Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone

Happy New Year to all of you. Thanks for tuning into my show every week, or downloading it. However you get it is all good by me. If you're still looking for something fun to do tonight, into the early morning, I'm Emceeing a great show in SF, featuring Mark Growden and Rube Waddell, as well as DJ Justin Credible and other fine DJs.

See the poster above and go to YourCabana for the deets.

See you all in 2012.


Monday, December 26, 2011

A Season in Hell #69: Radio Valencia: Best of 2011, Part 2

So much good music in 2011 that I had to do two Best of shows this year.

Here's the link to download the archived show.
Here's the link to the stream of the archived show.

Easy: Deer Tick
Pobre Mary: Guadalupe Plata
Chinese Weed: FIDLAR

You Were There: The Ettes
Ophelia: Luke Temple
Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant: John McCauley of Deer Tick

Can We Get Together: Hunx and his Punx
Velvet Itch: Bass Drum of Death
Jesus Came to my Birthday Party: The Middle East
County Line: Cass McCombs

Mayday: Pujol
Be your Bro: Those Darlins
Man Who Lives Forever: Lord Huron
You Make the Sun Fry: Ty Segall

Hour two:
Bad as Me: Tom Waits
Benediction: Thurston Moore

Holocene: Bon Iver
Several Shades of Why: J Mascis

Stick Figures in Love: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
I'm So Vain: Sun Raaa
Breaking the Law: The Babies
Oh Woman, John Wesley Coleman III

Filling A Hole: Eric McFadden
Mind Daze: Psychic Ills
Die: Girls

San Pedro: Mogwai

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Season in Hell #68: Radio Valencia: Best of 2011, Part 1

It's the end of the year, so that means it's time for a Best of 2011 show. There was so much good music this year, that I find it difficult to fit it all into one two-hour show. So this show tonight is part one.

Stream it here.
Download it here.


It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis

The World (is going up in flames): Charles Bradley
Get Right: Megafaun
How Can You Love Me: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

I Found You: Alabama Shakes
Truth (RZA Remix): Alexander
Nothing is the News: Damien Jurado
Modern Art: Black Lips

Jesus Fever: Kurt Vile
You Take Time: Bleached
Drug: White Denim

Gangsta: Tune Yards
Let the Sun Go Down on Me Here: Coves
For The Last Time: Turf War
He Gets Me High: Dum Dum Girls

Helplessness Blues: Fleet Foxes
Wild Heart: Futurebirds
Me and You: Strange Boys
I Was Denied: Thee Oh Sees

Automatic Jail: Jacuzzi Boys
Tigrawahi Tikma (Bring Us Together): Bombino
Chinatown: Destroyer

Civilian: Wye Oak
Can You Get To That: Stone Darling

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Season in Hell #67: Radio Valencia: ROCK FIGHT 7!!!

It's on! John Hell and Rotten Ronnie Donovan go toe to toe, head to head, mano a mano for the 7th installment of the bootleg matchup to end all bootleg matchups: ROCK FIGHT 7!!!

What a great show tonight. And once again, I kicked Ron's ass. Seriously Ron, you really can't play crappy audience recordings and actually think you're going to win?

We were blessed with some special guests in the studio tonight. In the 7 o'clock hour Ralph Spight of Victim's Family and Jello Biafra's Guantanamo School of Medicine came by to talk about this Sunday's San Francisco Rock Project benefit at Rickshaw Shop. Zeda, a ten year old bassist, and Cody a fifteen year old guitarist joined him to talk about the show. Check out their website for more info. This is a really excellent cause.

Around 9:30 the greatest guitarist you've never heard of, Eric McFadden came in to talk about his new sauce he's been cooking up. Actually, he was talking about a lot of things, including waffles and an apple pie that one first place at a Thanksgiving dinner. It's always such a pleasure to see Eric and Super D. They're on the road so often that one wonders how they feel when they actually have time to relax.

As for the show, you can download it and listen to it at your leisure here for part one, and here for part two.

Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong

Let There Be Rock: AC/DC 12-09-79 JH
Lick it Up: Mindzone 12-17-93 RD
King of the Nighttime World: Kiss 09-03-76 JH
Life in the Fastlane: The Eagles 03-04-80 RD

Ron Donovan Rock Block 1
Voodoo Chile: Stevie Ray Vaughn 12-03-89
Cocaine: Eric Clapton 12-09-77
Reefer Headed Woman: Aerosmith 01-04-83
Get Off My Cloud: Rolling Stones 07-28-66
Everyday I Have the Blues: BB King 12-23-72

John Hell Rock Block 1
Rock the Nation: Montrose 04-21-73
Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy 09-25-80

Interview with Ralph Spight

Rosalita: Bruce Springsteen 08-09-78 JH

Occupy Set
Holiday in Cambodia: Dead Kennedy's 10-15-80 JH
Know Your Enemy: Rage Against the Machine 06-15-95 RD
Guns of Brixton: The Clash 08-17-82 JH
School's Out: Alice Cooper 10-31-11 RD
Free Ride: Edgar Winter 12-17-74 RD

Click here to listen to part two of the show.
John Hell's Rock Block 2
Cocaine Blues: George Thorogood 1989
The Man in Black: Johnny Cash 12-08-94
Come Together: Butthole Surfers 10-24-85
Search and Destroy: Dictators 08-17-91

Ramblin' Rose: Gang War 05-31-80
Led Zeppelin Medley: Beat Farmers 12-07-85
Hey Hey What Can I Do: Black Crowes with Jimmy Page 10-19-99
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks 11-11-72

Ron Donovan's Rock Block 2
Riding the Storm Out: REO Speedwagon 05-11-78
Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast: Airbourne 07-10-11
You're All I Got Tonight: The Cars 11-22-78
Death By Misadventure: Ted Nugent 06-04-77
Running with the Devil: Van Halen 09-13-79
Purple Haze: Bootsie Collins 07-09-11

I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy and the Stooges 09-03-10 JH

Hour four: Big Four
Antisocial: Anthrax 07-03-11 JH
Indian: Anthrax 07-03-11 RD

Interview with Eric McFadden

Hanging Moon: Eric McFadden 06-26-11

Hanger18: Megadeth 07-03-11 JH
Harvester of Sorrow: Metallica 12-05-11 JH

Monday, December 05, 2011

A Season in Hell #66: Radio Valencia: I'm Too Jaded

I love interviewing local bands, and tonight I had in a great singer: Xandra Corpora of Con Brio. She likens the band to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, but I think they have a really original sound. Check out the two tracks we played on the show.

Also, next week is Rock Fight 7. See below for details. Rotten Ronnie Donovan phoned in to talk smack, but I put him in his place and hung up.

Tonight, some brand spankin' new Mark Lanegan, which will knock your socks off.

Click here to listen to the podcast of this fabulous show!

It's Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
The Gravedigger's Song: Mark Lanegan Band

Interview with Xandra Corpora of Con Brio

Cadillac: Con Brio

Interview with Xandra Corpora of Con Brio

Not At All: Con Brio

Porcelain Doll: The Ferocious Few
Gasoline & Cocaine: The Ferocious Few
Breathless: X
Hell City, Hell: Supersuckers
Bernal Heights: Jhameel

Am I Evil: Metallica
Euthanasia: Melvins

Wedding Day: Cracker (09-15-11)
Victoria: The Kinks (02-18-77)

Interview with Ron Donovan

King of California: Dave Alvin (11-05-11)
Soul Sacrifice: Santana (05-01-71)

Working for a Dead Man: Eric McFadden (04-07-08)
Start Wearing Purple: Gogol Bordello (08-19-06)
Done Got Old: Heartless Bastards (05-04-10)

Search and Destroy: The Stooges (09-03-10)
Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Thursday, December 01, 2011

ROCK FIGHT #7 Is Coming Your Way!

