What’s This Called? 9/14 Benefit Highlights

Live At Slim's!

Live At Slim’s!

What’s This Called? 9/14 Benefit Highlights
(Featuring remixes by Ricardo Wang & Austin Rich of live performances captured on 14 September 2013 at Slim’s in Historic St. John’s!)

What’s This Called? – if anything – is a place where experimental music and persist in all of its various permutations, and why should the presentation of live recordings be any different?  What began as an attempt to replay some of the best music from the KPSU Benefit Show from 14 September turned into an entirely unique presentation, where Ricardo Wang and myself spent the hour remixing these recordings live on the air.

We couldn’t fit the almost two-hours of live performances into a single hour of radio, so these ‘edited highlights’ are even more manipulated using the CDJs at KPSU.  The music of ALTO!, Fiasco, Jacob Anderson & Jennifer Robin, and Jeremy C. Long are all present in this episode, but heavily manipulated by both Ricardo and myself.  It makes sense; once a live experience is captured in some useful form, the presentation of that material does not have to mimic the real time experience.  Not only does this create something new to enjoy, but it presents the material in a truly experimental form.  We both had a lot of fun with this show, and we hope you enjoy it too.

 

And, if you would like to hear the performances un-manipulated, they this YouTube playlist is perfect for you.  All of the performances from that evening are present, in two-camera forms, and includes much that did not make it into the show, including a live set by The Dead Air Fresheners, a band with which I perform!  These videos are some of the first two-camera edits I’ve ever done, and while I’m not going to say these are great visual representations, they are pretty decent for what they are.  The full, stereo recordings of the performances are included with these videos, and give you a chance to hear things as they were that night.

Also included in this show is a 30 minutes “pre-game show” by Ricardo Wang, playing a few tracks of his choosing.  

This show was a lot of fun.  I hope you enjoy it, too.  

Playlist:

01.) Introduction * Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson
02.) Piece 1 * ALTO!
03.) Piece 1 * Fiasco
04.) “The In” * Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson
05.) “Charlie Sheen Party” * Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson
06.) Entire Performance * Jeremy C. Long

What’s This Called? w/ Paco Jones, LIVE!

Paco Jones

Paco Jones

What’s This Called? w/ Paco Jones, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by our good friend Paco Jones, as he performs his new EP, A Second Chance Again.)

A good friend to both Ricardo Wang and myself, Paco Jones has played on both of our shows a number of times, and it a performer like no other.  Following with his heart, he produced music that is singularly his.  While the sounds range from singer-songwriter inclinations, and ranges through the furthest reaches of experimental, to add these descriptors to him feels a bit like cheating.  Paco Jones is Paco Jones, and to hear him is to know what he’s all about.

With that in mind, this show displays his talents in a number of beautiful ways.  First, we get a few samplings from his recorded work.  Then, Paco performs the entirety of his new release, A Second Chance Again, in addition to a song he wrote about recording this EP with Steve Fisk.  Then, Ricardo and Paco sit down to discuss music and art to close out the show.  If you’re looking for an entrance into this unique artist’s work, this is the show for you.

It’s always fun to work with Ricardo, and I’m very pleased with how this show turned out.  Special thanks should also be given to Tunacan Jones, who not only lent a hand with the show, but filmed the black and white video clip that you see above.  Tunacan: you rock.

Thanks for listening!

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Playlist:

01.) Film Score #1 * Paco Jones * CDR

02.) Live * Paco Jones on What’s This Called?

03.) Film Score #2 * Paco Jones * CDR

04.) Interview * Paco Jones on What’s This Called?

05.) Nothing Time * Paco Jones * Lost in the Supermarket

06.) Interview * Paco Jones on What’s This Called?

07.) Y * Paco Jones * CDR

Paco Jones, Live On What’s This Called?

LIVE

LIVE

Paco Jones, Live On What’s This Called?

Saturday July 6th at 12 Noon

Paco Jones

Performing Live On

What’s This Called?

Hosted by Ricardo Wang

Engineered by Austin Rich of BlasphuphmusRadio.com

Supporting his new EP A Second Chance Again.

Visit soundcloud.com/paco-jones for more information.

LIVE

LIVE

 

 

 

July 6th at 12 Noon.

Performing Live On

What’s This Called?

Hosted by Ricardo Wang

What’s This Called? w/ Holy Filament, Overdose The Katatonic & Death Pact Jazz Ensemble, LIVE!

Death Pact Jazz Ensemble

Death Pact Jazz Ensemble

What’s This Called? w/ Holy Filament, Overdose The Katatonic & Death Pact Jazz Ensemble, LIVE!
(Featuring the usual What’s This Called? chicanery, plus live performances by Holy Filament, Overdose The Katatonic & the noise super-group, Death Pact Jazz Ensemble, in preparation for their show tonight at Habesha Lounge.)

Join Ricardo Wang and I as we squeeze an excellent DJ set – and three live performances – into a show that almost wasn’t, on kpsu.org.  This week’s show couldn’t have happened without the stellar assistance of DJ Dirty Mollie of the Whitechappel Circus, for helping out with both the gear, and contacting staff members to help out in a pinch.  This show was truly a group effort, and you will get to hear it all in this nearly two-hour set of fantastic radio.

Ricardo’s pre-game show, featuring all of Sun Ra’s Atlantis, was enough to put anyone in the mood, but not only was he able to fit in a fantastic DJ set, but live performances by two noise masters, and their super-group, Death Pact Jazz Ensemble.  All three are performing tonight at Habesha Lounge for a noise show that features Abusive Consumer, and the legendary Dead Air Fresheners, featuring me, Austin Rich, delivering an actual Blasphuphmus sermon as part of the show.  Both Holy Filament and Overdose The Katatonic have releases on Den Of Dead Trees Recordings, a label that specializes in experimental and avant-guard recording projects.  Their split – Absolute Insult – is a tribute to their kind of forward-thinking soundscapes that alter as well as focus the mind.

If you like what you hear, come to the show!  This promises to be a lot of fun.  Personally, I’ve already had a great day working with these guys once today.  Playing a show with them is going to be pretty fantastic.

See ya there.

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Playlist:

01.) Cold Dust * Cabbage Patch Kill Dolls * CDR
02.) Track 3 * Daniel Menche * Flaming Tongues
03.) Welcome to the New Killer Bees * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * I Am That Great And Fiery Force
04.) II Porno Star * Shellac * At Action Park
05.) You’re Out of the Computer * Bingo Gazingo & My Robot Friend * Songs in the Key of Z Vol. 2

06.) Holy Filament LIVE on What’s This Called?

07.) Heart of the Heartland * Mark Kennis * Songs in the Key of Z Vol. 2

08.) Overdose the Katatonic LIVE on What’s This Called?

09.) Urban Wolves Are Watching * Select Sex * Demo
10.) Demolished * Unwound * The Future of What?
11.) Attack On Love * Yo La Tengo * Electr-O-Purra

12.) Death Pact Jazz Ensemble LIVE on What’s This Called?

What’s This Called? with Forrest Friends, Live!

Forrest Friends

Forrest Friends

What’s This Called? with Forrest Friends, Live!
(Featuring the woodland drone of Forrest Friends, Live!.)

Woah.  When I sit down to do radio lately, one would think that I’m merely teaming up with Ricardo Wang to bring you yet another incredible band on  What’s This Called?  What can I say?  We make a good team, and as co-host, it has been pretty nice to get to meet all of these incredible artists lately, and bring their sound to you as best we can.  This week, of course, was no exception, as we were fortunately enough to host the outdoor audio of Forrest Friends, a pair of noisy furries with a set of strange and wonderful sounds guaranteed to mesmerize you.

Clear you mind.  Imagine you are camping, and the sun is low in the sky.  You decide to grab your flask, and go for a walk, sticking to the trail at first, but eventually finding the urge to wander off toward the sun.  As you get further into the trees, you hear a sound, and as you follow it, you begin to make out the sounds of several species of small furry animals, gathered in a clearing, grooving to the sounds of drones, percussion, woodwinds, and other magnificent sounds.  You inch your way closer… not too close, as you’re not quite sure what to expect.  But as the evening slowly descends, you realize that these sounds are exactly what you want to be – need to be – hearing.

That is the sound of Forrest Friends.

Enjoy!

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Playlist:

01.) The Village of Terrifying Fright * Windmill Music
02.) Threnody For Sharon Tate * Freddie Hubbard

03.) Performance I * Forrest Friends * 23 March 2013 What’s This Called?

04.) Camelot Haze * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

05.) Interview * Forrest Friends

06.) Marine * Francis Dhomont * A Storm Of Drones

07.) Performance II * Forrest Friends * 23 March 2013 What’s This Called?

