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Hell's Kitchen Radio #496: Buy The Ticket Take The Ride
November 21, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #496: Buy The Ticket Take The Ride
This one should put some meat on your bones. Good music. Good times. Good to get ready for the holidaze, if you're into that sort of thing.

New music from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Bobby Lees, 1965 demos from Lou Reed, rare track from Peter Laughner (Rocket from the Tombs and Pere Ubu). Tributes to Robert Gordon and Nik Turner. And so much more.

Get your bib on and relax with tasty treats from Hell's Kitchen Radio and Radio Valencia.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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

Tommy Gun: The Clash
Master Race Rock: The Dictators

Be My Enemy: The Bobby Lees
Psicopata: Podium
Cortez Sail: Terry Allen

Hell's Itch: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Hurry on Sundown: Hawkwind

Lonesome Train (on a Lonesome Track): Robert Gordon with Link Wray
So Long Baby, Goodbye: The Blasters

Golden Frames: Shannon Shaw
Big Boss Man: Mercury Rev with Hope Sandoval
Cinderella Backstreet: Peter Laughner

Pale Blue Eyes (1965 Demo): Lou Reed
Femme Fatale: Big Star

She Said, She Said: The Beatles
She Is Gold: Ty Segall and White Fence
Hey Luciani: The Fall
Mr. Suit: Wire

Break the Chain: Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Mayla: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Hey, Hey, Rise Up: Pink Floyd with Andriy Khlyvnyuk of BoomBox

Hell's Kitchen Radio #495: Fun For The Whole Freaky Family
November 14, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #495: Fun For The Whole Freaky Family
What a treat to host local guitarist, singer, songwriter, and all around good guy, Ralph Spight on Monday night. Ralph is known mostly through his years leading Bay Area Hardcore Punk band Victims Family, along with bassist Larry Boothroyd. Tonight he was in talking up his side project, which could honestly be a solid lead project for any other respectable artist, The Freak Accident, who are playing at Bottom of the Hill Saturday night, along with Smokers and The Young Barons.

Ralph has played with or toured with all of the legendary punk bands throughout the years, and he quite a few fine stories to share during the show. He is also the lead guitarist for Jello Biafra's Guantanamo School of Medicine.

We talk about the upcoming show, touring, recording, playing guitar, layering instruments, and surviving in today's musical soup.

Ralph's songwriting is second to none and I know you're going to dig this.

Come on down to the Bottom of the Hill this Saturday, November 17th for this all ages show. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:30. Bring the kids!

I'm gearing up for my 12th annual Annual Annual, where I choose one year to focus two hours on. I've got my ears on three years right now, so you'll have to tune in Monday, November 28th, 8-10PM PST to check it out.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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


Night of the Long Knives: Larry Boothroyd's Remote Communion
I'm Waiting For The Man (1965 demo): Lou Reed

Born to Lose: Jerry Lee Lewis
The Same Thing: Muddy Waters

Fire: Wayne Shorter/Lee Morgan
Tripping Up The Stairs: Helms Alee
I Hate Myself: The Freak Accident

Interview with Ralph Spight

Outer Space is Boring: The Freak Accident
Squad Car: The Young Barons
Bloody Knuckles: Smokers
Almost Alive: The Freak Accident

Make it Stop: The Freak Accident
Moment of Truth: The Young Barons
Falling Backwards: Smokers
Waking the Sleepwalker: The Freak Accident

Beautiful Ugly: The Freak Accident
Hollywood Junkyard: The Bobby Lees
Little Suck-a-Thumb: Larry Boothroyd's Remote Communion

Self Destruct: The Freak Accident
Mohawk Town: Paul Leary


Hell's Kitchen Radio #494: Do Your Duty
November 7, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #494: Do Your Duty
It's Election Day 2022! Have you voted? Are you waiting until today to vote? My Monday night show was all about the California propositions I run through them all and what a "yes" and "no" vote means.

Take a listen here and then get out the vote!!!

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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

Deep in the Heart (of Racist AmeriKKA): MDC
Freedom of Choice: DEVO
I'm A Conservative: Iggy Pop

Suffragette City: David Bowie
Politician: Cream

If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go: Curtis Mayfield
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

The Boss: James Brown
Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow: Funkadelic
Five Feet High and Rising: Johnny Cash

Chinese Rock: Ramones
Gloria: Patti Smith
Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing: Minutemen

The Times They Are A-Changin': Bob Dylan
Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Here's how I voted:

2022 Ballot



Gov - Newsom

Lt. Gov - Kounalakis

Sec of State - Weber

Controller - Cohen

Treasure - Ma

AG - Bonta

Ins Comm - Lara



State Board of Eq - Liever

Senate - Padilla

Schools - Thurmond





Props

1 - Y

26 - N

27 - N

28 - Y

29 - N

30 - Y

31 - Y



D - Y

L - Y

M - y

N - Y

Hell's Kitchen Radio #493: Know Your Rights!
October 24, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #493: Know Your Rights!
Who's going to play me in the movie of your life? I vote for Richard Hell (no relation).

