Monday, May 28, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #335: It's Too Late Now

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How exactly did the week pass by without me posting my show? I hate when that happens. I don't just blindly pick music. I take my time to curate a show for you. I would love nothing more than to wax poetic about why I chose what I did for you on this fine night, but alas I cannot for the life of me recall anything beyond the fact it was Memorial Day, and I also picked up the new Sleep and Wooden Shjips LPs.

That'll have to do.

Oh, and you absolutely MUST check out the "Message from Daimo" track later in the show. It's hilarious if you know Daimo. Even if you don't...

Enjoy.

jh

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An Open Letter To My Teenage Son: Victor Lunberg
Mudride: Mudhoney

Giza Butler: Sleep
I Don't Wanna  Be A Soldier Mama: John Lennon
Eclipse: Wooden Shjips

War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley
1916: Motorhead
Red Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Black Water: Red Fang
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore: Phil Ochs
(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello
Freaks for the Festival: Rahssan Roland Kirk

Sinnerman: Nina Simone
A Message from Daimo
Chinese Arithmetic: Eric B and Rakim
The Fiddle and the Drum: Joni Mitchell
Am I Black Enough For Ya: Schoolly D

Lonesome Train Whistle: Reverend Horton Heat
Buck Whylin': Terminator X

FISH Cheer/Fell-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die-Rag: Country Joe and the Fish

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #334: I Can't Call It What I Really Wanted To Call It

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You just never know what you never know, so stop worrying yourself to death about the unknown unknowns. You don't know what you don't know and you don't know how to articulate it.

This and much much less on my recent Monday night show. Just take a look and a listen and you too will discover that nothing, and I do mean nothing beats the tremendous amount of disappointment you are about to endure. You'll be heard to say "well, I can't get those two hours back", and "I never realized I needed something less".

Yes folks, it's quite amazing to witness such a diversity of absurdity in a non-event such as this one right here.

Feel free not to click on the links associated with unabashed microcosm of what is NOT an example of the American Dream. And that's with a capital A and D!

Next Monday new music from Wooden Shjips and Sleep!!!

Yours in apathy,

jh

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Call My Body Home: The Monkeywrench
Die!: The Mummies
Louie Louie: Thee Headcoats

Mother Lemonade: Ty Segall
Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd (BBC December 1968)

Sadio Witch: Electric Wizard
Andromeda's Suffering: Alice Coltrane

Lilin: Bar Kokhba Sextet
Here He Comes: Brian Eno

Rosa Lee McFall: Black Mountain Boys
Bad Smells: Glenn Branca
Overture/It's a Boy: The Who

Epistrophe: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
Ten Crack Commandments: Notorious B.I.G.
Groupie Therapy: The Pharcyde

Sophisticated Bitch: Public Enemy
I Wanna Be Your Lover: Prince

Monday, April 23, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #333: Half The Beast

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Where were you when it happened? Where did you hear the news? Who were you with? What were you doing at the time? How did you feel upon initially experiencing this? Who did you tell first? How did you tell them? What was their reaction?

All this and more in my most recent show.

Such a fabulous selection of punk, funk and junk for your earholes to enjoy.

I'm taking next Monday off to go see Ty Segall perform in Berkeley. There will be a Hell's Kitchen Radio classic scheduled, but you may hear another Radio Valencia DJ taking the controls for the night.

jh

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The Lady Loves Me: Elvis Presley/Ann Margaret
So What: Miles Davis

Sunday Morning: Kelly Stoltz
Love Addict: Honey and the Bees
Makin' The Freeway: Firehose
Hit it and Quit it: Funkadelic

Alice: Meatbodies
Taking Too Long: The Wipers
School Teacher: Bob Seger

Come On Over Turn Me On: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Shapes of Things: Jeff Beck Group
Lover, You Should Have Come Over: Jeff Buckley

Expert: PragVEC
Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll: Long John Baldry

It's A Shame: First Aid Kit
Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers: Joanna Gruesome
Hear My Train A'Comin': Jimi Hendrix

Get Down Moses: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Cars and Shoes: The Coup
Lust For Life: NY Loose

Alta: Ty Segall
Pittsburgh to Lebanon: Butthole Surfers
The Geeks Were Right: The Faint

Roscoe: Midlake

Monday, April 09, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #332: Won't You Come Home?

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It's another one of those nights where I just have to do a deeper dive into my cast library of music. There's something old, something new, something ripped off, something I don't think I've ever actually listened to before.

That's fair, isn't it?

Should a DJ give a listen to EVERYTHING before they play it for you? How much preparation do you require from your DJ? How OCD are you, anyway?

I used to know a DJ at a former station I was at who would spend hours writing out his playlist. We hosted four-hour shows at this particular station. I would watch him work meticulously on his playlist. Draft after draft. He would write down songs/artists, and then scratch some out and and fill it in with another. I would tune in from time to time and could really appreciate the effort, but it also felt a little stiff. Maybe it was his mic breaks, but it never felt that authentic to me.

More often than not I'm inspired by the events leading up to my show, and I pull my music a few hours beforehand based on this. I enjoy playing new music more often than not, but I also love peppering some older "library" tracks in for good measure. Some shows, like the one from two weeks ago, take on a life of their own, and I get inspired during the show itself. Thank goodness I bring along my trusty external HD with 100GB of music.

Enjoy.

jh

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If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra cover): Tony Bennett
T.V. Eye: The Stooges

Astronomy Domine: Voivod (Pink Floyd cover)
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
Got My Mind Made Up: 2Pac

High Heeled Sneakers (Tommy Tucker cover): The Mummies
Love Buzz: Shocking Blue
You Can't Lose What You Never Had: Muddy Waters

Red House: Jimi Hendrix

Hillbilly Math: Dale Crover
Revolution Blues: Neil Young
Satan is a Bummer: Bush Tetras

Tattoo (The Who cover): Petra Haden
Life on Mars: David Bowie
Tangled Up In Blue: Bob Dylan

Dimples (John Lee Hooker cover): The Allman Brothers Band
Straight to Hell: The Clash
The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat

Joset of Nazareth's Blues: Titus Andronicus
Diamonds on my Mind: Tom Waits

Monday, April 02, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #331: Blow My Cover

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This apparently has become an annual event. If you listen to my show on a regular basis (of course you do!), then you often hear a cover tune or three. There are just too many quality versions to share with you. It's easy with a music collection like mine to play hours and hours of covers. The real test is to find two hours worth to make it worth your while to listen.

I've been inspired to host this show for a few weeks now, but I still didn't get through my long list I had prepared for you. Tune in next Monday night and you may get a few extra treats, including a Pink Floyd cover that will knock you into the next galaxy.

In the meantime enjoy the show. Click on the stream or download links above to access, and please share this with music fans far and wide.

Enjoy.

jh

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Eight Miles High (The Byrds): Husker Dü
Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker): Rube Waddell

The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star): Evan Dando
See No Evil (Television): REM
Sharp Dressed Man: Xiu Xiu

Every 1's A Winner (Hot Chocolate): Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
Satisfaction (Rolling Stones): Bjork and PJ Harvey
I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick): Puddles Pity Party

Future's So Bright (Timbuk 3): Adam Mackintosh
Hey Joe (Billy Roberts): Black Uhuru
Je T'Aime, Moi Non Plus (Serge Gainsbourg): Cibo Matto

20th Century Boy (T Rex): Buckethead
Little Green Bag (George Baker Selection): Tom Jones and Barenaked Ladies

Every Grain of Sand (Bob Dylan): Lizz Wright
Black Betty (Leadbelly): The Melvins
Kick Out The Jams (MC5): Henry Rollins and Bad Brains

Heart of Gold (Neil Young): Blitzen Trapper
Rouche Rumble (The Fall): Sonic Youth
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star): Jeff Elgas(Vocals) and Marc Stevens(Guitar)

Maggot Brain (Funkadelic): Mike Watt, J. Mascis, Bernie Worrell
Ramblin' Man (Hank Williams): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Hey Bulldog (The Beatles): Eric McFadden
Up and Down (Cookie Monster): Cookie Mongoloid

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #330: Time To Pray

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Fucking A Right! Alcohol. God. Devil. Heaven. Hell. Crossroads. Where do you stand? Sometimes when it hits, it hits hard. The music deviner.

There are times when I'll put in some effort to prepare for a show. I'll think about the artists and songs I want to play, and perhaps even the order I want to play them in. Not tonight. Starting with the second set I had an epiphany of sorts. It took us on a journey. Each set flowing into the next. Honestly, I could have kept this up for another few hours, but alas I only have a two hour canvas in which to paint the aural colors to pleasure your ears and your spirit.

And it's all about the spirit on this night. And spirits!

Next Monday I'm considering hosting an all-covers show. Tune in.

Go in pieces.

jh

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End of the World PSA: National Lampoon
Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man: Captain Beefheart
Cuban Pete: Desi Arnez

Alcohol: Gogol Bordello
Alcohol: The Kinks
Alcohol: Butthole Surfers

God's Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
God's Away on Business: Tom Waits
God: John Lennon
Wake Up The Sun: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

God God God: Nina Simone
A Message From God: National Lampoon
Monkey Gone To Heaven: Pixies

Satan Dub: Lee "Scratch" Perry
Hell: James Brown
Hellhound On My Trail: Robert Johnson

Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find: 2 Pac
Heaven and Hell: Black Sabbath
Spiritual: John Coltrane

Wizard in Black: Electric Wizard
Worship The Devil: Glitter Wizard

If You Want To Sing Out: Cat Stevens

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hell's Kitchen Radio #329: You Are My Shadow

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I give away some radio DJ secrets throughout this show. There are also some running themes. And there's some questionable language (you may not want the kids listening to the Ben Folds cover).

I've been meaning to host a covers special for a while now. Perhaps next Monday I will do so. Tune in and find out. I played five covers tonight, if you're keeping score.

There are some posts during the year that jus seem sparse, but I can assure you that this show is not! Tune into Radio Valencia regularly and you'll discover artists you never knew you would love. Seriously, this place is life-altering. Take a chance on us.

Enjoy.

jh

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Dead Man's Gun: Thee Oh Sees
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver: Primus

Shadrach: Beastie Boys
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Nina Simone
Soul Rebel: Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry

She: Ty Segall
Pornography: Bongwater
Pussy: Brazilian Girls
Bitches Ain't Shit: Ben Folds

Rebel Heart: First Aid Kit
Albuquerque: Josh Tillman
Wonderwall: Cat Power

Stop Moving To Florida: Melvins
If I Like It I Do It: Jamiriquai

I Love My Wife: Frank Sinatra
Within You Without You: The Beatles
Call For All Demons: Sun Ra

Jesus: The Velvet Underground
Heart of the Sunrise: Yes
Blue Domes of Isfahan: Cornflower Suite

Jet Airliner: Paul Peña
I Got Everything I Need (Almost): Downchild Blues Band