Weekly Top Airplay: April 15, 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: 4/15/14


Radio 200

1. Beck, Morning Phase, Capitol
2. War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
3. St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Loma Vista
4. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, All Her Fault, Transdreamer
5. Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV
6. Wye Oak, Shriek, Merge
7. New Bums, Voices In a Rented Room, Drag City
8. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
9. Black Lips, Underneath the Rainbow, Vice
10. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
11. Liars, Mess, Mute
12. Warm Soda, Young Reckless Hearts, Castleface
13. Eagulls, Eagulls, Partisan
14. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Enter the Slasher House, Domino
15. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else, Mom + Pop
16. Adelyn Rose, Ordinary Fantasy, self-released*
17. Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams, Arts and Crafts
18. Habibi, Habibi, Burger
19. Pow!, Hi-Tech Boom, Castleface
20. Living Statues, Knockin’ EP, self-released*
21. Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams, Razor and Tie
22. Klaus Johann Grobe, Im Sinne Der Zeit, Trouble In Mind
23. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
24. The Men, Tomorrow’s Hits, Sacred Bones
25. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
26. Afghan Whigs, Do To the Beast, Sub Pop
27. Mac Demarco, Salad Days, Captured Tracks
28. Ava Luna, Electric Balloon, Western Vinyl
29. John Sieger, A Walk In the Park, Faux Real Records*
30. Teebs, Estara, Brainfeeder


1. The Black Angels, Clear Lake Forest, Blue Horizon
2. Wye Oak, Shriek, Merge
3. Pixies, Indie Cindy, Pixies Music
4. Pattern Is movement, Hometapes
5. William Onyeabor, What?! remixes, Luaka Bop


1. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
2. Teebs, Estara, Brainfeeder
3. Tycho, Awake, Ghostly
4. GGOOLLDD, Gold single, self-released*
5. Pretty Lights, Color Map From the Sun remixes, 8 Minutes 20 Seconds
6. Glitch Mob, Love Death Immortality, Glass Air
7. Mas Ysa, Worth, Downtown
8. Nite Haus, Transform the Dark, enaestetic
9. whomadewho, Dreams, volcano
10. Kasim Keto, Long Car Rides, Babygrande

New World

1. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Native America, Putumayo
2. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429 Records
3. Ibibio Sound Machine, Ibibio Sound Machine, Soundway
4. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Libation, Modiba
5. Intended Immigration, La Demoiselle Du Fonque, Wooden Hat
6. Anoushka Shankar, Traces Of You, Deutsche Grammophon
7. Various Artists, Bombaby Disco: Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1970 – 1985, Cultures Of Soul
8. Peter King, African Dialects, Secret Stash
9. Bossacucanova, Our Kind Of Bossa, Six Degrees
10. Alsarah and the Nubatones, Silt, Wonderwheel


1. Scenes, But Not Heard, Origin
2. Dave Stryker, Eight Track, self-released
3. Harold Mabern, Right On Time, Smoke Sessions
4. Meklit, We Are Alive, Six Degrees
5. KROM, Krom, self-released
6. Chris Parker, Full Circle, oa2
7. Marc Seals, American Songs Vol. 2: Blues and Jazz, Origin
8. Dan Weiss, Fourteen, Pi
9. George Cotsirilos Trio, Variations, oa2
10. Foreign Motion, In Flight, self-released

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