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Hell's Kitchen Radio #455: Wish You Were Broke
November 8, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #455: Wish You Were Broke
You have distinguished taste in music. You only want the best. So why are you here? Just joking; I got what you need.

Often times I pull my music shortly before I leave for the station, looking for albums that I either recently purchased, or something I haven't listened to in a long time. There are also times I pull records that I haven't listen to quite enough, and figure I'll try out a track on you. That being said, these records rarely get played on my show. I don't really want to experiment on you that much. That wouldn't be fair. You want to tune into a show where the host actually has done the work for you.

I've trained countless DJs over the years. Though I impart upon them my style of programming, it's important that they find their own voice, as I did. Starting my radio life at the great KFJC (88-97), I was trained by Hell'n Hairspray, who shared her own wisdom about mixing accessible tunes with more challenging tracks. There were two school's of thought at the Fine 89: Mix it up so as not to alienate the listener, and push the limits 100% of the time, listeners-be-damned! I come from the former school. I like to push the limits from time to time, but I also don't want you all running for the hills, or to Dave-FM. HA!

On this show you get a mixed bag of sonic goodness. It's the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's fourth release (untitled), I throw in a version of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" that you have never heard before, some folk blues from the deep south, Japanese psych, Detroit proto-punk, West Kenyan Guitar, Aussie garage rock, Detroit blues, and The Residents, along with many other tasty treats, fresh from Hell's Kitchen Radio.

Take a moment and glance at the playlist, and then click on the link to stream or download this episode.

Enjoy and please share.


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The Laughing Song: The Residents
Sabbath: Lucifer

Needle Boy: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
When The Levee Breaks (alt mix): Led Zeppelin

Mean Disposition: Muddy Waters with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield
Sister Morphine: Marianne Faithful
Tamalpais High (At About 3): David Crosby

Halo of Flies (acoustic): The Melvins
What Do I Get?: Destroy All Monsters

Goddess on A Highway: Mercury Rev
I'll Buy: The Replacements
Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ: Titus Andronicus

Dawn: Kikagaku Moyo
Free the Skull: Moon Duo

54-40 or Fight: Dead Moon
Losin' Your Mind: Lazy Cowgirls
Smooth Moves: The People's Temple

Wish You Were Here (Stephane Grappelli on violin): Pink Floyd
Wesimba Omurwe: Shem Tupe
Write Me A Few Of Yo Lines: Mississippi Fred McDowell

The New Gospel Keys: In That Great Getting Up In The Morning

Hell's Kitchen Radio #454: Kate and Eric Visit the New Studio
November 1, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #454: Kate and Eric Visit the New Studio
After careful consideration, and a close listen to my pre-Halloween show, I came to the decision that it just plane blew. Therefore, I have made the executive decision for a do-over. The first hour on Monday night was some sweet spooky tunes to keep the holiday spirit going. Pun intended.

To make this night even better, the second hour features not one, but two remarkable performers: Kate Vargas and Eric McFadden. If you have tuned into my show over the years, then you know Eric is a longtime friend, and always a great interview, always with fun stories to share. Tonight Eric is joined by singer/songwriter Kate Vargas. I've been playing the hell out of her recent release, Rumpumpo. The two of them have been hosting their weekly "From The Red Couch" shows since COVID began, and each week is a real treat.

Tonight we talk about how COVID has been treating them, writing and performing, and what stories mean to them. I really love interviewing songwriters; they always dig deeper to tell the more meaningful story. I think you'll agree.

Eric and Kate will be performing at Dark Cabaret at the Great Star Theater in Chinatown the last two weekends in November. I have attended many times and can attest to how amazing this show is. Go to the site and poke around. Seriously, go see this show!!!

Kate is performing later in November at Amado's in the Mission, Sunday, November 21st.

OK, that's enough. Take a look at the playlist below, click the link at the top to stream or download this show, by tickets to the live shows, and get a damn life already.

Head over to my blog for links and more details.



Science Fiction/Double Feature: Rocky Horror SDTK
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson and the Aliens
Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Worship the Devil: Glitter Wizard
The Beast with Five Hands: Groovie Ghoulies
See You In The Boneyard: The Flesh Eaters
I Was A Teenage Werewolf: The Cramps

Bela Lugosi's Dead: Bauhaus
You're Dead: Norma Tanega
I Put A Spell On You: Nina Simone
Evil: Howlin' Wolf

Halloween: Siouxsie and the Banshees
Halloween: Mudhoney
Halloween: Sonic Youth

Church of the Misdirection: Kate Vargas
Happy Death: Eric McFadden

Glorieta and the Holy Place: Kate Vargas
Who's Laughing Now? Eric McFadden

I Want To Be Evil: Eartha Kitt
Little Demon: Screamin Jay Hawkins

Hell's Kitchen Radio #453: The Witching Hour
October 25, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #453: The Witching Hour
Sometimes the week just gets away from me. I really need to be more on top of this blog. For this I apologize. And look what you missed!!! Scarrrrrry soundzzzzzzz. Not really. Kinda. I really didn't put much effort into the holiday theme, most likely because it's a week away, and I'm really trying to avoid making a costume of any kind. What the hell is wrong with me? I used to love to do the whole DIY thing. I did make my toddler son's costume. Bodhi wants to be a blueberry. There are no blueberry costumes out there to be purchased, so I did what any modern day, creative father would do: I hit up the craft store!

He wants me to be a strawberry. This is not going to happen. He wants his mother to be a banana. This too is not going to happen. He wants his sister, Little Lauson Hell, to be an elephant. This really isn't going to happen. He'll forget all about it once he gets a candy bar thrown his way.

