Monday, April 12, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #433: Born Secular

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A night with nothing to prove. After last week's country/americana show, I feel like I needed to cleanse myself with a variety of genres. That's the usual as you may know. There's lots of music that's new to you on here. Ace of Cups first ever release (2018), Joe Strummer compilation, prank phone calls to religious radio stations, Ethiopian jazz master, Chilean psych, Irish neo-folk, the king of Be-bop, a rediscovered folk gem, rumbling guitar, punk, funk, and junk. 

See how far I go for you?

In the weeks to come I'm planning a few specials: Hello/Goodbye, days of the week, time of day, and a multi-part special on John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees, OCS, Damaged Bug, Yikes, Coachwhips and many more bands. 

So much to look forward to, coming up Monday's 8-10PM Pacific on Radio Valencia.

And don't forget about John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza, Monday's 6-8PM Pacific, where I pull full shows from my vast live bootleg collection. Take a look at this blog for previous shows. Tune in every Monday to see what I have planned.



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Police Truck: Dead Kennedys
Feel Good: Ace of Cups

Love Kills: Joe Strummer
Prole Art Threat: The Fall
Modern World: Melvins

Let's Have a Party: Wanda Jackson
The Catholics Are Attacking: Pop O Pies
Sticky Situations: National Hardwood Floor Association
Blue Nile: Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics

Here In The Dark: Aoife Nessa Frances
Latinarabia: WatchOut!

I Was Denied: Thee Oh Sees
Circles: Moon Duo
White Rabbit: The Great Society
Klaunstance: Charlie Parker

Crayon Angel: Judee Sill
Hippie Boy: Flying Burrito Brothers

Born Secular: Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Puppet Show: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Special Radio Edit Mix: Negativland

Bad Reputation: Reverend Horton Heat
Law of the Jungle: Link Wray
The Frisko Freeze: The Mummies
Uncontrollable Urge: Devo
Jesus: Velvet Underground
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Traffic January 26, 1973 & Blind Faith June 7, 1969


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

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That are certain shows that I fantasize I attended. Isn't that all of us? The two I'm going to share tonight definitely make the list. Up first is a rip-roaring show from septet-era Traffic, on a cold winter night at Winterland in San Francisco, January 26, 1973. This is a soundboard tape of unknown generation, but the quality is amazing. The band featured Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, David Hood, Rebop Kwaku Baah, Barry Beckett & Roger Hawkins at this time, giving it a strong stage presence.

Hour two features Steve Winwood in his short-lived power-quartet Blind Faith, alongside Eric Clapton, Ginger "Beware Mr" Baker, and Rick Grech, live in Hyde Park, in London, June 7, 1969. This is the band's debut performance!!! Can you even imagine?

This is a rare and excellent soundboard recording. This band didn't last long, well, er, because Ginger Baker. You know? If you don't know, then you must watch the documentary "Beware of Mr. Baker" ASAP! I always wondered what would have become of this band had they a drummer who wasn't such a ferocious presence on and off stage? I guess we'll just have to enjoy what they left behind.

And that's where I come in! Two hours from two great bands, all for you, Monday 6-8PM Pacific on Radio Valencia

Stick around 8-10PM Monday night for my two-hour music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. I have a lot of new music on store for you.



Monday, April 05, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #432: Not Forever, Just For Now

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There's something about hosting a thematic special that really gets the juices flowing. I don't know if this was really a special, but I stuck with one genre for the most part on this show. My fabulous daughter, Little Lauson Hell tells me she doesn't like Country music. To which I respond, you just haven't really heard good Country music. Like anyone with musical taste, commercial anything is usually crap, that's goes double for Country, but there have been some real treats in the history of this genre. I merely scratched the surface by playing some of my favorite artists. And it's not hit-heavy as you will see.

And I didn't program this show chronologically. So there.

I hope you find some treats in here. That's the plan, right?



