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Hell's Kitchen Radio #531: Sophomore Success
June 10, 2024 6:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #531: Sophomore Success
Ever in search of a special that I can curate for you all, an idea hit me last winter to research great second releases. It can take a band years to craft a first record. It's pretty simple to name a dozen debut "masterpieces". What you may not notice is the pressure placed on a band, or artist, by the record label, to reproduce that magic quickly. This often leads to the sophomore jinx. Many of these bands are considered "one-offs", never to be heard from again; tossed on the scrapheap of musical history.

Then there are the artists who appear to have untold magic dripping from their fretboards, leading to dynamic second records, and perhaps more!

I put out the word to friends and listeners to share what they considered epic second records, and I was not disappointed. Much of what you hear on this six hour show is a culmination of almost six months of research.

Yes, much of this music comes from the "golden age" of the major label era of the 60s and 70s. But there is so much more.

I only planned on doing four hours, but the show that follows mine kindly stepped aside allowing me to round out this show with six solid hours of truly impressive fare.

Yes, there are countless releases I did not share. I often started a set with a specific song and allowed that to inspire what followed. That's often how I choose my sets.

Check out the playlist below, which includes the album title and the year it was released.

Enjoy and please share.

She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy (It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back 1988)
Shadrach: Beastie Boys (Paul's Boutique 1989)
Millie Pulled A Pistol on Santa: De La Soul (De La Soul in Dead 1991)

Funky Dollar Bill: Funkadelic (Free your Mind... and your Ass will Follow 1970)
He Was A Big Freak: Betty Davis (They Say I'm Different 1974)
Thirty Dirty Birds/Yertle The Turtle: Red Hot Chili Peppers (Freaky Styley 1985)

Mr. Pitiful: Otis Redding (The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads 1965)
Tommy The Cat: Primus ft. Tom Waits (Sailing the Seas of Cheese 1991)
Depot Depot: Tom Waits (The Heart of Saturday Night 1974)
California: Joni Mitchell (Blue 1971)
Memory of a Free Festival: David Bowie (David Bowie 1969)

Territorial Pissings: Nirvana (Nevermind 1991)
Dirt: Iggy and the Stooges (Fun House 1971)
Bring on Home: Led Zeppelin (II 1968)

Don't Keep Me Wonderin': Allman Brothers (Idlewild South 1970)
Workin' For The MCA: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Second Helping 1974)
Levitation: 13th Floor Elevators (Easter Everywhere 1967)
New Potato Caboose: Grateful Dead (Anthem of the Sun 1968)
Call Any Vegetable: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (Absolutely Free 1967)

Marie Marie: The Blasters (s/t 1981)
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat (Full Custom Gospel Sounds of... 1993)
Hare Krishna: Hüsker Dü (Zen Arcade 1984)
50ft Queenie: PJ Harvey (Rid of Me 1993)
Tupelo: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (The Firstborn Is Dead 1985)
Snake Mountain Blues: Townes Van Zandt (Our Mother The Mountain 1969)

Dirty Old Town: The Pogues (Rum, Sodomy and the Lash 1985)
Tommy Gun: The Clash (Give 'em Enough Rope 1978)
Private Idaho: B52s (Wild Planet 1980)
Addicted: Amy Winehouse (Back to Black 2006)
Here She Comes Now: Velvet Underground (White Light/White Heat 1968)

Vicious: Lou Reed (Transformer 1972)
Pissing in a River: Patti Smith (Horses 1975)
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight): Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle 1973)
Parasite: Kiss (Hotter Than Hell 1974)

The Ripper: Judas Priest (Sad Wings of Destiny 1976)
My Lighter: Zig Zags (Running Out Of Red 2016)
Creeping Death: Metallica (Ride the Lightning 1984)
Disco: Death Valley Girls (Glow in the Dark 2016)

At A Crawl: Melvins (Ozma 1989)
My Eyes Have Seen You: The Doors (Strange Days 1967)
Death Letter: The White Stripes (De Stijl 2000)
Death Train: The Bobby Lees (Bellevue 2022)

Just Got Paid: ZZ Top (Rio Grande Mud 1972)
Bomber/Closet Queen/Cast Your Fate to the Wind: James Gang (Rides Again 1970)
The Motivator: T Rex (Electric Warrior 1971)

Don't Blame the Buzzard: Sgt. Splendor (Death of the Hoochie Koo 2023)
Who You Driving Now?: Mudhoney (Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge 1991)
Self Hypnosis in 3 Days: WAND (Golem 2015)
Freaks to the Front: Amyl and the Sniffers (Comfort to Me 2021)
Rice Pudding: Jeff Beck (Beck Ola 1969)

Morning Theft: Jeff Buckley (Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk) 1998)
Girl From North Country: Bob Dylan (Freewheelin' Bob Dylan 1963)

Helplessness Blues: Fleet Foxes (Helplessness Blues 2011)
Willow Weep for Me: Nina Simone (The Amazing Nina Simone 1959)
Devil in Her Heart: The Beatles (With the Beatles 1963)
Roscoe: Midlake (Trials of Van Occupanther 2006)

Electric Funeral: Black Sabbath (Paranoid 1970)
Love Canal: Flipper (Blow’n Chunks 1984)
Lake of Fire: Meat Puppets (II 1984)

Motorbike: Wooden Shjips (Dos 2009)
If 6 Was 9: Jimi Hendrix (Axis: Bold As Love 1967)
Forty Thousand Headmen: Traffic (Traffic 1968)

The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil: Jefferson Airplane (After Bathing At Baxters 1967)
Saucerful of Secrets: Pink Floyd (Saucerful of Secrets 1968)
Cody, Cody: Flying Burrito Brothers (Burrito Deluxe 1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band (The Band 1969)
Oh Caroline: Cheap Trick (In Color 1977)
Pinhead: The Ramones (Leave Home 1977)
Beat My Head Against The Wall: Black Flag (My War 1984)
White Girl: X (Wild Gift 1984)
Distinct Complicity: Bikini Kill (Reject All American 1996)

Cat Food: King Crimson (In The Wake of Poseidon 1970)
About a Girl: Sex Mob (Solid Sender 2000)
Funky Miracle: The Meters (Look-Ka Py Py 1969)

Harmonika: Kraftwerk (2 1972)
The White Rider: Camel (Mirage 1974)

Long Division: Fugazi (Steady Diet of Nothing 1991)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #530: Exhausting You Into Submission
May 27, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #530: Exhausting You Into Submission
If I've said it once, I've said it a three or maybe four times: radio is the art of the segue. You don't need to listen to a work I say on this show, but you do need to listen to these sets of tunes. Hot damn these are some fine songs I have for you tonight.

