Weekly Top Airplay: January 10, 2017

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: 1/10/17
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, Epic
2. Phantogram, Three, Republic
3. Various Artists, Milwaukee Record Local Coverage 2016 compilation, Milwaukee Record*
4. Cosmonauts, A-Ok!, Burger
5. Alejandro Escovedo, Burn Something Beautiful, Fantasy
6. Solange, A Seat at the Table, Columbia
7. Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, Until the Hunter, Tendril Tales
8. The Pack A.D., Positive Thinking, Cadence Music
9. Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love, Glassnote
10. B~Free, Ode 2 A Luv Affair, self-released*
11. Foxygen, Hang, Jagjaguwar
12. Goat, Requiem, Sub Pop
13. Chain Wallet, s/t, Jansen Plateproduksjon
14. Gauss, Thalweg, self-released*
15. Dungen, Haxan, Mexican Summer
16. Rx Drugs, Future Friction, self-released*
17. Agnes Obel, Citizen of Glass, PIAS
18. Bon Iver, 22, A Million, Jagjaguwar*
19. Gap Dream, This Is Gap Dream, Burger
20. Fox Face, Teen Wiccan, Chop Haus*
21. The Blind Shake, Celebrate Your Worth, Goner
22. Aesop Rock, The Impossible Kid, Rhymesayers
23. Kristin Hersh, Wyatt at the Coyote Palace, BMG
24. Jim James, Eternally Even, ATO
25. Soul Low, Nosebleeds, Gloss*
26. Devendra Banhart, Ape In Pink Marble, Nonesuch
27. Danny and the Darleans, Bug Out, In the Red
28. Nouvelle Vague, I Could Be Happy, Kwaidan
29. Elephant Stone, Ship Of Fools, Burger
30. Crocodiles, Dreamless, Zoo Music


1. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3, self-released
2. Foxygen, Hang, Jagjaguwar
3. Maria Taylor, In the Next Life, Flower Moon
4. Matthew Squires, Tambaleo, Already Dead Tapes
5. Kyle Andrews, Escape, Elephant Lady


1. Phantogram, Three, Republic
2. Christian Loffler, Mare, Ki
3. A Tribe Called Red, We Are the Halluci Nation, Radicalized Records
4. GGOOLLDD, “Undercovers” [single], Gloss*
5. Beats Antique, Shadowbox, self-released
6. Bonobo, “Kerala” [single], Ninja Tune
7. STRFKR, Being No One, Going Nowhere, Polyvinyl
8. kllo, Well Worn [EP], Ghostly International
9. Sylvan Esso, “Kick Jump Twist” [single], Loma Vista*
10. Def Harmonic, The Lead Singer of Genesis, self-released*

New World

1. Goat, Requiem, Sub Pop
2. Lorraine Klassen, Nouvelle Journee, Justin Time
3. A Tribe Called Red, We Are the Halluci Nation, Radicalized Records
4. Ana Moura, Moura, Universal
5. Joseph Israel, Paradise, Lions of Israel
6. Beats Antique, Shadowbox, self-released
7. Piers Faccini, I Dreamed An Island, Six Degrees
8. Luisa Maita, Flo Da Memoria, Cumbancha
9. Alsarah and the Nubatones, Manara, Wonderwheel
10. Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah, Six Degrees


1. Thumbscrew, Convallaria, Cuneiform
2. Azar Lawrence and Al McLean, Frontiers, Cellar Live
3. The Bad Plus, It’s Hard, Okeh
4. Ryan Blotnick, Kush, Songlines
5. Phil Parisot, Lingo, oa2
6. John Moulder, Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit, Origin
7. Andrew Vogt, For Free, self-released
8. Cameron Mizell, Negative Spaces, Destiny
9. Band of Other Brothers, City of Cranes, Ear Up
10. Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces, Subtle Energy, Hipsync

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Gina Sicilia, Sunset Avenue EP, Blue Elan Records
2. Various Artists, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music, Concord
3. Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat, Rounder
4. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Strong Like That, Severn
5. Joanna Connor, Six String Stories, M.C. Records
6. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Bonafide, Jesi-Lu
7. Various, Putumayo Presents Blues Party, Putumayo
8. Gary Hoey, Dust and Bones, Provogue
9. Mike Wheeler, Turn Up!!, Delmark
10. Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Alligator
11. Matthew Skoller, Blues Immigrant, Tongue ’N’ Groove
12. Barrelhouse Chuck, Remembering the Masters, The Sirens
13. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Seeing Is Believing, Severn Records
14. Dave Stryker, Eight Track II, Strikezone Records
15. Lisa Lystam Family Band, Give You Everything, self-released
16. Walter Trout, Alive In Amsterdam, Provogue
17. The Dogtown Blues Band, Everyday, RVL Music
18. Lurrie Bell, Can’t Shake This Feeling Delmark
19. Bonnie Bishop, Ain’t Who I Was, Thirty Tigers
20. James O’Neill and the Silver Shadows, A Little More Than the Blues, self-released
21. Swamp Cabbage, Jive, Chicken Head Knob
22. Kat Riggins, Blues Revival, Bluzpik Media Group
23. John Scofield, Country For Old Men, Verve
24. Doyle Bramhall II, Rich Man, Concord
25. Liz Mandeville, The Stars Motel, Blue Kitty
26. Little Boys Blue, Tennissippi, VizzTone
27. Ina Forsman, s/t, Ruf Records
28. C.W. Stoneking, Gon’ Boogaloo, self-released
29. Dennis Gruenling, Ready Or Not, VizzTone
30. Little Boys Blue, Tennissippi, VizzTone