I've been rereading "Please Kill Me, by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, the oral history of Punk. Read and reread this book. Much of the music tonight has been influenced by the reading.

Throughout the show I just kept getting inspired to push the limits. Just listen to the Last Poets track and you'll understand.

I wasn't in the studio for Halloween this year (taking Bodhi out. POSTSCRIPT: Bodhi ended up sick with a bad cold for Halloween so we stayed in. Poor kid; he was so sad. Me too), so I got the spirit flowing through me the week before. I'll let the play list speak for itself.

There are a few treats throughout the program, including Sonic Youth covering The Fall for John Peel (The Fall was Peel's favorite band), some rare JBs featuring Phelps and Bootsy Collins, an incredibly rare Pink Floyd acetate from 1967, very early Kraftwerk, some Led Zeppelin from their second album, mastered in a way you have never heard it before, and a recent mix of David Bowie's "Life of Mars" and The Clash's "Know Your Rights".

Something fresh and new just for you, every Monday 8-10PM PDST.

November is coming up, which means it's almost time for my 12th annual Annual Annual, where I choose one year that had a lot to say musically (don't they all?), and play two hours of my favorite. Which year will I choose? What songs will I play? Tune in and find out later in November.

Next Monday, November 7th, I'll be hosting my regular Election-Eve broadcast, where I talk up what you need to know about the election on Tuesday, November 8th. I'm not taking sides as much as talking about the ballot props and who is running for which office in California, as well as what the mid-terms mean for Biden and Congress. Tune in and be a part of the conversation. I'll have phones and the chatterbox available.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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

Linda Blair: Redd Kross
Die!: The Mummies
Halloween: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Rouche Rumble: Sonic Youth
Ghost Rider: Suicide
Down at the Rock and Roll Club: Richard Hell and the Voidoids

All This and More: Dead Boys
Al Pacino's Speech About God from The Devil's Advocate
See You In The Boneyard: The Flesh Eaters
Year of the Spider: Shannon and the Clams
N's Are Scared of Revolution: The Last Poets

When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can: The JBs
People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin

Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfield
Telephone Girl: Assagai

See Emily Play (rare acetate): Pink Floyd
The Special Trip: Embryo

Megaherz: Kraftwerk
Thank You: Led Zeppelin (Original Robert Ludwig Pressing 1969)

Life on Mars (2016 Mix): David Bowie
Lexicon Devil: Melvins
Know Your Rights: The Clash (2022 Remastered)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #492: Let Me Play You What To Think
October 17, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #492: Let Me Play You What To Think
Someone told me the other day they really don't have any time to listen to music, and there's nothing worth listening to anyhow. I cried. Is this true for some people? For you? I can't imagine life without music. And honestly, as much as I enjoy the "classics" of my youth, including a few go-to bands, at least 50% of my music listening is music from the past couple of years, and always looking to get turned onto some fresh new artist or release.

How is this not more common? Do you not have the time? Are you stuck in what you were listening to in high school? I guess it's more common than I thought. If that's you then I really encourage you to tune into my show Monday's 8-10PM PDST, where I mix it up by era and genre. Take a look at my playlist below and you'll see everything from proto-punk, dub, 60s-psychedelic, boogie-woogie blues, stoney rock, and much much more.

One thing I will always love about Radio Valencia and stations like ours, is the risk our DJs take in pushing past the edges of what is acceptable to the commercial radio programmers. We will never insult you. We yearn to turn you on.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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

Heroin: Roky Erickson and the Explosives
Run Run Run: White Fence

I'm Waiting For My Man: Velvet Underground
TV Eye: The Stooges

Death Train: The Bobby Lees
Mexican Radio: Wall of Voodoo
Bye Bye Baby: Janis Joplin
Anemone: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Presumptuous: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Curly Dub: Lee Scratch Perry and the Upsetters

Playin' In The Band: Bob Weir
Sugar Magnolia: Joe Pop-O-Pie
Il Eut un Silence Dans le Ciel: Population II

Dominoes: Syd Barrett
Blaze In: Acid King
The Sky Is Crying: Dave Alexander

Willie Poor Boy: Mance Lipscomb
Chicken: Scott H. Biram
20th Century Boy: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Rats in Ruin: All Them Witches

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #491: I'm In Your Hell Fuzz
October 3, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #491: I'm In Your Hell Fuzz
What in the world is going to take for you to get it through that thick skull of yours that you are worth so much more than you give yourself credit for, Why do you keep listening to that dreck on the commercial radio knowing as you do that they only deliver content to the lowest common denominator? You are more special than this. They do not deserve your ears!

Radio Valencia on the other had prides itself on pushing the limit of acceptable audio. Yeah, yeah, we'll play tunes you'll recognize from time to time, from artists you love. But we're also going to play you artists that you're going to really fall in love with, leaving all others in the dust.

And isn't that why you tune in to radio? I mean really. You're not the same person you were in high school, so why should your musical choice be the same?

Check out last Monday's show. So much to make you go "hmmmmmm".

