Weekly Top Airplay: January 13, 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: 1/13/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
2. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!, Warp
3. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
4. Various Artists, No Seattle: Forgotton Sounds of the North-West Grunge Era 1986-97, Soul Jazz
5. The Jazz June, After the Earthquake, Topshelf
6. Drifting In Silence, Desire, Labile
7. Meatbodies, Meatbodies, In the Red
8. Royksopp, The Inevitable End, Interscope/Cherrytree
9. Death Blues, Ensemble, Sige*
10. Corners, Maxed Out On Distractions, Lolipop
11. Labryyynth, Labryyynth, Burger
12. Matthew Melton, Outside Of Paradise, SouthPaw
13. AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Beibi, Burger
14. Burning Palms, Burning Palms, Burger
15. Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita, Polyvinyl
16. Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Thirty Tigers
17. Parquet Courts, Content Nausea, What’s Your Rupture?
18. The Blind Shake, Breakfast Of Failures, Goner
19. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, self-released
20. SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land, Young Turks
21. The Knife, Shake Up Versions, Mute
22. Dwarves, Invented…, Burger
23. Stars, No One Is Lost, ATO
24. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
25. Hail Mary Mallon, Bestiary, Rhymesayers
26. Cavewives, Be the Dog, self-released*
27. Mogwai, Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1., Rock Action
28. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
29. Cool Ghouls, A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye, Empty Cellar
30. Murder By Death, Big Dark Love, Bloodshot


1. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, self-released
2. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
3. Lillie Mae Rische, Nobody’s, Third Man
4. Ty Segall, Mr. Face, Famous Class
5. Dr. Dog, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, Anti-


1. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!, Warp
2. Royksopp, The Inevitable End, Interscope/Cherrytree
3.  SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land, Young Turks
4. The Knife, Shake Up Versions, Mute
5. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
6. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
7. White Dune, Expanse, self-released*
8. Les Sins, Michael, Company
9. Big Freedia, Just Be Free, Queen Diva
10. Busdriver, Perfect Hair, Big Dada

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. Don Cherry, The Codona Trilogy, ECM
2. Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Room, Mack Avenue
3. Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP, Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost, Cuneiform
4. Gerry Gibbs, Thrasher Dream Trio, We’re Back, Whaling City Sound
5. Sun Ra Arekestra, 3rd Sept 1988 Chicago, Saturn
6. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy, Cuneiform
7. Kronomorfic: David Borgo and Paul Pellegrin, Entangled, oa2
8. Bad Plus, Inevitable Western, Speakeasy
9. Clare Fischer Big Band Directed By Brent Fischer, Pacific Jazz, Clavo
10. Lords Of Outland, Lords o Leaping, Edgetone

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Johnny Winter, Step Back, Megaforce
2. The Uptown Savages, Cuca*
3. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, Columbia
4. Altered Five Blues Band, Cryin’ Mercy, OmniVibe
5. Mississippi Heat, Warning Shot, Delmark
6. Billy Boy Arnold, The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold, Stony Plain
7. Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, Eclectic, Concord
8. Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, Dawn, HopeStreet Recordings
9. Elvin Bishop, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, Alligator
10. Keshia Dixon Nelson, Almost 25!, self-released
11. The Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
12. Rory Block, Hard Luck – A Tribute to Skip James, Stony Plain
13. Joe Bonamassa, Different Shades of Blue, OmniVibe
14. Marcia Ball, The Tattooed Lady & the Alligator Man, Alligator
15. Jim Liban with the Joel Patterson Trio, I Say What I Mean, Ventrella*
16. Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock and Roll Time, Vanguard
17. Devon Allman, Ragged & Dirty, Ruf Records
18. Eric Bibb, Blues People, Dixiefrog
19. Etta Britt, Etta Does Delbert, self-released
20. The Duke Robillard Band, Calling All Blues!, Stony Plain