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.

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]

Freeform Winter Solstice Challenge

Instead of our regularly scheduled two hour What’s This Called? we are participating in the weekend long Freeform Winter Solstice DJ Challenge! Our half hour mix of experimental, psych, and post-punk flurries should chill your shortest day and longest night. The show airs three times this weekend on Freeform Portland interspersed between other amazing Solstice DJ sets from Freeform all-stars. You may listen below at any time to the WTC contribution.


  1. The Membranes “Ice Age” [To The Outside Of Everything: A Story Of UK Post Punk 1977-1981]
  2. Tea & Symphony “Winter” [An Asylum for The Musically Insane]
  3. Nico “Frozen Warnings” [The Marble Index]
  4. Bauhaus “Exquisite Corpse” [The Sky’s Gone Out]
  5. Yoko Ono “Listen the Snow Is Falling ” [Wedding Album]
  6. Soft Machine “All White – Remastered 2006” [Fifth]
  7. The Flying Lizards “Summertime Blues” [The Flying Lizards]

4 December 2021

#ExperimentalMusic #PostPunk #Drone #Noise #Psych


  1. New Asia “Central Proposition” [To the Outside of Everything – A Story of UK Post Punk 1977-1981]
  2. Siouxsie and the Banshees “Pure” [The Scream]
  3. Siouxsie and the Banshees “Jigsaw Feeling” [The Scream]
  4. Gunter Muller & Jim O’Rourke “a faster silence” [Slow Motion]
  5. Psychic TV “Stark Powers” [Live in Paris]
  6. The Fall “Garden” [Perverted By Language (Expanded Edition)]
  7. Hawkwind Zoo “Hurry on Sundown – 1969 Mix” [Sunshine Special E.P.]
  8. The Orb “Spheres Side (feat. David Gilmour) – Stereo Version” [Metallic Spheres (feat. David Gilmour)]
  9. Sonologyst “Superluminal” [State of Flux]
  10. Ornette Coleman “Chronology” [The Shape Of Jazz To Come]
  11. Andreas Karperyd “Landfil” [Anthology of Electronic Music from Scandanavia]
  12. High Tide “Futilist’s Lament” [Sea Shanties]
  13. Zilmrah “Obelisk” [Hippocampus Obscura]
  14. The Pink Fairies “Walk Don’t Run” [What A Bunch Of Sweeties]
  15. Scott Walker “It’s Raining Today” [Scott 3]
  16. The Raincoats “Fairytale in the Supermarket” [The Raincoats]
  17. Nico “Vegas” [Janitor Of Lunacy (Live At The Library Theatre Manchester)]

20 November 2021





  1. Play Human “Indifference” [SaDo Damascus 2013 Winter Copulation]
  2. Bit Shifter “The New Normal” [Closed System Blues]
  3. Plankton Wat “Modern Ruins” [Future Times]
  4. Black Midi “Ascending Forth” [Cavalcade]
  5. M83 “Gone” [Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts]
  6. Rose City Band “Real Long Gone” [Summerlong]
  7. Bardo Pond “Flux” [Lapsed]
  8. Fennesz “Dheli Plaza” [Hotel Paral.lel]
  9. Wisp “Ptolemy Sphere” [Drinking The Goat’s Blood]
  10. Captain Beyond “Mesmerization Eclipse” [Captain Beyond]
  11. Siouxsie and the Banshees “The Rapture” [The Rapture (Remastered / Expanded)]
  12. Alan Licht & Brian Chase “Immediate Release” [We Thought We Could Do Anything]
  13. The Microphones “I’m Getting Cold” [Don’t Wake Me Up]
  14. The Microphones “I’ll Be in the Air” [Don’t Wake Me Up]
  15. Sun City Girls “Space Prophet Dogon” [Torch of the Mystics]
  16. The Legendary Pink Dots “Hallway” [Hallway of the Gods]
  17. Castana “Radiant Energy” [Anthology of Electronic Music from Scandanavia]
  18. Eet “RanierMaria” [Danger Barn]
  19. Swell Maps “Midget Submarines” [Sweep the Desert]

6 November 2021 (Give!Guide Kickoff)

Freeform Portland is in this year’s Willamete Week Give!Guide and this What’s This Called? show kicks off our participation in spreading the word. Sonicaly of course.


  1. Laurie Anderson “Let X=X” [Live in New York]
  2. Einstürzende Neubauten “Perpetuum Mobile” [Perpetuum Mobile]
  3. Jarl “Spectrum Confusion Part 2q” [Spectrum Confusion]
  4. The Legendary Pink Dots “The Saucers Are Coming” [Hallway of the Gods]
  5. Bardo Pond “Pick My Brain” [Lapsed]
  6. Perrey and Kingsley “Countdown At 6” [The In Sound From Way Out]
  7. Birdsongs of the Mesozoic “Somber Retiles” [The Fossil Record 1980-1987]
  8. Ben LaMar Gay “Gator Teeth” [Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun]
  9. Boredoms “Pukalee & Rikulee” [Stars Kill Rock]
  10. Matmos “…And Silver Light Popped In His Eyes” [Matmos]
  11. Moor Mother “Temporal Control Of Light Echoes” [Black Encyclopedia of the Air]
  12. Daniel Menche “Untitled-4” [Vent]
  13. Pan Sonic “Voima” [A]
  14. Band Of Susans “Two Jacks” [Here Comes Success]
  15. Spring Heel Jack “Garlands” [Songs And Themes]

23 October 2021 (Thee Halloweenesque Episode!)

This will be the closest What’s This Called? air date to Halloween this year so in traditional Spooktacular mode the following musical selections will hopefully send chills up our spine.



  1. Lustmord featuring Soriah “Grigori” [The Word as Power]
  2. Alien Sex Fiend “Dead And Buried” [The Best Of Alien Sex Fiend]
  3. Taphephobia & IDFT “Owl” [Kandu]
  4. Mind Beams “Ambitious Corpse” [Crone]
  5. Blue Öyster Cult “Subhuman” [Secret Treaties]
  6. Bauhaus “In Fear of Fear” [Mask]
  7. The Caretaker “An Autumnal Equinox” [Everywhere at The End of Time]
  8. Alice Cooper “Hallowed Be My Name” [Love It to Death]
  9. William Hooker “Ghost Dance” [Armageddon]
  10. Mary Ellen Childs “Wreck: Spirit Duet (after Kolokol)” [Mary Ellen Childs: Wreck]
  11. Four Dimensional Nightmare “Grave of Lillian” [Icicles]
  12. 400 Blows “Beat the Devil” [The Elephant Table Album]
  13. The Incredible String Band “Witches Hat” [Acid Folk]
  14. Sun City Girls “Ruins of an Old Casino” [Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol 3: Superculto]
  15. Domotic “Le Demon (Theme)” [Le Demon Des Hautes Plaines]
  16. Unwound “Demons Sing Love Songs” [Leaves Turn Inside You]
  17. Fairport Convention “It’s Alright Ma, It’s Only Witchcraft” [Fairport Convention (Bonus Track Edition)]
  18. Parke “Three Ravens” [Sumer Is Icumen In: The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966-75]
  19. Wobbly “Wall of Blood” [Drinking the Goat’s Blood]
  20. C Cat Trance “Hypnotised” [Shake The Foundations: Militant Funk & The Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984]
  21. Siouxsie and the Banshees “Sick Child” [The Rapture (Remastered / Expanded)]
  22. Edward Ka-Spel “Night Terrors” [The Victoria Dimension]
  23. Blue Sausage Infant “Sodom Is Risen – Original Mix” [Manitou]
  24. Einstürzende Neubauten “Z.N.S.” [Halber Mensch]

9 October 2021 (and Now Prime Time)

After 16 years of Saturday daytime programming, What’s This Called? is moving to the evening hours again, albeit Early Evening. The program will now be heard alternate Saturdays on Freeform Portland from 6-8 PM Pacific Standard Time. We’ll still be on all three Freeform terrestrial low power FM radio signals around Portland Oregon 90.3 FM, 98.3 FM, and 101.5 FM as well as streaming from: http://listen.freeformportland.org:8000/stream with the shows archived just prior to air each week right here at the Listening Center.

And Now 6 PM!:


  1. Hood “How Can You Drag Your Body Blindly Through” [The Cycle Of Days & Seasons]
  2. Teach Me Equals “Dictionary of Imaginary Places” [Knives in the Hope Chest]
  3. Sound Animal “Fountain of Artificial Dreams” [Soundcloud]
  4. Istvan Marta “Doom. A Sigh” [Black Angels]
  5. The Hafler Trio “A Thirsty Fish/The Dirty Fire” [Tyranny of the Beat]
  6. Tonga Boys w/ Doctor Kanuska Group “Maji Ndimoyo (Water Is Life)” [Umoyo Wa Muthempire (Live in the Temple)]
  7. Bill Horist “Hakurankai: Omatsuri Yarou” [Mutei – Music for Davida Monk’s Dream Pavilion]
  8. Glaxo Babies “Shake (The Foundations)” [Shake The Foundations: Militant Funk & The Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984]
  9. Tortoise “Glass Museum” [Millions Now Living Will Never Die]
  10. Duke Ellington “Anatomy of a Murder – Stereo Single Version” [Anatomy of a Murder]
  11. Bad Girl “City of Dead” [The Beyond – Music Inspired by the Lucio Fulci Death Trilogy]
  12. Thrones “Googander” [Alraune]
  13. Chris & Cosey “Raining Tears of Blood” [Songs of Love & Lust]
  14. Blectum From Blechdom “Mummy Secret Storage” [Haus de Snaus]
  15. Wendy Carlos “Timesteps (excerpt)” [A Clockwork Orange Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  16. Jackie O Motherfucker “Something On Your Mind” [Liberation (Reissue)]
  17. Brunnen “Miranda” [The Beekeeper’s Dream (2014 Remaster)]

What’s This Metal? III

A Special set of Classic Metal and Proto-Metal with just a touch of PNW Punk-Metal and Progressive Thrash for Freeform Portland. No telling when this one will air as it’s a fill in show for substitutions, but you can sway your head to it at any time via the link below!

  1. Iron Maiden “Phantom of the Opera – 2015 Remaster” [Iron Maiden (2015 – Remaster)]
  2. Third World War “Hammersmith Guerilla – 1999 Remaster” [Third World War II (2001 remaster)]
  3. Green River “Your Own Best Friend – Deep Six” [Dry as a Bone (Deluxe Edition)]
  4. TRUST “Prefabricated – Soundtrack Version” [Heavy Metal Soundtrack]
  5. Black Sabbath “Megalomania – 2013 Remaster” [Sabotage (2014 Remaster)]
  6. Voivod “Tribal Convictions” [Dimension Hatröss]
  7. Krokus “School’s Out” [Stayed Awake All Night]
  8. Alice Cooper “Killer” [Killer]
  9. The Melvins “Leech” [Singles 1-12]
  10. The Gun “Race with the Devil” [Gun]
  11. Judas Priest “Sinner” [Sin After Sin]
  12. Metallica “Eye of the Beholder (Remastered)” […And Justice for All (Remastered Deluxe Box Set)]
  13. Diamond Head “No Remorse” [Lightning To The Nations 2020]
  14. Montrose “Space Station #5” [Montrose]
  15. Budgie “Napoleon Bona Part One & Two” [Bandolier]
  16. Slough Feg “Man Out of Time” [Atavism]
  17. KARP “We Ate Sand” [KARP]
  18. Rainbow “Still I’m Sad” [Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow]
  19. The Groundhogs “Cherry Red – 2003 Remastered Version” [Split]
  20. UFO “Reasons Love – 2007 Remaster” [No Heavy Petting (2007 Remaster)]

2 October 2021 (Goodbye 2 PM!)

After three full years in the 2-4 PM PST time slot on alternate Saturdays on Freeform Portland, What’sThis Called? is moving to 6-8 PM PST on the same day! We were as surprised by this move as anybody, but as we’re currently still making shows from an undisclosed location during the Covid-19 Pandemic, it doesn’t change our bi-weekly routine. You’ll just be able to sleep later on Saturdays and still hear us live on Freeform at 6 o-clock!

This will be the last show to air in the 2 PM spot, but be back next week as we kick off the new season at Freeform Portland with our first bi-weekly 6 PM PST show broadcasting live at KFFP-LP 90.3 FM, KFFD-LP 98.3 FM & KYQT 101.5 FM in the Portland metropolitan area and #StreamingLive at http://listen.freeformportland.org:8000/stream



  • Hood “How Can You Drag Your Body Blindly Through” [The Cycle Of Days & Seasons]
  • Teach Me Equals “Dictionary of Imaginary Places” [Knives in the Hope Chest]
  • Sound Animal “Fountain of Artificial Dreams” [Soundcloud]
  • Istvan Marta “Doom. A Sigh” [Black Angels]
  • The Hafler Trio “A Thirsty Fish/The Dirty Fire” [Tyranny of the Beat]
  • Tonga Boys w/ Doctor Kanuska Group “Maji Ndimoyo (Water Is Life)” [Umoyo Wa Muthempire (Live in the Temple)]
  • Bill Horist “Hakurankai: Omatsuri Yarou” [Mutei – Music for Davida Monk’s Dream Pavilion]
  • Glaxo Babies “Shake (The Foundations)” [Shake The Foundations: Militant Funk & The Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984]
  • Tortoise “Glass Museum” [Millions Now Living Will Never Die]
  • Duke Ellington “Anatomy of a Murder – Stereo Single Version” [Anatomy of a Murder]
  • Bad Girl “City of Dead” [The Beyond – Music Inspired by the Lucio Fulci Death Trilogy]
  • Thrones “Googander” [Alraune]
  • Chris & Cosey “Raining Tears of Blood” [Songs of Love & Lust]
  • Blectum From Blechdom “Mummy Secret Storage” [Haus de Snaus]
  • Wendy Carlos “Timesteps (excerpt)” [A Clockwork Orange Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • Jackie O Motherfucker “Something On Your Mind” [Liberation (Reissue)]
  • Robyn Hitchcock “Blues in A” [Invisible Hitchcock]
  • Brunnen “Miranda” [The Beekeeper’s Dream (2014 Remaster)]

18 September 2021


  1. Sukanta Majumdar “Rites of Labor” [Anthology of Exploratory Music from India]
  2. Mick Karn “Ashamed To Be A Part Of Them” [The Concrete Twin]
  3. The Kinks “Fancy – Stereo Mix” [Face to Face (Deluxe Edition)]
  4. Soft Machine “Disorganisation ” [Middle Earth Masters]
  5. Windsor For The Derby “Seven” [Calm Hades Float]
  6. Moebius “Ondulation” [Blotch]
  7. AUBE “Voltanic Valley I” [Voltanic Valley]
  8. The Zombies “Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914) – Mono Version” [Odessey and Oracle]
  9. Dub Specialist “Bionic Dub” [Studio One Selector]
  10. Emma Ruth Rundle “Return” [Return]
  11. Miles Davis “Générique – Bande originale du film “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud”” [Ascenseur pour l’échafaud]
  12. Poundland “Shrader eins” [Ladyz in Noyz 3]
  13. Jandek “My Vow” [Chicago Wednesday]
  14. Varun Desai “Jessore Road” [Anthology of Exploratory Music from India]
  15. Nick Cave “Little Water Song” [Ute Lemper – Punishing Kiss]
  16. Bauhaus “Mask” [Mask]
  17. Nubiferous “Sleeping In Ulthar” [7th Annual Report]
  18. Rahsaan Roland Kirk “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing” [Left & Right]
  19. King Crimson “The ConstruKction of Light” [The ConstruKction of Light]

4 September 2021

“In Quarantine” long became an unnecessary qualifier. We are still at an undisclosed location making expunkimental music radio programs for Freeform Portland and the world. Your host Ricardo Wang would like to thank Ryan A. Ray for his massive technical assistance in this ongoing new garage radio environment. Last show the host’s son Lennon co-hosted, and this show his younger son Asa hung out in the secret studio. Goodbyes to Lee Scratch Perry and Charlie Watts followed by sonic experiments across genres and locations at the end of summer.


  1. Lee “Scratch” Perry “Here Come The Warm Dreads” [Heavy Rain]
  2. The Orb “Ball Of Fire” [THE ORBSERVER in the star house (feat. Lee Scratch Perry)]
  3. Mad Professor “Power to Mr Perry” [Black Ark Classics in Dub]
  4. The Rolling Stones “Fingerprint File – Remastered” [It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (2009 Re-Mastered)]
  5. The Rolling Stones “Jigsaw Puzzle – 50th Anniversary Edition” [Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition)]
  6. The Comet Is Coming “Astral Flying” [Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery]
  7. The Pop Group “Rob A Bank” [For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?]
  8. Masayoshi Fujita “Noise Marimba Tape” [Bird Ambience]
  9. Kloob “The Blind Woman” [Music Inspired by the Lucio Fulci Death Trilogy]
  10. Normal Hawaiians “Obedience” [Shake the Foundations – Militant funk & the post-punk dancefloor 1979-1984]
  11. Dave Clarkson “The Insect Dancers” [A Pocket Guide to Wilderness: Deep Forests and Dark Woods of the British Isles]
  12. Volume Ghost “How to Spot a Communist ” [Crackhouse Is a Name You Can Trust]
  13. Ilitch “Morning Dream” [Un Jour Comme Tant D’Autres]
  14. Sam Gopal “Midsummer Nights Dream” [Escalator]
  15. Astor Piazzolla perfromed by GlassDuo “Libertango” [Glassified]
  16. Amon Tobin “El Wraith” [Out From Out Where]
  17. Family Fodder “Disco Purge” [More Great Hits!]
  18. Orbital Elements “A Trip Down Memory Lane” [The Silence in Between]
  19. Live Skull “Alive Again” [Dangerous Visions]
  20. Giant Sand “Lean” [Backyard Bbq Broadcast (25th Anniversary Edition)]
  21. Judas Priest “Last Rose of Summer” [Sin After Sin]

21 August 2021

This show was a lot of fun as Ricardo Wang’s 13 year old son Lennon tag team DJed with him to a very shoegaze rocking result.


  • Silzedrek “Gwen’s Pen” [I Stumble And Then I Fall]
  • Swallows “From the Bottom Up” [Me With Trees Towering]
  • Silver Mt. Zion “13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round The Side Of Your Bed” [He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms]
  • my bloody valentine “Sometimes” [Loveless]
  • They Are Gutting a Body of Water “moerenuma park” [Destiny XL]
  • Sly & The Family Stone “Spaced Cowboy” [There’s A Riot Goin’ On (Expanded Edition)]
  • Thin Lizzy “Return Of The Farmer’s Son” [Thin Lizzy]
  • Built To Spill “Twin Falls” [There’s Nothing Wrong With Love]
  • Duster “Earth Moon Transit” [Stratosphere]
  • Scott Walker “30 Century Man” [Scott 3]
  • Be Bop Deluxe “Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape” [Axe Victim]
  • Sweet Trip “Milk – 2021 Remaster” [You Will Never Know Why (2021 Remaster)]
  • Wire “Spent” [Send]
  • Comus “The Bite” [First Utterance]
  • Calm “Moonraker” [Moonraker]
  • Have A Nice Life “Earthmover” [Deathconsciousness]
  • Unwound “Off This Century” [Leaves Turn Inside You]
  • Sun “Reach For The Sky (Pluramon Remix)” [Wire Tapper 9]
  • David Bowie “Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me – 2016 Remaster” [Diamond Dogs (2016 Remaster)]
  • Krobak “It’s Snowing Like It’s the End of the World” [Little Victories]
  • Boards of Canada “I Saw Drones” [Geogaddi]
  • Autechre “Flutter” [Anti]
  • The Bran Flakes “Tic Tac Rhythm” [I Don’t Have A Friend]
  • Cacola “Please Wake Up” [The Angel, the Demon]
  • Xiu Xiu “Apistat Commander” [A Promise]

7 August 2021 (Freeform PDX Fundraiser!)

It’s the Freeform Portland Summer Fundrasier so if you are able, please SUPPORT Freeform and What’s This Called? The legendary DJ Victrola of Guitar Shop Radio joined your host Ricardo Wang for two hours of enthusiastic musings and music that shows what Free Sound is all about.