Enjoy and please share.

jh

Nick the Dick: Three Day Stubble
Hey Brother, Roll A Joint: Three Stoned Men
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys: The Space Lady

Heavy Road: Slift
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags

Reaper Invert: WAND
Mirror of Illusion: Hawkwind

California Love: Sly5thAve
There Is A Mountain: Jo Jones

You Are Beautiful: Helen Money
In Every Dream Home A Heartache: Roxy Music
Mind Daze: Psychic Ills

Gaia: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Ruins: Wooden Shjips

Harold of the Rocks: Primus
Do You Like To Eat A Cow: Paul Leary

Perm Act: Osees
St. James Infirmary: Cab Calloway
Travelin' Riverside Blues: Robert Johnson

Three Women Blues: Blind Willie McTell
Mr. Soul: Neil Young + The Promise of the Real
In That Great Getting Up In The Morning: The New Gospel Keys

Hell's Kitchen Radio #490: What's On The Stereo?
September 19, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #490: What's On The Stereo?
You got yourself a HiFi, do ya? You think you're all ooh la la? I bet you got some of that wall-to-wall shag carpeting all the kids are raving about, hmm?

We actually had wall-ON-wall carpeting in the basement rec-room of one of my childhood homes. There were some interesting square-cut mirrors with gold veins running through them for some odd effect. That house also had a built in bar. But it was the deep shag carpeting that not only ran across the floor, but literally up the wall to the ceiling that really stood out. Whose idea was that???

And of course our home stereo was down there too. My parents went out of town for a few days, leaving my two older sisters in charge. They were in high school and I was in elementary school at the time. I always looked up to my oldest sister, Julie. She's about eight and a half years older than me, and would always look after me when my folks were at work. My middle sister, Tracy, is about seven years older than me. She and I often butted heads when I was young, even though she was super excited about my mom giving birth to her little brother, me. We're all thick as thieves today. That party though! I was super excited they were having all of their friends over. This would have been around 1979 or 1980. And I can tell you whatever you have seen in movies about the teen fashions of that time were all over my basement that night. I stayed down there as long as they let me stay. I also have a memory of them setting everything up in the early evening, and me watching CHIPS on TV. HA!

This reminds me of the time my dad and his then girlfriend (now wife of 30+ years) went to Lake Tahoe, leaving me at home during my junior year of high school. I lived with my dad throughout high school; my parents divorced when I completed 8th grade. My best friend at the time, Kevin, decided to print up flyers for a kegger at my house, which he passed out to the local high schools, in and around San Mateo. Thanks Kevin. This was in late 1986, or early 1987. We had one hell of a party that night. About 300 people arrived. We had four kegs full of beer. My mom phoned, knowing my dad was out of town, and asked who that nice young lady was who answered the phone? I had no clue. She could hear lots of voices. My sister Tracy got on the phone and confronted me about having a party, letting me know that she was going to drive across the Bay right then and there. GULP.

Tracy arrived and alerted everyone "THIS IS MY FATHER'S HOUSE AND NONE OF YOU ARE INVITED!". She then told me the police are sitting outside in their squad car and want to talk with me. I proceeded outside and they told me that when the beer runs out these kids are going to get angry. "Why don't you choose who you want to have stay and we'll take care of the rest?". That's mighty kind of you officers. I selected about 30 people, and then the cops came through and escorted everyone off my property. They never even knew we were taking money at the door! HA!

My dad arrived home the next night to a mostly cleaned house. The carpet was pretty well trampled upon. I stopped him at the front door and told him about the party. He was none too pleased, but this was my dad we're talking about. There was no grounding. There wasn't much of anything. Thanks dad? I guess. I had no leash growing up. I went to shows all the time, up and down the Peninsula, and in the East Bay. I drove down to Monterey to see the Grateful Dead for the May 9th and 10th 1987 shows all by myself. I was 16. I never got myself in any serious trouble. I was never arrested, I never drove while high, I never liked alcohol, and I never was an asshole to people. Somehow I learned if I took "healthy risks" then the only person I could really have harmed was myself. That, and the "it's better to ask forgiveness than permission" thing. I've grown out of that, thankfully.

I have no idea what prompted me to share all of that with you, but there ya go.

Ummmmm music. Yeah, music. I have a few 2022 remasters and box sets here tonight. David Bowie, Blondie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Ella Fitzgerald all have remasters out this year. There's some garage punk, jazz, Japanese Folk Psych, British shoe gaze, stoner metal, ambient doom, hip hop, grunge, post-punk, and William Shatner.

With this you can't go wrong.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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


You Ass Is Next In Line: The Mummies
All Night Long: The Headcoatees
Louie Louie: The Headcoats

Do Not Expose To The Burning Sun: Helms Alee
Blood of the Serpent: Glitter Wizard

Sound and Vision: David Bowie
Sunshine of Your Love: Ella Fitzgerald
Let's Spend the Night Together: Muddy Waters

Blue Train (Take 8): John Coltrane
Hood Politics: Kendrick Lamar

Dancing Blue: Kikagaku Moyo
Rave Down: Swervedriver

That's What Happened: Miles Davis
Trailer Trash: MV and EE

Moonlight Drive: Blondie
Raid: MF Doom and Madlib
King Henry V/Elegy for the Brave: William Shatner
IV: Aluk Todolo

New Face In Hell: The Fall
Stereo: Pavement
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #489: This Time I've Got A Reason
September 12, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #489: This Time I've Got A Reason
Here it is Saturday evening and I have yet to share my most recent show from last Monday. How is that possible?!?!?!? Oh right, I have job and a family. Yeah, that'll do it. I'm a high school teacher by day, and the weeks fly by, so no wonder it's already Saturday.

