Weekly Top Airplay: January 6th, 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: 1/6/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Whips, Turn It On, self-released*
2. Ex Hex, Rips, Merge
3. Useless Eaters, Bleeding Moon, Castle Face
4. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
5. Flying Lotus, Your’e Dead!, Warp
6. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, Columbia
7. Blind Shake, Breakfast of Failures, Goner
8. No/No, Drag EP, self-released*
9. Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita, Polyvinyl
10. Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty, Sub Pop
11. Death Blues, Ensemble, Sige/Rhythmplex*
12. Christian Bland and the Revelators, Unseen Green Obscene, The Reverberation Appreciation Society
13. Ramma Lamma, Ice Cream, Certified PR*
14. Burning Palms, Burning Palms, Lolipop Records
15. Pill Hill, It Tastes A Little Sweeter, self-released
16. Les Sins, Michael, 4AD
17. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom, 4AD
18. Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Highway 20
19. TV On the Radio, Seeds, Harvest
20. Shellac, Dude Incredible, Touch and Go
21. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Domino
22. Steve Gunn, Way Out Weather, Paradise of Bachelors
23. Cavewives, Be the Dog, self-released*
24. Sama Dams, Comfort In Doubt, self-released
25. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
26. Parquet Courts, Content Nausea, What’s Your Rupture?
27. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, Castle Face
28. SlimKid3 and DJ Nu-Mark, SlimKid3 and DJ Nu-Mark, Delicious Vinyl
29. Bass Drum of Death, Rip This, Innovative Leisure
30. Mr. Gnome, The Heart of a Dark Star, El Marko


1. Matthew Melton, Outside of Pardise, SouthPaw
2. Diplo, F10RIDA, Big Dada
3. Bully, Bully EP, Startime
4. Suburban Living, Suburban Living, Papercup
5. Beacon, L1, Ghostly


1. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead, Warp
2. Les Sins, Michael, Company
3. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
4. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
5. Dorian Concept, Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
6. Fhloston Paradigm, The Phoenxi, Hyperdub
7. Busdriver, Perfect Hair, Big Dada
8. Lord Raja, A Constant Moth, Ghostly International
9. The Knife, Shaken Up Versions, Mute
10. Various Artists, Hyperdub 10.4, Hyperdub

New World

1. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia, World Music Network
2. Goat, Commune, Sub Pop
3. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara, World Music Network
4. Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
5. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
6. Damien Dempsey, It’s All Good: The Best of Damien Dempsey, IRL
7. Various Artists, 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
8. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin, Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative
9. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Australia, Putumayo
10. La Sucursal De La Cumbia, Cumbia A Domicilio, Intolerancia


1. Eli Bennett, Breakthrough, Addo
2. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region, Delmark
3. Adam Meckler Orchestra, When the Clouds Look Like This, Shifting Paradigm
4. Extra Crispy Brass Band, Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
5. Patrick Battstone and Richard Poole, The Last Taxi, self-released
6. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation, Pi
7. Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, 21st Century Trad Band, Basin Street
8. Joseph Daley, Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love, JoDaMusic
9. Arthur Barron, Dave Liebman and Abel Pabon, The Miami Jazz Project, Zoho
10. Spin Quartet, In Circles, Origin

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