Monday, February 29, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #255: Are You Still Talking?

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It's LEAP DAY!!! I just thought I'd shout that out. Happy 7th birthday to my friend Drea, and 13th to my friend Paul. You're both so cute, but you look really old for your age.

I recently added the Drumpf extension to my Chrome. that means even if I type Trump into this blog, when I see it on my computer it'll say Drumpf. HA! Love it. I also added the Kardashian blocker, which kindly also blocks all-things Kanye, Kimye, and Jenner, and whatever other terms I add to it. I don't need the heartburn, knowhatimean? I can even add "John Hell" to it, and it'll block me! Wait, I don't mean to give any of you some wild idea. You need me. You need me to educate you on quality radio programming. You need me to school you on the newest of the new sounds going down in the uptown. I offer for your consideration the following playlist below.

Check out the first hour! So much classic rap and hip hop. I don't play nearly enough of this. I also feature legendary local hiphopsters: Kalri$$ian!!! They are blazing hot, and I cannot wait to get them into my bed, er...I mean, back in the studio. Yes. That is what I meant to say. Studio. Ahem. Check out their Twitter stream too. It's often NSFW, so you've been warned.

There's some good ol' fashion punk rock, Americana, psycho-swing, psychedelia, doom metal, spaghetti-western soundtrack music, new garage rock, and classic Ray Charles just because I can.

Tune in for the music, stay for the witty banter. I can't recall everything I said, but I'm fairly certain there's a quality rant in the somewhere.

Do you tune in for just the music? I want to know. Leave a comment about why you listen, what you enjoy, and what you would like more of (and yes: less of). I'm thinking of creating a simple survey for you all to take. Thanks for your input. I want to make this a show you look forward to each and every Monday night. Or perhaps you can just make a John Hell Blocker and then you won't have to worry about seeing anymore of this drivel.



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Burn Hollywood, Burn: Public Enemy
Spoonie's Back: Spoonie G
Am I Black Enough For You? Schooly D

High Plains Drifter: Beastie Boys
Medicine Cabinet: Kalri$$ian
The Gong Show Theme: Chuck Barris and Milton DeLugg
Damballa: The Pharaohs
Fried Pies: Wes Montgomery Trio

Hedges: Naked Lights
Like Calling Up Thunder: Gun Club
I'm So Bored with the USA: The Clash
Something I Said?: Ray Condo and his Ricochets

King of California: Dave Alvin
March of the Beggars: Ennio Morricone

Dead or Alive: Dale Crover
Mortal Fire: Black Elk Medicine Band
New Trawgs III: Sic Alps

Most Anything You Want: Iron Butterfly
Run Run Run: White Fence
Whipping Post: Frank Zappa (live)

Kofuku - Now, Apocalypse: Low Flying Hawks

Shrinking Moon For You: Wooden Shjips
Greenbacks: Ray Charles

Have you been following the clown car that is the GOP debates? Then you have to see this!!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #254: Driving Me Insane

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Taking a week off from hosting my show gives me serious withdrawl-like symptoms. Considering radio is my drug of choice, you'll just have to imagine what it's like.

Anywho, it wasn't easy being away from you all for that long, and for that I apologize. Thanks to Jim G for carrying the load while I was away. He did a great Bowie tribute in my absence. If you haven't heard it, here's the link.

As for tonight, just take a gander at the playlist below! Much in the way of genres, and eras. I also gave tickets away to two upcoming shows, The Soft White Sixties, and The Hooks. If you tune in regularly you too can win yourself tickets to local shows by great bands. Please go out and support live, local music. The bands will thank you, and it just might get you laid.



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Zodiacal Woman: Queen Crescent
Franks Kaktus: Dungen

Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?: Funkadelic (remix ft. Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube)
The Turnaround: Big John Patton

Grave Robbers: WAND
Buick Mackane: Ty Segall
Midnight Special: Harry Belefonte
Italian Song: The Gits

Bewlay Brothers: David Bowie
Baby Blue: Shannon and the Clams
Do The Kirk: The Mummies

Beatrice: Phantom Ships
Whiskey Train: Procol Harum
Stopping Man: Spacin'

FB12: Thee Oh Sees
A Word of Advice: The Faith Healers
Be Yourself: Hawkwind

City Lights: The Soft White Sixties
Have a Beer with Fear: Fear
In a Jar: Dinosaur Jr.
Morning Has Broken: Cat Stevens

10,000 Feet and Rising: The Hooks
Cut your Hair: Pavement
Watcher the Skies: Genesis

The Changling: The Doors

You've never heard of The Gits?!?!?! What the bloody Hell? then you've never heard the tragic story of their fallen leader, Mia Zapata. Take a look below.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #253: Enough Already

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Are you serious?!?!? How many does this make now, something like a bakers dozen? Do we get a prize if we hit 20 by March? What's the deal with all this celebrity death? And it's all the good one's too! Of course many of our recent passers-on probably shouldn't have made it out of the 1970s, so it's no wonder they're all drifting off of this mortal coil in their 70s, but still...

Last week we lost two more solid statesman. Maurice White, the founder of Earth Wind and Fire; and Dan Hicks, drummer, singer and songwriter of, who were to be considered the FIRST of the true San Francisco psychedelic bands, The Charlatans, and of his own band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.

I did a tribute to both on this evening. They are labeled for your convenience.

There's some new music from local rockers Older Sun, and Texas ass-whoopers, Honky, featuring Butthole Surfers' bassist J.D. Pinkus. Both are off of brand spankin' new 7" 45s on Valley King Records. I got both, and many more at Thee Parkside last weekend watching Dale Crover's side project Altamont.

So who's next on the list to go? I got a good amount of lists for my (not always) annual Run for the Lilies, and so far no one mentioned has passed away. No one had Antonin Scalia, but I'm pretty sure not many people I know will miss that guy too much. And he didn't record any songs that I cared for anyway.

Keep on keepin' on, fly like an eagle, and let choice be your voice.



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Transmaniacon MC: Blüe Oyster Cult
Far Wells, Mill Valley: Charles Mingus

Freedom Day: Max Roach
Words of Advice: Material

***Tribute to Maurice White***
Sweetback's Song: Earth, Wind and Fire
Power: Earth, Wind and Fire

Evil: Earth, Wind and Fire
Versificator: Bobby Previte

One Hell of a Woman: Older Sun
Gotards Theme Song: Honky

Burning Spear: Thee Oh Sees
ABC: Peach Kelli Pop
With My Looks and Your Brains: Mr. T Experience
I'm Watching You: Jay Reatard

***Dan Hicks Tribute***
One More Cowboy (with Willie Neslson): Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
That Ain't Right (Gibby Phones it in mix): Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
Under the Sun: Black Sabbath

Afterburner: Boris
Do It: Rollins Band
See You In The Boneyard: the Flesh Eaters

Notes and Chords Mean Nothing To Me: the Monkeywrench
Ungowa! Victims Family

Monday, February 01, 2016

Hell's Kitchen Radio #252: Hell Takes Off

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I can't recall what it was that inspired me to want to play a bunch of international groups tonight, but you can thank me later. The first hour features groups from Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey, India, Mali, and Jamaica. it's got a funky beat, and you can get down to it.

The second hour features a tribute to Paul Kantner, the founder of Jefferson Airplane, and Signe Anderson, the first female lead singer of the same group. They both died on January 28th, both at the age of 74! I'm guessing they had some sort of death pact. I find it interesting that the JA homepage makes no mention of the fact that they both died. Hmm. I play a couple of live JA/JS tracks, and you have just got to listen to how high Grace Slick is during the Wooden Ships track from 1970. WOW!

There's some new Melvins near the end, as well as Dale Crover-led Altamont near the beginning of the second hour. Altamont is headlining a Valley King Records showcase at Thee Parkside this Saturday night. You have got to be at this show!!! Look, I ended that last sentence with three (count them) exclamation marks! That means I'm triply serious about you being in attendance. Honky was supposed to be there in support, but had scheduling conflicts, so Dale's other side project PORN will play, along with Older Sun. This promises to be a great, and rockin' show. See you all there. Follow the links for more info. Alan Forbes did an amazing poster for the show, and Justin McNeil of Valley King/Secret Serpents announced that split 7"s will be available at the show. GO TO THIS SHOW!

You have until this Friday, February 5th to email me your Run for the Lilies 2016 list of 10 famous people you believe will be dead by the end of 2016. Email me at Winners will be announce in January 2017, and gifts will be awarded soon after. GET THOSE LISTS IN!!! (see, three exclamation marks)

See you next Monday night, where I may or may not have a special guest and tickets to give away.



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Arawan: Tinariwen
Rasket El Fadaa: Omar Khorshid

The Mod Trade: The Black Beats
Kun Rod Fai, Pai Rod Bus, Kee Chang, Kant Tent: The Hot Pepper
Iron Fist: Lee "Scratch" Perry
Our Thing: Jackie Mittoo

My Lady's Frustrations: Fela Kuti
Afro Funk: Afro Funk

Everybody Get Down: Asiko Rock Group
Express Yourself: NWA

***Set of the Night***
Sweet Child of Mine/All Out of Love: GnR/Air Supply
Nice 'n' Sleazy: The Stranglers
Snortin' Whiskey: Honky

EZ Rider: Altamont
Knives: The Phantom Ships

Chauffeur Blues: Jefferson Airplane
Today: Jefferson Airplane
Wooden Ships: Jefferson Airplane (May 7, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC, NY)

Stairway to Cleveland: Jefferson Starship (May 28, 1982 Moscone Convention Center, SF, CA)

Chicken 'n' Dump: Mike and the Melvins
Don't Come Home A-Drinking With Lovin' On Your Mind: Loretta Lynn

Californian Hills: Ty Segall