Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, April 26, 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: 4/26/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Vagrant
2. The Grovelers, Romeo vs. Juliet, self-released
3. Space Raft, Rubicon, Dusty Medical*
4. Parquet Courts, Human Performance, Rough Trade
5. Trapper Schoepp, Rangers and Valentines, Xtra Mile*
6. Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, Loma Vista
7. Hot Coffin, Hot Coffin, Triple Eye Industries*
8. Andrew Bird, Are You Serious, Loma Vista
9. Liima, II, 4AD
10. Face to Face, Protection, Fat Wreck Chords
11. Dead Horses, “All I Really Need to Know” [single], Gloss Records*
12. Bob Mould, Patch the Sky, Merge
13. Kevin Morby, Singing Saw, Dead Oceans
14. Benji Hughes, Songs in the Key of Animals, Merge
15. Eric Bachmann, s/t, Merge Records
16. Suuns, Hold/Still, Secretly Canadian
17. Julianna Barwick, Will, Dead Oceans
18. Brief Candles, “Provisions” [single], self-released*
19. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, A Man Alive, Ribbon Music
20. La Sera, Music For Listening to Music To, Polyvinyl Records
21. Damien Jurado, Visions of Us on the Land, Secretly Canadian
22. Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything, PIAS*
23. Mavis Staples, Livin’ On a High Note, Anti-
24. Tancred, Out of the Garden, Polyvinyl
25. Heat Death, 9 Steps to a Happier Life, self-released
26. Woods, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, Woodsist
27. Beach Patrol, Eudaimonia, Barely Standing
28. Chelsea Wolfe, “Hypnos” b/w “Flame” [singles], Sargent House
29. Night Beats, Who Sold My Generation, Heavenly Records
30. Operators, Blue Wave, Last Gang


1. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity, ATO
2. Greys, Outer Heaven, Carpark
3. Little Scream, Cult Following, Merge
4. Astronautalis, Cut the Body Loose, SideOneDummy
5. Cate Le Bon, Crab Day, Drag City


1. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
2. Various Artists, Star Wars Headspace, Hollywood-American
3. RJD2, Dame Fortune, RJ’s Electrical Connection
4. Underworld, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Astralwerks
5. M83, Junk, Mute
6. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
7. Lapsley, Long Way Home, XL
8. Essaie Pas, Demain Est Une Autre Nuit, DFA
9. The Range, Potential, Domino
10. Moderat, III, Mute

New World

1. Rokia Traore, Ne So, Nonesuch
2. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
3. Patrick Landeza, Nahe’olu, Addison Street
4. Debo Band, Ere Gobez, FPE
5. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton
6. Mexrrissey, Mexico goes Morrissey, Nacional
7. Anoushka Shankar, Land Of Gold, Deutsche Grammophone
8. ZMEI3, Rough Romanian Soul, Six Degrees
9. Bombino, Azel, Partisan
10. Imarhan, “Imarhan” b/w “Assossamagh”, City Slang


1. Esperanza Spalding, Emily’s D+Evolution, Concord
2. Henry Threadgill, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs, Pi
3. Darren English, Imagine Nation, Hot Shoe
4. Chris Ziemba, Manhattan Lullaby, Outside In Music
5. Bill Laurance, Aftersun, GroundUP
6. Greg Chako, Integration I and II, Chako
7. Willie Jones III, Groundwork, self-released
8. Oatmeal Jazz Combo, Whole Wheat Oats, self-released
9. Marcus Strickland, Twi-Life, Strick Muzik
10. Ark Ovrutski Quintet, Intersection, Origin


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