Monday, December 24, 2007

A Season in Hell #18: Rock Fight

A Season in Hell: Rock Fight

Download the first two hours of the show here and the last four hours here.

Opened with 30 minutes of alcohol related songs, because Ron was late; big surprise.

We started with the following set list around 6:45 or so.

Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong
Whiskey, Beer and Wine: Pleasure Barons: 3/94
Funky Cowboy: Goober and the Peas: 03-16-95

Stranglehold: Ted Nugent: 09/02/78
Voodoo Child: SRV: 06/17/85

Makin' Moves: UFO: 03/13/81
Jungle Strut: Santana: 04/03/71
Somebody Get Me A Doctor: Van Halen: 12/16/07
Trampled Underfoot: Led Zeppelin: 12/10/07

Nationwide: ZZ Top: 07/19/82
Fat Lenny & Sketches of Winkle: Ween: 11/27/97
A Quick One: fIREHOSE: 08/25/89

Chemical Warfare: Dead Kennedy's: 10/15/80
Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys (Dead Dolls): 05/06/78
Flip Your Wig: Husker Du: 1985
Gotta Choose: Kiss: 05/16/75

Julie's Working for the Drug Squad: The Clash: 03/08/80
Blind Man: Butthole Surfers: 1988

Outshine: Chris Cornell: 05/20/07
Territorial Pissings: Nirvana: 02/22/94
Barracuda: Heart: 01/27/79
Halo of Flies: Melvins: 03/09/04

Lost Art of Keeping it a Secret: Queens of the Stoneage: 06/14/05
Mudride: Mudhoney: 09/15/07

Free Ride: Edgar Winter: 09/03/74
I and I Survive: Bad Brains: 09/23/07

Pinball Wizard: Elton John: 12/24/82
Amazing Journey/Sparks: The Who: 11/02/69

All the Critics Love You: Prince: 02/13/07
Dance to the Music: Sly and the Family Stone: 10/09/70

Stare it Cold: Black Crowes: 08/07/05
In Memory of Elizebeth Reed: Allman Brothers: 02/11/70

3121: Prince: 07/07/07
Girls & Boys: Prince: 07/07/07

Train: Prince: Unreleased from 1986
Shy: Prince: Studio Outtake
Something in the Water: Prince: Studio 04/20/82

Lizard People: Sun Trash: 12-10-07

Irresistible Bitch: Prince: 04/07/85
Possessed: Prince: 04/07/85
Sign O The Times: Prince: 02/15/04
Licking Stick, Licking Stick: James Brown: 08/26/68
Got To Get Better In A Little While: Derek & the Dominoes: 10/23/70
Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys: Traffic: 02/01/72

In My Time Of Dying: Led Zeppelin: 12-10-07
For Your Life: Led Zeppelin: 12-10-07

Fairytale of New York: The Pogues: 10/18/06

A Season in Hell #18: Go Ho Yourself

Hey there party revelers.

Tune in Monday night 6-midnight (PST) to A Season in
Hell, with John Hell, on Pirate Cat Radio 87.9fm in SF
and LA, 104,8fm in Berlin, online at for the first John & Ron Ass
Kickin' Holiday Rock Bout!!!

I have challenged my good friend, and world famous
concert poster artist Ron Donovan
( & to
a six hour duel of who has the best live (read:
bootleg) recordings. I know I'm going to kick Ron's
ass, but I thought it better to make him think he has
a fighting chance.

Ron is nervous too. He text messaged me after midnight
saying he was going to "slay me" during tonight's
show. He was obviously up all night biting his nails.
Get any sleep Ron? You'll need it.

This is without a doubt, the best way to spend your
X-Mas eve. Forget the family, put out the cat, and put
on your hair swinging shoes.

Expect everything from Punk to Prince, Parliament to
Polka. Well, not polka. But we do have many genres

As always the show will be archived on the Pirate Cat
website. Just click here:
and look to the right under "podcasts" Click on the
date, which will say "12-25-07". There ya go. If you
tune in live, call in at 415-626-6180.

I'll post the exact links to the podcast following the
show here and on my blog,,
where I'll also post the full and complete set list.

See you on the radio!!!

***Ron's response to this original email posting is below***

Oh this is real fucking nice little johnny helion.

You have a rather distorted or should I say dyslecsic view of things.

It is I who will be doing the "ass kicking".

This rock fight may be a "dime a dozen" thing to you but when

you call out an international silkscreen superstar like myself

and just so happens to have catologue that can back the shit I am
telling you,

means just one thing.