08.) untitled (Track 9) * Daniel Menche * Eye On The Steel

What’s This Called? with Tres Gone, Live!

Tres Gone on What's This Called?

Tres Gone on What’s This Called?

What’s This Called? with Tres Gone, Live!
(Containing the soothing sounds of Tres Gone performing live.)

Saturdays were made for radio, and whenever Eric Hausmann is in the house, it can only mean that you must be listening to What’s This Called?   Ricardo Wang and I work to bring you a soothing performance by Tres Gone: Mike Mahaffay, Scott Steele and Eric, bringing you improvisational mastery in a way to kick off your weekend.

Following a half-hour pre-game show featuring hand-picked selections by the host himself, I mixed a great back and forth by these improvisational masters.  While many young artists love to just make some noise, when you have performers of this caliber, the art of listening seems to be front and center in this show.  This is one of those great shows where you can actually feel the energy in the room in the performance as its recorded, and you can take a look at the pictures and video I shot at the link below.  I love working with musicians of this nature, and I can only hope that you can tell.

Thanks again, everyone for letting be a part of this show.  Take care!

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Playlist:

01.) Slip Inside This House * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere
02.) Threnody For Sharon Tate * Freddie Hubbard
03.) Mohawk * Chelsea Light Moving * Chelsea Light Moving
04.) Check It All Out * Black Heat * No Time To Burn
05.) Levitation * 13th Floor Elevators
06.) Sorcery [Live] * Charles Lloyd
07.) Reflections On a Symphony [Excerpt] * Mike Mahaffay * Interprets Charles Ives’ “Universe Symphony”
08.) Underground * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

09.) Live Performance * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? 16 March 2013

10.) Moving Malaise * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

What’s This Called? with Four Dimensional Nightmare, Live!

Four Dimensional Nightmare

Four Dimensional Nightmare

What’s This Called? with Four Dimensional Nightmare, Live!
(Featuring a mind-searing performance by Four Dimensional Nightmare!)

My last few appearances on What’s This Called? has been in concert with Cosmic Jim, and while I love any chance I get to listen to music he recommends, it was really great to return to the studio with Ricardo Wang himself.  And for this show, I was given a really great treat, as I was able to run sound for a live performance by Four Dimensional Nightmare!  Any chance I get to run sound for anyone is an excellent treat, but this artist not only delivered a full on electronic / guitar assault, but managed to cause us all to hallucinate just from the power of the music.

As an experiment for this performance, I shot a video of the entire performance, which you can find below.  This is in line with a new project that Blasphuphmus Radio  is working on, which will be announce soon.  In the meantime, enjoy this video – filmed on location in the KPSU Studios on The Portland State University campus.

In addition to all of this, I added Ricardo Wang’s 10 minutes “pre-game show,” featuring a Jimi Hendrix live remix, and other psyche-rock gems.  This show is the complete package.

Enjoy!

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Playlist:

01.) Up From The Skies * The Jimi Hendrix Experience
02.) Smashed / Blocked * John’s Children
03.) Dr. Doom * 13th Floor Elevators
04.) Icicles * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
05.) LIVE * Four Dimensional Nightmare * What’s This Called? Radio
06.) Time Dilations in a Holographic Universe * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
07.) Interview * Four Dimensional Nightmare * What’s This Called? Radio
08.) Burned Out Gods * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles

What’s This Called? with Sky Chance, Live!

Sky Chance

Sky Chance

What’s This Called? with Sky Chance, Live!
(Featuring a Live Performance by Sky Chance, who moved to Portland to play this gig!)

Join Ricardo Wang – with yours truly running sound – for a mind-melting performance by the (now local) psychedelic noise artist, Sky Chance!  This performance blew away audiences live on What’s This Called? (brought to you by kpsu.org), and is now available for stream or download from this very site!  Relive the joy, the horror, and the oddity that was, is, and will be the immortal Sky Chance.

Hailing from Austin Texas, Sky Chance brings his particular form of poetic drone and noise makes its way across the country in a rather unusual way: after some time in a down of his choosing, he will book some shows elsewhere, and move to that location to try his hand there.  As a one-man band, this kind of lifestyle is not only possible, but returns to him the style of traveling bard that evokes as much Woody Guthrie as it does lute-toting artists on the Renaissance.  Yet, Sky Chance is very much rooted in the “now,” bringing gadgets and computers together to create soundscapes that are not only unique, but offer a perfect counterpoint to his lyrics, equally composed and improvised as the moment calls for it.  Sky Chance is an artists of a unique brand, and catching him live is something I cannot recommend enough.