As for this show, hot damn, it's a good one. I mixed it up quite a bit as usual, but there are a few artists I don't think I have ever played on my show, including Otyken and Useless Eaters. Speaking of Useless Eaters, I took their track from a Live in San Francisco LP, produced by John Dwyer of the Oh Sees. He did a series of Live in San Francisco records for Castle Face Records. I own about eight of them and played a bunch in the second hour. If you are as Punk as me (and I know you are ;)) then you are really going to dig this!

The Kinks have released a 2022 remaster of Muswell Hillbillies, so there's some of that thrown in; Butthole Surfers cover Roky Erickson; Elvis Costello covers Neil Young; under appreciated Frank Sinatra; classic Mr. Bungle and so much more.

Sorry again for the delay. I think the wait was worth it. Let me know.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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

Happiness is Drumming: Diga Rhythm Band
Placebo Effect: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Squeeze Me Macaroni: Mr. Bungle
Watertown: Frank Sinatra

20th Century Man: The Kinks
KGLW/Automation: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Just Coolin: Art Blakey and His Jazz Messengers

Earthquake: Butthole Surfers
Legend: Otyken

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere/Dance Dance Dance: Elvis Costello (Rusty)
Virgo: Harvey Sid Fisher
Iron Swan: The Sword

Sticky Hulks: Thee Oh Sees
Feel: Ty Segall Band

Chairs in the Dark: White Fence
No Time For The Blues: OBN IIIs
Garbage on Glue: The Blind Shake
Dungeon: Useless Eaters

This Time I've Got A Reason: FUZZ
Dancing Barefoot: Patti Smith

You Better Have A Gun: Fantastic Negrito
Earache My Eye: Henry Rollins Band

Hell's Kitchen Radio #488: God Save Radio Valencia
September 5, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #488: God Save Radio Valencia
Take care of your back. Seriously, you really need to watch how you're treating it. And your head. And stay hydrated. You're getting older. This is the only life you have. You only die once. You need to keep this vessel of yours moving for a few more years. Take care of it.

I lost 30 pounds between April and September 2021. I really needed to. I had hit about 205 and knew that my body wasn't happy. My spirit was pretty solid, since I do my best to focus on things that bring me joy, but my body wasn't having it. I was packing away the calories. This isn't some commercial. I'm not going to talk about the program I used. You can comment here and I'll respond, but I'm just talking here about how important it is to maintain physical health, especially as the climate continues to worsen. We are going to need our bodies to be in the best shape as possible.

As for music, there's always music. And here's some really great music! I start out the show with some brand spankin' new King Gizzard. This 18+ minute track is a real barn-burner. Throughout the show I pepper in songs in celebration of Labor Day, which I also celebrate on May 1st, since that's the real Labor Day, as created here in the good ol' USofA!

There are a lot of "classics" during these two hours. Once you hear them you're going to be digging for more, and I can't blame you!

As of this writing, Queen Elizabeth II has died, and I could not care less! God Save the Queen my ass. Fuck Imperialism, and Fuck Colonialism. I don't believe in an afterlife, but if I did...

Enjoy and please share!

jh

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

The Dripping Tap: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

T For Texas: Toshio Hirano
Bales of Cocaine: Reverend Horton Heat
The Ballad of El Goodo: Big Star
My Soul is Tired: Betty Davis

Career Opportunities: The Clash
This Is Love: Eric McFadden
Beautiful Feeling: PJ Harvey
I've Been Working: Van Morrison

There Is Power in a Union: Billy Bragg
Do You Take This Man?: Diamanda Galas with John Paul Jones
Now, Ah Lissen: Texas Preacher
What Do You Want From Life?: The Tubes

Fire: Robert Gordon with Link Wray
Jump: Mary Lou Lord
Dogs: Pink Floyd

Fight the Power: Brownout
The White Man's Got A God Complex: The Last Poets
I Had A Talk With My Woman: Tim Buckley
The Conversion Experience: Bill Orcutt

uzume: Boris

Hell's Kitchen Radio #487: Black Summertime
August 29, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #487: Black Summertime
No guests, new music, you, me, these turntables, this microphone. Tonight I was feeling a bit peckish and chose a variety that has moved me lately. New releases from Kikagaku Moyo, Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

I just want to let the music do the talking here. It was also the 50th anniversary of what I consider to be one of the top five all-time great Grateful Dead shows: August 27, 1972. There is a lot I can say about this amazing show, but I think you should just go listen the very well produced Deadcast and let Jesse Jarnow tell you all about it. I shared the 18 minute "Playin' in the Band".

