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.

21 November 2020

#QuarantineRedux

PLAYLIST:
  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.

PLAYLIST:

  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.

PLAYLIST

  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!

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:

PLAYLIST:

  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!

PLAYLIST:

  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)

PLAYLIST:

  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.

HEAR THE PROGRAM HERE:

PLAYLIST:

  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

HEAR THE PROGRAM HERE:

PLAYLIST:

  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.

PLAYLIST

  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:

PLAYLIST:

  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)

#DontCallItaComeback

PLAYLIST:

  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.

HEAR AURAL FIREWORKS:

PLAYLIST:

  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)

HEAR THE SHOW BELOW:

PLAYLIST:

  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:

PLAYLIST:

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:

PLAYLIST:

  • 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)]

22 May 2020 (Movie Night on the radio)

Your host Ricardo Wang took the “Movie Night” challenge for Freeform Portland and turned in a 30 minute mix of What’s This Called? related film music. Hear the movies below!

PLAYLIST:

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “From Her to Eternity (Wings of Desire version)” [Wings of Desire]

Brian Eno “Patrolling Wire Borders – Remastered 2005” [Music For Films]

The Yardbirds “Stroll On – Live Version from ‘Blow-Up'” [Live and Rare]

Erika Eigen “I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper” [A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack]

Amy Denio “Hacking a Plan ” [A Daughter of the Law]

Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra “I Am the Alter-Destiny” [Space is the Place: Music for the Film]

György Ligeti “Lux aeterna” [1948–2001: a ligeti odyssey]

Sex Mob “Closing Credits: Nobody Does It Better” [Sex Mob Does Bond]

19 May 2020 (WTC #InQuarantine III)

Somehow from the undisclosed location your host Ricardo Wang has brought you brand new music by Nick Cave (covering T-Rex!) and Einsturzende Neubauten plus a lot of other #cosmic flotsam. This will be on rotation at undisclosed times on #FreeformPortland that’s 90.3 FM and 98.3 FM at undisclosed locations throughout the city of Portland Oregon and #Streaming all over the world at http://freeformporltand.org/listen Lots of other great shows from DJs spinning remotely from their own undisclosed locations. #TuneIn! Together we can get through this!

HEAR WTC #InQuarantine III HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Nick Cave “Cosmic Dancer” [Cosmic Dancer]
  • Lor3l3i “Metanoia (Demo)” [Demo]
  • All Them Witches “When God Comes Back” [Lightning At The Door]
  • Tame Impala “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” [Lonerism]
  • Suzanne Ciani “Glass Houses” [Flowers Of Evil]
  • 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]
  • Einstürzende Neubauten “Ten Grand Goldie” [Ten Grand Goldie]
  • Lene Lovich “Bird Song” [Lucky Number (The Best Of)]
  • Melvins “Civilized Worm” [A Senile Animal]
  • In the Branches “We’ll Haunt Ghost Towns Together” [Wilderness Time]
  • Body/Head “Murdress” [Coming Apart]
  • Ison “Lost Satellites” [Cosmic Drone]
  • Bardo Pond/Kinski “Lord of Light” [Sonic Attack (Lords of Light) ]

16 May 2020 (WTC #InQuarantine II)

Your host Ricardo Wang continues to leave these audio notes from an undisclosed location. You can hear him and other Freeform Portland DJs in semi-random rotation at http://freeformportland.org/listen

Toilet paper is now used as currency and zombies with guns roam the state capitols. The songs that follow contain coded instructions for pandemic survival. #MasksAreCool #StayHome #SocialDistancing #AvoidPanicBuying

Hear the Show #Streaming Here:

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Playlist:

  • Throbbing Gristle “The Worm Waits It’s Turn” [Part Two: The Endless Not]
  • Nadja “Needle In The Hay – Elliott Smith” [When I See The Sun Always Shines On TV]
  • White Noise “The Visitation” [An Electric Storm]
  • Cloudkicker “States” [The Discovery]
  • Ashtoreth “Pilgrim” [Pilgrim]
  • Kraftwerk “Ohm Sweet Ohm – 2009 Remaster” [Radio-Activity (2009 Remaster)]
  • Laurie Anderson “O Superman” [Big Science]
  • Charbel Haber “We Dream in the Sun, We Tan When We Can” [Anthology of Electro Acoustic Lebanese Music]

24 April 2020 (WTC #InQuarantine)

Due to the #Covid19 #CoronaVirus Freeform Portland is remote broadcasting and your host Ricardo Wang is at an undisclosed location. What follows is for authorized ears only.

HEAR ALL 2 HOURS HERE:

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SLAYLIST:

Artist – “Song” – Album – Label

Gaung Jagat Ensemble – “Saturday No 3” – Anthology of Contemportary Music from Indonesia – Unexplained Sounds Group

Sonic youth – “Antenna” – The Eternal – Matador

Moloch Conspiracy – “Legions to legions” – Incantatios from Ugarit- Eighth Tower Records

Edward Ka-Spel – “The Writing on the Wall” – Pieces of 8 – Beta-lactam Ring Records

Amy Denio “Corona Sonora” – BandCamp – Spoot Music

Amy Denio – “Duplex Nursing Home” – Tutto Bene – Spoot Music

Helios Creed – “Prolactin A5” = Preaching Machine

L7 – “American Society” – The Big One – Flipside

Black Sabbath – “Into the Void” – Master of Reality – #Satan

Steel Pole Melvins Task Force – “Hardball” – The Big One – Flipside

Blue Faces – “No Such Thing As a Party” – single – Kill Pop Tarts

Sun City Girls – “Helicopters in a Vacuum” – Valentines from Matahari- Abduction

Nick Cave & Current 93 – “All the Pretty Little Horses” – All the Pretty Little Horses

ALTO! – “Pieces 1-3”  – ALTO! – Self Released

Hawkwind – “Sonic Attack” – Space Ritual – Stonehenge

Will Oldham – “Every Mother’s Son” – Guarepero Lost Blues 2 – Drag City

Spacemen 3 – “Ecstacy Symphony/Transparent Radiation” – The Perfect Perscription – Glass Records

Replikants – “Organ Transplant (We Want Miles)”  – This Is Our Message – 5RC

Acid Mothers Temple & the Pink Ladies Blues – “Twilight” – The Soul of a Mountain Wolf –  Fractal Records

The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Sidewalking” – Barbed Wire Kisses –  WB

29 February 2020 (Goodbye David Roback)

#LEAPDAY2020 on What’s This Called? at Freeform Portland your host Ricardo Wang pays tribute to songwriter and guitarist of Rain Parade, Clay Allison, Opal, and Mazzy Star, David Roback who passed away this week.

A highly #Psychedelic array of #ExperimentalMusic #PostPunk #Drone #Noise and

#AvantRock featuring Roback’s own music side by side with contemporaries such as The Dream Syndicate and Green On Red to his influences such as Love and the thirteenth floor elevators as well as only tangentially related #Psychedelia and #SpaceMusic from Wooden Shjips to Hawkwind.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • The Rain Parade “No Easy Way Down” [Emergency Third Rail Power Trip]
  • Opal “Soul GIver” [Happy nightmare baby]
  • CAN “Oh Yeah – 2011 Remastered” [Tago Mago (2011 Remastered)]
  • Green On Red “(Gee Ain’t It Funny) How Time Slips Away” [No Free Lunch]
  • Giant Sand “Mope-a-Long” [Backyard Bbq Broadcast (25th Anniversary Edition)]
  • Giant Sand “Lean” [Backyard Bbq Broadcast (25th Anniversary Edition)]
  • Rainy Day “Rainy Day Dream Away” [Rainy Day]
  • Hawkwind “We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago – 1996 Remaster” [In Search Of Space]
  • Lou Reed “How Do You Think It Feels” [Berlin]
  • Big Star “Nighttime” [Third (Sister Lovers)]
  • Rainy Day “Holocaust” [Rainy Day]
  • The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown “Come & Buy” [The Crazy World of Arthur Brown]
  • Wooden Shjips “Everybody Knows” [Back to Land]
  • Charles Rice Goff III “Moonlight Drive” [Swinging from Loose Hinges]
  • Love “Seven and Seven Is (LP) – Version” [Da Capo (Deluxe)]
  • Debashish Bhattacharya “Maya” [Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide-Guitar Odyssey]
  • Nico “No One Is There” [Do or Die!]
  • The 13th Floor Elevators “Roller Coaster (2008 Remastered Original Mono LP Version)” [The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators – 2008 Remaster]
  • The Beach Boys “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times – Remastered” [Pet Sounds (Original Mono & Stereo Mix Versions)]
  • Mazzy Star “Halah” [She Hangs Brightly]
  • Opal “Supernova” [Happy Nightmare Baby]

