Weekly Top Airplay: February 18, 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: 2/18/14


Radio 200

1. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
2. Dum Dum Girls, Too True, Sub Pop
3. Hospitality, Trouble, Merge
4. Uncle Tupelo, No Depression, Legacy
5. The Pack A.D., Do Not Engage, Nettwerk
6. The Notwist, Close To the Glasss, Sub Pop
7. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
8. Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine, Chimera
9. Pixies, EP-2, self-released
10. Mogwai, Rave Tapes, Sub Pop
11. Hurray For the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes, ATO
12. Yellow Ostrich, Cosmos, Barsuk
13. The Haden Triplets, The Haden Triplets, Third Man
14. Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Secretly Canadian
15. Temples, Sun Structures, Fat Possum
16. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
17. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags, Matador
18. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
19. The Low Frequency In Stereo, Pop Obskura, Long Branch
20. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
21. Bibio, The Green EP
22. Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Total Treble
23. Peggy Sue, Choir Of Echoes, Yep Roc
24. Habibi, Habibi, Burger
25. Broken Bells, After the Disco, Columbia
26. Mozes and the Firstborn, Mozes and the Firstborn, Burger
27. Old Earth, All Kill, mini50*
28. Augustines, Augustines, Votiv
29. Doghouse Flowers, Chasing the Sun, self-released*
30. Juan Wauters, N.A.P. North American Poetry, Captured Tracks


1. The Notwist, Close To the Glass, Sub Pop
2. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
3. Michael Kiwanuka, You’ve Got Nothing to Lose b/w Waiting Around to Die 7″, Third Man
4. Young Fathers, Dead, Anticon
5. Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV


1. Bibio, The Green EP, Warp
2. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
3. Daedelus, Drown Out, Anticon
4. Nils Frahm, Spaces, Erased Tapes
5. Cut Chemist, Work My Mind single, A Stable Sound
6. Four Tet, Beautiful Rewind, Text
7. Jel, Late Pass, Anticon
8. Pompeya, Tropical Remixed, No Shame
9. Bombay Dub Orchestra, Bohemia Junction Remixes, Six Degrees
10. Mat Zo, Damage Control, Astralwerks

New World

1. William Onyeabor, World Pyschedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
2. Dom La Nena, The Golondrina EP, Six Degrees
3. Las Cafeteras, It’s Time, self-released
4. Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian, Lamentation Of Swans: A Journey Towards Silence, self-released
5. Paul and Karol, Whole Again, Ladoabc
6. Anoushka Shankar, Traces Of You, Deutsche Grammophone
7. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa, Nonesuch
8. Bombay Dub Orchestra, Bohemia Junction Remixes, Six Degrees
9. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429
10. Soweto Gospel Choir, Divine Decade (Celebrating 10 Years), Universal Music


1. Pedrito Martinez Group, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Motema
2. George Colligan, The Endless Mysteries, Origin
3. Anton Schwartz, Flash Mob, Antonjazz
4. E.J. Decker, A Job Of Work: Tales Of the Great Recession, Candela Records
5. Lauren Kinhan, Circle In a Square, self-released
6. Ahmad Jamal, Saturday Morning, Jazz Village
7. Joe Sullivan, Whiskey Jack Waltz, Perry Lake
8. Joe DeRose and Amici, Peace Streets, F.O.S.M.
9. Ira Sullivan Presents the Jim Holman Trio, Blue Skies, Delmark
10. John Stein and the Mingotan Project, Emotion, whaling city sound

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
2. Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Fine Rude Thing, Groovesburg Joys
3. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, The Devil You Know, Alligator
4. Paul Rodgers, The Royal Sessions, 429
5. Charlie Musselwhite, Juke Joint Chapel, Henrietta Records
6. Debbie Bond and the Tru Dats, That Thing I Called Love, self-released
7. Tinsley Ellis, Midnight Blue, Heartfixer
8. The Halley DeVestern Band, Fabbo Boffo Smasho, self-released
9. JD Wilke and the Dirt Daubers, Wild Moon, Plowboy
10. Trudy Lynn, Royal Oaks Blues Café, Connor Ray
11. Phil Gates, Live at the Hermosa Saloon, self-released
12. Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Blues Shock, Blind Pig
13. Harmonica Hinds, I’d Give You Anything I Could, Wolf Records
14. Nick and the Orvols, Telegraph Taboo, self-released
15. Lazer Lloyd, Lost On the Highway, Solo Recordings, Blues Leaf Records
16. Eddie Cotton, Here I Come, De Champ
17. Sheba The Mississippi Queen, Butter On My Rolls, self-released
18. Eric Bibb, Jericho Road, ABC Music
19. Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, Can’t Shed a Tear, self-released
20. John and Sylvia Embry, Troubles, Delmark