow. I've seen RonKat a number of times, solo and sharing a stage with our mutual friend and regular Hell's Kitchen guest, Eric McFadden, but I have never had the pleasure of hosting him on the air, until tonight.

RonKat has a deep musical history, which he shares with us during the show, including his father taking him around to many musical competitions in Michigan, where little RonKat would blow the room away. He is a left handed guitar player, and plays a right handed guitar like Hendrix did. Unlike Hendrix however, his guitar is still strung the way a a right handed guitar would be strung! That means for RonKat the high E string is on the top instead of the bottom. I would not have believed it had I not seen and heard it with my own two eyes and ears.

Most of the first hour consists of interview and live performance. You are going to want to crank this up and put on your dancing shoes! RonKat shares some hilarious stories about his time in P-Funk, including the night George Clinton introduced him to Prince! You want to hear this story.

Katdelic is appearing Friday, June 7th at the Boom Boom Room on Fillmore around 11PM, and this Sunday, June 11th, at the 40th annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair, on the Love Stage around 3PM.

GO SEE THIS BAND!!!

The second hour I just had to continue in the funk vein. See the playlist below for your funky edification.

Enjoy.

jh

Common People: William Shatner
Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him: Betty Davis

Beautiful: Katdelic (live in the studio)

Stay on the Up: Katdelic

Katdelic performs live in the Radio Valencia studio

I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Give It Up Or Turn It Loose: James Brown
Kung Fu: Curtis Mayfield

Just Kissed My Baby: The Meters
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
The Hands of Time: Perfect Circle

Home Affairs: Osibisa


Hell's Kitchen Radio #305: Food for the Gun
May 29, 2017 8:00pm

 

Oh boy, Memorial Day once again. We really do need to stop having these. Do me a favor, if you really want to thank a veteran, punch a politician in the face. Tell them John Hell said it was OK.

The first hour features my subversive Memorial Day "celebration". I don't think you can make popsicles with them. I'll have to ask Ivanka. That woman can make a popsicle out of any national holiday.

I gave tickets away tonight to go see Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty One's at Great American Music Hall for this Thursday night. This promises to be a great show, so congrats to the winners and I'll see you there. BTW, I give tickets away from time to time, so tune in and WIN!

The second hour of my show was yet another tribute to a fallen musical comrade. Vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band passed away this past weekend at the age of 69, from complications from liver cancer at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Growing up I was a huge fan of Duane-era Allman Brothers. What a band! Someone asked me once, "if the Grateful Dead were playing at one club, and down the street Duane-era Allman Brothers were playing at another club, which band would you go and see?" That is a damn tough question to answer? Though they are both "jam" bands, the Allman's always were so in a more structured vein. And there jams could really fly. Consummate musical professionals. I think I would have wanted to have seen the Allman's, especially if this were 1971. That band was on FIRE that year. Just take a listen to the Live at the Fillmore East box set. Each note is alive with energy. Well, he's with Duane, Berry, and Butch now, getting the band back together. I can only imagine how much fun that must be. Dreams, indeed.

Full disclosure: I never once saw the Allman Brothers live. Not once. I own quite a few live boots of theirs too. They do not support live taping or trading of their music, so shows, especially soundboards are very hard to come by. I'm lucky enough to know people who know people. I pulled out some tasty treats from my collection to showcase Gregg and the whole band, but I stayed in the Duane-era world that I love so much.

Next Monday night on my show I'm excited to have P-Funk guitarist RonKatt Spearman in the studio to share his many road stories and play some music of his own. This ought to be a lot of fun. Tune in Monday, June 5th, 8-10PM on Radio Valencia.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Folio Books in Noe Valley last week to see me interview local music critic Joel Selvin about his book "Altamont". Joel is a great interviewee. I ask him one question and he takes it from there. He almost seemed a little too happy to be there. He sold a few books, and a couple people even asked me to autograph it! Sure, why not?

Check out the playlist below and click the links above to stream or download last night's show. Please share this page with all the music-lovers in your life.

Enjoy.

jh

Way Down in the Hole: Maggie Bell
Little Boy Soldiers: The Jam
1916: Motorhead

The Unknown Soldier: The Doors
I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier, Mama: John Lennon
Some Mother's Son: The Kinks

Universal Soldier: Donovan
Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin-To-Die Rag: Country Joe and the Fish
Masters of War: Bob Dylan

War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley and the Wailers
The Fiddle and the Drum: Joni Mitchell
Eight Miles High: Golden Earring

Jubilee Train/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

Gregg Allman Tribute:
BB King Medley: The Hourglass (1968)
Dreams: The Allman Brothers Band (Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, Ohio 1971)

Midnight Rider: The Allman Brothers Band (06-27-1971 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)
Done Somebody Wrong: The Allman Brothers Band (03-12-1971 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)
Every Hungry Woman: The Allman Brothers Band (07-03-1970 Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, GA)

Ain't Waistin' Time No More: The Allman Brothers Band (04-07-1972 Manley Fieldhouse, Syracuse, NY)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #304: It's Getting Dark In Here
May 22, 2017 8:00pm

 

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.

Enjoy.

jh

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 #303: Gods of Technical Mischief Strike Again
May 15, 2017 8:00pm

 

No guests tonight. No new releases tonight. No tribute tonight. No deaths or birthdays to report. No politics. No tickets to give away. Just you and me and the music. I rave a bit about something or another, but that's why you tune in, right? RIGHT!?!

The second hour still focuses on some recent live cuts I've recently found, but other than that it's another dive into the music library of HELL!

One thing you didn't witness during the show was the conflict I was having with the turntables. That was fun. for whatever reason I just could not get the turntable mixer to play through the main board. By the third set I had it all dialed in and the show really took off from there. I think it's those little issues that really keep me on my toes and have me pulling some righteous tunes out of my proverbial hat. I'd like to take this time to thank my 5th generation iPod from 2008 for all its help during that brief but anxious crisis. Together we made it through to the musical promised land.

Enjoy and please share with music lovers in your world.

jh

Way Down in the Hole: Neville Brothers
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie

Sex Bomb: Flipper
Demox: The Blind Shake
Make it NY: Ghostface Killah

Keep On Keepin' On: Curtis Mayfield
My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit
Moth Tongue: Crystal Fairy
In the Roses: Wooden Shjips

Lilac Wine: Jeff Buckley
If: Pink Floyd
In Every Dream Home A Heartache: Roxy Music

Feeling Good: Traffic (09-12-1967 Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden)
White Man Has A God Complex: The Last Poets
Break A Guitar: Ty Segall (01-30-2017 World Cafe - WXPN Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Red Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (07-05-1998 Werchter, Belgium)
Rise Up With Fists: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Sticky Hulks: Thee Oh Sees (07-16-2015 The Chapel, SF, CA)

The End: The Doors (03-07-1967 The Matrix, SF, CA)


Hell's Kitchen Radio #302: Godfather of the Big Easy
May 8, 2017 8:00pm

 

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 Pare. 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, RonKatt 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.

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 to stream or download this sparkly delight.

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

Enjoy.

jh

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
I Got the Feeling: James Brown

Hell's Kitchen Radio #301: Kill The Thing That Loves Me
April 24, 2017 8:00pm

 

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 spend 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.

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.

Enjoy.

jh

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 17, 2017 8:00pm

 

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.

Enjoy.

jh

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

Hell's Kitchen Radio #299: Radio Junkie
April 10, 2017 8:00pm

 

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. 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 http://radiovalencia.fm

See you on the radio.

jh

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 3, 2017 8:00pm

 

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, 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?

Enjoy.

jh

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

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 27, 2017 8:00pm

 

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.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

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 20, 2017 8:00pm

 

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.

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.

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 13, 2017 8:00pm

 

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.

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 6, 2017 8:00pm

 

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.

Enjoy.

jh

She: KISS
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

Hell's Kitchen Radio #293: Something Borrowed, Something Blue
February 20, 2017 8:00pm

 

Rain makes me nostalgic. It reminds me of when I was younger and was first hearing tunes that I really connected with. I remember walking around San Mateo, south of San Francisco, as a teenager with my headphones on listening to Led Zeppelin and hungry for more. I remember hearing bands like Judas Priest and wanting to eat up everything Metal. I think about my growing love of the Grateful Dead, starting around 1983 when I was 13.

Tonight's show is all about discovery. It's the feeling you get when you hear something you've never heard before, but it gets all up in ya, and you have to have more. We're lucky to live in a world where media is at our fingertips, but that still doesn't change the sensation one gets when they hear something new and they just have to have more of it.

Enjoy.

jh

Into the Void: Black Sabbath
Sacrifice: Glitter Wizard

Gyre: Meatbodies
Second Coming/Ballad of Dwight Fry: Alice Cooper

Paper: Ty Segall
Smells Like Teen Spirit: Willie Nelson
Polly (Demo): Kurt Cobain
Night Goat: Melvins

Greedy Man: James Brown
Oh My People: Last Poets

Love Buzz: Nirvana (1991-11-25 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL)
Rockin' In The Free World: Neil Young (04-07-1990 Indiana Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN)

Little Girl Blue: Nina Simone (12-1977 Theater Royal Drury Lane, London, England)
Hitler/All Hail The American Night/The Holy Shah: Jim Morrison (March 1969 Los Angeles, CA)
54-46 Was Her Number: Toots and the Maytals (1976 The Longbrach Saloon, Berkeley, CA)

Walk Away: James Gang (02-26-2001, Allen Theater, Cleveland, OH)
The Green Manalishi: Judas Priest (11-04-1979 The Palladium, NYC, NY)

Parchment Farm: Blue Cheer
Pepsi Jingle: T-Rex
Rock And Roll Queen: Mott the Hoople

The Falcon Has Landed: Fu Manchu

Hell's Kitchen Radio #292: Hell Toupeé
February 13, 2017 8:00pm

 

How do you spell love? I spell it H.E.L.L. but that's a good thing. And hot too! On my show tonight it was all about love. Just take a look below. Have you ever been in love? Romantic love where it's all hot and heavy and you can't keep your hands and genitals off one another? Where they're on your mind 24/7 and your just know this feeling is going to last forever? You know what I'm talking about, right? That feeling where there's just no one else on this big blue-green planet that can even understand how amazing your love is? Your love is larger than all the loves put together. And you both love the loving love that you love to loving give?

And then there's the practical love. The love that is supposed to continue to grow once the romantic love that was never ever going to fade because they love me more than anything ever, and they are constantly turned on by me, excited to hear about every little mundane moment of my mundane day as if I just survived 30 days in the Outback (not restaurant, but then again that too sounds like torture) and come back to tell the tale. The love that says "put the toilet seat down", but what they really mean is "I love you from the bottom of my heart, but if you leave that toilet seat up one more time, then you are not ever getting any more of this (at which point they're just pointing to their genitals)".

How many break-ups have your survived just to tell yourself that the next relationship is going to be the ONE?!?!? Have you begun to realize that it really is about the merging of two people who are totally turned on by the other for a finite amount of time, but given the chance may be able to evolve this deep friendship (please be best friends with this person, really) into a partnership that can survive the day-to-day "please put the dishes in the dishwasher" existence that requires you to set aside your ego.

And that's it really, we need to leave our ego at the door. And we need to be a HUGE cheerleader for our partner. That's what we want from them even if we don't say it out loud.

So love is HELL. It's hot, and it's cumbersome at times, and it's loud, and it's unruly, but out the other side can be something truly wonderful. Climb out of your fairytale and into the reality what love can really be. Oh, and listen to my show while having hot sex. Why not? Couldn't hurt.

Enjoy.

jh

Love Comes in Spurts: Richard Hell
There She Goes My Beautiful World: Nick Cave

Blue Valentines: Tom Waits
Nobody Does it Better: Sex Mob

Only Son of a Ladies Man: Father John Misty
I'm A Mess: Nick Lowe
What Love Is: Dead Boys
Fodderstomp: PIL

Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
Ever Fallen in Love: The Buzzcocks
Drown in My Own Tears: Ray Charles
Demox: Blind Shake

Love, You Should Have Come Over: Jeff Buckley
Pale Blue Eyes/Louie Louie: Patti Smith (02-15-76 Boarding House, SF, CA)
Kedem: Electric Masada (John Zorn) 07-18-2003 La Palma, Roma

The Other One/Cryptical Envelopment: Grateful Dead (02-13-1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY

Boom Boom, John Lee Hooker (July 1973 Walrus Tavern, Seattle, WA)
Gypsy Woman: Rory Gallagher (1972 HR2FM London)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #291: Have You Seen This Man?
February 6, 2017 8:00pm

 

Have you heard the news, it's all over town. If you ain't heard it boy, you better sit down. Er, um...sorry about that. I shouldn't use 70s-era Bob Segar lyrics to draw your attention, even though it sure got the boys to take note of Betty Lou; amIright?!?!?!?! Of course I am.

This year I have recommitted to featuring my ever deepening obsession with live music. The second hour features live tracks from Dylan. Garcia, Bob Marley and more. Also, some brand spankin' new Ty Segall. I counted and I see that I now own 20 Ty Segall LPs and 8 45s. Do I get a medal for something like that?

If you've never heard of Wylde Ratttz before, then join the club. I just "discovered" this super group recently and I really have to wonder what rock my head was under when these guys appeared 20 years ago. In short, the band was a side project featuring Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) Mike Watt (Minutemen), Ron Asheton (Stooges), Don Flemming (Velvet Monkeys), and Sabir Mateen. They mostly covered Stooges songs, Pretty Things, and couple of originals. The music was also used for the movie Velvet Goldmine, with Ewan McGregor taking on the lead vocals. There was some hype about the fact that on the original soundtrack Mark Arm's vocals were replaced with McGregor's to the dismay of the band. Again, where the hell was I in 1998 when all of this was happening? Oh right, I remember. Ugh, that's for another post, on another blog, in another universe, in another dimension.

Enjoy.

jh

I like To Rock: April Wine
TV Eye: Wylde Ratttz

Eric's Trip: Sonic Youth
Blood Like Cream: Red Fang

Maybe I'm Amazed: The Faces
Stars and Stripes of Corruption: Dead Kennedy's
Get It Together: James Brown

A Song for Europe: Roxy Music
Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammad

One Too Many Mornings: Bob Dylan (Royal Albert Hall 1966)
Friend of the Devil: Jerry Garcia and John Kahn (May 5, 1982)

Warm Hands: Ty Segall
War/No More Trouble - Running/Crazy Baldheads: Bob Marley (08-05-78 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida)

Stone Cold Bush: Red Hot Chili Peppers (03-01-90 Palatrussardi, Milano, Italy)
Walk on Hot Coals: Rory Gallagher (02-05-73 Tommy Vance Show)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #290: You'll Never Get Out Of This Life Alive
January 23, 2017 8:00pm

 

Radio should be hosted by people who understand what it takes to create an aural spectacle, leaving you in awe and wanting more. Tonight was about me appreciating radio as such an art form. It's all about the segue. New Savage Republic in the first hour. Tribute to the late Maggie Roche who died January 17th. Also a tribute to the founding bassist of Can, Jaki Liebezeit, who passed on January 22nd.

The second hour features live tracks from The Blind Shake, the Tubes, and Mountain. It rocks. There's no other way to put it.

If you love music, or know someone who does, then why aren't you tuning in every Monday night 8-10 on Radio Valencia? You are? Good on ya! Spread the love and share this post. Thanks in advance.

This coming Monday night I share with you the winner of the 2016 Run For The Lillies contest. And what a list they had. It's possible they cheated. Thanks to all who sent me their list of ten famous people they believe will kick the bucket by 12/31/2017. Since I wasn't on the air this past Monday, I'll give you until this Sunday, February 5th to email me your list. Send it to mrjohnhell@gmail.com

Enjoy.

jh

Power of Pussy: Bongwater
People's Parties: Joni Mitchell
My Sick Mind: The Roches

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers
You Know It Ain't Right: John Lee Hooker

Oh Yeah: Can
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge

Victory/27 Days: Savage Republic
Pushing the Extreme: The Wipers
I Put A Spell On You: Screaming Jay Hawkins

Go Go 78: The Blind Shake
Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher): Gogol Bordello

Sports Fans: The Tubes (10-17-83 Kabuki Theater, SF, CA)
Mississippi Queen: Mountain (06-28-71 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)

Majic Moonjynuh: Queen Crescent
Panic Attack: OFF!
Abadane: Freedom (Hourya)
Milkshake Girl: Giant Sand

Side One of Apostrophe ('): Frank Zappa

Hell's Kitchen Radio #289: This Could Be The Last Time
January 16, 2017 8:00pm

 

Like my father says "it's always something". And isn't that the truth. Last Monday was MLK Day, and then we had that underwhelming inauguration on Friday. How was your week? How are we going to love and support one another? Do I have a responsibility to make my show more political, or do you just want music and interviews? I'm curious about your thoughts on this one.

As always a mixed bag of what I was into last week. The first hour is a tribute to MLK. I'm sticking with my commitment to play more from my live archive during the second hour. I always tack on the date and location for these tracks. New music from Charles Mootheart (CFM), The Blind Shake, and Dead Ending (with a new anti-Trump tune).

If anything good comes out of this new presidency I'm guessing it'll be the onslaught of great punk tunes.

If you wish to contribute to my annual Run for the Lilies contest, you have until Sunday, January 29th to get me your list. Just email me the names of ten famous people you believe won't be alive by the end of this calendar year. The only rule: you may NOT participate in their demise. I'll announce the winner of the 2016 Run for the Lilies on Monday, January 30th.

Why? (Is the King of Love Dead): Nina Simone
Freedom Day: Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln

The White Man's Got A God Complex: The Last Poets
Fight the Power: Public Enemy
Crime To Be Broke in America: Spearhead

Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
I Loves you Porgy: Miles Davis
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding): Bob Dylan

Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk
Love Train: Don Cherry
Come Rain or Come Shine: Ray Charles (10/22/66 Palaise des Sport, Paris, France)

Tommy Gun: The Clash
The Stooge: CFM
I Shot All the Birds: Blind Shakes

***Cheeto Faced Future President Set***
Ivanka Wants Her Orange Back: Dead Ending
Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival (01/31/70 Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA)
What's He Building In There: Tom Waits
Time Will Tell: Bob Marley

Brown Eyed Women: Grateful Dead (05/08/77 Barton Hall, Cornell U., Ithaca, NY)
Martin Luther King Jr.: Max Roach

U2s Lost Song: Negativland

Hell's Kitchen Radio #288: Take Me On A Little Trip
January 9, 2017 8:00pm

 

Time for a trip around the globe, musically speaking. Since we're early in the new year and I have yet to check out any new releases this seemed like the perfect time to focus on some international sounds. Tonight we go to West Africa, Central Africa, Thailand, Iran Turkey, India, Jamaica, and England for some really groovy excursions. When I shop for music I have a rule: if I purchase three records, one must be from the international section. Doing this I have really grown that genre over the years.

The show is pretty groovy throughout, so don't be shy about dancing while you're diggin' it.

I close the show with a very hard to find live acoustic version of New Speedway Boogie by the Grateful Dead. I'm going to commit to playing more music from my extensive live archive in the second hour of my show each week. This June I'll be co-hosting Rock Fight with sound engineer John Karr. Perhaps I have finally met my match. Tune in to find out.

***NEWS FLASH****
It's time for the 2017 Run For The Lilies contest. You email me a list of ten famous people you believe will meet their maker by December 31, 2017, and the person with the most correct selections "wins". The only rule: you may not partake in their demise. Email me at mrjohnhell@gmail.com by 5PM Sunday, January 29th, 2017. I will announce the 2016 winner on my show (and their winning list) on Monday, January 30th.

Enjoy.

jh

It's A New Day: James Brown
Investigation: Carl Holmes

Spreadin' Fever: Hilton Felton
Groove Holmes: Beastie Boys

Brother's Gonna Work It Out: Willie Hutch
Monday Morning in Lagos: Fela Kuti

Arawan: Tinariwen
YomMaBan TaLangKan (Officer of Hell's Announcement): Sripal Jaipra
Circuito Chiuso: Armando Sciascia

Sunstoke/Mindtrain: Sun Dial
Hey Lion: Sofi Tukker

Miles From India: John McLaughlin
Fatim: Djeli Moussa
Theme from Hong Kong: Lee Perry

Fisherman: The Congos
Suicide Scherzo (Beethoven): Walter Cross
Feeling High: Witch

New Speedway Boogie: Grateful Dead (April 18, 1970 Family Dog At the Great Highway)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #287: Let's Start Again
January 2, 2017 8:00pm

 

For the new year I thought I would take a time out from new music and delve deep into my music library. I have to admit this was one of my favorite shows to host. Certainly my best of the year. HA! Every week my audience appears to grow. Thanks so much for the support, and please keep tuning in every Monday 8-10PM. Be sure to tell music lovers everywhere!

This year I want to focus on interviewing more bands, so if you're in a band or know someone who is, please contact me and let's make this thing happen. I also want to host a special on the history of West African Funk. There's so much beyond Fela that I really want to share with you. I also plan on bringing back an old favorite which dropped by the wayside: Bootleg Blast! This is where I share my latest live show that I've discovered. This will happen in the second hour so stick around. There's a tasty live treat in this broadcast, actually. Later in the year I'm hoping to also resurrect "Rock Fight", where I host a 4+ hour live bootleg battle. My buddy, and legendary sound engineer John Karr will try to best me. Let's see how far he gets. Look for this show sometime this summer.

Finally, it's time once again for my annual "Run for the Lilies" contest, where you dear listener send me the names of 10 famous people you believe will meet their demise by the end of this calendar year. The only rule: you may not participate in how they meet their maker. Please email your list of 10 names by Sunday, January 29 to mrjohnhell@gmail.com

I'll announce the winner of the "Run for the Lilies 2016" on Monday, January 30th. And what a year that was! I'm expecting our winner to possibly have a record number of names on that list. Oy.

Take a look at the playlist below and then click on the links above to stream or download the podcast.

Let's have an excellent 2017. When everything appears to be falling apart go back to the music and hold your loved ones closer than ever before.

Enjoy.

jh

Punk Rock Christmas: Mojo Nixon
Mona Lisa: Slick Rick
Bohemian Rhapsody: The Flaming Lips

Brazil: Frank Sinatra
Morning Theft: Jeff Buckley
I Think I'm Turning Japanese: The Vapors

Earth People: Dr. Octagon
Where Is My Mind: Pixies
Danke Schoen: Wayne Newton
Search and Destroy: Iggy and the Stooges

No Speak No Slave: Black Crows and Jimmy Page (10-18-99 - Greek Theater, LA, CA)
Step Right Up: Tom Waits
That Woman's Got Me Drinking: Shane MacGowan and the Popes

Drown in my own Tears: Ray Charles
Every Sperm is Sacred: Monty Python
Emma: Urge Overkill

Hazemaze: FUZZ
One More Cup of Coffee: White Stripes
Ça Plane Pour Moi: Thee Headcoatees
Slow and Low: Run DMC

Fist City: Loretta Lynn
Last Caress/Green Death: Metallica
Red Hot: Jurassic 5
Que Sera Sera: Doris Day

Drugs on the Bus: Crystal Fairy

Hell's Kitchen Radio #286: Lauson the Elf
December 26, 2016 8:00pm

 

Do you have any idea how incredibly lucky I am to have the coolest 12 year old daughter, who loves art, and legos and engineering, and movies, and books, and meeting new people, and can hang out with pretty much everyone, and wants people to be friends, so is always introducing people to one another so they too can be friends, AND is willing to come on my radio show every few months when she doesn't have school the next day, to share music that she likes (much of which I couldn't care less about, but since she's my kid I'm happy to amuse her and happily let her program her own sets on my show)? Her choices are marked with a "L".

I believe this was Little Lauson Hell's 8th show in four years. I remember her first show when she was about 7 and it took her a little while to warm up to the idea of talking on mic. She was shy until she was no longer shy. That's my girl. Way too much fun. I love interviewing her on the air. It's worth the time to tune in just to hear what it's like to be a young lady in the city. Awesome kid through and through.

Enjoy.

jh

There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evenin' Stage: Captain Beefheart
Reasonable World: The Blind Shake
You Will Find It Here: Thee Oh Sees

House of Gold: Twenty One Pilots (L)
Get it Together: Beastie Boys
Waitress Song: First Aid Kit

Stone Soul Christmas: Binky Criptite
Your Mother Should Know: The Beatles (L)
C is for Cookie: Cookie Monster (L)
Miss You: The Concretes

Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess: Emotional Mugger
Without Me: Eminem (L)
John Wayne was a Nazi: Stains
A Taste of Honey: Tony Bennett
Planet of the Apes: The Mummies

Don't Let Me Go: G-Eazy (ft. Grace) (L)
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday
N.I.B.: Brown Sabbath

Kathy's Song: Simon and Garfunkle
Makeba: Jain
James Brown Ate My Bagpipe: Taxi Chain

Nancy From Now On: Father John Misty
Tamalpais High (at about 3): David Crosby
Portland, Oregon: Loretta Lynn

Drugs on the Bus: Crystal Fairy

Hell's Kitchen Radio #285: Best of 2016
December 19, 2016 8:00pm

 

What a mess this year was in so many ways, but not in music! There's always too much good music for me to share during this show. I should really host a four hour show to feature all of my faves, but then I would be stepping on other Radio Valencia shows, who also have such choice tunes to throw your way.

My Best of 2016 is full of soul, garage, punk, metal, Nick Cave and Bowie. I have a few re-issues thrown in there for good measure, and a track or two you haven't hear on my show before, but the artists you certainly have. Please tune into Radio Valencia throughout the next few weeks as our many show hosts will be sharing their Best of shows with you.

Next Monday night will see the return of Little Lauson Hell. She's 12 now, and has decided that her taste in music is way better than mine. She may be right. You decide.

Enjoy.

jh

Make America Great Again: Pussy Riot
Fucked Up Donald: DOA
Green Sugar: Kikagaku Moyo

Plastic Plant: Thee Oh Sees
Glass Eye: Charles Mootheart (CFM)

Lazarus: David Bowie
To Melt the Moon: Rangda

Valley Girl: Meatbodies
Barrell: Naked Lights
I Want To Tell You: The Melvins

Warsawng: Glitter Wizard
The Sadist: Zig Zags

Ready, Willing and Able: Betty Davis
Never Too Late: The Apostles

Jesus Alone: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Over Unease: Spacin'

Falling In: Gøggs
Junkie: Altamont
Slow Down: Flat Earthers

Hold Onto the Sky: Pins of Light
Onye Ije: The Strangers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #284: No One Ever Listens
December 12, 2016 8:00pm

 

Thanks for tuning in every Monday night at 8. I never mention this on the blog, but it's always fun to chat folks up during my show, so please if you're listening take a second to say hi on the Radio Valencia Chatterbox, or if you're a FB friend, then on there.

Another show, another tribute. What's up with this friggin' year? I have done more tributes in this single solitary year than in my first 25+ years in radio, combined! Greg Lake of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame passed from cancer at the age of 69 last weekend. Best known for his days as bassist/vocalist for ELP, he was also a co-founder of the seminal prog-rock band King Crimson, where he performed on the first record and toured for their first two LPs before going on to start ELP alongside the late great Keith Emerson, who died in March of this year, and Carl Palmer who still has a few weeks left before something horrible happens to him. ugh

Much of the first hour is actually down right danceable. There are some seriously funky-ass tracks in here. Do me a favor and get your groove on until it's too late.

The second hour features a dive into my live music vault. And what a vault it is. You know, when I started doing the community radio thing a while back I committed to playing an hour of live music each week. I've sort of slacked off on that one, and for good reason. There are so many great releases I want to play with you week in and week out that the live music thing has had to take a back seat. Well not tonight. Take a look at the second half of the playlist and you can see that it's all over the damn place, and worth every second of your precious time.

I know the world has totally sucked this year. Who will it take next? Alan Thicke? Meredith Baxter (formerly Meredith Baxter-Bernie)? The election will still be with us. Syria will still be with us. Your job will still be with us...er, you. Maybe we just need to put some of this aside and enjoy the music for a little while.

enjoy.

jh

Winter in America: Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Power to the People: Curtis Mayfield

I'm So Bored with the USA: The Clash
The Candidate: Urge Overkill
Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba: George Benson

The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson
Black Enough: The Pharaohs
Home Affairs: Osibisa
Since You've Been Gone: James Brown

Dip Stick: The Perfect Circle
Tidal Wave: Thee Oh Sees (Live at The Chapel, SF, CA - 2015)
She's On Fire: King Tuff (Live at Pickathon - 2013)
You Got It: Mudhoney (2001-01-13, Knitting Factory, LA, CA)

I've Been Loving You Too Long: Otis Redding (1966-04-10 Whiskey A-Go-Go, Hollywood, CA)
Toussaint L'Overture: Santana (1973-02-26, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA)

Dance to the Music: Sly and the Family Stone (1970-10-09, Piknik Kasteel Groeneveld Baarn)
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed: The Allman Brothers Band (1971-03-13 Fillmore East, NYC)

Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago: ZZ Top (1980-04-15 Pine Knob, Clarkston, MI)
Big Chief: The Meters (1976-10-01 The Kingfish Lounge, Baton Rouge, LA)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #283: We Don't Quit
December 5, 2016 8:00pm

 

It's far past the time to start talking about affordable event space in the Bay Area. Tonight on the program Ann Atomic joins me in the studio to talk about the devastating fire at the Ghost Ship in Oakland last Friday night. 33 souls have perished in the worst fire in Oakland history. Yes, this was a space that was not up to code. Yes, this was a space not zoned for housing. Yes, the leaseholder will probably be charged with 2nd degree murder. But beyond all of this, we need to take a deeper look at the housing challenges faced by artists in the Bay Area today.

The investigation is just beginning, but we can't just throw around the blame. As the tech boom contiunes it's important that we focus on who is not thriving here: the art community. Imagine if you will a working artist paying $2000 a month on a 1 bedroom apartment, while also having to pay for an artists studio, because if they made their art at home they would be in violation of their lease and could get kicked out. It then makes sense for them to move into their art studio space with other artists even if that violates the lease on the art space. This is close to what happened at Ghost Ship, and what has happened at other art studio spaces in the Bay Area over the past 20 years, while local jurisdictions make it more and more impossible for artists to survive in a nation that no longer prioritizes art at all.

Ann Atomic and I attempt to tackle all this and more on tonight's program.

New music from Ty Segall, Dumb Punts, Mind Rays, Faux Ferocious, Nick Cave, and The Flat Earthers. And the rareist of rare music from Pink Floyd. You have NEVER heard the Floyd like this before, I promise you.

My Best of 2016 is coming up in just a few weeks.

See you on the radio.

jh

Hallelujah: Jeff Buckley
Rainy Day in June: The Kinks

Orange Color Queen: Ty Segall
Cherry Bomb: GIRLS
Space Waster: Dumb Punts

It Covers the Hillside: Midlake
Still and All: Mind Rays
Viola Lee: Jim Kweskin
Feeding Frenzy: Faux Ferocious

Walk With Me Sydney: Pink Floyd
Vegetable Man: Pink Floyd
Every Little Twist: Red Fang

Web: Thee Oh Sees
N.I.B.: Black Sabbath (08-31-70 Montreux, Switzerland)

I Need You: Nick Cave

We Don't Quit: The Flat Earthers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #282: 6th Annual "ANNUAL ANNUAL" - 2006
November 28, 2016 8:00pm

 

Way way back in 2011 I had this desire to feature 1971 on my show. What a great year that was for music. This was when bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones were still considered young and relevant. Following this show I made an executive decision to annually feature another great year during the month of November. Preparing for this year's show I was eager to share a more recent year with you. 2006 stood out to me even while we were deep in it. Taking a look at the playlist below I think you'll agree.

I didn't get to nearly all the artists and tracks I wanted to play, but this here is smattering of the genius that was 2006.

Enjoy.

jh

The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song: The Flaming Lips
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Black Sweat: Prince

They Call Me Flava: Public Enemy
Aliens: Dr. Octagon
Living Proof: Cat Power

Jihad: Slayer
Run Devil Run/The Big Guns: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Jams Run Free: Sonic Youth
Like the 309: Johnny Cash

Freya: The Sword
Beyond the Horizon: Bob Dylan
You Don't Know Me: Willie Nelson
Laugh/Love/Fuck: The Coup

A History of Drunks: The Melvins
Make Them Suffer: Cannibal Corpse
It Is Us: Mudhoney
Backstage Girl: DJ Shadow

What Keeps Mankind Alive: Tom Waits
If Looks Could Kill: Camera Obscura
Wherever You Go: Built To Spill
Mr. Tough: Yo La Tengo

Akuma No Kuma: Sunn O))) and Boris

Hell's Kitchen Radio #281: Two For The Road
November 14, 2016 8:00pm

 

Will this madness of 2016 never end.

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Eric McFadden and his Queen delphine joined me in the studio Monday night to pay tribute to two greats of the music world who recently passed on to the great beyond.

While I was never a big fan of the way Leonard Cohen phrased his own tunes, I was a huge fan of the many covers of his classics. I believe I first was turned onto the brilliant songwriting of Mr. Cohen through the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen version of "Bird on a Wire". I was hooked from that moment on the storytelling and eagerly sought out other covers. Easily my favorite cover of his was "Hallelujah" by the late, great Jeff Buckley. "I'm Your Fan" is a great tribute record to Cohen, which was released in 1991, featuring REM, Nick Cave, The Pixies, and John Cale. Check it out!

Leonard Cohen died November 7th of cancer at the age of 82. I appreciate that he was buried in a simple Jewish ceremony next to his parents in Montreal.

The piano player on the Mad Dogs record was none other than my other featured player for the night: Leon Russell. Russell's stride piano playing and exaggerated vocal style helped him stand out from others during his high profile era of the 1970s. Starting with the Mad Dogs record I spent many hours enjoying his early 70s solo efforts. Though he wasn't as often covered as much as Cohen, Russell made a profound impact on many songwriters that followed him. His birthplace, Tulsa, Oklahoma, named a street after him in 2010. He died this past Sunday after a few years of failing health. He was 74.

Listening to music is supposed to be a joy. Even when the artist we love and respect has passed to the great beyond we have their songs to carry us through to our own old age. I've told my friends and family if I ever get to a point where they have to prop me up in a corner just place some headphones on me and place my iPod on shuffle. Losing Cohen and Russell is indeed sad, but it also will lead to a renaissance of their music. Perhaps your favorite band will cover their songs. Maybe, like after Jerry Garcia died, there will be a huge outpouring of new versions of some of their deeper album cuts that you never knew they wrote. From loss comes inspiration. Through grief comes resilience and vision.