I am totally off topic.

This show was fun nonetheless. I realized following the show I should have played the Tom Waits tune "What's He Building In There?", instead of what I did play. In retrospect I have creepy music galore that I didn't play. I did pull out some horror film soundtracks, and a few treats. There is some new music from the Melvins and Kate Vargas. I also picked up the 50th anniversary Beatles "Let It Be" box set. I played a few selections from those sessions in the second hour.

I just picked up the entire Pink Floyd 2021 remastered collection. There are no extras, but it sounds amazing! Next Monday you may hear some of this.

If you're heading out on the town Sunday for Halloween, save some to the treats for the kids, will ya? My wife and I had this idea years ago, to serve creamed corn from ladles into the candy bags. Hilarious. Maybe one day? HA!

Have you checked out any of our many great new shows on Radio Valencia? Go to the shows page and tune in when it fits your schedule. There is so much there to fit your awesome style. We wish we were as cool as you.



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The Demise of Mrs. Baylock: Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen OST)
I Saw Your Mommy: Suicidal Tendencies

Hung Bunny/Roman Dog Bird (acoustic): Melvins
All I Want For Christmas is Halloween: Happy Fangs

Lawton: Hampton Grease Band
Kick Out The Jams: MC5 meet Africa Bambaataa

Left Shoe: Kate Vargas
Step Right Up: Tom Waits
Dread Lion: The Upsetters
Witch: Goblin
Andalusia: The Phantom Surfers

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers (January 30, 1971)
Circlin' the Sun: Spirit Hustler

Let It Be/Please Please Me/Let It Be: The Beatles
I Got A Feeling: The Beatles

On The Day Shift Now/All Things Pass: The Beatles
Polythene Pam (Rehearsal): The Beatles
Maggie Mae/Fancy My Chances With You: The Beatles
Don't Let Me Down (First Rooftop Performance): The Beatles
The Common People: Leonard Nimoy

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: Amy Winehouse
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #452: The Night Time Is The Right Time
October 18, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #452: The Night Time Is The Right Time
Tune in for the music, stay for my stinging commentary on commercial radio! Seriously though, you can't write this stuff. Live 105 is now Dave FM? Too much. Let's turn commercial radio into a ghost town. To me this looks like the death knell of the medium. What a perfect time for people to tune into non-commercial, and community radio like Radio Valencia, where the DJs all curate their own shows. There is nothing holding us back. We aren't relying on corporate interests. Our motive is our purpose.

As always, a lot of new music on this show. including new acoustic Melvins, new King Gizzard, FUZZ, Shannon and the Clams. I'm also starting a second hour feature where I showcase my box set collections. There are always sonic treats in these sets that you've never heard before. I'll be sharing what I've got weekly.



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Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF

There Is A Mountain: Joe Jones
Moving Pictures For The Ear: Don Cherry

Holy Roller: Night Beats
Big Time: Medeski, Martin and Wood

Billy Fish (acoustic): Melvins
Blaze: Acid King
B1: Dungen

Yours: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Borin Convo: JJ Doom
Runaway Child, Running Wild: The Temptations
Dave's Not Here: Cheech and Chong
Help Me: Sonny Boy Williamson

Nothing People: FUZZ
Le Jeu Du Telephone: Caroline
Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam: The Vaselines

Kids and Dogs: David Crosby and P.E.R.R.O. (2021 Remastered 50th Anniversary Release)
Fearless: Pink Floyd (Stereo 24-Bit 96kHz Early Years Blu-Ray)
All Apologies: Nirvana (2013 Remastered 20th Anniversary Release)

Snakes Crawl: Shannon and the Clams
Living Wreck: Mudhoney
Universal Consciousness: Alice Coltrane

Clap (studio version): Yes
Good Night Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #451: Being Famous Is Just So Hard
September 27, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #451: Being Famous Is Just So Hard
Well this is embarrassing. I should have shared this with you days ago. What was I thinking? What have I been doing all this time? Oh right, I have kids, and a wife. And it was my birthday this past week, so there was that. And I have a job.

I just can't please 'em all.

And this was a really good show; possibly the best since I returned live in the studio this past summer. New music from Ty Segall, Shannon and the Clams, King Gizzard and John Dwyer. There's also a tribute to sax man, Pee Wee Ellis. I saw some live music last weekend and went digging online for the opening bands. I open with tunes from both, Buzzed Lightbeer and Coffin. Check them out when they come to your town.

Support live, local music.



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Mondays 8-10PM
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Hell: Buzzed Lightbeer
Going Off (Til You Die): Coffin
Mountain: Meatbodies
Warsawng: Glitter Wizard

Changing Contours: Ty Segall
Turbine: MV and EE
Dirt: The Stooges

Licking Stick, Licking Stick: James Brown
Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud: James Brown

Do I Wanna Stay: Shannon and the Clams
Cold Bear: The Gaturs
London: Angel Bat Dawid

Blue Morpho/Interior People: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Melted Rope: WAND

Compared the What?: Col. Bruce Hampton and Aquarium Rescue Unit
Tei Egwu: Afro Funk

The War Clock: John Dwyer

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #450: Roommate Radio At It's Finest
September 20, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #450: Roommate Radio At It's Finest
Music and mayhem for two hours. You're good with that, right? I really had no chance, btw. I have to keep up appearances. I really listen to Helen Reddy and Montovani at home. You knew that though. You're smart like that. I'm boring as all get out. Dad jokes a-plenty! I plug my ears through all this music you hear during my show. Blech. Who needs it? amiright?????

And then there's the guests! Sheesh! Who the Hell wants to talk to people? I really just want to sink into my comfy couch, eat some bon-bons and watch train videos on YouTube.

First hour is some stuff, follower by things. Ha! New music from Red Fang, Toshi Kasai and Daddy Longhead. Such goodness coming from these artists. I'm looking forward to interviewing producer, engineer, electronics wiz Toshi Kasai in the upcoming weeks.

Second hour brings a visit from the one and only Mike Dingle of the 3rd Thursday Band, and Marlon Kasberg of KFJC (I won't share his airname, but you will know him when you hear him). They stopped in to talk up this weekend hullabaloo happening at Winters Tavern in Pacific, Saturday and Sunday, featuring a tribute to the late. great rock/punk saxophonist Steve Mackay. The interview was fun and way too much roommate radio, but silly nonetheless.

There's also some great music featuring Steve Mackay late in the second hour.

If you really want to give a listen to what a bunch of idiots who have known one another for 20+ years in and around the music and radio history, forgetting that they're on the radio, and ignoring the listeners, then you really want to give this a lesson. To be honest though, Marlon and I did our best to keep Dingle on point, and talking directly into the microphone. I love that guy.



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Religion: PIL
Strange Times in Casablanca: John Cale

Will You Still Love Me: Dave Barker and the Upsetters
Beautiful and Dangerous: Desmond Dekker
Girls With Guns: Bongos, Bass and Bob

Unreal Estate: Red Fang
Hadasha: Bar Kokhba

The Hunt Is On: Toshi Kasai
What Did I Feed The Dogs: Daddy Longhead

"Interview" with Mike Dingle and Marlon Kasberg

Los Altos Blues: Steve Mackay
Baghdad: Steve Mackay

Capital: Amyl and the Sniffers
Rock Island Line: Leadbelly
Let There Be Dark: Dark Carnival

Hell's Kitchen Radio #449: Shake This!
September 13, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #449: Shake This!
It has been almost two full years since I have hosted a guest in the studio. Monday night I was pleased to have Patsy and Giovanni "The Cleaner" mAcdonald, from the greatest rock and roll band in the world, Shake Well, join me in the second hour, talking up their new release and upcoming show at Ivy Room, Thursday night, September 16th, featuring TJ mAcdonald, who sounds a lot like Eric McFadden, on guitar. Eric and Kate Vargas are headlining this show.

The mAcdonald family are a curious bunch, and Patsy shares some stories I don't think the rest of the family are too keen on you all knowing. Be sure to check out the interview. They also brought along some tracks for the soon-to-be-released new album.

There's plenty of new music throughout the show tonight. Amyl and the Sniffers, Toshi Kasai, Paul Leary, Kate Vargas, Meatbodies, and Negativland. Whew, that's a lot.

Music bed generously produced and donated by Adam MacKintosh



Freaks to the Front: Amyl and the Sniffers
Do You Like To Eat A Cow: Paul Leary
Eat Steak: Reverend Horton Heat

I'm Goin' Mad: Scorpions
I'm Here To Kill You: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

Stumbling Through The Jungle: Toshi Kasai with Clem Burke
Lazy Stoned Monk: Kikagaku Moyo
Go Slow: Fela Kuti

Interview with Shake Well

Like Water: Shake Well
Too High: Shake Well

Interview with Shake Well

Hawaii: Shake Well
Glorieta to the Holy Place: Kate Vargas
Hey Bulldog: Eric McFadden

Your Time Is Gonna Come: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Human Fly: The Cramps
Reach for the Sunn: Meatbodies

Snake Oil Charmer: Mudhoney
Alien Boy: Wipers
Abstract "I": Sun Ra

Open Your Mouth: Negativland
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Check out the video for "Too High" from Shake Well below.

Hell's Kitchen Radio #448: For Your Edification
September 6, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #448: For Your Edification
Another Monday, another chance for me to share some great music with you all. I started in radio in the Fall of 1988, when I was at the College of San Mateo and took radio classes, so I could be at KCSM, Jazz-91 on the campus. I was also working at Tower Records in San Mateo at the time. One of my colleagues was a DJ near the South Bay at 89.7FM KFJC, located at Foothill Junior College, just south of Stanford. When she heard I was at KCSM, she told me I should come down to KFJC and check it out. I was floored; I thought of KFJC as an exclusive station, with the cream of the crop of subversive DJs, always pushing the limits of what was "acceptable" radio. I first showed up there in late Fall 1988, and stuck around until 1997.

KFJC taught me that I had a responsibility to push the limits. Where else are you going to be turned onto music that will captivate and elevate you to a higher consciousness? Indeed.

So tonight you're going to get what I always give you: good musical medicine. Tribute to Lee "Scratch" Perry; new Ty Segall and Meatbodies; krautrock from Embryo; kraut-influenced from MV and EE; birthday wishes to Roger Waters and much much more,

I've been doing this radio thing for over 30 years now, but it still feels fresh every week. I love finding new music, or music that's new to me, so I can share it all with you. I hope you enjoy this recent presentation.



