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! I've been doing the show at KPSU since 2005 and they will have to pry it from my cold dead hands to get me to stop. 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.

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]