Monday, April 12, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #433: Born Secular

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A night with nothing to prove. After last week's country/americana show, I feel like I needed to cleanse myself with a variety of genres. That's the usual as you may know. There's lots of music that's new to you on here. Ace of Cups first ever release (2018), Joe Strummer compilation, prank phone calls to religious radio stations, Ethiopian jazz master, Chilean psych, Irish neo-folk, the king of Be-bop, a rediscovered folk gem, rumbling guitar, punk, funk, and junk. 

See how far I go for you?

In the weeks to come I'm planning a few specials: Hello/Goodbye, days of the week, time of day, and a multi-part special on John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees, OCS, Damaged Bug, Yikes, Coachwhips and many more bands. 

So much to look forward to, coming up Monday's 8-10PM Pacific on Radio Valencia.

And don't forget about John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza, Monday's 6-8PM Pacific, where I pull full shows from my vast live bootleg collection. Take a look at this blog for previous shows. Tune in every Monday to see what I have planned.



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Police Truck: Dead Kennedys
Feel Good: Ace of Cups

Love Kills: Joe Strummer
Prole Art Threat: The Fall
Modern World: Melvins

Let's Have a Party: Wanda Jackson
The Catholics Are Attacking: Pop O Pies
Sticky Situations: National Hardwood Floor Association
Blue Nile: Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics

Here In The Dark: Aoife Nessa Frances
Latinarabia: WatchOut!

I Was Denied: Thee Oh Sees
Circles: Moon Duo
White Rabbit: The Great Society
Klaunstance: Charlie Parker

Crayon Angel: Judee Sill
Hippie Boy: Flying Burrito Brothers

Born Secular: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Puppet Show: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Special Radio Edit Mix: Negativland

Bad Reputation: Reverend Horton Heat
Law of the Jungle: Link Wray
The Frisko Freeze: The Mummies
Uncontrollable Urge: Devo
Jesus: Velvet Underground
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Traffic January 26, 1973 & Blind Faith June 7, 1969


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Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

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That are certain shows that I fantasize I attended. Isn't that all of us? The two I'm going to share tonight definitely make the list. Up first is a rip-roaring show from septet-era Traffic, on a cold winter night at Winterland in San Francisco, January 26, 1973. This is a soundboard tape of unknown generation, but the quality is amazing. The band featured Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, David Hood, Rebop Kwaku Baah, Barry Beckett & Roger Hawkins at this time, giving it a strong stage presence.

Hour two features Steve Winwood in his short-lived power-quartet Blind Faith, alongside Eric Clapton, Ginger "Beware Mr" Baker, and Rick Grech, live in Hyde Park, in London, June 7, 1969. This is the band's debut performance!!! Can you even imagine?

This is a rare and excellent soundboard recording. This band didn't last long, well, er, because Ginger Baker. You know? If you don't know, then you must watch the documentary "Beware of Mr. Baker" ASAP! I always wondered what would have become of this band had they a drummer who wasn't such a ferocious presence on and off stage? I guess we'll just have to enjoy what they left behind.

And that's where I come in! Two hours from two great bands, all for you, Monday 6-8PM Pacific on Radio Valencia

Stick around 8-10PM Monday night for my two-hour music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. I have a lot of new music on store for you.



Monday, April 05, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #432: Not Forever, Just For Now

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There's something about hosting a thematic special that really gets the juices flowing. I don't know if this was really a special, but I stuck with one genre for the most part on this show. My fabulous daughter, Little Lauson Hell tells me she doesn't like Country music. To which I respond, you just haven't really heard good Country music. Like anyone with musical taste, commercial anything is usually crap, that's goes double for Country, but there have been some real treats in the history of this genre. I merely scratched the surface by playing some of my favorite artists. And it's not hit-heavy as you will see.

And I didn't program this show chronologically. So there.

I hope you find some treats in here. That's the plan, right?