At this writing Mose Allison has passed away at the age of 89. I can't host enough shows to pay tribute to all the musical greats who we have lost this somber year.

Take heart my friends, and hold each other closer. We're going to need all the good love and strength we can muster.

Eric and delphine are performing the next two Fridays and Saturdays for Dark Kabaret at the Great Star Theater in China Town.

jh

Girl From North Country: Leon Russell (02-05-1971 - Baarn, NL)
The Partisan: Leonard Cohen
Bird on a Wire: Joe Cocker

This Masquerade: Leon Russell
Hummingbird: B.B. King
Dream a Little Dream of Me: Cass Elliott

Chelsea Hotel No 2: Lana Del Rey
A Song for You: Donny Hathaway
Everybody Knows: Leonard Cohen
Who By Fire: Coil

Avalanche: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Alcatraz: Nazareth
Back to the Island: Toots and the Maytals
First We Take Manhattan: REM

Roll Away the Stone: Leon Russell (11-20-70 Fillmore East, NYC)
I Can't Forget: Pixies
The Partisan: Eric McFadden

Delta Lady: Joe Cocker
Hallelujah: Jeff Buckley

Hell's Kitchen Radio #280: Getting Rid of this Clown Act
November 7, 2016 8:00pm

 

Well....shit. Not really certain what to say. Monday's show featured an interview with a great group of fellas from the band Savage People, promotion this Sunday's first ever SF Punk-Metal Flea Market at the DNA Lounge, 1-8PM. It's free and there are some great vendors scheduled to table the event. You really have to attend. More info here.

The rest of the show was all about the election. You remember the election? It was Tuesday? It was fucking shit. You remember that? Do you remember your dreams? You remember those, right? You remember believing in all of those polls that Nate Silver told us to believe in? I wonder how well he's going to be sleeping from here on out. Truth be told, I truly do not think that Drumpf wants to, nor believes he ever would be elected President. I'm not joking. I really feel that he did everything in his power NOT to be elected. What does that tell you about Clinton and the DNC?

And would Bernie have actually been elected? Who knows.

Here's what I posted on my Facebook wall this morning:

"I want to reevaluate how I'm going to approach the next four years. I want to pay more attention to the things that I love, and the things that I have the power to improve. I want to recommit to the people that I love. I want to hold you all close, closer than ever before. I want to find the beauty in everything, including Trump. I want the best for all of us, while still fighting for what I believe to be the path towards truth. I refuse to live in denial, but I also refuse to wallow in misery, self-doubt, and blaming. I want you there with me. I love you all."

Below is my playlist for election night. It tells a story. See if you can figure out the moral.

Enjoy.

jh

In The Flesh: Pink Floyd
Blowfly for President: Blowfly

Interview with Savage People

Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round: Dead Kennedy's
Rise Above: Black Flag

Interview with Savage People

Pariah: Savage People
Ignorance is Bliss: Ramones
Do They Owe Us A Living: Crass
Politician: Cream

Talking Props!

Democracy: Killing Joke
Funky President: James Brown
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

Talking Props!

Lawyers, Guns and Money: Warren Zevon
Clash City Rockers: The Clash
Southern Politician: Willie DeVille

Talking Props!

Eminence Front: The Who

Talking Props!

Fucked Up Donald: D.O.A.

Hell's Kitchen Radio #279: Trick AND Treat
October 31, 2016 8:00pm

 

It was a Halloween sPoOkTacUlaR show tonight. I'm not much on holiday themes, but something about this aprticular holiday inspires me to go the extra mile. You can't say that John Hell ever phones it in!

Tonight features some of my favorite spooky treats, along with two new tunes from two of my favorite ladies. Phat Man Dee sent me a track that is perfectly scary as well as apropos for the 2016 election cycle. If you don't get the willies from "Fourth Reich Rising" then perhaps you're dead already. Good for you!

Queen delphine has been building up her stage chops for a couple of years now and this Cramps cover has certainly shown that she's not too shy to put a bug in your ear (oh good lord will the puns ever stop?). "Human Fly" is will put a buzz in your ear and make you think twice before you pull out that can of Raid. Eric McFadden on guitar.

The rest of the show is full of horror movie themes, spooky spoken word, and very dark magic. It's just what Hell ordered.

The holidays are officially upon us, and the election is just days away. Time to run screaming!

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
The Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Delia's Gone: Johnny Cash

Human Fly: Queen delphine (premier)
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson
My Car: Groovy Ghoolies

All I Want for Christmas is Halloween: Happy Fangs
Night Crawler: Thee Oh Sees
Free the Freaks: CCR Headcleaner
Naked Lunch Excerpts: William S. Burroughs
Monster: Three Day Stubble

Fourth Reich Arising: Phat Man Dee
Helpless Corpses Enactment: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Meat: Idiot Flesh

Judgement Day: Jack O'Fire
My Biggest Mistake: Joan of Arkansas
Dracula's Daughters: Redd Kross
Lord 13: Monster Magnet

We Love the Dead: Electric Wizard
King Beef: Torche
Remover: Owl

Monster Wizard: Zig Zags
Uncle Powderbag: OBN IIIs
Motorhead: Ty Segall Band

In and Out of Grace: Mudhoney

Hell's Kitchen Radio #278: Where Are My Manners?
October 17, 2016 8:00pm

 

Let's admit it, we need to escape from reality today more than ever before. Amiright? Music might be the only thing that can get us through the next four years. I know we're all really emotional right now. Life is hard. I don't care if you're a high school student suffering from the expectations of your parents and your school, or if you're a 40-something slogging through the doledrums of your 40 hour work week, with the boss breathing down your neck; you need a break.

Consider this program as your respite from a world gone mad.

Sometimes I even surprise myself. There are at least three SETS OF THE NIGHT tonight! If radio is the art of the segue, then you are in for a real treat.

Honestly, this show is easily in my top 10 that I have hosted in the past 28 years.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
54-40 or Fight: Monomen
The Big Three Killed My Baby: The White Stripes

War on War: Wilco
Cowboy Dan: Modest Mouse
Pattern Recognition: Sonic Youth

***set of the night***
Devil Moon: Eric McFadden
Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa: MC5
I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy and the Stooges
King Sandbox: Mudhoney

The Keepers: Ty Segall
Raining on TV: Bevis Frond
Free Love Messes Up My Life: Bongwater
Fire on the Mountain: WAND

Handsome Nick: The People's Temple
Observatory: Carlton Melton
At A Crawl: Melvins
Little Sadie: Mark Lanegan
Master of Mashups

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out: Nina Simone
Lilac Wine: Jeff Buckley
Is It Because I'm Black: Syl Johnson
Am I Black Enough For You?: Schooly D

20th Century Boy: Buckethead
Mary Don't You Weep: Taj Mahal

Hell's Kitchen Radio #277: Music Is My Friend
October 10, 2016 8:00pm

 

OK, I've got to be honest with you. After all, you've been here with me, week in, week out for all these long years. How could I ever lie to you? Actually, that's not very difficult seeing how I don't ever actually look you in the eyes, and they say you can really tell if someone is lying to you by looking them straight in their eyes. My older sister used to tell me that my pupils were dilating if I was lying to her. I think that was a lie, come to think of it. Huh.

Anyway, this show was from October 10, 2016 and I never took the time to do a write up and post it. how very rude of me. You take the time to listen to my show, the least I could do is take some time and post the archived podcast of it so you can download or stream it over and over again. I know that you are just dying to have this on your hard drive so you can listen to my voice and choice of music years after the apocalypse. And why not!? Good for you!

So it may already be April 2017, but damnit this show is just too good NOT to share! I can't recall what I spoke about on this night, but looking at the playlist below it looks pretty tasty.

By the way, I have plenty of other shows I have yet to post. I really do need to do something about this lazy streak I have in me.

Enjoy.

jh

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I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Get On The Goodfoot: James Brown
Crack in the Universe: Wayne Kramer
She's the One: The Ramones

I Live for Cars and Girls: Dictators
Personality Crisis: New York Dolls
Bank Robber Dub: The Clash

Boom Swagger Boom: Murder City Devils
Peter Gunn Theme: Poison Ivy
Only A Lad: Oingo Boingo
This is Halloween: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Mazel Tov Cocktail: New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
He Was A Big Freak: Betty Davis
Inner City Blues: Marvin Gaye
Blue Jay Way: Beatles

Bleed the Freak: Alice in Chains
Volunteered Slavery: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Matalo: Mario Migliardi

Darling Nikki: Sex Mob
Drown in my own Tears: Ray Charles
Analisa: PIL
Hobo Love: Rube Waddell

On Nature: Naked Lights
You Were Right: Built To Spill

Hell's Kitchen Radio #276: A Rant And A Rave
October 3, 2016 8:00pm

 

Here's another show that I never got around to uploading. I guess life just gets in the way sometimes. But just take a look at that playlist! Damn!

Sometimes a rant and a rave is all it takes to make for a good show.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
TV Eye: The Stooges
Venus in Furs: Blasted Canyons

Stuck Inside Of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again: Bob Dylan
Piss Factory: Patti Smith

Liars Beware: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Down in Flames: Dead Boys
Night of the Knife: Zig Zags
Dragonfly: My Brightest Diamond

Baby's Insane: Diamanda Galas
Dear Fly, Love Spider: Low Lows
Wanderlust: White Hills

Embryo: Pink Floyd
Blah Blah Blah: Lenny Bruce
I Walked with a Zombie: Roky Erickson
Pray Til You Sweat: The Flesh Eaters

Wires: Red Fang
Rope/Summit: Junip
The Step and the Walk: The Duke Spirit

Estimated Prophet: Grateful Dead (May 7, 1977 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #275: Hot Doesn't Really Explain It
September 19, 2016 8:00pm

 

It's hot in the studio again, so it's NAKED RADIO NIGHT. I was so dizzy with sweat that I just blindly pulled most of the songs here. But just take a look at that playlist! Sometimes you just have to take a risk. One day I think I'll just show up with no plan at all and no music in hand, and grab music from the mysterious Radio Valencia record library. That should be a hoot...or a miserable failure. Either way I'll make it fun.

Where else on the radio can you hear the entire Atom Heart Mother Suite, I ask you? Where?!?!?!

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Blues X Man: John Spencer Blues Explosion
Silent Sits the Dust Bowl: Fuzz

Televisionary: World Entertainment War
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: Dean Martin

Catfish Blues: Jimi Hendrix
Atom Heart Mother: Pink Floyd
Dead Man's Gun: Thee Oh Sees

Youth of America: Wipers
Batman Theme - Happy Birthday Adam West
John Barleycorn: Traffic
Bandits: Midlake

Celestial Crown/Barael's Blade: The Sword
Bing Bong: Three Day Stubble
Misery is the River of the World: Tom Waits

Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top
Frankie and Albert: Taj Mahal
Cry Baby Cry: The Beatles

Dreaming: Cherubs

Hell's Kitchen Radio #274: Hey, Can You Turn Up the Vocals?
September 12, 2016 8:00pm

 

Ever want to tell the sound guy at a show how to do his job? Sound engineer John Karr guested on September 12th, and you'll have to excuse us both, but when two absolute music geeks get together, there's not much that can stop the conversation. Almost each tune was presented by John with a story to go with it. This guy has a lot to say, and if you enjoy music as much as we do, you're going to eat it up.

John Karr is a well-established sound engineer, having worked clubs for over 30 years, and been the man at the controls in the studio for about the same length of time. If you've been to the Great American Music Hall then you have probably heard his mix. Check out his site here for Ear Relevant Recording, and if you are in a band then you MUST hire this man!

John has worked with The Mermen, Big City Orchestra, Brian Jonestown Massacre, George Clinton, Primus, Peaches, Mike Patton, Eric McFadden...you name it, he's probably worked it.

My only regret is how long it took me to get this show up for you to listen to.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Presence of the Lord: Blind Faith

Cosmic Strut: Mahavishnu Orchestra
Villanova Junction Blues: Jimi Hendrix

One Hundred Foot Lemon: The Mermen
Stomachache Due To The Sincere Belief That The Rest of My Band is Trying to Kill Me: Rumah Sakit

Neo Dada: Jono El Grande
Moeris Dancing: Art Bears
The Ocean is the Ultimate Solution: Frank Zappa

Please Keep Shopping: Quietworld
Red Motorbike

Shinjiro (ft. Mos Def): DJ Krush
Stumpy Meets Firecracker in Stencil Forest: Happy the Man
Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Melvins

Hell's Kitchen Radio #273: Let Me Work For You
September 5, 2016 8:00pm

 

What this Hell is this Labor Day thingy all about anyway? Did you have the day off? Thank the Union. Did you have to work? Then join a union! It's all about the worker on tonight's show...mostly. For two minutes it's about Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, but mostly it's about the worker. And you know it should always be about the worker, right? Why do so many people vote against their own interests? It boggles the mind.

Are you getting educated about the upcoming election? It's not just about Hil and the Donald. There are so many propositions on the Cali ballot that it makes my head spin. Legalize Weed? Ban the death penalty? You better get reading, kids. And please be sure to vote this November. I'll be talking up the election during my last show in October to get you all ready for it.

Until then, enjoy this deep dish of labor delights from yours truly, Hell's Kitchen Radio, and Radio Valencia.

See you on the radio.

Enjoy.

jh

Work Song: Butterfield Blues Band
The Feeling is Gone: John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat
Mean Old Frisco: John Hammond Jr.

Volunteers: Jefferson Airplane
San Francisco Bay Blues: Jesse Fuller
Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier Mama: John Lennon

On The Road Again: Jack Broadbent
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron
Tommy in 7 Minutes: Various Artists

War: Bob Marley and the Wailers
No, Ah Lissen: Texas Preacher
N.E.S.T.A.: Antibalas
Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin Reunion: Jerry Lewis Telethon 1976
Mean Machine: The Last Poets

She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy
Let It Down: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Heart of the Sunrise: Yes

(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Gonna Go: Curtis Mayfield
Career Opportunities: The Clash

Joe Hill: Utah Phillips

Hell's Kitchen Radio #272: We Are The Dreamers Of Dreams
August 29, 2016 8:00pm

 

Well 2016 continues to be a shit show when it comes to amazing entertainers who have influenced so many lives. This week we say goodbye to the great Gene Wilder, star of so many great movies from my childhood; and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who was at the controls of thousands of legendary jazz recording sessions, that it's fair to say the his ear was as important as the musicians and the producer in creating some of the most memorable tunes from the 1950s up until just a few short months ago. Both we be missed, but luckily for all of us we have more than enough material to enjoy them for decades to come!

Enjoy.

jh

The Wonderous Boat Ride: Gene Wilder
Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammad

Locomotion: John Coltrane
Tequila: Wes Montgomery
I Got A Woman: Jimmy Smith

The Turnaround: Big John Patton
Blues March: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Love for Sale: Cannonball Adderley

For Mods Only: Chico Hamilton
Maiden Voyage: Herbie Hancock
Evil Eye: Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore

The Sidewinder: Lee Morgan

Warsawng: Glitter Wizard
Disorder: Meatbodies
The Sadist: Zig Zags

Dead Man's Gun: Thee Oh Sees
Pure Imagination: Gene Wilder

Hell's Kitchen Radio #271: The Music Plays the Band
August 22, 2016 8:00pm

 

Some nights the music plays the band. That would be this night. What a ton of fun this show was to host. Lots of new music and hidden gems.

For those of you looking for something fun to do this week, I have two shows I recommend.

Thursday night at the Fillmore is my favorite Japanese drone, ambient, metal band Boris! They are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakout record PINK! Earth is opening. Come to this show! Bring ear plugs and a chest protector. Trust me.

Friday night at the Uptown in Oakland is a fundraiser for Sean and Monique Lyons, whom many of us know from the local music scene. They moved to Louisiana a year ago only to have a house fire, with no insurance coverage, the day after their one year wedding anniversary. We love the Lyons' and want to help them with all we can, so on this night we gather on their behalf. Tickets and donations at the door night of show. Featuring performances by MoFu!, Maximum Bob, Kehoe International, CACA and MCM and the Monster. Master of ceremonies Sean Boyles.

Caca is some of the best local SF musicians covering FRANK ZAPPA!!! You do not want to miss this show as well.

So many wonderful opportunities to see live local music. Get out and get yours.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
When the Levee Breaks: Led Zeppelin
September Gurls: Big Star

Gelatinous Cube: Thee Oh Sees
Come Undone: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Deeper Well: Emmylou Harris

Girl Loves Me: David Bowie
Oh Bondage! Up Yours!: X-Ray Specs
Born on the Bayou: Betty Davis
Trickle Down System: Giant Sand

Rich Old White Men: OBNIIs
Battle of Algiers: John Zorn
Famous Blue Raincoat: Leonard Cohen

Black Coffee: Altamont
The Movie: Ken Nordine
Delta of Venus: Anywhere

Fall on Me: REM
Poems: Jack Kerouac
Incinerate: Sonic Youth
Journey in Satchidananda: Alice Coltrane

The Pill: Loretta Lynn
The Rocker: Thin Lizzy

August 15, 2016 8:00pm

 

This week I was proud to have Delynn Parker on my show to speak about suicide awareness and prevention. Delynn has a MS in psychology and is working on her MFT. She works with young kids in Bay Area elementary schools. We spoke for the two hours about suicide, why it's such a taboo to speak about, how friends and family can support their loved ones, what to say, and what not to say to someone who is contemplating suicide, and a lot of music from people who have committed suicide, or from those who have lost someone to it.

Though the topic is a heavy one, Delynn's soft and loving heart filled the two hours information as well as humor. The more we know, the more we can save.

Delynn has a gofundme page for her campaign bringing suicide awareness to the masses. Please visit the page and consider giving. And share the link far and wide. It could save a life.

https://www.gofundme.com/itcouldsavealife

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the suicide prevention hotline 24 hours a day at 415-781-0500, or go online to http://sfsuicide.org

There's even a crisis text line, which offers 24 hour support, text MYLIFE to 741741

Other providers include:

National Suicide Prevention/Crisis Line
(800)-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

NAMI- Help Line: 415-905-NAMI (6264) info@namisf.org

Mobile Crisis Treatment Team (MCTT) The Mobile Crisis Treatment Team is made up of a diverse multidisciplinary staff providing psychiatric crisis intervention services for adults located in the City and County of San Francisco.
MOBILE CRISIS HAS A NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER
415-970-4000
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 11 PM (last field visit at 10PM)
Saturdays and Holidays 12 Noon to 8 PM (last field visit at 7PM)
[Closed Sundays]
Services Provided:
• Emergency crisis assessment/intervention services conducted in the field
• Early intervention before situation escalates to critical crisis point
• Consultation services provided to consumers, housing/support systems, mental health providers, and other concerned parties
• Assistance with linkage to outpatient mental health services
• 5150 evaluation capacity and determination of appropriate level of care
• Short-term medication services may be available
• Spanish, Russian, and Cantonese/Mandarin speaking staff (schedules vary)

San Francisco Peer Run Warm Line
(855) 845-7415
Monday-Friday, 7:00am-11:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, 11:00am-7:00pm
Peer counseling providing emotional support and information about mental health resources.

Friendship Line (Institute on Aging)
(800) 971-0016
24/7/365

The Friendship Line at Institute on Aging is the nation’s only 24-hour toll-free hotline for older and disabled adults. Trained staff and volunteers make and receive calls to and from individuals who are either in crisis or just in need of a friend.

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
(415) 421-2926
870 Market Street, Suite 928
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
www.mentalhealthsf.org
Contact us for information about mental health and various mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, clinical anxiety, schizophrenia, and more. We also provide information and referrals for mental health treatment and other community resources. MHA-SF does not provide direct clinical services.

San Francisco County Behavioral Health ACCESS
(415) 255-3737
(888) 246-3333
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
ACCESS is the first point of contact for individuals enrolled in Medicaid, Medi-Cal, Healthy San Francisco, and other state healthcare programs. ACCESS can also assist individuals in enrolling for healthcare and finding mental health services.

Helplink
(415) 808-HELP
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:30pm
www.helplink-sf.org
Provides information and referrals for mental health services and information for self-help groups in Bay Area. English, Spanish, and Chinese operators

San Francisco Psychological Association
(415) 681-3063 
www.sfpa.net
Information and referrals for mental health services. Multi-lingual

Northern California Psychiatric Society
(415) 334-2418
1631 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 
www.ncps.org
Information about mental health practice specialties. Referrals to mental health practitioners.

Community Health Network of San Francisco
(415) 206-5166 
www.dph.sf.ca.us/chn
Patient advocate visitor’s center.

Network of Support for Community Living
www.sanfrancisco.networkofcare.org/aging/home/index.cfm
Comprehensive, Internet-based community resource for the adults with disabilities and seniors, as well as their caregivers and service providers.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Negative Creep: Nirvana
Somebody Saved in My Life Tonight: Elton John

The Shape I'm In: The Band
Sushi Girl: The Tubes
Time of no Reply: Nick Drake

The Eternal: Joy Division
Changes: Black Sabbath
The Trolley Song: Judy Garland

Sweet Old World: Lucinda Williams
Click Click: English Beat
Oh Candy: Cheap Trick

Emma: Hot Chocolate
I Drove Her Out Of My Mind: Johnny Cash
Rock of all Ages: Badfinger

Sentimental Lady: Fleetwood Mac
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong


Hell's Kitchen Radio #269: Eagle Wing Palace of the Queen Chinee
August 8, 2016 8:00pm

 

My musical tastes are anything but conventional, and I think that should be the norm. I was raised by a father who loved Chicago blues, and was also around two older sisters who were into the popular rock of the 70s. My first favorite band was KISS, followed by the Beatles a few years later, and then Led Zeppelin. I've written at length about my introduction to the Grateful Dead, and my subsequent love affair with them. My 25+ years in non-commercial radio has introduced me to too many genres to count, and it's just as common to hear me play the Melvins on my show as it is James Brown.

For my most recent show I wanted to pay homage to the musician who made the deepest impact on my musical soul: Jerry Garcia. I don't love every one of his songs, and I cannot stand his voice after 1982. It was the deep spiritual, true American message that most resonates with me. It's because of Jerry's love of American musical history that encouraged me to dig deeper than what was commonly offered up on mainstream radio. I think it's safe to say Jerry Garcia is one of the main reasons I chose a life of left-of-the-dial radio.

Tonight's selection runs from early raw-Dead, to some screaming jams. Take a dive and enjoy the ride.

Enjoy.

jh

China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (11-14-73 San Diego Sports Arena)

Samson and Delilah: GD (10-10-80 Warfield Theater, SF)
Candyman/Cumberland Blues: GD (05-02-70 Harpur College, Binghampton, NY)
It Hurts Me Too: GD (05-19-66 Avalon Ballroom SF)

Hard To Handle/Cosmic Charlie: GD (04-05-69 Avalon Ballroom, SF)
Bob's Dog Story/Bertha: GD (04-14-72 Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, DK)

Help-Slip-Franklin's Tower: GD (06-09-77 Winterland, SF)
Loving Man: GD 1969 Pigpen/Bobby/Jerry demos

Beat it on Down the Line: GD (02-24-74 Winterland Arena, SF)
Friend of the Devil: GD (07-07-78 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO)

Promised Land: GD (12-26-79 Oakland Arena)

August 9th is the 21st anniversary of the passing of Jerry Garcia. I wrote the following on my Facebook page earlier today:

I was waking up listening to Ann Arbor on KFJC when I heard that Jerry had passed. Actually I hit the snooze button, but something in her tone that I briefly heard made me turn the radio right back on. Sad doesn't put it quite right. I was full of anguish for the next number of days. I knew it would eventually happen, I just didn't think it would happen so soon. I called my friends Nichole and Zion to see how they were faring. I think it hit us all like a ton of bricks. Zion's mother came to town a few days later and we all went to the Jerry memorial in GG Park. She told us some amazing stories of touring. She told us she had never been to a Grateful Dead concert before and wanted to go to the middle of the crowd, which I know made Zion nervous.
About 30 or so minutes into it a tall, lumbering hippy came through the crowd and walked right up to us. He looked at Zion's mother and said in his sprite southern accent "Donna Jean?! Why, I haven't seen you in a coons age." He then looked at Zion, and said "why you're the spittin' image of your old man.", which he is. They spoke for a while and then he (his name is Sunshine) said so long, and walked off. At that moment people around us started to kindly say hello to Donna and show their love. If there was ever a bitter-sweet day, it was that one.
That moment reminded me that even without Jerry physically being present anymore, he doesn't need to be for all of us to still feel his presence and what he and his musical message means to all of us who took the time to listen and embrace it. To mourn his passing, even after 21 years, is to fail to see that as long as we sing his songs, then we still sing his praises.
I don't know what happens to us when we die, but I do know that as long as I live I'll continue to enjoy what Jerry brought to my life, with a smile on my face, the same as when Sunshine saw Donna and Zion as he tripped his way through the fields. Take pleasure in what you have now, and share the love as you go.

There are a few great Grateful Dead-related events happening in San Francisco this weekend. I hope you can make them all.

Thursday, August 11 - 7-8:30PM - Deadheads: Book reading/signing with author Linda Kelly
Excelsior Library 4400 Mission Street at Cotter
Come down and hear author Linda Kelly read from her book. You can buy a book-themed trucker hat too!

Saturday, August 13 - 8PM-2AM - Pre-Jerry Day Dance Party with John Hell
Doctor's Lounge 4826 Mission Street in the Excelsior District
In association with Jerry Day 2016, will host a Grateful Dead dance party in a pre-celebration of Sunday’s 14th annual Jerry Day.

Sunday, August 14 - 10:30AM - Jerry Garcia Plaque Unveiling
4550 Mission Street at Harrington Street
The first Jerry Garcia plaque is finally being forged, and we're going to have an unveiling celebration the morning of Jerry Day! Join us at the corner of Mission and Harrington Streets, and then we can all head up to Jerry Garcia Amphitheater to celebrate!

Sunday August 14 - 11AM-6PM - 14th Annual Jerry Day @ Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park
From the website: Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his childhood roots from the Excelsior District of San Francisco. By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, we are creating something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco.

I sure hope to see you all at some or all of these upcoming events. Have a grateful week.

Hell's Kitchen Radio #268: Hell's Squad
August 1, 2016 8:00pm

 

Lauson and I had so much fun on the last Monday night. I think you can tell by the playlist, but mostly through the banter. We spoke a lot about her love of sloths. Lauson's songs are designated by "LH".

The second hour has a couple of tunes celebrating the birthday of the late, great local boy, Jerry Garcia, who would have turned 74 on this date, August 1st.

In celebration of the 14th annual Jerry Garcia day coming up this Sunday, August 14th at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park in SF, I will be spinning two hours of Jerry and Grateful Dead tonight on Radio Valencia. This coming Saturday night, August 13th, I'll be spinning six hours of live Dead, from 8PM-2AM at Doctor's Lounge, located at 4826 Mission Street in the Excelsior District of SF. Come on down and dance.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Rent Control: Bongos, Bass and Bob
Intergalactic: Beastie Boys - LH

Youth Culture Killed My Dog: They Might Be Giants
Panda: Desiigner - LH
She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy
Black People What Y'all Goin' Do: The Last Poets
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Heathens: Twenty One Pilots - LH
Little Child Running Wild: Curtis Mayfield
People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin

Gangster's Paradise: Coolio - LH
I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement: Ramones
Tamale Lady: Rube Waddell

Russian Seagull: The Reliables
Deep Elem: Jerry and Sara
No More: Hubert Laws

Gold Rings: Unlikely Heroes - LH
The Pusher: Nina Simone
Higher: Sly and the Family Stone

Don't Stop Me Now: Queen - LH
Midnight Moonlight: Jerry Garcia Band
Take Me To The River: Talking Heads

Fly Me To The Moon: Frank Sinatra - LH

Hell's Kitchen Radio #267: Election Night Special
July 25, 2016 8:00pm

 

Back on the air after a month away. I don't care to take so much time away from the aural pleasures that radio brings, but it had to be done. I traveled with my wife and daughter up to the great Northwest Territories! By that I mean Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.

I won't share the clusterfuck we got into at SFO when they wouldn't let my 11 year old daughter fly without a passport. Needless to say, we made it to all of our destinations, albeit about $1000 less in our pockets than I would have liked. ugh

We spent two days wandering around the EMP in Seattle. If you travel to that great town, please do your self a favor and go there. If you're a music fan, and I know that you are, you won't regret it.

Voodoo donuts are overrated. There, I said it. Who the hell needs a Cap'n Crunch donut? Besides I live in San Francisco. We have Bob's. I do love me some Portland though. I will most likely retire there and start a radio station. HA!

On with the show.

The first hour pays homage to my late teens and early 20s. Spending time at the EMP inspired me to go back and listen to items on my shelf that may have collected a bit of dust.

The second hour is full of some tasty and rare surprises. A "new" Betty Davis LP issue of an oft-rumored Miles Davis-produced session was worth the wait. I have some new Melvins in there, as well as a number of live cuts from the likes of Tom Waits, Dave Bromberg, Allman Brothers.

I also blather on about the election, and croon about how much I love you.

Next Monday night, Little Lauson Hell makes an appearance. Tune in 8-10PM every Monday night!

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
A Million Miles Away: The Plimsouls
I'm Spun: Mudhoney

Scoff: Nirvana
Caliente: Supersuckers
Elvis is Everywhere: Mojo Nixon

Squeeze Me Macaroni: Mr Bungle
Goofy's Concern: Butthole Surfers
Son of Mustang Ford: Swervedriver

Summer Babe: Pavement
Too Many Puppies: Primus

Politician Man: Betty Davis
Planet Destructo: Melvins
Livin' On The Open Road: Delaney and Bonnie and Friend (feat. Duane Allman)

I Will Not Be Your Fool: Dave Bromberg
Warm Beer and Cold Women: Tom Waits

Summertime: Big Brother and the Holding Company
Done Somebody Wrong: Allman Brothers
Franks Kaktus: Dungen

Wait, Let's Go: Thee Oh Sees
Valley Girl: Meatbodies
Equal Rights: Flat Earthers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #266: Sauce And A Little Hell
June 27, 2016 8:00pm

 

It's been WEEKS since I've hosted a show. Here's my most recent one, which featured both the wife (Saucy) and the daughter (Little Lauson Hell)! I think this is the first time I've had them both in the studio with me at the same time!!!

It's a family affair tonight! I've got the return of Little Lauson Hell and my dear bride, Saucy in the studio with me. Will we air dirty laundry live on the radio? Lauson and Saucy chose much of the music. It's a wee more poppy than you'll usually hear in the Kitchen. Don't let that stop you from enjoying it. And the banter is...woo hoo! Boy, do you get to learn about this family! Yowza!

Sorry it's taken so long to post this. I took a few weeks off, and traveled to the great Pacific Northwest. We tried to fly to Vancouver, but wouldn't you know it, them Canadiens say we need to have a passport for the little one to fly up there. So we flew to Seattle, drove to Vancouver, then drove back to Seattle, before ending our 9 days in Portland. Fabulousness was had by all!

I'll be back on Radio Valencia this coming Monday night at 8PM (PDST). Tune in.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living In The City: Danko Jones
Nice Nice Very Nice: Ambrosia
My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit

Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Get It Together: Beastie Boys
Gravel Pit: Wu Tang Clan

Nancy From Now On: Father John Misty
Portland, Oregon: Loretta Lynn
Hideaway: Kiesza
Lazarus: David Bowie

Somebody That I Used To Know: Gotye
Pretty Bird: Jenny Lewis
Let It Down: Magnetic Zeros

Royals: Lorde
Sodade: Cesaria Evora
Chocolate City: Parliament
Ruins: Wooden Shjips

Dropping Some Coin: The Reliables
May This Be Love: Emmylou Harris
Way Down In The Hole: MIA/Blaqstarr

Come Get It, Bae: Pharrell Williams

Hell's Kitchen Radio #265: Round And Round
June 20, 2016 8:00pm

 

Here's another recent broadcast that didn't get posted. This is from June 20th. What a mix! Lots of new music and plenty of music that's new to you. And check out the SET OF THE WEEK!!!

This coming Monday night, Little Lauson Hell will be back in the studio with me. What will this 11 year old wonder pick to play? Your guess is as good as mine (but if she knows what's good for her, she'll stay away from that pop crap). Tune in this Monday at 8PM.

I actually have about six shows over the past six years that I have yet to post. What the hell is up with that?! I'll do my best to get to those soon enough, as long as you promise to actually check them out. Feel free to comment on any and all of my show posts too! And please share this with any of your music-loving friends.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living In The City: Danko Jones
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones

Rocket Reducer Fa Fa Fa: Melvins
Losing Your Mind: Lazy Cowgirls
So Much For Love: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions

Sineaters: Zig Zags
Bewildered/I Got The Feeling/Give It Up Turn It Loose: James Brown

***Set of the Week***
Hot Coals: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Sticky Hulks: Thee Oh Sees
B-Movie Boxcar Blues/Flip Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers

Hey Bartender: Floyd Dixon
Send Help: Big Business
Red Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
N.I.B.: Brown Sabbath

Bored in the USA: Father John Misty
My Way: Frank Sinatra
No Will: White Hills
I Will Miss the Jasmine: Shannon and the Clams

Cantor de Mambo: Os Mutantes
Ham 'n Eggs: Lonnie Donegan
Summer in the City: Lovin' Spoonful

Hell's Kitchen Radio #264: Leave The Green Light On For Ya
June 6, 2016 8:00pm

 

How I love to teach the next generation of great DJs!!! Tonight I had the pleasure of hosting the next great Radio Valencia DJ, Gatsby Fassbinder, who hosts "Tighten Up Your Wig" every Thursday from 4-6PM. He chose some amazing tracks to play this evening (all of which I marked "GB"). He easily won "Set of the Night" as well. This Gatsby fella is pretty darn good. Give him a listen.

I dished up some tasty treats as well. Last Poets, Nick Cave, William Shatner, new Boris, and new Magnetic Zeros (they appear to be in the verge of dropping the Edward Sharpe prefix).

Something for the whole family to devour, every Monday night, 8-10PM on Radio Valencia.

Next Monday night, guitarist Michael Cobra will guest DJ with me. His last appearance in the kitchen was a memorable one. Take a listen here, and then tune in next week.

