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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.


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.


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

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!


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Hell's Kitchen Radio #477: Surf The Mutant Fish
May 23, 2022 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #477: Surf The Mutant Fish
I was thrilled to host Steve DePace of Flipper, once again, in the Radio Valencia studio recently. This time he brought along with him Brendan Earley of the legendary SF art/punk band The Mutants. They were in to talk up the Great American Music Hall show, Thursday, May 26 in celebration of the latest installation at the Tenderloin Museum: Sounds of the Tenderloin.

These two have quite a few stories to share. I even surprised them both with a few classic, out of print 45s. You can hear all of this by clicking on the link above. See the playlist below.

I just saw Mudhoney recently, so opening this particular show with an Angry Samoans cover sounded perfect. This show is good and loud. New music from The Bobby Lees, Dumb Numbers (featuring Melvins), Willie Nelson, and Boris. Reissues from The Clash and The Fall.

I know you're going to dig this.

Enjoy and please share.


You Stupid Asshole: Mudhoney
Burning Bush: Mono Men
Linda Blair: Redd Kross
Doin' The Kirk: The Mummies

Interview with Brendan Earley (The Mutants) and Steve DePace (Flipper)

Love Song: The Mutants
Get Away: Flipper

Interview with Brendan (The Mutants) and Steve (Flipper)

Supermarket Nightmare: Victims Family
Pre-Strike Sweep: Googs
I Come From the Mountain: Thee Oh Sees
Fishing: PIL

Interview with Brendan (The Mutants) and Steve (Flipper)

We've Got Bigger Problems Now: Dead Kennedys
I Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Get Rid Of You: Psychotic Pineapple
Roadrunner: Thee Headcoatees

This Is Radio Clash (Different Lyrics - 40th Anniversary release): The Clash
Hip Priest: The Fall

Hollywood Junkyard: The Bobby Lees
Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys
So-Called Solid Objects: Dumb Numbers with The Melvins

What Do I Get: Destroy All Monsters
Painkiller: Boris + Endon

Sunken City: Mike Watt and the Secondmen
Deep Elem Blues: Good Old Boys
With A Little Help From My Friends: Willie Nelson

Hell's Kitchen Radio #476: No Reward Without Hell
May 16, 2022 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #476: No Reward Without Hell
How many ways am I supposed to say it, you do not get nearly enough good music in your diet. I want you to promise that if I drop off the face of this Earth, that you are going to commit to listening to quality music on the daily. And you need to mix it up. You can't just stay with the same genre, you know? My suggestion, when you go record shopping and you purchase three or more records make at least one from a genre you aren't used to. Trust me, it's a great way to build your collection while broadening your horizons.

I know that my international collection was built in this way. And I never would have discovered the richness of African Funk if I didn't stick to this method. And one artist leads to another, and one unheard of genre leads to another. My dad always said there's no reward in life without risk. I have always taken that to heart, in ways I'm not ready to discuss on this blog. I can attest to the fact that taking a risk on music is always a good thing. Except that hair metal band, Cinderella. There was no redeeming qualities in that band, none. Winger either. Nope. Sorry. None.

As for this show right here, I think the sets speak for themselves. I was in a real dance mood in the first few sets; really funky. If you haven't heard Mdou Moctar, then you haven't heard one of the all-time greatest guitarist there is, alive or dead. Seriously, he's up there with Hendrix and Van Halen. There's new music from Japan's Kikagaku Moyo, who are on their final tour right now. A show I cannot attend because I'm going to be in Yosemite. Lucky me. I gave tickets away in the second hour to Diane Coffee. You really need to check them out. The entire lineup is in the last half hour.

Lots of new music for you that isn't much of a risk. Perhaps I need to get a bit more edgy next week? Tune in.



Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (Remix): James Brown
The Hands of Time: The Perfect Circle

Funeral Solution: Oh Sees
See You In The Boneyard: The Flesh Eaters

Gnekelhe Mohi: Orchestre Massako
Lungs: John Abercrombie

Chrismiten: Mdou Moctar
Over and Out: Sex Mob

Monaka: Kikagaku Moyo
Fulton Street: Eddie Gale

Salt Peanuts: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus
Do Not Go Gentle Into the Good Night: Iggy Pop

When My Day of the Crone Comes: Brigid Dawson
Before I Ask: Negativland
Secrets: King Crimson

Forecast: Diane Coffee
Get Out: Jackie Cohen
Chestburster: Mary Claire

Pick A Bale of Cotton: Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder
In That Great Getting Up In The Morning: The New Gospel Keys

Hell's Kitchen Radio #475: Proto-Post-Perv-Punk
May 9, 2022 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #475: Proto-Post-Perv-Punk
Oh wow that was really fun. There are those nights when everything just clicks. This was one of those nights. The tunes, the transitions, the mic breaks, and almost 100% of the equipment worked better than expected. That's saying something.

