Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Season in Hell #109: John Hell Wins the Pennant!

I'm 3-0 in broadcasting when the Giants win something big! Yay me! And yay to the San Francisco Giants for sweeping the highly favored (for some unknown reason) Detroit Tigers.

I just got back from a great weekend in Portland, Oregon. This town is like San Francisco North, but the people are all really friendly...and white. Where are all the people of color at? I mean really, this is one white town.

I was also expecting a lot more Portlandia-like experiences. I was a bit disappointed. Where the quirkiness? Where are Fred and Carrie? I did drink my fair share of local beers though. So tasty. I recommend you hit up Bailey's Tap Room. They have 20 of the finest west coast micro-breweries on tap. That was a joyous night, I tell you.

We also spent quite a few hours at the nations largest independently owned book sore, Powell's. It's  city block large. DAMN! So many books. It heavenly and a bit overwhelming at the same time.

Being a music junkie I had to hit up the local record stores. I was happy to find Jackpot records and there ever so fine collection of new and used vinyl. I can buy pretty much everything I've ever wanted at Aquarius and Amoeba. The great thing about visiting music towns is the opportunity to find local music that I cannot find at home. My trip was fortuitous. I found this ripping LP from a Portland band, Wizard Rifle. Damn, they are loud. LOVE IT! I played them tonight, so be listening for them. I also found a double 10" of a 2012 Ty Segall Band release, "Slaughterhouse", which I've never heard of, nor seen. Thanks Portland, and thanks to Jackpot Records, a local Portland record label and store.

And the rain. Did I mention the rain? It rained a lot. A lot. Really, a lot.

I played a few songs in tribute to Hurricane Sandy, because I could. I did not play anything in the memory of a longtime friend and collaborator, Paul Addis, who chose to take his life last Saturday night by jumping in front of a BART train in SF. I'll save that for when I have my head better wrapped around it.

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Do It: Rollins Band
Lonesome Train: Robert Gordon w/Link Wray
Stormy Weather: Jimmy Luxury

???: The Hooded Fang
Rebel Without a Pause: Public Enemy
General Hospital/Blue Flowers: Dr. Octogon

Diddy Wha: Ty Segall Band
Save Yourself: Hemi
Let's Get Funky: Jack O'Fire

Tears Won't Soften Steel: Wizard Rifle
Akuma No Kuma: Boris and Sunn)))
White Light/White Heat: Lou Reed

Shame Shame Shame: Bryan Ferry
Soul Rebel: Bob Marley
Water No Get Enemy: Fela Kuti

Down, Down, Down: Tom Waits
Desert Blues: Leon Redbone
The Fat Lady of Limbourg: Brian Eno

Hey Hey My My: Neil Young and Crazy Horse (Hollywood Bowl 10-17-12)
Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers Band (Fillmore East, February, 1971) - Going out to our friends and family surviving the ravages of Hurricane Sandy and the Frankenstorm!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Season in Hell #108: The Return of Altered Barbie

WOW!!! What a night. The Giants win the pennant and I've got Julie Anderson, curator of Altered Barbie in the studio, again!

In 2002 I was on the air interviewing Dennis McNally of the Grateful Dead, when the Giants beat the Cardinals to head to the World Series. In 2010 I was on the air interviewing Mark Growden when they won the World Series. Tonight I was on the air interviewing Julie and a few others when the Giants won the NLCS in an ocean at AT&T Park. WOW! I'm 3-0. Look out Tigers.

On to the show. It's time for the 10th annual Altered Barbie Exhibition, opening this Wednesday, October 24th at 50 Shotwell, in San Francisco. The opening night reception, which promises to be fabulous is this Friday night. Curator Julie Anderson brought in some performers tonight, including GregAngelo (that's how he spells it), Cyclub and Ethel Merman. See links below for these fabulous folks.

I've enjoyed this show so much over the years. You really do have to go check out a certain San Francisco event. Even if you hate Barbie you'll love this show. It's "Altered Barbie", so you know it's going to be really fucked up. Good stuff. Tell them John Hell sent you.

As for the music tonight, after the guests left everything was on vinyl. I really have to thank my friend Kaylynn, who donated about 150 LPs to me and Radio Valencia. Everything I played tonight came from that collection. Lot's of 80s/90s indie, punk, metal, goth. All around goodness.

The rain has slowed down, and the crowds are now out of their cars celebrating in the streets, as I write this. It's going to be a long and crazy night in the Mission. I think I'll join them. This is just too good to pass up. Don't you wish you lived in the greatest city in the world, too?

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Do It: Rollins Band
Thank God For Sinners: Ty Segall

Interview wit Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie
Interview with GregAngelo

To Defy the Laws of Tradition: Primus

Japan: Cyclub+East Bay Brass Band (Live in studio on Radio Valencia
Gypsy Train: Cyclub+East Bay Brass Band

Hit the Road Jack: The Residents

Interview with The Ethel Merman Experience!

