Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, April 5, 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: 4/5/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Space Raft, Paper Airplanes 7″, Dusty Medical*
2. The Dirty Nil, Higher Power, Dine Alone
3. Bob Mould, Patch the Sky, Merge
4. Holy Wave, Freaks of Nurture, Reverberation Appreciation Society
5. Nada Surf, You Know Who You Are, Barsuk
6. Damien Jurado, Visions of Us On the Land, Secretly Canadian
7. Hinds, Leave Me Alone, Mom + Pop
8. Ringo Deathstarr, Pure Mood, Reverberation Appreciation Society
9. Jaill, Wherever It Be, Infinity Cat*
10. The Record Company, Give It Back to You, Concord*
11. Adriane Younge, Something About April II, Linear Labs
12. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
13. M83, “Do It, Try It” single, Mute
14. Andrew Bird, Are You Serious, Loma Vista
15. The James Hunter Six, Hold On!, Daphne
16. Jennifer O’Connor, Surface Noise, Kiam
17. Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, Loma Vista
18. Teen, Love Yes, Carpark
19. Kevin Morby, Singing Saw, Dead Oceans
20. Moon Curse, Spirit Remains, Kozmik Artifactz*
21. Night Beats, Who Sold My Generation, Heavenly
22. Waco Brothers, Going Down In History, Bloodshot
23. Liima, II, 4AD
24. M. Ward, More Rain, Merge
25. Sun Days, Album, Run For Cover Records
26. Pete Yorn, Arranging Time, Capitol
27. Eric Bachmann, Eric Bachmann, Merge
28. The Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything, PIAS
29. Operators, Blue Wave, Last Gang
30. Savages, Adore Life, Matador


1. Parquet Courts, Human Performance, Rough Trade
2. Kevin Morby, Singing Saw, Dead Oceans
3. Quiet Life, Foggy, Strange Light
4. Dinner, Psychic Lovers, Captured Tracks
5. Mike and the Melvins, Three Men & a Baby, Sub Pop


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. toe, Hear You, TopShelf
2. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
3. Lakou Mizik, Wa Di Yo, Cumbancha Discovery
4. Sidestepper, Supernatural Love, Real World
5. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton
6. Anoushka Shankar, Land Of Gold, Deutsche Grammophon
7. Los Hacheros, Bambulaye, Daptone-Chulo
8. Soapkills, The Best of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
9. Mexrrissey, Mexico Goes Morrissey, Nacional
10. Mariachi Flor De Toloache, self-released


1. Esperanza Spaulding, Emily’s D+Evolution, Concord
2. Dr. Lonnie Smith, Evolution, Blue Note
3. Naima, Bye, Cuneiform
4. Clayton Brothers, Soul Brothers, ArtistShare
5. Restroy, Saturn Return, Cuneiform
6. Avishai Cohen, Into the Silence, ECM
7. Brian Bromberg, Full Circle, Artistry
8. Keefe Jackson and Jason Adasiewicz, Rows and Rows, Delmark
9. Sokratis Sinopoulous, Eight Winds, ECM
10. Steve West and Phrontrange, The High Road, Blujazz

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