Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, March 29, 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: 3/29/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Foreign Resort, American Dream [EP], Moon Sounds
2. Dirty Nil, Higher Power, Dine Alone Records
3. WORK, Doing the Lords, Breadking
4. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, A Man Alive, Ribbon Music
5. Bob Mould, Patch the Sky, Merge
6. Sego, Once Was Lost, Now Just Hanging Around, Dine Alone Records
7. Waco Brothers, Going Down in History, Bloodshot
8. Holy Wave, Freaks Of Nurture, Reverberation Appreciation Society
9. Savages, Adore Life, Matador
10. Yuck, Stranger Things, Mame
11. Basement, Promise Everything, Run For Cover
12. Underworld, Barbar Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Astralwerks
13. Diiv, Is The Is Are, Captured Tracks
14. Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, Loma Vista
15. Teen, Love Yes, Carpark
16. Damien Jurado, Visions Of Us On the Land, Secretly Canadian
17. Tanya Donelly, Swan Song Series, American Laundromat
18. Prince Rama, Xtreme Now, Carpark
19. Night Beats, Who Sold My Generation, Heavenly
20. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
21. Miike Snow, iii, Atlantic
22. Adult Books, Running From the Blows, Lolipop
23. Hallelujah the Hills, A Band Is Something to Figure Out, Discrete Pagentry
24. Ringo Deathstarr, Pure Mood, Reverberation Appreciation Society
25. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
26. Beach Patrol, Eudaimonia, Barely Standing Records
27. Sylvan Esso, Live From WMSE 7″, WMSE
28. Margo Price, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, Third Man
29. Seth Bogart, Seth Bogart, Burger Records
30. DMA’s, Hills End, Mom + Pop


1. Eric Bachmann, Eric Bachmann, Merge
2. Bombino, Azel, Partisan
3. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
4. Andrew Bird, Are You Serious, Loma Vista
5. Bleached, Welcome to the Worms, Dead Oceans


1. Underworld, Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, Astralwerks
2. Prince Rama, Xtreme Now, Carpark
3. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
4. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
5. Sylvan Esso, Live From WMSE 7″, WMSE
6. Tiga, No Fantasy Required, Counter
7. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
8. Breakbot, Still Waters, Ed Banger
9. Junior Boys, Big Black Coat, City Slang
10. Lapsley, Long Way Home, XL

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. Sokratis Sinopoulos, Eight Winds, ECM
2. Melissa Aldana, Back Home, W Records
3. Logan Richardson, Shift, Blue Note
4. Matt Mitchell, Vista Accumulation, Pi Records
5. Willie Jones III, Groundwork, self-released
6. Bill Laurance, Aftersun, GroundUP
7. Greg Merritt Jazz Quartet, New York Sexy, self-released
8. Avishai Cohen Trio, From Darkness, Razdaz
9. Christian Tamburr, Takana Miyamoto, Keita Ogawa, People Talk, self-released
10. Ibrahim Maalouf, Kalthoum, Impulse

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