Near the end of the show, Ricardo and Sky Chance chat about music and art, and below you will find a link to a photoset of images and videos I shot during the show.  This one was a real joy, and I had a great time mixing the sound.  Hopefully, you enjoy it as much as I do, too.

Sky Chance, LIVE!

Sky Chance, LIVE!

Enjoy!

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Playlist:

01.) Letter to Metro (Zombi Remix) * Mogwai * A Wrenched Virile Lore
02.) Tornado Warning * Hammock * Departure Songs
03.) Nose Art * Flying Lotus * Cosmogramma
04.) LIVE * Sky CHance * on What’s This Called?
05.) Emerald Fanged Dancer * Expo 70 * Black Ohms
06.) Tyken’s Rift * Steve Morse * Light Echoes
07.) The Wolf * Swans * The Seer

What’s This Called? with Crank Sturgeon, Styrofoam Sanchez & Overdose The Katatonic, Live!

It's A Noise-plosion!

It’s A Noise-plosion!

What’s This Called? with Crank Sturgeon, Styrofoam Sanchez & Overdose The Katatonic, Live!
(Featuring a triple-header, experimental jam with legendary noise artists Crank Sturgeon, Styrofoam Sanchez, and Overdose The Katatonic, each doing solo sets, and then jamming together!)

It’s always a lot of fun when any one of these artists manage to make their way onto the What’s This Called? airwaves, and usually Ricardo Wang is kind enough to throw me a bone, and bring me in when it’s time to run sound.  Each of these artists have not only managed to perform in the kpsu.org studios, but bring with them a reputation that not only precedes them, but demands that listeners drop everything and listen with rapt attention for the duration of their sets.  Furthermore, when you factor in the rabid What’s This Called? listening audience, and its a guarantee that any number of people worldwide are bumping any artist that appears on this show.

However, today’s show was a special treat.  Not only did we get three full sets of noisy goodness, but one included a three-way jam that was not only mesmerizing, but managed to bring the fuckin’ house down for anyone who managed to hear the event.  First, we had a full set by the legendary Crank Sturgeon, an artist that I’ve had the pleasure to see a number of times now, but who always manages to captivate and confound even the most hardened of listeners.  Next, we had a truncated set by Styrofoam Sanchez, a trio of incredible noise sculptures who pulled out all the stops with a Halloween-themed set that was not only mind melting, but almost terrifying.  We topped the show off with a two-for-one deal, beginning with a mini-set by the wall-of-sound stylings of Overdose The Katatonic, who’s weird and wonderful ear candy set the stage for an improvised jam with all three groups, blending into a fantastic cacophony that you can only hear on What’s This Called?

I was extremely pleased to be a part of this fantastic sampling of audio insanity, and it is one more reason why I’m thrilled to be a member of the What’s This Called? team.  But really, to experience, just follow the link above.  Your ears will thank you.

More audio madness is coming your way all throughout the month of October, so stay tuned!

MyFacester+ Photoset (Includes three short videos, too!)

What’s This Called? 13 October 2012

01.) Breeze Full of Spirits * David and Jad Fair * Halloween Songs
02.) Nibby Grimes * Miss Massive Snowflake * Tandan
03.) Live * Crank Sturgeon * on What’s This Called?
04.) Remix by Muddmakr – My Brother’s Guns & Knives * Remora * Tandaan
05.) Live * Styrofoam Sanchez * on What’s This Called?
06.) Zombie King * David and Jad Fair * Halloween Songs
07.) Coda Cacciatori * Party Killer * Tandaan
08.) Live * Overdose the Katatonic w/ Crank Sturgeon & Styrofoam Sanchez * on What’s This Called?

Episode 181: Commentary Track

Ricardo, Hard At Work

Ricardo, Hard At Work

Episode 181: Commentary Track
(Featuring a behind-the-scenes recording of what it’s like in the studio with Ricardo Wang, host of What’s This Called?)

