Weekly Top Airplay: July 22, 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: 7/22/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
2. Guided By Voices, Cool Planet, GBV
3. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
4. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
5. Piles, Piles, self-released*
6. Gold-Bears, Dalliance, Slumberland
7. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
8. Apollo Vermouth, Fractured Youth, Bridgetown*
9. Strand Of Oaks, Heal, Dead Oceans
10. Black Bananas, Electric Brick Wall, Drag City
11. Say Hi, Endless Wonder, Barsuk
12. Pete Molinari, Theosophy, InGrooves
13. Sugar Stems, Only Come Out at Night, Dirtnap*
14. Craft Spells, Nausea, Captured Tracks
15. Phox, Phox, Partisan*
16. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
17. Tigers Jaw, Charmer, Run For Cover
18. EULA, Orderly 7″, Bloodmoss
19. New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers, Matador
20. The Horrors, Luminous, XL
21. White Lung, Deep Fantasy, Domino
22. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal, What’s Your Rupture?
23. Turn To Crime, Can’t Love, Old Flame
24. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
25. Greys, If Anything, Carpark
26. Pink Mountaintops, Get Back, Jagjaguwar
27. Woman’s Hour, Conversations, Secretly Canadian
28. A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Sea When Absent, Lefse
29. Secret Colours, Positive Distractions, self-released
30. Anna Calvi, Strange Weather, Domino


1. Sugar Stems, Only Come Out at Night, Dirtnap*
2. White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent, Drag City
3. Anna Calvi, Strange Weather, Domino
4. Christopher Denny, If the Roses Don’t Kill Us, Partisan
5. Field Mouse, Hold Still Life, Topshelf


1. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
2. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
3. Nightmares On Wax, N.O.W. Is the Time, Warp
4. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
5. Plaid, Reachy Prints, Warp
6. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista
7. Quantic, Magnetica, Tru Thoughts
8. Chet Faker, Built On Glass, Downtown
9. Diamond Version, CI, Mute
10. AroarA, AroarA EP, Club Roll

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
7. La Chiva Gantva, Vivo, Crammed Discs
8. Various Artists, Playing For Change 3: Songs From Around the World, Concord
9. Mexican Dubwiser, Electric City, Koolarrow
10. Selda, Turkulerimiz 1, Major Plak


1. Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, Concord
2. Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
3. Chris Parker, Full Circle, oa2
4. Alfredo Rodriguez, The Invasion Parade, Mack Avenue
5. Chicago Underground Duo, Locus, Northern Spy
6. Steve Khan, Subtext, self-released
7. Matt Garrison, Patchwork, Stop Time
8. Mike Ferro, All Love, Ferrophonic
9. Western Jazz Quartet, Free Fall, Blujazz
10. Harmonious Wail, Bohemian Tango, self-released*

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