Thank You, America: The Celibate Rifles
Anti-Song: (Ex) Cat Heads

Full Experience: Lee "Scratch" Perry ft. Aura
Killing Floor: Electric Flag
Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth: Dead Boys

Pictures: Ty Segall
Hypnagogia: Death Valley Girls
A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die: Flesh Eaters

Higgs Boson Blues: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Norwegian Wood: Psychedelic Guitar Circus

Walking on the Water: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Poor Boy Excursions: MV and EE

Espagña, Si, Franco No: Embryo
Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict: Pink Floyd

Night Time Hidden Faces: Meatbodies
C 'N' C - S Mithering: The Fall

Crack Mountain: Natural Child
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #447: Tripping Through The Audiosphere
August 9, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #447: Tripping Through The Audiosphere
Serving up some hot platters for your brain matter.

Seriously though, there are some good eats for your ears on this here show. Give it spin...or a stream. You can download it to go! Who knows, maybe you're listening to this show in the distant future, floating through space, far from our galaxy. Good on ya! Do you still consider yourself human, even if you don't live on planet Earth anymore?

I've been reading the "Three-Body Problem", by Cixin Liu, and that question comes up throughout the trilogy.

As for this here show, it's an interesting one. I'm training a new host, DJ Collin, who's going to be starting his new show Friday's 6-8PM Pacific, "Digging with DJ Collin". The second half of this show features a lot of his selections. I really put him to the test tonight. There were so many tech issues, even I was getting a bit flustered. He was chill the whole way through, and really gave his best. I can't wait to tune in to his show!

Our new home is really attracting some great talent. Please take the time to tune in regularly throughout the week. You never know when your next favorite host will knock you off your feet.

Take a look at the playlist below, click on the link at the top to stream or download this baby, and enjoy your trip through the cosmos.



I Like Marijuana: David Peel
Neat Neat Neat: Damned
Hard Time Killing Floor Blues: Skip James

Zo No Sanaka: Kikagaku Moyo
The Snake: Pink Fairies

Hunter: Joni Mitchell
Master of the Universe: Hawkwind
Mr. Pharmacist: The Fall
Linda Blair: Redd Kross

A Hedonist: EXEK
Are You Really Going To Move To The South: Marissa Nadler
UFO Please Take Me Home: Coachwhips
If I Had My Way: Bosco
Hideaway: Olivia Tremor Control - DJ Collin
Ride It: Montra - DJ Collin
Louise: Acetone - DJ Collin

LPs: Jeffrey Lewis - DJ Collin
Driftin': Sonny and the Sunsets - DJ Collin
Speeding Motorcycle: Daniel Johnston with Yo La Tengo - DJ Collin

Burnt Toast: Daddy Longhead
Blood Like Cream: Red Fang
March To Fuzz: Mudhoney

The Waitress Song: First Aid Kit
Dragstrip Riot: The Flesh Eaters

The Creative Brain art print by Johan Swanepoel

Hell's Kitchen Radio #446: Captain Crunchdown
August 2, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #446: Captain Crunchdown
I just bet I can multitask with the best of them. And when I say I can multitask, what I mean is I can't. And neither can you. Really, you can't, so stop putting on your resume as a skill. I was training a new DJ on Monday night, which takes some real direct attention. You need to be present if you're showing a new host how the system works, as well as the Radio Valencia philosophy. I don't want to play all ten minute songs throughout my show, so the training was happening in fits and starts. I think if you are paying attention you can hear the fits. ugh.

Some of the segues are less than pristine. I'm not proud.

I am however proud of the music I chose tonight. Brand spankin' new music from Butthole Surfers/Melvins bassist Jeff Pinkus and Daddy Longhead. Also new music from Black Midi, David McMurray, and Henry Kaiser. There's also a tribute to ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill who passed away unexpectedly last week following a short illness.

Check out the playlist below for all the treats, and ignore the DJ error as I was training the next great Radio Valencia DJ.

I thank you in advance.

Enjoy and please share.


Paranoid: Ty Segall
Sunken City: Zig Zags
You're Going To Die: Destroy All Monsters

Captain Sunshine: Country Joe and the Fish with John Cippolina
Ascending Forth: Black Midi
Silver Current: White Heaven

Plano: Daddy Longhead
Captain Comedown: Melvins

Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top
Grinder Man: John Lee Hooker

Loser: David McMurray with Betty LaVette and Bob Weir
Brotherman Pt. 1: Mancefield and Brother Man Band
Captain Crunch: Czar Face and MF Doom

The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost Reprise: A Love Supreme Electric
Johnny: Suicide
The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly: Flipper

Take Me Back To The Void: WAND
Original Sin: Peach Kelli Pop
Bird Like Monkey Part 2: Melt Banana
Love Song: The Mutants
Insect Lounge: The Mutants

Teeth Grinder: Mike Krol
Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot!: Thee Headcoats
Disguises: Minutemen
Garbage on Glue: Blind Shake

Hell's Kitchen Radio #445: The Return of the Magnificent Daughter From Hell
July 26, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #445: The Return of the Magnificent Daughter From Hell
I cannot express to you the amount of joy I feel when my daughter, Lauson joins me in the studio. She first joined me when she was 7, now she's getting close to 17, and she's more lovely, funny, creative, and charismatic than ever. And her taste in music is as exciting as ever. I'm glad she's still into the Beatles, but the fact that she's turning me on to great music tells me I'm raising her right!

We kept the banter to a minimum, but the chat is as lively as the music. I tagged her choices with an "L".

Many people have asked me how she got her name? About 3-4 years before she was conceived, I had a dream where I was sitting in the back seat, passenger side, of my 1984 burgundy Olds Cutless Supreme. There was a seven year old girl in the front passenger seat, turned around looking at me. She had wild curly in the dream. I asked her name, and she said "Lauson. L.A.U.S.O.N.". She then appeared next to me on my left, with my arm around her. She was smiling at me, and I knew at that moment I was looking at my daughter.

