Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Season in Hell #116: ROCK FIGHT 9!!!


I am so going to kick Ron Donovan's ass tonight! I can almost taste it. Er...the win, not his dirty, Hobbit ass. ew

For five years Ron and I have gone mano-a-mano in a battle royal of bootleg mayhem. We have so many live shows between us, that the only way we have a chance to listen to them is when we do this show.

Ron has generally sucked at this show. He always brings in lame 70s classic rock, or poor audience recordings, which he proceeds to do air guitar jerk-off leads to. Poor guy.

I, on the other hand, have stellar soundboards, of kick ass ROCK!, which will blow your earholes our, and pop your corneas off. Good stuff.

We have some bands come in, and always welcome listener interaction.

Local band, Illogistical Resource Dept. came by to share some of their amazing music. The interview was tip top notch. Check out their music and then go buy it.

Live Evil stopped by to talk about their Tuesday night show at the Knockout in SF. These guys are almost dirtier than I am.

Following all of this, Ron and I paid tribute to the 50th anniversaries of both the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. 

You know you want to stream this show.
Part one. Part two.

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Part one. Part two.

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Want to hear previous Rock Fights?
Rock Fight 8
Rock Fight 7
Rock Fight 6
Rock Fight 5



Trade Off Set One:

Guitar: Prince (O2 Arena) RD
Remedy: Black Crowes w/Jimmy Page (10-18-99 - The Greek Theater, LA, CA) JH
Take Me: Kiss (07-27-2001 - Sau Paulo, Brazil) RD
The Trooper: Iron Maiden (05-26-1983 - Hammersmith Odeon - London) JH

Rock Block One: Ron Donovan

Renegade: Damn Yankees (01-20-1993 - Tokyo Japan) RD
Just What the Doctor Ordered: Ted Nugent (2010 - Sioux Falls, SD) RD
Southern Girls: Cheap Trick (Alt In Color recording with Producer Steve Albini) RD

Purple Haze: Jimi Hendrix (Olympic Studios - 1967) RD

Rock Block One: John Hell

Closet Queen: James Gang (07-15-1971 - Holland) JH
Shaking All Over: The Who (04-06-1968 - Fillmore East) JH
Hey Hey My My (Into the Black): Neil Young (02-06-1984 - Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA) JH

Ramble On: Led Zeppelin (12-10-2010 - O2 Arena, London) Both

Trade Off Set Two:

Stone Cold Bush: Red Hot Chili Peppers (04-28-1989 - Sundance Club, Bayshore, NY) JH
Running with the Devil: Van Halen (Gene Simmons Demo Tape) RD
Pink: Boris (12-05-2012 - Islington Mill, Salford, UK) JH
Been Away Too Long: Soundgarden (11-28-2012 - Phoenix Theater - Toronto, CN) RD

Rock Block Two: John Hell

Bad Reputation: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (08-08-1981 - Firemen's Memorial Park, Hempsted NJ) JH
Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill (09-21-1992 - Exit 99, Fargo, ND) JH
Done Got Old: Heartless Bastards (07-27-2012 - Wooly's, Des Moines, IA) JH
My Generation: Patti Smith w/Bruce Springsteen (11-26-1976 - The Bottom Line, NY, NY) JH

Rock Block Two: Ron Donovan

Long Live R&R: Dio (11-28-1984 - Tokyo, Japan) RD
Big Time: Peter Gabriel (10-08-2012 - Hollywood Bowl) RD

Interview with Illogistical Resources Dept.

The Midshipmen: Illogistical Resources Dept. (Buy it here)
Augmented Banality: Illogistical Resources Dept. (Buy it here)

Interview with Illogistical Resources Dept.
When Frogs Attack: Illogistical Resources Dept. (Buy it here)
Speak: Illogistical Resources Dept. (Buy it here)

War Pigs: Black Sabbath (04-26-1970 - BBC - Peel Session) guest DJ - Noa "Oz" Appleton

TV Set: The Cramps (05-20-1982 - Astor Park, Seattle, Washington, USA) JH
Call Of The Wig Hat: The Cramps (05-20-1982 - Astor Park, Seattle, Washington, USA) JH

Interview with Live of Live Evil

This Great Land: Live Evil (Buy it here)

Interview with Live of Live Evil
Fuck: Live Evil (Buy it here)

Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tribute

Memphis, Tennessee: Rolling Stones (09-23-63 - BBC) - JH
Not Fade Away: Rolling Stones (04-13-1964 - BBC) - JH

