A Weekly Dive Into John Hell's Live Bootleg Library
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Black Flag (1984) Minutemen (1985) fIREHOSE (1987)
November 15, 2021 6:00pm


John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Black Flag (1984) Minutemen (1985) fIREHOSE (1987)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

I was asked recently which genre of music defined me the best. This is an almost impossible question to answer. We used to play this game during the weekly KFJC meetings, during the new music run-through, where the person who reviewed the record had to tell us what the genre was. The unspoken role was to come up with the most creative genre to describe the music. Let's just say a lot of hyphens were used during these discussions. Considering the audience I was in front of when I was asked this question, I kept it simple: punk. As much as I love funk, soul, jazz, Grateful Dead (yes, they are their own genre, IMHO), prog, psych, Japanese-ambient-psych-noise, Mississippi Records compilations, electro-kraut-Appalachian-new-wave, punk seems to be my default.
Looking at my live music collection I noticed I haven't shared that many punk shows during this slot, so tonight I have three great west coast punk bands squeezed into two hours.

First up, SST champions: Black Flag. There would be no SST without Greg Ginn. He founded the label to put out Black Flag records, and the records of his friend's bands. And good for us! This show is a real treat. It's the Henry Rollins era from April 6, 1984, in his own Washington DC backyard. I love the energy of an east coast punk audience. You will too.

Lineage: Soundboard. unknown (low) gen cassette > wav (track-splits) > flac

The second hour features two Mike Watt bands. First up is the legendary Minutemen from The Stone in San Francisco, March 1, 1985. I often wonder what would have happened to this band, and to D Boon specifically, if he hadn't passed away. So much talent there. This is such a great show. Every song played to its best, in front of a crowd of Minutemen enthusiasts.
Lineage: FOH soundboard > Marantz PMD-430 w/dbx nr, Maxell MA 90

The final show for the night is a short acoustic set from Mike Watt's band fIREHOSE, recorded live at Brandeis University in Boston on March 17, 1987

Lineage: WBRS-FM ìThe Jointî>FM(master)>Onkyo TA-RW344 w\ azimuth correction>.wav>CD>express rip>flac (level 8)

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.


Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM Pacific
Radio Valencia in SF
Follow me on Twitter
Follow me on Facebook
Follow Radio Valencia on Twitter
Follow Radio Valencia on Facebook
Follow me on Instagram

<- back to podcasts