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Spirituality in Music – Tonight 8-10

July 14, 12pm

davis_erik_2008_rauner_michael.jpgErik Davis is my guest tonight 8-10 on A Season in Hell with John Hell on Radio Valencia.

From Wikipedia: Erik is a writer, scholar, journalist and public speaker whose writings have run the gamut from rock criticism to cultural analysis to creative explorations of esoteric mysticism.He is perhaps best known for his book Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information, as well as his work on California counterculture, including Burning Man, the human potential movement, and the writings of Philip K. Dick. He has also contributed to the 33 1/3 series his review of Led Zeppelin’s fourth record.

We’ll be talking about spirituality in music tonight, which will include what is to be some choice selections from Erik’s own collection.

Tune in.

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Rock Fight 12! This Time It’s An Invasion

June 25, 6pm

ROCK FIGHT 12 FLATOnce 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.

Enjoy.

jh

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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 12:

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)

DOWN IN FRONT! On A Season in Hell Monday Night at 8!

March 17, 4pm

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Tonight on A Season in Hell, with John Hell:

Local swinging trio, Down in Front will be performing live in the Radio Valencia studios, from 8-10PM.

They have a Kickstarter campaign to support the production of their first full-length LP.

These are some talented and very witty gals. Tune in for the music, stay for the banter.

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John Hell and Steffan Chirazi Rock Out in Birmingham!

March 11, 9am

blackzeppelinWhat 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.

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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

Hell Conquers Birmingham!

March 10, 6pm

blackzeppelinTune in tonight, from 8-10PM (PDST) on Radio Valencia, for two hours of Birmingham England masterpieces, featuring John Hell and Stefan Chirazi of Metallica fanzine “So What”. We’ll be featuring the many acts of many genres from the Birmingham area, including Traffic, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Duran Duran, UB40, Steel Pulse, and way too many more to list here.

A Season in Hell, with John Hell Every Monday night from 8-10 PM (PDST)

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Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary on A Season in Hell Monday at 8PM

February 10, 6pm

1690399_290546854430400_2031086367_nMaybe it’s because I just love LOVE! There’s love in Hell, you know. There’s also a lot of lust too! Therefore as a special Valentines treat for you, my rabid listeners, I offer up a true treat! Polly “Superstar” Whittaker, of SF’s Mission Control and Kinky Salon will be on my show tonight, 8-10PM, talking up her new memoir: “Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary”. She’s taking on the challenge of self-publishing her book, which is full of tales of lust, lechery, romance, and cumming of age in England and San Francisco. Please check out her Kickstarter page here.
Polly will be reading excerpts from her book, and we may even be able to take your calls about the SF Poly community, dating, BDSM; just name your kink, and it’s I bet she’ll have a tasty response.

I also have tickets to give away for the upcoming Melvin Seals/Jerry Garcia Band show happening this Saturday night at the Great American Music Hall. Listen for your time to call in and win!

There’s too much fun to be had tonight!!!

See you on the radio.

John Hell

ROCK FIGHT 11 – MONDAY 6-midnight!!!

December 15, 4pm

Rock Fight 11
Monday, December 16, 2013
6-12AM
Radio Valencia

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John Hell vs. Ron Donovan

Mr.’s Hell and Donovan have the largest collection of live “underground” music west of East Rutherford, New Jersey. Every June and December they go mano-a-mano in a heated throw down of EPIC proportions!

Next Monday, December 16, 2013, from 6-12AM (PST), John and Ron host Rock Fight 11!

This time around our hosts will feature one artist each for 30 minutes. Kiss, Nugent, ZZ Top, The Who, Hendrix, and more. Also, live in-studio guests including Steffan Chirazi (editor of “So What”, the official Metallica fanzine), and KISSER, the all-female Kiss cover band!!! And too many more to list here!

You do not want to miss this show!

It’s 1973 All Over Again!

November 11, 3pm

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At least for two hours tonight, between 8-10PM.

It’s time for my annual trip back in time, 40 years! Tonight it’s all about 1973. The birth of so many great bands: KISS, Television, Quiet Riot, Queen, Cheap Trick, The Tubes, and of course, Stray Dog. Who could ever forget Stray Dog?

I’ll be pulling out some classic, rarely heard tunes from this year, from artists that may have long left your vernacular.

Tune in 8-10PM tonight!!!
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Radio Valencia Heads to Comic Con!

July 16, 11pm

1074526_10153035488900232_155773009_oJohn Hell of Monday night’s A Season in Hell (8-10PM) is heading to Comic Con! Thursday, July 18th-Sunday, July 21st John is going to be broadcasting live from the Comic Outpost TV booth, interviewing your favorite comic book writers, illustrators and inkers. That’s TV, people, TV!

Interviews include legends Roy Thomas (Superman), Frank Brunner (Dr. Strange), Gerry Conway (The Punisher), Marty Pasko (The Tick and Max Headroom), Elliot S! Maggin (Superman), Jeff Smith (Bone), Dave Gibbons (The Watchmen), Dan Jurgens (Flash Gordon, Green Arrow, Superman); and legends in the making including Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys, Happy, Ballistic), Jeffrey Brown (“Darth Vader and Son”), Ellen Forney (“Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me”).

John will be joined by Loki, who will take to the floor to interview Cos Players in all their geek-glory!

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If you can’t make it down to the Con, you can watch video of the action streaming live on Comic Outpost TV. Check out the website comicoutpost.net for more information.

John Hell has a real face for radio. Let’s hope they don’t make a comic character out of him.

They’ll be live tweeting at @comicoutpost, and you can follow John Hell at @johnhell for pics and updates.

Comic Outpost TV – Why We’re Different

Playlist for ROCK FIGHT 10!!!

July 9, 3pm

Screen shot 2013-06-20 at 5.54.13 PMIt only happen once every six months. And when it does, babies hide their children, drunks hide there malt liquor, men cry into their beer. I can only be talking about one thing: ROCK FIGHT!

It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen, when rock poster artist Rotten Ron Donovan and Radio DJ Stalwart, John Hell get together and lay down the massive pipe that is ROCK FIGHT!!!

Ron and I have what amounts to be the largest combined collection of live bootlegs anywhere this side of analog hill (unseen on Google Maps). Every six months in December and June we get together to see who’s is bigger and badder.

Every track below is followed by the date/location and who chose the track; JH for me, and RD for Ron. As you’ll see, I’ve clearly got him beat, 2-1. He was also more than an hour late, which is why the first chunk of music is from me.

Not only is the music full of top notch performances and excellent recording quality, but the smack talk between music blocks sets a new standard (high or low, you decide).

There’s an interview with Limbomaniac’s frontman/bassist, Butthouse in the fifth hour, too.

Get ready for some prime time, low down, face-to-face, bootleg MAYHEM!!!

IT’S ROCK FIGHT 10 BABY!!!!

Enjoy.

jh

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Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong

Here I Am: Al Green (10-04-74 Midnight Special, Hollywood, CA)-JH
Natbush City Limits: Ike and Tina Turner (01-19-75 Soul Train)-JH

Stone Junkie: Curtis Mayfield (06-06-72 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, NY)-JH
Stevie Wonder: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life->Big Brother->Blowing In The Wind
(03-04-73 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkelely, CA)-JH
Thank You: Sly and the Family Stone (10-09-70 Piknik Kasteel Groenveld Baarn, Netherlands)-JH

One Nation Under a Groove: P Funk (11-01-78 Howard Theater, Washington DC-JH

Country Road: Toots and the Maytals (04-22-1978 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario)-JH
Midnight Ravers: Bob Marley (06-10-75 Quiet NIght Club, Chicago, IL)-JH
Let’s Work: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
You Got the Look: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
Endorphin Machine: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
She’s Always in my Hair: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD

Cold Sweat: James Brown (08-26-68 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX)-JH
Sex Machine: James Brown (03-18-71 Olympia Theater, Paris, France)-JH

Barracuda: Heart (06-17-13 West Palm Beach, FL)-RD
Bad Reputation: Joan Jett (08-08-81 Fireman’s Memorial Park, Hempstead, NJ)-JH
Back in Black: AC/DC (02-27-81 Melbourne, AU)-RD

Waiting for the Bus/ Jesus Just Left Chicago: ZZ Top (04-19-80 Rockpalast, Grugenhalle Essen, Germany)-JH
Hot Line: Black Sabbath (1983???)-RD
Cherry Bomb: The Runaways (07-19-76 The Agora, Cleveland, OH)-JH
Monkey on my Back: Aerosmith (06-04-94 Donnington, England)-RD

Motor City Madhouse: Ted Nugent (05-23-81 Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI)-JH
On Top of the World: Cheap Trick (12-31-79 Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA-)JH

Boys are Back in Town: Thin Lizzy (05-14-76 Detroit, MI)-JH

The Phoenix: The Cult (03-16-12 Waterloo Records – SXSW, Austin, TX)-RD

The Rover / Sick Again: Led Zeppelin (05-30-77 Capitol Centre Landover, Maryland)-JH
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (03-19-75 Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada)-RD
Misty Mountain Hop: Led Zeppelin 08-11-79 Knebworth Festival Stevenage, UK-JH
Heartbreaker: Led Zeppelin: (12-06-96 Chatenay-Malabry, France-JH)

Hour Four:
Gimme Shelter: Rolling Stones (LA 1975)-RD
I’m Losing You: The Faces (04-05-73 Sundown Theater, London England)-JH

Shake!: The Time (02-03-91, Japan)-RD

My Adidas: Run DMC (1985 The Apollo Theater, NYC, NY)-JH
Time to get Ill: Beastie Boys (07-05-98 Werchter, Belgium)-JH
Rock Your Socks Off: Tenacious D (09-28-01 Higher Ground, Winooski, VT)-JH

Interview with Butthouse of Limbomaniacs

Porno: Limbomaniacs (09-01-90 I-Beam, SF, CA)-JH
Seven Nation Army: White Stripes (06-13-07 Maida Vale Studios, London, England)-JH

Hour six
Learn to Fly: Foo Fighters (2012 Buenos Aires)-RD
Hard to Handle: Black Crowes (10-19-99 Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA)-JH

X-Offender: Blondie (09-21-77 Old Wardorf  San Francisco, CA)-RD
Jocko Homo: Devo (08-03-77 Mabuhay Gardens (The “Fab Mab”), San Francisco, C)-JH
Rock and Roll: Supersuckers (???? Ron has no clue when/where this show is from)

400 Bucks: Reverend Horton Heat (06-09-06 Wakarusa Music Festival, Lawrence, KS)-JH
Blitzkrieg Bop: The Ramones (05-21-76 The Club, Cambridge, MA)-JH
Join Together/Goin’ Mobile: fIREHOSE (08-25-89 The Music Machine, Santa Monica, CA)-JH

School’s Out: Alice Cooper (Bonnaroo, TN 06-09-12)-RD

Nothing to Lose:  Kiss (09-03-76 Richfield Stadium, Richfield, OH)-JH
Take a Letter Maria: Pleasure Barons (03-93 Vancouver, BC)-JH

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