Monday, July 30, 2012

A Season in Hell #98: Movin' On Up

No guests tonight, though I did have a young lady in the studio who has an interest in all things art and entertainment. I really do enjoy talking to people about why radio is so awesome. Also, had a visit from Feast from FCCFreeRadio. I recruited Feast for that station a long time back. He's also on KFJC under another moniker: Dominic Trix.

As for music, Sherman Hemsley died last week, and who knew he was a pothead, and liked LSD and progressive rock? Also some brand new Redd Kross on vinyl because they ROCK!!! When I was standing in Aquarius Records this afternoon holding this LP, one of the employees said to me "that record rocks!". If an AQ employee tells you a record rocks, and they're not even asked, then you purchase that record, no questions asked. Got it?

I offer up a small 70th birthday tribute to Jerry Garcia with some acoustic solo performance, and some live Iron Maiden you won't find anywhere else. It's the 50th birthday of the Rolling Stones so I thought I'd throw in some very old Stones from 64. Good stuff here.

You really need to support live music. I've got a band for you: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. They are too much fun. Near the end of the show I play a cover of "You're No Good". If you don't know about Nicki Bluhm, then you need to check out The Van Sessions. You can thank me later.

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Do It: Rollins Band

The Jefferson's Theme

Show Me The Way: Nektar
Hard Workin Man: Natural Child

Concert Outlook

The Punks Are Finally Taking Acid: FIDLAR
So Desperate: King Tuff
Time To Run: Lord Huron

Stay Away From Downtown: Redd Kross
Scum of The Moon: Black Jaspers
Living Wreck: Mudhoney

Out Of My World: Milk Music
I Never Talk To Strangers: Tom Waits and Bette Midler
You Are The Reason For My Troubles: The Mojomatics
Phonograph: Wooden Shjips

Interview with Marlon

Roman Tick: Fergus & Geronimo
Fisherman: Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family
Time Axe Bag Dad: Club Foot Orchestra

Ruben and Cherise: Jerry Garcia (04-10-82, Capitol Theater, NJ)
The Trooper: Iron Maiden (05-26-83)

Radios in Motion: XTC (06-03-78)
Route 66: Rolling Stones (05-25-64)
Not Fade Away: Rolling Stones (04-13-64)

Race is On: George Jones (1979)
You're No Good: Vicki Bluhm and the Gramblers (02-04-12)

Suck My Left One: Bikini Kill (09-21-92)
Kod Hang Kam (The Circle of Karma): Kana TNT

My Life with Rickets: Mark Arm

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Season in Hell #97: Catch A Rin Tin Tiger By Its Tail

Like many of you who live in San Francisco, I like to take advantage of all the free goings on in our fair city during the summer months. One of my absolute favorite things to do is Sunday Streets. This year, they were kind enough to allow the Mission to host four Sundays-worth of events. Lucky us.

At the beginning of July Radio Valencia broadcasted from in front of Stage Werx from 11-4. We had ten DJs, myself included, host 30-minute sets. I cannot convey to you the amount of pleasure we had hanging out in the streets with everyone. What a blast. My ladies and I walked around for a bit to take in all of the non-car-related ambiance. So many great local shops hawking their wares on the sidewalk, and live music in the intersections.

One of the bands, whom I've seen out there on previous Sunday Streets' was local alt-folk trio Rin Tin Tiger. Formerly Westwood & Willow, these homespun characters create a magnificent stew of unique musicianship, that also carries some of their influences, including Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Morrissey. They've been playing a lot around the Bay Area since 2010, and released an excellent self-titled 6-song EP in 2011. Their first full-length release, "Toxic Pocketbook" is due for release this Thursday, July 26th. Their having a CD release party at Great American Music Hall that night. Go check them out.

Tonight on my show, I'm pleased to have Rin Tin Tiger in the studio, talking about the upcoming show, the new CD, their own style of alt-folk in a town known for punk, funk and junk.

Support live, local music, often.

Lots of new-ish music before and after the interview, along with some live, tasty treats in the second hour.