I have always been interested in behind-the-scenes aspects to media.  There is something fascinating about the notion that there are things happening that you don’t see, and any opportunity I can get to read an interview, talk to someone, or just be there when there’s something happening, has been part of the impulse for me to get involved in radio.  I think most people who wind up being DJs are nerds, and we’re the kind of people that post to forums, read Wikipedia obsessively, and listen to all the commentary tracks we can get our hands on.

The idea to do a radio commentary track has been bouncing around in my head for a while now.  While variations on this idea have been percolating for years, it was put into focus as to how easy it would be during the infamous DJ Throwdown that happened in January of this year.  DJs are an interesting breed, and any one of them has a million stories, about how they got into the business, and about the music they play.  While Miss Rikki Lee and I have tried to integrate the “stories” element into our particular shows together, this opportunity to hang out during Ricardo’s 7 Year Anniversary seemed like the perfect combination of opportunity and event to make this happen.

Special thanks this week to Ryan, Renee and Lennon, all of whom contributed to the conversations that made up this show, and to KPSU, for hosting his show.  In the show, I make reference to the first time Ricardo appeared on KPSU, and fortunately, the episode is now called Sub-Basement Psyche, broadcast on 5 August 2005.  At the time, I had switched my show to an all-psyche rock show, because I had just discovered Nuggets and was getting really excited about rock and roll.  I did not name my shows in those days, so this name comes from a mix CD Ricardo gave me the day we did this show.  While I have tried to track down everything on it, there are still a few gems that cause me to hang on to it to this very day.  If you are ever so lucky to get a mix CD from Ricardo, you are lucky.  You can hear pretty much the entire one he made for me in this show.  I am so happy that, 7 years later, his show is still going strong.

I shot some behind-the-scenes photos, which are available on our Picasa Page.  The last photo should be credited to Miss Rikki Lee.

Thanks again to everyone who tunes into our show, the first one posted on our new official domain!  I’m really excited about moving the show into new places, and this is one that I’ve been wanting to go for quite some time.  If you aren’t already, use this opportunity to access the iTunes link to the right, and subscribe to our show.  It’s entirely free, and I often post the collaborates between myself and Ricardo.  There are a variety of subscription options in iTunes, and if you would leave a comment about what you like about our program, we will use that information to help improve the show.

See you in seven.

Commentary Track

Introduction: Are You Gonna Start Soon?
In this segment, I introduce everyone to the show.

Part I: Pre-Game Show Warm-Up.
In this segment, Ricardo Wang, Ryan, Renee & Lennon talk about music and radio during the “pre-game show” that Ricardo was mixing during the 11 AM hour.

Part II: Commentary Track.
In this segment, I interview Ricardo while he’s performing his show, getting a historic overview of his career, and some insight into the songs that he picked for this particular show.

What’s This Called? 7 Year Anniversary Special!

Ricardo Wang & His Son Perform The Legal ID

Ricardo Wang & His Son Perform The Legal ID

What’s This Called? 7 Year Anniversary Special!
(Featuring a two-hour celebration of all things What’s This Called?, with surprise guests and a kick-ass set of fantastic music.)

Ricardo Wang has been a radio personality just about longer than everyone currently in the business, and seven years ago he began the newest incarnation of his program in the humble basement of KPSU.  His enthusiasm for radio, and his extensive knowledge of music in general (and experimental music in particular) made him an extremely valuable resource at KPSU, and ever since has been belting out and hour of fantastic music every week.  I was fortunate enough to be involved with his program from the very beginning, when he first guested on my show when he wanted to learn the KPSU ropes, and we’ve been friends ever since.  It was not hard to say yes when he asked if I would join him for his 7 Year Anniversary, and this episode contains an extended format that gives the listener a fantastic cross-section of what his program is like.

My role in this program is more behind the scenes than anything else, and there was a bit of miniature party going on with the guests milling around in the lobby.  A few of Ricardo’s friends (and former WTC guests) called in to wish him a happy anniversary, and on the whole it was a great way to celebrate a show that has consistently impressed everyone, and will hopefully continue to entertain and please listeners for another seven years.  In the meantime, you can enjoy this stellar show from the comfort of your own computer, thanks to the wonders of modern digital technology.

If you’re not already tuning in every Saturday, do yourself a favor and park your receiver at kpsu.org on Saturdays (or at 98.1 FM on the PSU campus).  Between this, Closet Radio, & Hogwash Hodgepodge & Musical Detritus, there’s pretty much nothing else for you to listen to if you want to have a good time.