Enjoy.

jh

I Love Living In The City: Danko Jones
The White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
There She Goes My Beautiful World: Nick Cave

Theme From Cyrano/Mr. Tambourine Man: William Shatner
What Love Is: Dead Boys
Race Against Time: Public Enemy
Little By Little: Dukes of Hamburg - GB
Planet of the Apes: The Mummies

***Set of the Night*** with DJ Gatsby
See Me Bleed: The Anomalys - GB
Rumble and Brighton Tonight: Stray Cats - GB
Reaper Invert: Wand - GB
Diamond Bollocks: Beck - GB
Featherbedding Lover: Nazz - GB

Fantomasfobia: Messer Chups - GB
Peace-loving Man: Blossom Toes - GB
I Don't Want Nobody: Randy California - GB
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afrorock Band

Arawan: Tinariwen - GB
Klouds: Gonja Sufi - GB

Farewell/Planet of the Cows: Boris with Merzbow
Sun King: The Beatles
Wake Up The Sun: The Magnetic Zeros

The End: Eno, Nico
Brazil: Frank Sinatra

Hell's Kitchen Radio #263: Spinning In The Name Of
May 23, 2016 8:00pm

 

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
White Punks On Dope: The Tubes
Common People: Leonard Nimoy

Great Day: Madvillian
Gravel Pit: Wu Tang Clan
If I'm In Luck I Might Just Get Picked Up: Betty Davis

Rapp Snitches Knishes: MF Doom
We People Who Are Darker Than Blue: Curtis Mayfield
The Sadist: Zig Zags

The Wolf Behind My Eyes: CFM
Birds Eye View: Statik Selektah
Wise is the Way: Living Legends
Hurry on Sundown: Hawkwind

Devil's Lake and Whiskey Town: Ovvl
Ancestors: Queen Crescent
Ain't No Thang: Outkast
Buenos Tardes Amigo: Ween

***Set of the Night***
Dick Problems: Dick Like GG
We Don't Quit: Flat Earthers
Steps: Meatbodies
Fish: The Traditional Fools
Satori Part 2: Flower Travellin' Band

Til The Night Meets the Light: Low Flying Hawks
So Real: MED

Hell's Kitchen Radio #262: I'm So Glad
May 9, 2016 8:00pm

 

From last Monday, because you know you were waiting with baited breath...

Just a brief look at the playlist below and you'll see why I consider radio the art of the segue. So many genres packed into this two hour show. And a tasty 25 minute Grateful Dead treat, celebrating a brilliant show from 39 years ago! New music from Charles Moothart, the Melvins, Owl, and something you've never heard before from Boris. There's local music and music that's new to you. Something for the entire family. I wouldn't play Avenue D for the kids though.

Ooh, I even too a request! I so rarely do that. I guess I was just in the mood. I usually have so much music with me that I want to share, that I don't make time for your requests. What if I do an all-request show? Would you like that? May I do that just for little ol' you?

Enjoy.

jh

In The Flesh: Pink Floyd
Squeeze Me Macaroni: Mr. Bungle

So Blue (So Young): Low
Sweeter: Loop!Station
A Wake for the Minotaur: Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten

Avid Fan: Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends
Falling For You: Down in Front
Do I Look Like A Slut: Avenue D
Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky: Lou Donaldson

Slow and Low: Run DMC
Express Yourself: NWA
True Player For Real: MC Lars

Bummer Conversation: Mike and the Melvins
Lunar Heroine: Charles Mootheart

Cave of Whispers: Owl
Are You Ready: Boris

Scarlet Begonias/Fire On The Mountain: Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)

My Favorite Things (remix): Negativland


Hell's Kitchen Radio #261: Give The DJ Some
May 2, 2016 8:00pm

 

Today is a day of celebration! May 3rd is the birthday of the Godfather of Soul, the HARDEST working man in show business (when he was still alive), Mr. Please Please Please, Mr. I Feel Good, Mr. Sex Machine: JAMES BROWN!

And to celebrate what would have been his 83rd birthday, I'm doing the only thing that I can: play one full hour of JB and JB related tunes. Specifically I'm playing some tracks you don't hear much on the radio, as well as a "Funky Drummer" set, as that tune is the most sampled tune in the history of music. I personally believe that drummer Clyde Stubblefield deserves a royalty each time his sick rhythm is copped.

To continue the party join me on KFJC Tuesday night, 6-10, where I host the prime time slot of the annual "Doin' It To Death" 28 hour James Brown birthday party!

In the second hour of tonight's show I feature two of my favorite bands, both of which are coming to town this week: Boris (playing New Parish in Oakland on Thursday, May 5th) and Melvins, featuring Steve McDonald of Redd Kross on bass (playing Slims on Thursday, May 5th, and Friday, May 6th along with Melt Banana and Napalm Death). You get 30 minutes of Melvins, followed by 30 minutes of Boris.

I'm going to both, but am having a hard time understanding why Boris would opt to play on the same night as the Melvins (Thursday), when they owe their existence (actually just their name) to them? It feels sacrilegious.

This is quite possibly the strangest themed show I have ever done. Maybe not.

Enjoy.

jh

Anti-Drug P.S.A.: James Brown
Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing: James Brown

I Feel Good (1975): James Brown
The Boss: James Brown
Caledonia: James Brown

There Was A Time (1970): James Brown
Funky Drummer (Bonus Beat Reprise): James Brown

***Funky Drummer Set***
Rebel Without a Pause: Public Enemy
Magic Number: De La Soul

I Am Stretched On Your Grave: Sinead O'Conner
Fuck the Police: NWA

The Talking Horse: Melvins
Hag Me: Melvins

Return of Spiders: Melvins (Alice Cooper cover)
Boris: Melvins
Billy Fish: Melvins

Blackout: Boris
Statement: Boris

Feedbacker 1: Boris
Tokyo Wonder Land: Boris

Tu La La: Boris

Hell's Kitchen Radio #260: Rest In Purple
April 25, 2016 8:00pm

 

Aw man, really? Not cool, universe. Not cool. This has been one shitty year for music legends. I can kind of understand how Lemmy went. Bowie? That one hurt, but OK, fuck cancer and all that. But Prince? 57 years old. And now we're hearing that it may be a "Michael-Jackson's-doctor-kinda-thing". Do the JWs have something against meds? He was raised a Seventh-Day Adventist. We're they against meds? Or is it the other way around, and he was on too many meds? DAMN!

This one hurts, because he didn't stop being so damn prolific throughout the years. I read a great article about six months ago about how he could and would often record entire records in a matter of hours; overdubs and all. He has a vault of nearly complete releases that he just wasn't ready to release. I have to wonder when, if ever, those recordings will be released.

I first listened to Prince when Purple Rain came out in the summer of 1984. I was just shy of 14, and it was huge almost immediately upon release. The film came out a few months later, and that quickly changed the attire of many of my high school classmates. I was not into the fashion, but his guitar work quickly caught my attention. So many of my friends were metal-heads, and Deadheads, who wouldn't give him the time of day, but when I would play the guitar solo from "When Doves Cry" even they had to admit this guy was on his own level. Though Jimi has been dubbed the number 1 guitar GOD by too many critics (and who am I to disagree?), Prince is a very close second, in my opinion.

My father actually sold a ring to him during Prince's visit to SF in 1985, when he played a sold out Cow Palace. My father was the manager for Granat Brothers Jewelers on Grant and Geary in downtown San Francisco at the time. Prince walked in with his bodyguard, who was this HUGE white former wrestler with long white hair. Prince sat down in a chair, and the bodyguard asked for the manager. My father approached, and the bodyguard looked at my dad, pointed to Prince and growled "Do you know who that is?". My dad said "no". The bodyguard replied "that's Prince. He's going to be the biggest music star in the world!". He then asked to see a number of rings. My father presented them to Prince, who chose a beautiful diamond, ruby, sapphire ring. They paid in cash and walked out. True story.

Now Prince is dead. Prince is dead, and my father ended up going to see him perform at the Cow Palace for that show, which was the Purple Rain tour. I wonder where that ring is today?

I was a mobile and club DJ for many years between 1988-2002. Prince was always in the mix. ALWAYS. How couldn't he be? Prince made the cut in every club DJs set. And if you're a wedding DJ then you have no choice either.

Prince, I hope wherever you are it bathed in purple, with your pick of lovers and guitars. I can imagine a very long receiving line for you, and you not disappointing anyone in attendance.

So for tonight I offer you a showcase of some of my favorite Prince from over the years, as well as a few favorite covers; many of which you would never expect.

You may fade from the scene, but you will never fade from our soul.

RIP Prince. You left us all way too soon, but not without plenty to keep your memory alive.

(The image above was created by my friend Joe Mangrum, a sand artist, who you can see almost daily in Washington Square Park, in NYC. The original photo came from Theo Wargo)

Enjoy.

jh

Batdance: Prince
Sign O the Times: Prince

Creep: Prince (Live 2008 Coachella)
Get On The Good Foot/Rockhard In A Funky Place: TJ Kirk
When Doves Cry: Patti Smith
How Come you Don't Call Me: Alicia Keys

Erotic City: George Clinton and P-Funk All Stars
I Would Die For You: Prince

1999: Gary Numan
If I Was Your Girlfriend: TLC

Little Red Corvette: Prince (Orange Bowl - April 7, 1985 - Miami, FL)
Track 5: Nelson (Prince) - Cymone - Rivkin

While My Guitar Gently Weeps: Petty, Lynn, Winwood, Prince (RRHOF 2004)
Let's Go Crazy: Prince (Saturday Night Live - 40th Anniversary After Party)

Let's Pretend We're Married: Tina Turner
Raspberry Beret: Warren Zevon (Live November 20, 1990)
Movie Star: Miles Davis (Live at Montreux July 7, 1988)

Can I Play With U? Prince and Miles Davis
Kiss: Richard Thompson

Hell's Kitchen Radio #259: Sweatin' To Hell
April 18, 2016 8:00pm

 

Hot times in the ol' studio tonight! Radio as the premier aural artform. Some classic covers on this night, some deeply hidden live tracks, some jazzy goodness, perfect for the hot night that it was. Plenty of witty banter that will tickle your funny bone as well as clue you in to the back story of many of these timeless tunes.

Have you tuned into the "new" KFOG? And I thought they were bad before! Seriously, it does not appear that they have evolved into anything fresh and new! Good job, Cumulus. You fired DJs who cared about the local listeners, all the while playing crappy, lowest-common-denominator pablum, that they had no choice over. I swear I would LOVE for any GM to call me up and ask me to program a station for just one day. ONE DAY! There is too much quality music that KFOG has continuously passed by. Father John Misty? Jenny Lewis? Dave Alvin? COME ON! Lame KFOG has just proved once again why you NEED Radio Valencia. You already knew that though.

Let's start a petition to get KFOG to hire John Hell for one day to do its music programming. If they hate it then I'll quietly leave. If they love it, then I'll have my lawyers call theirs.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio #258: Back In The Saddle
April 11, 2016 8:00pm

 

Ok, alright, I know that I told you that I was going to die, and you would no longer have dear old John Hell to kick around anymore. Well, it appears that my orthopedic surgeon actually does know his ass from a hole in the ground, and I'm back to tell the tale.

On March 16th I underwent ACL and meniscus reconstruction. That was fun. Laying on my ass for three weeks was not. My God it was so damn boring. Too much time on the couch. Too much Trailer Park Boys. Actually, there can never be too much Trailer Park Boys. Ricky is such a dick. Bubbles on the other hand is quite brilliant. I watched my share of movies, read a few great books and comics, and caught up on a few records that have been sitting in the stack for too long. But the sitting really took its toll. I have also come to the conclusion that ICE is my best friend.

I have never wanted to get back on the air as much in my life. And let me tell you by the end of my show tonight I was in some serious pain. Look what I do for my art.

There's a good mash up of genres tonight, and a small tribute to the late Merle Haggard, who died last week on his 79th birthday. I've got some new Melvins for you, music from the first Charles Mootheart (CFM) solo effort (he's Ty Segall's guitarist in Fuzz and the Ty Segall Band), along with some soon-to-be-released Zig Zags!!! There are some oddball choices tonight, as I've had a few weeks to consider what to play for you. The next few shows ought to be pretty fun too.

Tell you friends and my enemies that John Hell is back on the air.

See you next Monday night at 8.

Enjoy.

jh

Shit Luck: Modest Mouse
Two Headed Dog: Roky Erikson
Strange: Wire

The Bottle Let Me Down: Merle Haggard
The Bell: First Aid Kit
Shot By Both Sides: Magazine

A Friend In Need Is A Friend You Don't Need/Lifestyle Hammer: Mike and the Melvins
Ain't Gonna Rain Anymore: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun: Pink Floyd

***Set of the Week***
Street Car History: Charles Mootheart (CFM)
Revolution Part 2: Butthole Surfers
Sweet Loafed: Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston
Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan

Moonlight in Glory: Brian Eno and David Byrne
Dancing Barefoot: Patti Smith
Dollar Days: David Bowie

They Came For Us: Zig Zags
Double-Crossing Time: John Mayall's Blues Breakers
Stop Start: Lee Morgan

Poison Apple: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Out of Touch: Lucinda Williams
I Must Have Been Blind: Eugene Chadbourne

Cold In Effect: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Hell's Kitchen Radio #257: John Is Going To Hell
March 14, 2016 8:00pm

 

From last Monday night: "This is it! My very last show. I'm having knee surgery on Wednesday and I may not make it back alive. This is your very last chance to hear my voice LIVE on the radio."

So it appears that I made it through the surgery, and I'm alive to tell the tale. Not much of a tale to tell. I have a new ACL, a cleaned up meniscus, and I'm laid up on the couch on lots of meds, healing, listening to music, reading books, watching movies, including the Zappa Roxy film. DAMN! I'm on lots of meds. Did I mention that? I can't recall. I also can't see very well because of said meds, so I don't know if there are any typos. I'm happy I know how to type when I'm not on meds. This may help the current situation. When I was in grocery I used to 10-key like a mo-fo! Seriously, I was the fastest one on the line. I was like a blur. I would talk to customers while I rang them up, and they would be all nervous that I would accidentally charge them the incorrect price for something. I assured them that everything would be spot on, and if it wasn't then I would purchase them a tin of Altoids. I was never off, ever!

The meds also make me stray off topic.

Since last Monday was going to possibly be my final radio show, I pulled out many, but not quite all the stops. Much of the playlist for the night was my typical favorite fair. There are some surprises within, that I didn't mark down. And the witty banter is worth the price of the free admission.

If you are ever in a place where you believe that you are soon going to pass away off this mortal coil, then I encourage you to pull out all (or most) of your favorite anything and enjoy it to the very end. Now that I'm healing, on my couch, on lots of meds (did I mention the meds), it's all about the music and films and books that I get to enjoy. It's about taking a breath, and realizing that we really only do live once, so we better live it up, or get busy dying. We don't often get the opportunity to sit on our asses as prescribed by our doctor. So, when you do have those rare moments, take full advantage of them. Enjoy the arts like you haven't done before, reach out to family and friends and let them know you care, meditate, stare out the window into the wild world, and look forward to eventually rejoining that space, but do it with your newly found appreciation of what it means to take that well-deserved, if not prescribed time off.

Back to healing. Did I mention the meds?

Enjoy.

jh

In The Flesh: Pink Floyd
God of Thunder (DEMO): Kiss
High Roller: Cheap Trick

Chocolate Jesus: Tom Waits
Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Mudride: Mudhoney
1970: The Stooges

Block of Ice: Thee Oh Sees
Jack the Maggot: FUZZ
Rollin and Tumblin': Baby Face Leroy Trio

Bring It On Home: Sonnyboy Williamson
Headbanger: King Tuff
I'm In Your Mindfuzz: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

***SET OF THE WEEK***
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra
Jump In Line: Harry Belefonte
Lexicon Devil: Germs
Happy Boy: The Beat Farmers
Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys

She Belongs To Me: The Nice
Interstellar Overdrive: The Melvins

Yatzar: John Zorn's Electric Masada

ACDC: Sweet
Magic: Zig Zags

Hell's Kitchen Radio #256: Torment In The Kitchen
March 7, 2016 8:00pm

 

Here's last Monday's show. Just take a look at the playlist! WOW! Are you kidding me? And new music from local pop-rockers The Y Axes. I love them live, by the way.

Tonight is my last show for a while. I'm getting knee surgery on Wednesday for a torn ACL and ripped up meniscus. Fun times. I may just die, so you're really going to want to tune in tonight from 8-10PM (PDST). I'm going to play all my favorites. I only have two hours, so who the hell knows what that'll sound like. Perhaps I'll just play them all at the same time. That should be fun...for me.

Enjoy.

jh

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
Billie's Blues: Billie Holiday
Stone Crazy: Buddy Guy

Six Miles Next Door: Yusef Lateef
Slowdown: Jack DeJohnette

Cosmic Debris: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
King's Lead Hat: Brian Eno

'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore: David Bowie
The Reagan's Speak Out On Drugs
Billy is a Runaway: Goggs
Supernaut: Black Sabbath (DJ error!?!?!?!?!?!?!?)
Hold Dawn: The Y Axes

Hideous Woman: The Melvins
Eyes Peeled: METZ
Sweaty Little Girls: Battalion of Saints

More: Boris
Tour de France: Kraftwerk
Tourment in Junior High: Cardinal Sin

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Nina Simone
The Weight: Rick Danko and guests (March 1, 1978 - Roxy, LA, CA)
God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men

Pollen: The Blind Shake

Hell's Kitchen Radio #255: Are You Still Talking?
February 29, 2016 8:00pm

 

I recently added the Drumpf extension to my Chrome. that means even if I type Trump into this blog, when I see it on my computer it'll say Drumpf. HA! Love it. I also added the Kardashian blocker, which kindly also blocks all-things Kanye, Kimye, and Jenner, and whatever other terms I add to it. I don't need the heartburn, knowhatimean? I can even add "John Hell" to it, and it'll block me! Wait, I don't mean to give any of you some wild idea. You need me. You need me to educate you on quality radio programming. You need me to school you on the newest of the new sounds going down in the uptown. I offer for your consideration the following playlist below.

Check out the first hour! So much classic rap and hip hop. I don't play nearly enough of this. I also feature legendary local hiphopsters: Kalri$$ian!!! They are blazing hot, and I cannot wait to get them into my bed, er...I mean, back in the studio. Yes. That is what I meant to say. Studio. Ahem.

There's some good ol' fashion punk rock, Americana, psycho-swing, psychedelia, doom metal, spaghetti-western soundtrack music, new garage rock, and classic Ray Charles just because I can.

Tune in for the music, stay for the witty banter. I can't recall everything I said, but I'm fairly certain there's a quality rant in the somewhere.

Do you tune in for just the music? I want to know. Leave a comment about why you listen, what you enjoy, and what you would like more of (and yes: less of). I'm thinking of creating a simple survey for you all to take. Thanks for your input. I want to make this a show you look forward to each and every Monday night.

Enjoy.

jh

Burn Hollywood, Burn: Public Enemy
Spoonie's Back: Spoonie G
Am I Black Enough For You? Schooly D

High Plains Drifter: Beastie Boys
Medicine Cabinet: Kalri$$ian
The Gong Show Theme: Chuck Barris and Milton DeLugg
Damballa: The Pharaohs
Fried Pies: Wes Montgomery Trio

Hedges: Naked Lights
Like Calling Up Thunder: Gun Club
I'm So Bored with the USA: The Clash
Something I Said?: Ray Condo and his Ricochets

King of California: Dave Alvin
March of the Beggars: Ennio Morricone

Dead or Alive: Dale Crover
Mortal Fire: Black Elk Medicine Band
New Trawgs III: Sic Alps

Most Anything You Want: Iron Butterfly
Run Run Run: White Fence
Whipping Post: Frank Zappa (live)

Kofuku - Now, Apocalypse: Low Flying Hawks

Shrinking Moon For You: Wooden Shjips
Greenbacks: Ray Charles

Hell's Kitchen Radio #254: Driving Me Insane
February 22, 2016 8:00pm

 

Taking a week off from hosting my show gives me serious withdrawl-like symptoms. Considering radio is my drug of choice, you'll just have to imagine what it's like.

Anywho, it wasn't easy being away from you all for that long, and for that I apologize. Thanks to Jim G for carrying the load while I was away. He did a great Bowie tribute in my absence. If you haven't heard it, here's the link.

As for tonight, just take a gander at the playlist below! Much in the way of genres, and eras. I also gave tickets away to two upcoming shows, The Soft White Sixties, and The Hooks. If you tune in regularly you too can win yourself tickets to local shows by great bands. Please go out and support live, local music. The bands will thank you, and it just might get you laid.

Enjoy.

jh

Zodiacal Woman: Queen Crescent
Franks Kaktus: Dungen

***SET OF THE WEEK***
Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?: Funkadelic (remix ft. Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube)
The Turnaround: Big John Patton

Grave Robbers: WAND
Buick Mackane: Ty Segall
Midnight Special: Harry Belefonte
Italian Song: The Gits

Bewlay Brothers: David Bowie
Baby Blue: Shannon and the Clams
Do The Kirk: The Mummies

Beatrice: Phantom Ships
Whiskey Train: Procol Harum
Stopping Man: Spacin'

FB12: Thee Oh Sees
A Word of Advice: The Faith Healers
Be Yourself: Hawkwind

City Lights: The Soft White Sixties
Have a Beer with Fear: Fear
In a Jar: Dinosaur Jr.
Morning Has Broken: Cat Stevens

10,000 Feet and Rising: The Hooks
Cut your Hair: Pavement
Watcher the Skies: Genesis

The Changling: The Doors

Hell's Kitchen Radio #253: Enough Already
February 8, 2016 8:00pm

 

Are you serious?!?!? How many does this make now, something like a bakers dozen? Do we get a prize if we hit 20 by March? What's the deal with all this celebrity death? And it's all the good one's too! Of course many of our recent passers-on probably shouldn't have made it out of the 1970s, so it's no wonder they're all drifting off of this mortal coil in their 70s, but still...

Last week we lost two more solid statesman. Maurice White, the founder of Earth Wind and Fire; and Dan Hicks, drummer, singer and songwriter of, who were to be considered the FIRST of the true San Francisco psychedelic bands, The Charlatans, and of his own band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.

I did a tribute to both on this evening. They are labeled for your convenience.

There's some new music from local rockers Older Sun, and Texas ass-whoopers, Honky, featuring Butthole Surfers' bassist J.D. Pinkus. Both are off of brand spankin' new 7" 45s on Secret Serpents Records. I got both, and many more at Thee Parkside last weekend watching Dale Crover's side project Altamont.

So who's next on the list to go? I got a good amount of lists for my (not always) annual Run for the Lilies, and so far no one mentioned has passed away. No one had Antonin Scalia, but I'm pretty sure not many people I know will miss that guy too much. And he didn't record any songs that I cared for anyway.

Keep on keepin' on, fly like an eagle, and let choice be your voice.

Enjoy.

jh

Transmaniacon MC: Ble Oyster Cult
Far Wells, Mill Valley: Charles Mingus

Freedom Day: Max Roach
Words of Advice: Material

***Tribute to Maurice White***
Sweetback's Song: Earth, Wind and Fire
Power: Earth, Wind and Fire

Evil: Earth, Wind and Fire
Versificator: Bobby Previte

One Hell of a Woman: Older Sun
Gotards Theme Song: Honky

Burning Spear: Thee Oh Sees
ABC: Peach Kelli Pop
With My Looks and Your Brains: Mr. T Experience
I'm Watching You: Jay Reatard

***Dan Hicks Tribute***
One More Cowboy (with Willie Neslson): Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
That Ain't Right (Gibby Phones it in mix): Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
Under the Sun: Black Sabbath

Afterburner: Boris
Do It: Rollins Band
See You In The Boneyard: the Flesh Eaters

Notes and Chords Mean Nothing To Me: the Monkeywrench
Ungowa! Victims Family

Hell's Kitchen Radio #252: Hell Takes Off
February 1, 2016 8:00pm

 

I can't recall what it was that inspired me to want to play a bunch of international groups tonight, but you can thank me later. The first hour features groups from Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey, India, Mali, and Jamaica. it's got a funky beat, and you can get down to it.

The second hour features a tribute to Paul Kantner, the founder of Jefferson Airplane, and Signe Anderson, the first female lead singer of the same group. They both died on January 28th, both at the age of 74! I'm guessing they had some sort of death pact. I play a couple of live JA/JS tracks, and you have just got to listen to how high Grace Slick is during the Wooden Ships track from 1970. WOW!

There's some new Melvins near the end, as well as Dale Crover-led Altamont near the beginning of the second hour. Altamont is headlining a Valley King Records showcase at Thee Parkside this Saturday night. You have got to be at this show!!! Look, I ended that last sentence with three (count them) exclamation marks! That means I'm triply serious about you being in attendance. Honky was supposed to be there in support, but had scheduling conflicts, so Dale's other side project PORN will play, along with Older Sun. This promises to be a great, and rockin' show. See you all there. Follow the links for more info. Alan Forbes did an amazing poster for the show, and Justin McNeil of Valley King/Secret Serpents announced that split 7"s will be available at the show. GO TO THIS SHOW!

You have until this Friday, February 5th to email me your Run for the Lilies 2016 list of 10 famous people you believe will be dead by the end of 2016. Email me at mrjohnhell@gmail.com Winners will be announce in January 2017, and gifts will be awarded soon after. GET THOSE LISTS IN!!! (see, three exclamation marks)

See you next Monday night, where I may or may not have a special guest and tickets to give away.

Enjoy.

jh

Arawan: Tinariwen
Rasket El Fadaa: Omar Khorshid

The Mod Trade: The Black Beats
Kun Rod Fai, Pai Rod Bus, Kee Chang, Kant Tent: The Hot Pepper
Iron Fist: Lee "Scratch" Perry
Our Thing: Jackie Mittoo

My Lady's Frustrations: Fela Kuti
Afro Funk: Afro Funk

Everybody Get Down: Asiko Rock Group
Express Yourself: NWA

***Set of the Night***
Sweet Child of Mine/All Out of Love: GnR/Air Supply
Nice 'n' Sleazy: The Stranglers
Snortin' Whiskey: Honky

EZ Rider: Altamont
Knives: The Phantom Ships

Chauffeur Blues: Jefferson Airplane
Today: Jefferson Airplane
Wooden Ships: Jefferson Airplane (May 7, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)

Stairway to Cleveland: Jefferson Starship (May 28, 1982 Moscone Convention Center, SF, CA)

Chicken 'n' Dump: Mike and the Melvins
Don't Come Home A-Drinking With Lovin' On Your Mind: Loretta Lynn

Californian Hills: Ty Segall

Hell's Kitchen Radio #251: Stone Cold Mugger
January 25, 2016 8:00pm

 

Tonight was all about me blindly pulling music from my deep and vast music library, and putting together sets that I thought you would enjoy on the fly. I think you'll enjoy what you hear. There's some new music from Ty Segall, Spacin', Zig Zags, and Earthless, some funky remixes of Nick Cave and Billie Holiday. You get some garage rock, funk, pop, psych, blues, and rap. What more could you ask for in a radio show?

Do you have any idea how lucky you are to have Radio Valencia at your fingertips. Tune in all the time. You'll be glad you did.

You have until Friday, February 5th to send me your deadpoop list for my 2016 Run For The Lilies. Send me a list of 10 famous people you believe will meet their maker by December 31, 2016. The only rule: you cannot participate in their demise. Please send your list to mrjohnhell@gmail.com

See you next Monday night, where I'll be doing a tribute to Paul Kantner, founder of the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, who passed away on Thursday of septic shock following a heart attack days earlier. He was 74. Just another mighty blow to the rock world in this young year.

Enjoy.

jh

Take Me To The Water/I'm Going Back Home: Nina Simone
End To End: Earthless

Giving Up The Ghost: Zig Zags
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Mummies
Lieutenant Uhuru: Three Stoned Men
Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners

***Set of the night***
Diversion: Ty Segall and the Muggers
Youth of America: Melvins
Starman: David Bowie

U.S. Ruse: Spacin'
Use Me: Bill Withers
Free the Freaks: CCR Headcleaner

Like A Rolling Stone: Jimi Hendrix with Butterfield Blues Band and BB King (April 15, 1968 Generation Club - New York City, NY)
Arnold Layne: Pink Floyd (September 13, 1967 Star Club, Copenhagen, DK)
Que Sera Sera: Doris Day
Since You've Been Gone: James Brown

Don't Believe the Hype: Public Enemy
Shapes of Things: Jeff Beck Group
Super Heathen Child: Grinderman (Fripp remix)
Sweetness: Yes

Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix): Billy Holiday
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Anti-Drug PSA: James Brown
I Saw Fuck: Supersuckers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #250: Cover Me
January 18, 2016 8:00pm

 

Some nights I get a bug up my butt to do some kind of theme. Tonight it's all about COVERS! Who doesn't love a good cover tune? Sometimes the cover is better than the original (hence Johnny Cash doing the Eagles better than the Eagles...that's not a hard thing to do, btw). Sometimes you had no idea the song was a cover; the artist performed the song better than the original. I should do more cover specials, it almost writes itself.

More great musicians died this past week. WTF is going on?!?!?!? Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Dale "Buffin" Griffin of Mott the Hoople, Gary Loizzo of The American Breed, Mic Gillette of Tower of Power, and the legendary Blowfly all passed into the great bandstand in the sky this past week. I pay tribute in the second hour of the show.

Take a look at the playlist below, and click on the links above to stream or download the show.

No guests this coming Monday night. I have new music from Ty Segall's new band The Muggers, as well as new music from Spacin', and much much more.

Enjoy.

jh

I Heard It On The X: Olivelawn
You're Going To Miss Me: Monomen
The Beat Goes On: Giant Sand

Satisfaction: Cat Power
Iron Man: The Bad Plus
The Wizard: Brown Sabbath

Dreaming: The Cherubs
Tomorrow Never Knows: 801 Live (Eno, Fripp, Manzanera, Watson, Monkman, Phillips, Watson)
Ain't Talkin' About Love: Minutemen
Sunshine of Your Love: Ella Fitzgerald
Wendy: Descendents

Heroin: Burnt One's
Miss You: The Concretes
Emma: Urge Overkill

Desperado: Johnny Cash
What is Hip: Tower of Power

Bend Me, Shape Me: The American Breed
All The Way From Memphis: Mott the Hoople
Blowfly for President: Blowfly

When the Levee Breaks: Led Zeppelin
Don Henley Must Die: Mojo Nixon

When Doves Cry: Patti Smith
One More Cup of Coffee: White Stripes

Hell's Kitchen Radio #249: Rebel Rebel RIP
January 11, 2016 8:00pm

 

Magnificent artists are all around us. Have you taken the time to look and see? Do you make the time to enjoy the arts? Do you go to museums? To the cinema? To the clubs? Do you support local bands? Do you see one-person stage shows? Do you fReaK the scene? When did you stop being an artist? Was it in elementary school, when the teacher told you to stop doodling and start paying attention? What did you aspire to be when you were a child? When did that stop? Why?

And then there's Bowie. He taught me that art is all around you. He showed me that everyone can be a part of the show. Life is drama. Life is high and low art. Art is what you make of it. He wrote about the highs and lows of life; what it is to be alone; what it means to want to be loved. He took risks. My father always told me that to live is to takes risks.

And then there's Bowie.

When I heard the news on Sunday night, I was in disbelief. I thought, like many, that his Twitter feed had been hacked. That would be cold, but not impossible. I decided to sleep on it, but in the morning the sad truth rang all too true. The rest of my Monday was sleepwalking through the day, scrolling through my Facebook feed. I have about 1300 "friends" on FB, and over 90% of the posts throughout the day were about Bowie. How do you like that? I've never seen anything quite like it in my 9 years on FB. It was wonderful. No politics. No race issues. No economic crisis. It was all about the celebration of an artist, that we were lucky enough to exist on the same planet with at the same time.

Tonight on my show I pay tribute to Bowie by playing some of my favorites, as well as some excellent live cuts, and some covers and a recent mashup featuring Bowie and Lemmy.

In the first hour I am seriously excited to have in the studio a true up and coming band, Unlikely Heroes, fronted by phenomENON Gaines. This eclectic group are synthesizing HipHop and Punk with beats and melody that is fresh, exciting, and long waited for. I saw a street performance from this young band over the summer, but I'm anticipating seeing them at the club level. They will get the room jumping like the way Gogol Bordello had the Catalyst jumping for three hours a few years back. This band has energy, and the beats and words to back it up. They've played 30 shows since last April, and for a new band that is unheard of. Once you give them a listen, and hear the interview from the show, I think you'll understand the attraction. Enon is an excellent front-man, and they'll be gracing bigger stages in the near future, if there is indeed a God of music justice.

Next Monday on my show, I'm thrilled to have Bay Area club DJ Rasta Cue-Tip aka: RasCue of Cali Agents, and Various Blends. You can check him out on Urban Umpires, or his Soundcloud page before next Monday. He'll be guest DJing for the entire show, 8-10. Tune in.

Also, don't forget to get me your celebrity death list for my 2016 Run for the Lilies. You choose 10 famous people (famous in any way), that you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2016. The only rule: you may not, in any way, be involved in how they meet their maker. Send your list to mrjohnhell@gmail.com by February 4, 2016. Winner will be announced January 2017.

Enjoy.

jh

Life on Mars: David Bowie
She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie
China Girl: Iggy Pop

Interview with Unlikely Heroes

Young Skywalker: Unlikely Heroes
Gold Rings: Unlikely Heroes

Interview with Unlikely Heroes

For You: Unlikely Heroes

Lazarus: David Bowie
Heroes: David Bowie

***Set of the Night***
Louis Louis Go Home: Davy Jones and the King Bees
Golden Years: Marilyn Manson
Under Pressure (a cappella): David Bowie and Freddy Mercury

"Ace of Dance": Lemmy Stardust Commemorative Mashup
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy: David Bowie and Bing Crosby
London Bye-Bye: David Bowie

Queen Bitch: Green River
Rebel Rebel: David Bowie (Dallas, TX April 27, 1983)
Young Americans: David Bowie (Tokyo, Japan May 16, 1990)
Hang Onto Yourself: David Bowie (Santa Monica, CA October 20, 1972)

Station to Station: Melvins

Bowie's in Space: Flight of the Conchords

Hell's Kitchen Radio #248: A New Dawn
January 4, 2016 8:00pm

 

Happy New Year to all from Sir Hell. You didn't know that I'm a "Sir" now, did you? Well there ya go. How you like them apples? Did you have a glorious end of year celebration, or do you consider it to be trite and amateur hour? Either way, I hope you have set some positive intentions for 2016, or at the very least you call a friend and go out to see some live music. I plan on doing all of the above, and often in 2016.