I was going to follow up the epic Dead jam with a new 18 minute King Gizzard track, but I was running out of time. Dang. I would have done it too. And the story of the new KGLW track "The Dripping Tap" is really one to read about. I look forward to sharing the track with you soon.

Check out the playlist below and click the link above to check out the show.

Don't forget to tune in starting Mondays at 6PM for my weekly Live Bootleg Bonanza, where I share full live shows from my vast live bootleg library. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists, across dozens of genres. So much good stuff to check out on Radio Valencia Monday nights.

Enjoy.

jh

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

Nice, Nice, Very Nice: Ambrosia
I Will Not Be Your Fool: David Bromberg

Jubilee Train/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men
Walk the Plank: The Scientists

The Universe: Death Valley Girls
Raisins: Dinosaur Jr (Electronic Anthology Project)

Cardboard Pile: Kikagaku Moyo
I Feel Good (1975): James Brown

Packing Up Getting Ready To Go: Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder
You Gotta Serve Somebody: Mavis Staples and Levon Helm
Knock It On The Head: Mudhoney
Carry Home: The Gun Club

Playin' in the Band: Grateful Dead (August 27, 1972)

Magenta Mountain: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Eyes of the Muse: King Tuff

Carletta's In Hats Again: Brigid Dawson and the Mothers Network
Spanish Fly: Boss Hog
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #486: Myles Boisen
August 22, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #486: Myles Boisen
I love having talented folks in the studio to interview. There's something about being able to ask those questions about their art that really gets me going. Monday night I was honored to have long time Bay Area guitarist, producer, engineer Myles Boisen drop in to talk about his latest project "No Accident", a mostly prepared piano collection. He was kind enough to bring a bunch of his other recordings, including solo efforts, and tracks produced with his former band, Splatter Trio. He's played on quite a few sessions over the years, including Tom Waits and David Lynch. We spoke about all of this and much more.

I neglected to ask him about his tunings! Dang. Just an excuse to have him on with me again!

What a treat!

Enjoy and please share.

jh

Rawhide: Dead Kennedys
Hey Good Lookin': The Residents
Get Me Religion: Scott H Biram
You Got To Move: Memphis Minnie

Interview with Myles Boisen

He Bade Her Farewell: Myles Boisen
Little Rootie Tootie: Myles Boisen

Interview with Myles Boisen

Just A Gigolo: Thelonious Monk
The Mumbler: Splatter Trio

Interview with Myles Boisen

Dark Spanish Symphony 50s Version: Wild At Heart OST with Myles Boisen
Knife Chase: Tom Waits
Ital Dub: Joseph's Bones
Travelin' In Dub: Lee Perry

Interview with Myles Boisen

The Hokey Locus: John Schott
I'm Your Man: Mark Growden
The Commuter: Myles Boisen
Life By Another Name: Fred Frith

Interview with Myles Boisen

Returning/Summer: Myles Boisen
Sliding Home: Crying Time
Bronze Puppet: Nubdug Ensemble

Crazy: Myles Boisen's Past, Present, Future

Hell's Kitchen Radio #485: Jay Blakesberg
August 15, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #485: Jay Blakesberg
There are good interviews and then there are great interviews. Monday night's interview with photographer Jay Blakesberg falls into the latter category. That means it was GREAT, if you have issues with the whole "latter", "former" thing.

Jay has been taking pictures of live events since a teenager in the 1970s. His stories, starting with his youthful debauchery, taking his camera into shows, capturing bands in ways no one else was even considering, and leading onto a successful and exciting career as a photojournalist are really quite striking.

What I love about interviewing people like Jay, ask him a question and he can really spin a good yarn.

We spoke about his latest book: RETROBLAKESBERG: Vol. 1 The Film Years, which covers photos all taken on film (read: not digital) from his high school days in 1970 to 2008. This coffee table book is a real treasure, as is Jay.

Most of the music played tonight came from albums where Jay contributed photos. Gotta love that!

Next Monday night, August 22, join me when I interview Myles Boisen, guitarist, composer, improvisor, and record producer/engineer, best known around the Bay Area for his twin-necked twanging in The Splatter Trio. We'll be talking about his new release featuring him on piano. I'm really looking forward to this.

The Radio Valencia studio is looking better each week: new paint job and soundproofing. We're getting our logo on the awning out front next week! Thanks to our engineering team (aka: JazzNazz) we have the turntables and CD players working better than ever! But we still need you. This is an out-of-pocket venture. Bringing you great programming is our mission, and we can really use your help. Please consider donating to Radio Valencia by going to our PayPal (we are financially sponsored by SF IndieFest) and throwing a few bones our way. Every dime is spent on station needs (rent and equipment mostly). I thank you in advance.