  • Midwinter “Sanctuary Stone” [Sumer Is Icumen In: The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966-75]
  • Fairport Convention “The Lobster” [Fairport Convention (Bonus Track Edition)]
  • Loo(p)cy “Time Machine” [7th Annual Report]
  • Mia Zabelka “Prelude to Shock” [Aftershock]
  • Ennio Morricone “1970” [Il Gatto A Nove Code – Le Chat À Neuf Queues]
  • Blue Sausage Infant “The Devil Himself” [Supple Supple]
  • Curved Air “Vivaldi – Remastered” [Lullabies For Catatonics: A Journey Through The British Avant-Pop/Art Rock Scene 1967-74]
  • Pas Musique “Elderly Women On Black (Wire Cut)” [The Wire Tapper 56]
  • Four Dimensional Nightmare “Bugs” [The Raven Stands Tall With It’s Wings Spread]
  • Sun Ra “At First There Was Nothing/The Universe Has More To Offer You/Wake Up Angels” [Outer Space Employment Agency ]
  • Big Scenic Nowhere “Towards the Sun” [Dying On The Mountain]
  • Unearth Noise “Cloud Gatherers” [7th Annual Report]
  • Thurston Moore “Breath” [By The Fire]
  • Legendary Pink Dots “Part 2 (excerpt)” [Chemical Playschool Volume 18]
  • Mick Farren “Summertime Blues” [I’m a Freak Baby 3]
  • Besvärjelsen “Past In Haze” [Frost]

24 July 2021


  1. Floating Points “Movement 8” [Promises]
  2. Ron Mason Gassaway “Origin Unknown” [demo]
  3. Stan Kenton “Taunting Scene (The Rumble)” [West Side Story]
  4. Squarepusher “The Tide” [Budakhan Mindphone]
  5. Stone Angel “The Bells Of Dunwich” [Sumer Is Icumen In: The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966-75]
  6. RhaD “Telephonic Art followed by Chamber Music” [METAMUSIC]
  7. Savage Republic “Procession” [Tragic Figures]
  8. Yo La Tengo “Spec Bebop” [I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One]
  9. Comus “The Bite” [First Utterance]
  10. Parliament “Aquaboogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)” [Motor-Booty Affair]
  11. Chrome “Static Gravity” [Red Exposure (Bonus Track Version)]
  12. Schloss Tegal “Smart Drug” [Musick from Madness]
  13. Hans Castrup “Caged” [Shadowplay]
  14. Brad Anderson “Vast” [Darwinian Playground]
  15. Multifungi “Hollow Humans” [Ladyz in Noyz 3]
  16. Aleorta “Chapter Twelve: Brideships and Gulls” [Wawwords and Meansigns: Recreating Finnegans Wake (In Its Whole Wholume)]
  17. Mr Fox “Mendle” [Join Us in Our Game]
  18. Yoko Ono “Midsummer New York” [Fly]
  19. Einstürzende Neubauten “Sand” [Halber Mensch]
  20. Carolane Pegg “The Saphire” [Sumer Is Icumen In (the Pagan Sound of British and Irish Folk 1966-75)]
  21. Black Sabbath “Symptom Of The Universe – 2021 Remaster” [Sabotage (2021 Remaster)]

10 July 2021


  • This Mortal Coil “A Single Wish – Remastered” [It’ll End In Tears (Remastered)]
  • All Them Witches “Rats in Ruin” [Nothing as the Ideal]
  • Broken Thoughts “Vaguely Remembered” [Hearing Ghosts]
  • Cyoakha Grace O’Manion “And If I Fall” [Unknown Music from Dream Quest of Kadath]
  • Bobby Womack “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” [My Prescription]
  • Mark Shippy “Avoid Closet” [Ghost Note]
  • The Legendary Pink Dots “Chemical Playschool 16 Part 1” [Chemical Playschool Volumes 16 & 18]
  • Halfbird “Vice Principal” [Crowd Work]
  • Sonologyst “Dust of Human Race” [Dust of Human Race]
  • Scott Walker “The Seventh Seal” [Scott 4]
  • Kid606 “King of Harm” [Resilience]
  • Squarepusher “Gong Acid” [Budakhan Mindphone]
  • Art Blakey & Les Afrocuban Boys “No Hay Problema – Pt. 1 / BOF “Les liaisons dangereuses”” [Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960]
  • noisepoetnobody & Vance Galloway “Glimmering Endless Possibilities” [Uranium 238]
  • Jane Weaver “Modern Kosmology” [Modern Kosmology]
  • Vidna Obmana “Equal Distance” [The Throne of Drones]
  • LL Cool J “Rock The Bells” [Radio]
  • The Bran Flakes “A Musical Computer” [I Don’t Have A Friend]
  • Gowns “Feathers” [Gowns]
  • Zilmrah “Sun Ray” [Hippocampus Obscura]
  • Psychedelic Ad “The Hippie Revolt” [1960s Psychedelic Radio Commercials]
  • Neil Hannon “The Case Continues” [Ute Lemper – Punishing Kiss]

26 June 2021 (Heatwave Special)

The forecast for Portland OR is that when What’s This Called? airs Saturday from 2-4 PM PST on Freeform Portland the temperature will rise from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees. While this is not the hottest things are supposed to get, it should kick off the unbearable, and the sounds of the show are intended to bouy listeners through the intense heat. Listen below:


  1. Pussy Galore “Revolution Summer” [Historia De La Musica Rock]
  2. Sun City Girls “Suncitivity” [Box Of Chameleons]
  3. Amy Denio “Detroit (13,692 / 1119)” [Pandemonium]
  4. Sly & The Family Stone “Sex Machine” [Stand]
  5. RhaD “Tesla. Sound documentary 1” [METAMUSIC]
  6. Soft Machine “Moon In June – Remastered 2006” [Third]
  7. The Orb “More Gills Less Fishcakes” [Pomme Fritz]
  8. Sun Ra “Discipline 99 (Live)” [Outer Space Employment Agency ]
  9. Parliament “Liquid Sunshine” [Motor-Booty Affair]
  10. Ben LaMar Gay “Galveston” [Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun]
  11. Rahsaan Roland Kirk “I Wished on the Moon – Live in Atlantic Studios” [Here Comes The Whistleman [Live]]
  12. Tortoise “Along the Banks of Rivers” [Millions Now Living Will Never Die]
  13. Seven That Spells “Black Om Rising” [Black Om Rising]
  14. The Misunderstood “I Unseen” [Brokenroad]
  15. Autechre “Draun Quarter” [Envane]
  16. Kronos Quartet/Kevin Vollans “White Man Sleeps #1” [White Man Sleeps]

12 June 2021

Grads, Dads, Brides, oh My…


  • Alien Sex Fiend “Can’t Stop Smoking” [I Walk the Line]
  • Jefferson Airplane “White Levis Jefferson Airplane” [1960s Psychedelic Radio Commercials]
  • Tim Buckley “Sefronia” [The Dream Belongs To Me]
  • The Raincoats “Odyshape” [Odyshape]
  • Wipers “Doom Town” [Over the Edge]
  • Sibylle Baier “I Lost Something in the Hills” [Colour Green]
  • Glenn Branca “Structure” [The Ascenscioun]
  • The Fall “L.A.” [This Nation’s Saving Grace]
  • Alex Chilton “Like Flies On Sherbert” [Like Flies On Sherbert]
  • Parliament “Placebo Syndrome” [Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome]
  • Pimmon “Tombei The Mist” [Good Night Music To Sleep By]
  • Astor Piazzolla “Fugata” [La Camorra: The Solitude Of Passionate Provocation]
  • Brian Eno “M386 – Remastered 2005” [Music For Films]
  • Gabriele Gasparotti “Istantanea n. 10” [ Portraits by Gasparotti – Ciullini – Stancati]
  • Boards of Canada “You Could Feel The Sky” [Geogaddi]
  • Wobbly “Vogv” [Wild Why]
  • Elastic Band “Spazz” [Pebbles Vol. 1]
  • Lord Composer “Hill And Gully Ride; Mandeville Road” [The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 1: Ethnic Music Classics (1925-48)]
  • Fairport Convention “A Sailor’s Life” [Unhalfbricking (Bonus Track Edition)]
  • Sun Dial “Slow Motion” [Reflector (Deluxe Edition)]
  • 花伦 Hualun “City blues” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From China ]
  • Thurston Moore “Dreamers Work” [By The Fire]
  • Orbit Service “unperfect” [Don’t Get Lost]
  • Kingdom Come “Time Captives” [Journey]

29 May 2021 (#thencamethelastdaysofmay)



  1. Machinedrum “She Died There” [Room(s)]
  2. Amon Tobin “Dropped From The Sky” [ISAM]
  3. Swell Maps “Don’t Throw Ashtrays At Me!” [A Trip to Marineville]
  4. Venetian Snares “Senki Dala” [Rossz Csillag Alatt Született]
  5. Bardo Pond “The High Frequency” [Amanita]
  6. Causa Sui “Return to Sky” [Return to Sky]
  7. Jackie O Motherfucker “Pray” [Liberation (Reissue)]
  8. King Buffalo “Sleeps on a Vine” [Orion]
  9. Nate Trier “In Fact, I’ll Be Staying in Tonight – Remix” [New Anight]
  10. Bill Horist “Shi Shi” [Mutei – Music for Davida Monk’s Dream Pavilion]
  11. Sun Ra “The Shadow World” [Nothing Is…]
  12. Fairport Convention “It’s Alright Ma, It’s Only Witchcraft” [Fairport Convention (Bonus Track Edition)]
  13. Schloss Tegal “Vortex” [Musick from Madness]
  14. Windsor For The Derby “Two” [Calm Hades Float]
  15. Alice Cooper “Fields of Regret” [Pretties for You]
  16. Li Yilei “Murmur” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From China ]
  17. Blue Man Group “Shadows” [Audio]
  18. Expo 70 “Analog Dreamscape” [Sonic Messenger]
  19. Bauhaus “Kick in the Eye – Remix Single Version Remastered 2008” [Singles]
  20. Blue Öyster Cult “Then Came the Last Days of May” [Blue Oyster Cult]

