Weekly Top Airplay: January 14, 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 play lists, 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: 1/14/14


Radio 200

1. Wooden Shjips, Back To Land, Thrill Jockey
2. Andrew Bird, I Want To See Pulaski At Night, Wegawam
3. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give The People What They Want, Daptone
4. Space Raft, Space Raft, self-released*
5. Midlake, Antiphon, ATO
6. Tindersticks, Across Six Leap Years, City Slang
7. Mutual Benefit, Love’s Crushing Diamond, Other
8. Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Secretly Canadian
9. Foret, Foret, Simone
10. Dosh, Milk Money, Graveface
11. Polica, Shulamith, Mom + Pop
12. Cheap Time, Exit Smiles, In The Red
13. Dean Wareham, Emancipated Hearts EP, Sonic Cathedral
14. Orchestra Of Spheres, Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music, Fire Records
15. Doghouse Flowers, Chasing the Sun, self-released*
16. Fuzz, Fuzz, In The Red
17. Yo La Tengo, Fade Out, Matador
18. Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, Foreverly, Reprise
19. Gories, The Shaw Tapes: Live From 1988, Third Man
20. Daedelus, Drown Out, Anticon
21. Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe, Domino
22. Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Fine Rude Thing, Groovesburg Joys*
23. bEEdEEgEE, Sum/One, 4AD
24. Cate Le Bon, Mug Museum, Wichita
25. Brief Candles, Newhouse, Guilt Ridden Pop*
26. Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up: Thought Remixes and Reworks, Blue Note
27. Sat. Nite Duets, Electric Manland, Uninhabitable Mansions*
28. Ducktails, Wish Hotel EP, Domino
29. Marijuana Deathsquads, Oh My Sexy Lord, Totally Gross National Product
30. Dogs In Ecstasy, Dat Cruel God, Organalog*


1. Toy, Join The Dots, Heavenly
2. Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Secretly Canadian
3. Burial, Rival Dealer, Hyperdub
4. Melismatics, Rising Tide, Pravda
5. James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical, Vagrant


1. Dosh, Milk Money, Graveface
2. Polica, Shulamith, Mom + Pop
3. Daedelus, Drown Out, Anticon
4. bEEdEEgEE, Sum/One, 4AD
5. Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up: Thought Remixes and Reworks, Blue Note
6. Nils Frahm, Spaces, Erased Tapes
7. Jel, Late Pass, Anticon
8. Four Tet, Beautiful Rewind, Text
9. Mat Zo, Damage Control, Astralwerks
10. Recondite, Hinterland, Ghostly

New World

1. Dom La Nena, Golondrina EP, Six Degrees
2. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa, Nonesuch
3. Jimmy Cliff, The KCRW Session, Universal
4. Various Artists, Arctic Paradise: 2014 Contemporary Folk Music From Finland, FIMIC
5. Anoushka Shankar, Traces Of You, Deutsche Grammophon
6. Juana Molina, Wed 21, Crammed Discs
7. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
8. Intended Immigration, La Demoiselle Du Fonque, Wooden Hat
9. Sidi Toure, Alafia, Thrill Jockey
10. Federico Aubele, 5, 13 Records


1. Matt Savage, A Bigger Celebration, Savage
2. Ralphie Armstrong, HomeBASS, Mack Avenue
3. Jane Ira Bloom, Sixteen Sunsets, Outline
4. Howard Alden / Andy Brown Quartet, Heavy Artillery, Delmark
5. Ahmad Jamal, Saturday Morning, JazzVillage
6. Pete Escovedo, Live At Stern Grove Festival, Concord Picante
7. Michael Ross, Ginger, Roscoe
8. David Sills, Blue’s The New Green, Gut String
9. Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2, Blue Note
10. Miles Davis, The Original Mono Recordings, Columbia/Legacy

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Gov’t Mule, Shout!, Blue Note
2. Bernard Allison Group, Live at the Jazzhaus, self-released
3. JD Wilke and the Dirt Daubers, Wild Moon, Plowboy
4. Birdlegg, Birdlegg, Dialtone Records
5. Charlie Musselwhite, Juke Joint Chapel, Henrietta Records
6. Dave Keyes, Right Here Right Now, self-released
7. Buddy Flett, Rough Edges, Honeybee
8. Toronozo Cannon, John The Conquer Root, Delmark
9. Trudy Lynn, Royal Oaks Blues Cafe, Connor Ray
10. Jonny Lang, Fight For My Soul, Provogue
11. Laura Rain and the Caesars, Electrified, Lrc
12. Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music, Third Man
13. The Claudettes, Internal Piano Plot…Hatched!, Yellow Dog
14. Blind Boys of Alabama, I’ll Find a Way, Alligator
15. James Booker, Classified: Remixed and Expanded, New Rounder
16. Deb Ryder, Might Just Get Lucky, self-released
17. Steve Howell and The Mighty Men, Yes I Believe I Will, self-released
18. Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns, Lookin’ Up!, SuperStar
19. JP Blues, Make Room at the Table, MCP
20. Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters, Double Crossing Blues, Midnight