I woke up and looked at my wife (now my ex-wife), and said "we're going to have a daughter named Lauson, L.A.U.S.O.N.". She replied "we're having kids?". That tells you all you need to know about my ex-wife. A few years later Lauson was born. We chose not to know the sex of the baby before delivery, but I knew it was going to be Lauson. Seven years later, it was that same face, that same curly hair, and that same beautiful smile that I cannot get enough of.

Her mother and I divorced when she was only two, sadly. And for too many years Lauson had to go back and forth between houses. But she has been with me, 100% for the past three. We're thick as thieves, she and I. I love that girl from the bottom of my heart. And I am so proud of who she is, heading into her senior year of high school. Time certainly does fly by.



Payback - The Final Mixdown: James Brown
I Should Not Think Bad Thoughts: X

Night Goat (Acoustic): Melvins
Grandma's Hands: Bill Withers - L
No Diggity: Blackstreet, Dr. Dre and Queen Pen - L

Rhinestone Cowboy: MF Doom and Madlib
i n t e r l u d e: J. Cole - L
662: Christone Kingfish Ingram
Every Hungry Woman: Allman Brothers Band

SWEET/ I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE: Tyler, the Creator ft. Brent Faiyaz and Fana Hues

Back to Black (live acoustic): Amy Winehouse
Jokerman DUB: Bob Dylan/Doctor Dread
Sugar Is A Gateway Drug: Paul Leary

Solar Power: Lorde
I'm In Your Mind/I'm Not In Your Mind: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Crybaby: Destroy Boys
Make It Go Away: The Scientists
The Astronaut: The Astronauts

Time Of The Season: The Zombies
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: The Animals

T r a n s p a r e n t S o u l: Willow
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Hell's Kitchen Radio #444: To Death Do Us ROCK!
July 19, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #444: To Death Do Us ROCK!
I saw a meme the other day that made some comment about paying attention to those who are introducing new music into your life. Yes, please do. I also read something a while ago about once you reach the age of 30-something you stick with the music that made the most impact on you, sometime in your teens to 20s. Really? That's it? Some crappy, lowest-common-denominator non-offensive music that plays over and over on your favorite radio station, or Spotify playlist? What do you do when Spotify tries to suggest something new to you? Do you swipe left...or right? I wouldn't know;

I don't have Spotify. Are you shocked by this new found knowledge? Did you think I got all of my musical inspiration from what Spotify suggests to me? I listen to radio. Non-commercial radio to be exact. KFJC, KALX, KPOO, KALW (on the weekends), WFMU, KPFA (especially Wednesdays 8-10pm). And I listen with Shazam close at hand.

There are times I have stopped the car so I can Shazam a track. How much do you love this app? However there are times when it's stumped. That's mostly when I'm listening to KFJC, the station that stumps Shazam! HA! That's when I call them up and ask them what the hell that just was that blew my mind?!?!?!

I don't think I stumped Shazam tonight, but I gave it the old internet radio try. My buddy Eric came by the house today with his bass and we rocked out to GFY, along with some other Amyl, Stooges, Flat Earthers, Butthole Surfers and Oh Sees tunes. That was super fun. I really need to get loud like that more often. So let's start with some Amyl and the Sniffers, shall we? There's also new music from David McMurray, Paul Leary, Angel Bat Dawid, and Kate Vargas. Also, Mudhoney's 30th anniversary remaster of Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge arrived on Monday, so I threw that in for good measure. Or good fudge.

There's something for everyone here, even you who still listen to the same music you've been listening to since high school. Don't be afraid. Dive right in. If you don't like what you hear, just wait 3-7 minutes and check out the next tune.



GFY: Amyl and the Sniffers
Gimme MY Wife: Bruce Marshall
Dirty: Joy

Thin White Line: Avengers
Going Up The Country: Three Stoned Men
Take Me Higher and Groove Me: James Brown

The 11: David McMurray
Slates, Slags, Etc: The Fall
Room Service: Rap Rilplinger

Check Out Time: Mudhoney
Roadrunner: Modern Lovers

Gary Floyd Revisited: Paul Leary
Dum Dum: Butthole Surfers
Shit Storm/Youth Of America: Melvins

London: Angel Bat Dawid
Watch Out!: Wells Fargo

The Money Will Roll Right In (For Scott): Fang
Strangers: The Kinks
Raised Right Men: Tom Waits

Church of Misdirection: Kate Vargas
The Funny Bird: Mercury Rev

Apocalyptic Make Out: Love Jerks
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #443: Bad For The Hell Of It
July 12, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #443: Bad For The Hell Of It
I was told by a dear friend that I'm not a bad guy, I'm just not all that good either. HA! I love it! That's Hell for ya. I'm just pretty good at being pretty bad. And I enjoy laughing at that, and myself, often. I birthed John Hell in August 1994, when I co-founded Radio Free Burning Man. I'm sure I wrote about this somewhere else on this blog. We were all KFJC DJs and I didn't want to use my airname, Reverend Dah Wave, for the event in the desert. So I needed another moniker.

I had seen the Rowdy Roddy Piper film "Hell Comes to Frogtown", a post-apocalyptic tale about a guy who survived the devastation and now needs to save all of these extremely hot women (of course), being held in captivity by the Frog King. I love Rowdy Roddy Piper. He was always my favorite wrestler. Pipers Pit was the best part of WWF on Saturday afternoons. And "They Live" will always be a classic. "I've come to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum". I mean, come on! Anyway, I thought Piper's name in "Hell Comes To Frogtown" was John Hell. And I thought "Hell YES!", what an excellent name for RFBM. Ends up his name was Frank Hell. That's super lame. No. So John Hell it was and it shall remain, even if Discovery Channel decided it was to adult for their precious little cable outlet and changed it to "Helle" for the four hour "Power Tool Drag Races" special. Whatever, I got paid.