For Monday's show I felt I should pay tribute to the recently fallen rock-comrade Lemmy Kilmister of the seminal metal band Motrhead. I remember first hearing the "hit" Ace of Spades in the early 80s, and knowing pretty much immediately that this band was no joke. I enjoyed Motrhead through the hair-raising glam metal years of the 80s and 90s, and loved that they kept true to their nature: raw and in-your-face loud. Monday I played mostly early tracks and a rare live track from my bootleg library.

Did you know Lemmy was a Joni Mitchell fan? Me either.

Monday also saw the 30th anniversary of the passing of legendary frontman Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy. Damn, where does the time go? I did a little tribute to him as well, including a blistering live version of "The Rocker" live, with six guitarist rocking out on stage!!!

The remainder of the how was a genre grab-bag. Take a look at the playlist below.

I am also excited to introduce my 2016 "Run for the Lilies"! You come up with a list of 10 famous people you believe will be dead by 12-31-2016, and send that list to mrjohnhell@gmail.com by February 01, 2016. The only rule is that you may not participate in the demise of any of the persons on your list. The winner will get a prize to be determined.

This should be a great year for music. Go out and support your local music scene, wherever you live.

Enjoy.

jh

Sinnerman: Nina Simone
Big Log: Robert Plant

FFF: PIL
The Passenger: Iggy Pop
Court and Spark: Joni Mitchell
The Runaway: Danny O'Keefe

Little Girl in Bloom: Thin Lizzy
The Rocker: Thin Lizzy

Suicide: Thin Lizzy (05-14-76 Detroit, MI)
Time of No Reply: Nick Drake

Overkill: Mothead
All The Aces: Mothead
Killed By Death: Mothead

Ace of Spades: Mothead (March 22, 1982 Newcastle, England)
Truth: Alexander Ebert

Henry Lee: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
It's A Man's World: James Brown and his Famous Flames
Little Child, Running Wild: Curtis Mayfield

That's Life: Frank Sinatra
Hello Dolly: Louis Armstrong
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Hell's Kitchen Radio #247: Not Out Of My System Yet
December 21, 2015 8:00pm

 

Such a super fun show tonight. Two things I love to do on the radio: interview talented musicians, and share rare music I search high and low for. Tonight you get the best of both worlds.

In the first half hour I had the pleasure to interview a very talented musician and songwriter, Manny Manriquez. Manny graced the airwaves on my show many moons ago, when I was on San Francisco Liberation Radio, while he was fronting SF's Ludivico's Technique, a great local rock band. Manny (or Manslice, as I like to recall him) moved out to Washington D.C. a few years ago, and has slowly been making his way back into the music scene. His new solo project, Outland Warrior, has some serious promise to it. The track he shares on the show tonight was inspired by author Neil Gaiman, one of my all-time favorite authors; so I'm not bias or anything. Really though, once you hear the tune, you'll agree it takes you on a journey. This should be the beginning of something big for Manslice and Outland Warrior.

To close out the show, and the year (I'm taking next Monday off to see Dead and Co.), AND to give one final celebratory farewell to the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, I chose some brilliant live Dead performances over the years to share with you all. Eight tunes in 90 minutes. Hey, that's a lot for this band. I have the dates and locations posted in the playlist below.

Thanks for tuning in this year. Ever since I was five years old, listening to the family radio at home, I knew I wanted to be a radio DJ. I've been doing a radio show in the SF Bay Area since I started interning at KCSM in San Mateo in the fall of 1988. My nine glorious years at KFJC (88-97) was the most exceptional musical and broadcasting experience my young self could have asked for. Being involved in numerous underground/micro/internet stations has continued to challenge me to make the most of my art. And radio is indeed an artform. I don't know what those clowns in commercial radio think they're doing to benefit anyone, but I can tell you that the fine folks at Radio Valencia really understand what it means to take an empty two-hour canvas and fill it with aural colors that enhance the senses in a myriad of ways. I'm lucky to be here.

Upon my January return, I'll have local club DJ RasCue in the studio to funk it WAY up. You are not going to want to miss this.

Happy holidays. See you on the radio.

jh

Fortress: Thee Oh Sees
Octopus: Syd Barrett

Fairytale Of New York: The Pogues

Interview with Manny Manriquez

The King of the Dreaming: Manny Manriquez

Interview with Manny Manriquez

Shakedown Street: Grateful Dead (06-30-85 Merriweather Post Pavillon)

Bird Song: Grateful Dead (06-22-73 P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada)
Friend of the Devil - Big Railroad Blues: Grateful Dead (09-20-70 Fillmore West, SF, CA)

Cumberland Blues: Grateful Dead (10-24-71 Easttown Theater, Detroit, MI)
Music Never Stopped: Grateful Dead (05-07-78 Field House, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY)

Franklin's Tower: Grateful Dead (03-13-82 Reno Centennial Coliseum, Reno, NV)
Cosmic Charlie: Grateful Dead (01-02-70 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)

St. Stephen: Grateful Dead (10-12-68 Avalon Ballroom, SF, CA)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #246: Best of 2015
December 14, 2015 8:00pm

 

Tonight it's my BEST OF 2015 show! I don't really trust these shows. It's really what the DJ enjoyed the most throughout the year. But isn't that the idea? You don't want to hear what the major media publications think was the best of the year. You want a seasoned DJ veteran, who has over 25 years of underground, eclectic radio experience to tell you what's best. Yes you do. And then you're going to go out and purchase all that music and go see those artists live in concert. Yes you are. You're going to share this list with your friends, and tell them how much better you are than them, because you know what's really the best, since you tune into such a hip and happening underground radio station, run by the DJs who are truly in the know. Yes we are!

Really though, this was an excellent year in music. Ty Segall had at least four releases, Wand had two; Dungen came out with their first release in seven years. Sleater Kinney came out with a great new record, their first in eight years. Swervedriver released their first LP in 17 years! There was some tasty local cuts that found room in the record stacks too. Queen Crescent, Shannon and the Clams, and Golden Void all graced the airwaves with new cuts in 2015.

This show nowhere scratches the surface of the best of the year, but it's a start. Tune into Radio Valencia throughout the month of December to hear what our many other fine, and experienced DJs have to offer up as their BEST OF 2015. Put it all together and you may just have the best of the best collection of what music was hot in a year that is quickly fading away.

Next Monday night will be my last show for the year. I'm taking December 28th off to go check out Dead and Co. at the Bill Graham Civic. The tour has sounded great. John Mayer doesn't suck as much as I thought he would. Huh, what do you think of that? I look forward to hearing what they have in store. I saw the Grateful Dead perform at the Civic a few times, between 1987-1988. After that, they got too big to perform in venues of that size. Too bad. So next Monday, being my last show of the year, I thought it wise and apropos to wrap up my celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead by playing two hours of LIVE DEAD!!! I know you want to hear that. and who could blame you, really? I've got plenty to play, so tune in 8-10PM (PDST) next Monday night, December 21st.

Have I told you lately how much I love radio?

Enjoy.

jh

Self Hypnosis in 3 Days: WAND
How Long?: Shannon and the Clams

Pish: The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Feel: Ty Segall
Cool Slut: Chastity Belt

The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment: Father John Misty
Feel Like: Mikal Cronin
The Mirror: Damaged Bug

Sticky Hulks: Thee Oh Sees
Culture Vulture: Queen Crescent
Snakeskin: Deerhunter

Astral Plane: Golden Void
Sapokanikan: Joanna Newsome
Drug Mugger: Ty Segall
Dimed Out: Titus Andronicus

Autodidact: Servedriver
Acetate: Metz
A New Wave: Sleater Kinney

Double Fine: Honky
Sista Festen: Dungen
Slime: Zig Zags

Pollinate: Fuzz
Wilding: Moon Duo
Half-Life Crisis: Jim O'Rourke

Chinatown: Girlpool

Hell's Kitchen Radio #245: Grab Bag Of Musical Goodness
December 7, 2015 8:00pm

 

The weather is changing in San Francisco. If you live here then you know something is up. If you've only just visited here, or have never been near the city by the bay, then you probably figure that it being near winter, it's bound to be getting chilly in SF. I've lived in the Bay Area since 1982, and though the changing seasons can bring a change in the temp, over the past five years, or so, it's been pretty much 68 degrees, and no chance of rain, 12 months out of the year. Sounds blissful, doesn't it? Tell that to my yard.

Anyway, it's an El Nino year, and the rains have slowly begun to descend upon us folks in the bubble (we know how lucky we've had it, hence: "the bubble"), and I can't really think of anyone who's complaining. I like wearing sweaters. Mine are about five years out of date, but that being said, what was once old is new again!

The same can be said for my playlist. If you haven't heard it, then it's new to you! Lots of genres to choose from tonight, and a second hour full of tasty live cuts, including Ike and Tina Turner on Soul Train, Nina Simone in France, a rare Dead track they only touched upon a few times in their live shows.

Speaking of the Good ol' Grateful Dead, with the year coming to a close I'm considering hosting a full two-hour live Dead show on Monday, December 21st. That would be fun...for me. And I hope for you too. I'll post beforehand if I plan on doing it. There's too much to choose from.

Monday, December 14th will be my BEST OF 2015!!! What a great year for music. Tune in. I'm sure all of the Radio Valencia shows will be doing one form of a Best Of... over the next few weeks. Be sure to check in often.

Enjoy.

jh

I'm Jewish and You Know It: LMFAO
Pasties and a G-String: Tom Waits
Shadrach: Beastie Boys

Earth People: Dr. Octogon
Something Else: Cannonball Adderley
Fear of a Black Planet: Public Enemy
Storming the Death Star: Roots Radics band

Children Crying: The Congos
I Don't Want to be a Soldier, Mama: John Lennon
Every Grain of Sand: Giant Sand
Imagine: George W. Bush

Natbush City Limits: Ike and Tina Turner (Soul Train January 1975)
Long Time Gone: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (Auditorium Theatre, Chicago IL, 12/13/69)

The Mob Rules: Black Sabbath (August 09, 1992 - Boston, MA)
Song Remains the Same/Rain Song: Led Zeppelin (Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada
March 19, 1975)

Playing In The Band/Stronger Than Dirt Or Milkin' The Turkey: Grateful Dead (7/16/76 Orpheum Theatre, SF, CA)

Working Man: Rush (01/26/80 Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Poughkeepsie, NY)
Black is the Color of my True Loves Hair: Nina Simone (08/09/2000 Jazz In Marciac, France)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #244: 21st Century Schizoid DJ
November 30, 2015 8:00pm

 

There were so many amazing sets tonight. For the past month or so I've been designating a "Set of the Week" to sets that have the type of character that stands out against the rest of the program. Tonight, I swear there must be at least three sets that I could have given the title to. It was that kind of night. Everything just made sense. Just take a look at the playlist below, and I think you'll agree.

Really, take a look at the Set of the Night. It's all about T Rex. First, there's the new LP release from Ty Segall "Ty Rex", which is all T Rex covers Ty originally released on 7", with the addition of the track I played, for vinyl only. Hell yes! I follow that up with a John Zorn produced track from Zorn's "Great Jewish Composers" series on Marc Bolan. Finally I have to play some T Rex. Do I play "Bang A Gong"? Fuck no! What radio station are you tuned into? Get your head out of your ass. No. I play "The Motivator" because it kicks serious ass! Now THAT is a quality set.

But later in the night I connected Sabbath to Primus. How did I do this? I know you're interested. Get this: The Butthole Surfers track I played, "Dum Dum", uses the exact same drum melody as "Children of the Grave" by Sabbath. I followed up the Buttholes with some Melvins, featuring Pinkus and Leary from the Buttholes, off of the 2015 Melvins "hold it in" release. But wait, it gets better! Dale Crover is the drummer from the Melvins (but you know that). He's also the guitarist/singer for Altamont! GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE! And Altamont is a local SF band, which leads to me playing the next four local bands: Rube Waddell from Oakland; The Mummies from San Mateo (where I went to high school, thank you very much, and saw The Mummies at Pony Express Pizza in Redwood City, when I was 16-18); SF's Polkacide, which if you haven't seen them then you just plain suck, and you know it. Give it up already. Really. Give it up. Finally, South Bay's Primus. They suck, but I still love them. I was at that Berkeley Square shows that turned into "Suck on This". Party. With. Me.

What a ride. If memory serves the banter was humorous at times, and I didn't stick around long enough to make you run away screaming.

There's some very early (1965) Pink Floyd near the end, and an isolated vocal track from a young and wild (though probably not nearly as wild as he would be following the electro shock treatments he received for skipping out on Vietnam) Roky Erickson.

That's probably more than you wanted to read, but aren't you happier for doing so? No? Thanks for being a friend. Can you feel the love? Just feel the love, already.

Enjoy.

jh

21st Century Schizoid Man: King Crimson
Starliner: Montrose

Easy Now: Hot Tuna (request)
Into the Sun: Grand Funk Railroad
Give Me Some Skin: James Brown

***Set of the Night***
20th Century Boy: Ty Segall
Children of the Revolution: Arto Lindsey and Marc Ribot
The Motivator: T Rex

Stay Away From Downtown: Redd Kross
Steppin' Out: John Mayal's Bluesbreakers (featuring Eric Clapton)
The Thrill is Gone: BB King
Rubber Biscuit: Blues Brothers
Spazz: The Elastic Band (request)

Baby Let Me Kiss You: King Floyd
Children of the Grave: Black Sabbath
Dum Dum: Butthole Surfers
Bride of Crankenstein: The Melvins

Young Man Blues: Altamont
Boom Boom: Rube Waddell
The Frisco Freeze: The Mummies
Glorious: Polkacide

John the Fisherman: Primus
Africa: Sun Ra
Double-O Bo: Pink Floyd

You're Gonna Miss Me: 13th Floor Elevators (Isolated vocals)
13th Floor Opening: Mudhoney

Hell's Kitchen Radio #243: 1975! ANNUAL ANNUAL
November 23, 2015 8:00pm

 

1975! What a year! What do you recall? I was five years old, and living in Toledo, Ohio. My aunt, who worked at Peaches Records bought me the first five KISS LPs, so naturally, KISS was my first favorite band. That's all I really remember about that year.

Being older, and a scholar of music and culture, I can tell you that 1975 was a real crossover year. The 60s were definitely over by this time. Music was moving a bit more into the "Yacht Rock" era, and Disco was starting to emerge as well. Funk was at its creative peak. Punk wouldn't really break onto the scene for another year, and metal was also still in its infancy. It was a weird year.

Some of my favorite records were released this year: Physical Graffiti, Nighthawks at the Diner, and Blood on the Tracks, just to name a few.

Along with Eric McFadden and Delphine de St Paer, we delve into the many faces of 1975 last Monday night. We just barely scratch the surface in two hours time. Take a look at the playlist below, and click on the links above to stream or download this show.

Enjoy.

jh

Tonight's the Night: Neil Young
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain: Willie Nelson
Rhinestone Cowboy: Glen Campbell

The Black Widow: Alice Cooper
Hunters and Collectors: Can
Dolemite: Ben Taylor
Fight the Power: The Isley Brothers
Fire: Ohio Players

Ten Years Gone: Led Zeppelin
Across The Universe: David Bowie
Motorhead: Hawkwind
Dammit Janet: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Dunkirk: Camel

Chocolate City: Parliament
Muffin Man: Frank Zappa
Shelter From The Storm: Bob Dylan
Eggs and Sausage: Tom Waits

Deuce: Kiss
The Jungle Line: Joni Mitchell
Death on Two Legs: Queen
King Soloman's Marbles: Grateful Dead

Rose in the Heather/Beggar's Day: Nazareth

Hell's Kitchen Radio #242: Front This!
November 16, 2015 8:00pm

 

Spontaneity is the name of the game, sometimes in radio. I often stare at my immense record collection, and think to myself "self, why don't you just blindly choose a bunch of LPs to take to the studio with you, and whatever strikes your fancy, go with it?". This is pretty much what I did Monday night. And boy howdy if it didn't pay off, too!

A few tributes (PF Sloan passed away, as did Mitch Mitchell (who actually died in 2008, but I believe everything I read on Facebook, obviously)); some tasty live treats, some local tunes, and a speech as relevant today as it was when it was delivered over 70 years ago.

I was training a new Radio Valencia DJ tonight, and later in the show, the banter gets pretty hilarious.

Take a look at the playlist below. You can download and stream this show by clicking on the links above. Please share this with all of your music-loving friends.

Next Monday, November 23, from 8-10PM on Radio Valencia is my 5th annual ANNUAL ANNUAL! It's all about 1975 for two whole hours! And this isn't your old man's 10 at 10, either.

Enjoy.

jh

Eve of Destruction: PF Sloan
Voodoo Chile: Jimi Hendrix Experience (Live 1969)

The Midnight Special: Harry Belafonte
Wooden Ships: Crosby, Nash (March 26, 1972 - Winterland, SF, CA)
Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues: Bob Dylan (July 5, 1965 Manchester, UK)

Can Halen mashup
Fangsgiving: Happy Fangs
Sunless Saturday: Fishbone

Broken Sun: Wand
Bombay Calling: It's A Beautiful Day
Cantor de Mambo: Os Mutantes
En Gang Om Aret: Dungen

***Set of the night***
I Swallowed A Dragonfly: Heartless Bastards
I Wish A Mothafucka Would: Queen Crescent
Charlie Chaplin Incredible Speech
Move On Up: Curtis Mayfield

Sugaree: Grateful Dead (May 22, 1977 Hollywood Sportatorium, Pembroke, FL)
The Mercy Seat: Johnny Cash

My War: Black Flag (April 6, 1984 Washington, DC)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #241: Guest DJ Time - Happy Fangs
November 9, 2015 8:00pm

 

How thrilling to have to rising local rock stars in the studio to do all the heavy lifting. I should do this more often. Rebecca (DJ RBG), and Mike (MC Cobra) of the mighty might Happy Fangs guest DJd in Hell's Kitchen tonight. They brought loads of 100% choice vinyl cuts, and knew their way around a radio studio.

I've had Happy Fangs in the studio before, to talk up shows and releases, but last time they were on I invited them to come back and guest DJ with me. They were obviously up to the task. Other than the first track, all the rest were from Rebecca and Mike. And just look at that playlist!

I'll be having other bands on to guest DJ with me soon.

This weekend there are a couple great shows to check out:

Friday night, local psych rockers Golden Void will transport you to the astral plane at Bottom of the Hill, where they will be headlining. I'm loving their new LP: "Berkana".

Saturday night there are two great bands playing at Amnesia on Valencia Street. The Reliables are a fun five piece, made up of old friends who decided it was high time they got together to make songs of journey and life. They've got a good funky vibe. The other band is the donut-laden trio known as DOWN IN FRONT! These ladies have the most fun no stage I've seen in years. The between-song banter is as much fun as the the songs themselves.

Support live, local music.

Coming up November 23rd is my fifth annual ANNUAL ANNUAL! I'm doing two hours on 1975. This isn't like KFOG. I actually know what was quality in that year. Tune in, and check out my previous ANNUAL ANNUAL shows from the past few years. Rumor has it guitar slinger Eric McFadden will guest DJ that night too!

Enjoy.

jh

All Tomorrow's Parties: The Fresh and Only's
Lust for Life: Iggy Pop

I Really Like You: The Lovely Feathers
Lion's Share: L7
Another Girl, Another Planet: The Only Ones

Hesperus: Windhand
Sexy Boy: Air

Two Against One: Rome
Bridge Over Troubled Water: Roberta Flack
A New Error: Moderat

***Set of the Night***
The IPD: Judy Small
Hey Little Cobra: The Rip Chords
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Diddy Wah: Ty Segall Band

Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing: Jackson 5
Primary Colors: The Horrors
Shanghaied: Bishop Allen

Feels Blind: Bikini Kill

Summer Wine: Nancy Sinatra
Infinity Guitars: Sleigh Bells

Telephone Line: ELO

Hell's Kitchen Radio #240: A Rainy Night At Radio Valencia
November 2, 2015 8:00pm

 

It's Sunday night, and I realized that I have yet to post my blog from last Monday. What the hell was I thinking?!?!? It's been one busy week, I can assure you. But that is no excuse for not getting the people what they want. And you want quality radio podcasts, don't you? Don't lie to me. I know how much you enjoy my well-considered playlists. I know you wait with baited breath for my mic breaks, where I'll wax poetic about the San Francisco of yore. Or perhaps, I'll bitch and complain about the cost of rents? Last Monday I think I went on a bender about a former student of mine (I'm a local SF public school teacher, but you knew that, because you tune in regularly and listen to me talk about my kids), and how falsely (?) blamed him for stealing my door stop, which just so happened to be a plastic baby's arm.

Now you too can stream or download this show and relive that fabulous story, and many more. This show also featured a tribute to the great jazz engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, on his 91st birthday. I played a few rain songs in celebration of the fact that it rained in SF for the first time in about 6 months, and I played a few songs to get you ready for our crappy election, where our lame "I'm never going to run for mayor" Mayor won a second term. Douchebag.

There's a very slowed down Alvin and the Chipmunks song, some classic rock you may or may not have ever heard before, new music from noteworthy local bands, and more.

Tune in every Monday night from 8-10PM for the finest in the fine sounds going down in the downtown, with me, John Hell. You can also subscribe to my iTunes podcast link and get the show downloaded to your iTunes every week. I'm sure there's a link for that somewhere around here. I'll get back to you on that. Thanks to the over 300 of you who subscribe already!

Check out the playlist below.

This Monday night I'm excited to have local rockers Happy Fangs in the studio, where I won't ask them one damn question about themselves, their new record, or their tour. No I won't. Nope. Instead, they're guest DJing, which means I get to kick back and let them make the playlist.

Tune in every Monday night from 8-10PM for the finest in the fine sounds going down in the downtown, with me, John Hell.

Enjoy.

jh

Billie's Bounce: Charlie Parker
Status Quo: Cliff Jordan and John Gilmore

Ease Back: Grant Green
Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammad

Rain: Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men
See The Sky About To Rain: Neil Young
Make it Rain: Tom Waits

Rainy Night in SOHO: The Pogues
I'll Be Your Lover Too: Van Morrison
Every Mother's Son: Traffic
What Do You Want From Life: The Tubes

Southern Politician: Willie DeVille
Elected: Alice Cooper
Call Me (slowed down): Alvin and the Chipmunks

Paranoid: Golden Void
Headbanger: King Tuff
We Are What You Are: White Hills
Careful With That Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd

European Son: Thee Oh Sees

Cold, Rain and Snow: The Grateful Dead

Hell's Kitchen Radio #239: How Blue Can You Get?
October 26, 2015 8:00pm

 

Sometime during the week leading up to my show, I must have heard some seriously good blues playing. Maybe. It's hard to say. Maybe I was realizing that I just don't play enough blues, and was feeling guilty, like I wasn't including one of my beloved children in the fun? It's not like little Bluesy did anything wrong. On the contrary, where would I be today without Blues? It was Blues that taught me how to get over heartbreak. It was Blues that showed me that it was OK to be alone. It was Blues that allowed me to heal, following all my many dark and lonely nights.

Maybe I had too much Blues in my life? Perhaps I needed a break, to recognize just how much I love the Blues? Tonight is full of the Blues. And that's a good thing. Blues can also bring you up. Once you hear a line like "I've been down so long, it looks like up to me", and you know that the singer has it so much harder than you, then you know that you're life just isn't that bad. It's similar to watching a Soap Opera. Their lives are much, much worse than yours.

In the second hour I have brand new music from FUZZ and WAND!!!!! Are you KIDDING ME?!?!?!?

There are many brilliant live tunes throughout the night, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top, Grateful Dead, Blues Brothers, Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, and George Clinton and P-Funk, featuring Eric McFadden on guitar.

Damn, that's a lot to be grateful for.

This Friday I'm hosting the live Ask Dr. Hal at XOXO in Jack London Square from 10-midnight. It's only $5 and it's totally worth your spooky-weekend time.

Enjoy.

jh

Destination Unknown: Missing Persons
Baby Blue: Shannon and the Clams

Hearing Voices: Galaxy 500
California: Joni Mitchell

Smokestack Lightning: Howlin' Wolf
Rollin' and Tumblin': Baby Face Leroy Trio
Two Trains Running: Butterfield Blues Band
Boom Boom Out Go The Lights: Little Walter

Done Somebody Wrong: Elmore James
Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top
I Don't Know: Blues Brothers

Try: Janis Joplin (April 01, 1969 Stockholm, Sweden)

Dirt: Iggy and the Stooges (November 03, 2003 City Park, New Orleans, LA)

***Best of Set***
Grave Robbers: WAND
Say Hello: FUZZ
Foxy Lady: Jimi Hendrix (Hawaii 1970)

Cosmic Slop: George Clinton Parliament-Funkadelic (July 8, 2006 Lugano, Switzerland)
War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley and The Wailers (August 5, 1978 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL)

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl: Grateful Dead (February 28, 1969 Fillmore West, SF, CA)

Brown Sugar: Rolling Stones (March 13, 1971 Leeds U, Leeds UK)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #238: Am I Hell Enough For Ya?
October 19, 2015 8:00pm

 

Are you aware that in 1974, Danny Sugarman, who managed both The Doors, and Iggy Pop, attempted to get Iggy to front a new Doors lineup? Iggy and Ray Manzarek did jam together a few times that year, and supposedly recorded a few tracks as well. You know what I'm on the hunt for! No true details of this come out in either Pop's nor Manzarek's books, but it is documented in a other places. How much was recorded, and who has these recordings, I hope to find out. Stay tuned, dear listener.

In the meantime, how about that show of mine Monday night, huh? You listened, right? RIGHT?!? I know you all have busy schedules, and by the time 8PM on a Monday night rolls around, who in their right mind wants to sit down and listen to a radio show, hosted by someone with over 25 years of non-commercial, free-form radio experience? Hmm, I don't know. How about people with good taste!

Tonight I spread the love and genres around quite a bit. Thanks for hanging in during the 20 minute Coltrane masterpiece! Now you too can tell your friends and neighbors that you listen to John Coltrane. Good for you.

There's some punk, funk, and junk spread throughout and across this two hour canvas. Just take a gander below at the playlist. Links to the stream and download are above. I went to The Chapel on Sunday night to catch FUZZ and Mudhoney. If you tune in regularly, then you know these are two of my absolute favorite bands. AND THEY PLAYED TOGETHER!!!! Amazing show, from start to finish. Even the opener, Ex's With Benefits, was a delight! I recorded the Mudhoney encore, which featured Jello Biafra (I knew he would be there) singing a duet with Mark Arm. I play it in the second hour of the show.

I also continue with the "SET OF THE NIGHT". It's identified in the playlist.

We're getting close to November, which means a few crucial housekeeping pieces: 1) My "ANNUAL-ANNUAL" is coming up soon. This year it's 1975! 2) Members of Happy Fangs will be in to guest DJ with me. 3) Local puck-rock malcontent, Marc Malakie will be in to talk about all-things-local-punk.

So much to look forward to on your Monday nights. Thanks for being you. See you next week.

Enjoy.

jh

Galactic Funk: Star Wars Funk
Am I Black Enough For Ya?: Schoolly D

Who's Going To Be the Junkie?: Greyboy
Silverlization: Roland Kirk

My Favorite Things: John Coltrane
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

Time Collapse II/The 7th Terror: Fuzz
Flat Out Fucked: Mudhoney
Roll Away the Stone: Leon Russell

Hate the Police: Mudhoney with Jello Biafra (The Chapel 10/18/15)

My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit
Coat of Many Colors: Emmylou Harris (Hamburg 03-31-1976)

Bird Song: Grateful Dead (The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO 10-18-1972)
We Love The Dead: Electric Wizard
Benny Hill Theme

***SET OF THE NIGHT***
You Stupid Asshole: Angry Samoans
Have Mercy Judge: Chuck Berry
Boom Boom: Rube Waddell

Hiya Kaw Kaw: Happy Fangs
Love Whip: Reverend Horton Heat

Hell's Kitchen Radio #237: Devil Doll
October 12, 2015 8:00pm

 

Every week I knowingly select more music than I will ever play. I do this, because radio is an artform. It's an empty canvas. I need to fill it, and I need to have the appropriate materials to do so. So much good music to share. Take a look at this blistering playlist below. And you can hear it in my voice. There was a lot of hooting and hollering goin' on.

I'm going to start identifying what I feel was "best of set", as each week there's always that set that is just more awesome than the others. For this show it was absolutely justified. See below.

This Sunday at The Chapel, on Valencia, Ty Segall's side project, FUZZ, is opening for one of my top 5 desert island bands, MUDHONEY! If you don't have tickets, too bad for you: it's sold out! I cannot wait to sweat the night away, in what promises to be an amazing show. Fuzz has a new record out too, which you know will be on turntable A in the Radio Valencia studios next Monday night.

In the meantime, check out the playlist below, and click on the Dl or stream above.

Enjoy.

jh

Border Radio: The Blasters
Devil Doll: X
River of Fever The Flesh Eaters

Dismissive: OBN IIIs
Fun House (Take 5): The Stooges

Where Eagles Dare: Bratmobile
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast: Pink Floyd (For DocBot)
Crimson: Ken Nordine
Jean-Pierre: Miles Davis

***BEST OF SET***
In 'n Out of Grace: Mudhoney
One: Fuzz
There She Goes, My Beautiful World: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

In the Cartoon: Clown Alley (for John Law)
Young Man Blues: Altamont

It Hurts Me Too: Grateful Dead with Duane Allman (02/11/70 - Fillmore East, NYC)
Sova: Dungen

Storm and Feather: Golden Void
I Don't Want Nobody To Get Me Nothing: Grant Green

Hell's Kitchen Radio #236: John Avalos Talking About SF!
October 5, 2015 8:00pm

 

Did you know that I am hip with the progressive political crowd here in San Francisco? It's true. Case in point, my guest tonight was not other than San Francisco's District 11 supervisor, John Avalos. John has been on my show before as have a few other County supervisors, and mayors. Tonight John spoke about his proposed Bike Yield Law, lowering the voting age to 16, and affordable housing.

He also spoke quite a bit about the history of our current mayor, And his thoughts about the backroom dealings here in San Francisco. You might find out of interest.

Take a look at the playlist below. John offered number of tunes that he brought with him, which she believed to be apropos for the evening.

Enjoy.

jh

She's A Lady: Tom Jones
Get It While You Can: Janis Joplin

Leave My Girl Alone: Buddy Guy
Lean on Me/Believe in You: Anders Osborne
Little Man with a Gun in His Hand: Minutemen
Fragile: Wire

Interview with John Avalos

Use Me: Bill Withers
Baby, Please Don't Go: Them

Interview with John Avalos

Turn Around: Mikal Cronin
Hazemaze: Fuzz

Don't You Ever Wash That Thing: Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention
Acetate: Metz
Life on Mars: David Bowie

Spear and Magic Helmet: The Gits
Matalo: Mario Migliardi
Pent Juri Hati: Koes Barat

Peace Frog/Blue Sunday: The Doors

Hell's Kitchen Radio #235: Birthday Treat
September 28, 2015 8:00pm

 

It's my BIRTHDAY, so that means that I get to play what I want. That's pretty much every week, or so you think. Most weeks I take a few requests, and like to even stretch my own comfort zone. Tonight it's all about what John Hell wants to hear. Just take a gander at that playlist!

There's some amazing new music from Sweden's Dungen, SF's Golden Void, and Austin's OBN IIIs, as well Thee Oh Sees from earlier this year, and even this new band, that you really need to look out for: The Flat Earthers (full disclosure: that's my band).

Still celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, I played a gem from this date in 1972, from New Jersey. I actually played quite a few live tracks tonight.

I'm sure you'll find the music and banter worthy of your time. Please share this with your music-loving friends.

Enjoy.

jh

PS: I like chocolate
PPS: With sea salt
PPPS: And caramel


Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal
On The Road Again: Canned Heat
I've Been Loving You Too Long: Otis Redding

Feelin' Alright: Joe Cocker Mad Dog's and Englishmen
Basta: Louis Prima and Keely Smith
Howling Wolf: Muddy Waters
Funky Woman: Parliament

Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad: Derek and the Dominoes
Done Somebody Wrong: Allman Brothers Band

Game is my Middle Name: Betty Davis
Me and Baby Brother: War

Franks Kaktus: Dungen
The Beacon: Golden Void
Withered Hand: Thee Oh Sees

4KD: OBN IIIs
Feel: Big Star
Powerman: The Kinks
Only Son of the Ladies Man: Father John Misty

We Don't Quit: The Flat Earthers
NFA/GDTRFB/NFA: Grateful Dead (09/28/72 Stanley Theater, Jersey City, NJ)

Last Goodbye: Jeff Buckley

Hell's Kitchen Radio #234: Time Out For HOT ROCK!
September 21, 2015 8:00pm

 

It's hot in here. You know what that means. This show ROCKS! Check out this playlist for Christ' sake. There's a lot of what you need comin' down the pipe. Brand new music from Shannon and the Clams, as well as brand new OBN III's and Altamont.

Tonight on Hell's Kitchen Radio, with John Hell, it's my birthday show!!! So much has been going through my brain lately, I cannot wait to share it with you, including music from my band The Flat Earther's show last Thursday night at XOXO in Jack London Square. We rocked the house!

Enjoy.

jh

I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett
It's A Man's World: James Brown

My Man: Shannon and the Clams
Maggie's Farm: Bob Dylan
Cross the Breeze: Sonic Youth

Trash Heap: OBN IIIs
Stop Draggin' Me Down: Monomen
Human Cannonball: Butthole Surfers
White Light/White Heat: Lou Reed

Rebel Girl: Melvins with Teri Gender Bender
Liar: Bikini Kill
God Hates a Coward: Tomahawk

Anthem/Keep on Movin': King Tuff
I Won't Go Like That: Eric McFadden
Easter Sunday: Altamont
If I Had An Exorcism: The Melvins

Self Hypnosis in 3 Days: WAND
Chocolate Jesus: Tom Waits
Huge: Boris
Within You, Without You: The Beatles

Ancestors: Queen Crescent
Walks for Motorists: White Hills

Hell's Kitchen Radio #233: Punk As F@#$ Renaissance
September 14, 2015 8:00pm

 

Sometimes I interview heroes of mine, and sometimes there are musical heroes in the room and I have no idea I'm talking to them. That happened once, back in 1993, while I was standing in Waterloo Records in Austin, while I was thumbing through a record stack and came upon the "Sid and Nancy" soundtrack. A woman standing next to me saw the record and commented about a movie she saw the previous night on her hotel room TV, staring the woman who co-starred in "Sid and Nancy", Chloe Webb. Coincidentally I was watching the same movie in my hotel room. The conversation moved on to other great films, then music, then authors. Then she said goodbye. This was about a 10 minute conversation, at the most. Pleasant. Short-lived. Soon after she walked away, the store manager, or owner announces to the room "ladies and gentleman, we're so lucky to have with us, reading from her new book of poetry, the seminal punk goddess, Exene Cervenka. Give me a break. Really? That's who I was talking to? One of my musical heroes, form one of my favorite bands of my youth? Really? Yeah, I'm sure she was thrilled that I wasn't being all eye-lash-batty to her, and fawning over her every word, and agreeing about how amazing some director and author is, but COME ONE.

