Weekly Top Airplay: January 20, 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: 1/20/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
2. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
3. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
4. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, Jagjaguwar
5. Death Blues, Ensemble, Sige/Rhythmplex*
6. Marianne Faithfull, Give My Love to London, Easy Sound Recording Co.
7. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!, Warp
8. TV On the Radio, Seeds, Harvest
9. Greatest Lakes, Greatest Lakes, self-released*
10. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
11. Jessica Pratt, “Back Baby” [single], Drag City
12. No/No, Drag [EP], self-released*
13. Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen at 21 [deluxe edition], Elektra
14. Parquet Courts, Content Nausea, What’s Your Rupture?
15. SlimKid3 and DJ Nu-Mark, SlimKid3 and DJ Nu-Mark, Delicious Vinyl
16. Jaga Jazzist, ’94-’14, Ninja Tune
17. Steve Gunn, Way Out Weather, Paradise of Bachelors
18. River Whyless, River Whyless [EP], self-released
19. The Cavewives, Be the Dog, self-released*
20. Thurston Moore, The Best Day, Matador
21. Girlpool, Girlpool, Wichita
22. Stars, No One Is Lost, ATO
23. All We Are, All We Are, Domino
24. Finch, Back to Oblivion, Razor & Tie
25. Dorian Concept, Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
26. The Brevet, American Novel, self-released
27. The Traveling Suitcase, Nobody Wins, self-released
28. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom, 4AD
29. Xposed 4heads, People Are Stupid b/w Rewind Your Behind [7″], Joy Farm*
30. Swingin’ Utters, Fistful of Hollow, Fat Wreck Chords


1. Sleater-Kinney, Start Together, Sub Pop
2. Belle and Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance, Matador
3. The Taveling Suitcase, Nobody Wins, self-released*
4. Dodos, Individ, Polyvinyl
5. The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Capitol


1. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!, Warp
2. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
3. Jaga Jazzist, ’94-’14, Ninja Tune
4. Dorian Concept, Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
5. Various Artists, Hyperdub 10.4, Hyperdub
6. Lia Ices, “Higher” (Samuel Proffitt remix), Jagjaguwar
7. The Knife, Shake Up Versions, Mute
8. Machinedrum, Vapor City Archives, Ninja Tune
9. Lord Raja, A Constant Moth, Ghostly International
10. FaltyDL, Marks [EP], Ninja Tune

New World

1. Tartu Popi ja Roki Institutt, Biedermeier-Psychedelia, Minty Fresh
2. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative Leisure
3. Captain Planet, Esperanto Slang, Bastard Jazz
4. Max Capote, Aperitivo De Moda, Contrapedal
5. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
6. Black Slate, “World Citizen” [single], Unit 8
7. Silva, Ocean View, Six Degrees
8. Various Artists, 90 Degrees Of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean, Soul Jazz
9. Various Artists, Rough Guide to Palestine, Rough Guides
10. Various Artists, Choubi Choubi! Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq Vol. 1, Sublime Frequencies


1. Wooley/Rempis/Niggenkemper/Corsano, From Wolves to Whales, Aerophonic
2. Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9, Viper’s Drag, Impulse-Universal
3. Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, Juice, Indirecto
4. Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age!, Okeh
5. Microscopic Septet, Manhattan Moonrise, Cuneiform
6. Ballister, Worse For the Wear, Aerophonic
7. Patrick Butler, Sound Pinnacle, M.M.O.S. Music
8. Allan Harris, Black Bar Jukebox, Membran
9. Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, The Art of Conversation, Impulse!
10. Bad Plus, Inevitable Western, Speakeasy

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