I am so confident, that I will bring things in tonight to give away



I feel for you and your "fans"

I'll see you at the rockfight tonight at 6pm sharp bitch.

Your pal......(who will kick your ass silly)

***My response to Ron***

My reply to Ron:

Helion indeed! You'll be feeling the flames of fire underneath your
hobbit-sized little punk ass, as I wipe up the holiday spew with your
light-rock, Dan Folgelberg (RIP), Ann Murray collecting hair weave.

The listeners know, that I, John Hell, rule the bootleg world. I am
who hosts the weekly radio show, while all you do is sit in your
hobbit hole getting ink all over your precious surf shorts, that it is
I who will be burying you between 6 and midnight (pst) 87.9fm in SF and LA, 104.8fm in Berlin.

So bring your presents to give away over the air. If you think that
will get you votes from my dedicated listeners, then feel free to
bring your original silkscreened concert posters as BRIBES. It won't
help much, but I don't mind seeing you grovel a little.

Much love.




Monday, December 17, 2007

A Season in Hell #17: Take Care of Yourself

On the show tonight, I hosted four Chiropractors from San Francisco: Rabboni Tacusalme, Lisa, Josie and Janelle. I used to see Rab years ago when I lifted a 50lb. box of bananas inappropriately. He's amazing. He saved my life. I absolutely believe in the healing power of Chiropractics. You should too.

They come on in the second hour of the show. We talk a lot about headaches; why they happen and what you can do to prevent them from coming. I'm lucky, I've never suffered from headaches, which is interesting, because my mother has had migraines my entire life. I'm probably the cause.

You can access the archived show here.

Next week promises to be overpowering. Ron Donovan, from Firehouse Kustom Posters and I will be hosting our first Rockin' Live X-Mas Eve/Holiday Live Music Extravaganza!!! Six amazing hours of Ron and I outdoing each other for the better live tracks.

I'll be kicking his ass all over the airwaves. It will be aurally surreal. Tune in.

I Love Living in the City: Danko Jones
Dreaming: Cherubs
Ice Cold Water: Ray Condo
Cowboy: John Spencer Blues Explosion
I Wanna Be Your Dog: Uncle Tupelo

Rise Up With Fists!: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Theme From An Imaginary Western: DC3
My Biggest Mistake: Joan of Arkansas

Get Down Moses: Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
Emmaline: Urge Overkill
Satisfaction: Bjork & PJ Harvey
We Gathered in Spring: Midlake
Lovely Day: Bill Withers

Blue Flowers: Dr. Octogon

Interview with the Doctors

Elevation: Television

Interview with the Doctors

Misery is the River of the World: Tom Waits
Kali-Fornia Uber Alles: Jello & the Melvins

Pop Song: Jesus Lizard
Drunken-Hearted Boy: Allman Brothers
Sweat Leaf: Black Sabbath (04-06-74)

Tum Agar Yuhi Nazren: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Feedbacker: Boris w/ Merzbow
Circus Whore: Susie Bright

Putrid Refrain: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Sunday, December 02, 2007

A Season In Hell #15: Are We Not Pirates?

Hey there DEVO fans.

I'll be interviewing Loid of Mongoloid, Mongolounge,
and Cookie Mongoloid, Monday night on A Season In Hell
with John Hell. We'll be talking everything DEVO, as
well as the upcoming show this Saturday at 12
Galaxies: Mongoloid-A-Palooza, which features
Mongoloid, Mogolounge (DEVO done Lounge), Rev Ivan
Stang (Sacred Subgenius Scribe and Founder, who will
be on my show on 12/10), Dr. Hal, K-ROB, DJ Big Daddy
and more.

A Season in Hell, with John Hell, every Monday night
from 8-midnight, on Pirate Cat Radio, 87.9FM in LA and SF, 104.8FM in Berlin, and online at


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Season In Hell #14: Surfs Up!

I had Mermen bassist Allen Whitman on the show this week. I love Allen, he's such a fun guy to have around. He brought along a bunch of new Mermen music, as well as other great sounds he's been involved with over the past few years.

The last time I interviewed Allen was when I was on San Francisco Liberation Radio. About two weeks after the interview we were raided by the FCC. Let's watch the clock.

That's Allen on the left, icecreamlopez on the right.

Take a listen to the show here.

Below is the play list.



A Season In Hell #14: Surf’s Up!

I Love Livin’ In The City: Danko Jones
I’m So Tired Of The USA: The Clash
I Hate My Job: Butthole Surfers
Bad Life: PIL

Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
The Ecstasy of Gold: Ennio Morricone
All The Madmen: David Bowie
Oh Me: Nirvana

Get Back In Line: The Kinks
Industrial Noise Blues: Male Slut
Gunz ‘n Money: The Marginal Prophets
C Is For Cookie: Cookie Mongoloid
Ha Va Na Gi La: ?

The Last Night: The Dirty Three (live 09-08-95)
Dimples: Allman Brothers Band (live at Ludlow Garage)
Pusherman: Curtis Mayfield (06-06-72)

Interview With Allen Whitman

Last Forever: The Mermen

Interview With Allen Whitman

Magnetic North: Deep Field South
Hey Stitchy: Deep Field South

Interview With Allen Whitman

J. Brown Boogie: Unpopable
Trapeze: The Mermen
New Song: The Mermen

Interview With Allen Whitman

Righteous Punishment: The Mermen

Interview With Allen Whitman

Leper: Yugen Orchestra
Snow: Yugen Orchestra
Interview With Allen Whitman

Repeatable: The Noodles

Interview With Allen Whitman

Apeman: Doormouse
Apeman: The Kinks
The Sound In My Head: Carneyball Johnson
Jackie-ing: Carneyball Johnson
Start Wearing Purple: Gogol Bordello

Interview With Allen Whitman

There is a Tear: The Mermen
My Dad: Deep Field South
Love Me Still: Edith Rules

Interview With Allen Whitman

Miller Hi-Life: PIL

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Thirteen: sAM I aM

I noticed that I haven't posted in a while. Sorry about that. I'll post my playlists from Pirate Cat Radio, where you can go on the website and download the archived podcast. You can download it six weeks from the live broadcast.

This past Monday, I had my old friend Cybersam, of Cyberbuss fame. We spoke about his travels, and the passing of the torch from the Merry Pranksters to the Cyberbuss gang. The last 15 minutes of the show is a bit racy, as I was inspired to put all the ladies listening to sleep. WARNING: it's not pornographic, but I still wouldn't have any of thee little one's around when you listen.

Download the show here

Playlist follows:

A Season in Hell #13: CybersAM I aM

I Love Livin’ In The City: Danko Jones
The Letter: Big Star

Interview With Cyber Sam

Good People: Jack Johnson
Rock and Gravel: Bob Dylan
White Girl: Soul Coughing
Tell Me Something: Pollo En Fermo

Interview With Cyber Sam

Going the Distance: Cake
Staple it Together: Jack Johnson
How Many Cans: Soul Coughing
Do You Take It In The Ass: Wet Spots
Porno: Limbomaniacs

Interview With Cyber Sam

Supertheory of Supereverything: Gogol Bordello (live)
Front My Cock: Prince Superstar Vs. The Who
Lickskillett: Radio Moscow
Cocaine Blues: Johnny Cash

Interview With Cyber Sam

Ca Plane Pour Mois: Plastic Bertrand
Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas
Texas Annie: Wet Spots
I’m Just To Get My Baby Out of Jail: The Knitters
Dead Stop Carnival: Eric McFadden
Elevation: Television

Black Out: Boris/Merzbow
Evil Stack: Boris/Merzbow
Rainbow: Boris/Merzbow

Un Poison Violent, C’est ca L’Amour: Eszter Balint
Initials B.B.: David Shea
Sous Le Soleil Exactement : Eyvind Kang

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Six-Set List

So none of my guests showed up tonight. WTF? I showered and everything. No I didn't.

In the end, I played six hours of incredible music. icecreamlopez did a fantastic hour of running the board, with ehr choice cuts to add to the mix as well.

Check out the entire archived show.

The first two hours can be found here.

And the final four hours can be found here.

I'm on every Monday night from 8-midnight, on Pirate Cat Radio, 87.9FM in SF & LA, 104.8FM in Berlin, online at

A Season In Hell, Week 6

D. Popylepis: Cobra
X (Part One): RUOK

J. Brown Boogie: Unpoppable
Beware the grackle: the grackle
More yellow birds: sparklehorse
Catch hell blues: white stripes

I Wish: Forro in the Dark
Soul on Ice: Graham Parker
Le Shark: Land Shark

Challengers: New Pornographers
He Means Nothing, Dear: Matson Jones
Spring Fever: Matson Jones

Mrs. Leroy Brown: Loretta Lynn
Run Devil, Run: Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins
New Resolution: The Heartless Bastards

