#LEAPDAY2020 on What’s This Called? at Freeform Portland your host Ricardo Wang pays tribute to songwriter and guitarist of Rain Parade, Clay Allison, Opal, and Mazzy Star, David Roback who passed away this week.
#AvantRock featuring Roback’s own music side by side with contemporaries such as The Dream Syndicate and Green On Red to his influences such as Love and the thirteenth floor elevators as well as only tangentially related #Psychedelia and #SpaceMusic from Wooden Shjips to Hawkwind.
HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:
HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:
The Rain Parade “No Easy Way Down” [Emergency Third Rail Power Trip]
Opal “Soul GIver” [Happy nightmare baby]
CAN “Oh Yeah – 2011 Remastered” [Tago Mago (2011 Remastered)]
Green On Red “(Gee Ain’t It Funny) How Time Slips Away” [No Free Lunch]
Shocked from the news this morning we first say goodbye musically to Andy Gill, guitarist of Gang of Four, followed by a program with everything from new experimental music from Africa, new Portland experimental music from Crystal Quartez, and classic NW noise from Noggin.
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HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:
Gang Of Four “Anthrax” [Damaged Goods: Post Punk Sounds]
Gang of Four “To Hell With Poverty” [Damaged Goods]
Gang Of Four “Damaged Goods” [Damaged Goods: Post Punk Sounds]
Kim Gordon “Air BnB” [No Home Record]
Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers “Africa Center of the World” [The Underground Spiritual Game]
A new year and mostly new music, including several tracks from the Unexplained Sounds Group compilation Anthology of Persian Music in honor of our sisters and brothers in Iran under threat of war because of stupid evil leadership conflict between their government and ours. A few older pieces by the likes of Sun Ra and the Chocolate Watchband to round things out.
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HEAR HOUR 2 HERE:
Guitar Is Dead “The City That Always Sleeps (feat. Tristan Gianola, Maxwell Boecker & Moses Eder)” [Guitar Is Dead (feat. Tristan Gianola, Maxwell Boecker & Moses Eder)]
Search Ensembles “AC DL CP SK” [Prescient/Legend]
Reza Solatipour “Darck City” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]
Noriko Kodama “Memories” [Abyss]
Num “Sound of Guardians” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]
While the program has featured end of year shows and lists off and on through the 25+ years What’s This Called? has been going, it has not been an annual tradition. Simply put, some years the show has been more focused on experimental musics in general than on the sounds of the current moment. Oftentimes that is because a given years didn’t feature enough new releases to fill a show or the interest of your host.
This was NOT the case with 2019. Your host Ricardo Wang set out to do a top ten for the year and found quickly that ten was not a reasonable number to list even the most played and enjoyed 2019 album releases from the show. Twenty quickly was not enough either and when it became clear that a list of 100 albums was imminent, research ensued into as many records that had been missed as possible. Perhaps it was because artists wanted to get a great album done for the end of the decade. Perhaps the insane global political climate has made artists want to do something in the only way they know how. Perhaps 2019 was the year artists started to realize that technology and crumbling economics had now made them able to produce and share “professional” quality albums without having to kow-tow to the dying music industry.
What follows is a list or albums that your host Ricardo Wang has listened to and ranked arbitrarily. The ranking is not based upon airplay or popularity or anything other than DJ preference. The order would probably change tomorrow and would certainly do so in another week. Any record on this list is a great listen, and believe it or not, keeping it at 100!
Top 2019 Albums
Negativland – True False (Seeland)
Kim Gordon – No Home Record (Matador)
Nick Cave – Ghosteen (Ghosteen Ltd.)
Thurston Moore – Spirit Counsel (Daydream Library)
Iggy Pop – Free (Loma Vista)
Keiji Haino & Charles Hayward – A loss permitted to open its eyes for but three hours And there glimpsed, finally in focus a mystery That begs earnestly, “ask me nothing” Now, once more the problem is yours alone (33 33)
Glenn Branca – The Third Ascension (Systems Neutralizers)
Fennesz – Agora (Touch)
Sin: Ned & Uneasy Chairs – 時代精神 Zeitgeist (self released)
The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time: Stage 6 (History Always Favours the Winners)
Kronos Quartet – Terry Riley: Sun Rings (Nonesuch)
Sunn O))) – Life Metal (Southern Lord)
Legendary Pink Dots – Angel in the Details (Metropolis)
John Zorn – Tractatus Musico-Philosophicus (Tzadik)
Future Sounds of London – Yage 2019 (FSOLdigital)
Various Artists – Stain, Crack, and Break: Music from the Nurse With Wound List Volume 1 (Finders Keepers)
Disxiple 113 – Sidraw (Obsolete Staircases)
Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, Balazs Pandi – Self Titled (Trost Records)
Bill Callahan – Shephed in a Sheepskin Vest (Drag City)
Amy Denio – Eureka (Spoot Music)
Mini-Mutations – Society’s Standards (WTBC)
Ashtoreth & Grey Malkin – Hermit (Reverb Worship)
Sudan Archives – Athena (Stones Throw)
Mecca Normal – Brave New Waves Session (Brave New Waves)
Flying Lotus – Flamagra (Warp)
Amon Tobin – Fear in a Handful of Dust (NoMark)
Fischkopf Sinfoniker – To the Bone (self released)
Somsurprises – Some Candy (Crash Symbols)
Various Artists – Anthology of contemporary music from Africa continent
The Lord Weird Slough Feigh – New Organon (Cruz del Sur Music)
Neuroq – Spacephoria (Beatport)
Brunt – Ataraxy (self released)
A Winged Victory for the Sullen – The Undivided Five (Zen CD)
Under Nihilo – Tropical/Mall.Exe (self released)
Spaceslug – Reign of the Orion (BSFD Records)
Leth – Kalergi Aquarius (self released)
Bryce Miller – Monochrome Daydream (Spun Out of Control)
Saturday, December 21st from Noon to 4 PM Pacific Standard Time we try to play as much from #TheList as possible on Freeform Portland!
In barely over a week, your host, Ricardo Wang has already learned of many other #2019Albums that arguably should have been high on the #Top100 including Pere Ubu, Bill Orcutt, Russian Circles and others! Maybe in January there can be a show of records that Should have been on the list!
Meanwhile we promise while in no way complete, this extra long What’s This Called? will #resonate!