Weekly Top Airplay: July 28, 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: 7/28/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Damaged Bug, Cold Hot Plumbs, Castle Face
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love, Jagjaguwar
3. Tenement, Predatory Highlights, Don Giovanni*
4. Zach Pietrini, Highways and Heartache, self-released*
5. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge, Twelve Reasons to Die Part 2, Linear Labs
6. Piles, Planet Skin, self-released*
7. WUME, Maintain, Ehse
8. Bully, Feels Like, Startime International
9. Jaill, Brain Cream, Burger*
10. Vaadat Charigim, Sinking As a Stone, Burger
11. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
12. Beach House, “Sparks” [single], Sub Pop
13. The Hussy, Galore, Southpaw*
14. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
15. Shamir, Ratchet, XL
16. Avenues, Creep Show, self-released*
17. Howling, Sacred Ground, Counter
18. Ash, Kablammo!, earMUSIC
19. Total Babes, Heydays, Wichita
20. Algiers, Algiers, Matador
21. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
22. LA Priest, INJI, Domino
23. Thee Oh Sees, Mutilator Defeated At Last, Castle Face
24. Black Mountain, Black Mountain: Deluxe, Jagjaguwar
25. Django Django, Born Under Saturn, Ribbon
26. Saun and Starr, Look Closer, Daptone
27. Tame Impala, Currents, Interscope
28. Leon Bridges, Coming Home, Columbia
29. Aero Flynn, Aero Flynn, Ooh La La*
30. Desaparecidos, Payola, Epitaph


1. Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, Merge
2. The Hussy, Galore, Southpaw*
3. Daniel Romano, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, New West
4. Chris Staples, Cheap Shades, Barsuk
5. Ducktails, St. Catherine, Domino


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

New World

1. Vaadat Charigim, Sinking As a Stone, Burger
2. Bomba Estereo, Amanecer, Sony Music Latin
3. Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band, Strut
4. Novalima, Planetario, Wonderwheel
5. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba, Ba Power, Glitterbeat
6. Angelique Kidjo and Orchestre Philoharmonique du Lxembourg, Sings, SLG-429
7. Niyaz, The Fourth Light, Six Degrees
8. Chui Wan, Seven Chances, Maybe Mars
9. Songhoy Blues, Music In Exile, Transgressive
10. Nozinja, Nozinja Lodge, Warp


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