The Beat Goes On: Giant Sand

Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Hotter Than Hell (Promo): Kiss
Swingset: Steinski
Mystery Date: New Duncan Imperials
Now Ah, Lissen: Pissed Off Preacher (off Cool Beans Vol. 8)

Cheap Trick Record: Bratmobile
High Roller: Cheap Trick
Thirteen Nights: The Monkeywrench
Evil as Nixon: Hunter S. Thompson

Porno: Limbomaniacs
Halfsharkalligatorhalfman: Dr. Octogon

It Should Have Been Me: Ray Charles
Greeenbacks: Ray Charles
Losing Hands: Ray Charles
Drown In My Own Tears: Ray Charles

Since You’ve Been Gone: James Brown
Monster: Brute Force
Radebe: Johnny Dyani

La La Bam-Bam: The Congos
Kung Fu Man: Lee Scratch Perry
No Bones For The Dogs: Joe Gibbs and the Professionals
Indiana Jones: The Paragons
Seconds Away: The Scientist

Bankrobber/Robber Dub: The Clash
Home Affairs: Osibisa
Flight To Cuba: Fire

Let My People Go: Diaspora Soul
Upstarts in a Blowout: The Headphone Masterpiece
Strung Out Again: Elliott Smith
Dear Flies, Love Spider: Low Lows

Cortez The Killer: Neil Young
Down to zero: Bettye Lavette
Elephant: Bill Hicks
I love You Peggy: Butthole Surfers

Tom Violence: Sonic Youth
The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie
Hazey Jane II: Nick Drake
Bandits: Midlake

Dawn’s Early Vengence: Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant
Chariot Choogle: Fantomas/Mike Patton
Stranger Than Kindness: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Songs For Dead Friends: Pilot

Mudride: Mudhoney
I Dreamed Of Caucasus: Damon & Naomi
Shine: Boris w/ Kurihara

Forest Ocean Sound: Landing
Fearless: Pink Floyd
Lanky 2: Syd Barrett

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Six-Don't Tase Me, Man

I’ve put on a lot of weight in the last year. I’m probably about 30 pounds heavier than I was this same time last year. I don’t have an image issue, but I do have a health issue. I would love to live to a healthy old age, but I have an issue with sweets. I love them.

I also love super burritos.

I did switch from super carne asada, to super grilled chicken; light on the rice, with black beans. I feel better already. I’ve been trying really hard to cut out soda too. Any tips?

What is it about the whole diet and exercise thing that is so unattractive to me? I like to look good more than I like to feel good. But, I’d rather sit on my ass, and surf the Internet, than sit on my ass and do stomach crunches. I don’t believe I’m shallow; I just don’t want to work on looking good AND feeling good.

With that said, my fat ass will be interviewing Paytrick Williams (yes, that’s how his name is spelled…I think). He looked good. That is until the police beat him. He wants to tell his story. Just another case of the Man coming down on the downtrodden in an urban setting, or was he asking for it?

You be the judge.

Tune in 6-midnight tonight, Monday, September 24, 2007, to A Season In Hell, with John Hell, on 87.9FM in SF and LA, 104.8FM in Berlin, and online at

I’ll be joined, as usual, by icecreamlopez, who will taking at least one hour to run the board on her own, as she is thrust into the world of LIVE RADIO! It’s always possible that Ron Donovan of Firehouse Kustom Posters will be joining us as well later in the evening. Last week he brought music great Eric McFadden along with him. Whom might he bring tonight?

See you on the radio.

jh (set lists posted weekly)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Season In Hell, Week Five-Playlist

Pirate Cat Radio, Week 5

I filled in for "Neat, Neat Noise", who's show is from 6-8pm. You can find the mp3 archive of that part of the show here.

In The Temple Of Hadjarim: John Zorn
Ain’t Talkin’ About Love: Minutemen
Wendy: Descendents

Sex Bomb: Flipper
Beer: Artless
Dancin’ Now: Three Day Stubble

Comin’: Men’s Club
54-40 or Fight: MonoMen
Codine: the Monkeywrench
Pink14: The Buff Medways (Wild Billy Childish)

Pinhead: The Ramones
Peaches & Regalia: Mothers Of Invention
What Would You Do? Paris (Sonic Jihad)

Cyclops: Turn Me On Dead Man
Atomic Punk: Cherry 2000
Euthenasia: Melvins
Planet of the Apes: Mummies

C is for Cookie: Cookie Mongoloid

Frank Chu Interview

The show continues here. It cuts into the middle of Frank Chu talking. Good for you that you can hear all of the interview by downloading the earlier portion of the show, by clicking on the above link.

