3 September 2016

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Today, Saturday, Noon to 1 PM PST What’s This Called? brings you as Special Investigative Experimental Music Program.

Ride the Special Investigative Stream

Portland’s ever exciting MC of the Wanderlust Circus, Mr. Noah Mickens recently revealed that, “Every day, I find another person on Facebook claiming to have worked for Wanderlust Circus, who definitely did not ever work for Wanderlust Circus. Such a strange thing, to me.” Strange indeed.

What’s more, What’s This Called? host Ricardo Wang reports: “Actually, I have a guy who calls my radio show from Spokane claiming to be you, and I usually just roll with it. He seems lonely…”

So, WHAT would happen if amidst a soundtrack of the likes of Nick Cave, Nequaquam Vacuum, ARU, Delphine Dora, Ute Lemper, Power Circus, Alice Coltrane, Soriah, and more, the impostor Noah Mickens were to call KPSU to report the impostor Wanderlust Circus members to What’s This Called? WHAT, indeed?

“Reality is an aspect of property. It must be seized. And investigative journalism is the noble art of seizing reality…”
― Julian Assange, Julian Assange – The Unauthorised Autobiography

Listener discretion is advised.

Playlist As It Unravels…Artist/Experience – “Song/Track/Noise/Piece” – Album/Source/Filing System;

Nick Cave – “The Carny” – Your Funeral My Trial; Sikhara and Nequaquam Vacuum – “live at Dung Mummy” – You Tube; Ute Lemper – “September Song” – Nickerbocker Holiday; ARU – “Saturated” – ARU Meets Black Saturn; Delphine Dora & Sophie Cooper – “Les Differences S’unissent” – SoundCloud; Power Circus – “Live at Cafe Racer” – You Tube; Soriah – “Live at the WGT in Leipzig 2013” – You Tube;

Alice Coltrane – “Universal Consciousness” – Universal Consciousness; Sonic Youth – “(She’s in a) Bad Mood” – Confusion Is Sex

20 August 2016

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Good Morning! Take a psychic cool down from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time for a new episode of What’s This Called? on KPSU.org

Ride the Freaking Stream!

Ear bending and mind warping sounds from the likes of Ike Yard, (brand new!) Marlo Eggplant, Steven Henry Fisk, Harry Partch, Ffej, Angel-11, The Light, (brand new!) Sonologyst, and if time permits, what the hell, (brand new!) Dead Air Fresheners!

turn your fences into gateways


Playlist As It Goes Down (or thereabouts…)

Artist/Experience/Thang – “Song/Track/Stang” – Album/Source/Bang

Marlo Eggplant – “WMTHBDMM” – Printemps 2016; Ffej– “Timegrinder” – Emulation Phase (EP); Angel-11 – “Otomezuka” – SadoDamascus 2016 Winter Copulation; The Light – “Flickering apparation” – German experimental underground 015 survey; Ike Yard – “Robot Steppes” – Nord

Sonologyst & kshatriy – “Time is the Enemy” – Time is the Enemy; Steven Henry Fisk – “The Backwards Song” – 999 Levels of Undo; Harry Partch – “Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales” – Just West Coast; Dead Air Fresheners– “Time to Say Goodbye” – Fast Radio Bursts

13 August 2016

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Today from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time, come hang with us at KPSU.org for a family affair as your host Ricardo Wang and his two young sons bring you a new edition of the experimental music program What’s This Called?.

Ride the Freaking Stream!

This week we bring you brand new brilliance from the Personal Archives release Heavenly Sounds in Lo-Fidelity: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher, followed by the actual Ferrante & Teicher, Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa, Jessica Lurie, Enoch Light, Body Shame, Stereolab, Small Drone Orchestra, and More!

Swing low as normal and avoid panic buying.

Playlist As It Goes Down (or thereabouts give or take you know…)

Artist/Band/Experience – “Song/Track/Piece” – Album/Source

Arvo Zylo – “Six” – Heavenly Sounds in Lo-Fidelity: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher; Ferrante & Teicher – “Out of This World” -Heavenly Sounds in Hi-fi; Enoch Light – “Get Back” – Spaced Out; Small Drone Orchestra – “Whipsnapper” – Feel the Frequency: 2015 NorCal Nosiefest Audio Compilation Document; Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa – “I Feel The Quickening” – Open the Crown

Body Shame – “Black Truck Creeper” – SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016; Jessica Lurie – “Baba Yaga’s Seven League Boots” – Licorice & Smoke; Stereolab – “The Stars Our Destination” – Mars Audiac Quintet; Bugskull – “Winky’s Wild RIde (The Quest) – Distracted Snowflake; Heiroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U Ahn-Sahm-Buhl – “Root Of” – We Are Not the First; Bobbi Humphrey – “Smiling faces sometimes” – Look Into the Flower: Trip on psychedelic grooves with Blue Note

Closing with… Dog – “Somewhere on Earth” – Feel the Frequency: 2015 NorCal Nosiefest Audio Compilation Document

6 August 2016

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Today Noon – 1 PM Pacific Standard Time adjust your inner ear with the live stream of a brand new What’s This Called? episode at KPSU.org with your host Ricardo Wang and a slew of odd audio.