15 May 2021



  1. LiangYiYuan “The Confucian Pleasure Puppet” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From China ]
  2. Bauhaus “Paranoia, Paranoia” [Singles]
  3. Boards of Canada “Dandelion” [Geogaddi]
  4. Einstürzende Neubauten “Vanadium-I-Ching” [Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T.]
  5. Spiritualized “Electric Phase” [Pure Phase]
  6. SisSisters “Oh, Olive” [oms-b023]
  7. Black Flag “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie” [Wasted…Again]
  8. Arthur Russell “All-Boy All-Girl” [Amplified: New Music Meets Rock, 1981-1986]
  9. Orbit Service “don’t get lost” [Don’t Get Lost]
  10. Autechre “All Tomorrow’s Linoleum” [All Tomorrow’s Parties 1.0]
  11. Reg Bloor “Subconscious Decay” [Theme from an Imaginary Slasher]
  12. The Bran Flakes “Mutual Admiration And Love” [I Don’t Have A Friend]
  13. Conect_icut “Deathless” [Moss]
  14. Savage Republic “Film Noir” [Tragic Figures]
  15. Ben LaMar Gay “Swim Swim” [Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun]
  16. Fleetwood Mac “Albatross – 2018 Master” [The Pious Bird of Good Omen]
  17. Noriko Kodama “Spring” [Abyss]
  18. Xu Cheng “Music for metro train” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From China ]
  19. The Focus Group “The Elektrik Karousell” [The Elektrik Karousel]
  20. Atomic Rooster “Lost In Space” [The First 10 Explosive Years]
  21. Julie’s Haircut “Salting Traces” [Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin]
  22. Harmonia “Dino” [Musik von Harmonia]
  23. All Them Witches “Everest” [Nothing as the Ideal]

1 May 2021



  1. Effisio Melis “Fiorassio” [The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 1: Ethnic Music Classics (1925-48)]
  2. Soft Machine “Drop – Remastered 2006” [Fifth]
  3. Danava “Eyes In Disguise” [Danava]
  4. Pere Ubu “A Small Dark Cloud” [New Picnic Time]
  5. Digital By Birth “Whisper in My Ghost” [The Black Shakes]
  6. The Comet Is Coming “Blood Of The Past” [Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery]
  7. Nihil Impvlse “At The Springs Of Void” [Drone Island – Stellar]
  8. Thurston Moore “Breath” [By The Fire]
  9. Brad Anderson “Axion” [Darwinian Playground]
  10. SAD MAN “The Optimist” [The Wire Tapper 55]
  11. The Misunderstood “My Mind – IBC Acetate” [Children Of The Sun]
  12. CAO “Les Jungles Occultes” [Marginal Virgin]
  13. De Xin “NebelKammer (edit)” [DEXINARIUM]
  14. Mick Karn “Ashamed To Be A Part Of Them” [The Concrete Twin]
  15. Fairport Convention “The Lobster” [Fairport Convention (Bonus Track Edition)]
  16. Ginger Baker’s Airforce “We Free Kings” [“The Secret Archvies” – The Krautrock & Progressive Box Set ]
  17. King Tubby “Bionicdub” [Next Level Dub]
  18. Mission Of Burma “1001 Pleasant Dreams” [The Obliterati]
  19. Anon Trio “Bahrie Tchifte Tellisi” [Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 2: Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48]
  20. Black Sabbath “Symptom of the Universe – 2013 Remaster” [Sabotage (2014 Remaster)]

Freeform Portland 5th Birthday Party Mix!

What’s This Called? is honored to have been renewed for another season at the most creative radio station in the Multiverse Freeform Portland! It’s the 5th Anniversary of the station, and DJs were asked to create a 29 minute #PartyMusic set. What follows is our birthday card to the radio station of our dreams!



  1. Thollem and Andy Kaufman “Zero Bottles of Beer on the Wall” [Always Put on Your Sincere Space]
  2. Redd Kross “Annette’s Got the Hits” [Red Cross]
  3. Trade Martin “We’ll Be Dancin’ On the Moon” [Destination Moon (50 Years On the Moon)]
  4. Soiled/Marcus H/Gary Seabrook “Drowning in Oxytocin” [Blue Nineteen]
  5. Afrika Bambaataa “Planet Rock” [Planet Rock]
  6. Brian Eno “King’s Lead Hat – 2004 Digital Remaster” [Before And After Science]
  7. David Bowie “I Dig Everything” [I Dig Everything: The 1966 Pye Singles]
  8. Lucy Bonk “Slapstick Apocalypse” [Ladyz in Noyz 3]
  9. Thelma Houston “Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon” [Sunshower (Expanded Edition)

27 March 2021

The time out spot.


  1. Gong: Acid Mothers Gong “Crazy Invisible She – Live” [Live In Tokyo]
  2. Muslimgauze “Narcotic” [Narcotic]
  3. Ivanka Cotrina “Yachag” [Anthology of Contemportary Music from Peru]
  4. The Move “Disturbance” [A Slight Disturbance in My Mind (The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966)]
  5. Boards of Canada “1969” [Geogaddi]
  6. Carmen “TALES OF SPAIN” [Fandangos In Space / Dancing On A Cold Wind]
  7. Nun Gun “Under the Throne” [Mondo Decay]
  8. Victor Peraino “Time Captives” [Journey in Time (feat. Kingdom Come, Arthur Brown)]
  9. The Kinks “Brainwashed – Stereo / 2019 – Remaster” [Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (2019 Deluxe)]
  10. Yo La Tengo “Drug Test” [Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1985-2003 PLUS A Smattering of Outtakes and Rarities 1986-2002]
  11. Richard Barbieri “Solar Sea” [Introducing… Richard Barbieri]
  12. Kid606 “Hold It Together” [Resilience]
  13. Hawkwind “Lost in Science” [The Machine Stops]
  14. The Bee Gees “Play Down” [A Slight Disturbance in My Mind (The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966)]
  15. Gentle Fire “Live At ICES 72 (excerpt)” [Explorations (1970-1973)]
  16. Tycho “Epoch” [Epoch]
  17. Babani Soundsystem “Dan Bwa” [Dan Bwa]
  18. Agitation Free “Khan El Khalili” [Malesch]
  19. Mariel Roberts “Hoard” [Armament]
  20. Orchestra Of Spheres “Cluster” [Brothers and Sisters of the Black Lagoon]
  21. Genesis “Firth of Fifth – New Stereo Mix” [Selling England by the Pound]
  22. Chico Hamilton Quintet “Night Beat” [Sweet Smell of Success (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]

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]

27 February 2021

the playlist appears shorter because the songs are longer. 😉



  • MKUltramegaphone “Transmission 1: (bird(s)ongs)*” [Seasonal Stereo Spread]
  • Swim Ignorant Fire “In the Interval between grasp & reach ” [PSIDRONIC3]
  • gc / nc ” Ninlil” [DEPRECATED]
  • Conformity Contortion “She Who Laughs Laughs Laughs Laughs” [Perception Management]
  • Yo La Tengo “From a Motel 6” [Painful]
  • Tim Koh, Kohei Nakagawa, Koji Tano, John Wiese, Yasutoshi Yoshida “05” [Frankenstein and Dracula Girls Tokyo Headlock]
  • Paul Green… Greg Segal… “Descending a Tree” [Symbols and Sounds]
  • Mike Mahaffay “Reflections On a Symphony” [Reflections On a Symphony]
  • Alto! “Pieces 1-3” [Alto!]
  • Philippe Petit – “A musical travel​-​agent. Mouvement I ” [6th Annual Report]
  • Mother Gong “The House Is Not The Same” [Live In The Usa 1991]

13 February 2021

Still they skate.


  1. John Barry “The City 2000 AD” [Jazz Noir 60 Menacing Masterpieces of Mystery, Murder & Mayhem]
  2. Brad Anderson “Upwelling” [Darwinian Playground]
  3. Sonologyst “Malefice” [Dust of Human Race]
  4. All Them Witches “Rats in Ruin” [Nothing as the Ideal]
  5. Lalo Schifrin “Kush” [Jazz Noir 60 Menacing Masterpieces of Mystery, Murder & Mayhem]
  6. Iron Maiden “Rime of the Ancient Mariner – 2015 Remaster” [Powerslave (2015 – Remaster)]
  7. Mother Gong “Song Of Skye” [Live In The Usa 1991]
  8. Spiritualized “Lay Back in the Sun” [Pure Phase]
  9. Speaker Music “Ex-American Blues” [Soul-Making Theodicy]
  10. Leith Stevens & Stu Phillips “Toss Me a Scalpel” [The Interns (Music from the Motion Picture)]
  11. New Risen Throne “The Whisperer in the Darkness” [Music for Lovecraft Summonings]
  12. Wood Paneling “Lennard Kerosene Campfire” [My Little Geoducks The 2009 TESC Student CD]
  13. Blue Öyster Cult “Subhuman” [Secret Treaties]
  14. Kai Winding “Experiment in Terror” [Jazz Noir 60 Menacing Masterpieces of Mystery, Murder & Mayhem]
  15. Chrome “Static Gravity” [Red Exposure (Bonus Track Version)]
  16. Whirling Hall Of Knives “2-Bar Heater And Smoke” [Electric Lava]
  17. Autechre “Bike” [Incunabula]
  18. Animal Hospital “His Belly Burst” [Memory]
  19. Fairport Convention “The Deserter” [Liege And Lief]
  20. Adrian Belew “Ballet For A Blue Whale” [Desire Of The Rhino King]
  21. John Barry “Car Chase/Night Chase from “Beat Girl”” [Jazz Noir 60 Menacing Masterpieces of Mystery, Murder & Mayhem]
  22. Hawkwind “Urban Guerilla – 1996 Remaster” [Doremi Fasol Latido]

30 January 2021



  1. Moor Mother “Act 4 – No More Wires” [Circuit City]
  2. Siouxsie and the Banshees “The Rapture” [The Rapture (Remastered / Expanded)]
  3. Kadavar “Reich Der Träume” [Berlin]
  4. Deep Purple “Listen, Learn, Read On” [The Book Of Taliesyn]
  5. Live Skull “Alive Again” [Dangerous Visions]
  6. Yo La Tengo “Winter A-Go-Go” [Summer Sun]
  7. Tall Dwarfs “Gravity” [Human Music]
  8. Unwound “Go to Dallas and Take a Left” [Repetition]
  9. Mother Gong “Aere” [Live In The Usa 1991]
  10. Jandek “Impending Doom” [“I Woke Up”]
  11. Yoko Ono “Walking On Thin Ice” [Yes, I’m A Witch]
  12. SHD “Black Winter Sun” [6th Annual Report]
  13. Vidna Obmana “Equal Distance” [The Throne of Drones]
  14. Zilmrah “0003” [Hippocampus Obscura]
  15. CAN “Mother Sky (from Deep End)” [Soundtracks (Remastered Version)]
  16. Tone Ghosting “Radar Kinder (Excerpt)” [District of Noise Vol. 3]
  17. Bardo Pond “Syn. Dept. ” [Dilate]
  18. Killing Joke “We Have Joy – 2005 Digital Remaster” [Revelations]
  19. Curtis Mayfield “Pusherman” [Superfly: Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition]

January Special 2021 (What’s This Metal? 2!)

