A Weekly Dive Into John Hell's Live Bootleg Library
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - MV & EE (2020) and Kamasi Washington (2015)
December 12, 2022 6:00pm


John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - MV & EE (2020) and Kamasi Washington (2015)

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

OK wow, I so love discovering an artist that just blows my mind. Tonight I have TWO for YOU!
First up is a neo-psychadelic group I found when crate digging at Amoeba in Berkeley about a year ago. I knew by the cover this was going to be something special. Even the clerk at the counter told me they had been eyeballing this one. Matt Valentine and Erica Elkin (MV and EE) have been recording together since 2004. They have about 20 releases to their name! WTF? Where have I been?

This show is a rare one, as I have yet to find anything else of theirs making the rounds. Recorded January 19, 2020 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, New York. It runs about 36 minutes, and is a tasty soundboard, recorded by Alex Hardwood, and mixed and produced by Eric P for

Lineage: Soundboard + MBHO KA100DK/603A (on stage) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 2.0.5 > FLAC

Our headliner tonight deserves your attention. Don't go telling me that you aren't into Jazz, especially if you have no idea what you're talking about. Kamasi Washington embodies so much of the soul of jazz, funk, fusion, soul, R&B, rock, punk, groove...and genres that haven't even been named yet. I cannot stop moving when he's playing. It's as if he can't contain all the movement that's inside of himself, and he needs you to take it off his hands, so he throws it at you through his horn.
Recorded November 16, 2015 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. If these tunes don't move you, you're dead.

Lineage: Webcast -> youtube-dl -> .m4a & .mp4 files -> ffmpeg -> mkvmerge GUI -> .mkv -> mp3

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