New music from Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Kevin Abstract, Population II, and Slift. There's a lot of psych and dark-psych throughout, and it really moves through you. I enjoyed the hell outta bringing you this show.

I don't do a lot of pre-planning when it comes to my sets. I generally just grab a bunch of vinyl and my external hard drive and head to the station. Once I get there i take a look at what I brought with me, and choose my first song that is to represent "the sounds of Hell". That's always a hoot.

I think it was this first set that really got my engine revving.

Take a look at the play list below and click on the link to listen to the show.

Enjoy and please share...and go support live, local bands!


Bad Indian: Dead Pioneers
Institutionalized: Suicidal Tendencies

Night Gnomes: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Nice, Nice, Very Nice: Ambrosia

Once In A Lifetime: Kevin Abstract
Home Affairs: Osibisa
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Mutantes e Seus Cometas no Pais: Os Mutantes

Le Serpent: Population II
Solen Stiger Upp Del 1 and Del 2: Dungen
No Good Trying: Syd Barrett
Free The Skull: Moon Duo

Confluence: Slift
Dance of the Bacchantes: Dead Can Dance

Gathering of Ancient Tribes: Goat
Environs: MV and EE
IV: Aluk Todolo
Bring It On Home: Bo Diddley

Why Don't You Smile Now: Spiritualized

Hell's Kitchen Radio #529: From The First Hello
May 20, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #529: From The First Hello
No guests. No training. Just you and me and a whole hell of a lotta music. Musically speaking this may be my best show of the year so far. There are some inspired sets I think you're gonna love. And these are some of my longest sets too!

In my early radio days at KFJC we had to follow the clock and break at :10, :20, :40, and :50, as well as play a legal ID at top of the hour. Each break we had business to attend to: announcing other shows , public service announcements, ticket giveaways, and other bits and bobs. This gave us a 20 minute sweep at the bottom of the hour, and one at the top (except for that pesky legal ID).

I've kept to that clock pretty much throughout the years. I like the idea of stopping often enough for you to know who I played, while also having a few longer sets where I can stretch out some. I often get a bit more dissonant during these sweeps.

I wasn't strict with the clock tonight.

I also went shopping at Stranded Records on Sunday. New music from Goat, Melvins (best album since the Big Business days IMHO), and Meatbodies. Lots of music to drop your panties to. A brief tribute to Steve Albini (more to come on that loss). And so much more. Take a look at the playlist below. Click the link above to listen in.

Enjoy and please share.


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Fight the Power: Brownout
Louder Than A Bomb: Public Enemy

Munaye: Mulatu Astatke
Behind the Wall of Sleep: Jazz Sabbath

Timeless Awareness: Goat
30 Seconds Over Tokyo: Pere Ubu
America's Most Blunted: MF Doom and Madlib

She's Got Weird Arms: Melvins
The Pharmacy: Crow Jane

Bulldog Front: Fugazi
Heartattack and Vine: Lydia Lunch and Nels Cline
Tupelo Blues: John Lee Hooker
Golden Hair: Hope Sandoval and Warm Inventions
Mind Daze: Psychic Ills

Radio Friendly Unit Shifter: Nirvana
Pink: Boris
Anlatmam Derdimi: Altin Gün
Slip It To The Android: Chrome
Float Along - Fill Your Lungs: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Gate: Meatbodies
Moonage Daydream: David Bowie
From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye: Jane Morgan

Hell's Kitchen Radio #528: Whoops I Did It Again
May 6, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #528: Whoops I Did It Again
It would appear I went a bit long and neglected my responsibility of posting my show. Sorry about that folks. I had a new Radio Valencia DJ in the studio for the night, training for his new show. You can check out The Final Step with Izzy Tuesdays 10-midnight. Nice guy. I'm looking forward to his show.

We have a lot of really great shows on Radio Valencia. And I'm nit just saying that. When I started this station I had a vision of a freeform station that allowed DJs to not only share the music they love, but to also continue to explore music of many genres, ready and excited to play what they find on their show, just for you.

That's what still excites me about hosting a radio show after all these years.

So, even though I was distracted training our new host, I made certain to have some great music ready for you over two hours. New music from the Murlocks, Melvins with Helms Alee covering some early Scorpions, new Meatbodies, Population II from Montreal, Slift, Kim Gordon, and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets whom I'm seeing in San Francisco next week!

There's also some rare San Francisco punk with pre-Flipper band Negative Trend, as well as some SF funk/punk with Dread Zeppelin, and many other treats sprinkled about.

Enjoy and please share.


The Payback Mix: James Brown
A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits

Virgin Criminal: The Murlocs
Big Boss Man (with Hope Sandoval): Mercury Rev

Talk to God: Goat
Crossing: Wooden Shjips
The Sails of Charon: Melvins and Helms Alee
Dragonaut: Sleep

April in Paris: Billie Holiday
How Blue Can You Get: BB King

Silly Cybin: Meatbodies
Now: Negativland

Hélène: Population II
Nimh: Slift

The Believers: Kim Gordon
Hey, Hey What Can I Do?: Dread Zeppelin
Meathouse: Negative Trend

Nightmare (K.I.L.L.I.N.G.) Meow: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Meet Me At The Bottom: Pink Anderson
Rock A Bye Baby: Big Mama Thornton

Beat Club: A/LPACA

Hell's Kitchen Radio #527: Heather Atles
April 22, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #527: Heather Atles
Monday night I was thrilled to welcome sex, intimacy and relationship coach "Shameless" Heather Atles into Hell's Kitchen. Having researched Heather, and knowing a bit about her background. this already promised to be an entertaining interview.

