Weekly Top Airplay: February 25, 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: 2/25/14


Radio 200

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
2. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
3. Beck, Morning Phase, Capitol
4. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk/Republic
5. Young Fathers, Dead, Anticon
6. Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Secretly Canadian
7. Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine, Chimera
8. The Gaslight Anthem, B-Sides, SideOneDummy
9. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
10. Musiccargo, Harmonie, Emotional Response
11. Habibi, Habibi, Burger
12. The Lawrence Arms, Metrople, Epitaph
13. Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV
14. Cheap Time, Exit Smiles, In The Red
15. Hurray For the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes, ATO
16. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
17. Temples, Sun Structures, Fat Possum
18. Pow!, Hi-Tech Boom, Castle Face
19. The Notwist, Close To the Glass, Sub Pop
20. Holy Wave, Relax, Reverberation Appreciation Society
21. Uncle Tupelo, No Depression, Legacy
22. Dum Dum Girls, Too True, Sub Pop
23. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
24. Sunn O))) and Ulver, Terrestrials, Southern Lord
25. Adelyn Rose, Ordinary Fantasy, self-released*
26. Mogwai, Rave Tapes, Sub Pop
27. The Haden Triplets, The Haden Triplets, Third Man
28. The Pack A.D., Do Not Engage, Nettwerk
29. Yellow Ostrich, Cosmos, Barsuk*
30. Moon Curse, Seminary Woods single, self-released*


1. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk/Republic
2. Neneh Cherry, Out of the Black single, Smalltown Supersound
3. The Souljazz Orchestra, Inner Fire, Strut
4. Wild Beasts, Present Tense, Domino
5. Eternal Summers, The Drop Beneath, Kanine


1. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
2. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
3. Broken Bells, After The Disco, Columbia
4. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
5. Daedelus, Drown Out, Anticon
6. Various Artists, Zen: A Ninja Tune and Big Dada Sampler, Ninja Tune
7. Four Tet, Beautiful Rewind, Text
8. Peshtigo, Your Eyes Look Like the Stars single, self-released
9. Jel, Late Pass, Anticon
10. Flume and Chet Faker, Lockjaw, Future Classic

New World

1. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
2. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429
3. Soweto Gospel Choir, Divine Decade: Celebrating 10 Years, Universal Music
4. Bossacucanova, Our Kind Of Bossa, Six Degrees
5. Las Cafeteras, It’s Time, self-released
6. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
7. Cas Haley, La Si Dah, Easy Star
8. Paula and Karol, Whole Again, Ladoabc
9. Goitse, Transformed, Own
10. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa, Nonesuch


1. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin, Nonesuch
2. Stacey Kent, The Changing Lights, Warner/Parlophone
3. Ari Brown, Groove Awakening, Delmark
4. Herb Silverstein, Monday Morning, self-released
5. Trio Shalva, Breeza, self-released
6. Ian O’Beirne, Glasswork, self-released
7. Bob Dorough, Eulalia, Merry Lane
8. Natalie Cressman, Turn The Sea, Cressman
9. Catherine Russell, Bring It Back, Jazz Village
10. Fareed Haque, Trance Hypothesis, Delmark

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