15 February 2020 <3

This show is dedicated to my loving spouse Renee Joy who was rubbing my neck in the booth for our 7th Wedding Anniversary.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE: 

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE: 

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PLAYLIST:

  • Sun Ra “Love in Outer Space – Vocal” [The Night of the Purple Moon]
  • The Left Banke “Walk Away Renee” [There’s Gonna Be A Storm – The Complete Recordings 1966-1969]
  • Odd Job “Love Buds” [Live at the Knitting Factory New York City volume two]
  • Sonic Youth “Pattern Recognition” [Sonic Nurse]
  • CAN “The Empress And The Ukraine King” [Unlimited Edition (Remastered Version)]
  • Jessica Lurie Ensemble “Boot Heels” [Megaphone Heart]
  • Purpureal Daystar “Attend Quoi” [Soundcloud]
  • Gene Harris “Love For Sale” [In A Special Way]
  • Enrique Ugalde & the Tuvan Ensemble “Ghost Riders In The Sky/Chylgychynyn” [Single]
  • Santiago Latorre “alpha-globin” [Órbita]
  • Edward Ka-Spel “Zone 2” [Dream Loops]
  • Samuel Goff “Sunrise (cd track)” [5th Annual Report]
  • Ornette Coleman “Focus on Sanity” [The Shape Of Jazz To Come]
  • Onslaught Ocelot “alice en safari” [Soundcloud]
  • David Bowie “I Can’t Give Everything Away” [Blackstar]
  • Greg Segal & Ricardo D’Orlando “Cube Farm Neurosis” [Visible]
  • nthng-oo “Only the Unsbuduable Can Be Loved (evidence edit)” [Soundcloud]
  • Ramsey Lewis “Wade In The Water” [Wade In The Water]
  • Palace Music “Valentine’s Day” [Lost Blues and Other Songs]
  • Nick Drake “Fly” [Bryter Layter]
  • Nadja “Sand Like Skin” [Belles Betes]

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1 February 2020

Shocked from the news this morning we first say goodbye musically to Andy Gill, guitarist of Gang of Four, followed by a program with everything from new experimental music from Africa, new Portland experimental music from Crystal Quartez, and classic NW noise from Noggin.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Gang Of Four “Anthrax” [Damaged Goods: Post Punk Sounds]
  • Gang of Four “To Hell With Poverty” [Damaged Goods]
  • Gang Of Four “Damaged Goods” [Damaged Goods: Post Punk Sounds]
  • Kim Gordon “Air BnB” [No Home Record]
  • Fela Kuti  & Roy Ayers “Africa Center of the World” [The Underground Spiritual Game]
  • Hibotep “Acid Diariah” [Alternate African Reality]
  • Alec Empire “The Robot Has Put a Voodoospell On Me” [Miss Black America]
  • Noggin “And Again And Again And Again And Again into the Breach” [Noggin]
  • Katawa Singers “Wela Welako” [Ufulu 1991-1997]
  • Gricer “Tonic” [Gricer]
  • Alastair Galbraith “Screaming” [Seely Girn]
  • Zach Zinn “Coronal Loop” [5th Annual Report]
  • Gowns “Feathers” [Gowns]
  • The Red Krayola “Bad Medicine” [Fingerpainting]
  • Crystal Quartez “Chamber” [Causal Loop]
  • Shalloboi “Invisible Against The Sun” [Invisible Against The Sun]
  • Pariah Veil “Texas Cauldron” [oms-b023]
  • Hawkwind “Gimme Shelter” [It Is the Business of the Future to be Dangerous]
  • Giant Sand “Get to Leave” [Backyard BBQ Broadcast]

18 January 2020 (What’s This Folk?)

A special four hour melding of What’s This Called? with the Music of Folk program on Freeform Portland.

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:

  • Ravi Shankar “Hollywood Dhun” [In Hollywood, 1971]
  • Fela Kuti “2000 Blacks Got To Be Free (feat. Roy Ayers) – Edit” [2000 Blacks Got To Be Free (feat. Roy Ayers)]
  • The Byrds “This Wheel’s on Fire” [Dr. Byrds And Mr. Hyde]
  • Ostanes “Hemelvaart” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]
  • Son House “Low Down Dirty Blues” [The Alan Lomax Collection]
  • Lord Nelson “Shango” [Rough Guide To Voodoo]
  • Woody Guthrie “Bound to Lose” [The Alan Lomax Collection]
  • Joanna Brouk “The Creative” [Hearing Music]
  • Lee Hazelwood “Won’t You Tell Your Dreams” [Requiem For An Almost Lady]
  • Kilimani Muslim School “Swala ya mtume” [Music From Tanzania and Zanzibar, Vol. 3]
  • Debashish Bhattacharya “Kolkata to Kanyakumari” [Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide-Guitar Odyssey]
  • Noriko Kodama “Memories” [Abyss]
  • Rapoon “Sphinx Wings” [Drone Islands – The Lost Maps]
  • Mick Farren “Lost Johnny” [Ork Records: New York, New York]
  • Carol Cool “Upside Down” [Soul Jazz Records Presents HUSTLE! Reggae Disco – Kingston, London, New York]
  • 22 “Early In The Mornin'” [Prison Songs, Vol. 1: Murderous Home, “Historical Recordings From Parchman Farm 1947-48” – The Alan Lomax Collection]
  • Tonga Boys “Buranda” [Vindodo]
  • Alex Reagan “Drink Medication” [Horse Printer]
  • Joni Mitchell “Both Sides Now” [Both Sides Now]
  • Morton Subotnick “The Last Dream of the Beast” [Music for the Double Life of Amphibians]
  • Nate Trier “Palehound” [Palehound in a Sea of Color]
  • Tehransmission “Leaving the Planet” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]
  • Owls Are Not “Broadcast from Nowhere” [Radio Tree]
  • Bob Dylan “Highway 61 Revisited – Live with The Band, Isle Of Wight, 1969” [Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10]
  • Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla “Khal Kar” [Terrouzi]
  • Pentangle “Cruel Sister” [Cruel Sister]
  • Flora McNeill “The Sister’s Lament” [Scottish Drinking And Pipe Songs (Digitally Remastered)]
  • Volcano the Bear “100 Years of Infamy” [Amidst the Noise and Twigs]
  • Nick Drake “Parasite” [Pink Moon]
  • Wei Chung Loh “Parting at Yang Kwan” [The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 3]
  • Marta SmiLga “Untitled 11” [Shape Platform 2019]
  • Giovanni Di Domenico “Alma Venus” [Distare Sonanti]
  • Liquid Letters “Time Portal” [The Liquid Letter]
  • 헤이스트링 “A bottomless pit” [Salto]
  • Maung Su “Moe Pau Ko Phan (Flower Of Heaven)” [Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 3: Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48]
  • Dolphin Midwives “(((astralknot)))” [Orchid Milk]
  • Os Ingênuos “Saxophone Porque Choras: Choro” [Dance Music from Brazil]
  • Pandit Bhimsen Joshi “Raga Desh” [Voices of India]
  • Negativland “Melt the North Pole” [True False]
  • Felicia Atkinson “Un Ovale Vert” [The Flower And The Vessel]

4 January 2020 (First 2020 Show!)

A new year and mostly new music, including several tracks from the Unexplained Sounds Group compilation Anthology of Persian Music in honor of our sisters and brothers in Iran under threat of war because of stupid evil leadership conflict between their government and ours. A few older pieces by the likes of Sun Ra and the Chocolate Watchband to round things out.