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Ring of Fire: June Carter Cash
Satan is Real: Louvin Brothers
Travelin' Prayer: Dolly Parton

Thanks A Lot: Ernest Tubb
Your Cheating Heart: Hank Williams
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels: Kitty Wells
Bubbles in my Beer: Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

White Lightning: George Jones
Buckaroo: Buck Owens
Stupid Cupid: Patsy Cline
Mama Tried: Merle Haggard
Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Jubilee Trail/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men
Semi Crazy: Junior Brown

Waltz Across Texas Tonight: Emmylou Harris
In My Hour Of Darkness: Gram Parsons
Your Gentle Way of Loving Me: The Byrds

Wallflower: Bob Dylan
She's A Mover: Sir Douglas Quintet
Wreck of the Old 97: Johnny Cash
Cold Cold Heart: Waylon Jennings

Are You Alright?: Lucinda Williams
Blue Moon Waltz: Jimmy Dale Gilmore
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow: Soggy Bottom Boys ft. Dan Tyminski

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit
Powderfinger: Neil Young
Wrote A Song For Everyone: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Whiskey Bottle: Uncle Tupelo

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Townes Van Zandt & Guy Clark (February 16, 1991) & Emmylou Harris And The Hot Band (March 31, 1976)


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

I got me a hankerin' for some country music tonight. So how about two hot shows that'll have you begging for more? First up, an hour from the two great Texas singer/songwriters performing together: Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, live from the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas in 1991. This is an amazing performance that was broadcast live on the FM.

The second hour comes from the great Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, featuring James Burton on guitar. This was shortly before Burton's exit from the Hot Band, and they were on fire throughout this great set. This show was recorded live in Hamburg, Germany on March 31, 1976. It's a crystal clear soundboard, liberated from the bootleg: "I Really Had A Ball Last Night" 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #431: The Right String But The Wrong Yoyo

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How has time changed for you over the past year? Some days, when I'm busy teaching, grading, cleaning up the Hellhole, and caring for the Hell spawn, it seems to fly right by, leaving me wonder where the Hell all this free time is? Then there are days when I fell it drag right along, as if the seconds are actually ticking backwards. What are we going to remember about this time a decade from now? Is there anything you have been putting off that you really need to get to before we all head back out into the world we think we knew? How do you want to approach the post-pandemic world? Will you rush back in, jumping at the chance to go everywhere and see everyone? Or are you going to slowly ease in, keeping your mask on deep into 2021, and quietly judging anyone who has the gall to walk around without a mask?

What's it going to be?

I received my two Pfizer vaccinations a few weeks back, with no side effect besides a minor soreness at the injection site, and I'm keeping my mask on until we're given the go ahead to take it off. I don't want to be the guy who can't get sick, but carries the virus and gets others sick. Not on my watch!

Since San Francisco is moving closer to the yellow tier, this means that Radio Valencia is getting closer to opening our new studio at 3227 22nd Street. This is a storefront location, and I cannot wait to start broadcasting my show live from there. I hunger for the energy of our own studio once again, interviewing people, getting loud, and letting my hair down. Don't get me wrong, the concept of doing my show from my bedroom is oh so much fun, but being reminded that it's Bodhi's bedtime, and not to talk so loudly is really putting a crimp in my style. KnowWhatIMean?

That being said, I'm really excited about this recent show of mine. I was off last week, so I had a lot of music saved up to share with you all. I think I painted the scene nicely. You let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment, and thanks for all those who chatted me up this past Monday night. Keep it comin'.



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Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows: Leslie Gore
Beverly Hills: Circle Jerks
House Rent Blues: John Lee Hooker
China Doll: Joe Craven and the Sometimers

Fig Tree: Bunny Wailer
Rowche Rumble: The Fall
Hurricane: The Coathangers

Personified: Optic Sink
UZI (Pinky Ring): Wu Tang Clan
A Shot in the Dark: Naked City
Soul Kitchen: The Black Angels

Oh It's Such A Shame: Jay Reatard
We Had Love: Mudhoney
Housewife From Hillsdale: The Guttersluts
I'm A Man: Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley

Fuck You: Melvins
Pretty Good: John Prine
Highway Cafe: Tom Waits
Don't Fence Me In: Roy Rogers

Funky Broadway: Delroy Wilson
Freak Out: My Brightest Diamond
Mark of Vaccination: Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Paradiso: Konono No. 1

Makin' Woopie: Ella Fitzgerald (Ellis Larkins - Piano)
Lord of Lightning: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Earthquake: 13th Floor Elevators

The Nile Song: Pink Floyd
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers