Weekly Top Airplay: April 28, 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: 4/28/15
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. The Sonics, This Is the Sonics, Revox
3. Platinum Boys, Future Hits, Dusty Medical*
4. Wand, Golem, In the Red
5. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
6. Braid, Kids Get Grids 7″, TopShelf
7. Strung Out, Transmission.Alpha.Delta, Fat Wreck Chords
8. JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll, Rounder
9. Ibeyi, Ibeyi, XL
10. OFF!, Live From the BBC 10″, Vice
11. Diplo, F10RIDA, Big Dada
12. The King Khan and BBQ Show, Bad News Boys, In the Red
13. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
14. Squarepusher, Damogen Furies, Warp
15. Rocky Votolato, Hospital Handshakes, No Sleep
16. In Tall Buildings, Driver, Western Vinyl
17. Miami Horror, All Possible Futures, Dine Alone
18. Hullmen, Expensive Taste, Golden Key*
19. Group Of the Altos, R U Person Or Not, mini50*
20. Mountain Goats, Beat the Champ, Merge
21. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
22. Banditos, Banditos, Bloodshot
23. Laura Marling, Short Movie, Ribbon
24. Pow!, Fight Fire, Castle Face
25. Moon Duo, Shadow Of the Sun, Sacred Bones
26. Bill Fay, Who Is the Sender?, Dead Oceans
27. Alabama Shakes, Sound And Color, ATO
28. Disappears, Irreal, Kranky
29. Modest Mouse, Strangers To Ourselves, Epic
30. Tron Jovi, A Dying Light, Triple Eye Industries*


1. Saun and Starr, Look Closer, Daptone
2. Aero Flynn, Aero Flynn, Ooh La La*
3. MG, MG, Mute
4. Braids, Deep In the Iris, Arbutus
5. Alabama Shakes, Sound And Color, ATO


1. Diplo, F10RIDA, Big Dada
2. Squarepusher, Damogen Furies, Warp
3. Miami Horror, All Possible Futures, Dine Alone
4. Lapalux, Lustmore, Brainfeeder
5. GGOOLLDD, “Boyz” single, Gloss*
6. Purity Ring, Another Eternity, 4AD
7. Tropics, Rapture, Innovative Leisure
8. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
9. Humans, Noontide, Hybridity
10. Marilyn Carino, Leaves, Sadness, Science, self-released

New World

1. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984, Born Bad
2. Various Artists, 90 Degrees Of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
3. Buena Vista Social Club, Lost and Found, World Circuit
4. Tania Saleh, Shwayit Souwar (A Few Images, self-released
5. Niyaz, The Fourth Light, Six Degrees
6. Le Vent Du Nord, Tetu, Borealis
7. Dom La Nena, Soyo, Six Degrees
8. Vercky’s Et L’Orchestre Veve, Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969 – 1978, Analog Africa
9. Tony Allen, Film Of Life, Jazz Village
10. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Celtic Cafe, Putumayo


1. Jack DeJohnette, Made In Chicago, ECM
2. Omer Avital, New Song, Motema
3. Troy Roberts, Secret Rhymes, Inner Circle
4. Charles Ruggiero, Boom Bang Boom Bang!, Rondette
5. Unhinged Sextet, Clarity, oa2
6. Snarky Puppy, We Like It Here, Ropeadope
7. Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Soundprints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, Blue Note
8. Adam Shulman Sextet, Here/there, oa2
9. Charles Lloyd, Wild Man Dance, Blue Note
10. Twin Danger, Twin Danger EP, Decca

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-release