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. I'm thrilled to be on the air and the internet at KPSU and part of such an exciting community of creative folks.

12 OctoberAllOver 2019

Weekend comes and now you feel
Like your afterlife

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Psanck “Dau Cant Un Deg Wyth” [Psanck II]
  • Noijzu “Invisible” [INTERACTIONS A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music]
  • Spectral Bazaar “Neptune” [The Planets]
  • Purpura “Cruel” [INTERACTIONS A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music]
  • Unwound “October All Over” [Leaves Turn Inside You]
  • Guapo “Obscure Knowledge (Wire Tapper Edit)” [The Wire Tapper 38]
  • Satori “Hag of Hair” [Witchcraft & Black Magic in the United Kingdom]
  • Oneohtrix Point Never “Sleep Dealer” [Replica]
  • Violent Vickie “The Wolf” [Monster Alley]
  • Therminal C “Sputnik Crash” [INTERACTIONS A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music]
  • Daniel Williams “Do You Believe in Witches?” [Witchcraft & Black Magic in the United Kingdom]
  • Tarkamt “Death Takes a Vacation” [Live at the Necropolis]
  • Joan Baez “Diamonds And Rust” [Diamonds & Rust]
  • Crystal Cortez “Samhain” [Soundcloud]
  • Lelani “Floating” [Fantastic Planet]
  • Sonologyst “Phantoms” [Phantoms]
  • John 3:16 “Into The Abyss” [Ten]
  • David Bowie “Lazarus” [Blackstar]
  • Cream “SWLABR” [Disraeli Gears]
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Ghosteen” [Ghosteen]
  • rarescale “Apparition and Release” [Apparition and Release – Rarescale Plays Michael Oliva]
  • Howlround “Crypt of Saint John” [Witchcraft & Black Magic in the United Kingdom]
  • Vanilla Fudge “Season of the Witch – 2006 Remaster” [Renaissance]

14 September 2019 (4 Hr. Anniversary Special!)

In 1993 I began my 6th ever radio program, and first for KAOS Olympia. 26 years and two stations later I am still doing What’s This Called? This week marks our first year completed at the remarkable Freeform Portland station! We celebrated with a 4 hour show that began by saying a sad goodbye to Daniel Johnston , included a lengthy sampling of the Unexplained Sounds Group compilation Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East , new music form Aidan Baker, Kim Gordon, and Negativland, and so much more!

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE THIRD HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE FOURTH HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

    • Daniel Johnston “Happy Time” [Fun]
    • TV On The Radio “Walking The Cow” [The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered]
    • Daniel Johnston “Loner” [Don’t Be Scared]
    • Daniel Johnston “I Killed The Monster” [Artistic Vice]
    • Spectrum “True Love Will Find You in the End” [Their Sympathetic Majesties Request]
    • Daniel Johnston “Death” [Why Me? (Live Volksbühne Berlin)]
    • Daniel Johnston “King Kong” [Yip Jump Music]
    • Built To Spill “Some Things Last A Long Time” [The Normal Years]
    • Calvin Johnson “Sorry Entertainer” [The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered]
    • Jad Fair “What The World Need Now” [It’s Spooky]
    • Rebecca Moore “Cartoon Lust” [Home Wreckording 1997-1999]
    • Sin Ned & Uneasy Chairs “Gwai” [Zeitgeist]
    • The Silverman “Nature of Illusion (edit)” [Nature of Illusion]
    • The Social Stomach “Live @ Lombard Pub” [Freeform Portland Benefit]
    • Alex Reagan “Central Square Mausoleum” [Horse Printer]
    • Nilufer Ormanli “Art of Dying” [Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East]
    • Pharoah Chromium “Gaza Requiem” [Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East]
    • Ahmed Selah “Khitam” [Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East]
    • Guy Galem “Parallels” [Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East]
    • Eric Hausmann “Callarobbie (feat. RLLRBLL)” [16 Degrees]
    • Kim Gordon “Air BnB” [Air BnB]
    • Adrian Belew “The Rail Song” [Desire Of The Rhino King]
    • Negativland “Discernment” [True False]
    • Cabbage Patch Kill Dolls “Forget About Me” [Cabbage Patch Kill Dolls]
    • Skip Martin “Hammer Blow” [The Music From Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer]
    • Lord Nelson “Shango” [Rough Guide To Voodoo]
    • Ravi Shankar “Hollywood Dhun” [Hollywood, 1971]
    • Savant “The Neo-Realist” [Artificial Dance]
    • Overdose the Katatonic “Nodded Into Bliss” [Unreleased Track]
    • Einsturzende Neubauten “ZNS” [Strategies Against Archetecture II]
    • The Tape-Beatles “Desire “ [Death of Vinyl]
    • Mouse On Mars “Maus Mobil” [Rost Pocks]
    • Bardo Pond “Destroying Angel” [Ticket Crystals]
    • Black Dice “Endless Happiness – Eye Remix” [DFA Records Compilation #2]
    • MC5 “The American Ruse” [Back In The USA]
    • Big Star “September Gurls” [#1 Record/Radio City]
    • Aidan Baker “Lurking In Some Corner” [The Forever Tapes]
    • Unwound “Behold the Salt (Live ATP)” [All Tomorrow’s Parties 1.1]
    • Melvins “Let Me Roll It” [Freak Puke]
    • Fad Gadget “Back To Nature” [The Fad Gadget Singles]

