Monday, February 18, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #359: Too Much Monkey Business

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Did ya hear the news, it's all over town. If you ain't heard it boy, you better sit down. I've got the story here, it's hot off the press. Brace yourself now and take a deep breath. Grab a hold of something, hold on tight. John Hell is on the loose tonight.

Whew, now that I have got that Bob Segar lyric off my chest, let's get on with the show. There's lots of new music represented tonight, as well as some classics you have probably never heard before. I completely failed to play any Ken Nordine, who passed away this past weekend. Dang. I had a few brilliant tracks of his lined up, too.

Check out new music from Gringo Star, Perfect Son, Cherry Glazerr, Sunflower Bean, Deer Tick, Royal Canoe, Brownout, and Jon Spencer. I gave tickets away to see Jon Spencer at Slims. You seem you need to tune in so you too can have the chance of winning tickets to shows. You really need to get out more. Work to live, don't live to work. You need more balance in your life.

You may have noticed, i've taken to closing my show with Louis Armstrong. A lot of DJs will have an opening and closing theme songs. I've played with this over the years, and I feel it's time to throw it back into the mix. Many DJs also have music they speak over; known as a music bed. The only reason you don't hear me doing this much at Radio Valencia is my own prep. Just another goal of mine for 2019. You would think 350+ shows into my RV tenure, and about 30 years in radio I would have this figured out already? I'm pretty lazy it would appear.

Who loves ya, baby?

jh

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Cold Bear: The Gaturs
Lawyers, Guns and Money: Warren Zevon
Call of the West: Wall of Voodoo

Watchdog: Gringo Star
Devil Doll: X
I Still Miss Someone: Johnny Cash
Anthrocene: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

It's For Life: Perfect Son
Black Sabbath: Melvins (with Al Cisneros)
Dadii: Cherry Glazerr

Come For Me: Sunflower Bean
When My Left Eye Jumps: Buddy Guy
Pressure Drop: The Clash
Red and Orange: John Abercrombie

Pale Blue Eyes: Deer Tick
RAYZ: Royal Canoe

I Got The Hits: Jon Spencer
White Cat: WAND
Walk on By: The Stranglers

Livin In The Ghetto: Purple Image
My Uzi Weighs A Ton: Brownout

Mr. President: Amnesty
What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #358: Who Loves Ya?

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I'm the luckiest DJ I know. I got to interview the love duo that makes up San Francisco's Love Jerks!!! The last time I saw Rebecca Garza-Bortman she was the better third of Happy Fangs (sorry Michael...love ya), and the last time I saw Bryan Garza, he was rockin' out with Scissors for Lefty. Little did I know at that time that these two were worshipping one another from afar. Not only did they meet and fall in love, but their wedding was epic!

Now they have their own band, Love Jerks. The came on last Monday night to talk up their Valentine's Day show at the Rickshaw Stop. Have you seen their Facebook Page? Have you seen the promotional videos they have made for this gig? These two are the future; you better get on the bus now! They have a new LP out Million Movies (that's right, VINYL!), which they were kind enough to donate...no payola here, folks. We're straight on the up and up...now. Buy their music here.

They come on during the second hour and we have lots of fun. Check out the music and the interview, where I really don't hold back. How many couple have been in bands together just to watch their love come crumbling down? My money is on these two to make it big and to make it last.

Tune in tonight 8-10PM on Radio Valencia for your chance to win a pair of tickets to go see Jon Spencer this Sunday at Slims.

Enjoy.

jh

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Anti-Love Song: Betty Davis
Love and Happiness: The Pharaohs
Addicted to Love: Ciccone (Sonic) Youth

Love Buzz: Shocking Blue
Love Me Tender: James Brown
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
Love Comes in Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Love is a Spider: The Monkeywrench

You Don't Love Me Yet: Bongwater
I Love You, Honeybear: Father John Misty
Trouble: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
It Won't Be Long: Redd Kross
Nothing On Earth: Casual Sex

Scary Things: Love Jerks

Love Jerks: Love Jerks
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret

Holding Out For A Rocker: Love Jerks

Love Jerks even recorded a video at a retirement home!!!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #357: Diggin' Deeper In The Soulful Well

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When I started Radio Valencia, my objective was to bring in quality talent who could produce two hours a week of stellar programming, to knock your socks off. We have been lucky to have recruited some veteran DJs, but some of our finest have been folks who haven't spent much, if any time behind the decks. On my most recent show I had the pleasure to welcome and to train a potential new voice on Radio Valencia, Dirty Harry. Harry has a sweet collection of African funk, soul, pop, disco, and rock, and he shared quite a bit during his 45 minute set during the show.

