Monday, August 15, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #270: Someone Saved My Life Tonight

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This week I was proud to have Delynn Parker on my show to speak about suicide awareness and prevention. Delynn has a MS in psychology and is working on her MFT. She works with young kids in Bay Area elementary schools. We spoke for the two hours about suicide, why it's such a taboo to speak about, how friends and family can support their loved ones, what to say, and what not to say to someone who is contemplating suicide, and a lot of music from people who have committed suicide, or from those who have lost someone to it.

Though the topic is a heavy one, Delynn's soft and loving heart filled the two hours information as well as humor. The more we know, the more we can save.

Delynn has a gofundme page for her campaign bringing suicide awareness to the masses. Please visit the page and consider giving. And share the link far and wide. It could save a life.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the suicide prevention hotline 24 hours a day at 415-781-0500, or go online to

There's even a crisis text line, which offers 24 hour support, text MYLIFE to 741741

Other providers include:

National Suicide Prevention/Crisis Line
(800)-273-TALK  (1-800-273-8255)

NAMI- Help Line: 415-905-NAMI (6264)

Mobile Crisis Treatment Team (MCTT) The Mobile Crisis Treatment Team is made up of a diverse multidisciplinary staff providing psychiatric crisis intervention services for adults located in the City and County of San Francisco.
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 11 PM (last field visit at 10PM)
Saturdays and Holidays  12 Noon to  8 PM  (last field visit at 7PM)
[Closed Sundays]
Services Provided:
•    Emergency crisis assessment/intervention services conducted in the field
•    Early intervention before situation escalates to critical crisis point
•    Consultation services provided to consumers, housing/support systems, mental health providers, and other concerned parties
•    Assistance with linkage to outpatient mental health services
•    5150 evaluation capacity and determination of appropriate level of care
•    Short-term medication services may be available
•    Spanish, Russian, and Cantonese/Mandarin speaking staff (schedules vary)

San Francisco Peer Run Warm Line
(855) 845-7415
Monday-Friday, 7:00am-11:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, 11:00am-7:00pm
Peer counseling providing emotional support and information about mental health resources.
Friendship Line (Institute on Aging)
(800) 971-0016
The Friendship Line at Institute on Aging is the nation’s only 24-hour toll-free hotline for older and disabled adults. Trained staff and volunteers make and receive calls to and from individuals who are either in crisis or just in need of a friend.
Mental Health Association of San Francisco
(415) 421-2926
870 Market Street, Suite 928
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Contact us for information about mental health and various mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, clinical anxiety, schizophrenia, and more. We also provide information and referrals for mental health treatment and other community resources. MHA-SF does not provide direct clinical services.
San Francisco County Behavioral Health ACCESS
(415) 255-3737
(888) 246-3333
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
ACCESS is the first point of contact for individuals enrolled in Medicaid, Medi-Cal, Healthy San Francisco, and other state healthcare programs. ACCESS can also assist individuals in enrolling for healthcare and finding mental health services.
(415) 808-HELP
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:30pm
Provides information and referrals for mental health services and information for self-help groups in Bay Area. English, Spanish, and Chinese operators
San Francisco Psychological Association
(415) 681-3063
Information and referrals for mental health services. Multi-lingual
Northern California Psychiatric Society
(415) 334-2418
1631 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Information about mental health practice specialties. Referrals to mental health practitioners.
Community Health Network of San Francisco
(415) 206-5166
Patient advocate visitor’s center.
Network of Support for Community Living
Comprehensive, Internet-based community resource for the adults with disabilities and seniors, as well as their caregivers and service providers.



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I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Negative Creep: Nirvana
Somebody Saved in My Life Tonight: Elton John

The Shape I'm In: The Band
Sushi Girl: The Tubes
Time of no Reply: Nick Drake

The Eternal: Joy Division
Changes: Black Sabbath
The Trolley Song: Judy Garland

Sweet Old World: Lucinda Williams
Click Click: English Beat
Oh Candy: Cheap Trick

Emma: Hot Chocolate
I Drove Her Out Of My Mind: Johnny Cash
Rock of all Ages: Badfinger

Sentimental Lady: Fleetwood Mac
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, August 08, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #269: Eagle Wing Palace of the Queen Chinee

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My musical tastes are anything but conventional, and I think that should be the norm. I was raised by a father who loved Chicago blues, and was also around two older sisters who were into the popular rock of the 70s. My first favorite band was KISS, followed by the Beatles a few years later, and then Led Zeppelin. I've written at length about my introduction to the Grateful Dead, and my subsequent love affair with them. My 25+ years in non-commercial radio has introduced me to too many genres to count, and it's just as common to hear me play the Melvins on my show as it is James Brown.