Another special one hour mixtape type program of proto and classic metal heavy hard rock chunks! This one with a 27 minute long live Deep Purple jam!


  1. Metallica “The Call Of Ktulu (Remastered)” [Ride The Lightning (Deluxe Remaster)]
  2. King Crimson “Level Five” [Level Five]
  3. Slough Feg “Starport Blues” [Atavism]
  4. Motörhead “1916” [1916]
  5. Scorpions “Crying Days” [Best Of Scorpions Vol. 2]
  6. Rainbow “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” [Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow]
  7. Deep Purple “Mandrake Root – (Live in Long Beach 1971)” [The Official Deep Purple (Overseas) Live Series: Long Beach 1971]

16 January 2021



  1. Thelma Houston “Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon” [Sunshower (Expanded Edition)]
  2. Experimental Audio Research “D.M.T. Symphony – Overture To An Inhabited Zone” [Mesmerised]
  3. Zach Zinn “Sound of ” [6th Annual Report]
  4. King Crimson “Dangerous Curves – Previously Unreleased” [Dangerous Curves (KC50, Vol. 35)]
  5. Ashtoreth “The Elders” [Music for Lovecraft Summonings]
  6. The Spotnicks “Rocket Man” [Early British Hitmakers, Vol. 2]
  7. IRoy w/ Lee Perry “Space Flight” [Greatest Hits from Outer Space]
  8. Dust Devils “Hip Priest ” [Struggling Electric & Chemical]
  9. Jad Fair “The Sound Of Music” [The Sound Of Music – An Unfinished Symphony In 12 Parts]
  10. Perrey and Kingsley “Visa To The Stars” [The In Sound From Way Out]
  11. Swimming In Bengal “The Transmitter Is Jammed” [Garden of Idle Hands]
  12. Band Of Susans “Blind” [Veil]
  13. Sarah Mega​-​Hertz “FishNets” [6th Annual Report]
  14. Monte Meade “Cape Canavaral” [Destination Moon (50 Years On the Moon)]
  15. Hawkwind “Electronic No 1 – 2007 Remaster” [Space Ritual]
  16. Bobby Womack “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” [My Prescription]
  17. Sudden Infant “Slomono (Z’EV Remix)” [“Psychotic Einzelkind”]
  18. Lightnin’ Hopkins “Happy Blues For John Glenn” [The Complete Prestige / Bluesville Recordings]
  19. Sun Ra “Hole In The Sky” [Somewhere Else]
  20. Dick Hyman “Maid Of The Moon” [Moon Gas]
  21. Joan Tower “Petroushskates” [The Composer-Performer]
  22. Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones “Rocket” [1957-1959]

2 January 2021

Has anybody noticed yet that this Millennia is now legally able to drink?


  1. Erik Satie “3 Gymnopédies: No. 1 in D Major: Lent et douloureux” [Synthetic History]
  2. Black Sabbath “Hole in the Sky – 2014 Remaster” [Sabotage (2014 Remaster)]
  3. No Friends Band “Upon the Open Wide” [To All My Friends]
  4. Edward Ka-Spel “I’ll Come to You-Continuo” [The Victoria Dimension]
  5. Entropic Advance “Track 1” [live demo example]
  6. Leslie West “Theme from an Imaginary Western” [The Man and the Mountain]
  7. I Died “Standing on a Rock at the Edge of the Universe” [Soundcloud]
  8. Otto Luening “Fantasy in Space” [The Composer-Performer]
  9. Implicit Arches “Poverty (for Andy)” [Single]
  10. Santiago Latorre “alpha-globin” [Órbita]
  11. Nadja “Green & Cold ” [Belles Betes]
  12. BENNICI “Rebus Stereoscopico [remix for Liquido di Morte]” [Futuro]
  13. Lilla Shroud with Power Circus “Falling Light” [Bogville Creature Features]
  14. CAN “Peking O – 2011 Remastered” [Tago Mago (2011 Remastered)]
  15. Pete von Petrin “Spaces” [Soundcloud]
  16. Steve Peters “Arboretum (forest)” [Arboretum]
  17. Merzbow + Carlos Giffoni “Synth Destruction (edit)” [Synth Destruction]
  18. Jandek “Alone on that Mountain” [I Woke Up]

19 December 2020 (Holiday/Year End Special!)

Some songs about the Yuletide (“No Presents for Christmas”; “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope”…) Some songs from 2020 (“Pandemic Abberation”; “self”…) and some songs that just feel like 2020 (“Psychic Mumbles”, “Spent”…)


  1. Pink Fairies “Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout” [Never Never Land]
  2. Manna / Mirage “Alchemist in the Parlor” [Rest of the World]
  3. King Diamond “No Presents for Christmas” [The Dark Sides]
  4. Teth Sin “Pandemic Abberation” [6th Annual Report]
  5. Space Afrika “self” [hybtwibt?]
  6. Myako “Walnut” [Shape Platform 2019]
  7. The Damned “There Ain’t No Sanity Clause” [The Chiswick Singles and Another Thing]
  8. Sigur Ros “Untitled” [Wire Tapper 9]
  9. John Fahey “Red Cross, Disciple of Christ Today” [The Hired Hands: a Tribute to Bruce Langhorne]
  10. SHD “Black Winter Sun” [6th Annual Report]
  11. Tame Impala “Alter Ego” [InnerSpeaker]
  12. Jordan Reyes “Drifter” [Sand Like Stardust]
  13. Einstürzende Neubauten “Vanadium-I-Ching” [Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T.]
  14. Phicus “Zn” [Solid]
  15. Chrome “New Age” [Red Exposure (Bonus Track Version)]
  16. En Nihil “5” [Time Destroys Everything]
  17. Silver Mt. Zion “Blown-out Joy From Heaven’s Mercied Hole” [He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms]
  18. Otomo Yoshihide “Guitar and Turntables 2” [Guitar and Turntables]
  19. Mangled Bohemians “Psychic Mumbles” [At the Edge of the Earth]
  20. Sonic Youth “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope” [Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope]
  21. Wire “Spent” [Send]

Freeform Challenge: Future Now

The actual challenge for the Freeform Portland Pre-Winter Fundraiser was the theme: Future Fun. But we weren’t listening very well. So What’s This Called? presents: FUTURE/NOW!


  1. Hawkwind “Welcome to the Future – Complete Version” [Space Ritual]
  2. Edward Ka-Spel “The Border Of Beyond” [The Victoria Dimension]
  3. E.E. Cummings “Pity This Busy Monster, Manunkind, Not” [Pleasure Dome: Audible Modern Poetry Read by its Creators]
  4. Soup Purse “Self Replicating NanoStars” [Nanopocalyptic Profizzy]
  5. Attilio Mineo “Science of Tomorrow” [Man in Space with Sounds]
  6. Gary Numan “Engineers” [The Pleasure Principle]
  7. noisepoetnobody & Vance Galloway “The Process of Enlightenment” [Uranium 238]
  8. Attilio Mineo “Mile-A-Minute Monorail” [Man in Space With Sounds]

Freeform Challenge: Together/Apart

Here is the What’s This Called? 30 Minute Challenge Mix as part of the Freeform Pre-Winter Fundraiser! The theme was “Together/Apart”.


  1. Echo & the Bunnymen “The Disease” [Heaven Up Here]
  2. Harry Partch “The Letter” [The Composer-Performer]
  3. Unwound “For Your Entertainment” [Repetition]
  4. Pere Ubu “Caligari’s Mirror” [Dub Housing]
  5. Butthole Surfers “American Woman” [Rembrandt Pussyhorse]
  6. Richard Hell “Love Comes In Spurts” [Punk, Pills & Powerpop]
  7. Chrome “Fire Bomb” [Having A Wonderfull Time With The Tripods]

December Special 2020 (What’s This Metal?)

As part of the Freeform Portland Pre-Winter Membership Drive we present a special one hour mixtape type program of proto and classic metal heavy hard rock chunks.


  1. Krokus “Eat The Rich” [Head Hunter]
  2. Budgie “In for the Kill” [In for the Kill]
  3. Slough Feg “Tiger! Tiger!” [Hardworlder]
  4. Iron Maiden “Powerslave – 2015 Remaster” [Powerslave (2015 – Remaster)]
  5. Accept “Fast as a Shark” [Restless And Wild]
  6. Scorpions “Polar Nights” [Virgin Killers]
  7. Mountain “Mississippi Queen” [Climbing!]
  8. Motörhead “The Watcher – 1997 Remaster” [On Parole]
  9. Judas Priest “Dissident Aggressor” [Sin After Sin]
  10. Blue Öyster Cult “Cities On Flame – Live 1974” [On Your Feet Or On Your Knees]
  11. Hawkwind “Time We Left This World Today – 2007 Remaster” [Space Ritual]

5 December 2020 (Support Freeform!)

It’s the 2020 Freeform Portland Season of Giving Fundraiser!


  1. MOESHA 13 “De la traversee du desert”” [PRIMOCE]
  2. Tecuexe Band “Sembrador” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From Mexico]
  3. Connect_icut “There’s a Rite Going On” [Moss]
  4. Synchonicity Frequency “Intrasekt EP” [Decaptitated LP/EP]
  5. Bob Bucko Jr. “Public Health Bomb” [Volte Face]
  6. Mecca Normal “Crimson Dragnet – Live” [Brave New Waves Session]
  7. Hawkwind “Right to Decide – Alien Prophets Radio Edit Mix” [It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous]
  8. The Outcasts “I’m in Pittsburgh” [Pebbles Vol. 1]
  9. Sun City Girls “At the Base of the Mountain of Noise” [Piasa… Devourer of Men]
  10. Svetlana Maras “37 Steps” [Steps]
  11. Killing Joke “Chop Chop – 2005 Digital Remaster” [Revelations]
  12. Volume Ghost “Get More Out of Now” [Crackhouse Is a Name You Can Trust]
  13. Yellow Swans “Drift I” [Drift]
  14. Poison Dwarfs “Parade” [Labil]
  15. Ben LaMar Gay “A Seasoning Called Primavera” [Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun]
  16. Victoria Jordanova “Requiem for Bosnia (excerpt)” [The Composer-Performer]
  17. The Rolling Stones “Fingerprint File – Remastered” [It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (2009 Re-Mastered)]
  18. Rrill Bell “from the Hollow Comb” [Shape Platform 2020]
  19. Midday Veil “Anthem” [Eyes All Around]
  20. Stephen Mallinder “Um Dada” [Um Dada]
  21. Lealani “Floating” [Fantastic Planet]
  22. Nels Cline “Pietraviva” [Open the Door]

21 November 2020


  1. The Cramps “What’s Behind The Mask – Remastered” [Songs The Lord Taught Us]
  2. Chrome “Isolation” [Red Exposure (Bonus Track Version)]
  3. iN FORMALDEHYDE “NoirLand” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From Mexico]
  4. Nadja “nahui-olin” [Under the Jaguar Sun]
  5. Ffej “The Disconnect” [Signal Gone Astray]
  6. Mind Beams “Hindu Kush” [Bats]
  7. Budgie “You’re the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk” [Never Turn Your Back On a Friend]
  8. Shalloboi “The World Is Watching” [Blue Eyed]
  9. Hans Castrup “Caged” [Shadowplay]
  10. Mini-Mutation “Sound Techniques & Manipulations” [From Beach ’til Calm]
  11. Tiptons Saxophone Quartet “Sheltering Storm” [Strange Flower]
  12. Robert Poss “Border Crossing March (For Gerald Casel Dance)” [Poss: Settings – Music for Dance, Film, Fashion and Industry]
  13. The Idealist “Bad Things Happen Dub (Wire Tapper edit)” [The Wire Tapper 51]
  14. Volcano the Bear “Our Number of Wolves” [The Shy Volcanic Society at the Bear and Bird Parade]
  15. Rhys Chatham “Hard Edge (The Wire Editions)” [The Wire Tapper 2]
  16. Yoko Ono “Walking On Thin Ice” [Yes, I’m a Witch Too]
  17. The Library of Babel “Branching” [Blue Nineteen]
  18. Sun Ra “The Shadow World” [Nothing Is…]
  19. Mito del Desierto “Larva ella que trastorna” [Anthology Of Experimental Music From Mexico]
  20. L.A. Lungs “Contrail Blues” [Most of the Time We Don’t Realize We Are Shedding Our Skin]

7 November 2020

Escape from Waiting.


  1. Brett Naucke “EMS Hallucinations – Hallucinations II” [EMS Hallucinations (Hallucinations IV & II)]
  2. Charles R. Goff III “Asbestos I Can” [The Lore of the Rugs]
  3. Four Dimensional Nightmare “Graveyard” [The Raven Stands Tall With It’s Wings Spread]
  4. Meridian Brothers “Puya del empresario” [Cumbia siglo XXI]
  5. Glen Velez with Lane Redmond, Steve Gorn, Scott Robinson “Drala (Live)” [Live at the Knitting Factory Vol. 2]
  6. Jim O’Rourke “Through the Night Softly” [On the Wire]
  7. The Legendary Pink Dots “One More Dimension” [The Gethsemane Option]
  8. Numbers “We Like Having These Things” [Numbers Life]
  9. Noriko Kodama “Memories” [Abyss]
  10. His Name Is Alive “This World Is Not My Home / Home” [Stars On E.S.P.]
  11. Ornette Coleman “Focus on Sanity” [The Shape Of Jazz To Come]
  12. Ray Cathode “Waltz in Orbit (Remastered)” [Waltz in Orbit (Remastered)]
  13. Legowelt “These Phenomena Are Not Well Understood” [Unconditional Contours]
  14. Simply Saucer “Mole Machine” [Cyborgs Revisited]
  15. Summer of Seventeen “Porous Aura” [Summer of Seventeen]
  16. F.J. Pangolin “The Maidenhead Graph” [Mixtape]
  17. Blue Öyster Cult “Harvester of Eyes” [Secret Treaties]
  18. Swans “A Piece of the Sky” [The Seer]
  19. Flo Stoffner “Carmensac (for Anna)” [INTERACTIONS A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music]
  20. Lawrence Lui “ASMR” [Isolation Loops EP]

31 October 2020 (Halloween Special Mix)

Special half hour Halloween What’s This Called? mix for Freeform Portland.


  1. Vincent Price “To Raise the Dead” [Tales of Witches, Ghosts and Goblins]
  2. Joan Baez “Diamonds And Rust” [Diamonds & Rust]
  3. Sonic Youth “Ghost Bitch (live)” [Staches in Columbus, OH on 8/1/85]
  4. Vincent Price “The Broomstick Train” [Tales of Witches, Ghosts and Goblins]
  5. A Winged Victory for the Sullen “The Haunted Victorian Pencil” [The Undivided Five]
  6. Lene Lovich “Ghost Story” [Shadows and Dust]
  7. Lou Reed “The Raven – Live” [Animal Serenade]
  8. Misfits “Halloween” [Legacy Of Brutality]

24 October 2020

Informed as any radio show would be by the All Hallow’s for Democracy in Virusland season, we play some Experimental Music, Drone, Noise, Psych, Post-Punk, Ambient, Strange Music and More!



  1. Echo City “Justice for Some” [The Sound of Music]
  2. Smog “Teenage Spaceship” [Knock Knock]
  3. Amy Denio “Pandemic” [Corona Sonora]
  4. AMMAR 808 ” Ey paavi (feat. Kali Dass)” [Global Control / Invisible Invasion]
  5. DJ Rupture “Needlepoint” [TIGERBEAT6]
  6. ALLIGATOR GOZAIMASU “Fascist Moonshake” [EPISODE #1 Solange Bunte Balken Durchlaufen ]
  7. Mouse On Mars “Download Sofist” [Niun Niggung]
  8. Eats Batteries “Phosphor Filled Moon” [Disguised to Sedate the Machines]
  9. Unwound “Demons Sing Love Songs (Draw Me a Riot Version)” [Draw Me a Riot]
  10. Hood “Houses Tilting Towards The Sea” [The Cycle Of Days & Seasons]
  11. Bardo Pond “Syn Dept.” [Bardo Pond Vol. 1]
  12. NYC Sounds – Covid-19 “Bronxdale” [Bronx]
  13. Apes Brigade “Power Is Evil (Dual Vortex Remix)” [Retrieving Beruit (Benefit Compilation for Lebannon)]
  14. Wobly “Vogv” [And The Beat Goes OFF!]
  15. Solex “The Cutter” [Draw Me a Riot]
  16. Vidna Obmana “Equal Distance” [The Throne of Drones]
  17. Judas Priest “Beyond the Realms of Death” [Stained Class]
  18. Kid 606 Vs Dalek “Now Im Completely Ruined (Remix)” [Ruin It]
  19. Matmos “Cymbals & Aspirin (A Breakthrough In Pain Relief)” [Matador At Fifteen]
  20. Akai Ikuo “Omake” [Language Without Words]
  21. Kevin Blechdom “4merly 4mally 4mula” [The Inside Story]
  22. Moodring “Shaker Tab” [Scared of Ferret]
  23. Monolake “Ocean of Noise” [Marke b03]
  24. Yo La Tengo “Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House” [And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out]
  25. Cobra Killer “Heavy Rotation” [Heavy Rotation]

10 October 2020

#LISTEN to the Program #STREAMING above!


  1. Chrome “Eyes in the Center” [Red Exposure (Bonus Track Version)]
  2. Attilio Mineo “Gayway to Heaven” [Man in Space with Sounds]
  3. John Zorn & Thurston Moore “Strange Neighbor” [@]
  4. This Mortal Coil “Fyt (Remastered)” [It’ll End In Tears (Remastered)]
  5. Chester Hawkins “The Brood” [Semisolids]
  6. SpectroDuo “Pathway” [Anthology Of Persian Experimental Music Vol. II]
  7. Galaxie 500 “Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste” [Today]
  8. Urthquake “Black Sun” [Discograph: 15 Years of Fury]
  9. Giant Sand “Lean” [Backyard Bbq Broadcast (25th Anniversary Edition)]
  10. Nels Cline “Blue Particles” [Open the Door]
  11. Anna von Hausswolff “All Thoughts Fly” [All Thoughts Fly]
  12. Lucy Bonk “Slapstick Apocalypse” [Ladyz in Noyz 3]
  13. Wang Zijian “Lenin Elaborated Idealism in Twisted Spacetime (excerpt)” [Wiretapper 51]
  14. Future Ex-wives “population III” [Ladyz in Noyz 3]
  15. Eartheater “Airborne Ashes” [Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin]
  16. Sonic Youth “(She’s in A) Bad Mood” [Confusion Is Sex (Plus Kill Yr. Idols)]
  17. Giovanni Di Domenico “Alma Venus” [Distare Sonanti]
  18. White Magic “Twilight” [Songs of Hurt and Healing]
  19. Echo & the Bunnymen “Heaven up Here” [Heaven Up Here]

26 September 2020 (#AnarchistJurisdiction)


  1. Melvins “Let It All Be” [The Bootlicker]
  2. Sheila Scoville “The Wind from Nowhere” [single]
  3. Jefferson Airplane “Wooden Ships – Remastered” [Volunteers]
  4. Hawkwind “Time We Left This World Today – 2007 Remaster” [Space Ritual]
  5. Deep Purple “Child in Time” [Deep Purple in Rock]
  6. Bardo Pond “Destroying Angel” [Ticket Crystals]
  7. Sleep Party People “I’m Not Human at All” [Sleep Party People]
  8. Joel Gilardini “Sputnik” [The Age of Space]
  9. Chrome “Meet You in the Subway (Bonus Track)” [Red Exposure (Bonus Track Version)]
  10. Scott Walker “Brando” [Soused]
  11. Coral Club “Island Haze” [Nowhere Island]
  12. Sun City Girls “Libyan Dream” [Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol 7: Libyan Dream]
  13. David Toop “A ghost travelling half a mile from its own shape” [Apparition Paintings]
  14. Static of Masses “A Thousand Prayers” [The Abyss Within]
  15. Black Sabbath “Into the Void – 2014 Remaster” [Master of Reality (2014 Remaster)]

12 September 2020 (smoky plunderphonic madness)

This show loaded with: #Plunderphonics#BrandNew #ExperimentalMusic including #New Negativland#CassetteUnderground classics, and MORE!