If you tune into my show on any semi-regular basis, and I have a guest on with me, you've probably noticed that I have some clue as to who they are. I do my homework, after all. On last Monday's show, I had a lot of homework to do, and it would appear, that I missed some assignment. D'oh indeed.

The 40th Anniversary Punk Renaissance showcase begins tonight, and runs for the next week, so I had some old-time punk-rockers from the Punk Rock Sewing Circle in the studio to talk up the onslaught that is about to be hoisted upon us.

Raymond Ernest Andre III (Flame); Ripper Sisters Linda Walker ("Gale Force" of Ripper Magazine), and Verna Wilson ("Violet Vamp"); Michael Reid (booker of the Mabuhay Gardens, and co-founder of Reckless Records); Bob Clic (from The Lewd); Ethan Port (from Savage Republic); Eugene (from Oxbow (who I had no idea was going to be in the studio, and therefore had no clue who the hell he was, EVEN THOUGH I am not only a fan of Oxbow, but I had the good fortune to MC a show at least 20 years ago at the Cubberley Community Theater in Palo Alto, where they headlined. That may have been the last time I saw them too)).

I can't do this as much justice as my friend Silke Tudor can, so I'm just going to let her words describe the mayhem that starts tonight and runs for the next week.

We dont know how they pulled this off, but we love Punk Rock Sewing Circle. What began as a string of remembrances on the Mabuhay Gardens Facebook page has transformed into a 40-year anniversary celebration. SF Punk Renaissance: Final Warning! is a weeklong festival that draw doyennes of the underground back to this city where punks could pogo with the deaf, live in a treehouse, perform with live chickens, and survive on SSI. The festival kicks off with an all-ages East Bay sonic survey including members of the seminal Psychotic Pineapple and Dr. Frank. The rest unfolds with must-see photography exhibits; a swap meet for records, zines, flyers, and other memorabilia; panel discussions on early zines, the queer/punk node, and where it all went wrong; educational walking tours of the Mission, North Beach, and SOMA; and of course more music than you can shake your trick leg at: Avengers, The Lewd, The Mutants, Frightwig, Toiling Midgets, and Negative Trend, to name a few.
Silke Tudor

All the information you could ever want about the upcoming shows, performances, films, readings, etc. can be found here, on the Punk Rock Sewing Circle website.

Get your punk on, but don't forget to take your Midol first.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio #232: Happy Labor Fangs
September 7, 2015 8:00pm

 

I'm thrilled to have local rockers, Happy Fangs back in the studio tonight, talking about their upcoming show at Bottom of the Hill, this Saturday night. Rebecca and The Cobra (Mike) make for a great interview. I love having them on. They promise to come back on in October to guest-DJ with me. Seriously, that was a fun interview. You'll be a better person, all around, for listening to it. Go see them live. They promise it's awe-inspiring (my words, not theirs).

Also, it being Labor Day, inspired me to dig deep for all-things-WORKER! When's the last time you paid any attention to that? Really, what are you doing to support labor? Are you conscious of where the items you are purchasing are made? Do you buy local? Do you support American made apparel?

Just check out the playlist below, stream, or download the show, and feel the power of the union coursing through your veins.

Enjoy.

jh

San Francisco Blues: Jesse Fuller
Mean Old Frisco: John Hammond
Career Opportunities: The Clash

I Am A Union Woman: Rosalie Sorrels and Utah Phillips
Aunt Molly Jackson Defines Folk Songs Once And For All: Rosalie Sorrels and Utah Phillips
Aragon Hill: Si Kahn
More Than A Paycheck: Sweet Honey in the Rock

Hiya Ka Ka: Happy Fangs

Interview with Happy Fangs

All I Want For Christmas is Halloween: Happy Fangs
Controlled Burn: Happy Fangs

Interview with Happy Fangs

Fangsgiving: Happy Fangs
What Is Punk?: Mr. T Experience
The American in Me: The Avengers
Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys

3 Miles Down: Gil Scott-Heron
Jubilee Trail/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin
Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo

Cumberland Blues: Grateful Dead
Deportee: Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
My Daddy (Flies a Ship in the Sky): Woody Guthrie

Take This Job And Shove It: Johnny Paycheck
Get Back in Line: The Kinks
San Francisco's Doomed: Crime

I Ain't Marchin' Anymore: Phil Ochs
Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand: The Williamson Brothers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #231: The Return of the Magnificent 7"
August 31, 2015 8:00pm

 

Time to dealve back into my 7" collection. Yes, I own 7" 45s and 33s. You don't What the hell is wrong with you? There's something here for everyone. Take a gander at the playlist. And please share this among your friends.

Next Monday night, Labor Day, local rockers Happy Fangs will be in the studio, talking up their upcoming show. Also, there's a Punk reunion happening soon, and I'll be talking to the organizers in the second hour. Hell's Kitchen Radio, Monday, 8-10PM on Radio Valencia.

Enjoy.

jh

People Get Ready: Chambers Brothers
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill
Rock Box: RUN DMC

Peter Gunn Theme: Art of Noise (with Duane Eddy)
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson and the Aliens
In the Face: The Who

Vengeance: Blue Oyster Cult
Interplanet Janet: Man or Astroman
Groth: Zig Zags
Hey Hey What Can I Do? Led Zeppelin (slowed to 33 1/3)

Machine Man: WAND
Unknown Museum Stomp: Phantom Surfers

Tilt: Here Are The Facts You Requested
Und Jetzt Die Sportschau: Globe Unity '75
Lights Out (remix): Wooden Shjips
Macho Man: Artless

Drug Mugger: Ty Segall
Louie Louie: Black Flag
Bing Bong: Three Day Stubble
Mud Gals: Meatbodies

Salad Days: Minor Threat
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing to Me: Redd Cro$$
[8]: Boris
Couldn't Be Bothered: The Klitz

Euthanasia: The Melvins
Save Yourself: HEMI

Chickensquak: MDC

Hell's Kitchen Radio #226: Best of 2015 So Far
July 13, 2015 8:00pm

 

We're half way through the year, so how about we check in with the great music we've heard so far in 2015? Tonight's show is all about new releases, and a few re-issues that caught my eye. Check out the amazing Hawkwind cut in the second hour. New music from LA bands Wand, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, as well as some sizzling tracks from Bay Area groups Rin Tin Tiger, Tiger Honey Pot and Queen Crescent.

If you like what you hear, then go out and support these bands by purchasing their vinyl or MP3s. And for Christ's sake, go see them live!!!

And continuing with my celebration of the 50th birthday of the good ol' Grateful Dead, there's a sweet treat at the end of the show for you. Check out the playlist below, and please share with your music-loving friends.

Enjoy.

jh

Cave In: Wand
Lectric Motions: Nudity
Wanderlust: White Hills

Ramen Rock: Tiger Honey Pot
Wilding: Moon Duo
Spit You Out: Metz

Black Acid: Queen Crescent
Into the Void: Brown Sabbath (Brownout)

Concert Outlook (The JBs)

When You Feel It, Grunt if You Can: The JBs
Mr. Time: Koes Barat
Lupine Ossuary: Thee Oh Sees

Feel: Ty Segall
Say: Mikal Cronin
Empty: King Gizzard

Mirror of Illusion: Hawkwind
When You're Smiling and Astride Me: Father John Misty

Hold You Down: Rin Tin Tiger
Bride of Crankenstein: Melvins

China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (July 14, 1985 Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA)

Hell's Kitchen #225: Rin Tin Tiger and A Dose of Little Lauson Hell
July 6, 2015 8:00pm

 

Local stalwarts, Rin Tin Tiger made their way back into Hell's Kitchen last night, to talk up their new release, their third full-length in three years: "Burial Grounds", and their record release party, set for this Friday night at The Independent, in SF. It's always a pleasure to talk them, up, but even more so since they brought their drummer Andrew, along for the ride. The first 40 minutes or so we're talking music writing, business, and road stories.

Little Lauson Hell was also in the kitchen for last night's show. It's summer, so she has time to hang with dad on a Monday night. She chose a few tasty treats for your ear holes. Take a listen or she'll cry, and you don't want to make a 10 year old cry, right?

Next Monday night will be my BEST OF 2015 SO FAR!!!

I can't believe we're half way through the year already. There has been no lack of fine releases, and I want to share what I've enjoyed so far.

Go see Rin Tin Tiger this Friday, and then head over to Phono del Sol Music Festival at Potrero del Sol Park in SF on Saturday. It's a great lineup, with food trucks too!

SUPPORT LIVE LOCAL MUSIC!!!

Enjoy.

jh

She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy
Earth People: Dr. Octagon

Interview with Rin Tin Tiger

Shards of Glass: Rin Tin Tiger

Interview with RTT

Dandelion Dream: RTT
Talk Shit: RTT

Interview with RTT

Small Cuts That Bleed A Lot: RTT
I Want You: George Benson
Eleanor Rigby: Wes Montgomery

Revolution: The Beatles
We Are the Champions: Queen
Like A Surgeon: Weird Al Yankovic
Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes: They Might Be Giants

Red Right Hand: Giant Sand
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
When Doves Cry: Patti Smith
Nice, Nice, Very Nice: Ambrosia

Planet of the Apes: The Mummies
He Was A Big Freak: Betty Davis
Miss You: The Concretes
Take A Letter, Maria: RB Greaves

Hog Wild: Half Japanese


Rock Fight #14: For Reals This Time
June 22, 2015 6:00pm

 

ROCK FIGHT 14 IS ON THE AIR! 6-Midnight (PDST) http://radiovalencia.fm John Hell throws his best live bootlegs and you win! Guests galore! Linda Kelly guests. Travis Hayes plays live in studio.

This was one GREAT show. Six hours of blistering live performances, and two amazing interviews. For the past 13 Rock Fights, poster artist Ron Donovan has joined me in the studio. Due to unforeseen (but predicted) circumstances, Ron was unable to join me tonight. It didn't matter though, I would have kicked his ass up and down the airwaves like I do every Rock Fight.

I open the show with some great 60s jams. Just look at the playlist! It's rock and psych, leading into proto-punk in the second hour. 70s punk takes over the rest of the hour, before author Linda Kelly comes in to talk up the new edition of her 1995 book "Deadheads", just in time for the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary shows (which I'll be attending in Santa Clara this weekend). You have got to read this book! So many great stories. My interview with Linda is a ton of fun. We played about 90 minutes of brilliant live Dead, from the 67-92. She'll be in the parking lot selling and signing books all weekend long. And she'll be at Proper Fox jewelry store tonight signing and selling.

Local singer-songwriter Travis Hayes came by to talk up his upcoming show, this Saturday night at the Great American Music Hall. He played a few tunes, live in the studio, and shared some stories. What a great guy. Go to this show, and support live, local music.

I finished up the show with some classic rock standouts!!! Led Zeppelin, Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and more.

I love hosting this show, but six hours is exhausting. And having no co-host just will not do. This December, sound engineer John Karr will be co-hosting Rock Fight 15 with me. John has been doing live and studio sound for over 25 years, and has recorded thousands of great local shows. I look forward to kicking his ass. Tune in.

Enjoy.

jh

Hour 1:
Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong

Sunshine of your Love: Cream (October 25, 1968 Dallas, TX)

Sunshine of your Love: Jimi Hendrix Experience (June 20, 1969 San Fernando Valley State College)
Let's Go Get Stoned: Joe Cocker (BBC Sessions 68/69)

When the Music's Over: The Doors (March 18, 1967 Detroit, MI)
Ball and Chain: Big Brother and the Holding Company (1967 SF, CA)
Wooden Ships: Jefferson Airplane (May 7, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)

All Tomorrow's Parties: Velvet Underground (Scepter Studios, New York City NY, April 1966)
Hour 2:
I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy Pop (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 04-15-1977)
TV Set: The Cramps (The Metropolis, Portland, OR May 23, 1982)

What A Way To Die: The Mummies (1991 Sandbar Club, Long Beach, CA)
Hazaemaze: Fuzz (Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC, October 10, 2013)
Search and Destroy: Rocket from the Tombs (RFFT Loft, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 2-8-75)

Born to Lose/One Track Mind: The Heartbreakers (Max's Kansas City, NYC, NY 05-08-80)
Now I Want To Sniff Some Glue: The Ramones (CBGB's, NYC, NY 06-10-77)
Sheena is a Punk Rocker: The Ramones (CBGB's, NYC, NY 06-10-77)
Cherry Bomb: The Runaways (The Agora, Cleveland, OH 07-19-76)

Gut Feeling: Devo (Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA 08-03-77)
This is Not A Love Song: PIL (Beacon Theatre, New York, NY 11-02-84)

Let's Lynch the Landlord: Dead Kennedy's (9:30 Club, Washington, DC (04-11-81)
Master Race Rock: The Dictators (Minneapolis 08-17-91)

Hour 3:
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl: Grateful Dead (11-10-67 Shrine Auditorium, LA, CA)
Beat It On Down the Line: Grateful Dead (03-01-70 Fillmore West, SF, CA)

Interview with Linda Kelly

China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (05-25-74 UC Santa Barbara)

Interview with Linda Kelly

He's Gone: Grateful Dead (02-09-86 Henry J Kaiser, Oakland, CA)
Althea: Grateful Dead (03-11-92 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, CA)

Interview with Linda Kelly

Hour 4:
Deal: Grateful Dead (09-30-72 American University, Washington DC)
Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead (06-09-73 RFK Stadium, Washington, DC)

Lost Sailor/Saint of Circumstance: Grateful Dead (10-10-82 Frost Amphitheater, Stanford, CA)

Interview with Travis Hayes

Sleepless: Travis Hayes live in RV studio

Interview with Travis Hayes

Kate's Song: Travis Hayes
Hour 5:
Interview with Travis Hayes

Warm Bodies: Travis Hayes
Pasties and a G-String: Tom Waits (10-05-77 Late Show, The Paradise Theatre, Boston, MA)
One More Cup of Coffee: Bob Dylan (NYC 12-08-75)

Song Remains the Same/Rain Song: Led Zeppelin (01-14-73 Empire Theater, Liverpool, England)
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (03-17-75 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA)
Hour 6:
Youth of America: The Melvins (03-09-04 Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA)

Zig Zags (04-07-13 The Echo, LA, CA)
Fairies Wear Boots: Black Sabbath (08-26-13 Shoreline Amph., Mountain View, CA)
Don't Fear the Reaper: Blue Oyster Cult (10-12-79 International Amp., Chicago, IL)

Tom Sawyer: Rush (09-30-80 Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, PA)
Dogs: Pink Floyd (01-29-77 Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, West Germany)

40,000 Headmen: Traffic (11-18-70 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)
Black Betty: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (07-02-89 Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium)

Hell's Kitchen #224: Shaken Not Stirred
June 15, 2015 8:00pm

 

Patsy, Cooter and Haskel McDonald from Shake Well broke down on the side of the road and joined me in the studio Monday night. They've been touring Tanzania and Namibia, and have found that being back in the Bay is a bit of a culture shock. Listen to them share their road stories, living in a van, cooking on the hot pavement of Zaire, and inter-band relations (they're all related, so it gets a bit funky).

Much of the music tonight comes from deep in my music library. But isn't that the way it is week to week? That's why you tune in. Also, BROWN appears to be some sort of theme tonight. I can attest to it not being on purpose. Seren-typical as Michael Vav would say.

Enjoy.

jh

Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge
Bottle Up and Go: The Monkeywrench
Ode to Scientology: The Evangenitals

Too High: Shake Well

Seeing Things: Shake Well

Pink Cadillac: Tiger Honey Pot
Meat: Idiot Flesh
Metapsychomagia: Abraxas

Long Way To Go With No Punch: Dirty 3
Super Heathen Child: Grinderman (with Robert Fripp)
The Wizard: Brown Sabbath

Brown Sugar (Clapton on Slide): Rolling Stones
Brown Shoes Don't Make It: Frank Zappa
Freya: The Sword

Cyrano De Berger's Back: The Flesh Eaters
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat
Me and My Friends: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Hell's Kitchen #223: It's Illogistical
June 8, 2015 8:00pm

 

After one week off, and spending time on the humidity East Coast, I am back in the saddle for two hours of heatseeking musical entertainment for your ear holes.

In the first hour I interviewed Dan Menapace, bassist for local prog-metal group Illogistical Resource Department. They have their second release out, "Transmission Cinema". Expect great thing from this veteran three-piece.

The second hour is chock full of craziness. Some recent releases, and some from my vast and deep library. Take a look at the playlist below.

Tonight I have Robin Coomer of LoopStation! and Shake Well on my show. She's funny, artistic, creative, and has a great face for radio. Tune in 8-10 on Radio Valencia.

Enjoy.

jh


Get on the Good Foot: James Brown
Emmaline: Urge Overkill

Interview with Dan Menapace from I.R.D.

Difraction: Illogistical Resource Department
March of the Urchins: Illogistical Resource Department

Interview with Dan Menapace from I.R.D.

Granny Elfman: Illogistical Resource Department

Interview with Dan Menapace from I.R.D.

Sploosh!: Ozric Tentacles
Poor Clown: Koes Barat
Eyes of the Muse: King Tuff
Mystery Date: The New Duncan Imperials

Devil's Rodeo: Diamanda Galas
Morning Theft: Jeff Buckley
In A Jar: Dinosaur Jr. (Electronic)
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D

Help on the Way-Slipknot-Franklin's Tower: Grateful Dead (June 9, 1977 - Winterland, SF, CA)

Mudride: Mudhoney
Billy Fish: The Melvins

Hell's Kitchen #222: I Salute You
May 25, 2015 8:00pm

 

It was Memorial Day last Monday night. How am I supposed to celebrate this day? I think the playlist says it all. I'm certainly not going to make it all about John Philip Sousa. I'm a pacifist at heart. Really. I don't see any reason why the working class would ever want war. War is only for war profiteers.

In the second hour I feature some new music from Thee Oh Sees, Metz, White Hills, Queen Crescent, Tad Doyle's new band: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, and Father John Misty. It's a fun night, worth the price of my rants alone.

I'm not on the air tonight, as I'm back east in South Carolina for a few days. I haven't been here since I was a wee lad, visiting Myrtel Beach back in 1977. Though I would never wish to leave my beautiful San Francisco for anywhere else, traveling to destinations like Hilton Head, South Carolina does indeed clear my head.

I'll be back on the air next Monday night, with members of Illogistical Resources Department stopping by to talk up their new release, which you can stream here.

See you on the radio.

Enjoy.

jh

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier: John Lennon

The Unknown Soldier: The Doors
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron
Some Mother's Son: The Kinks
We Gotta Have Peace: Curtis Mayfield

Universal Soldier: Donovan
The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down: The Band
The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Country Joe and the Fish
War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley and the Wailers

Concert Outlook

1916: Motorhead
Vera/Bring the Boys Back Home: Pink Floyd
Keep On Rockin' in the Free World: Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Web: Thee Oh Sees
Sunderberry Dream: Fuzz
Acetate: Metz

We Are What You Are: White Hills
Majic Moonjynuh: Queen Crescent

I Am: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth
Masters of War: Bob Dylan
Bored in the USA: Father John Misty

The Fiddle and the Drum: Joni Mitchell
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore: Phil Ochs

What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
Little Boy Soldiers: The Jam

Hell's Kitchen #221: Double Your Prayers
May 18, 2015 8:00pm

 

Joining me tonight is Trademark G of Evolution Control Committee (and co-founder of RV) is in the studio for the first time in over 3 years!!! Trademark is the Godfather of the Mashup! That's a good thing, right? I think so. He hosted "Sound of Plaid" on Radio Valencia since our inception back in August 2010, and he promises to be making a comeback soon. We hope so. TM and his bride, Miss Frilly Pants moved back to Columbus, Ohio a few years back, and life just hasn't been the same for us Mashup freaks in da Bay. At least TM finished his masters degree. Way to go, brother!

The music was great tonight, but you really need to listen to his stories, between the tracks. TM is a great storyteller, and WHAT A VOICE! This guy has a real future in radio, if he wants it.

Enjoy.

jh

They Don't Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Jesus Carp (Son of Cod): Evolution Control Committee
Jewish People: ECC
Isn't It Grand to Be A Christian: ECC
Temporarily Like Bob Dylan: Bongos, Bass and Bob

By The Time I Get To Arizona: ECC (Public Enemy/Tijuana Brass)
The Acid Family: ECC
Virgo: Harvey Sid Fisher
Have a Beer with Fear: Fear
T for Texas: Toshio Hirano
Hurdy Gurdy Men: ECC (Butthole Surfers/Donovan)
We Will Rock You: ECC

Ft. Bragg Speech: George W Bush
Prayer Difficulty/The Bobs: Savage Vigilance for a Rug-Free America
Now Ah Lissen: Southern Preacher
Don't Let the Devil Blow Your Mind: ECC (Elder Marshall Taylor)
Stairway to Brittany: ECC

Whole Lotta Sex Machine: James Brown/Led Zeppelin
Zepperstition: ECC (Led Zeppelin/Stevie Wonder)
Fuck the Police (Explicit Content Only version): Evan Roth (NWA)
Rocked By Rape: ECC
What Would You Think If I Sang Autotune: ECC

Christianity Is Stupid: Negativeland
But I Don't Believe in Evolution: ECC
Fuck the Pain Away: Peaches
I Want the Cookie: ECC

A Sound in Transition: Julie Andrews

Hell's Kitchen #220: Steal This Show!
May 11, 2015 8:00pm

 

More of what you have come to expect in Hell's Kitchen tonight. many genres, and you get to hear me call George Bush an asshole. Which Bush? Does it really matter?

I got on a real funky/soul/jazz kick in the first hour. The second hour starts off with a kick ass Terrapin Station from 1977, leading into a live Zappa track I found to be quite appropriate.

New music from Nudity, Father John Misty, Mikal Cronin, and Moon Duo round out the show, along with a lovely little ditty from Pres 43.

I viewed "Montage of Heck" on Sunday night, and I was more impressed than I thought I would be. Not to be a spoiler, but I'm pleased that they didn't go close to investigating why he died. If you're a fan of Nirvana, check out the film. The animation of his journals is well worth the viewing.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. I actually despise Hallmark Holidays, and this one has a colorful history all its own. But if it makes you happy to have a day all to yourself, then good on ya! I would think most mothers would want a day away from their kids on this day. You know: "give me a break!".

Enjoy.

jh

Amazing Grace: Hubert Laws
Keep on Pushing: Curtis Mayfield
Devil Made Me Do It: Rasputin Stash

If I'm Lucky I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
"Savage" Trailer
Shaft in Africa: Johnny Pate
Mama Feelgood: Lyn Collins
Daughter of Darkness: Tom Jones

How Blue Can You Get: BB King
Soulogik Syntax: Broun Felinis
Plutonian Nights: Sun Ra
Babydoll: Eric McFadden

Terrapin Station: Grateful Dead (05/07/77 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
Mud Shark: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

Light and Grace: Nudity
Floyd the Barber: Nirvana
Call of the West: Wall of Voodoo
My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit

Gold: Mikal Cronin
Bored in the USA: Father John Misty
Free the Skull: Moon Duo

Imagine: George W. Bush

Hell's Kitchen #219: I Feel Naked
May 4, 2015 8:00pm

 

Some nights I'm not super inspired when I walk into the studio. That doesn't mean I don't want to be on the air. Au contraire, there's nothing I love more. It's more like, I have a ton of music and I'm not certain exactly what I'm going to play and when I'm going to play it. It's a first world problem.

Yesterday was James Brown's birthday, so it was apropos that I threw on some live JB in there. Also it was the third anniversary of the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys. I cannot believe that it's been three years already. Really, that's just crazy.

There's some new music from Koes Barat, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, Nudity, White Hills, and Queen Crescent. I do love me some new music. You're going to love it too.

It didn't take long into my first thirty minutes to find my groove. That's the thing about music, once it grabs you, you never want it to let you go.

See you on the radio.

Enjoy.

jhSome nights I'm not super inspired when I walk into the studio. That doesn't mean I don't want to be on the air. Au contraire, there's nothing I love more. It's more like, I have a ton of music and I'm not certain exactly what I'm going to play and when I'm going to play it. It's a first world problem.

Yesterday was James Brown's birthday, so it was apropos that I threw on some live JB in there. Also it was the third anniversary of the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys. I cannot believe that it's been three years already. Really, that's just crazy.

There's some new music from Koes Barat, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, Nudity, White Hills, and Queen Crescent. I do love me some new music. You're going to love it too.

It didn't take long into my first thirty minutes to find my groove. That's the thing about music, once it grabs you, you never want it to let you go.

See you on the radio.

Enjoy.

jh

Soul Power: TJ Kirk
Shake Your Rump: Beastie Boys
I Ain't Superstitious: Rod Stewart/Jeff Beck

Orion: Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell
Beat E Fuga: Sante Romitelli
Kelelewar: Koes Barat

Black Moon Spell: King Tuff
Always: Junip
Dreamed of Caucasus: Damon and Naomi

Say: Mikal Cronin
Red: King Crimson

It's A Man's World: James Brown
Start Wearing Purple: Gogol Bordello

I've Got The Death Energy: Nudity
Automated City: White Hills

Black Acid: Queen Crescent
Mirror of Illusion: Hawkwind

Ace of Spades: Motorhead

Hell's Kitchen Radio #218: For Your Consideration
April 27, 2015 8:00pm

 

Radio is an art. I don't care what any of those fascist general managers say, who wouldn't hire me back 2000, even though I already had 12 years experience AND a BA in radio broadcasting, saying that I was "over-qualified", and it's too difficult to "mold" college DJs into the sheep that they need to hawk their wares on the commercial spectrum. Whatever. I'm not bitter, even though my plan was to eventually become a GM, and change the format to be freeform, and actually give the hosts more power in programming decisions, possibly ostracizing the advertiser. It's all good.

I actually thanked the music director from KLLC-AliceFM when she told me that the person I was filling in for was coming back from maternity leave...after a year, and they actually never telling me that I was filling in for anyone. I thanked her for opening my eyes to how absolutely lame commercial radio is. I thanked her for the opportunity to play the music to the lowest common denominator, basically making me some kind of Big Brother to the listener, who will follow my every lead, showing them the light, and teaching them what is, without a doubt, the most important and relevant music of the day. I then proceeded to tell her that in no way would I EVER spend another moment in a commercial radio station studio. I told her that radio is supposed to be an art form. That radio is about the segue. Radio is about challenging the listener. Radio is about finding music that is relevant. Radio is NOT about playing the same song over and over again. I can understand how a child enjoys hearing their favorite song replayed over and over, but similarly how our pallet opens up as we age, first loving milk chocolate, then indulging in dark chocolate, music appreciation should be the same way.

Why are we insulting our listeners? If I hear one more Eagles song, I'm going to shoot myself.

Want to check out what REAL playlist looks like? See below. Take a listen too. There are a few "Easter Eggs" embedded within. Also, I'm starting to mark what I consider to be "BEST SET" of the show, based on song selection and segue.

Enjoy.

jh

Tractor: Monster Magnet
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Ennio Morricone
Wave Goodbye: Ty Segall Band

Floating Head: Wand
Are you There?: Mono
Oil: Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood SDTK)
Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

***BEST SET***
Antitoxidote: Melvins
Who Stole the Soul?" Public Enemy
Am I Evil?: Metallica
The Thieving Magpie: Gioacchino Rossini

Careful with the Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd
Sadio Witch: Electric Wizard
Riot: Dead Kennedy's
Can't Find My Way Home: Swans

S.O.L. '07: Wooden Shjips
Graveyard: Butthole Surfers

Scavenger: Zig Zags
She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie

Hell's Kitchen Radio #217: Turn It Up!
April 20, 2015 8:00pm

 

I hate being late. I really do. I have this thing about punctuality. I'm a teacher, so that may have something to do with it. That being said, it should not have taken me six days to post this. Take a look at this set! So much for everyone. Are you sharing this with your music-loving friends? You should, they'll thank you for it. And so will I.

Remember, I'm on Radio Valencia every Monday night from 8-10PM.

Also, next Sunday, May 3, I'll be participating once again in the annual James Brown birthday celebration down at KFJC, for their Month of Mayhem. It's a month-long radio special extravaganza! The JB special is 24 hours long, and I promise you'll get your groove on. I'm on 6-10PM Sunday night. Tune in, and DANCE, DANCE DANCE!

Enjoy.

jh

I Heard it on the X: ZZ Top
Blazer: Zig Zags
Muleskinner's Song: Harry Belafonte

Oh Me: Nirvana
Round and Round: OP8
Romeo is Bleeding: Tom Waits (Austin City Limits - 1978)

Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man: Captain Beefheart
Be Yourself: Hawkwind
Kick out the Jams: Afrika Bambaataa
In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide

Pray Til You Sweat: The Flesh Eaters
Self Hypnosis in 3 Days: Wand
Car Wash: Rats of Unusual Size
Kill Jerry Garcia: Colorfinger

Viola Lee Blues: Grateful Dead (04/21/69 The Ark, Boston, MA)
Full Experience: Lee Perry with Aura

Destroy Those Who Love God: Electric Wizard
Tokyo Wonder Land: Boris
Feel: Ty Segall

Low Life: PIL
Love Won't Come Easy: The Heptones

Hell's Kitchen Radio #216: Grab Bag
April 13, 2015 8:00pm

 

Sometimes it's just fun to go through my library at home and blindly pull some music. That's what tonight was all about. I did play a few requests, and the obligatory amazing Grateful Dead track to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Full disclosure: I signed on for tickets to the Bay Area shows. Let's see how this pans out. I promised, at the beginning of the year, to write about my history listening to and seeing the Dead live. I'll get on that soon. There are some great stories in there.

This Saturday night I'll be spinning at St. Mary's Pub, 3845 Mission Street, in College Park (that's between Bernal Heights and the Excelsior Districts. You know, the neighborhood you never visit, but is totally AWESOME!!! I'll be spinning with the great Tophzilla! He and I used to DJ at the old Anon Salon parties in the 90s. Punk/Funk/Junk from 10-2AM. Come on down and have a pint.

Enjoy.

jh

California: Joni Mitchell
The Weight: Aretha Franklin
Doo Doo Wap is Strong in Here: Curtis Mayfield

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down: Miles Davis
Galaxy Song: Stephen Hawking
Cortez: Neil Young

The Ideal Husband: Father John Misty
New Disco: Mission of Burma
In A Trance: The Blind Shakes
Sunshine No Shoes: Spacin'

Ice: Moon Duo
Slow Funk: Buddy Rich

Alligator>Drums>Alligator>Caution: Grateful Dead (04/13/69 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO)
Sour Patch Kids: Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Volunteered Slavery: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Let's Make It: John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat

David Bowie Wants Ideas: Bongwater

Hell's Kitchen Radio #215: Here Come The Bastards
April 6, 2015 8:00pm

 

As much as I enjoy interviewing bands, I really enjoy bringing my musician friends into the studio to guest DJ. So it just makes sense that guitar slinger, Eric McFadden guest DJd with me Monday night, and to KICK OUT THE JAMS!!! Eric and I are serious brothers-from-another-mother. When it comes to music we could jam/talk/listen-to/scream at/jump up and down to, and generally appreciate whatever you throw our way. It's kind of ridiculous.

And two hours was not near enough time. The music is awesome, the banter is SICK. This is by far one of my most favorite shows, EVER!

I know you're going to enjoy this one. Please share with music fans everywhere.

Enjoy.

jh

Kick Out the Jams: MC5
Jeepster: T Rex
Psychobilly Freakout: Reverend Horton Heat

Here Come the Bastards: Primus
Lilybelle: The Geraldine Fibbers
Como Se Goza En El Barrio: Marc Ribot
Easy Money: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Wanted Criminal: Delphine de St Paer
Is She Weird: Pixies
Goin' Down: Ty Segall
No Spell: Thee Oh Sees

No Head, No Backstage Pass: Funkadelic
Filipino Box Spring Hog: Tom Waits
The Dancer: PJ Harvey
Zodiac: Melvins
Deuce: Kiss

Side with the Seeds: Wilco
Retrovertigo: Mr. Bungle
Hit the Road Jack: Ray Charles
I Love You Honeybear: Father John Misty

Burning of the Midnight Lamp: Jimi Hendrix
Sunless Saturday: Fishbone
From Under Down: Eric McFadden

Into The Hollow: Queens of the Stoneage
Child Is Father of the Man: Beach Boys
Sailin' On: Bad Brains

I Want You: The Beatles

Hell's Kitchen Radio #214: The Return of Lauson Hell
March 30, 2015 8:00pm

 

It's Spring Break, so that could only mean one thing: Little Lauson Hell is back in the studio with me tonight. What will the 10 year old radio phenom choose for her sets? Just see below (marked with an "L"). The music is a bit more mainstream at times, but there was no way I wasn't going to let her play what she likes. You knowathimean?

Really though, this was her fourth and BEST SHOW YET!!! I really think she has a knack for this radio thing. I wonder where she gets that from?

Mr. Plow: The Simpson's
Step Right Up: Tom Waits
Complicated Life: The Kinks
I'm In Your Mindfuzz: King Gizzard

Cave In: Wand
Rapture: Blondie - L
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra
Up and Down: Cookie Mongoloid

Uptown Funk: Mick Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - L
1985: Wings - L
Monorail: The Simpsons
25 Minutes To Go: Johnny Cash
You Got Trouble: The Music Man - L

Anyone Else But You: The Moldy Peaches - L
Your Mother Should Know: The Beatles - L
Devil Moon: Eric McFadden

I Get Around: Beach Boys - L
James Brown Ate My Bagpipe: Taxi Chain
Off the Wall: Michael Jackson - L
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen - L
Virtue: Golden Void
A National Acrobat: Black Sabbath

Lips Are Movin': Meghan Trainor - L

Hell's Kitchen Radio #213: Quality Muzac
March 23, 2015 8:00pm

 

Oh lordy, I brought a lot of music with me tonight. Then I got to the second hour and blew my wad on a 45 minute Grateful Dead jam. It's absolutely AMAZING!!!!