Time now to sit back and enjoy two hours of aural delights.

jh

New Speedway Boogie: Bob Weir and the Wolf Brothers

Interview with Jay Blakesberg

The Way We Were: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Victory Dance: My Morning Jacket

Interview with Jay Blakesberg

Singing Seems To Ease Me: The Mother Hips
When You Wake Up Feeling Old: Wilco
To Lay Me Down: Grateful Dead

Interview with Jay Blakesberg

Layla: Tedeschi Trucks Band

Interview with Jay Blakesberg

Lady Godiva's Operation: Velvet Underground
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

My very first show in my entire life
August 11, 2022 12:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
My very first show in my entire life

Hell's Kitchen Radio #484: Hell Is Cuh-Ray-Zee
August 8, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #484: Hell Is Cuh-Ray-Zee
Having a chance to play these tunes for you brings great joy to Hell. There's a lot of blues in the first hour, and the blues always lifts me up! Give your ears a chance to get used to something new. I read another article recently that spoke about how people get set in their musical ways by the age of 32, and most of that music is what they were listening to in high school and immediately after.

I'm about to turn 52, and ten of the tunes I played tonight were new to me over the past six months or so. I mean seriously now. I get that we're busy. I understand that for many music just runs in the background (I actually don't understand this at all, but I know not everyone can be as obsessed with music as I am), and I get that life keeps on keepin' on. I guess that's why I will always be a strong proponent for the power and magic of non-commercial radio.

It's DJs, who have the power to program their own shows, that give you a chance to sit back and enjoy the aural ride. Let us do the driving, so to speak. That's ok. I don't mind that. As a matter of fact I get really excited about that. Just listen to my mic breaks!

A few notes about this show: Tom Waits is celebrating the 20th anniversary of both "Blood Money" and "Alice", so you get a taste of that. Some new music from Spain's Podium, new sounds from Ty Segall and Fantastic Negrito, as well as a premier from local guitarist/producer/engineer Myles Boisen, who will be on my show in two weeks, on Monday, August 22nd. Tune in.

You are also going to want to tune in next Monday, August 13th, 8PM PDST for my guest, rock photographer Jay Blakesberg, who will be in the studio talking up his latest book. I cannot wait for this interview. I have been a fan of Jay's for many years. Check out his stuff and tune in.

Time now to sit back and enjoy two hours of aural delights.

jh

Down In The Street: The Stooges
Grinder Man: John Lee Hooker

Misery Is The River of the World: Tom Waits
Hole in the Wall: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Black Rat: Big Mama Thornton
I Don't Know: Blues Brothers
Go To Satan: Rube Waddell
Introspection: Population II
Dear Doctor: Rolling Stones

Saturday Pt. 2: Ty Segall
Podium: Podium

Nabbadip: Fantastic Negrito
Master Pretender: First Aid Kit
English is Cuh-Ray-Zee: Peet Seeger
Hot Cha: Roland Kirk
Wild and Free: Curtis Mayfield

Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley with The Chineke Orchestra
Iron Man: Brownout

Toulon Pedro: The Toulon-Pedro Connect

Returning Summer: Myles Boisen
Tomorrow Never Knows: 801

Just Got Paid: ZZ Top


Hell's Kitchen Radio #483: Internationally Known
July 25, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #483: Internationally Known
What do you get when your host has one kid on vacation and the other in daycare all day? You get a very well-prepared program, that's what you get. I normally have a vague idea of how I want my show to go. I listen to music all of the time, so I always know about 25% of the songs I really want to share with you, leading into a show. I bring plenty with me, so it's all about having the experience of what artist or genre may match up with what I am currently playing (let's see Spotify really do that well!). This past week I've had a lot more time on my hands to listen to a bunch of vinyl that has needed my attention.

I also went to see Melvins last week, with Helms Alee opening. What an inspiring show that was! This program is more loud than normal. You get some fine sludge and doom, but you're also going to get some fine angular post-punk, psych, jazz, and more. New music from Helms Alee, Othered, and Ty Segall. That's why you tune in, and I thank you for that. I really do.

Take a look at the playlist below, click the link above to stream, and share with your music-loving friends.

The Radio Valencia studio is looking better each week: new paint job and soundproofing. We're getting our logo on the awning out front next week! Thanks to our engineering team (aka: JazzNazz) we have the turntables and CD players working better than ever! But we still need you. This is an out-of-pocket venture. Bringing you great programming is our mission, and we can really use your help. Please consider donating to Radio Valencia by going to our PayPal (we are financially sponsored by SF IndieFest) and throwing a few bones our way. Every dime is spent on station needs (rent and equipment mostly). I thank you in advance.

Enjoy.

jh

Hag Me: Melvins
Dragonaut: Sleep

Tripping Up The Stairs: Helms Alee
Matazoa: Boris

Focus Pocus: Big Business
Kill The Badger!: William S. Burroughs
Redless: Otherered
Mars for the Rich: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Looking At You: Ty Segall
I Shot All The Birds: Blind Shake

Teenage Riot: Sonic Youth
Hands: Lithics
Gut The Quantifier: The Fall

Marlene Dietrich: black midi
Ce n'est Rēve: Population II

N.I.B.: Jazz Sabbath
I've Got The Death Energy: Nudity

Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson
Hell Broke Luce: Tom Waits

Holiday: The Kinks


Hell's Kitchen Radio #482: You Had Me At Love Whip
July 18, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #482: You Had Me At Love Whip
A very inspired show tonight. Maybe it's the great music I've been listening to that I couldn't wait to share with you? Maybe it's the fact that I had a lot of time to choose my music before my show? Maybe it was the many people who came in and out of the studio and I really wanted to play some great music for them as well? Whatever the reason, this was a great show to host.