We spoke about everything from shame resiliency and pleasure mapping, to the importance of mindfulness in intimacy. She touched on common patterns and dynamics with her clients, who range from singles to traditional and non-traditional couples, and polycules.

The topic of mismatched libidos came up, as well as jealousy, and the difference between rules and boundaries. I think my favorite part of the night was talking about erotic intelligence, thank you very much.

What was planned for one hour spread across the entire two hour show, with some apropos music sprinkled in between, so we could come up for air.

I think you're going to enjoy this as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you.


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

There She Goes My Beautiful World: Nick Cave
Cryin' My Eyes Out: Shannon Shaw
Interview with Heather Atles

I Put A Spell on You: Nina Simone

Interview with Heather Atles

So Real: Jeff Buckley
No Ordinary Love: Sade

Interview with Heather Atles

Come On Over (Turn Me On): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Wicked Game: Chris Issac

Interview with Heather Atles

Babydoll: Eric McFadden and Robin Coomer
If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis

Interview with Heather Atles

Erotic City: Prince

Hell's Kitchen Radio #526: What's Behind The Curtain?
April 1, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #526: What's Behind The Curtain?
Never draw attention to the mistakes.

That's really good advice. Don't let them see what's behind the curtain, and all that jazz.

Unless you can make it an art form.

I like to think I have made it some kind of art form, and not just roommate radio.

I don't often bring CDs into the studio; it's almost exclusively vinyl for this dude. But tonight I wanted to play a few tunes to celebrate Bunny Day and St. Stupid's Day, so I brought a few CDs along just to find out the CD player was not in operating condition. And I didn't bring nearly enough vinyl to fill two hours. I did have my trusty 5GB external hard drive filled to the brim with tasty musical treats, but I hadn't prepared to pull anything from there, so there was more improvisation on this night than I am used to.

You can probably hear it in my delivery.

And I had a friend in the studio I forgot was coming by, and I like to play the good host, all the while troubleshooting the CD players, which I was unable to do.

Taking a look at the playlist looks pretty satisfying though. I may sound a little cringe on the mic. Let me know. I can take it. My dad always told me it's healthy to embarrass yourself from time to time: it builds character. If that's the case, John Hell was certainly representing tonight!

Come look behind the curtain.



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

White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Religious Vomit: Dead Kennedys
Faith in My Pocket: Mark Growden

Imagine (Take 1): John Lennon
Loose Lucy: Grateful Dead
I've Got A Tiger By The Tail: Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

Gila Monster: King Gizzard
In and Out of Grace: Mudhoney
I Don't Wanna Walk Around with You: Ramones
Stunner: OSees

Psychedelic Orgasm: Kim Gordon
Know Your Rights: The Clash

No Place To Fall: Kevin Morby
She Don't Care: Ty Segall
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
Built For Speed: Howlin' Wolf
Mercy: John Cale

Amphetamine: Rocket From The Tombs
Sister Morphine: Marianne Fatihfull
Gates of Eden: Bob Dylan
White Linen: Blüchunks

Bedside Manners: The Black Crowes
Downtown: Johnny Thunders
Walk On: Dave Alvin and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Chocolate Jesus: Tom Waits

Hell's Kitchen Radio #525: Coomer Comes To The Kitchen
March 18, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #525: Coomer Comes To The Kitchen
Monday night I was excited to host songstress Robin Coomer into the Radio Valencia studio, sharing a few new tunes from her upcoming solo release. As always her voice is in top form. Really, there's nothing quite like it.

From Robin's days in Birdsaw, through to LOOP! Station, Shake Well (er, ummm, that's actually a relative of hers I believe???), to inspired collaboration in Secret Songs, and now to a long overdue (IMHO) solo effort, due out this spring.

Check out my interview with Robin the first hour, as well as a few new tracks she shared.

The remainder of the night continues my focus on great female artists in celebration of Women's History Month.

Enjoy and please share.


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

Femme Fatale: Velvet Underground
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys: The Space Lady

Interview with Robin Coomer

Inside Gun: Robin Coomer

Interview with Robin Coomer

Close Call: Robin Coomer

Interview with Robin Coomer

Smoke In Mirrors: Robin Coomer

Send Me a Postcard: Shocking Blue
How Little Men Care: Margaret Cho and Neil Hamburger
Young, Gifted and Black: Aura and Lee Perry
Tryptich: Prayer/Protest/Peace: Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach

Bridge Over Troubled Water: Aretha Franklin
Wild: The Nuns
Original Sin: Peach Kelly Pop

AirBnB: Kim Gordon
Centrate: Podium
Le Ju de Telephone: Caroline
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Little Red Rooster: Big Mama Thornton
Mad Moth: The Bobby Lees
Carletta's In Hats Again: Brigid Dawson and the Mother's Network

The Lady is a Tramp: Ella Fitzgerald

Hell's Kitchen Radio #524: Ladies Night With Hell
March 4, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #524: Ladies Night With Hell
Let John Hell care for the kitchen while the ladies let it all hang out. This is Women's Month, and I love to celebrate all that is women. When it comes to music, there really is no dearth in aural options. I have strived to balance my shows out with quality female fare over the years.

This has been hard, but not for the reasons you think.

Not surprisingly, the music industry has been run by male chauvinist capitalists for over one hundred years. And like the casting couches of Hollywood, along with the color line, getting enough quality female representation in music has been hair raising.

Still, there is so much to continue to choose from in female-fronted artists of many genres. What I have for you tonight is only a small sampling of what has been in rotation in the Hell household (and on this show) over the years.

Enjoy this, and join me Monday, March 18th, when I welcome Northern California singer, songwriter, artist, designer Robin Coomer back into the studio to talk up her new solo release.

Tune in and please share.


