Monday, January 30, 2012

A Season in Hell #74: Radio Valencia: ADD Got Ya Down?

"Nobody ever says "that's enough songs, don't play me anymore". There's always room for more songs". -Tom Waits.

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It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Talking at the Same Time: Tom Waits
Whole Lotta Love: Michael Kiwanuka

Spoon: Boris
Out of Whack: Woollen Kits
Bite My Tongue: King Khan and the Shrines
Pigs: Black Dice

Don't Take Ecstacy: Mindless Drug Hoover
Titus Andronicus: Titus Andronicus
God's Hotel: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Shit Luck: Modest Mouse

Museum of Flight: Damien Jurado
Great Waves: Dirty Three With Cat Power
1922 Blues: Charlie Parr

Bobby, King of Boys Town: Cass McCombs
Release Is in the Eye: Bill Fay
Amazing Journey->Sparks: The Who

Love Interruption: Jack White
Mandrake Root: Deep Purple (08-24-69)
Thank You: Sly and the Family Stone (10-09-70)

Squib Cakes: Tower of Power (05-14-74)

Buck Whylin': Terminator X

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Season in Hell #73: Radio Valencia: Stormy Monday

The rain has finally arrived in the Bay Area, and with it the loss of the 49ers. Dang. I could go on and on about the 2nd year Williams, and his two errors, but he has enough to deal with without me harassing him. Poor kid. The Niners got farther than any of us fans expected they would this year, so for that I salute you.

It still sucks though.

And therefore I bring you tonight's show: Stormy Monday.

I was raised by a father well versed in the genre of Blues. It was often playing in the garage when my dad was working on his old cars. We even had a jukebox, packed with 45s, many of which featured old blues. I've MCd the Northern California Blues Festival a few times, and have quite a large collection of great blues musicians, past and present.

Tune in Monday's, 8-10PM (PST) for A Season in Hell, with John Hell

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Stormy Weather: Etta James
Got My Mojo Working: Ann Cole
Flip, Flop and Fly: Big Joe Turner

"B" Movie Boxcar Blues: Delbert McClinton
Bottle Up & Go: Hooker and Heat
Shake Your Moneymaker: Elmore James
I Got My Eye You: Buddy Guy

Come On In My Kitchen: Eugene Huggins
Messin' With The Kid: Junior Wells
Bulldoze Blues: Henry Thomas
Suzie Q: Dale Hawkins
Tollin' Bells: Lowell Folsom

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers Band (02/1970 - Fillmore East)
How Blue Can You Get: B.B. King

Ball and Chain: Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band (04-01-69)
Trouble No More: Muddy Waters

Two Trains Running: Butterfield Blues Band
Got to get Better in a Little While: Derek and the Dominos
Hear My Train A Comin': Jimi Hendrix

I Ain't Superstitious: Howlin' Wolf
I'm A King Bee: Slim Harpo
Shotgun Blues: Blues Brothers (12-31-78)

Bringin' it all Back Home: Sonny Boy Williamson
I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Tony Bennett (50th anniversary of this fine release)
Cold, Rain and Snow: Dillard Chandler

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Season in Hell #72: Radio Valencia: Where Have You Gone, Dr. King?

Shareef Ali is in the studio in the first hour. He's promoting a show this Wednesday at Bottom of the Hill.

Following this fine interview I'm focusing on a tribute to the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It's all about the preparation. I often times pull too much music, which is good. I'd rather do that than not pull enough. I don't time my show down to the second, but I always have a good sense of what should follow what. Radio is a craft; an art form. They say it takes twenty years to become a master. I've been doing radio since 1988; DJing since 1986. I don't feel I'm a master in any way, but I really do love practicing my art every week. I'm blessed.

Tonight I went deep to pay tribute to Dr. King. I think you'll enjoy the show.

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Interview with Shareef Ali

Witness: Shareef Ali

Interview with Shareef Ali

River Beggar Summer Killer: Shareef Ali

Interview with Shareef Ali

Come Closer: Shareef Ali
Why: Nina Simone
Abraham, Martin And John: Dion and The Belmonts

By The Time I Get To Arizona: Public Enemy
People Get Ready: The Impressions
Move On Up: Curtis Mayfield
Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud), Pt. 1: James Brown

Martin Luther King Speech from The Boondocks
Tears in the Rain: Jehst
Wishing: Ed OG and Masta Ace
I Have a Dream: Common

War feat. Freeway, Jay-Z, and Beanie Seagle: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
The Message: Bob James vs Grandmaster Flash vs Royksopp
Happy Birthday: Stevie Wonder
Only A Pawn In Their Game: Bob Dylan
If I'm in Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up: Betty Davis

What's Going On/Mercy Mercy Me: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Ti Ti: East New York Ensemble de Music

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime: Dean Martin

Monday, January 09, 2012

A Season in Hell #71: Radio Valencia: Birthday Theme

The first hour tonight was a lot of fun. Check out the Marvin Pontiac and Michael Kiwanuka tracks. There is so much good music out there.

If you like drum solos then you're going to LOVE Deep Purple's live version of Paint it Black. If you don't then I promise that you will absolutely HATE it. 'nuff said.

I did a bit of a birthday set for John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, David Bowie, Syd Barrett and others.

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It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
She's Not There: Neko Case and Nick Cave

Bring Me Rocks: Marvin Pontiac
They Say I’m Doing Just Fine: Michael Kiwanuka

Love Me Tender: James Brown
Come Rain Or Come Shine: James Brown
These Arms of Mine: Drive By Truckers

Ca Plane Pour Moi (Plastic Bertrand cover): Sonic Youth
Clowns and Jugglers: Syd Barrett
She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie
Shapes of Things: Jeff Beck
Hyacinth House: The Doors

Masters of War: Mark Arm
Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel: Elvis (Vegas 1969)

Trampled Underfoot: Led Zeppelin (03-19-75 Vancouver, BC)
Paint it Black: Deep Purple (08-24-69 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland )

Heroin: Velvet Underground (01-03-66 The Factory, NY, NY)
So What: Miles Davis (10-03-64 Stockholm, Sweden)

Mack the Knife/Alabama Song: The Doors (09-20-68 Sweden)
She Caught the Katy: Taj Mahal (05-23-71, Fillmore East, NY, NY)

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, January 02, 2012

A Season in Hell #70: Radio Valencia: New Year Resolutions

First show of the new year, and I figure with the end only twelve short months away I've got nothing to lose, so I'm going for broke. Each week I'll playing exactly what I want to hear. Hopefully it's what you want to hear too.

This week some great music from 2011, some odds and ends, and great live stuff from Zappa, Primus, Zeppelin as well as a loving dedication to my fiancee at the top of the second hour.

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Hour one:
It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Griot: Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band

New Years Eve: Tom Waits
I Wanna Be Sedated: Allo, Darlin'
Sprawl II: Arcade Fire

The Plague: Gardenella Dingledart
20 Miles: Con Brio
Rockefeller Druglaw Blues: The Felice Brothers

Window Shopping: Boris
Too Many Rappers: Beastie Boys
Truth: Alexander

Hour two:
The Way Young Lovers Do: Jeff Buckley
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (04-27-77)

Leave It (A Capella Version): Yes
My Brother Esau: Grateful Dead
Born on the Bayou: Creedence Clearwater Revival (07-04-71 - Closing of the Fillmore West)

Tommy the Cat->Tom Sawyer->Master of Puppets->Tommy the Cat: Primus (02-17-90 Full Moon Saloon, SF, CA)
King Kong: Frank Zappa (11-03-84 Stonybrook, NY)

Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin