Weekly Top Airplay: January 26, 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: 1/25/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. David Bowie, Blackstar, Columbia
2. Midnight Reruns, Force of Nurture, Dusty Medical*
3. Jaill, Wherever It Be, Infinity Cat*
4. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Coulda Woulda Shoulda, Transdreamer
5. Tortoise, The Catastrophist, Thrill Jockey
6. Basia Bulat, Good Advice, Secret City
7. Night Beats, Who Sold My Generation, Heavenly Records
8. GOGOSLOW, s/t, self-released*
9. Charlie Hilton, Palana, Captured Tracks
10. Wray, Hypatia, Communicating Vessels
11. GGOOLLDD, Gold+, Gloss Records*
12. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
13. The Besnard Lakes, A Coliseum Complex Museum, Jagjaguwar
14. Adrian Younge, Something About April II, Linear Labs
15. The Flaming Lips, Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic – 1994 – 1997, Warner Bros.
16. Trolley, Caught In the Darkness, Easter Records*
17. Kelley Stoltz, In Triangle Time, Castle Face
18. The Pukes, The Pukes [EP], self-released*
19. Kurt Cobain, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, UME
20. Jennylee, Right On!, Rough Trade
21. Blessed Feathers, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow, self-released*
22. Charles Bradley, “Changes” [single], Daptone
23. Foxing, Dealer, Triple Crown
24. The Shocking Pinks, Dance the Dance Electric, A Low Hum
25. The Record Company, Give It Back to You, Concord
26. John Cale, M: Fans, Domino
27. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mache Dream Balloon, ATO
28. Rick Berlin W/ the Nickel and Dime Band, Badville, Teenage Heart
29. Jefferson Grizzard, Daydream of Hope, Back Porch
30. Japanese House, Clean [EP], Dirty Hit


1. Eleanor Friedberger, New View, Frenchkiss
2. Ringo Deathstarr, Pure Mood, Reverberation Appreciation Society
3. Tindersticks, The Waiting Room, City Slang
4. Shearwater, Jet Plane and Oxbow, Sub Pop
5. Basia Bulat, Good Advice, Secret City


1. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
2. GGOOLLDD, Gold+, Gloss Records*
3. Neon Indian, Vega Intl Night School, Mom + Pop
4. Polica, “Lime Habit” [single], Mom + Pop
5. E1sbar, Televisual, Polar Vortex
6. !!!, As If, Warp
7. Luxi, A Life Surreal [EP], self-released*
8. CHVRCHES, Every Open Eye, Glassnote
9. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
10. Krisp, Sonic Monarch, Gummdrops

New World

1. Soapkills, The Best Of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
2. Ceu, Live, Six Degrees
3. Mariachi Flor De Toloache, s/t, self-released
4. Daby Toure, Amonafi, Cumbancha
5. Coldair, The Provider, Twelves
6. Grupo Fantasma, Problemas, Blue Corn
7. Battlefield Band, Beg and Borrow, Temple
8. Joss Jaffe, Dub Mantra Sangha, Tatouine
9. Buckman Coe, Malama Ka ‘Aina, Tonic Records
10. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Once A Day Rise Up [single], Concord-Fantasy


1. Harris Eisenstadt, Canda Day IV, Songlines
2. Billy Cobhma, The Atlantic Years: 1973 – 1978, Rhino
3. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Battle For Earth, Royal Potato Family
4. Le Rex, Wild Man, Cuneiform
5. Cowboys and Frenchmen, Rodeo, Outside In Music
6. Tom Collier, Across the Bridge, Origin
7. Florian Hoefner Group, Luminosity, Origin
8. Will Caviness Sextet, A Walk, Cellar Live
9. Dr. Lonnie Smith, Evolution
10. Bill Frisell, Guitar In the Space Age!, Okeh

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