Weekly Top Airplay: December 9, 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: 12/9/14
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Xposed 4Heads, Dumb Music for Smart People, Internal Combustion*
2. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
3. King Tuff, Black Moon Spell, Sub Pop
4. Nots, We Are Nots, Goner
5. TV On the Radio, Seeds, Harvest
6. Dorian Concept, Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
7. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead, Warp
8. Mr. Gnome, The Heart of a Dark Star, El Marko
9. Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita, Polyvinyl
10. Christian Bland and the Revelators, Unseen Green Obscene, The Reverberation Appreciation Society
11. Marianne Faithfull, Give My Love to London, Easy Sound
12. Les Sins, Michael, Company
13. Mineral, 1994-1998: The Complete Collection, Xtra Mile
14. The Blind Shake, Breakfast of Failures, Goner
15. Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Highway 20
16. No/No, Drag EP, self-released*
17. Thurston Moore, The Best Day, Matador
18. Stars, No One Is Lost, ATO
19. Uptown Savages, Rock and Roll With You, Cuca*
20. SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land, Young Turks
21.  The Jazz June, After the Earthquake, Topshelf
22. Swingin’ Utters, Fistful of Hollow, Fat Wreck Chords
23. Shellac, Dude Incredible, Touch and Go
24. Busdriver, Perfect Hair, Big Dada
25. Weyes Blood, The Innocents, Mexican Summer
26. Field Report, Marigolden, Partisan*
27. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom, 4AD
28. Mogwai, Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1., Rock Action
29. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
30. Flake Music, When You land Here It’s Time to Return [reissue], Sub Pop


1. FaltyDL, Marks [EP], Ninja Tune
2. Howlin’ Rain, Wild Bush [single], Easy Sound
3. Aquadolls, Stoked On You, Burger
4. Hustle and Drone, Holyland, self-released
5. Guts Club, The Arm Wrestling Tournament, Important


1. Dorian Concept, Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
2. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead, Warp
3. Les Sins, Michael, Company
4. SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land, Young Turks
5. Busdriver, Perfect Hair, Big Dada
6. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
7. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
8. Bonobo, Flashlight [EP], Ninja Tune
9. The Knife, Shaken Up Versions, Mute
10. Kinth, Psychological Manipulation, self-released*

New World

1. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia, World Music Network
2. Goat, Commune, Sub Pop
3. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara, World Music Network
4. Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
5. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
6. Damien Dempsey, It’s All Good: The Best of Damien Dempsey, IRL
7. Various Artists, 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
8. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin, Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative
9. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Australia, Putumayo
10. La Sucursal De La Cumbia, Cumbia A Domicilio, Intolerancia


1. Eli Bennett, Breakthrough, Addo
2. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region, Delmark
3. Adam Meckler Orchestra, When the Clouds Look Like This, Shifting Paradigm
4. Extra Crispy Brass Band, Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
5. Patrick Battstone and Richard Poole, The Last Taxi, self-released
6. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation, Pi
7. Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, 21st Century Trad Band, Basin Street
8. Joseph Daley, Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love, JoDaMusic
9. Arthur Barron, Dave Liebman and Abel Pabon, The Miami Jazz Project, Zoho
10. Spin Quartet, In Circles, Origin

Blues (updated monthly)

1.The Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
2. Various Artists, Take Me to the River: Music from the Motion Picture, Stax
3. Johnny Winter, Step Back, Megaforce
4. The Uptown Savages, Rock ‘N’ Roll With You, Cuca
5. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, Columbia
6. Lisa Mills, I’m Changing, self-released
7. Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock and Roll Time, Vanguard
8. Evelyn Rubio and the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Hombres, self-released
9. Billy Boy Arnold, The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold, Stony Plain
10. Mississippi Heat, Warning Shot, Delmark
11. Eric Bibb, Blues People, Dixiefrog
12. Jim Liban With the Joel Paterson Trio, I Say What I Mean, Ventrella*
13. JW-Jones, Belmont Boulevard, Blind Pig
14. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Love Whip Blues, VizzTone
15. Joe Bonamassa, Different Shades of Blue, J&R Adventures
16. Marcia Ball, The Tattoed Lady and the Alligator Man, Alligator
17. Elvin Bishop, Can’t Even Do Right Wrong, Alligator
18. JD McPherson, The Warm Covers EP, Rounder
19. Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, Eclectic, Concord
20. Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls, Soul Brothers, Catfood