Weekly Top Airplay: March 31, 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: 3/31/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Gang Of Four, What Happens Next, Metropolis
2. Moon Duo, Shadow Of the Sun, Sacred Bones
3. D’Angelo, Black Messiah, RCA
4. Platinum Boys, Future Hits, Dusty Medical*
5. Ex-Cult, Cigarette Machine, Castle Face
6. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, Jagjaguwar
7. JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll, Rounder
8. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
9. Two Gallants, We Are Undone, ATO
10. Rio Turbo, Rio Turbo, Gloss*
11. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, Mom + Pop
12. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear, Sub Pop
13. Soup Moat, Enjoy Your Hobbies, Triple Eye Industries*
14. Houndstooth, No News From Home, No Quarter
15. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
16. A Place to Bury Strangers, Transfixiation, Dead Oceans
17. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities To Love, Sub Pop
18. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
19. Michna, Thousand Thursday, Ghostly
20. Go Wolf, Running, Ooh La La
21. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
22. Will Butler, Policy, Merge
23. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
24. Tobias Jesso Jr., Goon, True Panther
25. Screaming Females, Rose Mountain, Don Giovanni
26. The King Khan and BBQ Show, Bad News Boys, In the Red
27. Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass, Spacebomb
28. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell, Mom + Pop
29. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, After, Mom + Pop
30. Hot Sugar, God’s Hand, Break World


1. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell, Asthmatic Kitty
2. William Elliott Whitmore, Radium Death, Anti-
3. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
4. The Soft Moon, Deeper, Captured Tracks
5. The Staves, If I Was, Nonesuch


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. Ali Bey, My Finest Hour, self-released
2. Markus Rutz, Second Impression, self-released
3. Evergreen Classic Jazz Band, Early Tunes: 1915 – 1932, Delmark
4. Andrew Diruzza Quintet, Shapes and Analogies, self-released
5. Jimmy Greene, Beautiful Life, Mack Avenue
6. Greg Abate Quartet, Motif, Whaling City Sound
7. Brad Goode Quartet, Montezuma, Origin
8. Old Style Sextet, Old Style Sextet, Blujazz
9. Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, The Art of Conversation, Impulse!
10. Dave Bass, New York Sessions, Whaling City sound

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*