I've been doing this a long time, and others prepare their sets down to the minute, choosing just the right tracks days before their show, and it really shows. I've never been that way. Never. I bring a heap load of music with me, mostly vinyl, but I do have a small CD case I'll reload every so often, and then there's my external HD, loaded with my latest digital acquisitions. BTW, when I buy a new record, I love getting both the vinyl and the digital download. What a world we live in!

Lots of new music tonight, featuring Ty Segall, Kikagaku Moyo, The Bobby Lees, Dogbowl (thanks Jim!), Willie Nelson, Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, and Boris. There's some Jazz, Punk, Blues, "Gospel", Psychedelic, Proto-Punk, British Prog, and much more.

Let's see your local commercial radio station even come close to what you get on Radio Valencia.

Enjoy and please share.


Money: The Flying Lizards
Shot Down: Frisco

Hello - Hi: Ty Segall
Girlfriend: Death Valley Girls

Dancing Blue: Kikagaku Moyo
Venus in Furs: Velvet Underground
TV Eye: The Stooges

Hollywood Junkyard: The Bobby Lees
Original Faubus Fables: Charles Mingus

I See The Light/What's His Name: Scott H. Biram
On My Own: Dogbowl with Jim F

We're Not Happy (Til You're Not Happy): Willie Nelson
Diggin' My Potatoes: Sonny Terry

The Midnight Special: Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder
Tombstone Shadow: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Master of the Universe: Hawkwind
New Potato Caboose: Grateful Dead

Frontier Glitch: Strike Anywhere
Frail Bray: Western Addiction
Summer Trip: Decent Criminal
Give Me The Cure; Fugazi

Eros: Boris + Endon

Hell's Kitchen Radio #473: Keeping Clever Pennies On Your Eyes
April 18, 2022 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #473: Keeping Clever Pennies On Your Eyes
Holy Hell did tax day give me a swift kick in the pants. I really needed this show to distract from the pain. That being said, I'm not against paying taxes; not in the least. I want my children to have great parks, and schools and roads. I want water and air to be clean, and I do not trust the private one iota to care for any of this. So I'll pay the bill. And I won't complain about it.

And I won't tell you how to feel about it.

You came for the music. And so did I.

I saw the best show last weekend: Scott H. Biram along with JD Pinkus and Shovelman. I was a Radio Valencia co-presents, which I MCd with Ace from RV. We had the Geezer spinning tunes between acts. What a fabulous show filled three solo acts, each remarkable in their own way. Seeing Pinkus was great, since he and I chat it up a lot on Instagram. It was like visiting an old friend. Shovelman is a local boy, as far a Willits is concerned. But he also used to perform with the Vau de Vier Society, as have a number of friends of mine, so I felt kinship with him right away. And that damn shovel! Who knew?

If you haven't seen Scott H. Biram, then do yourself a fine favor and get out to the show when he's in town. He's got fire and brimstone burning in his soul, right along side the fire of the lord themselves. he can go from gospel blues to Slayer in the same stanza! What a treat!

I really enjoy the co-presents we've been doing at Bottom of the Hill. Come on out Tuesday. April 26th to see Jon Spencer and the HITmakers. It's sure to be a treat. I played some new Jon Spencer later in this here show.

What else did I play? I played music from both Pinkus and Biram, so you'll get a taste of what you missed. There's some African guitar wizardry from Mdou Moctar, new Pink Floyd (yes, I said NEW) featuring Ukranian singer Andriy Khlynyuk, Swedish psych from Dungen, schizophrenic rock from Wesley Willis, 25th anniversary tune from Sleater-Kinney, classic Primus, and re-released The Fall, live from 1981.

You just can't get this in too many places. Allow me to be your one stop musical shop.

See you at the next show. Speaking of next shows, Radio Valencia is gearing up for another live fundraiser at Make Out Room in late June. Stay tune for details.

Enjoy and please share.


