04 February 2017 (Orbit Service Live!)

Live musical guest Randall Frazier has been performing solo and in various band incarnations as Orbit Service since the 1990s, releasing no less than 5 brilliant moody albums since 2001. With beginnings in dark psych rock tempered by contemporary influences from Slint to Palace Brothers, the Orbit Service sound has increasingly moved outward into experimental realms. His most recent two albums on Beta-lactam Ring Records 2011’s A Calm Note from the West and last year’s Stereo Magic (Portal In 13 Parts) are steeped in musique concrete, electronic drone, and inner ear echoes. Randall’s haunting voice, however, is always floating atop the sonic wave machines, and somehow uses profound alienation to make the music more accessible. His collaboration with the Legendary Pink Dots called A Star Too Far released Saucers Over Lincoln another astounding album on BLR in 2015 that remarkably sounds more like Orbit Service than LPD.

Hear Orbit Service Live Here!



In anticipation of Orbit Service’s performance WTC host played a Pre-Game Show set of psych rock and punk tunes. That Pre-Game Show is also included below for your listening enjoyment.

Hear the Pre-Game Show Here!

Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece/Jam” – Album or Other Filing System

Meat Puppets – “Plateau” – Meat Puppets II

Syd Barrett – “No Good Trying” – The Madcap Laughs

Redd Kross – “Linda Blair” – Born Innocent

The Rasperies – “Go All the Way” – Greatest Hits

Black Flag – “Rise Above” – Damaged

Nick Drake – “Time Has Told Me” – Five Leaves Left

John Barry – “Dark Rider” – The EMI Years

Beat Happening – “Revolution Come and Gone” – Dreamy

Thurston Moore – “Blues from Beyond the Grave” – Psychic Hearts

Jimi Hendrix Experience – “I Don’t Live Today” – Are You Experienced

Psychic TV – “Message from Thee Temple” – Force the Hand of Chance

Donovan – “Eldorado” – Sutras

Big Star – “You Get What You Deserve” – Radio City

Smart Went Crazy – “I Liked You Better When You Were Sick” – Smart Went Crazy

Kaliedoscope – “Egyptian Gardens” – Egyptian Candy

13th Floor Elevators – “Earthquake” – Easter Everywhere

Sun Ra – “It’s After the End of the World” – Space Is the Place

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About Ricardo Wang

I began doing Public/Community/College radio at KUGS FM in Bellingham, WA in 1985 and was there until 1987. I spent 10 years at KAOS FM in Olympia, WA from 1993-2003 including a one year stint as Music Director. During that entire time, I did the What's This Called? program, at times for as long as 6 hours in a single night! The show ran at KPSU in Portland, from 2005 to 2018. I've been happily at Freeform Portland since October of 2018 and loving every second at this exciting freeform station! I started the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 1995 and have been playing music off and on in the Dead Air Fresheners since 1997.

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