Monday, July 08, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #371: Flippin' For Flipper


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Do you remember where you were the first time you heard Flipper? For me it wasn't until I joined KFJC in the late 80s. I recall distinctly being disturbed. I couldn't hum along, and the dissonant guitar and driving rhythms left my stomach aching a wee bit. And I wanted more. They were just too hilarious. Songs like "Ha Ha Ha", "Love Canal", and of course, "Sex Bomb" (especially the live version where they ask someone to bring them beer) left me wanting to grab as much Flipper as I could find. That was the problem however, finding Flipper records was not as easy task; even in the Bay Area. Demand outranked supply.


Leading up to their Bay Area shows, celebrating their 40th anniversary (with many years off during that tenure), Flipper-founder/guitarist Ted Falconi, and their current (and 8th) bassist Rachel Thoele stopped into Hell's Kitchen Radio on Radio Valencia Monday night to chat up their many years, many bassists, many tours, and many road stories. 

Pic credit: Sean Haley








The music runs from the debut, "Generic Flipper" through to their latest EP with sludge stalwarts, and Flipper-influenced, The Melvins, off of their Hot Fish release from Amphetamine Reptile. Thanks to Ted for filling us in on the details. I was unaware that Trevor Dunn was playing bowed bass on a few tracks. 


Tickets are still available for their local shows, featuring David Yow of Jesus Lizard on vocals, this Thursday in San Jose at The Ritz, Friday in Sacramento at the Blue Lamp (both 21 and over), and Saturday night's all ages show in SF at the Great American Music Hall, where you'll find yours truly.


Enjoy.

jh

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Common People: Leonard Nimoy
Sugar Magnolia: Joe Pop-O-Pie
Giving Up The Ghost: Zig Zags

Zonar Roze: Keith Morris/Ty Segall/John Dwyer/Steven McDonald
Corvette: Shannon and the Clams
Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Ever: Flipper
Life Is Cheap: Flipper

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Hot Fish: Flipper/Melvins
Sacrifice: Flipper/Melvins
Sad But True: Flipper (Metallica cover)
Big Enough: Lié (This all-female powerhouse opened for Flipper in Vancouver)

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Flipper Blues: Melvins
The Wheel: Flipper
The Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly: Flipper
Macho Man: Artless

Interview with Ted Falconi and Rachel Thoele from Flipper

Ha Ha Ha: Flipper
Lowrider: Flipper
I Hate You: Charlie and the Moonhearts (Ty Segall produced)

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Because we live in a golden age, here's some love Flipper on Channel 25 Studios in San Francisco way back in 1983.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #370: DLBs Represent!

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Not your average show this week. I welcomed two fabulous friends, Chel and Mel into Hell's Kitchen to share stories from their "Dirty Little Bitch" days. Before you get offended, you should really give it a listen. The future is female!!! Indeed.

I've known these two for quite a while, so I'll admit we get a little roommate radioish at times. Deal with it; the stories are good.

As for the music, it's what you have come to expect, which I hope is to expect the unexpected. My, how cliche of me.

As James Brown said "Get Up, Get On Up!"

Enjoy.

jh

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Get Up Get Into Get Involved: James Brown
Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners

The Wizard: Brown Sabbath
Wiggle Stick: Reverend Horton Heat
Little Bird: Jenny Lewis

Raindrop Blue: King Tuff
Congo Call: Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons
You Shouldn't Do That: Hawkwind

Ashes Ashes: Eric McFadden
Saviour Machine: Redd Kross
Orgasm Addict: Buzzcocks
Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas

Black Sabbath Meets The Temptations
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Moon Bog: Oh Sees
Mademoiselle Mabry: Miles Davis

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, June 24, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #369: Three Is A Magic Number

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Although Radio Valencia as an entity does not identify with a political ideology, we don't censor our DJs when it comes to them voicing what they believe in. When I was involved with San Francisco Liberation Radio (2000-2003), we were very vocal about our stance against the Bush administration and its march to war. We were so loud that it got us shut down by the FCC, with guns blazing. Fun times.

