19 December 2020 (Holiday/Year End Special!)

Some songs about the Yuletide (“No Presents for Christmas”; “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope”…) Some songs from 2020 (“Pandemic Abberation”; “self”…) and some songs that just feel like 2020 (“Psychic Mumbles”, “Spent”…)


  1. Pink Fairies “Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout” [Never Never Land]
  2. Manna / Mirage “Alchemist in the Parlor” [Rest of the World]
  3. King Diamond “No Presents for Christmas” [The Dark Sides]
  4. Teth Sin “Pandemic Abberation” [6th Annual Report]
  5. Space Afrika “self” [hybtwibt?]
  6. Myako “Walnut” [Shape Platform 2019]
  7. The Damned “There Ain’t No Sanity Clause” [The Chiswick Singles and Another Thing]
  8. Sigur Ros “Untitled” [Wire Tapper 9]
  9. John Fahey “Red Cross, Disciple of Christ Today” [The Hired Hands: a Tribute to Bruce Langhorne]
  10. SHD “Black Winter Sun” [6th Annual Report]
  11. Tame Impala “Alter Ego” [InnerSpeaker]
  12. Jordan Reyes “Drifter” [Sand Like Stardust]
  13. Einstürzende Neubauten “Vanadium-I-Ching” [Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T.]
  14. Phicus “Zn” [Solid]
  15. Chrome “New Age” [Red Exposure (Bonus Track Version)]
  16. En Nihil “5” [Time Destroys Everything]
  17. Silver Mt. Zion “Blown-out Joy From Heaven’s Mercied Hole” [He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms]
  18. Otomo Yoshihide “Guitar and Turntables 2” [Guitar and Turntables]
  19. Mangled Bohemians “Psychic Mumbles” [At the Edge of the Earth]
  20. Sonic Youth “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope” [Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope]
  21. Wire “Spent” [Send]

Freeform Challenge: Future Now

The actual challenge for the Freeform Portland Pre-Winter Fundraiser was the theme: Future Fun. But we weren’t listening very well. So What’s This Called? presents: FUTURE/NOW!


  1. Hawkwind “Welcome to the Future – Complete Version” [Space Ritual]
  2. Edward Ka-Spel “The Border Of Beyond” [The Victoria Dimension]
  3. E.E. Cummings “Pity This Busy Monster, Manunkind, Not” [Pleasure Dome: Audible Modern Poetry Read by its Creators]
  4. Soup Purse “Self Replicating NanoStars” [Nanopocalyptic Profizzy]
  5. Attilio Mineo “Science of Tomorrow” [Man in Space with Sounds]
  6. Gary Numan “Engineers” [The Pleasure Principle]
  7. noisepoetnobody & Vance Galloway “The Process of Enlightenment” [Uranium 238]
  8. Attilio Mineo “Mile-A-Minute Monorail” [Man in Space With Sounds]

Freeform Challenge: Together/Apart

Here is the What’s This Called? 30 Minute Challenge Mix as part of the Freeform Pre-Winter Fundraiser! The theme was “Together/Apart”.


  1. Echo & the Bunnymen “The Disease” [Heaven Up Here]
  2. Harry Partch “The Letter” [The Composer-Performer]
  3. Unwound “For Your Entertainment” [Repetition]
  4. Pere Ubu “Caligari’s Mirror” [Dub Housing]
  5. Butthole Surfers “American Woman” [Rembrandt Pussyhorse]
  6. Richard Hell “Love Comes In Spurts” [Punk, Pills & Powerpop]
  7. Chrome “Fire Bomb” [Having A Wonderfull Time With The Tripods]

December Special 2020 (What’s This Metal?)

As part of the Freeform Portland Pre-Winter Membership Drive we present a special one hour mixtape type program of proto and classic metal heavy hard rock chunks.


  1. Krokus “Eat The Rich” [Head Hunter]
  2. Budgie “In for the Kill” [In for the Kill]
  3. Slough Feg “Tiger! Tiger!” [Hardworlder]
  4. Iron Maiden “Powerslave – 2015 Remaster” [Powerslave (2015 – Remaster)]
  5. Accept “Fast as a Shark” [Restless And Wild]
  6. Scorpions “Polar Nights” [Virgin Killers]
  7. Mountain “Mississippi Queen” [Climbing!]
  8. Motörhead “The Watcher – 1997 Remaster” [On Parole]
  9. Judas Priest “Dissident Aggressor” [Sin After Sin]
  10. Blue Öyster Cult “Cities On Flame – Live 1974” [On Your Feet Or On Your Knees]
  11. Hawkwind “Time We Left This World Today – 2007 Remaster” [Space Ritual]

5 December 2020 (Support Freeform!)

It’s the 2020 Freeform Portland Season of Giving Fundraiser!


  1. MOESHA 13 “De la traversee du desert”” [PRIMOCE]
  2. Tecuexe Band “Sembrador” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From Mexico]
  3. Connect_icut “There’s a Rite Going On” [Moss]
  4. Synchonicity Frequency “Intrasekt EP” [Decaptitated LP/EP]
  5. Bob Bucko Jr. “Public Health Bomb” [Volte Face]
  6. Mecca Normal “Crimson Dragnet – Live” [Brave New Waves Session]
  7. Hawkwind “Right to Decide – Alien Prophets Radio Edit Mix” [It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous]
  8. The Outcasts “I’m in Pittsburgh” [Pebbles Vol. 1]
  9. Sun City Girls “At the Base of the Mountain of Noise” [Piasa… Devourer of Men]
  10. Svetlana Maras “37 Steps” [Steps]
  11. Killing Joke “Chop Chop – 2005 Digital Remaster” [Revelations]
  12. Volume Ghost “Get More Out of Now” [Crackhouse Is a Name You Can Trust]
  13. Yellow Swans “Drift I” [Drift]
  14. Poison Dwarfs “Parade” [Labil]
  15. Ben LaMar Gay “A Seasoning Called Primavera” [Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun]
  16. Victoria Jordanova “Requiem for Bosnia (excerpt)” [The Composer-Performer]
  17. The Rolling Stones “Fingerprint File – Remastered” [It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (2009 Re-Mastered)]
  18. Rrill Bell “from the Hollow Comb” [Shape Platform 2020]
  19. Midday Veil “Anthem” [Eyes All Around]
  20. Stephen Mallinder “Um Dada” [Um Dada]
  21. Lealani “Floating” [Fantastic Planet]
  22. Nels Cline “Pietraviva” [Open the Door]