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Hell's Kitchen Radio #389: Little Hell Strikes Again
April 20, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #389: Little Hell Strikes Again
Sheltering at home means you're around your roommates a lot. It's one thing when you're not related to your roommate and you can be courteous and spend most of your time in your room, out of there way. It's another thing when your roommates are your family, including your spouse and children. I fall into the latter category.

I have a household which consists of my wonderful and supportive bride, Saucy Hell, our two year old son Bodhi Hell, and my 15 year old daughter from my first marriage, and the one you have come to know through her many visits to Hell's Kitchen Radio, Little Lauson Hell. Lauson has been on my show at least a dozen times now, starting when she was seven years old. The links to all of her visits are at the bottom of this post.

We've been home almost six weeks now, and I've been asking her to come back on the air with me for a while. She finally acquiesced and we broadcast last Monday night from her own room! And it was clean! It's actually the cleanest I've seen it in a few years. See, there is an upside to the shelter at home thing.

And for this show it was also 4-20. I really thought hard if I was going to play a bunch of pro-dope smoking songs. What kind of message would I be sending my daughter if her father was playing a bunch of Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill? Not the best message, I agree. So I played Cheech and Chong instead! HA!

There are a few pro-cannabis songs in the mix, but I ain't no prude. Just because I support the use of the all-natural leaf doesn't mean I use it. And I certainly do not condone my underage child using it. She is well aware of that. But the music is just too good not to share.

Lauson had some great choices in there as well, and as usual a few a bit more mainstream than I would play. But who cares! It's my show, and Little Lauson Hell can play whatever she chooses, as long as it isn't misogynistic or pro-drugs. Oops.

Hell's Kitchen Radio #388: This Is Not A Test
April 13, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #388: This Is Not A Test
If you're like me, you get bored really easily. Surprisingly I'm not that bored these days. Granted, it's like Groundhogs Day over here, and my hygiene is questionable, but I have plenty of things to take up my time. After all, I have a toddler running around the house. And there a lot of music to enjoy. I know the first place I want to head to when all of this is past us is to any one of the many local record stores in my hood. Please please please reopen. I have been doing my part from home however. I have bought some records, digitally, and even a few LPs I hope are delivered before this pandemic passes. The record business is essential, isn't it?

So, we're moving into month two of this thing. How have you evolved as a being during this time? Respond in the comments with your most creative creation. I'm reading more for pleasure, playing my guitar, and using leftover food in ways I never though could be done. Food is art. Who knew?

As for this show you are about to listen to (and thanks in advance for doing so), it's still about diving deeper into my digital library. It seems that I have an awful lot of music on these hard drives. And you're better for it.

The only downside to hosting a radio show from my bedroom is the energy is not nearly the same as when I'm rockin' out from behind the studio console. I'm more quiet because I have a toddler being put to bed in the next room. He really needs to learn to just deal with the volume, right? Thanks.



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

God's Away On Business: Tom Waits
Wafer O' Darkness: Three Day Stubble
Buck Wylin': Terminator X

Little Red Hen Blues: Taj Mahal
Life's A Gas: T. Rex
Mark of Vaccination: Slim Cessna's Auto Club
This Land Is Your Land: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Mexican Radio: Wall of Voodoo
Turiya And Ramakrishna: Alice Coltrane
God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men

I'm A Greedy Man: James Brown
Do I Look Like A Slut: Avenue D
Anarchy In The Ukk: Boredoms

Kill the President: Coffin Break
Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfield
Texas To Ohio: Damien Jurado
Ghost Town: First Aid Kit

Working Class Hero: John Lennon
Touch My Evil: Lydia Lunch
Diversion: Ty Segall
Deceptacon: Le Tigre

There's A Riot Going On: Monophonics
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #387: The Quarantine Question
April 6, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #387: The Quarantine Question
Well here I am, week four of this shelter-at-home, and I'm finding I'm not that bored. I just want to go record shopping in a record store. Oh don't get me wrong, I have plenty of music to keep my going, and I have purchased a few LPs online, and ever took sweet advantage of the recent Ripple Records download deal. WOW! But there is nothing like walking into my favorite record stores, thumbing through the new arrivals, chatting with the clerks about what they are enjoying, searching the 7" sections, checking out my very long want list, and looking to see if is hidden in the stacks.

