Weekly Top Airplay: December 1, 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: 12/1/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Beat Happening, Look Around, Domino
2. Lizzo, Big Grrrl Small World, self-released
3. Kelley Stoltz, In Triange Time, Castle Face
4. Blessed Feathers, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow, self-released*
5. Maritime, Magnetic Bodies / Maps Of Bones, Dangerbird*
6. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
7. Natalie Prass, Side By Side, Spacebomb
8. Deerhunter, Fading Frontier, 4AD
9. Born Ruffians, Ruff, Yep Roc
10. Phylums, Phylum Phyloid, Dirtnap*
11. Neon Indian, Vega Intl Night School, Mom + Pop
12. Shannon and the Clams, Gone By Dawn, Hardly Art
13. Trolley, Caught In the Darkness, Easter*
14. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mache Dream Balloon, ATO
15. Useless Eaters, Live In San Francisco, Castle Face
16. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
17. Shadow In the Cracks, Shadow In the Cracks, Goner
18. Arca, Mutant, Mute
19. Joanna Newsom, Divers, Drag City
20. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
21. Drive-By Truckers, It’s Great to Be Alive!, ATO
22. Futurebirds, Hotel Parties, Easy Sound Recording Co.
23. Panda Bear, Crosswords, Domino
24. Ty Segall, Ty Rex, Goner
25. Beach Slang, The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, Polyvinyl
26. Larry Gus, I Need New Eyes, DFA
27. Alberta Cross, Alberta Cross, Dine Alone
28. Givers, New Kingdom, Glassnote
29. Claptone, Charmer, Pias
30. Young Galaxy, Falsework, Paper Bag


1. Husky Rescue, The Long Lost Friend, Catskills
2. REW<<, Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Sirens Sing Swan Songs, Hidden Shoal*
3. Dweezil Zappa, Via Zammata, Fantom
4. Okkervil River, Black Sheep Boy [deluxe], Jagjaguwar
5. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Hell [EP], Painbow


1. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
2. Neon Indian, Vega Intl Night School, Mom + Pop
3. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
4. Arca, Mutant, Mute
5. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
6. Claptone, Charmer, Pias
7. Princess Century, Progress, Paper Bag
8. Darkstar, Foam Island, Warp
9. Benoit Pioulard, Noyaux, Morr
10. Hot Chip, Dancing In the Dark, Domino

New World

1. Black Masala, I Love You Madly, self-released
2. Carlos Timon, Solar Rape, Pueblo
3. Boogarins, Manual, Other Music
4. Jonny Greenwood/Shye Ben Tzur/Rajasthan Express, Junun, Nonesuch
5. Goat, “It’s Time For Fun” b/w “Relax” [single], Sub Pop
6. Protoje, Ancient Future, Mr. Bongo
7. Grupo Fantasma, Problemas, Blue Corn
8. Daby Toure, Amonafi, Cumbancha
10. Makem and Spain Brothers, Up the Stairs, Red Biddy


1. Miles Davis, Miles Davis At Newport 1955 – 1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, Legacy
2. Billy Cobham, The Atlantic Years 1973 – 1978, Rhino
3. Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus, s/t, Nonesuch
4. Terri Lyne Carrington, The Mosaic Project, Love and Soul, Concord
5. John Scofield, Past Present, Impulse!
6. Hans Luchs, Time Never Pauses, oak
7. Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Two, Concord
8. Cowboys and Frenchmen, Rodeo, Outside In Music
9. Throttle Elevator Music, Jagged Rocks, Wide Hive
10. Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Tokyo Adagio, Impulse!

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s, Perfectamundo, Concord
2. Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Method to My Madness, Alligator
3. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Lost Time, Yep Roc
4. Andrea Marr Band, Blues Party at the Mbas House of Blues, Generation Entertainment
5. Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames, Slip Into a Dream, Delmark
6. Walter Trout, Battle Scars, Provogue
7. Calvin Conway, Dark Horse Deluxe, Tone Royale
8. Al Basile, B’s Expression, Sweetspot
9. Joe Louis Walker, Everybody Wants a Piece, Provogue
10. Warren Haynes (featuring Railroad Earth), Ashes & Dust, Concord
11. The Marcus King Band, Soul Insight, Evil Teen
12. Buddy Guy, Born to Play the Guitar, Provogue
13. The Jimmys, Hot Dish, Brown Cow
14. Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood, Getaway, Wette Music
15. Billy the Kid & the Regulators, I Can’t Change, self-released
16. L. Duncan, s/t, 15 South Records
17. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men, Friend Like Me, Out Of the Past Records
18. Georgie Bonds, Hit It Hard, Blind Raccoon
19. Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts of Love, Alligator Records
20. The Beat Daddys, Hoodoo That We Do, Melrose Hill Records
21. Duke Robillard, The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard, Stony Plain
22. Erin Coburn, Chaos Before Conformity, self-released
23. The Ragpicker String Band, s/t, Yellow Dog Records
24. Eric Lieberman & Alician Aragon, Sing Your Own Song, self-released
25. The Reverend Shawn Amos, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Blind Raccoon
26. Zac Harmon, Right Man Right Now, Blind Pig
27. Dave Clark Live, Swingin’ and Singin’ the Blues, self-released
28. Red Dirt Revelators, The Rub, self-released
29. Bob Margolin, My World, VizzTone
30. Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau, Lead Belly’s Gold: Live at the Sunset and More, Stony Plain