Weekly Top Airplay: February 17, 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: 2/17/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. The Notwist, Messier Objects, Alien Transistor
2. Belle and Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance, Matador
3. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
4. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
5. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
6. Bjork, Vulnicura, One Little Indian
7. Drunk Drivers, It’s Always Weekend, Crustacean*
8. Sharon Van Etten, I Don’t Want to Let You Down [single], Jagjaguwar
9. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love, Sub Pop
10. Pond, Man It Feels Like Space Again, self-released
11. All We Are, All We Are, Domino
12. Twerps, Range Anxiety, Merge
13. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, Jagjaguwar
14. Cavewives, Be the Dog, self-released*
15. Two Gallants, We Are Undone, ATO
16. Gang Of Four, Broken Talk [single], Metropolis
17. Monsieurs, The Monsieurs, Slovenly
18. A Place to Bury Strangers, Transfixiation, Dead Oceans
19. Dead Horses, Space and Time, self-released*
20. Mourn, Mourn, Captured Tracks
21. Go-Betweens, G Stands For Go-Betweens Vol. 1, Domino
22. Acid Baby Jesus, Selected Recordings, Slovenly
23. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
24. Brandi Carlile, Wherever Is Your Heart [single], ATO
25. Corners, Maxed Out On Distractions, Lolippop
26. Aphex Twin, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 [EP], Warp
27. Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass, Spacebomb
28. Howlin Rain, Mansion Songs, Easy Sound Recording Co.
29. Jessica Pratt, On Your Own Love Again, Drag City
30. The Amazing, Picture You, Partisan


1. Jose Gonzalez, Vestiges and Claws, Mute
2. Father John Misty, I Love You Honeybear, Sub Pop
3. Colleen Green, I Want to Grow Up, Hardly Art
4. Parquet Courts, Live at Third Man Records, Third Man
5. Juliana Hatfield Three, Whatever My Love, American Laundromat


1. The Notwist, Messier Objects, Alien Transistor
2. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
3. Bjork, Vulnicura, One Little Indian
4. Aphex Twin, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 [EP], Warp
5. Royksopp, The Inevitable End, Cherrytree
6. Johan Agebjorn, Notes, Paper Bag
7. White Dune, The Expanse, self-released*
8. Dan Deacon, Feel the Lightning [single], Domino
9. GGOOLLDD, Boyz [single], Gloss Records*
10. Dorian Concept, Joined Ends, Ninja Tune


1. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Worker, Royal Potato Family
2. James Davis, Beveled, Ears and Eyes
3. Zevious, After the Air Raid, Cuneiform
4. Chris Cortez, Top Secret!, Blue Bamboo
5. David Friesen and Circle 3 Trio, Where the Light Falls, self-released
6. Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy, Pi
7. Beat Funktion, Mandy’s Secret, Do
8. Maureen Budway, Sweet Candor, MCG
9. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region, Delmark
10. Jamie Cullum, Interlude, Blue Note

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Altered Five Blues Band, Cryin’ Mercy, OmniVibe*
2. Bettye LaVette, Worthy, Cherry Red
3. Joe Bonamassa, Different Shades of Blue, Omnivibe
4. Junior Wells, Southside Blues Jam, Delmark
5. Vance Kelly, Live at Kingston Mines, Wolf
6. “Chicago” Carl Snyder, The Blues Keys, Lost World Music
7. Tas Cru, You Keep the Money, SubCat
8. Blue Lunch, Above the Fold, Rip Cat
9. Billy Boy Arnold, The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold, Stony Plain
10. Mississippi Heat, Warning Shot, Delmark
11. The Duke Robillard Band, Calling All Blues!, Stony Plain
12. Various Artists, Take Me to the River: Music From the Motion Picture, Stax
13. Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, Eclectic, Concord
14. Lisa Mills, I’m Changing, Mills Bluz Records
15. Rory Block, Hard Luck – A Tribute to Skip James, Stony Plain
16. Jimmy Thackery, Extra Jimmies, Blind Pig Records
17. Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang, Hale’s Pleasure Railway, Bafe’s Factory
18. Keshia Dixon Nelson, Almost 25!, self-released
19. Mike Osborn, In the Dog House, Je Gagne
20. The Blues Disciples, Big Beat, Land O’ Blues Records
21. Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock and Roll Time, Vanguard
22. Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Pure Magic, Wolf
23. Laura Cheadle, Where the Blues Hangs Out, Bloozy Toonz
24. JW-Jones, Belmont Boulevard, Blind Pig
25. Bernie Marsden, Shine, Provogue


  1. Carsten Peterson

    What were the songs played between 10 and 11am this morning (2/21)…New Orleans set. One of the songs I think was Didn’t He Ramble (I’m looking for the artist). ThAnk you! Love your station!