Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, March 1, 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: 3/1/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Waco Brothers, Going Down In History, Bloodshot
2. Indonesian Junk, Indonesian Junk, self-titled*
3. The Dirty Nil, Higher Power, Dine Alone
4. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
5. The James Hunter Six, Hold On!, Daphne
6. The Demix, Havoc Run, self-released*
7. Ringo Deathstarr, Pure Mood, Reverberation Appreciation Society
8. Night Beats, Who Sold My Generation, Heavenly
9. TEEN, Love Yes, Carpark
10. The Pukes, The Pukes [EP], self-released*
11. Savages, Adore Life, Matador
12. Ty Segall, Emotional Mugger, Drag City
13. Eerie Wanda, Hum, Beyond Is Beyond Is Beyond
14. Sarah Neufeld, The Ridge, Paper Bag
15. Cross Record, Wabi-Sabi, Ba Da Bing!
16. Cave Singers, Banshee, self-released
17. So Pitted, Neo, Sub Pop
18. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
19. The Record Company, Give It Back to You, Concord
20. High Highs, Cascades, PIAS
21. Givers, New Kingdom, Glassnote
22. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
23. Basia Bulat, Good Advice, Secret City
24. DIIV, Is The Is Are, Captured Tracks
25. Julia Brown, An Abundance of Strawberries, Joy Void
26. Essaie Pas, Demain Est Une Autre Nuit, DFA
27. Wild Nothing, Life Of Pause, Captured Tracks
28. David Bowie, Blackstar, I-SO
29. Saul WIlliams, MartyrLoserKing, Fader
30. Porches, Pool, Domino


1. Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything, PIAS*
2. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
3. Charles Bradley, Changes, Daptone
4. Santigold, 99cents, Atlantic
5. Yuck, Stranger Things, Mame


1. Prefuse 73, Rivington Nao Rio [Expanded], Temporary Residence
2. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
3. Pillar Point, Marble Mouth, Polyvinyl
4. Junior Boys, Big Black Coat, City Slang
5. The Demix, Havoc Run, self-released*
6. Keys N Krates, Midnite Mass [EP], Dim Mak
7. Beacon, Escapements, Ghostly International
8. Polica, “Lime Habit” [single], Mom + Pop
9. Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete, Warp
10. Letherette, Refresh [EP], Ninja Tune

New World

1. Klaus Johann Grobe, Baby Lass Uns Sein [7-inch], Trouble In Mind
2. Rokia Traore, Ne So, Nonesuch
3. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton
4. Sainkho Namtchylak, Like a Bird or a Spirit, Not a Face, Ponderosa
5. Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express, Junun, Nonesuch
6. Mariachi Flor De Toloache, s/t, self-released
7. Soapkills, The Best of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
8. Francoise Hardy, L’Amitie, Disques Vogue
9. Sidestepper, Supernatural Love, Real World
10. Various Artists, Excavated Shellac: Reeds, Dust-to-Digital


1. Ibrahim Maalouf, Kalthoum, Impulse!
2. Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Istanbul Underground, Nublu
3. Thomas Heberer, Achim Kaufmann, Ken Filiano, Interstices, self-released
4. Goat’s Notes, Cosmic Circus, Leo
5. Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, I Long to See You, Blue Note
6. Enrique Haneine, Instants Of Time, Elephant Walk
7. Matt Parker Trio, Present Time, Bynk
8. Amina Figarova, Blue Whisper, In And Out
9. David Friesen and Glen Moore, Bactrian, Origin
10. Ark Ovrutski Quintet, Intersection, Origin

Blues (updated monthly)

1. James Hunter Six, Hold On, Daptone
2. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Let Me Get By, Fantasy/Concord
3. The Record Company, Give It Back To You, Concord
4. King Louie and LaRonda Steele, Rock Me Baby, Shoug Records
5. Mavis Staples, Livin’ On a High Note, Anti-
6. Warren Haynes (featuring Railroad Earth), Ashes & Dust, Concord
7. Anni Piper, Chasin’ Tail, Sugar Daddy Records
8. Joanne Broh Band, Wicked Cool, Double Y Records
9. Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers with Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Genuine Blues Legends, Little Mike
10. Bruce “Mississippi” Johnson, The Deal Baby, self-released
11. Riff Riders, Hit the Road, Graphite Sound
12. Toronzo Cannon, The Chicago Way, Alligator Records
13. Shonn Hinton and Shotgun, Long Live Shot Gun, self-released
14. Dennis Jones, Both Sides of the Track, self-released
15. Kelly Richey, Shakedown Soul, Sweet Lucy Records
16. The Stryker / Slagle Band, Routes, Strikezone
17. Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau, Lead Belly’s Gold: Live at the Sunset and More, Stony Plain
18. Johnny Rawls, Tiger In a Cage, Catfood Records
19. Tommy Z, Blizzard of Blues, Blind Raccoon
20. John Del Toro Richardson, Tengo Blues, Bear In the Chair
21. The Ragpicker String Band, s/t, Yellow Dog Records
22. Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Method to My Madness, Alligator
23. Walkin’ Cane Mark, Tryin’ to Make You Understand [remastered], Blind Raccoon
24. Bob Margolin, My Road, VizzTone
25. Supersonic Blues Machine, West of Flushing South of Frisco, Provogue
26. John D’Amato, Born Blue – The Sun Sessions, self-released
27. Kathy and the Kilowatts, Growin’ With the Big D!, Lectro Fine
28. Guy Davis, Kokomo Kid, MC Records
29. Erin Coburn, Chaos Before Community, self-released
30. Steve Gilbert, Hemp Highway, H Tone