29 January 2022 (What’s This Metal? IV: A New Hope)

A long time ago (well 2020 anyway) in an undisclosed location far, far out of low power FM range, your host Ricardo Wang deviated from his normal non-genre oriented experimental music program to produce a series of specials for Freeform Portland during this age of Pandemic that feature a little something for the heshers. Because heshers gotta Pandemic too, dammit. But we digress.

What’s This Called? will return in two weeks with the usual unusual mix of drones, noise, ambiance, plunderphonics, musique concrete, post-punk, psych, and general weirdness. But right now, put your head between the speakers and use the Force!


  1. Dark “Zero Time” [I’m A Freak, Baby… A Journey Through The British Heavy Psych And Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-72]
  2. Stargazer “Of the Sun” [The Scream That Tore the Sky]
  3. Judas Priest “Starbreaker” [Sin After Sin]
  4. Scanner “Warp 7” [Hypertrace]
  5. Budgie “Guts – 2013 Remaster” [Budgie (2013 remaster)]
  6. Metallica “Crash Course In Brain Surgery (Remastered)” [The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited (Remastered)]
  7. Budgie “Zoom Club” [In for the Kill]
  8. Djinn and Miskatonic “Doombringer” [Even Gods Must Die]
  9. UFO “Prince Kajuku – Remastered” [Flying – One Hour Space Rock (Remastered)]
  10. Skin Yard “1000 Smiling Knuckles” [1000 Smiling Knuckles]
  11. The Lord Weird Slough Feg “High Passage / Low Passage” [Traveller]
  12. James Gang “The Bomber A: Closet Queen B: Bolero C: Cast Your Fate To The Wind – Medley” [Rides Again]
  13. Girlschool “Bomber” [Hit and Run (Bonus Track Edition)]
  14. Motörhead “Iron Fist” [Iron Fist (Deluxe Edition)]
  15. Sepultura “Screaming For Vengeance” [Hell Bent Forever – A Tribute To Judas Priest]
  16. Soulfly “Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla” [Savages]
  17. Iron Maiden “The Prisoner – 2015 Remaster” [The Number of the Beast (2015 – Remaster)]
  18. Tygers Of Pan Tang “Fireclown” [The MCA Years]
  19. Voivod “Chaosmongers” [Dimension Hatröss]
  20. Rush “Cygnus X-1 – Book One – The Voyage” [A Farewell To Kings]
  21. Witch Mountain “Mechanical World” [Witch Mountain]
  22. Melvins “Stump Farmer” [Tres Cabrones]

15 January 2022 (Requiem for Sandy)

The real life mother of your host Ricardo Wang, Sandy McAdams, was found deceased on December 28, 2021. Her last contact with the family was at Christmas. Lennon and I picked music to honor her in this program. It would be a lie to say that she was a fan of experimental music, yet she was very supportive of our endeavors (the boys’ and mine as well). We believe she would appreciate the statement. If you did not know her, we hope the great pieces of music we’ve chosen at least express the intensity of our love for and thanks to Sandy.

“ashes of a fallen moon”


  1. Spring Heel Jack “Church Music” [Songs And Themes]
  2. Tortoise “Dear Grandma and Grandpa” [Millions Now Living Will Never Die]
  3. Tim Buckley “Goodbye and Hello” [Goodbye And Hello]
  4. The Microphones “You’ll Be in the Air” [The Glow, Pt. 2]
  5. Bardo Pond “Tommy Gun Angel” [Lapsed]
  6. Duster “Stars Will Fall” [Transmission, Flux]
  7. Laurie Anderson “Slip Away” [Life on a String]
  8. my bloody valentine “To Here Knows When” [Loveless]
  9. Scott Walker “The Seventh Seal” [Scott 4]
  10. black midi “Diamond Stuff” [Cavalcade]
  11. Leaves of Autumn “Memento Mori” [7th Annual Report]
  12. Lovesliescrushing “Mandragora Louvareen” [xuvetyn]
  13. Adolph Deutsch “Lonely Room” [Jazz Noir 60 Menacing Masterpieces of Mystery, Murder & Mayhem]
  14. David Bowie “Sons of the Silent Age – 2017 Remaster” [“Heroes” (2017 Remaster)]
  15. Duster “Stratosphere” [Stratosphere]
  16. Einstürzende Neubauten “Dead Friends (Around The Corner)” [Perpetuum Mobile]
  17. Boris “Just Abandoned Myself” [Pink]
  18. The Rolling Stones “Time Waits For No One” [It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll]
  19. Curtis Mayfield “If I Were Only a Child Again” [Back to the World]
  20. Brian Eno “I’ll Come Running – 2004 Digital Remaster” [Another Green World]
  21. Big Star “Holocaust” [Third]
  22. The Legendary Pink Dots “Sterre” [Hallway of the Gods]
  23. Have A Nice Life “The Big Gloom” [Deathconsciousness]

1/1/2022 (New Year’s Wishes)

2021 has been a hard year for the What’s This Called? family, so hopefully 2022 will bring some new light. Have a listen below:


  1. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra “It’s After the End of the World” [Space is the Place: Music for the Film]
  2. Moor Mother “Made A Circle” [Black Encyclopedia of the Air]
  3. Moor Mother “Mangrove” [Black Encyclopedia of the Air]
  4. Dolphin Midwives “Temple IV” [Liminal Garden]
  5. Skin Yard “Throb” [Hallowed Ground]
  6. L.A. Lungs “Railcar Fracas” [Cryptic Snuggling]
  7. Blue Faces “Little Pinwheel” [Little Pinwheel]
  8. White Noise “The Visitation” [An Electric Storm]
  9. Laurie Anderson “Dark Time in the Revolution” [Homeland]
  10. Samson Stilwell “Sun Like” [Signals]
  11. Sarah Davachi “Border of Mind” [Antiphonals]
  12. Bill Horist “Remains of the Assiduous Diffidence” [Tastemaker Epics]
  13. King Buffalo “Eta Carinae” [Dead Star]
  14. Halfbird “From the Record of Past Problems” [Read to Me]
  15. Daniel Menche “Digital Ice Storm” [Homework – Year 2]
  16. Violent Vickie “Circle Square” [Division]
  17. Hans Castrup “Realness” [Constant Imbalances III]