Weekly Top Airplay: March 24, 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: 3/24/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Moon Duo, Shadow Of the Sun, Sacred Bones
2. D’Angelo, Black Messiah, RCA
3. Gang Of Four, What Happens Next, Metropolis
4. A Place to Bury Strangers, Transfixiation, Dead Oceans
5. Ex-Cult, Cigarette Machine, Castle Face
6. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, Jagjaguwar
7. Corners, Maxed Out On Distractions, Lolipop
8. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
9. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
10. Drunk Drviers, It’s Always Weekend, Crustacean*
11. Colleen Green, I Want to Grow Up, Hardly Art
12. Kate Pierson, Guitars and Microphones, Kobalt
13. Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, ATO
14. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love, Sub Pop
15. Soup Moat, Enjoy Your Hobbies, Triple Eye*
16. Go-Betweens, G Stands For Go-Betweens, Vol. 1, Domino
17. Ibeyi, Ibeyi, XL
18. Matthew E. White, Fresh Blood, Domino
19. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
20. Midwives, Midwives, Direct Current*
21. Screaming Females, Rose Mountain, Don Giovanni
22. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
23. Future Of What, Pro Dreams, Feat. Drake
24. John Statz, Tulsa, self-released*
25. Hot Sugar, God’s Hand, Break World
26. Sarah Bethe Nelson, Fast Moving Clouds, Burger
27. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday, Kobalt
28. Houndstooth, No News From Home, No Quarter
29. Parquet Courts, Live at Third Man Records, Third Man Records
30. Two Gallants, We Are Undone, ATO


1. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower, No Wave Dance Party 2015, Mom + Pop
2. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
3. The King Khan and BBQ Show, Bad News Boys, In the Red
4. Modest Mouse, Strangers To Ourselves, Epic
5. Chastity Belt, Time to Go Home, Hardly Art


1. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
2. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
3. Aphex Twin, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt. 2 [EP], Warp
4. Hot Sugar, God’s Hand, Break World
5. The Notwist, Messier Objects, Alien Transistor
6. Thomas Blondet, Future World remixed, Rhythm and Culture
7. GGOOLLDD, “Boyz” [single], Gloss*
8. White Dune, Expanse, self-released*
9. Bjork, Vulnicura, One Little Indian
10. Mark Ronson, Uptown Special, RCA

New World

1. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
2. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984, Born Bad
3. Tartu Popi Ja Roki Instituut, Biedermeier-Psychedelia, Minty Fresh
4. Horace Andy, Get Wise, Pressure Sounds
5. Juliette Greco, Bohemian In Paris, Not Now
6. Corktown Popes, And Also With You [EP], self-released
7. Various Artists, Choubi! Choubi!: Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq, Sublime Frequencies
8. Various Artists, Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
9. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative Leisure
10. Dom La Nena, Soyo, Six Degrees


1. Kandinksy Effect, Somnambulist, Cuneiform
2. Mike Osborne, Dawn, Cuneiform
3. Kenosha Kid, Inside Voices, self-released
4. Jimmy Greene, Beautiful Life, Mack Avenue
5. Ali Bey, My Finest Hour, self-released
6. Old Style Sextet, Old Style Sextet, Blujazz
7. Markus Rutz, Second Impression, self-released
8. Andrew Druzza Quintet, Shapes and Anaologies, self-released
9. Rongetz Foundation, Kiss Kiss Double Jab, Heavenly Sweetness
10. Evergreen Classic Jazz Band, Early Tunes 1915 – 1932, Delmark

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Betty LaVette, Worthy, Cherry Red
2. Gov’t Mule, Sco-Mule, Evil Teen
3. Steve Earle & the Dukes, Terraplane, New West
4. Danny Kroha, Angels Watching Over Me, Third Man
5. JJ Grey & Mofro, Ol’ Glory, Provogue
6. Eliza Neals, Breaking and Entering, self-released
7. Junior Wells, Southside Blues Jam, Delmark
8. Sean Costello, In the Magic Shop, VizzTone
9. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, So Delicious, Shanachie
10. Various Artists, Take Me to the River, Stax
11. Eric Bibb, Blues People, Flatbrim
12. Keshia Dixon-Nelson, Almost 25!, self-released
13. Blue Lunch, Above the Fold, Rip Cat
14. Johnny Winter, Step Back, Megaforce
15. Tinsley Ellis, Tough Love, Heartfixer Music
16. Jeff Jensen, Morose Elephant, Swing Suit Records
17. Altered Five Blues Band, Cryin’ Mercy, Omnivibe*
18. Billy Walton Band, Wish For What You Want, VizzTone
19.  Tas Cru, You Keep the Money, SubCat
20. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnoise King, Fat Man’s Shine Parlor, Blind Pig
21. Jimmy Thackery, Extra Jimmies, Blind Pig
22. Eric Noden Band, Solid Ground, self-released
23. Joe Bonamassa, Different Shades Of Blue, J&R Adventures
24. Vance Kelly, Live at Kingston Mines, Wolf Records
25. The Blues Disciples, Big Beat, Land o’ Blues*