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Ring of Fire: June Carter Cash
Satan is Real: Louvin Brothers
Travelin' Prayer: Dolly Parton

Thanks A Lot: Ernest Tubb
Your Cheating Heart: Hank Williams
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels: Kitty Wells
Bubbles in my Beer: Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

White Lightning: George Jones
Buckaroo: Buck Owens
Stupid Cupid: Patsy Cline
Mama Tried: Merle Haggard
Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Jubilee Trail/Do Re Mi/Promised Land: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men
Semi Crazy: Junior Brown

Waltz Across Texas Tonight: Emmylou Harris
In My Hour Of Darkness: Gram Parsons
Your Gentle Way of Loving Me: The Byrds

Wallflower: Bob Dylan
She's A Mover: Sir Douglas Quintet
Wreck of the Old 97: Johnny Cash
Cold Cold Heart: Waylon Jennings

Are You Alright?: Lucinda Williams
Blue Moon Waltz: Jimmy Dale Gilmore
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow: Soggy Bottom Boys ft. Dan Tyminski

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit
Powderfinger: Neil Young
Wrote A Song For Everyone: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Whiskey Bottle: Uncle Tupelo

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Townes Van Zandt & Guy Clark (February 16, 1991) & Emmylou Harris And The Hot Band (March 31, 1976)


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

I got me a hankerin' for some country music tonight. So how about two hot shows that'll have you begging for more? First up, an hour from the two great Texas singer/songwriters performing together: Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, live from the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas in 1991. This is an amazing performance that was broadcast live on the FM.

The second hour comes from the great Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, featuring James Burton on guitar. This was shortly before Burton's exit from the Hot Band, and they were on fire throughout this great set. This show was recorded live in Hamburg, Germany on March 31, 1976. It's a crystal clear soundboard, liberated from the bootleg: "I Really Had A Ball Last Night" 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #431: The Right String But The Wrong Yoyo

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How has time changed for you over the past year? Some days, when I'm busy teaching, grading, cleaning up the Hellhole, and caring for the Hell spawn, it seems to fly right by, leaving me wonder where the Hell all this free time is? Then there are days when I fell it drag right along, as if the seconds are actually ticking backwards. What are we going to remember about this time a decade from now? Is there anything you have been putting off that you really need to get to before we all head back out into the world we think we knew? How do you want to approach the post-pandemic world? Will you rush back in, jumping at the chance to go everywhere and see everyone? Or are you going to slowly ease in, keeping your mask on deep into 2021, and quietly judging anyone who has the gall to walk around without a mask?

What's it going to be?

I received my two Pfizer vaccinations a few weeks back, with no side effect besides a minor soreness at the injection site, and I'm keeping my mask on until we're given the go ahead to take it off. I don't want to be the guy who can't get sick, but carries the virus and gets others sick. Not on my watch!

Since San Francisco is moving closer to the yellow tier, this means that Radio Valencia is getting closer to opening our new studio at 3227 22nd Street. This is a storefront location, and I cannot wait to start broadcasting my show live from there. I hunger for the energy of our own studio once again, interviewing people, getting loud, and letting my hair down. Don't get me wrong, the concept of doing my show from my bedroom is oh so much fun, but being reminded that it's Bodhi's bedtime, and not to talk so loudly is really putting a crimp in my style. KnowWhatIMean?

That being said, I'm really excited about this recent show of mine. I was off last week, so I had a lot of music saved up to share with you all. I think I painted the scene nicely. You let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment, and thanks for all those who chatted me up this past Monday night. Keep it comin'.



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Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows: Leslie Gore
Beverly Hills: Circle Jerks
House Rent Blues: John Lee Hooker
China Doll: Joe Craven and the Sometimers

Fig Tree: Bunny Wailer
Rowche Rumble: The Fall
Hurricane: The Coathangers

Personified: Optic Sink
UZI (Pinky Ring): Wu Tang Clan
A Shot in the Dark: Naked City
Soul Kitchen: The Black Angels

Oh It's Such A Shame: Jay Reatard
We Had Love: Mudhoney
Housewife From Hillsdale: The Guttersluts
I'm A Man: Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley

Fuck You: Melvins
Pretty Good: John Prine
Highway Cafe: Tom Waits
Don't Fence Me In: Roy Rogers

Funky Broadway: Delroy Wilson
Freak Out: My Brightest Diamond
Mark of Vaccination: Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Paradiso: Konono No. 1

Makin' Woopie: Ella Fitzgerald (Ellis Larkins - Piano)
Lord of Lightning: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Earthquake: 13th Floor Elevators

The Nile Song: Pink Floyd
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, March 29th, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Lou Reed December 26, 1972 & DEVO November 10, 1978


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

I admit I have a penchant for Punk. My brother-from-another-mother, Oz, The Watermonk of Dah, once told me that I'm both the biggest Deadhead and the biggest Punk fan he knows. I'm flattered, since Oz knows a lot of people who know a lot about music. 

I really love the Grateful Dead, but you wouldn't know that from tuning into my shows. For some reason I just shy away from them. I may need to usurp an open Radio Valencia slot for the sole purpose of playing nothing but live Dead.

Tonight it's all punk. First up is my all-time favorite Lou Reed show on December 26, 1972 at WLIR studios in Hempstead, New York. This is from the "Transformer" tour. There are not enough adjectives to describe the greatness of this show. 

The second hour features DEVO playing the Old Waldorf in San Francisco, November 10, 1978. This was a broadcast on the legendary KSAN-FM. If you were living in the Bay Area in the 70s, then you know how awesome KSAN was. This is the station that started freeform. This is the station that made me want to be a radio DJ. And this DEVO performance is a prime example of a band at the top of their game on the best radio station in the land. This features music from the soon-to-be-released "Duty Now For The Future", their second full length release.

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Stick around 8-10PM Monday for my two hour music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Check out the iPhone and Android app to take Radio Valencia with you everywhere!



Monday, March 22, 2021

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, March 22nd, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Patti Smith June 5, 2004


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

It's time to play the Godmother of Punk: Patti Smith. This 2004 show is a standout for many reasons. She's in top form throughout the 2+ hour show, mixing music and spoken word, as she does so well. This performance takes place at the legendary Toad's Place in New Haven. Connecticut. If you live in the area, then you know this is a place where a who's who of the best musicians in the business like to play for it's more intimate vibe. Many musicians will play a surprise show here as a warm up for a national tour. 

Enjoy this treat. It's a matrix recording, which means it's a mix from the soundboard and the best quality audience tape. This audience tape was recorded by Adam Schanke, known in the area for having high quality recordings of some of the most coveted shows.  

More info about Toad's Place can be found here.

I'm not hosting Hell's Kitchen Radio tonight at 8pm, so I have a classic episode set up for you to enjoy. See you all next week.



Monday, March 15, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #430: It's A Ripoff

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I'm taking too much time thinking about how to describe this show. It shouldn't take this long. It should just flow, you know? The show flowed well. I had been listening to a lot of compilations during the week leading up to the show, so a lot of what you hear are from a few that stood out. 

I don't look at compilations for songs that have been previously released. Sometimes the joy of a good comp is that rare track, the alternative take (some of which is obvious why it was never released in the first place), guest musicians, and the such. 

I enjoy covers a lot, and if you tune in regularly you're aware of this. There are times when I dig deep for the original; much of the time it's an old blues take. 

There are no fewer than ten covers tonight, and a few alternate and rare takes thrown in too. Check out the Richard Hell set, featuring his early days with Tom Verlaine (Neon Boys and Television). He also recorded a record with Steve Shelley and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth: Dim Stars. 

Check out the birthday tribute to Phil Lesh, who turned 81 on Monday, featuring a cavalcade of "stars" covering a rarely played Grateful Dead tune, "Unbroken Chain". I posted the video from this session at the bottom of this post. It's well worth the listen and the viewing. 

There's also a birthday tribute to Sly Stone who turned 78 on Monday.

I could go on and on about the sets I played, but I think you're here for the music. In a rare twist, there aren't any new releases in this show. Next week I'll throw down some new music for you dig.



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Fuck You, Let's Rodeo: FEAR
I Don't Know: Willie Mabon
Little Red Rooster: Big Mama Thornton

Beyond and Back: X
Silver Wings: The Knitters
Gold and Silver: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Brand New Day: The Staple Singers
Mack the Knife: Nick Cave
Dedication: Casey Kasem
Blank Generation (Live 1974): Television
Love Comes In Spurts: Neon Boys

Rip Off: Dim Stars
Stairway to Royalty Payments: Evolution Control Committee
The Crystal Ship: Dead Meadow

Pablo Picasso: Catholic Discipline (Live January 19, 1980 KPFK)
Jamie's Cryin': John Jorgenson Band ft. David Lee Roth
I'm Shakin': The Blasters

Unbroken Chain: The Terrapin Family Band with special guests for Phil Lesh's 81st birthday
Que Sera Sera: Sly and the Family Stone

Love Is Something: Brides of Funkenstein
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (alt take): Gil Scott-Heron
Ballad of the Soldier's Wife: PJ Harvey
What Keeps Mankind Alive: WS Burroughs - Anthony Coleman, Selfhaters Orchestra
Why Don't We Do It In The Road: Lydia Lunch

Swampland: Monomen
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

Enjoy the Phil Lesh birthday celebration from the Terrapin Family Band and friends!

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, March 15th, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Parliament/Funkadelic & James Brown


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

It's time to get funked up! I think we all need to get our booties movin', and I cannot think of a better way to spend two hours on a Monday night than this show right here.

Let's start off with a band that brings the party to your town: Parliament/Funkadelic! By 1978 they were legendary for their stage shows. They brought everything AND the kitchen sink to stage to turn you on. This show from Holland in 1978 will make you sweat. And what a lineup!!!

George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Phelps Collins, Bernie Worrell, Gary Shider, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, and whoever else they could fit on the stage!

The only way to follow up this show is with another funk great. How about the master of ceremonies, the hardest working man in show business, the Godfather of Soul? 

I spent some time this weekend watching some live James Brown from 1981 and I cannot believe how much energy he had in him at the age of 48! Still doing the kicks and the splits! I think I broke my hip just watching that show. I have many favorite eras of the Godfather, mostly 68-74, and tonight I'm going to turn you on to an exceptional show Switzerland in 1973. This show is on fire and a must have for any James Brown fan. 

This classic lineup features the JB horns of Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, and St. Claire Pickney; John "Jabo" Spark on drums, Cheese Martin on guitar, and Fred Thomas on bass. Backing vocals are most likely Vicki Anderson and Lyn Collins.

I was honored not only to have seen James Brown perform live three times, but I also got to interview him when I hosted a Friday mid-day Jazz/Soul/Funk show at KFJC. Thanks James!

Stick around 8-10PM Pacific Monday night for Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new sounds for you to consume. 



Monday, March 08, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #429: International Women's Day

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I always like the response to the question asked to late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, when she was asked how many women on the high court would satisfy here? Her response: 9. I love that. There were 9 men between 1789 - 1981 when Sandra Day O'Conner was appointed. Isn't it time for a high court full of women? 

Women are rising to greater heights in government, academia and industry, and of course some of the most amazing singers and musicians throughout history have been women. Tonight it's all about some of my favorite women. Most are female-fronted bands, but there are many all-women groups here, solo artists, and a few duets peppered in for good measure.

Spread this show far and wide.

Have you tuned into my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza? Monday's 6-8PM Pacific I dig into my live bootleg library and play a full show or two from the hundreds of bands I have shows from. Take a look at my full blog and scroll down for the past shows I've played.



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Rebel Girl: Bikini Kill
Criminal Element: Nikki and the Corvettes
Control: Amyl and the Sniffers
Paint It Black: Avengers

The Power of Pussy: Bongwater
I Like Girls: Samantha Sidley
Somebody to Love: The Great Society

The Leibnitz Language: Le Butcherettes
Kissability: Sonic Youth
Black Mountain: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Wasted: The Runaways

If You Don't Give Me What I Want: Vicki Anderson
Theme de Yoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Fine and Mellow: Billie Holliday and Lester Young
Man's Ruin: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
Voodoo Love: Liv Mueller

Butterfly: KnightressM1
Blow Up: Aoife Nessa Frances
Suburban Home: Alice Bag
Big Boss Man: Mercury Rev (ft. Hope Sandoval)

Woodstock: Joni Mitchell
Voyage: Angel in Heavy Syrup
Some Velvet Morning: Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

Tomorrow is Forever: Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner
I Can See For Miles: Petra Haden

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, March 8th, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Mad Dogs And Englishmen 04/26/70 & Delaney, Bonnie and Friends 07/22/71


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

These two shows are sure to get your toes a-tapping. the first 90 minutes feature one of the best live stage shows in the past 50+ years: Mad Dogs, Englishmen and Joe Cocker, live at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. You really need to watch the film of this tour to get the entire story, but I can tell you that nothing like this show has happened since, and for good reason. Enjoy every moment.

The last 30 minutes or so features a group that has a lot of cross over with the Mad Dogs tour. Delaney, Bonnie and Friends features the charismatic couple at their finest, along with stellar guitarist Duane Allman and horn man King Curtis. This is the band that inspired Clapton to create Derek and the Dominos. Yep, I just grabbed a bunch of you right there and for good reason. What an amazing show this is. 

I really wish I could be any of you who have never heard these shows. My hair stood on end the first time I heard these two bands. 

Stick around 8-10PM Pacific Monday night for Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new sounds for you to consume. 



Monday, March 01, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #428: Sold To Hell

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Well damn if that wasn't fun. During the week I'm always listening to music; my own collection and a lot of non-commercial radio: Radio Valencia, KALC and KFJC mostly. Thankfully the Shazam app exists. I cannot tell you how often I use that app. Personally I believe it to be the greatest app ever made in the history of app-kind. Quite possibly it's the greatest invention since the printing press! OK maybe since radio. What do I know? 

My point: many of the artists I still get turned onto come from listening to quality radio stations, with hosts who really know their music. 

What a time to be quarantined! 

I'm hoping we're allowed into our new studio soon. I miss having people to interview from week to week. And we've got these great new digs on 22nd street, right next door to the Make Out Room. I really hope they're able to survive this pandemic. Word came today that the iconic Revolution Cafe has closed their doors, permanently. I would fly my flag at half mast if I had one. 

Carrying on, here's a bunch of music that will sweep away the ennui, unless you get off on that kind of sensation? I will never yuck your yum. 

Brand new Melvins and Mr. Bungle are in the show, along with a lot of artists I don't think I have ever played on here before. Also some new Iggy Pop where he channels the spirit of a dead Welsh poet. Iggy can gargle salt water and I would still love how it sounds. 

I want to start featuring more local independent artists who I know have suffered through COVID-19. I've got some Kate Vargas and her man, Eric McFadden in the second hour. They could always use your love. 

See you next Monday starting at 6pm Pacific for my live bootleg bonanza, where I play full live shows from my live bootleg library. This blog has posts from the previous shows so you can take a look at what you missed. Then stick around from 8-10PM Pacific for my two hour music mix Hell's Kitchen Radio.



Fuck Around: Melvins
Gaze the Haze: Watchout!

Fascists Eat Donuts: Pop O Pies
Dead Man Walking: Praxis
Break Your Mind: The Darts

Kicker Conspiracy: The Fall
Colossal Youth: Young Marble Giants
Pool On A Plate: Naked Lights
Son of Mustang Ford: Swervedriver

Loss For Words: Mr. Bungle
Tippi Toes: Primus
The Sun and its Horizon: Bill Orcutt
Chik Chikka: Mulatu Astake and the Heliocentrics

The Partisan: Electrelane
Sold America: Damaged Bug
Kolbasti: Altin Gun
Lonesome Cowboy Bill: Velvet Underground
Panik: Bratmobile
Westgate: Amyl and the Sniffers

Shocks Almighty: Lee Scratch Perry
There's A Party: N.A.S.A. (feat. George Clinton and Chali 2na)
What A Man: Linda Lyndell
Got My Mojo Working: Ann Cole

7 Inches: Kate Vargas
Babydoll: Eric McFadden
Done Got Old: Heartless Bastards
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Iggy Pop

Certain Men: Negativland
Talkin' New York: Bob Dylan
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

And because you need to watch Iggy deliver this classic Dylan Thomas poem, here it is:

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, March 1st, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - The Doors 09/20/68 Stockholm & X 10-01-83 Chicago


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

Tonight I'm featuring two bands who have more in common than you may have realized. Los Angeles psychedelic rock band The Doors lived a short, but very hot career, carried by three brilliant and talented musicians, and fronted by a madman, who probably had to be mad to evoke the imagery brought forth in his lyrics. The show you'll be hearing tonight has been widely traded in bootleg circle and for good reason. The 68 Stockholm shows are legendary for the quality of the performance as well as the availability of the bootlegs, which first made their way into the hands of the public in 1988 thanks to the infamous bootleg label Swingin' Pig

The boys are in top form.

A few short years following the disillusion of The Doors, the LA punk scene was in full force. One of the bands leading the charge was X, led by John Doe and his girlfriend, poet Exene Cervenka, along with guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake. During their long career they crossed over from punk, to americana, to folk rock. 

The LA connection is only part of what these two seminal bands have in common. X wouldn't have received the attention they did had it not been for Doors keyboardist/vocalist Ray Manzarek, who produced their first four albums, making X a force to be reckoned with. 

The show I have for you tonight from October 1983, comes just one month following the release of their fourth LP: "More Fun in the New World". You can feel the energy in the crowd as the band rips through their classics and classics-to-be, and closes with a Doors cover!

I know you're going to dig this. 

If you have any requests for shows, I strongly encourage you to check out my bootleg database, which can be found here. I have been busy updating the list, but I can safely say that I have at least 500 shows that still need to get up on there. 

Please leave a comment letting me know which shows you're interested in me playing on an upcoming Bootleg Bonanza.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #427: Psychoanalyze Me!

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Well that was fun. Did you have fun too? No? Then you need to listen to this show again.

I may need to bring back the "set of the week". I am always interested in knowing what you're listening to? What should I be listening to? Turn me on! I don't use Spotify, but I am always happy to go in search of good music. 

Are you an artist looking to get played? Send me your music and I'll give it a listen.

This show has plenty of gems to entertain the most cynical of you all. Most of this recent show sits in the punk and blues genres, but I throw a few other nibblets in there for good measure. Is "nibblet" even a word? It's coming up with the red dashed lines under it, indicating that I have just made up a new word! Good for me!

At this point I'm just filling space. Go away now and enjoy two hours of music you didn't know you needed.



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1921: The Who
Black Temptation: The Flesh Eaters
TV Eye: Wylde Ratttz

Starship: MC5
Amphetamine: Rocket from the Tombs

Hare Krsna: Husker Du
Dirt: Iggy and the Stooges
My Generation: Patti Smith Group

Why Can't I Touch It: Buzzcocks
Cherry Bomb: Bratmobile
(You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet of the Apes: The Mummies
Diddy Wah Diddy: Bo Diddley
Evil: Howlin' Wolf

Right Right Hand: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Disaster (Is What We're After): Death Valley Girls
Set It On Fire: The Scientists
Devil Got My Woman: Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Canopnr '74: Oh Sees
Floating Head: Wand
Returning: FUZZ
Open Water: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Motorbike: Wooden Shjips
Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite! (featuring Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer & Sunbears!): Flaming Lips
Anaconda: Melvins

Auf Wiedersehen: Cheap Trick
Goodnight Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, February 22nd, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Black Crowes June 15, 1991 - Rolling Stones March, 13, 1971

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

Hot damn it's time for some southern harmony tonight with the Black Crowes! This amazing show from the end of the first national tour in 1991 will blow the doors off your Cadillac! As well it should. What a brilliant back the Black Crowes were in the early 90s. I thought they rivaled the Stones when they were at the top of their game. I'm certain if Duane Allman were alive he would have been nodding in agreement to the power of this band. 

Speaking of the Allman Brothers, they deserve two hours to themselves, so I'm going to grab a real treat for you in the weeks to come. 

I have enough time to slip in a 30 minute live taste for you following this BC show. So hold onto your hats as I slide in a kick ass Live at Leeds show from the Rolling Stones March 13, 1971. Can you imagine seeing the Black Crowes opening up for the Stones when both of these bands were at the top of their game? 


Both bands are still around, so who knows what the future holds?


Stick around for my two hour music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, right after the Bootleg Bonanza, 8-10PM Monday night. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #426: Let There Be Songs!

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Well this is embarrassing. I should have had this up for you days ago. I really have no excuse. It's not like I go anywhere. I don't commute anymore. I don't go see people. I don't go to shows, or out to restaurants, or even for many walks. I'm mostly in front of this damnable machine for too many hours a day. Maybe that's why it didn't get done: the lack of motivation? 


I love hosting my show every week. I would host a daily show if I had the time to do so. Work and family does take precedent, don't ya know.

But for Monday night I'm all yours. So what do you want to do with me? I'm a glutton for your punishment.

Here's what I have for you.



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Radio Valencia in SF

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Bungle Grind: Mr. Bungle
Politician Man: Betty Davis
School Boy Crush: US Army Band

I Have Changed: HP Riot
A Time To Rebuild: Robert Hood
P.I.M.P.: Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band

The Romantic Warrior: Return to Forever
Shake Sugaree: Elizabeth Cotton
I've Been All Around This World: Grateful Dead (October 6, 1980, Warfield Theater, SF, CA)

Porno (for Larry Flint): Limbomaniacs
Respect Yourself: The Staple Singers
Gallows Pole: Led Zeppelin
Long Black Veil: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind: Peter Laughner
Poor Georgia: The Low Lows
Hey Joe: Carl Smith
X Offender: Blondie

Future Bomb: Ninja Racers
Fight Back: Midnight Snaxxx
Ravening Trip: Bazooka
That's Not My Name: The Ting Tings

Love Comes In Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Ca Plane Pour Moi: Plastic Betrand
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, February 15th, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Chick Corea 1973 and 1982

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

Tonight on the show I want to celebrate the life of pianist and composer Chick Corea, who passed, who passed away last week at the age of 79.

Corea came to prominence when manned the keys during the birth of the fusion-era Miles Davis band. This is the band who recorded the legendary Bitches Brew. He went on to co-found and lead the jazz-fusion group Return to Forever. He is also known to have mastered many genres of music, having won a record number of Grammy Awards for his contribution to the music industry.

He is considered a major influence on the piano and keyboard synthesizer.

I have a classic Return to Forever show to share, recorded at the Jazz Workshop in Boston, May 15, 1973, followed by a show with guitarist Paco de Lucia from Japan in 1982.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #425: Black History is American History

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If this show had legs it would have found a few dozen dance moves to throw down. It doesn't have this ability, but don't let that stop you from getting down. Black History Month or not, every one of these artists deserves every award they have won, and many more they hadn't. 

You have no excuse but to strap in for a real good time.

And do not even get me started about the bullshit that is out there, coming from racist white assholes about the need for a White History Month. EVERY MONTH IS WHITE HISTORY MONTH!!!! For Christ's sake, the entire history of our nation has been written by white people. Blacks get the shortest month of the year. February was chosen because of the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. I get it, I get it. But until we make serious amends with our original sin, this country will never heal. I'm a proponent of paying reparations to Blacks who can show they are direct decedents of slaves. I also believe we need to do the same to Indigenous Americans. Hitler and the Nazi's learned how to control their population based on our treatment of native tribes and Jim Crow laws, post Civil War. 

We have a lot of work to do.

The second hour has a Bob Marley birthday set. He would have celebrated 76 years last week. Any excuse to play more Bob Marley.

In the meantime, enjoy these two hours. Many genres, all great music.



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Radio Valencia in SF

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Country Blues: Muddy Waters
Stack O'Lee: Mississippi John Hurt
Travelin' Riverside Blues: Robert Johnson

Body and Soul: Billy Holliday
Solea: Miles Davis with Gil Evans Orchestra

Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac: Dizzy Gillespie
Sinnerman: Nina Simone
Good Livin' (Good Lovin'): Bernard Purdie

Git In There: Betty Davis
Leroy Is In The Army: Jimmy Castor
They All Ask'd For You: The Meters
Ride On: Parliament

The Whole World Needs Liberation: James Brown
Radio Commercial/8th Wonder: The Sugar Hill Gang
Bring the Noise: Public Enemy

Soul Rebel: Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry
No More Trouble: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Rasta Man Chant: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Crazy Baldheads: Bob Marley and the Wailers
War: Bob Marley and the Wailers

Star Spangled Banner: Jimi Hendrix
Big Take Over: Bad Brains

I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, February 8, 2021, 6-8PM Pacific - Soul Patrol


   John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

If you listen to Hell's Kitchen Radio, Monday's 8-10pm Pacific, then you know that when it comes to music, Black history emanates from each of my shows. I know it's Black History Month, but popular music wouldn't exist if it weren't for the talents of amazing Black artists, too many to list here.

Tonight I want to showcase three amazing artists who have made an indelible mark on my soul: Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, and Aretha Franklin. Each have made huge contributions to music, fashion and culture in our second half of the 20th century, and into today.

The first show I'm going to share are actually made up from two Soul Train appearances of Ike and Tina Turner. Dayyyyyyyyyum, they can get down. The first is from my second birthday, September 30, 1972, and the second is a few year later, when they were the biggest act on tour, January 19, 1975.

Following Ike and Tina, I have a composite of some of the best live performances from the late, great Curtis Mayfield. Enjoy these thirteen tracks from various live shows and some studio outtakes between 1972-1974.

The final show I have for you this evening features the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, live at Montreux, Switzerland, June 12, 1971. There is a reason she is called the Queen of Soul. Tune in to find out.

Stick around 8-10PM Pacific Monday night for my two hour music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, where I mix up the platters that matter.

Monday, February 01, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #424: It's Too Late To Change Your Mind

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What will you do now that the orange cheeto has fallen from grace? I wouldn't bet him out. He loves a good comeback. Will the next season be worth watching? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, take a look at this juicy set I have just for you and yours. There's something here for just about every member of the family. You got your blues for the teens. Stoner metal for grandma. Sexy vocal stylings for your overweight stinky uncle who's missing teeth and hair. There's funk for white neighbor who swears he was Black in a previous life. And anything else that dad enjoys. For mom there's plenty of polyester dance hits to cover the couch. 

We all need a creative outlet to get us through these tough times. What's yours? Need one? Just look at the contest I'm throwing and participate. Deadline is Friday, February 12th.


The rules are simple:

  • You choose ten celebrities (from any industry) you believe will meet their demise by December 31, 2021.
  • The only rule: you may NOT contribute to their passing.
  • Email the list by January 31st (no one on your list may have passed before you get me your list) to
    • I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
  • There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022



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Stormy Monday: T Bone Walker
Midnight Special: Leadbelly
Three O'Clock Blues: BB King
Dimples: John Lee Hooker

Trouble No More: Allman Brothers
Holy Mountain: Sleep
Bang Bang: Nancy Sinatra

Snake Song: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Cocaine: Townes Van Zandt
A Romance in Blue: The Natural Yogurt Band
Hump Thru Winter: Fantastic Negrito

The Number Song: DJ Shadow
Funk Drummer (Reprise): James Brown
Ask for Janice/Car Thief: Beastie Boys
El Ritmo De Banda: Fidel Y Sus Teclados

Here In The Dark: Aoife Nessa Frances
Hands: Lithics
Tunic (for Karen): Sonic Youth

I'll Never Say: Dale Crover
Nightfall Pieces: Bill Dixon
Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine: Carolina Chocolate Drops
Rolling Out: Moon Duo

Levitation: 13th Floor Elevators
Music To Eat Bananas To: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

The High Road: The Broken Bells
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family