I’m A Man: Bo Diddly
Howlin’ Blues: Howlin’ Wolf

Frank Chu Interview

Tango Til They’re Sore: Tom Waits (VH1 Storytellers)
Little Red Hen: Taj Mahal

Frank Chu Interview

I Had A Talk With My Woman: Tim Buckley
Lover, You Should’ve Come Over: Jeff Buckley (live)

Seer: Witch
Feedbacker (Part 3): Boris
Words of Advice: Material

Sun Flower: East New York Ensemble
Darkest Light: The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band

Suite: John Coltrane

Everything Good: Liar
Brazen: Heartless Bastards

Selfdestructo Bust: Turbonegro
Prehistoric Dog: Red Fang
Fuse: Radio Moscow

Jeepster: T Rex
Hard-On For War: Mudhoney
Black Betty: ZZ Top

Prayer Difficulty: Savage Vigilance for a Rug-Free America
The Hat Collector: Aids Wolf
Cyrano: William Shatner
California Uber Alles: Disposible Hero’s of Hiphopracy

Shark Attack: Surf Punks
No fat chicks: surf punkls (oops!)
Go Away: Blondie
Your phone’s off the hook: X

Erc McFadden Interview

I feel too good to die: eric McFadden trio
Miranda: Eric Mcfadden Trio

Eric McFadden interview, with icecreamlopez running the board, and Ron Donovan running his mouth.

Freaks Like Us: Eric McFadden Trio
Flowers On The Wall: Statler Bros.
Wo ist Zu ha Mama: Johnny Cash

Eric McFadden interview, kind of.

Baby Please Don’t Go: Ted Nugent
I Heard It On The X: Olivelawn
Shyboy: david lee roth
Up in Smoke reprise: Cheech and Chong

icecreamlopez ran the board for the last hour and a half. She's in training. I may have gotten a C- for my teaching quality last night. I take any and all responsibility for dead air.

See the posting below for links to all parties who attended tonight's show.

Ron and icecreamlopez were having the total air guitar championship during the afterparty. I believe icecream won, because she was making “the face”.

“This is a sparkle time for all of us” Ron Donovan

A Season In Hell, Week 5-recap

What a crazy show last night. I wish I took pics of Frank Chu. I did take many shots of Ron Donovan of Firehouse Kustom Posters, Eric McFadden of the Eric McFadden Trio, and icecreamlopez my sidekick on A Season In Hell, on Pirate Cat Radio (

You can down load the entire six hour show

The first two hours are here:

The final four hours are here:
which includes interviews with Frank Chu, Ron Donovan and Eric McFadden

Check out Frank's myspace page here:

Check out Eric's myspace page here:

And his bands page here:

You can see what Ron and his partner Chuck, do for a living here:

Monday, September 17, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Five

So it appears that I will be on th air for six, count
them, six hours tonight! OMG! What have I done? I've
created a monster, and it's me!

In the "watch out what you ask for" category, I have
chosen to fill in for the DJ who comes before me. I
must really love the sound of my own voice.

Either way, tune in to Pirate Cat Radio, 87.9fm in SF
and LA, 104.8fm in Berlin, and online at, 6-midnight (PST) for some
truly rousing fun.

As usual, icecreamlopez will be there too. I'm
alllowing her to take the controls for a little while,
so she can master the board, eventually gaining her
own show. Also, Ron Donovan of Firehouse Kustom
Posters will be in around 9pm to discuss all things
Kustom Posters, as well as being the malcontent we've
grown to love and adore.

Play list will be posted here:

Remember, if you miss the show, or wish to savor it
again and again, you can download the archived version
Just click on the "dj schedule" link, click on "A
Season In Hell", and then click on the podcast link on
the right, which corresponds to the date you want.
Tonight's show will be archived under "A Season in
Hell" as well as the first two programming hours under
the"Neat, Neat Noise" link, since I'm filling in for
that show.


See you on the radio.