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Do It: Rollins Band
In My Bed: The Orwells
(Gone) 'Round the Corner: Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound

When the Shelter Came: Dark Meat
We're So Ugly: Hornet Leg

Concert Outlook (James Blood Ulmer)

B$G P$MP$N: Natural Child
High School Roaches: Bass Drum Of Death
Shitty: Pangea
Apocalypse Dreams: Tame Impala

The Move Apart Parcel: Rin Tin Tiger
Interview with Rin Tin Tiger
Loud Man: Rin Tin Tiger
Funeral: Rin Tin Tiger

Interview with Rin Tin Tiger

Pretty Looks: Rin Tin Tiger
Summer In the City: Vietnam

Freedom Hangs Like Heaven: Iron & Wine
Candy: The Men

Five to One: The Doors (June 5, 1970)
Relax: The Who (April 6, 1968)

Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?: The Cramps ("The Tube" 1986-03-07)
Closet Queen: James Gang  (July 15, 1971)

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Season in Hell #96: I'll Skin You Alive

I AM NOT A LIAR! That being said, this is one fine show. When is the last time you listened to radio as a piece of art? Really, when? Radio is supposed to be a place where the DJ takes his or her VAST knowledge of musical history, and weaves it together to tell a story in a 2-4 hour period. At Radio Valencia we do it in two hour bites.

You're lucky, we don't rehash the same old crap that the commercial stations love to force down your throat. Nope, not here. At Radio Valencia we carefully craft shows that are thick and robust in flavor. Our shows you can take with you, and visit when nights are lonely.

Come on, take John Hell to bed. You know you want to.

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Do It: Rollins Band
Buffalo Skinners: Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston
Jubilee Train/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

Pretty Boy Floyd: The Byrds
Song For Woody: Bob Dylan

Song of the Prisoner: Hank Snow
Liar: Steve Martin
Dear Believer: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Soul Of Fire: Witch
Go To Hell: Alice Cooper

Kneel and Pray: Deep Purple (08-24-69 Amsterdam, Holland)
A Quick One While He's Away: The Who (09-29-69, Amsterdam, Holland)

Tekufah: Electric Masada (09-26-03, Tonic, NYC)

Aiethiopia: Sun Ra

My Generation: Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen (11-26-76, The Bottom Line NYC)
What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Season in Hell #95: A Turd Log in Foil

I want to thank Pirate Vereker (Mondays 6-8pm) for the idea for the show title tonight.

It's so much fun to just show up to the studio with an arm full of music, not knowing exactly what it is that I'm going to play. Once again, tonight was a fun night.

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Do It: Rollins Band
Mexican Radio: Wall of Voodoo
Click your Fingers Applauding the Play: Roky Erickson

The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson

Concert Outlook
Everything Scatter: Fela Kuti
Who Stole the Keeshka: Polkacide

Pee Wee Herman Theme: Mr. Bungle
The Salamander: Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant

Inner Ear Rupture->Baby, Won't You Weird Me Out?: Melvins Lite

20th Century Boy: Buckethead
I Had A Talk With My Woman: Tim Buckley
The Runaway: Danny O'Keefe

I Shall Not Be Moved: Public Enemy
Object Unknown: Kool Keith and DJ Spooky
Broadway Sam: Iceberg Slim
The Wild Bunch Trailer
Space-Age Couple: Captain Beefheart
Frankie and Albert: Taj Mahal

Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again: Bob Dylan
Pride of Man: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Alabama Song: The Doors (03-18-67 - Detroit, MI)

Monday, July 02, 2012

A Season in Hell #94: John Hell vs. the Rhythm of the Night

There's something about having no plan that leads to some of my finest shows. After weeks of doing featurettes, and having guests, tonight it's all about music I love (not saying that I don't love each and every track I play week-to-week) that I didn't have to work for.

A lot of "classics" on store for tonight.

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Do It: Rollins Band
Leon vs. The Revolution: Melvins Lite

Ano Onna no Onryou: Boris
Bar-B-Q Pope: Butthole Surfers

Khebar: Bar Kokhba
Iron Man: The Bad Plus
Nobody Does It Better: Sex Mob

Greedy Traveler: Rin Tin Tiger
Lord, Save My Soul: Ferocious Few
Hangin' Moon: Eric McFadden

Barn Burning: Dave Alvin
Trickle Down System: Giant Sand
A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits

I Swallowed a Dragonfly: Heartless Bastards
God Bless the Child: Kenny Burrell
The Cactus: 3rd Bass

Earth People: Dr. Octagon
She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy
Earache My Eye: Alice Bowie

Take a Letter Maria: R.B. Greaves
When My Baby's Beside Me: Big Star

Carpetbaggers: Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello