Monday, July 21, 2008

Just before the flood

A great pic by Dawn. Thanks Dawn. That's my little girl, Lauson Kai and me at the beach, just before she decided it would be fun to run right into a wave. She loved it though.

Some music for you

OK, so here's my first attempt at uploading music to my blog. If this works, I'll do it on a regular basis. Let me know if you have any requests. It's not radio, but at least I get to share with you the music I'm listening to right now.

Also, if you're an artist or label and you don't want me posting your music, then let me know and I'll take it down. Support live, local music, and go buy CDs. I don't have an issue with downloading a song or two, to get a feel for an artist, but if you like what you hear, then you should show them that, by going out and purchasing their stuff.


Revolution Blues, Neil Young, buy On the Beach
Lay Lady, Lay, Magent, buy On your Side.
Pussy, Brazilian Girls, Check out their site here. Too funny. Great groove.
Redemption Song, Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer, buy Unearthed. What a duet.
Thunder Road, Tortoise & Bonnie Prince Billy, buy it here. An excellent cover of the Springsteen classic.
Some Velvet Morning, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, buy Fairy Tales and Fantasies
Monkey Man, The Mike Lee Sound, check him out here.
Satt Att Se, Dungen, check them out here. They are releasing their 4th CD "4" in September.
These are the People in your Neighborhood, Idiot Flesh, buy their stuff here. This band is long gone, but th memories remain. Today we know them best as Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.
Richard Nixon Died Today, by Negativland, go here for their great sounds.

Let me know if any links are dead. Also, please let me know what you think. I'm happy to keep this up regularly if you all are enjoying it.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Posting music

Ok you all, I need some help here. Being a radio DJ for 20 years, has made me really want to share a lot of music with you on this site. The thing is, I can't for the life of me figure out how to upload music to a post. Please help. I know how to paste a link, and post a video, but how do I upload a music file from my hard drive?

What say you?


Friday, July 18, 2008

My Trip to the DMV

You know, I love a trip to the DMV. The last time I went there, I received a ticket for exiting through the entrance. You heard me. When I went there on Wednesday to get new license plates, because I received a $100 ticket for having no front plate, I was told the front plate was actually STUCK to the back plate. When I bought the car last April, I asked the owner where the front plate was. His response was that it must have been stolen. WTF? I had already recieved 2, count them 2, tickets for not having a front plate. I know, I know, "dude, WTF? Go get the damn plate already." I'm a glutten for punishment.

So I finally find the time and incination to head down there. I will say they've got that place organized pretty well these days. The waiting isn't that long, they have the TV monitor to tell you when your number is up, and the people watching is amazing. We are all equals in the DMV. I imagine a similar feeling after the '06 quake and fire in SF. All the rich and poor standing in the bread lines together; shaking hands and working for the common good. Yeah, it's something like that.

Anyway, the kind lady at the check in, tells me to go remove my exisxting plate, and bring it back to her. I do so. Upon returning, she takes a look at the plate in my hand, tells me to look at the edge, and low and behold, I have two plates stuck together! Damn! $200 f&^%ing dollars later I have two plates stuck together. I'm as pleased as one can imagine, knowing that I don't have to pay for new plates. At the same time, how much can a set of new plates be? $25? $50? Not $200!!!

I take the plates out and put them both on the car. I then show a DMV employee my most recent, and third ticket for no license plate, which I "accidentally" tore in half when I received it. He signed off on it. I better mail it in, right?

As for the ticket for exiting through the entrance; this happened at the Daly City DMV. They ticketed me, but I aruged SUCCESSFULLY in court, that there is a broken double-yellow line in the street, in front of the driveway. Although there is a sign that states "Entrance Only", the broken double-yellow line implies that one can exit, and turn left onto the street. I questioned the officer for 15 minutes. I had pictures. The judge loved it. I beat that cop. I beat that cop bad! Ha!

I hadn't received a moving violation in 17 years, before I got a ticket for speeding on Dolores in SF, in the summer of 2006. I beat that one too. Dang, I'm pretty good about getting out of tickets. I'm just too lazy to go get a license plate I never needed. $200!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

New outlet for fun

Since I've been off the air for over a month, I've found a few things to take up my free time. I'm spending way too much time on Facebook. I don't know why really. I also have no idea why the hell anyone would still be on MySpace?!?! What the hell does that site offer anyway? I'm sure Rupert Murdock is wondering the same thing.

Anyway, I spent last Friday through Monday up in Point Arena, celebrating their centennial, with 501 of my newest friends. Great town. It's on highway 1, in Mendecino county.

Lots of pics are available here.

I also shot a ton of pics of the Extra Action Marching Band, who played ceaselessly while they were there. I appreciate the fact that they played to the families during the day, in their PG13ness, and then at night they offered a more "blue" set for us inebriated folks. Too much fun. You can see the pics for EAMB here.

You can also see my vids of the trip on my Vimeo page, here.

Eventually I'll find my way back to the radio. I'm actually displeased that I haven't been on lately. There is so much great new music out there. I picked up the new Melvins, Free Kitten, Mudhoney, Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan CDs, and the There Will Be Blood soundtrack within the last few weeks. There is so much great music out there.

I'm also enjoying this great Athens, GA band, Harvey Milk. I wonder if folks in Georgia know who Harvey Milk was? Hmm...

I'm not in the mood to do a podcast though. I just don't find it spontaneous enough. I don't like the idea of hitting the delete button if I don't care for what I just said or played. I don't play like that.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I Wish I Had Thought Of That

Then again, when I was a teenager, I lived with my dad, who was most often at work. Therefore, I had no need to time my dressing speed.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A Season in Hell is on Sabatical

I'm taking a little time off from the radio thing right now. The summer is just about here, and I want to get a little travel in, before the fall semester begins. Many of you know that along with doing radio, I'm also a high school social studies teacher in San Francisco.

Don't be saddened by my departure from Pirate Cat Radio. I shall return. This time in the form of ice molecules in a drink of my choice. And of course, Pirate Cat Radio will continue on as well. You can always tune in online here, or on the FM in SF & LA at 87.9, or in Berlin at 104.8FM.

Thanks for your great support over the last year. My passion is radio, and turning my listeners on to something they have never heard before, or never heard in the style I bring it to them in. Did that make any sense? Never mind.

What saddens me the most, is after I stepped away from my show the new Free Kitten and the new Mudhoney were released. Check them out. I'm loving them both.

You can always check out my MySpace page here.

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Season in Hell #35: Rock Fight, Take 2

To download this ridiculous show, go here.

Big Sky/Baddest of the Bad: Reverend Horton Heat (06-09-06)
Kiss Promo
Firehouse: Kiss (09-06-76)
Heaven & Hell: Black Sabbath (08-30-80)

Sweet Leaf: Black Sabbath (04-06-74)
3 Stones From The Sun: SRV (06-17-85)

Speedkings: Sex Museum (10-10-05)
Stranglehold: Ted Nugent (05-23-81)
Jam: Ronald Jenkees on youtube

Cocaine: Eric Clapton (1978)
Heartbreaker: Black Crowes & Jimmy Page (10-18-99)
Hey Joe: Jimi Hendrix (01-14-69)

It's A Long Way To The Top: AC/DC (1976)
I'll Be With You: Cheap Trick (12-31-79)
Barracuda: Heart (01-27-79)
What Do You Want from Life: The Tubes (1976)
Van Halen vs. Van Halen: Ted Shred

Machine Gun: Prince (04-04-98)
Get up, get into it, get involved> soul power> get up, get into it, get involved:
James Brown (03-18-71)

Play That Funky Music White Boy->Brick House->Rollercoaster of Love->All the Critics Love You: Prince (02-10-07)
Sex Machine: James Brown (10-14-69)
Teen Queen: MCM & the Monster (07-04-90)
Tommy the Cat: Primus (11-21-90)

Eric McFadden Trio (09-27-07)
The Mummies: Fuck the Mummies
?: Captain Bringdown

Superman: The Kinks (08-10-79)
Call Any Vegetable: Zappa & the Mother's (11-06-70)

Got To Get Better in a Little While: Derek and the Dominoes (10-23-70)
Whippin' Post: Allman Bros. (06-27-71)

Livin' After Midnight: Judas Priest (06-08-83)
Billy Squire vs. Billy Squire: Ted Shred
Run DMC vs. Johnny Cash: Ted Shred

A Season in Hell #35: Rock Fight, Take 2

It's On!!!!

Tonight on A Season in Hell, with John Hell:

I "welcome" back the one and thankfully, only Rotten
Ronnie Donovan, from Firehouse Kustom Posters. Last
December 24th, I kicked the holy hell out of Ron's
already blasphemous ass, in almost six full hours of a
one-on-one live music show down.

It didn't matter what Ron brought, yours truly put him
to rock and roll shame.

Take a look here for the play list from last December.

From 8-midnight tonight, on Pirate Cat Radio, listen
while John Hell and Ron Donovan assault the airwaves
with some of the best live music you have never heard
before. All you favorite groups will be there.

See the Firehouse website here, featuring Chuck
Sperry's work.

See Ron's page here.

Pirate Cat Radio is live and loud on 87.9FM in SF &
LA, 104.8FM in Berlin; online at

See you on the radio.


Monday, May 19, 2008

A Season In Hell #34: Let's Go Bowling

Download the show here.

Tonight on the show, I welcomed Jackie Nelson, from local SF Bay Area bowling alleys. She came in to talk about the summer kids bowling program: Say No To Drugs, Say Yes To Bowling. We had so much fun. She is hilarious, and she knows a terrific amount about bowling.

You can check out the website here for more summer info. If you have kids, you will want to check out there summer offers, including the summer bowling keytag. You get a free game a day until September 1st.

During her stay in Hell, Jackie and I began planning "Pirates and Pins", a Pirate Cat Radio fund raiser. We have to come up with a date, but it will be on either a Friday or Saturday night, in July or August, 5:30-11pm. We'll DJ live, get one or two bands, have drink specials (one named for me!!!), raffle ticket give-aways, and much, much more.

Take a look at the bowling alley websites by going here.

Do It: Henry Rollins
Satisfaction: Cat Power

24 Hours: Joy Division
Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues: Bob Dylan

Interview with Jackie Nelson

Elephant Gun: Beirut
Underdog World Strike: Gogol Bordello

Interview with Jackie Nelson

High Roller: Cheap Trick
Ace of Spades: Motorhead
Coney Island Baby: Tom Waits

Interview with Jackie Nelson

Run Devil, Run: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
The Big Guns: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
The Devil's Chasing Me: The Reverend Horton Heat
I'm Branded: Link Wray
Detroit Breakdown: The BellRays

Interview with Jackie Nelson

Mudride: Mudhoney
I Turned Out Punk: The Hooks

Interview with Jackie Nelson

Plateau: Nirvana
Oh Me: Nirvana
Lake of Fire: Nirvana

Interview with Jackie Nelson

Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki (No One's Grieve): Boris

Talkin' Loud and Saying Nothing: James Brown
My Thang: James Brown

This is a Man's World-> Lost Someone: James Brown

How To Speak Hip: John Close & John Brent
Now, Ah Lissen
Fornicating Female Freaks: Start the Countdown
Black 37: Kool Keith
Amphetamine: Rocket From the Tombs
Rhythm-a-Ning: Rashied Ali Quintet (with Ravi Coltrane-04-22-04)

Up in Smoke: Cheech & Chong

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Season in Hell #33: Addi is Unpopable

Click here to download this great show!!!! Seriously, I had so much fun interview the Balloonatic, Addi. I've know Addi for 20 years. We did radio at KFJC, when he was Andy Cadavar, and I was the Reverend Dah Wave. So many great stories.

Assi and his friend Charlie traveled the world together, placing extravagant baloon hats on people's heads and taking pictures to prove it. Amazing is all I can say. Addy is an interesting, interested, talented, and creative individual. I could have interviewed him the entire four hours, but there was too much good music to play tonight. Included in the good music, is Addi's own band, Unpopable. It features Henry Bermudez on guitar, and Addi on the Balloon Bass. You read correctly.

Take a look at their website here.
Take a look at their myspace here.
Take a look at Addi's youtube site here.

Addi also played live balloon bass solo in the studio this evening.

Play list for Week #33:

Do It: Henry Rollins

Grow Your Own Fucking Mustache, Asshole: The Wet Secrets

Bananas: Free Kitten

Sababa: Unpopable
Carney's Asada: Unpopable (with Ralph Carney)

Interview with Addi

For Arlo, Part 3: Unpopable (with Money Mark and Danny Frankle)
Oddjob's Pressing Engagement: Sex Mob
I Like it A Whole lot: Sex Mob (from the Balloon Hat Movie)

Interview with Addi

O'day: The Peekshow
I Am...I Said: Killdozer
Courez Courez: Ermasse

Addi Live

Cry For Me Baby: Elmore James
Improv With Nels: Addi and Nels Cline
Improv 2: Addi, Nels, Gabe
One Upon A Time in the West: Ennio Morricone

Interview with Addi

Aries: Lynx
Invitation to the Blues: Tom Waits (11-21-76)
Baciarach: Masada (04-10-96)
Hotel: Mark Lanegan (10-18-99)

?: Sex Mob with Eyvind Kang and Michael Blake (09-26-96)

Why Does My Head Hurt So: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

Monday, May 05, 2008

A Season in Hell #32: Roll Me Over and Sue Me

Download the show right HERE!

Do It: Henry Rollins
Judy is a Punk: Ramones (05-12-76)
Roller Derby Saved My Soul: Uncle Leon and the Alibi's

B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Interview

Cough/Cool: The Misfits
Thirty Days: Chuck Berry

B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Interview

Christine Sixteen: Kiss
Alive Two Promo: Kiss
King Kong: Jimmy Castor Bunch

B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Interview

Hot Rod Lincoln: Commander Cody
Dead Batteries: Sun Trash
Ace of Spades: Motorhead
Touch Me I'm Sick: Sonic Youth

Ragi the Lawyer

Dead Flowers: Rolling Stones
Goin' Down South: RL Burnside

Ragi the Lawyer

Tango Till Your Sore: Tom Waits
Girl From North Country: Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash

Ragi the Lawyer

Powerman: The Kinks
Statement: Boris
Ka Ra Ha Te Ta Sa Ki- No One's Grieve: Boris
It's Over: My Brightest Diamond
Trickle Down System: Giant Sand

Wild Horses: Iron & Wine/Calexico
I Don't Always Know What You're Saying: Ladyhawk
Whiskey Jingle: Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos

3 Elephants and a Cow: Toychestra & Fred Frith
Mob Rules: Black Sabbath

One More Night: Can

Dogs: Pink Floyd

Once Upon A Time In The West: John Zorn
Atmospheric Distortions 2: Kangaroo Court

Monday, April 28, 2008

A Season in Hell #31: Do Over

Tonight on the show, Jen Burke Anderson ( joined me in the studio. Jen is an old friend from my KFJC days. She's a fabulous writer, and was kind enough to read some excellent pieces for us. I love the fundamentalist church piece. Tent revivals should always be this fun.

After the show I went over to 12 Galaxies to check out the last show of the season for Ask Dr. Hal. I was very tempted to walk up on stage and carry Chicken off. But, I figured it was the last show, he might as well enjoy himself while it lasts. It is a very good show... at times.

You can download the show here.

for some reason it appears that only the first two hours were archived. All of my interview with Miss Anderson is there, but you miss some brilliant musical selections, as well as an amazing rant against the suburbs. What the hell do they have that's so good, anyway? It's always the best shows that don't get recorded. Oh well, one for the ages, I guess. I think the podcast ends with Boris. Yes, yes it does.

Next week on a Season in Hell, the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls (BAD Girls, get it) will be on the show, as well as Ragi the Lawyer.