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

Ball and Chain: Big Mama Thornton
Summertime: Big Brother and the Holding Company

People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin
Hypocrisy: Millie Jackson

Babydoll: Eric McFadden Trio with Robin Coomer
Don't Blame the Buzzard: Sgt Splendor
Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas with John Paul Jones
The Devil Has Thrown Him Down: Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Nov 1943)
Do I Want To Stay: Shannon and the Clams

I Swallowed a Dragonfly: Heartless Bastards
Waitress Song: First Aid Kit

Tattooed Love Boys: Shitkid and Melvins
Bring Me the Head of the Preacher Man: Siouxsie and the Banshees
Celebrity Compass: Bongwater
Come On Over (Turn Me On): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Magic Powers: Death Valley Girls
Cross the Breeze: Sonic Youth
California (Demo): Joni Mitchell
Money: The Flying Lizards

Kung Fu Girls: Blondie
Lilac Wine: Nina Simone
Crazy He Calls Me: Billie Holiday

Control: Amyl and the Sniffers
Paint it Black: Avengers
I Like Boys: Missing Persons

Hell's Kitchen Radio #523: Return Of The Return Of the Magnificent 7"
February 19, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #523: Return Of The Return Of the Magnificent 7"
I have a hankerin' for a 7 inch special, so here ya go! This may be my third such special in the past decade or so. I can't be expected to remember all of this, thank you very much. HA!

The original idea of the 7 inch single, going back to the 1950s had to do with record labels not thinking the 33 1/3 long playing record was worth investing in. The labels commodified the music industry early and knew they were more likely to turn a profit if they could identify one song to sell to a public hungry for entertainment.

By the 1970s the idea of a single had changed. The A-side was always about the "hit" and the B-side was often something special that wasn't going to appear on the full record. They Beatles always put out 12 song records on Parlophone along with a two-song single that didn't appear on the LP.

For the world of the independent artist the single may be the only music they released. A lot of the songs I play tonight haven't appeared in any other format.

There are a lot of gems here, so take a listen and please share with music fans in your life.



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Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF

Macho Man: Artless
Kick Out The Jams: Afrika Bambaataa

Emma: Hot Chocolate
Everything's Gonna Be Alright: Steve Mason

One Word For It: Rose Hicks
Brotherman: Mancefield and the Brother Man Band
Give Me My Wife: Bruce Marshall
Andalusia: The Phantom Surfers
Surfatorium: The Neptunas

Paranoid: Ty Segall Band
Valley Girl: Meatbodies
Wait, Let's Go: Thee Oh Sees

The Happiest Guy Around: Tropical Fuck Storm
Wrest The Fist: Melt Banana
What Do I Get? Destroy All Monsters
Zonar Roze: Keith Morris, Ty Segall, John Dwyer, Steven McDonald

Man With a Hole In His Throat: Hello Kitty on Ice
Love Song: The Mutants
Bing Bong: Three Day Stubble

I Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Get Rid of You: Psychotic Pineapple
Looking for Laughs: Neil Hamburger
Ge Rouge: Crash Worship
Transmaniacon MC: Altamont

Sunken City: Mike Watt and the Secondmen
Ripping Death: Zig Zags
Courageous Cat: Pure Hell

Couldn't Be Bothered: The Klitz
My Way: Elvis Presley

Hell's Kitchen Radio #522: Tell Me True
February 5, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #522: Tell Me True
Mondays are fun days...for me. I was realizing I have been hosting a radio show Mondays 8pm since 2000, when I started at San Francisco Liberation Radio. SFLR's history is a rich one and I encourage you to check it out. In short, it was started by Food Not Bombs. They were upset that their arrests for feeding the homeless weren't getting enough media attention, so member Richard Edmondson started the station in his van. Eventually it ended up in his apartment in the Richmond District.

I was working at Trader Joe's in Daly City when I saw a shopper wearing a SFLR t-shirt. I had to inquire. They hipped me to the station, I made a call, and started there a few weeks later.

The rest, as they say, is history. And what a history it is, including the raid by the FCC using SFPD. We were a very politicized staff. And we were a pirate radio station, so it was only a matter of time before the Man came knocking. Or more like battering ramming, which they did.

We fought the good fight, and even set some precedent in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Because of our fight urban areas are allowed to file for low power FM (LPFM) licenses. Before our case against the feds, the FCC policy only allowed rural areas to file for a LPFM. Yay SFLR!

I left there after the raid, ended up at Pirate Cat, then FCCFree, and eventually built Radio Valencia, all hosting the Monday 8pm slot. Time flies.

As for this show, it's more of what you have come to expect: diverse, and leaning punk. But there's quite a bit more than that, including a couple sets from a new member of our staff: The Archivist, who will be on Sundays 8-10pm Pacific. Coincidentally, he used to be a student of mine many moons ago. He has excellent musical taste, which has nothing to do with me.

There's a tribute to Wayne Kramer, who passed away last week, and a happy birthday to Bob Marley.

Oh, one final comment about Mondays: the Giants have a winning record on Monday nights. True story.

Huge thanks to my old buddy Scott Beale of Laughing Squid for coming by back in 2003 to take these great photos.

And another big thanks to Amacker for the pics she took of the SFLR benefit in October 2003, following the FCC raid.

Enjoy and please share.


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The Sails of Charon: Scorpions
El Cerrito: Thinking Fellers Union Local 282

My Uzi Weighs A Ton: Brownout
Bodyheat: James Brown

By The Time I Get To Arizona: Evolution Control Committee
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: Dean Martin
White Man's Got A God Complex: The Last Poets
Superbad: Idris Muhammad
Cannibal Capital: Guerrilla Toss - The Archivist

Almost Ready: Dinosaur Jr. - The Archivist
Something You Can't See: Desert Session - The Archivist
Geza Butler: Sleep - The Archivist
Now Ah Lissen
East Bay: Billy Cobham - The Archivist

Poison: Wayne Kramer with Melvins
Skunk (Sonically Speaking): MC5

The Bell: Ty Segall
Pray Til You Sweat: The Flesh Eaters

Doin' The Kirk: The Mummies
Zip Code Gentlemen: Zip Code Rapists
The Citadel: Redd Kross
Radio One: The Clash

Slave Driver: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Fishermen Dub: Lee Scratch Perry

Hell's Kitchen Radio #521: Subscribe Your Soul
January 22, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #521: Subscribe Your Soul
All of this, and I do mean every single, solitary inch of this is a scam. A swindle. A flim flam. You've been had. Grifted. You're a rube.

