Frightening Halloween Albums!

In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve compiled a list of some albums that I have found genuinely disturbing at points. I’m sure there are many I’ve missed but these albums wouldn’t be absent from my rotation around Halloween! (in no particular order)


The FallBend Sinister (1986)

Named after a dystopian novel by Vladimir Nabokov, this album sets the The Fall in a dark place – it actually got mastered at a speed slower than intended which resulted in a ghastly and, pardon the pun, sinister, sound. The album is sludgy and slow-moving but the suspense is invigorating and the tones are haunting. One of my favorite Fall albums.


Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep (1994) – Perhaps the most interesting RZA side project, this album is also the least disturbing on the list. As an auditory experience, it’s not too uncomfortable but by the time RZA starts rapping about being nailed to a cross and chewing his arm off to escape, it’s hard not to become a little unsettled.


Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994) – Another 1994 album, this was Nine Inch Nails’ (Trent Reznor’s) masterpiece. They never topped this. The album is so good that Johnny Cash felt it necessary to cover the last song on the album, “Hurt”. A very moving experience of a man descending into the darkest places of the human conscience. Cathartic, depressing, exhilarating, and simply unforgettable.


The Sound – From The Lion’s Mouth (1981) – The second album from a very underrated post-punk band, this album is story of human suffering and human resilience. Never completely crafting their own identity, the Sound went under the radar, but this album deserves to be heard. A mellow, reverb filled synth ride along the neural pathways which we exile to our subconscious. Similarly to Ian Curtis, the lead singer of this band met a gruesome end. You’ll have to look it up if you’re interested.


Joy DivisionCloser (1980) – I do not like this album more than their debut album, Unknown Pleasures, but I have a much more difficult time listening to it. The tribal opening track “Atrocity Exhibition” is somehow the most upbeat song here. By the time the second half of the record kicks in, its completely tangible the kind of despair lead-singer Ian Curtis was feeling at the time. This would be the last studio album he recorded before he committed suicide by hanging.


Manic Street PreachersThe Holy Bible (1994) – I’ve sang the praises of this album so many times that I really don’t need to repeat myself. An album borne of depression, addiction, self-mutilation, and hopelessness, the subject matter includes prostitution, WW2, anorexia, drug addiction and the death penalty. The lead lyricist and guitarist, Richy Edwards, mysteriously went missing a few months after the album was released. It is theorized that he jumped off a bridge but a body has never been recovered. He was declared officially dead 12 years later. For a more in-depth look at this album, check out my review here.


DalekAbsence (2005) – I really don’t know how to describe this one so I won’t. It’s “abstract hip-hop” (supposedly), but it sounds like something you’d hear in a nightmare. Look it up and judge for yourself.


Brotha Lynch HungMannibalector (2013) – This guy is a veteran horror-core rapper and I don’t care what anyone says, this is his best work yet. His rapping is spot on and he flows like a madman. He’s like a mix of Tech9 and Bushwick Bill. The album is part of a concept-trilogy revolving around a cannibal/serial-killer/rapper. That about says it all. An excellent album.


The Cure – Pornography (1982)Their fourth album and part of their “dark trilogy”, this particular album marks the absolute dirgiest and darkest form this band every materialized in. An absolutely difficult album to listen to – it’s also a post-punk masterstroke. For God’s sake, the first lyrics in the album are – “It doesn’t matter if we all die” – and it just gets worse from there.

Honorable Mentions: PortisheadPortishead (1997), Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped (1991), Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box (1979), The Pop Group – Y (1979)

If you haven’t heard these albums, check them out! From all the folks at WPCR, have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!

We’re Back! And We Are Looking For New Members!

Welcome back to Plymouth everyone! We here at WPCR hope that everyone’s semester is off to a wonderful start! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a DJ, now is the time to find out! We are looking for new members who love music as much as we do and most importantly love sharing the music that they find with others! Our first meeting is tomorrow night in Memorial, room 103 at 9pm! Stop by for a while and see what we’re all about!

Top 3 Bands from Macrock!


Hey everyone, the exec board of WPCR had a great time down in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We saw a lot of great shows and talented bands so we’ve decided to compile our three favorites from everyone in one big list! If you’re looking for some underground talent, look no further!

