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.

24 July 2021


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

10 July 2021


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

26 June 2021 (Heatwave Special)

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


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

12 June 2021

Grads, Dads, Brides, oh My…


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

29 May 2021 (#thencamethelastdaysofmay)



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

15 May 2021



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

1 May 2021



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

Freeform Portland 5th Birthday Party Mix!

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



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

27 March 2021

The time out spot.


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

13 March 2021 (Lennon’s 13th Birthday Show!)

On March 1, 2021, Lennon turned 13. As this is the first What’s This Called? since then, it is also his birthday show! He ran the entire two hours and picked all the songs!


  1. Lovesliescrushing “babysbreath” [bloweyelashwish]
  2. The Microphones “The Glow, Pt. 2” [The Glow, Pt. 2]
  3. Duster “Echo, Bravo” [Stratosphere]
  4. Elliott Smith “Bottle Up And Explode!” [XO]
  5. Nirvana “Dumb” [In Utero – 20th Anniversary Remaster]
  6. Red House Painters “Katy Song” [Red House Painters I]
  7. Grouper “Living Room” [The Man Who Died in His Boat]
  8. Cocteau Twins “Lazy Calm” [Victorialand]
  9. Slowdive “Souvlaki Space Station” [Souvlaki]
  10. LSD and the Search for God “This Time” [LSD and the Search for God]
  11. Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” [The Bends]
  12. Built To Spill “Carry the Zero” [Keep It like a Secret]
  13. Boris “Farewell” [Pink (Deluxe Edition)]
  14. Rumskib “Springtime” [Rumskib]
  15. Astrobrite “Crasher” [Crush]
  16. Ringo Deathstarr “Gazin” [Ringo Deathstarr]
  17. Drop Nineteens “Winona” [Delaware]
  18. black midi “Near DT, MI” [Schlagenheim]
  19. Neutral Milk Hotel “Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2” [In the Aeroplane Over the Sea]
  20. Horse Jumper of Love “Spaceman” [Horse Jumper of Love]
  21. Lovesliescrushing “Xarella Almandyne” [xuvetyn]
  22. Neutral Milk Hotel “Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye” [On Avery Island]
  23. Nirvana “Big Long Now” [Incesticide]

27 February 2021

the playlist appears shorter because the songs are longer. 😉



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

13 February 2021

Still they skate.


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

30 January 2021



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

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

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


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

16 January 2021



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

2 January 2021

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


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

19 December 2020 (Holiday/Year End Special!)

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


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

Freeform Challenge: Future Now

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


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

Freeform Challenge: Together/Apart

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


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

December Special 2020 (What’s This Metal?)

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


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

5 December 2020 (Support Freeform!)

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


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

21 November 2020


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

7 November 2020

Escape from Waiting.


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

31 October 2020 (Halloween Special Mix)

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


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

24 October 2020

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



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

10 October 2020

#LISTEN to the Program #STREAMING above!


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

26 September 2020 (#AnarchistJurisdiction)


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

12 September 2020 (smoky plunderphonic madness)

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

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

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



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

29 August 2020



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

15 August 2020 (Vern Rumsey Shine On)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Hear the Digital Gasps for Air below:


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

18 July 2020 (WTC #InQuarantine #Return)



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

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

4 July 2020 (No Skinny Ties Special!)

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

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

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



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

20 June 2020 (WTC #InSolidarity II)



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

9 June 2020 (WTC #InSolidarity)

#BlackLivesMatter #InSolidarity #TimeHasComeToday

#Streaming or #Download:


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

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

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

Production Unit Xero “Grind” [Mutations]

Negativland “This Is Not Normal” [True False]

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

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

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

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

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

Jimi Hendrix “Freedom” [The Cry of Love]

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

29 May 2020 (Teenage Roots)

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

#Streaming or #Download:


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

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!


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:



  • 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:



  • 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.




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.





  • 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.





  • 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]


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.





  • 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.








  • 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.





  • 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:



  • 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]
  • 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)


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!

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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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  • 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!





  • 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.




  • 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]