The BEST Halloween Playlists you have never heard of, until now

Aquarium Drunkard. Bookmark it. Put it on your daily reads list. Educate yourself on all sorts of awesome music that isn’t on commercial radio (but we play on WDCV!). Their vintage mixtapes are the stuff of legend. Perfectly crafted finds from scratchy records that might have languished in a forgotten box in your neighbors basement but these expert diggers source, curate, and share these gems for all of our benefit.

My favorite ones are the Trick or Treat Mixtapes filled with a focus on 60’s garage and surf rock monster tunes but other vintage gems are peppered in there. You won’t hear Monster Mash but I promise you will hear tunes you wish you heard before today. I can only find volumes 5-9 online and if you can find me 1-4 I will forever be in your debt.

They have 7-9 still posted and 5 and 6 links straight to a sketchy download site.  So, for your trick or treat bag I have downloaded all 5-9 for your enjoyment and also because they keep removing the old ones and I don’t want them to disappear forever. 

If you like these I highly recommend their other holiday mixtapes “Lit up like a Christmas Tree Vol. 1 and 2′ And “Christmas Jambree :: A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape”.  Really, just use this link to search any post with the term ‘mixtape’ in it and you are likely to stumble upon the best treasure trove of downloadable vintage jams you never knew were missing from your life until now. 

I’m also a fan of the Bomboclat! Island Soak series.  Really, you can’t go wrong on any of these mixtapes.  Happy listening!

WDCV Archive: 88-91

We are dipping into a few archived shows from yesteryear. 
4-27-88 Mello Mike & DJ Red in Full Effect (Hip Hop Show)

2-8-89 Manifesto with DJ Joe George (Alternative)

You can still catch DJ Joe George on WDCV-FM Tuesday Mornings from 6-8am
11-2-88 manifesto

6-30-91 Manifesto

College Radio Day(s)-Pop Up Record Shop 10/5 & First Friday 10/6

College Radio Day is technically Friday October 6th but we here at WDCV like to stretch out our celebrations over multiple days. 

Thursday October 5th – Pop Up Record Shop! 9am-3pmn

We are going to bring our favorite Vinyl Slinger, Dennis Gotthard, back to campus for a Pop Up Record Shop on Thursday October 5th from 9am-3pm in the HUB lower Level.  Dennis always brings a mighty collection to campus with countless genres and artists to choose from so please consider supporting on of our favorite small businesses while celebrating College Radio.  You can also find some of Dennis’ collection at Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb on N. Hanover St.


Friday October 6th – First Friday Downtown – 5pm-8pm

October’s First Friday Music Walk is this Friday October 6th from 5pm – 8pm in Downtown Carlisle. We will finish out our College Radio Day Celebration by taking our tunes to the streets of Carlisle.  We will be set up next to the clothes vine.  Stop by for free stickers, buttons and cd’s and you can buy one of our WDCV t-shirts while you are there.

Album Review-The 1975’s “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it”


I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
The 1975
released February 26, 2016

The reintroduces the England-based group’s eclectic sound, which ranges from gospel to late 80s synth-pop. Their self titled first track is a re-imagination of a song off their previous album. Rather than the angst they expressed in their first album, the band now introduces a more clear yet complex sound through this revitalized first track. The following songs, “Love Me” and “UGH!”, are fast tempo and upbeat, setting the stage for that late 80s early 90s synth-pop sound. Elaborate guitar riffs mixed with unique synth rhythms induce a care-free, wholesome feeling. Add in Matty Healy’s enthusiastic, sometimes sarcastic, vocals and the album appears to be a windows-rolled-down-roadtrip compilation. But as the the album progresses, the band introduces more unique pieces like “If I Believe You” which, with its added vocals, induces an evangelical gospel feeling. “Please Be Naked”, a non-lyrical piece that combines a simple piano melody and intense synth, acts as a transition piece to the group’s more emotional music. As the music becomes more intense, so do the lyrics. The 1975 deepen their characters with lines that question love, death, and the uncertainties of life. The song “Somebody Else” represents a deep emotional release, still reliant on simple piano chords and complex synth beats, creating a distinct and new sound that The 1975 beautifully utilizes. The album ends with “She Lays Down”, a track that is very intimate for the listener because it is solely Matty Healy, his guitar, and you. This song contemplates suicide but ultimately resolves with the wonder of life, reflecting the beauty of the melody and harmonizing guitar, ending the album on a dark but hopeful note, leaving the listener in a harmonic melancholy as the last notes ring.

Best Albums of 2015 – WDCV DJ Picks

As we get ready to ring in the new year, we at WDCV took a look back at our favorite albums of 2015. Here are some of the albums we had on repeat this year.

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Think
Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Grimes – Art Angels
Mountain Goats — Beat the Champ
Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
Lianne La Havas – Blood
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Mac Demarco – Another One
Pile – You’re Better Than This
UGK – Hard to Swallow
Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth – Epicenter
Alex G – Beach Music
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
Chvrches – Every Open Eye
Sufjan Stevens — Carrie & Lowell
Surfer Blood – 1000 Palms
Built to Spill – Untethered Moon
Kishi Bashi – String Quartet Live!
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Purity Ring—Another Eternity
Jeff the Brotherhood – Wasted on a Dream

College Radio Day- Pop Up Record Store Event, Live on Britton, First Friday Downtown

WDCV ALL DAY LONG! This is our prom. This is our birthday. This is the day where we get to celebrate our very existence. Will you celebrate with us? You have so many opportunities to show your support for the little station that could.
We will be on Britton Plaza over lunch (11-1pm)and we have an extra special guest just for the day. Dennis Gotthard is one of our favorite people in Carlisle but most people know him by the name the Mannequin Man.  He has an incredible, vast space just outside of town where he has a maze of building FILLED with mannequins, store fixtures, oddities and records.  So Many Records.  Thousands and thousands of them.  And for just one day he will bring it all out for a pop up shop where you can peruse his wares and purchase vinyl, quirky vintage items, mannequins and other surprises.  He should be set up on Britton Plaza unless there is poor weather, then he will be in the underground in the HUB.

We did a story about Dennis and his wonderland of mannequins and records last year.  Take 8 minutes and listen to his incredible stories and start making a wishlist for what you hopes he brings to campus to sell.  He only takes cash and checks so start saving your pennies and have your ATM card handy!

At 5pm we will be set up downtown for First Friday and the theme is Music so OF COURSE we have to come out! We will be set up in between the Hamilton Restaurant and Warm Springs Salon in the Cumberland County Historical Society parking lot. Come chill with us, dance to lively tunes and celebrate our very special day!


Homecoming Weekend Open House Sept. 26th 2015 10-2pm

Come visit us in the WDCV Studios or stop by Britton plaza to meet djs, eat snacks, and wax nostalgic about your own time on the air at WDCV. Stop by the studio if you want to get back into the booth and put some tunes out on the air again (or for the first time!). All are welcome!
Saturday September 26th 10am-2pm.


Fall 2015 Local-ish Show Calendar

Did you know that there are places other than Philly, DC and Baltimore where you can see live music?  It’s true! You can drive between 20-60 minutes and see any of the shows listed below.  If you want more recommendations, just message us and we will set you on the path to awesome live music that is near by and affordable.


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The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company are 21+ only unless otherwise indicated. ID is required regardless of age.
50 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Recommended- Man Man.  You won’t see another show like it. Odd and full of energy.



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1916 N. Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
All Ages Shows

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Millworks – 340 Verbeke Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
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Recommended– Hot Jam Factory with Ton Taun
Dickinson Alum, Jordan Capizzi, is in Ton Taun.  Show some Dickinsonian support for great local music.




Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

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Recommended- Pitch Black Brass Band

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Chameleon Club
223 North Water St
Lancaster, PA 17603

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Music@Bosler Library 4/24 7pm Free: Country Bob & the Barbecue Boys Featuring WDCV DJ Davis Tracy

The Music@Bosler Library series presents…

Country Bob & the Barbecue Boys

Friday, April 24th 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Bosler Library

158 W. High Street in Carlisle

$$ FREE $$


In the Spring of 1983 while roasting Vienna sausages on a small hibachi on a patio overlooking Big Spring Creek in Newville Pennsylvania, Paul Strother, George Sneed, and Davis Tracy sat playing some of their favorite tunes.  This was the setting the three named themselves Country Bob & the Barbecue Boys.


Soon thereafter, Larry Marschall joined the Boys and in recent years Glenn Carson became a member.  Numerous other local and Tennessee born pickers have participated in the Country Bob experience, yet, to our knowledge, Bob himself remains unknown to this day.


With influences of folk, old-time stringband, traditional bluegrass, and Texas country music in their backgrounds, Country Bob plays works of Stephen Foster, Flatt & Scruggs, Guy Clark and John Hartford.  The band has played for Carlisle First Night, the first Bluegrass on the Grass in 1996, the Gettysburg Railroad tours at Aspers Fire Hall, and various backyard barbecues.


Glenn Carson – Fiddle and Banjo

Larry Marschall- Banjo

George Sneed- Mandolin

Paul Strother – Bass

Davis Tracy – Guitar