Fade to Black: Rolling Stones (12-15-2012 - New Jersey) RD
Gimme Shelter: Rolling Stones (11-09-69 - Oakland, CA) JH
In Another Land: Rolling Stones (Satanic Majesties Outtakes) RD

Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad: Derek and the Dominos (11-20-1970 - Santa Monica) JH
Got To Get Better In A Little While: Eric Clapton (2009 - Tokyo, Japan) RD

Big River: The Beat Farmers (12-07-1985 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz) JH

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Season in Hell #115: Best of 2012

Well, here we go again. Can you believe it's already been a year?!?!

There was so much great music this past year. I have to admit, I really love this particular show. Every year I get to showcase what I believe to be the best music of the year, and this year there are some choice cuts to choose from.

If you listen to my show regularly, then you know that I jump around from genre to genre. Tonight my show features a lot of pop, some metal, some psych. There's no jazz or hip-hop in my list for tonight. That doesn't mean there weren't some fabulous tracks out there, just that none of them really struck my fancy enough to feature them in my Best of 2012. Don't be a hater. There will be plenty of hip hop and jazz in upcoming shows.

In the meantime, enjoy the show, and spread it around, and for God's sake, go buy some of this great music, and support live, local music every chance you get!

You can download this Best of, and take it with you everywhere you go.
You can stream this awe-inspiring showcase, and play it for your friends at work.
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As always, enjoy.


The War on Wisdom: The Melvins
Stay Away From Downtown: Redd Kross

Ron Donovan drops by to talk about Rock Fight 9, next week, 6-10PM

I See the Void: Sonny and the Sunsets
Blue Suede Shoes: Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Bite My Tongue: King Kahn and the Shrines

Satisfied: Tom Waits
Apocalypse Dreams: Tame Impala
Handglams: Ty Segal

Only Son of the Ladies Man: Father John Misty
Dear Believer: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Ruin: Cat Power

In A Jar: Dinosaur Jr (Electronic Version)
Museum of Flight: Damien Jurado
They Say I’m Doing Just Fine: Michael Kiwanuka

Roman Tick: Fergus & Geronimo
Anthem: King Tuff
Last Desire: Coves

Prayer of Forgetfulness: Hush Arbors
Make It Known: Foxygen
The Righteous One: The Orwells

Luna: Boris
1922 Blues: Charlie Parr

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A Season In Hell #114: Too Much Information

Every so often I'm blessed with a good interview. Tonight, I had three. There's something about having a musician, an actor and a journalist/filmmaker in the studio that makes me so proud to be in radio. Bringing you local talent is one of the top priorities of quality community media. I think my show on Radio Valencia, tonight, is a great example of this.

In the first hour, local actor/comedian Dan Foley came by to talk about his show, A Charlie Brown Christmas, at the Dark Room Theater. It's a great show, running every Friday and Saturday night through December 15th. Go check it out.

Local musician, Mark Herringer stopped by to play a couple of tunes on the guitar and promote his upcoming gigs at the Bottom's Up, in the Excelsior District of SF. That's the neighborhood everybody forgets exists in this town.

In the second hour, I'm excited that journalist and regular KPFA contributor, Kevin Pina stopped by. He's an expert on the politics of Haiti, having made three documentaries about the turmoil here, going back to the 1990s. He's promoting a new film, "Occupy the Bay", premiering in SF on December 6th.

Kevin and I talk about the new film, the Occupy movement, and why he isn't allowed back in Haiti.

Lot's to enjoy, along with some fine tunes.

Stream this consciousness, here.
Download this priceless gem, here.
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Next Monday is my Best of 2012 show. There's so much good music to share.

Monday, December 17th, 6-10pm, join me and Ron Donovan for Rock Fight 9!!! All bootlegs, all beat down.



Do It: Rollins Band
Rave Down: Swervedriver
Never See It Coming: OP8

Interview with Dan Foley of Merry Christmas Charlie Brown

Hallelujah: Jeff Buckley

Interview With Mark Heringer

Step Right Up: Tom Waits

Interview with Kevin Pina

We Want Justice for Christmas: Super Natural
Bomb Mendocino: Robert Temple and his Soulfolk Ensemble

Interview With Kevin Pina

Haiti Freedom Song: Redd Welsh

Cadillac: Con Brio
The Dub: Toychestra with Fred Frith