I love how stores are willing to order for me, but part of the fun for me is to see if a record like Money-Chicha has shown up, just so I can get that deep feeling of satisfaction for finally landing that long sought after LP.

There's a ritual to the whole process of record buying. I think only crate-diggers really know what I'm talking about. I used to be a club DJ in San Francisco, and I used to shop for 12"s weekly. Damn, I had a lot. It actually felt pretty good to unload those about a decade ago when I started up Radio Valencia.

Speaking of Radio Valencia, we have a new home. The lease is about to be signed, and since we're in a shelter-at-home and cannot move in yet, our new landlord is willing to hold off on rent until we actually move in. Thanks landlord, you rock! And we cannot wait to rock very soon in our new digs. Details are coming once everything is secure. But after ten years and our fourth home, I can promise you when I say this is going to be the absolute BEST home for Radio Valencia. I hope we're here for years to come. And you can even come hang out there with us!!!

As for this recent show you are about to enjoy, it's a deeper dive into my digital library. It's large, but I miss playing my vinyl for you. There are a few live treats in there, and even some brand spanking new Ty Segall. He covers Harry Nillson on a new EP.

I may try to host a show between my Monday night show, featuring my live library. I have over 4000 live shows from over 500 bands of many genres. And with all this sitting around the house, I'm downloading multiple shows a day. As of this writing I have a PIL show from 1982 and a Germs shows from 1978 downloading. And I have over 1000 Grateful Dead shows too. Maybe I should log into a separate slot just to play live Dead?


That's enough for now. Time to enjoy two hours of Hell's Kitchen Radio.



Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers Band (March 20, 1971 The Warehouse, New Orleans, LA)
Lilac Wine: Nina Simone

The Mob Rules: Black Sabbath
I Shot All The Birds: The Blind Shake
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine: Bongwater (Peel Sessions March, 19, 1991)

Pink: Boris
Bad Ma Fucka: Brother Ali
Messin' With The Kid: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
Ramblin' (Wo)man: Cat Power
Ha Ha Ha: Flipper

That's How It Goes: Meat Puppets
Police and Thieves: The Clash
Barn Burning: Dave Alvin

Coconut: Ty Segal
I'm In Love With The Ooo-Ooo Man: GTOs
Dinah-Moe Humm: Frank Zappa (October 31, 1977, The Palladium, NYC, NY)

Radebe: Johnny Dyani
Star Spangled Banner: Kronos Quartet
New York New York: The Last Poets

Mountain: Meatbodies
Salad Days: Minor Threat
Not Boweevil: Sex Mob

Saved: Swans
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #386: Doin' The Pandemic Pokey
March 30, 2020 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #386: Doin' The Pandemic Pokey
Hey radio lovers, it's my first official show since December 2019. What I miss?

In all seriousness though, this is a remarkable time. How are you spending your days and nights? Reading those books that have been sitting on the shelf, that you swore you would read if only you had the time to do so? Watching those French Noir films that you once loved in college and realize they haven't aged all that well? Pulling out those dusty puzzle boxes sent to you by grandma when you were 20 (even though you stopped doing puzzles when you were 12)? I actually love a good landscape jigsaw puzzle. How about finally listening to that John Coltrane 45 minute Ascension and the five alternate takes, each 45 minutes to one hour in length? No time like the present.

And the present is all we've got! What would Eckhart Tolle say?

How are tight knit families doing? How is the single-set doing? How are people with horrible roommates doing? How well are you practicing social distancing? FLATTEN THE CURVE OR DIE!