There's some psychabilly, psychedelia, funk, soul, folk, retro, goth, prog, jazz, classic rock, and even a dirty old one man band!

Hot damn, there's a lot for everyone here. Try that, Spotify! And you know what, they can't. Even Shazam gets stumped by some of what I play. That's what's so great about non-commercial community radio! You have hosts that know the music, not some algorithm that is programmed to tell you what to like. Do you know that program directors at commercial radio stations are now using Spotify to help them program their stations? Where's the human touch?

Radio Valencia brings the human touch in spades!

The Radio Valencia studio is looking better each week: new paint job and soundproofing. We're getting our logo on the awning out front next week! Thanks to our engineering team (aka: JazzNazz) we have the turntables and CD players working better than ever! But we still need you. This is an out-of-pocket venture. Bringing you great programming is our mission, and we can really use your help. Please consider donating to Radio Valencia by going to our PayPal (we are financially sponsored by SF IndieFest) and throwing a few bones our way. Every dime is spent on station needs (rent and equipment mostly). I thank you in advance. You can find the PayPal link on the right side of the homepage.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

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

Love Whip: Reverend Horton Heat
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge

Move Your Hand: Lonnie Smith
I Wanna Be Free: New York Underground Funk Band

Venomous Dogma: Fantastic Negrito
Only Son Of The Ladiesman: Father John Misty
Cold Pillows: Shannon Shaw

Said Goodbye To That Car: Marissa Nadler
Fever Dreams: Scott H Biram
Man's World: Crow Jane

Odd Octubree: brandUn DeShay (ft. Tyler the Creator, Casey Veggies, MF Doom)
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles
Les Vents: Population II

Friday Morning: Khruangbin
Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammad
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Madman Across The Water (Piano Demo): Elton John

The Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk
Zombie: CW Stoneking
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #481: Take The High Road
July 11, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #481: Take The High Road
Wow, this radio thing is kinda fun. Since I attended Mosswood Meltdown, July 2nd and 3rd, I decided to take last week off. Did you miss me? What do you mean no?

Taking a week off means that I have even more new music to share with you this week!

If you tune in regularly, then you know my show is all over the place. I play what moves me, hoping it moves you too. New music from Podium, Shannon Shaw, and Ty Segall. There's a lot that's new to you, including a Neil Young Archives release, "Toast" from 2001. I also had tickets to give away for an upcoming Bottom of the Hill show. I played music from the three acts performing that night.

Tune in regularly for your chance to win tickets to local shows.

The Radio Valencia studio is looking better each week: new paint job and soundproofing. And now we have our equipment in tip-top shape. But we still need you. This is an out-of-pocket venture. Bringing you great programming is our mission, and we can really use your help. Please consider donating to Radio Valencia by going to our PayPal (we are financially sponsored by SF IndieFest) and throwing a few bones our way. Every dime is spent on station needs (rent and equipment mostly). I thank you in advance.

Now, go check out the playlist below, click on the link above and enjoy the show.

jh

This Is Madness: The Last Poets
Take Your Medicine/Meddle with Metal: Czarface and MF Doom

I Wish You Would: Billy Boy Arnold
She Left Me With A Mule To Ride: Big Joe Williams

Centrate: Podium
Blues Theme: Davie Allen and the Arrows
She's A Woman: Jeff Beck

Broke My Own: Shannon Shaw
Silent Season: Golden Void
One Step Ahead: Big John Patton

Goin' Home: Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Poptones: PIL

Don't Lie: Ty Segall
Gyre: Meatbodies

Carnival: Bikini Kill
No Fair: Wipers
Mad Moth: The Bobby Lees

United States of Chemicals: The Criticals
Don't Let It Be Me: VEERS

Zombie: Weekend Youth
GFY: Amyl and the Sniffers
Teengenerate: The Dictators

Amazona: Roxy Music
In That Great Getting Up In The Morning: The New Gospel Keys

Hell's Kitchen Radio #480: Miniature American Flags For All
June 27, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #480: Miniature American Flags For All
Standing in the newly painted Radio Valencia studio really fills me with pride, and inspires me to put on a quality show for you all. That's not saying the other weeks were phoned in, it just feels like I walked into a brand new studio and I'm really jazzed about it.

Radio Valencia is a collection of jocks who have come together to play our favorite music for you. Some of us have been at this radio game a few decades now. RV has been going strong-ish since 2010. Having a storefront location this last year has been a huge boon for us, and we're now in a position to make the most of it; hence the facelift. Big thanks to the Tuesday night crew, Culturefest's Lilly and Joe. These two really went all out. When I walked in Monday night I could have sworn the studio was actually bigger than before!

Sunday Streets on Valencia is July 10th. If you're in the area drop by and check out the studio. We're at 3227 22nd Street, between Mission and Valencia, next door to Make Out Room.

