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.

20 May 2017

RIDE THE FREAKING STREAM!

An experimental music acknowledgment of the passing of Chris Cornell at noon, followed sounds to grow a new perspective.

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Playlist in Near RealTime: Artist/Thang – “Song/Sound” l- Album/Thang

The Sound Garden by Douglas Hollis – “A Sound Garden” = You Tube;

Soundgarden – “Incessant Mace” – Demo;

Iggy Pop – “American Valhalla” – Post-Pop Depression;

Pharoah Sanders – “Astral Traveling” – Thembi;

Linton Kwesi Johnson – “Reality Poem/Dub” – Reggae Britannia;

Palace Songs – “All Gone, All Gone” – Hope;

The Legendary Pink Dots – “Regression” – The Golden Years;

Steel Pole Bathtub – “Down All the Days” – The Miracle of Sound in Motion;

Ashtoreth – “Offering I (edit)” – Offering I;

Mudhoney – “Chain That Door” – Superfuzz Bigmuff;

XSIX – “Lost” – Visions of Darkness in Iranian Contemporary Music,

Tom Waits – “Closing Time” – Closing Time

13 May 2017

Sink in to this week’s What’s This Called?

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Playlist: Artist – “Song/Track/Sound” – Album/Source:

Thurston Moore – “Turn On” – Rock N Roll Consciousness;

Iggy Pop – “Sunday” – Post Pop Depression;

Daphne Oram – “Episode Metallic” – Oramics;

AirOn GhostRadio – “Ghostships” – Our Lovely Bones;

Reza Solatipour – “Surviving the Darkness” – Visions of Darkness in Iranian Contemporary Music;

Boogie Down Productions – “My Philosophy” – By All Means Necessary;

Erkki Kurenniemi – “Electronics in the World of Tomorrow” – Electronics in the World of Tomorrow;

Amon Düül II – “Sandoz In The Rain (Improvisation)” – Yeti

06 May 2017 (2 Hr. Special!)

What’s more exciting than What’s This Called? returning from a one week absence with a totally loaded two hour special show? Why having world famous radio personality Tunacan Jones join us in the booth to demonstrate his legendary technique!

STREAM or DOWNLOAD 1st Hour Here!

STREAM or DOWNLOAD 2nd Hour Here!

Playlist: Artist – “Song/Sound” – Album/Source

Gil Scott-Heron – “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised;

Conformity Contortion – “Torture Mocks Once At Every Man’s Boredom” – Perception Management;

Death – “Politicians In My Eyes” – For the Whole World To;

SPK – “”SPK” – “In Flaganto Delicto” – The Tyranny of the Beat;

The 13th Floor Elevators – “Baby Blue” – Easter Everywhere;

The Hollywood Brats – “Sick On You” – The Hollywood Brats;

Swell Maps – “Our Swimmer” – The Tyranny of the Beat;

Erik B. and Rakim – “Paid In Full” – Paid In Full

Morgenstern – “Looking Down A Hill” – Sometimes Silence Is An Answer;

Kraftwerk – “Radio Stars” – Radio-Activity;

Susanna – “Burning Sea” -Triangle -;

Sonic Youth – “Making the Nature Scene” – Confusion Is Sex;

Nurse with Wound – “The Botom Feeder”- The Bacteria Magnet;

(the) Melvins – “Grinding Process” – 10 Songs;

Black Flag – “Rise Above” – Damaged;

Foetus- “Lust For Death” – White Knuckles;

Julie Cafritz – “dash dash dash” – 78 LTD;

The Hafler Trio – “A Thirsty Fish/The Dirty Fire” – Tyranny of the Beat;

Saint Abdullah – “Unforgotten Promises” – Visions of Darkness in Iranian Contemporary Music;

Ken Nordine – “You’re Getting Better” – The Best of Word Jazz;

The American Analog Set – “Dim Stars (The Boy in My Arms)” – The Fun of Watching Fireworks;

S​.​S​.​M​.​P. – “The Blue Chasm” – Visions of Darkness in Iranian Contemporary Music;

Amy Denio – “Dishwasher” – Uncaged (Tribute to John Cage);

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

Nojan – “Revolution” – Visions of Darkness in Iranian Contemporary Music

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22 April 2017

Spring is On the Air! (Click for Audio!)

