Weekly Top Airplay: December 8, 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: 12/8/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Arcs, Yours, Dreamily, Nonesuch
2. Beat Happening, Look Around, Domino
3. Ty Segall, Ty Rex, Goner
4. Trolley, Caught In the Darkness, Easter*
5. Testa Rosa, III, self-released*
6. Midnight Reruns, Force Of Nurture, Dusty Medical*
7. Kelley Stoltz, In Triangle Time, Castle Face
8. Deerhunter, Fading Frontier, 4AD
9. Fuzz, II, In the Red
10. Cheatahs, Mythologies, Wichita
11. Beach House, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Sub Pop
12. Cass McCombs, A Folk Set Apart, Domino
13. Nadia Reid, Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs, Spunk/Scissor Tail
14. All Them Witches, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, New West
15. Joanna Newsom, Divers, Drag City
16. Phylums, Phylum Phyloid, Dirtnap*
17. Blessed Feathers, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow, self-released*
18. Drive-By Truckers, It’s Great to Be Alive!, ATO
19. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mache Dream Balloon, ATO
20. Timmy’s Organism, Heartless Heathen, Third Man
21. Shadow In the Cracks, s/t, Goner
22. Jennylee, Right On!, Rough Trade
23. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
24. Birthmark, How You Look When You’re Falling Down, Polyvinyl
25. The Exotics, Twangy Surf and Spy Themes, Tiki Tone
26. Alberta Cross, Alberta Cross, Dine Alone
27. City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You, Dine Alone
28. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
29. Black Ships, Dead Empires, self-released
30. Martin Courtney, Many Moons, Domino


1. NXWORRIES, Link Up and Suede [EP], Stones Throw
2. Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman, Lice [EP], Stones Throw
3. Baaba Maal, “Fulani Rock” b/w “Gilli Men” [single], Palm
4. Chet Faker and Marcus Marr, Work, Downtown
5. Lil Bub, Science and Magic, Joyful Noise


1. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
2. GGOOLLDD, For the Night, Gloss*
3. The Husky Rescue, The Long Lost Friend, Catskills
4. REW<<, Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Sirens Sing Swan Songs, Hidden Shoal*
5. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
6. Yppah, Tiny Pause, Counter
7. Princess Century, Progress, Paper Bag
8. CHVRCHES, Every Open Eye, Glassnote
9. Howling, Remixes, Counter
10. Darwin Deez, Double Down, Lucky Number

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. Amp Trio, M(y)our World, self-released
2. Out of NoWhere, s/t, Jazz Hang Records
3. Libertion Music Collective, Siglo XXI, Ad Astrum Records
4. Matt Mitchell, Vista Accumulation, Pi
5. Brett Carson’s Quattour Elephantis, s/t, Edgetone
6. Billy Cobham, The Atlantic Years: 1973  – 1978, Rhino
7. Joseph Daley, The Tuba Trio Chronicles, self-released
8. Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Two, Concord
9. Glenn Tucker, Determination, Detroit Music Factory
10. George Freeman and Chico Freeman, All In the Family, Southport

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