Monday, April 09, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #332: Won't You Come Home?

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It's another one of those nights where I just have to do a deeper dive into my cast library of music. There's something old, something new, something ripped off, something I don't think I've ever actually listened to before.

That's fair, isn't it?

Should a DJ give a listen to EVERYTHING before they play it for you? How much preparation do you require from your DJ? How OCD are you, anyway?

I used to know a DJ at a former station I was at who would spend hours writing out his playlist. We hosted four-hour shows at this particular station. I would watch him work meticulously on his playlist. Draft after draft. He would write down songs/artists, and then scratch some out and and fill it in with another. I would tune in from time to time and could really appreciate the effort, but it also felt a little stiff. Maybe it was his mic breaks, but it never felt that authentic to me.

More often than not I'm inspired by the events leading up to my show, and I pull my music a few hours beforehand based on this. I enjoy playing new music more often than not, but I also love peppering some older "library" tracks in for good measure. Some shows, like the one from two weeks ago, take on a life of their own, and I get inspired during the show itself. Thank goodness I bring along my trusty external HD with 100GB of music.

Enjoy.

jh

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If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra cover): Tony Bennett
T.V. Eye: The Stooges

Astronomy Domine: Voivod (Pink Floyd cover)
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
Got My Mind Made Up: 2Pac

High Heeled Sneakers (Tommy Tucker cover): The Mummies
Love Buzz: Shocking Blue
You Can't Lose What You Never Had: Muddy Waters

Red House: Jimi Hendrix

Hillbilly Math: Dale Crover
Revolution Blues: Neil Young
Satan is a Bummer: Bush Tetras

Tattoo (The Who cover): Petra Haden
Life on Mars: David Bowie
Tangled Up In Blue: Bob Dylan

Dimples (John Lee Hooker cover): The Allman Brothers Band
Straight to Hell: The Clash
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat

Joset of Nazareth's Blues: Titus Andronicus
Diamonds on my Mind: Tom Waits

Monday, April 02, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #331: Blow My Cover

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This apparently has become an annual event. If you listen to my show on a regular basis (of course you do!), then you often hear a cover tune or three. There are just too many quality versions to share with you. It's easy with a music collection like mine to play hours and hours of covers. The real test is to find two hours worth to make it worth your while to listen.

I've been inspired to host this show for a few weeks now, but I still didn't get through my long list I had prepared for you. Tune in next Monday night and you may get a few extra treats, including a Pink Floyd cover that will knock you into the next galaxy.

In the meantime enjoy the show. Click on the stream or download links above to access, and please share this with music fans far and wide.

Enjoy.

jh

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Eight Miles High (The Byrds): Husker Dü
Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker): Rube Waddell

The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star): Evan Dando
See No Evil (Television): REM
Sharp Dressed Man: Xiu Xiu

Every 1's A Winner (Hot Chocolate): Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
Satisfaction (Rolling Stones): Bjork and PJ Harvey
I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick): Puddles Pity Party

Future's So Bright (Timbuk 3): Adam Mackintosh
Hey Joe (Billy Roberts): Black Uhuru
Je T'Aime, Moi Non Plus (Serge Gainsbourg): Cibo Matto

20th Century Boy (T Rex): Buckethead
Little Green Bag (George Baker Selection): Tom Jones and Barenaked Ladies

Every Grain of Sand (Bob Dylan): Lizz Wright
Black Betty (Leadbelly): The Melvins
Kick Out The Jams (MC5): Henry Rollins and Bad Brains

Heart of Gold (Neil Young): Blitzen Trapper
Rouche Rumble (The Fall): Sonic Youth
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star): Jeff Elgas(Vocals) and Marc Stevens(Guitar)

Maggot Brain (Funkadelic): Mike Watt, J. Mascis, Bernie Worrell
Ramblin' Man (Hank Williams): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Hey Bulldog (The Beatles): Eric McFadden
Up and Down (Cookie Monster): Cookie Mongoloid

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #330: Time To Pray

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Fucking A Right! Alcohol. God. Devil. Heaven. Hell. Crossroads. Where do you stand? Sometimes when it hits, it hits hard. The music deviner.

There are times when I'll put in some effort to prepare for a show. I'll think about the artists and songs I want to play, and perhaps even the order I want to play them in. Not tonight. Starting with the second set I had an epiphany of sorts. It took us on a journey. Each set flowing into the next. Honestly, I could have kept this up for another few hours, but alas I only have a two hour canvas in which to paint the aural colors to pleasure your ears and your spirit.

And it's all about the spirit on this night. And spirits!

Next Monday I'm considering hosting an all-covers show. Tune in.

Go in pieces.

jh

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End of the World PSA: National Lampoon
Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man: Captain Beefheart
Cuban Pete: Desi Arnez

Alcohol: Gogol Bordello
Alcohol: The Kinks
Alcohol: Butthole Surfers

God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
God's Away on Business: Tom Waits
God: John Lennon
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

God God God: Nina Simone
A Message From God: National Lampoon
Monkey Gone To Heaven: Pixies

Satan Dub: Lee "Scratch" Perry
Hell: James Brown
Hellhound On My Trail: Robert Johnson

Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find: 2 Pac
Heaven and Hell: Black Sabbath
Spiritual: John Coltrane

Wizard in Black: Electric Wizard
Worship The Devil: Glitter Wizard

If You Want To Sing Out: Cat Stevens

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #329: You Are My Shadow

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I give away some radio DJ secrets throughout this show. There are also some running themes. And there's some questionable language (you may not want the kids listening to the Ben Folds cover).

