Monday, January 18, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #422: The King of Love is On Hold

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There are good shows, and then there are shows when I am truly inspired. And tonight was such a night. And I can honestly say it was all about you, the listeners. So many great comments and inspirations. It's like I jump start the show, and then you all chime in, getting me to go farther than I thought I could!?!?

Maybe I'm just excited to be losing 280 pounds on January 20th? I don't know, but this was a fun show to host. 

So this is a new dawn, yes? How are you going to approach it? What are going to do differently leading into the next four years? What are your hopes and your fears?

There are so many opportunities standing there in front of us. Let's not lose focus on what makes us great. And let's allow music to be a binding force for good.

RUN FOR THE LILLIES 2021

The rules are simple:

  • You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.
  • The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.
  • Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to mrjohnhell@gmail.com
    • I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
  • There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley and the Wailers (July 7, 1975 - Boarding House, SF, CA)
Catfish Blues: Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Nobody Speak: DJ Shadow ft. Run the Jewels 

Fuck Donald Trump: YG and Nipsey Hussle
Zed the Mythical Goat: Bazooka
Why Is The King of Love Dead?: Nina Simone
By The Time I Get To Arizona: Public Enemy

God's Away On Business: Tom Waits
Contact Contamination: Midnight Snaxxx
Anti Love Song: Betty Davis
Wild and Free: Curtis Mayfield

Sita Ram: Alice Coltrane
One of These Things First: Nick Drake
Demon Lover: Cambodian Space Project
Black is the Color: The Dry Spells

Jet Boy: New York Dolls
High Heeled Sneakers: The Mummies
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags
Children of the Grave: Black Sabbath

Satori Pt. 2: Flower Travelin' Band
CIA Man: The Fugs
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

Koko: Charlie Parker
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, January 18, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Iggy and the Stooges!!! Bob Marley and the Wailers!!!

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If it were up to me, and it is, I would be playing Iggy all night, every night. I mean, right? Right? I'm literally having the hardest time even conveying to you how much I love, and I do mean LOVE every tone Iggy Pop has produced over these past 50+ years. 50+ years! And he still is kicking ass! 

Tonight at 6pm (Pacific) I'm featuring an Iggy and the Stooges show from their comeback tour in 2003, featuring the Asheton brothers, Mike Watt and bass and Steve MacKay. This is an incredible soundboard recording from an exceptional show.


In the second hour, I'm featuring one of my all time favorite Bob Marley and the Wailers shows. It's from his 1975 tour, in support of Natty Dread. This is live at the Boarding House in San Francisco, and originally broadcast live on KSAN - 94.9FM. These shows were small and intimate, to the point that you could here the crowd pounding on the walls and stomping on the floor, a common show of appreciation for Reggae acts. There's plenty of pounding happening here.

Enjoy these two great shows, and then stick around for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, from 8-10pm (Pacific) on http://radiovalencia.fm 

Check out our iPhone and Android apps too!!!

And spread the word.

jh

Monday, January 11, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #421: A Playdate With Destiny


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Well that was a weird week. Once you think you've seen it all, our President gets impeached a second time. I was really hoping it would be an unanimous vote, but obviously I live in la la land. 

Anywho (I hate that colloquialism), you're here for the music, not the commentary. Right? Hmmmm. Maybe you want more commentary. Do you want more commentary? I am a civics teacher, you know?

I offer you my latest, greatest creation: two hours of whatever the hell lit a fire under my butt as the current song was playing. There are some real treats, and a few surprises. And the banter isn't too shabby. I think it flows right on by. You tell me what you think. No one ever leaves comments, except those Q-Anon COVIDiots. 

Lest I forget:

RUN FOR THE LILLIES 2021

The rules are simple:

  • You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.
  • The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.
  • Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to mrjohnhell@gmail.com
    • I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
  • There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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Convincing People: Throbbing Gristle
Work Song: Dan Reeder
Violence Dreams: Ninja Racers

Earth People: Dr. Octagon
Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey: Sly and the Family Stone
Praying Hands: Devo

No Flag: Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop
Decent Into the Inferno: Foetus
South of the Border: Frank Sinatra

Rubber Biscuit: Blues Brothers (for Harvey on his 80th)
Buckets of Rain: Bette Midler and Bob Dylan
Stranded In Your Love: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, ft. Lee Fields

Shapes of Things: David Bowie
I Ain't Superstitious: Jeff Beck Group
The Wolf Is At Your Door: Howlin' Wolf
Goodbye: Steve Earle

Demolicion: Los Saicos
Money: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
Folcvagen: Fotoaparat
Oompah Pumpah: People Like Us

Mountains of Steel: Orchid
Tattoo: Petra Haden
Hate The Police: Mudhoney

Banned in DC: Bad Brains
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, January 11, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Zorn and Joplin

 John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

If you've been tuning in regularly then you know that I have a large bootleg library I like to share. Last week was an hour of jazz/funk and an hour of psych/garage. This week is "jazz" and 60s Psychedelic.

The first 90 minutes features one of the great John Zorn ensembles, Electric Masada, live at the Earshot Festival in Seattle from November 10, 2002. If you think Zorn is all about dissonance, then you have never heard this brilliant group.


The final half hour features Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, at the height of their success at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, May 4, 1968. It's all that exists from this performance.


Join me every Monday night, 6-8PM Pacific for my live bootleg showcase, followed at 8PM for my weekly two-hour mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, only on Radio Valencia.

Monday, January 04, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #420: Smoke This Show!

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Happy New Year, to you all! How did you celebrate the completion of one of the top 10 worst years in the history of our nation? I sat at home and watched the Melvins NYE special. Thanks fellas, that was a hoot!

Tonight was a night of firsts. I have never played Hank III before. Nor have I played Jake Blount (thanks Derlyn!!!), nor has Larry Boothroyd been played on my show as a session leader, though I have played plenty of Victim's Family in the past. And though Buddy Rich has graced these "airwaves", this record with Alla Rakha has never been on, though I look forward to sharing more from all of these artists in the future.

As for what 2021 has in store, it's all about this Georgia special election that's happening on Tuesday. I predict the two Democrats will win by slim margins. I also don't think the GOP candidates will do as well as Trump did. If the two Dems do win, I have to wonder how much sway Trump will have with the House and Senate GOP members with the electoral certification on Wednesday? By the time you are reading this, it'll probably be long over. How close were my predictions?

***I'm bringing back an old contest***

RUN FOR THE LILLIES 2021

The rules are simple:

  • You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.
  • The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.
  • Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to mrjohnhell@gmail.com
    • I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
  • There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022
And there ya go. Welcome to 2021.

Enjoy.

jh

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Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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The Bottle Let Me Down: Hank III
Boll Weevil: Jake Blount
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit

Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys: Traffic
A Minute Passed: Monty Python
Sign O' The Times: Sex Mob

Bertha Butt Boogie: Jimmy Castor Bunch
Hear Me: Firehose
Khanda Kafi: Buddy Rich and Alla Rakha

South: Larry Boothroyd

Are You Really Going To Move To The South: Marissa Nadler
Nosotros: Grupo Fantasma
Oh, I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me: Father John Misty
Lover, You Should've Come Over: Jeff Buckley
Femme Fatale: Velvet Underground

Superstar: Sonic Youth
My Baby: Ken Nordine

Dirty Little Virus: Iggy Pop
Star Spangled Banner: Kronos Quartet

I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, January 4th, 2021 6-8PM Pacific

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Tonight on the first Bootleg Bonanza of 2021, I have two shows to share; one funky and one psychedelic to the Nth degree!!!

First up, is a wicked Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters from 1975. This is a full broadcast from Omaha Civic Auditorium Music Hall, Omaha, Nebraska, featuring Herbie and his still fresh Headhunters backing group. The Headhunters had already recorded on their own, but were making time to tour with Hancock, including playing this amazing show.


For the second hour I have a real treat, the Australian psychedelic septet (or octet???) King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, live from the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, June 19, 2015. This is an excellent matrix (soundboard + audience mix). 

Please support this excellent band: http://kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com/

As a matter of fact KGLW is making a lot of their music not only free for download from their site, but they want you to do whatever you want with it, including pressing it and releasing it on your own, with your own record covers!!! Just send them a few copies so they can see what you did. And you keep the profit! What a fabulous idea. I love this band!




Monday, December 28, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #419: We Finally Made It To The End And All I Got Was This Lousy Virus

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The end is nigh. And what are your plans? Are you going to head out and revel with your friends, sans mask, giving hugs, kisses, high fives and COVID to each other, and your beloved Nana upon returning home? Good for you for removing yourself from the gene pool. Unfortunately, you're also risking others just to play around on amateur night. 

Stay home, watch a movie, drink a glass of bubbly (alcoholic or non), and head off to bed without anything to regret. We have next year, and all of our loved ones to consider.

Thanks in advance. 

This here is my year-end show. There's a bunch of my faves from 2020, but this isn't a "Best of..." show in the least. There's a bunch of other tunes tossed in from across the ages. In retrospect I really should have played "I Want To Be Sedated". Hmmmmm, just pretend I did, and click on the video link at the bottom.

Let's all just agree that 2020 was relatively bad for everyone around the world, and move on, shall we? I mean really now, a pandemic puts everything else into perspective. You had a bad year? Oh, I am so sorry. WE ALL HAD A BAD YEAR. Your year sucked extra special bad? WOW! You must really want to win some award. This show is for you then. And only you. 