I'm mostly concerned about Tinder. How ever will they survive? Did they get a piece of the stimulus package too? HA! Get it? Tinder? Stimulus? I crack myself up.

On Monday afternoon I put out a call on ye ol' Facebook asking for songs I should play for my triumphant return to Radio Valencia in the pandemic age. The list still hasn't ended. All songs except two are from that list. Thanks a ton!

On a side note, Radio Valencia lost its space last January, after we were told (along with all other tenants) that our landlord had failed to keep up rent payments to the owner. We all were given 48 hours to move out. After a couple of months searching SF for a new space, we finally landed what we believe to be our most ideal studio location yet! And then COVID-19 struck, which is keeping us from setting up the new space. I cannot wait to share details about our new home. It's sooooo exciting.

I have never hosted a show remotely from my home before, so you have heard a lot of reruns from me over the past few months, until Monday night! I'd like to say the show went off without a hitch, but you'll notice the first three minutes is a lot of noise while I scrambled to pay for the Audio Hijack I was using. And later in the show I introduced a Johnny Cash song ("Solitary Man"), which was playing on my laptop, but not on my show. There's a learning curve here, folks. Thanks for sticking with ol' Johnny Hell through all of this.

I would like to thank my brother-from-another-mother Adam McKintosh for donating the Blue Yeti microphone to the cause. Some heroes don't wear capes.

Also, not all songs are from the FB request list. Local violinist, vocalist, and all-around exceptional musician Emily Palen sent me a couple of new tracks from her trio: KnightressM1. I was thrilled to pieces to play "SALT", from their upcoming release, TBA. Check them out live, whenever and wherever that happens in the (hopefully) near future. I love getting turned good new music, and this group really sent me into the stratosphere. I hope you enjoy the track as much as I do. And dig the "lyrics". Perfect timing indeed. It really fit with the show's theme.

OK, enough of me. Take a look at the set list below. There are more hits in this one than I have ever played on my shows before, but fuck it, it's my show, and we're all bored.

Enjoy. Stay inside!!! Go masturbate again.


Don't Touch Me There x2: The Tubes
Touch Me I'm Sick: Mudhoney
Epidemic: Slayer

Why Can't I Touch It?: Buzzcocks
Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down): Ween
You Be Illin: Run DMC
I Just Want To Have Something To Do: The Ramones

People Who Died: Jim Carroll (July 15, 1979 Old Waldorf, SF, CA)
You Can't Touch This: MC Hammer
Soul Vaccination: Tower of Power

Hellbound Train: Savoy Brown
Nature's Way: Spirit
People: Barbara Streisand
Dying: XTC

So Alone: Johnny Thunders

Salt: KnightressM1
Run To The Hills: Iron Maiden
Gates of Steel: Devo
Leave Me Alone: Helen Reddy

The Wait: Killing Joke
One: Three Dog Night
Nobody Told Me: John Lennon

Knockin' On Heavens Door: Bob Dylan (November 1975, Montreal, Canada)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #385: Living To My Fullerest
December 30, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #385: Living To My Fullerest
Oh Dougie, you were too big for this world. Where are you now? Are you flying through the ether, looking down on us mortals, laughing from the belly about how silly we all are for crying over your passing? Or are you gone in a blink of an eye, only to live on in our memories?

Father, husband, friend, Franklin Douglas Fuller (November 5, 1962 - December 17, 2019) left us after a short six-month fight with brain cancer. He was the brightest of lights, that drew everyone to him who met him, and even those who had only heard of him wanted to know more. Whether you knew him as Doug, Toad, or even Ouchy the Clown, Doug was always present when he was with you. He made you feel special. He wanted everyone to have a good time, and he went out of his way to make certain that you were made to feel comfortable and welcome, while also pushing every limit you had. Of course Doug wouldn't push any limit of yours that he hadn't already pushed in himself, and found joy in. He was all about joy. Pure, unadulterated joy. He also walked the fine line of giving and not giving a fuck at the same time; all with a smile on his face, and a ready joke at the ready.

