Weekly Top Airplay: January 5, 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: 1/5/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Testa Rosa, III, self-released*
2. Dogs In Ecstasy, Welcome 2 Hell, Thunder Zone Ent.*
3. Midnight Reruns, Force of Nurture, Dusty Medical*
4. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
5. Maritime, Magnetic Bodies / Maps of Bones, Dangerbird*
6. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Could Woulda Shoulda, Transdreamer
7. Joanna Newsom, Divers, Drag City
8. GGOOLLDD, Gold+, Gloss Records*
9. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
10. Jennylee, Right On!, Rough Trade
11. Trolley, Caught In the Darkness, Easter*
12. Eagles of Death Metal, Zipper Down, UME
13. Ty Segall, Ty Rex, Goner
14. Julia Holter, Have You In My Wilderness, Domino
15. Kelley Stoltz, In Triangle Time, Castle Face
16. The Pukes, The Pukes [EP], self-released*
17. Deerhunter, Fading Frontier, 4AD*
18. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
19. Julien Baker, Sprained Ankle, 6131 Records
20. Seinabo Sey, Pretend, Virgin EMI
21. Polica, “Lime Habit” [single], Mom + Pop
22. Cheatahs, Mythologies, Wichita
23. Phylums, Phylum Phyloid, Dirtnap*
24. Panda Bear, Crosswords, Domino
25. Givers, New Kingdom, Glassnote
26. All Them Witches, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, New West
27. Shopping, Why Choose, FatCat
28. Hooton Tennis Club, Highest Point In Cliff Town, Heavenly Records
29. Alberta Cross, Alberta Cross, Dine Alone
30. Say Hi, Bleeders Digest, Barsuk


1. Prince, HitNRun Phase Two, NPG
2. Krisp, Sonic Monarch, Gummdrops
3. Oh Wonder, Oh Wonder, Republic
4. Sarah Neufeld, “The Ridge” [single], Paper Bag
5. Reversing Falls, Reversing Falls 2, self-released


1. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
2. GGOOLLDD, Gold+, Gloss Records*
3. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
4. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
5. Polica, “Lime Habit” [single], Mom + Pop
6. Panda Bear, Crosswords, Domino
7. Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden Of Delete, Warp
8. St. Germain, St. Germain, Nonesuch
9. Disclosure, Caracal, Capitol
10. Neon Indian, Vega Intl Night School, Mom + Pop

New World 

1. Black Masala, I Love You Madly, self-released
2. Carlos Timon, Solar Rape, Pueblo
3. Boogarins, Manual, Other Music
4. Jonny Greenwood/Shye Ben Tzur/Rajasthan Express, Junun, Nonesuch
5. Goat, “It’s Time For Fun” b/w “Relax” [single], Sub Pop
6. Protoje, Ancient Future, Mr. Bongo
7. Grupo Fantasma, Problemas, Blue Corn
8. Daby Toure, Amonafi, Cumbancha
10. Makem and Spain Brothers, Up the Stairs, Red Biddy


1. Amp Trio, M(y)our World, self-released
2. From Out of Nowhere, From Out of Nowhere,
3. Liberation Music Collective, Siglo, XXI
4. Matt Mitchell, Vista Accumulation, Pi
5. Brett Carson’s Quattour Elephantis, Quattour Elephantis, Edgetone
6. Billy Cobham, The Atlantic Years 1973 – 1978, Rhino
7. Joseph Daley, The Tuba Trio Chronicles,
8. Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Two, Concord
9. Glenn Tucker, Determination, Detroit Music Factory
10. George Freeman and Chico Freeman, All In the Family, Southport

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