Monday, March 06, 2017

Hell's Kitchen Radio #294: Battle of Witty

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Spinning a two hour set is always a hoot for me, but having a co-host who meshes with my style, and also knows how to throw me a surprise of three is always a real pleasure. On Monday's show I was thrilled to have Radio Valencia's Gatsby Fassbinder, host of Tighten Up Your Wig, Thursday's 4-6PM. If you like my show you're going to love his. Like myself, Gatsby is a walking encyclopedia for all things that he knows he knows. His tracks are marked by "GB".

New music from Melvins side project, Crystal Fairy, featuring Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes. Also, new music from Meatbodies from their latest LP "Alice". A brand new 7" is out from Zig Zags that is more metal-y than previous tracks, but no less scary. A classic Iggy Pop/James Williamson track from "Kill City", a love song from Diamanda Galas, and the greatest fucking rock band of all time (next to the Melvins) SLEEP!

It's safe to say that tonight was all about the ROCK! The talk is cheap and so are we. Not much more to add. I'd prefer to allow the music do the rocking.

Enjoy.

jh

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She: KISS
Slow Ride: Fu Manchu

Sweet Self: Crystal Fairy
Hell Toupee: Iron Prostate
The Kettle: Colosseum -GB

I Got Nothing: Iggy Pop/James Williamson
Living, Dying, Living/In A Zombie World: The Accused
Ripping Death: Zig Zags
Alice: Meatbodies -GB

Do You Take This Man?: Diamanda Galas
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat
Let's Go Steady: Dow Jones and the Industrials -GB

Piece of Mind: Monomen
I Heard it on the X: Olivelawn
Jezebel: The Mummies
I Lost My Mind: The Flesh Panthers -GB
I've Got The Shame: Fatso Jetson -GB

Spooky Nuisance: Satan's Satyrs -GB
Holy Mountain: Sleep
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing to Me: The Monkeywrench

You Never Come Closer: Doris -GB

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hell's Kitchen Radio #293: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Rain makes me nostalgic. It reminds me of when I was younger and was first hearing tunes that I really connected with. I remember walking around San Mateo, south of San Francisco, as a teenager with my headphones on listening to Led Zeppelin and hungry for more. I remember hearing bands like Judas Priest and wanting to eat up everything Metal. I think about my growing love of the Grateful Dead, starting around 1983 when I was 13.

Tonight's show is all about discovery. It's the feeling you get when you hear something you've never heard before, but it gets all up in ya, and you have to have more. We're lucky to live in a world where media is at our fingertips, but that still doesn't change the sensation one gets when they hear something new and they just have to have more of it.

Enjoy.

jh

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Into the Void: Black Sabbath
Sacrifice: Glitter Wizard

Gyre: Meatbodies
Second Coming/Ballad of Dwight Fry: Alice Cooper

Paper: Ty Segall
Smells Like Teen Spirit: Willie Nelson
Polly (Demo): Kurt Cobain
Night Goat: Melvins

Greedy Man: James Brown
Oh My People: Last Poets

Love Buzz: Nirvana (1991-11-25 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL)
Rockin' In The Free World: Neil Young (04-07-1990 Indiana Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN)

Little Girl Blue: Nina Simone (12-1977 Theater Royal Drury Lane, London, England)
Hitler/All Hail The American Night/The Holy Shah: Jim Morrison (March 1969 Los Angeles, CA)
54-46 Was Her Number: Toots and the Maytals (1976 The Longbrach Saloon, Berkeley, CA)

Walk Away: James Gang (02-26-2001, Allen Theater, Cleveland, OH)
The Green Manalishi: Judas Priest (11-04-1979 The Palladium, NYC, NY)

Parchment Farm: Blue Cheer
Pepsi Jingle: T-Rex
Rock And Roll Queen: Mott the Hoople

The Falcon Has Landed: Fu Manchu

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hell's Kitchen Radio #292: Hell ToupeƩ

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How do you spell love? I spell it H.E.L.L. but that's a good thing. And hot too! On my show tonight it was all about love. Just take a look below. Have you ever been in love? Romantic love where it's all hot and heavy and you can't keep your hands and genitals off one another? Where they're on your mind 24/7 and your just know this feeling is going to last forever? You know what I'm talking about, right? That feeling where there's just no one else on this big blue-green planet that can even understand how amazing your love is? Your love is larger than all the loves put together. And you both love the loving love that you love to loving give?

And then there's the practical love. The love that is supposed to continue to grow once the romantic love that was never ever going to fade because they love me more than anything ever, and they are constantly turned on by me, excited to hear about every little mundane moment of my mundane day as if I just survived 30 days in the Outback (not restaurant, but then again that too sounds like torture) and come back to tell the tale. The love that says "put the toilet seat down", but what they really mean is "I love you from the bottom of my heart, but if you leave that toilet seat up one more time, then you are not ever getting any more of this (at which point they're just pointing to their genitals)".