HEAR HOUR 1 HERE:

HEAR HOUR 2 HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Guitar Is Dead “The City That Always Sleeps (feat. Tristan Gianola, Maxwell Boecker & Moses Eder)” [Guitar Is Dead (feat. Tristan Gianola, Maxwell Boecker & Moses Eder)]
  • Search Ensembles “AC DL CP SK” [Prescient/Legend]
  • Reza Solatipour “Darck City” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]
  • Noriko Kodama “Memories” [Abyss]
  • Num “Sound of Guardians” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]
  • Negativland “True False” [True False]
  • Aurelie Nyirabikali Lierman “iota mikro” [Alternate African Reality]
  • The Advisory Circle “Escape Lane” [From Out Here]
  • Legendary Pink Dots “Roswell Sunset” [Christmas Special 2019]
  • The Black Heart Procession “Back to the Underground” [Six]
  • RLLRBLL “Mall Witch” [Nu Nexal Nodes]
  • The Chocolate Watchband “Dark Side Of The Mushroom” [No Way Out]
  • Ten Minute Warning “Stooge” [Demo]
  • Big Star “Back Of A Car” [#1 Record/Radio City]
  • Sun Ra “Space Is the Place/Over the Rainbow” [Haverford College 1980 Solo Piano]
  • Goblin “La Chiesa” [Classic Italian Soundtracks]
  • Crystal Cortez “Axial Tilt” [Soundcloud]
  • Cat Power “Free” [You Are Free]
  • Chantelle Grey “Devestating Side Effects” [Alternate African Reality]
  • Bicolor “Them Crown” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]

21 December 2019 (The Year Music Broke Back Part 2)

A four hour special on Freeform Portland featuring all music from the What’s This Called? 100 great albums of 2019 list. A crow listened from outside the window.

Hear the First Hour Here:

Hear the Second Hour Here:

Hear the Third Hour Here:

Hear the Four Hour Here:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Bright Horses” [Ghosteen]
  • Sin: Ned & Uneasy Chairs “When They Say The Sky Is Black Our Hearts Will Bleed” [Human Disease II & Other Stories]
  • Sunn 0))) “Troubled Air” [Life Metal]
  • Jim Jarmusch “Andvari” [Jim Jarmusch / Lee Ranaldo / Marc Urselli / Balazs Pandi]
  • Bill Callahan “Young Icarus” [Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest]
  • Glenn Branca “Twisting In Space” [The Third Ascension]
  • Amy Denio “The Meeting of Foes” [Eureka]
  • Iggy Pop “Loves Missing” [Free]
  • The Legendary Pink Dots “Double Double” [Angel in the Detail]
  • Terry Riley “Terry Riley: Sun Rings: Earth Whistlers” [Terry Riley: Sun Rings]
  • John Zorn “Tractatus Musico-Philosophicus (edit)” [Tractatus Musico-Philosophicus]
  • Thurston Moore “8 Spring Street” [Spirit Counsel]
  • Sudan Archives “Down On Me” [Athena]
  • Disxiple_113 “HARMONIC SOMETIME” [SIDRAW]
  • Fennesz “Agora” [Agora]
  • Diploducus “Prowl of the Concavenator” [Slow and Heavy]
  • Taraban “Liberty • Fraternity • Eternity” [How the East Was Lost]
  • Galactic Protector “Artificial Gravity” [Evening]
  • Floating Points “Bias” [Crush]
  • Keiji Haino “6” [A loss permitted to open its eyes for but three hours And there glimpsed, finally in focus a mystery That begs earnestly, “ask me nothing” Now, once more the problem is yours alone]
  • The Caretaker “Stage 6: A Confusion So Thick You Forget Forgetting” [Everywhere at the End of Time Stage 6 ]
  • HORRIFIC CHILD “Frayeur” [Strain Crack & Break: Volume One (France)]
  • Ashtoreth “The Covenant of Branch & Stone” [Hermit by Ashtoreth & Grey Malkin]
  • Fischkopf Sinfoniker “Sanctification Through Evisceration” [To The Bone]
  • Clark “Flask / Abyss” [Kiri Variations]
  • Future Sound of London “Yage 2019” [Yage 2019]
  • Amon Tobin “Velvet Owl” [Fear in a Handful of Dust]
  • Somesurprises “Free” [Some Candy]
  • Eryck Abecassis “Mailes” [Anthology of contemporary music from Africa Continent]
  • Kim Gordon “Murdered Out” [No Home Record]
  • Negativland “True False” [True False]

100 Favorite What’s This Called? Albums for 2019!

While the program has featured end of year shows and lists off and on through the 25+ years What’s This Called? has been going, it has not been an annual tradition. Simply put, some years the show has been more focused on experimental musics in general than on the sounds of the current moment. Oftentimes that is because a given years didn’t feature enough new releases to fill a show or the interest of your host.

This was NOT the case with 2019. Your host Ricardo Wang set out to do a top ten for the year and found quickly that ten was not a reasonable number to list even the most played and enjoyed 2019 album releases from the show. Twenty quickly was not enough either and when it became clear that a list of 100 albums was imminent, research ensued into as many records that had been missed as possible. Perhaps it was because artists wanted to get a great album done for the end of the decade. Perhaps the insane global political climate has made artists want to do something in the only way they know how. Perhaps 2019 was the year artists started to realize that technology and crumbling economics had now made them able to produce and share “professional” quality albums without having to kow-tow to the dying music industry.

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What follows is a list or albums that your host Ricardo Wang has listened to and ranked arbitrarily. The ranking is not based upon airplay or popularity or anything other than DJ preference. The order would probably change tomorrow and would certainly do so in another week. Any record on this list is a great listen, and believe it or not, keeping it at 100!

