Weekly Top Airplay: July 15, 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: 7/15/14
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
2. Young Widows, Easy Pain, Temporary Residence
3. Thee Oh Sees, Drop, Castleface
4. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
5. Horrors, Luminous, XL
6. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
7. Say Hi, Endless Wonder, Barsuk
8. Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours, Ribbon
9. New Red Moons, Mesmerisme, self-released*
10. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal, What’s Your Rupture?
11. Turn To Crime, Can’t Love, Old Flame
12. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
13. Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
14. My Brightest Diamond, None More Than You EP, Asthmatic Kitty
15. Trin Tran, Far Reaches EP, Castleface
16. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Only Run, self-released
17. Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Dereconstructed, Sub Pop
18.  Sharon Van Etten, Are We There, Jagjaguwar
19. Watery Love, Decorative Feeding, In the Red
20. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista
21. Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin, Merge
22. Fresh & Onlys, House of Spirits, Mexican Summer
23. Tim Schweiger & the Middle Men, Selfie, self-released*
24. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
25. Zig Zags, Zig Zags, In the Red
26. Singles, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break, self-released
27. Phox, Phox, Partisan*
28. Nightmares On Wax, N.O.W. Is the Time, Warp
29. Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain, Nonesuch
30. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Cold World, Daptone


1. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
2. Skygreen Leopards, Family Crimes, Woodsist
3. Woman’s Hour, Conversations, Secretly Canadian
4. Hikes, Hikes, Raw Paw
5. JPNSGRLS, Circulation, Light Organ


1. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
2. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
3. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista
4. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
5. Nightmares On Wax, N.O.W. Is the Time, Warp
6. Son Lux, Alternate Worlds EP, Joyful Noise
7. Xeno & Oaklander, Par Avion, Ghostly International
8. ENO + HYDE, High Life, Warp
9. Chet Faker, Built On Glass, Downtown
10. Tom Vek, Luck, Moshi Moshi

New World

1. Meridian Brothers, Salvadora Robot, Soundway
2. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
3. Karol Conka, Batuk Freak, Mr. Bongo
4. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
5. Amatorski, From Clay To Figures, Crammed Discs
6. Rodrigo Amarante, Cavalo, Easy Sound Recording Co.
7. La Chiva Gantiva, Vivo, Crammed Discs
8. Various Artists, Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World, Concord
9.  Mexican Dubweiser, Electric City, Koolarrow
10.  Selda, Turkulerimiz 1, Major Plak


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