I Love Livin in the City: Danko Jones
She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy
The Elephant is Dead: Bill Hicks

Jen Burke Anderson Interview

Space-Age Couple: Captain Beefheart

Jen Burke Anderson Interview

Tribal Connection: Gogol Bordello

Jen Burke Anderson Interview

T For Texas: Toshio Hirano
Backed into a Corner: Three Day Stubble
Two Little Pigs: The Cows

Rip Van Winkle: Witch
A Bou A Qu: Boris

All Blues: Stan Hirsch & Eric McFadden
Three O'Clock Blues/Darlin' You Know I Love You: BB King
29 Ways (To Get to My Baby's Door): Koko Taylor
Rock Steady: John Lee Hooker

Baby Please Don't Quit Me: Lightnin' Hopkins
Planet of the Apes: The Mummies
Gallis Pole: Leadbelly
Skunk: MC5

Baro Faro: Gogol Bordello (11-13-08)
Looking out my Window: Tom Jones
Babelogue/Rock and Roll Nigger: Patti Smith
There Stands The Glass: Webb Pierce
Autobody: Zeni Geva

Everyday I Love You Less and Less: Kaiser Chiefs
I Have Tasted the Fire Inside Your Mouth: Nadja

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Season in Hell #31: Roller Derby-a-gogo, or a funny thing happened on the way to the show

So, it would appear that the Pirate Cat Radio internet and FM signal were down even before I came to the station tonight. I won't get into the details, because I would end up airing dirty laundry, which really has no place on this here blog of mine. But, suffice it to say, I attempted to get us back on the air, to no avail.

Coincidentally, I received a phone call from Chicken John, while I was waiting to see if we were going to be back on the air (the whole time I have my guest, Miss Frisky Kitten of B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls, waiting to be interviewed). He was calling me to ask if I could fill in for him as host of the Ask Dr. Hal Show at 12 Galaxies tonight. Very unusual considering I'm regularly attending to my own show during this time. It became obvious within the next 15 minutes that I would not be doing my radio show, so I phoned him saying I would be pleased to do it.

I consider myself to be Joan Rivers to Chicken's Johnny Carson. I've filled in for him about 10 or so times over the last seven years. I do not do a Chicken John impersonation. I do me. I got some cudos from the crowd, but mostly it was just entertaining as hell watching Rose and Spy do their Mouse Trap dance. The Mouse trap boys did a dance all their own. I got the video to prove it.

I did give Pete Goldie a hard time. That's always fun. Josh the Orange Box Man did a stupid joke. KROB pleased us with his dulcent tones, David Cappuro flashed us, in time, with many a visual treat. There was no Frank Chu, which is hard to believe. And of course, Hal was truly remarkable in his snare drum tight delivery. That guy can answer anything. I was quite liberal with the Fernet Branca. You've had some, haven't you? I like what Katie said about it: "it tastes like minty butt." Hmm... OK Then.

DJ icecreamlopez was manning the merch table for the Life-Sized Mouse Trap. She is one cute counter girl. All in all a fine night indeed.

I got in a great discussion with Mark Perez, the creator of the Mouse Trap, about the lack of "new blood", participating in the SF scene. I hypothesized that the newer folks in town are not aware of the rich body of work that has taken place by so many in recent years. They don't know where their own place is. Mark told me that I must write a book about the last 15 years in SF. There is so much to say. Who would I interview? How would I focus it? Who would read it?

It's almost 1am, and I work tomorrow. Thanks for reading. All comments are welcome, unless they're about World of Warcraft, or some other shit like that. Good night to all the strip teasing mice out there.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A Season in Hell #30: Dirty 30 and Michael Peppe to Boot

A Season In Hell #30: Dirty 30

Tonight in the studio I am so excited to have DADAist, wordsmith, absurdist, Michael Peppe. Peppe has a long performance history, going back to New York City in the mid-70s. He's been in San Francisco for quite a while now (1980), and I have gotten to know him, seen him perform, had him perform at a few shows I produced over the years as well. On the show tonight Michael performs a part of a new two-and-a-half-hour long piece. He only does about 15 minutes of it.

The site is a great DADA site you should definitely check out. There are some Peppe recordings on there from the late 70's. It also says he's dead. So he's got that going for him, which is nice. I remember listening to WFMU about five years ago, and they were playing some Michael Peppe. the DJ was asking where is Peppe now. I rushed to the computer and sent him an email, screaming that he's in SF!!!

I'll have him on again soon.

Download the show here.


I love Livin in the City: Danko Jones
Sonic Revelations: The Monkeywrench
Motor City is Burning: MC5

Ass, Gas, or Grass: Men’s Club
Pluto, September 31st: The Moving Sidewalks
Thurston Hearts the Who: Bikini Kill
Tunic: Sonic Youth
Columbian Necktie: Big Black

Michael Peppe Interview

Adolescent: Michael Peppe
We Do What We’re Told: Peter Gabriel

Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Chariot Choogle: Fantomas/Mike Patton

Through the Roof and Underground: Gogol Bordello
?: Storm Large
This Land is your Land: Woody Guthrie
Leg: Arzachel

Desperado: Alice Cooper
Calvary Scars: Deerhunter
Ecru: Ken Nordine
Monster: Brute Force

Damballa: The Pharaohs
I Am The Black Wizard: Emperor
I Think of Demons: Roky Erickson
Ghost: Ladytron
Three Girl Rumble: Wire
Look At That Table and Make it Spin in Your Head: Lynx

Rollin & Tumblin’: Crack Daniels
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes/Maggot Brain: P-Funk (11-01-78)
Suck and Screw Orgy: Alan Karminski
Portland, Oregon: Loretta Lynn

Celluloid Heroes: The Kinks

Monday, April 07, 2008

A Season In Hell #29: What? You Again?

Tonight on the show, I, once again, invited Ragi the Lawyer to come down. He has been on four times in the last six weeks. He came down last week, when I stayed home, sick. Thanks Ragi. Anyway, he came in tonight to talk about renter's rights; especially in case of a fire. We actually took one call. Good for him!

Katy Bell came by, celebrating her birthday. Happy Birthday Katy! We had a KROB moment and then she was off again. If you've been to the Power Tool Drag Races, you know Katy as our Flag Girl. She also produced the Mark Growden benefit, which I MCd just over a week ago.

I've really been keen on this new format idea. The first hour is an interview, the second
is new music, the third is specialty genres, the fourth will toss you into dreamland, either calmly and sweetly, or kicking a screaming. You be the judge. I'd like your suggestions about music and genres for the third and fourth hours.

I love hosting a four hour show. Two hours is not nearly enough. I've been in radio for 20 years now, and I look at it as an art form. Taking two or more sources of sound and mixing them together, either end to end, or throughout; it's the art of the segue.

Go here to download the show. I'm very pleased with the set starting with Sonic Reducer, by Rocket from the Tombs. Tell me what you think.



I Love Livin’ In The City: Danko Jones
She Watch Channel Zero: Public Enemy

Alcohol: Gogol Bordello
Bury Our Sins: Eric McFadden

Give Me Wine or Money: The Mekons
Bukowski: Modest Mouse
Time Has Told Me: Nick Drake

Ragi the Lawyer

I’ve Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash
How To Speak Hip, Part One
Charlie Parker: Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
KC Blues: Charlie Parker

Untitled: Radio Moscow
Blessed Black Wings: High On Fire

Interview with Larnie Fox of Crank Ensemble

Sonic Reducer: Rocket From The Tombs
Maximum Protection: Mort Kridel Advertising Agency
Get It On: Kramer
FCC Station Identification: Cary Grant
How Babies Are Made: Christopher Recordings on Sex Instruction
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D
The Session: Karen Finley

Peace Frog/Blue Sunday: The Doors
Take a Stress Pill: Turn Me on Dead Man
Gimme Shelter: Grand Funk Railroad

Zodiac: Melvins
California Uber Alles: Jello Biafra and the Melvins (10-31-04-Slims, SF, CA)
Kill the Poor: Dead Kennedy’s (12-13-82-Stuttgart, GR)
No Pussy Blues: Grinderman

Capitalism Stole My Virginity: The International Noise Conspiracy
The Hidden Garden/Naima: Material
Loran’s Dance: Idris Muhammad

Thursday Miles: Miles Davis

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Season In Hell #28: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Growden

What a great show, if I do say so myself. Katy Bell stopped in to talk about the benefit she's producing this Saturday night, at 12 Galaxies, for friend/musician Mark Growden. He broke his back when his bike frame broke during a ride. Ouch!

Go here for more info about the benefit.

I'm changing my format some. The first hour will feature an interview. The second hour will be new music. I'm thinking of some kind of countdown, but that probably won't happen. The third hour will be genre focused; different week, different genre. The fourth hour will be more on the avant garde side. I think the late hours should allow your mind to wander as far out as it can. I'll do my best.

You can download the show here.


Play list: A Season in Hell #28: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Growden

I Love Living in the City: Dank Jones
Satisfaction: PJ Harvey & Bjork

Senorita: Ovarian Trolley
Surfin’ USA: Melt Banana
California Sun: The Dictators
Hundreds of Years: Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
Pocahontas Was Her Name: Billy Childish & the Singing Loins

Katy Bell interview

Frisco Line: Rube Waddell
Television Man: Man or Astroman
Amos Moses: Jerry Reed

Katy Bell interview

61 Sideburns: The Capstan Shafts
Strawberry Guillotine: Sic Alps

Don’t Sleep With Whores: The Invisible Hand
Who’s Gonna Care: Cause Co-Motion!

Mary Ellen Claims: Tyvek
Paranoia Strikes Again: Torn Curtains
I’ve Always Been Content: No Paws (No Lions)

Wet Nightmare: Munch Munch
Stupid Street: Home Blitz
The Power of Independent Trucking: Big Black

Own Up Time: Jack O’Fire
I Hear Goodnight: Low/Dirty
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing To Me: The Monkeywrench
Cocaine: Richard Pryor
King Kong: Jimmy Castor Bunch
Since You’ve Been Gone: James Brown

Train Blue: Masato Minami
The Rain Falls: Suishou No Fune
I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier Mama: John Lennon

Track 1: Fushitsusha
Like Death: High Rise
Tenshi No Gijinka 1: Keiji Haino

Banks of the Royal Canal: Bob Dylan
Two Fools: Francine King
Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk
Theme deYoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Heart of the Sunrise: Yes

Caution (Do Not Step on the Tracks)>
We Bid You Goodnight: Grateful Dead, 02-28-69

Blah, Blah, Blah: Lenny Bruce
Up In Smoke (reprise): Cheech and Chong

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Season In Hell #27: School Layoffs and a Dry Demartini

A Season in Hell #27: School Layoffs, and a Dry Demartini

Tonight on the show, I spoke a bit about the California budget crises, which has led to a $40 million cut in education in SFUSD, where I teach. I, myself, have received a layoff notice, and it will hit me hard if I do not return to teaching next year. Hopefully the school district and the city/county of San Francisco will be able to come to a deal, regarding the city's rainy day fund, and then they can rescind thee layoffs. Keep your fingers crossed please.

An old friend stopped by to say hello: Curtis Demartini. curtis was the former button monkey for Live 105 morning show host Alex Bennett, back in the 90s. We met at Burning Man, when I invited him to come on and do a show. We used to make a lot of fun of Alex. He's easy to make fun of.

Curtis and Chuck Farnum (who phoned in) have a website, you can access here. They look for a weird time wherever they can find it.