Like a breath of fresh air… or as close as we could get.

North Portland Sun on 9/10/2020 at 11 AM.



  1. The Tape-beatles “Listen to the radio” [A Subtle Buoyancy Of Pulse]
  2. Negativland “Yesterday Hates Today” [True False]
  3. Evolution Control Committee “Rebel Without a Pause” [Whipped Cream Mixes]
  4. Little Fyodor and Babushka “Trump Loves You” [Pithy Romantic Ballads]
  5. Steve Fisk “Priorities” [448 Deathless Days]
  6. Big City Orchestra “Totally Acceptable” [Notre Dame / An Introduction To EE Tapes]
  7. Miranda July “Medical Wonder” [The Binet-Simon Test]
  8. The Bran Flakes “No More Free Will” [Bounces]
  9. The Avalanches “Frontier Psychiatrist” [Since I Left You]
  10. The Residents “Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Life” [80 Aching Orphans: 45 Years Of The Residents 4cd Hardback Book Anthology Set]
  11. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheel of Steel” [The Message]
  12. Steinski “The Motorcade Sped On” [What Does It All Mean? – 1983-2006 Retrospective]
  13. Tracy & the Plastics “Excerpts from the performance titled “World”” [performance]
  14. John Oswald “Pretender” [Plunderphonics]
  15. Amy Denio “Muzak Blues” [Never Too Old To Pop A Hole]
  16. The Orb “More Gills Less Fishcakes” [Pomme Fritz]
  17. William Catanzaro “Plunderphonics” [Piano Works]
  18. Ali Ostovar “Reflections (live excerpt)” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music Vol. II]
  19. Walt Thisney “Essentia” [Automathism ]
  20. Chvad SB “The Options Unraveled Her” [Sans Fixer]
  21. Ifsh “A Sickness Among the Lillies” [Vestigal Gesture]
  22. Failings “IV” [Failings]
  23. Negativland “Don’t Get Freaked Out” [The World Will Decide]

29 August 2020



  1. UFO “Prince Kajuku / The Coming Of Prince Kajuku (Live) – Remastered” [Live (Remastered)]
  2. All Them Witches “Charles William” [Lightning At The Door]
  3. Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno “Woman from a Hell” [Starless and Bible Black Sabbath]
  4. WILT “Solarium” [The Abyss Within]
  5. CAN “Mother Sky (from Deep End)” [Soundtracks (Remastered Version)]
  6. Bardo Pond “Isle” [Peel Session]
  7. Sunn 0))) “Frost (C)” [Pyroclasts]
  8. Psychic TV “Godstar” [Hex Sex – The Singles Pt. 1]
  9. The Folkswingers “Paint It Black” [Raga Rock]
  10. Flower Travellin’ Band “21st Century Schizoid Man” [Anywhere]
  11. Colour Haze “Fire” [Tempel]
  12. Glenn Branca “Crashes the Whitney Opening” [bootleg]
  13. Deep Purple “Child in Time” [Deep Purple in Rock]
  14. Terminal Passage “Stargazer” [single]
  15. The Sword “Working Man” [Conquest of Quarantine, Lockdown Session]
  16. Static of Masses “A Thousand Prayers” [The Abyss Within]

15 August 2020 (Vern Rumsey Shine On)

Vernon Emory Aldo Rumsey (Jan 24, 1973 – August 6, 2020) Live on What’s This Called? Jan 5, 2019.

My good friend Vern died about a week ago upon collapsing due to organ failure. While I’d known for some time that he was not well, Vern was such a rock ‘n roll survivor that I guess I really thought he’d shake it off. He had expanded his solo act Red Rumsey into a three piece noise rock band that was really starting to sound like a unit, he recorded an album that stands up to the legacy of Unwound with supergroup Household Gods in 2019, and he’d just gotten married. He was trying so damn hard to live that it was almost possible to shrug off the obvious physical pain he was in each time he dragged himself onto stage these last couple years. I saw him play quite a few times in recent history (on top of having worked alongside him at Thekla in the glory days of Unwound and Long Hind Legs, seeing those bands as much as Olympia graciously allowed), at the Lombard Pub, at the Doug Fir Lounge opening for Treepeople (I roadied for Vern), at McCoy’s Cavern on this past Christmas Night in Oly, at Speck’s Records (a show I put on) and on my radio show at Freeform Portland. My band had the pleasure of opening for him at the Speck’s show and was slated to open the NW dates on his tour this year. The tour was cancelled pre-Covid when Vern realized he was just in too much pain to pull it off. Given the pain that he would go on stage under (he fainted at his last Portland show at Turn Turn Turn according to his drummer Aaron) it must have been monumental this time. Even so he kept interacting with friends on Facebook. I was arguing with him, and loving it, about the best Lou Reed album just 2 1/2 weeks ago. It did not in any way feel like our last conversation.

At the show at the Doug Fir, I watched Doug Martsch of Treepeople (and Built to Spill fame) break a string and borrow Vern’s guitar. Vern was so elated to not only get to open for his rock idol but to get to loan him his guitar and have it blessed with Doug’s fingers. That’s how it felt for me getting to open for Vern. He went out of his way, for the Portland show we didn’t get to play, to make sure my 12 year old son Lennon would be allowed in to play drums. Our lineup fluctuates and we play without Lennon in bars all the time, so I hadn’t even asked. But Vern saw Lennon drum when we opened at Speck’s and made it his own priority that the kid get to play. This is how Vern was made. He went out of his way to encourage anybody that played music to keep at it and would often offer to record them for free at his home studio. In a town that had it’s share of posers more interested in irony and hanging onto the cool people, Vern was always 100% genuine and snark-free. He wore ugly sweaters and soft pants because they made him comfortable and he did whatever the fuck he wanted, not because he was making fun by embracing it ironically or any such crap.

I have tried with the songs collected to capture all of Vern’s musical directions and ensembles. Of course there is more Unwound than any other group as he was on every one of their brilliant albums, but he was also the principal songwriter in Long Hind Legs and Red Rumsey. Consider in 1997 he was active in Unwound, Long Hind Legs, AND Blonde Redhead (who he recorded and played bass for that year)! Household Gods Palace Intrigue was a very strong final note from Vern, and even more sadly, also from drummer LKN who passed away before the record was even released. The last track “Rest In Power” features Lauren (LKN) speaking because it was in tribute to her, and I chose to close out this show with it as well, expanding the message in it to Vern as well. Lauren was also a Freeform Portland DJ under the name Suzanne Bummers. There is are two pieces of Errata on the show: 1) Unwound did not play in front of John Peel in 2015, they knew a lot of people but not Doctor Who (neither the band nor the DJ still existed in 2015 that’s when the album was released) and 2) I announced “For Your Entertainment” as the studio version, when it was actually the live version from 6/30/1999: Reykjavik, Iceland. I wasn’t having the easiest time back announcing the songs as I’m pretty overwhelmed with grief. Plus they nailed it that night so well it sounds basically like the studio version, but louder and with applause at the end. If you want to make this error right, go listen to Repetition all the way through. Several times.

Many thanks to Ryan Ray for his eternal engineering patience in assisting me with all the takes it took to get this right. Bleeping out Lauren’s swearing sucked heartily and the FCC can fuck themselves, but we did it for Freeform Portland, who don’t deserve the heat it would bring their way. The version uploaded here thankfully reverts to how Lauren (and most people) speak. Thank you to Jeff Ross from Freeform for holding my hand through all the delays and making sure the show would air on time. No thanks to the pandemic for shutting down so many memorials, and keeping us from sharing a microphone in the DJ booth as live radio requires. Freeform Portland is here for its listeners no matter what, even if the pandemic wants to give us some new hoops to jump through.


  1. Long Hind Legs “Open Wide” [Long Hind Legs]
  2. Household Gods “Shine Theory” [Shine Theory]
  3. Unwound “What Was Wound” [New Plastic Ideas]
  4. Red Rumsey “Shine On/Flies” [7″`]
  5. Unwound “Look a Ghost” [Leaves Turn Inside You]
  6. Long Hind Legs “Arranged For Viewing” [Feb 4-14 1998]
  7. Blonde Redhead “Kazuality” [Fake Can Be Just as Good]
  8. RedRumsey “Prime Numbers” [Redrumsey / Teach Me Equals]
  9. Unwound “Side Effects of Being Tired” [Peel Sessions]
  10. Household Gods “Avalanche” [Palace Intrigue]
  11. Long Hind Legs “Icarus Flew” [Long Hind Legs]
  12. Unwound “Kid Is Gone” [Unwound]
  13. Red Rumsey “Big House, Shine On, 1 is not a primal number” [Live at the Doug Fir Lounge 2019]
  14. Blonde Redhead “Futurism vs. Passéism” [Fake Can Be Just as Good]
  15. Red Rumsey “Live on What’s This Called? 1/5/2019” [Freeform Portland]
  16. Unwound “Valentine Card” [Live Leaves]
  17. Olympia WA Music Scene “Go With the Flow (excerpt)” [Go With the Flow (Film)]
  18. Unwound “Vern’s Answer to the Masses” [The Future of What]
  19. Unwound “Terminus” [Leaves Turn Inside You]
  20. Unwound “For Your Entertainment” [Repetition]
  21. Household Gods “Rest in Power” [Palace Intrigue]

1 August 2020 (Uneasy Chairs In Bed & More!)

We bring you a #New episode of What’s This Called? on Freeform Portland featuring 2 hours of #ExperimentalMusic #Drone #Noise and #StrangeMusic including a sampling of tracks from the new In Bed compilation by Seattle based experimental sound artist Patrick Neill Gundran AKA Uneasy Chairs. 2-4 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Your host Ricardo Wang interviewed Patrick and the #TechnologicalIssues which ensued made for an unintentional noise music performance. Ricardo opted to celebrate this and roll with it and what you have is a take on the noises with a noisy perspective unlike any interview you’ve ever heard before. Or maybe just, Huh?

