Weekly Top Airplay: August 19, 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: 8/19/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Spoon, They Want My Soul, Loma Vista
2. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
3. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
4. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
5. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
6. Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours, Ribbon
7. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal, What’s Your Rupture?
8. White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent, Drag City
9. Sugar Stems, Only Come Out at Night, Dirtnap*
10. ENO + Hyde, High Life, Warp
11. Anna Calvi, Strange Weather, Domino
12. Bear In Heaven, Time Is Over One Day Old, Hometapes/Dead Oceans
13. Strand of Oaks, Heal, Dead Oceans
14. Dilated Peoples, Directors of Photography, Rhymesayers
15. Raveonettes, Pe’ahi, Beat Dies
16. Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy, ATO
17. Spider Bags, Frozen Letter, Merge
18. Bishop Allen, Lights Out, Dead Oceans
19. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
20. J.E. Sunde, Shapes That Kiss the Lips of God, Cartouche*
21. Christopher Denny, If the Roses Don’t Kill Us, Partisan
22. My Brightest Diamond, None More Than You EP, Asthmatic Kitty
23. EDJ, EDJ, Easy Sound Recording Co.
24. BORIS, Noise, Sargent House
25. Mirel Wagner, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, Sub Pop
26. Sleepwalkers, Lost My Mind in Stereo, IJGFM*
27. Phox, Phox, Partisan*
28. Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker, ATO
29. Amazing Snakeheads, Amphetamine Ballads, Domino
30. Heavy Hand, Northwoods Knives, Latest Flame*


1. Dr. John, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, Concord
2. J Mascis, Tied To a Star, Sub Pop
3. Bahamas, Bahamas Is Afie, Brushfire
4. Gaslight Anthem, Get Hurt, Island
5. Coachwhips, Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine, Castle Face


1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
2. ENO + HYDE, High Life, Warp
3. Chet Faker, Built On Glass, Downtown
4. Tom Vek, Luck, Moshi Moshi
5. Fhloston Paradigm, The Phoenix, Hyperdub
6. Caribou, Can’t Do Without You single, Merge
7. Diamond Version, CI, Mute
8. Throwing Snow, Mosaic, Houndstooth
9. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
10. Nightmares On Wax, N.O.W. Is the Time, Warp

New World

1. Meridian Brothers, Salvadora Robot, Soundway
2. Various Artists, Gipsy Rhumba: The Original Rhythm of Gipsy Rhumba In Spain 1965-74, Soul Jazz
3. Abstrakto, Abstrakto, PurpleHaus
4. Various Artists, Finding Fela: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Knitting Factory
5. Ammatorski, From Clay To Figures, Crammed Discs
6. Mexican Dubwiser, Electric City, Koolarrow
7. Marty Dread, Upcountry Boy, Five Corners
8. Martina Johnsson, Nine Stories Then the Weather, self-released
9. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
10. Bombay Royale, The Island Of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet


1. Extra Crispy Brass Band, Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
2. Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, Thumbscrew, Cuneiform
3. Chicago Underground Duo, Locus, Northern Spy
4. Hiromi, Alive, Telarc
5. Rebirth Brass Band, Move Your Body, Basin Street
6. Theo Croker, AfroPhysicist, OKeh
7. Kiki Ebsen, Scarecrow Sessions, Painted Pony
8. Gregory Porter, Donald Smith, Mansur Scott, Great Voices of Harlem, Pao
9. Nancy Kelly, B That Way, BlueBay
10. Audrey Martin, Living Room, Blue Hydrangea

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