30 April 2016

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Join Us Today from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time at KPSU.org for a brand new episode of What’s This Called? featuring Odd Audio from All Over!

Ride the Freaking Stream

This 13076978_1264101600297406_764837266118681885_nWeek Inside The Sound Well: Selections from the Legendariske Elleve benefit compilation including David Geest, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, and Four Dimensional Nightmare; brand new Brian Eno paying tribute to Lou Reed; Negativland – Dick Is Dead (R.I.P. Richard Lyons); Vulgaricus mixing Curtis Mayfield and F.M. Einheit at Burning Man ’08; Sacred Flute Music from New Guinea – Madang/Windim Mabu; Teenage Jesus & the Jerks


Playlist Live as It Goes Down!
Brian Eno – Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free” – The Ship; David Geest – “Time Feedback Delay” – Legendariske Elleve; Teenage Jesus & the Jerks – “Red Alert” – Everything; Negativland – “Dick Is Dead” – Over the Edge Vol. 4: Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music of the ’70s.
Vulgaricus – “Curtis Mayfield vs. F.M. Einheit” – Burning Man ’08 Noise Mash-Ups 2;
Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang / Windim Mabu – “Mo-Mo”; Four Dimensional Nightmare – “Beta Starfish” – Legendariske Elleve
The Slow Poisoner – “The Poisoners Lament” – Lost Hills; Sea Charms – Shift262 – SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016; Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel (Scott Burland, Frank Schultz) – “April 15, 2014” – Legendariske Elleve

23 April 2016: Big Tom the Lithuanian’s Lo-fi Lounge

23 April 2016: Big Tom the Lithuanian’s Lo-fi Lounge

Set your listening device for the triumphant return of Big Tom the Lithuanian’s Lo-fi Lounge from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time on What’s This Called?

Y16 - 1our host Ricardo Wang is very excited to bring Big Tom the Lithuanian and his keyboard down from Olympia to cut loose in the KPSU.org dj booth (with subtle noise accompaniment by members of the Dead Air Fresheners) for a non-stop hour of on the fly gonzo synth shenanigans.

26601533785_4dca18621f_oStreaming Live in the PNW Noon Hour.

Tom will attempt to play any request you call in during the show to: (503) 725-5945

Big Tom’s pedigree of artists he has performed alongside in the NW is staggering but includes the likes of Green Tea, Blood Paradise, Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live, the aforementioned Dead Air Fresheners, and the Kelsie Love Experience. He’s even played alongside Conrad Keely from …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead in a reggae band in the early ’90s! However, the incarnation of Big Tom that many fans especially love is “the crazy street keyboard guy”, which is what we seek to recreate and reconstruct in the KPSU sub-basement this joyful Saturday lunch hour.


16 April 2016

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What’s This Called? presents a special 2 hour netcast in honor of the late avant garde musical pioneer Tony Conrad, Saturday April 16th from 11 AM to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time on KPSU.org

Featuring  interview courtesy ofTVMarineretand recordings from the 1960s to the past decade we can expect to barely scratch the surface of the remarkable body of work of this monumental video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician, composer, sound artist, teacher and writer. One of the godfathers of drone music (or, as he qualified, “The first non-bagpipe western drone music”), we’ll hear independent work as well as collaborations with Faust, John Cale, Angus MacLise, and Jack Smith.

Stream It Eternally.


Playlist Live as it unravels… Opening with Tony Conrad – “Live in Austin 1999” – free MP3 from Beta-lactam Ring Records, produced by Chris McBeth, sound wizard and live mixing by Rene Karolinski.

The Theatre of Eternal Music – “B flat dorian blues 19 x 63” – Angus MacLise , John Cale , LaMonte Young , Marion Zazeela , Terry Jennings , Tony Conrad; Interview segment from TVMarineret March 1, 2012.

Tony Conrad w/ Faust – “From the Side of the Machine (1/2)” – Outside the Dream Syndicate; Tony Conrad – “four violins (excerpt)” – Four Gliga Violins Canada; Tony Conrad – “Live at Tate Modern” – TateShots

Angus Maclise/Tony Conrad – “Druid’s Leafy Nest” – Dream Weapon III; Tony Conrad; Interview segment from TVMarineret March 1, 2012; John Cale, Jack Smith & Tony Conrad – “Silent Shadows On Cinemaroc Island” – Stainless Gamelan

Tony Conrad – “Bryant Park Moratorium Rally (1969)(excerpt)”; Closing with Tony Conrad – “Joan of Arc (excerpt)” (Just a little more of the TVMarineret interview mixed in).

9 April 2016

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Streaming Live Today Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time it’s a new throw down of strange sounds arranged for your enlightenment and entertainment What’s This Called? on KPSU.org!

This was Ricardo’s two year old son Asa’s live radio debut joining ten year old Lennon for the intro ID and returning later for some additional commentary.




Playlist: Astor Piazzolla – “La Camorra I” -La Camorra; David Bowie – “I Can’t Give Everything Away” – Blackstar; Zach Zinn – “Luna Pill/Solar Pill” – soundcloud

Bowery Electric – “Next to Nothing” – Bowery Electric; Hood – “End of One Train Working” – Outside Closer; Jessica Lurie – “Up from the Bottom of the Well” – Licorice & Spice

fIREHOSE – “Revolution (Part Two) “- Low Man on the Totem Pole; La STPO – “L’ Intitute’ Creme” -Tranches De Tempes Jete; Lou & Peter Berryman – “If (Dueling Paranoias)” – Double Yodel

Closing with Mahler Haze – “Submergence” psithurism (edited to fit slightly…)


2 April 2016

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New What’s This Called? Live Today Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time!

Stream It!

On Tap: Beat Happening, Sea Charms, Sudden Infant, Steven J. Bernstein, American Merkin, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, ABSV, Rebecca Moore, Chrome, and MORE!



Ok, the dj on before me is NOT HERE. What’s This Called? is going to start Early this week folks. Like RIGHT NOW!

Out the Gate: Bardo Pond – “Aldrin” – Lapsed

Bombay the Hard Way – “My Guru” – Guns, Cars, and Sitars; Miles Davis – Vote For Miles – On the Corner

Stereolab – “The Stars Our Destination” – Mars Audiac Quntet.

Swans – “Surrogate Drones” – Die Tur Ist Zu; Mecca Normal – “The Orbit” – Who Shot Elvis?; Sudden Infant – “Somniphobia (Thurston Moore remix)” – Psychotic Einzelkind

Rebecca Moore – “Prevention of Blindness” – Home Wreckordings 1997-1999; American Merkin – “A Waltz in Berlin (Cut Up Directors)” – SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016

Sonic’s Rendezvous Band – “Electrophonic Tonic” – Sonic’s Rendezvous Band; Steven J. Bernstein – “Come Out Tonight” – Sub Pop 200.

Sea Charms – “Shift262” – SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016; CHROME– “You’ve Been Duplicated” – Half Machine Lip Moves; e.e. cummings – “So shy shy shy (and with a” – The Voice of the Poet

(the) Melvins – “Queen” – Stoner Witch; Beat Happening – “Pajama Party in a Haunted Hive” – Sub Pop 200; ABSV – “Forgotten Railway (Live at the Wazoo)” – SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016

Shellac – “Song of the Minerals” – At Action Park; The Legendary Pink Dots – “The Region Beyond” – The Whispering Wall

Bonnie Prince Billy – “New Partner” – Sings Greatest Palace Music; Lee “Scratch” Perry– “Drum Song” – Battle of Armagideon