You can access the entire show here. See the play list below.

I love livin; in the city: Danko Jones
Hard Time Killer Floor Blues: Skip James
Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis

Black Cross: 45 Grave
Freak Shop USA: Monster Magnet

Curtis Demartini & Chuck Farnum

Army of Ideal: Nothing People
What do you want from Life?: The Tubes

Curtis Demartini & Chuck Farnum

Come on, come on: Little Birdie
Gli Amanti D'Oltretomba: Black Sunday
These Days: Psychedelic Horseshit

Still Sleep: Tyvek
Movies for You: Little Claw

Message from the law: Sic Alps
Relentless Machines: Thomas Function
Alergy: Times New Viking
Sexiest: Sonic Chicken 4
Teabag Party: King Khan & BBQ

Killy Kundane: Dirty Three
Lanky: Syd Barrett
James Bond Theme: Naked City (12-05-90)

Flower Sun Rain: Boris (11-18-06)
You Don’t Love Me: Bloomfield Super Session
Shotgun Blues: Downchild Blues Band
Whiskey & Women: Hooker & Heat

Bring it on Back Home: Sonny Boy Williamson
Rap: Neil Cassidy
Cryptical Envelopment->
The Other One->
Cryptical Envelopment: The Grateful Dead (02-27-69)

?: John Coltrane (06-26-65)
Streams of Whiskey: The Pogues

Monday, March 17, 2008

A Season in Hell #26: Dope, Guns and Lawyers in the Street

I had two, count them two, guests on tonight: Ragi the lawyer, and the amazing, the wonderful, the splendiferous MC that is Mikl-em.

The show opens with an hour of courtly debate, when Ragi the lawyer comes by and threatens the listeners, saying he will refuse to take their questions off line, unless they call the show and ask him questions on line. Take a listen to just what exactly happened.

Mikl-em comes by after with a butt-load of great punk/indie music. Mikl-em and I have a hard time going two seconds without talking music. And you better be in the know when you're around us, because we're elitist snobs, you sot.

What exactly is a butt-load anyway?

Take a listen here.

I Love Livin’ In The City: Danko Jones
A Change is Gonna Come
Vicious: Lou Reed (12-26-72)
Where Eagles Dare: Bratmobile
See No Evil: Television

Ragi the Lawyer

Under the Shade: Fantasy
Bud In Yo Pocket: 50 Million
Sexy Boy: Fantasy
Far Away Eyes: Rolling Stones

Aint No Water in the Well: Husker Du
Pink Turns to Blue: Husker Du
If Regan Played Disco: Minutemen
Inhuman: Sonic Youth
Perry: Butthole Surfers

Just Got Paid: Rapeman
Hit a Man: Treat Her Right
Ace of Spades: Paska
Waiting Room: Red Hot Chili Peppers

I Heard it on the X: Olivelawn
Aint Talkin’ About Love: Minutemen
Towers of Dub: The Dylan Group
Black Diamond: The Replacements
The Orchids: Califone
Loop 41 Houston: The Fall

Drunkard’s Lament: Firewater
Alcohol: The Kinks
Bombed: Mark Lanegan
God’s Been Drinking: Bernadette Seacrest & Her Yes Men
Blues in A: Robyn Hitchcock
Beer: Artless
Mary Marie: Tom Verlaine
Carmelita: Warren Zevon

I’m Fucking Matt Damon
I’m Fucking Ben Afflec
Free James Brown (so he can run me down): Foetus
Hemo thee Cuckold: Foetus
Bombe A Mano: Mike Patton
We Care A Lot: Faith No More

Kissin’ Cousins: The Saints
Sistine Chapel: Hell Mach 4
Reality Dealer: I Am Spoonbender
No Firture: Rah Bras
Lean Woman Blues: T Rex

I don't drink white zinfindel either. ew.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A Season In Hell #23: EEEK! A Mouse Trap!

DJ icecreamlopez invited down my old friend and creator of the Life-Size Mouse Trap: Mark Perez, and his delightful fiance Rose Harden Monday night. They're throwing a FUNdraiser for the Mouse Trap this Sunday night, 9-2am at Amnesia on Valencia st. in SF.

We talked all things Mouse Trap, including the history and the recent month long trip to Texas, where they set the behemoth up at the Makers Fair.

Head down to the show this Sunday, and be a patron of the arts. Also, check out their website here. You can also go here for more info about the FUNdraiser.

You can download the show here.

The first hour featured a 30 minute mix by Subgenius DJ Reverend X-ister. I was impressed. It was his first time on the radio, having only done podcasting before. Look out KROB, this guy is talented.

Speaking of KROB, he will be joining me on Monday night, February 18th, when the Great Ivan Stang, founder of the Church of the Subgenius will be making his triumphant return to the Pirate Cat Radio airwaves. Stang, along with Reverend Howland Owll, KROB and Puzzling Evidence were on my show in December and made it a very memorable night. Tune in on the 18th to see if we can top that one.

KROB will be joining me the following week, February the 25th as well, as we partake on a four hour journey of sound collage. We're calling this episode A Season in Hell: Guns or Butter? Well, which is it? Tune in and vote.

Speaking of voting, today is Super Tuesday, so get out and vote.

That is all.