For my most recent show I wanted to pay homage to the musician who made the deepest impact on my musical soul: Jerry Garcia. I don't love every one of his songs, and I cannot stand his voice after 1982. It was the deep spiritual, true American message that most resonates with me. It's because of Jerry's love of American musical history that encouraged me to dig deeper than what was commonly offered up on mainstream radio. I think it's safe to say Jerry Garcia is one of the main reasons I chose a life of left-of-the-dial radio.

Tonight's selection runs from early raw-Dead, to some screaming jams. Take a dive and enjoy the ride.



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China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider: Grateful Dead (11-14-73 San Diego Sports Arena)

Samson and Delilah: GD (10-10-80 Warfield Theater, SF)
Candyman/Cumberland Blues: GD (05-02-70 Harpur College, Binghampton, NY)
It Hurts Me Too: GD (05-19-66 Avalon Ballroom SF)

Hard To Handle/Cosmic Charlie: GD (04-05-69 Avalon Ballroom, SF)
Bob's Dog Story/Bertha: GD (04-14-72 Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, DK)

Help-Slip-Franklin's Tower: GD (06-09-77 Winterland, SF)
Loving Man: GD 1969 Pigpen/Bobby/Jerry demos

Beat it on Down the Line: GD (02-24-74 Winterland Arena, SF)
Friend of the Devil: GD (07-07-78 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO)

Promised Land: GD (12-26-79 Oakland Arena)

August 9th is the 21st anniversary of the passing of Jerry Garcia. I wrote the following on my Facebook page earlier today:

I was waking up listening to Ann Arbor on KFJC when I heard that Jerry had passed. Actually I hit the snooze button, but something in her tone that I briefly heard made me turn the radio right back on. Sad doesn't put it quite right. I was full of anguish for the next number of days. I knew it would eventually happen, I just didn't think it would happen so soon. I called my friends Nichole and Zion to see how they were faring. I think it hit us all like a ton of bricks. Zion's mother came to town a few days later and we all went to the Jerry memorial in GG Park. She told us some amazing stories of touring. She told us she had never been to a Grateful Dead concert before and wanted to go to the middle of the crowd, which I know made Zion nervous.About 30 or so minutes into it a tall, lumbering hippy came through the crowd and walked right up to us. He looked at Zion's mother and said in his sprite southern accent "Donna Jean?! Why, I haven't seen you in a coons age." He then looked at Zion, and said "why you're the spittin' image of your old man.", which he is. They spoke for a while and then he (his name is Sunshine) said so long, and walked off. At that moment people around us started to kindly say hello to Donna and show their love. If there was ever a bitter-sweet day, it was that one.
That moment reminded me that even without Jerry physically being present anymore, he doesn't need to be for all of us to still feel his presence and what he and his musical message means to all of us who took the time to listen and embrace it. To mourn his passing, even after 21 years, is to fail to see that as long as we sing his songs, then we still sing his praises.
I don't know what happens to us when we die, but I do know that as long as I live I'll continue to enjoy what Jerry brought to my life, with a smile on my face, the same as when Sunshine saw Donna and Zion as he tripped his way through the fields. Take pleasure in what you have now, and share the love as you go.

There are a few great Grateful Dead-related events happening in San Francisco this weekend. I hope you can make them all.

Thursday, August 11 - 7-8:30PM - Deadheads: Book reading/signing with author Linda Kelly
Excelsior Library 4400 Mission Street at Cotter
Come down and hear author Linda Kelly read from her book. You can buy a book-themed trucker hat too!

Saturday, August 13 - 8PM-2AM - Pre-Jerry Day Dance Party with John Hell
Doctor's Lounge 4826 Mission Street in the Excelsior District
In association with Jerry Day 2016, will host a Grateful Dead dance party in a pre-celebration of Sunday’s 14th annual Jerry Day.

Sunday, August 14 - 10:30AM - Jerry Garcia Plaque Unveiling
4550 Mission Street at Harrington Street
The first Jerry Garcia plaque is finally being forged, and we're going to have an unveiling celebration the morning of Jerry Day! Join us at the corner of Mission and Harrington Streets, and then we can all head up to Jerry Garcia Amphitheater to celebrate!

Sunday August 14 - 11AM-6PM - 14th Annual Jerry Day 
@ Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park
From the website: Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his childhood roots from the Excelsior District of San Francisco. By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, we are creating something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco.

I sure hope to see you all at some or all of these upcoming events. Have a grateful week.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #268: Hell's Squad

This is where a picture of my daughter and I is supposed to sit. I don't see it either, but I can tell you it's really quite something to behold. You'll just have to use your imagination.