December 12th features John Hell and the return of Rotten Ronnie Donovan to the RV studios, as he and I host ROCK FIGHT 7!!! From 6-10PM we'll be throwing down in an all-out BOOTLEG battle royal! Ronnie and I are diehard live bootleg collectors, and twice a year we go mano-a-mano to prove who has the best collection of them all. (we all know it's me).

The theme this time is "Lucky 7". Help us out. Are there any bands or songs that we should play that night? Remember, we're playing live versions. We both have huge collections, so chances are we've got the music.

Tune in, Monday December 12th, 6-10PM on Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF,

To see previous setlists as well as links to the podcasts of Rock Fight 6 click around on this site.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Season in Hell #65: Radio Valencia: Pamela Parker Visits

Pamela Parker of the Pamela Parker Band stopped by tonight to premier a new song. She'll be playing this Friday at the Boom Boom Room in SF. Go check her out. She shreds. She's also going to be joining Eric McFadden at Cafe DuNord on December 10th. It's about time he got back in town. Two great shows that you really must go see.

It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Mr. Plow Theme: The Simpson's
I Love the Living You: Roky Erickson
All You Fascists Bound To Lose: Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry

Hell Broke Luce: Tom Waits
Soul Rebel: Bob Marley & Lee Scratch Perry
Down Home Girl: The Coasters

Fever: Fela Kuti
Filling A Hole: Eric McFadden

Interview with Pamela Parker

Carnival: Pamela Parker Band

Interview with Pamela Parker

Devil Moon: Eric McFadden
Big Sky->Baddest of the Bad: Reverend Horton Heat
The Big Three Killed My Baby: White Stripes
Victim of Changes: Judas Priest

Wild Horses: Old and in the Way (11-04-73)
Real in Real Time: Giant Sand (03-19-94)
Funky Crime: Red Hot Chili Peppers (04-28-89)
Mississippi Queen: Mountain (12-28-71)

Sing Me Back Home: Keith Richards (03-13-77)
Don't Do It: The Band (12-28-71)
Do It Again: Steely Dan (04-30-74)
Plow King: The Simpson's

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Season in Hell #64: Radio Valencia: I'm Hungry for your Turkey Neck

This was a fun night. For the first time my daughter of seven years finally heard my show. I guess she was so excited that she was holding her face in her hands and crying. Wait...

Enjoy the show here.

It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis

To Lay Me Down: Cowboy Junkies

A Quick One (While He's Away): The Who
Celebrity Compass: Bongwater
Jesus Was Way Cool: King Missile
Devil's Rodeo: Diamanda Galas with John Paul Jones

Hey Bartender: The Blues Brothers
Mannish Boy: Muddy Waters
Rock Steady: John Lee Hooker

Hour two:
God's Away on Business: Tom Waits
Me and My Friends: Red Hot Chili Peppers (04-28-89)
My Ding a ling: Chuck Berry (06-20-94)

Toussaint L'Overture: Santana (05-02-71)
Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys: Traffic (??-1971)
Love Me: Elvis Presley (10-06-74)

Motorbike: Wooden Shjips (11-10-11)
James Bond Covers: Sex Mob (11-10-11)

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ask Dr. Hal - Pt. Arena - December 10th

For over 10 years the Ask Dr. Hal show has titillated audiences around San Francisco. The good Doctor will answer your finely-tuned questions, but for a price. I'll be co-hosting the show along with Dr. Hal, KROB and DJ Justin Credible spinning sexy sounds. There's lots of acts performing that night as well. Come on up to the Oddfellows hall in Pt. Arena this December 10th. See the flier for details, and come join us.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Season in Hell #63: Radio Valencia: 1971, It Was A Very Good Year

I've always held a special place in my heart for 1971. I wasn't born in that year. I was born in 1970, but the music from '71 was simply amazing in so many ways. It was that year that we begin to see the emergence of many genres: R&B, Soul, Blues, and Jazz had already been around for a while, but now more genres of Rock n' Roll begin to emerge. This is not your father's Rock n' Roll. Funk, psychedelic, progressive, and ambient genres begin to really showcase themselves at this time. And of course, some truly classic albums (remember albums?) that the classic rock radio stations play too much of, were released that year.

Tonight on A Season in Hell, with John Hell, I play some of my favorite tunes from that great year. Tune in and enjoy. Heck, you can even download the archived show as well, and enjoy it in 2071.

Stream it here.

It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks

I'm 18: Alice Cooper
Dr. Boogie: Flaming Groovies
Magic Fingers: Frank Zappa
Kandy Korn: Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

Country Road: Grand Funk Railroad
Yours is no Disgrace: Yes

Grandma's Hands: Bill Withers
Man In Black: Johnny Cash
Nevada Fighter: Michael Nesmith & The First National Band

Tamalpais High: David Crosby
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier: John Lennon
Masters Of The Universe: Hawkwind
Seven Stones: Genesis
The Supermen: David Bowie

Done Somebody Wrong: Allman Brothers Band
Hard to Handle: Grateful Dead (08-06-71)

Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved: James Brown

Monday, November 07, 2011

A Season in Hell #62: Radio Valencia: Talkin' Election Night Blues

Once again it's election time. I tell ya, in San Francisco the freaks come out on Election Night. Per usual I'll be hosting United Educators of San Francisco's and SFUSD Social Studies teacher Ken Tray on my show. This is perhaps the third year in a row that he has co-hosted the pre-election day show with me. We'll be talking about the ballot initiatives as well as the hotly contested mayors race (when isn't it hotly contested in this town?), sheriff's race and DA's race.

I've got lots of election-themed music as well.

Here's the link to the podcast.


It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
The Politician: Urge Overkill

Interview with Ken Tray - Sheriff/DA races

Southern Politician: Willie Deville

Interview with Ken Tray - Mayor's race

Election Day: The Replacements
Politician: Cream

Interview with Ken Tray - Propositions

Vote for Me: Joe Walsh

Interview with Ken Tray - Propositions

Funky President: James Brown
The Revolution will not be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

Interview with Ken Tray - Occupy Movement

Don't Worry, if there's a Hell Below, we're all gonna go: Curtis Mayfield

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime: Dean Martin

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Season in Hell #61: Radio Valencia: Night of the Vampire!

The ghoul in me just loves a frighteningly good holiday. With a name like Hell how couldn't I? When I was at KFJC I would fill in the Christmas morning shows every year. I would often play Halloween-themed music that morning.

I digress.

Tonight was all-around fun. Thanks for joining me on the Radio Valencia chatterbox, too. I always enjoy chatting with my listeners.

Download the show here.
Stream it here.

Check out all my previous shows here.

Night of the Living Dead: Misfits
I Was a Teenage Werewolf: The Cramps
Pet Cemetery (Ramones cover): Yo La Tengo

Teenage Lobotomy: The Ramones
Exquisite Corpse: Bauhaus

Bewitched: Beat Happening
The House on the Hill: The Mummies
Halloween: Mudhoney
Monster: Three Day Stubble
The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead: XTC

Night of the Vampire: Roky Erickson
Clothes of the Dead: Bongos, Bass and Bob!

Vampire Blues: Wooden Shjips
My Girlfriend Is A Witch: October Country
Halloween: The Dream Syndicate
Hellfudge: Lard

Viking Demon: Rube Waddell
Werewolves of London: Grateful Dead (05-11-78)
Death Train: Beat Farmers (12-07-85)
Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?: The Misfits (02-28-82)

Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd (04-29-70)

Tom Violence: Sonic Youth (08-17-90)
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime: Dean Martin

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Season in Hell #60: Radio Valencia: Altered Barbie Strikes Again!!!

Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie was in the studio tonight talking about the 9th annual exhibition, which begins this week at 50 Shotwell. I MCd this event a couple of times, and it's so amazing to see what people do with their Barbie dolls once they've grown out of playing with them.