Top 2019 Albums

  1.       Negativland – True False (Seeland)
  2.       Kim Gordon – No Home Record (Matador)
  3.       Nick Cave – Ghosteen (Ghosteen Ltd.)
  4.       Thurston Moore – Spirit Counsel (Daydream Library)      
  5.        Iggy Pop – Free (Loma Vista)
  6.        Keiji Haino & Charles Hayward – A loss permitted to open its eyes for but three hours And there glimpsed, finally in focus a mystery That begs earnestly, “ask me nothing” Now, once more the problem is yours alone (33 33)
  7.        Glenn Branca – The Third Ascension (Systems Neutralizers)
  8.        Fennesz – Agora (Touch)
  9.        Sin: Ned & Uneasy Chairs – 時代精神 Zeitgeist (self released)
  10.        The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time: Stage 6 (History Always Favours the Winners)
  11.        Kronos Quartet – Terry Riley: Sun Rings (Nonesuch)
  12.        Sunn O))) – Life Metal (Southern Lord)
  13.        Legendary Pink Dots – Angel in the Details (Metropolis)
  14.        John Zorn – Tractatus Musico-Philosophicus (Tzadik)
  15.        Future Sounds of London – Yage 2019 (FSOLdigital)
  16.        Various Artists – Stain, Crack, and Break: Music from the Nurse With Wound List Volume 1 (Finders Keepers)
  17.         Disxiple 113 – Sidraw (Obsolete Staircases)
  18.          Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, Balazs Pandi – Self Titled (Trost Records)
  19.          Bill Callahan – Shephed in a Sheepskin Vest (Drag City)
  20.          Amy Denio – Eureka (Spoot Music)
  21.          Mini-Mutations – Society’s Standards (WTBC)
  22.         Ashtoreth & Grey Malkin – Hermit (Reverb Worship)
  23.         Sudan Archives – Athena (Stones Throw)
  24.         Mecca Normal – Brave New Waves Session (Brave New Waves)
  25.         Flying Lotus – Flamagra (Warp)
  26.         Amon Tobin – Fear in a Handful of Dust (NoMark)
  27.         Fischkopf Sinfoniker – To the Bone (self released)
  28.         Somsurprises – Some Candy (Crash Symbols)
  29.         Various Artists – Anthology of contemporary music from Africa continent
  30.         Floating Points – Crush (Ninjatune)
  31.         Clark – Kiri Variations (Throttle Records)
  32.         Juniana – Ordinary Devotions (self released)
  33.         Galactic Protector – Evening (Burning Witches Records)
  34.         Taraban – How the East Was Lost (self released)
  35.         Yann Tierson – Portrait (Mute)
  36.         ISON – Inner-Space (Avantgarde Music)  
  37.         Diploducus – Slow and Heavy (self released)
  38.         Weird Owl – Wet Telepathy (Little Cloud Records)
  39.         Laura Cannell & Polly Wright – Sing As the Crow Flies (Brawl Records)
  40.         Blake DeGraw – Music for Hollow Voices (self released)
  41.         William Henry Meung – Anagrams of Love (self released)
  42.         The Utopia Strong – Transition to the Afterlife (Rocket Recordings)
  43.         Like a Villain – What Makes Vulnerability Good (Accidental)
  44.         Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program – Raw Fruit Vol. 3 & 4 (Leaving)
  45.         SONOLOGYST – Phantoms (Unexplained Sounds Group)
  46.         Neil Campbell – CLOUD DRAG 1979 (self released)
  47.         Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel (Thrill Jockey) 
  48.         Noriko Kadama – Abyss (Accretions)
  49.         Erin Jane Laroue – CHALANT (Trail of Breadcrumbs)
  50.         Nonconnah – Dead Roses, Digged Up Zombies, Broken Pieces of Diamonds, Live Cats (Hickory Withe)
  51.         Goh Lee Kwang – Avalanche Herbal Concrete Disc 1902-1 ((Herbal Records)
  52.         Zan Hoffmann & Hubert Heathertoes -“The facets of serendipitous occurence (Boiro saga​)​” (Astipalea)
  53.         Misanthrop – Analog (Neosignal Recordings) 
  54.         International Experimental Music Compilation Volume 2 (Broken Tape)
  55.         Bios+a+ic – This Jazz Not Is (self released)
  56.         Otoboke Beaver – ITEKOMA HITS (Damnably)
  57.         Stuart McLeod – neuropera (self released)
  58.         Abronia – The Whole of Each Eye (Feeding Tube)
  59.         Black Midi – Schlagenheim (Rough Trade)
  60.         Buildings – Negative Sound (Gilead Media)
  61.         Feedbacker – XII (self-released cassette)
  62.         Noisepoetnobody – Arson is Always an Option (self released)
  63.         Telefon Tel Aviv – Dreams Are Not Enough (Ghostly International)
  64.         We Free Kings – Live at Avant Vespers (Comprovise Records)
  65.         Lazerkaat – Electric Scratches (self released)
  66.         Monikaze – Chicken Wings (self released)
  67.         Temples – Hot Motion (ATO)
  68.         Various Artists – Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East (Unexplained Sounds Group)
  69.         My Burning Bush – Sublimation (self released)
  70.         Tearpalm – To the Happy Few, Volume 1 (93 dot 93)
  71.         Forrest Friends – choc.429 (Chocolate Monk)
  72.         Various Artists – Witchcraft & Black Magic In The United Kingdom (Eighth Tower)
  73.          Spirit Duplicator – Duplex Cremes (Tape Mountain)
  74.          Majestic Horses – Away from the Sun (Kasumen)
  75.           Reality Cyst – At One With Nothing (Automation Records)
  76.           Production Unit Xero – Hedge Magic (Aether Tapes)
  77.           Search Ensembles – Prescient / Legend (either/OAR)
  78.           Rosalie Cunningham – Rosalie Cunningham (Spinefarm Records)
  79.           Dominik Eulberg – Mannifaltig (K7 Records)
  80.           Column Shifter – Congregation (Shift)
  81.           Taylorshit – Orion (self released)
  82.           Serpent Worship – Serpent Worship (self released)
  83.           Bob Bucko Jr. – Junior Nuclear (Lurker Bias)
  84.           Kadaver – For The Dead Travel Fast (Nuclear Blast)
  85.           Greg Segal – Ahead/WISPREVI (self released)
  86.            Lance Austin Olsen – Look at the Mouth That Is Looking at You (Infrequency Editions)
  87.            Tom Dyer – 1+1=? (Green Monkey)
  88.            Various Artists – Om Unit Presents: Cosmology – Dark Matter (Boomkat)
  89.            Portico Quartet – Memory Streams (Gondwana Records)
  90.            Tipper – Jettison Mind (Tipper Music)
  91.            Jesse Koolhaas – Organized (Urban Waves Records)
  92.            Skekz – Bokeh (Kwai Music)
  93.            The Lord Weird Slough Feigh – New Organon (Cruz del Sur Music)
  94.            Neuroq – Spacephoria (Beatport)
  95.            Brunt – Ataraxy (self released)
  96.            A Winged Victory for the Sullen – The Undivided Five (Zen CD)
  97.           Under Nihilo – Tropical/Mall.Exe (self released)
  98.           Spaceslug – Reign of the Orion (BSFD Records)
  99.           Leth – Kalergi Aquarius (self released)
  100.           Bryce Miller – Monochrome Daydream (Spun Out of Control)

ADDENDUM:

Saturday, December 21st from Noon to 4 PM Pacific Standard Time we try to play as much from #TheList as possible on Freeform Portland!

In barely over a week, your host, Ricardo Wang has already learned of many other #2019Albums that arguably should have been high on the #Top100 including Pere Ubu, Bill Orcutt, Russian Circles and others! Maybe in January there can be a show of records that Should have been on the list!

Meanwhile we promise while in no way complete, this extra long What’s This Called? will #resonate!

#TuneIn on #TerrestrialRadio: 90.3 FM in #NoPo; 98.3 FM around #PDX
#Streaminghttp://freeformportland.org/listen

#ExperimentalMusic #Drone #Noise #PostPunk #Psych #Plunderphonics #NoiseRock #SpaceRock #StrangeMusic

7 December 2019 (2019 The Year Music Broke Back Part 1)

There are two What’s This Called? programs left for 2019 on Freeform Portland, Saturday December 7th (fragments of which are listenable below), and Saturday December 21st which will be a special from Noon until 4 PM Pacific Standard Time.

In honor for what your host Ricardo Wang sincerely believes to be the best year in recorded music since he began DJing some 35 years ago, both programs will focus on music from the What’s This Called? soon to be released Favorite 100 Albums of 2019. The past few years, your host has had a hard time coming up with a top ten albums, but 2019 has seen many, many artists old and new at the top of their respective games.

Unfortunately, this episode featured technical difficulties with the Freeform server that led to interruptions in the live stream and gaps in the digital archive. Bleh. Everything below sounds great, it’s just not as much as people listening on terrestrial radio got to hear. Let this be a lesson to all who put total faith in little zeros and ones. Sometimes the ones go away and you are left with the zeros. Thankfully we saved the great samples below at least.

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HEAR SOME OF THE FIRST HOUR HERE!

HEAR THE END OF THE SHOW HERE!: 

PLAYLIST:

  • Search Ensembles “AC DC CP SK” [Prescient/Legend]
  • Juniana “Opening Thread in Room” [Ordinary Devotions]
  • Neil Campbell “Cloud Drag 1979 (1-4)” [Cloud Drag 1979]
  • Tom Dyer “Everything in the World is Returning to a State of Nature” [1+1 = ?]
  • Column Shifter “Let Us Now Praise the Dust” [Congregation]
  • Mecca Normal “Man Thinks Woman / Strong White Male / I Walk Alone – Live” [Brave New Waves Session]
  • Taylorshit “DietLad” [Taylorshit.net]
  • Tearpalm “Wake Up and Smell the Coffin” [To the Happy Few]
  • Disxiple 113 “No Curtains” [Sidraw]
  • Noispoetnobody “Concrete Vitalist Part 3” [Concrete Vitalist]
  • Spirit Duplicator “Goat Boy Goes to Tacobell” [Duplex Cremes]
  • Erin Jane Laroue “The Future is Au Revoir” [Chalant]
  • Goh Lee Kwang “2-4 Avalanche II” [Avalanche Herbal Concrete Disc 1902-2]
  • Blake DeGraw “pity this busy monster, manukind” [Music for Hollow Voices]
  • Stuart McCleod “neuropera 4” [neuropera]
  • SONOLOGYST “Memorex” [Phantoms]
  • Amy Denio “Race Along the River” [Eureka]

23 November 2019

Only two hours of sunlight after the fog finally lifted in Portland today, and I was blessed to spend them in the Freeform Portland dj booth!

