Monday, December 23, 2013

Lauson's Film Premier

Our 9 year old daughter Lauson is serious artist. Whether it's painting, illustrating, coding (yes, she's really getting into coding now), puzzles, or her absolute favorite: stop-motion-photography, Lauson really gives it her all. Ever since I allowed her to DL a stop motion app on my phone she's been going to town making some pretty awesome films.

Recently we bought her a 3D Eiffel Tower puzzle. She put it together in about an hour, and then came the idea featured in the video.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rock Fight 11

Well we've gone and done it again. Last night Ron Donovan and I hosted ROCK FIGHT 11! At this early hour I'm a bit tired; having hosted a six hour show, interviewed three amazing people, played some of the rip-roaringest rock and roll, put up with Ron, and standing on my feet from about 6:30AM-12midnight.

My neck hurts.

In our previous 10! incarnations of Rock Fight, the format was all about not repeating an artist throughout the night. Though this proved to be a challenge, Ron and I were always up for the challenge. You see, rock poster artist Ron Donovan, and yours truly, John Hell, have what quite possibly will prove to be the LARGEST LIVE BOOTLEG COLLECTION IN THE WEST! Really, I stake my 25+ year radio reputation against that claim. We're junkies for the live rock 'n roll, and we want to share our problem with you.

For Rock Fight 11 we changed up the format a bit. Instead of it being a plethora of fabulous finger picking and hellacious head banging from many, MANY bands, we would do 30 minute blocks of a featured band. The set list below includes the song/artist/date/location and who selected the tune (JH=John Hell, RD=Ron Donovan).

We had some special guests in the studio, as always. I want to thank Bassy Stacy and Amy Ace of the all-female KISS cover band, KISSER for stopping by. I've been a fan of Stacy since she was in the Kinks cover band, The Minks. KISSER is amazing! This is the band we've all been waiting for. Listen to the interview and you can hear for yourself how enthusiastic they are about "their" music and the gigs. You have got to see them live. In the meantime check out their YouTube channel.

Even Steffan Chirazi of "So What" the official Metallica fanzine did a set. And what a set it was! He came by to talk about the recent Metallica show in ANTARCTICA! What the what?! Awesome! Steffan is a talented and experienced journalist, so interviewing him is always a blast. You have got to hear his story about Axel Rose. You may remember Steffan from the show he and I co-hosted back in May, following the passing of Margaret Thatcher. Take a listen.

Last night he brought some tasty tracks from the Antarctica set, as well as a few other juicy tidbits.

The banter was brilliant at times, and other times I was losing track of Ron's technical DJ errors. HA! That, and he talking away from the mic, and I wanted to hit him over the head with the turntable more than once. How I love that hobbit-wizard of the ink pulling world.

We'll do it again in June. Until then...

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Rock Fight 10
Rock Fight 9
Rock Fight 8
Rock Fight 7
Rock Fight 6
Rock Fight 5
Rock Fight 4 - Playlist only
Rock Fight 3 - Playlist only
Rock Fight 2 - Playlist only
Rock Fight 1 - Playlist only

I'm taking a few weeks off for the holidays and heading to South Island, New Zealand! I can't wait. I'll see you all in January. Have a great holiday season, and get well rested and prepare for a kick ass 2014, with more of A Season in Hell, with John Hell on the greatest radio station west of East Rutherford, NJ, Radio Valencia!

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Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong
Whipping Post: Allman Brothers (07/03/1970 Atlanta Pop Festival)-JH
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed: Allman Brothers (2/11/1970 Fillmore East, NYC)-JH

Remedy: The Black Crowes (10/28/1998 Paris)-RD

Wiser Time: The Black Crowes (10/28/1998 Paris)-R
Hard to Handle: The Black Crowes (05/26/1995 Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA)-RD

Sin City: AC/DC (10/1979 Australia)-RD

Cold Shot: Stevie Ray Vaughn (12/31/86 Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA)-JH

Texas Flood: Stevie Ray Vaughn (06/17/1985 Red Rocks Amp., Morrison, CO)-JH
Superstition: Stevie Ray Vaughn (04/29/1990 Jazz & Hertiage Festival, New Orleans, LA)-JH

I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town: Stevie Ray Vaughn & Albert King (12/06/1983 CHCH Studios, Ontario, CN)-JH
Thank You/Jesus Just Left Chicago/Waiting for the Bus: ZZ Top (04/15/1980 Clarkston, MS-RD

I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide: ZZ Top (04/19/1980 Essen, GR)-RD
Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers: ZZ Top (04/15/1980 Clarkston, MS)
The Bomber: James Gang (02/26/2001, Allen Theater, Cleveland, OH)-JH

Interview with Kisser

Detroit Rock Fight City: KISS (09/03/1976 Richfield, OH)-JH
Love Gun, KISSER (07/27/1973 Visalia, CA)-JH

Interview with KISSER

Black Diamond: KISS (11/27/1979 Fresno, CA)-JH

Interview with KISSER

She: Kiss (05/31/1974 Long Beach, CA)-JH
Sitting by the Ocean: Queens of the Stoneage (12/07/13  KROQ)-RD
With the Flow: Queens of the Stoneage (12/07/13  KROQ)-RD

Open Invitation: Santana (04/06/87 East Berlin, Germany-RD
Snowblind: Black Sabbath (08/26/2013 Shoreline, Mountain View, CA)-JH
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Metallica (09/21/2013 Apollo Theater, NYC, NY)-RD

Hit the Lights: Metallica (09/21/2013 Apollo Theater, NYC, NY)-RD
You Are Blessened: Melvins (08/22/2013 Slim's, SF, CA)-JH

Interview with Steffan Chirazi of Metallica fanzine "So What"

Fight Fire With Fire: Metallica (12/20/1984 Lyceum Theater, London, England)-Steffan

Interview with Steffan Chirazi of Metallica fanzine "So What"

Master of Puppets (headphones-mix): Metallica (12/08/2013 Antarctica)-Steffan
Master of Puppets: Metallica (12/08/2013 Antarctica)-JH

Interview with Steffan Chirazi of Metallica fanzine "So What"

Electric Eye: Judas Priest (05/23/983 US Festival)-Steffan
Riding on the Wind: Judas Priest (05/23/1983 US Festival)-Steffan

Lust For Life: Iggy Pop (01/26/1992 Nue Welt, Berlin)-Steffan
Raw Power: Iggy Pop (03/07/1977 Rainbow Theater, London, England)-Steffan

In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (03/20/1975 Vancouver, BC)-JH
We're Gonna Groove: Led Zeppelin (01/01/1971 Canada)-JH

Heartbreaker: Led Zeppelin (06/02/1973 Kezar Stadium, SF, CA)-JH
Astro Boy (outtake 2): Jimi Hendrix (1969 studio outtake)-RD

Power of Soul: Jimi Hendrix (12/23/1969 Studio outtakes)-JH
Red House: Jimi Hendrix (07/30/1970 Honolulu, HI)-JH

Free Ride: Edgar Winter (09/03/1974 New Haven, CT)-RD
A Quick One While He's Away: The Who (04/06/1968 Fillmore East, NYC)-JH

Relax: The Who (04/05/1968 Fillmore East, NYC)-JH

Overture/It's a Boy: The Who (10/22/1969 Fillmore East, NYC)-JH

Monday, December 09, 2013

A Season in Hell #156: Best of 2013

It's that time of year when the sun goes down earlier, the air gets a bit chillier, and DJs from around the world try to claim that they have what is the absolute BEST music of the year to share with you.

Well they don't. They're all suckers. But I do!!!

My Best of 2013 is perhaps my best BEST OF show in all of my 25 years in radio. Really. Would I lie?

I'm listening to new music all of the time. There are times that I'm looking at my music library, and I wonder just when I'll listen to any of that "old" music again? And when I say old, I mean from last month. There just aren't enough hours in the day. Am I right? I can't wait until I'm too old to do anything by listen to my music. Then I'll hire some hot nurse who'll have to bathe me and put records on my turntable. That's the life.

In the meantime enjoy this collection of fine tunes from 2013. We've got many local talented groups that deserve your attention like Thee Oh Sees, Rin Tin Tiger, Y Axes, Vandella, Mikal Cronin, KalriSSian, Bears! Bears! Bears!, and my favorite "local" band, The Melvins.

Two hours is just not enough time to play all of my faves from 2013. I suggest you tune into Radio Valencia throughout December to check out the many "Best of" shows that are going to cover the airwaves like a warm that sticky film of fat that covers the turkey the day following a good feast...or something like that.


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White Rabbit: Shannon and the Clams
Humans be Swayed: Thee Oh Sees
Teenage Eyes: Spider Bags

My Best Friend: The Melvins
Mt. Abraxas: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Blowin' Kisses: Jacuzzi Boys

Let's Get High: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Hurt Me: Vandella
Silver Timothy: Damien Jurado

Neon Streets: Y Axes
Preacher: Fuzz
The West: Ty Segall

Half of a Century: The Delphines
Haunted Now: Rin Tin Tiger
Shout it Out: Mikal Cronin
Fuck you Cop: Birdcloud

Spanish Speaks: Weekender
I Feel You: The Parrots
Hallelujah: GRMLN
Life Hurts: Kalri$$ian

Living Space: Bears! Bears! Bears!
American Cowboy: Futurebirds
Who Needs You: The Orwells

Ghouls: Wooden Shjips
Emmylou: First Aid Kit
Tie My Pecker to a Tree: The Melvins
Cold River Blues: Loretta Lynch

Monday, December 02, 2013

A Season in Hell #155: Sure is Pissed!

Ok, so sometimes when I'm staring at my music collection, which is quite large, I have no idea what the hell I'm going to play for you. Seriously. Most of the time, when I'm preparing for my show, I totally know what I'm going to play for you. I have a theme in mind, or it's all new music, or based on a band, etc. There are times when I've finished my show and I can't wait until the following Monday when I can play you some tunes that I didn't get to. Then there are those days when I'm just staring at my walls of music (yes, I said walls) and I can't for the life of me figure out what I'm going to play.

What to do, what to do?

That's when I know it's time to really mix it up. For tonight's show it's all about the many genres and strange goings-on in John Hell's music library. Psych, international, grunge, pop vocals, prog-a-capella, accordions, pissed off preachers, ripped off originals, pissed off black men, legendary music-makers, mash-up copyright infringers, and Iggy Pop.

There you have it. Just take a look at this play list, and I'm sure that you'll agree, 4 out of 5 dentist can't be wrong.

You know you just have to drive this one home today!

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I Get a Kick out of You: Tony Bennett
Swan Lee: Syd Barrett
Truth: Alexander Ebert

Other Stars: Wooden Shjips
Leave It (A Capella): Yes
Iron Man: Giant Sand

Baby's Arms: Kurt Vile
Pray til you Sweat: The Monkeywrench
Red Hair: Bevis Frond

Singto: Lion
Mao (Drunk): Don Sornrabeab
OudTaLud Bump (Hurtle Bump): Soonthorn Sujaridchan
Kard Klan Nam Mun (Lack of Gasoline): Rayrai No Koratch

Devil Went Down to Georgia: Those Darn Accordions!
Now Ah Lissen: Some Preacher...and he sure is pissed
My Biggest Mistake: Joan of Arkansas
When the Levee Breaks: Memphis Minnie

George Bush Doesn't Like Black People: Legendary K.O.
East Bound and Down: Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies
You Can't Catch Me: Chuck Berry
Dirt: Iggy Pop

Ca Plane Pour Moi: Thee Headcoatees
What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
My Favorite Things: Negativland

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Season in Hell #154: Never Enough Time

Radio is an artform. It's like having a blank canvas and painted it with sound. Most of the time I've got two hours to create a masterpiece for you, and I always feel like I'm just getting started when it's time to go. Tonight, I've got three hours to make this show shine!

And shine it does!

Lots of great new music here, and some classics you've never heard before.

I know you gonna dig this.


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It's Hard to be Humble: Mac Davis
Dear Flies, Love Spider: The Low Low's
I Want It All: Trans Am

Mt. Abraxas: Uncle Acid
Black Saint: Witch
Forbidden Waters: Webley Edwards

Buenos Tardes Amigo: Ween
The Throes: Rova Saxophone Quartet

It's the Sun: Polyphonic Spree
Glass Museum: Tortoise

Turk: Dirty 3
Come Outside: Ty Segall

Ruins: Wooden Shjips
Preacher: Fuzz
Mountain: Chad & The Meatbodies

Interview with Mikl Em and Tye McKenzie

You're in the Army Now: The Melvins
Walter's Lips: The Melvins
Subtle Reminder: STRNGRS

Kick Against The Pricks: Obliterations
Moving Forever: Theo Verney
It's Cool: Rozwell Kid
I Been Gone: Moon Duo

N.I.G.G.A.(Not Okay): RADKEY
No More: Elvis Presley
Half of a Century: The Delphines
I Feel You: The Parrots

Scumbag: The Glockenwise
The Fifties: The Symposium
Rata: Guadalupe Plata
Couldn't Hold A Candle: Audacity
Narcissist: Hunters

(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Brainfreeze: Bully
You're From The Shadow: Gap Dream

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Season in Hell #153: 1973 The Way It's Supposed To Be

A couple of years ago I hit on the idea that it would be fun to host a show from 1971. It was an amazing year for rock and roll. Led Zeppelin IV, Sticky Fingers, Who's Next; the rock rolls on and on. Since doing that show in November 2011, I was encouraged to repeat the challenge for 1972 last year. Again, what an amazing year! So it looks like I've hit upon a regular annual feature for A Season in Hell. Last night was all about 1973!!!

When I started the research I was afraid it was going to be wimp rock. I'll be honest, I wasn't as into this one as I was 71 or 72. But upon careful research, from my very large, and very deep library of awesome-ness, I found that indeed, there are some unbelievable tunes coming from this year!

Debut releases from Tom Waits, Queen, Montrose, Iggy and the Stooges, and the New York Dolls, just to name a small few. Are you kidding me?!?!? Soul and funk were getting on the ONE during this era, and British Glam Bands were on the rise. Music was starting to diverge like never before. We were as far away from the vocal politeness and anti-Vietnam banter as we could get by this year. Sabbath released "Sabbath bloody Sabbath", Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" was released (not my favorite, btw), Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy", and The Who's "Quadrophenia" hit the shelves and the arenas.

My Best of 2013 is coming up in a few weeks, and on Monday, December 16th, Rotten Ronnie Donovan and I are hosting Rock Fight 11!!!! This time it's all about the Rock Block!

This show is an epic journey. I think you're really going to enjoy this one.

Have fun.

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Basketball Jones: Cheech and Chong
Steppin' In Her I. Miller Shoes: Betty Davis

Right On For the Darkness: Curtis Mayfield
Natbush City Limit: Ike and Tina Turner
The Boss: James Brown

The Love I Lost: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Use Me: Bill Withers
Born To Boogie: T-Rex
Jet Boy: New York Dolls

Raw Power: Iggy and the Stooges
Watch That Man: David Bowie
Berlin: Lou Reed
Old Shoes: Tom Waits

A National Acrobat: Black Sabbath
The Great Gig in the Sky: Pink Floyd
Song Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin
Punk vs. The Godfather: The Who

Meat City: John Lennon
Modern Times Rock N' Roll: Queen
I Don't Want It: Montrose

Walk On Hot Coals: Rory Gallagher
Dinah-Moe Humm: Frank Zappa

Sweet Lady Genevieve: The Kinks

Monday, November 04, 2013

A Season in Hell #152: I Heard It Where?

Standing in front of my music library tonight, I had a thought: "what am I in the mood for"? I wasn't inspired. Honest. I love doing my show every week, but I really have to feel it to be able to give you a great show. I ended up going online to see who's birthday it was, thinking maybe that would do the trick. A couple of things, but nothing really hit home. I then headed over to my vinyl shelves, and started flipping through them, and I noticed a trend in what was catching my eye: psychedelia. Oh yes, that's a good direction.

Indeed it was a fine decision.

Enjoy with a cup of mushroom tea.

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I Heard it on the X: ZZ Top
Shit Luck: Modest Mouse
B-Movie Boxcar Blues: Blues Brothers

Augmented Banality: Illogistical Resource Dept
More Trouble Every Day: Frank Zappa

Blood Suckin' Baby: Eric McFadden
Carpe Diem: The Melvins
Elevation: Television
Watcher of the Skies: Genesis

Forest Ocean Sound: Landing
Jackson Head: Boris
Swami: The Romulans

SOL '07: Wooden Shjips
New Potato Caboose: Grateful Dead

Embryo: Pink Floyd

Rotten Ronnie Donovan Phone In

Cortez the Killer: Neil Young

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Season in Hell #151: Waiting For The Doll That Has It All

On tonight's show I welcome back Julie Anderson, the curator for Altered Barbie, now in its 11th glorious, bedazzled year! What's up with that girl? She isn't anatomically correct, but that's never slowed her down. She's got her own Corvette for gawds sake!

I love having Julie in, she always brings the most colorful characters with her. And this year was no different. Three poets, a saxophonist and  Ethel Mermen of The Ethel Mermen Experience, all of whom are performing in one way or another at either the opening gala or the closing.

The interview is in the first half hour, so check it out, then go check out the gallery of crazy Barbie Alterations at Shotwell 50 Gallery, which is located at 50 Shotwell in the Mission, and is open 1-7PM daily!!!

Get your Barbie on!

I take the rest of the night to pay homage to Lou Reed, who just passed away over the weekend. Depressing. A truly iconic figure, Lou Reed never compromised his sound for anyone, be it his own band, the record label, or even his fans. He knew how to push people away, but was also a central figure in creating the punk, industrial and noise scenes that grew out of his own experimentation with music.

Ah Lou, would you have done it all the same if you knew you would have been gone by the age of 71? I would imagine he would say "yes". And why not? He wrote his life into his music. He was unashamed about writing and singing about his experiences with drugs. He spoke about the yin/yang of those experiences. He spoke about life and death throughout his career. If anything, he may have been excited to see what the next part of the journey is.

God speed, Lou.

Some tracks are pre-VU, which I can be you've never heard before. It's like nothing you would ever expect from Mr. Reed.

The live stuff here is brilliant, but my favorite of all is "Waiting for the Man" from 1972. Even while writing this I see that every track here is brilliant, and I should do a four hour special on Lou some day. If you check out many of the shows from Radio Valencia in the days following his passing, you'll notice that many have a Lou Reed focus.


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Pale Blue Eyes: Velvet Underground
Romeo Had Juliet: Lou Reed

Interview with Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie

Outside: Lou Reed

Tranmaniacon MC: Altamont
Maybe Millions: Pins of Light

Queen Bitch: Lou Reed and David Bowie
I'm Waiting For My Man: Lou Reed (12-26-72 Hempstead, NY)
Vicious: Lou Reed (10-27-74 Dayton, OH)

Cycle Annie: The Beachnuts
Don't Turn My World Upside Down: The J Brothers
Soul City: The Hi-Lifes

Wonderful World Of Love: The Liberty Men
The Gift: The Velvet Underground
All Tomorrow's Parties: The Velvet Underground (April 1966, Scepter Studios, NYC, NY)
Heroin: The Velvet Underground (Andy Warhol's Factory NY, January 1966)

Venus in Furs: The Velvet Underground: (Poor Richard's, Chicago IL, June 23, 1966)
Sweet Jane: Lou Reed (10-27-74 Dayton, OH)

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Season in Hell #150: Here Comes Trouble

After a few weeks of no guests, I get the ULTIMATE GUEST in the studio with me: Mick Gray! Mick is currently an inker for DC comics, and you can currently see his work in the Batman and Robin series, which is in its third year!!! Mick also has some college radio under his belt. He, like myself is an alumni of the fine 87.9, the Wave of the West, you SOURCE for SOUND, KFJC. He was there a few years ahead of me, and he was touched by the true eclecticism that this wonderful resource had to offer.

I made him guest DJ with me tonight, which I love, because I'm always interested in how other DJs will craft a set. Radio is an artform, as I've always said. Here at Radio Valencia, we're given a two hour canvas to paint upon what we wish. By the end we hope that you are satisfied and awe-inspired.

Mick and I talk a lot about the comic book biz, which he's been a part of in one way or another for 25 years.

Check out the works of Mick Gray on his website, and at comic book shops everywhere.


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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Mrs. Creech: Altamont
The New Sun: Pins of Light

Monkey McGuire Meets Specky Potter Behind Lochore Institute: The Skids
Love Me: The Phantom
Where Were You: The Mekons

Interview with Mick Gray

Bad Reputation: Reverend Horton Heat
Soul Sister: The Hi Nobles
I'll Be Doggone: McHouston "Mickey" Baker
Cosmik Debris: Frank Zappa
Gunfight: Chris Spedding
The Pose: Chris Spedding

Interview with Mick Gray

Evil: Chris Spedding
Bored/Bang Bang: Iggy Pop (02-13-83)
Lincoln Town Car Limosine: Wesley Willis (06-25-99)

Here Comes Trouble: Tuff Darts
Johnny Was a Soldier: The Adicts
Hot Rod Lincoln: Commander Cody
Big Bad Cadillac: Kim Fowley
Western Avenue: Dyan Diamond

James Whale: Tuxedo Moon
Energy Vampires: Peter Hammill
Something Came Over Me: Throbbing Gristle
Queen Lullbye: Ty Segal

A Change is Gonna Come: The Gits

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Season in Hell #149: Take A Chance On Me

Excellent show through and through. Each set was a winner. I think you'll really enjoy this one. Get ready to really dance in the second hour.

I think it's shows like this one that really show my range as a DJ. You've got your indie, your punk, funk, international, rap. It's got pretty much everything that your commercial radio dreck would never dare approach.

I wish more people would lobby commercial radio stations and request music like you hear on this show. I do. Make that happen. Let me know how they respond. I can probably guess, but let's take a shot at it anyway.

Enjoy and annoy.

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Gravity: Minutemen
Public Image: PIL
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings: Father John Misty

Brazil: Frank Sinatra
I Hear Goodnight: Low/Dirty 3
Sun King: The Beatles
Song to the Siren: This Mortal Coil

No Future, Pt. 2 The Days After No Future: Titus Andronicus
Country Calling: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Hail the Word of Jah: Congos

Chet Boghassa: Tinariwen
Su Derenin Sulari: Husnu Ozkartal Orkestrasi
Extraordinary Woman: The Psychedelic Aliens
What You Can Do In Your Life: Petalouda

Rockstone Dub: Lee "Scratch" Perry
Walk in the Park: Colloseum

This Little Girl Of Mine: Ray Charles
Moonshine Heather: Parliament
Fire on the Bayou: The Meters
Get on the Good Foot: James Brown

Mona Lisa: Slick Rick
Am I Black Enough For Ya: Schooly D
The Band Gets Swivey on the Wheels: Son of Bazerk

Buck Whylin': Terminator X

Monday, October 07, 2013

A Season in Hell #148: You Had Me At No

I don't know what I was thinking. I really need to not be so far behind in posting my shows. Sorry about that. I guess life just gets in the way.

I've got a lot of local sounds in this show. Loop! Station, Liar and Birdsaw, feature the amazing vocal talents of Robin Coomer, and guitar gunslinger Eric McFadden.

The long set in the second hour is well worth putting your dancing shoes on for.

I've got too much awesome music to share with you. Tune in every Monday night, 8-10PM for more, more, MORE!!!

As always, enjoy!

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Its Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Fleet Foxes cover): First Aid Kit
Dancing Barefoot: Patti Smith

Snake Song (Townes Van Zandt cover): Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Celluloid Heroes: The Kinks
Rave Down: Swervedriver

Theory of Noise: Loop! Station
One Crazy Day: Liar
All Hail the Radio Flyer: Birdsaw

Long Haired Music: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Du Ska Inte Tro Att Det Ordnar Sig: Dungen
Thousand Bing Bangs: Ken Nordine
Don't Miss the Great Snatch: Evolution Control Committee

The Mall and the Misery: Broken Bells
Candle: Sonic Youth
Yer Blues: The Beatles
Lazy Loser Leech: Los Banos
Black Sabotage (Beastie Boys vs. Led Zeppelin): DJ Moule
Rock Of Ages (Led Zeppelin vs. Rolling Stones vs. Run-DMC vs. Kid Rock vs. Chemical Bros. Twisted Sister vs. Dio vs. AC/DC): DJ Schmolli

Whiskey and Wimmen: Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker
Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo (08-22-88 Columbia, MO)
Straight to Hell: The Clash

Roscoe: Midlake (BBC 11-01-06)
My Way: Frank Sinatra

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Season in Hell #147: If It's Not Live, It's Dead

Ok, so in the "I've been way too busy to upload any of my shows lately" theme, this is a real winner. This show is all live cuts, starting with a German radio station announcing the death of Elvis Presley. How's that for a start? Somewhere along the way I actually play some live Elvis. And it's a doozy too.

There's something for everyone: there's goth bikers in lace; there's shoe gazers covered in syrup; there's classic rockers on tricycles sucking pacifiers. I tell ya this is the kind of show you've been waiting for.

Just take a look at this playlist!!!

And if you tune into my show on a regular basis, then you know that my live stuff is second to NONE! Take THAT Rotten Ronnie!

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Exodus: Bob Marley and the Wailers (1980-07-12 - Wales, UK)
Elvis is Dead: German Radio
Kathy's Song: Simon and Garfunkel (Live in Central Park, NYC)

Big Chief: The Meters (1976-10-01 - Baton Rouge, LA)
Red Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2013-04-09, San Francisco, CA)

Human Fly: The Cramps (1982-05-20 - Seattle, WA)
Sympathy for the Devil: Rolling Stones (1969-11-09 - Oakland, CA)
When the Music's Over: The Doors (1970-07-05 - Seattle, WA)

Relgion: PIL (1983-11-08 - Bristol, England)
Cherry Bomb: The Runaways (1976-07-19 - Cleveland, OH)
Sex Ed Class->Don't Touch Me There->Mondo Bondage:The Tubes (1977-04-15-San Francisco, CA)

Unknown Track: Electric Masada (2013-7-13, Rotterdam)
Wooden Ships: CSNY (1969-08-26 Greek Theater - LA, CA)
The Way Young Lovers Do: Van Morrison (Demo 1968)
The Bomber: James Gang (2001-02-26 - Cleveland, OH)
An American Journey: Elvis Presley (1972-04-10 Richmond, VA)

Let's Go Crazy: Prince with 3rd Eye Girl (2013-04-24, San Francisco, CA)

Monday, September 02, 2013

A Season in Hell #146: Shiver Me Timbers

OK, I suck. I haven't shared shows of mine in over a month. What the hell is wrong with me? Oh yeah, I was planning my wedding. I really had no time. Please forgive me.

I haven't listened back to this show, but the set list looks AMAZING!!! The first hour is full of some great new music, and the second hour some classics, including a live cut from the recent Black Sabbath show. I also play a very slowed down Wanda Jackson tune. It's CRAZY!

Check out the set before the concert outlook. Are you kidding me? I remember it all now.


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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
White Rabbit: Shannon and the Clams
A Silent Tide: Flying Saucer Attack

I'm In Love With The Wrong Girl: Los News
The Keepers: Ty Segall
California Grrls : Shark?
Teenage Eyes: Spider Bags

Let's Get High: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's
Driving East, and Through Her: Case Studies
Careless: The Delphines

Marie Provost: Jeff The Brotherhood
What you Gonna Do?: Natural Child
Move To California: Times New Viking

Blowin' Kisses: Jacuzzi Boys
Funnel Of Love (33rpm): Wanda Jackson

Religion: PIL
Babelogue ->Rock and Roll Nigger: Patti Smith
Rainbows are back in Town: Dean Martin
Shake your Hump: Beastie Boys

Concert Outlook

Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Alternate Version): Bob Dylan
Bird Song: Grateful Dead (08-27-72 Veneta, Oregon)

NIB: Black Sabbath (08-26-13, Shoreline Amp., Mountain View, CA)
Mississippi Rolling Stone: Ike and Tina Turner
If You Talk In Your Sleep: Elvis Presley

Flower in the Sun: Big Brother and the Holding Company

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Season in Hell #145: Slow Me Down

I'll be the first to admit it, I play the Melvins too damn much. I don't play them every week, but I seem to look for any reason to throw them on. And why not?! They ROCK! And on tonight's show I had a pair of tickets to give away for their upcoming Slims show. I haven't been this excited since I gave a pair of tickets away to see Nirvana in 1991 at the Warfield when I was a DJ on KFJC. I remember asking for the 90th caller. And I got them too. HAHAHAHA! I went to that show.

Funny story:

The show was so packed, and I was on the floor, that before the lights went down for the Nirvana set, the crowd was pushing left and right, and I felt my feet leave the floor more than once. I decided I had enough and wanted out, but there was no way in hell I was going to be able to work my way through the crowd to leave the floor. So I did what any respectable and experienced rock show attendee would do: I crowd surfed out of it! I just pushed my way on top of the crowd while shouting "OUT!" at the top of my lungs (it was very loud in there). I was pushed back to the area just off the floor. The place was so packed that the security didn't move anyone away from the area I ended up at, and I enjoyed a perfect view without anyone stepping on my toes.

I also really have to blame Nirvana for the death of alternative music. I don't think they realized what they were doing when the release of Smells Like Corporate Dollars Rolling In came out in September of 1991. I love what Buzz of the Melvins said when asked in the Oregon Music News "what's the weirdest thing you've ever done?"

"Weirdest? I guess the weirdest thing would be the whole Nirvana explosion out of something that we started, you know? That was pretty weird. The fact that our influence, musically, was basically on a massive, global level. That’s pretty weird. At the same time, it’s very exciting that I wasn’t wrong. My initial instincts were correct. You take a homogenized, bastardized version of what we’re doing, it can indeed sell millions of records. And that’s exactly what happened."
Love it! Read the whole interview, it's one of the best I've seen with the King. Also, check out the video below, for what is perhaps the most BRILLIANT way to buy a house.

Anyway, I digress. This is a fun show. I slow down a few tunes near the start to give you a feel of the way they could sound. Let me know what you think. There's some new stuff thrown in, and some old stuff too. And of course, there's The Melvins. A whole set of them to be exact.

Turn this one up to 11!


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Cuban Pete: Dezi Arnez
Jolene: Dolly Parton

Hey Hey What Can I Do: Led Zeppelin
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson
Dr. Doom: 13th Floor Elevators

Mt. Abraxas: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Worship the Devil: Glitter Wizard
Timebomb: Radio Moscow
Empty Mind: Spacin'

What You Can Do In Your Life: Petalouda
John Barleycorn: Traffic
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier: John Lennon

Youth of America: The Melvins
Revolve: The Melvins

A History of Drunks: The Melvins
Black Betty: The Melvins
Scar Box: Boris

Earthquake: Butthole Surfers
Trickle Down System: Giant Sand
Graveyard Shift: Uncle Tupelo

Tommy the Cat: Primus
Step Right Up: Tom Waits

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Season in Hell #144: Twice As Nice

Fun show tonight with special guest, local comedian Bert Divietri. This guy is off his rocker. He played some prank calls for us, and was an all around freak-a-zoid. I'll have him back for sure.

We were also graced with the presence of guitar maverick Eric McFadden. He owed me a favor. No, really, he did. That's the only way I can get anyone on my show anymore. It's just short of extortion. Anyway, Eric ROCKS! He told some great road stories from his recent tour with Eric Burdon and the Animals, as well as updates on T.E.N., featuring bassist Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) and drummer Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta).

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I would pass up on downloading this one here.
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Awkward: FIDLAR

A Men Stuck in Your Mind: The Felines
Short Stay: The Midnight Moan
Fine Fine Fine: The Mentalettes

Interview with Bert Divietri

Bullet/I'm Mad: Reverend Horton Heat
Caliente: Supersuckers

Interview with Bert Divietri

Get Out Of My Way: Mojo Nixon
So Long Baby, Goodbye: The Blasters

Joe Strummer: Cowboy Mouth
White Man In Hammersmith Palais: Eric McFadden

Interview with Eric McFadden

Police and Thieves: The Clash
Field of Bones: Eric McFadden

Interview with Eric McFadden

A Shot in the Dark: Whiskey Biscuit
Bottle Up & Go: The Monkeywrench

Interview with Eric McFadden

Cocaine Blues: Johnny Cash

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

A Season in Hell #143: My Musical Meanderings

No, my show is not genre specific. You've figured that out already, yes? Last week it's all jazz, the week before it's hard rock. This week I'm in the mood for PUNK! Fuck off!!!!

Why Punk? I don't have to tell you!

OK, I'll tell you. But I'm only telling you because I think deep down you'll understand. I'm willing to bare my soul to you. I'm willing to take the chance that you won't laugh at me, and ridicule me, or point and laugh.


I like Punk.

There, are you happy now?! Good.

I was born in 1970. I was raised on jazz and blues of the 50s and 60s, as well as the classic rock of the 70s. By the age of 8 I was into KISS. They were my first favorite band. At that age you're only allowed to have one favorite band. It's a law or something. When I was 10 I fell in love with the Beatles, but I felt sooooo bad for admitting to myself that I liked them more than I liked KISS. It was not the friendliest of break-ups. I'll admit, if there were cell phones back then, I would have texted the break up to KISS; I was so ashamed. By 12 I "discovered" Led Zeppelin. Oh damn, now what was I going to do? I still wonder where this KISS poster ended up?

All this time my dad is playing John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and every artist the Blues Brothers covered, in our home, as well as Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. My sisters (6 and 7 years older than me) were playing the rock of the day (Eagles, Boston, Bob Segar) as well as playing American Bandstand every Saturday. I preferred Soul Train even at an early age.

I used to lay by my speakers with a tape recorder and pretend I was a DJ and back announce all of the songs I would play on the stereo. I wish I still had those tapes. I once hid a tape recorder on the stairs leading to our living room, and taped the family hanging out watching Saturday morning cartoons. I REALLY wish I had that tape today. I probably taped a Grateful Dead concert over it.

And then there's the Dead. I got into them around the same time I got into Zeppelin. I think it was the iconography. It looked so dark, weird and trippy. Like many others, I thought they would be a metal band. I was slightly disappointed when I found out they weren't. I was hungry for something more at this point in my musical journey. Having moved as much as we did (once a year between the ages of 5 and 15; three different states (four if you consider SoCal and NorCal two different states)) I found that I got bored very easily. Music needed to change to really move me.

The Grateful Dead really moved me. I won't get into it here, but their meanderings took me on some amazing journeys. What they didn't do for me however, was drive the teenage angst energy out of me. They mellowed me and made me want to shimmy and dance. I still love them. But I always need something more.

Here comes Punk.

I had always listened to The Clash and The Ramones, but really didn't have a penchant for the wider variety of Punk until I was about 14 and in high school. It was there that my friend Etienne and I started to listen to Metal together. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio. As a matter of fact, my first "official" concert was November 30, 1984 at the Oakland-Alameda County Auditorium (where the Warriors play basketball) to see Dio (Last in Line) and Dokken (Tooth and Nail). I was 14. I wore my jean jacket. I was afraid the guy next to me, who asked us to save him a seat in exchange for smoking us out, would share a heroin-laced joint and I would be dead before the show even began.

My love for KISS helped for the easy transition to Metal, but it didn't last too long. I still really love Metal, but it was Punk that really spoke to me. Metal spoke of fantasy characters in a fantasy world. Punk was political! Politics was always spoken about in my home. My parents didn't shy away from their negative feelings towards Reagan. The Punk movement was political. I was drawn to it pretty easily.

Starting at KFJC in the fall of 1988 also helped. The Wave of the West is a bastion of musical knowledge; especially that of all-things-alternative. This was before alternative was a genre (thank you very much Nirvana). Punk didn't get me angry. It made me happy! It made me feel like I wasn't alone in my thoughts against the state. It made me feel like my generation wasn't as lost as many thought we were. And the lyrics were hilarious, inane, intense, intelligent, ridiculous.

Being a Deadhead and a Punk isn't as far apart as it would seem. If you like the Dead you pretty much are open to anything, considering how many people DETEST the Grateful Dead. The same could be said for Punk. Though I think more Deadheads like Punk, than Punk likes the Dead. It's all good.

There's not much difference in the spiral dancing of a Dead concert, and a mosh pit at a Punk show. Both are ways of sharing energy. Is one more aggressive? Perhaps, but all good-natured. Even at Punk shows, if you fall down, more often than not there's a hand there to pick you up and get you moving again.

If I've learned anything through my musical journeys, it's that life is all ONE. The mystical, magical ONE. Whether it's Punk, Funk or Junk the musical odyssey that takes us through life is all based on how open we are to the meanderings of the road. I'm truly blessed to have a diverse music library as I do. You're just as likely to find a Black Flag LP in my collection as a Johnny Cash (he's Punk as fuck, btw).

As for tonight's show, it's all punk. Why? I just told you why! Sheesh.



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Orgasm Addict: The Buzzcocks
Never Talk To You Again: Husker Du
Tension: Minutemen

Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy: Devo
Ex Lion Tamer: Wire
Elevation: Television
Search and Destroy: The Dictators

Gimme Danger: Iggy and the Stooges
Motor City is Burning: MC5

We Must Bleed: Germs
Six Pack: Black Flag
More Beer: Fear
Ain't Talkin' About Love: Minutemen
Wendy: Descendents

Peking Spring: Mission of Burma
Southern California: Flipper
Sonic Reducer: The Dead Boys
I Just Want To Make Love To You: Meat Puppets

Show Me The Way: Dinosaur Jr.
Goin' Up The Country: Three Stoned Men
Stars and Stripes of Corruption: Dead Kennedys
I Wanna Get Rid of you: Psychotic Pineapple

Out of our Tree: The Mummies
Glorious: Polkacide
Sweat Loaf: Butthole Surfers

I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement: Ramones
Career Opportunities: The Clash
Personality Crisis: New York Dolls
25 Minutes To Go: Johnny Cash

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Season in Hell #142: This Cat's Too Cool For You

It's good to be back. I haven't taken so many breaks in a good decade. I'm back in the groove after tonight's show.

After such hullabaloo from the Rock Fight 10 show, I needed a much deserved break. Also, I produced and hosted Comic Outpost TV for the SF comic store Comic Outpost, at Comic Con in San Diego. More on that coming soon. What an eyeopener that was.

My show has never been genre-specific. I plays what I wants to. But that's not saying that I can't focus on a specific genre from time to time. I've been collecting music (LPs, CDs, digital) since I was a wee lad, dating back to my first KISS records in the mid 1970s.

I have a rule when I shop for music: if I purchase three things or more, one MUST be from an International artist (reggae, dub, middle-eastern, etc.), one must be Jazz. By doing this I've realy grown a very well-rounded library. Tonight I was in the mood for Jazz. Most of the show is some tasty vinyl treats.

Get into it. Let your mind wander about this one.

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Interstellar Overdrive: The Melvins

Sysyphus: Pink Floyd
Don't Box Me In: Stan Ridgeway/Stuart Copeland

Slop: Mingus
Back Home: Yusef Lateef
Sticks and Stones: Boogaloo Joe Jones

Radebe: Johnny Dyani
Investigation: Carl Holmes
Money in the Pocket: Cannonball Adderley

Darling Nikki: Sex Mob
Two Bass Hit: Miles Davis
Strangers in the Day: John Lurie
Mas Que Nada: Dizzy Gillespie

The Bump: George Freeman
21st Century Schizoid Man: King Crimson

Let's Loot The Supermarket: The Deviants

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Season in Hell #141: Best of 2013 So Far

This is my Best of 2013 So Far show. 

There has been some really steady quality music flowing out this year. Most of you who listen regularly to my show know that I'm into the garage, psych, metal thing. There's a lot of that in here. Take a look at the play list, and stream or download the show, and enjoy.

Not much else to say.


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Do It: Rollins Band
She's In All Your Dreams: The Orwells
Am I Wrong: Mikal Cronin

Strawberries 1+2: Thee Oh Sees
Music to Walk Home By: Tame Impala
Flaming Creatures: HRVD

Ragdoll: Glitter Wizard
Oh Man: Spacin'
Bataille Sucre: Boris
Female Trouble: The Melvins

Into the Sun: Orchid
I Don't Remember You: Mudhoney
Valley of the Dolls: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

Boxing a Ghost: Mr. Thumb
Inside Us Is A Place: Kalrissian
Virginia Slims: Futurebirds

Punk (La vie antérieure): Deerhunter
Cockroach: Crocodiles
Feeling Good: Traffic (09-05-67 Konserthuse, Stockholm, Sweden)

All Tomorrows Parties: Velvet Underground (Scepter Studios, New York City NY, April 1966)
16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six: Tom Waits (Kninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam, NL  11-21-04)

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A Season in Hell #140: Rock Fight 10!!!!

It only happen once every six months. And when it does, babies hide their children, drunks hide there malt liquor, men cry into their beer. I can only be talking about one thing: ROCK FIGHT!

It's that time again, ladies and gentlemen, when rock poster artist Rotten Ron Donovan and Radio DJ Stalwart, John Hell get together and lay down the massive pipe that is ROCK FIGHT!!!

Ron and I have what amounts to be the largest combined collection of live bootlegs anywhere this side of analog hill (unseen on Google Maps). Every six months in December and June we get together to see who's is bigger and badder.

Every track below is followed by the date/location and who chose the track; JH for me, and RD for Ron. As you'll see, I've clearly got him beat, 2-1. He was also more than an hour late, which is why the first chunk of music is from me.

Not only is the music full of top notch performances and excellent recording quality, but the smack talk between music blocks sets a new standard (high or low, you decide).

There's an interview with Limbomaniac's frontman/bassist, Butthouse in the fifth hour, too.

Get ready for some prime time, low down, face-to-face, bootleg MAYHEM!!!