Often times I get more influenced by those sharing the studio with me, than by what I hear on the air. Tonight was no different. Harry made me dig deeper.

Take a look at the funk sets below, and click the links above to dig the groove we've got layin' down just for you.

Enjoy.

jh

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Telephone Girl: Assagai
Investigation: Carl Holmes
Cotati Funk: Qunitessence

Who's Gonna Help A Brother Get Further: Lee Dorsey
My Friend: Ricardo Marrero
***Dirty Harry's set***
Heat of the Wind: Roland Bautista
One Note Samba: Sergio Mendez

Nizaka Panga Ngozi: Ngozi Family
Yeke Yeke: Mory Kante
C'est Bon La Musique: Uta Bella

What Do You Want (The Question): Tambu
Lipstick (Shout): JM Black
Mini Pads: Jack McDuff
***Back to John Hell***
Lickin' Stick: James Brown

Maggie's Farm: Soloman Burke
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
Emma: Hot Chocolate
Queen Bitch: Green River

Love Addict: Honey and the Bee
You Can't Love Me If You Don't Respect Me: Lyn Collins
A Quick One While He's Away: The Who
Sweat Loaf: Butthole Surfers

Ramblin (Wo)Man: Cat Power
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, January 28, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #356: Ready In The Polka Pit

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Some nights I just need to ROCK! And since we have no constraints on what we can or cannot play here at Radio Valencia, I felt obliged to feed my urge. Join me, will you?

WARNING: There is one, I repeat, one polka song. Then again it's by Polkacide, so I'm forgiven. If you have never witnessed Polkacide live I feel sorry for you. There a band that MUST be seen live to really understand the attraction. Their "final show" (of which I've seen more than my fair share) was just days after my son was born, October 8th, 2017. I look forward to their next final show, as I'm confident it will polka hard. Join my in the polka pit and you'll see what I mean.

Take a look at the playlist below and prepare for a quality neck ache, ala head banging for two sweet hours.

Enjoy.

jh

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California Man: Cheap Trick
King of the Night Time World: KISS
Deuce: Redd Kross

Goin' Blind: Melvins
The Wizard: Black Sabbath
Snowblind: Nashville Pussy

Snortin' Whiskey: Honky
Nurture My Pig: Reverend Horton Heat
In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide
Master Race Rock: The Dictators
John Wayne Was A Nazi: MDC

Magic: Zig Zags
Uncle Powderbag: OBNIIIs
The Archer: Meatbodies
I Come From the Mountain: Thee Oh Sees

Reputation: CIA
Plum: WAND
Johanna: Iggy Pop
Pushing the Extreme: The Wipers

Concert Outlook

Bomber: Motorhead
Are You Ready: Boris
Dragonaut: Sleep

Celestial Crown/Barael's Blade: The Sword
How Many More Times: Led Zeppelin
Chain That Door: Mudhoney

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, January 14, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #355: I'm A Glutton For Punishment

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I hate hate hate being behind in posting my show podcasts! So sorry for the delay. Life got in the way. I hope you can find it in heart to forgive old Hell here. Gee, just take a look at that amazing playlist, will ya?!?!?!?!

I missed my show last week and instead took my daughter, Little Lauson Hell, to her very first Melvins show! She loved them and the opener: Hepa.Titus, featuring former Melvins' bassist Kevin Rutmanis. She even added his band to her Spotify. Raisin' 'em right.

I've got something special in store for you all tonight. Tune in 8-10 and I'll whisper it in your ear.

Enjoy.

jh

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Savior Machine: David Bowie
Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge
Toby Dammit's Last Act: Sex Mob

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers Band
I Put A Spell On You: Leon Russell
Oh Yeah: Can

Divine Horseman: The Flesh Eaters
Lovely Butterfly: Melvins
Moving to Florida: Butthole Surfers
Fried Pies: Wes Montgomery

Warsawng: Glitter Wizard
By Any Means Necessary/Art of Getting Jumped: Steinski
Rattlesnake: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Dune Buggy: Os Mutantes

Concert Outlook (Zombie: Fela Kuti)
Super Heathen Child: Grinderman

Monday, January 07, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #354: See Through The Haze

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It's nice to have a few weeks off to recharge one's batteries, but considering my weekly show is exactly what I use to recharge my batteries, I felt more empty than ever stepping into the studio on Monday night. True story. I had a few weeks off from work, since I'm a teacher, and you would think I would be traveling the southern continent, or spending many relaxing hours at home, sleeping in late, taking leisurely strolls in my hood. Yeah, you would think that. The truth could not be farther from this. Who am I to complain?

I did buy some tasty vinyl over the break, however. Some rare Grateful Dead, released between 71-75, and some blues LPs that I needed. Yes, needed. I need music. It's my drug of choice. I was thinking of buying some much-needed shoes over the holidays, but instead I bought a Muddy Waters LP, and a Sony Terry and Brownie McGhee LP. Priorities.

I don't have any resolutions for the new year. Resolutions are for suckers. I just keep on keepin' on and let choice be my voice. I should probably cut down on the sugary sweets. Sure, why not? I have switched to black coffee though. No more mocha's for John Hell! It's saving me money, which I can put towards my vinyl addiction, er...um obsession.

Speaking of obsession, my playlist is below and the links to the stream and download are above.

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jh

Mean Mistreater: Muddy Waters
Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top
Get It While You Can: Janis Joplin

There It Is: James Brown
Louder Than A Bomb: Brownout
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Supermarket Nightmare: Victim's Family
Time Axe Bag Dad: Clubfoot Orchestra
Theme de Yoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Femme Fatale: Big Star
Grave Robber: WAND
Little Green: Joni Mitchell
Back to New Orleans: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Shotgun Blues: Downchild Blues Band
Come Back Baby: Aretha Franklin
Stop Dragging Me Down: Monomen
Winter In America: Gil Scott-Heron

Right On For The Darkness: Curtis Mayfield
Tiger Mountain Song: First Aid Kit
Redemption Song: Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer
South of Heaven: Modest Mouse and Califone

I Can See For Miles: Petra Haden

Monday, December 17, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #353: I Can Taste It

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It's December so it's time for my obligatory BEST of show...kinda. If anything it's a chance to play great music! And isn't that why you tune in week after week? You do tune in, don't you? That's interesting. I just realized that I asked "don't you", and not "do not you". Huh.

My show isn't all about 2018 music, however. Just take a gander at the playlist below and you'll note the diversity in the sets. Yes folks, we here at Radio Valencia believe the only good radio is diverse radio. Why I play all kinds of diverse genres: metal, heavy metal, death metal, speed metal, stoner metal, and doom metal. Don't be fooled by our competitors, they only program to the lowest common denominator. We have discovered a way to much much lower.

That being said, there was a lot of great music in 2018. Albums by King Tuff, Oh Sees, Mudhoney, Sleep, and of course a few by Ty Segall, are just a glimpse into what was another stellar year for the indie rock/garage scene.

I encourage you to tune in to Radio Valencia throughout the rest of 2018 for more Best of shows from some of the finest DJs west of East Orange, New Jersey.

I'm taking the next two weeks off to celebrate family and friends. I suggest you do the same. I'll be scheduling some of my favorite Hell's Kitchen Radio programs to play in my absence. I encourage you to have it playing in the background during your family celebrations. I'm available for Bar Mitzvah's too!

Happy Holidaze to you and yours from me, and all of us at Radio Valencia. See you in 2019!

jh

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Why Can't I Touch It: Buzzcocks
The White Man's Got A God Complex: Last Poets
Inner City Blues: Grover Washington Jr.

Birds of Paradise: King Tuff
Keep on Knockin': Death
No Air: Red Fang
Drown in my own Tears: Ray Charles

Moon Bog: Oh Sees
Motion Pictures: Neil Young
By The Time I Get To Arizona: Brownout

My Wild Sweet Love: First Aid Kit
Isolation: John Lennon
Low Rider: Ty Segall

21st Century Pharisees: Mudhoney
Devil Woman: Charles Mingus

Hillbilly Math: Dale Crover Band

Lady in the Front Row: Redd Kross
Staring at the Sun: Wooden Shjips
The Big Gundown: Ennio Morricone

Pre Strike Sweep: Goggs
Marijuanaut's Theme: Sleep

Teardrops From My Eyes: Ray Condo