Monday night LawWorksAction.org streamed a 90 minute live reading of parts of the Muller Report, as recited by professional actors. I thought it important that as a show host/producer I have the responsibility to make this available to my listeners. I did not play the program straight through, beginning to end. Instead, I played to ~15 minute sections, peppered through my show.

When is the last time you read the US Constitution? Have you ever read it? Have you ever discussed it? Are you aware that every action that takes place in our nation has a direct connection to this document?

As for the music, it rocks!

Enjoy.

jh

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It's Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
Needles and Pins: The Ramones
Drinking Song: The Gits

Live reading of the Muller Report from LawWorks.org
When We Ride: 2 Pac
Punk Fucking Metal: Zig Zags

Who's Got the Italian: Frisco
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Home Affairs: Osibisa

Live reading of the Muller Report from LawWorks.org
Sequence 5: Stelvio Cipriano
Rebel Heart: First Aid Kit
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

The Passenger: Iggy Pop (Utrecht, Netherlands, 24th November 1986)
Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies (May 30, 1970, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA)
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill (The Palladium May 2, 2019)

The Planet is Fine: George Carlin
Time: Pink Floyd (April 21, 1975 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA)

Oye Como Va: Santana (May 11, 1988, Fillmore Auditorium, SF, CA)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, June 17, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #368: I'm Your Captain

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Some shows I'm just inspired to dig a little deeper. This is one of those shows. Are you as tired of the commercial radio dreck as I am? And who can blame you, really? They play the same 40-50 songs over and over throughout the day. It's insulting. I don't want to insult you. I want to inspire you.

Leon Redbone passed away a couple of weeks back; the day before Roky Erickson as a matter of fact.

Genres-a-plenty across these two hours, with my ongoing desire to share my recent live show acquisitions with you during the second hour. Some live Bob Dylan from the recent Rolling Thunder Revue 17 disc set, Muddy Waters from 1963, and Grand Funk from 1972 to rock your bones.

Get out and dance this week!

Enjoy.

jh

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Groove Me: Blues Brothers
Women's Liberation: TV Mama Jean
Funk and Soul: New York Underground Funk Band
My Walkin' Stick: Leon Redbone

Moving Pictures For the Ear: Don Cherry
Reflections (On New York City Everything is Everything): The Visitors
Cut Loose: The Teacher Haters

Mettavolution: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Priest of the Hill People: Hot Fog
Fallout: Zig Zags

Femme Fatale: Ty Segall
Lorsque je Frappe A Ta Porte: Ginette Taillon
Love Comes in Spurts: Thee Headcoats
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Isis: Bob Dylan (Technical University, Lowell, MA - November 1975)
Mercy Seat: Johnny Cash

Knock On Joe: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (RPM Club, Toronto, Canada, February 14, 1989)
19 Years Old: Muddy Waters (Copa Cabana Club, Chicago, IL, July 26, 1963)
Ta Ha: New Masada Quartet (The Village Vanguard, New York City, NY, June 9, 2019)

Clementine: Grateful Dead (Avalon Ballroom, SF, CA, January 26, 1969)
I'm Your Captain: Grand Funk Railroad (Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, December 23, 1972)

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, June 10, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #367: Right Place, Wrong Lunch

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It's beginning to feel a lot like 2016 around here. too many fabulous musicians are passing away.

Tonight I offer my tribute to the great Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, better known as Dr. John, The Night Tripper, who passed away at the tender age of 77 on June 6, 2019. Considering he was born and raised in New Orleans with its amazing culture and rich cuisine, and had a heroin addiction until late 1989, it's a wonder he lived as long as he did. We're lucky just to have had him for the time we did.

I start my show with a 30 minute live tribute from a blazing hot show in 1987.

I welcome DJ Doug back into the studio with me tonight. He is starting a new show, Tuesday mornings, midnight-2AM on Radio Valencia. Be sure to tune in. He has excellent musical taste, if I say so myself. I always enjoy training new DJs. DJ Doug is a natural.

