Weekly Top Airplay: April 1, 2014

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 playlists, so what you hear is a reflection of the knowledge, interests, and personalities of our dedicated on-air staff.

The albums on the weekly Top Airplay list reflect the diverse interests of our staff, and the range of what is considered “alternative”. As a quick genre guide: Radio 200 = mostly pop and rock and some crossover genres like electronic, soul, hip hop and world, Adds = top brand new releases for the week,  RPM = electronic, New World = world, Jazz = well…jazz! Blues is reported and updated monthly, so check back every four weeks for the latest news on those blues. 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, reports those albums to CMJ each Tuesday (as well as the top blues alums at the end of each month) 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
* = local

Date Reported: 4/1/14

Radio 200

1. Beck, Morning Phase, Capitol
2. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
3. St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Loma Vista
4. Yellow Ostrich, Cosmos, Barsuk
5. Black Lips, Underneath the Rainbow, Vice
6. War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
7. Natural Child, Dancin’ WIth Wolves, Burger
8. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
9. Temples, Sun Structures, Fat Possum
10. Sylvan Esso, Coffee single, Partisan
11. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical
12. Liars, Mess, Mute
13. Adelyn Rose, Ordinary Fantasy, self-released
14. Warm Soda, Young Reckless Hearts, Castleface
15. Notwist, Close To the Glass, Sub Pop
16. Real Estate, Atlas, Domino
17. Ava Luna, Electric Balloon, Western Vinyl
18. Sisyphus, Sisyphus, Asthmatic Kitty
19. Dum Dum Girls, Too True, Sub Pop
20. Coathangers, Suck My Shirt, Suicide Squeeze
21. Dex Romweber Duo, Images 13, Bloodshot
22. Eagulls, Eagulls, Partisan
23. Hurray For the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes, ATO
24. Mike Benign Compulsion, Here’s How It Works, self-released
25. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
26. Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV
27. New Bums, Voices In a Rented Room, Drag City
28. Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans, ATO
29. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days, Captured Tracks
30. Vertical Scratchers, Daughter Of Everything, Merge


1. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days, Captured Tracks
2. Thievery Corporation, Saudade, ESL
3. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else, Mom + Pop
4. Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams, Razor and Tie
5. White Hinterland, Baby, Dead Oceans


1. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
2. Sylvan Esso, Coffee single, Partisan
3. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
4. Actress, Ghettoville, Ninja Tune
5. GGOOLLDD, Gold single, self-released
6. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
7. Pretty Lights, Color Map From the Sun remixes, 8 Minutes 20 Seconds
8. Thievery Corporation, Saudade, ESL
9. Tycho, Awake, Ghostly
10. Cross My Heart Hope to Die, Cross My Heart Hope to Die, Alpha Pup

New World

1. Ibibio Sound Machine, Ibibio Sound Machine, Soundway
2. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
3. Thievery Corporation, Saudade, ESL
4. Various Artists, Bombay Disco: Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1970 – 1985, Cultures Of Soul
5. Anoushka Shankar, Traces Of You, Deutsche Grammophone
6. Intended Immigration, La Demoiselle Du Fonque, Wooden Hat
7. Peter King, African Dialects, Secret Stash
8. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Faya, Cumbancha
9. Alsarah and the Nubatones, Silt, Wonderwheel
10. Ozomatli, Place In the Sun, Vanguard


1. Matt Renzi, Rise and Shine, Three P’s
2. Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips, Moment to Moment, self-released
3. Catherine Russell, Bring It Back, Jazz Village
4. Meklit, We Are Alive, Six Degrees
5. Herb Silverstein, Monday Morning, self-released
6. Zara Mc Farlane, If You Knew Her, Brownswood
7. Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Intergalactic Beings, FPE
8. Brian Gephart, Standing On Two Feet, Origin
9. Libby York, Memoir, self-released
10. Keith Davis, Still, LoNote

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
2. Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Blues Shock, Blind Pig
3. Mick Kolassa, Michissippi Mick, Swing Suit
4. Magic Sam, Live at the Avant Garde: June 22, 1968, Delmark
5. Various Artists, Delmark: 60 Years of Blues, Delmark
6. Scott H. Biram, Nothin’ But Blood, Bloodshot
7. Catfish Keith, Honey Hole, Fish Tail
8. John and Sylvia Embry, Troubles, Delmark
9. John Hammond, Timeless, Palmetta
10. Joe Louis Walker, Hornet’s Nest, Allligator
11. Lisa Biales, Belle of the Blues, Big Song Music
12. Blue Lunch Special, 30th Anniversary Edition, Rip Cat
13. Eddie Cotton, Here I Come, De Champ
14. Johnny Drummer, Bad Attitude, Earwig
15. Tweed Funk, First Name Lucky, Tweed Tone
16. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, The Devil You Know, Alligator
17. Damon Fowler, Sounds of Home, Blind Pig
18. Patti Parks, Cheat’n Man, self-released
19. Nick Moss Band, Time Ain’t Free, Blue Bella
20.  Annika Chambers and the Houston All-Stars, Making My Mark, Montrose