13 March 2021 (Lennon’s 13th Birthday Show!)

On March 1, 2021, Lennon turned 13. As this is the first What’s This Called? since then, it is also his birthday show! He ran the entire two hours and picked all the songs!


  1. Lovesliescrushing “babysbreath” [bloweyelashwish]
  2. The Microphones “The Glow, Pt. 2” [The Glow, Pt. 2]
  3. Duster “Echo, Bravo” [Stratosphere]
  4. Elliott Smith “Bottle Up And Explode!” [XO]
  5. Nirvana “Dumb” [In Utero – 20th Anniversary Remaster]
  6. Red House Painters “Katy Song” [Red House Painters I]
  7. Grouper “Living Room” [The Man Who Died in His Boat]
  8. Cocteau Twins “Lazy Calm” [Victorialand]
  9. Slowdive “Souvlaki Space Station” [Souvlaki]
  10. LSD and the Search for God “This Time” [LSD and the Search for God]
  11. Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” [The Bends]
  12. Built To Spill “Carry the Zero” [Keep It like a Secret]
  13. Boris “Farewell” [Pink (Deluxe Edition)]
  14. Rumskib “Springtime” [Rumskib]
  15. Astrobrite “Crasher” [Crush]
  16. Ringo Deathstarr “Gazin” [Ringo Deathstarr]
  17. Drop Nineteens “Winona” [Delaware]
  18. black midi “Near DT, MI” [Schlagenheim]
  19. Neutral Milk Hotel “Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2” [In the Aeroplane Over the Sea]
  20. Horse Jumper of Love “Spaceman” [Horse Jumper of Love]
  21. Lovesliescrushing “Xarella Almandyne” [xuvetyn]
  22. Neutral Milk Hotel “Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye” [On Avery Island]
  23. Nirvana “Big Long Now” [Incesticide]

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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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