Tristan Sherrell

  1. Grace Vonderkuhn
  2. Parlor Walls 
  3. Gym Shorts

Eric Halin

  1. Grace Vonderkuhn
  2. Band and the Beat
  3. Parlor Walls 

Lucas Davey

  1. Gym Shorts
  2. Grace Vonderkuhn
  3. Rovndhovse

Jack Swymer

  1. Roundhovse
  2. New England Patriots
  3. JΔNVS

Kyle Rainville

  1. All Hell
  2. Den-mate
  3. Crown Larks

Joshua Butler

  1. Parlor Walls 
  2. Parlor Walls 
  3. Parlor Walls 

Nick Einstman

  1. Pete Curry
  2. No Honeymoon
  3. Big Weird

The New Exec Board!

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Hey all, thanks to everyone who participated in our elections last week. The results are in and next year’s executive board is as follows:

General Manager – Joshua Butler
Assistant General Manager – Tristan Sherrell
Training – Eric Halin
Music Director – Tyler Powers
Art Director – Bobby Schwartz
Programming – Kyle Rainville

 Promotions – Lucas Davey

Congrats to all! – Let’s make next year an unforgettable one!

Second Annual Festivus Show with The Humble and Crown Colony!

Hey everyone!

Be sure to come stop by for our second annual Festivus celebration this coming Friday (2/19/16) in the HUB Hage Room! The show will start at 7:30pm! The Humble will be jamming along with Crown Colony so don’t miss it! Admission will be free to all students with a Plymouth ID. If you are not a Plymouth student and want to come, please contact us.

P.S. Check out Tyler Tippin’s new review on Beach House’s Depression Cherry right here and Kanye’s The Life of Pablo here. Keep an eye on our reviews section as we will hopefully be pumping out some more for your reading pleasure on a semi-regular basis.

10 Albums Mistreated By History

For a large multitude of reasons there are albums that often get sifted over, mistreated, neglected, or forgotten. Think of them as little lost puppies. They would be shown the affection and care they deserve if someone would just redirect their attention. Well, here’s a list attempting to do just that. Strap in for stories of mysterious discontinued pressings, sophomore high jinks, mid-career crises, unwelcome explorations, ill-fated Soviet policies and pancakes!

10.  The Pharcyde – Labcabincalifornia


The Pharcyde as group have always been somewhat shortchanged in terms of public and critical acclaim. As it is though, their first album is the one that gets the most attention but in all reality, it should be this one. This is perhaps the first album in which Dilla’s talent as a beatmaker truly shines. While the first album was incredibly carefree and fun-filled, this album is more laid-back, reflective, and sometimes almost even melancholy. The beats are more jazzy and atmospheric. The drums, even on the non-Dilla beats, are incredibly crisp and hard. Though the public at large may have overlooked this one, don’t be guilty of the same crime!

9. Swell Maps – A Trip To Marineville


Swell Maps were one of the most original post-punk bands to form in the ’70s and for all intents and purposes, they were, as much as The Fall were, a precursor and ancestor of later indie-rock bands in the ’90s such as Pavement. The panic of one trying to escape a burning building is quite akin to the sounds that you’ll hear throughout the album. The band never found a mainstream avenue for their music to prosper in and as such they are often forgotten, even within their own genre. Despite the sometimes detrimental free-wheeling and manic nature of the album’s flow and song structures, it remains entirely unforgettable for the same reasons. The album constantly surprises and is packed to the brim with unique ideas and interesting execution of said ideas. Not everything works, but Swell Maps were a band that weren’t afraid to make a mistake for the greater good of the true spirit of DIY punk music.

8. R.L. Burnside – Too Bad Jim

Talk about delicious slide guitar. Unfortunately for Burnside, he didn’t get much recognition at all until he partnered with faux-blues group Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in the mid ’90s, about two years after the release of this compilation. This album is as Balls-to-the-Wall as a group like Accept but it isn’t metal, it’s blues! A train that always sounds like it’s teetering off the tracks, this album is perfect or fans of rock and newcomers to blues; a great place to start!

7. Miles Davis – Get Up With It


It’s incredibly difficult to frame this album within the context of Miles Davis’s history, let alone the history of jazz and jazz-fusion as a whole. What I can say about this album though is that, for whatever reason (my guess is the intimidating length of over two hours), this album is the least discussed of Miles’s electric-fusion albums. It’s a bold, bloated, sprawling masterpiece that sounds like emotionally calculated rhythm at one moment and free-spirited and drug-induced improv the next. For all this album achieves in its two hour span: making the listener feel like they are in another world, invoking memories of childhood innocence, breaking for a moment of subtle reflection, aggressively pummeling the way into the unknown, etc., the whole is somehow other (worldly) than the sum of its parts.