Whole Lotta Sex Machine: James Brown vs Led Zeppelin vs RUN DMC & Aerosmith
Search and Destroy: The Dictators
I Love Livin' in the City: Fear

Bring Me The Head of the Preacherman: Siouxie and the Banchees
The Wizard: Black Sabbath
Jerkin Crocus: Mott the Hoople

Lexicon Devil: The Germs
Beyond and Back: X
Marie Marie: The Blasters
Something's Gotta Give: Pere Ubu

Dome of Thunder: The Replacements
Live Wire: die kreuzen
Tarantula: This Mortal Coil

Fairweather Friend: John Cale
This is Not a Love Song: PIL

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Season in Hell #107: I've Got Metal In My Brain

I should have called this show "Technical Difficulties". The stream went down during Judas Priest. I don't know why, but the Internet Gods obviously had something about my choice of music tonight. Up yours!

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Track 5: Aluk Todolo

Hama: Boris
Mama Said Knock You Out: Lagwagon
Snuff: Slayer
Rattlehead: Megadeth

Suicide's An Alternative/You'll Be Sorry: Suicidal Tendencies
Hellfudge: Lard
Taking Bong Rips in the Tombs of the Blind Dead: Population Reduction
Suicide in Progress: Melvins

Urban Struggle: The Vandals
The Ayes Have It; Big Business
The Body: Zeni Geva

Devil's Child: Judas Priest
Legend Of The Headless Rider: Mercyful Fate
Supermarket Nightmare: Victims Family
Long End of a Firearm: Truman's Water

Sunday: Oxbow
Nick the Dick: Three Day Stubble
Savage Vigilance for a Rug Free America

Pop Song: Jesus Lizard
Lesbian Nun: The Dwarves
Red Bath: Boss Hog

Monday, October 08, 2012

A Season in Hell #106: Afraid For My Life

I tell ya, I should really keep that door locked. When you invite a potential new DJ into the studio and they really come across as an axe murderer, then you should reconsider giving them your phone number, email address, and studio address. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Anyway, I think he's harmless. Just in case, if you don't hear from me again, you can pretty much bet that it was the lunatic that I invited into the studio last week.

On to tonight's show.


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Do It: Rollins Band
Free Love Messes Up My Life: Bongwater
Plastic Elvis: Bevis Frond

Underground Railroad: Angel in Heavy Syrup
Take the Stress Pill->Daisy: Turn Me On Dead Man

Concert Outlook (music bed: Ennio Morricone)

That Golden Lady: Sun Ra
Moving Pictures for the Ear: Don Cherry Trio

Roller Coaster: 13th Floor Elevators
I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper: Erika Eigen
Scissor People: Ty Segall & White Fence
Flight: Wooden Shjips
Creativity/Physical Effects: A Children's Garden of Grass
Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd

Angel of Repose: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Forty Thousand Headmen: Traffic (11-18-70)
Roadrunner: Quicksilver Messenger Service (02-19-71)

Only Son of a Ladies Man: Father John Misty (05-04-12)
Goldfinger: Sex Mob (08-08-12)

Sheena is a Punk Rocker: The Ramones

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A Season in Hell #105: John Hell is a Ladies Man

It's that time of year again in San Francisco. The tourists have gone home and our summer is in full swing. Damn, it was hit in SF the past few days. Whew. I'm sweatin' it too. Not that I'm complaining, really. Living in the fog, we don't really get to feel the heat like the rest of the country, so if we get a week or so of 85 degrees, then I guess I'll just have to deal with it.

I'll be honest with you, I'll never complain about the fog again, knowing about the triple digits in the rest of the country. Don't be a hater.

Speaking about being hot under the collar, it's election season again. Tonight on my show I hosted Ken Tray, Political Director of United Educators of San Francisco. I've hosted Ken a number of times over the years to talk with him about local and state propositions,  and school board candidates. Head over to their site to see who they're endorsing for the upcoming school board election.

Tonight we spoke about two very important state props, 30 and 32. If you don't know what's up just listen to me: Yes on 30, No on 32. That's all you need to know. Ok, ok, if you really need to know more follow the links to get educated.

Music-wise, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is coming up in SF this weekend. Music breaks during the interview and much of the second hour features artists who will be playing this weekend at the event. I also have some Laurel Canyon sounds in there for good measure.

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Do It: Rollins Band
Mama Said Knock You Out: LL Cool J

Interview with Ken Tray of UESF

99 Problems: Barack Obama

Interview with Ken Tray of UESF

Milkshake Girl: Giant Sand
Cemetery Savior: Son Volt
May This Be Love: Emmylou Harris

Interview with Ken Tray of UESF

Long White Cadillac: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men
Carpetbaggers: Jenny Lewis & Elvis Costello
Only Son of the Ladies Man: Father John Misty
Girl, I Love You: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Dear Believer: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail: The Knitters (04-28-07)
Tonight I Think I"m Going to go Downtown: Jimmy Dale Gilmore
Lift Him Up, That's All: Ralph Stanley
Country Girl: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Searching For the Ghost: Heartless Bastards
Gringo Honeymoon: Robert Earl Keen
You Were A Bum Dream: Dirty Three

I Can't Go For That: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers (09-21-12)