Julie brought the Jenny Kerr band with her to play a few tunes. They'll be playing the opening night reception on Friday night. I really encourage you to take a listen to the podcast of this show, and then head on over there on Friday night. You'll love 'em.

Some new music tonight from Tom Waits and Bonny Prince Billy, and some americana from Dave Alvin, Jimmy Dale Gilmore and more.


It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Indian Summer: The Doors
Raised Right Men: Tom Waits

We Are Unhappy: Bonny Prince Billy

Interview with Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie

It's Up To You (Television Mix): Steinski

Jenny Kerr Band live in studio (They played three amazing tunes)

Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown: Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Waltz Across Texas Tonight: Emmylou Harris
What Am I Worth (Duet With Syd Straw): Dave Alvin
Revolution Blues: Neil Young

Lookin' for a Kiss: NY Dolls
Total Eclipse out of Hell: Enrique
Rise: PIL
I Love You Peggy: Butthole Surfers

A More Perfect Union: Titus Andronicus
Feelin' Alright: Grand Funk Railroad
Concrete Jungle: David 'Fathead' Newman

Everbody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Season in Hell #59: Radio Valencia: Oh Lord It's Hard to be Humble

Sometimes when I don't plan a show it goes bloody awful. Not tonight! This was a fun show to do. The Zappa/GTOs set was a blast, as was the psychedelic set in the second hour.

Here's the link to the podcast, so you too can enjoy this great show any time you wish.


It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Family Tradition (live): Hank Williams Jr

Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge
Buenos Tardes Amigo: Ween
You're being Fucked: George Carlin
Kansas and the BTO's->The Captain's Fat Theresa: GTO's
Ella Guru: Captain Beefheart
The Original GTO's: GTO's
WPLJ: The Mother's of Invention
The Taster: Wild Man Fischer
Footnote: Pearls Before Swine

I Never Talk to Strangers: Tom Waits & Bette Midler
Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba: George Benson

Acquiring Marijuana/General Effects: A Child's Garden of Grass
Bankrobber: The Clash
Lights Out (remix): Wooden Shjips

Fat Old Sun: Pink Floyd (09-30-71)
God of Thunder: The Melvins

Sweetness: Yes

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Season in Hell #58: Radio Valencia: Rain Will Fall and Jazz Will Play

It's raining in SF today, which always makes me long for some long jazzy tracks. Then I remembered: I host a radio show!

This was a fun show to do. And if it was a fun show to do then it MUST be a fun show to listen to.

Listen here.

Do It: Rollins Band
Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners

Malika: Rufus Harley
Radebe: Johnny Dyani
First there is a Mountain: Joe Jones

What a Man: Linda Lyndell
The Turnaround: Big John Patton
Freaks for the Festival/Cold Sweat/Rip, Rig & Panic: TJ Kirk

Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk
Fodder in Her Wings: Nina Simone

Love Train: Don Cherry
Freedom Now Suite: Max Roach-Abbey Lincoln

Africa: Sun Ra
India: John Coltrane

Song for Che: Charlie Haden & the Liberation Music Orchestra
Darling Nikki: Sex Mob with Medeski

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, October 03, 2011

A Season in Hell #57: Radio Valencia: Hyperextension Never Felt So Good

What a great birthday weekend! I spent a fabulous evening with my lady and my darling daughter, then off to Chicken John's book release party. That's always a family reunion. Saturday and Sunday found me dancing it up at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park. I love this town. Some great music. Dr. John, Irma Thomas, The Flatlanders, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, The Mother Hips, Hot Buttered Rum, and Dark Star Orchestra, to name abut a few great acts.

In the midst of enjoying the opening Help->Slip->Music from DSO, I jumped in the air just to come down oddly on my left leg and hyperextend my knee. I've done this before, but this time I saw stars. Dang. I kept on dancing though. Thanks to alcohol, I didn't feel a thing. Today is another story.

I almost didn't do my show, but I was too amped to stay away. A great set follows.

Here's the link to archived podcast of the entire show.


Do It: Rollins Band

The World (Is Going Up In Flames): Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band
I Need Your Company: Michael Kiwanuka

Cheap Sunglasses (ZZ Top cover): Deer Tick
God Bless the Child: Kenny Burrell
Bedroom Eyes: Dum Dum Girls

Lazy Bones: Wooden Shjips
To Ohio: The Low Anthem
Atheist Funeral: Dan Sartain
When it Comes to You: Dead Ghosts
I'm Bored: Big Kids

Summer Nights : Chalk And Numbers
Ophelia: Luke Temple
Eloise: Royal Headache

Hour Two:
Gallows Pole: Robert Plant and Band of Joy (09-30-11)
King Soloman's Marbles: Grateful Dead (09-28-75)

Where the Streets Have No Name: Hot Buttered Rum (04-02-11)
Big Chief: Dr. John (02-08-75)
Pass the Peas: The Meters with the JB Horns (12/1991)
Get on the Goodfoot: James Brown 07-16-78)

Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder (Toronto 1975)
Savor/Jingo: Santana (06-13-70)
54-46 Was My Number: Toots and the Maytals (10-01-75)

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime: Dean Martin

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Season in Hell #56: Radio Valencia: Going Down the Rwong Wrabbit Whole

Do It: Rollins Band
Emmaline: Urge Overkill

Nice, Nice Very Nice: Ambrosia

Edna and Karen from "Alice Down the Rwong Wrabbit Whole"

Rave Down: Swervedriver
Round and Round: OP8
The Beat Goes On: Giant Sand
Murder on the Red Barn: Tom Waits

Friction: Television
It's Not Unusual > Delilah > What's New Pussycat?: The Pleasure Barons (03-93)
Help Yourself: Tom Jones Live in Vegas
Jambalaya: The Carpenters (11-16-76)

Spanish Key: Miles Davis (04-09-70)
Cryptical-Other One->Cryptical (04-09-70)

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Season in Hell #55: Radio Valencia: Naked DJ Night

It's late September, and the tourists have all gone home, which means It's a very hot night in San Francisco, and our summer has finally arrived.


I moved recently, and in so doing I located a lot of music I haven't played in quite a while. I pulled a lot of vinyl and a bunch of live music that hasn't made it on the air before.

Enjoy these treats, and for God sake, get naked!

Do It: Rollins Band
Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
War on War: Wilco

Sloop John B.: Three Stoned Men
B Movie Boxcar Blues->Flip Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers (12-31-78)

I Will Not Be Your Fool: David Bromberg (06-19-76)
I'm Waiting for the Man: Lou Reed (12-26-72)

Use Me: Bill Withers (1973)
You Make Me Feel So Young: Frank Sinatra (04-17-73)
Overture->It's A Boy: The Who (11-02-69)

The Way Young Lovers Do: Van Morrison (04-26-70)
Just Like A Woman: Bob Dylan (05-14-66)
Visions Of Johanna: Bob Dylan (05-14-66)
It's All Over Now Baby Blue: Bob Dylan (05-05-66)

Got To Get Better In A Little While: Derek and the Dominos (11-20-70)
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed: Allman Bros (01-20-70)

Low Spark of High Heeled Boys: Traffic (02-21-73)

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Season in Hell #54: Radio Valencia: Somewhere Between Here and That Other Place

Lot's of great new music tonight. The second hour features some sweet sounds from the early 70s.


Do It: Rollins Band
Bad As Me: Tom Waits
Gangsta: Tune-Yards

Geeshie: Mekons
A Dream of Roses: Mike Patton
Be Brave: My Brightest Diamond

Teardrops On My Pillow (Live Session Version): Dum Dum Girls
The Last Living Rose (Live Session Version): PJ Harvey
East Harlem: Beirut

Roll Another Number: Neil Young
The Singer (Johnny Cash/Nick Cave Cover): Dirty Beaches
One of these things First: Nick Drake
Cello Song (Nick Drake Cover): The Books (feat Jose Gonzalez)
Tea For The Tillerman: Cat Stevens

The Pusher: Nina Simone
Bridge over troubled waters: Aretha Franklin (06-12-71)
Call on Me: Janis Joplin (1967)

I'll Drown In My Own Tears / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby/I've Been Loving You Too Long / I'll Drown In My Own Tears: MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN Joe Cocker At The Fillmore West (04-26-70)

The Song Remains The Same->The Rain Song: Led Zeppelin (02-28-75)
Rainy Night In Soho: The Pogues (06-15-85)

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, September 05, 2011

A Season in Hell #53: Radio Valencia: SF Mayoral Candidate John Avalos

It's election time once again in the city by the bay, which means lots of posturing for the many candidates. It's funny, in this town the Republican party has to endorse the most right-leaning Democrat. Ha! Tonight I have District 11 SF Supervisor, and mayoral candidate John Avalos. John is THE progressive candidate this time around. His background is in education and grass roots work with local non-profits. I didn't hold back. Enjoy the interview.

Do It: Rollins Band
Lonesome Train Whistle: Reverend Horton Heat
Human Fly: The Cramps

Interview with John Avalos

Transmission: Girl in a Coma

Interview with John Avalos

Bossa Cubana: Los Zafiros

Interview with John Avalos

Sicilian Clan: Naked City
Clubfoot Orchestra (02-09-94-KFJC)
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow->Nanook Rubs It->St Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast->Father O'Blivion: Frank Zappa (09-21-78)

China Cat Sunflower -> Jam ->I Know You Rider -> High Time tease: Grateful Dead (01-03-70)
Out On The Tiles: The Black Crowes with Jimmy Page (10-19-99)
Don't Believe the Hype: Public Enemy (06-27-92)

YYZ - John the Fisherman: Primus (05-03-89)
Tom Sawyer: Rush (11-07-91)
Fat Bottom Girls: Queen (03-01-79)

Cross-Eyed Mary: Jethro Tull (07-25-75)

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Season in Hell #52: Radio Valencia: Just You and I...Again

Do It: Rollins Band
2000 Man (The Rolling Stones cover): Kiss
20th Century Man: The Kinks
Jerkin' Krokus (Mott The Hoople cover): The Melvins

Concert Outlook (music bed One Big Yes: The Lounge Lizards)

Low Desert Punk: Brant Bjork
Women Are The New Men: Electric Tickle Machine
You Were There: The Ettes

The Colour Red: The Keys
Slave For My Cave : Shouting Thomas & The Torments
Love The Way You Walk Away: Blitzen Trapper

Immigrant Noise: DJ Z-Trip
State/Meant: Megafaun

Hour Two:
Chevy Beretta: Jonny Corndawg

Back Door Man: Hooker and Heat (04-15-71)
The Spirit of the Drum: Gil Scott-Heron (01-16-78)

In 'N' Out of Grace: Mudhoney (08-29-89)
Love Me: Elvis Presley (10-06-74)
Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You: Bob Dylan (12-08-75)

I'm A Man: Chicago Transit Authority (09-13-69)
Sticks and Stones: Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs (04-26-70)

Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes: Betty Davis (07-25-76)
Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Season in Hell #51: Radio Valencia:

Fun nights often happen when you least expect it. Tonight I was pleased to have singer/guitarist Pamela Parker in the studio, along with sousaphone player Ed Ivey. They're playing a big show with Eric McFadden this Thursday night at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma. See the above flyer for info. There are lots of fine musicians on the bill.

We tried to call Eric McFadden and Robin, I mean Patsy MacDonald of Shake Well. Neither were around, so you'll have to listen to the message I left on their phone. Funny stuff there.

Second hour features some tasty live material. Check it out.


Do It: Rollins Band
Happy Boy: Beat Farmers
Caring Is Creepy: The Shins

Peeping Tomboy: Kurt Vile

Interview with Carl Grubbs and Pamela Parker

Carnival: Pamela Parker and the Subterraneans, featuring Eric McFadden

Interview with Carl Grubbs and Pamela Parker

Hangin' Moon: Eric McFadden

Interview with Carl Grubbs and Pamela Parker and Ed Ivey

Rise and Shine: Eric McFadden
Chocolate Jesus: Tom Waits
When My Baby Comes: Grinderman

Window Shopping: Boris

Unemployed Black Astronaut: Busdriver
Jigsaw Puzzle: The Rolling Stones

Superstition: Stevie Ray Vaughan (04-29-90)
54-46 Was My Number: Toots and the Maytals (10-01-75)

Scarlet Begonias->Fire on the Mountain (09-14-78)

Sweat Loaf: Butthole Surfers (05-10-86)
Badge: Cream (05-05-05)

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Season in Hell #50: Radio Valencia: In the Boondocks

I had local band, Boondock Squad in the studio tonight. These young men are making some fresh sounds. Their music has a cause, and reminds me a bit of Rage Against the Machine, but even more relevant. Really! Check 'em out.

Do It: Rollins Band
Heathen Child: Grinderman

Interview with Boondock Squad

Kings: Boondock Squad

Interview with Boondock Squad

Smell the Sunshine: Boondock Squad

Shout outs from the Boondock Squad

When Monkeys Make Music: Boondock Squad
Make It N.Y.: Ghostface Killah
Brooklyn Funk Essentials: The Revolution Was Postponed Because of Rain

Sitting And Thinking: Lord Loves A Working Man
Two Fools: Francine King
Sixty-Minute Man: The Dominoes

The Best Is Yet To Come: Tony Bennett (01-06-06)
Lilin: Electric Masada (06-25-08)

Lovely Butterfly: The Melvins (03-09-04)
The Needle and the Damage Done: Neil Young (02-01-71)
Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More: Mudhoney (08-29-89)
Buck Wylin->Public Enemy No. 1->Don't Believe the Hype: Public Enemy (06-27-92)
Flip Flop and Fly: Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones

Everyday People: Sly and the Family Stone (09-01-69)
Tom Violence: Sonic Youth (08-17-90)
Fishin' Blues: Taj Mahal (05-16-73)
Small Change: Tom Waits (07-26-79)

The False Husband: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan (11-30-08)

Monday, August 08, 2011

A Season in Hell #49: Radio Valencia: Courtney Rocks RV!

Tonight I welcome guest DJ Courtney to the show. Like Jay from a few weeks ago, Courtney put some money down in an auction to raise some dough for AIDS WALK SF. I auctioned off a couple of guest DJ spots, and she got it. It turns out we have a lot of the same friends...from 20 years ago!!!

The first hour belongs to DJ Courtney. I take the blame for the rest. Hour two features a new track from Mark Growden and some live Eric McFadden.

Click here to listen to archived show.


Do It: Rollins Band

Guest DJ Courtney:
Criminal: Fiona Apple
Kundalini Express: Love and Rockets

Gucci Gucci: Kreayshawn
Super-Massive Blackhole: Muse

Friends of Mine: Duran Duran
Love Etc: Pet Shop Boys
Bring on the Dancing Horses: Echo and the Bunnymen

Goodbye Horses: Q Lazarus
Cry me a River: Cliks
Song to the Siren: This Mortal Coil

These Things Take Time: The Smiths

Hour two belongs to me.
Le Peuple En Suisse: Nina Simone

Old Lady from Brewster: Mark Growden and LaTosha Brown
Dum Maro Dum: Asha Bhosle w/R.D. Burman
Little Sadie: Mark Lanegan

Puppet to the Man: Kurt Vile
Had to Cry Today->So What: Eric McFadden Trio (06-26-11)

Concert Outlook

Nubian Sundance: Weather Report (05-04-75)
Obscured by Clouds->When You're In: Pink Floyd (03-14-73)

Monday, August 01, 2011

A Season in Hell #48: Radio Valencia: Noise and Education

I was walking a friend down Clarion Alley a few weeks ago, when I came across this guy playing “music” on a guitar, plugged into a cassette deck, and running through a small amp. I threw him a Radio Valencia sticker and told him to hit me up. His name is J. Lee and he’s in the studio with me tonight. Wow! I love this town. You can check out his stuff here:

The friend I was walking down the alley happens to be with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), who were in town two weeks ago for their annual education summit, which brings in about 1400 educators from around the nation. I’m a teacher, and I used to teach in a NAF academy. I believe strongly in the need for education reform. I walk the walk. During the conference I had the pleasure of sitting down with some NAF alumni as well as some current 12 graders to discuss how NAF has benefited them. I’ll be playing the interview tonight. If you’re interested in the future of education in America, I suggest you tune in.