6. Massive Attack – Protection


It’s difficult to relate the memories that I have associated with this one. As a trip-hop album, it’s typically chilled-out ambient vibe-driven music but there’s something absolutely special about this one. While their debut focused on breakbeats and soul samples, this one is its own entity, amorphous and shape-shifting in its own peculiar circumspect viewpoint of the world. I still find myself constantly returning to this album. Something about its atmosphere and moods keeps me infinitely interested in it. The reflective mood combined with the lovely vocals and layered-instrument filled production add up to a very unique musical experience that should be had by everyone. Because it is sandwiched between two albums in their discography that get heaps of critical praise, this one often gets left out. Though it may be treated like an ugly duckling, it certainly isn’t one musically.

5. Black Sabbath – Sabotage


For some reason, this album is divisive. Some Sabbath fans (like me) love it. Some Sabbath fans hate it. It might have something to do with “Am I Going Insane” but even that song has a synthy satisfaction to it and adds some variety. I will admit though that this album is wedged between one of their greatest albums and subsequently two of their worst albums. This was certainly the heaviest Sabbath album and Iommi makes the guitars scream with a vengeance. Side A is possibly the best set of Sabbath songs that exists. “Megalomania” is one of the masterpieces of metal music. This album seems to have foreshadowed the future of metal. I can definitely see where Pantera got their chops from. The last great Sabbath album, stained by a minority of public opinion.

4. Ghostface Killah – Bulletproof Wallets


After Ghostface’s non-sequitur, stream-of-consciousness masterpiece, ‘Supreme Clientele’, this record, both critically and publicly, seemed to get shortchanged in favorability. It might be hard for some to believe, but I would take this album out over ‘Supreme Clientele’ almost any day. Perhaps I’m a sucker for magnificent hooks. Perhaps I enjoy the spectacular guest performances more. Maybe I like the thought of Ghostface making pancakes while he raps. Perhaps I just have a bad opinion. But I make no apology for any reason.

3.  The Fall – Levitate


In 1997, post-punk veterans The Fall released an album ahead of its time. In a discography as big as theirs, this album was doomed to be in a large crowd to begin with but its oddly limited production run (buying one now costs at a minimum around $35 + shipping) has exiled it into the history books of Falldom. This was the album that should’ve paved the way for independent electronica music, unfortunately it wasn’t to be. There is no way to really describe how this album sounds or even how it makes me feel. Though more often than not it makes me feel more than slightly uncomfortable and quite anxious. This is a truly demented album made by rock music’s foremost madman, Mark E. Smith. Perhaps its striking place in The Fall’s massive discography is secured by the fact that it was the first album that lead singer (and only permanent member) Mark E. Smith produced. There was no producer there that could say “No Mark, you can’t do that. You can’t loop that. You can’t make the vocals that loud. You can’t compress the drums like that. That programmed honky-tonk doesn’t fit there”. Subsequently, this album is pure cacophony, even by Fall standards. It’s a wonderful, beautiful, disgusting and uncomfortable mess. Bold. Brash. Magnificent.

2. Leftfield – Rhythm & Stealth


It’s hard to deny the success of their debut album, but just about everyone forgot about Leftfield in the four-year span between their debut and their sophomore album. Of course, this album was a bit of a departure from their beginnings but it showed serious progression, not to mention attitude, aggression, and endless ambition. I dare you not to be convinced after hearing the pummeling bassline of “Dusted” or the hard-snapping snares and steel drums of “Phat Planet”. They even tried to out-Underworld Underworld with their ethereal and spacious “El Cid”. One of the best ’90s house/breakbeat albums around. You’ll love it. Guaranteed.

