Weekly Top Airplay: August 4, 2015

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: 8/4/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love, Jagjaguwar
2. Metz, II, Sub Pop
3. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
4. The Blind Shake, Live In San Francisco, Castle Face
5. Tenement, Predatory Highlights, Don Giovanni*
6. Damaged Bug, Cold Hot Plumbs, Castle Face
7. Tame Impala, Currents, Modular
8. The Hussy, Galore, Southpaw*
9. Total Babes, Heydays, Wichita
10. Piles, Planet Skin, self-released*
11. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
12. Testa Rosa, Never Marry a Railroad Man b/w The End of the World, self-released*
13. The Grovelers, Derelicts and Screw-Ups, self-released*
14. White Reaper, White Reaper Does It Again, Polyvinyl
15. The Deslondes, The Deslondes, New West
16. Jaill, Brain Cream, Burger*
17. Jim O’Rourke, Simple Songs, Drag City
18. Shilpa Ray, Last Year’s Savage, Northern Spy
19. Prinzhorn Dance School, Home Economics, DFA
20. Westkust, Last Forever, Run For Cover Records
21. Part Time, Virgo’s Maze, Burger
22. J. Fernandez, Many Levels of Laughter, Joyful Noise
23. Failure, The Heart Is a Monster, InGrooves
24. Django Django, Born Under Saturn, Ribbon
25. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
26. Stranger Cat, In the Wilderness, Joyful Noise
27. Metric, The Shade, MMI
28. WUME, Maintain, Ehse
29. LA Priest, INJI, Domino
30. Black Mountain, Black Mountain: Deluxe, Jagjaguwar


1. La Luz, Weirdo Shrine, Hardly Art
2. Mac Demarco, Another One, Captured Tracks
3. Health, Death Magic, Loma Vista
4. Mynabirds, Lovers Know, Saddle Creek
5. Wilco, Star Wars, dBpm


1. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
2. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
3. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
4. Metric, The Shade EP, MMI
5. LA Priest, INJI, Domino
6. Maribou State, Portraits, Counter
7. Shamir, Ratchet, XL
8. Bomba Estereo, Amanacer, Sony Music
9. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
10. Icky Blossoms, Mask, Saddle Creek

New World

1. Vaadat Charigim, Sinking As a Stone, Burger
2. Bomba Estereo, Amanacer, Sony Music Latin
3. Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band, Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band, Strut
4. Novalima, Planetario, Wonderwheel
5. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba, Ba Power, Glitterbeat
6. Angelique Kidjo and Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg, Sings, SLG-429
7. Niyaz, The Fourth Light, Six Degrees
8. Chui Wan, Seven Chances, Maybe Mars
9. Songhoy Blues, Music In Exile, Transgressive
10. Nozinja, Nozinja Lodge, Warp


1. Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance, Synovial Joints, Pi
2. Takeshi Asai, French Trio, Vol. 2, De Trois Cities
3. Plunge, In For the Out, Immersion
4. Robert Glasper Trio, Covered, Blue Note
5. Errol Rackipov Group, Pictures From a Train Window, First Orbit
6. Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields, ArtistShare
7. Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, Blue For Tahrir, Hipnotic
8. Henry Threadgill Zooid, In For a Penny In For a Pound, Pi
9. Matt Panayides, Conduits, self-released
10. Eugenie Jones, Come Out Swingin’, Open Mic

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Sonny Landreth, Bound By the Blues, Provogue
2. The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson, Meet Me In Bluesland, Alligator
3. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Father’s Day, Stony Plain
4. Albert Cummings, Someone Like You, Blind Pig
5. Charles Wilson, Sweet Soul Blues, Blues Critic
6. The Peterson Brothers, The Peterson Brothers, Blues Point
7. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
8. Charlie Parr, Stumpjumper, Red House
9. The Cash Box Kings, Holding Court, Blind Pig
10. Jackie Payne, I Saw the Blues, Blue Dot
11. Charlie Musselwhite, I Ain’t Lyin’, Henrietta
12. Gina Sicilia, The Alabama Sessions EP, Vizztone
13. Hot Roux, Stranger’s Blues, Hi-Hat
14. The Dogtown Blues Band, Dogtown Blues, self-released
15. Rick Vito, Mojo On My Side, Delta Groove
16. Pops Staples, Don’t Lose This, Anti-
17. Robben Ford, Into the Sun, Provogue
18. Westside Andy, Blues Just Happen, self-released
19. The Joe Moss Band, Manifesto, self-released
20. Amy Black, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, Reuben Records
21. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes: Country Blues, Rough Guides
22. Mississippi Fever, 300 Miles to Memphis, Ardent
23. James Harman, Bonetime, Electro-Fi
24. Sugaray Rayford, Southside, Nimoy Sue
25. Debbie Davies, Love Spin, Vizztone