Monday, May 18, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #393: Threesome Fantasy - Power Trio Special

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The myth of the Power Trio has made many a young rocker bang their head in tribute throughout the years. Though there are many trios in many genres, the Power Trio is all about ROCK! I have been wanting to host a special on my favorite trios for quite some time, and I figured being holed up in quarantine is the perfect opportunity to throw down.

And of course I wasn't able to fit in everyone I wanted in these two short hours. This is a taste. A tease. My name is Hell, after all.

So pull out those air guitars, basses and drums, let your hair down (or put on a wig if you need to), and let's get rockin' for the next two hours!

Enjoy.

jh

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I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Bomber: Closet Queen/Cast Your Fate to the Wind: James Gang
Gimme Shelter: Grand Funk Railroad

Here He Comes: Jimi Hendrix Experience
Psychobilly Freakout: Reverend Horton Heat
Hare Krsna: Hüsker Dü

Overkill: Motörhead
Statement: Boris
Heard It On The X: ZZ Top
Harold of the Rocks: Primus

Car Thief: Beastie Boys
Magic: Zig Zags
Lake of Fire: Meat Puppets
School: Nirvana

Deserted Cities of the Heart: Cream
Pull of the Moon: Mermen

Natural Science: Rush
Dragonaut: Sleep

Charmicarmicat: Melvins

Monday, May 11, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #392: Speedway To My Bed

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Another week another show from my bed. It's a great bed, really. I can't say enough good things about the comfort. You should really try it out with me. Perhaps when all of this hullabaloo is past us, I can have a contest and host the winner in my bed for my show. It wouldn't be the first time.

When I was a DJ at 89.7FM KFJC (88-97), our late, great engineer Eric Weaver liked to use me as a guinea pig when it came to live remotes. I hosted a number of live morning shows from local cafes, when we had the idea of hosting a show from my bedroom. It was fundraiser time and we figured someone would want a chance of having spending the morning in bed with a dashing young DJ and a crew of engineers, all cramped in my little bedroom. And we were right! We called it "Breakfast in Bed with the Rev! I went by the Reverend Dah Wave back in those days. Truth be told John Hell was born in late August 1994. But that story is for another time.

I can't recall much about the couple that donated for the chance to spend their morning in bed with me. They were in their 20s, and thought it would be a hoot to spend 6-10am in the San Mateo bedroom with a long haired non-commercial radio DJ, his three roommates, and three staff members of KFJC. Actually one of my roommates was a KFJC staffer (RIP Spiderman). I made everyone pancakes, eggs and bacon for breakfast, and for the mic breaks I made them jump into my bed with me. It had to feel real, so every 10-20 minutes for four hours they had snuggle up with me in my queen-sized bed...with my engineer and another staffer sitting around too.

The music was being played back in the KFJC studios. We would "hand off" to the board op when we were done talking, and coordinate when to come back live to my bedroom.

Why am I telling you all of this? Oh right, I have been doing my shows from my bed ever since this pandemic has started. At least I'm lucky enough to be able to do this. Trust me, I do not take it for granted. I will not just phone in a show. I really love being able to share two hours a week with you. I'm thinking about taking on a second slot where I can play my live show in full. I have thousands. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself. I still have a few hundred to add to that list, and it just keeps on growing.

I'll keep playing the music. You keep listening, and we'll get through all of this together.

Enjoy.

jh

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Long Tall Sally: Little Richard
Lucille: Little Richard

Kansas City: Little Richard
Heeby-Jeebies: Little Richard

Rip It Up: Little Richard
Ready Teddy: Little Richard
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On: Little Richard

Everything I Say Just Goes Right Through Her Heart: Peter Laughner
I Heard Her Call My Name: Mr Elevator and The Brain Hotel
Sucker Punch: The Mandatory Eight

Speedway: Black Midi
A4: Dungen

Control: Amyl and the Sniffers
Shitbeard: Cows
Boris: Melvins
The Moon Shines: Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic

Isolation: Ty Segall
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You: Aretha Franklin
I Got My Mojo Working: Ann Cole
Papa, Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You: Bobby Gentry

Je T'Aime, Moi Non Plus: Cibo Matto
Bang, Bang: Nancy Sinatra
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Anne Margaret

Queen Bitch: Green River
Nothing in this World Can Stop Me Worrying About That Girl: The Kinks
The Mayor: Melle Mel

False Prophet: Bob Dylan
Diamond In Your Mind: Tom Waits
Happy Boy: The Beat Farmers

Monday, May 04, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #391: Run Tell Dat: The James Brown Birthday Special

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For the people in the back, I'll tell the story again.