The show starts out with some hip-shaking groove, that I know will get your toes tapping, as well as the aforementioned hips-a-shaking. I've got some brand new music from LA garage/psych rockers, WAND, and a deep cut from the new Moon Duo release as well. FYI, Moon Duo features Ripley Johnson from Wooden Shjips. If you like them, then you're going to like Moon Duo. It's pretty much the same idea. They're playing at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, March 25th. Hey, that's tomorrow night!!! Go see this show. It also features Once and Future Band, and Carlton Melton. I suggest you ingest some happiness pills, and dance your ass off. You'll probably need to take Thursday off.

The Grateful Dead segment was from a show 41 years ago Monday at the Cow Palace in Daly City. Interestingly enough the Dead also played a show the following year, in 1975, in Golden Gate Park. Take a look at the jam I chose for you. They only played this sequence three other times. All four were performed between late 1973 and early 1974. And it is blissful. The false start on "Playin'" is enough to get your groove on.

So it's groove, garage and Grateful for your night in Hell's Kitchen. That's enough to satisfy even the choosiest mothers.

Enjoy.

jh

Marvin's Groove: BW Souls
My Friend: Ricardo Marrero

Move On Up: Curtis Mayfield
You've Got it Bad Girl: Boogaloo Joe Jones
Fanny Brown: Don Thompson

Reaped Invert: Wand
Hazemaze: Fuzz
Kissability: Sonic Youth
Keep On: Tiger Honey Pot

Concert Outlook

Animal: Moon Duo
Hogdalstoppen: Dungen
Oh Yeah: Can
Devil Eyes: Tim Buckley

Playin' in the Band - Uncle John's Band - Morning Dew - Uncle John's Band - Playin' in the Band: Grateful Dead (03-23-74 Cow Palace, Daly City, CA)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #212: You Again?
March 16, 2015 8:00pm

 

Damn, I hate not getting this to you sooner. So sorry for the delay. I'm a teacher, a parent, a husband, a musician, a son, a brother, a lover, a friend, a socialite, a blowhard, a bullshitter, a dancer, a prancer, a cowboy, a crooner, but NOT a Digi Douch-eoise.

Take a look at this playlist! Crazy spread of genres. Something for everyone. And the banter? Wow, I'm really up on my high-horse throughout the show. Who knows what the hell I'll be talking about tonight???

Enjoy.

jh

The Boss: James Brown
Tei Egwu: Afro Funk

Telephone Girl: Assagai
Water No Get Enemy: Fela Kuti

Alo Mi Alo: Orlando Julius and the Afro Sounders
Su Derenin Sulari: Husnu Ozkartal Orkestrasi
All the Madmen: David Bowie
Monster Wizard: Zig Zags

Search and Destroy: The Stooges
Mrs. Creech: Altamont
Spit in my Life: The Shrine

My Favorite Things: John Coltrane
These Shadows: Wooden Shjips

John Barleycorn Must Die: Traffic (Live 1970)
John the Fisherman: Primus
Most Exalted Potentate of Love: The Cramps (May 23, 1982 - The Metro - Portland, OR)
What A Way To Die: Mummies (1991 - Sandbar - Long Beach, CA)

Start Wearing Purple: Gogol Bordello

Hell's Kitchen Radio #211: Hug It Out
March 9, 2015 8:00pm

 

A good mix of rock and jazz and metal and blues tonight. Just take a look at this playlist! I threw some requests in there, and even did a ticket giveaway.

Some new music from Older Sun (thanks Justin) and the Meatbodies; both on 7" vinyl.

The other night I watched "I'm Now", the Mudhoney documentary from 2010. I've always considered this band the most true to the "Seattle sound". I love their "fuck you" attitude.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, how about a Pigpen classic? OK. This Lovelight is about 20 minutes in length, and is super tasty.

I'm sorry this is a week late. I'm on the air tonight. No guests, so that's more music for you!!!

Enjoy.

jh

Hungry For Your Love: John Cale
Where Eagles Dare: Bratmobile
Believe Me Never: Fastbacks
Into Your Shtick: Mudhoney

Bad Man; Older Sun
Buenas Tardes Amigo: Ween
Kurt's Rejoinder: Brian Eno
Lonely Woman: Ornette Coleman

Powerman: The Kinks
Suerta de la Noche: Club Foot Orchestra
Lonesome Train: Robert Gordon with Link Wray
Elvis is Everywhere: Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper

Waist: Sonic Youth
Feed the Void: Meatbodies
Lovely Butterflies: Melvins
Theme from Cyrano / Mr. Tambourine Man: William Shatner

Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags
Army of Ignorance: Samsara Blues Experiment
Love Buzz: Shocking Blue
Orgasm Addict: Buzzcocks

Lovelight-Not Fade Away-Lovelight: Grateful Dead (04/15/70 - Winterland, SF, CA)
Double Crossing Time: John Mayall's Blues Breakers

Hell's Kitchen #210: Tiger Honey Pot
March 2, 2015 8:00pm

 

SEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's how my guests got my attention tonight, and I'm a better man for it. Tora and JonJon from Tiger Honey Pot stopped in the studio tonight to share their amazing new release "Rock and Roll Sex Machine" and talk up their record release party, happening this Saturday night at Benders. The show is only $5, and they are GIVING THE CD AWAY AT THE SHOW!!!

This record is 100% ROCK AND ROLL (emphasis on the SEX). These two make a guitar/drums duo sound like a full on orgy, where the smiles, moaning and hip shaking never cease.

The whole show rocks tonight. They stuck around the entire time, and I had to pull out some show stoppers that hadn't heard before. I think you'll like it too.

Come out to the show. I'll be there. You can buy me a drink, and I'll shake my hips for ya.

Enjoy.

jh

The Common People: Leonard Nimoy
Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy
400 Bucks: Reverend Horton Heat

Interview with Tora and JonJon of Tiger Honey Pot

Rock and Roll Sex Machine: Tiger Honey Pot

Interview with Tora and JonJon of Tiger Honey Pot

Pink Cadillac: Tiger Honey Pot
Valdez: Tiger Honey Pot

The Master: Meatbodies
Magic: Zig Zags
This Time I've Got A Reason: Fuzz

Damned to Obscurity: OBN IIIs
Ain't No Friend Of Mine: Monomen
I'm Down: Mudhoney
On A Front: T.E.N.

Zodiac: Melvins
House Burning Down: Jimi Hendrix
Bring It On Home: Led Zeppelin

Jackson Head: Boris
Hey Hey: Neil Young
Barael's Blade: The Sword
Priest of the Hill People: Hot Fog

Frustrating Sound: Radio Moscow
Hey Joe: Deep Purple

Hell's Kitchen #209: I've Got A Reason
February 23, 2015 8:00pm

 

Whoa, I am so sorry this is late. I usually get this out within a day or two following "broadcast". The week has gotten away from me. may of you know that I'm a high school teacher in SF. I cannot tell you how challenging my job can be. I do absolutely love what I do, though. And having the ability to let it all hang loose on Monday nights is such a thrill. I do this all for you.

No guests this week. Started off with some jazz, moved into the garage realm, a deep blues set, then a looooong Dead jam, continuing the 50th anniversary celebration.

And news just in that the great Leonard Nimoy has passed away from COPD at the age of 83 has really taken a toll on my day. I'm certain Radio Valencia DJs, including myself, will be paying homage to him over the next week or so. Please tune in. It's time to get Star Trek on Netflix rollin' for the weekend. My 10 year old daughter will be crushed about his passing. I know that I am.

Take a look at the playlist, stream or download the podcast, and please share this link with anyone you know who enjoys music. Really, share this. It only takes a click.

LLAP my friends.

jh

Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
The First and Last to Love Me: Kip Hanrahan

Revolution: Dr. John
Many Blessings: Roland Kirk
Summertime: Galaxy 500

See it my Way: Mikal Cronin
Celophane/I'm in your Mind Fuzz: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Party in Laguna: The Ventures
Romeo: The Wipers
I'll Retrofit My Faultline: Chris Stroffolino
Dove in Hawk's Clothing; Ultimate Spinach

Boom Boom: John Lee Hooker
Got My Mojo Workin' (But It Just Won't Work On You): Ann Cole With The Suburbans and Orchestra
Flip Flop and Fly: Big Joe Turner
Madison Blues: Elmore James
Hey Bartender: Floyd Dixon

Playing In The Band: Grateful Dead (02-22-74 Winterland, SF, CA)
Amazing Journey/Sparks: The Who

Back To Land: Wooden Shjips

Hell's Kitchen #208: A Black Eye With Dimples
February 16, 2015 8:00pm

 

Another night in bliss. Really, this radio thing might just go somewhere (says my 21 year old self). I had my chance to play shitty commercial shlock a long time ago. I worked at KRQR and then at KLLC-Alice FM. Worst. Jobs. EVER! "Here's what you're going to play, and here's what you're going to say. Don't deviate, if you know what's good for you". Oh joy.

Why have I continued to be involved in non-commercial, online, and pirate radio since 1988? I think it's plain to see, or hear, as it may be. Just take a look at the playlist below, and listen to any of my mic breaks. I could never do this on a commercial station. I would have been fired after my first show. And why? I'm not offending many people. I'm not swearing. I'm not any more insulting than your typical morning jock. I'm not anything like them. I host thoughtful interviews with local talent, and I play quality music from many genres. I just don't get it.

Tonight I was feeling a little blue, so we've got that in the mix, along with some country, psych, and a very tasty live Grateful Dead track from 1974. Unlike your local commercial station, there's a little something for everyone. Take a taste, and get satisfied.

Enjoy.

jh

Mob Rules: Black Sabbath
Pray Til You Sweat: The Flesh Eaters
The Vienna Waltz: Rube Waddell

Nobody Loves Me: Hank Snow
Red Dirt Child: Emmylou Harris
Black Eye: Uncle Tupelo
Women's Prison: Loretta Lynn

Drunken Hearted Boy: Allman Brothers Band
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town: Jimmy Smith
I Ain't Got You: Jimmy Reed

Dimples: John Lee Hooker
Flight: Wooden Shjips
Take Me Back to the Void: Wand

Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd

Eyes Of The World: Grateful Dead (09-11-74 Alexander Palace, London, England)
Lilac Wine: Jeff Buckley (live)

No Pussy Blues: Grinderman

Hell's Kitchen #207: Art Of The Segue
February 9, 2015 8:00pm

 

I refuse to get on my high horse tonight. But if I did, then I would probably talk about the tripe that is the Grammy Awards. Giving awards to those who sell the most records (what am I supposed to call it these days? CDs? MP3s? Digital Download Of The Year (The DOTY?)) to those who only listen to them because, like sheep to the slaughter, the musically and culturally illiterate audience will buy anything they think they'll be accepted for consuming. "Oh please love me, I just LOVE the new (enter name of culturally acceptable artist here)". Makes me want to vomit.

There was a time that I thought I wanted to be a part of this "lowest-common-denominator" crew. I was about five years old then. When I completed my BA in radio broadcast, after 12 years in non-commercial radio, including three years in commercial radio, I still thought that I could make a go of it. I thought that I could make my way up to being a General Manager within 10 years, and from there I'd be able to make programming decisions that pushed the limits. I even worked for a music promotions company, that will go unnamed. My job there was to push Top 100 hits of the day. I used to read "Hits" and "Hitmakers" magazine every day, and call program directors at stations around the country, telling them to give the latest Bobby Brown song a try; or even the new Elton John. ugh. Just take the "S" from the end of those two magazines and put them at the front of the title, and you get a clear idea of what I thought about that time in my life. I hated it when I was doing it, and even now I want to throw up in my mouth a little.

This September will mark my 27th year in radio. Even during my few short years in the commercial world, I was still doing non-commercial and pirate radio. I've continued, all these years, to investigate new artist, regardless of genre. And every show is chock full of many genres. Just look below.

No guests tonight. It's just two hours where I get to paint an aural picture for you and yours. I hope you take the time to give it a listen. The banter isn't blathery, and the segues are smooth. After all, radio is the art of the segue.

There should be an award for that.

Enjoy.

jh

Parental Discretion Iz Advised: NWA
Hey: Butthole Surfers
Cheeba Cheeba: George Benson

Venom Wearin' Denim: Junior Brown
What Am I Worth: Dave Alvin
Austin Prison: Johnny Cash
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding): Bob Dylan

Frustration: Jerusalem
She Lied: The Mummies
It's Getting Late, Malibu, Good Night: Charles Lloyd
Southern California: Flipper
No Time For The Blues: OBN IIIs

Throw Your Tits Out: Kalri$$ian
Do It In The Dirt: Enrique
No Time For Yes: Evolution Control Committee
Into The Fire: The Love X Nowhere

New Potato Caboose: Grateful Dead (12-07-68 Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY)
Naked Lunch Excerpts: William S. Burroughs

Groove A Little: Medeski, Martin, and Wood
Filipino Box Spring Hog: Tom Waits
Candy-O: Melvins

Hell's Kitchen #206: Watch Me Die
February 2, 2015 8:00pm

 

A sweet array of musical treats for your consumption tonight. No bands, just you and me. And just take a look at that playlist! Garage, Jazz, Hip Hop, Punk, Funk, Psych, Avant Garde!!! How does he do it, folks? This is no KFOG lowest-common-denominator-radio.

It's also the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Grateful Dead, so I through down a sweet jam from 1970 in the second hour. I'll be featuring some choice Dead cuts throughout the year, so if that's your thing, tune in during the second hour, and I'll treat you to a tasty treat from time-to-time.

I saw two brilliant shows last week. I had the pleasure of finally seeing my man-crush, Ty Segall, at the Great American Music Hall. I could go on and on about his performance. It was loud and fun, just as I was hoping. I stood front row, center, at the stage, surrounded by a bunch of teenage girls, and a rambunctious pit just behind (and at times ON) me. Three supporting bands, including Wand opened the show. Go see Wand when they're back in town.

Saturday night, I headed up to San Rafael to Terrapin Crossroads (formerly the Seafood Peddler), the home of Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh. His new band, Communion, was playing that night. At 74 years old, there is no slowing him down. They played 4 hours! Seriously, there is no way this should have been possible. This guy was supposed to be dead years ago. What a great band. Fabulous jamming. Wonderful set and setting. If you're into this, then get up there when you have hankering a for jam band dance-fest.

Get out there and support live, local music, and local independent radio.

Enjoy.

jh

Feel: Ty Segall
Iron Man: Bad Plus
Your Kung Fu Sucks: Unpopable Trio

Bad Karma: Victims Family
California Uber Alles: Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Hellfudge: Lard
Stars and Stripes of Corruption: Dead Kennedys

Kick out the Jams: Volcano Suns
911 is a Joke: Public Enemy
Who's Gonna Be A Junkie: Greyboy
Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothin': James Brown

Concert Outlook
Night Creature: Sex Mob
Earth People: Dr. Octogon

See you in Hell: Monster Magnet
Cocoon: CCR Headcleaner

Cryptical Envelopment -> Drums -> The Other One -> Cryptical Envelopment: Grateful Dead (03-01-70 Family Dog at the Great Highway, SF, CA)
The Pusher: Nina Simone

Steppin' In Her I Miller Shoes: Betty Davis
My Women, My Guitars: Cody Chestnutt

I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Tony Bennett

Hell's Kitchen #205: Happy Toddie Time
January 26, 2015 8:00pm

 

Tonight on the show I had two, count them, TWO local bands in the studio. In the first hour, Erin, from the Oakland trio The Hot Toddies came by to talk up her band's 10th anniversary show happening this Saturday night at The Fillmore. They're a surf-pop band, with some rather bodacious lyrics. Erin had some fun stories to tell, and I know the upcoming show is going to be a hoot.

In the second hour Rebecca and Mike from Happy Fangs stopped in to talk up their show, also this Saturday night. They're headlining at Rickshaw Stop. Hmmm, which show to go to? If you haven't heard Happy Fangs yet, then you MUST listen to this interview. Rebecca was having nothing of what I was serving up. OUTSTANDING! She served up some delicious Hell to this here host. Their brand spankin' new release, Capricorn, dropped a couple of days ago. Check it out.

I asked both bands a favor. One said maybe, the other a resolute NO!

It's all about supporting live, local music. Stop being boring and go to a show this weekend. I'm going to see my man-crush, Ty Segall at the Great American Music Hall on Thursday night. It's the first time I've ever seen him, and I'm really pretty giddy about this. As much as I really want to get in close, because he's very physical on stage, I also want to be in that sweet spot in the middle of the room. What to do, what to do? On Saturday night, I'm going to miss seeing both of my guests, and head up to Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, to see Phil Lesh's new band Communion. I wonder what they're going to play? Also, this room has got to be the BEST sound room in the Bay Area. And why not? Phil has the money and the musical acumen to create the very best.

Ah, for the love of live music!

Stop being boring, and go have fun.

Enjoy.

jh

I Heard it on the X: Olivelawn
Lil Red: Bikini Kill
Cheap Trick Record: Bratmobile
Celebrity Compass: Bongwater

High in a Flat: Bevis Frond

Interview with Erin of The Hot Toddies

Surf Song: The Hot Toddies
Seattle: The Hot Toddies

Interview with Erin of The Hot Toddies

Boys on Bikes: The Hot Toddies
Jaguar Love: The Hot Toddies

Interview with Erin of The Hot Toddies

Summertime Blues: The Hot Toddies
Mary-Christ: Sonic Youth
Flower and Dream: Angel in Heavy Syrup

Interview with Happy Fangs

Raw Nights: Happy Fangs
Ton of Bricks: Happy Fangs

Interview with Happy Fangs

Cliche: Happy Fangs
In The Morning: Happy Fangs
Send/Receive: Wand
Diddley Daddy: Bo Diddley
Messin' with the Kid: Blues Brothers

Dinah-Mo Hum: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (1974 11 17 - Spectrum Theater, Philadelphia, PA)
Sleigh Ride: Fuzz (Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC October 10, 2013)

Hell's Kitchen #204: Girls and Boys and You
January 19, 2015 8:00pm

 

Santa Rosa band Girls + Boys join me in the studio tonight.When asked to describe their kind of music, they say folk rock, heavy on the rock. With three guitarists you can understand why they would say that. Bass player Josh, and singer/songwriter Brianna hung out for the night, and proved to not only be a great interview, but also it felt like to long lost friends we're hanging out. You can catch them live at the Make Out Room this Sunday night. I plan on being there, so come say hello. Check out their website for details on how to find their music, and where to see them perform live. They have a lot of shows on the calendar, so you have no excuses. Support live, local music.

Another special guest dropped in unexpectedly: KROB, along with his mother Maggie. Now I've known KROB for about 15 years, and I have never met his mother before. How the hell did we go so long and not actually meet? Regardless, she was a delight and allowed me to interview her. If you know KROB then you really need to listen to this interview.

Check out the playlist below and tune next week as I will have another band in the studio, with tickets to giveaway. A shout out to Elizabeth Simon, from Bourgeois Productions Presents, For sending me all the bands lately. It's much appreciated.

Enjoy.

jh

Why? (The King of Love is Dead): Nina Simone
Freedom Day: Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln

Interview with Girls + Boys

Wanna: Girls + Boys
Scratch and Scream: Girls + Boys

Interview with Girls + Boys

I Would: Girls + Boys

Interview with Girls + Boys

Vibration: Girls + Boys
Fat Old Sun: Pink Floyd
Voodoo Chile: Jimi Hendrix (June 20, 1969 - Newport Pop Festival)

Take Up They Stethoscope and Walk: Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin
Am I In Heaven: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Fuzz's Fourth Dream: Fuzz
Fable of the Brown Ape: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Watcher of the Skies: Genesis
Primitive Man: Jerusalem

Hog Leg: Melvins
Posso Perder Minha Mulher, Minah Mae, Desde Que, Eu Tenha O Rock and Roll: Os Mutantes

Hell's Kitchen #203: Running With Scissors
January 12, 2015 8:00pm

 

If you know me, then you know how much I absolutely LOVE supporting local bands. I've interviewed countless artists over the years, and their stories are too much fun. Monday night I was lucky enough to have two members of local indie scene-sters, Scissors for Lefty with me. Bryan and Eric proved to be super friendly, and ready to talk about SfL's roller coaster ride of the past few years. This band is no flash in the pan. They've been supporting act for some heavyweights, including Panic at the Disco, The Sea and Cake, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gang of Four, and Blonde Redhead.

Their third release, Bangs and Lashes, came out last October, following a successful Kickstarter campaign, and it was worth the wait. This record kicks the pop-indie-dance-jump-around-groove right from the start. Bryan and Eric performed a few songs in the studio for us, and told some great road stories, as well as how they are surviving the post-record label world. I love Bryan's voice. It reminds me a bit of a young Brian Ferry. There's a shoegazer sound to them that really gets my toes a-tappin'. I think you'll agree. It was so much fun having them perform in the studio, I can only imagine what they do live. Go see this band before they hit it HUGE. And they are going to hit it HUGE.

Scissors for Lefty are supporting Fritz Montana at the Great American Music Hall this Friday night. Tickets are still available. Go out and support live, local music. You can thank me later.

You can see by the playlist below that Monday night had a pretty sweet mix. Take a listen, and feel free to comment.

This coming Monday I'll be interviewing local band Girls and Boys in the first hour. Tune in.

Enjoy.

jh

Rice Rocket Boy: Kitten on the Keys
Looking For The Ghost: Heartless Bastards
I Hate Winter: Loop! Station

Interview with Scissors for Lefty

X's Are Forever: Scissors for Lefty
Come Undone: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Sunshine of your Love: Ella Fitzgerald

Interview with Scissors for Lefty

Getaways (Live in studio): Scissors for Lefty
Puzzle Pieces (live in studio): Scissors for Lefty

Werewolf: Scissors for Lefty
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles
Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings: ZZ Top
Jerkus Crokus: Mott the Hoople

Circles: Ty Segall
River of Fever: The Flesh Eaters
It's Shoved: The Melvins
Youth of America (Alt Take): The Wipers

Heartbreak Hotel: Ayers/Cale/Eno/Nico
Do you Take This Man?: Diamanda Galas
Piss Factory: Patti Smith

Brother: OBN IIIs
I Think of Demons: Roky Erickson

Hell's Kitchen #202: Grunge vs. BritPop
January 5, 2015 8:00pm

 

It's All Grunge vs. BritPop tonight on Hell's Kitchen with John Hell and my buddy David.

It's hard to believe that the 90s ended 15 years ago. It's even harder to believe that Grunge started more than 25 years ago. That's just ridiculous to me. What's even more ridiculous to me is that I was in my 20s that long ago. Like many, I too was smitten when I first encountered the early sounds of Grunge and Britpop and Shoegaze, starting around 1989. And who wouldn't you be? The distorted guitar, the pounding rhythms of the drums and the bass, the lyrics so full of angst and Generation X-style miasma. Everyone called us Slackers, but I never saw us like that. There was some serious talent coming out of that time. I remember so many friends being into bands like Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, and of course Pearl Jam. I couldn't stand any of those bands. I remember asking all of them, out of all of these bands that you love so much who will you remember, and which will be played regularly on the radio 20 years from now? I correctly predicted that Nirvana would stand the test of time, and not because they were so brilliant, which I do think that they were, but mostly because they borrowed from heavy hitters, such as the Pixies and the Beatles, and also because Kurt Cobain was really an amazing songwriter.

My favorite band of the time and still in my top five today, is Mudhoney. And why not? What an amazing band. If you know your history, then you know that Mark Arm and Steve Turner only started Mudhoney as a bit of a joke and a side project. They never meant for it to go as far as it has. And though it's hard to see how the Melvins are considered the godfathers of Grunge, I can appreciate their obvious influence on the genre, while still recognizing that there really isn't any grunge in them at all.

As for Britpop, there are a few bands in the genre that I took two. Mostly Swervedriver to be honest. I also like The Vasoline's, and My Bloody Valentine. But I mostly looked at Britpop as a genre that was trying to rip off what was happening in Seattle. I may get hate mail for that, which is fine, but I standby it.

This show reminded me so much of my early days at KFJC. David was a great co-host too! He knows his music. We both soon realized that this is obviously part one in an ongoing series. Listen for David's return in the months to come. He may even take a shot at joining the ranks of great Radio Valencia DJs. Excellent!

Enjoy.

jh

Show Me The Way: Dinosaur Jr.
Rocket Reducer #62: The Melvins
Dies Iraea: Melvins
I Wanna Be Adored: Stone Roses

D7: Wipers
In And Out Of Grace: Mudhoney
Son of a Gun: Vaselines
Grease Box: Tad

Only Shallow: My Bloody Valentine
Revolution: Mudhoney
Song 2: Blur
Backwater: Meatpuppets

Lady Killers: Lush
I Like Fucking: Bikini Kill
Seaweed: The Gits
Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam: Nirvana
Queen Bitch: Green River

The Scratch: 7 Year Bitch
Rave Down: Swervedriver
I Hate Rock and Roll: Jesus and Mary Chain
Mousetrap: Ride
Black Metallic: Catherine Wheel

Dollar Bill: Screaming Trees

Fade Away: Oasis

Hell's Kitchen #201: HellKatt Comes To Play
December 29, 2014 8:00pm

 

My daughter, HellKatt is in the studio with me tonight.

Oh joy of JOYS, my 10 year old daughter, HellKatt joined me in the studio tonight. This is her third visit to the Radio Valencia studios, and quite possibly her best yet! She chose much of the playlist for the show, and yes, it's a bit more mainstream than usual, but so what? I was thinking about this on the ride over with her, and I'll put it to you the way I put it to her: music tastes are like food tastes: when you're young you have very limited desires when it comes to the food you are willing to consume. The same can be said of music. No wonder so many kids LOVE The Beatles! They're easy to consume, like milk chocolate.

But when you grow older your tastes change too. And change they should! Who the heck only wants milk chocolate? I want dark chocolate with salted caramel, dammit!

HellKatt's tastes have always been more complex then many people her own age. Her first solid food was avocado. And at the age of three she was eating entire green onion stalks, from tip to root! No lie. She also prefers milk chocolate.

So it comes as no surprise that she enjoys Alice Cooper almost as much as she loves Paul McCartney...and The Simpsons. I placed a "HK" next to all the songs that she chose. You may be surprised.

What a great night! I hope you enjoy the music, and the banter as much as we did.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

Superfly: Curtis Mayfield
Scorpio: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars - HK
Happy Birthday Mr Burns: The Ramones
I Wanna Be Sedated: The Ramones
Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys

Dear Future Husband: Meghan Trainor - HK
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill
Happiness is a Warm Gun: Beatles - HK

Simpson's Family Showcase: The Simpsons
Home Sweet Mobile Home: The New Duncan Imperials
Beauty School Dropout: Frankie Avalon - HK

The Tide is High: Blondie - HK
It's a Hard Knock Life: Annie -HK
Big Sky/Baddest of the Bad: Reverend Horton Heat
Caliente: Supersuckers

Come Get It Bae: Pharrell Williams - HK
There She Goes, My Beautiful World: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Jet Boy: New York Dolls
New York: Sex Pistols

Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen - HK
Garbage Man: The Simpsons
Mickey: Toni Basil - HK
Welcome To My Nightmare: Alice Cooper - HK

Paranoid: Ty Segall Band
1985: Paul McCartney - HK
Metal Circus: Rube Waddell

Rock Fight 14 with John Hell and Ron Donovan
December 22, 2014 6:00pm

 

Too much has been written in the annals of mythology about the many Rock Fights which came before, but no one could have prepared any of us for what was about to come on this holiest of holy Rock Fight nights.

Each hour progresses with guests, amazing live tracks, and brilliant banter that will leave you in stitches, and quite possibly paralyzed from the neck down.

John and Ron are in fine form for much of the evening (I repeat MUCH of the evening), the guest interviews are a perfect addition to what is already an institution in radio land. The music selections, mostly focused on Rock, also feature a Black Metal set, and a wonderful Blues set; taking us from the roots of Rock to wear Rock has certainly come.

In the second hour author Linda Kelly joined us at to talk about the upcoming release of the new edition of her 1995 Grateful Dead-themed book: "Deadheads", just in time for the 50th anniversary of my favorite band.

Sound Engineer John Karr joins us in the third hour to talk about all the many bands he's worked with over the years. John has worked regularly as an engineer in many recording studios around San Francisco, and has worked the sound board at pretty much every club in San Francisco for over 20 years. He's got great stories and has brought along excellent, stellar live recordings from shows where he is manning the board.

Metallica fanzine editor Steffan Chirazi joins us for the fourth hour to play us BLACK (metal) Christmas. You know, an anti-christ/mas thing. All Black Metal, with some road stories. Great road stories. Steff is always ready with some of the best stories from the road. He's been doing it for over 25 years so he knows his stuff.

We're doing a blues set the fifth hour. It makes sense. All live versions you've never heard before. Eric McFadden called in this hour. He's in Albuquerque, New Mexico right now, and shared his history of listening to live music, and his own memories of his favorite bands growing up.

Play the game "Where is Ron". Where oh where could he be throughout the program? Is he on Mic? Is he lost in the mission? How many songs did Ron actually play on Rock Fight 14? Tune in and play along with rest of us.

Finally we close the show the way we opened the show: with a tribute to the late great Joe Cocker. Joe died on Monday at the age of 70 years old. Anyone who's listened my show over the years knows that I am huge fan of Joe Cocker, he's always been an absolute inspiration to my growth as a music fan. The Mad Dogs Englishmen Tour from 1970 is by far the greatest series of shows that I have ever heard in my long tenure of collecting live music. It is my dream and aspiration to one day front of band in much the same manner as Joe Cocker did with that tour. It's an understatement to say that you will be missed, Joe. RIP to a man who taught me more about music than most people I have ever known, personally.

Enjoy.

jh

PS: It would appear this is actually Rock Fight 13. This is what I get for not going back and actually looking at the most recent show we did. HA!

Hour one:

Something: Joe Cocker (San Francisco, April 26, 1970) - JH
Kick Out The Jams: MC5 (01-01-70 Saginaw, MI) - JH

Guns of Brixton: The Clash (Akron, OH 08-17-82) - JH
Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel: Elvis Presley (Las Vegas 1969)
Cafe Latte: Limbomaniacs (iBeam - SF 09-01-90)

John The Fisherman: Primus (Haight Street Fair 06-10-90) -JH
Feeling Alright: Joe Cocker (10-19-69 Fillmore West, SF, CA) -JH
Sin City: AC/DC (Oakland, CA 07-21-79) - RD

Hour two:

Songs Remains the Same/Rain Song: Led Zeppelin (01-07-73 - Oxford, England) - JH
Closet Queen: James Gang (07-15-71 Frisa, Holland) - JH

Summertime Blues: Joan Jett (Firemen's Memorial Park, Hempsted NJ, Aug. 8, 1981) - JH
Love Gun: Kiss (Selland Arena, Fresno, California November 27, 1979) - JH
Youth of America: The Melvins (Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA March 9, 2004) - JH

Interview with Linda Kelly

Hour three:

China Cat Sunflower - I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (Assembly Hall, Umiversity of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL 73-02-21)

Interview with John Karr - John brought a bunch of recording he made while doing live sound for these bands. He's not certain of the song titles or exact dates. We'll forgive him this one time.

Death Cab For Cutie: Bottom of the Hill, SF, CA 1999
Fucking Champs, Bottom of the Hill, SF, CA 09-13-2000
Rumah Sakit: Bottom of the Hill, SF, CA 03-04-2000

Cosmic Slop: P-Funk, Yoshi's SF, CA 2012
Mastadon, Justice League, SF, CA 2001?
Mirv, Great American Music Hall, SF, CA 12-28-2002

Hour four:

Mermen SF, CA

Interview with Steffan Chirazi

Black Metal Special:

In Nomine Satanas/Black Metal: Venom
Gorgorath: Wacken Metal Fest 2012
Confessional Rape: Diecide

Hour five:
Necrolust: Mayhem
Ground: Celtic Frost

Blues set:
Shotgun Blues: Blues Brother (12-31-78 Winterland, SF, CA)
Boom Boom: John Lee Hooker (03-30-85 The Stone, SF, CA)

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed: Allman Brothers Band (07-03-70 Atlanta Pop Fest, Byron, GA)
Blues at Sunrise: Stevie Ray Vaughn and Albert King 12-06-83 CHCN Studios, Hamilton, ON

Interview with Eric McFadden

D's Diner: Eric McFadden, Les Claypool, Paulo Baldi (2007 The Independent, SF, CA)
I'm A Howlin' Wolf: Muddy Waters (11-04-76 Blues & Jazz Festival Geneva, Switzerland)
Trouble No More: Junior Wells and Buddy Guy 12-03-85 Dingwalls, London, England

Waiting For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago: ZZ Top (04-19-80 Grugahalle, Essen, Germany)

I'm Waiting For The Man: Lou Reed (12-26-72 KLIR, Hempstead, NY)
Redondo Beach: Patti Smith (01-30-76 The Roxy, LA, CA)

The Letter: Joe Cocker and The Grease Band (10-19-69 Fillmore West, SF, CA)

Hell's Kitchen #200: Give Myself A Pat On The Back
December 15, 2014 8:00pm

 

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: radio is an art form. It's the art of the segue. It's knowing what song to play next to another. I've been at this game for over 25 years, and I still surprise myself from time to time. Tonight was just special moment after another, when I get to remind myself why I love radio so damn much.

Sometimes I'm guilty of playing a preferred artist a bit too much from week to week (see Melvins, Ty Segall), but hey, what can I say, if they made crappy music then I wouldn't play them so often. As for tonight, I went a little deeper into my vault for some artists who haven't come out to play in many a blue moon. We've got your holiday tunes, a few requests, some Americana, garage, proto-punk, and jazz-funk.

There's something for the whole family to enjoy.

jh

Next Monday night, December 22, from 6-midnight, it's ROCK FIGHT 14!!!

Ron Donovan and I take over the "airwaves" for six rockin' hours full of blitzkrieg and bop! Ron and I have the nations largest combined collection of live bootleg material, and twice a year we love to share it with you.
We have GUESTS as well, including Steffan Chirazi, the official Metallica fanzine writer/editor for "So What"; John Karr, local sound engineer; bands, and malcontents-a-plenty!

We may even have some special surprise guests and giveaways for you too!
See you on the radio!

