Weekly Top Airplay: January 19, 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: 1/19/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


1. David Bowie, Blackstar, I-SO
2. Midnight Reruns, Force Of Nurture, Dusty Medical*
3. Tortoise, The Catastrophist, Thrill Jockey
4. Adrian Younge, Something About April II, Linear Labs
5. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Coulda Woulda Shoulda, Transdreamer
6. Jaill, Wherever It Be, Infinity Cat*
7. Tindersticks, The Waiting Room, City Slang
8. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mache Dream Balloon, ATO
9. Ty Segall, Ty Rex, Goner
10. Flaming Lips, Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic – 1994 – 1997, Warner Bros.
11. Tapebenders, Set Your Life On Fire, self-released*
12. Jefferson Grizzard, Daydream of Hope, Back Porch
13. Tommy Guerrero, Perpetual, Too Good
14. Indonesian Junk, Indonesian Junk, self-released*
15. Thus Owls, Black Matter, Secret City
16. Joanna Newsom, Divers, Drag City
17. Besnard Lakes, A Coliseum Complex Museum, Jagjaguwar
18. Other Houses, Bad Reputation, Aagoo
19. Trolley, Caught In the Darkness, Easter
20. Buffalo Gospel, “Waiting For the Lights to Go Out” [EP], self-released*
21. Timmy’s Organism, Heartless Heathen, Third Man
22. Bjork, Vulnicura Strings, One Little Indian
23. Taxidermists, Honesty Box, Telegraph Harp
24. Kelley Stoltz, In Triangle Time, Castle Face
25. Coldair, The Provider, Twelves
26. Givers, New Kingdom, Glassnote
27. W-X, W-X, Castle Face
28. Blessed Feathers, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow, self-released*
29. Useless Eaters, Live In San Francisco, Castle Face
30. Kaseciarz, Gay Acid, Instant Classic


1. Adrian Younge, Something About April II, Linear Labs
2. Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Istanbul Underground, Nublu
3. Hinds, Leave Me Alone, Mom + Pop
4. Dressy Bessy, Kingsized, Yep Roc
5. Soapkills, The Best of Soapkills, Crammed Discs


1. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
2. The Husky Rescue, The Long 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 [EP], self-released*

New World

1. Ceu, Live, Six Degrees
2. Francoise Hardy, L’Amitie, Disques Vogue
3. Soapkills, The Best of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
4. The Husky Rescue, The Long Lost Friend, Catskills
5. Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, self-released
6. Kaseciarz, Gay Acid, Instant Classic
7. Protje, Ancient Future, Mr. Bongo
8. Coldair, The Provider, Twelves
9. Max-Hoba, Traveling Man, Hoba City
10. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Once a Day Rise Up [EP], Concord


1. Pixel, Golden Years, Cuneiform
2. Jack Mouse, Scott Robinson and Janice Borla, Three Story Sandbox, Tall Grass
3. Amp Trio, M(y)our World, self-released
4. Cyrille Aimee, Let’s Get Lost, Mack Avenue
5. Andrea Superstein, What Goes On, Cellar Live
6. Ed Calle and Mamblue, Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue, 36th Street
7. Sarah King and the Smoke Rings, s/t, Alex Levin
8. Harris Eisenstadt, Canada Day IV, Songlines
9. Juli Wood Quartet, Synkka Metsa, oa2
10. Beat Funktion, Olympus, Do Music

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