Ride the Freaking Stream!

On Tap: Swell Maps, Phog Masheeen, Von Thronstahl, Expo ’70, Arthur Russell, Donald Byrd, Rebecca Moore, Halfbird, O.S.D’vil, Einsturzende Neubauten, Dead Man’s Lifestyle and MORE!

Playlist As It Goes Downish!

Artist/Experience – “Song/Track/Jolt or Prod” – Album or other Arrangement;

Sun Ra vs. Asa “ID Remix” = What’s This Called? ; Swell Maps – “Helicopter Spies” – Peel Session 1980 Phog Masheeen – “No Solutions Here” – Feel the Frequency Norcal Nosiefest 2015; Einsturzende Neubauten – “Sand” – Strategies Against Architecture II; Von Thronstahl – “Imperium Intertruth” – Imperium Intertruth

Halfbird – “Vice Principal” – SadoDamascus 2016 Winter Copulation; Arthur Russell – “All-Boy All-Girl” – From the Kitchen Archives Amplified: New Music Meets Rock 1981-1986; Dead Man’s Lifestyle – “Cold Hands” – Hinterland; Expo `70 – “Solitude” – Black Ohms

Donald Byrd – “Black Byrd” – Look into the Flower; Rebecca Moore – “Speakerphone” – live at the bowery poetry club 4.18.04; A Silver Mount Zion – “broken chords can sing a little” – He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms

30 July 2016: The 500th(ish) Episode

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Visitations from the ghosts of summer future and past today from Noon to 1 PM Pacific standard time on What’s This Called? at KPSU.org

Stream It from the Other Side:

On Tap: Leopards, George & Kaplan, Nico, Thollem McDonas, Curtis Mayfield, Chrome, Venereal Crush, P. Miles Bryson, ABSV, 8 Eyed Spy, and MORE!

This is the 500th episode of What’s This Called? at KPSU since our co-host Austin Rich booked us the noon to 1 pm Saturday slot back in 2005, bringing the program out of it’s 2 year hiatus after moving to Portland. Austin will call in to talk about the history of the show at KPSU.


Playlist Happening NOW!

Artist/Art/Heart “Song/Track/Fart” Album/Source/Stuff

Leopards – “2 Guitars” – Lost Tracks; Thollem McDonas – “Machine In the Ghost” – Machine in the Ghost; .Nico – “Heroes” – Do Or Die!; 8 Eyed Spy – “dead me you b side” – Luncheon; George & Kaplan – “Nebraska Broadcasters” – He Really Got Through to Advertising

Curis Mayfield – “Future Shock” – Back to the World; P. Miles Bryson -“Neo-revivalist-retro-summer-splash” – Meglomanic, Decorator’s Quarterly; Venereal Crush – “Track III” – IV; Chrome – “Future Ghosts” – Alien Soundtracks; ABSV – “Forgotten Railway” – SadoDamascus Winter Copulation 2016

23 July 2016

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Chase the satellites on What’s This Called? today from Noon to 1 PM Pacific Standard Time on KPSU.org!

On Tap: The Fall, Blue Orchids, Sun City Girls with Ruins, Eaton Flowers, FIASCO!, Rapoon, Giant Sand, Donald Byrd, Kait Moon, Gambus Space Experiment, and MORE!

Ride the Freaking Stream!

Asa and Lennon join your host Ricardo Wang in the booth for a family affair!


Playlist As It Goes Down (or shortly before when I figure out what the f I’m doing…)

Artist/Experience/Source – “Song/Track/Ditty” – Album/Book/Movie/Website/Filing Cabinet…

The Fall – “Frenz” – The Frenz Experiment; The Blue Orchids – “A Year With No Head” – A Darker Bloom; SPACE GAMBUS EXPERIMENT – “I am yours don’t give me back to myself” – NOIS04 SGE/Corvus Coren Split EP; Sun City Girls & Ruins – “October 1st, 1994, Alan Bishop’s House, Seattle, WA (excerpt)” – Mike Ziegler‘s Archives

Poem over the Sun City Girls track and Interview/Happy Birthday/phone distortions; Donald Byrd – “Wind Parade” – Look Into the Flower (Trip on psychedelic grooves with Blue Note); Eaton Flowers – “Fractalife” – SadoDamascus 2016 Winter Copulation; Rapoon – “Blood on the Plains of Persia” – Alien Glyph Morphology; STARS OF THE LID – “A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(Less) Process” – And Their Refinement Of The Decline; Fiasco Free Improvisation – “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Still Be Alive (excerpt)” – Bandcamp; Giant Sand – “Get To Leave” – WFMU Backyard BBQ