Initially I was thinking Hell would be all in your face; especially for Burning Man. I was purposely insulting to the organization, just to keep them honest. Now that John Hell about to turn 27(?!?!?!?!) he's much more reserved and sly. I like to poke fun in a more political manner, and to myself. Just what you've come to know and love. You do love me, don't you? (crickets)

As for this show, lot's of new music, Kate Vargas, the Scientists, Angel Bat Dawid, Gojira, Negativland, and Oh Sees. And everything else is gravy.

Also, you get a treat, one of my oldest and greatest friends is about to start a brand new show Wednesday's 10-midnight (Pacific) on Radio Valencia. His moniker is The Alchemist. The show is a mouthful: Conflux Cornucopia Cerebellum Cocktail Hour! The Alchemist is a walking musical encyclopedia. I know you're going to dig his show. He took over a couple sets in the second hour of this show. I marked it so you know. You're welcome.



White Man's Got A God Complex: The Last Poets
Chiseler: Crystal Fairy

Rumpumpo: Kate Vargas
Gibson Girl: Adam MacKintosh
Working For A Dead Man: Eric McFadden

I Will Miss the Jasmine: Shannon and the Clams
Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd

Science of Suave: The Scientists
Let There Be Dark: Dark Carnival

Black Family: Angel Bat Dawid and Tha Brothahood
***The Alchemist Set***
I Am A Husk: The Mercury Tree
Seven Ways Til Sunday: T.R.A.M.

Electric Landlady: Person
Amazonia: Gojira

Heavy Like A Witch: All Them Witches
Cheating the Polygraph: Porcupine Tree
Atheists Have Songs Too: Rykarda Parasol

***John Hell takes back the reigns***
He Keeps You: Boscoe
Create the Visitor: Negativland

The Ceiling: Oh Sees

Hell's Kitchen Radio #442: Looking Right Through You
June 28, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #442: Looking Right Through You
I'm really feeling this new studio of ours. It's like I've grown wings! I'm giddy, I tell ya! GIDDY! Another diverse show, full of multiple genres that might just give you whiplash. But it's the kind of pain that you like. You like pain, right?

Joni Mitchell released "Blue" 50 years ago, so you know I have to celebrate the genius of Joni. There's new music from Mr. Bungle, and Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers. I also have a set focused on my new obsession, The Fall. Seriously, what took me so long?

There punk, blues, synth-cumbia, underground hip-hop, stoner metal, and The Beatles! This is why you tune in to Radio Valencia.

Speaking of Radio Valencia, if you live in or near San Francisco, we're looking for a few good show hosts.

Have you ever said to yourself "I can program a better radio show than that idiot". If so, then Radio Valencia may be right for you! We are a freeform internet radio station located in the heart of the Mission District, with a storefront location looking for music lovers like yourself, who want to host a two hour show once a week.

No radio experience is necessary. Hire for personality, train for skill.

Take a look at the home page at and click on the "Contact Us" link half way down on the right side of the page. Let us know what you want to do and we'll be in touch faster than it takes to segue from one Minutemen song to the next.



The Light, The Sound: Flipper
I Will Not Be Your Fool: David Bromberg

All I Want: Joni Mitchell
Raid: MF Doom & Madlib
Truckin': Pop O Pies

Mathematics: Mr. Bungle
South: Specimen Box

U.S. 80s - 90s: The Fall
Glitter Freeze: Gorrilaz
Mr. Pharmacist: The Other Half

Verdugos De Abastos: Grupo Jejeje
Just A Dream Away: Wipers

Buzzin' Fly: Tim Buckley
Spit in the Eye: Heavy Blanket
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

Mohawk Town: Paul Leary
Citadel: A/lpaca
Whiskey and Women: John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat

Zed the Mythical Goat: Bazooka
Somebody's Fishin' In My Kitchen: Hip Lankchan

Hell's Kitchen Radio #441: My Minimum Opus
June 21, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #441: My Minimum Opus
The illist villain to strike to turntable crew is coming straight at you once again, for your face, and your earholes. Better get ready, better get set, 'cause you thought you saw something, YET, Hell is in the hizzzhouse!!!

OK, I got that out of my system. Thanks.

Another Monday back in our new studio, and I'm getting used to the groove. This show is a wee bit different where the mic breaks are concerned. You'll have to give it a listen and let me know what you think. Don't be shy about leaving a comment.

Lots of new music, and almost all on vinyl this week. I realized that over the past 18 months, streaming from home, where I couldn't access my vinyl, that I have a heap load of great music on my hard drives. I wasn't about to keep that to myself.

I'm looking forward to getting some guests in the studio to interview soon. I already have my wish list, so stay tuned.