Enjoy.

jh

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Little Drummer Boy: Lou Rawls
I Want To Be Evil: Eartha Kitt
Desolation Row (alternate take): Bob Dylan

Gate Crasher: Alice Bag
The Sun and its Horizon: Bill Orcutt
Laugh, Love, Fuck: The Coup

I'm Glad I Could Help Out: King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn
Tougher: Dale Crover
In The Pines: Fantastic Negrito
Abre Camino: Death Valley Girls

Badder Than Bullets: Tommy Guerrero
Wing Ruin: Oh Sees
Lock and Key: KnightressM1
Pull Up The People: MIA
Slavery Days: Burning Spear

Are You Glad To Be In America: James Blood Ulmer
Melvana: East New York Ensemble de Music
Cymbaline: Pink Floyd

Silver Machine: Hawkwind
Ride Your Pony: The Meters
Mr. Tamborine Man: William Shatner
The Hipster Be Bop Junkie: William S Burroughs

Auld Lange Syne: Bob Johnson and the Lonesome Travelers
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence & The Pinder Family

***Happy New Year to you and yours. Stay safe.***



John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, December 28, 2020 - 6-8PM - The Clash!!!

 


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza 
Monday 6-8PM Pacific

In celebration of the late, great Joe Strummer, I'm going to play this amazing show from The Clash, August 17, 1982, just a few months after the release of "Combat Rock". Drummer Topper Headon had been fired before this show, so it features Terry Chimes on drums. It's a lively show, with the band at their peak, but not for long. Mick Jones would leave within a year, and by then the band we knew to grow and love would be on their last legs. It's Joe Stummer who really drives the assault throughout this show, and his passing in 2002 left a gaping hole in the rock and punk genre, as well as the hearts of millions, myself included. 

Following this 90 minute show I have a leftover Christmas treat from a band who really liked Christmas (or faked it for the sake of the label). You'll be sure to want to stick around for this.

Then my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, takes over 8-10pm tonight. 

This is really just too much music for one person to enjoy. Share this link with your friends and I'll see you at 6pm Monday night, Pacific.

Enjoy.

jh

Monday, December 21, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #418: Trim That Tree


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And we've made it to Christmas Day!!! How the Hell did that happen so quickly? Seriously though, with all of this staying at home crap since March, one would think this year would have crawled by? Time always seemed to flow when I had to commute most days, pay the bills, do the dishes, and repeat. I've been home since mid-March, and December came in like a limping, gasping, clawing gazelle, after having been chewed on and spit out for the rancid meat that COVID and Trump's allies turned 2020 into. 

What kind of fresh Hell is this?

So let's stick with this musical lane for the next two hours shall we?

As you will see below the first hour contains a fistful of holiday music that is as off-kilter as yours truly. And isn't that why you tune in in the fist place? The second hour is something else entirely. I really enjoyed the entire show, but the two hours are as different as Christmas is to Hanukkah. Take that for whatever you think it means.

If you live in the Bay Area of California, you really owe it to yourself to take a drive to either Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Lane) in Alameda, or Chestnut Lights (Woodside Court) in South San Francisco. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the creativity that went into these houses is worth the trip. There are a number of other locations to go check out. Here's the link for a bunch of them. Take a ride!

Go ho, ho, ho yourself, and I'll see you all next Monday night to get you good and ready to say so long and fuck you to 2020. 

If you haven't tuned into my Live Bootleg Bonanza show, tune in Monday's 6-8PM, before my regular Hell's Kitchen show, to check out shows from my vast live vault (it's really just TBs of live shows) of thousands of shows from hundreds of bands. Most are soundboard quality, of varying genres. I played two Frank Zappa shows last week to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday. 

Enjoy.

jh

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The Central Scrutinizer: Frank Zappa
Xmas Message from T-Rex
Merry Christmas From The Family: Robert Earl Keen
Fuck Christmas: Fear
Please Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas: Alan Jackson

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas: Alan Sherman
The Twelve Days of Christmas: Bob and Doug McKenzie
Merry Christmas, Baby: Otis Redding
Trim Your Tree: Jimmy Butler

Back Door Santa: Clarence Carter
Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle: Phat Man Dee
Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis: Tom Waits
Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin': Albert King

I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus: Kip Addotta
Scrutinizer Postlude: Frank Zappa
Fairytale of New York: The Pogues
Sloppy Drunk Blues: Big Joe Williams

Soulful Strut: Young-Holt Unlimited
Little Games: Yardbirds
Your Mind Has Left Your Body: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, David Freiberg
What Is Man: Johnny Cash

God Made Me Funky: The Headhunters
Get Down, Moses: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

J'al Mal Aux Dents (Faust cover): Oh Sees
Cha Cha: Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics

Media Control: The Nuns
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spencer & The Pinder Family

Monday, December 14, 2020

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, December 14, 2020

Are you ready to ROCK? How about are you ready to AMERICANA?!?!?!?!?

