Last week’s top 30 Alternative picks:

WMSE’s program hosts constantly search through the latest releases, and feature the best in all genres on their weekly shows. At WMSE, there is no Program Director creating daily play lists, so what you hear is a reflection of the knowledge, interests, and personalities of our dedicated on-air staff.

The thirty albums on the weekly Top Airplay list reflect the diverse interests of our staff, and the range of what is considered “alternative”. Take a look through the past weeks’ lists and notice just how much things change week to week here at WMSE. You’ll never hear us get very stagnant.

As a result of our long history and the knowledge of our volunteer DJ’s, WMSE is considered a “Core 50” station by the College Music Journal (CMJ), the industry standard for what’s happening in non-commercial radio. This means WMSE is one of fifty stations in the country whose play lists matters most when CMJ creates their own weekly charts of what’s being played around the country.

Our Music Director, Erin, compiles the most-played albums every week and makes those lists available to you, our listeners. Take a look at what our DJ’s are excited about these days in six different categories, and get a sense of what you’ll be hearing when you tune in to WMSE… for now.

Listings printed as Artist, Title, Label

  1. Blind Shake, Key To A False Door, Castleface
  2. Obits, Bed and Bugs, Sub Pop
  3. Fatty Acids, Bolero, Kribber Krown
  4. Wau Y Los Arrrghs, Todo Roto, Slovenly
  5. All Tiny Creatures, Dark Clock, Hometapes
  6. Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up Ghost, Blue Note
  7. Blind Boys of Alabama, I’ll Find A Way, Sony
  8. Neko Case, The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight The Harder I Fight The More I Love You, Anti-
  9. Deltron 3030, Event II, Bulk
  10. Man Man, On Oni Pond, Anti-
  11. Volcano Choir, Repave, Jagjaguwar
  12. Jesse Woods, Get Your Burdens Lifted, Guns In the Sun
  13. Nightmares On Wax, Feelin’ Good, Warp
  14. Vic and Gab, Love Of Mine, Blue Lola
  15. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Unvarnished, Blackheart
  16. King Khan and the Shrines, Idle No More, Merge
  17. Pixies, EP-1, self-released
  18. Delphines, Careless b/w Strut 7″, self-released
  19. Bare Mutants, The Affliction, In the Red
  20. Cosmic Psychos, Cosmic Psychos + Down On the Farm, Goner
  21. Elf Power, Sunlight On the Moon, Orange Twin
  22. Dismemberment Plan, Uncanney Valley, Partisan
  23. Blessed Feathers, Real Song For Emily – single, self-released
  24. Dodos, Carrier, Polyvinyl
  25. Bill Callahan, Dream River, Drag City
  26. Deer Tick, Negativity, Partisan
  27. Sebadoh, Defend Yourself, Joyful Noise
  28. Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun, Appalachian Excitation, Northern Spy
  29. MGMT, MGMT, Columbia
  30. Arcade Fire, Reflektor – single, Merge