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HEAR THE 1st HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE 2nd HOUR HERE: 

PLAYLIST:

  • Wire “40 Versions – 2006 Remastered Version” [154]
  • Astrid Sonne “Strong, Calm, Slow” [Cliodynamics]
  • Edward Ka-Spel “Laughing Gas” [Dream Logik 1]
  • Ute Lemper sings Elvis Costello “Punishing Kiss” [Punishing Kiss]
  • The Beach Boys “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times – Remastered” [Pet Sounds (Original Mono & Stereo Mix Versions)]
  • Sonic Youth “Antenna” [The Eternal]
  • Qweerteest “Clouds” [Anthology of Persian Experimental Music]
  • Arthur Russell “You Have Did The Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In” [Springfield]
  • almost automatic landscapes “leave your reality aside” [International Experimental Music Compilation Volume II]
  • Dave Phillips “Categorical thinking doesn’t do justice to the complexity of life” [INTERACTIONS A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music]
  • Earthmonkey “Descent Into Basecloud” [Be That Charge]
  • Bark Psychosis “Nothing Feels” [Independency]
  • Bill Horist “Requiem for Endless Days” [Covalent Lodge]
  • Clara! y Maoupa “Truenos” [Luna Nueva]
  • Sharkbait “Mr. Fernando” [The Big One]
  • The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown “I Put a Spell on You” [The Crazy World of Arthur Brown]
  • The Pink Fairies “Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout” [Never-Neverland]
  • Lou Reed “She’s My Best Friend” [Coney Island Baby]
  • bullfinch “audio voluntary” [International Experimental Music Compilation Volume II]
  • Amy Denio/Pale Nudes “Axis” [Tutto Bene]
  • Daevid Allen “Fastfather” [Divided Alien Playbax 80]
  • Moodring “Mixer” [phoolan devi]

 

9 November 2019 (Give Until It Hurts…)

What’s This Called? is proud to be moving into our second year at Freeform Portland, which we honestly believe to be the coolest station the program has ever lived at. It’s that time of year where we implore you that come to WTC for the most obscure and independently produced experimental audio work around to help keep the station where we make the shows afloat! https://www.freeformportland.org/donate/

Your host Ricardo Wang was joined by frequent cohost DJ Victrola of Guitar Shop to make the case for why Freeform Portland is doing revolutionary work fighting the culture wars on behalf of diversity and free creativity. Much great experimental music was shared in the process.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

PLAYLIST:

  • Savage Republic “Next to Nothing” [Tragic Figures]
  • Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 “The Piston and the Shaft” [Strangers from the Universe]
  • Bardo Pond “White Turban (The Traveller) “ [All Tomorrow’s Parties 1.1]
  • Nate Trier “Palehound” [Palehound in a Sea of Color]
  • Marlo Eggplant “Tandem” [Exercises]
  • George & Caplin “Horse Fair When I’m 32” [He Really Got Through to Advertising]
  • Iggy Pop “We Are The People” [Free]
  • Whirling Hall of Knives “2-Bar Heater and Smoke” [Electic Lava]
  • Somesurprises “High Rise” [somesurprises]
  • The Continental Cousins “Kana Kapila” [60s Jungle Garage Teen Beat]
  • Miss Murgatroid “Ballad of the Panatonic” [Myoclyonic Melodies]
  • Nyctalllz “The Humanity Demise” [The Humanity Demise]
  • Rhys Chatham “Hard Edge (the Wire Editions)” [The Wire Tapper 2]
  • Sonic’s Rendezvous Band “Electrophonic Tonic – The Best Stuff You Havent Heard” [Sonic’s Rendezvous Band]
  • Negativland “True False” [True False]
  • Kim Gordon “Get Yr Life Back” [No Home Record]

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2 November 2019 (What’s This Space Between Called?)

Yolo on a pilgrimage we’re at Freeform Portland an extra week. So between two What’s This Called? is this space that is also but not entirely the same. Go to your mirror and turn it upside down. Watch carefully.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Ennio Morricone “The desert – Il deserto” [The good, the bad and the ugly]
  • 헤이스트링 “A bottomless pit” [Salto]
  • Between “Devotion” [Soul Jazz Records Presents DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83]
  • Jen Morris “Auterepart” [Interactions A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music]
  • Staruha Mha “Tar B Tymahe” [Unknown Files]
  • Surya “Serenade Upgrade” [Music to Watch]
  • Amy Denio “Wolf Moon” [Eureka]
  • Lixo “Writer’s Block (feat. Trim)” [Writer’s Block]
  • Flying Lotus “Takashi” [Flamagra]
  • The Idealist “Bad Things Happen Dub (Wire Tapper edit)” [The Wire Tapper 51]
  • The Soft Moon “Primal Eyes” [The Soft Moon]
  • Spectral Bazaar “Neptune” [The Planets]
  • Sky High Diamonds “The Discoverer” [Witchcraft & Black Magic in the United Kingdom]
  • Adrian Belew “She Is Not Dead” [Desire Of The Rhino King]
  • Lightning Bolt “Halloween 3” [Sonic Citadel]
  • Kim Gordon “Air BnB” [No Home Record]
  • Negativland “Destroying Anything” [True False]
  • Lene Lovich “Writing on the Wall” [Stateless]
  • Hans Castrup “Full of Used Notes” [The world is all that is…]
  • Kollectiv “Rambo Zambo” [Deutsche Elektronische Musik (Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83)]
  • Farouk Adil “Surface Crack” [Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East]
  • Buck Young “Bell Jar of Whiskey” [Buck II: Where Do You Want It?]
  • The Caretaker “Stage 6: Place in the World fades away” [Everywhere at the end of Time]

26 October 2019 (Joshua Ploeg Live!)

Featuring acapella folk jams and classic noisecore/queercore recordings by Joshua Ploeg/Plague who is the author of 11 cookbooks, was the lead vocalist/lyricist in Mukilteo Fairies and Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live as well as playing in Kiss Me Kill Me, Lords of Lightspeed, and The Special Friend. In addition to both noise and acoustic folk solo sets he currently performs in Select Sex and Sanctuary of Sound.

Ricardo and Joshua have know each other since Ricardo procured a zine from Joshua outside the Capitol Theater in Olympia in 1993. Tune in to hear the story of what the zine was about.

LISTEN TO THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

LISTEN TO THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Negativland “This Is Not Normal” [True False]
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago “We Are on the Edge (radio edit)” [We Are On the Edge: a 50th Anniversary Celebration]
  • Thurston Moore “Galaxies (edit)” [Spirit Counsel]
  • Select Sex “Strategies Against Ameteurs” [Strategies Against Ameteurs]
  • Sanctuary of Sound “The Merry Witches” [Hymns & Conjurations]
  • Tarot Twilight “Tarot One” [Tarot One]
  • Joshua Ploeg “Tam Lin” [Live on What’s This Called?]
  • WaqWaq Kingdom “Doggy Bag” [Doggy Bag]
  • Kim Gordon “Don’t Play It” [No Home Record]
  • The Fall “Eat Y’Self Fitter” [Perverted By Language (Expanded Edition)]
  • Lords of Lightspeed “White Chocolate and Brimstone” [Lords of Lightspeed]
  • Behead the Prophet, No Lord Shall Live “Clenching the Veil” [Behead the Prophet, No Lord Shall Live]
  • Richard Skelton “Altar Valley” [Border Ballads]
  • Grey Frequency “Elegy for Vinegar Tom” [Witchcraft & Black Magic in the United Kingdom]
  • Joshua Ploeg “Ditties Live” [Live on What’s This Called?]
  • Pharoah Chromium “Gaza Requiem” [Anthology of contemporary music from Middle East]
  • Parliament “Mothership Connection (Star Child)” [Mothership Connection]
  • Joshua Ploeg “Americana Ditties” [Live on What’s This Called?]
  • Pan Sonic “Urania” [Vakio]
  • Daft Punk “Rollin’ & Scratchin'” [Homework]
  • Mukilteo Fairies “Closet Check” [Closet Check]
  • Sun Ra “Somebody Else’s World – a.k.a. Somebody Else’s Idea” [My Brother the Wind, Vol. 2]

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?

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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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.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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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:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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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20 July 2019 (50th Anniversary Moon Landing Show)

50 years ago today Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. 50 years later Ricardo Wang did an error prone radio show.