How many break-ups have your survived just to tell yourself that the next relationship is going to be the ONE?!?!? Have you begun to realize that it really is about the merging of two people who are totally turned on by the other for a finite amount of time, but given the chance may be able to evolve this deep friendship (please be best friends with this person, really) into a partnership that can survive the day-to-day "please put the dishes in the dishwasher" existence that requires you to set aside your ego.

And that's it really, we need to leave our ego at the door. And we need to be a HUGE cheerleader for our partner. That's what we want from them even if we don't say it out loud.

So love is HELL. It's hot, and it's cumbersome at times, and it's loud, and it's unruly, but out the other side can be something truly wonderful. Climb out of your fairytale and into the reality what love can really be. Oh, and listen to my show while having hot sex. Why not? Couldn't hurt.

Enjoy.

jh

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Love Comes in Spurts: Richard Hell
There She Goes My Beautiful World: Nick Cave

Blue Valentines: Tom Waits
Nobody Does it Better: Sex Mob

Only Son of a Ladies Man: Father John Misty
I'm A Mess: Nick Lowe
What Love Is: Dead Boys
Fodderstomp: PIL

Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
Ever Fallen in Love: The Buzzcocks
Drown in My Own Tears: Ray Charles
Demox: Blind Shake

Love, You Should Have Come Over: Jeff Buckley
Pale Blue Eyes/Louie Louie: Patti Smith (02-15-76 Boarding House, SF, CA)
Kedem: Electric Masada (John Zorn) 07-18-2003 La Palma, Roma

The Other One/Cryptical Envelopment: Grateful Dead (02-13-1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY

Boom Boom, John Lee Hooker (July 1973 Walrus Tavern, Seattle, WA)
Gypsy Woman: Rory Gallagher (1972 HR2FM London)

Monday, February 06, 2017

Hell's Kitchen Radio #291: Have You Seen This Man?

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Have you heard the news, it's all over town. If you ain't heard it boy, you better sit down. Er, um...sorry about that. I shouldn't use 70s-era Bob Segar lyrics to draw your attention, even though it sure got the boys to take note of Betty Lou; amIright?!?!?!?! Of course I am.

This year I have recommitted to featuring my ever deepening obsession with live music. The second hour features live tracks from Dylan. Garcia, Bob Marley and more. Also, some brand spankin' new Ty Segall. I counted and I see that I now own 20 Ty Segall LPs and 8 45s. Do I get a medal for something like that?

If you've never heard of Wylde Ratttz before, then join the club. I just "discovered" this super group recently and I really have to wonder what rock my head was under when these guys appeared 20 years ago. In short, the band was a side project featuring Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) Mike Watt (Minutemen), Ron Asheton (Stooges), Don Flemming (Velvet Monkeys), and Sabir Mateen. They mostly covered Stooges songs, Pretty Things, and couple of originals. The music was also used for the movie Velvet Goldmine, with Ewan McGregor taking on the lead vocals. There was some hype about the fact that on the original soundtrack Mark Arm's vocals were replaced with McGregor's to the dismay of the band. You can read about that here. Again, where the hell was I in 1998 when all of this was happening? Oh right, I remember. Ugh, that's for another post, on another blog, in another universe, in another dimension.

Enjoy.

jh

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I like To Rock: April Wine
TV Eye: Wylde Ratttz

Eric's Trip: Sonic Youth
Blood Like Cream: Red Fang

Maybe I'm Amazed: The Faces
Stars and Stripes of Corruption: Dead Kennedy's
Get It Together: James Brown

A Song for Europe: Roxy Music
Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammad

One Too Many Mornings: Bob Dylan (Royal Albert Hall 1966)
Friend of the Devil: Jerry Garcia and John Kahn (May 5, 1982)

Warm Hands: Ty Segall
War/No More Trouble - Running/Crazy Baldheads: Bob Marley (08-05-78 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida)

Stone Cold Bush: Red Hot Chili Peppers (03-01-90 Palatrussardi, Milano, Italy)
Walk on Hot Coals: Rory Gallagher (02-05-73 Tommy Vance Show)

"Velvet Goldmine" only received a 56 on Rotten Tomatoes. Enjoy the trailer.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hell's Kitchen Radio #290: You'll Never Get Out Of This Life Alive

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Radio should be hosted by people who understand what it takes to create an aural spectacle, leaving you in awe and wanting more. Tonight was about me appreciating radio as such an art form. It's all about the segue. New Savage Republic in the first hour. Tribute to the late Maggie Roche who died January 17th. Also a tribute to the founding bassist of Can, Jaki Liebezeit, who passed on January 22nd.

The second hour features live tracks from The Blind Shake, The Tubes, and Mountain. It rocks. There's no other way to put it.

If you love music, or know someone who does, then why aren't you tuning in every Monday night 8-10 on Radio Valencia? You are? Good on ya! Spread the love and share this post. Thanks in advance.

