Weekly Top Airplay: March 11, 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: 3/11/14


Radio 200

1. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
2. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
3. Holy Wave, Relax, Reverberation Appreciation Society
4. Beck, Morning Phase, Capitol
5. Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans, ATO
6. Calliope, Orbis Casino single, self-released*
7. Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV
8. Eternal Summers, The Drop Beneath, Kanine
9. St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Loma Vista
10. Yellow Ostrich, Cosmos, Barsuk*
11. Young Fathers, Dead, Anticon
12. Mike Benign Compulsion, Here’s How It Works, self-released
13. Neneh Cherry, Blank Project, Smalltown Supersound
14. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
15. Adelyn Rose, Ordinary Fantasy, self-released*
16. Vertical Scratchers, Daughter Of Everything, Merge
17. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
18. Pixies, EP-2, self-released
19. Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Total Treble
20. Mogwai, Rave Tapes, Sub Pop
21. Haden Triplets, Haden Triplets, Third Man
22. Bibio, The Green EP, Warp
23. Drowners, Drowners, Frenchkiss
24. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
25. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
26. Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine, Chimera
27. Notwist, Clost To the Glass, Sub Pop
28. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
29. The Pack A.D., Do Not Engage, Nettwerk
30. Uncle Tupelo, No Depression, Legacy


1. Sylvan Esso, Coffee single, Partisan
2. Death, North St. single, Drag City
3. Warm Soda, Young Reckless Hearts, Castleface
4. Saintseneca, Dark Arc, Anti-
5. Fenster, The Pink Caves, Morr


1. Bibio, The Green EP, Warp
2. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
3. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
4. Kenna, Relations EP, Dim Mak
5. Fort Knox Five, 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed, Fort Knox
6. Mas Ysa, Worth, Downtown
7. Nils Frahm, Spaces, Erased Tapes
8. Broken Bells, After the Disco, Columbia
9. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
10. Daedelus, Drown Out, Anticon

Loud Rock

1. Behemoth, The Satanist, Metal Blade
2. Lacuna Coil, Die and Rise single, Century Media
3. Mount Salem, Endless, Metal Blade
4. Hirax, Immortal Legacy, SPV
5. Protest the Hero, Volition, Razor and Tie
6. Black Label Society, My Dying Time single, eOne
7. Within Temptation, Hydra, Nuclear Blast
8. Cynic, Kindly Bent To Free Us, Season Of Mist
9. After the Burial, Wolves WIthin, Sumerian
10. Earth Crisis, Salvation Of Innocents, Candlelight

New World

1. Soweto Gospel Choir, Divine Decade (Celebrating 10 Years), Universal Music
2. Bossacucanova, Our Kind Of Bossa, Six Degrees
3. Anoushka Shankar, Traces Of You, Deutsche Grammophone
4. Tinariwen, Emmaar, Anti-
5. Omar Souleyman, Wenu Wenu, Ribbon
6. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429
7. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
8. Naomi Wachira, Naomi Wachira, self-released
9. Las Cafeteras, It’s Time, self-released
10. Alsarah and the Nubatones, Silt, Wonderwheel


1. Kris Bowers, Heroes + Misfits, Concord Jazz
2. Stacey Kent, THe Changing Lights, Warner
3. Janice Borla Group, Promises to Burn, Tall Grass Records
4. David Krakauer, The Big Picture, self-released
5. Marc Cary Focus Trio, Four Directions, Motema
6. Dave Stryker, Eight Track, self-released
7. Foreign Motion, In Flight, self-released
8. Mike Bardash Quintet, Polygon, Rhombus
9. Brian Gephart, Standing On Two Feet, Origin
10. Reginald Cyntje, Love, self-released

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give The People What They Want, Daptone
2. Magic Sam, Live at the Avant Garde: June 22, 1968, Delmark
3. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, The Devil You Know, Alligator
4. Robben Ford, A Day In Nashville, Provogue
5. Annika Chambers and the Houston All-Stars, Making My Mark, Montrose
6. Various Artists, Delmark: 60 Years of the Blues, Delmark
7. Scott H. Biram, Nothin’ But Blood, Bloodshot
8. Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Blues Shock, Blind Pig
9. Catfish Keith, Honey Hole, Fish Tail
10. James Armstrong, Guitar Angels, Catfood
11. John Hammond, Timeless, Palmetta
12. The Kinsey Report, Smoke and Steel, Alligator
13. Joe Louis Walker, Hornet’s Nest, Alligator
14. Tinsley Ellis, Midnight Blue, Heartfixer
15. Dixie Peach, Blues With Friends, Big Shew
16. Bernie Pearl, Take Your Time, Bee Bump
17. Charlie Musselwhite, Juke Joint Chapel, Henrietta Records
18. Harmonica Hinds, I’d Give You Anything I Could, Wolf Records
19. Paul Rodgers, The Royal Sessions, 429
20. Damon Fowler, Sounds of Home, Blind Pig