Enjoy!

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What’s This Called? 7-Year Anniversary Special!

Introduction
01.) Women On The Screen * Boris

Part I: 11 AM
02.) Freeform Radio * Ricardo Wang
(When the 11 AM DJ didn’t come in, Ricardo performed an extended, free-form mix of music that kicked a lot of ass, and was mixed entirely off the cuff.  The program begins with this mix, in its entirety, in preparation of the main event.)

Part II: 12 Noon.
03.) Der Mussolini * DAF * Electricity
04.) Time Dilations in a Holographic Universe * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
05.) Otherness Blue * Sun Ra * My Brother the Wind Volume II
06.) Somebody Else’s World * Sun Ra * My Brother the Wind Volume II
07.) Obe * Fela Kuti * The ’69 LA Sessions
08.) Back to Nature * Fad Gadget * Electricity
09.) Track 8 * Abusive Consumer * Concrete Decimation in Dub
10.) The Modest Ambitions of Cedric the Centipede * Edward Ka-Spel * Dream Logik Part Two
11.) Slip It to the Android * Chrome * Alien Soundtracks
12.) Nancy Knows * Jandek * Glad to Get Away

What’s This Called? w/ Overdose The Katatonic, LIVE!

Overdose The Katatonic

Overdose The Katatonic

What’s This Called? w/ Overdose The Katatonic, LIVE!
(Featuring a live set by the soothing sounds of Overdose The Katatonic.)

No stranger to What’s This Called?, Overdose The Katatonic is a solo noise project that hits the spot if you like harsh drones, sudden changes of pace, or are just interested in a little something new.  This 11 minute live set, mixed with a number of selections by none other than Ricardo Wang, your experimental host with the noisiest most.  Today’s show would make an excellent jam, so download it and burn a disc that you can bump in your car as you head out to the river, or stuff it into your i-object of choice for the perfect jogging soundtrack.

As usual, I run the sound during the performance, which was not only super intense, but quite excellent to watch.  Both Ricardo and I snapped shots, and there’s a few minutes of video, too.  So for the complete multi-media experience, this is your one-stop shopping.

It sounds like he’s be back this way in October, so you may get another chance to hear this kind of thing again, but in the meantime: here’s a link to his 18 June 2011 performance on What’s This Called?  Even in small doses, this is guaranteed to knock your socks off.

Enjoy!

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Playlist:

01.) All Data Lost * Chrome * Alien Soundtracks
02.) I’m Insane * Sonic Youth * Bad Moon Rising
03.) Track Two * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
04.) Colour Field v500 (Wire Tapper edit) * Icarus * Wire Tapper 29
05.) Live 7/10 * ODTK Trio * CDR

06.) LIVE * Overdose the Katatonic * on What’s This Called?

07.) Scrambled Brains * Overdose the Katatonic * CDR
08.) Ill Valley Prodigies * Liars * WIXIW
09.) Freak Puke * Melvins Lite * Freak Puke
10.) Maniacal Tripidation * Guggenheim Doppelganger * ladyz in noyz 3

What’s This Called? DJ Throwdown

Three... Two...

The Judges

What’s This Called? DJ Throwdown, w/ Austin Rich! (Judged by Jonathon Boober & Miss Rikki!)
(A No-format-barred battle to out-experimental each other, between Ricardo Wang & Austin Rich!)

Last week Ricardo Wang called me and put me up to the challenge: a good old fashioned weird-off, on his show.  It seemed like the perfect way to start the year, and so I stepped up, piling my bag full of vinyl and .mp3s of my favorite musical oddities.  Miss Rikki and Jonathon Boober were elected as judges, to insure that everyone played fair.  The results were one of the most fun two hours I’ve had on radio in a while.  Ladies and gentleman, our DJ Throwndown, performed with the impending threat of a snowpacalyse, live on the radio.

There’s not much else I can say about this one, as the show speaks for itself.  I was happy to play some of my favorite oddities from my collection, and I had almost as much fun throwing together a hodge-podge of music to answer anything Ricardo Wang was willing to throw down.  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that he has now sparked a virus among our DJs, and you won’t have to wait long to hear the next one.

Then, of course, there’s the 2 PM hour…

See you in 120.

DJ Throwdown

(Note: Ricardo’s Selections are not present, as we lost the original playlist that he posted.  If you would like to know the songs in question that he played, e-mail him for the answers.  We apologize for this loss in data.)

# Title * Artist * Album * Other Information
01.) Introduction * Ricardo Wang & Austin Rich * What’s This Called? * Live on 14 January 2012
02.) (Ricardo Selection)
03.) Phantom Fire Ball * Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno * “Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno European Tour 2005” Cosmic Funeral Route 666 * Self-Released
04.) (Ricardo Selection)
05.) Withers in the Whist (Wandering Embers Mix) * People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz * Withers in the Waking * Touch 7 Records
06.) Agent Oranges (Fancy Mix) * Replikants * This Is Our Message * 5 Rue Christine Records
07.) (Ricardo Selection)
08.) I Remember Us Naked (Blues Version) * Post-Materialists * I Remember Us Naked * Self-Released
09.) (Ricardo Selection)
10.) (Ricardo Selection)
11.) Wild Thing * Senator Everett McKinley & The Hardly-Worthit Players Featuring Bill Minkin * Wild Thing 7″ * Parkway Records
12.) (Ricardo Selection)
13.) Power * John Oswald * 69 Plunderphonics 96 * Seeland Records
14.) (Ricardo Selection)
15.) Mecho Madness * The Homosexuals * Astral Glamour * Hyped 2 Death Records
16.) (Ricardo Selection)
17.) Ballet Dans Le Cosmos * Janko Nilovic * Percussions Dans L’Espace
18.) (Ricardo Selection)
19.) History Repeats Itself Part II * Buddy Starcher * History Repeats Itself * Decca Records
20.) (Ricardo Selection)
21.) Polylog * Frank Bretschneider * EXP * Self-Released
22.) (Ricardo Selection)
23.) (Ricardo Selection)
24.) The Bublight * The Blue Men (Joe Meek) * I Hear A New World * RPM Records
25.) (Ricardo Selection)
26.) Tron Scherzo * Wendy Carlos & The London Philharmonic Orchestra * Tron Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
27.) Various Selections From “Side Two” * Star Trek Cast * Trek Bloopers * Blue Pear Records
28.) (Ricardo Selection)

What’s This Called? w/ Ilima Considine!

Ilima Considine

Ilima Considine

What’s This Called? w/ Ilima Considine!
(Where Austin Rich, acting as Ricardo Wang’s proxy, performs an interview with Ilima about her new projects.)

Today on What’s This Called? Ricardo Wang featured an interview with local artist Ilima Considine.  In-Studio interview with Ilima Considine.  However, Ricardo was suffering from a frog lodged inexplicably in his throat.  So, at the last minute, I stepped up to the plate and offered my vocals for the purposes of helping interview, and feature, her band The Sexbots, with tracks from their new album, and some violin pieces from a zombie movie soundtrack that she recorded.  Check out her website (liked above) for information about upcoming shows, and how you can get a copy of her new album, Don’t Stop.   While I always feel a little strange filling in for The Wang, he was there the whole time helping guide the show, and this is very much a WTC? show in every form.

Enjoy!

What’s This Called? w/ Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III, Live!

Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III

Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III

What’s This Called? w/ Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III, Live!
(Featuring a live performance by noise veteran Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III!)

KPSU Playlist

Picasa Photoset

In another fortunate twist of fate, Ricardo Wang asked me to run sound for a live performance by Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III.  Cornelius is not stranger to KPSU, having played on both What’s This Called? and Live Friday in the past.  His particular brand of heavy drone is music to my ears, and I was happy to help set up his gear this time around.  There are a couple of videos I show in the Picasa photoset, one partially filmed by Lennon, too.  This one is not to be missed.  Enjoy!

What’s This Called? w/ Asian Women On The Telephone, Live!

Asian Women On The Telephone

Asian Women On The Telephone

What’s This Called? w/ Asian Women On The Telephone, Live!
(Featuring a live performance by Russian dadaists, Asian Women On The Telephone.)

KPSU Playlist

Flickr Photoset (Dead Air)

Flickr Photoset (Closet Photography)

Join us for an on-air exclusive with this mysterious and amazing band from Russia, on tour and stopping in at KPSU for a brief engagement.  Asian Women On The Telephone have made quite a name for themselves since they first started in 2007, and it is worth your time to track down their recordings.  I was very lucky to get to run sound for them when they came to KPSU, and I want to thank Ricardo Wang for inviting me to assist.  They were fun, considerate, and came bearing gifts.  It was a great show, and you can hear it all on this recording.