Play List: Pirate Cat Radio, Week Four, With Chicken John

A Season in Hell, Week 4, with Chicken John

Finklestein Shit Kid: Cheech & Chong
Up In Smoke
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile

Guyamas Sonora: Beirut
Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo
Blah, Blah, Blah: Lenny Bruce
Senorita: Ovarian Trolley

The Boss: James Brown
Come Take Me: Betty Davis
I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Down Home Girl: The Coasters
Shame, Shame, Shame: Ike and Tina
By The Time I Get To Phoenix: Evolution Control Committee

Redemption Songs: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
A Change Is Gonna Come: The Gits
Imagine: GW Bush
Sloop John B: Three Stoned Men

2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D
Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down): Nancy Sinatra
Sweet Jane: Velvet Underground (live)
The Runaway: Danny O’Keefe
The Waitress: Chicken John (17 years old)

Interview with Chicken John

A Political Song for Michael Jackson: Minutemen

Interview With Chicken John

I’m Spun: Mudhoney
The Man Who Liked Zombies: Idiot Flesh
Electric Funeral: Black Sabbath
Humor Test: John Belushi & Chevy Chase
Random People: Rube Wadell

Interview With Chicken John

Powerman: The Kinks
My Biggest Mistake: Joan of Arkansas
A Sound of Transition: Julie Andrews+
T for Texas: Toshio Hirano

Monday, September 10, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Four, With Chicken John

Hello radio fans,

Tonight on A Season In Hell, with John Hell, I'm
pleased to have our future runner up for the SF
mayor's race, Chicken John Rinaldi. He'll be bringing
his whimsy down to the Pirate Cat Radio studios in the
9 o'clock hour to talk all things mayor, art,
innovation, greenwashing (just what exactly is that
anyway?), and to burn the many early, or not burn the
man early, what is the question?

Check out his website He
calls me a legend. Ha!

Tune in on the radio in SF and LA at 87.9 FM, in
Berlin 104.8FM (Guten Abend Berlin), and online at

All shows are archived immediately following
broadcast, for six weeks. Click on the "DJ Schedule"
link, click the show you're interested in listening
to, and click the podcast link on the right. Whew!

I'm recruiting folks to interview. If you or anyone
you know would care to be on PCR for an interview,
drop me a line. We can do it by phone if you cannot be
with us in person.

Thanks for all your support.



Sunday, September 09, 2007

Week Three Set List

Here's my set lisst for last Monday, September 3, 2007. What a great show, with special guest Lindsey B, sound engineer for local SF clubs 12 Galaxies, Cafe Du Nord and more.

Cheech and Chong: Finlestein Shit Kid/Up In Smoke
The Holy Kiss: Back to Colma
Tigersmilk: Spirit Spore Flash

Skip Heller: Track One
Junior Brown: I Hung It Up
Monomen: Warm Piston
Supersuckers: 400 Bucks

George Benson: Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba
Betty Davis: Nasty Gal, 7-25-76, Le Castellet, France
BW Souls: Marvin’s Groove

Interview with Lindsey B

Ride the Blinds: Grace Alley
The Casual Lust: Yes Please
Grayceon: Almost There
Walken: Like A Pheonix

Interview with Lindsey B

Erase Errata: Driving Test
Magic Sparkle: BIRDIE
The BellRays: Tell The Lie (Have A Little Faith)
X Ray OK: What She Wants

Interview with Lindsey B

The Fleshies: The Last Friday
Fuckwolf: What A Fuck
Kid Congo Powers: Sophisticated Boom Boom

Interview with Lindsey B

Everest: Keep it Together
The Moon Upstairs: All is All

Interview with Lindsey B

The Hooks: Get Out
La Plebe: Dirty Old Town
Graves Brothers Deluxe: The God Damned Sky
Ugly Casanova: Things I Don’t Remember
Love and Rockets: Haunted When The Minutes Drag

White Stripes: You’re Pretty Good Lookin’
The Ramones: Cretin Hop

Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: World’s Approaching
Idris Muhammmad: Loran’s Dance

Eric Friedlander
: Consternation
The Boredoms: Super Are
Boris/Suno))): Etna
Tom Waits: Misery Is The River of the World

Concretes: Miss You
Cheech and Chong: Up In Smoke (reprise)

Monday, September 03, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Three

Hey there, hi there, ho there. (no offense to any ho's out there).

Tonight on A Season in Hell, 8-midnight on PIrate Cat Radio 87.9fm in SF and LA, 104.8 in Berlin (no kidding), and online at, we'll be having the sound engineer from SF, Lindsey (I don't know her last name). She does sound for a few SF clubs, including Thee Parkside and Cafe duNord.

We'll be talking about the world of live music, how and why she got into this career, and some great club stories as well. This will be at about 9 tonight.

From 8-9 you can hear new music, and 10-midnight I'll be stretching out in the aural sense of the word.

