Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, March 22, 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: 3/22/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Damien Jurado, Visions Of Us On the Land, Secretly Canadian
2. WORK, Doing the Lords, Breadking*
3. The Dirty Nil, Higher Power, Dine Alone
4. Mavis Staples, Livin’ On a High Note, Anti-
5. La Sera, Music For Listening to Music To, Polyvinyl*
6. Space Raft, Paper Airplanes [7″], Dusty Medical*
7. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, A Man Alive, Ribbon Music
8. Midwives, Cowboy Songs, Dusty Medical*
9. Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, Loma Vista
10. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
11. Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything, PIAS*
12. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
13. Xu Xu Fang, Daylong Secret, self-released
14. Ringo Deathstarr, Pure Mood, Reverberation Appreciation Society
15. Savages, Adore Life, Matador
16. Heron Oblivion, s/t, Sub Pop
17. Teen, Love Yes, Carpark
18. Daughter, Not to Disappear, Glassnote
19. Glint, Inverter, Votiv
20. Joon Moon, Chess [EP], Kwaidan
21. Jordan Klassen, Javelin, Nevado
22. High Highs, Cascades, PIAS
23. Beacon, Escapements, Ghostly International
24. Lionlimb, Shoo, Bayonet
25. C Duncan, Architect, FatCat
26. Birthh, Born In the Woods, We Were Never Being Boring
27. Underworld, Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Astralwerks
28. Miike Snow, iii, Atlantic
29. The Demix, Havoc Run, self-released*
30. Adult Books, Running From the Blows, Lolipop


1. Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, Loma Vista
2. Bob Mould, Patch the Sky, Merge
3. Open Mike Eagle and Paul White, Hella Personal Film Festival, Mello Music
4. Walker Family Singers, Panola County Spirit, Daptone
5. Kitten, Heaven Or Somewhere In Between, Scary Kid


1. Policia, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
2. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
3. Beacon, Escapements, Ghostly International
4. Underworld, Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Astralwerks
5. The Demix, Havoc Run, self-released*
6. Made Of Oak, Penumbra, [EP], Partisan*
7. GGOOLLDD, Standards [EP], self-released*
8. Junior Boys, Big Black Coat, City Slang
9. Lapsley, Long Way Home, XL
10. Breakbot, Still Waters, Ed Banger

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. Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp, Complementary Colors, Leo Records
2. Gabriel Mervine, People, self-released
3. Esperanza Spalding, Emily’s D+Evolution, Concord
4. Julian Lage, Arclight, Mack Avenue
5. Matt Parker Trio, Present Time, Bynk
6. Russ Nolan, Sanctuary From the Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12, Rhinoceros
7. Kevin Mahogany, The Vienna Affair, Mahogany
8. Brad Shepik and Ron Samworth, Quartet 1991, Songlines Recordings
9. Bill Laurance, Aftersun, GroundUP
10. Michael Brothers Quartet, Reunion, Girod

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