1. Manic Street Preachers – Lifeblood


Perhaps the most tender and personal album I’ve ever heard. Released in 2004, it sounds like it’s trying to recall the synthpop days of the ’80s at some points and at others its telling tales of personal hardship over minimalist piano-backed sonnets. Unfortunately, many of the fans of this group and even the band themselves tend to deride this album as the “black sheep” and the “confused stepping stone” in a sequence of albums that even a EKG couldn’t properly visualize in terms of quality. But don’t let that fool you, this album has a lot of heart. From the band that lost their most crucial member to an unexplained disappearance 10 years prior, this album ruminates on the glory days of Morrissey and the Smiths, the hardships of Richard Nixon, the collapse of the Soviet Union with Gorbachev’s ill-chosen policies and stories of drug abuse. Sound boring? Think again. The aural austerity of of this album will leave you shivering at its awe-inspiring pulchritude.

Honorable Mentions:

R.E.M. – Up

Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II

Killing Joke – Nighttime

Low – Long Division

Smashing Pumpkins – Adore

Magazine – Secondhand Daylight


Meeting tomorrow!

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a productive winter break and are off to a great start this semester! Our first meeting will be Wednesday, February 3rd at 9pm in the radio station at the HUB. Newcomers are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join and take part in our club of DJs and music aficionados. The sooner you get trained out on the boards, the sooner you’ll have your own show! We might even have pizza and who can say no to that? Hope to see you all there!

Welcome Back! Time to Rock and Roll!

Welcome back to all of you returning PSU students. I hope everyone’s first couple weeks have been going well! To the freshmen reading this – congratulations, as you have just found yourself the friendliest, most rambunctious, and all around coolest club on campus! Unlike others, we eat pizza with style and we play music with finesse! So don’t hesitate, come join us and be a part of WPCR! We will train you on the boards and before you know it, you’ll be the next John Peel! Questions? Stop by the activities fair today (9/9/15) at 4pm and we’ll be more than happy to talk with you! Our first meeting will be tonight at 9pm in Memorial 103. I hope to see you there! Let’s make it a semester at WPCR that will go down in legend!

The New Crew!

Congrats to everyone who has procured a position on the exec. board of the coolest club on campus!

For those who don’t know, elections were held last Wednesday and the results were as follows:

General Manager: Nick Einstman

Assistant General Manager: Joshua Butler

Music Director: Tristan Sherrell

Art Director: Jack Swymer

Training: Eric Halin

Production/Programming: Kyle Rainville

Promotions: Brianna Coykendall

Once again, congrats to all! – Let’s make next year an unforgettable one!

Albums of Love!

In the spectrum of popular music, love has always been a major theme. As Valentine’s Day has once again come and gone, it’s the perfect time for a list! In no particular order, here are five great albums that center around the theme of love.

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman – John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman


What better to start off the list than this wondrous jazz album, often forgotten in the wake of Coltrane’s many other gems throughout his discography. Hartman was the only vocalist with whom the saxophonist would record as a lead and as proven here, Coltrane’s judgment was impeccable. Touching, tender, and smooth, this album will be sure to set the atmosphere for a romantic dinner or a reminder of love that once was on your loneliest nights.


Portishead – Dummy


This 1994 trip-hop album was quite the game changer. While Massive Attack’s original trip-hop manifesto, Blue Lines, was grounded upon a somewhat minimalist approach to samples combined with break-beats, this album goes all out in an effort to embellish the sound with a tangible sadness, turgid with singer Beth Gibbons’ longing for love and reprieve. Combining an eclectic mixture of samples from obscure records and movie soundtracks, the vinyl crackle present even on the compact disc copies will guide your ethereal listening experience…


The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs


No list of this type could do without this album. Possibly Stephen Merritt’s magnum opus, this triple album gives you the run-down right from the get go. Consisting of 69 songs, this indie pop album takes a multitude of approaches to describing love in all of its various forms. I tip my hat to you if you can listen to it all in one sitting.


Basement Jaxx – Rooty


The second album from British electronic dance duo, Basement Jaxx, is a wonderfully flavorful exploit in pop melody and although the rhythms can occasionally seem anodyne in their accessibility, their infectiousness is undeniable. Sometimes sexual, other times caring, always emotional, Basement Jaxx knows how to make you groove on the dance floor.


Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville


Not only one of the greatest solo debuts in indie-rock history, but also a cathartic expulsion of pent up female emotion. Phair details some of the most memorable stories and escapades set to some of the most satisfying of pop melodies. Girls will love her for her brashness and guys will love her for everything else.

So what are some of your favorite love-ridden/love-stricken albums? Let me know your thoughts in the comment sections!