Hear the First Hour Here:

Hear the Second Hour Here:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Opal “Rocket Machine” [Happy Nightmare Baby]
  • 60 Minutes “Neil Armstrong (excerpt)” [2005 episode]
  • Chrome “Third From The Sun” [Third From The Sun]
  • Nadja “SUNjaguar” [Under the Jaguar Sun]
  • Gil Scott-Heron “Whitey on the Moon” [The Revolution Begins: The Flying Dutchman Masters]
  • Liquid Letters “Under a Cancerian Moon” [The Liquid Letter]
  • Charles Rice Goff III “Moonlight Drive (The Doors)” [Swinging from Loose Hinges]
  • Eric Muhs “Look Up!” [Notochord an electronic wonderland]
  • Sun City Girls “Way Over the Rainbow” [Valentines from Matahari]
  • Instinct Primal “Passage” [Drone Islands Land Raising]
  • Gowns “( )” [Gowns]
  • Two or The Dragon “Prelude for the Triumphant Man, Pt. 1” [Prelude for the Triumphant Man]
  • Jandek “They Told Me I Was a Fool” [Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music]
  • Erin Jane Laroue “Triumph” [Chalant]
  • Beauty School “Mayday” [Feel the Frequency: 2015 Norcal Noisefest Audio Compilation Document]
  • Nam June Paik “The Medium is The Medium” [Electronic Opera #1]
  • Shockabilly “Nobody’s Place” [The 20th Anniversary of the Summer Love]
  • Strangerous “Void” [Ascendant Abyss]
  • Mini-Mutations “Music Is… (Part 2)” [Reflection]
  • Tonga Boys “Buranda” [Vindodo]
  • Pariah Veil “Teas Cauldron” [oms-b023]
  • Edward Ka-Spel “Alms for Lepers” [Pieces of 8]
  • Magma “The last seven minutes” [Attahk]

6 July 2019 (The Social Stomach Live!)

After a stretch away from the Freeform Portland dj booth, your host Ricardo Wang returned this week to wrap recorded esoteric sonics around the pulsating live throb of special guests The Social Stomach!

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE!

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE!

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PLAYLIST:

  • Liquid Letters “Security Blanket” [The Liquid Letter]
  • SONOLOGYST “Orient out of tune” [Phantoms]
  • Azalia Snail “I Am The Night Sky” [Neon Resistance]
  • Moloch Conspiracy “Fire in the Night” [Baclou]
  • The Social Stomach “LIVE” [On What’s This Called?]
  • Halfbird “Findings” [Crowd Work]
  • Mind Beams “Float” [Bats]
  • Sea Moss “Appease the Peas, Please” [Bidet Dreaming]
  • Freedom’s Waiting “Negativland” [Free]
  • Robert Poss “Other Stories (For Alexandra Beller/Dances) – Interlude” [Poss: Settings – Music for Dance, Film, Fashion and Industry]
  • Chesterr Hawkins “The Brood” [Semisolids]
  • People Like Us “Arkansas Explorer” [Wide Open Spaces]
  • The Legendary Stardust Cowboy “Standing in a Trashcan” [Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music]
  • Satori “Blood of the Wolves” [Drone Islands, Land Raising]
  • Pérez Prado “Voodoo Suite (intro)” [The Mambo King Vol. 2]

 

8 June 2019

THE ISSUES W/ UPLOADING THE 2nd HOUR WERE RESOLVED!

After a one month absence in the wilderness your host Ricardo Wang returns to the Freeform Portland studio with a set ranging from blistering to meditative (often at the same time).

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR:

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PLAYLIST: Artist – “Song/Piece/Track” – Album

City of Prague Philhamonic – “Vertigo” – A History of Hitchcock: Dial M for Murder;

Mind Beams – “Trenchfoot” – Crone;

supersilent – “C-4.1” – Wiretapper 9;

Small Drone Orchestra – “Whipsnapper” – Feel the Frequency 2015 Norcal Noisefest Audio Compilation Document;

Marcus Price – “Live on Mixlr (edit)” Live on Mixlr;

Abdellah M. Hassak – “7 Heavens” – Sound Mapping Package;

Arthur Russell “You Have Did the Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In” – Elevator Music;

Crystal Cortez – “Unearthing” – YouTube;

The Silverman – “Always Is Now” – Time on Thin Ice;

Tarsier Eyes – Track 1 – May 2019;

Heldon – “In Wake of King Fripp” – Allez Teia;

Eno & Fripp – “Test Loop I” – Live In Paris 28.05.1975;

Hans Castrup – “Uncertain Memory” – Shadowplay;

Laurie Anderson – “From the Air” – Big Science;

Acre – “Second Attention” – oms-b023′;

CJ Boyd – “Sink or Swim” – Kin Ships;

The Library of Babel – “Branching” – blue nineteen;

Four Dimensional Nightmare – “Live with Ricardo Wang 2013 (edit)” – Oregon

11 May 2019 (Ricardo and DJ Victrola raising the signal!)

Hear two hours of your host joined by longstanding WTC sub and Guitar Shop hostess DJ Victrola talking about the wonder that is Freeform Portland surrounded by the music that makes it so!

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR:

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PLAYLIST:

  • Ryan A. Ray “I Want Some Too” [Single]
  • Hawkwind “Silver Machine (Live)” [Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin]
  • Sepultura “Ratamahatta” [Roots]
  • Rebecca Moore “Fantasy” [Home Wreckording 1997-1999]
  • Chrome “Future Ghosts” [Third From The Sun]
  • Ashtoreth “Elemental I” [Drone Islands Land Raising]
  • Sonic Youth “I Love You Golden Blue” [Sonic Nurse]
  • Opal “Soul Giver” [Happy Nightmare Baby]
  • Lou Reed “How Do You Think It Feels” [Berlin]
  • Sonologyst “Indostan” [Drone Islands – Land Rising]
  • Shalloboi “Burning Star” [Blue-Eyed]
  • Nadja “Quiuhtonatiuh” [Under the Jaguar Sun]
  • Thurston Moore “European Son” [The End Of Music (As We Know It) ]
  • Nice Nice “Yesss!” [Yesss!]
  • Ryan A. Ray “I Want Some Too” [Single]

27 April 2019 (for Kiki)

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Hear the 1st Hour HERE!: 

Hear the 2nd Hour HERE!: 

PLAYLIST:

  • Jandek “Alone on That Mountain” [I Woke Up]
  • Urthquake “The Beast” [Discograph: 15 Years of Fury]
  • Sun City Girls “Wingspan Eclipse the Moon” [Piasa… Devourer of Men]
  • Elise Baldwin “Heliograph” [women take back the nosie 3]
  • Paintings for Animals “The Staircase” [Taosian Cellar]
  • Hertta Lusso Assa “Nosrun Sylan” [women take back the nosie 3]
  • BCO Women’s Auxiliary “Big City Stomp” [women take back the nosie 3]
  • Tres Gone “What’s This Called Live (edit)” [WTC Archive]
  • Chrome “Heartbeat” [3rd From The Sun (Bonus Tracks)]
  • Ornette Coleman “Focus on Sanity” [The Shape Of Jazz To Come]
  • Santiago Latorre “Solo” [25]
  • Tiptons Sax Quartet “Sheltering Storm” [Strange Flower]
  • Congress-Woman Malinda Jackson Parker “Cousin Mosquito #1” [Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music]
  • Prince Charming “Spider Monkey Snuff Flicks Of Black Magic Projectionists” [Psychotropical Heatwave]
  • Negativland “I Am God” [Free]
  • Frank Comstock “Out of Space” [Music from Outer Space]
  • Autechre “Doctrine” [Incunabula]
  • Atilio Mingo “Welcome to Tomorrow” [Brain in a Box]
  • D.J. Riko “Whistler’s Delight” [Whistledelia]
  • Sonic Youth “Cotton Crown” [Sister]

 

13 April 2019 (Office Products and Mini-Mutations)

Legendary Percussive-electronic-prepared guitar Portland duo Office Products and Salem OR’s secret plunderphonic atmospheric weapon Mini-Mutations each performed live in the Freeform Portland studio before their early evening performances for Record Store Day at Speck’s Records and Tapes in Kenton! Global experimental sounds and a long stretch from the Faust Tapes surround them,

HEAR the 1st Hour HERE:

HEAR the 2nd Hour HERE:

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Playlist: 

  • Owls Are Not “Broadcast from Nowhere” [Radio Tree]
  • Faust “Tracks 1-5” [The Faust Tapes]
  • Green Milk from the Planet Orange “Butterfly” [He’s Crying “Look”]
  • Mini-Mutations “Live on What’s This Called?” [Freeform Portland]
  • Nur “Mediterranean” [Sound Mapping Package]
  • Tonga Boys “Buranda” [Vindodo]
  • Harry Nilsson “Down” [Nilsson Schmilsson]
  • Thomas (Tad) Andrew Doyle “Outside of Reality” [Experiments of the Specral Order Vol. 1]
  • Office Products “Live on What’s This Called?” [Freeform Portland]
  • Senyawa “Gerhana” [Acaraki]
  • Lee Hazlewood “Won’t You Tell Your Dreams” [Requiem for an Almost Lady]
  • Black Sabbath “Into the Void – Remastered Version” [Master of Reality (Remastered Edition)]
  • The Entropics “Total Communication” [Spagga]

30 March 2019 (Crashes and Looped Skips)

An eagle flew over Freeform as we entered the station, and we started with a tribute to Scott Walker. But then a Cyokha Grace song died in the player and later John Cage reading Finnegan’s Wake looped itself and stole the show.  We ended with more tribute to Scott.

