Weekly Top Airplay: January 12, 2016

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: 1/12/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Adrian Younge, Adrian Younge Presents Something About April, Linear Labs
2. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
3. Trolley, Caught In the Darkness, Easter*
4. Husky Rescue, The Long Lost Friend, Catskills
5. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
6. Jonathan Burks, Getting Low, self-released*
7. Ty Segall, Ty Rex, Goner
8. Shadow In the Cracks, Shadow In the Cracks, Goner
9. Tommy Guerrero, Perpetual, Too Good
10. Xposed 4heads, Choose to Be Human, self-released*
11. Polica, “Lime Habit” [single], Mom + Pop
12. GGOOLLDD, Gold+, Gloss Records*
13. Kelley Stoltz, In Triangle Time, Castle Face
14. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Could Shoulda Woulda, Transdreamer
15. Timmy’s Organism, Heartless Heathen, Third Man
16. Phylums, Phylum Phyloid, Dirtnap*
17. Peter Himmelman, The Boat That Carries Us, self-released
18. Sports, All Of Something, Father/Daughter
19. Blessed Feathers, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrows, self-released*
20. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
21. Majical Cloudz, Are You Alone?, Matador
22. Anna Von Hausswolf, The Miraculous, Pomperipossa Records
23. Bjork, Vulnicura Strings, One Little Indian
24. Neon Indian, Vega Intl Night School, Mom + Pop
25. Jennylee, Right On!, Rough Trade
26. Cold Fronts, Forever, Whatever, Sire
27. Weyes Blood, Cadamom Times [EP], Mexican Summer
28. Darkstar, Foam Island, Warp
29. Black Ferns, Black Ferns, self-released
30. Kishi Bashi, String Quartet Live!, Joyful Noise


1. David Bowie, Blackstar, I-SO
2. The Besnard Lakes, A Coliseum Complex Museum, Jagjaguwar
3. Baaba Maal, The Traveller, Marathon Artists
4. Julien Baker, Sprained Ankle, 6131
5. Coldair, The Provider, Twelves


1. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
2. Husky Rescue, The Longs Lost Friend, Catskills
3. Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete, Warp
4. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
5. Polica, “Lime Habit” [single], Mom + Pop
6. GGOOLLDD, Gold+, Gloss Records*
7. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
8. Neon Indian, Vega Intl Night School, Mom + Pop
9. Darkstar, Foam Island, Warp
10. Luxi, A Life Surreal, self-released*

New World

1. Husky Rescue, The Long Lost Friend, Catskills
2. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba, Ba Power, Glitterbeat
3. Francoise Hardy, L’Amitie, Disques Vogue
4. Goat, “It’s Time For Fun” b/w “Relax” [single], Sub Pop
5. Kaseciarz, Gay Acid, Instant Classic
6. Protoje, Ancient Future, Mr. Bongo
7. Makem and Spain Brothers, Up the Stairs, Red Biddy
8. Coldair, The Provider, Twelves
9. Hector Guerra, Gracias Por Existir, Pachamama Dreams
10. Ceu, Live, Six Degrees


1. Andrea Superstein, What Goes On, Cellar Live
2. Miles Davis, Miles Davis at Newport 1955 – 1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, Legacy
3. The Larry Novak Trio, Invitation, Delmark
4. Orrin Evans, The Evolution of Oneself, Smoke Sessions
5. Eric Olsen Revision Quartet, Sea Changes, Blujazz
6. Stryker/Slagle Band, Routes, Strikezone
7. Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, I Long to See You, Blue Note
8. Pixel, Golden Years, Cuneiform
9. Terry Bartolotta Group, Slow Burn, self-released
10. Billy Cobham, The Atlantic Years 1973 – 1978, Rhino

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Third Coast Blues Collective, Music Friends, self-released*
2. Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar, RCA
3. Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s, Perfectamundo, Concord
4.  Fiona Boyes, Box & Dice, Fresh Reference
5. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Lost Time, Yep Roc
6. Walter Trout, Battle Scars, Provogue
7. Guy Davis, Kokomo Kid, MC Records
8. Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts Of Love, Alligator
9. Nikki Hill, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, Deep Fryed Records
10. Diane Blue, Blues In My Soul, Regina Royale Records
11. Eddie Taylor Jr., Stop Breaking Down, Wolf Records
12. Joe Louis Walker, Everybody Wants a Piece, Provogue
13. The Claudettes, No Hotel, Yellow Dog
14. Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Friday Night, Elrob Records
15. Robert Cray Band, 4 Nights of 40 Years Live, Provogue
16.  Henry Gray and Bob Corritore, Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest – Vol. 1, Delta Groove
17. The Knickerbocker All Stars, Go Back Home to the Blues, JP Cadillac
18. The Betty Fox Band, Slow Burn, self-released
19. King Mud, Victory Motel Sessions, Alive NaturalSound
20. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men, Friend Like Me, Out of the Past Music
21. Bob Margolin, My Road, VizzTone
22. Kathy and the Kilowatts, Groovin’ With Big D, Lectro Fine
23. Greg Koch & the Tone Controls, Vivid Gristle, self-released*
24. Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood, Getaway, self-released
25. Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames, Slip Into a Dream, Delmark
26. The Jimmys, Hot Dish, Brown Cow
27. Ale Basile, B’s Expression, Sweetspot
28. The Reverend Shawn Amos, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Blind Raccoon
29. Andy Poxon, Must Be Crazy!, EllerSoul
30. John Mayall, Find a Way to Care, Forty Below Records