Enjoy!

What’s This Called? w/ Callow, Live!

Callow

Callow

What’s This Called w/ Callow, Live!
(Featuring a live performance by touring artists, Callow.)

KPSU Playlist

Picasa Photoset

Join Ricardo Wang for a live performance by Callow, on tour and stopping in at KPSU for a live performance and interview.  I’ll be running sound, and it should be a lot of fun.  Here’s Ricardo Wang’s press release:

“Today on What’s This Called? from Noon to 1 PM Pacific time we present a live in-studio appearance from Bay Area spacey ethereal dream-pop duo Callow http://callow.bandcamp.com/. Never mind the blistering sun outside, pull the blinds, light a candle and drift off with us.”

What’s This Called? w/ Crank Sturgeon & Pop Culture Rape Victim, LIVE!

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim (by Ricardo Wang)

What’s This Called? w/ Crank Sturgeon & Pop Culture Rape Victim, LIVE!

Picasa Photoset

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim when they played on What’s This Called?  There are two videos included above, and actually sound pretty good for what they are.

Enjoy!

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim (by Austin Rich)

What’s This Called? w/ Night of the Living Tongue, LIVE!

Jennifer Robin, hostess of Night Of The Living Tongue

Jennifer Robin, hostess of Night Of The Living Tongue

Night of the Living Tongue on What’s This Called?, LIVE!

While I did not run live sound for this appearance by Night of the Living Tongue, I did perform as part of the show, playing the ukulele my mom gave me, and later, playing a Dead Air Fresheners CD case for percussion. Night of the Living Tongue was a show that used to appear on KBOO, that took an improvised form while it was on the air, hosted and run by Jennifer Robin, a current collaborator of the aforementioned Dead Air Fresheners. This one is full of spoken word and noise, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

However, I am saying: you should listen to it.

What’s This Called? w/ New Red Sun, LIVE!

New Red Sun

New Red Sun

What’s This Called? w/ New Red Sun, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by, you guessed it, New Red Sun.)

This week, Ricardo Wang and I switched time slots so he could bring you a live performance by local experimental rockers, New Red Sun! (I keep thinking of Superman Comics when I hear that name.)  Of course, I ran the sound for it, and have to say, this performance is a must-listen!

What’s This Called? w/ Abusive Delay, LIVE!

 

Abusive Delay

Abusive Delay

What’s This Called? w/ Abusive Delay, LIVE!

I ran sound today for Abusive Delay during What’s This Called? It’s always fun to do sound for Ricardo’s bands, as they are generally off the beaten path, and not your typical musician anyway. If you want some weird, electronic, sometimes ambient, somethings aggressive noise, music, then this is the show for you.

What’s This Called? w/ Howlin’ Houndog, LIVE!

Howlin' Houndog

Howlin’ Houndog

What’s This Called? w/ Howlin’ Houndog, LIVE!

And while you’re at it: I ran sound today for What’s This Called?, because today Howlin’ Houndog and His Infamous Loosers played! It was a pretty damn cool show, so if you like Beefheartian-Roots Rock, then you should also download this show.

How’s It Named?

Austin "Time Lord" Rich

Austin “Time Lord” Rich

How’s It Named?

For those of you who missed yesterday’s episode of What’s This Called?, fear not! The power of the Inter-Web enables you to retrieve a recording of this broadcast at your leisure, and thus listen to it with the .mp3 playing device of your choice.

Nov 8th, 2008 Broadcast from noon – 1 PM. (Note: we went over by a few minutes, and so our last voice over may be recorded in the following hour.)

In preparation for the show, Ricardo created this really cool photo remix (featured right). This was included in all the promotion he did for this episode, and you can find more information about this photo (and viewer comments) here. If I were you, I’d check out the rest of his photos, too. Very, very cool.

What’s This Called? w/ Mortal Engines, LIVE!

Sugar Skull

Sugar Skull

What’s This Called? w/ Mortal Engines, LIVE!

Ricardo hosted the group Mortal Engines on What’s This Called?, and I got tapped to run live sound. Well, little did I know that three of these recordings would wind up on one of their albums: Sugar Skull. It was really cool to get credited again for some live sound work I’ve done, and the album is well worth checking out.  Hopefully there won’t be nearly as much of a gap between this and the next radio appearance I make.  This was just too much fun to put off this long again.