Weekly Top Airplay: January 27, 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: 1/27/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


1. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
2. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love, Sub Pop
3. Drunk Drivers, It’s Always Weekend, Crustacean*
4. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
5. Medicine, Home Everywhere, Captured Tracks
6. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
7. Mogwai, Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1., Rock Action
8. The Blind Shake, Breakfast of Failures, Goner
9. Viet Cong, Viet Cong, Jagjaguwar
10. Parquet Courts, Content Nausea, What’s Your Rupture?
11. All We Are, All We Are, Domino
12. Dwarves, Invented, Burger
13. No/No, Drag [EP], self-released*
14. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom, 4AD
15. Dodos, Individ, Polyvinyl
16. Amason, Sky City, Fairfax
17. Panalure, The Bones, self-released*
18. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
19. Stars, No One Is Lost, ATO
20. The Go-Betweens, G Stands for Go-Betweens, Vol. 1, Domino,
21. Death Blues, Ensemble, Sige/Rhythmplex*
22. AJ Davila Y Terror Amor, Beibi, Burger
23. Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty, Sub Pop
24. Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite, Nonesuch
25. Dorian Concept, Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
26. Belle and Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance, Matador
27. Jack Name, Weird Moons, Castle Face
28. Cavewives, Be the Dog, self-released*
29. Kingsborough, The Night The Grind and the Woes, self-released
30. Jose Gonzalez, “Leaf Off / The Cave” [ single], Mute


1. Bjork, Vulnicura, One Little Indian
2. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
3. Jose Gonzalez, “Leaf Off / The Cave” [single], Mute
4. S. Carey, Supermoon, Jagjaguwar
5. Twerps, Range Anxiety, Merge


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, Shaken 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. Various Artists, 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
2. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
3. Various Arists, 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop, Sublime Frequencies
4. Harry Mosco, Funkees, Secret Stash
5. Silva, Ocean View, Six Degrees
6. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
7. Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut, Biedermeier-Psychedelia, Minty Fresh
8. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative Leisure
9. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984, Born Bad
10. Zomba Prison Project, I Have No Everything Here, Six Degrees


1. Bill Frissell, Guitar in the Space Age!, Okeh
2. Don Cherry, The Cordona Trilogy, ECM
3. Microscopic Septet, Manhattan Moonrise, Cuneiform
4. Chris Cortez, Top Secret!, Blue Bamboo
5. The Bad Plus, Inevitable Western, Speakeasy
6. Jack Mouse and Scott Robinson, Snakeheads and Ladybugs, Tall Grass Records
7. Patrick Butler, Sound Pinnacle, M.M.O.S.
8. Charles Ruggiero, Boom Bang Boom Bang!, Rondette
9. Stanley Clarke Band, Up, Mack Avenue
10. Frank Catalano, Love Supreme Collective [EP], Ropeadope

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