Weekly Top Airplay: March 4, 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: 3/4/14


Radio 200

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
2. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk-Republic
3. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar
4. Yellow Ostrich, Cosmos, Barsuk*
5. Warpaint, Warpaint, Rough Trade
6. Beck, Morning Phase, Capitol
7. Notwist, Close to the Glass, Sub Pop
8. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags, Matador
9. Dum Dum Girls, Too True, Sub Pop
10. Michael Kiwanuka, You’ve Got Nothing to Lose b/w Waitin Around to Die, Third Man
11. Hospitality, Trouble, Merge
12. Temples, Sun Structures, Fat Possum
13. Brett Newski, American Folk Armageddon, Good Land
14. Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV
15. Solids, Blame Confusion, Fat Possum
16. Pontiak, Innocence, Thrill Jockey
17. Wye Oak, The Tower single, Merge
18. Ages and Ages, Divisionary, Partisan
19. Blessed Feathers, Order of the Arrow, La Societe Expeditionnaire*
20. Thee Oh Sees, Singles Collection: Volume 3, Castle Face
21. Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, Four Foot Shack, ATO
22. Water Liars, Water Liars, Fat Possum
23. Midwives, Midwives 7″, Direct Current*
24. The Pack A.D., Do Not Engage, Nettwerk
25. Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine, Chimera
26. Mogwai, Rave Tapes, Sub Pop
27. Vertical Scratchers, Daughter of Everything, Merge
28. Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Secretly Canadian
29. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
30. Bibio, The Green EP, Warp


1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent, Loma Vista
2. Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans, ATO
3. Real Estate, Atlas, Domino
4. The Men, Tomorrow’s Hits, Sacred Bones
5. Black Lips, Underneath the Rainbow, Vice


1. Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly
2. Bibio, The Green EP, Warp
3. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
4. Gardens and Villa, Dunes, Secretly Canadian
5. Abuela, True Colors 7″, Canvasback
6. Induce, Sunset Summer EP, Wondersound
7. Fort Knox Five, 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five remixed, Fort Knox
8. Illum Sphere, Ghosts Of Then and Now, Ninja Tune
9. Crystal Method, The Crystal Method, Tiny E
10. Daedelus, Drown Out, Anticon

New World

1. Dom La Nena, Ela Por Eles remixes, Six Degrees
2. Bossacucanova, Our Kind Of Bossa, Six Degrees
3. Goitse, Transformed, Own
4. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa, Nonesuch
5. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Faya, Cumbancha
6. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
7. Spiritual Rez, Apocalypse Whenever, self-released
8. Las Cafeteras, It’s Time, self-released
9. Naomi Wachira, Naomi Wachira, Hearth
10. Intended Immigration, La Demoiselle Du Fonque, Wooden Hat


1. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin, Nonesuch
2. Stacey Kent, The Changing Lights, Warner/Parlophone
3. Ari Brown, Groove Awakening, Delmark
4. Herb Silverstein, Monday Morning, self-released
5. Trio Shalva, Breeza, self-released
6. Ian O’Beirne, Glasswork, self-released
7. Bob Dorough, Eulalia, Merry Lane
8. Natalie Cressman, Turn The Sea, Cressman
9. Catherine Russell, Bring It Back, Jazz Village
10. Fareed Haque, Trance Hypothesis, Delmark

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