Here's the link to the archived show.

Do It: Rollins Band
Black Betty: The Melvins

National Academy Foundation
--Music Bed: The Dreamers, by John Zorn

Lazy Bones: Wooden Shjips

J.Lee performing live on A Season in Hell

Interview with J. Lee

The Envelope: The Rabbles

Rocked by Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Over the Edge (12/31/89): Negativeland
Remixed George W. Bush at Ft. Bragg 06-28-05
Cyrano->Mr. Tambourine Man: William Shatner
Schoolkids vs. Disco Illuminati
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D
Star Spangled Banner: Kronos Quartet
Pepsi Jingle: T-Rex

Pirate Radio Killed the Video Star: Mongoloid

Champagne Tastes, Beer Pockets: Lord Loves A Working Man
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime: Dean Martin

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Season in Hell #47: Radio Valencia: Guest DJ Time

A few weeks ago I MC'd a fundraiser for Mici Monster, at the Dovre Club on Valencia. She was raising money for AIDS Walk SF. What a great night. We had lots of acts, and a silent auction. I thought it would be fun to auction off a couple of one-hour guest DJ slots on my show.

Tonight the first of two guest DJs. Jay B will be stepping in during the 8pm hour to play whatever the hell he wants as long as I don't crap all over it.

I'm sure it'll be good. Tune in.

The second hour I'll be playing the interviews I did during last Thursdays Walk Out To Rock Out, brought to you by Live Evil. Listen in to last weeks show for an interview with lead singer Live, of Live Evil, or check out his website for what you missed. What a blast!

To listen to this show in our archive, click here, or here to see all of my archived shows.

Hour one:

Do It: Rollins Band

Guest DJ: Jay Broemmel

Give me a Red Hot Mama and an Ice Cold Beer: Smiley Maxedon
Old Joe Clark: Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant
Gin & Juice: The Gourds

America's Favorite Pastime: Todd Snider (Tribute to the Doc Ellis No No)
Hula Girl: Sweet Hollywaiians
Crime Wave: Planet Seven
Tequila: Wes Montgomery

Hip Hug Her: Booker T. & the MG's
Cut the Cake: Average White Band
Sing a Simple Song: The Meters
Fight Against Drug Abuse: James Brown

Randy Savage: Mike Diva
I Want a Cookie: The Evolution Control Committee
C is for Cookie: Cookie Mongoloid
Ace of Spades: Motorhead

Black Betty: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Powderfinger (Neil Young Cover): The Beat Farmers
Walk Out to Rock Out Live
Fuck: Live Evil
Down Home Girl: Alvin Robinson

Toot An Toot An Toot: Curtis Mayfield
Roll Over Beethoven > Whole Lotta Shakin' > Johnny B. Goode: FILLMORE WEST FINAL NIGHT JAMS (07-04-71)

Variations on Honeysuckle Rose and Body and Soul: Charlie Parker (05-1940)
??: McCoy Tyner (11-17-93)
Love Minus Zero/No Limit: Bob Dylan (06-26-65)

Deep Elem Blues: Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir (03-02-83)

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Season in Hell #46: Radio Valencia: Walk Out to Rock Out!

Laurent Martini from Live Evil is on the air tonight talking about this Thursdays third annual "Walk Out to Rock Out". Also on the show tonight, Stoo Odom of Graves Brothers Deluxe.

Do It: The Rollins Band
Led Zeppelin: Beat Farmers
Devil Tattoo: Live Evil

Interview with Laurent Martini

Got What it Takes: Lord Loves a Working Man
Lost in My World: Dug Dug's
Freak Out Music: R. D. Burman
All Men Must be Brothers of Ludwig: Staff Carpenborg and the Electric Corona

You Make the Sun Fry: Ty Segall
Hotter Than Hell Promo: Kiss
She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie
The Pusher: Nina Simone
I Don't Want to be a Soldier, Mama: John Lennon

Splinters: Graves Brothers Deluxe
Cave Song: Chris Stroffolino

Interview with Stoo Odom

Suck Candy: Human Toys
Hey Pretty Girl: The Booty Chesterfield Trio

"Interview" with Poupee

Scary Girls: Human Toys

Interview with Stoo Odom

Gentle as it may Seem: Iron Butterfly (11-09-67)
Country Roads: Toots and the Maytals (10-01-75)

Back Door Man: Hooker and Heat (04-15-71)
California Man: The Dictators (08-17-91)

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Season in Hell #45: Radio Valencia: Space is the Place

In honor of the final Space Shuttle launch last week, I'm premiering the song by local musician Ron Rivas, called "Space Shuttle". It's got a early 70's Neil Young feel to it. I like it a lot. I hope you do too. I do a bit of a space theme. Enjoy the Raymond Scott piece. It's from a 1950 kids LP. And then of course there's The Kinks. Because, well, you know, it's The Kinks.

Lots of new music tonight as well. Some India Psychedelic, and new hip-hop from Ghostface Killah, and the Beastie Boys.

You can download the show here.


Do It: Rollins Band
In the Year 2525: Zager and Evans

Space Shuttle: Ron Rivas
By Rocket to the Moon: Raymond Scott
Supersonic Rocket Ship: The Kinks

Dem Back: Ghostface Killah
Too Many Rappers (not enough MC's): Beastie Boys
Earth People: Dr. Octagon

Dance Music from Hare Rama Hare Krishna: R.D. Burman
Su Derenin Sulari: Husnu Ozkartal Orkestrasi
Horas Tristas: Mueran Humanos

Concert Outlook

God of Thunder: Melvins
Pandoras: Run Down My Love Battery (06-10-89)
Honky Tonk Woman: Rolling Stones (10-17-73)

Raju: John McLaughlin (07-09-11)
Like A Hurricane: Neil Young (11-15-76)

Use Me: Bill Withers (BBC 1973)

Running Away -> Crazy Baldhead: Bob Marley (04-27-79)

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Season in Hell #44: Radio Valencia: In Chinese the Number 4 = Death

A couple of Sundays ago I had the extreme pleasure of attending Songwriters Unplugged over at Yoshi's SF. Songwriters Unplugged is a weekly show, that features a set from three local singer/songwriters. It's a great way for a great venue to support local talent. Radio Valencia then plays the recorded performance on the following Saturday, 4-6pm. Tune in, you'll be glad you did.

Tonight on A Season in Hell, guitarist Jason Cole of Utah Girl came by. I got to see him and his partner Amy MacClain at the Yoshi's show and was thoroughly impressed.

They have a six song EP CD out right now. They're completing their first full length, but need your help. Head on over to Kickstarter to donate to the production-cost-cause.

I play three Utah Girl songs tonight. Check out "Percents".

Here's the link to the archived show.

Enjoy the show.

