Weekly Top Airplay: August 12, 2014

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: 8/12/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
2. The Sugar Stems, Only Come Out At Night, Dirtnap*
3. David Kilgour and the Heavy 8’s, End Times Undone, Merge
4. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
5. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
6. White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent, Drag City
7. Spoon, They Want My Soul, Loma Vista
8. GGOOLLDD, $tandard$ EP, self-released*
9. Twin Peaks, Wild Onion, Grand Jury
10. White Lung, Deep Fantasy, Domino
11. The Horrors, Luminous, XL
12. Xeno + Oaklander, Par Avion, Ghostly International
13. Adelyn Rose, Ordinary Fantasy, self-released*
14. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
15. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
16. Johanna Samuels, Double Bind, self-released
17. Spider Bags, Frozen Letter, Merge
18. Martina Johnsson, Nine Stories Then the Weather, self-released
19. Sugar Ransom, Mercy Hunt, self-released*
20. The Muffs, Whoop Dee Doo, Burger
21. Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds In Country, Thirty Tigers
22. Jenny Lewis, Voyager, Warner
23. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal, What’s Your Rupture?
24. Geri X, White Light, self-released
25. 1,2,3, Big Weather, self-released
26. The Delphines, Hush, Gloss
27. Shonen Knife, Overdrive, Good Charamel
28. Liam Bailey, Definitely Now, Sony Masterworks
29. Various Artists, Cover Up: Milwaukee Artists Cover The Wooldridge Brothers, self-released*
30. Total Control, Typical System, Iron Lung


1. Twin Brother, Swallow the Anchor, self-released*
2. Amazing Snakeheads, Amphetamine Ballads, Domino
3. Falty DL, In the Wild, Ninja Tune
4. Castanets, Decimation Blues, Asthmatic Kitty
5. Mirel Wagner, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, Sub Pop


1. Chet Faker, Built On Glass, Downtown
2. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
3. GGOOLLDD, $tandard$ EP, self-released*
4. Xeno + Oaklander, Par Avion, Ghostly International
5. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
6. Plaid, Reachy Prints, Warp
7. Austra, Habitat, Domino
8. Fhloston Paradigm, The Phoenix, Hyperdub
9. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista
10. Kodomo, Patterns and Light, self-released

New World

1. Pacifika, Amor Planeta, Six Degrees
2. Martina Johnsson, Nine Stories Then the Weather, self-released
3. Shonen Knife, Overdrive, Good Charamel
4. Kasai Allstars, Beware the Fetish, Crammed Discs
5. Silva, Janeiro EP, Six Degrees
6. Meridian Brothers, Salvadora Robot, Soundway
7. Hollie Cook, Twice, Mr. Bongo
8. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
9. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia, World Music Network
10. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429 Records


1. Extra Crispy Brass Band, Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
2. Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope, Mack Avenue
3. Caterina Zapponi, Romantica, Motema
4. Beat Funktion, Voodooland, Do
5. Stockton Helbing Quartet, Handprints, Armored
6. Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra, Travel Notes, Blujazz
7. Sean Jones Quartet, Improvise, Mack Avenue
8. Rebirth Brass Band, Move Your Body, Basin
9. Lenny Pickett and UMO Jazz Orchestra, The Prescription, Random Act
10. Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash Duo, Duologue, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Blues (updated montly)

1. The Levon Helm Band, The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3, Vanguard
2. Janiva Magness, Original, Fathead Records
3. Deanna Bogart, Just a Wish Away, Blind Pig Records
4. The Robert Cray Band, In My Soul, Provogue
5. Dave Specter, Message In Blue, Delmark
6. The Mannish Boys, Wrapped Up and Ready, Delta Groove
7. The Reverend Shawn Amos, The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, self-released
8. Bob Stroger and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Keepin’ It Together, Big Eye
9. Dave Mason, Futures Past, Red Records
10. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, You Asked For It…Live!, Alligator
11. The Nighthawks, 444, EllerSoul
12. John Mayall, A Special Life, Forty Below Records
13. Steve Freund and Gloria Hardiman, Set Me Free, Delmark
14. John Primer and the Teardrops, You Can Make It If You Try: John Primer and the Teardrops Live, Wolf Records
15. Tweed Funk, First Name Lucky, Tweed Tone*
16. Laura Rain and the Caesars, Closer, Lrc
17. Eden Brent, Jigsaw Heart, Yellow Dog Records
18. Selwyn Birchwood, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Alligator
19. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Emergency Situation, Blind Pig
20. Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Good News, Stony Plain