Monday, February 23, 2015

Hell's Kitchen #209: I've Got A Reason

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Whoa, I am so sorry this is late. I usually get this out within a day or two following "broadcast". The week has gotten away from me. may of you know that I'm a high school teacher in SF. I cannot tell you how challenging my job can be. I do absolutely love what I do, though. And having the ability to let it all hang loose on Monday nights is such a thrill. I do this all for you.

No guests this week. Started off with some jazz, moved into the garage realm, a deep blues set, then a looooong Dead jam, continuing the 50th anniversary celebration.

And news just in that the great Leonard Nimoy has passed away from COPD at the age of 83 has really taken a toll on my day. I'm certain Radio Valencia DJs, including myself, will be paying homage to him over the next week or so. Please tune in. It's time to get Star Trek on Netflix rollin' for the weekend. My 10 year old daughter will be crushed about his passing. I know that I am.

Take a look at the playlist, stream or download the podcast, and please share this link with anyone you know who enjoys music. Really, share this. It only takes a click.

LLAP my friends.


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Radio Valencia in SF

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Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
The First and Last to Love Me: Kip Hanrahan

Revolution: Dr. John
Many Blessings: Roland Kirk
Summertime: Galaxy 500

See it my Way: Mikal Cronin
Celophane/I'm in your Mind Fuzz: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Party in Laguna: The Ventures
Romeo: The Wipers
I'll Retrofit My Faultline: Chris Stroffolino
Dove in Hawk's Clothing; Ultimate Spinach

Boom Boom: John Lee Hooker
Got My Mojo Workin' (But It Just Won't Work On You): Ann Cole With The Suburbans and Orchestra
Flip Flop and Fly: Big Joe Turner
Madison Blues: Elmore James
Hey Bartender: Floyd Dixon

Playing In The Band: Grateful Dead (02-22-74 Winterland, SF, CA)
Amazing Journey/Sparks: The Who

Back To Land: Wooden Shjips

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hell's Kitchen #208: A Black Eye With Dimples

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Another night in bliss. Really, this radio thing might just go somewhere (says my 21 year old self). I had my chance to play shitty commercial shlock a long time ago. I worked at KRQR and then at KLLC-Alice FM. Worst. Jobs. EVER! "Here's what you're going to play, and here's what you're going to say. Don't deviate, if you know what's good for you". Oh joy.

Why have I continued to be involved in non-commercial, online, and pirate radio since 1988? I think it's plain to see, or hear, as it may be. Just take a look at the playlist below, and listen to any of my mic breaks. I could never do this on a commercial station. I would have been fired after my first show. And why? I'm not offending many people. I'm not swearing. I'm not any more insulting than your typical morning jock. I'm not anything like them. I host thoughtful interviews with local talent, and I play quality music from many genres. I just don't get it.

Tonight I was feeling a little blue, so we've got that in the mix, along with some country, psych, and a very tasty live Grateful Dead track from 1974. Unlike your local commercial station, there's a little something for everyone. Take a taste, and get satisfied.



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Mob Rules: Black Sabbath
Pray Til You Sweat: The Flesh Eaters
The Vienna Waltz: Rube Waddell

Nobody Loves Me: Hank Snow
Red Dirt Child: Emmylou Harris
Black Eye: Uncle Tupelo
Women's Prison: Loretta Lynn

Drunken Hearted Boy: Allman Brothers Band
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town: Jimmy Smith
I Ain't Got You: Jimmy Reed

Dimples: John Lee Hooker
Flight: Wooden Shjips
Take Me Back to the Void: Wand

Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd

Eyes Of The World: Grateful Dead (09-11-74 Alexander Palace, London, England)
Lilac Wine: Jeff Buckley (live)

No Pussy Blues: Grinderman

Monday, February 09, 2015

Hell's Kitchen #207: Art Of The Segue

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I refuse to get on my high horse tonight. But if I did, then I would probably talk about the tripe that is the Grammy Awards. Giving awards to those who sell the most records (what am I supposed to call it these days? CDs? MP3s? Digital Download Of The Year (The DOTY?)) to those who only listen to them because, like sheep to the slaughter, the musically and culturally illiterate audience will buy anything they think they'll be accepted for consuming. "Oh please love me, I just LOVE the new (enter name of culturally acceptable artist here)". Makes me want to vomit.

