Weekly Top Airplay: August 26, 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: 8/26/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
2. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
3. Strand of Oaks, Heal, Dead Oceans
4. J Mascis, Tied To a Star, Sub Pop
5. Allah-Las, Worship the Sun, Innovative Leisure
6. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
7. White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent, Drag City
8. Spoon, They Want My Soul, Loma Vista
9. Field Report, “Home (Leave the Lights On)” – single, Partisan*
10. Alison May, Loved/Dark, Misery Loves Company
11. Christopher Denny, If the Roses Don’t Kill Us, Partisan
12. The Sugar Stems, Only Come Out at Night, Dirtnap*
13. Abigails, Tundra, Burger
14. Twin Brother, Swallow the Anchor, self-released*
15. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
16. Shonen Knife, Overdrive, Good Charamel
17. Wytches, Annabel Dream Reader, Partisan
18. The Midwestern Charm, Growing Pains, self-released*
19. GGOOLLDD, $tandard$ – EP, self-released*
20. Alvvays, Alvvays, Polyvinyl
21. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
22. The Muffs, Whoop Dee Doo, Burger
23. Bear In Heaven, Time Is Over One Day Old, Hometapes/Dead Oceans
24. Jenny Lewis, Voyager, Warner
25. David Kilgour & the Heavy 8’s, End Times Undone, Merge
26. El May, The Other Person Is You, Rose Quartz
27. Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours, Ribbon
28. Dead Fingers, Big Black Dog, Communicating Vessels
29. Phox, Phox, Partisan*
30. Spider Bags, Frozen Letter, Merge


1. Field Report, “Home (Leave the Lights On)” – single, Partisan*
2. Ty Segall, Manipulator, Drag City
3. Body Futures, Brand New Silhouettes, Latest Flame*
4. New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers, Matador
5. Rentals, Lost In Alphaville, Polyvinyl


1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
2. GGOOLLDD, $tandard$ -EP, self-released*
3. Lusine, Arterial, Ghostly International
4. Throwing Snow, Mosaic, Houndstooth
5. Nightmares On Wax, N.O.W. Is the Time, Warp
6. Plaid, Reachy Prints, Warp
7. ENO + HYDE, High Life, Warp
8. Diamond Version, CI, Mute
9. FKA Twigs, LP1, Young Turks
10. Ikonika, Position – EP, Hyperdub

New World

1. Meridian Brothers, Salvadora Robot, Soundway
2. Shonen Knife, Overdrive, Good Charamel
3. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
4. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul, Skinny Fish
5. Abstrakto, Abstrakto, PurpleHaus
6. Various Artists, Gipsy Rhumba: The Original Rhythm of Gipsy Rhumba In Spain 1965-74, Soul Jazz
7. Martina Johnsson, Nine Stories Then the Weather, self-released
8. Amatorski, From Clay to Figures, Crammed Discs
9. Eliana Cuevas, Espejo, Alma
10. Marty Dread, Upcountry Boy, Five Corners


1. The Extra Crispy Brass Band, The Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
2. Theo Croker, AfroPhysicist, OKeh
3. Joshua Redman, Trios Live, Nonesuch
4. Kevin Cline, Make Up Your Mind, self-released
5. Signal Problems, Signal Problems, PFMENTUM
6. Lynn Riley and the World-Mix, Say What, Ru Ba Groove
7. Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash Duo, Duologue, Manchester Craftstmen’s Guild
8. Dennis Angel, On Track, Timeless Grooves
9. Bobby Selvaggio, Short Stories, Origin
10. Charlie Apicella and Iron City, Big Boss, Zoho

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