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)