Monday, August 13, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #342: Me Love You Long Time

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I try to please you too much. Sometimes I work to please you so much, it hurts. I overthink what I should or shouldn't play, because I don't want to lose you. Sometimes I take a risk, really wanting you to love a song, and I see that you left, and it really breaks me up inside, so much so that next time I see you there, I never even touch that track. It's like the electric third rail kinda thing. I just stay far far away from that. Too risky.

Then I start to think to myself "self, these people are tuning into you because they are really interested in what you're going to play. Go ahead and take that risk. Some may leave. Don't choose songs for the one's who leave. Choose for those who stay. Tonight's show is for those who stay. All tracks, but a couple, average roughly 8 minutes in length. Some jam out pretty far. I don't suggest you multitask while listening.

I pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin in my last half hour, with a selection from a fantastic show from 1971. RIP Aretha, and thanks for sharing your soul, your passion, your life with us all.

Radio is an artform. I get two hours a week to paint an aural picture for you. For this show I'm using a few pretty broad strokes. I hope you enjoy.

Next Monday, August 20th, 8-10PM (PDST), guitar gunslinger, and all around good guy, and my brother from another mother, Eric McFadden will be in the studio with me, celebrating the annual Steel Bridge Songfest. We'll feature two hours of supreme songwriting from such luminaries as pat mAcdonald, James Hall, The Legendary Sons of Crack Daniels, Craig Greenberg, Barrett Taskey, and many, many more. Steel Bridge Songfest is an annual week each June, of songwriting, culminating in four days of live performance, every June in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, as a fundraiser to keep the old Steel Bridge standing.

Enjoy.

jh

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Makin' Out: McCoy Tyner Quintet

I Came From the Mtn.: Thee Oh Sees
Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd (October 31, 1966 Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK)
May The Circle Be Unbroken: 13th Floor Elevators

Well You Needn't: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
Oval Office: 3rd Bass

The Prophet's Song: Queen
Hazemaze: FUZZ

Natural Woman/Bridge Over Troubled Water/Dr. Feelgood-Spirit in the Dark: Aretha Franklin (June 12, 1971 Montreux, Switzerland)
Kuruimizu: Boris

New Potato Caboose/It Hurts Me Too: Grateful Dead (October 22, 1967 Winterland, SF, CA)

As a kid in the 70s Aretha Franklin would often be heard playing around our home. But what comes to mind most often is this scene from the classic 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, where she confronts Jake, Elwood, and her "husband" Matt "Guitar" Murphy. Don't mess with the Queen.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #341: Wait For It

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Once again I have outdone myself. Even after almost 30 years I still have the ability to put a set together that continues to prove that commercial radio has, does, and always will suck.

The legendary record label and recording studio, Fantasy Records, is closing. I pepper in a few artifacts in tribute, including some CCR, Lenny Bruce, Rancid, and Primus. I took a few requests, one of which is a brilliant 20 minute long devotional Sufi piece, and some Flo and Eddie in the form of a live Zappa/Mother's from 1970.

But that's not all! You also get the shortest, yet most inspiring version of the (almost) entire Tommy LP, an electronic-voiced Eric Clapton side project, and two horny drunk women pissed off at their even more drunk boyfriend. Oh yes, and a really pissed off preacher.

What will I do next Monday to top this one? Tune in Monday 8-10PM to find out.

Monday, August 20th, my brother from another mother, Eric McFadden will be in the studio to co-host our 3rd (non-consecutive) Steel Bridge Special. This is always a hoot.

Enjoy.

jh

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Suzie-Q: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Now Ah Lissen: Southern Preacher
Lost On You: LP

Grapevine: The Slits
How To Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties: Lenny Bruce
Roots Radicals: Rancid

Call Any Vegetable: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (February 13, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)
Chinatown: John Zorn's Naked City
Layla: 386DX
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D

Here Come The Bastards: Primus
Hot Rod Lincoln: Commander Cody
Sex and Money: Iggy and the Stooges
How's Never: Gateway

Mainu Yaar Di Namaaz Lain Dey: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Tommy in Seven Minutes: V/A

Toumast: Tinariwen
Atomin Punk: Cherry 2000

Relax: Petra Haden

Monday, July 23, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #340: Return of the Return of the Magnificent Seven"s

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Sometimes I giggle when I look at my 7" collection. It's true. And when I have to purchase another 7" box to hold them in, I get all silly, thinking about how I'm going to organize them. True story.

You may recall a year ago when I moved out of SF to Berkeley I misplaced my entire 7" collection along with a few important books of mine. I found the mis-labeled box a few months later, but not until I had already re-purchased a few of the missing 45s. I was so frustrated thinking that someone would have had the balls to snatch and grab a very heavy box full of my babies. Thankfully I found it buried in my storage shed behind my home, safe and sound, and ready to be played full blast once again.

