23 September 2017 (Nofest & More!)

Special Guest DJ Victrola! On today’s show, bands from NoFest 2017 are featured, as well as some classic experimental artists such as Diamanda Galas and Yoko Ono.  Also, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, and Tom Waits.

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Playlist: “Track” – Artist – Album


  • We Play In Drains By the Sea
    Dead Air Fresheners
  • Otomezuka
  • Leaky Gut
    Paisley Devil
  • Primitive Bliss
    Electro Kraken
  • Eclipse
    Diamanda Galas & Leonard Cohen
  • Waking The Witch
    Kate Bush
    Hounds of Love
  • Walking On Thin Ice
    Yoko Ono
  • Chuncho (The Forest Creatures) 1953
    Yma Sumac
  • All Is Lonliness
    Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company
    Big Brother and the Holding Company
  • You Want It Darker
    Leonard Cohen
    You Want It Darker
  • God’s Away On Business
    Tom Waits
    Blood Money
  • Black Mountain Blues
    Janis Joplin
  • I Put A Spell On You
    Diamanda Galas
    The Singer


16 September 2017 (Goodbye Grant Hart & More)

Too many epitaphs and tributes to start shows with these days, but what are you going to do? The great ones pass, that’s just how it works. We say goodbye to Grant Hart with a few classic Husker Du songs and then play other music. There was an unrelated Pre-Game Show that turned out well too. I present them both for you here.

Pre-Game Show

What’s This Called? Feature Program


Pre-Game Show Playlist: Artist – “Musical Piece” – Album/Source

Hawkwind – “Welcome to the Future/Sonic Attack/Silver Machine” – Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gargarin;

Television – “Torn Curtain” – Marquee Moon;

Brian Eli Harold Crowl – “Valenzuela Rochembo” – Valenzuela Rochembo;

Childhood Friends – “The Happy Song” – Everything Is About to Change;

Future Sounds of London – “Lifeforms” – Lifeforms;

Temples – “A Question Is Answered” – Sun Structures;

Vashti Bunyan – “Feet of Clay” – Lookaftering;

Pere Ubu – “Street Waves (Live)” – One Man Drives While the Other Man Screams;

Feature ProgramPlaylist: Artist – “Musical Piece” – Album/Source

Hüsker Dü – “Makes No Sense At All” – Flip Your Wig;

Hüsker Dü – “Love Is All Around” – Single;

Husker Du – “Eight Miles High” – Single;

Hüsker Dü – “Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely” – Candy Apple Grey;

Crystal Castles – “Kerosene” – (III);

The For Carnation – “Get And Stay March” – Fight Songs;

Sonologyst – “System collapse” – Apocalypse;

Christopher DeLaurenti – “Use the Test Data” – Three Camels for Orchestra;

X A M B U C A – “Vapunatto” – Gestalt Screams from Imaginary People;

Sun Ra – “Worlds Approaching” – Strange Strings;

Cat Power – “Free” – Free;

Tame Impala – “Reality in Motion” – Currents;

Doug Theriault & Bryan Eubanks – “A Majestic (edit)” – Big Clouds in the Sky Today;

9 September 2017 (Goodbye Holger Czukay & More)

Fires, floods, earthquake, hackers….  and loss; ever increasing loss… perhaps music exists as a tonic for endurance, at the very least momentary escape.

Goodbye Holger Czukay.

Ride the Proverbial Freaking Stream!


Playlist: Artist/Group/Ensemble/Thang – “Song/Piece/Jam/Track/Sound” – Album/Source/SupaThang 

CAN – “Oh Yeah” – Tago Mago;

CAN – “The Empress and the Ukraine King” – Unlimited Edition;

Jah Wobble/The Edge/Holger Czukay – Hold On to Your Dreams – Snake Charmer;

Tom Verlaine – “Saucer Crash” – Warm and Cool;

Tall Dwarfs – “Neusyland” – Up the Down Staircase;

Sun Ra – “Unknown Kohoutek” – Concert for the Comet Kohoutek;