I used to host a mid-day jazz/soul/funk show at KFJC 89.7FM on the Foothill College campus, south of Stanford. I was there 88-97, but only hosted this particular show from 93-95 I think. Anyway, every Friday at noon I would play 30 minutes of James Brown, and called it "The Brown Bag Lunch". It was so much fun. Being on a college campus means that a lot of coeds would walk by, and me being a young 20-something, I would keep the studio door open to the walking path, and the monitors turned way up, to really feel the funk! And I would dance, and I would sing, and I would turn on the mic and I would shout in James Brown fashion, YEEEEEEEEOW!

It was fun.

I even got to interview the Godfather by phone before one of his Bay Area shows. I tell the story during this show...again.

Every May 3rd KFJC hosts a 24+ hour Mayhem special in celebration of James Brown's birthday called "Doin' It To Death". I always get very excited to host a four hour set; it's like a holiday for me. My employer is aware of this, and supports it. Thanks boss!

There was no birthday special this year. Thanks COVID-19.

So instead I thought I would play two hours of James Brown for you Monday night. And then a miraculous thing happened: DJ Doug, who follows me on Monday nights 10-midnight, couldn't make it! So I have four hours of the Hardest Working Man In Show Business. Mr. Please Please Please. Soul Brother #1. The Minister of the New New Super Cool Funk. Mr. Dynamite Himself: JAMES BROWN!!!!

Yeah, it's like that. I keep mostly to my favorite era, 1968-1975.

Everybody is here: Maceo, Fred, Pee Wee, Bobby Byrd, The Female Preacher Lyn Collins, Clyde and Jab'O, Bootsie and Phelps Collins, and so many more to funk up your day, and piss James off.

The second half of the show focuses on my live collection of James Brown. This is some groovy funk for your face.

So get on the good foot, put on your hot pants, and get ready to be a sex machine for the next four hours!!!

Enjoy.

jh

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Get On The Good Foot: James Brown
Lickin' Stick, Lickin' Stick: James Brown

My Thang: James Brown
Hot Pants: James Brown

Soul Power: James Brown
Mother Popcorn: James Brown
Brother Rap: James Brown

Let Yourself Go/There Was A Time/I Feel Alright: James Brown
Whole Lotta Sex Machine: James Brown vs. Led Zeppelin

Georgia On My Mind: James Brown
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved: James Brown
The Payback: James Brown

Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing: James Brown
Message From James Brown
Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud): James Brown

Love Me Tender: James Brown
Sex Machine Turns Me On: James Brown vs. Edward Starr

Hour three:
Please, Please, Please: James Brown (1973 Switzerland)
Down and Out in New York City: James Brown

Make It Funky: James Brown 1971
Pass The Peas: James Brown and the JBs 1972

I Got The Feeling: James Brown (December 13, 1984 Lone Star Cafe, NYC)
Get on the Good Foot, Prisoner of Love: James Brown (May 17, 1984 War Memorial, Trenton, NJ)
Living In America: James Brown (January 7, 1987 Lone Star Cafe, New York City, NY)

Sex Machine: James Brown (December 18, 1977 Stars at The Hotel Bradford, Boston MA)
Please, Please, Please/You've Got The Power: James Brown (Live At The Apollo 1963)

It's Man's World: James Brown (Apollo Theater, NYC, NY 1968)
Lost Someone: James Brown (Apollo Theater, NYC, NY 1968)
Super Bad: James Brown (Paris, 1971)

Cold Sweat: James Brown (January 7, 1987 Lone Star Cafe, New York City, NY)
Think (About It): Lyn Collins (September 1972, Apollo Theater, NYC, NY)

I'm A Greedy Man: James Brown

Monday, April 27, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #390: Too Little Monkey Business

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So, I think I'm getting the hang of this shelter-at-home thing. I have more music playing than usual, and I'm actually getting along with my family! Who knew that bonding with family is actually a thing?

And when it comes to hosting my weekly show, Hell's Kitchen Radio, on Radio Valencia, I have more time to go through my collection to choose music I think you'll enjoy. This show was fairly diverse, and a lot of fun to put on for you.

I was reminded the other day that May 3rd is fast approaching, which means another James Brown birthday special is due. Many of you know I am a huge JB fan, and I co-host the annual KFJC 26 hour James Brown birthday special "Doin' It To Death", every year on his May 3rd birthday. Alas, this year, the special is not happening; a TRAVESTY!

But do not be alarmed, this Monday night, 8-10PM (PDST) I will be playing two hours of James Brown and James Brown-related material. So get your funky dance shoes ready to groove. Get on with your bad self, because John Hell will have you gettin' up on the get down Monday night at 8.

As for this show, take a look at the playlist below and enjoy.