On my most recent show it's all about the 7"s (with a few 10"s thrown in, because who doesn't appreciate a quality 10"?). And it's not all rock either. Take a look at the playlist below. Rap, soul, garage, punk, Bowie, rock, psych. I've got it all covered.

I close out the show with a tribute to the Grateful Dead's longest tenured keyboardist, Brent Mydland, who's last show was on this day in 1990 (June 26). I was never a fan of his voice, but he had the Hammond B3 sound down. He just couldn't battle his demons anymore. I have a memory of walking in the lot during a show during the summer of 1989, reading a copy of Dupree's Diamond News (a Dead zine/sheet written for and distributed to Heads in the parking lot before shows). DDN made a statement that the "rumors" of Brent being back on heroin were false; he was clean and sober. He would be dead of a vicious overdose. Too bad Jerry wasn't scared straight from the experience.

I'm out of the office this coming Monday night, and I'm really hoping that our premier fill-in DJ Dial-A-Shot will be taking over. The man ROCKS! I'll have a classic Hell's Kitchen Radio show lined up if he doesn't make it in, and I look forward to manning the helm again the following Monday at 8PM.

Radio Valencia is turning 8 years old on August 11. Be sure to wish us a happy birthday! We like dark chocolate and garage rock.

Enjoy.

jh

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Don't Forget to Breathe: The Melvins
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing to Me: Redd Kross

Goin' Back to Cali: LL Cool J
Emma: Hot Chocolate

Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon: Urge Overkill
People Get Ready: The Chambers Brothers
Fantastic Voyage: David Bowie

***San Mateo Set***
Lieutenant Uhuru: Three Stoned Men
Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Mummies
Andalusia: The Phantom Surfers

Hey Hey What Can I Do: Led Zeppelin (You have never heard it played like this before)
Deezy: Honky (Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers ROCK band. Think ZZ Top on meth!)
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags

Kick Out The Jams: Afrika Bambaatta
Rock Box: Run DMC
Macho Man: Artless
Louie Louie: Black Flag

You Stupid Asshole: Mudhoney
Another Way: Mono Men
Let's Get Funky: Jack O'Fire
Lights Out: Wooden Shjips
Observatory: Carlton Melton

Drone: Here Are The Facts You Requested
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson

Dear Mr. Fantasy: Grateful Dead (March 31, 1988 Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey)

Monday, July 09, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #339: Teenage Angstdream

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There once was a time when my daughter looked at me like I was a hero. Now she's 13. Oh well, at least she allowed me to drag her kicking and screaming out of her lair (read: bedroom) to join me in the studio on this fine night. It only took me bribing her with a burrito to make this happen. There was a time when she couldn't wait to co-host a radio show with me. I guess we all grow up eventually, right? RIGHT?

To my credit, she did acknowledge all on her own, that it's pretty cool that she's had this opportunity to be on the radio with me over the years None of her other friends have ever done this before. So there!

Lauson's musical tastes have grown beyond my tastes, as I'm sure mine did when I was her age. If I recall 13 correctly, I was starting to purchase music on my own on a monthly basis; much of which my father hadn't ever listened to. So it comes as no surprise that she's delving deeper into her own interests. And it's those interests that I encouraged her to share on the show tonight.

Interestingly enough, not only is she into hiphop, but she loves Sinatra and Stevie Wonder, and is discovering more classic soul and funk based on the samples used in contemporary hiphop. We talk about this on the air. It reminds me of how I got deeper into blues, using 60s bands like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton as a springboard to discover the originals, which I ended up enjoying more than the covers.

The banter is witty, the music is groovy. The talk about attending concerts, in the second hour, is classic! Much of the music is vocalist-centered as you can see by the playlist below. New music by Ty Segall and White Fence.

If you care to check out the previous shows featuring Little Lauson Hell check out the links below:

First show in 2012
Second show in 2014
Third show also in 2014
Fourth show in spring of 2015
Fifth show in the summer of 2015
Sixth show in summer 2016 along with Saucy!
Seventh show was also during summer 2016
Eight show was December 2016
Ninth show was July 2017
Tenth show was in August 2017

Enjoy.

jh

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It's Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Fireworks: First Aid Kit
Fourth of July: Dave Alvin
A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits

Lauson's Set
Chicago: Frank Sinatra
I Just Called To Say I Love You: Stevie Wonder
Shadowboxer: Fiona Apple

Only Son Of A Ladies Man: Father John Misty
Drown In My Own Tears: Ray Charles
Ain't No Sunshine: Bill Withers
Starman: David Bowie

In Every Dream Home A Heartache: Roxy Music
Pray For Me: G-Eazy
Lilac Wine: Nina Simone
Hallelujah: Jeff Buckley

Business: Eminem
Hello Goodbye: The Beatles
Senorita: Ovarian Trolley

Body Behavior: Ty Segall and White Fence
Girls: Beastie Boys

My Thang: James Brown
Happy Boy: Beat Farmers

Monday, July 02, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #338: Facial Recognition Radio

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Another winner of a broadcast for this week. I think I'm finally getting the hang of this. Lots of tasty library choices on this night. For you not used to the library lingo, "library" means older releases. Some older tunes, some afro-funk, stoner-rock, alt-country, live Iggy and live Dead! What else could you ask for? A few long jams? Sure, I've got that in the show as well. Some jazz and blues? Why not?! Some prog-rock and English punk? Ok, if you say so.

