Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Season in Hell #133: International Playboy

A rare night without any guests. You know what that means, more music for you. Tonight, unbeknownst to me, I brought a bunch of local artists. The first hour is full of great local sounds from the past 20 years or so. And yes, I consider the Melvins a local band.

The second hour is mostly live, as I've received so many great live shows lately , I just had to do my duty and share some goodness with you all.

This Friday, May 3rd, is the annual James Brown birthday celebration, during the annual KFJC Month of Mayhem, known as "Doin' it to Death". It's a 24 hour party, that I'll be co-hosting. I do my own slot from 6-10PM (PDST). Tune in and get ready to get down...and get back up again.

After the KFJC party, I'm heading over to the Radio Valencia studios for a live, in-studio Ask Dr Hal show and RV fundraiser. If you're around, you should come down. It's a great way to experience live radio. We're going from 11-1AM.

Next Monday, May 6th, on A Season in Hell, my buddy, and writer/editor for So What, the official fanzine of Metallica, Steffan Chirazi, will be in the studio with me paying "homage" to the passing of the late (not so great) Margaret Thatcher. We'll be playing some of her favorite music from that era, along with some tributes to her old golfing partner, Ronald Reagan.

This should be a hoot!

In the meantime, kick back, chill out and enjoy two fabulous hours from Monday night.

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
International Playboys: The High Nobles
Comin': Mensclub

Lazy, Loser, Leech: Los Banos
In Heaven There is no Beer: Polkacide
Let Me Roll It: The Melvins

Screaming Skull: King Tuff
I Must Have Been Blind: Eugene Chadbourne
Mazel Tov Cocktail: New Orleans Klezmer All Stars

Nick the Dick: Three Day Stubble
Frisco Line: Rube Waddell
'62 Breakout: Leon "Whitey" Thompson
Aqui Como Alla: Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos

Between Two Worlds: Nova Express (04-06-2013 John Zorn @ 60, Program 3: New Projects
Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, Minneapolis, MN)
Straight Ahead: Abbey Lincoln

The Race is On: George Jones (1979 Gillies-Pasadena, TX)
On the Road Again: Grateful Dead (09-26-80 Warfield Theater, SF, CA)

You Are What You Love: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins (HSB, SF, CA 10-05-2012)
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down: Miles From India
Pseudo-Bread: Boris

Astronome Domine: Pink Floyd (Piper Club, Rome, Italy "First European International Pop Festival", 6th May 1968)
Rastaman Chant: The Wailers (BBC Sessions June 1973)

Chinese Rocks: The Heartbreakers (Max's Kansas City, New York, New York, May 8, 1980)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Season in Hell #132: Kalri$$ian Makes Me Feel Dirty

I don't think you're getting enough nasty in your life. Therefore, I believe it's up to me, John Hell, to bring more of the dirty into your far-too-clean existence. How to do this most effectively? Well that's an easy one, it's all about Kalri$$ian baby! 

Kalri$$ian is back with a new full-length CD: Star Magic, and they're in the studio talking up the music, the hype, the nasty, and the CD release party at the Supper Club this Saturday night, April 27th. This is the PERFECT location to see this debaucherous crew in all their glory.

I'll post pictures on my Facebook page soon. They are so hot, that my pants literally melted off of me. I'm not joking. I was a puddle on the studio floor. 

I want to thank Smooth Rick, Chachi, Kitty and Bernie for taking the time to come into the studio, turn me on, and leave me breathless.

It was Record Store Day last Saturday, and I got a few tasty treats. The second hour I play some of my new favorites as well as some live cuts to get your booty moving. 

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Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Freedom: Richie Havens

Do It In The Dirt: Enrique
Throw Your Tits Out: Kalri$$ian

"Interview" with Kalri$$isan

Spell your Love: Kalri$$ian

"Interview" with Kalri$$isan

Inside Us Is A Place: Kalri$$ian
Porno: Limbomaniacs
Bitches Ain't Shit: Ben Folds

"Interview" with Kalri$$isan

Star Magic: Kalri$$ian
Earth People: Dr. Octogon
Big Little Baby: Reverend Horton Heat

Country Roads: Toots and the Maytals (04-22-78 - Toronto, Canada
The Only Son of the Widow Nain: Mudhoney
Tangled North: Lori Goldston
A Victory for Polio: Iron Lung

Grown in a Graveyard: Thee Oh Sees
Nothing Hurts Worse: Father John Misty
Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson
Und Jetzt Die Sportschau: Global Unity 75
I'm So Bored with the USA: The Clash

Get It On: Grinderman (07-26-2007 Great American Music Hall, SF, CA)
Fuck the Police: NWA (03-24-1989 Celebrity Theater, Anaheim, CA)

A couple of weeks ago, my dear friend Pepe Ozan passed away, after a short battle with an undetermined illness. Pepe was an amazing artist, who is well known to the Burning Man community for his annual Opera, which he co-wrote, and where were performed on playa-covered steel of his own creation. His work was like him: larger than life. He also fell in love with the people and the country of India, having spent a lot of time there, and filming a few films about his experiences and the colorful people. There was no containing Pepe, and he lived his life unapologetically.  He will be missed.
This is Pepe and myself on the Cyberbuss, during the first Artcar West Fest in 1997.

Here's a taste of one of his operas from 1996. This one features Justin Credible as Mistress Zoe.
This may or may not be NSFW. You decide.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Season in Hell #131: Slipping Away

OK, this is really late. Sorry about that. No guests tonight, just you and me and the beautiful music that has been made for me to share with you.

I open with brand new Mudhoney. This album rocks harder than their last few, and that's really saying something, as all of their albums ROCK HARD!

I also include some live Nick Cave from the show I attended a couple of weeks ago. SWEET!

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Slipping Away: Mudhoney
Son of Mustang Ford: Swervedriver

March Of The Lor: The Sword
I Heard it on the X: Olivelawn
The Big Three Killed My Baby: The White Stripes

Buenas Tardes Amigo: Ween
The House on the Hill: The Mummies
Shit Luck: Modest Mouse
Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing: Minutemen
The Gulag Orkestar: Beirut

Black Betty: The Melvins
Frazetta: Wizard Rifle
Dreaming: The Cherubs

Like a Hurricane: Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Stagger Lee: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (04/09/13 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, SF, CA)
Alcohol: The Kinks

Public Image Limited: PIL (11/08/83 The Studio, Bristol, England)
Tekufah: Bar Kokhba (04/06/13 Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, Minneapolis, MN)

Lost Sailor->Saint of Circumstance: Grateful Dead (11/24/79 Golden Hall, San Diego, CA)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Season in Hell #130: That's Illogistical!

Oh boy, it's one thing when you host a band that you don't have personal connections with coming into the studio, it's another when you've been friends for over 20 years. When you don't know the band, they're all polite and well-behaved, and answer your questions directly. When you know them, it's almost all of the above, but they call you by the wrong name (on purpose), talk to people off mic (when you're on mic), and steal your snacks. I still love them from the bottom of my heart. I'm just sayin', is all.

With that being said, I was beyond excited to host local progressive, electronic rock trio The Illogistical Resource Dept (AKA: The I.R.D.), who are having a CD release party for "Catharsis" at the El Rio this Saturday night. This ten song CD, which will fly you to the moon and back, with it's understated guitar acrobatics, from veteran guitarist Jim Harris. Dan Menapace holds down the bottom, with bone-shaking bass and synth. The drumming is done meticulously, as if Noa "Oz, the Watermonk of Dah" Appleton is a PhD student in the department of kicking your math rock ass.

I'm a genuine fan of these three as musicians and as people. There is something that just feels right when good things happen to good people. You need to make this show. But first be certain to listen to the podcast of this show.