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Playlist in NearRealTIme tm:

Artist/Band/Thang – “Song/Piece/Track/Sound” – Album or other Filing System:

Conformity Contortion – “She Who Laughs Laughs, Laughs Laughs” – Perception Management;

Edward Ka-Spel – “Viictoria” – The Victoria Dimension;

Savant – “Falling at Two Speeds” – Artificial Dance;

Arthur Lyman – “Moon Over a Ruined Castle” – Taboo (The Exotic Sounds of Arthur Lyman);

Martyn Bates – “Track 3 Disc 2” – Migraine Inducers;

Electric Eels – “Agitated” – The Eyeball of Hell;

Mutifungi – “Hollow Humans” – Ladyz inNoyz 3;

My Disco – “1991” – Severe;

Xambuca – “lipeäkala” – Joulupukki;

Aleorta – “Chapter Twelve: Brideships And Gulls” – Waywords And Meansigns: Recreating Finnegans Wake (In Its Whole Wholume)

15 April 2017 (Bob Bucko Jr. Live!)

HEAR Bob Bucko Jr. Live on WTC HERE!

What’s This Called? is very excited to bring you a return LIVE engagement with Dubuque Iowa’s free guitar virtuoso Bob Bucko Jr! Bob mines the territory of ’80 psych/country-punk such as Meat Puppets and Giant Sand, infuses it with the out jazz of Sonny Sharrock and Derek Bailey, and weaponizes it further with an arsenal of noise music pedal tricks and contemporary drone technique. If this sounds schizoid, it isn’t, as BBJR is a smooth player who hypnotically ensnares the listener with every note.

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08 April 2017

Ride the Proverbial Freaking Stream!

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Playlist in Almost RealTime tm – Artist – “Song/Piece/Thang” – Album or Source:

Peter mcdada – “I’m A Zanti Misfit” – Soundcloud;

Dadakopf – “Black Marshes” – Soundcloud;

Bob Bucko Jr – “IMPROV 1 042614” – Crank Shaft;

Cabaret Voltaire – “Automotivation” – Tyranny of the Beat;

Human Bell – “The Singing Trees” – Human Bell;

Replikants – “Replikants Requiem” – Slickaphonics; S

Supersilent – “!3.3” – The Wire Tapper 40;

Lady of Situations – “I Wish Very Sweet of You Until Morning Fuck” – Ladyz in Noyz 3;

Yo La Tengo – “Friday I’m In Love” – Stuff Like That;

Black Happy Day – “How They Weep and Moan” – In the Garden of Ghostflowers;

L.A. Lungs – “Coupleskate (excerpt)” – Secret Limbic Systems

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01 April 2017 (Fools Rush In…)

WE BEGIN BOMBING IN 5 MINUTES

33609875652_6a01b65be6_oSpecial April Fool’s Day edition of What’s This Called? Jocularity, flippancy, and tomfoolery.

Playlist in Almost-RealTime! Artist – “Song” – Album/Source:

Bonzo Goes to Washington – “5 Minutes” – Bonzo Goes to Washington;

Palace Brothers – “Come a Little Dog” – Palace Brothers;

The Melvins – “Sesame Street Meat” – Hold It In;

Flipper – “Ha Ha Ha” – Love Canal 7″ version;

Steven Henry Fisk – “My Head Popped” – 999 Levels of Undo,

Amy Denio – “Muzak Blues” – Never Too Old to Pop a Hole;

Thollem McDonas & Andy Kaufman – “Zero Bottles of Beer on the Wall” – Always Put on Your Sincere Face;

Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston – “Fun and Games” – It’s Spooky;

The Residents – “Third Reich” – Third Reich ‘n Roll;

Crank Sturgeon – “Mutual RUBU” – dens-i-Spit;

Laurie Anderson – “Language Is a Virus (from Outer Space)” – Home of the Brave;

The Legendary Pink Dots – “Regression” – The Golden Age;

Ifsh – “Geriatric Dental Group” – Serums;

Sun City Girls – “Me and Mrs. Jones” – Horse Cock Phepner;

Little Roger & the Goosebumps – “Stairway to Giligan’s Island” – single;

The Dictators – “Teengenerate” – Go Girl Crazy