Weekly Top Airplay: March 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: 3/18/14


Radio 200

1. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
2. Real Estate, Atlas, Domino
3. Temples, Sun Structures, Fat Possum
4. Warm Soda, Young Reckless Hearts, Castle Face
5. Calliope, Orbis Casino single, self-released*
6. New Bums, Voices In a Rented Room, Drag City
7. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
8. The Men, Tomorrow’s Hits, Sacred Bonees
9. St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Loma Vista
10. Beck, Morning Phase, Capitol
11. Mogwai, Rave Tapes, Sub Pop
12. The Hold Steady, Spinners single, Razor & Tie
13. The Dex Romweber Duo, Images 13, Bloodshot
14. The War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
15. The Mike Benign Compulsion, Here’s How It Works, self-released*
16. Sylvan Esso, Coffee single, Partisan
17. Mozes and the Firstborn, Mozes and the Firstborn, Burger
18. Adelyn Rose, Ordinary Fantasy, self-released*
19. Pow!, Hi-Tech Boom, Castle Face
20. Holy Wave, Relax, Reverberation Appreciation Society
21. Ava Luna, Electric Balloon, Western Vinyl
22. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
23. Natural Child, Dancin’ With Wolves, Burger
24. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
25. Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans, ATO
26. The Notwist, Close To the Glass, Sub Pop
27. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
28. Eagulls, Eagulls, Partisan
29. Fenster, The Pink Caves, Morr
30. Ages and Ages, Divisionary, Partisan


1. The War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
2. Malachai, Beyond Ugly, Domino
3. Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, Nonesuch
4. Lyla Foy, Mirrors The Sky, Sub Pop
5. Ibibio Sound Machine, Soundway


1. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
2. Pretty Lights, Color Map From the Sun remixes, 8 Minutes 20 Seconds
3. Four Tet, Beautiful Rewind, Text
4. Actress, Ghettoville, Ninja Tune
5. Mas Ysa, Worth, Downtown
6. Bibio, The Green EP, Warp
7. El Ten Eleven, For Emily EP, Fake
8. Illum Sphere, Ghosts Of Then and Now, Ninja Tune
9. Fort Knox Five, 10 Years of Fort Knox Five Remixed, Fort Knox
10. GGOOLLDD, Gold single, self-released*

New World

1. Tinariwen, Emmaar, Anti-
2. Omar Souleyman, Wenu Wenu, Ribbon
3. Souljazz Orchestra, Inner Fire, Strut
4. Ibibio Sound Machine, Ibibio Sound Machine, Soundway
5. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
6. Alsarah and the Nubatones, Silt, Wonderwheel
7. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429
8. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Faya, Cumbancha
9. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa, Nonesuch
10. Bossacucanova, Our Kind Of Bossa, Six Degrees


1. Ambrose Akinmusire, The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint, Blue Note
2. Janice Borla Group, Promises to Burn, Tall Grass Records
3. David Krakauer, The Big Picture, self-released
4. Vijay Iyer, Mutations I – X, ECM
5. Reginald Cyntje, Love, self-released
6. Kris Bowers, Heroes and Misfits, Concord Jazz
7. Mike Bardash Quintet, Polygon, Rhombus
8. Dave Stryker, Eight Track, self-released
9. George Bouchard Group, Listen To Your Dreams, self-released
10. Catherine Russell, Bring It Back, Jazz Village

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