As always, we welcome your requests. Tune in for the phone number, it's something I haven't written down as of yet. Also, you can always email me during the show.

Ice Cream Lopez will be taking the controls for a while tonight, so she can get her radio stripes down before she begins a PCR show of her own.

Thanks for your support.

If you, or someone you know would care to be interviewed on my show, or any show on PCR, please send me a shout.



Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Two

A Season In Hell, on Pirate Cat Radio 87.9FM, Monday's 8-Midnight (PST) This week was too much fun. I had on as special guests, Ron Donavan and Chuck Sperry of Firehouse Custom Poster Art, in San Francisco. They brought along with them Reese, Matt and Jamie, of B.R.A.G. Art, three aspiring poster artists from across the pond: England. What ensued should have been captured on film. At least Ron couldn't put down his iPhone. They arrived around 9pm, the show having been on since 8. Ice Cream Lopez let them in, and once the beer was flowing, we got down to brass tax. I asked them to bring music, which they did. They offered to bring posters to give away over the air, which they did as well. Attempting to do an actual interview while Ron was on the prowl, proved to be a task, but one I was ready to be challenged with. One issue I have encountered at Pirate Cat Radio is the fact that the three mics are all tied into one chanell, with one mic being very "hot", and the other quite "cold". In laymen terms, that means I havee to keep my hand on the volume knob at all times. While I was interviewing the Brits, Ron kept jumping in with some rather entertaining comments and questions. You must listen to the podcast of this show to understand what I'm talking about. I'm a collector of all things concert poster since I was 14 years old, and I bought a 1st edition Lee Conklin Grateful Dead poster, from 2/27-3/2/69. That's the run of shows featured on the classic "Live Dead" release. I have quite a few Firehouse posters as well, so getting to know Ron and Chuck personally has been quite a treat. I've known Ron for about a year, and I can tell you he's your best friend. He'll go far out of his way to collaborate on the most fun activities with you. Chuck is a true friend. He's interested in what you've got to say, and he's so excited to share his ideas with you too. It's no wonder they work together. There is a ton of energy between the two of them. They made the poster for this weekend's Endless Strummer show at Bottom of the Hill, in San Francisco. The show is a tribute to the late great Clash singer/guitarist, Joe Strummer. It's also a benefit for Strummerville, The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music. The show begins at 9pm. If you're in the SF Bay Area, come on out for a great show. Pirate Cat Radio will be broadcasting the entire show as well, and I'll be the MC for the night. Tune in online here, to listen live. As for the music on this fine SF night, it's all over the map. Check out the links, and as always, support live, local music.

Finklestein Shit Kid

Up In Smoke:
Cheech and Chong
James Bond Theme:
Naked City

Almost Ready:
Dino Jr.
Blood Witch:
32 Mouths Gone Dry:
Slim Cessna
Gogol Bordelo

You’re Gonna Miss Me:
Roky Erickson
High Roller:
Cheap Trick
Cocaine: Johnny Cash

Police & Theives:
The Clash (03-08-80)
Wiggle Stick:
Rev. Horton Heat
Earthquake: Butthole Surfers


A Children’s Garden Of Grass
Diamanda Galas
Rock Fight: Cheech & Chong


Where is the Future:
Sonic Youth
Prince (7-7-07)


Marquee Moon:
The Elderberries
It’s Hard To Be Humble:
Mac Davis


Hitler’s & Jews:
Part Chimp
Earth People:
Dr. Octogon
the Sticks
I Love Livin’ In The City:
Danko Jones


Wasted Life:
Uncommon Men From Mars
Stay Free:
The Clash (09-21-79)
The Way:
Bonnie Prince Billy


Up In Smoke Reprise: Cheech & Chong

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pirate Cat Radio, Week Two

So I should have known it was too good to be true. My first show at Pirate Cat Radio ( proved to be a fine one, with many lessons. The best part was hosting the wonderful and humble Scott Beale, of Laughing Squid ( He was kind enough to post some pics from the show. Take a look here:
Yeah, that’s me. I need a haircut.

The lessons were numerous. First, get the keys. I showed up at the station an hour early, but no one was on the air. I had to drive to get the keys. I showed up with 15 minutes to spare. Secondly, get a working doorbell, or at least a cell phone that works. The ringer and vibrate on my phone don’t work, neither does the station door bell. Hmm…. Finally, don’t bring so much damn music. That one will be the hardest. I may have reached for that one. You can never bring too much music.