Aren't we all?

What are you going to do about it? Just keep scrolling. Nothing to see here.

Monday night was all about pulling a fast one. I started out with some Bay Area punk, leading into a Pinkus-related set that was unintentional, but I really pulled it off.

With the closing of Mutiny radio, we're bringing on a few new shows. I was happy to have Sean and the Archivist in the studio with me. Sean took on a set of his own (I marked those tunes with a "S"). I spoke to them both about their time at Mutiny and what we're to expect once they join the Radio Valencia family.

I was once a part of the Pirate Cat community, and I even was instrumental in building their studio on 21st and Florida. I left that station (most do once Monkey gets tired of you), and eventually started Radio Valencia. Monkey left Pirate Cat and comedian Pam Benjamin took over, calling it Mutiny Radio. I prefer to think of other stations as part of the great community network of stations, so it's sad to see them go. I understand you can still hear the live stand up shows Pam is hosting on their site.

In the meantime, let's welcome these new shows. I could not be more excited for the programming happening at Radio Valencia in 2024.

And that's no joke.



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

Sugar Magnolia: Pop O Pie
The Sight and the Sound: Flipper
The Ninth Wave: The Ventures

Whiskey Woman: The Flamin' Goovies
Amazing Grace: Scott H Biram
Woke Up Dead: JD Pinkus

Deezy: Honky
Casino: Altamont
Captain Comedown: Melvins
Housing, Luxury, Energy: King Buzzo

Grizzly Adams/Anarchy Up Your Ass: Mr. Bungle
Drive Fast, Take Chances: Acid King
Sky Saw: Brian Eno - S
Needle in the Hay: Elliot Smith - S

Leipzig: Thomas Dolby - S
Midnight Hour: Wilson Pickett - S
Breakin' Up: Fabulous Continentals
I Need Love: J Michael and the Bushman
Snitch Baby: Thee Headcoats
Jezebel: The Mummies

Common Man: Negativland
Wouldn't You Miss Me: Syd Barrett

When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow: The Scientists
You Got It: Mudhoney

Hell's Kitchen Radio #520: Hellage Nightmare
January 8, 2024 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #520: Hellage Nightmare
New year, new Hell! You know what I mean? Raise your hand if you are just loathing what this year is going to bring? I'm talking about November 2024. I know. I know. I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself. Seriously though, we need to place our attention on local, national and global issues, along with our own day-to-day existence. How are we supposed to juggle all of this?

Make time for the things that bring you the most joy. Can you play an instrument? Play it for 30 minutes a day. Do you love to paint? Pull out those brushes and get at it! Mediate? Read? Exercise? Do whatever brings you joy. We need the balance or we'll go nuts.

And turn off the damn phone!

Hi, my name is John and I'm addicted to my phone.

I've made it a habit for many years now to plug my phone in at 8PM in the kitchen. It's so nice to set that thing down. I also read an interesting study recently that said people who get at least six hours sleep a night and have a routine sleep schedule are healthier than those who get eight hours or more a night but have no sleep schedule. I'm in bed by 10:30 every work night.

I don't ever have new year's resolutions, but I do have the intention of maintaining my sleep routine, which includes turning the phone off by 8.

My biggest intention for this coming year is to turn you on to the best music I can find...and fight to keep the orange buffoon out of office, and for a permanent ceasefire in Palestine.

Check out my first show of the year, below, which includes music I purchased in 2023. New music from Iggy Pop, Bobby Lees, OSees, King Gizzard, Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson, Cory Hanson, Death Valley Girls, and The Darts. New finds from Gram Parsons, Neil Young, Fela Kuti, Sun Ra, and Sonic Youth. I close out the show with some classic San Francisco Punk. I'm reading a great new book on the history of Bay Area Punk: "Who Cares Anyway", by Will York. Holy Hell is this a great book.

Enjoy and please share.


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

Frenzy: Iggy Pop
Be My Enemy: The Bobby Lees

Intercepted Message: OSees
Barmy: The Fall

Gilgamesh: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Perambulator: Fela Kuti and Africa 70

Last Call for the Truth: Lucinda Williams
Every Time I Drink: Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
Drugstore Truck Driving Man: Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels
Powderfinger: Neil Young

Persuasion Architect: Cory Hanson
Journey To Dog Star: Death Valley Girls

Eric's Trip; Sonic Youth
Makeup: Sun Ra and His Outer Space Arkestra
Love Song: The Darts
Moonage Daydream: David Bowie (for his 77th birthday today)

19th Nervous Breakdown: Tuxedomoon
Cheap Tragedies: Avengers

Murder By Guitar: Crime
I Kill Children: Dead Kennedys

Hell's Kitchen Radio #519: Satan's Commode with Spawn
December 18, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #519: Satan's Commode with Spawn
I was really really looking forward to this show and it paid off in spades! My fabulous daughter, once known as Little Lauson Kai, told me that she was going to take over my show Monday night for two hours of musical whiplash.

Now known as Spawn, she put together a really fine program, including interviewing me during the breaks! I was not prepared for that part.

Lauson has been coming into the studio with me since she was seven years old. Now 19, she's got wonderful musical taste, and a gift for gab. I wonder where all that came from?

As for her selections, I could not be more impressed. Seriously, there were a few tunes I was not aware even existed. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this show. I think you will too.

I only chose three songs tonight, noted with "jh" next to the tracks.

Enjoy and please share.

Dad of Spawn

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

Let's Have a Satanic Orgy: Twin Temple
Por Que: Grupo Fantasma
La Seine: Vanessa Paradis

Brand New City: Mitski
Bsslama Hbibti: Fadoul
Paint It Black (Tutto Nero): Caterina Caselli

The American In Me: The Avengers - jh
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazzo Sola (Space Oddity): David Bowie
Llàmame (Call Me): Blondie

What Is It About Men?: Amy Winehouse
You Never Can Tell: Chuck Berry
Money (That's What I Want): Barrett Strong

Control: Amyl and the Sniffers
Lust for Life: Iggy Pop
Clockwork: Lime Garden

Girls: Beastie Boys
Start Wearing Purple: Gogol Bordello
Savoy Truffle: The Beatles

Kidnap the Sandy Claus: Korn
Merry Christmas From The Family: Robert Earl Keen - jh
I'm Writing A Novel: Father John Misty

Rainy Night in Soho: The Pogues - jh
California Dreaming: Eddie Hazel

Superiority Complex (Big Noise): Illuminati Hotties

Hell's Kitchen Radio #518: 13th Annual Annual: 1991
December 4, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #518: 13th Annual Annual: 1991
When I was considering what year I was going to play for you for my 13th annual Annual Annual, I was a bit stumped. Every year has something amazing to offer. Where do I go? Back to the 50s? I haven't done that decade yet. Something in the past decade? Too soon? I turned 21 in 1991 (you do the math). Sounded perfect to me.
I was living in my first apartment, in Redwood City, CA. I was on the air at KFJC, hosting a morning show. There was no such genre known as Alternative at that time, until Smells Like Teen Spirit hit the airwaves. Thanks Nirvana. Ah, the memories.

And college radio was popping back in 1991. Hip Hop, metal, indie-rock, industrial, shoegaze. There was so much to play back then. So many bands went on to influence the generation that followed. I'm not one to live in the past, but a show like this one allows me to shine a light on a year that really set a standard for what would follow.

Sadly, this was, in my opinion, the last year that non-commercial and college radio would be on the forefront when it came to breaking new artists. The consolidation of radio, Napster, and then streaming took that power out the hands of programmers, those who live and breathe music, and placed it into the hands of the corporatocracy. I was interning at KRQR back then in San Fransisco. I recall the music director blindly putting the playlist together for the DJs, without a thought of what songs worked well together. She was pulling from national lists of songs in the AOR top 20. Now MDs just allow Spotify to dictate the playlists. It's insulting. I'll remind you all that I do not have a Spotify account.

That's why you tuned in tonight, and that's why I have this show to share with you, that will take you back to a time when the artists and the DJs teamed together to bring your something special on the regular.

If you're interested in the previous 11 editions of my Annual Annual, take a look below.

Enjoy and please share.

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

Hog Leg: Melvins
Ring Ring Ring: De La Soul
Buck Whylin': Terminator X

By The Time I Get To Arizona: Public Enemy
Ace in the Hole: 3rd Bass

Scenario: A Tribe Called Quest
Housework: Fishbone
This Year in History Part One
Squeeze Me Macaroni: Mr. Bungle

Tommy the Cat: Primus
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
Tunic (For Karen): Sonic Youth
This Year in History Part Two
Drain You (BBC Sessions): Nirvana
Emma: Urge Overkill

Little Fluffy Clouds: The Orb
Doctor Jeep: Sisters of Mercy
Rave Down: Swervedriver

The Power of Pussy (BBC Sessions): Bongwater
The Hurdy Gurdy Man: Butthole Surfers

The Wagon: Dinosaur Jr.
It's Shoved: Melvins

Hell's Kitchen Radio #517 Who You Calling A Turkey, Sucka?
November 20, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #517 Who You Calling A Turkey, Sucka?
The holidays are upon us, whether we like it or not. Seasonal affective disorder? Raise your hands. Anyone? Anyone? Not me, to be honest, but that doesn't mean I don't feel ya, for those who get down about this time of year. Strangely, when the clock turned back a few weeks ago, seeing it get dark early hit me in a way I don't recall it ever striking me before. I did not like it.

It's sunny today. I should really get out in this, but I'm off work all week, and this couch is super comfy, and I'm not wearing any pants.

Pants are for suckers.

So yeah, I'm off all week because I'm an educator. A teacher. My lessons last an eternity, which is how long it takes to grade all these damn papers! I'm not here to turn you all on to the extra amount of work us teachers bring home; I don't wish to depress you all and add to your SAD. Oh hey, wow, did the DSM mean to make the disorder spell out SAD as an acronym when they named it? WTF DSM? Ironic joke indeed. And the joke is on us all it would appear.

Anyway, eat as much as you want and don't put on any pants for the next month.

And enjoy this show! I was actually training to new Radio Valencia staff members, so I hope this came out OK. Since I was off work I took the time to not only pull some records I wanted to share, but I also put them in some kind of order that made sense to me. I don't often do that.

Take a look at the playlist that follows, and click the link above to listen in.

Enjoy and please share.

Gobble gobble.

Niggers Are Afraid of Revolution: Last Poets
Stagolee: Jesse Fuller

Tater Pie: Sonny Terry
Sloppy Drunk Blues: Big Joe Williams
The Sky is Crying: Dave Alexander

The Way You Look Tonight: Wes Montgomery
A'int Nobody Home: BB King

The Gates/Take Me To The Water: Mark Growden
Common People: Leonard Nimoy
Skinny Minnie: The Mummies
I Don't Like You: Thee Headcoats
Femme Fatale: Ty Segall
Heroin: Burnt Ones

I'm Waiting For The Man: Velvet Underground
1970: Mission of Burma
Dirt: The Stooges

Heart of Darkness: Pere Ubu
Barmy: The Fall

Gilgamesh: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Ha Ha Ha: Flipper
Feels Blind: Bikini Kill

Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags

Hell's Kitchen Radio #516: Befriend Hell
November 6, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #516: Befriend Hell
I had a conversation with a friend online recently, who was listening to a previous show of mine. She commented that it felt like I was speaking directly to her when I said that you may not be listening live, but perhaps somewhere in a distant time?

It's true, you know? I often imagine you listening to these shows many decades (or centuries?) into the future. Once it's out there, it's out there forever. Every word I have spoken, every song I have played. It's all there. I was about to type "do anything you want with it. It's not mine anymore". But then I got to thinking about this world of ours where intellectual copyright and identity theft is a real thing. So go ahead and listen to these old shows, and my comments from those times, but do take it all in context, ok? Thanks.

I also know that my two darling children will possibly read these posts and listen back to my old shows. Anything's possible, right?