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead: Herbert Stothart
Between the Wars: Billy Bragg
Prophets Of Rage: Public Enemy

Get A Job / Stand Down Margaret: The English Beat

Adverse Side Effect (The nausea remix): Illogistical Resource Dept

Frame by Frame: King Crimson
Augmented Banality: Illogistical Resource Dept

Caveat Emptor: Illogistical Resource Dept
When Frogs Attack: Illogistical Resource Dept
Here Come the Bastards: Primus
Looking Out: Wooden Shjips

Silky Milky Way: Turn Me On Dead Man
We No Who U R: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Gor Det Nu: Dungen

At Midnight: Aura Meets Lee Perry
The Supermen: David Bowie
In and Out of Grace: Mudhoney

Amazing Journey/Sparks: The Who
Backdoor Medley: ZZ Top

I Left My Heart In San Francisco: Tony Bennett

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A Season in Hell #129: Ghosts in the Honeymoon

What a great day. I took the day off because today is the only religious holiday that I celebrate: St. Stupid's Day, brought to you by Bishop Joey and the First Church of the Last Laugh. If you live in the Bay Area, then you have no excuses, you need to join us next year. I love living here.

After a couple of hours parading around the financial district, making fun of the suits, it was time to get ready for the next great event of the afternoon: the wedding of Dominic Trix to his bride-to-be, Alicia.

About a month ago I was asked to officiate their nuptials. Being an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church since 1996, I was only happy to oblige my dear friend from KFJC. I've known the great Dominic since I started their way back in 1988. Trix and Alicia tied the knot at the beautiful Sutro Baths in SF. And what a beautiful afternoon and ceremony it was.

Following the ceremony it was time to get to the studio. Trix and Alicia have a noise duo named Acid Blast. They brought the entire wedding party into the studio, and performed live in the final 20 minutes of the show. It's worth a listen. Turn it up!

In the first hour, Alexis, from The Dark Room Theater, to talk about the upcoming stage adaptation of Ghostbusters Live!. Go here for more information. The Dark Room is known for their colorful performances, from their Twilight Zone episodes, to a great Princess Bride. You'll even catch yours truly co-hosting Bad Movie Night there from time to time. Go to this show!

The music for the first hour is pretty damn funky. Get ready to put your dancing shoes on. 

The second hour features the return to the Radio Valencia studios of my dear friend and talented guitar slinger, Eric McFadden. Eric has a new band, T.E.N., featuring Eric, along with Thomas Pridgen of Mars Volta and Norwood Fisher of Fishbone. They're playing The Independent in SF this Friday. I can tell you where I'll be that night. We played a couple of tunes from the new EP, spoke about the full-length they're about to release, and the upcoming tour. Eric really does need to find some time to sleep. In the meantime, ROCK ON!

In the final 20 minutes or so, the newlywed noise-makers, Acid Blast performed in the studio to a live audience. We had about 20 people hanging out with us. This would have been impossible in our former digs. We love our new home! 

It's almost too much to take.

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
I Heard About Your Band: Breaks

Interview with Alexis of the Dark Room

Black Room: Field Trip to the Moon
Elanor, Put Your Boots Back On: Franz Ferdinand
George Bush Don't Like Black People: K.O.
Express Yourself: NWA

Am I Black Enough For Ya?: Schooly D
Loran's Dance: Idris Muhammed
Water's Edge: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

If I'm Lucky I Might Just Get Picked Up: Betty Davis
Everything I Do Gonna Be funky: Lou Donaldson

Get Down Moses: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
I Wanna Holler: Detroit Cobras
Dirt: Iggy & the Stooges

Don't Come Home A Drinkin' With Loving On Your Mind: Loretta Lynn
Do I Look Like A Slut: Avenue D

Interview with Eric McFadden

On A Front: T.E.N.
Asleep in the Ocean: T.E.N.
American Wedding: Gogol Bordello
Transmission: Low

Marlon and Alicia and Acid Blast