Weekly Top Airplay: April 7, 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: 4/7/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Platinum Boys, Future Hits, Dusty Medical*
2. Wand, Golem, In the Red
3. Ex-Cult, Cigarette Machine, Castle Face
4. Moon Duo, Shadow Of the Sun, Sacred Bones
5. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, Mom + Pop
6. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
7. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell, Asthmatic Kitty
8. Field Report, Home (Leave the Lights On) b/w Speed Of Sound of Loneliness [Record Store Day released], WMSE*
9. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, Jagjaguwar
10. Gauss, Gauss EP, self-released*
11. Bohannons, Black Cross Black Shield, This Is American Music
12. Soup Moat, Enjoy Your Hobbies, Triple Eye*
13. Group Of the Altos, R U Person Or Not, mini50*
14. Lightning Bolt, Fantasy Empire, Thrill Jockey
15. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
16. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday, Kobalt
17. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp, Merge
18. Timbre, Sun and Moon, self-released
19. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
20. Dead Horses, Space and Time, self-released*
21. Petite Noir, King of Anxiety EP, Domino
22. Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, ATO
23. Lower Dens, Escape From Evil, Domino
24. Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass, Spacebomb
25. Torche, Restarter, Relapse
26. D’Angelo, Black Messiah, RCA
27. The Staves, If I Was, Nonesuch
28. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
29. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, After, Mom + Pop
30. Toy Guitar, In This Mess, Fat Wreck Chords


1. POW!, Fight Fire, Castle Face
2. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp, Merge
3. Buena Vista Social Club, Lost and Found, World Circuit
4. Laura Marling, Short Movie, Ribbon
5. Matt and Kim, New Glow, Harvest


1. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
2. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
3. Aphex Twin, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruemtns Pt 2 [EP], Warp
4. Hot Sugar, God’s Hand, Break Worlde
5. The Notwist, Messier Objects, Alien Transistor
6. Thomas Blondet, Future World Remixed, Rhythm and Culture
7. GGOOLLDD, “Boyz” single, Gloss*
8. White Dune, Expanse, self-released
9. Bjork, Vulnicura, One Little Indian
10. Mark Ronson, Uptown Special, RCA

New World

1. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
2. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984, Born Bad
3. Tartu Popi Ja Roki Instituut, Biedermeier-Psychedelia, Minty Fresh
4. Horace Andy, Get Wise, Pressure Sounds
5. Juliette Greco, Bohemian In Paris, Not Now
6. Corktown Popes, And Also With You [EP], self-released
7. Various Artists, Choubi! Choubi!: Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq, Sublime Frequencies
8. Various Artists, Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
9. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative Leisure
10. Dom La Nena, Soyo, Six Degrees


1. Russ Johnson, Still Out to Lunch, Enja
2. Chris Cortez, Top Secret!, Blue Bamboo
3. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs Of Steve Lacy, Cuneiform
4. Patrick Butler, Sound Pinnacle, M.M.O.S. Music
5. Marcus Miller, Afrodeezia, Blue Note
6. Larry Coryell, Heavy Feel, Wide Hive
7. Eddie Henderson, Collective Portrait, Smoke Sessions
8. Bolt, Shuffle, Driff
9. Evergreen Classic Jazz Band, Early Tunes 1915 – 1932, Delmark
10. Rongetz Foundation, Kiss Kiss Double Jab, Heavenly Sweetness

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