Monday, July 14, 2014

A Season in Hell #180: Hanging 10 For Jesus

It's all about Techgnosis tonight. Erik Davis is with my talking about Music and spirituality. Is there really any difference?

Like any music lover who doesn't depend solely upon the commercial airwaves for pleasure, I have a deep respect for music on the spiritual plane. Music takes me places. I've lived all over this country and the one constant has been music. Every morning I wake up with a song in my head, Throughout the day I'm whistling a tune, driving in my car, working out at the gym, music is always flowing through me.

In my teens I turned on to bands with a meaning deeper then getting lucky with the girl next-door. Bands like The Doors and Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead, all of whom took me deeper and take me higher, and showed me that music can bring me closer to God.

What is it about music that has the ability to lift us on high? Is it the lyrics? Is it the notes? Is it the singer, or is it the song? Or is it all of the above? As the great and former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart proclaimed "I know it when I see it". Or in this case I know it when I hear it, And I know it when it lifts me up, taking me away from the daily anxiety that life offers me. I knew it when I was 17 and the music lifted me to such a glorious altitude, that I witnessed a solid gold bridge approach from the Sun, directly to my feet.

Erik Davis knows about music and spirituality. The music on tonight's show is not all about religion, though there are a few songs with references to Jesus and God. Don't be put off by that, the music tonight is really amazing. The discussion between the songs focuses exactly on what I am talking about: music and it's ability to lift us to a higher plane.

Erik has written extensively about spirituality. He is also written an excellent critical and spiritual review of Led Zeppelin's fourth LP for the 33 1/3 music series.

I wants to take you higher, and I think you'll agree that this show has done just that.

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Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World: The Ramones
Time Has Told Me: Nick Drake
Goodbye: Emmylou Harris

Interview with Erik Davis

Rejoice: Agape
From This Place: Azitis
Which Way The Wind Blows: The Second Chapter of Acts

Interview with Erik Davis

It's Been Sent Down: The Exkursions
Sanc-Divided: Fraction
You And I: The Search Party

Interview with Erik Davis

I've Been Walking: Earthen Vessel
Wind: The New Creation

Interview with Erik Davis

Battle of Evermore: Led Zeppelin
Village Orchestra: The Trees Community
Jesus He Knows: The Trees Community
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless: The Trees Community

Interview with Erik Davis

Love Train: Don Cherry
Brainded Warrior: Zig Zags

Song for Che: Charlie Haden

Monday, July 07, 2014

A Season in Hell #179: Joyful Noise

Here's a fine grab bag of joyful noise for your listening pleasure. Other than the amazing Coltrane track, it's all vinyl tonight. Oh, and the opener and the Shakti tracks are off of my iPod. Don't hold it against me. I really do prefer to play all vinyl, but I have so much music is various formats, that you really can't blame me if I slide a digital track in there from time to time.

Tonight's show is a good eclectic mix. Check out the video below regarding the John Coltrane track. I had no idea, but my respect for the master just increased exponentially. There's new music from Feral Ohms, Golden Void, Boris First Aid Kit, and Black Monolith. We've got rock, punk, garage, noise, jazz, and folk. How about that?

Am I meandering? I can't really tell. I haven't slept much in the past few nights, and I drove 450 miles in 8 hours on Sunday. Everything is a bit of a fog. If you see me on the street, go easy, OK? Thanks.

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Cuban Pete: Dezi Arnez
Lost Weekend: Wall of Voodoo
Joset of Nazareth's Blues: Titus Andronicus

Living Junkyard: Feral Ohms
Video Violence: Lou Reed

FFF: public image limited
The Secret Life of Arabia: David Bowie
The Bogus Man: Roxy Music

Atlantis: Golden Void
Handsome Nick: The People's Temple
I Stayed Up All Night Long: The Holy Kiss

Pursuance/Psalm: John Coltrane
Lotus Feet: Shakti with John McLaughlin

Quicksilver: Boris
Eris: Black Monolith

Encrypted Bounce: Thee Oh Sees
The Bell: First Aid Kit
John The Fisherman: Primus

See It My Way: Mikal Cronin

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Season in Hell #178: Blame it on the Bourgeosie

It's time that we let the women speak. It's mostly women-fronted tunes tonight, and an interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeois Productions Presents, talking up what it takes to be a serious business woman in the world of music promotions.