I've been meaning to host a covers special for a while now. Perhaps next Monday I will do so. Tune in and find out. I played five covers tonight, if you're keeping score.

There are some posts during the year that jus seem sparse, but I can assure you that this show is not! Tune into Radio Valencia regularly and you'll discover artists you never knew you would love. Seriously, this place is life-altering. Take a chance on us.

Enjoy.

jh

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Dead Man's Gun: Thee Oh Sees
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver: Primus

Shadrach: Beastie Boys
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Nina Simone
Soul Rebel: Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry

She: Ty Segall
Pornography: Bongwater
Pussy: Brazilian Girls
Bitches Ain't Shit: Ben Folds

Rebel Heart: First Aid Kit
Albuquerque: Josh Tillman
Wonderwall: Cat Power

Stop Moving To Florida: Melvins
If I Like It I Do It: Jamiriquai

I Love My Wife: Frank Sinatra
Within You Without You: The Beatles
Call For All Demons: Sun Ra

Jesus: The Velvet Underground
Heart of the Sunrise: Yes
Blue Domes of Isfahan: Cornflower Suite

Jet Airliner: Paul Peña
I Got Everything I Need (Almost): Downchild Blues Band

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #328: Fare Thee Well Now

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John Perry Barlow was a maverick in the ways of songwriting and internet freedom. Called “the uncrowned poet laureate of cyberspace,” and "equal parts beat poet and P.T. Barnum", co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Barlow understood the importance of a free and accessible internet, open to all. As songwriting partner of the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, he collaborated on some of the band's most beloved tunes. He was a gentleman, a showman, a rowdy conspirator, and jack-of-all trades. The world is a better place because of him.

We'll carry on the fight from here, John. RIP.

The tunes below are some of the absolute best versions performed. Links are provided for each show.

Enjoy.

jh

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Feel Like A Stranger: October 12, 1984 Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Mexicali Blues: October 26, 1971 The Palestra, Rochester, NY
Looks Like Rain: April 08, 1972 Wembley Arena, London, England

Just A Little Light: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY
I Need A Miracle: September 16, 1978, Giza, Egypt
Heaven Help The Fool: October 30, 1980 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, NY

Lazy Lightning/Supplication: November 02, 1977 Field House, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
Black Throated Wind: August 27, 1972 Veneta, OR

Cassidy: October 12, 1983 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY
Estimated Prophet: February 3, 1978 Madison, WI
The Music Never Stopped: May 9, 1977 Buffalo, NY

Throwing Stones: September 20, 1990 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY

Hell in a Bucket: March 26, 1990 Albany, NY

John Perry Barlow wrote the Principle of Adult Behavior as standard code of conduct when he was 30 years old.

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.

HOW MANY OF THESE RULES DO YOU STRIVE TO LIVE BY?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #327: Express Yourself


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After so many shows where it feels like I'm paying tribute to some lost musical genius, I needed to cleanse my Hellish soul. This show is sure to get your toes tappin'. On the menu are some classics and some tracks that are soon to be classic in your collection.

I also take a few minutes in the middle of the program to discuss my current thoughts on the state of commercial radio (one of my favorite topics), and the possible (and hopefully impending) bankruptcy of iHeart Radio (formerly Clear Channel). I'd love your thoughts on this. Feel free to leave a comment.

Just take a look at this playlist. Curtis, JB, Fela, Beasties, Brother Ray, Last Poets, The Meters, Aretha, Toots, Parliament, NWA!!!!!!!

DAMN, GET ON THE GOOD FOOT!

Enjoy.

jh

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Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfiled
Lickin' Stick Lickin' Stick: James Brown

Let's Start: Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker
Hit It And Pass It: Rasputin Stash

Make It New York: Ghostface Killah
Sure Shot: Beastie Boys
Investigation: Carl Holmes
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Moonlight Mile: Lee Fields and the Expressions
There Is A Mountain: Jo Jones

Got What It Takes: Lord Loves A Working Man
Can't Help Myself: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Orchestra
Drown In My Own Tears: Ray Charles

F.U.N.K.: Betty Davis
The White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Ride Your Pony: The Meters

Funky Kingston: Toots and the Maytals
People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin
Chocolate City: Parliament

Express Yourself: N.W.A.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #326: White And Mellow

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Sometimes a show just hits right away. Tonight was one of those nights. I have never made it a habit of preparing much for my show. I usually have an idea for a theme, but there are many shows, including this one, where I had a few songs I knew I wanted to share, but other than that I go by feel.

I believe this was a standout show, and I hope you agree. Take a look at the playlist below, and stream or download to your heart's content.

Join me on Thursday, February 1st at the SF Eagle for a memorial for our late friend, and horniest horn man, Ralph Carney. Ralph-A-Palooza promises to be a great show, with some brilliant and talented performers.



Enjoy.

jh

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Everybody's Clown: Lucifer's Friend
Rhapsody in Blue: Sergio and Odair Assad

Fine and Mellow: Billie Holiday and Lester Young
Dance on the Volcano: Gomorrha

Give Up The Ghost: Hans Chew
South of the Border: Frank Sinatra
White Minority: Black Flag
You're A Big Girl Now: Bob Dylan

Work Song: Nina Simone
Pissing in a River: Patti Smith Group
Buenos Tardes, Amigo: Ween
Rebel Rebel: Seu Jorge

God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest And Her Yes Men
God's Away On Business: Tom Waits

Alta: Ty Segall
Rollin' and Tumblin': Muddy Waters

It's Good To Be King: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1999-04-12 Irving Plaza, NYC, NY)
St. James Infirmary: White Stripes