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Lauson and I had so much fun last Monday night. I think you can tell by the playlist, but mostly through the banter. We spoke a lot about her love of sloths. Lauson's songs are designated by "LH".

The second hour has a couple of tunes celebrating the birthday of the late, great local boy, Jerry Garcia, who would have turned 74 on this date, August 1st.

In celebration of the 14th annual Jerry Garcia Day coming up this Sunday, August 14th at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park in SF, I will be spinning two hours of Jerry and Grateful Dead tonight on Radio Valencia. This coming Saturday night, August 13th, I'll be spinning six hours of live Dead, from 8PM-2AM at Doctor's Lounge, located at 4826 Mission Street in the Excelsior District of SF. Come on down and dance.



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I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Rent Control: Bongos, Bass and Bob
Intergalactic: Beastie Boys - LH

Youth Culture Killed My Dog: They Might Be Giants
Panda: Desiigner - LH
She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy
Black People What Y'all Goin' Do: The Last Poets
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Heathens: Twenty One Pilots - LH
Little Child Running Wild: Curtis Mayfield
People Get Ready: Aretha Franklin

Gangster's Paradise: Coolio - LH
I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement: Ramones
Tamale Lady: Rube Waddell

Russian Seagull: The Reliables
Deep Elem: Jerry and Sara
No More: Hubert Laws

Gold Rings: Unlikely Heroes - LH
The Pusher: Nina Simone
Higher: Sly and the Family Stone

Don't Stop Me Now: Queen - LH
Midnight Moonlight: Jerry Garcia Band
Take Me To The River: Talking Heads

Fly Me To The Moon: Frank Sinatra - LH

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #267: Election Night Special

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Back on the air after a month away. I don't care to take so much time away from the aural pleasures that radio brings, but it had to be done. I traveled with my wife and daughter up to the great Northwest Territories! By that I mean Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.

I won't share the clusterfuck we got into at SFO when they wouldn't let my 11 year old daughter fly without a passport. Needless to say, we made it to all of our destinations, albeit about $1000 less in our pockets than I would have liked. ugh

We spent two days wandering around the EMP in Seattle. If you travel to that great town, please do your self a favor and go there. If you're a music fan, and I know that you are, you won't regret it.

Voodoo Donuts are overrated. There, I said it. Who the hell needs a Cap'n Crunch donut? Besides I live in San Francisco. We have Bob's. I do love me some Portland though. I will most likely retire there and start a radio station. HA!

On with the show.

The first hour pays homage to my late teens and early 20s. Spending time at the EMP inspired me to go back and listen to items on my shelf that may have collected a bit of dust.

The second hour is full of some tasty and rare surprises. A "new" Betty Davis LP issue of an oft-rumored Miles Davis-produced session was worth the wait. I have some new Melvins in there, as well as a number of live cuts from the likes of Tom Waits, Dave Bromberg, Allman Brothers.

I also blather on about the election, and croon about how much I love you.

Next Monday night, Little Lauson Hell makes an appearance. Tune in 8-10PM every Monday night!

I'm going to Bob's now.



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I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
A Million Miles Away: The Plimsouls
I'm Spun: Mudhoney

Scoff: Nirvana
Caliente: Supersuckers
Elvis is Everywhere: Mojo Nixon

Squeeze Me Macaroni: Mr Bungle
Goofy's Concern: Butthole Surfers
Son of Mustang Ford: Swervedriver

Summer Babe: Pavement
Too Many Puppies: Primus

Politician Man: Betty Davis
Planet Destructo: Melvins
Livin' On The Open Road: Delaney and Bonnie and Friend (feat. Duane Allman)

I Will Not Be Your Fool: Dave Bromberg
Warm Beer and Cold Women: Tom Waits

Summertime: Big Brother and the Holding Company
Done Somebody Wrong: Allman Brothers
Franks Kaktus: Dungen

Wait, Let's Go: Thee Oh Sees
Valley Girl: Meatbodies
Equal Rights: Flat Earthers

In 1994 I had the "pleasure" to interview Mojo Nixon in Austin, during SXSW. He's Mojo 24/7

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #266: Sauce And A Little Hell

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It's been WEEKS since I've hosted a show. Here's my most recent one, which featured both the wife (Saucy) and the daughter (Little Lauson Hell)! I think this is the first time I've had them both in the studio with me at the same time!!!

It's a family affair tonight! I've got the return of Little Lauson Hell and my dear bride, Saucy in the studio with me. Will we air dirty laundry live on the radio? Lauson and Saucy chose much of the music. It's a wee more poppy than you'll usually hear in the Kitchen. Don't let that stop you from enjoying it. And the banter is...woo hoo! Boy, do you get to learn about this family! Yowza!