Tonight's show had a lot of emotion throughout it. New music from Emily Clark and Fanstastic Negrito. There's a 45th anniversary expanded edition Bob Marley, and a build up to this weekend's Mosswood Meltdown in the second hour. And George Carlin speaks about a timely issue beyond the grave.

How do I pack so much in? You'll just have to tune in Monday's 8-10PM PDST and find out.

Enjoy and please share.

jh



Do It: Rollins Band
The Man With The X-Ray Eyes: Bauhaus

A Change Is Gonna Come: Baby Huey

Moth Tongue: Crystal Fairy
Nasty Girl: Betty Davis
Life Goes On: Big Mama Thornton

You Better Have A Gun: Fantastic Negrito
Let Me Roll It: Paul McCartney and Wings

Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin

Big Sky: Emily Clark and the Passing Fancy
Chismiten: Mdou Moctar

Suck My Left One: Bikini Kill
Love Canal: Flipper
Crawl: Shannon and the Clams
Racist, Sexist Boy: The Linda Lindas
AirBnB: Kim Gordon

Lovers Lane: Hunx and His Punx
George Carlin Pro Life, Abortion, and the Sanctity of Life
Fisherman Dub: Lee Perry

Natural Mystic (Alternative version): Bob Marley
In The Great Getting Up In The Morning: The New Gospel Keys


Hell's Kitchen Radio #479: Golden Psych And Roll
June 13, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #479: Golden Psych And Roll
I don't know what got into me but whatever it was I just had to get it out during this show. It's almost exclusively from the golden era of psych and rock and roll from the late 60s until about 1974. And it's a mix of European, Middle Eastern, and Latin American bands. Thee Oh Sees and Dungen are both in there so you can hear their influences. This was such a fun show to put together, I think you'll enjoy each tune.

I'm guessing you haven't heard of most of these bands. I talk them up between sets, so if you're looking for any info, listen up! It's a safe bet I haven't played 85% of these artists on my show, ever. And I'm talking since my start in 1988. OK, maybe 75%. Oh wait, 65%?

I also gave tickets away to another epic upcoming show at the Bottom of the Hill in SF. If you live in the Bay Area and you want to go see a show, you should be tuned into Radio Valencia regularly. Many of our shows have tickets to give to you! Or you! Or maybe even you!

Everyday Monday: Laghonia
Gelatinous Cube: Thee Oh Sees

Burning Sister: Amon Duul II
Stadsvandringar Del 2: Dungen
Haliç'te Güneşin Batışı: Mogollar

Thlah Cinta Berlalu: Koes Barat
Church of Anthrax: John Cale and Terry Riley
Canim Kurban: 3 Hur-El

Little Hands: Skip Spence
Psychedelic Weapons: Alejandro Jodorwsky
Transparent Radiation: Red Crayola
No Good Trying: Syd Barrett

Kobaia: Magma
The Good Mr. Square/She Was Tall, She Was High: The Pretty Things

I Hate You: The Monks
The Whip: Frantics
Flameout: 101 Strings Orchestra
A Million Grains of Sand: Freak Scene

Two Sisters: The Kinks
Poor Moon: Canned Heat
Apocalipsis: Vox Dei

Love Is A Feeling: Public Nuisance
Magica: Os Mutantes

Egyptian Kings: Brainticket
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #478: My Mouth, Your Ears
June 6, 2022 8:00pm

 

A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #478: My Mouth, Your Ears
Following that live Black Sabbath from 1970 I played during my Live Bootleg Bonanza, I just had to keep the feeling moving. This show is mostly loud and in your gut, with a couple of tunes in there to let you catch your breath.

Check out new music from The Bobby Lees ( I love this band), Ty Segall (you already know how I feel about him), Iggy Pop (the greatest love of all), Kikagaku Moyo (they're coming back to the Bay!!!), and Le Butcherettes (when will Teri Genderbender return???).

I feel you feelin' me, so we've got that goin' on, which is good.

In the meantime, sit back relax, open your mind, and get ready to be punched in the earholes the way you like it.

Tune in each Monday, 8-10PM PDST. I always have tickets to give away to a local show. You really need to get out more often.

Enjoy and please share.

jh

Black Sabbath: Flower Travelin' Band
Love You To Death: The Darts

Dig Your Hips: The Bobby Lees
Broken Hands: Mudhoney

Shakey Jake: Joe McPhee
Bodies: Sex Pistols

Hello, Hi: Ty Segall
Trouble In Mind: Mavis Staples and Levon Helm
Gettin' Hard: Death Valley Girls

Dirty Sanchez: Iggy Pop
Reach For The Sunn: Meatbodies
Yayoi Iyayoi: Kikagaku Moyo

No Time For The Blues: OBN IIIs
Never Look Back: Night Beats
Full Reverse: Acid King

Fuck Bobby: Buzzed Lightbeer
Garbageman: The Cramps
The Universe: Le Butcherettes

Memories are for Losers: Dark Carnival
Coma Girl: Joe Strummer


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