Urthquake – “Chaos Continuum” – 15 Years of Fury;

Cocteau Twins – “When Mama Was Month” – Head Over Heels;

Theoretical Girls – ‘U.S. Millie” – Theoretical Album;

Nadja – “Quiuhtonatiuh (Quetzalcoatl – Wind)” – Under the Jaguar Sun


26 August 2017 (Return from Oblivion…)

The station was supposedly under repair for three weeks and so we had no What’s This Called? or any live KPSU that entire time. So we came back and it really looks like they just cleaned the carpets. And immediately we realized that despite having two hours of absolutely new music to play, the booth computer we planned to use had updates and needed a super lengthy on-air reboot. So it was time to bust out the KPSU cd library classics, which is actually always cool, and then segue back into the original show of all new experimental sounds. Now we are STILL having technical difficulties recovering the 2nd (normal noon to 1 PM) hour of the program, so we give you that first awkward but ultimately exciting hour…



FULL 2 Hour Playlist: Artist – “Song/Track/Piece” – Album or Whatevs:

 Tiny Tim – “I Saw Mr. Presley Tip-toeing Through the Tulips” – I Love Me;

Black Flag – “Rise Above” – Damaged;

Syd Barrett – “Terrapin” – The Madcap Laughs;

The Rasperries – “Lets Go All the Way” – Greatest Hits;

Big Star – “September Gurls” – Radio City;

Echo and the Bunnymen – “No Dark Things” – Heaven Up Here;

Gastr del Sol – “Our Exquisite Replica of ‘Eternity'” – Upgrade & Afterlife;

ALTO! – “Piece Seventeen (DXCX)” – LP4;

The Open Secret (Gino Robair & John Butcher) -“Spoon Wink” – A Geography for Plays;

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – “She Belongs to Me” – Volume One;

Cartoon Accident – “Thunderbird” – Rock ‘n Roll Life;

Vacant Stations – “Publix” – Clones;

The Necks – “Rise (edit)” – Unfold;

George Chen – “Transference” – Word Oragami;

Lance Eads – “The Suburban Existentialist” – Where the Branches Meet;

Mirrored Lips – “S&V” – были у меня длинные волосы, но разве они принесли мне счастье;

Beat Detectives – “Running From The Police​/​Tripped Out Prius 2”- NYPD Records Volume One:

Dead Cross – “Seizure and Desist” – Dead Cross;


Cyoakha Grace – “Liboland” – Up Sky Home;

Blake DeGraw – “Triple Quartet” – Electronic Duodecet for Humans; Vitamin C Wig – “Sewer World (edit)” – Sewer World;

Shalloboi -“self​-​perpetuating machine of loss and hopeless yearning” – self​-​perpetuating machine of loss and hopeless yearning;

Darko the Super – “Watered Down Demon Fuzz” – Watered Down Demon Fuzz;

The Giant Worm with Fred Chalenor – “My Beach” – Ask the Mice

2 September 2017 (Songs About Smoke)

The forecast was for Widespread Smoke.

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Playlist : Artist – “Song/Piece/Track/Jam” – Album or Other Source 

David Sylvian – “Fire in the Forest” – Blemish;

Bad Liquor Pond – “Blue Smoke Orange Sky” – Blue Smoke Orange Sky;

Thurston Moore – “Smoke of Dreams” – Rock ‘n Roll Consciousness;

Pixie Williams – “Blue Smoke” – The Pixie Williams Collection;

Gastr del Sol – “Work from Smoke” – Crookt Crackt or Fly;

Nomy Lamm – “Wall of Fire (Live)” – Sins Invalid 2008;

Butthole Surfers – “Jonn E. Smoke” – Hairway to Steven;

Hawkwind – “Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke) (edit)” – The Hall of the Mountain Grill;

Sarah Vaughan – “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” – No Count Sarah;

Bubble Puppy – “Hot Smoke & Sasafrass” – Single/youtube;

Johnny Jones & the Peter Pan Rangers – “Smokey the Bear” – Smokey the Bear