Happy Forfa to all of you. Please celebrate responsibly as you blow up a little bit of our nation, and perhaps a small part of your body.

See you Monday night at 8.

Also, Flint still has no clean drinking water, and Puerto Rico is mostly out of power.

Enjoy.

jh

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Status People: Groundhogs
I Knew My Name: Psychic Ills

Reaper Invert: WAND
Giving Up The Ghost: Zig Zags
Temporarily Like Bob Dylan: Bongos, Bass and Bob

Dirty Robber: The Mummies
Mona Lisa: Sam Cooke
God Bless the Child: Kenny Burrell

They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Summer Wages: David Bromberg

Linda Goes To Mars: John Prine
Hikky Burr: Quincy Jones

Tei Egwu:Afro Funk
Mr. Time: Koes Barat
Watcher the Skies: Genesis

Our Darling: Altamont
Untitled: Dead Meadow

Ex-Lion Tamer: Wire
The Passenger: Iggy Pop (August 18, 1996 Bizarre Festival, Cologne, Germany)

Loser: Grateful Dead (May, 08, 1981 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #337: Dub This!

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Sometimes taking a few weeks off leaves me feeling a wee bit rusty. Not tonight! I came out of the shoot all guns blazing hot! Something for everyone in the first hour. Lots of dub in the second. I close out the show with a tasty 13 minute live Jimi Hendrix jam from New Years Eve 69/70 that you are sure to enjoy.

I spent a little while at Econo Jam Records in Oakland today. This was a first for me, but I can promise you it will not be my last. Living in San Francisco for most of my life got me used to the many fine vinyl establishments on that side of the bridge (I actually types "this side of the bridge", forgetting that I don't live in SF now): Amoeba, Stranded, 1234Go, Thrillhouse, just to name a few. But living in Berkeley has opened my eyes to more more MORE!!!!

We truly are living the dream, aren't we.

Hey, I hear WAND is playing this Thursday at Starline Social Club in Oakland. All ages. Make this happen.

I have thread on my Facebook page about music you hate. It's pretty hilarious. Like my page and add your comments.

Also, Flint still has no clean drinking water, and Puerto Rico is mostly out of power.

Enjoy.

jh

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Mondo Bondage: The Tubes
Road Runner: Chris Spedding

Shotgun Blues: Blues Brothers
The Bit: The Melvins

Sonic Titan: Sleep
Overthrown: Oh Sees

Oh Man: Spacin'
Down Home Girl: Betty Davis
Power of Soul: Idris Muhammad

Cloak and Dagger (Version 3): The Upsetters
Sin Semilla Dub: The Upsetters
Kasha Macka Dub: The Upsetters

I Am Not Ashamed: The Mighty Two
Get Movin': The Last Poets
Under Surveillance: The Scientist

Soul Revel: Bob Marley and Lee Perry
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Shhhhhh (For A Little While): James Brown

Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix (January 1, 1970 - Fillmore East, NY, NY)

Monday, June 04, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #336: Look Ma, No Brains!

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A night of risk-taking on the ol' radio stream. Or is it Internet stream? Am I allowed to call this radio? We don't broadcast on the FM/AM. We have no antenna. There's no static coming across the line. Am I remiss if I say I have a "radio show"? Or do I have to be all literal and state that I host a two-hour Internet music program each Monday night? That's not very sexy.

Then again, neither am I.

This show however is the bees knees! Just take a gander at that playlist sitting there in front of you. Kraut Rock, Hard Bob, 60s French-Canadian Garage, West African Funk, Midwest Balkanese, and so much more.

How do I do it?!?!?!?!

Enjoy.

jh

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Haitian Fight Song: Charles Mingus

The Bump: George Freeman
Moonstruck: Malone Barnes and Spontaneous Simplicity

Season of the Witch: Donovan
Happy Boy: The Beat Farmers
La Moustache A Papa: Anna Bell
The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley and Anne Margaret

Staring at the Sun: Wooden Shjips
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra
Brainstorm: Hawkwind

Truth: Alexander Ebert
Leave It (A Capella): Yes
Telephone Girl: Assagai
Rhineland: Beirut

Diamond In Your Mind: Tom Waits and Kronos Quartet
Reaching Through To The Other Side: My Brightest Diamond
Feeling Good (Troublemaker Remix): Nina Simone

Rope Ladder To The Moon: Colosseum (August 22, 1970 Finland)
Little Man With A Gun In His Hand: Minutemen

Here Come The Bastards: Primus