Weekly Top Airplay: April 8, 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: 4/8/14


Radio 200

1. Beck, Morning Phase, Capitol
2. St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Loma Vista
3. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, All Her Fault, Transdreamer
4. Sisyphus, Sisyphus, Asthmatic Kitty
5. Liars, Mess, Mute
6. Burning Sons, Built To Fall, Drunk With Power*
7. Greg Ashley, Another Generation Of Slaves, Trouble In Mind
8. Black Lips, Underneath The Rainbow, Vice
9. John Sieger, A Walk In the Park, Faux Real Records*
10. La Dispute, Rooms Of the House, Better Living
11. Afghan Whigs, Do To the Beast, Sub Pop
12. The War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
13. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
14. Dum Dum Girls, Too True, Sub Pop
15. The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams, Razor and Tie
16. Real Estate, Atlas, Domino
17. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
18. New Bums, Voices In a Rented Room, Drag City
19. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else, Mom + Pop
20. Young Fathers, Dead, Anticon
21. Ava Luna, Electric Balloon, Western Vinyl
22. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
23. Tycho, Awake, Ghostly
24. Klaus Johann Grobe, Im Sinne Der Zeit, Trouble In Mind
25. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
26. White Hinterland, Baby, Dead Oceans
27. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
28. Owls, Two, Polyvinyl
29. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days, Captured Tracks
30. S. Carey, Range Of Light, Jagjaguwar*


1. OFF!, Wasted Years, Vice
2. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Enter The Slasher House, Domino
3. Nathaniel Rateliff, Falling Faster Than You Can Run, Mod y Vi
4. CYNE, All My Angles Are Right, Hometapes
5. Thus Owls, Turning Rocks, Secret City


1. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
2. Tycho, Awake, Ghostly International
3. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly International
4. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canandian
5. Illum Sphere, Ghosts Of Then and Now, Ninja Tune
6. Teebs, Estara, Brainfeeder
7. HTRK, Psychic 9-5 Club, Ghostly International
8. Pretty Lights, Color Map From the Sun Remixes, 8 Minutes 20 Seconds
9. Fort Knox Five, 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed, Fort Knox
10. Actress, Ghettoville, Ninja Tune

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, Bombay 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. Meklit, We Are Alive, Six Degrees
2. Frank DiBussolo Group, Songs To Write Home About, Lost World
3. Matija Dedic, Sentiana, Blue Bamboo
4. T.K. Blue, A Warm Embrace, Blujazz
5. Scenes, But Not Heard, Origin
6. Russ Nolan, Relentless, Rhinoceruss
7. The Bad Plus, The Rite Of Spring, Sony Masterworks
8. Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance, Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance, Chicago Sessions
9. Jamaze, Around the WOrld, MSY
10. Lisa Hilton, Kaleidoscope, 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