I asked Doug to serve papers on my ex-wife a few years back. I can honestly say it was the only time I have ever seen him nervous. He asked me if she was going to pull a knife on him? I think he should have worn clown makeup to the door. At the very least, a clown nose! Our daughters are friends, and his wonderful wife Candace is a close friend of my wife and mine. The memorial on December 30th at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is what you think of when you imagine the way you want to be remembered. It was a who's-who of the Bay Area prankster scene. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as speaker after speaker came up to say what all of us already knew in our hearts: Doug Fuller lived life to the Fullerest and can never be replaced.

Doug, this show is for you, my dear friend.



Iko Iko: Dr. John and The Meters (March 05, 1973 St Bernard Civic Center, Chalmette, LA)

***Paul's Boutique Set***
Back in the USSR: The Beatles
When I'm 64: The Beatles
Walk From Regio's: Issac Hayes
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band: The Beatles
My Philosophy: Boogie Down Production
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band (reprise): The Beatles
The End: The Beatles
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved: James Brown
Don't Sniff Coke: Pato Banton

Sounds of Science: Beastie Boys
Cold Coffee and Cocaine: Prince
There She Goes, My Beautiful World: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

You're Dead: Norma Tanega

Damned to Obscurity: OBN IIIs
I'm Not An Animal: The Blind Shake
I Come From The Mountain: Thee Oh Sees

Feel: Ty Segall Band
Gloria: Patti Smith (January 06, 1976, Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA)

Marie Marie: The Blasters (April 26, 1980 Mabuhay Gradens, SF, CA)
Drink Up And Go Home: The Good Old Boys (February 21, 1975 Margarita's Cantina, Santa Cruz, CA)
On A Plain: Nirvana (December 07, 1991, Rennes, France)

A Quick One, While He's Away: The Who (Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus)
Buena Sera Seòrita: Van Morrison (August 8, 1971 The Lion's Share - San Anselmo, California)

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #384: One Of The Bad Guys
December 23, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #384: One Of The Bad Guys
OK, so someone posted this fabulous YouTube clip recently of every sample used in Paul's Boutique (though I think a few are missing), and I of course just had to track down each and every sample, 99 in all. I already had about 60 of the tracks, but the hunt for the remainder has been fun, nevertheless. And you, my dear listener, are the one's to benefit from this scavenger hunt. This is why you tune in, right? Right.

Anyway, I start the second hour with eight tracks used to sample "Egg Man" and then follow it up with said Beastie Boys track. I'll be doing this for each of the tracks on this classic LP in the weeks to come. Tune in and enjoy.

I also took this holiday show to share some longer and stranger tracks as you can see from the playlist below. I picked up a couple of James Brown/JBs LPs this past week, as well as some 80s and 90s punk 7"s . I also close out the show with a few live cuts that I think are worthy for your ears. If you're playing the LDB game (and why would you?) then you better stop following the Abbey Lincoln track. Then again, the Lou Rawls version is my favorite LDB produced.

Happy holidaze and Treason's Greetings to you all.


Sister Ray: Velvet Underground
I Wanna Get Rid Of You: Psycotic Pineapple

One Of The Bad Guys: Tour
Boom Boom: John Lee Hooker
Dr. Seuss is Satan: The Guttersluts
Saga of the Street Music: SF Street Music

Alligator: Grateful Dead (May 5, 1967, Fillmore Auditorium, SF, CA)

It's Christmas: Adam MacKintosh
We've Got A Bigger Problem Now: Dead Kennedys

Superfly: Curtis Mayfield
Sport: Lightnin' Rod
Drop It In The Slot: Tower of Power
The Murder: Bernard Hermann
You Gonna Get Yours: Public Enemy

Bring the Noise: Public Enemy
Dance to the Music: Sly and the Family Stone
Main Theme and First Victim: John Williams