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Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong

Here I Am: Al Green (10-04-74 Midnight Special, Hollywood, CA)-JH
Natbush City Limits: Ike and Tina Turner (01-19-75 Soul Train)-JH

Stone Junkie: Curtis Mayfield (06-06-72 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, NY)-JH
Stevie Wonder: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life->Big Brother->Blowing In The Wind 
(03-04-73 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkelely, CA)-JH
Thank You: Sly and the Family Stone (10-09-70 Piknik Kasteel Groenveld Baarn, Netherlands)-JH

One Nation Under a Groove: P Funk (11-01-78 Howard Theater, Washington DC-JH

Country Road: Toots and the Maytals (04-22-1978 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario)-JH
Midnight Ravers: Bob Marley (06-10-75 Quiet NIght Club, Chicago, IL)-JH
Let's Work: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
You Got the Look: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
Endorphin Machine: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
She's Always in my Hair: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD

Cold Sweat: James Brown (08-26-68 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX)-JH
Sex Machine: James Brown (03-18-71 Olympia Theater, Paris, France)-JH

Barracuda: Heart (06-17-13 West Palm Beach, FL)-RD
Bad Reputation: Joan Jett (08-08-81 Fireman's Memorial Park, Hempstead, NJ)-JH
Back in Black: AC/DC (02-27-81 Melbourne, AU)-RD

Waiting for the Bus/ Jesus Just Left Chicago: ZZ Top (04-19-80 Rockpalast, Grugenhalle Essen, Germany)-JH
Hot Line: Black Sabbath (1983???)-RD
Cherry Bomb: The Runaways (07-19-76 The Agora, Cleveland, OH)-JH
Monkey on my Back: Aerosmith (06-04-94 Donnington, England)-RD

Motor City Madhouse: Ted Nugent (05-23-81 Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI)-JH
On Top of the World: Cheap Trick (12-31-79 Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA-)JH

Boys are Back in Town: Thin Lizzy (05-14-76 Detroit, MI)-JH

The Phoenix: The Cult (03-16-12 Waterloo Records - SXSW, Austin, TX)-RD

The Rover / Sick Again: Led Zeppelin (05-30-77 Capitol Centre Landover, Maryland)-JH
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (03-19-75 Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada)-RD
Misty Mountain Hop: Led Zeppelin 08-11-79 Knebworth Festival Stevenage, UK-JH
Heartbreaker: Led Zeppelin: (12-06-96 Chatenay-Malabry, France-JH)

Hour Four:
Gimme Shelter: Rolling Stones (LA 1975)-RD
I'm Losing You: The Faces (04-05-73 Sundown Theater, London England)-JH

Shake!: The Time (02-03-91, Japan)-RD

My Adidas: Run DMC (1985 The Apollo Theater, NYC, NY)-JH
Time to get Ill: Beastie Boys (07-05-98 Werchter, Belgium)-JH
Rock Your Socks Off: Tenacious D (09-28-01 Higher Ground, Winooski, VT)-JH

Interview with Butthouse of Limbomaniacs

Porno: Limbomaniacs (09-01-90 I-Beam, SF, CA)-JH
Seven Nation Army: White Stripes (06-13-07 Maida Vale Studios, London, England)-JH

Hour six
Learn to Fly: Foo Fighters (2012 Buenos Aires)-RD
Hard to Handle: Black Crowes (10-19-99 Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA)-JH

X-Offender: Blondie (09-21-77 Old Wardorf  San Francisco, CA)-RD
Jocko Homo: Devo (08-03-77 Mabuhay Gardens (The "Fab Mab"), San Francisco, C)-JH
Rock and Roll: Supersuckers (???? Ron has no clue when/where this show is from)

400 Bucks: Reverend Horton Heat (06-09-06 Wakarusa Music Festival, Lawrence, KS)-JH
Blitzkrieg Bop: The Ramones (05-21-76 The Club, Cambridge, MA)-JH
Join Together/Goin' Mobile: fIREHOSE (08-25-89 The Music Machine, Santa Monica, CA)-JH

School's Out: Alice Cooper (Bonnaroo, TN 06-09-12)-RD

Nothing to Lose:  Kiss (09-03-76 Richfield Stadium, Richfield, OH)-JH
Take a Letter Maria: Pleasure Barons (03-93 Vancouver, BC)-JH

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Season in Hell #139: Bears! Attack!

Want to see some great music this weekend? You should go check out Bears! Bears! Bears! at Cafe duNord this Saturday night. They've been compared to a Pixes-meets-Joy Division, and I think that's OK. They've got some driving rhythms and excellent lyrics. Go have fun. Tell them John Hell sent you.

What is quality community radio if it isn't about interviewing and playing great local music? I love Radio Valencia more and more each day. You should too. Go check out the website and all the other great shows. You can thank me later.

I'm off next week so the boys in Eclectic Dyspepsia can celebrate their one year anniversary by broadcasting from 6-10. But I'll be back on July 1st with my bi-annual special Rock Fight #10!!!

Me and Rotten Ronnie Donovan will be doing the bootleg throw down that you crave. Special guests will be in the studio as well. You do not want to miss this.  July 1st, 6-10PM.

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See you in two weeks.

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
The Better Half: Junior Brown
Godspeed: Jenny Lewis

Daddy Frank the Guitar Man: Merle Haggard
Tonight I Think I'm Gonna go Downtown: Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Interview with Bears! Bears! Bears!

I Guess We're Both Lonely: Bears! Bears! Bears!
I Am Hand Drawn: Bears! Bears! Bears!

Interview with Bears! Bears! Bears!

Train To Memphis: Papa John Creach
Hi, I'm Troy McClure
Hot Chocolate: Bears! Bears! Bears!

Interview with Bears! Bears! Bears!

Lost in Space: OP8
Bullshit Summer: Lazy Cowgirls
Delivering the Groceries: Don Caballero

Theme de Yoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago
Expensive Shit: Fela!

Goodbye Porkpie Hat: John McLaughlin
Rocked By Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Christianity is Stupid: Negativland
Tommy in 7 Minutes: Various Artists
Planet of the Apes: The Mummies

You're My Best Friend: The Melvins
John Wayne was a Nazi: Stains