Mandalay: Amyl and the Sniffers
Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll: John Baldy

I'm So Happy I Cry: Fantastic Negrito
The Green Manalishi: The Flesh Eaters

Marlene Dietrich: Black Midi
No Backrub: Bikini Kill
Be Bop Boogie: Hilton Felton

At Det Som Vaxer: Dungen
KGLW/Automation: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
John Henry: Leadbelly

Opus 40: Mercury Rev
Radar Love: The Space Lady
Street Waves: Pere Ubu
Linda Blair: Redd Kross

Come On Back: Purple Wizard
Mr. Highway Man: Howlin' Wolf
Like Food, It Feeds: The Coachwhips

Drive Fast, Take Chances: Acid King
Shadow of Skull: Boris

Born Stupid: Paul Leary
Glow In The Dark: Death Valley Girls
Love Canal: Flipper with David Yow

Fascists Eat Donuts: Pop O Pies

Hell's Kitchen Radio #440: Studio Bound
June 14, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #440: Studio Bound
532 days. That's how long it had been since I had the pleasure of broadcasting from a radio studio. That finally came to an end Monday night as I entered the new home of Radio Valencia, now a storefront location deep in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco.

Granted, there is work to do. We have a new mural by Alan Forbes that we need to get up, signage needs to be added on the front, new furniture purchased, and art hung on the walls, but I can tell you this is the place that I've dreamed about for decades. Really, decades. Have you ever seen the show "Northern Exposure"? Then you know.
We have dreams of looking similar to the former East Village Radio.

As for the show, it was all vinyl. I haven't had the pleasure to host an all-vinyl show since December 2019. I never hooked my laptop up to my stereo. I don't even think I can.

All of the music I played tonight was music I purchased during COVID. I didn't have enough time to play everything I brought, so next week might be more of the same. Oh boo hoo!

Of course I started with Melvins.

You're welcome.

Please forgive any technical issues, like over modulating, I'm getting used to the setup.

Enjoy. I can't wait to host you all!


Fuck Around: Melvins
Silver Machine: Hawkwind

End Returning: FUZZ
Just Enough To Keep Me Hanging On: David Issacs
Roforofo Fight! Fela Kuti

Bring It On Home To Me: Sam Cooke
TV Set: The Cramps
Not What You Want: Sleater Kinney

Kolbasti: Altin Gün
Velvet Cave: Silver Apples
Take Your Medicine/Meddle With Metal: Czar Face and MF Doom

More Data: Negativland
New Face In Hell: The Fall

Predators and Scavengers: Tomahawk
Johnny: Suicide
Institutionalized: Kendrick Lamar

Saignant: Oh Sees
Bad Luck: Sonny Terry
Living Wreck: Mudhoney

Music Inside: Midnight Snaxxx
Old World: Modern Lovers

High Noon: The Scientists
Snow Day: Mike Krol
Born To Kill: The Damned

Hell's Kitchen Radio #439: Looks Like I'm Fixin' To DJ Rag
May 31, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #439: Looks Like I'm Fixin' To DJ Rag
It's Memorial Day, so I'm going to honor the troops (of whom I have many as friends and former students) by sticking it to the man! I'm a strong believer in a strong defense. But I am not much for spreading Democracy around the world. I think we ought to practice what we preach, and allow nations to self-actualize as much as possible. We butt our heads (and arms) into other nation's biz a wee bit much over the years. And too many of our men and women in uniform have paid the ultimate price. I have no problem flipping the bird to the politicians who put our sons and daughters into harms way for the prize of land, labor, markets and other resources. I have yet to hear of one war we have been involved in that, at the heart of it, was about caring for human suffering. If we can't reap some reward, we aren't going in. Remember Rwanda?

I believe to the depth of my being, if our nation cared so much about our vets, they wouldn't make up 50% of the nation's homeless population. Let's put as much effort as we do preparing them for battle, into preparing them for coming home.

So here ya go. Two hours of stickin' it to the man.

Enjoy and thank a veteran today.


The Ballad of the Green Berets: Sgt. Barry Sidler
Rich Man's War: Steve Earle
Butcher's Tale: The Zombies

1916: Motorhead
Lay Your Weapons Down: Rich Kids on LSD
War Pigs (Live 1970 Montreux): Black Sabbath

Masters of War: Bob Dylan
Wooden Ships: Jefferson Airplane
An Open Letter To My Teenage Son: Victor Lundberg
The Unknown Soldiers: The Doors

I Can't Write Left-Handed Anymore: Bill Withers
War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley and the Wailers
X-Men Doctrine And Declaration/General P. Counterintelligence: General Patton vs The X-Ecutioners
Holiday in Cambodia: Dead Kennedys

Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden
The Fiddle and the Drum: Joni Mitchell
Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore: John Prine

Machine Gun (live 12-31-1969): Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsies)
The "Fish" Cheer/I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag: Country Joe and the Fish

Universal Soldier: Donovan
Some Mother's Son: The Kinks
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier, Mama: John Lennon
Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival

(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello

Hell's Kitchen Radio #438: Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan
May 24, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #438: Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan
I was about 12 or 13, laying in my bed on a weekend morning, listening to my clock radio, set to KFOG 104.5FM, when it was worth listening to. This song came on that hypnotized me; it's the only way to describe it, really. I was paralyzed. I could not move, and my ears did not want that song to release me from its spell. When the song ended, I knew I had stumbled across some kind of magic. I had to know what that was? Who that was? And what else awaited me?

The song, "Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again) took me on a journey that keeps showing itself in greater and more dynamic ways over 35 years later. Bob Dylan showed me that there is more to music than what shows up on the music directors list of approved songs. It's possible this was the song that propelled me deeper into my love of the art of radio?
I think I had my dad take me to Rasputin Records in Pleasant Hill so I could buy whatever record that song is on. I couldn't locate Blond on Blond that day, but I did come home with the next best thing, Highway 61 Revisited. I swear I wore that copy out in a matter of months. I felt that I had discovered this deep secret: brilliant music can be longer than 2:50 long.

Mind. Blown.

Along my musical journey, discovering the joy of so many great artists across numerous genres, I have always gravitated back to Dylan. How many people have said this? How many essays have been written about the man and his lyrics, not to mention the myth of BOB DYLAN? I like not being able to separate fact from fiction when it comes to his persona. I don't care to know the "real" Bob Dylan, when the shaman is much more interesting. And isn't that really what he's going for anyway?
Now, if I could just travel back to that innocent 12 year old version of me laying in bed being woken by the brilliance of Dylan, just for one moment.

I've been asked countless time what my favorite Dylan album is, and I have to go with "Blood on the Tracks". It's a summation of everything that came before, in terms of his prose. And it's filled with emotion regarding the end of his marriage. You can feel his heart in every beat. All of his albums come close, but this one really does it for me.

What's your favorite Dylan album? Leave a comment, and please share this with all of your Dylan-loving friends.

I merely scratched the surface with this show.
If you missed my 6-8PM live bootleg show, you can catch it by going here. I played the 90 minute "Judas" show from May 17, 1966, followed up with a few tracks from the 1975/1976 Rolling Thunder tour, and a track from the 1986 Dylan/Petty tour.

So much Bob Dylan for your earholes!!!

If you're looking for some reading material that'll fill up an afternoon, Rolling Stone has opened up their archives of many (all?) their Bob Dylan reviews and interviews.



See That My Grave is Kept Clean
Girl From North Country
Boots of Spanish Leather
Spanish Harlem Incident

It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding
Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence (Killing Me Alive)

Meet Me In The Morning (New York Sessions)
Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again)
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

Million Dollar Bash
Romance in Durango
It Ain't Me, Babe, with George Harrison

Covers Set:

I Shall Be Released: The Band
Just Like A Woman: Nina Simone

Political World: Bob Dylan
I'm Not There: Sonic Youth
I Wanna Be Your Lover: Yo La Tengo

Goin' To Acapulco: Jim James and Calexico
Señor: Willie Nelson and Calexico

Tombstone Blues: Richie Havens
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue: Grateful Dead (10-10-1982)

Hell's Kitchen Radio #437: I'm Your DJ
May 17, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #437: I'm Your DJ
There are times that I really want to send a sternly written letter to some commercial radio station, reminding them of the disservice they are doing to their listeners. It's almost as if they are some junkie pushing tainted drugs. The user doesn't even know there are quality drugs down to the left end of town (or in most cases left end of the dial). In this case on the left end of the internet.

But why write a letter when I can just share this show, right? Should I send this show off to the program directors of the top commercial stations so they can see how much better they can be (that sounds pretty egotistical, and I didn't even need to reread it), or shall I just go to where their listeners hang out and offer them a better bang for the buck.

Allow me to bang you. Bang you all.

It was tax day on Monday, so there are a few tunes that fit some kind of money theme, but other than that, I'm all over the place in a good way. I even improvise a bit more than usual and through in the 23 minute epic, "Echoes", by Pink Floyd. It's the greatest version you have ever heard. Tune in to find out why. I'm also falling in love with Mike Krol. This guy...sheesh!

I've been pulling out a number of anniversary box sets lately. CSN&Y, Ray Charles, The Who. I have new Ty Segall later in the show that will kick your ass. And that's what you want in a radio station, shows that will kick your ass in ways you didn't know you needed.

Radio Valencia is here to kick your ass in all the best ways.



Taxman: The Beatles
Snow Day: Mike Krol
Kill The Poor: Dead Kennedys
Life Is Cheap: Flipper

Free Money: Patti Smith
Mason's Children: Henry Kaiser
Millionaires Blues: Hip Lankchan

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out: Derek and the Dominos
Greenbacks: Ray Charles
Hours of Wealth: Opeth
Echoes: Pink Floyd

I'm Your Man: Mark Growden
Untitled: Mike Krol
I Wish I Was In New Orleans: Tom Waits
Tattoo Zero: Tomahawk

Sleeper: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis

Almost Cut My Hair [demo]: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Never Learn To Love: Psychic Ills

Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand [Take 1 and Take 9]: The Who

Hell's Kitchen Radio #436: Lucky To Be Here
May 10, 2021 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #436: Lucky To Be Here
Some nights I like to play music for you like we're hanging out on the floor in front of my dad's Hi-Fi, and I'm really excited to pull this record out, hopefully to blow your mind. I hope there are moments during this show that blow your mind. I hope that you take a moment to search out these bands, and support them by purchasing their music.

I am damn lucky to be able to do this every week.



Bang The Drum All Day: Todd Rundgren
Hecho en Mexico: Money Chicha

Cease to Exist: Psychic Ills
Ridge Rider: Judee Sill
Tougher: Dale Crover

SHHH!: Tomahawk
Greener Pools: Witch Egg
Stack O'Lee: Mississippi John Hurt
Corner Seat: Virvon Varvon
1000 Years: Coachwhips

Keith Moon: Mike Krol
Tattoo (early version with commercial): The Who
Make It Better: A/LPACA

Long Shadow: Joe Strummer
Long Black Veil: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

A Love Supreme: A Love Supreme Electric (Vinny Golia- John Hanrahan- Henry Kaiser- Wayne Peet- Mike Watt)
I'm Going To Take Over: The Ethiopians

Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin
Mother: John Lennon

Sprites: Bent Arcana
Spoonful: The Super Super Blues Band
Your Spaceman: Helios Creed

Earthen Gate: FUZZ
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

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