Play list for A Season in Hell #23:

I Love Livin' In The City: Danko Jones
King Heroin: Funky Four

Reverend X-ister Set:

Track One: Fun & Excitement Mix
DJ Qbert: Wave Twisters
Jerry Goldsmith: Barnaby Jones Theme

Track Two: Intro by Alan Waits
Devo: We Are Here To Go

Track Three: KLF: Witchita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard
Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion

Track Four: Dolomites: Hauling In The Slack

Track Five: Living By Chronic

Track Six: Kode 9 & The Space Ape: Backwards

Track Seven: DJ Mayonnaise: ?
Boyd "Doc" Britton: Francis E. Dec Rant

Track Eight: Reverend X-ister: Judges 19, 22-30

Track Nine: Alan Colmes: Interviews US Senate hopeful Merrill Keiser Jr. (D-OH)

Track Ten: Dean Martin: Ain't That A Kick In The Head

Back To John Hell:

I Don't Know: Blues Brothers
River Deep, Mountain High: Ike and Tina Turner (01-19-75)
You Go To Move: RL Burnside

Hoochie Coochie Man: Muddy Waters (11-04-76)
Boogie Chillin': John Lee Hooker: (03-11-93)
Cold Shot: Stevie Ray Vaughn (12-31-86)

Interview with Rose Hardin and Mark Perez of Life Size Mouse Trap

I Was Made For Loving You: Kiss
Toodle My Hookil: Morning 40 Federation
Opa Cupa: Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band

Interview with Rose Hardin and Mark Perez of Life Size Mouse Trap

Arkansas Killing Time: Pine Box Boys
Where Do I Go? Loop! Station
Track 3: Sean Lee

Interview with Rose Hardin and Mark Perez of Life Size Mouse Trap

DJ icecreamlopez set:

Whiskey and Beer: That Damn Band
Bring Back The Apocalypse: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Come To Daddy: Aphex Twin
Not Enough Winter: Datri Bean

Midnight Bicycle Mystery: Deerhoof
This Ain't No Fucking Polka: Esmerelda Strange
My Wild Irish Rose: Irish Drinking Songs
Never Can Say Goodbye: Jackson Five

Back to John Hell:

Thirsty Land: Angel in Heavy Syrup
Woman's Best Friend: Karen Findley
The Fast Life: David Murray Octet

Volunteered Slavery: Rhasaan Roland Kirk
A Deal, Part 2: Christy Doran's New Bag
Konono #1

Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Season in Hell #21: I Fought the Law. John Law

I am so honored to have long time prankster John Law on my show tonight. I met John at Burning Man, in 1994, my first year. I co-founded Radio Free Burning Man, and John was one of the big 3 in charge of the event. When I wasn't on the air for the next three years, I was hanging out with John. He's very inspiring, and an amazing story teller.

He and Flecher Fludejon have a new film, "Head Trip". It follows John and the Cyclecide Bike Rodeo on their coast to coast trip from SF to NYC, in a bus, with John's three Doggie Diner head following on a trailer close behind. Actually, they were attached. They went to a heap load of road side attractions along the way. What makes this trip all the better, is that they did this right after Shrub declared war on Iraq.

John and the gang acted as ambassadors of fun; proving that America is still an amazing country, with a lot to see and enjoy. I couldn't agree more.

I love a good road trip. This film will make you want to get out on the road today. Take a look here for more info.

Click here to download the show. See the play list below.

Dolomite for President: Snoop Dogg
Snoopafella: Snoop Dogg

Interview with John Law

Earth People: Dr. Octogon
In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide

Interview with John Law

Let Me Ride: Dr Dre
The Hands of Time: Perfect Circle

Interview with John Law

The Pot Smokers Song: Neil Diamond
Constipation Blues: Sreamin' Jay Hawkins
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Let's Go Get Stoned: Mad Dogs, the Englishmen and Joe Cocker

Interview wth John Law

It Brings a Tear: Ray Charles

DJ icecreamlopez's set:
It could be Sweet : Portishead
Whole Jug of Wine : Datri Bean
Que Reste-T-il De Nos Amours? : Jonathon Richman
My Rights Versus Yours : The New Pornographers

Chippy-Chin: Billy Nayer
Sweet Sophia : Dan Jones
I’m Not Down : The Clash
Boogie with Stu : Led Zeppelin

I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself: The White Stripes
Why Can’t This Be Love: Van Halen (I gave her hell for this one)
Not the Same : Bodyjar
Duke of Earl : the Coasters

Back to John Hell
Portland, OR: Loretta Lynn

Jackson: Johnny Cash
Venom Wearin’ Denim: Junior Brown
Something I Said: Ray Condo
Home Sweet Mobile Home: New Duncan Imperials

Cymbaline: Pink Floyd
The Other One>New Potato Caboose>Born Cross Eyed: Grateful Dead (02-14-68)

Bust My Cherry: High Society Magazine Presents
---This one is NOT FOR KIDS!!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Season in Hell #22: Just Like Old Times

A Season in Hell #22

Thrilled to have KFJC alum Hawkeye Joe in the studio tonight. He likes to talk about stuff only he knows about, and that's what we like about him. A lot of inside jokes about people you don't know, nor would you care to.

We love Hawkeye!

I love Livin’ in the City: Danko Jones
Big City After Dark: Link Wray

400 Bucks: Supersuckers
Euthanasia: The Melvins
Senorita: Ovarian Trolley
Dazed and Chinese: Bongwater

Black Tongue: Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
New Resolution: Heartless Bastards
High Roller: Cheap Trick
Green Eyed: The Fall

Stupid Girl: The Flakes
You Smell Bad: Regan’s Polyp

Flux: Shotwell
Flames Over Nebraska: Pere Ubu
Big Boss Man: Thee Headcoatees
I Just Want To Make Love To You: Radio Moscow

Misery is the River of the World: Tom Waits
Up & Down: Cookie Mongoloid
The Mercy Seat: Nick Cave
Round & Round: OP8

I Want To Kill Jerry Garcia; Colorfinger
Bring Me The Head of Jerry Garcia: Iron Prostate
Rock and Roll Radio: The Ramones
Amos: Jerry Reed
Pee Wee Herman Theme: Mr. Bungle

Todo Para Ti: Tom Troccoli’s Dog
Shake Some Action: Flamin’ Groovies
Search and Destroy: Iggy and the Stooges
Lovely Day: Bill Withers (oops…I cut it short. Actually, I didn’t mean to play this at all. A lesson to all aspiring Djs: pre-listen to all music you’re about to play)
Danke Shane: Wayne Newton
Password: Bob Cobert

Brazil: Frank Sinatra
Modern Times: John Abercrombie
Money in the Pocket: Cannonball Adderley
Gunslinging Bird: Mingus

?: Emergency (07-17-00)

Whipping Post: Allman Brothers Band (01-17-71)

In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (02-12-75)
Celluloid Heros: The Kinks

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Season In Hell #20: Let's Get It On

Tonight, I have on Sexologist Amber Elektra. We'll be talking about all things SEX. We'll also talk about the dating scene in the big city. I'm getting warm already

You can download the show here.

I Love Livin' in the City: Danko Jones
The Candidate: Urge Overkill
Transmission: Joy Division

Satisfaction: Cat Power
Run Chicken Run: Monomen
My Thang: James Brown

Interview with Amber Elektra

Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas
If I'm Lucky I Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament

Interview with Amber Elektra

Lover, You Should've Come Over: Jeff Buckley
I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper: Erica Elgin
I'm Spun: Mudhoney
Bang, Bang: Nancy Sinatra

Interview with Amber Elektra

Fearless: Pink Floyd
Kim Gordon & The Arthur Doyle Hand Cream: Sonic Youth
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D
Fiesta: The Pogues

Interview with Amber Elektra

Step Right Up: Tom Waits
Porno: Limbomaniacs
I Say Fuck: Supersuckers

Interview with Amber Elektra

Monday, January 07, 2008

A Season IN Hell #19: I Know What You Want

So, even though I was stood up does not mean that I can't do a good show, right? Right? What do ya mean, no?

Anyway, here's the play list. Click here to download the archived podcast.

I Love Livin' In The City: Danko Jones
Never Talking To You Again: Husker Du
Divide and Conquer: Husker Du Live 1985

Marble Sheep: I Just Stay on the Upside
Astro Elvis E.S.P.: Acid Mother's Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

Babydoll: Eric McFadden Trio
Theory of Noise: Loop! Station
Children of the Revolution: Arto Lindsey & Marc Ribot
Black Branches: Raccoo-oo-oon

Round & Round: OP8
Red Moon: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Crewell: Starving Weirdos

Winterlong: Neil Young (02-10-70)
I've Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash
Give Me Wine or Money: The Mekons
Tamalpias High: David Crosby
Northern Sky: Nick Drake

John Carr Phone Interview

The Geometry of Business: Oxbow
Miami Morning Coming Down: Earth
Anti Love Song: Betty Davis
One Nation Under A Groove: P.Funk (11-01-78)

icecreamlopez's set:
-did you know that YES! Magazine published a picture and interview with icecreamlopez in their most recent issue? It's true. I'm in the picture, but you can't see me because I'm standing behind the photographer. Here's a link to the article.

That's here at the top of the page. Photo is by my good friend Scott Beale of Laughing Squid

Kung Fo: Curtis Mayfield
Whole Jug O' Wine: Datri Bean
Joyless Ride: El Radio Fantastique

Twilight: Elliot Smith
Summertime Rolls/(oops): Jane's Addiction
Entering White Cecilia: The New Pornographers
Flowers on the Wall: Nancy Sinatra
Maggie's Farm: Solomon Burke
Detroit Breakdown: The Bellrays
My Nutmeg Phantasy: Macy Gray

The Rose: Mudhoney
I'm Just Waiting For My Man: Lou Reed (12-26-72)
Du Ska Inte Tro Att Det Ordnar Sig: Dungen
Lemon Jelly 1: Ministry of Sound
Mistral: Loscil
Sunroof: People Under The Stairs

Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover: Kronos Quartet
Girl Let Me Touch You There: Dr. Octogonocologist

A Season In Hell #19: Stood Up

So it would seem that John Hell is not the sexy guy everyone was telling him he was.


Not at all.

This week's show was going to be about SEX. That's right, SEX. But the sexologist I had booked, came down with a cold the size of one of those bulbous condoms, that are "ribbed for her pleasure". So I'm doing the show sans guest tonight.

That means more music and more commentary from yours truly. And since the New Hampshire primary is tomorrow, you know I'll be talking about that tonight. I also went to see Eric Mcfadden on Friday night, and DAMN he was so good. And relevant too. You know who I'm talking to. That's right, you folks who got out of the Social D show, and complained about the cover at the Boom Boom Room. Get a life. So yeah, I'll be playing some of him too.

Oh, and the sexy chick will be on soon. Perhaps as soon as next Monday.

Anyway, tune in tonight, 8-Midnight, Pirate Cat Radio, 87.9fm in SF and LA, 104.8fm in Berlin,

Per usual, you can download the show following the broadcast by clicking on the "dj schedule" link, "a season in hell link", and then find the date of the show on the right side of the page. Even though the show is on the 7th, the podcast uploads showing the following day. In this case it will say "01/08/08".


Thanks for your support.

See you on the radio.