27 October 2018

Get out your carving knives!

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE!

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE!

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PLAYLIST:

  • Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen, and Kronos Quartet “Sarma” [The Rough Guide To The Music Of Scandinavia]
  • Volume Ghost “Sleeping On Camera” [Crackhouse is a Name You Can Trust]
  • Masonique “Status Erratus” [Island of Disbelief]
  • Mini-Mutations “Vanished Pt. 4” [Vanished]
  • Arvo Zylo & Marlo Eggplant “Arvo (remix)” [333REDUX]
  • Thai Elephant Orchestra, Dave Soldier & Richard Lair “Swing Swing Swing” [Thai Elephant Orchestra]
  • Yoko Ono “ASK THE ELEPHANT!” [BETWEEN MY HEAD AND THE SKY]
  • Yo La Tengo “Big Day Coming” [Painful]
  • A Hawk And A Hacksaw “Goodbye Great Britain” [Darkness at Noon]
  • Steel Pole Bath Tub “Bozeman” [The Miracle of Sound in Motion]
  • Jad Fair “Casper The Friendly Ghost” [It’s Spooky]
  • Gowns “Feathers” [Gowns]
  • Uladat “Rusalka” [single]
  • Nadja “SUN4flood” [Under the Jaguar Sun (disc 1 Teczcatlipoca DARKNESS)]
  • Two or the Dragon “Live at Metro June 2018” [ELECTROFRAMEWORK]
  • Eet “Colony Collapse” [Danger Barn]
  • The Legendary Pink Dots “Crushed Velvet (live)” [Crushed Velvet]
  • Deathwalk “Supreme Acaussal Rituality” [Decay, Death, and Darkness: Aural Visions of Bakinski’s Art]
  • múm “Guilty Rocks” [Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy]
  • The Sheiks “Baghdad Rock” [Jungle Exotica]
  • Wimme “Texas” [Cugu]

13 October 2018 (First FreeForm PDX Show!)

After 13 years deep underground we were baptized by the bright sunlight of an unseasonably warm October afternoon for our first What’s This Called? outing at our new time and station, FreeForm Portland! The show sounds a little bit like new fingers reaching for new equipment. The 2nd hour is certainly smoother than the first but this is live radio, not a perfectly overdubbed podcast, and we hope every hour to come is subsequently that much smoother still!

HEAR THE FIRST HOUR HERE!

HEAR THE SECOND HOUR HERE!

WTC Grand Re-Opening

PLAYLIST – Artist “Song/Track/Piece” [Album or Source]

  • David Bowie “The Next Day” [The Next Day]
  • Miss Murgatroid “Dolls Inside the Walls” [Myoclonic Melodies]
  • Von Helwig “Jungle Fever 1” [Jungle Fever]
  • Sonologyst “Dahomey Kingdom” [ELECTROFRAMEWORK]
  • The Hafler Trio “All Largely Propoganda” [Bang! An Open Letter]
  • Hawkwind “Adjust Me – 1996 Remastered Version” [In Search Of Space]
  • Mt. Borracho “4” [Bandcamp]
  • Ffej “Numph” [Patterns in the Storm, Vol. I]
  • His Name Is Alive “How Ghosts Affect Relationships” [Always Stay Sweet]
  • Psionic Asylum “World of Bones” [Decay, Death and Darkness – Aural visions of Beksiński’s art ]
  • Edward Ka-Spel “Limburgia” [The Victoria Dimension]
  • Cyoakha Grace O’Manion “Feels Like Dying” [Unknown Music from Dream Quest of Kadath]
  • Scott Walker “Fetish” [Soused]
  • Conformity Contortion “Torture Mocks Once At Everyman’s Boredom” [Perception Management]
  • Meredith Monk “Disequilibrium” [Impermanence]
  • Uneasy Chairs “Total Massacre” [Feel the Frequency: 2015 Norcal Noisefest Audio Compilation Document]
  • Giovanni Verga “Cappella” [ELECTROFRAMEWORK]
  • Bugskull “Vacancy” [Distracted Snowflake]
  • NEU! “Sonderangebot” [NEU!]
  • Motions Sickness of Time Travel “Casting a Spell” [Ladyz in Noyz]
  • Wizard Apprentice “I Am Invisible” [I Am Invisible]
  • Einstürzende Neubauten “Sand” [Halber Mensch]
  • Sinda Koslika “Victim of Demons That Haunt for…” [Balls of Hair Tossed About]
  • Tarantula Ghoul & the Gravediggers “King Kong” [Jungle Exotica]
  • Nuno Velga “Boa Morte” [Decay, Death and Darkness – Aural visions of Beksiński’s art]
  • Marc Bolan “Cat Black” [Cat Black ]

22 September 2018 (LAST KPSU Episode – 2 hrs!)

After 13 years in the sub-basement of Smith Student Union at PSU, What’s This Called? is leaving KPSU for FreeForm Portland 90.3 FM!  The program will air alternating Saturdays from 2-4 PM and our first episode will be Saturday, October 13th. Here is the very LAST episode at KPSU for your listening enjoyment!

PLAYLIST:

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8 September 2018 (Nofest XI Interview!)

An outsider driven volley of experimental drones from your host Ricardo Wang’s personal collection of rare physical recorded relics pull us into the show and remain as the backdrop. St. John’s Nofest founder and organizer J.d. Helwig called in for an in depth yet off the cuff interview about this year’s Nofest XI at an all new location.

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

LPD Chemical Play Skool Vol. 16 Pt. 2 (edit)

Tempered Steel – “The Secret Factory” – Tempered Steel

Ffej – “In Pursuit of the Signal” – Signal Gone Astray

Yellow Swans – “Track Two (live WTC remix)” – Drift

Dead Man’s Lifestyle – “Titled” – Hinterland

ALTO! – “Piece 5 (H.F.F.L.)” – ALTO!

Nofest XI/J.d. Helwig Interview (interspersed with all music henceforth in the program).

Beauty School – “Mayday” – Feel the Frequency 2015 Norcal Noisiest Audio Compilation Document

Sudden Infant – “Somniphobia” – “Psychotic Einzelkind”

Royal Trux – “Blind Navigator” – Pound for Pound

Royal Trux Backwards Extro…

Blues Magoos – “Ain’t Got Nothing Yet” – Psychedelic Lollipop

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT A MAJOR CHANGE FOR WHAT’S THIS CALLED? TOMORROW! STAY TUNED!

1 September 2018

 

With continued lack of online access for the show in the KPSU booth, we have delved even deeper into my own collection of handmade CDRs and other micro-indie releases (and a Coil disc, just cuz…) to bring you a show of WTC classics! “The idea is mightier than the Tsunami” – BCO.

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Playlist – “Song/Track/Piece” – Album

Eet – “Soldier Swordfish” – Danger Barn

Paco Jones – “Saturdays With My Son” – Saturday Songs on Sunday

Sobou Shuu – “NerdGOREz” – Beaver Moon

Volume Ghost – “The Next Thing You Know Is What I’m About To Tell You” – Crackhouse Is a Name You Can Trust

(expletive deleted) – “LSD Arcade” – Reek of Influence

Toiletooth – “Disappointed Hummingbird” – My Favorite Food

Analog Suicide/Daruin – “(excerpts)” – split CDR (collaboration?) interwoven with…

…Coil – “Teenage Lightning II” – Love’s Secret Domain

…Big City Orchestra – “Raga” – Cockamame

 

 

 

25 August 2018 (25th Anniversary Show!)

25 years ago in August of 1993 I arrived in Olympia, Washington and began a new radio show at KAOS 89.3 FM centered around experimental music and named What’s This Called? The show would run for a decade at that station until I moved to Portland in 2003. It then took me two years to find a new home at KPSU where it has now lived for another 13 years. While the Olympia show was a late night affair, What’s This Called? at KPSU has always been on Saturdays from Noon to 1 Pacific Standard Time.

This episode was an all cd affair, just like it was when it launched in ’93!

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

Noggin – “Love Song” – Hajex from the Light

Greg Segal -“Part IV” – 33

Sun City Girls – “At The Base Of The Mountain Of Noise” – Piasa…Devourer of Men

Chrome – “Future Ghosts” – Third from the Sun

Sun Ra – “Somebody Else’s World” – My Brother the Wind Volume 2

Sonic Youth – “”Mieux: De Corrosion”” – SYR 1

Edward Ka-spel – ”Harvester” – Dream Logik Part One

Hawkwind – “Adjust Me” – In Search of Space

Tim Walters – “For Want of a Nail” – The Dry Well

Orbit Service – “Start Dreaming” – Twilight

 

 

 

18 August 2018 (Back… or Not?)

We’ve been gone because of technical difficulties. We returned to technical difficulties. Do not attempt to adjust your screen. Nobody is in control.

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LISTEN TO THE SHOW:

Playlist Artist – “Song/Piece/Track” – Album/Or?:
Beatnigs – “Burritos” – Beatnigs

Christ & Cosey – “Raining Tears of Blood” – The Elephant Table Album

Songs of the Humpback Whales

Coil – “S Is For Sleep” – The Elephant Table Album

Melvins – “Queen (Singles Mix for A&R Guy)” – The Singles

Legendary Pink Dots – “Evolution” – The French Collection

Midday Veil – “Divide By Zero” – Eyes All Around

Ute Lemper – “Passionate Fight” – Punishing Kiss

American Analog Set – “Too Tired to Shine II” – The Fun of Watching Fireworks

Throbbing Gristle – “Subhuman” – Greatest Hits

Jimi Hendrix – “I Don’t Live Today” – Are You Experienced?