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]
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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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