28 May 2016 (then came the last days of May…)

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Set your clocks and listening devices for Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time TODAY for a brand new foray into the fringes of the audio frontier… What’s This Called? on KPSU.org!

All you have to do is Stream Stream Stream

Consciousness expanding sounds from the likes of: Supersilent, Pere Ubu, Niels Lyhne Lekkegaard, The Orb, Snickers, DJ Stingray, Suzanne Ciani, Boards of Canada vs. Blue Oyster Cult and MORE! 


Ok, so here is thee Playlist as it goes down!

Artist – “Track, Song or Hit Single” – Album or other Experience

BOC vs. BOC – “Then Came the Last Days of May vs. Reach for the Dead” – Blue Oyster Cult/Tomorrow’s Harvest; The Orb – “White River Junction” – Orbus Terrarum; Eet – “Live at Hexasion 2007” – You Tube; Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard – “Descending Piece” – Sound X Sound

Pere Ubu – “A Small Dark Cloud” – New Picnic Time; DJ Stingray 313 – “Lurker” – Communications Systems EP; Suzanne Ciani – “Buchla Concerts 1975 (Excerpts)” – Soundcloud; Snickers – “See You, Owczarek” – Wiretapper 40

Closing with: Supersilent – “13.3” – Wiretapper 40

21 May 2016: Thollem McDonas, LIVE!

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TODAY Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time we have a SUPRISE GUEST on What’s This Called?, the one and only constantly moving keyboard virtuoso Thollem McDonas!


Thollem is a classically trained pianist with a love for the lo-fi as well, who’ll likely be bringing in thrift store half broken keyboards to apply his vast knowledge of musical possibilities to, completely on the fly. Thollem, who’ll be playing at the Portland Cinema Project tomorrow night. Thollem lives on the road, constantly collaborating and performing solo and expanding his music. We are thrilled to nab this opportunity to capture him having fun at the Saturday lunch hour!


Punkish Pre-Game Show Starting NOW! :

Playlist as it goes down! – Red Kross – “Lita Ford Blues” – Born Innocent; The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb” – The Best of…; Coffin Break – “Kill the President” – No Sleep Till the Stardust Motel; The Wipers – “Return of the Rat” – Hype! The Motion Picture Soundtrack

So to give the artists their due speed… Red Kross – “Linda Blair” – Born Innocent; The Runaways – “Born to Be Bad” – The Best of…; Coffin Break – “Just Say No…” – No Sleep Till the Stardust Motel; U-men – “Dig It a Hole” – Hype! Motion Picture Soundtrack

Frightwig – “My Crotch Does Not Say Go” – Wild Women Never Die… … They Just Dye Their Hair; Echo and the Bunnymen – “No Dark Things” – Heaven Up Here; The Cramps – “Caveman” – Psychedelic Jungle

Thollem McDonas setting up now!

Big Star – “You Get What You Deserve” – Radio City; Dolly Parton – “Here You Come Again” – Super Hits; (the) Melvins – “Grinding Process” – 10 Songs; SubArachnoid Space – “Slow Boat to China” – Delicate Membrane;Psychic TV – “Message from thee Temple” – Force the Hand of Chance

NOW! Thollem McDonas LIVE!

Closing the show with the title track of Sun Ra – Atlantis in honor of his birthday tomorrow!


10 May 2014: Ricardo Is Two Places at Once (St. John’s Parade Report) (Retrocast)

Crowd10 May 2014: Ricardo Is Two Places at Once (St. John’s Parade Report) (Retrocast)

Two separate incarnations of your host Ricardo Wang met through the simple philosophy that all times are happening simultaneously.  Ricardo Wang in the KPSU blithely spun Glenn Branca and then took a phone call from Ricardo Wang live at the St. John’s Parade in Portland’s most surreal neighborhood.  Hilarity and a good deal of distortion ensued. Try the place on Lombard.

7 May 2016

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TODAY Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time Stream the Live brand new as you hear it What’s This Called? on KPSU.org!

Your host Ricardo Wang brings you strange and engaging music from the likes of Cluster, litmus0001, Nadja, Okay Molg, Boards of Canada, sharon, Angel 11, Autechre, Cyclopsycho, Electric Eels, Scratch Acid, Fiasco! and MORE!

Ride the Freaking Stream!


Atlantis (Sun Ra album) Pre-Game Show on NOW!

Playlist as It Goes Down! Artist – “Track/Song/Experience” – Album or other Source: Sun Ra – “Atlatnis (exceprt)” – Atlantis; Cluster – “Isodea (excerpt)” – Grosses Wasser; Unknown R&B sample – “Here Comes the Sun (cover, excerpt); Cluster – Avanti – Grosses Wasser; Angel 11 – “Heartbleeds” – SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016; Nadja – “Healing Drone” – Mother Sister Wife Daughter Grandmother Mother-In-Law (benefit compilation)

litmus0001 – “Astra Foramen” – Richland; Electric Eels – “Agitated”- The Eyeball of Hell; Cyclopsycho – “Inchant” – As is…

sharon – “Live @ The Projection Museum 4/30” – Soundcloud; Autechre – “Kalpol Introl” – Incunabula; Fiasco Free Improvisation – “I Considered Jumping” – YouTube; Nolan Ashley – “Far From You” – Okay Molg Apported Baby Farm;Boards Of Canada – “Telepath” – Tomorrow’s Harvest