Do It: Rollins Band
Back to Love: Utah Girl

Interview with Jason Cole of Utah Girl

Percents: Utah Girl

Interview with Jason Cole of Utah Girl

Every Little Thing: Utah Girl

I Heard it on the X: ZZ Top
Running with a Fork in my Mouth: The New Duncan Imperials
Josef of Nazareth Blues: Titus Andronicus
Chartreuse: Ken Nordine
Bottle Up & Go: The Monkeywrench

Don't Want No Foo Foo Haircut On My Head: Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper
Hope: Boris

Streets of Bakersfield: Buck Owens (01-15-89)
Life During Wartime: Talking Heads (08-23-80)

Careful with the Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd (04-29-70)

Dark Star: Acid Mother's Temple (03-14-08)
I Say A Little Prayer for You: Aretha Franklin (06-12-71)

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Season in Hell #43: Radio Valencia: YOUR Community Resource

I co-created Radio Valencia to support local people doing great things for the community. Tonight on the show I interviewed two people who are indeed doing something great, relevant, and desperately needed in our great city by the bay. Shawn O'Shey and Olivia Heart joined me tonight to talk about the Castro Country Club. The CCC is a clean & sober gathering place for all people and a home for the queer recovery community.

They endeavor to be a space where all can seek wisdom, serenity, courage and joy.

Since April 1983, the Castro Country Club has been a safe haven for LGBT people in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Now, the building that has been home to the Castro Country Club for nearly three decades is being sold.


Writing Man Productions and The Castro Country Club are co-producing the June, 2011 Laybelline show, Queens Are Made: They Are Not Born! At The Dark Room Theater on Thursday, June 23. The show is going to be a benefit for the CCC’s Keep the Steps in the Castro campaign.

This promises to be a drag show of EPIC PROPORTIONS!!!

Buy your tickets

To contact Shawn write to him at
Visit the CCC website here:

Now, on to my show.


Hour one:
Do It: Rollins Band
In Silver Rain With a Paper Key: Thurston Moore

Shawn O'Shea and Olivia Heart

Rose's Turn: Tyne Daly

Shawn O'Shea and Olivia Heart

Sun Medallion: Al Lover
Neon Kids: Cosmonauts
Theme From An Imaginary Western: D.C. 3

For Yasgur's Farm: Mountain
Bing Bong: Three Day Stubble
Zombie: Fela Kuti

Hour Two:
Rosalita: Bruce Springsteen (08-09-78)

Dupree's Diamond Blues: Grateful Dead (02-27-69)
Mountains of the Moon: Grateful Dead (02-27-69)
My Favorite Things: John Coltrane (07-01-61)

Spanish Key: Miles Davis (04-12-70)
Led Zeppelin: Beat Farmers (12-07-85)

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Season in Hell #42: Radio Valencia: ROCK FIGHT 6!!!

Once again it's the night that I show little Rotten Ronnie Donovan of Firehouse Kustom Posters who the real Rock Star is. Me!

Rock Fight 6 runs twice a year: December and June. For four hours Ron and I bombast each other with glorious live bootleg material, both of are avid collectors of. We're a bit obsessed.

I've destroyed Ron the last five times. The show starts at 6, and at the moment it's 5:55 and he's not even here yet. He's been late before; up to an hour, once. It's a sure bet that Ron won't be in his groove until the third hour. Unless of course, if he's drunk, which is what happened in Rock Fight 5. You can hear Rock Fight 5 by going here. Listen to the second half of the show the get an idea of what I mean.

Ok, he showed up at 6:04. Let's get it on!

The plan for tonight is for each of us to play a live cut, one after the other. We try to one-up the other. We're also going to do "Rock Blocks", which will consist of each co-host to do a 20 minute block of music of his choice. We do two blocks each.

To know who played what, note the JH (John Hell) or RD (Ron Donovan) at the end of each track. Also, not only are the tracks and artists listed, but the date of each performance. If you would like more info on the shows we played, please visit

Update: Ron did not get drunk tonight. I have to admit, he may have actually tied me tonight. I'm 5-0-1 after 6 Rock Fights.

You can see playlists of all Rock Fight's on this blog. Scroll back.

Visit my Radio Valencia archive page to download or stream this show. Go there now!

Or, you can download the first two hours here.
And the second two hours here.

Hour one:
Rock Fight: Cheech & Chong
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: ZZ Top (04-19-80) JH
Feeling Alright: Joe Cocker and the Grease Band (10-19-69) JH

Stuck in the Middle with You: Gerry Rafferty (02-12-93) RD
War Pigs: Black Sabbath (Ozzy and RJD mash-up) RD
Snowblind: Black Sabbath (06-19-78) JH

A little Bit of Sympathy: Robin Trower (08-06-73) JH
Driving Wheel: Foghat (07-18-80) RD
Stay with Me: The Faces (04-05-73) JH
Cat Scratch Fever: Ted Nugent (01-11-77)

Hour two: Rock Block #1 JH
Say it Loud: James Brown (08-26-68)
Dance to the Music: Sly and the Family Stone (10-09-70)
River Deep, Mountain High: Ike and Tina Turner (01-19-75)
Pusherman: Curtis Mayfield (06-06-72)

Rock block #2 RD
Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince (05-13-11)
Erotic City: Prince (06-07-84)
Little Red Corvette: Prince (05-05-11)
Interactive: Prince (05-04-94)

King of the Nighttime World: Kiss (09-03-76) JH
Running with the Devil: Van Halen (06-01-78) RD
Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak (09-25-80)

Hour three:
Sick Again: Led Zeppelin (06-23-77) RD
Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin (03-17-75) JH

Rock Block #3 RD
Voodoo Child: Jimi Hendrix (10-12-68)
Super Freak: Rick James (11-27-82)
Outta Space: Rolling Stones (Billy Preston solo) (06-09-76)
Jumping Jack Flash: Rolling Stones (06-09-76)
Voyager: Gamma (11-23-80)

Rock Block #4 JH
54-46 Was My Number: Toots and the Maytals (04-22-78)
Running Away->Crazy Baldheads: Bob Marley (04-27-79)
Vicious: Lou Reed (12-26-72)
Harold of the Rocks: Primus (11-21-90)

Shake It: Limbomaniacs (01-02-10) RD
Lizzy: The Melvins (05-16-11) JH

Ralphael Hollins of Hood$k8$ Board Company
Ralphael took the pics you see at the top.

Poppy: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (01-26-83) RD

40,000 Headmen: Traffic (02-01-72) JH

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Vote for Radio Valencia, Best Radio Station in Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2011

It's that time of year once again: the time to get out your #2 pencils and vote for your favorites in the 37th annual San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay.

It's the issue we all love. It's the issue we hold onto the longest. It's the one that we get angry at our six year old's for using as liner for their hamster cages.

This year I want you to do something very, VERY important. I want you to vote Radio Valencia as the Best Radio Station in the Bay Area. Truth be told, we are the best radio station in the bay area. Don't believe me? Have you even taken a listen to us yet? We are without a doubt, the BEST RADIO STATION IN THE BAY AREA!

I've been doing non-commercial (and a small amount of commercial) radio in the Bay Area since 1988. The best radio is radio that takes chances. Radio Valencia takes chances when it comes to content and programming. We have the best, most eclectic and relevant music programming, and the most interesting interviews.

You can also vote for your favorite DJ. I'll leave that one up to you. Though I'm tempted to ask you to vote for me (as I have endlessly sent Tweets out asking for you do so), I'm going to refrain here. Do listen to Radio Valencia, and do vote for us. As for your favorite DJ, go with what your conscience is telling you.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Radio Valencia Shows Available for Download

We've got a new home for all of the archived shows at Radio Valencia.

Go here to check out all of our fine DJs. And let me tell you, there are some amazing shows happening at RV!

Go here to check out all of my shows. Playlists are included.

You can also subscribe via RSS, and soon from iTunes as well.


Monday, June 06, 2011

A Season in Hell #41: Radio Valencia: Boris the Spider

Two new and incredible releases from Japanese stalwarts Boris! I'll play something from each release tonight. Also, lots of new music in the first hour.