I'll Ze: The J.B.'s
Jakey: Big John Patton

Merry Christmas From The Family: Robert Earl Keen
Late at Night: The Iguanas
Merry Christmas Baby: Otis Redding
We Three Kings: Reverend Horton Heat

Blue Moon Waltz: Jimmy Dale Gilmore
Every Grain of Sand: Emmylou Harris
On The Inside: Eric McFadden

Let's Get Funky: Jack O'Fire
I'm In Your Mind: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Steps: Meatbodies
Music For A Film 1: Ty Segall

I Don't Give a Fuck Where the Eagles Fly: Moistboyz
CCTV: OBN IIIs
Lonesome Train: Robert Gordon with Link Wray
Shake It Off Parody: Six13
The Next Big Thing: The Dictators

Shut Up And Dance: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
Shitload of Kissin': New Duncan Imperials
Now I Want to Sniff Some Glue: The Ramones
Who Says?: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Hey Little Girl: Dead Boys

Prove It: Television
Sinatra Mantra: The Victims Family

Rain King: Sonic Youth

Hell's Kitchen #199: Best of 2014
December 8, 2014 8:00pm

 

How is it that another year has passed us by? I think there needs to be a study about time, and how it's relative to each individual as they age. Has this been done already? No? Someone really needs to get on this. We need a real Einstein to help us out. I have a theory that as we get older, time goes by faster, mostly because we have too many bills to pay. I could be wrong, but if I had no bills to pay, then time would really slow down.

But I digress.

2014 had a lot of great new music. The garage resurgence peaked my interest, as did the abundance of quality singer-songwriter material and metal in its many variations. I play a little of it all tonight in my BEST OF 2014 show!

Take a look at the playlist below, then get streaming...or downloading...or whatever it is you do to listen to my show.

Tune in Monday, December 22, from 6-midnight for ROCK FIGHT 14!!! Ron Donovan joins me once again for a six hour live bootleg SMACKDOWN of EPIC PROPORTIONS!!! Ron and I have the largest combined live bootleg collection (self-proclaimed) west of East Rutherford, NJ. We play live music, insult each other, and have lots of live guests. We should have prizes too. Who will win? Who knows (me). Tune in and help us decide (that it's me).

As always, enjoy.

jh

The Waitress Song: First Aid Kit
Entitlement: Jack White
The New You: Jenny Lewis

Morning: Beck
Planet Caravan: Brown Sabbath
Jaywalker: Ithchy-O
Drop: Thee Oh Sees
Feel: Ty Segall

Vaulting Over A Microphone: King Buzzo
Brass Cupcake: The Melvins

No Time For the Blues: OBN IIIs
The Master: Meatbodies
Pollen: The Blind Shakes
Fast Thrills: The People's Temple

Heartbreaker: Motorhead
Void: Black Monotlith

Angel: Boris
Down the Drain: Zig Zags

Here It Comes Again: The Amazing Snakeheads
Smokin; Weed with Helios Creed: Honky

Hell's Kitchen #198: 1974 ANNUAL ANNUAL
December 1, 2014 8:00pm

 

Once again John Hell mixes up the musical stew by taking you back to a magical year in musical lore: 1974. It's time for my fourth annual "ANNUAL ANNUAL"! 1974 had a little bit of everything: proto-punk, glam-rock, shoe-gaze, funk, soul, avant-jazz, country, western, country-western, and the beginnings of prog-rock. I've got a taste of it all in the next two hours.

I've thrown in some commercials and movie trailers from the era too. Who knew 1974 was so damn cool? Where were you in 1974? I was four years old by years' end. I was living in Toledo, Ohio with my parents and two older sisters. My dad would play a lot of jazz and blues, while my sisters, who were 10 and 12 at the time, were playing mostly Monkeys and Beatles tunes. My mother was into Helen Reddy. Crazy times. My biggest memories of that time had to do with the snow making it difficult for my father to drive to work in the winter.

If I were an adult in 1974 it would have been totally different. It would have been all about getting my ass up to Detroit, Cleveland, and New York City to catch some amazing sounds. I probably would have been spending a lot of time at CBGBs and Max's Kansas City.

NEXT MONDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 8 IS MY BEST OF 2014!!!

This was a great show. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you. See you next week.

Enjoy.

jh

Rumble: Link Wray
Earache My Eye: Alice Bowie
Hey Joe: Patti Smith

Sweet Jane: Lou Reed
Devil Gate Drive: Suzi Quatro
***Texas Chainsaw Massacre***
Back of a Car: Big Star

Chatterbox: New York Dolls
***Burger King Commercial***
100,000 Years: Kiss
Rock On: David Essex
Don't Eat the Yellow Snow/Nanook Rubs It/St. Alfonso/Father O'Blivion: Frank Zappa

Be Thankful For What You've Got: William DeVaughn
The Bottle: Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson
Don't Call Her No Tramp: Betty Davis
***Blazing Saddles Trailer***
Kung Fu: Curtis Mayfield
Rated X: Miles Davis

Loose Lucy: Grateful Dead
Revolution Blues: Neil Young
Diamonds on my Windshield: Tom Waits
Rebel Music (3 O'clock Roadblock): Bob Marley and the Wailers
Don't Go Near the Water: Johnny Cash

Heaven or Hell: Waylon Jennings
Angel From Montgomery: Bonnie Raitt
Boots/Numb Erone: The Residents
Mitternacht: Kraftwerk

Baby's On Fire: Eno/Cale

A Season in Hell #197: Hell's Kitchen Premier
November 24, 2014 8:00pm

 

For the longest time I've been considering a name change for my show. I think my show has been called "A Season in Hell" for about 10 years. It's a good name. It's done me good. No complaints, but I just think it's played out. I've put a lot of thought into changing it. It needs to convey the myriad of sounds that emerge from my show every week. I always think of my show as something like a stew: lots of tastes, simmering together in the pot for two hours, waiting to be consumed by a hungry table, of impatient toddlers. So tonight, I unveil a rebirth of sorts, a show name which conveys the depth of the many tastes my show offers week after delicious week. I hope you enjoy it too.

I give you Hell's Kitchen, with John Hell

Eric McFadden joined me during the second hour in the studio. His fabulous lady, Super D was along for the ride. Eric will be playing at the Starry Plough in Berkeley this Saturday night, for his birthday. Come on down and rock out!

We talked about the true meaning of "TV Eye", and the many, many names for the Golden Triangle. There's lots of great new music, some classics, and some music that's new to you.

As always, enjoy.

jh

Detroit is Burning: MC5
TV Eye: The Stooges
White Light/White Heat: Velvet Underground

You're Going To Miss Me: Mono Men
Night Crawler: Thee Oh Sees
Couldn't Be Bothered: The Klitz
Mud Girls: Meatbodies
53rd and 420/Life of the Party: CCR Headcleaner

Old Lake: The Blind Shakes
Fucked Up Motherfucker: Ty Segall
In Every Dreamhome A Heartache: Roxy Music
We No Who U R: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Clap Hands: Eric McFadden
Pressure Drop: The Clash
The Wizard: Brown Sabbath
Black Betty: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Four Sticks: Led Zeppelin

Send/Receive: Wand
Spoon: Boris
Funky Woman: Parliament
Garbage Man: Delphine St. Paer

Runnin On Fumes: OBNIIIs
One: Fuzz

I Left My Heart In San Francisco: Tony Bennett

A Season in Hell #196: Friends Be Crazy
November 17, 2014 8:00pm

 

One of my closest compatriots, Eric Wilcox is in the studio with me tonight. Eric and I have taught together for the past eleven years, and go to a lot of Melvins shows together. Most of our lunch breaks are spent not talking about school, but talking about he new record we just purchased.

Like myself, Eric shares a wide spectrum of musical tastes. Tonight on the show we run the gamut. There's metal, there's rocksteady, just look at the playlist below. The banter is pretty funny too. You should just listen to the whole show and enjoy the hell out of it.

By the Time I Get to Arizona: Public Enemy vs. Tijuana Brass
Pink: Boris and Merzbow
Common People: Leonard Nimoy

A Chronology for Survival: Neurosis
Brazil: Frank Sinatra
Flesh: Ken Nordine
Primitive: The Cramps

Repo Man: Iggy Pop
Welcome to the Dust War: Fear
Rags and Bones: Nomeansno
Piss Pisstopherson: The Melvins
Rock Steady Train: Evan and Jerry with Carib Beats

Give Me Loving: The Black Brothers
Bye Bye Bye: Clarendonians
Throw Me Corn: Larry and Alvin
Jamaican Farewell: Three Stoned Men

Broken Vows: Pentagram
Frazetta: Wizard Rifle
By Sanity Denied: Hot Fog
Hate Worldwide: Slayer

Blazer: Zig Zags
Where Dead Angels Lie: Dissection
Coup de Grace: Motorhead
Love Canal: Flipper

I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Tony Bennett

A Season in Hell #195: Looking Through You
November 10, 2014 8:00pm

 

Another one of those nights where I have no guests, so the objective is how can I take a two hour empty canvas and paint and aural picture that will leave the listener in awe of what is and what can be? I think I did a pretty good job. You be the judge.

My first set of features Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit, whom I'm going to see live Thursday night at the Fox theater in Oakland. My wife is very excited about the show. My third set features some rocksteady along with a rare Lee Perry release from 1976. There is a new Pink Floyd record out, so I've decided to play some Pink Floyd, Except it's not what you think it is. Because really, who wants to hear new Pink Floyd?

Monday night is also the 45th anniversary of the release of Live Dead by the Grateful Dead. Instead of playing something off of that record, I've decided to play something from one of the shows featured on that record.

My second to last set of the evening was by far my favorite, because it features some bands that I've really been into lately, In the punk/ garage rock genre: Meatbodies (whom I'm seeing this Saturday night at Bottom of the Hill), Fuzz (Ty Segall's louder than normal side project), and OBNIIIs from Austin, who will be playing Brick and Mortar the day after Thanksgiving. See you there.

I close out the show with a bluesy/psychobilly/psychedelic set.

There is a good mix of new music music that's new to you. Check out the set list below, And enjoy.

Way Down in the Hole: Tom Waits
Hard Believer: First Aid Kit
Apathy: Mikal Cronin

Shady Grove: Golden Void
Gimme Shelter: Grand Funk Railroad
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge

Home, Home, Home: Ken Boothe
Young, Gifted, and Broke: Lee Perry
My Ambition: Marcia Griffiths

Concert Outlook

Just a Coward: Franco Bixio
Bye Bye Baby: Janis Joplin
Mountains of the Moon: Grateful Dead (02/27/69 Fillmore West)
The Wizard: Black Sabbath

Beyond the Grave: Jerusalem
Astronomy Domine: Pink Floyd

Mountain: Meatbodies
One: Fuzz
So What if we Die?: OBNIIIs

Whiskey and Women: John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat
Love Whip: Reverend Horton Heat
Looking Out: Wooden Shjips

A Season in Hell #194: Barbie Eats Junk
November 3, 2014 8:00pm

 

It's rare that I have two guests in one night but tonight that's what it's all about. Long time listeners of my show know that I always enjoy supporting local artists, So tonight two local artists! In the first hour Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie is back once again to talk about the all Barbie exhibition happening at Shotwell 50 Gallery located at of all places 50 Shotwell in the Mission. If you haven't seen this you're really missing out. Just picture it, hundreds of Barbie dolls all altered for your perverse delight. It's truly a wonder of nature. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday noon to 7 PM, And Sundays noon to 5 PM. There is a poetry reading Thursday night and the closing gala is a week from Saturday, November 15th. Click on the link for more details.

Many of you may be aware that I used to MC Power Tool Drag Races at Ace Junkyard here in San Francisco. What you may not be aware of is that the landlord pulled the rug out from under Bill "The Junkman" Kennedy and closed the junkyard a few short years ago. Bill was a long time facilitator of the underground art scene here in the city, and Ace was the prime location for artists such as SRL, Life-Size Mouse Trap, Cyclecide, Seemen, and other metal obscurists to obtain those hard-to-find pieces which made their creations come to life. In the studio tonight filmmaker Yasi Mak talking about her documentary: Ace in the Hole, about Ace Junkyard and Bill "The Junkman" Kennedy. Bill is in the studio as well, telling great stories about his years at Ace. There is a Kickstarter campaign that ends today at 3PM to raise money to support the film. Please consider donating.

Enjoy.

jh

A Season in Hell with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia

Channel Zero: Public Enemy
Wild and Free: Curtis Mayfield

Interview with Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie

Since You've Been Gone: James Brown

Interview with Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie

Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners
By Any Means Necessary: Steinski
The Art of Getting Jumped: Steinski
Watermelon Man: Herbie Hancock

Sunflower: East New York Ensemble de Music

Interview with Yasi Mak and Bill "The Junkman" Kennedy

Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro-Rock Band
Hands of Time: Perfect Circle

Rastaman Chant/Conquering Lion: Bob Marley (April 30, 1976 - Beacon Theater, NYC)
Feeling Alright: Joe Cocker (October 19, 1969 - Fillmore West, SF, CA)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry: Leon Russell (February 5, 1971 - Baarn, The Netherlands)

I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Tony Bennett

A Season in Hell #192: Spooktacular!
October 20, 2014 8:00pm

 

Baron Scott Levkoff makes his second appearance on A Season in Hell, talking up his Spooktacular upcoming show: Mr. Nobody's Spookeasy.

If there is one holiday show to see, it's this one. I'm not kidding, this guy has put in way too much of his life into this performance, and it pays off in spades. Spooky, thrilling, spades!

Enjoy.

jh

Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts: Penn Jillette
King Sandbox: Mudhoney
The House on the Hill: The Mummies
Ain't Talkin' About Love: Minutemen

Interview with Baron Scott Levkoff

Powerhouse: Raymond Scott

Interview with Baron Scott Levkoff

There They Go Go Go: Carl Stalling
Salt Peanuts: Charlie Parker

Interview with Baron Scott Levkoff

And The Address: Deep Purple
Lost in My World: Dug Dugs
Beijo Exagerado/Todo Mundo Pastou: Os Mutantes
Familj: Dungen

The Bunk Up: The Melvins
Hey: Butthole Surfers
Southern California: Flipper
Police Story: Black Flag
Seasick: Free Kitten

Coup de Grace: Motorhead
Secret Phantasies of the Dragon Sun: Hot Fog
Adhere: Black Monolith

Quicksilver: Boris

A Season in Hell #191: I'm Your Angel
October 13, 2014 8:00pm

 

...so sayeth the lord...or something like that.

A show with no guests, is like going on a long ride with your best friend. Best friend being you. Aw shucks. We like the same movies. We like the same bands. We both like long walks on the beach, and pina colada's, and getting tossed like a salad.

Some new artists to start the night, and fine mix of genres throughout the set. Something for every one of my dear, close friends.

Can I borrow a dollar?

Enjoy.

jh

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Wild Coyote: The Nude Party
Here It Comes Again: The Amazing Snakeheads

The Candidate: Urge Overkill
Alice Mae: RL Burnside
Angelhead: Monkeywrench
Get Out Of My Life, Woman: The Butterfield Blues Band

Country Girl: CSNY
You Win Again: Hank Williams
The Hedgehog Waltz: Gaucho
Just Like a Woman: Bob Dylan

The Hand: Ty Segall
I Need Your Help: Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: Public Enemy
Tour de Force: Dizzy Gillespie

Hot Cha: Roland Kirk
Not Boweevil: Sex Mob
The Wizard: Brown Sabbath
Sly: Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters

Too Young To Die: Jamiroquai
Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix): Billy Holliday
Down Home Girl: The Coasters

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

A Season in Hell #190: Jelly Slather
October 6, 2014 8:00pm

 

I absolutely love interviewing bands. I've been interviewing band since my earliest days and radio in the late 1980s. And tonight I was most honored to have not only a super talented and original band, but a very entertaining and vocal interview as well. Royal Jelly Jive joined me in the studio, to talk up their new self-titled release as well as the record release party that just passed.

This six piece gypsy jazz, soul influenced menagerie, With solid and sultry female vocals, and horns to boot, Royal Jelly Jive are a sextet to watch out for. See them soon and a small venue, because it won't take long before they are hitting the big time.

The rest of the program highlighted some Hardly Strictly Bluegrass artists, some Bay Area soul/funk/punk from the 90s, and some classic hip-hop and rap, along with a few fun covers to boot.

Take charge and be large, in the land of the lost.

And as always, enjoy.

jh

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
I Wish I Was in New Orleans: Tom Waits

Pterygophora: Royal Jelly Jive

H.M.S. Soulbay: Royal Jelly Jive
Indian George: Royal Jelly Jive

Dream Like A Child: Royal Jelly Jive
Come On Over (Turn Me On): Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan
Ice Cold Water: Ray Condo
Whiskey Bottle: Uncle Tupelo

Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown: Jimmy Dale Gilmore
Lonely Girls: Lucinda Williams
Clementine: Elliot Smith
Chapter 24: Pink Floyd
A Sound of Transition: Julie Andrews?

The Kicking Machine: The Melvins
Here Come the Bastards: Primus
Who Stole the Soul: Public Enemy
Get it Together: Beastie Boys

Valley of the Dolls: Uncle Acid
Bad Girl: New York Dolls
Elevation: Television
Sunshine of your Love: Ella Fitzgerald

Got My Mojo Working: Muddy Waters

A Season in Hell #189: You Say It's My Birthday
September 29, 2014 8:00pm

 

It's my birthday, so I get to do what I want. And what do I want to do? Well of course, I want to play music for you. I'm getting kind of guy. There are no gifts that I wish to receive any more in my life. Perhaps the gift of music. Always, and forever, It will be music. Music soothes the soul. Music lifts us to the highest high. Music is sexy.

My show is full of so many artists that I love and genres that I enjoy. There's something for everyone. Unless you like house music. There's no house music. So I guess if that's all that you enjoy, house music, then there isn't anything here for you to enjoy. My most humble and gracious apologies.

For the rest of us, enjoy.

jh

Birthday: The Beatles
Bales of Cocaine: Reverend Horton Heat
Son of Santa: Mojo Nixon
Mudride: Mudhoney

70s Blues: Betty Davis
Get Up Off Of Me: James Brown
My Automobile: Parliament

I've Been Long To Stop Now: Otis Redding
Drown in my own Tears: Ray Charles
Done Somebody Wrong: Allman Brothers Band
Will Not Be Your Fool: David Bromberg

Tall Man, Skinny Lady: Ty Segall
Matolo: Mario Migliardi
Tommy in 7 Minutes: Various

16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six: Tom Waits
Youth of America: Melvins
16 Tons: Tom Jones

Rikbiel: John Zorn's Masada (September 6, 2014 Village Vanguard, NYC)
War/Trouble: Bob Marley (June 24, 1976 Exeter Club, London)
The Weeping Song: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (with Mark Lanegan): July 7, 2014 Warfield Theater, SF, CA

Sue Egypt: Captain Beefheart

A Season in Hell #188: Get Down Here!
September 8, 2014 8:00pm

 

Down in Front brought their amazingness (yes, that's a word) into the studio tonight. It was a mutual admiration society show tonight. I can assure you that we kept it clean-ish. They do spank me near the end of the interview though. I earned it, I can tell you that. Their stories are great, and their music is fresh and fun. You really do need to see them live though, to fully appreciate them in their full story-telling glory.

They're playing at Hotel Utah on Tuesday night, for their CD release party. Come on down. I'll be there. It's going to be a great show!

Second hour is mostly new music, and very guitar-driven. I'm sure you'll enjoying rockin' out as much as I did. I gave tickets away to see the Ferocious Few. Too late for you though. I give tickets away most weeks. Tune in and win!

Enjoy.

jh

Bontemps Roulez: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Orchestra
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat

Encrypted Bounce: Thee Oh Sees
I Don't Care About You: Fear
Ca Plane Pour Moi: Plastic Bertrand
25 Minutes To Go: Johnny Cash

The Donut Shop: Down in Front

The Moth: Down in Front
One Kiss Tommy: Down in Front

Train Song: Down in Front

My Bible Smells Like Whiskey: Down in Front
Every Sperm is Sacred: Monty Python
Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top

Crazy Love: Ferocious Few
Down in Flames: Dead Boys
Death Killers: Hot Fog

Randy: Zig Zags
If The Shit Fits: Obniii's
Gasoline and Cocaine: Ferocious Few

Three Women: Jack White
Theme of Cyrano: William Shatner
Mr. Tambourine Man: William Shatner

A Season in Hell #187: Drop Everything And Get Dirty
September 1, 2014 8:00pm

 

It's always a pleasure to host local bands, and this week we have a serious contender for future-massively-awesome-band-of-Amerika award, Everyone is Dirty. Lead singer, Sivan, dropped by to talk up the band, and play us some tunes from their latest release, Dying is Fun.

Second hour is a mix bag, and a whole lot of fun. Take a look at the playlist and click on the links above to stream or download the show.

It's labor day, and I'm laboring for you! Be grateful, dammit!

Enjoy.

jh

You Got Go Down And Join A Union: Woody Guthrie
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore: Phil Ochs

Devastate: Everyone is Dirty

I Was Born Under a Star: Everyone is Dirty

Meltyface: Everyone is Dirty
Macro Garden: Li Xi
Ruins: Wooden Shjips

Lost Angeles: Colosseum
John Barleycorn Must Die: Traffic

Kansas City: James Brown
Polly Wolly Doodle: Leon Redbone
Supersonic: JJ Fad

Jubilee Train/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin
Cumberland Blues: Grateful Dead
1970: Mission of Burma
ABC: Peach Kelli Pop

The Fly: The Mummies (Live in Long Beach 1991)
Fast Thrills: The People's Temple
California Sun: The Dictators

A Season in Hell #186: Dubbing Man
August 25, 2014 8:00pm

 

International artists, and Dub is on the turntables for tonight. Burning Man is a wash, so listen in and get DUB with it.

On Saturday night Radio Valencia broadcast live from Bottom of the Hill, for the annual Strummerville New Music Foundation benefit. So many great and talented musicians performing the music of Joe Strummer and The Clash. You can hear that show by going here. Most impressive was Eric McFadden's performance of Bankrobber, done in dub style. So when I was considering what to play for you tonight, and staring as I often do at my music collection for hours on end, it hit me like a brick that I should be doing a show of Dub for you.

The last half hour of the show reaches out towards other international sounds. This is a great show to either sit back and get truly deep into, or even to have on in the background while you're moving around the house, or taking a seriously deep bong hit. Either way, I think you'll really enjoy what I've created for you tonight.

Bankrobber Dub: The Clash
Bazooka Blast: Junior Delgado

Upper Cut: The Scientist
23rd Dub: Lee Perry

War: The Mighty Two
War is Over: The Mighty Two
Kings of the Earth: Sizzla
Dub Who I Am: U-Roy

Revolution Total Destruction: The Heptones
Jerusalem Dub Extended: Soul Syndicate

Zombie: Fela Kuti
Chatma: Tinariwen
Facing East: Thievery Corporation

Senegal Market Place: Sly Dunbar
Mulaqat Ho Gaye: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
The Mod Trade: The Black Beats

T For Texas: Toshio Hirano
Main Titles: Daniele Patucchi

A Season in Hell #185: Reverbia
August 18, 2014 8:00pm

 

Sometimes I just need to play a bunch of stuff that I haven't heard in a while. And I also keep buying records, so I have to share those with you too. That's pretty much what you have here: a collection of music that I haven't heard in a while, and new stuff. Some of it's loud, there's some bluegrass thrown in, psychedelia, metal, Americana, gypsy-punk; you name it, it's in there. Some of the segues are priceless. The art of radio at its finest.

New music from Jack White, Boris, Hot Fog, and Obniii's.

Enjoy.

jh

The Show Must Go On: Pink Floyd
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
The Lifetime Achievement Awards: The Centimeters

Hard Line: The Blasters
War Drums: John Wilkes Booze
Oh Mary: Ty Segall Band

Just One Drink: Jack White
Uncle Powderbag: Obniii's
Stoner Section: David Nudelman
Crossing Remix (Andy Weatherall): Wooden Shjips

Paperhouse: Can
Super Are You: Boredoms
Ghost of Romance: Boris
Black Jack: Enrico Simonetti

Emma: Urge Overkill
Secret Fantasies of the Dragon Sun: Hot Fog
Freya: The Sword

Into the Void: Brown Sabbath
Blue Grass Special: Bill Monroe
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal
Teen Age Riot: Sonic Youth

Immigraniada: Gogol Bordello
Portland, OR: Loretta Lynn

A Season in Hell #184: Farewell Captain, My Captain
August 11, 2014 8:00pm

 

Happy 4th anniversary to Radio Valencia today!!! It's all about tragi-comedy tonight. And what a day to celebrate. I should be writing about how exciting it is to be celebrating four awesome years, and what is certainly the best "radio" station in San Francisco, and one of the finest in the Bay Area, but this day will be forever connected with the passing of a talent among great talents, Robin Williams.

Instead of waxing poetic about what a great cultural loss, and preaching about the need to open our hearts to those experiencing depression, I'm going to let my show speak for itself. Every set has some live stand up from the late Mr. Williams. I'm sure you'll agree he was a master of his craft, and we won't see another like him in our lifetime.

His passing does remind me of this old "joke" however:

In the year 1806, a well-dressed man in his twenties visited a doctor who was renowned throughout London for being able to treat what nowadays we'd call depression, but back then was called melancholia.

The patient explained that he felt overcome by a terrible sadness, that he didn't want to get up in the morning. He could not see any point in his existence.

"With your condition I would normally prescribe a course of my patent powders," said the doctor, "but it so happens that I have recently come across something which will alleviate your condition much more quickly.

"You must," he continued, "go to the Covent Garden theatre to see the pantomime, Harlequin and Mother Goose. This is the happiest thing I have ever seen performed on a stage, tears of laugher ran down my face. Why, sir, I can almost guarantee that watching Grimaldi the clown will cure you completely!"

"Ah, but doctor," said the man sadly, "I am Grimaldi the clown."

It feels as though you said to yourself "I've done all I can do, and it still isn't enough. When are you people going to start being happy? Forget it, I'm done.".

Enjoy.

jh

Step Right Up: Tom Waits
Alcohol: Robin Williams
Freddie's Dead: Curtis Mayfield

All in a Day: Joe Strummer
Tombstone Blues: Bob Dylan
Cocaine: Robin Williams
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammad
Cops: Robin Williams
It's A Man's Man's World: James Brown
Happiness is a Warm Gun: The Beatles

1985: Paul McCartney and Wings
Sailor Song: First Aid Kit
Reagan: Robin Williams
Cassidy: Bob Weir

Wanted Criminal: delphine de St. Paer
N.I.B.: Brown Sabbath
Childhood: Robin Williams
Useless King of the Punks: King Buzzo

Taiyo No Baka: Boris
The Way to Eden: Star Trek Live

A Season in Hell #183: The Magnificent Seven
August 4, 2014 8:00pm

 

It's all about 7 inches tonight. 45s people! Traditionally the 45 RPM single was the hallmark of the bands current release. It was the song they wanted to feature. Unless of course you were The Beatles, who's American label: Capitol Records, would take the 14 song LP they released in Europe, take two songs off and release those as singles on their own. Record labels suck!

Over time, bands who only had a few songs to share would press them on 45. There were even ads in the back of magazines in the 1960s and 1970s that would turn you into a recording star. All you had to do was send a cassette of your song to them and they would press it on 45! There are some real winners there. And when I say "winners" I'm sure you realize how subjective that term is.

In my own youth, we had dozens of 45s in the homestead. I relate this story during the second hour of the broadcast. It was New Years 1974 I believe, and my father was late coming home from work. We were living in Toledo, Ohio, my birthplace, and my father owned a small jewelry store, Phillips Jewelers, that also sold trinkets along with fine jewelery. As he was locking up to come home and take my very patient mother out for a New Years celebration, he stopped into the store next to his own, to wish a Happy New Year to the owner of the shop that sold billiard tables, and jukeboxes.

The story goes, the owner asked my dad to come in and have a drink to celebrate the new year. My father obliged. Many drinks, and a few hours later, may father realizes that he's very late, and needs to get home. He also realizes that he better not go home empty handed.

Meanwhile my mother is dressed and ready to go out to celebrate. I'm about 4 years old at the time. My sisters are 10 and 11 years old. I'm certain we had a babysitter there too. My father is late. Very late. Mother is not pleased.

Here comes dad.

Mom opens the door. There stands my father, looking much the worse for wear. He beacons "I bought a BIG record player", and proceeds to fall flat on his face.

My father told his friend to throw a bunch of 45s into a jukebox and follow him home. It was mostly the hits of the day: R&B, Soul, Rock, and many, many Dr. Demento-type favorites, some of which I played on the show tonight.

Whatever happened to that jukebox? It lived in four of our homes, between New Years 74/75 and 1979. It even lived in my bedroom in Greensboro, North Carolina for a year, because that's the only place it would fit. It scared the hell out of me at night; it looked to me like a robot. It was huge.

But I played that thing all of the time. Every record on the machine became my friend. I understood growing up what it meant to be a "hit". Perhaps that's why I've stayed so far away from commercial radio. I think it made me allergic to hit singles! Wow, that's a serious revelation I've just had.

So tonight it's all about the "hits"! How many of these do you recall? There are some real doozies on this playlist. Listen to the podcast. I tell some fun stories, including the one you just read about. Thanks dad, for going out for that drink...or three. I'm sure it really pissed my mother off, but unbeknownst to you, that night had a profound effect upon my life.

Enjoy.

jh

Earache My Eye: Alice Bowie
Mary Mary: Run DMC
Unknown Museum Stomp: Phantom Surfers

I've Been Everywhere: Hank Snow
Why Can't We Live Together: Timmy Thomas
Along Came Jones: The Coasters
People Get Ready: The Chambers Brothers

Can I Get A Witness: Rod Stewart
Ruby Tuesday: The Rolling Stones
I Need You: The Kinks
The Kids Are Alright: The Who

Immigrant Song: Led Zeppelin
Peter Gunn Theme: Art of Noise
Going Back to Cali: LL Cool J
Rise Above: Black Flag

Kick Out The Jams: MC5
You Got It: Mudhoney
Gary Gilmore's Eyes: The Adverts
Major Tom (German): Peter Schilling

Fantastic Voyage: David Bowie
Me and My Arrow: Harry Nilsson
Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five
Interplanet Janet: Man or Astroman?

Please, Please, Please: James Brown
Rubber Biscuit: Chips
My Ding-a-Ling: Chuck Berry

Shaving Cream: Benny Bill
Fish Heads: Barnes and Barnes
The Curly Shuffle: Jump 'N The Saddle
Lumberjack Song: Monty Python
Smoke Two Joints: The Toyes

17 Days: Prince
Down On The Corner: Creedence Clearwater Revival

A Season in Hell #182: Mystic Midway
July 28, 2014 8:00pm

 

San Francisco has a history, all long and colorful, and sometimes very controversial history of art, performance, and characters who continue to push the standards of acceptability in whichever genre or medium they work within. It has been this way since before the gold rush. Even with the deepening gentrification which continues to build upon the rich creative and cultural history of our home, there is no denying the fact that people travel here and move here not just for economic opportunity, but also, and more importantly to be a part of the transcendental artistic center of the United States, and one of the most important artistic centers of the world.

On my show tonight I feature a local performance artist, and a local show producer, both of whom add to the charm, mystique, excitement, And flavor of what makes this town spectacular.

Scott "The Professor" Levkoff is the purveyor and creative producer behind Mystic Midway, "a community of artists, technologists, game designers, performers and cultural visionaries dedicated to creating deeply engaging, entertaining and meaningful social spaces."

On the show tonight Scott talks about Mystic Midway and upcoming events.

Tom Murphy is the producer of the annual Jerry Day event held in McLaren Park every year to celebrate the birthday of local boy, musical hero, and spiritual guide Jerry Garcia. Now and its 12th year, Jerry day sports and impressive lineup of musical acts all of whom connect in some way, either artistically or personally to the life and music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

Tom talks about this years event, The lineup, The venue, And his thoughts about Jerry and San Francisco.

Lots of fun music, including A Muscle Shoals set at the beginning, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the Beastie Boys classic Paul's Boutique, some new music, and a rare live Grateful Dead treat.

Enjoy.

jh

Take a Letter Maria: R.B. Greaves
People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin
Baby, Let Me Kiss You: King Floyd

Interview with Scott Levkoff

Get on the Good Foot: James Brown
Sunshine of your Love: Ella Fitzgerald

Interview with Scott Levkoff

Dead Stop Carnival: Eric McFadden
Children of the Revolution: Arto Lindsey and Marc Ribot

Interview with Scott Levkoff

Shake Your Rump: Beastie Boys
Matalo: Mario Migliardi
I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper: Erika Eigen
One: Fuzz
Old Lady From Brewster: Mark Growden

Interview with Tom Murphy

China Cat Sunflower-I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (03/08/1970 Phoenix, AZ)
The Wizard: Brown Sabbath

Agamemnon's Gambit: Hot Fog
The Trial: Pink Floyd
Spiral Meningitis: Ween

My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit

A Season in Hell #181: Art of the Segue
July 21, 2014 8:00pm

 

No guests tonight; just you and me. If you tune in regularly to my show, then you know that I don't often stick to one genre. Tonight is especially true. I'm all over the place, but I do believe that I tie it together in a nice tight, well-segued bow. Radio really is the art of the segue.

There's some new music from The People's Temple, Boris, Black Monolith, and Zig Zags. There are some classics that you've never heard before. There's a tribute to the late, great blues guitarist, Johnny Winter to start it off.

Enjoy radio the way it was born to be: a canvas painted with broad strokes by a DJ/artist trained in the art.

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Manish Boy: Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter
B.B. King Medley: The Hourglass (Duane/Greg Allman

Jubilee Street: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Rokhev: Bar Kokhba
Douche bags on Parade: Mudhoney

Randy: Zig Zags
Ruins: Material
Things Ain't The Way They Used To Be: Mingus
The House on the Hill: The Mummies

If You Wanna Roll: The People's Temple
The Curve: Golden Void
No Bones for the Dogs: Joe Gibbs
Mr. Music: Sly Dunbar

Miles Runs The Voodoo Down: Miles from India
Heavy Rain: Boris

Void: Black Monolith
Cult Leader: Dopethrone

Rollin' Out: Moon Duo

A Season in Hell #180: Hanging 10 For Jesus
July 14, 2014 8:00pm

 

It's all about Techgnosis tonight. Erik Davis is with my talking about Music and spirituality. Is there really any difference?