Egg Man: Beastie Boys
The Wedge: The JBs

War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley and the Wailers (May 30, 1980 Hallenstadion, Zurich Switzerland)
Sugar In My Bowl: Nina Simone (May 6, 1988 Fabirk, Hamburg, Germany)
God Bless The Child: Abbey Lincoln (October 12, 1980 Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Nancy, France)

Little Drummer Boy: Lou Rawls

Hell's Kitchen Radio #383: Do You Like To ROCK?!?!?!
December 9, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #383: Do You Like To ROCK?!?!?!
I like to rock. I like to do a lot of things. I like to get mellow with some swinging jazz. I like to get deep with some heart-felt blues and soul. I like to get my groove on with some sticky funk. But my go to is guitar-driven, vocals-howlin', drums-poundin' ROCK! I'll be the first to admit I have a tad bit of aggression that builds up from time to time. Instead of taking it out on my loved ones, I prefer to take it out on my music collection.

This show has a lot of rock that helped my through 2019. I don't think I'm going to host a Best of 2019 show, so this one will need to do. Almost all these tracks were released this year. There's also some other tasty treats, including a recent addition to my live music library, that doesn't rock, but certainly soothes.

It's also been a year already since the death of Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks, so I not only have a favorite tune of theirs, but a brilliant cover by Le Butcherettes, a band you really must see live.

I'm headed to some record stores this weekend. I can't wait to share what I find on my show next Monday. Tune in!



Every Night About This Time: Magic Sam
The Wizard: Brownout
Why I Carry A Knife: Zig Zags

The Party: Redd Kross
High Noon: The Scientist
Ever Fallen in Love: Le Butcherettes
What Do I Get: Buzzcocks

Comptroller: Frisco
Morning In America: Mudhoney
Scutum and Scorpius: Oh Sees

30 Seconds Over Tokyo: Pere Ubu
Westgate: Amyl and the Sniffers
Secret Win/Destroying Anything: Negativland

Radio: Ty Segall
Self Immolate: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Money (That's What I Want): the Flying Lizards

Song For A Winter's Night: Gordon Lightfoot
You're Dead: Norma Tanega
Ragged Way: The Bobby Lees
God Bless The Child: Abbey Lincoln (Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Nancy, France, October 12, 1980)

My War: Black Flag
Little Child Running Wild: Curtis Mayfield
Eric B For President: Eric B and Rakim

My Way: Elvis Presley

Hell's Kitchen Radio #382: You're Comped
December 2, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #382: You're Comped
I have a lot of records. I don't have as much as some, but what I have a like...a lot. I actually donated a few thousand LPs to Radio Valencia about 7 years ago, but turns out most of that music was shlocky 70s and 80s classic rock dreck and no one wanted it. I can't blame them, neither did I. I'm way beyond quantity over quality.

I own about 2000 LPs today of multiple genres. And I purchase 4-8 LPs a month from numerous records stores around the East Bay and San Francisco. I have a rule that whenever I'm going to purchase at least three items, one of those items needs to be of an international variety, and one needs to be a compilation.

Now, there are varieties of comps that one could choose. There are record label "Best of.." comps, artist tribute comps, reissue comps, geographic comps, genre-centered comps, era comps, and rare never released and b-side comps. The latter are my favorites. Clubs have been known to put out comps as well. When crate digging, finding the perfect comp can really make my day.

On this show I feature some real tasty treats from all areas mentioned above. A two hour special only scratches the surface of the music I have (pun intended).

FYI: ONLY TOUCH THE EDGE OF YOUR VINYL. The oils from your fingers will harm the grooves. You have been warned.



