27 February 2016

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Towering sound architecture and gentle wisps of sonorous perception vie for your lingering attentions Today from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time on KPSU.org as your host Ricardo Wang brings this week’s What’s This Called?

Streaming Live.

Brand new in the mail from Accretions recordings the debut album from Ryan Choi on ukelele, percussion, and strings; plus other sonic explorations from the likes of kitsura, Black Happy Day, Ffej, The Giant Worm live at the Olympia Experimental Music Festival 2015, Hierogliphic Being & J.L.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl, Steven Henry Fisk, Lungfish, Bugskull, and MORE!

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Track    –   Artist   –   Album


  • Three Dancers   Ryan Choi   Three Dancers
  • Aviation Oakie   Steve Fisk   999 Levels of Undo
  • DeerBiphenyl   kitsura   Soundcloud
  • Dream State Police   The Giant Worm   2015 Olympia XFest June 26, 2015
  • Civilization That Is Dying   Heiroglypyic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl   We Are Not the First
  • The Charcoal Blade   Ffej   Emulation Phase (EP)
  • Ghosts Won   Bugskull   Distracted Snowflake
  • Blue Sky   Lungfish   Necrophones
  • Lyke Wake Dirge   Black Happy Day   In the Garden of Ghostflowers
  • Die By Night   Dead Man’s Lifestyle   Hinterland
  • We Are on the Side of Angels   Bing & Ruth   Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
  • The Whistling Song   Meat Puppets  Meat Puppets II


20 February 2016: Cyclopsycho, LIVE!

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Today from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time on KPSU.org, What’s This Called? presents the world premiere live performance of Olympia, WA’s Cyclopsycho!

Featuring manipulated sounds created entirely from her own voice, 24786348519_c24a9eb722_oshe will mesmerize you with her elecro-acapella sound sculptures.

Catch the Live Stream and be forever changed!


Performance Excerpt by Ricardo Wang:


Photos by Ryan Ray, Engineer






13 February 2016

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Fresh? You want fresh? Today’s What’s This Called? from noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time on KPSU.org has new releases so fresh they haven’t been tasted yet!

World Premiere of the new SadoDamascus Records Winter Copulation 2016 comp! Plus new released from the old mailbox sent by Dubuque’s Personal Archives label from Belgium’s Mahler Haze and God-know’s-where’s Dead Man’s Lifestyle. Throw in the sounds of some black holes trying to suck each other up, and you have a perspective on the universe you couldn’t have had the day before yesterday!

Classic? You want classic? It’s Peter Gabriel’s 66th birthday, and the day before Valentine’s wherein Sun Ra, David Bowie, and Unwound have the best answers or at least the best rephrasing of the question.

Streaming Is Believing


LIVE playlist right here: Body Shame – “Black Truck Creeper”; Consumer – “Loyalty Is For Tyrants (live in Olympia)”; Dr. Strangeknob – “Get Yo Gram Bro”; Destroyed For Comfort – “Split Down the Middle (ft. Lauren Bausfield)” ALL from SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016.

Next Up: Mahler Haze – “Solo Flight” -psithurism; Live Science – “What Colliding Black Holes Sound Like”; Genesis – “Carpet Crawlers” – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

Next Set: Unwound – “Valentine Card” – Fake Train; Dead Man’s Lifestyle – “Little Creep” – Hinterland; The Fugs – “Kill For Peace” – The Fugs Second Album…; David Bowie – “Valentine’s Day” – The Next Day

Ending With: Sun Ra – “Love In Outer Space” – Somewhere Else


6 February 2016

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Today on What’s This Called? at KPSU.org from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time, let the outer sounds take you to inner space.

Your host Ricardo Wang brings you decoded audio messages from the likes of A Silver Mt. Zion, A Star Too Far, Chrome, Sun Ra, Steven Severin, Cyoakha Grace O’ Manion, Julie Ruin, Ariel Kalma and MORE!

Tune your deep listening devices to hear it go down live!



So Far: The Julie Ruin – “Apt. #5” from Julie Ruin; Cyoakha Grace O’ Manion – “Ride It ‘Till the End” from Unknown Music from Dream-Quest of Kadath; Robert Aiki, Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma – “Wasp Happening” from We Know Each Other Somehow

So then we had: CHROME – “All Data Lost” from Alien Soundtracks, me yakking then A Silver Mt. Zion – :”Movie (Never Made)”‘; A Star Too Far – “Damn Mirage” from Saucers Over Lincoln on Beta-lactam Ring Records

Next: Steven Severin – “Wand of Flame Part Two” from Wand of Flame on EROTOTOX DECODINGS

Going to end with Mecca Normal – “Rigid Man In an Ice Age” from The Eagle & The Poodle.