Monday night starting at 6pm.

I have a great soundboard from the Godfather's of the alt-Americana from Illinois, Uncle Tupelo. If you're not aware of this fabulous band, and where the hell have you been(???), this is Jeff Tweedy's pre-Wilco and Jay Farrar's pre-Son Volt band, that IMHO is a thousand times better than anything they've done since!!! There, I said it. Too bad Farrar and Farrar stopped getting along. I like to think in an alternate universe their music took over the world like Bill and Ted's.

This show is from August 25, 1989, Cicero's Basement Bar in St. Louis, MO, a regular stop for these boys. They always threw a number of covers into their sets, so if you're not familiar with their originals, which you're sure to enjoy, you'll be certain to get off on the covers.

This show is only 90 minutes. How will I fill the remaining 30 minutes? You'll just need to tune in and find out!

Enjoy.

jh

Monday, December 07, 2020

Hell's Kitchen Radio #417: Never Draw Attention To The Mistakes

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I'm so pleased that I have this outlet available to me, that on my honor I promise never to phone it in. I gave up my AOL dial up many moons ago.

This show has a lot of date-oriented music associated with it. I won't give away the easter eggs; I just know you want to find them on your own. Feel free to leave a comment. 

I'm not certain how Angelisxvi showed up in this set. I have a folder for music I want to play on this show, and somehow it made its way in there. I'm guessing there's a story I have chosen to forget. Or perhaps Little Lauson Hell (who made a brief appearance during this show) snuck it in there? 

There are a few artists who are making their debut on Hell's Kitchen Radio: Bad Livers, Timothy Leary, Koko Taylor, Clairo, and yes, Angelisxvi. Why, oh why has it taken me this long to share Bad Livers?!?!?!?! And it's FDR's first appearance as well I believe. 

Never forget Pearl Harbor...or The Maine. Though I think it's safe to say 122 years after, The Maine probably was an accident the US Navy used as an excuse to go to war with Spain, the weakest of all the world powers by 1898. Don't get me started.

I think my vote for BEST SET has to go near the end with the set that starts with Electric Masada and ends with James Brown. That was about 20 minutes that will kick you in the groove thang.

You're welcome.

Monday's 6-8pm I've taken over to feature my live bootleg collection. If you tuned in you caught an hour of Mudhoney from 1990 in Australia, followed by an hour from the birthday boy, Tom Waits (71 years young) from 1999. I plan on doing this every Monday until we have a new show in place. Considering I download an average of five shows (from five different artists) a day, not including the Grateful Dead (5+ shows a day from them, alone), it's a toss up what I'm going to share. I like playing more than one artist during that slot, unless it's a tribute. Tune in Monday at 6pm (Pacific) to hear what I have in store. Then stay from 8-10 for my weekly mix.

Thanks for all of your continued support. 

I started hosting Monday's 8pm back in 2000 when I joined San Francisco Liberation Radio, moved over to Pirate Cat Radio in July 2007, then to FCCFree Radio (co-founder) in 2008, and then Radio Valencia (co-founder) in 2010. Other than a few short breaks between stations, it's been 20 years in the same slot. That in combination with my nine wonderful years at KFJC (88-97), and this has been a very fulfilling radio dream come true for me. I may need to write more about this later. 

Enjoy.

jh

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FDR Speech - December 7, 1941
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love: Minutemen
You Can't Put An Arm Around A Memory: Giant Sand
Love Songs Suck: Bad Livers

People Have the Power: Patti and Fred "Sonic" Smith (March 16, 1990)
Sofia: Clairo
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: Timothy Leary
Insane Asylum: Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon
Take Me: Angelisxvi

Boy Blue: ELO
I'm Herpes, Yes I Am: Gerogerigegege
TV Song: Glenn Branca

Caught In My Eye: Germs
Bohemian Rhapsody: Donald Trump
Knocking 'em Down: Iggy Pop
Killer of Killers: Zig Zags

Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow: Funkadelic
The Pusher: Nina Simone

Kisofim: Electric Masada
Pressure Drop: Toots and the Maytals
Tha Shiznit: Snoop Dogg
The Boss: James Brown

Isolation: John Lennon
My Little Red Book: Love
Diamond In Your Mind: Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday - December 7, 2020 6-8pm

While we're waiting for a new show to take over the Monday 6-8pm (Pacific) slot, I'm sharing music from my overburdened live bootleg closet.

Tonight I have two shows to share with you:

Mudhoney - December 14, 1990 - Melbourne, Australia

And

Tom Waits - July 1999 - Florence, Italy


Both are amazing soundboard quality shows, featuring great performances.

And then starting at 8 is my weekly show, Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell. That's me!

I hope you tune in.

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