Max's Kansas City: Wayne County and the Back Street Boys
Venus in Furs: Blasted Canyons feat. Jeremy Cox

Whisper To Me: Cecile Campbell
I'm Gone: The Continentals
Experiment in Terror: Davie Allen and the Arrows
Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love: Minutemen

Candy: Bikini Kill
Marvin's Groove: BW Souls
Come Out Tonight: Steven J. Bernstein
T.F.B.: High Rise and Keiji Heino

Brother's Gonna Work It Out: Willie Hutch
Come On Up To The House: Joseph
Get Outta My Life, Woman: Allen Toussaint

5000 Nut (5000 Shots): Pannada Chayapark
You Say You Don't Love Me: The Buzzcocks
Mr. Soul: Bongwater
Wendy: The Descendants

Cold Cold Heart: Lucinda Williams
Love My Stuff: Charlie Patton
War Is Our Destiny; Saint Vitus
If You Have Ghosts: John Wesley Harding and the Good Liars

Live Fast, Die Young: Circle Jerks
Oblighetto: Brother Jack McDuff
Family Tree: Little Rose Little
Let Yourself Go: Victor Olaiya's All Stars Soul International

Happiness is a Porpoise Mouth: Camper Van Beethoven
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence
La La La: Segun Bucknor and His Revolution

Hell's Kitchen Radio #381: 1969 And Feelin' Fine
November 25, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #381: 1969 And Feelin' Fine
Oooooooohhhhhh weeeeeeeee It's time for my 9th annual Annual Annual!!!!!

I live for this time of year.

For the ninth consecutive year I'm taking a night to focus on one year that was chock full of tasty tunes. For this show it's all about 1969. Atlanta Music Festival, Woodstock, Altamont, Moon Landing, Nixon!

The final year of a tumultuous decade saw a lot of bands on the wane and a few starting out. The music scene was diverging as proto-punk bands were emerging, while funk and country were defining themselves more succinctly.

As always there is too much in my library to make the perfect two hour show; I merely scratched the surface, which means next week I'll have 1969 left overs to share!

Speaking of left overs, enjoy the week, and care for yourselves and those around you. Let's find a way to treat each other with kindness during this time of insecurity. We deserve better.



Good Times, Bad Times: Led Zeppelin
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge
The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson

I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore: Dusty Springfield
Magica: Os Mutantes
Because/You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King: The Beatles
Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud: James Brown

Lay Lady Lay: The Byrds
Girl From North Country: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Kick Out The Jams: MC5
3/5 Of A Mile in 10 Seconds: Jefferson Airplane

Okie From Muskogee: Merle Haggard
Tear Drop City: The Monkeys
The Painter: Deep Purple

1969: The Stooges
Beginning To See The Light: Velvet Underground
God Knows I'm Good: David Bowie
Nobody's Fault But Mine: Nina Simone
In the Ghetto: Elvis Presley

Mr. Green Genes: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Seeing: Moby Grape

My Way: Frank Sinatra

Hell's Kitchen Radio #380: Come Sexplore With Me
November 11, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #380: Come Sexplore With Me
My first hour features that latest from my live music collection. I cannot believe how much amazing live music I have accessed these past few weeks. If I didn't also purchase vinyl on a semi-weekly basis I would consider hosting an all-bootleg show.

As much as I love playing music for you week-to-non-consecutive-these-days-week, I also really love interviewing guests. I really really enjoy it when the conversation is about sex and relationships. In the second hour of my recent show I was lucky to welcome the host of Sexploration with Monika, Monika Thomas, and clinical sexologist - author - lecturer Francesca Gentille to talk about tantric sex, communication, and a hot show coming up Saturday, November 23rd, that you can get a discount to. Go to or the tickets and enter HELL10 for a 10% discount.

The show looks detectible, featuring a 5-Course Gourmet dinner in a CATHEDRAL and the theme is sacred sexual exploration... everything from tantra to bondage nuns, with burlesque and bellydancing and a sing-along.

This reminds me, Monday, November 25th I'll be hosting my Ninth annual Annual Annual!!! Two great hours from one year. I'm still not sure what year I'll be playing yet, but you can bet the tunes will NOT be the hits. Tune in Monday night 8-10 to get an earful.