I'm a huge supporter of live local music, and Elizabeth Simon is deep in the heart of it. Her production company Bourgeois Productions Presents promote some of the biggest local acts in the Bay Area, performing at the best venues today. We talk about her history in the music business, her upcoming shows, and why her dog is destroying the pillow on the couch behind her, and what she's going to do about it. Which in the end was nothing at all.

Tune in for the fun, including me being verbally assaulted by her dog.

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My Biggest Mistake: Joan of Arkansas
Dragonfly: My Brightest Diamond
Do You Take This Man: Diamanda Galas

Not A Pretty Princess Day: Kitten on the Keys
Sweeter: Loop!Station
Waitress Song: First Aid Kit

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Sink Like Stones: Rich Girls
Charity: Religious Girls

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Hiya Kaw Kaw: Happy Fangs
93,000,000 Miles: Major Powers and the Lo Fi Symphony

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Whites: All Your Sisters
Western Addition: Social Studies
Forget the Past:: dotpunto
Young People: Hungry Skinny

Interview with Elizabeth Simon of Bourgeoisie Productions Presents

Penetrating Eye: Thee Oh Sees
Garbage Man: Delphine de St. Paƫr
Out To Sea: Heartless Bastards

Vanilla: Boris
Pink Frost: The Chills
Everything's Easy For You: King Buzzo
4th of July: X

Wo Ist Zu Ha Mama: Johnny Cash

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rock Fight 12! This Time It's An Invasion

Once again it's time to put everything down, set six hours aside, and listen to John Hell and Ron Donovan butcher each other in a knock down, drag out bootleg battle, of epic proportions!

John and Ron have quite possibly the LARGEST live bootleg collection in the known world (source unknown and possibly nonexistent), and twice a year they share it with you, dear listeners. Why? They don't have to tell you!

Tonight the focus is on five areas of their deep musical interest and knowledge: British Invasion, Blues, Led Zeppelin, Prince and James Brown. Check out the setlist below for the details.

The best part of this show besides the music, has to be the "witty" "conversation" between Ron and John. Yes, they know what they're (why am I talking in the third person? Oh well, I've already gone this far...) talking about. The two of them have been collecting live music for over 25 years (cassette, vinyl, CD, Flac), and understand the "OTHER" music industry better than most. Lots of discussion ensues.

In the fifth hour, guitar slinger Eric McFadden calls in following his show in Chicago, to share some road stories with us. He has made a number of live appearances in studio for Rock Fight's past. It's too kind of him to phone it in this time out.

About 99% are high quality soundboard recordings. Only one Zep tune is from an audience source, but what a show it was!

Who won you ask? It's possible that for the first time in over six years, it was a draw. We'll fight it out again in December.



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Rock Fight 11
Rock Fight 10
Rock Fight 9
Rock Fight 8
Rock Fight 7
Rock Fight 6
Rock Fight 5
Rock Fight 4 - Playlist only
Rock Fight 3 - Playlist only
Rock Fight 2 - Playlist only
Rock Fight 1 - Playlist only

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Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong
I Want to Rock: Twisted Sister (Santiago, Chile 04/19/13) -Ron Donovan (RD)
Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen (Buenos Aires 02/28/81) - John Hell (JH)
Fight to the Finish: Gamma (NYC 1980) - RD

Sinner: Judas Priest (The Palladium, NYC 11/4/79) - JH
History of Tenacious D (Higher Ground, Winooski, VT 09/28/01) - JH
Revolve: King Buzzo (Zanzabar, Louisville, Kentucky 03/20/14) JH
Hotter Than Hell: Kiss (Richfield Stadium, Richfield, OH 09/03/76) - JH

Magic Man: Heart (Shoreline, WA 1976) - RD
I Hate Myself for Loving You: Joan Jett (2013) - RD
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Metallica (Zwolle "Ijsellhall", Holland on 02-08-87) - RD
Ride the Lightning: Metallica (Zwolle "Ijsellhall", Holland on 02-08-87) - RD

British Invasion Set:
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (John singing): Beatles 1969 - JH
Piggies: Beatles (White Album Demos) 1968 - JH
Teddy Boy: Beatles (Get Back Sessions) 1968 - JH

5:15: The Who (Spectrum, Philly, PA (1973) - RD
Young Man Blues: The Who (Hull University, Hull, England 02-15-70) - JH
Gimme Shelter: Rolling Stones (Cricket Ground, Perth, AU 02/24/73) - JH
Midnight Rambler: Rolling Stones (LA Forum June 1975) - RD

You Really Got Me: The Kinks (Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI 08/10/79) - JH
Apeman: The Kinks (BBC 12/13/70) - JH

Got To Get Better in a Little While: Derek and the Domino's (Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN 11/05/70) - RD
Tell the Truth: Derek and the Domino's (Fillmore East, NYC 10-24-70) - JH

Blues Set:
Baby Please Don't Go: Muddy Waters (Antives, France 1974) - RD
Got My Mojo Working: Muddy Waters (Blues & Jazz Festival, Geneva, Switzerland 11/04/76) - JH
Forecast Calls for Pain: Robert Cray (Redrocks 1992) - RD
Summertime: Janis Joplin (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 04/11/69) - JH

Trouble No More: Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Eric Clapton (Dingwalls, London, England 12/03/85) - JH
Mercury Blues: Steve Miller Band (Matrix, SF 1967) - RD
Boom Boom: John Lee Hooker (The Stone, SF, CA 03/30/85) - JH
Damn Right I Got the Blues: Buddy Guy (Legends, Chicago 2012) - RD

Howlin' For My Baby: Howlin' Wolf 1952 - JH
Stormy Monday: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells (Willmantic, CT 1973) RD

I Can't Quit You, Babe: Led Zeppelin (Fillmore West, SF, CA 01/11/69)
What Is And What Should Never Be: Led Zeppelin (Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, CN 09/04/71)
Celebration Day: Led Zeppelin (Chicago, IL 07/06/73)

Schoolday/Nadine/Around and Around: Led Zeppelin (Tribute To Johnny Kidd And The Pirates Metropolitan Sports Center, Minneapolis 1/17/75)
The Song Remains the Same/Rain Song: Led Zeppelin (Earl's Court, London, UK 05-24-75)

In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (The Forum, LA, CA 06/22/77)
Achilles Last Stand: Led Zeppelin (Kingdome, Seattle, WA 07/17/77)

Electric Chair: Prince (Saturday Night Live 1989)
Let's Go Crazy: Prince (Orange Bowl, Miami, FL 04/07/85)
Cold Sweat: James Brown (Dallas, TX 08/26/68)

Let's Work: Prince (DNA Lounge, SF, CA 04/24/13)
Let Yourself Go/There Was A Time/I Feel Alright: James Brown (Apollo Theater 1966)

Get On The Good Foot: James Brown (Lucerne, Switzerland 1973)
Living in America: James Brown (SF Hilton Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 10/12/92)

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Season in Hell #177: Reaching For The Stars

Listening to my show is really great if you have ADD. I don't have ADD, then again it's possible that some people might suggest that maybe, possibly, perhaps a chance, you never know, maybe John Hell has a little bit of ADD. Never been diagnosed! Though as a child I was told that I was hyperactive, I would very quickly find my way to sugar if it was within smelling distance. With that being said, listening my show is also a soothing and calming experience for many. For instance, take tonights show, please (HA!). I was pretty much in the mood for all Jazz, and okay fine, maybe a little funk, and possibly a little soul. But really in the end doesn't all of that kind of fit into the same nice big fat funk box?

And then something amazing happened, the "legendary" DJ Casey Kasem left this mortal coil. He kicked the bucket. He moved off into the outer worlds. So, of course that left me no choice but to present him and the only way that I find relevant, Which is of course to play Negativland

You see, as a long time noncommercial, underground DJ, I have always found the late Mr. Kasem to be, how should I put this politely, a bit of a turd. Yes, it's true I really do believe that he is one of the major forces of evil, or, should I say was one of the major forces of evil in all of the commercial music industry. So I am not really finding that I miss him. As a matter of fact if anything I'm thrilled. I mean no offense. And who knows what that means? I don't mean any offense to his family or his friends or even his fans, but I will tell you that I really believe deep in my heart he caused more damage for talented and original musicians then possibly any of the owners of commercial media in the United States since the 1970s.

So I interrupted some jazz funk soul programming on my show this evening to pay"tribute" to Mr. Kasem, and hoping that may be the final nail in the coffin for himself and people who feel obliged to believe that they can seriously determine what America wants to listen to. Yeah, keep on reaching for the stars there Casey. As a matter fact get as far out here as you possibly can. Maybe now some real talented and original artists will have a chance to make there own impression on the listening audience without you dictating who should be on top? Say hi to Dick Clark for me.

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Long Distance Dedication: Negativland
Ruffneck Jazz: Greyboy

Kush: Dizzy Gillespie
The Turnaround: Big John Patton

Memory Hole: Bobby Previte
Home Affairs: Osibisa
Evil Eye: Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore

China: The Visitors
Hideaway: Wardell Gray
Freeman: George Freeman

Investigation: Carl Holmes
Long Distance Dedication #2: Negativland
Something Different: Prepositions
Marvin's Groove: BW Souls

I Want You (She's So Heavy): George Benson
Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk

What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Monday, May 05, 2014

A Season in Hell #172: It's a Radioman's World

I said it once, I've said it 7000 times, I have a very large. And there're some days when I just sort of feel like playing a whole bunch of different stuff on the show. Some weeks it's jazz, so weeks it's blues, some weeks it hard rock and metal, But tonight it's just sort of all over the place. So forgive me for not seeming to have any type of focus tonight, but I think you'll agree with me by the end of this two-hour piece of artwork that yes, yes indeed, this truly is a delectable piece of art.

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Bring Da Ruckus: Wu Tang Clan
It's A Man's World: James Brown

Must Have That Man: Billy Holiday
Candy Kisses: Tony Bennett
Nothing Hurts Worse: Father John Misty

Change: Mikel Cronin
Bathroom Laughter: Pissed Jeans
Baby Please Don't Go: Muddy Waters
I'm A Man: Bo Diddley

Shake Your Rump: Beastie Boys
Bring the Noise: Public Enemy
I Say Fuck: Supersuckers
California Uber Alles: Disposable Heroes of Hiphopracy
By Any Means Necessary/The Art of Getting Jumped: Steinski

N.E.S.T.A.: Antibalas
Let's Start: Fela Kuti
Tei Egwu: Afro Funk

The Donut Shop: Down in Front
Winter's Wolves: The Sword
Storm Reefer: Dopethrone

Cookie Thumper: Die Antword
Back Seat Betty: Miles Davis

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Season in Hell #171: Mark Glaser Shifts My Media Mind

It isn't that often that I get a true bona fide new deal style media mogul in the studio with me. So you can imagine my excitement when I was able to welcome in Mark Glaser, executive editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab into the studio to talk all things media and music. Before Mark was with PBS he was an editor and music reviewer for College Music Journal (CMJ). He is credited with helping break the seminal Americana band Uncle Tupelo. He even showed me where they thank him on there No Depression CD. That's one lucky dude right there.

Mark brought some music share and I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Just like I enjoyed him coming in tonight. Conversation is fresh, music is funky, and as always Radio Valencia is your place for new sound.

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Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Flamingo: Tuff Love
432 Dreams: ThinkNoThink

Encrypted Bounce: Thee Oh Sees
Orgasm Addict: The Buzzcocks
Shake Your Hump: The Beastie Boys

No Reason: Death Valley Girls
Radio Ad For Bill Mckay Chevrolet: Exotics
Walk On: Arthur Ahbez

Velouria: The Pixies
Whiskey Bottle: Uncle Tupelo
Radio Ad For Mitchell's Dept. Store: Exotics
One Million To One: The People's Temple

Barn Burning: Dave Alvin
This is Ska: Longsy D
No Scrubs: TLC
We Want Easy: Easy E
Talkin' All That Jazz: Stetsonic

It Takes Moombahton: Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
Flames of the Dragon: Lee Perry
I'll House You: Jungle Brothers

Merry Motherfucking Christmas: Easy-E