Monday, October 26, 2015

Hell's Kitchen Radio #239: How Blue Can You Get?

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Sometime during the week leading up to my show, I must have heard some seriously good Blues playing. Maybe. It's hard to say. Maybe I was realizing that I just don't play enough blues, and was feeling guilty, like I wasn't including one of my beloved children in the fun? It's not like little Bluesy did anything wrong. On the contrary, where would I be today without Blues? It was Blues that taught me how to get over heartbreak. It was Blues that showed me that it was OK to be alone. It was Blues that allowed me to heal, following all my many dark and lonely nights.

Maybe I had too much Blues in my life? Perhaps I needed a break, to recognize just how much I love the Blues? Tonight is full of the Blues. And that's a good thing. Blues can also bring you up. Once you hear a line like "I've been down so long, it looks like up to me", and you know that the singer has it so much harder than you, then you know that you're life just isn't that bad. It's similar to watching a Soap Opera. Their lives are much, much worse than yours.

In the second hour I have brand new music from FUZZ and WAND (who are playing Thursday night at Brick and Mortar, btw!!!)!!!!! Are you KIDDING ME?!?!?!?

There are many brilliant live tunes throughout the night, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top, Grateful Dead, Blues Brothers, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, and George Clinton and P-Funk, featuring Eric McFadden on guitar.

Damn, that's a lot to be grateful for.

This Friday I'm hosting the live Ask Dr. Hal at XOXO in Jack London Square from 10-midnight. It's only $5 and it's totally worth your spooky-weekend time.



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Destination Unknown: Missing Persons
Baby Blue: Shannon and the Clams

Hearing Voices: Galaxy 500
California: Joni Mitchell

Smokestack Lightning: Howlin' Wolf
Rollin' and Tumblin': Baby Face Leroy Trio
Two Trains Running: Butterfield Blues Band
Boom Boom Out Go The Lights: Little Walter

Done Somebody Wrong: Elmore James
Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top (Live in Texas)
I Don't Know: Blues Brothers (Hollywood Bowl, 1978)

Try: Janis Joplin (April 01, 1969 Stockholm, Sweden)

Dirt: Iggy and the Stooges (November 03, 2003 City Park, New Orleans, LA)

***Best of Set***
Grave Robbers: WAND
Say Hello: FUZZ
Foxy Lady: Jimi Hendrix (Hawaii 1970)

Cosmic Slop: George Clinton Parliament-Funkadelic (July 8, 2006 Lugano, Switzerland)
War/No More Trouble: Bob Marley and The Wailers (August 5, 1978 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL)

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl: Grateful Dead (February 28, 1969 Fillmore West, SF, CA)

Brown Sugar: Rolling Stones (March 13, 1971 Leeds U, Leeds UK)

Enjoy this full performance from the original Iggy and the Stooges with Mike Watt on bass, from Detroit, Michigan in 2003. What a brilliant performance.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hell's Kitchen Radio #238: Am I Hell Enough For Ya?

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Are you aware that in 1974, Danny Sugerman, who managed both The Doors, and Iggy Pop, attempted to get Iggy to front a new Doors lineup? Iggy and Ray Manzarek did jam together a few times that year, and supposedly recorded a few tracks as well. You know what I'm on the hunt for! No true details of this come out in either Pop's nor Manzarek's books, but it is documented in a other places. How much was recorded, and who has these recordings, I hope to find out. Stay tuned, dear listener.

In the meantime, how about that show of mine Monday night, huh? You listened, right? RIGHT?!? I know you all have busy schedules, and by the time 8PM on a Monday night rolls around, who in their right mind wants to sit down and listen to a radio show, hosted by someone with over 25 years of non-commercial, free-form radio experience? Hmm, I don't know. How about people with good taste!

Tonight I spread the love and genres around quite a bit. Thanks for hanging in during the 20 minute Coltrane masterpiece! Now you too can tell your friends and neighbors that you listen to John Coltrane. Good for you.

There's some punk, funk, and junk spread throughout and across this two hour canvas. Just take a gander below at the playlist. Links to the stream and download are above. I went to The Chapel on Sunday night to catch FUZZ and Mudhoney. If you tune in regularly, then you know these are two of my absolute favorite bands. AND THEY PLAYED TOGETHER!!!! Amazing show, from start to finish. Even the opener, Ex's With Benefits, was a delight! I recorded the Mudhoney encore, which featured Jello Biafra (I knew he would be there) singing a duet with Mark Arm. I play it in the second hour of the show.

I also continue with the "SET OF THE NIGHT". It's identified in the playlist.

