Monday, January 25, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #423: Is It Safe To Come Out Yet?

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Sometimes I have to forgive myself if I'm just not feeling it. You know what I mean? We've been home for over ten months now, and the COVID wall is real, people. It's real! My day starts with my three old son climbing into bed with my wife and me. I'm the one who has the elbows in the face, the knee in the gut, the hot breath up my nose. Most weekdays I get him up, dressed, pack his food, and off to daycare (with very strict protocols for COVID, thank you very much). 

Then I come home and get ready to teach. You know I'm a high school teacher, right? Don't even get me started about that. I love my work; it's never dull, but COVID has really put a damper on things. Poor kids. I also have a high school junior in the house: Little Lauson Hell, who you have met on this show many times over the years. I'm actually really proud of her. Her academics remain high, but it's her emotional fortitude that I'm more proud of. She keeps it together better than most adults I know.

As a teacher my work day doesn't really end, but since Mrs. Hell's job is more demanding (corporate work often is, if only because of the threat of the big boss man), I have to go pick up young Mr. Hell from daycare, bring him home, cook for him, and prepare him for bed. The fabulous Mrs and I alternate bedtimes with him, but by the time he lays down I'm spent.

This leaves little space for any downtime. 

This is why I look forward to Monday nights with you. It's my only true creative outlet these days. So when I get a late start like I did on this show, it takes the winds out of my sails a wee bit. I brought it back up pretty quickly however, as we setlist below will show. It's the banter that'll keep you coming back (or drive you away in droves). 

Dissonance, punk, metal, glam, hip hop, funk, Afro-funk, and more to whet your whistle. Tell 'em John Hell sent you.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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Ball and Chain: Big Mama Thornton (February 23, 1973, Cambridge, MA)

Boots: Destroy All Monsters
The Blessing of the Dawn Source: Sproton Layer
Car Crash: The Avengers

Deuce: Redd Kross
Goin' Blind: KISS
Station To Station: Melvins

TVC15: David Bowie
The Cactus: 3rd Bass
Godfather of Funk: Schoolly D
Telephone Girl: Assagai

I'm A Greedy Man: James Brown
Night Time Is The Right Time: Aretha Franklin
Knock Yourself Out: Tower of Power

No Lies: Peruvatwinz
Emma: Hot Chocolate
Alta: Ty Segall and the Freedom Band
Small Man, Big Mouth: Minor Threat

I Shot All The Birds: Blind Shake
American Flag: Cat Power
Van Occupanther: Midlake

Sweat Leaf: Brownout
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, January 25, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Grateful Dead and Santana

                John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza

Monday's 6-8PM Pacific


Throughout my decades in radio I have enjoyed playing cuts from my live bootleg library. It was recently that I decided to take on this 6pm slot until someone else comes to fill it, and share some complete shows with you. For some reason or another I have shied away from sharing the band I have the most shows of: The Grateful Dead. Starting tonight, I am done holding back. Allow the floodgates to open, because in hour one I bring you a set that really lets you know this band means business.

Enjoy a monster of a set from the Primal-Dead era: February 23, 1968. Much has been written about this era of the band, so I will just allow the music to do the talking. This is my go-to era for the band, followed closely by 1973. Honestly, my "go-to" changes as the wind blows. I may dedicate at least one hour per week to the Grateful Dead, moving forward. I have yet to decide.


In hour two, I was thinking of pairing the Dead with another band from that same show, but instead decided on another hot San Francisco band, with a blistering lead guitarist who went to high school just a few short miles from Jerry Garcia (who attended Balboa High School). The Santana band was really hard to match in 1969. What a brilliant lineup of youths who would go on to capture the attention of the Woodstock audience and those who saw the film. Carlos Santana attended Mission High School, btw.

Enjoy this show from February 14, 1969, just in time for St. Valentine's Day. All because I love you. Hell is love.

Stick around for my weekly two hour music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, coming up 8-10PM Pacific, Monday night.

Are you enjoying these shows? Leave a comment.

Want to see what's in my bootleg library? I have about 60% noted in this database at this time. I really need to update it. Let me know if you have a request.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #422: The King of Love is On Hold

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There are good shows, and then there are shows when I am truly inspired. And tonight was such a night. And I can honestly say it was all about you, the listeners. So many great comments and inspirations. It's like I jump start the show, and then you all chime in, getting me to go farther than I thought I could!?!?

Maybe I'm just excited to be losing 280 pounds on January 20th? I don't know, but this was a fun show to host. 

So this is a new dawn, yes? How are you going to approach it? What are going to do differently leading into the next four years? What are your hopes and your fears?

There are so many opportunities standing there in front of us. Let's not lose focus on what makes us great. And let's allow music to be a binding force for good.

RUN FOR THE LILLIES 2021

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 mrjohnhell@gmail.com
    • I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
  • There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley and the Wailers (July 7, 1975 - Boarding House, SF, CA)
Catfish Blues: Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Nobody Speak: DJ Shadow ft. Run the Jewels 

Fuck Donald Trump: YG and Nipsey Hussle
Zed the Mythical Goat: Bazooka
Why Is The King of Love Dead?: Nina Simone
By The Time I Get To Arizona: Public Enemy

God's Away On Business: Tom Waits
Contact Contamination: Midnight Snaxxx
Anti Love Song: Betty Davis
Wild and Free: Curtis Mayfield

Sita Ram: Alice Coltrane
One of These Things First: Nick Drake
Demon Lover: Cambodian Space Project
Black is the Color: The Dry Spells

Jet Boy: New York Dolls
High Heeled Sneakers: The Mummies
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags
Children of the Grave: Black Sabbath

Satori Pt. 2: Flower Travelin' Band
CIA Man: The Fugs
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron

Koko: Charlie Parker
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, January 18, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Iggy and the Stooges!!! Bob Marley and the Wailers!!!

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If it were up to me, and it is, I would be playing Iggy all night, every night. I mean, right? Right? I'm literally having the hardest time even conveying to you how much I love, and I do mean LOVE every tone Iggy Pop has produced over these past 50+ years. 50+ years! And he still is kicking ass! 

Tonight at 6pm (Pacific) I'm featuring an Iggy and the Stooges show from their comeback tour in 2003, featuring the Asheton brothers, Mike Watt and bass and Steve MacKay. This is an incredible soundboard recording from an exceptional show.


In the second hour, I'm featuring one of my all time favorite Bob Marley and the Wailers shows. It's from his 1975 tour, in support of Natty Dread. This is live at the Boarding House in San Francisco, and originally broadcast live on KSAN - 94.9FM. These shows were small and intimate, to the point that you could here the crowd pounding on the walls and stomping on the floor, a common show of appreciation for Reggae acts. There's plenty of pounding happening here.

Enjoy these two great shows, and then stick around for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, from 8-10pm (Pacific) on http://radiovalencia.fm 

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And spread the word.

jh

Monday, January 11, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #421: A Playdate With Destiny


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Well that was a weird week. Once you think you've seen it all, our President gets impeached a second time. I was really hoping it would be an unanimous vote, but obviously I live in la la land. 

Anywho (I hate that colloquialism), you're here for the music, not the commentary. Right? Hmmmm. Maybe you want more commentary. Do you want more commentary? I am a civics teacher, you know?

I offer you my latest, greatest creation: two hours of whatever the hell lit a fire under my butt as the current song was playing. There are some real treats, and a few surprises. And the banter isn't too shabby. I think it flows right on by. You tell me what you think. No one ever leaves comments, except those Q-Anon COVIDiots. 

Lest I forget:

RUN FOR THE LILLIES 2021

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 mrjohnhell@gmail.com
    • I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
  • There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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Convincing People: Throbbing Gristle
Work Song: Dan Reeder
Violence Dreams: Ninja Racers

Earth People: Dr. Octagon
Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey: Sly and the Family Stone
Praying Hands: Devo

No Flag: Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop
Decent Into the Inferno: Foetus
South of the Border: Frank Sinatra

Rubber Biscuit: Blues Brothers (for Harvey on his 80th)
Buckets of Rain: Bette Midler and Bob Dylan
Stranded In Your Love: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, ft. Lee Fields

Shapes of Things: David Bowie
I Ain't Superstitious: Jeff Beck Group
The Wolf Is At Your Door: Howlin' Wolf
Goodbye: Steve Earle

Demolicion: Los Saicos
Money: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Yes Men
Folcvagen: Fotoaparat
Oompah Pumpah: People Like Us

Mountains of Steel: Orchid
Tattoo: Petra Haden
Hate The Police: Mudhoney

Banned in DC: Bad Brains
I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, January 11, 2021 - 6-8PM Pacific - Zorn and Joplin

 John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

If you've been tuning in regularly then you know that I have a large bootleg library I like to share. Last week was an hour of jazz/funk and an hour of psych/garage. This week is "jazz" and 60s Psychedelic.

The first 90 minutes features one of the great John Zorn ensembles, Electric Masada, live at the Earshot Festival in Seattle from November 10, 2002. If you think Zorn is all about dissonance, then you have never heard this brilliant group.


The final half hour features Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, at the height of their success at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, May 4, 1968. It's all that exists from this performance.


Join me every Monday night, 6-8PM Pacific for my live bootleg showcase, followed at 8PM for my weekly two-hour mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio, only on Radio Valencia.

Monday, January 04, 2021

Hell's Kitchen Radio #420: Smoke This Show!

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Happy New Year, to you all! How did you celebrate the completion of one of the top 10 worst years in the history of our nation? I sat at home and watched the Melvins NYE special. Thanks fellas, that was a hoot!

Tonight was a night of firsts. I have never played Hank III before. Nor have I played Jake Blount (thanks Derlyn!!!), nor has Larry Boothroyd been played on my show as a session leader, though I have played plenty of Victim's Family in the past. And though Buddy Rich has graced these "airwaves", this record with Alla Rakha has never been on, though I look forward to sharing more from all of these artists in the future.

As for what 2021 has in store, it's all about this Georgia special election that's happening on Tuesday. I predict the two Democrats will win by slim margins. I also don't think the GOP candidates will do as well as Trump did. If the two Dems do win, I have to wonder how much sway Trump will have with the House and Senate GOP members with the electoral certification on Wednesday? By the time you are reading this, it'll probably be long over. How close were my predictions?

***I'm bringing back an old contest***

RUN FOR THE LILLIES 2021

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 mrjohnhell@gmail.com
    • I know this is morbid; my name is HELL
  • There will be a prize for the most names "collected", announced January 2022
And there ya go. Welcome to 2021.

Enjoy.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM
Radio Valencia in SF
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The Bottle Let Me Down: Hank III
Boll Weevil: Jake Blount
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song: First Aid Kit

Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys: Traffic
A Minute Passed: Monty Python
Sign O' The Times: Sex Mob

Bertha Butt Boogie: Jimmy Castor Bunch
Hear Me: Firehose
Khanda Kafi: Buddy Rich and Alla Rakha

South: Larry Boothroyd

Are You Really Going To Move To The South: Marissa Nadler
Nosotros: Grupo Fantasma
Oh, I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me: Father John Misty
Lover, You Should've Come Over: Jeff Buckley
Femme Fatale: Velvet Underground

Superstar: Sonic Youth
My Baby: Ken Nordine

Dirty Little Virus: Iggy Pop
Star Spangled Banner: Kronos Quartet

I Bid You Goodnight: Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday, January 4th, 2021 6-8PM Pacific

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Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
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Tonight on the first Bootleg Bonanza of 2021, I have two shows to share; one funky and one psychedelic to the Nth degree!!!

First up, is a wicked Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters from 1975. This is a full broadcast from Omaha Civic Auditorium Music Hall, Omaha, Nebraska, featuring Herbie and his still fresh Headhunters backing group. The Headhunters had already recorded on their own, but were making time to tour with Hancock, including playing this amazing show.


For the second hour I have a real treat, the Australian psychedelic septet (or octet???) King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, live from the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, June 19, 2015. This is an excellent matrix (soundboard + audience mix). 

Please support this excellent band: http://kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com/

As a matter of fact KGLW is making a lot of their music not only free for download from their site, but they want you to do whatever you want with it, including pressing it and releasing it on your own, with your own record covers!!! Just send them a few copies so they can see what you did. And you keep the profit! What a fabulous idea. I love this band!