Hear the Digital Gasps for Air below:


  1. Dylan Henner “The Beach Was Covered in Coral” [A Reason for Living]
  2. Sonic Boom “On a Summer’s Day” [All Things Being Equal]
  3. Ann McMillan “Gateway Summer Sound” [Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds]
  4. Fiium Shaarrk “The Great Swimming Pool of Liberation” [We Are Astonishingly Lifelike]
  5. Moon Duo “Eternal Shore” [Stars Are the Light]
  6. Mamman Sani “Arman Doley” [Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984]
  7. Thundercat “Interstellar Love” [It Is What It Is]
  8. Uneasy Chairs “Don’t Take My Breath Away” [In Bed]
  9. Pink Void “Gone” [In Bed]
  10. Sharhabil Ahmed “Argos Farfish” [The King of Sudanese Jazz (Habibi Funk 013)]
  11. Roger Doyle “Blood on Their Hands (excerpt)” [Scenes from “iGirl”]
  12. Crank Sturgeon ” Our Merit Eats its Young” [High Fiber Dire]
  13. Laurie Spiegel “Drums” [The Expanding Universe]
  14. Tarsier Eyes “Bleak In The Sheets” [In Bed]
  15. Vanessa Skantze “Shelter” [In Bed]

18 July 2020 (WTC #InQuarantine #Return)



  1. Dog Chasing Sun “The Grand Inquisitor” [Fire Walks with Me]
  2. Violent Vickie “The Blame” [The Blame]
  3. Noah Mickens interview
  4. Speaker Music “Techno Is a Liberation Technology” [Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry]
  5. GX Jupitter-Larsen “BLM About the Permawave 2020” [Building A Better Reality : A Benefit Compilation]
  6. Bugskull “Distracted Snowflake” [Distracted Snowflake Volume Two]
  7. DJ Tock interview
  8. This Heat “Horizontal Hold” [This Heat]
  9. Adarcah “Omicron Sixty​-​three” [Anthology Of Post Industrial Music From Balkan Region]
  10. Matana Roberts “Trail Of The Smiling Sphinx” [COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis]
  11. Airon GhostRadio “Ghost Ships” [Our Lovely Bones]
  12. Sonolygist& Rapoon “Pape Satàn, pape Satàn aleppe” [Demonology In Dante’s Inferno ]
  13. Saccharine Trust “The Great One Is Dead” [The Great One Is Dead]
  14. The Black Tones “The Key of Black (They Want Us Dead)” [Cobain & Cornbread]
  15. Bob Bucko Jr./Sex Funeral interview
  16. Adaptive Machines “The Fourier Spectra” [Vol IV]
  17. Ann McMillan “Gong Song” [Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds]
  18. Hüsker Dü “Standing by the Sea” [Extra Circus]

Technical Assistance and assorted silent Co-hostery by Ryan A. Ray in the van.

4 July 2020 (No Skinny Ties Special!)

What’s This Called? Returns to regularly scheduled programming on the #4thofJuly! 2-4 PM PST your host Ricardo Wang celebrates the US holiday with a reprisal of the No Skinny Ties variation of the program. Tune in to hear all independent American artists from the 1980s. Two hours of #nowave, #noiserock, #postpunk, #underground #hiphop & #electro!

Special thanks to Ryan A. Ray for engineering of this #podcast!

Your host Ricardo Wang says: My radio show goes back to regularly scheduled bi-weekly shows this Saturday on Freeform, and it happens to be the Fourth of July. So I decided to reprise my infrequent but longstanding underground 1980s show No Skinny Ties for a day. I’ve done this on various 4th where it turns out I’m on the radio, and I always play all American independent noise rock, post-punk, and no wave. But this year we are opening our heads and hearts and looking at our shows like never before, and I have to admit this has always been way too white of a playlist. I almost always get The Beatnigs in there loud and early and frequently included Public Enemy and Bad Brains, but you get the idea. These were the black groups who penetrated the white noise rock scene, but there were so many black artists doing lots of other great rebellious and experimental music in the ’80s that this doesn’t encompass! Not just PE as the only hip hop representation, but no techno or electro was included in my old versions of the show. This year I sought to fix that and produce a really inclusive playlist. Still no freaking “new wave”! But I’ve embraced a new kind of nostalgia. Rather than just playing the music I was into when I was 18, I’m playing the music I should have been into.



  1. Sonic Youth “Intro / Brave Men Run (In My Family) [Live]” [Smart Bar – Chicago (Live; 1995)]
  2. Wipers “Youth of America (Live, Munich 1986)” [You Tube]
  3. Beatnigs “Television Drug of the Nation (Live on Television 1989 Festival)” [You Tube]
  4. Public Enemy “She Watch Channel Zero?!” [It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back]
  5. Hüsker Dü “Turn on the News” [Zen Arcade]
  6. Newcleus “Computer Age (Push The Button)” [Destination: Earth – The Definitive Newcleus Recordings]
  7. Trouble Funk “Drop the Bomb” [D.C. Go-Go – Sonic Funk from the Chocolate City]
  8. X “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (Live Acoustic 1983)” [You Tube]
  9. Dead Kennedys “Viva Las Vegas” [Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables]
  10. The Cramps “Bikini Girls with Machine Guns” [Stay Sick!]
  11. Lou Reed “Busload of Faith” [New York]
  12. Meat Puppets “Everybody’s Talking” [Meat Puppets]
  13. 8-Eyed Spy “Run Through the Jungle” [Luncheon]
  14. Bad Brains “All Rise To Meet Jah” [Live at CBGB 1982]
  15. Flipper “The Lights, The Sound, The Rhythm, The Noise” [Gone Fishin’]
  16. james chance “Contort Yourself” [Buy Contortions 35th Anniversary (Deluxe)]
  17. Girl Trouble “Gonna Find a Cave” [Sub Pop 200]
  18. Quadrant Six “Body Mechanic – 12″ Version” [Body Mechanic]
  19. DJ Molla “Megamix ElectroFunk Old School (1981-1984)” [Mixtape]
  20. Pere Ubu “Chinese Radiation” [The Modern Dance]
  21. Mission Of Burma “All World Cowboy Romance” [Signals, Calls and Marches]

20 June 2020 (WTC #InSolidarity II)



  1. Sons Of Kemet “Breadfruit” [Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do]
  2. Mutabaruka/Linton Kwesi Johnson “Would U/LKJ Iron Bar Dub Remix ” [Mash-up]
  3. Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald “Summertime (JPOD Remix)” [Mash-up]
  4. Bad Brains “I Against I” [I Against I]
  5. The Orb “Golden Clouds (feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry)” [THE ORBSERVER in the star house (feat. Lee Scratch Perry)]
  6. Omegah Red “Books of War – Instrumental” [Doom Is for the Children Instrumentalz]
  7. Pan-Pot “Riot – Carl Cox Remix” [The Other Remixes]
  8. Black Uhuru “Rent Man” [Reggae Anthology: Joe Gibbs – Scorchers From The Mighty Two]
  9. Eartha Kitt “Angelitos Negros (Billy Caso’s Sliced Sky Remix)” [Remix]
  10. Flying Lotus “Roberta Flack (Mike Slott’s Other Mix)” [Remix]
  11. Alice Coltrane “Oh Allah” [Universal Consciousness]
  12. Fela Kuti “O.D.O.O. (Lodger Remix)” [The Best of the Black President]

9 June 2020 (WTC #InSolidarity)

#BlackLivesMatter #InSolidarity #TimeHasComeToday

#Streaming or #Download:


Public Enemy “Welcome To The Terrordome” [Fear Of A Black Planet (Deluxe Edition)]

Flying Lotus “Fire Is Coming” [Flamagra (Deluxe Edition)]

The Equals “Police on My Back” [A Best Of…]

Production Unit Xero “Grind” [Mutations]

Negativland “This Is Not Normal” [True False]

Sun Ra “When the Black Man Ruled This Land – Stereo” [Universe in Blue]

Gil Scott-Heron “We Almost Lost Detroit” [Home Is Where The Hatred Is]

Lightnin’ Hopkins “It’s a Sin to Be Rich, It’s a Low-Down Shame to Be Poor ” [It’s a Sin To Be Rich]

Laurie Anderson “Dark Time in the Revolution” [Homeland]

Nina Simone “I Wish I Knew What It Feel Like To Be Free” [Newport Jazz Festival 1970]

Jimi Hendrix “Freedom” [The Cry of Love]

The Five Stairsteps “O-o-h Child” [The First Family of Soul: The Best of The Five Stairsteps]

29 May 2020 (Teenage Roots)

The What’s This Called? contribution to Freeform Portland’s Friday challenge “It’s Not a Phase”. All favorite songs from your host Ricardo Wang’s teenage years of listening and djing.

#Streaming or #Download:


  • Rush “Cygnus X-1” [A Farewell to Kings]
  • Sonic Youth “(She’s in A) Bad Mood” [Confusion Is Sex (Plus Kill Yr. Idols)]
  • Jefferson Airplane “She Has Funny Cars” [Surrealistic Pillow]
  • Malfunkshun “With Your Heart Not Your Hands” [With Your Heart Not Your Hands – Single]
  • The Soft Boys “Queen of Eyes” [Underwater Moonlight]
  • The Replacements “Unsatisfied” [Let It Be (Expanded)]