Monday, January 25, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #251: Stone Cold Mugger

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Tonight was all about me blindly pulling music from my deep and vast music library, and putting together sets that I thought you would enjoy on the fly. I think you'll enjoy what you hear. There's some new music from Ty Segall, Spacin', Zig Zags, and Earthless, some funky remixes of Nick Cave and Billie Holiday. You get some garage rock, funk, pop, psych, blues, and rap. What more could you ask for in a radio show?

Do you have any idea how lucky you are to have Radio Valencia at your fingertips. Tune in all the time. You'll be glad you did.

You have until Friday, February 5th to send me your deadpoop list for my 2016 Run For The Lilies. Send me a list of 10 famous people you believe will meet their maker by December 31, 2016. The only rule: you cannot participate in their demise. Please send your list to

See you next Monday night, where I'll be doing a tribute to Paul Kantner, founder of the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, who passed away on Thursday of septic shock following a heart attack days earlier. He was 74. Just another mighty blow to the rock world in this young year.



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Take Me To The Water/I'm Going Back Home: Nina Simone
End To End: Earthless

Giving Up The Ghost: Zig Zags
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Mummies
Lieutenant Uhuru: Three Stoned Men
Lesson One: Stone Cold Boners

***Set of the night***
Diversion: Ty Segall and the Muggers
Youth of America: Melvins
Starman: David Bowie

U.S. Ruse: Spacin'
Use Me: Bill Withers
Free the Freaks: CCR Headcleaner

Like A Rolling Stone: Jimi Hendrix with Butterfield Blues Band and BB King (April 15, 1968 Generation Club - New York City, NY)
Arnold Layne: Pink Floyd (September 13, 1967 Star Club, Copenhagen, DK)
Que Sera Sera: Doris Day
Since You've Been Gone: James Brown

Don't Believe the Hype: Public Enemy
Shapes of Things: Jeff Beck Group
Super Heathen Child: Grinderman (Fripp remix)
Sweetness: Yes

Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix): Billy Holiday
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Anti-Drug PSA: James Brown
I Say Fuck: Supersuckers

As promised, here's the BBC documentary on how Bowie's "Heroes" was made, as related by producer Tony Visconti. Brilliant!

I absolutely flip every time I see the Melvins perform this tune live. Here's an excellent version:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #250: Cover Me

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Some nights I get a bug up my butt to do some kind of theme. Tonight it's all about COVERS! Who doesn't love a good cover tune? Sometimes the cover is better than the original (hence Johnny Cash doing the Eagles better than the Eagles...that's not a hard thing to do, btw. I'm sorry he died, but if I ever hear another Eagles tune it'll be way too soon). Sometimes you had no idea the song was a cover; the artist performed the song better than the original. I should do more cover specials, it almost writes itself.

More great musicians died this past week. WTF is going on?!?!?!? Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Dale "Buffin" Griffin of Mott the Hoople, Gary Loizzo of The American Breed, Mic Gillette of Tower of Power, and the legendary Blowfly all passed into the great bandstand in the sky this past week. I pay tribute in the second hour of the show.

Take a look at the playlist below, and click on the links above to stream or download the show.

No guests this coming Monday night. I have new music from Ty Segall's new band The Muggers, as well as new music from Spacin', and much much more.



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I Heard It On The X: Olivelawn
You're Going To Miss Me: Monomen
The Beat Goes On: Giant Sand

Satisfaction: Cat Power
Iron Man: The Bad Plus
The Wizard: Brown Sabbath

Dreaming: The Cherubs
Tomorrow Never Knows: 801 Live (Eno, Fripp, Manzanera, Watson, Monkman, Phillips, Watson)
Ain't Talkin' About Love: Minutemen
Sunshine of Your Love: Ella Fitzgerald
Wendy: Descendents

Heroin: Burnt One's
Miss You: The Concretes
Emma: Urge Overkill

Desperado: Johnny Cash
What is Hip: Tower of Power

Bend Me, Shape Me: The American Breed
All The Way From Memphis: Mott the Hoople
Blowfly for President: Blowfly

When the Levee Breaks: Led Zeppelin
Don Henley Must Die: Mojo Nixon

When Doves Cry: Patti Smith
One More Cup of Coffee: White Stripes

How about some live Blowfly for ya? If you haven't heard him before, you have been warned.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #249: Rebel Rebel RIP

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Magnificent artists are all around us. Have you taken the time to look and see? Do you make the time to enjoy the arts? Do you go to museums?  To the cinema? To the clubs? Do you support local bands? Do you see one-person stage shows? Do you fReaK the scene? When did you stop being an artist? Was it in elementary school, when the teacher told you to stop doodling and start paying attention? What did you aspire to be when you were a child? When did that stop? Why?

And then there's Bowie. He taught me that art is all around you. He showed me that everyone can be a part of the show. Life is drama. Life is high and low art. Art is what you make of it. He wrote about the highs and lows of life; what it is to be alone; what it means to want to be loved. He took risks. My father always told me that to live is to takes risks. 

And then there's Bowie.

When I heard the news on Sunday night, I was in disbelief. I thought, like many, that his Twitter feed had been hacked. That would be cold, but not impossible. I decided to sleep on it, but in the morning the sad truth rang all too true. The rest of my Monday was sleepwalking through the day, scrolling through my Facebook feed. I have about 1300 "friends" on FB, and over 90% of the posts throughout the day were about Bowie. How do you like that? I've never seen anything quite like it in my 9 years on FB. It was wonderful. No politics. No race issues. No economic crisis. It was all about the celebration of an artist, that we were lucky enough to exist on the same planet with at the same time. 

Tonight on my show I pay tribute to Bowie by playing some of my favorites, as well as some excellent live cuts, and some co
vers and a recent mashup featuring Bowie and Lemmy.
In the first hour I am seriously excited to have in the studio a true up and coming band, Unlikely Heroes, fronted by phenomENON Gaines. This eclectic group are synthesizing HipHop and Punk with beats and melody that is fresh, exciting, and long waited for. I saw a street performance from this young band over the summer, but I'm anticipating seeing them at the club level. They will get the room jumping like the way Gogol Bordello had the Catalyst jumping for three hours a few years back. This band has energy, and the beats and words to back it up. They've played 30 shows since last April, and for a new band that is unheard of. Once you give them a listen, and hear the interview from the show, I think you'll understand the attraction. Enon is an excellent front-man, and they'll be gracing bigger stages in the near future, if there is indeed a God of music justice.

Next Monday on my show, I'm thrilled to have Bay Area club DJ Rasta Cue-Tip aka: RasCue of Cali Agents, and Various Blends. You can check him out on Urban Umpires, or his Soundcloud page before next Monday. He'll be guest DJing for the entire show, 8-10. Tune in.

Also, don't forget to get me your celebrity death list for my 2016 Run for the Lilies. You choose 10 famous people (famous in any way), that you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2016. The only rule: you may not, in any way, be involved in how they meet their maker. Send your list to by February 4, 2016. Winner will be announced January 2017.



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Life on Mars: David Bowie
She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie
China Girl: Iggy Pop

Interview with Unlikely Heroes

Young Skywalker: Unlikely Heroes
Gold Rings: Unlikely Heroes

Interview with Unlikely Heroes

For You: Unlikely Heroes

Lazarus: David Bowie
Heroes: David Bowie

***Set of the Night***
Louis Louis Go Home: Davy Jones and the King Bees
Golden Years: Marilyn Manson
Under Pressure (a cappella): David Bowie and Freddy Mercury

"Ace of Dance": Lemmy Stardust Commemorative Mashup
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy: David Bowie and Bing Crosby
London Bye-Bye: David Bowie

Queen Bitch: Green River
Rebel Rebel: David Bowie (Dallas, TX April 27, 1983)
Young Americans: David Bowie (Tokyo, Japan May 16, 1990)
Hang Onto Yourself: David Bowie (Santa Monica, CA October 20, 1972)

Station to Station: Melvins

Bowie's in Space: Flight of the Conchords

Monday, January 04, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #248: A New Dawn

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Happy New Year to all from Sir Hell. You didn't know that I'm a "Sir" now, did you? Well there ya go. How you like them apples? Did you have a glorious end of year celebration, or do you consider it to be trite and amateur hour? Either way, I hope you have set some positive intentions for 2016, or at the very least you call a friend and go out to see some live music. I plan on doing all of the above, and often in 2016.

For Monday's show I felt I should pay tribute to the recently fallen rock-comrade Lemmy Kilmister of the seminal metal band Motörhead. I remember first hearing the "hit" Ace of Spades in the early 80s, and knowing pretty much immediately that this band was no joke. I enjoyed Motörhead through the hair-raising glam metal years of the 80s and 90s, and loved that they kept true to their nature: raw and in-your-face loud. Monday I played mostly early tracks and a rare live track from my bootleg library.

Did you know Lemmy was a Joni Mitchell fan? Me either.

Monday also saw the 30th anniversary of the passing of legendary frontman Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy. Damn, where does the time go? I did a little tribute to him as well, including a blistering live version of "The Rocker" live, with six guitarist rocking out on stage!!!

The remainder of the how was a genre grab-bag. Take a look at the playlist below.

I am also excited to introduce my 2016 "Run for the Lilies"! You come up with a list of 10 famous people you believe will be dead by 12-31-2016, and send that list to by February 01, 2016. The only rule is that you may not participate in the demise of any of the persons on your list. The winner will get a prize to be determined.

This should be a great year for music. Go out and support your local music scene, wherever you live.



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Sinnerman: Nina Simone
Big Log: Robert Plant

The Passenger: Iggy Pop
Court and Spark: Joni Mitchell
The Runaway: Danny O'Keefe

Little Girl in Bloom: Thin Lizzy
The Rocker: Thin Lizzy

Suicide: Thin Lizzy (05-14-76 Detroit, MI)
Time of No Reply: Nick Drake

Overkill: Motöhead
All The Aces: Motöhead
Killed By Death: Motöhead

Ace of Spades: Motöhead (March 22, 1982 Newcastle, England)
Truth: Alexander Ebert

Henry Lee: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
It's A Man's World: James Brown and his Famous Flames
Little Child, Running Wild: Curtis Mayfield

That's Life: Frank Sinatra
Hello Dolly: Louis Armstrong
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett

Enjoy some live Motörhead from "Top of the Pops" in 1983