Not a lot of new music tonight. Ty Segall has a new release on the horizon: "Three Bells", and I have something off of that. New Beatles. Yes, you heard that right. And it's pretty good. The video almost brought me to tears.

I'm heading to Bottom of the Hill Saturday night to see Radio Valencia's DJ Doug in his quartet 9 Dog Dick. It's their album release party. The headliner is St. Louis' Drunks With Guns. They're loud and the rock! I played them in the second hour tonight. Come on down and rock out with me.

As always, there's something for everyone here, as long as you enjoy 60s psych, 70s soul-jazz, 00s South-Asian garage-revival, 00s subversive hiphop, prog-metal and more.

Have fun and share.


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

Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge
Inner City Blues: Grover Washington Jr.

Leyla: Altin Gun
Pay Back Africa: Antibalas

Thlah Cinta Berlalu: Koes Barat
Breathless: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Heartattack and Vine: Lydia Lunch (ft. Nels Cline)

My Room: Ty Segall
Girlfriend is Better: Talking Heads
Islands in the Sky: Death Valley Girls

Now and Then: The Beatles
Beef Rapp: MF Doom
Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba: George Benson

Bird Song: David McMurray
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Frank Sinatra
Hell House: Drunks with Guns

Celestial Crown/Barael's Blade: The Sword
Majic Moonjynuh: Queen Crescent

Revenge: Embryo

Hell's Kitchen Radio #515: It's Gonna Blow
October 23, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #515: It's Gonna Blow
You have no idea what Radio Valencia has gone through the past few weeks. When it rains it blows. And boy howdy did it blow. What should have taken no longer than 90 minutes to fix, turned into two weeks of saying "what the fuck" over and over again.

Note to self: do not hire a drug addict to "look into the issue".


That being said, my own life has been quite topsy-turvy for the past number of months, which has led me to host my show every other week for the foreseeable future. Tonight was one of those nights.

Now that we're up and running we really could use your help. This station has been a labor of love and our own deep pockets, since 2010. We have some amazing shows, some of the best I have ever heard in my 30+ years in radio, and we want to keep this operation going strong for years to come.

We need to pay for regular upkeep of our equipment, purchase new equipment, build a new website, pay rent and bills, and so much more.

Please go to our site and click on the PayPal link on the right side of the page. Any amount helps and we're a 501c3 non-profit, so this would be a tax-deductible donation!!!

Thanks in advance.

For this show it's what you have come to expect from me: a grab bag of what feels good to me at the moment. I always drag along a large amount of vinyl to make the pickings good. I feel good about this show. Take a listen and let me know what you think

Enjoy and please share.


Nuclear War: Sun Ra
16 Shells From a 40 Ought 6: Tom Waits

Money: Roger Waters
NIB: Jazz Sabbath

Anglehead: The Monkeywrench
Road Runner: Thee Headcoatees
Bring It All Home: Led Zeppelin

Moonage Daydream: David Bowie
Nice, Nice, Very Nice: Ambrosia
Nancy From Now On: Father John Misty
Cardboard Pile: Kikagaku Moyo
The Letter: Joe Cocker and Leon Russell

Muddy Water: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Doriella du Fontaine: Lightnin' Rod (Last Poets) with Jimi Hendrix

Spy Girl: The Darts
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat

Intercepted Message: Oh Sees
Carletta's In Hats Again: Brigid Dawson and the Mother's Network
Down At The Rock and Roll Club: Richard Hell and the Voidoids

I Don't Mind: Buzzcocks
I Bid Goodnight: Joseph Spence

Hell's Kitchen Radio #511: No Shame In My Game
August 14, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #511: No Shame In My Game
My high school years (84-88) were mostly spent in San Mateo, California; about 15 miles south of San Francisco. It was a really great place to grow up in the 80s. I was the kind of kid who enjoyed making my way across the high school campus at lunch, talking to many different kids of groups. In the immortal words of Edie McClurg, I was pretty close to "the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads". I was also one to bring many of these groups together, especially at weekend parties.

I used to hang out with the Odeski brothers: Scott, Howie and Nicki. These three were close in age and loved one another as much as they could hate on one another. I think Scott and Howie had a fight with baseball bats at one time? Their mother owned a lot of property in Foster City (right next to San Mateo), and local officials wanted her to sell much of that property to the city, which she regularly declined, so local law enforcement would harass her sons, often arresting on trumped up charges and then not following through, just to intimidate the family. They were used to it. Foster City cops were notorious in their intimidation tactics towards teens as it was. I learned to hate cops then and there.

They had a big home, and turned their 2-car garage into Nicki's bedroom. And what a room! They put in the work to make it the real deal, along with video games, foosball table, pool table, television, bar, neon signs, and a sweet stereo.

This is where I got my earliest education on Rap and Hip Hop. To be honest, we all called it Rap. I'm not sure when Hip Hop entered the vernacular, but it wasn't around us in the 80s.

Nicki was always playing Rap. He did a lot of record shopping and had the latest 12". LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakim, Ice T, NWA, Public Enemy, Kool Moe Dee, Salt and Peppa, BDM, Biz Markie, Schoolly D, Slick Rick, Too Short, Too Live Crew, and so much more.

I was a DJ at the very popular local ice rink, Ice Capades Chalet, at Fashion Island Mall, nearby. I bought records every week for that job, so I was also buying 45s and 12"s of these artists and so many more. I was also very much into punk, metal, psych and the Grateful Dead, so it's safe to say my early music education was expanding by leaps and bounds with Rap being added in.

I was also working for Good Vibrations Mobile DJs, spinning at weddings (oh so many weddings), school dances, birthday parties, and more. I was allowed to bring the DJ console to my high school every so often to spin at lunch in the quad. That was so much fun. I recall one instance when I placed "Walk This Way" by Run DMC on the turntable and let it roll. It was a huge hit at that time, and I really enjoyed it. Half way through the tune I slowly dragged the needle across the record (SACRILEGIOUS!!!!!) and then started up the Aerosmith version. I did for affect, obviously. I think I even made some comment on the mic like "this isn't how it's supposed to go...riiiiiiiiiipppppp. Here ya go!" So lame, but I was 16, so what do you want?

My years at KFJC (88-97) just added to my growing appreciation of Rap and Hip Hop. And what an excellent era it was for that genre.

So on Monday night I wanted to pay tribute to this long-lasting and ever-evolving genre. I am truly happy it wasn't the fad that so many said it would be. This show isn't any kind of retrospective; it's just me playing some of my favorites in two hours. I kept the mic breaks to a minimum so the music would tell the tale. And yes, most of what I played was released between 87-95. That's my favorite era!

That's not to say there isn't a lot happening now that I don't love. I'm a big MF Doom fan, as well as Kendrick Lamar, and many more. I still shy away from pop of any genre, so the pop Hip Hop doesn't do anything for me.

I may bring Little Lauson Hell on again soon for her to play her favorite Hip Hop of this past decade. She has a lot on her playlist that I need to dive deep into.

Enjoy and please share this gem.

Happy 50th Hip Hop! Let's hear it for many more awesome decades to come!


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

Laugh, Love, Fuck: The Coup
JBs Comin' Through: Jungle Brothers
The Cactus: 3rd Bass

Car Thief: Beastie Boys
Potholes In My Lawn: De La Soul
Resurrection: Common
Am I Black Enough For Ya: Schoolly D

Ten Crack Commandments: Notorious BIG
Protect Your Neck: Wu Tang Clan
Don't Believe The Hype: Public Enemy

Buck Whylin': Terminator X
One Time For The Rebel: Son of Bazerk
Back in the Old Days of Hip Hop: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Earth People: Dr. Octagon
Run This Town: Jay-Z (featuring Rihanna)
Come On Down: Big Daddy Kane
Soul Brother #1: Pete Rock and CL Smooth
I'm On The Mic: KRS-One

Rapp Snitch Knishes: MF Doom
Search 4 The Lyte: MC Lyte
Samba Soul: N.A.S.A. (featuring DJ Qbert, Q-Tip and Del the Funkee Homosapien)

Steady Mobbin': Ice Cube
No Shame in My Game: Gang Starr
Sucker MCs: Run DMC

Brother Rap: James Brown

Hell's Kitchen Radio #510: It's A Mind Killer
July 17, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #510: It's A Mind Killer
It sure enough felt GOOD to be back in the studio Monday night. I haven't taken this much time off since I started Radio Valencia in 2010. This was my first show since early April. I needed the break, but I was itching to get back. There was a moment Monday afternoon, a few hours before my show, when I thought "i could stay in and watch a show". That's when I knew I just had to make it in to do my show.

The longer you sit, the harder it is to get up.

Get up.

Always get up.

So where have I been? That's a difficult question to answer, and not one I'm quite ready to jump into quite yet. My health is great! It has nothing to do with that. My kids are healthy as well. My life is in flux, but I can honestly say I am the happiest and most at peace in quite a long time. As a matter of fact last Friday afternoon I was on the beach near Albany Bulb (yes, there's a great little beach there and the water was warm that day), staring out at the city and the Golden Gate Bridge, playing in the warm water with Bodhi, noting that I was the happier at that moment than I have been in many years.

I'm not often unhappy. I just have been lacking a measure of harmony and peace. Today I have more harmony and peace. And for this I am grateful.

Now, on with the show!

I wasn't certain how rusty I was going to be, but after having hosted a few thousand shows over the years, I figured as long as I had enough music with me, I could figure out the rest.

How right I was!

I've missed a few tributes over the past few months, so I had to make up for that. Harry Belafonte, Blackie Onassis and Tom Verlaine passed over the past few months. Instead of sets for the dearly departed, you get a single tune for each.

I'm starting off with some jazz and folk blues, before getting louder. And I do get louder. New music from Death Valley Girls, Iggy Pop, Mudhoney, Cory Hanson (of WAND), and King Gizzard pepper the broadcast.

I expect to be hosting my show live every other Monday night for a while. You'll hear an encore presentation (read: rerun) on the Monday's I'm not in. Having hosted over 500 shows on Radio Valencia your sure to enjoy what I have served up for you.

Enjoy and please share.


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

White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Freedom Day: Max Roach

Midnight Special: Harry Belafonte
Terraplane Blues: Robert Johnson

When the Levee Breaks: Memphis Minnie
Write Me A Few Lines: Mississippi Fred McDowell
Walkin' Blues: Muddy Waters
Stagolee: Jesse Fuller

Sugar Magnolia: Joe Pop-O-Pie
St. Stephen: Ty Segall
Filipino Boxsprings Hog: Tom Waits

Magic Powers: Death Valley Girls
Toe Cutter/Thumb Buster: Thee Oh Sees
Snakes Crawl: Shannon and the Clams
(Today is) Blackie's Birthday: Urge Overkill

Strung Out Johnny: Iggy Pop
Flush the Fascists: Mudhoney

Friction: Television
Leave the Capitol: The Fall
Safe European Home: The Clash
Fredrick: Patti Smith
Bulunur Mu: Altin Gun

Gila Monster: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Sunday Morning Comin' Down: Kris Kristofferson

Driving Through Heaven: Cory Hanson

Hell's Kitchen Radio #508: Thanks For Being A Friend
February 27, 2023 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #508: Thanks For Being A Friend
It feels like the first time almost every time. I get an itch to share all of this with you Monday nights. No guests tonight, and I honestly just felt like stretching way out tonight, hence the few tracks you see below. There are a few long ones in here that I know are going to take you on a little trip if you allow them to.

I suggest you make the time to sit back and enjoy this one.

Not much else to say. I hope I get to play more music for you again soon.



Stepping Out: The Fall
The Passenger: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Up From the South: The Budos Band
Seker Oglan: Altin Gun

Encrypted Bounce: Oh Sees
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

All Dead To Me: Sgt. Splendor
Chocolate Jesus: Tom Waits

No Hay Problema: Pink Martini
Sorcery: Big Band Katowice
Separate Ways: Neil Young

Mountains of the Moon>Dark Star: Grateful Dead (February 27, 1969)
The High Road: Broken Bells

New York Town: Peter Rowan
In That Great Getting Up In The Morning: The New Gospel Keys

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