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31 August 2019 (w/ guest BC Miller)

This week on What’s This Called?, your host Ricardo Wang was joined in the Freeform Portland studio by local PDX dj, musician and zine editor B.c. Miller!

BC is the admin of the CIRCLE OF TYRANTS music discussion Facebook group which functions as his online zine. It was originally intended to be the name of his Portland noiserock band, Sewers of Paris, who broke up in 2013. He put out fanzines Fringe Weird and Ears For Breakfast back in the ’90s, and was a cohost of the classic KBOO program Night of the Living Tongue for some years as well. He has his ear to the #underground, especially #NoWave, obscure #GarageRock#PostHardcoreand other #AvantRock that lives on the fringes.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Henry Mancini “Main Title” [Touch of Evil (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
  • Walking Seeds “Caveman” [Peel Session]
  • Throbbing Gristle “Hit By a Rock – Remastered” [D.O.A. The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle (Remastered)]
  • Buffalo Tom “Sunflower Suit” [Buffalo Tom]
  • Mini-Mutations “From Beach ’til Calm (edit)” [“You Are There”]
  • American Music Club “Western Sky” [California]
  • Naked Skinnies “All My Life” [(7″ single)]
  • Squirrel Bait “Sun God” [Squirrel Bait]
  • Cowboys “Teenage Lifestyle” [7″ single]
  • The Psychedelic Furs “Soap Commercial” [The Psychedelic Furs]
  • The Psychedelic Furs “India” [The Psychedelic Furs]
  • Armchair Migraine Journey “Magnetic Blood Drowning” [Blood Coupling Magnet]
  • Sleepers “No Time” [Seventh World EP]
  • The Psychedelic Furs “All That Money Wants” [All Of This And Nothing]
  • Echo and the Bunnymen “Never Stop” [Porcupine]
  • Pussy Galore “Yu Gung” [Yu Gung] (FCC Abort remix)
  • Kai Winding “Experiment in Terror” [Jazz Noir]
  • The Chocolate Watchband “Expo 2000” [No Way Out]
  • Loop “Collision” [The World In Your Eyes (2009 Remastered Edition)]
  • Spacemen 3 “Losing Touch With My Mind” [The Sound of Confusion]
  • Goblin “L’alba dei morti viventi – Originale” [Zombi]

22 August 2019 (Surprise Thursday Evening Show!)

What’s This Journey Into Space Called?

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PLAYLIST:

  • Long Hind Legs “Arranged for Viewing” [Feb. 4th-14th, 1998]
  • Flamin’ Groovies “Slow Death” [Groovies Greatest Grooves]
  • FFEJ “Under the Ice” [Signal Gone Astray]
  • Crystal Cortez “Unearthing” [Soundcloud]
  • Orbit Service “Thought You Should Know” [Twilight]
  • Aarktica “Mareacion” [Mareacion]
  • Negativland “Yellow Black and Rectangular” [Escape from Noise]
  • Tuxedomoon “The Ghost Sonata” [The Ghost Sonata]
  • Savage Republic “Ivory Coast” [Tragic Figures]
  • Masonique “Pomp Le Bomp” [Island of Disbelief]
  • Jessica Lurie Ensemble “A Million Pieces All in One” [Megaphone Heart]
  • Nadja “Sand Like Skin” [Belles Betes]
  • Kollectiv “Rambo Zambo” [Deutsche Elektronische Musik (Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83)]
  • Ut “Confidential” [Conviction]
  • Midday Veil “Divide By Zero” [Eyes All Around]
  • Band Of Susans “Now Is Now” [The Word and the Flesh]
  • John Holt & The Paragons “Change Your Style (aka Hooligans)” [Original Jamaican Classics, Vol. 3]
  • The Standells “Medication” [Dirty Water (Expanded Edition)]
  • T.J. Swann & Company “Get Fly” [Soul Jazz Records Presents BOOMBOX 3: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83]
  • Magma “Dondai” [Attahk]

17 August 2019

Portland was being invaded by overt fascists, seemingly under police protection. This undercurrent was slithering beneath the songs below. Sonic waves as a shelter and cocoon of resistance.  A bit heavy in the krautrock (mind these guys are all leftist anarchists), a bit heavy in general, lots of Portland experimenters, Jamaica, NYC, Nashville, Italy, and France represent. Joy is the sound of intransigence.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

PLAYLIST:

  • Negativland “Escape from Noise” [Escape from Noise]
  • Negativland “Discernment” [True False]
  • George Russell & His Orchestra “Chromatic Universe” [Jazz In The Space Age]
  • Teen Machine “Teen-Machine Rap” [Soul Jazz Records Presents BOOMBOX 3: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83]
  • Harmonia “Veterano” [Musik von Harmonia]
  • The Heptones “I Shall Be Released” [Sea Of Love]
  • Magma “Zombies (Ghost Dance)” [Trilogy]
  • Motion Sickness of Time Travel “Disappear” [Love Songs]
  • E.M.A.K. “Filmmusik” [Soul Jazz Records Presents DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83]
  • Dolphin Midwives “Bird Circle I” [Orchid Milk]
  • Greg Segal w/ Jerry King “Prestidigitator” [Visible]
  • Dame “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” [Once Bitten, Twice Shy]
  • Delroy Wilson “Riding for a Fall” [Best of Studio 1 Songs We Love]
  • Holger Czukay “Ode To Perfume” [On The Way To The Peak Of Normal]
  • Ennio Morricone “The trio – Il triello” [The good, the bad and the ugly]
  • Michael Bonaventure “Morphodelic” [Tenebris Ratione Organi]
  • John Zorn “Beyond the Infinite” [Filmworks XXV]
  • All Them Witches “Diamond” [ATW]
  • Tangerine Dream “No Man’s Land” [Hyperborea (Re-Recorded / Remastered Versions)]
  • Roedelius “Geradewohl” [Selbstportrait III – Reise durch Arcadien]

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5 August 2019 (Special Surprise Monday Night Show!)

We subbed for Smokin Denim on Freeform Portland Monday, August 5th. 90 degree sunsets are more fun on the radio.

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PLAYLIST:

  • Holger Czukay “Oh Lord, Give Us More Money” [Movie]
  • Curtis Mayfield “Back to the World” [Back To The World]
  • 8 Eyed Spy “Run To The Jungle” [Luncheone]
  • Sonic Youth “Cotton Crown” [Sister]
  • Sun Ra “Exotic Forest” [Nothing Is…]
  • Tehransmission “Leaving the Planet” [Persion Experimental Undergraound Survey]
  • Throbbing Gristle “Weeping – Remastered” [D.O.A. The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle (Remastered)]
  • Year of the Lips “Vaping Flute Champion” [bandcamp: shortcode must include 'track', 'album', or 'video' param]
  • Green Milk from the Planet Orange “U-Boat” [He’s Crying “Look”]
  • Amy Denio “Space Walk I” [sub-Rosa]
  • noisepoetnobody & Vance Galloway “The Process of Enlightenment” [Uranium 238]
  • Thunderbolt Pagoda “The Immigrant” [Artefakt III]
  • Sigur Rós “Ba Ba” [Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do]
  • Nice Nice “Dusk of Dawn” [Fall]
  • Roscoe Holcomb “Graveyard Blues” [San Diego Folk Festival 1972]

3 July 2019 (Special All Nofest Show!)

Two hours of the bands that played Nofest 12 later that same day!

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

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Playlist:

  • Moogwynd “Live @ Analog Cafe 2015” [Ryan Ray Collection]
  • Clamber “yuppiminium” [Nonplaces]
  • Translucent Spiders “Head” [Head]
  • Keith Foster “Monuments Carved from Nothing” [Deterere]
  • Wave Action “Lost Translation” [Tbd]
  • The Social Stomach “Holy Mountain” [Kytn]
  • Xapchyk “X-Search” [Tommorrow’s Yesterday]
  • Masonique “Strays” [Island of Disbelief]
  • Brown (Jeremy C. Long) “Sacred Sound” [Brown]
  • Body Shame “I’m Not What I Am” [The Solitary Vice]
  • Miss Rayon “Eclipse” [Eclipse]
  • Lovebomb Gogo “Nofest 2012 Live” [Nofest 2012 Live Compilation]
  • Inhalant “Digitalis Heart” [Cancer]
  • Dr. Amazon “German Pile Driver” [single]
  • Basil Strawberry “Cry Now” [Woman]
  • M.A.R.C. and the Horsejerks “Six Chickens in a Bag” [Husbandry]
  • Clamber “Nonplaces” [Nonplaces]
  • Xapchyk “Live @ 25th Olympia Experimental Music Festival (edit)” [Octapas Cafe]

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