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