This coming Monday night I share with you the winner of the 2016 Run For The Lillies contest. And what a list they had. It's possible they cheated. Thanks to all who sent me their list of ten famous people they believe will kick the bucket by 12/31/2017. Since I wasn't on the air this past Monday, I'll give you until this Sunday, February 5th to email me your list. Send it to mrjohnhell@gmail.com

Enjoy.

jh

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Power of Pussy: Bongwater
People's Parties: Joni Mitchell
My Sick Mind: The Roches

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers
You Know It Ain't Right: John Lee Hooker

Oh Yeah: Can
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge

Victory/27 Days: Savage Republic
Pushing the Extreme: The Wipers
I Put A Spell On You: Screaming Jay Hawkins

Go Go 78: The Blind Shake
Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher): Gogol Bordello

Sports Fans: The Tubes (10-17-83 Kabuki Theater, SF, CA)
Mississippi Queen: Mountain (06-28-71 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)

Majic Moonjynuh: Queen Crescent
Panic Attack: OFF!
Abadane: Freedom (Hourya)
Milkshake Girl: Giant Sand

Side One of Apostrophe ('): Frank Zappa

It doesn't get much crazier than this right here: Bongwater and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, with Bob Weir introducing them. What the what?!?!?!?


Monday, January 16, 2017

Hell's Kitchen Radio #289: This Could Be The Last Time

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Like my father says "it's always something". And isn't that the truth. Last Monday was MLK Day, and then we had that underwhelming inauguration on Friday. How was your week? How are we going to love and support one another? Do I have a responsibility to make my show more political, or do you just want music and interviews? I'm curious about your thoughts on this one.

As always a mixed bag of what I was into last week. The first hour is a tribute to MLK. I'm sticking with my commitment to play more from my live archive during the second hour. I always tack on the date and location for these tracks. New music from Charles Moothart (CFM), The Blind Shake, and Dead Ending (with a new anti-Trump tune).

If anything good comes out of this new presidency I'm guessing it'll be the onslaught of great punk tunes.

If you wish to contribute to my annual Run for the Lilies contest, you have until Sunday, January 29th to get me your list. Just email me the names of ten famous people you believe won't be alive by the end of this calendar year. The only rule: you may NOT participate in their demise. I'll announce the winner of the 2016 Run for the Lilies on Monday, January 30th.

Why? (Is the King of Love Dead): Nina Simone
Freedom Day: Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln

The White Man's Got A God Complex: The Last Poets
Fight the Power: Public Enemy
Crime To Be Broke in America: Spearhead

Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
I Loves you Porgy: Miles Davis
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding): Bob Dylan

Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk
Love Train: Don Cherry
Come Rain or Come Shine: Ray Charles (10/22/66 Palaise des Sport, Paris, France)

Tommy Gun: The Clash
The Stooge: CFM
I Shot All the Birds: Blind Shakes

***Cheeto Faced Future President Set***
Ivanka Wants Her Orange Back: Dead Ending
Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival (01/31/70 Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA)
What's He Building In There: Tom Waits
Time Will Tell: Bob Marley

Brown Eyed Women: Grateful Dead (05/08/77 Barton Hall, Cornell U., Ithaca, NY)
Martin Luther King Jr.: Max Roach

U2s Lost Song: Negativland

Monday, January 09, 2017

Hell's Kitchen Radio #288: Take Me On A Little Trip

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Time for a trip around the globe, musically speaking. Since we're early in the new year and I have yet to check out any new releases this seemed like the perfect time to focus on some international sounds. Tonight we go to West Africa, Central Africa, Thailand, Iran Turkey, India, Jamaica, and England for some really groovy excursions. When I shop for music I have a rule: if I purchase three records, one must be from the international section. Doing this I have really grown that genre over the years.

The show is pretty groovy throughout, so don't be shy about dancing while you're diggin' it.

I close the show with a very hard to find live acoustic version of New Speedway Boogie by the Grateful Dead. I'm going to commit to playing more music from my extensive live archive in the second hour of my show each week. This June I'll be co-hosting Rock Fight with sound engineer John Karr. Perhaps I have finally met my match. Tune in to find out.

***NEWS FLASH****It's time for the 2017 Run For The Lilies contest. You email me a list of ten famous people you believe will meet their maker by December 31, 2017, and the person with the most correct selections "wins". The only rule: you may not partake in their demise. Email me at mrjohnhell@gmail.com by 5PM Sunday, January 29th, 2017. I will announce the 2016 winner on my show (and their winning list) on Monday, January 30th. 

Enjoy.

jh

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It's A New Day: James Brown
Investigation: Carl Holmes

Spreadin' Fever: Hilton Felton
Groove Holmes: Beastie Boys

Brother's Gonna Work It Out: Willie Hutch
Monday Morning in Lagos: Fela Kuti

Arawan: Tinariwen
YomMaBan TaLangKan (Officer of Hell's Announcement): Sripal Jaipra
Circuito Chiuso: Armando Sciascia

Sunstoke/Mindtrain: Sun Dial
Hey Lion: Sofi Tukker

Miles From India: John McLaughlin
Fatim: Djeli Moussa
Theme from Hong Kong: Lee Perry

Fisherman: The Congos
Suicide Scherzo (Beethoven): Walter Cross
Feeling High: Witch

New Speedway Boogie: Grateful Dead (April 18, 1970 Family Dog At the Great Highway)