Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Season in Hell #124: Touch Me I'm Sick!

What a week. You know, I'm never sick, EVER, but over the weekend I attended Wisdom 2.0, a conference that brings Mindfulness and business together. I wanted to see what they had to say about education. I'm a teacher by day, you know. Anyway, I'm at the Concourse Exhibition Center with about 1400 people, and you would think that these adults are all super healthy, with their yoga, and their kombucha. I got sick. WTF? I'm never sick, so I'm not taking this very well. One nostril gets clogged and it's all over for me. Hmm... I don't think I've ever actually typed the word nostril before, let alone written it out. Interesting. Nostril.

In the studio tonight I was super excited to had local alt-country-rockers Vandella stop by to share music from the recent release Fire in the Desert. They're one swell four piece. We talked about their influences, the writing process, who they like to play with, and what they have in store. The playlist that follows will show you the tunes we played. I'm loving "Mother Mississippi", by the way.

Noise Pop is this week, and I totally planned to have a show about it tonight, except I went to this conference over the weekend, and I GOT SICK! I ended up playing a few songs anyway. Enjoy them, and then go see some shows.

The second hour is a miss-mash, but it's totally worth your time. There's some old-school rap, soulful jazz, live prog-rock and some new Nick Cave.

It doesn't get any better than this. Really? Then shoot me. See you next week.

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Do It: Rollins Band
This Time Next Year: Damien Jurado

Divide by Zero: Ramona Falls
Away For The Weekend: Social Studies

Interview with Vandella

Hurt Me: Vandella

Interview with Vandella

Some Say:

Interview with Vandella

Mother Mississippi: Vandella

Interview with Vandella

Dig: Vandella
Dept. Of Disappearance: Jason Lytle
Automechanic: Jenny O.

Wide Lovely Eyes: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Slow and Low: Run DMC
Supperrapin': Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5

Loren's Dance: Idris Muhammad

Agitation: Miles Davis Quintet: Teatro Sistina, Rome October 27, 1969

Yours is no Disgrace: Yes: The Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT July 24, 1971

My Way: Sid Viscious

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Season in Hell #123: That's President Hell To You

It's President's Day in the US, and that means that...um, well, er...I'm not sure what that means. We used to have to holidays in February, one for Washington's birthday, and one for Lincoln's birthday. Now it's all on one day. I guess they figured George and Honest Abe are good guys, but why should they get all the glory? I mean, come on, how about Millard Fillmore, or William Howard Taft? And hey, let's give it up for my boy James K. Polk!!! Or how about Lester Young?

I got the day off today, which was nice. So I took the time to prepare a tasty treat of a show for you. The first hour features the holiday theme, some of which are a bit subversive. GASP!

Today also marks the 39th anniversary of the release of the first Kiss album, "Kiss". I pay homage to my first favorite group. I was in the Kiss Army at the age of 5. I truly do want to rock and roll all night, and party every day.

The second hour is all new music, including the great new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds track "Jubille Street". I can't wait to see them live at the Civic in San Francisco in April. There is never a lack of great new sounds out there, and leave it to the best radio station west of East Orange, New Jersey to give it to you. I share links for then stuff. Click on it, and go buy their music.

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Do It: Rollins Band
54/40 or Fight: Dead Moon (Live at KFJC 1997)

James K. Polk: They Might Be Giants
Christ for President: Billy Bragg
Bonzo Goes to Bitburg: The Ramones

Sweethearts: Camper Van Beethoven
If There's a Hell Below: Curtis Mayfield
Funky President: James Brown
If Reagan Played Disco: Minutemen

Mr President We're In Trouble (ft. Jimmy Carter): Fold
Remixed Speech at Ft. Bragg 06/28/2005: George W. Bush
George Bush Don't Like Black People: K.O.

Deuce: Kiss
Goin' Blind: Melvins

You Gotta Have Someone: Mikal Cronin
She's In All Your Dreams: The Orwells
Make Believe Emergencies: Adam Widener

Disguise: The Spyrals
Days of Being Wild: TV Torso
Funeral de John Fahey: Guadalupe Plata

Jubilee Street: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Ghost: Deer Tick
My Hands are Empty: Joseph Hein

I've Been There: Cody Chestnut
De La Ceca A La Meca (Sally's Uptight): Darwin Teoria

Houses (feat. Neil Young on Guitar): Elyse
My Way: Sid Viscious

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Season in Hell #122: Just Say Yes

There comes a time in every young mans' life when he feels the call of the wild, the wind through the trees, the voice of the angels, calling him to unknown adventures across the lands and the seas. I am not a young man. I was once, and when I was I was always on the hunt for an adventure. And I always found it.

Be careful what you wish for, my father would tell me, because it will come true.

He was right about that. Now that I'm a bit older I don't need to go out looking for adventure, I've built up so much adventure capital, that it come looking for me. I've always been a "yes man", which has gotten me into more positive predicaments than negative ones. Can you imagine that? I know that many of you are reading this right now, and you're saying to yourself "every time I say "yes" I end up regretting it". Not me. Every time I say "yes" it takes me to the most unbelievable places. Whether it's a smoking hot show, or a smoking hot woman (sorry if I offend), or an island in the Caribbean, or a once in a lifetime job, or the the ability to meet a musical hero of mine, saying YES has taken me there.

Oh yes, I have had a multitude of trials and tribulations. Don't even get me started on that, but really, in the end, it's the amazing adventures that I've been open to that will define my life. The one constant through it all is music. Music is my life source, and radio is my drug of choice. Shows like the one I did tonight, prove to me once again, that radio is an empty canvas just waiting for the artist to fill it up. Tonight I am your artist. Come enjoy the show.

Just say yes.

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Do It: Rollins Band
Devil's Rodeo: Diamanda Galas and John Paul Jones

Mercy Seat: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Wakin On A Pretty Day: Kurt Vile
Virginia Slims: Futurebirds

Young, Gifted and Broke: Aura and Lee "Scratch" Perry
Delusional Blues: The Murlocs
Levitation: Groovy Ghoulies
Love on an Eleven Year Old Level: GTO's
Pogo: Dune Rats
Snake Charmer: Eagle Eye Williamson

Surf, Soul, Shake: Craters
Joulie Oulie: Peach Kelli Pop
Tears Of A Clown: Pond

Imaginary: Ty Segall (07-30-2010 Amnesia, SF, CA)
School Days: Chuck Berry
Spy World: Wall of Voodoo

Mouth: Idiot Flesh
Iragi Curator: Triclops
Reurrectio: Harpsicorpse

Mataoza: Boris
Deep Sucker: Boris
Mudmen: Pink Floyd

My Way: Sid Vicious

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A Season in Hell #121: Call Me Balloonatic

We should really consider placing cameras in the Radio Valencia studios. You wouldn't believe how amazing our new place is. I just want to show it off to everyone I know. We spent our first two years in a 35 square foot rat hole. Now we're feeling like we're flying high in 600 square feet of AWESOMENESS!!!

Tonight I just had to share my love of all things radio with my good friend, and KFJC alum, Andy Cadaver. Andy is a filmmaker, writer, world-traveler, and the most original balloon twister I have ever met. That's right, balloon twister. Andy traveled around the world for over two years, twisting thousands of balloons for thousands of people. His stories, and the pictures, taken by his good friend Charlie Eckert, are priceless.

While Andy was guesting on the Martha Stewart show, she asked him if he would do an event at her home, which he gladly accepted. While he was at her home, twisting hundreds of balloons, he got a tick bite, which led to Lymes Disease. Fun! In bed recovering for many weeks, Andy created the balloon bass. This quirky idea led to his collaboration with musicians Nels Cline, Ralph Carney and Kenny Wollesen. Obviously Andy is doing something right.

Andy shares some stories and plays some music, live and recorded, on the show this evening. Oh yes, and Andy's real name is Addi Somekh. He's wonderful and talented, and the world is a better place for having him here. Thanks Addi...or Andy.

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Do It: Rollins Band
That Woman's Got Me Drinking: Shane MacGowen & the Popes
There She Goes, My Beautiful World: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Interview with Andy Cadaver

Trickle Down System: Giant Sand
Nailing Honey To The Bee: Brian Jonestown Massacre
Una Pistola Per Gringo: Ennio Morricone
Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad: The Clash
Because: Alice Cooper & The Bee Gees
Blue Jay Way: The Beatles

Interview with Andy Cadaver

National Anthem:Unpopable
Master Blaster (dub): Stevie Wonder
Lament: Lenny Soundtrack
Hikky Burr: Quincy Jones
St Ides Commercial: Ice Cube and the Ghetto Boys

Interview with Andy Cadaver

Little ol' Country Boy: Parliament
Every Day I Love You Less and Less: Kaiser Chiefs
Doin' That Rag: Grateful Dead

Interview with Andy Cadaver

Sgt. Pepper Instrumental: The Beatles
Deep Soul Diving: Don Laurie
One More Cup of Coffee: The White Stripes

My Way: Sid Vicious