18th
May
My Debut Comedy Album “Let Me Turn You On” Is Available for Pre-Order Now! Can You Feel it?!

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Hi. It’s Dave. From before. Anyway, I am very excited to announce that my debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On, out June 9 (coincidentally 6/9, which is really sexy) on aspecialthing records, is available for pre-order now, which is great for everybody. You can order the CD version here or the iTunes version here, priced to move at just ten bucks, about the price of four large coffees at one of those high-end coffee shops they got all over most towns these days. Anyway, if I do say so myself, it’s a hot album and you should totally get it. The awesome Danny Hellman did the artwork, which is worth price of admission alone. Hope you dig it!

Thanks,
Dave Hill



18th
May
Nice Things That Are Nice

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Hi. It’s Dave again. I probably should have posted these sooner, but what the heck, I am going to do it now anyway. As I might have mentioned, I recently did a bunch of shows in Norway, London, and Portland (a combined total of 16 shows, which must be some sort of record, at least for me anyway) and they were super fun and nobody threw anything at my head. The London shows were all sold out even. Anyway, here are some really nice reviews of one of my shows in Portland and another in London. I know it’s a bit pathetic of me to post lovely reviews of my shows here on my website, but isn’t that what the Internet is for (I mean besides all the naked chicks and cat videos and stuff)?

Love,
Dave Hill



30th
Mar
An Article About Me, Drinking, and Stuff

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Happy Monday. Recently, I sat down and drank stuff with Kenny Herzog from Punch to talk about all sorts of things, including scotch, what I’ve been up to lately, and whatnot. You can read it right here. I hope you enjoy it so much!

Still street,

Dave Hill



9th
Mar
Support the WFMU Fundraising Marathon and Give Me a Reason to Keep Leaving the House on Monday Night’s in the Process

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As many of you know, I have my own radio show on WFMU, the greatest radio station of all-time, on Monday nights. Currently, WFMU is having its annual fundraising marathon and I strongly encourage you to contribute and help keep free-form, independent radio alive in the process. You will also keep the Goddamn Dave Hill Show on the air while you’re at it, which I really appreciate, you know, because that’s my show. My name is right there in the title.

If you’re “hip” to WFMU, you probably already know that- with the exception of a skeleton crew who keep the operation up and running- everyone else at the station, myself included, works entirely for free. None of the donation money goes to lavish parties, chimp rentals, or one of those pits with the plastic balls you see at amusement parks (which are awesome)- every dime goes to keep the station up and running and on the air 24/7. And in a world of corporate-sponsored garbage, WFMU remains one of the few bastions of true independence, creativity, and stuff that is pretty awesome in general left on earth. Who else would let me interview Dick Cavett on-air and then immediately follow that with an erotic short story I wrote in my spare time before playing back-to-back Cannibal Corpse and Francoise Hardy all while wearing nothing but hotpants and a little self-tanner?? That’s right- no one. And if you would like to see this sort of thing continue in this world, do your part and donate today. Did I mention there are prizes too (like this incredible Danny Hellman-designed Goddamn Dave Hill Show t-shirt, for example)? In short, it’s nuts not to donate. Do it. That would be so great.

I love you,

Dave Hill



9th
Mar
Tragedy’s “You’re the One That I Want”

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My friends in Tragedy, the tri-state area’s #1 all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond, made a video for their cover of “You’re the One That I Want” from the Grease soundtrack and it is incredible. Watch it above and get your mind blown.

Happy Monday,
Dave Hill



4th
Mar
Support the WFMU Pledge Drive and Get an Incredible “Goddamn Dave Hill Show” T-shirt Designed by Danny Hellman!

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The WFMU Marathon 2015 starts this Sunday, March 8 and goes until March 22. Please do your part in supporting incredible radio and also keep giving me a reason to leave the house on Monday nights in the process by donating now! There are all sorts of mindblowing prizes and whatnot that you can get depending on the size of your donation. This year, premium donors ($75 or more) to the Goddamn Dave Hill Show will get the above totally awesome, limited edition T-shirt designed by the great Danny Hellman, one of my favorite artists and also one of the greatest artists of all-time. The shirt is black with white ink. The front  features me shirtless and ripping a sweet guitar solo on a Flying V while riding some crazy beast from the future. There is also fire and a hot chick dancing in the background, which is awesome. The back of the shirt features Satan getting told to call back in 20 minutes by me, Dave Hill, from before. In short, this is the greatest shirt of all-time. Go here and donate now to get this sweet-ass shirt and support a great, great radio station while you’re at it. That would be so great.

Together we can make a difference,

Dave Hill



26th
Jan
Joe Franklin: A Legend Gone Too Soon at the Age of 88

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You hear New Yorkers complain a lot about how their favorite old bar has closed down to turn into a CVS. Or how their trusty corner bodega is now a Chase bank. Or how both their neighborhood CVS and Chase bank are now occupied by not one but two separate Chipotles. And while I hate that stuff as much as the next guy who never leaves his house unless he absolutely has to, at the same time it doesn’t bother me all that much because to me New York’s greatest resource has always been and always will be its people. And this past Saturday New York lost one of its greats- the mighty Joe Franklin.

Some people might know Joe Franklin as the guy Billy Crystal used to impersonate on SNL in the eighties. Others might know him from his appearances as himself in Ghostbusters, Broadway Danny Rose, or The Aristocrats. As for me, I first discovered Joe Franklin as the peculiar yet oddly compelling host of the legendary Joe Franklin Show, which I happened upon one evening after my dad finally decided to spring for basic cable back when I was a kid growing up in sunny Cleveland. Suddenly we had WOR Channel 9 from Secaucus, New Jersey on our TV dial and Joe Franklin in our living room each night. For me, Joe Franklin was magic, a benevolent ringmaster who embraced bona fide celebrities and eccentrics he’d collected from the streets of New York City alike with seemingly equal and infinite fervor, all without ever forgetting to get in a plug for matzos by Streit’s for 43 years straight.

When I moved to New York City in 2003, I did what any reasonable person would do by looking up Joe Franklin (his number was listed) and attempting to strike up a friendship. Somehow it worked and I ended up both speaking with Joe on the phone and visiting him in his charming dumpster of an office regularly over the last twelve years.

With his TV show and most other showbiz stuff behind him, I sometimes wondered exactly what Joe did all day in that office of his, answering two separate landlines himself as towers of assorted memorabilia threatened to come crashing down on him and at least a couple of the aforementioned eccentrics stared at him silently from the row of chairs set up in front of his desk as if they were watching a matinee.

“I’ve often wondered that myself,” a mutual friend once told me. “And I’ve decided that he’s in there all day giving people hope.”

I feel lucky I got to have been one of those people at least for a little while.

Oh, and if you’d like to get a taste of the Joe Franklin magic for yourself, I encourage you to watch a clip from his show featuring King Diamond and a rapping cop below. It’s pretty much why TV was invented if you ask me.

Dave Hill



2nd
Jan
Let’s Drink About It Podcast

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As a dramatic conclusion to 2014, I decided to swing by my friend Benjamin Ahr Harrison’s house to do the final episode of his and Chris Bowman’s popular Let’s Drink About It podcast, which pairs specialty cocktails with assorted life events and whatnot. This time around, they made me a concoction primarily featuring bourbon, which I haven’t touched in about twelve years. It was actually pretty tasty and didn’t make me cry or try to make out with anyone like last time! Even more exciting, however, is the fact that somewhere along the way, we stumbled upon the idea of doing another podcast called Let’s Drink Milkshakes About It, which I really hope happens because- oh, man- I love milkshakes and ice cream in general. Ask around. In the meantime, however, you can listen to me drink bourbon here.

Happy New Year and stuff,
Dave Hill



31st
Dec
Metal Grasshopper: The Dramatic Conclusion!

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As my grandfather once told me shortly before we put my first dog to sleep after it bit me in the face, all good things must come to an end. And with that, I give you episode 6 of Metal Grasshopper, the dramatic conclusion to the incredible web series in which I get schooled in the ways of metal by metal god Philip H. Anselmo. You can watch the whole thing above or over on Metal Injection, the greatest heavy metal website of all-time basically. And as for season two, hopefully we’ll get cracking on that in 2015!

Your man,
Dave Hill



31st
Dec
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show Voted One of the “10 Best Comedy Podcasts of 2014″ by Paste Magazine

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Here’s something nice- my new radio show/podcast on WFMU, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, was voted one of the ten best comedy podcasts of 2014 by Paste magazine along with podcasts by such fine folks as Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, and John Hodgman, among others. And to think- at the beginning of 2014 I barely knew how to work any of the knobs and buttons in the radio station. Now, a year later, I still don’t know what most of those knobs and buttons are for, but now I’m on a list and that’s what matters! Anyway, in a world where ISIS, Ebola, and other negative things are constantly threatening to ruin my day, it’s little things like this that keep me from locking myself in the bathroom as much. I’ll take it. You can see the whole list here. And check out my radio show here or subscribe on iTunes. Okay, great, thanks!

Still street,
Dave Hill