26 September 2015: Uneasy Chairs, LIVE!

11914754_1656875294555405_3021879856810997072_o26 September 2015: Uneasy Chairs, LIVE!

Playlist & Footnotes: https://whatsthiscalled.net/2015/09/26/26-september-2015-uneasy-chairs-live

Today at Noon Pacific Standard Time on What’s This Called? I am thrilled to present Live in the KPSU studio, the delicate noise guitar stylings of Patrick Neill Gundran AKA Uneasy Chairs! Patrick is a member of many avant groups in the Seattle area including Colour Out of Space, the Rolling Blackouts, and Devil’s Club, but his solo outings have a special over the top energy that you won’t want to miss for brunch.


Streaming All Over Your Speakers from: kpsu.org


19 September 2009 (Retrocast)

19 September 2009 (Retrocast) 

Here’s a vintage retrocast from six years ago – to the date!  Even if Ricardo Wang cannot be in the studio for a new broadcast, there are over 10 years worth of back-episodes available, with live performances, special guests, or in this case, an excellent mix of experimental tunes, hosted by Ricardo Wang himself.


Bamboo Banga mia Kala
Akshar Najma Akhtar & Gary Lucas Rishte
Dream Baby Dream Suicide the second suicide album
Your Ace from Outer Space U-Roy Version of Wisdom
Kingston Advice The Clash Sandanista
My Favorite Things John Zorn Filmworks VII – Cynical Hysterie Hour
Cautious Lip Blondie Plastic Letters
End of One Train Working Hood Outside Closer
Using the Hope Diamond as a Doorstep American Analog Set From Our Living Room to Yours
She’s Not There Zombies Greatest Hits
The Truth About Planet Earth Sun Ra Media Dreams
Mirror Soul Edward Ka-Spel Eyes! China Doll
audible silence – enter (Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge) (extract) Jez riley French Wire Tapper 21
Let X = X Laurie Anderson Big Science

12 September 2015: Derek M Johnson LIVE!

12 September 2015: Derek M Johnson LIVE!

TODAY from Noon to 1 PM on What’s This Called? on KPSU.org you get the ultimate Nofest 8 preview for the day as Olympia’s bowed and stringed sensation Derek M Johnson, 5732013763_e767e47e13_m

as his trusty cello, and vast box of effects pedals make their first appears on the program in 9 years!

After that Derek MAY be one of the secret Dead Air Fresheners performing at the Nofest mainstage oustside in the historic St. John’s Square at 2:30 PM, and he will certainly be tearing up the stage inside at Slim’s from 7-8 PM.

5 September 2015: NoFest 8 Preview

NOFEST8-165x3005 September 2015:  NoFest 8 Preview

Today from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time on What’s This Called? your host Ricardo Wang presents a preview of acts performing at Nofest 8 in St. John’s on September 12th!

Thrill to sound from out there by the likes of Derek M Johnson, ALTO!, Jennifer Robin, Translucent Spiders, Overdose the Katatonic, Fischkopf Sinfoniker, Pulse Emitter, Jagula, and MORE!

This year looks to be the most challenging and exciting musically yet, and What’s This Called? is thrilled to present this preview as well as Derek M Johnson live next week followed by our own stage at the fest at Slim’s from 4 PM to Close! This stage celebrates WTC’s ten year anniversary at KPSU and features a dozen of the finest artists you hear on the program from all over the Pacific NW.


Track * Artist * Album

Piece 7 (Excerpt) * ALTO! * ALTO!
Live at Olympia Experimental Music Festival (Excerpt) * Fischkopf Sinfoniker * Sound Cloud
KPSU Set I (Excerpt) * Derek M. Johnson * Live on What’s This Called? 2006
The Sad Ballad of Chicken Tooth * Jennifer Robin * Live on KPSU
Live Open Air Recording At Habisha Lounge 05 – 18 – 2014 * Translucent Spiders * Sound Cloud
Coda Cacciatori * Party Killer * Tandaan
How’s Yr Ass Feel When U Awoke * Overdose the Katatonic * Sound Cloud
Jagula * The Warning * Jagula
The 23rd Century * Pulse Emitter * Digital Rainforest
Last Instar * Jeremy C. Long * Lepidoptera

* * * * * *

1510717_1080650398642528_8175774193142713396_nNOFEST @ SLIM’S 9/12/15 FREE!

Nofest 8 presents a Special Party to celebrate 10 years of What’s This Called?on KPSU.org

4-8 PM is ALL AGES (and free of course) and features groups with multi-generational performers.

Four Dimensional Nightmare (from Federal Way WA) 4 PM

Dead Air Fresheners 5 PM https://www.youtube.com/TheDeadAirFresheners/videos

Luxifer (featuring Tiffany Lee Brown & Gusty) 5:30 PM

Eet w/ Kids 6 PM https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eet

Derek M. Johnson (from Olympia WA) 7 PM https://www.facebook.com/DerekMJohnsonCello Ov

Jeremy C. Long 8 PM https://jeremylong.bandcamp.com/

Jen Grady (from Olympia WA) 9 PM

Office Products 10 PM http://www.discogs.com/artist/67027-Office-Products

Faerie Moons 11 PM https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faerie-Moons/970028899716702

Jennifer Robin 11:30 PM https://myspace.com/writingsofjenniferrobin

Overdose the Katatonic (from Seattle WA) 12 AM https://soundcloud.com/overdose-the-katatonic

Fischopf Sinfoniker (from Bellingham WA) 12:30 AM http://www.fischkopfsinfoniker.com/

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10 years ago Ricardo Wang brought his orphaned late night experimental music program to a permanent hope in the weekend daytime of KPSU, Portland’s college radio.

Now a decade later What’s This Called? is a KPSU institution and to celebrate this exciting anniversary Ricardo has put together a non-stop party as part of Nofest 8 at Slim’s in St. John’s, all for free!

The party starts from 4-8 PM with an All Ages showcase of eclectic artist from around the Northwest, several who incorporate child and youth members in their lineups.

Then from 8 to close Slim’s goes 21+ and the free experimental music keeps coming from Linnton’s godfather of drone Jeremy C. Long through the always mind warping words of Jennifer Robin to Bellingham, Washington’s subversive beat master Fischkopf Sinfoniker.

12 different acts at Slim’s on Lombard and that’s just one of several Nofest stages on September 12th! Ricardo will also be hosting cellists Jen Grady and Derek Johnson at noon on What’s This Called? to preview their sets at the anniversary show.

KPSU presents What’s This Called? for ten years and counting!