Tax Man: The Beatles
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Been Down Too Long: Scott H. Biram
He's Doing Time In Jail: Wesley Willis with Wesley Willis Fiasco

Is The Season For New Incarnations: Brigid Dawson and the Mother's Network
Tala Tannam: Mdou Moctar
Ljus In I Min Panna (Light in my pan): Dungen

Hey, Hey Rise Up: Pink Floyd ft. Andriy Khlyvnyuk
I Belong To The Beat Generation: Bob and Don
Kyiv Calling: Beton

You Look Funny When You Cry: JD Pinkus
Miss You: The Concretes
March of the Cicadas: Carlton Melton

Dig Me Out: Sleater-Kinney
John The Fisherman: Primus
Dawn of the Falconer: Hot Fog

Junk Man: Jon Spencer and the HITmakers
Enemy of My Enemy: All Them Witches
O.G.: Big Business
Totally Wired: The Fall

Boungoumoune: Orchestre Massako
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Hell's Kitchen Radio #472: Bringing On The KnightressM1
April 4, 2022 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #472: Bringing On The KnightressM1
Tonight was a really special show. I was lucky enough to have Bay Area metal violinist Emily Palen of KnightressM1 on the program talking up her latest collaboration: Othered, as well as new KnightressM1 material.

I first witnesses the prowess that is Miss Emily Palen, when she graced the stage supporting Eric McFadden at Ivy Room back in 2019. Her mastery of the violin is evident, and how she shows this mastery in on entirely different level than any violinist I've ever seen. I was mesmerized.

Starting on the violin at the age of four, Emily dedicated herself to the instrument, K-12 and into college at the University of Michigan. Following the path of classical music is a strenuous commitment and Emily took some time off to reflect on her musical future. Finding herself living in the Bay Area, Emily took this opportunity to also change the direction of her music, choosing to break out of the confines that Classical keeps you in, and found musicians to jam with. Over time she found herself attracted to Metal (not too surprising considering many excellent Metal musicians have a penchant for Classical), and adding some effects to her violin, along with some powerful lyrics centered on her own life's journey and the world she sees around her, created the dynamic superhero that is KnightressM1.

Emily can tell the story much better than I. She was with me for most of the night sharing new music from her collaboration with Henry Austin Lannan, aka: H.A.L. under the Othered title, as well as new KnightressM1 and music from the 2020 release: "Dreams and Devastations".

Othered will have a rare performance at Eli's Mile High in Oakland on Friday, April 15th.

Enjoy and please share.


The 7th Terror: FUZZ
Sentient Oona: Oh Sees

Interview with Emily Palen

Planets on the Rise: Othered
War: Othered

Interview with Emily Palen

Polarity Integrate: KnightressM1
Lost In The Shipwreck Of My Heart: KnightressM1

Interview with Emily Palen

Dead Americans: Othered
Deaf As A Lullaby: KnightressM1

Interview with Emily Palen

Die In Vain: KnightressM1
Sonic Titan: Sleep
In Every Dream Home A Heartache: Roxy Music

Hell's Kitchen Radio #471: Coming Undone
March 21, 2022 8:00pm


A Season in Hell
Hell's Kitchen Radio #471: Coming Undone
What a fun night this was, and I think you can tell from the between set banter. I know, I know, you've come for the music, and the music you shall have. Though Spring is in the air, other than the first track, I wasn't thinking of producing a spring-themed show. You can think of this as one if that helps you sleep at night, but honestly it was just me throwing down.

New music from an Emily Palen side project: Othered. She'll be in the studio April 4th to talk up new KnightressM1 recordings. I have been dying to interview Emily, so this promises to be fun.

I've got some Jazz, 60s Psych, Funk, Metal, Garage, and Iggy Pop. What else could you ask for?

We have a fundraiser for Radio Valencia this Sunday, March 27th, 4-10PM at our next door neighbors house, Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, in the Mission District of San Francisco. We need money for new equipment and upkeep. We also desperately need to spruce up the new space.

Enjoy and please share.


The Rite of Spring: Hubert Laws
Enlightenment: Sun Ra

Levitation: 13th Floor Elevators
Midnight Special: Harry Belafonte
Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba: George Benson

Journey To The Edge: Othered
Youth of America: Melvins
Melvin: The Belles

Been in the Storm So Long: Mark Growden
Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix): Billy Holiday
Earth People: Dr. Octagon

No Reason: Death Valley Girls
Sixteen: Iggy Pop
Come Undone: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Cold Cold World: The Monkeywrench

I'll Cut You Down: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Hellfudge: Lard
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out: Nina Simone

Can't Let Go: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
I Like Girls: Samantha Sidley

Let's Split: Syd Barrett
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

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