Weekly Top Airplay: July 21, 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: 7/21/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Damaged Bug, Cold Hot Plumbs, Castle Face
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love, Jagjaguwar
3. Jaill, Brain Cream, Burger*
4. Thee Oh Sees, Mutilator Defeated At Last, Castle Face
5. Grovelers, Derelicts and Screw-Ups, self-released*
6. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
7. Shilpa Ray, Last Year’s Savage, Northern Spy
8. Piles, Planet Skin, self-released*
9. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
10. LA Priest, INJI, Domino
11. Son Lux, Bones, Glassnote
12. Metz, II, Sub Pop
13. Crocodiles, Boys, Zoo
14. Beck, “Dreams” [single], Capitol
15. POW!, Fight Fire, Castle Face
16. Talk In Tongues, Alone With a Friend, Fairfax
17. Datura 4, Demon Blues, Alive Natural Sound
18. Hop Along, Painted Shut, Saddle Creek
19. Black Mountain, Black Mountain: Deluxe, Jagjaguwar
20. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
21. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Asunder Sweet and Other Distress, Constellation
22. Aero Flynn, Aero Flynn, Ooh La La*
23. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense, Domino
24. Saun and Starr, Look Closer, Daptone
25. Leo Minor, Amnesia, self-released*
26. DesLondes, DesLondes, New West
27. Total Babes, Heydays, Wichita
28. Collections of Colonies of Bees, Set, self-released
29. Part Time, Virgo’s Maze, Burger
30. Velvet Teen, All Is Illusory, TopShelf


1. Tame Impala, Currents, Interscope
2. Aqueduct, Wild Knights, AqueductMusic
3. Worriers, Imaginary Life, Don Giovanni
4. MS MR, How Does It Feel?, Columbia
5. Ariane Moffatt, 22h22, Simone


1. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
2. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
3. Sylvan Esso, H.S.K.T. [remixes], Partisan*
4. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
5. Bomba Estereo, Amanecer, Sony Music Latin
6. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
7. Squarepusher, Damogen Furies, Warp
8. LUXVID, LUXVID, self-released*
9. Tyondai Braxton, Hive1, Nonesuch
10. Shamir, Ratchet, XL

New World

1. Bomba Estereo, Amanecer, Sony Music Latin
2. Lila Downs, Balas Y Chocolate, Sony Music Latin
3. Angelique Kidjo and Orchestre Philoharmonique Du Luxembourg, Sings, SLG-429
4. Midival Punditz, Light, Six Degrees
5. Rocky Dawuni, Light, Branches of the Same Tree, Cumbancha
6. Axel Krygier, Hombre De Piedra, Crammed
7. Vaadat Charigim, Sinking As a Stone, Burger
8. Nozinja, Nozninja Lodge, Warp
9. Nneka, My Fairy Tales, Bushqueen
10. Songhoy Blues, Music In Exile, Transgressive


1. Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance, Synovial Joints, Pi
2. Takeshi Asai, French Trio, Vol. 2, De Trois Cities
3. Plunge, In For the Out, Immersion
4. Robert Glasper Trio, Covered, Blue Note
5. Errol Rackipov Group, Pictures From a Train Window, First Orbit
6. Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields, ArtistShare
7. Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, Blue For Tahrir, Hipnotic
8. Henry Threadgill Zooid, In For a Penny In For a Pound, Pi
9. Matt Panayides, Conduits, self-released
10. Eugenie Jones, Come Out Swingin’, Open Mic

Blues (updated monthly)

1.The Cash Box Kings, Holding Court, Blind Pig
2. Debbie Davies Love Spin, VizzTone
3. Roy Rogers, Into the Wild Blue, Chops Not Chaps
4. Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn, Nonesuch
5. Jorma Kaukonen, Ain’t In No Hurry, Red House Records
6. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
7. Pops Staples, Don’t Lose This, Anti-
8. John Cocuzzi, Ding Dong Daddy, EllerSoul
9. Joe Bonamassa, Muddy Wolf and Red Roots, J&R Adventures
10. Amanda Fish Band, Down In the Dirt, VizzTone
11. Mr. Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child, Malaco
12. Gina Sicilia, The Alabama Sessions, VizzTone
13. Robben Ford, Into the Sun, Provogue
14. AJ Ghent Band, Live at Terminal West, Blue Corn Music
15. The Doughboys, Hot Beat Stew, Ram Records
16. Blind Boy Fuller, Rough Guide to Blind Boy Fuller, World Music Network
17. Charlie Musselwhite, I Ain’t Lyin’…, Henrietta Records
18. Billy Price and Otis Clay, This Time For Real, VizzTone
19. Leadbelly, The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Smithsonian Folkways
20. Slam Allen, Feel Those Blues, American Showplace Music
21. Deb Ryder, Let It Rain, Bejeb
22. The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson, Meet Me In Bluesland, Alligator
23. Jackie Payne, I Saw the Blues, Blue Dot Records
24. Amy Hart, Live at the Mayne Stage, VizzTone
25. The Juke Joint Pimps Boogie Pimps Voodoo Rhythm