Enjoy.

jh

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Dr John tribute:
Live November 07, 1987, Lone Star Cafe, NYC, NY

Iko Iko
Right Place, Wrong Time
Jambalaya

Big Chief
Wang Dang Doodle

Sugar Sweet/Got My Mojo Working (with Mick Taylor)
Final Solution: Pere Ubu
I'm Straight: Modern Lovers

Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys
Chicken Farm: Dead Kennedys
122 Hours of Fear: The Screamers (Live at Mabuhay Gardens)

Thief: Can
Monkey Man: Rolling Stones
Here Come the Warm Jets: Brian Eno
In and Out of Grace: Mudhoney

They'll Never Take Us Alive: Zig Zags
Love Whip: Reverend Horton Heat
Way of the World: Melvins
Sex Bomb: Flipper

Only Son of a Lady's Man: Father John Misty
Boogieman Sam: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong



Monday, June 03, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #366: You're Gonna Miss Me - Roky Erickson Tribute

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Well Roky Erickson died. So there's that. Damn. sigh. What a life he led. Have you seen the documentary of his life, "You're Gonna Miss Me"? No? Go see it now.

I was lucky to have seen Roky perform four times since 1993. The first time I saw him was at the Austin City Music Awards, when he was walked out onto the stage to perform. My mouth was agape as he shuffled onto the stage, timidly, only to belt out three songs in perfect pitch. It made me shudder. The last time I saw him was he final performance, at The Chapel in SF, this past April 20th. I wish I could say he went out on top, but it was a sub-par performance by this legend. Still, it was so wonderful to see him up there sharing his love with the audience.

The first hour of this show focuses on a number of new releases. Support new artist releases!!! I offer links to the new artists below.

The second hour is all about Roky. I have some rare and live treats, as well as some excellent cover versions of Roky solo and 13th Floor Elevator tracks.

There's a lot to enjoy here.

jh

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You're Dead: Norma Tanega
Reunion: Bobby Gentry
Don't Touch Me There: The Tubes

That Time I Killed My Mom: Cokie the Clown

The River: Genevieve Heyward
Summer Candy: Ona
Bitches Ain't Shit: Ben Folds
Superfly: Curtis Mayfield

Before You Accuse Me: 13th Floor Elevators
May The Circle Remain Unbroken: 13th Floor Elevators
Levitation: 13th Floor Elevators

You're Gonna Miss Me: The Spades (pre-13th Floor Elevators-Roky)
You Don't Love Me Yet: Bongwater

Reverberation: Jesus and the Mary Chain
You're Gonna Miss Me: Mono Men
Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play: Roky Erickson 
Two-Headed Dog: Roky Erickson and the Aliens

Heroin: Roky Erickson
God Is Everywhere: Roky Erickson with Okkervil River
Street Level St. Paul: The Melvins
Powderfinger: Neil Young and Crazy Horse (January 20, 2001 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

It Ain't Me Babe: Bob Dylan (Boston Music Hall, Boston, Mass. Nov. 21, 1975)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong


Monday, May 13, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Radio #365: Platters That Matter

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There comes a time in every DJ's life when they need to share what they know. Tonight was such a night. There have been many, actually. I welcome DJ Doug into the studio tonight for his first training session. The fella has already got the musical chops, now we need to get him radio-ready. He just threw down some platters that matter in the second hour, while I held down the announcing duties. Color me impressed. He'll be back on my next show to tell what he knows to you and the world.

There's a lot of new music to share with you these days. Isn't there always? You tune in for the newest in new sounds, and the sounds from way downtown. You can depend on Mr. Hell to play for you what you know you need, even if you didn't know you needed it. You can thank me later.

Until then, enjoy.

jh

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Why I Carry A Knife: Zig Zags
Movies: Weyes Blood
I Loves You, Porgy: Grover Washington Jr.

Beauford County Jail: Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves
Linda Blair: Redd Kross
If: Pink Floyd
Don't Do It: The Who

Sex Machine: James Brown
Don't Tell It: James Brown
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: New York Underground Funk Band

The Cruel Millennial: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Hey Louise: RGD
Witness Tree: Rodrigo y Gabriela
It's A Man's World: MC5
Second Coming: Alice Cooper

Saudia: Larry Young
Columbus Unbound: Bill Orcutt and Jacob Felix Heule
Down By The River: Buddy Miles
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere: Bob Dylan

Untitled Original (11386): John Coltrane
Sympathy for the Devil: Rolling Stones

Que Sera Sera: Doris Day
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong