Weekly Top Airplay: January 21, 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: 1/21/14


Radio 200

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
2. Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, Secretly Canadian
3. Doghouse Flowers, Chasing the Sun, self-released*
4. Midnight Reruns, Midnight Reruns, Good Land*
5. Dean Wareham, Emancipated Hearts EP, Sonic Cathedral
6. Cheap Time, Exit Smiles, In The Red
7. Mogwai, Rave Tapes, Sub Pop
8. Ducktails, Wish Hotel EP, Domino
9. Wooden Shjips, Back To Land, Thrill Jockey
10. Liquor Store, In the Garden, Almost Ready
11. Cate Le Bon, Mug Museum, Wichita
12. Shearwater, Fellow Travelers, Sub Pop
13. Foret, Foret, Simone
14. Thee Oh Sees, Singles Collection Volume 3, Castle Face
15. Call Me Lightning, Human Hell, 25 Diamonds*
16. Minor Alps, Get There, Barsuk
17. Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe, Domino
18. Beachwood Sparks, Desert Skies, Alive Naturalsound
19. Tindersticks, Across Six Leap Years, City Slang
20. Son Lux, Lanterns, Joyful Noise
21. Orchestra Of Spheres, Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music, Fire
22. Various Artists, Inside Llewyn Davis original soundtrack recording, Nonesuch
23. The Low Frequency In Stereo, Pop Obskura, Long Branch
24. Black Hollies, Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere, Ernest Jenning
25. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Summer EP, Partisan
26. Nick Waterhouse, Holly, Innovative Leisure
27. Juana Molina, Wed 21, Crammed Discs
28. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Wig Out At Jagbags, Matador
29. Arcade Fire, Reflektor, Merge
30. Nobunny, Secret Songs: Reflections From The Ear Mirror, Goner


1. Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine, Chimera
2. Mogwai, Rave Tapes, Sub Pop
3. Truckfighters, Universe, Fuzzorama
4. Dom La Nena, Golondrina EP, Six Degrees
5. Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Four Foot Shack, ATO


1. Qdup, Let’s Go, Fort Knox
2. Jel, Late Pass, Anticon
3. Dosh, Milk Money, Graveface
4. Elizabeth McQueen Meet Brothers Lazaroff, The Laziest Remix EP, Freedom
5. Debruit and Alsarah, Aljawal, Soundway
6. Kwes, llp, Warp
7. Flume and Chet Faker, Lockjaw, Future Classic
8. Daedelus, Drown Out, Anticon
9. Four Tet, Beautiful Rewind, Text
10. Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up: Thought Remixes and Reworks, Blue Note

New World

1. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop
2. Tal National, Kaani, Fat Cat
3. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429
4. Jimmy Cliff, The KCRW Session, Universal
5. Juana Molina, Wed 21, Crammed Discs
6. Dom La Nena, Golondrina EP, Six Degrees
7. Sidi Toure, Alafia, Thrill Jockey
8. Debruit and Alsarah, Aljawal, Soundway
9. Anoushka Shankar, Traces Of You, Deutsche Grammophon
10. Various Artists, Arctic Paradise, FIMIC


1. Soar Trio, Emergency Management Heist, Edgetone
2. Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips, Moment To Moment, self-released
3. Lauren Kinhan, Circle In a Square, self-released
4. Miles Davis, The Original Mono Recordings, Columbia/Legacy
5. Elec Tet, Shiny Metal Objects, Blujazz
6. Clark Sommers Bash, Ba(sh), Origin
7. E. Doctor Smith, Quantum, Edgetone
8. M13, 1 Human Too Human, Blujazz
9. Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato, Limitless, Capri
10. Multitudes Telepathic, Libretto, PFmentum

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


  1. dan

    Do you guys play a song by cee lo green frequently? apparently its something from an unreleased album of his? wish i knew more about it