Sorry it's taken so long to post this. I took a few weeks off, and traveled to the great Pacific Northwest. We tried to fly to Vancouver, but wouldn't you know it, them Canadiens say we need to have a passport for the little one to fly up there. So we flew to Seattle, drove to Vancouver, then drove back to Seattle, before ending our 9 days in Portland. Fabulousness was had by all!

I'll be back on Radio Valencia this coming Monday night at 8PM (PDST). Tune in.



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I Love Living In The City: Danko Jones
Nice Nice Very Nice: Ambrosia
My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit

Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Get It Together: Beastie Boys
Gravel Pit: Wu Tang Clan

Nancy From Now On: Father John Misty
Portland, Oregon: Loretta Lynn
Hideaway: Kiesza
Lazarus: David Bowie

Somebody That I Used To Know: Gotye
Pretty Bird: Jenny Lewis
Let It Down: Magnetic Zeros

Royals: Lorde
Sodade: Cesaria Evora
Chocolate City: Parliament
Ruins: Wooden Shjips

Dropping Some Coin: The Reliables
May This Be Love: Emmylou Harris
Way Down In The Hole: MIA/Blaqstarr

Come Get It, Bae: Pharrell Williams

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #265: Round And Round

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Here's another recent broadcast that didn't get posted. This is from June 20th. What a mix! Lots of new music and plenty of music that's new to you. And check out the SET OF THE WEEK!!!

This coming Monday night, Little Lauson Hell will be back in the studio with me. What will this 11 year old wonder pick to play? Your guess is as good as mine (but if she knows what's good for her, she'll stay away from that pop crap). Tune in this Monday at 8PM.

I actually have about six shows over the past six years that I have yet to post. What the hell is up with that?! I'll do my best to get to those soon enough, as long as you promise to actually check them out. Feel free to comment on any and all of my show posts too! And please share this with any of your music-loving friends.



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I Love Living In The City: Danko Jones
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones: Fear

Rocket Reducer Fa Fa Fa: Melvins
Losing Your Mind: Lazy Cowgirls
So Much For Love: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions

Sineaters: Zig Zags
Bewildered/I Got The Feeling/Give It Up Turn It Loose: James Brown

***Set of the Week***
Hot Coals: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Sticky Hulks: Thee Oh Sees
B-Movie Boxcar Blues/Flip Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers

Hey Bartender: Floyd Dixon
Send Help: Big Business
Red Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
N.I.B.: Brown Sabbath

Bored in the USA: Father John Misty
My Way: Frank Sinatra
No Will: White Hills
I Will Miss the Jasmine: Shannon and the Clams

Cantor de Mambo: Os Mutantes
Ham 'n Eggs: Lonnie Donegan
Summer in the City: Lovin' Spoonful

Monday, June 06, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #264: Leave The Green Light On For Ya

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How I love to teach the next generation of great DJs!!! Tonight I had the pleasure of hosting the next great Radio Valencia DJ, Gatsby Fassbinder, who hosts "Tighten Up Your Wig" every Thursday from 4-6PM. He chose some amazing tracks to play this evening (all of which I marked "GB"). He easily won "Set of the Night" as well. This Gatsby fella is pretty darn good. Give him a listen.

I dished up some tasty treats as well. Last Poets, Nick Cave, William Shatner, new Boris, and new Magnetic Zeros (they appear to be in the verge of dropping the Edward Sharpe prefix).

Something for the whole family to devour, every Monday night, 8-10PM on Radio Valencia.

Next Monday night, guitarist Michael Cobra will guest DJ with me. His last appearance in the kitchen was a memorable one. Take a listen here, and then tune in next week.



I Love Living In The City: Danko Jones
The White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
There She Goes My Beautiful World: Nick Cave

Theme From Cyrano/Mr. Tambourine Man: William Shatner
What Love Is: Dead Boys
Race Against Time: Public Enemy
Little By Little: Dukes of Hamburg - GB
Planet of the Apes: The Mummies

***Set of the Night*** with DJ Gatsby
See Me Bleed: The Anomalys - GB
Rumble and Brighton Tonight: Stray Cats - GB
Reaper Invert: Wand - GB
Diamond Bollocks: Beck - GB
Featherbedding Lover: Nazz - GB

Fantomasfobia: Messer Chups - GB
Peace-loving Man: Blossom Toes - GB
I Don't Want Nobody: Randy California - GB
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afrorock Band

Arawan: Tinariwen - GB
Klouds: Gonja Sufi - GB

Farewell/Planet of the Cows: Boris with Merzbow
Sun King: The Beatles
Wake Up The Sun: The Magnetic Zeros

The End: Eno, Nico
Brazil: Frank Sinatra