There was a time that I thought I wanted to be a part of this "lowest-common-denominator" crew. I was about five years old then. When I completed my BA in radio broadcast, after 12 years in non-commercial radio, including three years in commercial radio, I still thought that I could make a go of it. I thought that I could make my way up to being a General Manager within 10 years, and from there I'd be able to make programming decisions that pushed the limits. I even worked for a music promotions company, that will go unnamed. My job there was to push Top 100 hits of the day. I used to read "Hits" and "Hitmakers" magazine every day, and call program directors at stations around the country, telling them to give the latest Bobby Brown song a try; or even the new Elton John. ugh. Just take the "S" from the end of those two magazines and put them at the front of the title, and you get a clear idea of what I thought about that time in my life. I hated it when I was doing it, and even now I want to throw up in my mouth a little.

This September will mark my 27th year in radio. Even during my few short years in the commercial world, I was still doing non-commercial and pirate radio. I've continued, all these years, to investigate new artist, regardless of genre. And every show is chock full of many genres. Just look below. No guests tonight. It's just two hours where I get to paint an aural picture for you and yours. I hope you take the time to give it a listen. The banter isn't blathery, and the segues are smooth. After all, radio is the art of the segue.

There should be an award for that.



Parental Discretion Iz Advised: NWA
Hey: Butthole Surfers
Cheeba Cheeba: George Benson

Venom Wearin' Denim: Junior Brown
What Am I Worth: Dave Alvin
Austin Prison: Johnny Cash
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding): Bob Dylan

Frustration: Jerusalem
She Lied: The Mummies
It's Getting Late, Malibu, Good Night: Charles Lloyd
Southern California: Flipper
No Time For The Blues: OBN IIIs

Throw Your Tits Out: Kalri$$ian
Do It In The Dirt: Enrique
No Time For Yes: Evolution Control Committee
Into The Fire: The Love X Nowhere

New Potato Caboose: Grateful Dead (12-07-68 Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY)
Naked Lunch Excerpts: William S. Burroughs

Groove A Little: Medeski, Martin, and Wood
Filipino Box Spring Hog: Tom Waits
Candy-O: Melvins

Monday, February 02, 2015

Hell's Kitchen #206: Watch Me Die

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A sweet array of musical treats for your consumption tonight. No bands, just you and me. And just take a look at that playlist! Garage, Jazz, Hip Hop, Punk, Funk, Psych, Avant Garde!!! How does he do it, folks? This is no KFOG lowest-common-denominator-radio.

It's also the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Grateful Dead, so I through down a sweet jam from 1970 in the second hour. I'll be featuring some choice Dead cuts throughout the year, so if that's your thing, tune in during the second hour, and I'll treat you to a tasty treat from time-to-time.

I saw two brilliant shows last week. I had the pleasure of finally seeing my man-crush, Ty Segall, at the Great American Music Hall. I could go on and on about his performance. It was loud and fun, just as I was hoping. I stood front row, center, at the stage, surrounded by a bunch of teenage girls, and a rambunctious pit just behind (and at times ON) me. Three supporting bands, including Wand opened the show. Go see Wand when they're back in town.

Saturday night, I headed up to San Rafael to Terrapin Crossroads (formerly the Seafood Peddler), the home of Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh. His new band, Communion, was playing that night. At 74 years old, there is no slowing him down. They played 4 hours! Seriously, there is no way this should have been possible. This guy was supposed to be dead years ago. What a great band. Fabulous jamming. Wonderful set and setting. If you're into this, then get up there when you have hankering a for jam band dance-fest.

Get out there and support live, local music, and local independent radio.



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Feel: Ty Segall
Iron Man: Bad Plus
Your Kung Fu Sucks: Unpopable Trio

Bad Karma: Victims Family
California Uber Alles: Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Hellfudge: Lard
Stars and Stripes of Corruption: Dead Kennedys

Kick out the Jams: Volcano Suns
911 is a Joke: Public Enemy
Who's Gonna Be A Junkie: Greyboy
Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothin' (Alternate track): James Brown

Concert Outlook
Night Creature: Sex Mob
Earth People: Dr. Octogon

See you in Hell: Monster Magnet
Cocoon: CCR Headcleaner

Cryptical Envelopment-Drums-The Other One-Cryptical Envelopment: Grateful Dead (03-01-70 Family Dog at the Great Highway, SF, CA)
The Pusher: Nina Simone

Steppin' In Her I Miller Shoes: Betty Davis
My Women, My Guitars: Cody Chestnutt

I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Tony Bennett