If you're on the podcast page on Radio Valencia, then you will notice the little white dice on the green field. If you click it, you will be taken to a random show of mine. Go ahead, click the dice, take the ride. Thanks to my boy, Wrybread, for putting that together.

Enjoy.

jh

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All Along The Watchtower: Peter Laughner (Cinderella Backstreet, The Cellar, Sandusky, June 24, 1973)
I Contain Multitudes: Bob Dylan

Early in the Morning: Ty Segall
Aman Iman (Water is Life): Tinariwen
Roll Another Number: Josh Tillman

Freya: The Sword
AC/DC: The Sweet
Addicted To Love: Ciccone Youth

The Night Does Not Belong To God: Sleep Token
The Ossuary: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Blind For All To See: Shrinebuilder
Life on Mars: Seu Jorge
You're Killing Me: Segun Bucknor
Am I Black Enough For Ya?: Schoolly D

For The Lost Souls: Samsara Blues Experiment
God Is People: Flat Eathers
I've Got You Under My Skin: Frank Sinatra
A Day In The Life: The Flaming Lips

Legend In His Own Mind: Gil Scott-Heron
Can't Help Myself: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
What A Wonderful World: Louie Armstrong

Monday, April 20, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #389: Little Hell Strikes Again

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Sheltering at home means you're around your roommates a lot. It's one thing when you're not related to your roommate and you can be courteous and spend most of your time in your room, out of there way. It's another thing when your roommates are your family, including your spouse and children. I fall into the latter category.

I have a household which consists of my wonderful and supportive bride, Saucy Hell, our two year old son Bodhi Hell, and my 15 year old daughter from my first marriage, and the one you have come to know through her many visits to Hell's Kitchen Radio, Little Lauson Hell. Lauson has been on my show at least a dozen times now, starting when she was seven years old. The links to all of her visits are at the bottom of this post.

We've been home almost six weeks now, and I've been asking her to come back on the air with me for a while. She finally acquiesced and we broadcast last Monday night from her own room! And it was clean! It's actually the cleanest I've seen it in a few years. See, there is an upside to the shelter at home thing.

And for this show it was also 4-20. I really thought hard if I was going to play a bunch of pro-dope smoking songs. What kind of message would I be sending my daughter if her father was playing a bunch of Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill? Not the best message, I agree. So I played Cheech and Chong instead! HA!

There are a few pro-cannabis songs in the mix, but I ain't no prude. Just because I support the use of the all-natural leaf doesn't mean I use it. And I certainly do not condone my underage child using it. She is well aware of that. But the music is just too good not to share.

Lauson had some great choices in there as well, and as usual a few a bit more mainstream than I would play. But who cares! It's my show, and Little Lauson Hell can play whatever she chooses, as long as it isn't misogynistic or pro-drugs. Oops.

I stuck around following my show for two hours and played seven tunes. That was fun. I don't have that posted here. You can go on the Radio Valencia Time Machine and hear it though. It starts up at the 4:48 mark. Here's the second hour.

Want to hear more shows featuring Little Lauson Hell?

First show in 2012
Second show in 2014
Third show also in 2014
Fourth show in spring of 2015
Fifth show in the summer of 2015
Sixth show in summer 2016 along with Saucy!
Seventh show was also during summer 2016
Eight show was December 2016
Ninth show was July 2017
Tenth show was in August 2017
Eleventh show was July 2018
Twelfth show was April 2019

Enjoy.

jh

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Up In Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Lady Grinning Soul: David Bowie - L
Smoke Two Joints: The Toyes

It's My Life: The Animals - L
Kaya: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Doin' Time: Sublime - L

Suzy Q: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Shadow Boxer: Fiona Apple - L
The Wedge: The JBs

Addicted: Amy Winehouse - L
Donovan Said: The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Girls: Beastie Boys - L
We Are Doomed: Melvins

Paul: Big Thief - L
This Is Not Normal: Negativland
Truth: Alexander Ebert
Atheists Have Songs: Rykarda Parasol

Japanese Denim: Daniel Caesar - L
Ducter: Black Midi
Sweet Leaf: Black Sabbath

Dead Flowers: Townes Van Zandt
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, April 13, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #388: This Is Not A Test

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If you're like me, you get bored really easily. Surprisingly I'm not that bored these days. Granted, it's like Groundhogs Day over here, and my hygiene is questionable, but I have plenty of things to take up my time. After all, I have a toddler running around the house. And there a lot of music to enjoy. I know the first place I want to head to when all of this is past us is to any one of the many local record stores in my hood. Please please please reopen. I have been doing my part from home however. I have bought some records, digitally, and even a few LPs I hope are delivered before this pandemic passes. The record business is essential, isn't it?

So, we're moving into month two of this thing. How have you evolved as a being during this time? Respond in the comments with your most creative creation. I'm reading more for pleasure, playing my guitar, and using leftover food in ways I never though could be done. Food is art. Who knew?

As for this show you are about to listen to (and thanks in advance for doing so), it's still about diving deeper into my digital library. It seems that I have an awful lot of music on these hard drives. And you're better for it.

The only downside to hosting a radio show from my bedroom is the energy is not nearly the same as when I'm rockin' out from behind the studio console. I'm more quiet because I have a toddler being put to bed in the next room. He really needs to learn to just deal with the volume, right? Thanks.

Enjoy.

jh

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God's Away On Business: Tom Waits
Wafer O' Darkness: Three Day Stubble
Buck Wylin': Terminator X

Little Red Hen Blues: Taj Mahal
Life's A Gas: T. Rex
Mark of Vaccination: Slim Cessna's Auto Club
This Land Is Your Land: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Mexican Radio: Wall of Voodoo
Turiya And Ramakrishna: Alice Coltrane
God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men

I'm A Greedy Man: James Brown
Do I Look Like A Slut: Avenue D
Anarchy In The Ukk: Boredoms

Kill the President: Coffin Break
Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfield
Texas To Ohio: Damien Jurado
Ghost Town: First Aid Kit

Working Class Hero: John Lennon
Touch My Evil: Lydia Lunch
Diversion: Ty Segall
Deceptacon: Le Tigre

There's A Riot Going On: Monophonics
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, April 06, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #387: The Quarantine Question

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Well here I am, week four of this shelter-at-home, and I'm finding I'm not that bored. I just want to go record shopping in a record store. Oh don't get me wrong, I have plenty of music to keep my going, and I have purchased a few LPs online, and ever took sweet advantage of the recent Ripple Records download deal. WOW! But there is nothing like walking into my favorite record stores, thumbing through the new arrivals, chatting with the clerks about what they are enjoying, searching the 7" sections, checking out my very long want list, and looking to see if is hidden in the stacks.

I love how stores are willing to order for me, but part of the fun for me is to see if a record like Money Chicha has shown up, just so I can get that deep feeling of satisfaction for finally landing that long sought after LP.

There's a ritual to the whole process of record buying. I think only crate-diggers really know what I'm talking about. I used to be a club DJ in San Francisco, and I used to shop for 12"s weekly. Damn, I had a lot. It actually felt pretty good to unload those about a decade ago when I started up Radio Valencia.

Speaking of Radio Valencia, we have a new home. The lease is about to be signed, and since we're in a shelter-at-home and cannot move in yet, our new landlord is willing to hold off on rent until we actually move in. Thanks landlord, you rock! And we cannot wait to rock very soon in our new digs. Details are coming once everything is secure. But after ten years and our fourth home, I can promise you when I say this is going to be the absolute BEST home for Radio Valencia. I hope we're here for years to come. And you can even come hang out there with us!!!

As for this recent show you are about to enjoy, it's a deeper dive into my digital library. It's large, but I miss playing my vinyl for you. There are a few live treats in there, and even some brand spanking new Ty Segall. He covers Harry Nillson on a new EP.

I may try to host a show between my Monday night show, featuring my live library. I have over 4000 live shows from over 500 bands of many genres. And with all this sitting around the house, I'm downloading multiple shows a day. As of this writing I have a PIL show from 1982 and a Germs shows from 1978 downloading. And I have over 1000 Grateful Dead shows too. Maybe I should log into a separate slot just to play live Dead?

Hmmmmmmmm.....

That's enough for now. Time to enjoy two hours of Hell's Kitchen Radio.

Enjoy.

jh

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Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers Band (March 20, 1971 The Warehouse, New Orleans, LA)
Lilac Wine: Nina Simone

The Mob Rules: Black Sabbath
I Shot All The Birds: The Blind Shake
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine: Bongwater (Peel Sessions March, 19, 1991)

Pink: Boris
Bad Ma Fucka: Brother Ali
Messin' With The Kid: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
Ramblin' (Wo)man: Cat Power
Ha Ha Ha: Flipper

That's How It Goes: Meat Puppets
Police and Thieves: The Clash
Barn Burning: Dave Alvin

Coconut: Ty Segal
I'm In Love With The Ooo-Ooo Man: GTOs
Dinah-Moe Humm: Frank Zappa (October 31, 1977, The Palladium, NYC, NY)

Radebe: Johnny Dyani
Star Spangled Banner: Kronos Quartet
New York New York: The Last Poets

Mountain: Meatbodies
Salad Days: Minor Threat
Not Boweevil: Sex Mob

Saved: Swans
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong