Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A Season in Hell #168: Daughter from HELL


What an excellent show today. It being spring break, I brought my daughter, Lauson Hell down to the studio to guest DJ with me. She's a natural. Two years ago Lauson guested on my show, which you can find here. It's fun to see how she's found her voice over the last couple of years. She's not shy, I can tell you that. I wonder where she gets that from?

We were filling in for DJ Cam Dam, who was kind enough to let me take over the day.

Lauson did her part, planning a set, which you can see below, announcing what we played, and answering my questions...kind of.

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jh

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Kick out the Jams: MC5
White Light/White Heat: Velvet Underground
Down in the Street: The Stooges
Frankenstein: New York Dolls

Jocko Homo: Devo
Jenny Jones: The Clash
Sonic Reducer: Dead Boys

California Girls: The Dictators
Welcome to the Dustward: Fear
Teenage Lobotomy: Ramones
Who Stole the Kishka: Polkacide

Lauson's Set:
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite: Eric McFadden
Sun King - Mean Mr. Mustard - Polythene Pam - She Came in Through the Bathroom Window: The Beatles
Live with Me: Rolling Stones

Boris the Spider: The Who
Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Down at the Rock and Roll Club: The Voidoids

Daddy's set:
I Swallowed a Dragonfly: Heartless Bastards
Something I Learned Today: Husker Du
Eat Steak: Reverend Horton Heat
Good Golly Miss Molly: Meat Puppets
Rock and Roll High School: PJ Soles

Anarchy in the UK: Sex Pistols
Youth of America: Melvins

One: Fuzz (Live in San Francisco)

March of the Lor: The Sword

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Season in Hell #167: Honey Pot Radio!

Honey Pot Radio has invaded A Season in Hell!

Are you wondering why there are so few songs listed below in a four hour show? These are not long songs, so what's the deal-y-o? I'll tell you what the deal-y-o is, homeboy, it's all about HONEY POT RADIO!!!

Oh crap, did we do this right tonight?!?!?!

For two hours DJ Justin Credible and myself, along with a cast of characters, including: Sargent Sauce, CyberSam, Wrybread, KROB, Pirate Verkeer, Daimo, Erica, Paul, Yaz, and whoever else showed up, livened up the Radio Valencia airwaves, by pranking about 20 or so callers, live on air!

Mostly Justin and I would cold call friends or Craigslist posts, disguise our voices, and get wicked with it. There are some real doosies in there.

It went beyond midnight, but that's when I took off. I couldn't handle any more King Cobra.

The question you're all going to want answered is: when y'all going to do this again???

You'll just have to tune in and find out. This show is pretty ridiculous, even for me. 

Enjoy.

jh

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Rocked by Rape: Evolution Control Committee
Blue Flowers: Dr. Octogon
To All the Girls/Shake Your Rump: Beastie Boys

It Grows at Night: Kalrissian
Baby's on Fire: RUOK

Rubber Ducky: Sesame Street Fever
Deep Inside Your Cosmic Body Erotic: Annie Sprinkle

Honey Pot will rock your world!

It's pretty much all prank phone calls between 9PM and midnight.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Season in Hell #166: DOWN IN FRONT!!!

I love hosting local live bands in the studio. They're just so darn eager and flattering. On tonight's show, Julie and Japa of Down in Front are on to talk up their Tahoe Corridor Tour, and their new LP/CD The Donut Shop. I love these two so much, for so many reasons, not the least of which is their musical acumen. But really, their witty repartee is worth the price of admission.

Their raising funds to record their first full-length: Down in Front does the Donut Shop. Check out their Kickstarter page, and please consider throwing them some dough. HA, I said it!

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jh

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Up In Smoke: Cheech and Chong
Since You've Been Gone: James Brown
Two Fools: Francine King

She Shook Me Cold: David Bowie
Theme de Yoyo: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Down in Front perform live!

In Heaven There is no Beer: Polkacide
They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore: Kinky Friedman
Clothes of the Dead: Bongos, Bass and Bob

New York: Sex Pistols
One of the Boys: Mott the Hoople
Other Stars: Wooden Shjips

Fearless: Pink Floyd
John Barleycorn: Traffic
Battle of Evermore: Led Zeppelin
Sploosh!: Ozric Tentacles

The Letter: The Box Tops

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Season in Hell #165: It's Birmingham Bitches!

How many bands can you name from Birmingham England?

What is it about this town? Tonight on A Season in Hell, John Hell and Steffan Chirazi break it down. From this landlocked industrial town, came a myriad of talented groups of many genres, all of whom were a strong influence on bands that followed.

We don't follow a conventional path for the show, and right out of the gate you can tell that we want to bash you over the head. But hold on tight, as we take you down dirty steel town road of early heavy metal, punk, and industrial.

From the Wikipedia page on Birmingham:
"During the 1960s Birmingham was the home of a music scene comparable to that of Liverpool.[131] Although it produced no single band as big as The Beatles it was a "a seething cauldron of musical activity", and the international success of groups such as The Move, The Spencer Davis Group, The Moody Blues, Traffic and the Electric Light Orchestra had a collective influence that stretched into the 1970s and beyond.[131] The city was the birthplace of heavy metal music,[132] with pioneering metal bands from the late 1960s and 1970s such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and half of Led Zeppelin having come from Birmingham. The next decade saw the influential metal bands Napalm Death and Godflesh arise from the city. Birmingham was the birthplace of modern bhangra in the 1960s,[133] and by the 1980s had established itself as the global centre of bhangra culture,[134] which has grown into a global phenomenon embraced by members of the Indian diaspora worldwide from Los Angeles to Singapore.[133] The 1970s also saw the rise of reggae and ska in the city with such bands as Steel Pulse, UB40, Musical Youth, Beshara and The Beat, expounding racial unity with politically leftist lyrics and multiracial line-ups, mirroring social currents in Birmingham at that time.

We don't get to all of these find bands, but I think you'll enjoy what we play, as well as the banter, mostly supplied by Steffan, as he waxes poetic about Birmingham and the many stories of its vast musical history.

You're sure to learn something to help round out your musical knowledge tonight on A Season in Hell.

Enjoy.

jh

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Necessary Evil: Napalm Death
Multinational Corporations/Instinct of Survival: Napalm Death
Knights in White Satin: Moody Blues

Symphony of the Universe: Black Sabbath
Snowblind: Black Sabbath
The Wizard: Black Sabbath

Brontosaurus: The Move
Don't Bring Me Down: ELO
Race Against Time: GBH

Metal Gods: Judas Priest
Victim of Changes: Judas Priest
Steeler: Judas Priest

Cum On Feel the Noize: Slade
Circle of Shit: Godflesh
No More Weapons: Steel Pulse
Vanilla: Rufige Kru/Goldie

Black Dog: Led Zeppelin
Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin

Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Season in Hell #161: Free Love Messes Up My Life


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This past Monday night on the show I was thrilled to have SF's Queen of the Kinky scene, the one and only Polly Whittaker!!! She has been writing her memoir, "Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary", and even has a Kickstarter to help her self-publish. She is a radio interviewers dream come true. What a story teller; and the best part: her sexy stories are all true!

Polly takes us through her journey growing up in London, the passing of her father; being raised by a very sexually-aware, sex therapist mother; her days as a latex saleswoman and model; and her last minute escape to San Francisco, where she very quickly found her "people", and created Kinky Salon, the most exciting and welcoming poly club space in San Francisco!

Take a listen to the show, and please consider donating to Polly's Kickstarter campaign, which ends a week from Friday, February 21st.

Enjoy, and be sure to tune in every Monday night. It's interviews and music, music, MUSIC!

Next Monday night, February 17th, Shareef Ali will be in to talk up his new record and upcoming show.

jh

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Free Love Messes Up My Life: Bongwater
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon: Urge Overkill
I Call My Pussycat: Parliament

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Anti Love Song: Betty Davis
Come On Over (Turn Me On): Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Lover, You Should Have Come Over: Jeff Buckley
Do It In the Dirt: Enrique
Looking For A Kiss: New York Dolls

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Queen Dreamer: T.E.N.
2 Drunk 2 Fuck: Avenue D
Special Secret Song Inside: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Sugar Never Tasted So Good: White Stripes
Mona Lisa: Slick Rick

Interviewing Polly Whittaker

Love Comes In Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Season in Hell #158: Where Is The King Of Love?

We have made it once again through yet another glorious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! And what a day it was. How do you celebrate this day? I for one took time to meditate on the glory that is the message of Dr. King.
What a man.

And what a show I have for you tonight. (great segue, huh?) I start out with a tribute to the man. Some Nina Simone, followed by Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln. Try not to shed a tear, OK? I then follow it up with some pre-punk that I had left over from last week. Check out that last set, with Billy Holiday into T Rex!!!

This Thursday night at The Chapel on Valencia is the triumphant return of Wooden Shjips. For any longtime listener to my show, you're no doubt aware of my love for this SF psychedelic quartet. This is going to be a real treat, as they rarely appear to, well, um, appear anywhere local. Tickets may still be available. Get to this show!

Now on to the goods.

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Enjoy.

jh

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Why (Is the King of Love Dead?): Nina Simone
Freedom Day: Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln

Early in the Morning: Ray Charles
Pretty-Eyed Baby: Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie
Step Right Up: Tom Waits
Lady Day and John Coltrane: Gil Scott-Heron

Impressions: John Coltrane

Fire Waltz: Eric Dolphy
Softly As A Morning Sunrise: Modern Jazz Quartet
Love Minus Zero/No Limit: Bob Dylan

Colors: Wooden Shjips
Love Comes In Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Ladies in Waiting: Kiss
TV Party: Black Flag
Dig Lazarus, Dig: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

In And Out of Grace: Mudhoney
Notes and Chords Mean Nothing To Me: Redd Cross
Saeta: Miles Davis

Gloomy Sunday: Billy Holiday
Children of the Revolution: T Rex
Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Season in Hell #157: Time For The Radio Generation

Happy New Year! Back on the air after 3 weeks off.

I've been reading "From the Velvets to the Voidoids", and it's got me all in a tither about music from the East Coast and Midwest, circa 1969-1979. I've always enjoyed this era, but haven't known too much about the inner workings and incestuousness of it until now. WOW! Get this book. Starts with the VU, heads over to Detroit to cover the MC5 and the Stooges, before heading down to Cleveland, and back to NYC. So much to enjoy. And with that, it got me wanting to share the music of this time and place with you.

I've also got a few SF garage rockers for good measure. There was a recent story in the SF Weekly (a rag I used to hardly touch, but since the way the Guardian has gone down hill since their sale, AND because my dear friend Sherilyn Connelly writes for them, I give them a chance to win me over. Covering Radio Valencia in a recent issue helped) about the garage rock scene in SF (or what's left of it since Ty Segall left for LA, and Thee Oh Sees are on hiatus). Anyway, the article reminded me of a few other fine bands still rockin' it out in SF, including CCR Headcleaner, who I play tonight.

This show rocks, and I think you'll agree.

I was thinking about the "Velvets" book I'm reading and it reminded me of a few other books that you should have in your library, if you enjoy rock-journalist biographies by era. I recommend that you check out the following:
"Our Band Could Be Your Life", by Michael Azerrad
"England's Dreaming", by Jon Savage
"Please Kill Me", by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

These are all excellent and essential reads, and you'll run out to grab all the music that you read about and (re)listen to it all with fresh ears.

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jh


It's Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
Is It My Body: Alice Cooper
Five Years: David Bowie

Satellite Of Love: Lou Reed
Land: Patti Smith

Rocket Reducer #62: MC5
TV Eye: The Stooges
Jet Boy: New York Dolls

Marie Marie: The Blasters
Electricity: Captain Beefheart
I'm Gonna Dig Up Howlin' Wolf: Mojo Nixon
It Ain't Going to Save Me: Jay Reatard

High School: Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin
Fixx the Fan: CCR Headcleaner
Maze Fancier: Thee Oh Sees
Jugband Blues: Pink Floyd

Crystal Liaison: The Fugs
California Sun: The Dictators
Hong Kong Garden: Siouxsie and The Banshees
Talk to Me: Pere Ubu
Religion: PIL

Dozen Girls: The Damned
Touch My Evil: Lydia Lunch
Hang onto your Ego: The Beach Boys

Heartbreaker: Motorhead