See you on the radio.


Brown: New Orb
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry: Johnny Cash

I'm Waiting For The Man: Lou Reed (January 27, 1973 Alice Tully Hall, NYC)
Penetration: Iggy Pop (July 3, 1983 Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

B-Movie/Flip Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers (December 31, 1978 Winterland, SF, CA)
X-Offender: Blondie (August 3, 1978 El Mocambo, Toronto, CA)
Moving In Stereo: The Cars (August 19, 1978 Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California)

Station to Station: David Bowie (April 27, 1983 Las Colinas Soundstage, Dallas, USA)
Proud Mary: Ike and Tina Turner (September 30, 1973 Soul Train Studios, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Goodbye: Jeff Buckley (June 24, 1995 Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK)

Interview with Monika Thomas and Francesca Gentille

If I'm In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
When My Baby Comes: Grinderman

Interview with Monika Thomas and Francesca Gentille

Magic Dance: David Bowie
Feeling Good: Nina Simone

Hell's Kitchen Radio #379: Mine All Mine
October 28, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #379: Mine All Mine
Radio is my creative outlet. Every week I get a two hour empty canvas on which I can paint tunes that allow the listener to travel to a time and space where they can float, unaware of the responsibilities that lay around them, waiting to be picked up once again following the closing of my show. I hope you have the ability to lay down your weary lists, and just listen for a short time.

We all need to take back some of our precious time. The last thing I want to do is go to my death bed saying "if I only crossed one more item off that list". Now is the time to live, and yes, of course be your responsible self. But may I please request that every Monday night, between 8-10PM you set it all down and pick up a little bit of Hell?

Thanks a ton. I think this show is a perfect example of what I can offer from week to week. I think I'm counting ten distinctive genres spread throughout this playlist. And the second hour has a few live cuts sprinkled in for good effect.

Take a look, take a listen, and join me Monday at 8. You never know what you're going to hear, and I like it like that.



Skull Ring: Iggy Pop with The Stooges
ABC: Peach Kelly Pop
I'm A Greedy Man: James Brown

Certain Men: Negativland
I Walk With The Lord: Pat Kessee
Where Eagles Dare: Bratmobile
Poor Elijah: Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

Bump Bump Babe: Wells Fargo
Inner City Blues: Grover Washington Jr.

Oh Atlanta: Little Feet
CC Rider: Big Bill Broonzy
Long Distance Call: Muddy Waters with Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield

California Uber Alles: Dead Kennedys (April 28, 1985, Trenton, NJ)
Room Service: Rap Reiplinger
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love/Sell or be Sold/Mutiny in Jonestown: Minutemen (January 03, 1985 KPFK, LA, CA)
Earthquake: Kim Gordon

Stak O'Lee: Mississippi John Hurt
Yer Blues: The Dirty Mac
Bo Diddley: The Doors (July 21, 1969 Aquarius Theater, Hollywood, CA)
Marked For Life: Poison Idea

White Heat: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Eena Meena Deeka: Aki Kumar

I Like Girls: Samantha Sidley
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #378: Safe In Hell
October 21, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #378: Safe In Hell
I do love training a future great DJ. Tonight I had Ruffin the Love Muffin in the studio with me. He's getting ready to take on his own slot, and I get the extreme pleasure to take him through all the paces.

Janis Joplin passed 49 years ago last week, so I felt the need to bring out the goods: a classic live Ball and Chain from 68. This is a Big Mama Thornton cover, so I had to throw in some original Big Mama Mae, doing her dripping hot Hound Dog. Elvis never did it this good.

New music from Kim Gordon, and some other classics that are new to you.

I'm a wee bit behind on posting my shows over the past few months, so I'll be getting those up sporadically over the next few weeks...I hope.

Thanks for the love.