Roustabout: Elvis Presley
Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran): Deer Tick

Bitch, I Love You (Baby Bollox Master Remix) : Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Sisséxa: Antena
What a Way to Die: Shop Assistants

Drug: White Denim
Jewel Thief: The Kills
Broken Yet Forgiven: Cloudsplitter
Skull Mask: Freaky Mountain

The Whip [Demo]: The Fuse!
Chinese Weed : FIDLAR
Move To California: Times New Viking

Aileron: Boris
Les Paul Custom '86: Boris

Hour two:
Missing Pieces: Boris

Tekufah: Electric Masada (06-29-07)
Firebird Suite->Siberian Khatru: Yes (08-25-02)

I Saw a Dragon Fly: Heartless Bastards (05-04-10)
Feeling Alright: Joe Cocker (04-26-70)

Pasties and a G-String: Tom Waits (1976)

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Season in Hell #40: Radio Valencia: Surfs Up!

Summer is almost here, so it's time to get wet. I'm thinking surf/luau music to start off the night. Get your tiki fired up, and wax that board.

Also a fond farewell to Gil Scott-Heron, with a live cut from 78. A great live hour, with some gems from the Grateful Dead, a deep album cut from the Stones, and ended it with a very rare live gem from Pink Floyd from 1970.

Listen to the show by going here.


Hour One:
Paradise Hawaiian Style: Elvis Presley
Riders In The Sky: Dick Dale
Surf War: The Centurians
Exotica: Dave Myers & The Surftones
Surf and Destroy: The Immortals

My Black Bag: The Mermen
Hydrogen Highway: Voodoo Court
Bone Cruncher: The Eliminators "Woodies On The Wharf"

Concert Outlook
Hava Nagila: Chachi, Boba Fett, and the Wookiee
Miserlou: Slacktone
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky: The Cadillac Angels

Crawdad Song: Harry Belefonte
Stop Draggin; Me Down: Mono Men
Bullet->I'm Mad: Reverend Horton Heat

Bonzai Pipeline: The Boardwalkers
Welfare City: Eugene McDaniels

Hour Two:
We Almost Lost Detroit: Gil Scott-Heron (01-16-78 RIP)
I Need A Miracle->Shakedown Street: Grateful Dead (01-15-79)

Stray Cat Blues: Rolling Stones (03-13-71) - Request***
Armageddon Time: The Clash (08-17-82)
USA: The Pogues (06-15-89)

Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Pink Floyd (04-29-70)

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Season in Hell #39: Radio Valencia: Bob Dylan Blues

Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan. Tonight I play an hour+ of Live and alternative tracks from Bob Dylan. Also a few fine folks covering the master. I end the show with four live tracks from The Melvins, last week at Great American Music Hall.

Here's the link to this great show.


San Francisco Bay: Bob Dylan
Death Of Emmett Till: Bob Dylan (03-11-62 Cynthia Gooding Radio Show)

Talkin' New York->Bob Talks: Bob Dylan (03-28-63 Bob Fass Radio Show)
Gates of Eden: Bob Dylan (05-07-65)
It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding: Bob Dylan (05-07-65)

Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues: Bob Dylan (07-05-65)
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry->Crowd->Baby Blue: Bob Dylan (07-25-65)

Don't Ya Tell Henry: Bob Dylan (Complete Basement Tapes)
You Ain't Goin Nowhere: Bob Dylan (Complete Basement Tapes)
I Shall Be Released: Bob Dylan (Complete Basement Tapes)

Idiot Wind: Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks - New York Recording 1974)
I'm Not There: Sonic Youth
Tombstone Blues: Richie Havens

Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power): Willie Nelson & Calexico
Pressing On: John Doe

Lizzy: Melvins (05-16-11)
Revolve: Melvins (05-17-11)
It Shoved: Melvins (05-17-11)
Anaconda: Melvins (05-17-11)

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Season in Hell #38: Radio Valencia: I'm Your Man

The Melvins are in town, and I'm going to the Tuesday show, where they'll be playing all of Stoner Witch and Bullhead. I'll be in heaven even though my name is Hell. I planned a mini-Melvins set tonight. Check it out. Also, the new Beastie Boys is out. I threw that on for good measure.

Here's a link to the show.

Update: I went to the Tuesday night Melvins show at the Great American Music Hall. They opened with Bullhead. Boris was beyond glorious. After a 20+ minute break they returned with a blistering performance of Stoner Witch. If you BitTorrent then I encourage you to DL the Bullhead performance. This is an amazing audience recording, that could be a soundboard.


Roustabout: Elvis Presley

Rocket Reducer #62: The Melvins
Revolve: The Melvins

Boris: The Melvins
Hama: Boris

Too Many Rappers: Beastie Boys
Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammad

Time Axe Bag Dad: Clubfoot Orchestra

Hour Two: All live Bootlegs
Wooden Ships: Jefferson Airplane (05-07-70)
Sweat Loaf: Butthole Surfers (04-30-86)
Mississippi Goddamn: Nina Simone (live)
Don't Believe the Hype: Public Enemy (06-27-92)

Rainy Night in Soho: the Pogues (06-15-89)
Guns of Brixton: The Clash (08-17-82)

Running Away->Crazy Baldhead: Bob Marley (04-27-79)

Orange Blossom Special: Johnny Cash (10-02-76)
It was a Bad Scene: Link Wray (09-74-KSAN)
Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy (09-25-80)

Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks (11-11-72)

Monday, May 09, 2011

A Season in Hell #37: Radio Valencia: Yo Snarky!

CTP is my guest.

Roustabout: Elvis Presley

White Punks on Dope: The Melvins

That's Life: Frank Sinatra
You Can't Get Away From Me: Reverend Horton Heat
Goodnight Irene: Gene Autry
Semi-Crazy: Junior Brown

Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo
Reptile: Mono Men
Hell City, Hell: The Supersuckers
Daddy Frank, the Guitar Man: Merle Haggard

No End in Sight: Mudhoney
Motor City is Burning: MC5
Work Song: Nina Simone
Rose And The Thorn: 13th Floor Elevators
I've Got You Babe: The Dictators

Interview with CTP

For Goodness Sakes, Just Look at Those Cakes: James Brown

Interview with CTP

Darkest Light: Lafyette Afro-Rock Band

Interview with CTP

Show 'em Whatcha Got: Public Enemy
By The Time I Get To Arizona (Whipped Cream Mix): The Evolution Control Committee

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

KFJC: Doin' It To Death, the Annual 24 Hour James Brown Birthday Special

As many of you are aware, I spent nine glorious years on the air at KFJC; 88-97, as The Reverend Dah Wave. I started there fresh out of high school, at the age of 18, with rough idea of what "eclectic" meant. Actually, at that time, KFJC was known as an "alternative" station. Then Nirvana had to go and get famous, and "alternative" ended up meaning "crap". By the time I left in 1997, I was very well schooled in the finer points of quality music. I also learned that there was no way in hell I would ever work for a commercial radio station. Radio is an art form, and one to be taken seriously, even when you're having a goofy time playing Frank Sinatra back to back with Megadeth.

After James Brown died on Christmas, 2006, Spliff Skankin' of KFJC's Jah's Music organized the first James Brown celebration. I jumped at the chance. Now the special happens around his birthday (May 1st). The month of May in KFJC-land is known as Mayhem. It's a month full of specials. I once hosted a 15 1/2 hour Miles Davis special. I also co-hosted, along with Kevin Odante, and the late-great Spiderman a Curtis Mayfield, Jerry "the Iceman" Butler, and the Impressions special.

All Mayhem long there are some great specials, including a Captain Beefheart special coming up.

Good times.

Today is the fifth annual Doin' It To Death 24 Hour James Brown Birthday Extravaganza!

I was on 10am-2pm.

You can go here to listen to the entire show. Look for "Doin' it to Death". It's broken up into one hour segments.

Or, you can go here to listen to my four hours.
Hour one
Hour two
Hour three
Hour four

And below is the playlist from my set.

I played this gem from the TAMI show.

John Hell is Doin' It To DEATH 10-2pm
Brown, James Cold Sweat Live in Dallas 08-26-68
Brown, James Since You've Been Gone Funk Power
Brown, James Think Make it Funky
Slaughter's Big R (soundtrack) Sexy, Sexy, Sexy Slaughter's Bi...(James Brown)
Brown, James Summertime Mutha's Nature
Brown, James Don't Be a Drop Out Ain't that a Groove
Maceo & All the Kings Men Funky Women Doing Their Own Thing
Collins, Bootsy Shine-O-Myte One Giveth, the
Wesley, Fred & The New J.B.'s Breakin' Bread Breakin' Bread
Jungle Brothers Straight Out the Junglle Straight Out the Jungle
Ice-T Power (LANGUAGE) Power
Queen Latifah Nature of a Sista
Kool Moe Dee I Go to Work Knowledge Is King
Schoolly D Am I Black Enough For You?
Beastie Boys Hey Ladies Paul's Boutique
Brown, James That's Life Live at the Apollo, VOL.2 PT.1
Brown, James Papa Don't Take No Mess Make it Funky
Brown, James Get Up->Soul Power->Get Up Live in Paris 03/18/71
Brown, James Licking Sitck, Licking Stick Live in Dallas 08-26-68
Brown, James Funky President (People It's Dead on the Heavy Funk 74-76
Brown, James Mother Popcorn (Part 1) It's a Mother
Brown, James Mother Popcorn (Part 2) It's a Mother
Brown, James Come Rain or Come Shine Plays James Brown
Brown, James It's a Man's Man's Man's Wor Live..At the Apollo Vol 2 Pt 2
Brown, James Escapism Make it Funky
Brown, James The Payback Payback, The
Brown, James You Mother You Sho Is Funky Down Here
Lusson, Robert Free James Brown
Dupree, Nancy James Brown Ghetto Reality
Brown, James For Once In My Life JamesBrownJazz
Brown, James Out of Sight TAMI Special
Brown, James You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be St Singles 1972-1973, The
Brown, James Intro->Living in America Live SF Hilton Ballroom 10/12/92
Brown, James The Spank Jam 1980's
Brown, James Blind Man Can See It (extended) Blind Man Can See It
Brown, James I Feel Good Sex Machine Today

Monday, May 02, 2011

A Season in Hell #36: Radio Valencia: It's Getting Dark Room in Here or Riot for AMERICA!!!

If you’re like me, and I know you are, then you love a fine night of stage performance in an intimate setting. Luckily for you San Francisco offers many fine places to indulge in this fetish. You naughty radio listener, you. Anyway, the Mission District has without a doubt, the BEST place to see a stage play, or a bad movie: The Dark Room Theater. Located at 2263 Mission St., between 18th and 19th streets. The Dark Room has been around since 2005, hosting adapted stage performances of classic films such as: The Shining, Caddyshack, Life of Brian, Star Wars, the Ten Commandments (I was the voice of God), many Twilight Zone episodes, original plays like Emperor Norton and Zippy the Pinhead, as well as Sunday nights Bad Movie Night, which features a movie and commentary from three “talented” hosts with mics, but also encourages audience participation. Think MST3K, but way better. They host many sketch comedy groups, as well as stand up comedy too. I love this place. We are so lucky to have The Dark Room in SF.

From their website:

The Dark Room is your one-stop shop for comedy, theater, events, entertainment, rehearsal space and recording studio facilities (both pre- and post-production).

The proprietor of The Dark Room, Jim Fourniadis, will be on my show Monday night, 8-10pm, talking about The Dark Room Theater, as well as his days in the east coast punk band Rats of Unusual Size, where he was the front man and lead guitarist. We’ll play lots of music and talk about lots of great SF underground entertainment history, as well as too many in-jokes you won’t understand. We hope you laugh anyway.

Enjoy it here.

Hour one:

Roustabout: Elvis Presley
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon: Urge Overkill
I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy Pop

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Rock and Roll Nursing Home: Iron Prostate
Ford's Theater Wipeout: Cab City Combo
SOS: Rats of Unusual Size
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater
Jim sings: Elvis was a Caveman

Hour Two:
Radar Love: Rats of Unusual Size
Blah, Blah, Blah: Lenny Bruce
T for Texas: Toshio Horano

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Coffee Man: Rats of Unusual Size
More Than a Man: Steffanos X

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

In Heaven There Is No Beer: Polkacide
Twitch: Rats of Unusual Size
Razzles: Rats of Unusual Size

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

Argh: Rats of Unusual Size

Interview with Jim Fourniadis of the Dark Room Theater

I Ain't Nothing: CC Ramone and Jim Fourniadis

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Season in Hell #35: Radio Valencia: There's an Evolution Going On!!!

Trademark G and Miss Frilly Pants of Evolution Control Committee, as well as Radio Valencia's "The Sound of Plaid", were my very special guests on tonight's show. We took the full two hours to track their history of mash-ups, as well as feature tracks from their latest release "All Rights Reserved". If you haven't heard the ECC, you're really missing out. Tune in to the podcast (I'll post it when it's available) to hear the mash-up greatness.

On tonight's show the question is answered: what's the difference between a remix and a mash-up? Tune in.

Here's the podcast of this historic show.

Roustabout: Elvis Presley
Two Fools: Francine King
Roboto in the Stream: Enrique

Interview with ECC

Listener License Agreement: ECC
What Would You Say If I Sang Autotune: ECC

Interview with ECC

PWN Monkey: ECC
Stairway to Britney: ECC

Interview with ECC

I Want a Cookie: ECC
The Symbol: Unknown
Jesus Carp: Chromelodeon (Live on KXLU)

Interview with ECC

2000 Flushes: Wayne Butane
Don't Let The Devil Blow Your Mind: ECC

Interview with ECC

Now Ahh Lissen
Convoy Box: DJ Pantshead & The ECC
I Ain't Gonna Pee Pee My Bed Tonight: The Kelly Family

Interview with ECC

Fock It: ECC

Interview with ECC

Hillbilly Beatboxing: ECC

Interview with ECC

By The Time I Get To Arizona (Whipped Cream Mix): ECC
Nasty Part 2: DJ Pantshead

Interview with ECC

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Season in Hell #34: Radio Valencia: Shakin' All Over

We had a 3.2 earthquake in the Bay Area today. I heard it coming before I felt it. Crazy. I was on the 32nd floor of Embarcadero 1 when the 1989 earthquake hit. We were waving to the Bank of America building, and it was waving back. I worked at KRQR (The Rocker) then. It became Alice 97.3FM. Both station pretty much sucked. My quake story is a humorous on though. Perhaps I'll share it sometime. Not tonight though.

Tonight we ROCK!

Roustabout: Elvis Presley
The Cactus: 3rd Bass
Peace One: John McLaughlin

Concert Outlook

Eight Miles High: Husker Du
Solitude Is Bliss: Tame Impala
Come on Over, Turn Me On: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Dear Fly, Love Spider: The Low Lows

Hot Summer Day: It's a Beautiful Day
The Runaway: Danny O'Keefe
Time Has Told Me: Nick Drake

Hour Two:
Tommy Gun: The Clash
Why Can't This Be Love: Gigolo Aunts

The House on the Hill: The Mummies
I Want Candy: Thee Headcoatees
White Punks on Dope: The Tubes
The Terror of Tiny Town: Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine

Fight the Power: Public Enemy
Cadillac: Bo Diddley
Cosmik Debris: Frank Zappa
Why (The King of Love is Dead): Nina Simone

Mountains of the Moon: Grateful Dead (12-20-68)
Long May You Run: CSNY (Live 1974)