Weekly Top Airplay: April 21, 2015

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: 4/21/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Field Report, Home (Leave the Lights On) b/w Speed of Sound of Loneliness 7″, WMSE*
2. Platinum Boys, Future Hits, Dusty Medical*
3. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
4. JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll, Rounder
5. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
6. King Khan & BBQ Show, Bad News Boys, In the Red
7. Disappears, Irreal, Kranky
8. Suuns and Jerusalem In my Heart, self-titled, Secretly Canadian
9. Lower Dens, Escape From Evil, Ribbon
10. Soup Moat, Enjoy Your Hobbies, Triple Eye
11. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp, Merge
12. Kathryn Calder, self-titled, File Under: Music
13. Wand, Golem, In the Red
14. Toro Y Moi, What For?, Carpark
15. Dead Horses, Space and Time, self-released*
16. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, Mom + Pop
17. Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, ATO
18. Moon Duo, Shadow Of the Sun, Sacred Bones
19. Slow Walker, Slow Walker, Stale Heat*
20. Will Butler, Policy, Merge
21. Male Gaze, Gale Maze, Castle Face
22. Belle and Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance, Matador
23. The Staves, If I Was, Nonesuch
24. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
25. Maritime, “Milwaukee” single, Dangerbird
26. Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves, Epic
27. Calexico, Edge of the Sun, Anti-
28. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
29. Sunflower Bean, Show Me Your Seven Secrets EP, self-released
30. Tobias Jesso Jr., Goon, True Panther


1. They Might Be Giants, Glean, Merge
2. Peach Kelli Pop, III, Burger
3. Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer, Carpark
4. Death, N.E.W., Drag City
5. Torres, Sprinter, Partisan


1. Hot Chip, “Huarache Lights” single, Domino
2. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
3. Purity Ring, Another Eternity, 4AD
4. Fort Romeau, Insides, Ghostly
5. Twin Shadow, Eclipse, Warner Brothers
6. East India Youth, Culture of Volume, XL
7. Michna, Thousand Thursday, Ghostly
8. Thomas Blondet, Future World remixed, Rhythm and Culture
9. Mark Ronson, Uptown Special, RCA
10. Shlohmo, Dark Red, True Panther Sounds

New World

1. Dom La Nena, Soyo, Six Degrees
2. Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut, Biedermeier-Psychedelia, Minty Fresh
3. Chuck Foster, Easy Street, Catch Me Time Records
4. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
5. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984, Born Bad
6. Quitapenas, Quitapenas, White Iris
7. Antonio Castrignano, Fomenta: llenu De Taranta, Ponderosa
8. Various Artists, Choubi! Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq, Sublime Frequencies
9. Le Vent Du Nord, Tetu, Borealis
10. Corktown Popes, And Also With You EP, self-released


1. Steve Turre, Spiritman, Smoke Sessions
2. Errol Rackipov Group, Pictures From a Train Window, First Orbit
3. Mark McGrain and Plunge, In For the Out, Immersion
4. Gene Ess, Eternal Monomyth, SIMP
5. Jason Miles and Ingrid Jensen, Kind Of New, Whaling City
6. Anthony Pirog, Palo Colorado, Cuneiform
7. Charles McPherson, The Journey, Capri
8. Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces, Red Hipsync
9. Lucas Pino, No Net Nonet, Origin
10. Brad Goode Quartet, Montezuma, Origin

Blues (updated monthly)

1. JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll, Rounder
2. Toots Lorraine & the Traffic, Make It Easy, Greaseland Records
3. The Young Revelators, The Young Revelators, self-released*
4. The Blues Disciples, Big Beat, Land o’ Blues*
5. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, So Delicious!, Shanachie
6. Steve Earle and the Dukes, Terraplane, New West
7. JJ Grey & Mofro, Ol’ Glory, Provogue
8. Shaun Murphy, Loretta, self-released
9. Robben Ford, Into the Sun, Provogue
10. Bettye LaVette, Worthy, Cherry Red
11. Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Unclassified, Warner
12. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
13. Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock and Roll Time, Vanguard
14. Tinsley Ellis, Tough Love, Heartfixer
15. Balkun Brothers, Redrova, self-released
16. Junior Wells, Southside Blues Jam, Delmark
17. Altered Five Blues Band, Cryin’ Mercy, Omnivibe
18. Duke Robillard Band, Calling All Blues!, Stony Plain
19. Breezy Rodio, So Close To It, WindChill Records
20. Bobby Spencer, Huricane Unleashed, R Music
21. Greg Nagy, Stranded, Big O
22. Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines, Friskin’ the Whiskers, Mama Ru
23. Isaiah B Brunt, Just the Way That It Goes, self-released
24. Harrison Kennedy, This Is From Here, Electro-Fi
25. Ghost Town Blues Band, Hard Road to Hoe, self-released