Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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: 4/12/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, Loma Vista
2. Space Raft, Rubicon, Dusty Medical Records*
3. Bob Mould, Patch the Sky, Merge
4. Parquet Courts, Human Performance, Rough Trade
5. Ringo Deathstarr, Pure Mood, Reverberation Appreciation Socity
6. The Dirty Nil, Higher Power, Dine Alone
7. Field Music, Commontime, Memphis Industries
8. Heron Oblivion, Heron Oblivion, Sub Pop
9. Lucinda Williams, The Ghosts of Highway 20, Highway 20 Records
10. The Heavy, Hurt and the Merciless, ADA
11. Underworld, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Astralwerks
12. Wild Nothing, Life Of Pause, Captured Tracks
13. Holy Wave, Freaks of Nurture, Reverberation Appreciation Society
14. Freakwater, Scheherazade, Bloodshot
15. Liima, II, 4AD
16. The Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything, PIAS*
17. Prince Rama, Xtreme Now, Carpark
18. Eric Bachmann, s/t, Merge
19. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, A Man Alive, Ribbon Music
20. Nada Surf, You Know Who You Are, Barsuk
21. Laura Gibson, Empire Builder, Barsuk
22. Operators, Blue Wave, Last Gang
23. Mass Gothic, s/t, Sub Pop
24. Foreign Resort, The American Dream EP, Ignition Agency
25. Robbie Fulks, Upland Stories, Bloodshot
26. Dear Tracks, Soft Dreams EP, Track and Field
27. Mavis Staples, Livin’ On a High Note, Anti-
28. Savages, Adore Life, Matador
29. Herms, Welcome All Tourists, Narnack
30. James Hunter Six, Hold On!, Daptone


1. Trapper Schoepp, Rangers and Valentines, Xtra Mile*
2. Woods, City Sun Eater In the River of Light, Woodsist
3. Fela Ransome-Kuti, Lagos Baby 1963 – 1969, Knitting Factory
4. Suuns, Hold/Still, Secretly Canadian
5. Com Truise, Silicone Tare, Ghostly International


1. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
2. M83, “Do It, Try It” single, Mute
3. The Demix, Havoc Run, self-released
4. NZCA Lines, Infinite Summer, Memphis Industries
5. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
6. Junior Boys, Big Black Coat, City Slang
7. Prince Rama, Xtreme Now, Carpark
8. Bullion, Loop the Loop, Deek
9. Choir of Young Believers, Grasque, Ghostly International
10. Douchka, Together EP, Nowadays

New World

1. Debo Band, Ere Gobez, FPE
2. Rokia Traore, Ne So, Nonesuch
3. Mexrrissey, Mexico Goes Morrissey, Nacional
4. Lakou Mizik, Wa Di Yo, Cumbancha Discovery
5. TOE, Hear You, TopShelf
6. Baaba Maal, The Traveler, Palm
7. Fela Ransome-Kuti, Lagos Baby, 1963 – 1969, Knitting Factory
8. Bombino, Azel, Partisan
9. Chuck Foster, Looks Like Trouble, Catch Me Time
10. Klaus Johann Grobe, Im Sinne Der Zeit 7″, Trouble In Mind


1. Herlin Riley, New Direction, Mack Avenue
2. Ark Orutski Quintet, Intersection, Orchestra
3. Esperanza Spaulding, Emily’s D+Evolution, Concord
4. B.D. Lenz, Manifesto, Jade Buddah
5. Logan Richardson, Shift, Blue Note
6. Tom Collier, Across the Bridge, Origin
7. Charles Ruggiero, As Heard On TV, Rondette
8. Alfredo Rodriguez, Tocororo, Mack Avenue
9. George Coleman, A Master Speaks, Smoke Sessions
10. Axel Tosca Laugart, s/t, self-released

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Bonnie Raitt, Dig In Deep, Red Wing
2. Mavis Staples, Livin’ On a High Note, Anti-
3. The James Hunter Six, Hold On!, Daptone
4. The Record Company, Give It Back to You, Concord*
5. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Let Me Get By, Fantasy/Concord
6. Janiva Magness, Love Wins Again, Blu Elan
7. Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Friday Night, Elrob Records
8. Jeff Healey, Heal My Soul, Provogue
9. Debbie Bond, Enjoy the Ride – Shoals Sessions, Blind Raccoon
10. Brothers Brown, Dusty Road, Funky Joint Records
11. Mark Cameron, Playing Rough, Blind Raccoon
12. Toronzo Cannon, The Chicago Way, Alligator
13. Johnny Rawls, Tiger In a Cage, Catfood Records
14. Shonn Hinton and Shotgun, Long Live Shot Gun, self-released*
15. Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau, Lead Belly’s Gold, Stony Plain
16. Calvin Conway, Dark Horse Deluxe, Tone Royale
17. Warren Haynes (featuring Railroad Earth), Ashes & Dust, Concord
18. Andrea Marr Band, Live Blues Party at the House of Blues, Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
19. Jeff Chaz, Sounds Like the Blues to Me, JCP Records
20. Jody Blackwell, Wilderness, self-released
21. King Louie and LaRonda Steele, Rock Me Baby, Shoug Records
22. Bob Margolin, My Road, VizzTone
23. Mighty Mike Schermer, Blues In Good Hands, VizzTone
24. Shari Puorto, My Obsession, Blind Raccoon
25. Joanne Broh Band, Wicked Cool, Double Y Records
26. R.B. Stone, Some Call It Freedom, Some Call It the Blues,  Middle Mountain Music
27. Tommy Z, Blizzard of Blues, Blind Raccoon
28. Erin Coburn, Chaos Before Conformity, self-released
29. Guy King, Truth, Delmark
30. Kim Nalley, Blues People, self-released