Hear the 1st Hour HERE:

Hear the 2nd Hour HERE:

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  • Scott Walker “Fetish” [Soused]
  • Varese Sarabande “The Dating Game Theme” [TV Game Show Themes]
  • Sun Ra “Priest” [Somewhere Else]
  • Cyoakha Grace O’Manion “And If I Fall” [Unknown Music from Dream Quest of Kadath]
  • Zilmrah “0003” [Hippocampus Obscura]
  • CloudWatchers “Piece 1” [CloudWatchers]
  • John Cage “Writing for the Second Time Through Finnegans Wake, Pt. 4” [Cage: Roaratorio]
  • Chester Hawkins “No Body” [apostasy suite]
  • Two or The Dragon “Prelude for the Triumphant Man” [Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
  • Ben LaMar Gay “Oh no…not again!” [Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun]
  • Mecca Normal “Armchairs Fit Through Doorways – Live” [Brave New Waves Session]
  • Paper Dollhouse “Glass Tower” [Empty Rave]
  • Stress Distress “The Jetty” [Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
  • Bastard Squid Implant “Burning House Collapsing” [District of Noise Vol. 3]
  • Replikants “Centuries of Presecution Won’t Stop Us” [This Is Our Message]
  • Dan West “Hear It (Creeping Down the Alley)” [d’Animal l’Ogic]
  • Hans Castrup “Re-Finition of Formal Construction (feat. Carla Worgull)” [Heterogeneous Cell Information]
  • Rev Magnetic “Sunny Windy Winter Morning (Rainbows Spanning the Valley)” [Versus Universe]
  • Scott Walker “If You Go Away” [Scott 3]

16 March 2019 (includes What’s This Country?)

Two entire separate two hour shows make up this week’s streaming and/or downloading offerings! First there’s the bi-weekly edition of What’s This Called? at Freeform Portland, and it’s an episode chock full of 90% brand new experimental musics! Then later that day Ricardo Wang returned to the Freeform studio to lay down What’s This Country? substituting for the High Steppers in Sin City program. Tune in and feel free to cry in your beer.

1st Hour of What’s This Called? HERE:

2nd Hour of What’s This Called? HERE: 

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1st Hour of What’s This Country? HERE:

2nd Hour of What’s This Country?

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PLAYLISTS:

  • Tycho “Epoch” [Epoch]
  • Thollem/Honda/Ortman/Lurie/Momin/Hohl “Sunshine Pipeline” [Optimistic Realism]
  • Pas Musique “The Phoenix” [The Phoenix]
  • Good Moon Deer “Aloner” [Untitled]
  • Trigger Cut “Pony Pony” [BUSTER]
  • Li Yilei “0:00” [0:00]
  • David Torn “Spartan, Before It Hit” [Sun Of Goldfinger]
  • Tonga Boys “Vindodo” [Vindodo]
  • Owls Are Not “Radio Tree” [Radio Tree]
  • Aidan Baker & N “230326 Wuppertal (Wiretapper edit)” [Wiretapper 49]
  • Sílení “Malformed Creation” [Long-Forgotten Bowers (Eighth Tower Records)]
  • Prefuse 73 “Choking You” [One Word Extinguisher]
  • Kinski “A Nap is a Slice of the World” [Accustomed to Your Face]
  • Karriss Adarriss Duo “Bulbous Offshoot” [Nothing Stays Buried (la la la la)]
  • Malikat Dan Singa “Jathilan Madhu” [Honey and Poison]
  • Mess Noir “Fdbck Trpsm #4” [Mess Noir]
  • Thee Oh Sees “Ticklish Warrior” [A Weird Exits]
  • Nostromo “Sundered” [Segment the Sky]

What’s This Country?:

  • Sandman “Roll Out Cowboy” [Roll Out Cowboy]
  • Dolly Parton “Coat of Many Colors” [Coat Of Many Colors]
  • Neil Diamond “The Pot Smoker’s Song” [Velvet Gloves And Spit]
  • Marty Robbins “The Hanging Tree” [Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs]
  • Alex Chilton “Free Again – Version 1” [Bach’s Bottom]
  • Burl Ives “Ghost Riders in the Sky” [Ghost Riders in the Sky]
  • Violent Femmes “Country Death Song” [Hallowed Ground]
  • Bobby Gentry “Ode to Billie Joe” [Ode to Billie Joe]
  • Jandek “Land of God” [Chicago Wednesday]
  • Johnny Cash “Sunday Morning Coming Down” [Folsom Prison Blues]
  • Patsy Cline “The Wayward Wind” [Showcase]
  • Kenny Rogers & The First Edition “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)” [All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1]
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers “Sin City” [The Gilded Palace Of Sin]
  • Tanya Tucker “Delta Dawn” [Delta Dawn]
  • Will Oldham “Ode #1” [Ode Music]
  • Ernest Tubb “Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin” [20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Ernest Tubb]
  • Willie Nelson “Moonlight In Vermont” [Stardust]
  • Les Paul & Mary Ford “Live Medley” [The Colgate Comedy Hour]
  • Hank Williams “Move It On Over” [The Complete Hank Williams]
  • Roedelius/Bonerz/Way/Bickley/Marlyn/Capanni “American Steamboat” [American Steamboat]
  • Sanford Clark “It’s Nothing to Me” [Vinyl Wastelands]
  • Gram Pasons & the Fallen Angels “Drugstore Truck Driving Man” [The Gram Parsons Anthology]
  • Eddie Noack “Psycho” [Psycho – The K-Ark and Allstar Recordings 1962-1969]
  • Crystal Gayle “Talking in Your Sleep (Live)” [An Evening With Crystal Gayle (Live)]
  • Harry Nilsson “Everybody’s Talkin’ – From “Midnight Cowboy”” [Everybody’s Talkin’: The Very Best of Harry Nilsson]
  • Loretta Lynn “Coal Miner’s Daughter” [20 #1’s: Classic Country]
  • Tex Ritter “Hillbilly Heaven” [High Noon]

 

7 March 2019 (What’s This Castle in the Air Called?)

Tock of Castles in the Air was ill and so What’s This Called? covered.

Hear the First Hour Here: 

Hear the Second Hour Here:

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PLAYLIST:

    • Ute Lemper – Nick Cave’s “Little Water Song” [Punishing Kiss]
    • Sonic Youth “Antenna” [The Eternal]
    • The Beach Boys “Hang On To Your Ego” [Pet Sounds (Original Mono & Stereo Mix Versions)]
    • Spacemen 3 “An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music (edit)” [Dreamweapon (An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music)]
    • Amy Denio, Tutto Bene “Funeral Music” [Canzoni sulla Fisa]
    • Volcano the Bear “The Three Twins” [Amidst the Noise and Twigs]
    • Cocteau Twins “Sunburst and Snowblind” [Lullabies To Violaine]
    • The Byrds “Captain Soul” [Fifth Dimension]
    • Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad, John Cale “Two Speed Trance” [The Cloud Doctrine]
    • His Name Is Alive “Man On the Silver Mountain” [Always Stay Sweet]
    • Nadja “Sand Like Skin” [Belles Betes]
    • Midday Veil “Eyes All Around” [Eyes All Around]
    • Orbit Service “Dark Orange Sunset” [Twilight]
    • The Giant Worm “In the Mountains” [Murky Depths]
    • Ffej “The Disconnect” [Signal Gone Astray]
    • Long Hind Legs “I Am A Intellectual” [Feb 4th – 14th 1998]
    • Ramsey Lewis “Wade In The Water” [Wade In The Water]
    • EarthMonkey “Be That Charge Agin” [Be That Charge]
    • The Easybeats “Friday On My Mind” [Easy]

2 March 2019 (Lennon’s 11th Birthday Set)

March 1, 2008 my oldest son Lennon was born. He first came to the sub-basement studio at KPSU as an infant and read his first legal ID on the air at 4 years old. Now, 7 years later, he got to celebrate his new tweeness at a new station and be this week’s lead dj for What’s This Called? He rocked it.