We're getting close to November, which means a few crucial housekeeping pieces: 1) My "ANNUAL-ANNUAL" is coming up soon. This year it's 1975! 2) Members of Happy Fangs will be in to guest DJ with me (check out their new video for Hiya Kaw Kaw at the bottom of this post). 3) Local puck-rock malcontent, Marc Malakie will be in to talk about all-things-local-punk.

So much to look forward to on your Monday nights. Thanks for being you. See you next week.



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Galactic Funk: Star Wars Funk
Am I Black Enough For Ya?: Schoolly D

Who's Going To Be the Junkie?: Greyboy
Silverlization: Roland Kirk

My Favorite Things: John Coltrane
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

Time Collapse II/The 7th Terror: Fuzz
Flat Out Fucked: Mudhoney
Roll Away the Stone: Leon Russell

Hate the Police: Mudhoney with Jello Biafra (The Chapel 10/18/15)

My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit
Coat of Many Colors: Emmylou Harris (Hamburg 03-31-1976)

Bird Song: Grateful Dead (The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO 10-18-1972)
We Love The Dead: Electric Wizard
Benny Hill Theme

You Stupid Asshole: Angry Samoans
Have Mercy Judge: Chuck Berry
Boom Boom: Rube Waddell

Hiya Kaw Kaw: Happy Fangs
Love Whip: Reverend Horton Heat

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hell's Kitchen Radio #237: Devil Doll

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Every week I knowingly select more music than I will ever play. I do this, because radio is an artform. It's an empty canvas. I need to fill it, and I need to have the appropriate materials to do so. So much good music to share. Take a look at this blistering playlist below. And you can hear it in my voice. There was a lot of hooting and hollering goin' on.

I'm going to start identifying what I feel was "best of set", as each week there's always that set that is just more awesome than the others. For this show it was absolutely justified. See below.

This Sunday at The Chapel, on Valencia, Ty Segall's side project, FUZZ, is opening for one of my top 5 desert island bands, MUDHONEY! If you don't have tickets, too bad for you: it's sold out! I cannot wait to sweat the night away, in what promises to be an amazing show. Fuzz has a new record out too, which you know will be on turntable A in the Radio Valencia studios next Monday night.

In the meantime, check out the playlist below, and click on the Dl or stream above.



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Border Radio: The Blasters
Devil Doll: X
River of Fever The Flesh Eaters

Dismissive: OBN IIIs
Fun House (Take 5): The Stooges (RIP Steve Mackay)

Where Eagles Dare: Bratmobile
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast: Pink Floyd (for DocBot)
Crimson: Ken Nordine
Jean-Pierre: Miles Davis


In 'n Out of Grace: Mudhoney
One: Fuzz
There She Goes, My Beautiful World: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

In the Cartoon: Clown Alley (for John Law)
Young Man Blues: Altamont

It Hurts Me Too: Grateful Dead with Duane Allman (02/11/70 - Fillmore East, NYC)
Sova: Dungen

Storm and Feather: Golden Void
I Don't Want Nobody To Get Me Nothing: Grant Green

How about some live Mudhoney to get you warmed up for Sunday night?

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hell's Kitchen Radio #236: John Avalos Talking About SF!

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Did you know that I am hip with the progressive political crowd here in San Francisco? It's true. Case in point, my guest tonight was not other than San Francisco's District 11 supervisor, John Avalos. John has been on my show before as have a few other County supervisors, and mayors. Tonight John spoke about his proposed Bike Yield Law, lowering the voting age to 16, and affordable housing.

He also spoke quite a bit about the history of our current mayor, And his thoughts about the backroom dealings here in San Francisco. You might find out of interest.

Take a look at the playlist below. John offered number of tunes that he brought with him, which she believed to be apropos for the evening.

My birthday was last week. None of you send me chocolate. You're all fired.



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She's A Lady: Tom Jones
Get It While You Can: Janis Joplin

Leave My Girl Alone: Buddy Guy
Lean on Me/Believe in You: Anders Osborne
Little Man with a Gun in His Hand: Minutemen
Fragile: Wire

Interview with John Avalos

Use Me: Bill Withers
Baby, Please Don't Go: Them

Interview with John Avalos

Turn Around: Mikal Cronin
Hazemaze: Fuzz

Don't You Ever Wash That Thing: Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention
Acetate: Metz
Life on Mars: David Bowie

Spear and Magic Helmet: The Gits
Matalo: Mario Migliardi
Pent Juri Hati: Koes Barat

Peace Frog/Blue Sunday: The Doors