Weekly Top Airplay: December 3, 2013

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 play lists, 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: 12/3/13


Radio 200

1. The Whiskeybelles, Nothin’ Says Christmas Like Whiskey, self-released*
2. FUZZ, FUZZ, In the Red
3. Yo La Tengo, Fade Out, Matador
4. Juana Molina, Wed 21, Crammed Discs
5. Black Hollies, Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere, Ernest Jenning
6. Son Lux, Lanterns, Joyful Noise
7. Nightmares On Wax, Feelin’ Good, Warp
8. Sat. Nite Duets, Electric Manland, Uninhabitable Mansions*
9. Arcade Fire, Reflektor, Merge
10. Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Fine Rude Thing, Groovesburg Joys*
11. Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven, Warp
12. Blessed Feathers, Order Of the Arrow, self-released*
13. Howe Gelb, The Coincidentalist, New West
14. Kane Plane Record Club, Kane Place Recrod Club, self-released*
15. Cave, Threace, Drag City
16. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Stranger To My Happiness-single, Daptone
17. Kelley Stoltz, Double Exposure, Third Man
18. Wau Y Los Arrrghs!, Todo Roto, Slovenly
19. Deltron 3030, Event II, Bulk
20. Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.: 10-Year Anniversary Edition, Secretly Canadian
21. Faux Fir, Fashionable Life, Kribber Krown*
22. Destroyer, Five Spanish Songs, Merge
23. No Joy, Pastel And Pass Out – EP, Mexican Summer
24. Throwing Muses, Purgatory/Paradise, Throwing Music
25. Ha Ha Tonka, Lessons, Bloodshot
26. Lee Ranaldo and the dust, Last Night On Earth, Matador
27. Dum Dum Girls, Lost Boys and Girls – single, Sub Pop
28. Gringo Star, Floating Out to See, My Anxious Mouth
29. Aloa Input, Anysome, Morr Music
30. Mum, Smilewound, Morr Music


1. Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up: Thought Remixes and Reworks, Blue Note
2. Thee Oh Sees, Singles Collection: Volume 3, Castle Face
3. Jake Bugg, Shangri-la, Island
4. Helado Negro, Island Universe Story Two, Asthmatic Kitty
5. Brad Laner, Nearest Suns, Hometapes


1. Nightmares On Wax, Feelin’ Good, Warp
2. Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven, Warp
3. Various Artists, Zen: Ninja Tune and Big Dada 2013 Sampler, Ninja Tune
4. Gesaffelstein, Aleph, Bromance
5. John Wizards, John Wizards, Planet Mu
6. Darkside, Psychic, Matador
7. Ghostpoet, Some Say I So I Say Light, Play It Again Sam
8. CFCF, Outside, Paper Bag
9. Anoraak, Chronotropic, Grand Blanc
10. Porcelain Raft, Permanent Signal, Secretly Canadian

New World

1. Juana Molina, Wed 21, Crammed Discs
2. Wau Y Los Arrrghs!, Todo Roto, Slovenly
3. Various Artists, Arctic Paradise, FIMIC
4. Sidi Toure, Alafia, Thrill Jockey
5. Federico Aubele, 5, 13 Records
6. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa, Nonesuch
7. Intended Immigration, La Demoiselle Du Fonque, Wooden Hat
8. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
9. Alex Cuba, Ruido En El Sistema, Caracol
10. Jimmy Cliff, The KCRW Session, Universal


1. George Cotsirilos Trio, Variations, oa2
2. Craig Yaremko Organ Trio, CYO3, oa2
3. Allen Toussaint, Songbook, Rounder
4. Miles Davis, The Original Mono Recordings, Legacy
5. Frank Rosaly, Cicada Music, Delmark
6. Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2, Blue Note
7. Gerry Gibbs and The Thrasher Dream Trio, self-titled, self-released
8. Samuel Blaser Consort In Motion, A Mirror To Machaut, Songlines
9. Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato, Limitless, Capri
10. David Chesky, Jazz In the New Harmonic, Chesky

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Gov’t Mule, Shout!, Blue Note
2. Bernard Allison Group, Live at the Jazzhaus, self-released
3. JD Wilke and the Dirt Daubers, Wild Moon, Plowboy
4. Birdlegg, Birdlegg, Dialtone Records
5. Charlie Musselwhite, Juke Joint Chapel, Henrietta Records
6. Dave Keyes, Right Here Right Now, self-released
7. Buddy Flett, Rough Edges, Honeybee
8. Toronozo Cannon, John The Conquer Root, Delmark
9. Trudy Lynn, Royal Oaks Blues Cafe, Connor Ray
10. Jonny Lang, Fight For My Soul, Provogue
11. Laura Rain and the Caesars, Electrified, Lrc
12. Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music, Third Man
13. The Claudettes, Internal Piano Plot…Hatched!, Yellow Dog
14. Blind Boys of Alabama, I’ll Find a Way, Alligator
15. James Booker, Classified: Remixed and Expanded, New Rounder
16. Deb Ryder, Might Just Get Lucky, self-released
17. Steve Howell and The Mighty Men, Yes I Believe I Will, self-released
18. Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns, Lookin’ Up!, SuperStar
19. JP Blues, Make Room at the Table, MCP
20. Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters, Double Crossing Blues, Midnight