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE:

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE:

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PLAYLIST: (Note due to traffic issues, Lennon got in to do the ID ahead of me! So the first song and a half are actually overtime from the excellent Music of Folk show).

  • Cheap Trick “Heaven Tonight” [Heaven Tonight]
  • David Bowie “I Can’t Give Everything Away” [Blackstar]
  • Nirvana “Son Of A Gun – BBC John Peel Session 1990” [Incesticide]
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Different” [Unvarnished (Expanded Edition)]
  • Judas Priest “Riding on the Wind” [Screaming For Vengeance]
  • Melvins “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” [Everybody Loves Sausages]
  • Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” [The Bends]
  • The Beatles “Doctor Robert – Remastered 2009” [Revolver (Remastered)]
  • The Beatles “Nowhere Man – Remastered 2009” [Rubber Soul (Remastered)]
  • SÍLENÍ “Malformed Creation” [Long Forgotten Bowers]
  • M.I.A. “Bamboo Banga” [Kala]
  • The Pink Fairies “Do It! (1970 Demo)” [Fuzz Freakout 1970-1971]
  • Brian Eno “St Elmo’s Fire – 2004 Digital Remaster” [Another Green World]
  • (J. Krishnamurti) “In_o” [Anthology of contemporary music from African continent]
  • Gary Numan “Me, I Disconnect From You (Live)” [The Pleasure Principle]
  • Cheap Trick “Auf Wiedersehen” [Heaven Tonight]
  • Nirvana “School – Remastered” [Bleach: Deluxe Edition]
  • Jimi Hendrix “Fire” [Are You Experienced]
  • Echo & the Bunnymen “Villiers Terrace” [The Peel Session]
  • Sonic Youth “Paper Cup Exit” [Sonic Nurse]
  • Maryanne Amacher “Sound Characters” [The Throne Of Drones]
  • Lou Reed “Lisa Says” [Lou Reed]
  • David Bowie “”Heroes” – 2017 Remastered Version” [“Heroes” (2017 Remastered Version)]

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22 February 2019 (What’s This Black Castle Called?)

Subbing for a Black Metal show when you don’t know Black Metal very well, I just opted to keep things (mostly) heavy…

Hear the 1st Hour Here:

Hear the 2nd Hour Here:

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PLAYLIST:

  • The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown “Child of My Kingdom” [The Crazy World of Arthur Brown]
  • Sunn 0))) “Orthodox Caveman” [Black One]
  • Suicide “Rocket USA – 1998 Remastered Version” [Suicide (1998 Remastered Version)]
  • Earth “The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull” [The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull]
  • NoMeansNo “Madness and Death” [Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?]
  • Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. “Atomic Rotary Grinding God” [Electric Heavyland]
  • Mini-Mutations “Track 2” [Vanished]
  • Sonic Youth “Brother James” [Confusion Is Sex (Plus Kill Yr. Idols)]
  • The Howling Void “A Seed on Stone” [The Darkness at the Edge of Dawn]
  • Wally Shoup, Bill Horist, Paul Kikuchi “Delusion and Disintegration” [Chemical Language]
  • Young Marble Giants “Brand – New – Life” [Colossal Youth]
  • Melvins “Revolve” [Stoner Witch]
  • Anakrid “The Examination” [Banishment Rituals of the Disenlightened]
  • ALTO! “Piece 7 (excerpt)” [ALTO!]
  • Bolt Thrower “Cenotaph” [War Master]
  • Flipper “Way Of The World” [Album – Generic Flipper]
  • Psychic TV “Unclean” [Unclean]
  • Edward Ka-Spel “Track 2 (edit) [Dream Loops]

16 & 17 February 2019 (Pre$ident$ Day $ale)

What’s This Called? happened Saturday 2/16 in it’s usual time at Freeform Portland from 2-4 PM Pacific Standard Time. However, we are also substituted for Unclaimed Baggage on Sunday 2/17 4-6 PM PST. 4 hours of strange, noisy, droney, plunderphonic, psychedelic, post-punk, outsider music! And the national emergency has declared a national emergency!

It’s time to declare the What’$ Thi$ Called? 3 Day Pre$ident$ Day $ale! Imagine a sale where you don’t have to buy anything, where the sounds are Free, and the drinks are on the house (because you are probably at home!)

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:

  • Ken Nordine “The Sound Museum” [You’re Getting Better: The Word Jazz – Dot Masters]
  • Peter Brotzmann & Bill Laswell “Death Rattle” [Low Life]
  • Blonde Redhead “Harmony” [La Mia Vita Violenta]
  • Healer Oran “TaP{-“ [Anthology of contemporary music from Africa continent]
  • The Beach Boys “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) – Remastered” [Pet Sounds (Original Mono & Stereo Mix Versions)]
  • The Late Severa Wires “Live at the Olympia Experimental Music Festival” [My Space single]
  • Beat Happening “I Spy” [Beat Happening]
  • Sonic Youth “Madonna, Sean, and Me” [Evol]
  • Chester Hawkins “Magnetisk Nord (edit)” [Magnetisk Nord]
  • FRKTL “Hverfa at himni heioar stjornur” [Anthology of contemporary music from Africa continent]
  • Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” [Selected Favorites]
  • Yo La Tengo “Dreaming” [Freedom Of Choice: Yesterday’s New Wave Hits As Performed By Today’s Stars]
  • My Bloody Valentine “When You Sleep” [Loveless]
  • Suicide “Keep Your Dreams – 1998 Remastered Version” [Suicide (1998 Remastered Version)]
  • Big Black “Heartbeat” [Heartbeat (Remastered)]
  • No Safety “Discuss It” [Live at the Knitting Factory New York City volume 3]
  • Sonologyst “Nocturnal Anomalies” [Silencers: The Conspiracy Theory Dossiers]
  • Sun Ra “Rocket Number Nine Take Off For The Planet Venus” [Marshall Allen presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In The Orbit Of Ra]
  • Bardo Pond “White Turban (Live)” [All Tomorrow’s Parties 1.1]
  • Windsor For The Derby “Slow Death +” [Minnie Greuzfeldt]
  • Negativland “Christianity Is Stupid” [Escape From Noise]
  • The Replacements “I Hate Music” [Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash!]
  • L7 “American Society” [The Big One]
  • Slackhog “6ix” [Will Eat Your Brain]
  • Sotoru Wono “Ovurture” [Lulluby For Sure]
  • ALTO! “Piece 1-3” [ALTO!]
  • Tuxedomoon “Atlantis” [Ship Of Fools]
  • Shalloboi “Flowers For Kara” [Learning How to Crawl]
  • FJ Pangolin “Damage to the Field” [Damage to the Field]
  • Negativland “Helter Stupid Pt. 2” [Helter Stupid]
  • Unwound “Behold the Salt (Live)” [All Tomorrow’s Parties 1.1]
  • Imagine “rx” [Internet Single]
  • Will Oldham “Every Mother’s Son” [Guarapero / Lost Blues 2]
  • Fugazi “Reprovisional (Live)” [International Pop Underground Convention]
  • The Tape-Beatles “Desire” [Steal This Lick]
  • Steel Pole Melvins Task Force “Hardball” [The Big One]
  • Kronos Quartet “Dreams” [Landfall]
  • Animal Collective “Bat You’ll Fly” [Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished]
  • Big City Orchestra “tbn” [round eYe]
  • Badaseck “Nguewei” [Streets of Dakar]
  • Stereolab “Old Lungs (Live)” [All Tomorrow’s Parties 1.1]
  • David Sylvian “A Fire In The Forest” [Blemish]