30 December 2017 (Listener Picked Best Experimental Music of the Year!)

We came in the room and overpowered the house music beats and handed the station over to the What’s This Called? listeners who picked Two Hours of the Best Experimental Music of 2017!




Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece” – Album

Jute Gyte – “Monadanom” – The Sparrow;

Horse Lords – “Remember the Future” – Mixtape IV;

The Transcendence Orchestra – “Wychwood” – Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals;

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “Until I Remember” – The Kid;

Tomoko Sauvage – “Fortune Biscuit” – Musique Hydromantique;

VortexRemover – “Quickly the Antidote” – Mrt;

Angell – “AdAstra” – Nachtlicht;

Ingrid Schmoliner & Elena Kakaliago – “To Be Given Up In” – Nabelóse;

Z’ev – “For Quarters (excerpts)” – For Quarters:

Jim O’Rourke – “Still in Cosmos” – Steamroom 31

23 December 2017 (2 Hour Weird Christmas Special!)

Have yourself a WEIRD little Christmas Special! Two hours of strange, noisy, droney, and experimental Christmas carols and anti-carols selected by What’s This Called? listeners!

LISTEN to the 1st Hour Here!

LISTEN to the 2nd Hour Here!


Playlist : Artist – “Song/Piece/Carol/Sound” – Album or Stocking

Kate Bush – “December Will Be Magic Again (bongo version)” – Single;

The Residents – “Fire” – Santa Dog;

John Baker – “Christmas Commercial” – Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop;

Merzbow – “Silent Night” – The Christmas Album;

Remora – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” – Experimental Christmas Compilation: Series One Point Two;

Rjyan Kidwell – “Wintermission” – Certain/Identity;

The Fall – “We Wish You a Protein Christmas” – Mark E. Smith’s Festive Favorites;

Tristan Brooks – “i can’t predict the ghost of christmas past actions” – Experimental Christmas Compilation: Series One Point Two;

Tredici Bacci & J. G. Thirlwell – “O Come O Come Emmanuel” – live at Threes Brewing;

Kylmyys – “In the Cave of Krampus” – Single;

Coil – “Christmas Is Drawing Near” – Winter Solstice: North;

Sy Mann with Jean-Jacques Perrey – “Christmas Bells” – Switched On Santa;

King Diamond – “No Presents For Christmas” – Single;

James Chance – “Christmas With Satan” – Irresistible Impulse;

Hyperborean Echoes – “Yule Bells” – A Yule Offering;

Tom Recchion – “Where Were You On Christmas?” – Single;

Can – “Silent Night” – Single;

Alan Vega – “No More Christmas Blues” – A Christmas Record;

Sumerland – “White Christmas” – Single;

Jackofficers – “An Hawaiian Christmas Song” – Digital Dump;

Lance Eads – “Magi” – Cosmic ☧​~​Mass;

Ashkelon Sain with The Dorian Fields – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” – Ornamental;

Grace Jones – “Little Drummer Boy” – Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special;

16 December 2017

When we make mistakes, it’s for the betterment of the arts.



Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece/Sound/Track” – Album/Source

Goner – “YS 2 (edit)” – The Wire Tapper 45;

Badaseck – “Nguewel’ – Streets of Dakar;

Soundwalk Collective – “Nadqan” – Transmission;

Mytrip – “She Didn’t Drown, She Loved the Sea” – Ocean of Sound – the 3rd annual report volume I;

Irving Klaw Trio – “Starfailure” – Utek Pahtoo Mogoi;

Expo `70 – “The Gathering” – Sonic Messenger;

Glove of Bones – “Peau et Feu – Final” – Ocean of Sound – the 3rd annual report volume I;

Brain Rays – “Zombie Ken” – Dubwalls Gateway Zone Vol 1;

Tecumseh – “Apophis (edit)” – Music for Personality Disorder;

Bedtime for Robots – “Drowning Siren” – Ocean of Sound – the 3rd annual report volume I;

Tomorrow’s Children – “Bang Bang Rock Steady” – Meritone Rock Steady 3;

Orbit Service – “a spell to keep you safe” – Stereo Magic (a Portal in 13 Parts)

09 December 2017

There are times on What’s This Called? when we play music that is so out there that even we aren’t sure if the radio station equipment is malfunctioning or working perfectly. Kudos to the artists who can do that to us!

Why Don’t You Just Have a LISTEN?


Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece/Track” – Album or ?;

Mia Zabelka – “Cellular Resonance #5 (excerpt)” – The Wire Tapper 45;

Alphane Reality Generator – “Earthling Step Forward” – Music for the Robot Revolution;

Add N to X – “On the Wires of Our Nerves” – On the Wires of Our Nerves;

Earthmonkey – “Ahmet Another” – Music for Personality Disorder;

Crank Sturgeon – “To Answer is This Still” – i am a cardboard sturgeon;

Charles Goff III w/ Darlington Pair – “Lovely Lady of LEDA 25177” – Caricature Masquerade;

Thollem McDonnas – “For Nina Simone” – Machine in the Ghost;

MacGillivray – “Murdered Mermaid Song” – Watermarked in Flame;

Blondie – “Cautious Lip” – Plastic Letters;

Nadja – “Skywriting (edit)” – Music for Personality Disorders;

Bert Jansch – “Go Your Way My Love” – Sanctuary;

Sisto Palombella – “Bloody Christmas” – Small pieces of accordion on a broken table

2 December 2017

December descends…



Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece/Track” – Album or whatevs

Orbit Service – “A Room Within a Room” – Stereo Magic (Portal in 13 Parts);

Pere Ubu – “Lost in Art” – The Art of Walking;

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

Ensemble ILÉA – “Pincements” – L’étoile Absinthe;

Rebecca Moore – “Live in Blue Sparks” – Home Wreckordings 1997-1999;

Nyctalllz – “Spirals of Time” – DŪR UNTASH;

Swell Maps – “Helicopter Spies” – Peel Session;

Senyawa – “Pasca” – Acaraki;

Self Industry – “Hierarchies” – DŪR UNTASH;

Posion Dwarfs – “Shadows” – Wohin?;

Reza Solatipour – “Psychose” – DŪR UNTASH