Like any music lover who doesn't depend solely upon the commercial airwaves for pleasure, I have a deep respect for music on the spiritual plane. Music takes me places. I've lived all over this country and the one constant has been music. Every morning I wake up with a song in my head, Throughout the day I'm whistling a tune, driving in my car, working out at the gym, music is always flowing through me.

In my teens I turned on to bands with a meaning deeper then getting lucky with the girl next-door. Bands like the Doors and Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead, all of whom took me deeper and take me higher, and showed me that music can bring me closer to God.

What is it about music that has the ability to lift us on high? Is it the lyrics? Is it the notes? Is it the singer, or is it the song? Or is it all of the above? As the great and former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart proclaimed "I know it when I see it". Or in this case I know it when I hear it, And I know it when it lifts me up, taking me away from the daily anxiety that life offers me. I knew it when I was 17 and the music lifted me to such a glorious altitude, that I witnessed a solid gold bridge approach from the Sun, directly to my feet.

Erik Davis knows about music and spirituality. The music on tonight's show is not all about religion, though there are a few songs with references to Jesus and God. Don't be put off by that, the music tonight is really amazing. The discussion between the songs focuses exactly on what I am talking about: music and it's ability to lift us to a higher plane.

Erik has written extensively about spirituality. He is also written an excellent critical review of Led Zeppelin's fourth LP for the 33 1/3 music series.

I wants to take you higher, and I think you'll agree that this show has done just that.

Enjoy.

jh

Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World: The Ramones
Time Has Told Me: Nick Drake
Goodbye: Emmylou Harris

Interview with Erik Davis

Rejoice: Agape
From This Place: Azitis
Which Way The Wind Blows: The Second Chapter of Acts

Interview with Erik Davis

It's Been Sent Down: The Exkursions
Sanc-Divided: Fraction
You And I: The Search Party

Interview with Erik Davis

I've Been Walking: Earthen Vessel
Wind: The New Creation

Interview with Erik Davis

Battle of Evermore: Led Zeppelin
Village Orchestra: The Trees Community
Jesus He Knows: The Trees Community
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless: The Trees Community

Interview with Erik Davis

Love Train: Don Cherry
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags

Song for Che: Charlie Haden

A Season in Hell #179: Joyful Noise
July 7, 2014 8:00pm

 

Here's a fine grab bag of joyful noise for your listening pleasure. Other than the amazing Coltrane track, it's all vinyl tonight. Oh, and the opener and the Shakti tracks are off of my iPod. Don't hold it against me. I really do prefer to play all vinyl, but I have so much music is various formats, that you really can't blame me if I slide a digital track in there from time to time.

Tonight's show is a good eclectic mix. Check out the video below regarding the John Coltrane track. I had no idea, but my respect for the master just increased exponentially. There's new music from Feral Ohms, Golden Void, Boris First Aid Kit, and Black Monolith. We've got rock, punk, garage, noise, jazz, and folk. How about that?

Am I meandering? I can't really tell. I haven't slept much in the past few nights, and I drove 450 miles in 8 hours on Sunday. Everything is a bit of a fog. If you see me on the street, go easy, OK? Thanks.

Enjoy.

jh

Cuban Pete: Dezi Arnez
Lost Weekend: Wall of Voodoo
Joset of Nazareth's Blues: Titus Andronicus

Living Junkyard: Feral Ohms
Video Violence: Lou Reed

FFF: public image limited
The Secret Life of Arabia: David Bowie
The Bogus Man: Roxy Music

Atlantis: Golden Void
Handsome Nick: The People's Temple
I Stayed Up All Night Long: The Holy Kiss

Pursuance/Psalm: John Coltrane
Lotus Feet: Shakti with John McLaughlin

Quicksilver: Boris
Eris: Black Monolith

Encrypted Bounce: Thee Oh Sees
The Bell: First Aid Kit
John The Fisherman: Primus

See It My Way: Mikal Cronin

A Season in Hell #178: Blame it on the Bourgeosie
June 30, 2014 8:00pm

 

It's time that we let the women speak. It's mostly women-fronted tunes tonight, and an interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeois Productions Presents, talking up what it takes to be a serious business woman in the world of music promotions.

I'm a huge supporter of live local music, and Elizabeth Simon is deep in the heart of it. Her production company Bourgeois Productions Presents promote some of the biggest local acts in the Bay Area, performing at the best venues today. We talk about her history in the music business, her upcoming shows, and why her dog is destroying the pillow on the couch behind her, and what she's going to do about it. Which in the end was nothing at all.

Tune in for the fun, including me being verbally assaulted by her dog.

Enjoy.

jh

My Biggest Mistake: Joan of Arkansas
Dragonfly: My Brightest Diamond
Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas

Not A Pretty Princess Day: Kitten on the Keys
Sweeter: Loop!Station
Waitress Song: First Aid Kit

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Sink Like Stones: Rich Girls
Charity: Religious Girls

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Hiya Kaw Kaw: Happy Fangs
93,000,000 Miles: Major Powers and the Lo Fi Symphony

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Whites: All Your Sisters
Western Addition: Social Studies
Forget the Past:: dotpunto
Young People: Hungry Skinny

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Penetrating Eye: Thee Oh Sees
Garbage Man: Delphine de St. Par
Out To Sea: Heartless Bastards

Vanilla: Boris
Pink Frost: The Chills
Everything's Easy For You: King Buzzo
4th of July: X

Wo Ist Zu Ha Mama: Johnny Cash

Rock Fight 12! This Time It's An Invasion
June 23, 2014 6:00pm

 

Once again it's time to put everything down, set six hours aside, and listen to John Hell and Ron Donovan butcher each other in a knock down, drag out bootleg battle, of epic proportions!

John and Ron have quite possibly the LARGEST live bootleg collection in the known world (source unknown and possibly nonexistent), and twice a year they share it with you, dear listeners. Why? They don't have to tell you!

Tonight the focus is on five areas of their deep musical interest and knowledge: British Invasion, Blues, Led Zeppelin, Prince and James Brown. Check out the setlist below for the details.

The best part of this show besides the music, has to be the "witty" "conversation" between Ron and John. Yes, they know what they're (why am I talking in the third person? Oh well, I've already gone this far...) talking about. The two of them have been collecting live music for over 25 years (cassette, vinyl, CD, Flac), and understand the "OTHER" music industry better than most. Lots of discussion ensues.

In the fifth hour, guitar slinger Eric McFadden calls in following his show in Chicago, to share some road stories with us. He has made a number of live appearances in studio for Rock Fight's past. It's too kind of him to phone it in this time out.

About 99% are high quality soundboard recordings. Only one Zep tune is from an audience source, but what a show it was!

Who won you ask? It's possible that for the first time in over six years, it was a draw. We'll fight it out again in December.

Enjoy.

jh

Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong
I Want to Rock: Twisted Sister (Santiago, Chile 04/19/13) -Ron Donovan (RD)
Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen (Buenos Aires 02/28/81) - John Hell (JH)
Fight to the Finish: Gamma (NYC 1980) - RD

Sinner: Judas Priest (The Palladium, NYC 11/4/79) - JH
History of Tenacious D (Higher Ground, Winooski, VT 09/28/01) - JH
Revolve: King Buzzo (Zanzabar, Louisville, Kentucky 03/20/14) JH
Hotter Than Hell: Kiss (Richfield Stadium, Richfield, OH 09/03/76) - JH

Magic Man: Heart (Shoreline, WA 1976) - RD
I Hate Myself for Loving You: Joan Jett (2013) - RD
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Metallica (Zwolle "Ijsellhall", Holland on 02-08-87) - RD
Ride the Lightning: Metallica (Zwolle "Ijsellhall", Holland on 02-08-87) - RD

British Invasion Set:
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (John singing): Beatles 1969 - JH
Piggies: Beatles (White Album Demos) 1968 - JH
Teddy Boy: Beatles (Get Back Sessions) 1968 - JH

5:15: The Who (Spectrum, Philly, PA (1973) - RD
Young Man Blues: The Who (Hull University, Hull, England 02-15-70) - JH
Gimme Shelter: Rolling Stones (Cricket Ground, Perth, AU 02/24/73) - JH
Midnight Rambler: Rolling Stones (LA Forum June 1975) - RD

You Really Got Me: The Kinks (Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI 08/10/79) - JH
Apeman: The Kinks (BBC 12/13/70) - JH

Got To Get Better in a Little While: Derek and the Domino's (Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN 11/05/70) - RD
Tell the Truth: Derek and the Domino's (Fillmore East, NYC 10-24-70) - JH

Blues Set:
Baby Please Don't Go: Muddy Waters (Antives, France 1974) - RD
Got My Mojo Working: Muddy Waters (Blues & Jazz Festival, Geneva, Switzerland 11/04/76) - JH
Forecast Calls for Pain: Robert Cray (Redrocks 1992) - RD
Summertime: Janis Joplin (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 04/11/69) - JH

Trouble No More: Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Eric Clapton (Dingwalls, London, England 12/03/85) - JH
Mercury Blues: Steve Miller Band (Matrix, SF 1967) - RD
Boom Boom: John Lee Hooker (The Stone, SF, CA 03/30/85) - JH
Damn Right I Got the Blues: Buddy Guy (Legends, Chicago 2012) - RD

Howlin' For My Baby: Howlin' Wolf 1952 - JH
Stormy Monday: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells (Willmantic, CT 1973) RD

I Can't Quit You, Babe: Led Zeppelin (Fillmore West, SF, CA 01/11/69)
What Is And What Should Never Be: Led Zeppelin (Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, CN 09/04/71)
Celebration Day: Led Zeppelin (Chicago, IL 07/06/73)

Schoolday/Nadine/Around and Around: Led Zeppelin (Tribute To Johnny Kidd And The Pirates Metropolitan Sports Center, Minneapolis 1/17/75)
The Song Remains the Same/Rain Song: Led Zeppelin (Earl's Court, London, UK 05-24-75)

In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (The Forum, LA, CA 06/22/77)
Achilles Last Stand: Led Zeppelin (Kingdome, Seattle, WA 07/17/77)

Electric Chair: Prince (Saturday Night Live 1989)
Let's Go Crazy: Prince (Orange Bowl, Miami, FL 04/07/85)
Cold Sweat: James Brown (Dallas, TX 08/26/68)

Let's Work: Prince (DNA Lounge, SF, CA 04/24/13)
Let Yourself Go/There Was A Time/I Feel Alright: James Brown (Apollo Theater 1966)

Get On The Good Foot: James Brown (Lucerne, Switzerland 1973)
Living in America: James Brown (SF Hilton Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 10/12/92)

A Season in Hell #177: Reaching For The Stars
June 16, 2014 8:00pm

 

Listening to my show is really great if you have ADD. I don't have ADD, then again it's possible that some people might suggest that maybe, possibly, perhaps a chance, you never know, maybe John Hell has a little bit of ADD. Never been diagnosed! Though as a child I was told that I was hyperactive, I would very quickly find my way to sugar if it was within smelling distance. With that being said, listening my show is also a soothing and calming experience for many. For instance, take tonights show, please (HA!). I was pretty much in the mood for all Jazz, and okay fine, maybe a little funk, and possibly a little soul. But really in the end doesn't all of that kind of fit into the same nice big fat funk box?

And then something amazing happened, the "legendary" DJ Casey Kasem left this mortal coil. He kicked the bucket. He moved off into the outer worlds. So, of course that left me no choice but to present him and the only way that I find relevant, Which is of course to play Negativland.

You see, as a long time noncommercial, underground DJ, I have always found the late Mr. Kasem to be, how should I put this politely, a bit of a turd. Yes, it's true I really do believe that he is one of the major forces of evil, or, should I say was one of the major forces of evil in all of the commercial music industry. So I am not really finding that I miss him. As a matter of fact if anything I'm thrilled. I mean no offense. And who knows what that means? I don't mean any offense to his family or his friends or even his fans, but I will tell you that I really believe deep in my heart he caused more damage for talented and original musicians then possibly any of the owners of commercial media in the United States since the 1970s.

So I interrupted some jazz funk soul programming on my show this evening to pay"tribute" to Mr. Kasem, and hoping that may be the final nail in the coffin for himself and people who feel obliged to believe that they can seriously determine what America wants to listen to. Yeah, keep on reaching for the stars there Casey. As a matter fact get as far out here as you possibly can. Maybe now some real talented and original artists will have a chance to make there own impression on the listening audience without you dictating who should be on top? Say hi to Dick Clark for me.

Enjoy.

jh

Long Distance Dedication: Negativland
Ruffneck Jazz: Greyboy

Kush: Dizzy Gillespie
The Turnaround: Big John Patton

Memory Hole: Bobby Previte
Home Affairs: Osibisa
Evil Eye: Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore

China: the Visitors
Hideaway: Wardell Gray
Freeman: George Freeman

Investigation: Carl Holmes
Long Distance Dedication #2: Negativland
Something Different: Prepositions
Marvin's Groove: BW Souls

I Want You (She's So Heavy): George Benson
Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Test#2
June 14, 2014 1:00am

 


A Season in Hell #173: My Own Personal Torment
May 12, 2014 8:00pm

 

I have a very large music collection. Too large some might say. But I'm a DJ, so shut up. Anyway, a lot of people give me CDs, asking them to play their band. I don't keep those, usually. Mostly, those go to the radio station. Others give me mix CDs, saying that I'll just love their mix. I often re-gift those. Often, but not always, and NEVER from my dear friend, and brother-from-another-mother, Mikl Em. His mixes are always thoughtful and irreverent. Yes, I know what that word means. Like I said, brother-from-another-mother.

As I was considering what to play for tonight's show, I found a mix CD he made for me a few years back, titled "Songs about God". I gave it a listen a realized, HEY, I can make a show out of this. I have lots of music about God. Not all of these songs are the most respectful, but then again my name is John Hell.

So tonight I bring you my own personal torment. I think you'll enjoy it. it was fun to put together.

Enjoy.

jh

No Depression: Uncle Tupelo
Bukowski: Modest Mouse
The Weeping Song: Nick Cave

God's Away on Business: Tom Waits
Christian Brothers: Elliot Smith
It Ain't Necessarily So: Aretha Franklin

Jesus Walking on Water: Violent Femmes
I Saw the Light: The The
They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Christ for President: Billy Bragg and Wilco
Everybody Wants to go to Heaven: Love and Rockets

Monkey Goes to Heaven: Pixies
Ode to Scientology: The Evangenitals
Judgement Day: Jack O'Fire
Sermon on the Mount: William S. Burroughs
Give Thanks and Praises: Bob Marley

Jesus Fever: Kurt Vile
Sweet and Sour Jesus: Supersuckers
New Improved Testament: White Noise Radio Theater
Religion: PIL

The Insect God: Monks of Doom
Presence of the Lord: Blind Faith
So It Is Written: Savage Republic
Your Own Personal Jesus: Johnny Cash

Touch My Evil: Lydia Lunch
Not of this God: Slayer
I Saw the Light: Hank Williams

The Rodeo: Gary Lee and the Showdown

A Season in Hell #172: It's a Radioman's World
May 5, 2014 8:00pm

 

I said it once, I've said it 7000 times, I have a very large. And there're some days when I just sort of feel like playing a whole bunch of different stuff on the show. Some weeks it's jazz, so weeks it's blues, some weeks it hard rock and metal, But tonight it's just sort of all over the place. So forgive me for not seeming to have any type of focus tonight, but I think you'll agree with me by the end of this two-hour piece of artwork that yes, yes indeed, this truly is a delectable piece of art.

Enjoy.

jh

A Season in Hell with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Bring Da Ruckus: Wu Tang Clan
It's A Man's World: James Brown

Must Have That Man: Billy Holiday
Candy Kisses: Tony Bennett
Nothing Hurts Worse: Father John Misty

Change: Mikel Cronin
Bathroom Laughter: Pissed Jeans
Baby Please Don't Go: Muddy Waters
I'm A Man: Bo Diddley

Shake Your Rump: Beastie Boys
Bring the Noise: Public Enemy
I Say Fuck: Supersuckers
California Uber Alles: Disposable Heroes of Hiphopracy
By Any Means Necessary/The Art of Getting Jumped: Steinski

N.E.S.T.A.: Antibalas
Let's Start: Fela Kuti
Tei Egwu: Afro Funk

The Donut Shop: Down in Front
Winter's Wolves: The Sword
Storm Reefer: Dopethrone

Cookie Thumper: Die Antword
Back Seat Betty: Miles Davis

A Season in Hell #171: Mark Glaser Shifts My Media Mind
April 28, 2014 8:00pm

 

It isn't that often that I get a true bona fide new deal style media mogul in the studio with me. So you can imagine my excitement when I was able to welcome in Mark Glaser, executive editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab into the studio to talk all things media and music. Before Mark was with PBS he was an editor and music reviewer for College Music Journal (CMJ). He is credited with helping break the seminal Americana band Uncle Tupelo. He even showed me where they thank him on there No Depression CD. That's one lucky dude right there.

Mark brought some music share and I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Just like I enjoyed him coming in tonight. Conversation is fresh, music is funky, and as always Radio Valencia is your place for new sound.

Enjoy.

jh

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Flamingo: Tuff Love
432 Dreams: ThinkNoThink

Encrypted Bounce: Thee Oh Sees
Orgasm Addict: The Buzzcocks
Shake Your Hump: The Beastie Boys

No Reason: Death Valley Girls
Radio Ad For Bill Mckay Chevrolet: Exotics
Walk On: Arthur Ahbez

Velouria: The Pixies
Whiskey Bottle: Uncle Tupelo
Radio Ad For Mitchell's Dept. Store: Exotics
One Million To One: The People's Temple

Barn Burning: Dave Alvin
This is Ska: Longsy D
No Scrubs: TLC
We Want Easy: Easy E
Talkin' All That Jazz: Stetsonic

It Takes Moombahton: Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
Flames of the Dragon: Lee Perry
I'll House You: Jungle Brothers

Merry Motherfucking Christmas: Easy-E

A Season in Hell #170: It's Getting Hot In Here
April 21, 2014 8:00pm

 

There's something to be said about broadcasting above Bikram Yoga. No matter the temperature outside, it always promises to be higher-than-normal temps in the studio. Good GOD!

It's been a few weeks since I spent the show focusing on new music, so tonight the first hour has lots of new tasty treats, with links included.

Also, local performance artist, Spy Emerson phoned in to talk about her new project: The Hook Up Truck. Be on the look out for the love truck in your town, soon.

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Draggin' Feet: Heaters
Everything's Spinning: Pain Dimensions

Hamburger Hill: Makeouts
Raid: Criminal Hygene
Bloodsucker: Mozes and the Firstborn
Suns Out Guns Out: Concord America

Station Wagon: Hector's Pets
Eyes to the Wind: The War On Drugs
Trippy Gum: Deers
We Are Ruins: Sweet Apple

Dinosaurs R Sad: Dagos
Feral: The Delphines
Frost Pockets: Grave Pool

Interview with Spy Emerson

The Shadow Self: Fantasmes
I Dreamt Blues: Vikesh Kapoor

Muscle Man: Ty Segall Band
54-40 Or Fight: Monomen
In Every Dream Home A Heartache: Roxy Music
Oh Yeah: Can

Lilin: John Zorn's Bar Kokhba
Gangsta: tUnE yArDs

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: Monty Python

A Season in Hell #169: Blood Moon
April 14, 2014 8:00pm

 

San Francisco doesn't need any full moon's to know it's a crazy town. Its rich history speaks for itself. From Mark Twain, to Emperor Norton; from Vincent Hallinan to Jim Jones, San Francisco has always been a place where creativity, social justice, underworld crime, psychedelia and the pHreAk scene meet to get neat, while pounding out a sublime beat.

I love that tonight is the Blood Moon lunar eclipse, and that it's too foggy in SF to actually see it. Oh, but don't you fret, for the savors of us all, those with the GLASS, will be certain to be looking at the skies telling GLASS to take it all down for posterity, for us weaker fools who cannot (read: will not) "rise" to their level of being in with the technology crowd.

I would rather miss the Blood Moon, than have blood on my hands for what is happening to my beloved town. I've officially called this city my home since February 1997, when I moved in with my former wife, but I've lived in the Bay Area since I moved here with my family in December 1982; spending most of my years in San Mateo, but trucking up to the City every chance I could get to hit shows at the I-Beam, the Nightbreak, Full Moon Saloon, The Stone, Paradise Lounge, DNA, you name it, I was probably there from 88-present. I love this city. I've loved this city. Is there still a way to love it some more?

Tonight's show rocks! Just look at the playlist and I think you will agree.

Enjoy.

jh

A Season in Hell with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
I Heard in on the X: Olivelawn
Feelin Alright: Grand Funk Railroad

Leather Uppers: Men's Club
Big Railroad Blues: Grateful Dead
Flower in the Sun: Big Brother and the Holding Company

Voodoo Child: Jimi Hendrix (Live in Hawaii)
Let me Love you, Baby: Buddy Guy
B'Movie Boxcar Blues/Flip, Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers

Ditch: Jon Spencer
Lick Skillet: Radio Moscow
Changes: The Cherubs

Somebody to Love: Moonalice
Swap Meet: Nirvana
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing to Me: The Monkeywrench
One for the Ladies: Faraway Brothers

Cortez the Killer: Neil Young

High Roller: Cheap Trick
Shit Storm/Youth of America: The Melvins

Got to Get Better in a Little While: Derek and the Dominoes

A Season in Hell #168: Daughter from HELL
April 1, 2014 2:00pm

 

What an excellent show today. It being spring break, I brought my daughter, Lauson Hell down to the studio to guest DJ with me. She's a natural. Two years ago Lauson guested on my show. It's fun to see how she's found her voice over the last couple of years. She's not shy, I can tell you that. I wonder where she gets that from?

We were filling in for DJ Cam Dam, who was kind enough to let me take over the day.

Lauson did her part, planning a set, which you can see below, announcing what we played, and answering my questions...kind of.

Enjoy.

jh

Kick out the Jams: MC5
White Light/White Heat: Velvet Underground
Down in the Street: The Stooges
Frankenstein: New York Dolls

Jocko Homo: Devo
Jenny Jones: The Clash
Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys

California Girls: The Dictators
Welcome to the Dustward: Fear
Teenage Lobotomy: Ramones
Who Stole the Kishka: Polkacide

Lauson's Set:
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite: Eric McFadden
Sun King - Mean Mr. Mustard - Polythene Pam - She Came in Through the Bathroom Window: The Beatles
Live with Me: Rolling Stones

Boris the Spider: The Who
Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Down at the Rock and Roll Club: The Voidoids

Daddy's set:
I Swallowed a Dragonfly: Heartless Bastards
Something I Learned Today: Husker Du
Eat Steak: Reverend Horton Heat
Good Golly Miss Molly: Meat Puppets
Rock and Roll High School: PJ Soles

Anarchy in the UK: Sex Pistols
Youth of America: Melvins

One: Fuzz (Live in San Francisco)

March of the Lor: The Sword

A Season in Hell #167: Honey Pot Radio!
March 24, 2014 8:00pm

 

Honey Pot Radio has invaded A Season in Hell!

Are you wondering why there are so few songs listed below in a four hour show? These are not long songs, so what's the deal-y-o? I'll tell you what the deal-y-o is, homeboy, it's all about HONEY POT RADIO!!!

Oh crap, did we do this right tonight?!?!?!

For two hours DJ Justin Credible and myself, along with a cast of characters, including: Sargent Sauce, CyberSam, Wrybread, KROB, Pirate Verkeer, Daimo, Erica, Paul, Yaz, and whoever else showed up, livened up the Radio Valencia airwaves, by pranking about 20 or so callers, live on air!

Mostly Justin and I would cold call friends or Craigslist posts, disguise our voices, and get wicked with it. There are some real doosies in there.

It went beyond midnight, but that's when I took off. I couldn't handle any more King Cobra.

The question you're all going to want answered is: when y'all going to do this again???

You'll just have to tune in and find out. This show is pretty ridiculous, even for me.

Enjoy.

jh

Rocked by Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Blue Flowers: Dr. Octogon
To All the Girls/Shake Your Rump: Beastie Boys

It Grows at Night: Kalrissian
Baby's on Fire: RUOK

Rubber Ducky: Sesame Street Fever
Deep Inside Your Cosmic Body Erotic: Annie Sprinkle

Honey Pot will rock your world!

It's pretty much all prank phone calls between 9PM and 1AM.



A Season in Hell #166: DOWN IN FRONT!!!
March 17, 2014 8:00pm

 

I love hosting local live bands in the studio. They're just so darn eager and flattering. On tonight's show, Julie and Japa of Down in Front are on to talk up their Tahoe Corridor Tour, and their new LP/CD The Donut Shop. I love these two so much, for so many reasons, not the least of which is their musical acumen. But really, their witty repartee is worth the price of admission.

Their raising funds to record their first full-length: Down in Front does the Donut Shop. Check out their Kickstarter page, and please consider throwing them some dough. HA, I said it!

Enjoy.

jh

A Season in Hell with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

Up In Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Since You've Been Gone: James Brown
Two Fools: Francine King

She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie
Theme de Yoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Down in Front perform live!

In Heaven There is no Beer: Polkacide
They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Clothes of the Dead: Bongos, Bass and Bob

New York: Sex Pistols
One of the Boys: Mott the Hoople
Other Stars: Wooden Shjips

Fearless: Pink Floyd
John Barleycorn: Traffic
Battle of Evermore: Led Zeppelin
Sploosh!: Ozric Tentacles

The Letter: The Box Tops

A Season in Hell #165: It's Birmingham Bitches!
March 10, 2014 8:00pm

 

What is it about this town? Tonight on A Season in Hell, John Hell and Steffan Chirazi break it down. From this landlocked industrial town, came a myriad of talented groups of many genres, all of whom were a strong influence on bands that followed.

We don't follow a conventional path for the show, and right out of the gate you can tell that we want to bash you over the head. But hold on tight, as we take you down dirty steel town road of early heavy metal, punk, and industrial.

From the Wikipedia page on Birmingham:

"During the 1960s Birmingham was the home of a music scene comparable to that of Liverpool.[131] Although it produced no single band as big as The Beatles it was a "a seething cauldron of musical activity", and the international success of groups such as The Move, The Spencer Davis Group, The Moody Blues, Traffic and the Electric Light Orchestra had a collective influence that stretched into the 1970s and beyond.[131] The city was the birthplace of heavy metal music,[132] with pioneering metal bands from the late 1960s and 1970s such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and half of Led Zeppelin having come from Birmingham. The next decade saw the influential metal bands Napalm Death and Godflesh arise from the city. Birmingham was the birthplace of modern bhangra in the 1960s,[133] and by the 1980s had established itself as the global centre of bhangra culture,[134] which has grown into a global phenomenon embraced by members of the Indian diaspora worldwide from Los Angeles to Singapore.[133] The 1970s also saw the rise of reggae and ska in the city with such bands as Steel Pulse, UB40, Musical Youth, Beshara and The Beat, expounding racial unity with politically leftist lyrics and multiracial line-ups, mirroring social currents in Birmingham at that time.

Other popular bands from Birmingham include Duran Duran, Fine Young Cannibals, Ocean Colour Scene, The Streets, The Twang and Dexys Midnight Runners. Musicians Jeff Lynne, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, John Lodge, Roy Wood, Joan Armatrading, Toyah Willcox, Denny Laine, Sukshinder Shinda, Steve Winwood, Jamelia and Fyfe Dangerfield all grew up in the city."

We don't get to all of these find bands, but I think you'll enjoy what we play, as well as the banter, mostly supplied by Steffan, as he waxes poetic about Birmingham and the many stories of its vast musical history.

You're sure to learn something to help round out your musical knowledge tonight on A Season in Hell.

Enjoy.

jh

A Season in Hell with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

Necessary Evil: Napalm Death
Multinational Corporations/Instinct of Survival: Napalm Death
Knights in White Satin: Moody Blues

Symphony of the Universe: Black Sabbath
Snowblind: Black Sabbath
The Wizard: Black Sabbath

Brontosaurus: The Move
Don't Bring Me Down: ELO
Race Against Time: GBH

Metal Gods: Judas Priest
Victim of Changes: Judas Priest
Steeler: Judas Priest

Cum On Feel the Noize: Slade
Circle of Shit: Godflesh
No More Weapons: Steel Pulse
Vanilla: Rufige Kru/Goldie

Black Dog: Led Zeppelin
Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin

Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy

A Season in Hell #163: Sometimes It's Got To Rain
February 24, 2014 8:00pm

 

Here's a show from February of 2014, that for some reason I neglected to post. What the hell is wrong with Hell? Anyway, just take a look at this amazing playlist? I was obviously in a folksy mood. This is PERFECT for your Saturday afternoon.

Enjoy.

jh

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Gut Feeling: Devo
Ain't That A Kick in the Head: Dean Martin

A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits
Satisfaction: Cat Power
Dragonfly: My Brightest Diamond

The Runaway: Danny O'Keefe
Chase the Blues Away: Tim Buckley
I'll Be Your Lover Too: Van Morrison

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings: Father John Misty
Love Fuzz: Ty Segall
Douchebags on Parade: Mudhoney
Fat Old Sun: Pink Floyd
Drown in my own Tears: Ray Charles

Sticks and Stones: Joe Cocker
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again: Bob Dylan
Cocaine Blues: Johnny Cash
Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo

I Want to be your Dog: Uncle Tupelo
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Fleet Foxes cover): First Aid Kit
Time Has Told Me: Nick Drake
The Step and the Walk: The Duke Spirit
You Can't Catch Me: Chuck Berry

B Movie Boxcar Blues/Flip Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers

A Season in Hell #162: Shareef Ali Says Hi
February 17, 2014 8:00pm

 

It's always so much fun hosting local talent. And when the local talent is one who keeps improving on his craft, then it's even more fun to have them back again and again. Tonight I Shareef Ali

is back in the Season in Hell studio to share music from his upcoming release "A Place to Remember the Dead". He performs live in the studio. Check it out.

Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Ghetto Thang: De La Soul
Funky Kingston: Toots & the Maytals

Maxwells Silver Hammer By John: The Beatles
Sophisticated Cissy: The Meters

Interview with Shareef Ali

Reno: Shareef Ali
I Want to Kiss Death: Shareef Ali

Interview with Shareef Ali

Tuscon: Shareef Ali
The Tenderness in Me: Shareef Ali

Interview with Shareef Ali

Museum of Heart: Dave Alvin And The Guilty Men, Downtown Brew, San Luis Obispo, CA 10-03-07
Crawling King Snake -> Baby Please Don't Go: Eric Burdon and the Animals 13-11-21
Parkstad Limburg Theater Heerlen, The Netherlands

The Desperate Kingdom of Love: Giant Sand
Got A Good Mind to Give Up Living: Fleetwood Mac Fillmore West 69-01-17

Needle and the Damage Done: Neil Young Farm Aid 8 1995-10-01 Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY
Only Son of a Ladies Man: Father John Misty 01-09-13 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
The Race is On: George Jones Gillies-Pasadena, TX 1979
Run, Rabbit Run, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, SF, CA 10-05-2012

Walking Lightly: Junip Live In Session On MBE KCRW FM 2013-05-30
Stagger Lee: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 04-09-13 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, SF, CA

Forty Thousand Headmen: Traffic 11-18-70, Fillmore East - New York City

A Season in Hell #161: Free Love Messes Up My Life
February 10, 2014 8:00pm

 

This past Monday night on the show I was thrilled to have SF's Queen of the Kinky scene, the one and only Polly Whittaker!!! She has been writing her memoir, "Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary", and even has a Kickstarter to help her self-publish. She is a radio interviewers dream come true. What a story teller; and the best part: her sexy stories are all true!

Polly takes us through her journey growing up in London, the passing of her father; being raised by a very sexually-aware, sex therapist mother; her days as a latex saleswoman and model; and her last minute escape to San Francisco, where she very quickly found her "people", and created Kinky Salon, the most exciting and welcoming poly club space in San Francisco!

Take a listen to the show, and please consider donating to Polly's Kickstarter campaign, which ends a week from Friday, February 21st.

I know you want to stream this sexiness into your chakras.

You can download this sexy episode, and listen to it in the privacy of your own place space.

You can get down with all of my shows by going here, or just scroll down.

Enjoy, and be sure to tune in every Monday night. It's interviews and music, music, MUSIC!

Next Monday night, February 17th, Shareef Ali will be in to talk up his new record and upcoming show.

Free Love Messes Up My Life: Bongwater
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon: Urge Overkill
I Call My Pussycat: Parliament

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Anti Love Song: Betty Davis
Come On Over (Turn Me On): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Lover, You Should Have Come Over: Jeff Buckley
Do It In the Dirt: Enrique
Looking For A Kiss: New York Dolls

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Queen Dreamer: T.E.N.
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D
Special Secret Song Inside: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Sugar Never Tasted So Good: White Stripes
Mona Lisa: Slick Rick

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Love Comes In Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids

A Season in Hell #158: Where Is The King Of Love?
January 20, 2014 8:00pm

 

We have made it once again through yet another glorious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! And what a day it was. How do you celebrate this day? I for one took time to meditate on the glory that is the message of Dr. King.

What a man.

And what a show I have for you tonight. (great segue, huh?) I start out with a tribute to the man. Some Nina Simone, followed by Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln. Try not to shed a tear, OK? I then follow it up with some pre-punk that I had left over from last week. Check out that last set, with Billy Holiday into T Rex!!!

This Thursday night at The Chapel on Valencia is the triumphant return of Wooden Shjips. For any longtime listener to my show, you're no doubt aware of my love for this SF psychedelic quartet. This is going to be a real treat, as they rarely appear to, well, um, appear anywhere local. Tickets may still be available. Get to this show!

Now on to the goods.

Enjoy.

jh

A Season in Hell with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF
http://radiovalencia.fm

Why (Is the King of Love Dead?): Nina Simone
Freedom Day: Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln

Early in the Morning: Ray Charles
Pretty-Eyed Baby: Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie
Step Right Up: Tom Waits
Lady Day and John Coltrane: Gil Scott-Heron

Impressions: John Coltrane

Fire Waltz: Eric Dolphy
Softly As A Morning Sunrise: Modern Jazz Quartet
Love Minus Zero/No Limit: Bob Dylan

Colors: Wooden Shjips
Love Comes In Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Ladies in Waiting: Kiss
TV Party: Black Flag
Dig Lazarus, Dig: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

In And Out of Grace: Mudhoney
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing To Me: Redd Cross
Saeta: Miles D