Weekly Top Airplay: July 1, 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 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: 7/1/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
2. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
3. Death, III, Drag City
4. Emma Ruth Rundle, Some Heavy Ocean, Sargent House
5. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal, What’s Your Rupture?
6. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack, 4AD
7. The Horrors, Luminous, XL
8. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
9. Pink Mountaintops, Get Back, Jagjaguwar
10. Ama-Dots, Ama-Dots, Rerun Records*
11. Thee Oh Sees, Drop, Castleface
12. Rodrigo Amarante, Cavalo, Easy Sound Recording Co.
13. Watery Love, Decorative Feeding, In The Red
14. The Spirts, Kill the Kool, In The Red
15. A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Sea When Absent, Lefse
16. Phox, Phox, Partisan*
17. Luluc, Passerby, Sub Pop
18. Sharon Van Etten, Are We There, Jagjaguwar
19. Woods, With Light and With Love, Woodsist
20. The Fresh & Onlys, House of Spirits, Mexican Summer
21. Old 97’s, Most Messed Up, ATO
22. Canopies, Getting Older 7″, Non-Objects*
23. Say Hi, Endless Wonder, Barsuk
24. Piles, Piles, self-released
25. Lisa Ridgely and the Fainting Room, Heart Hot EP, self-released*
26. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
27. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold, Columbia
28. Strypes, Snapshot, Photo Finish
29. TEEN, The Way and the Color, Carpark
20. Masked Intruder, M.I., Fat Wreck Chords*


1. Boris, Noise, Sargent House
2. Dan Melchior Und Das Menace, Hunger, Castle Face
3. Amatorski, From Clay To Figures, Crammed Discs
4. OBN IIIS, Third Time To Harm, Tic Tac Totally
5. Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy, ATO


1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan
2. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
3. GGOOLLDD, Gold single, self-released
4. Fujiya and Miyagi, Artificial Sweeteners, Yep Roc
5. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
6. Plaid, Reachy Prints, Warp
7. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista
8. Polica, Raw Exit EP, Memphis Industries
9. The Faint, Doom Abuse, SQE
10. AroarA, AroarA EP, Club Roll

New World

1. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
2. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
3. Meridian Brothers, Salvadora Robot, Soundway
4. Various Artists, Playing For Change 3: Songs Around the World, Concord
5. Rodrigo y Gabriela, 9 Dead Alive, ATO
6. Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate, Toumani and Sidiki, World Circuit
7. Karol Conka, Batuk Freak, Mr. Bongo
8. Alsarah and the Nubatones, Silt, Wonderwheel
9. Kasai Allstars, Beware the Fetish, Crammed Discs
10. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Libation, Mobida


1. Russ Nolan, Relentless, Rhinoceruss
2. Theo Croker, AfroPhysicist, OKeh
3. Jaco Pastorius, Modern American Music…Period!, Omnivore Records
4. Doc Stewart, Code Blue, Cannonball Jazz
5. Ben Flocks, Battle Mountain, West Cliff
6. Sam Boshnack Quintet, Exploding Syndrome, Shnack
7. Dave Stryker, Eight Track, self-released
8. Chicago Underground Duo, Locus, Northern Spy
9. Badbadnotgood, III, Innovative Leisure
10. Freda Payne, Come Back To Me Love, Artistry Music

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, You Asked For It [Live], Alligator
2. The Robert Cray Band, In My Soul, Provogue
3. Janiva Magness, Original, Fathead Records
4. Selwyn Birchwood, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Alligator
5. Bob Stroger & Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Keepin’ It Together, Big Eyes
6. Eden Brent, Jigsaw Heart, Yellow Dog
7. Walter Trout, The Blues Came Callin’, Provogue
8. Dave Specter, Message In Blue, Delmark
9. Lisa Mann, Move On, self-released
10. Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Good News, Stony Plain
11. The Nighthawks, 444, Eller Soul
12. Deanna Bogart, Just a Wish Away…, Blind Pig
13. Tweed Funk, First Name Lucky
14. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Goin’ Home, Concord Records
15. Steve Freund & Gloria Hardiman, Set Me Free, Delmark
16. Nick Moss Band, Time Ain’t Free, Blue Bella
17. Roxi Copland, Truth Be Told, self-released
18. Joe Louis Walker, Hornet’s Next, Alligator
19. Vaneese Thomas, Blues For My Father, Segue Records
20. Terry Quiett Band, Taking Sides, Lucky Bag Records