Weekly Top Airplay: March 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: 3/25/14

Radio 200

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
2. St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Loma Vista
3. Natural Child, Dancin’ With Wolves, Burger
4. Various Artists, Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack Recording, Nonesuch
5. Dex Romweber Duo, Images 13, Bloodshot
6. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
7. The War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
8. Sylvan Esso, Coffee single, Partisan*
9. Beck, Morning Pphase, Capitol
10. Temples, Sun Structures, Fat Possum
11. Dum Dum Girls, Too True, Sub Pop
12. Canopies, Miss You single, self-released*
13. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
14. Ava Luna, Electric Balloon, Western Vinyl
15. Hurray For the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes, ATO
16. Be Forest, Earthbeat, We Were Never Being Boring
17. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
18. Hospitality, Trouble, Merge
19. Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV
20. Damaged Bug, Hubba Bubba, Castle Face
21. Pow!, Hi-Tech Boom, Castle Face
22. The Notwist, Close To the Glass, Sub Pop
23. Holy Wave, Relax, Reverberation Appreciation Society
24. Malachai, Beyond Ugly, Domino
25. Thalia Zedek Band, Six, Thrill Jockey
26. La Dispute, Rooms Of the House, Better Living
27. Young Fathers, Dead, Anticon
28. TEEN, Not For Long single, Carpark
29. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
30. Real Estate, Atlas, Domino


1. Liars, Mess, Mute
2. Tycho, Awake, Ghostly
3. Future Islands, Singles, 4AD
4. S. Carey, Range Of Light, Jagjaguwar
5. Owls, Two, Polyvinyl


1. Kenna, Relations EP, Dim Mak
2. Actress, Ghettoville, Ninja Tune
3. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
4. Bibio, The Green EP, Warp
5. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
6. Pretty Lights, Color Map From the Sun remixes, 8 Minutes 20 Seconds
7. Fort Knox Five, 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five remixed, Fort Knox Recordings
8. Jel, Late Pass, Anticon
9. Various Artists, Zen: A Ninja Tune and Big Dada 2013 Sampler, Ninja Tune
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. Vijay Iyer, Mutations I – X, ECM
2. Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood, Truth Teller, EdgeTone
3. Foreign Motion, In Flight, self-released
4. Stacey Kent, The Changing Lights, Warner
5. Catherine Russell, Bring It Back, Jazz Village
6. Matt Renzi, Rise and Shine, Three P’s
7. Multitudes Telepathic, Multitudes Telepathic, PFMENTUM
8. Jane Ira Bloom, Sixteen Sunsets, Outline
9. Sam Boshnack Quintet, Exploding Syndrome, Shnack
10. Chris Parker, Full Circle, oa2

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