Bottle Up And Go: The Monkeywrench
Hound Dog: Big Mama Thornton

Ball and Chain: Big Brother and the Holding Company (May 4, 1968, Shrine Expo, LA, CA)
White Bird: It's A Beautiful Day

Stir It Up (In the Pot): Lee "Scratch" Perry
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now: The Smiths
Scream: Black Flag
I Am The Walrus: Pop-O-Pies

Viscous: Lou Reed
World In My Eyes: Depeche Mode
Clash City Rockers: The Clash
Shrinking Moon For You: Wooden Shjips
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: New York Underground Funk Band

It Ain't Me Babe: Bryan Ferry
Let The Boy Rock and Roll: Flamin' Groovies
The White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Louie Louie: Richard Berry
Safe in Hell: Sonic Youth

Cookie Butter: Kim Gordon
Vortex of Lies: Mudhoney
I'm Not The One: The Cars

Control: Amyl and the Sniffers
What A Wonderful World: Louie Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #377: Dead And Creamed in Muffs
October 7, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #377: Dead And Creamed in Muffs
Tribute shows give me little joy. But at least I have this platform to share music from those who passed on. Robert Hunter, lyricist from the Grateful Dead, Kim Shattuck of Pandoras and the Muffs, and Ginger Baker, drummer from Cream, Blind Faith, Air Force, and Fela Kuti's Africa '70 all passed on recently, so I'm obliged to pay tribute in the second hour.



Leave It (A Capella): Yes
Soul Rebel: Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry
Cheap Tragedies: The Avengers

Morning In America: Mudhoney
Lesson 2 (James Brown Mix): Steinski
Hobo Luv: Rube Waddell
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret

Scutum and Scorpius: Oh Sees
My Uzi Weighs a Ton: Public Enemy

Shadrach: Beastie Boys
Up and Down: Cookie Mongoloid

Brand New Chevy: The Muffs
Tryin' Ain't Good Enough: Pandora's

Sad Tomorrow: The Muffs
Liar: The Pandora's

Toad: Cream (October 15, 1967, Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI)

Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead (November 11, 1973, Winterland, SF, CA)
China Doll: Grateful Dead (November 11, 1973, Winterland, SF, CA)
Brokedown Palace: Grateful Dead (November 22, 1972, Municipal Auditorium Austin, TX)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #372: Revolting Chihuahua
July 29, 2019 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #372: Revolting Chihuahua
This is embarrassing. I haven't posted a show in months!!! What you must think of me. The setlist sure looks good. I have no idea what the hell I was talking about, but it was summer, so I'm hoping my spirits were high.

Take a listen and comment.



In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide
Louie Louie: The Sonics
Chow: Hepa/Titus

Control: Amyl and the Sniffers
I Have A Radio: David Lynch

Tattooed Love Boys: Melvins/Shitkid
Theme: PIL
Gobbing on Life: Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias
Mean Disposition: Muddy Waters

Punk Fucking Metal: Zig Zags
Hey Brother Roll A Joint: Three Stoned Men
Your Ass Is Next In Line: The Mummies
Black Moon Spell: King Tuff
Grinder Man: John Lee Hooker

Multiple Tracks: Melt Banana (October 3, 2001 John Peel Session)
Four Women: Nina Simone (July 13, 1990 Montreux Jazz Festival, Casino, Montreux, Switzerland)
Chainsaw/Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue/We're A Happy Family: The Ramones (January 24, 1979 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ OLE MAN RIVERS)

My Favorite Things: John Coltrane (November 4, 1963 Liederhalle, Stuttgart)

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #371: Flippin' For Flipper
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.



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


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #370: DLBs Represent!
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!"



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


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #369: Three Is A Magic Number
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 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!



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

Live reading of the Muller Report from
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
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


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #368: I'm Your Captain
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!



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


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #367: Right Place, Wrong Lunch
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.



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

Iko Iko
Right Place, Wrong Time

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


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #366: You're Gonna Miss Me - Roky Erickson Tribute
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.


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

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