I asked this week’s special guests to bring music. Speaking of this week, my special guests are none other than world-renowned concert poster artists Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan, collectively known as Firehouse.

We’ll be talking about the life of a poster artist, how they started, who they have done work for, which they like, and hopefully some trash about those they don’t. Supposedly, they’re bringing some folks who are apprenticing for them, too.

After my first show, I though about how I want the show to look after the four hours are over, week to week. The first hour will focus on new music in the indie vein. The second hour will focus on the interview. The final two hours is where you will find me stretching out. I love to take risks with music, mixing genres, and throwing caution to the wind, by disregarding music length.

I’ll take your calls, and definitely take requests (I may not play it, but you can always try). Take a risk on me, and tune in every Monday night, 8-midnight on Pirate Cat Radio, 87.9FM,

All shows are archived as well. Yippee!!!


John Hell

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Master Dick, Tell Us About The Future

Dick Cheney is truly the most remarkable guy in the world. How did he know as far back as 1994, that we would be in a quagmire if we went into Iraq? Now, someone go into the past and tell the old Dick to talk to the new Dick.

A Season In Hell #1 on Pirate Cat Radio

A Season in Hell, Episode on Pirate Cat, 08-20-07

My first show on Pirate Cat Radio, and my first radio show in four years. To say I was excited and anxious to get started is a true understatement. I prepared all day for the show.

When I arrived at the station though, the doors were locked, and no one was answering. I finally got in with fifteen minutes to prepare before I went on the air. I was a bit annoyed, and a bit frazzled to boot. On top of this, I agreed to train my friend Ice Cream Lopez on the board, which I had never used before, and I had an interview to host. Every board is similair, so once I organzied my music, I could relax.

I opened the show with the first two tracks from the Cheech & Chong "Up In Smoke" soundtrack. It'll work as my theme for a while. I'm one to change up my theme songs every few months. I close with "Up in Smoke Reprise".

the interview with Scott Beale of Laughing Squid went incredibly well. I've been friends with Scott since my early Burning Man days. My first year was 94, his was 95. He used to come and hang out with me in the Radio Free Burning Man studios. It was an air-conditioned studio. He took a ton of video, and was certainly looked at as the BM archivist for a few years. He ran their website for three years too.

We spoke about his path over the years, in terms of his interests in technology. Scott and I both have a tendancy to go off on tangents, and we did just that. Luckily, I have the experience of a veteran interviewer to bring it back around. I think I did a good job of that. You be the judge.

Scott posted pics from the show here.

As for the music, I plan on making the first hour all new music, of multiple genres, but never commercial pop. The second hour will be the interview. The final two hours will be more on the experimental/avant garde/spacey/noisy realm. I feel that late night shows have a responsibility to stretch out aurally.

Send me an email if you have any comments, questions, or even requests.

Finklestein Shit Kid: Cheech & Chong
Up In Smoke: Cheech & Chong

Complicated Life: The Kinks
Three Bobs: National Hardwood Floor Association
Shit Luck: Modest Mouse
Dazed & Chinese: Bongwater
Lickskillet: Radio Moscow

Nice, Nice, Very Nice: Ambrosia
Killer Sound Waves From Outer Space: Turn Me On Dead Man

---Scott Beale Interview---

New Resolution: Heartless Bastards
Sand: OP8

---Scott Beale Interview---

Powderfinger: Neil Young
Satisfaction: Cat Power

---Scott Beale Interview---

Waiting for my Man (live): Lou Reed
The First and Last To Love Me: Kip Hanrahan

---Scott Beale Interview---

Freedom Day: Max Roach
Collegno: Revolutionary Ensemble

---Scott Beale Interview---

Candle (live): Sonic Youth
C Visar Vagen: Dungen

---Scott Beale Interview---

Tibet: Don Cherry
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama: John Lennon

Sweet No.1: Boris w/ Michio Kurihara
Leave Your Perch…: Wooden Wand

Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk
She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie
I Can See For Miles: Petra Haden
Way Down In The Hole (live): Tom Waits

Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan

My show is every Monday night, 8-midnight (PST). Tune in online at
If you live in San Francisco or Los Angeles you can tune in your radio
to 87.9FM

See you on the radio.

Image by Scott Beale and can be found here.

Monday, May 28, 2007

New Podcast

I haven't written on this site for a very long time, and there is a link below for my "new" blog place, but I wanted to leave a note regarding my podcast.

Check out my podcast: "A Season In Hell" here.

Tell your friends, hell is here to stay.