Weekly Top Airplay: July 29, 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: 7/29/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
2. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
3. Xeno and Oaklander, Par Avion, Ghostly International
4. Sugar Stems, Only Come Out At Night, Dirtnap*
5. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
6. Guided By Voices, Cool Planet, GBV
7. Anna Calvi, Strange Weather, Domino
8. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
9. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
10. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
11. Christopher Denny, If The Roses Don’t Kill Us, Partisan
12. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
13. White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent, Drag City
14. Say Hi, Endless Wonder, Barsuk
15. Morning Parade, Pure Adulterated Joy, S0-Caroline
16. Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Rise Of the Bastard, self-released
17. Dead Fingers, Big Black Dog, Communicating Vessels
18. Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours, Ribbon
19. ENO + HYDE, High Life, Warp
20. Shovels and Rope, Swimmin’ Time, Dualtone
21. Ought, More Than Any Other Day, Constellation
22. Phox, Phox, Partisan*
23. GGOOLLDD, $tandard$ EP, self-released*
24. White Lung, Deep Fantasy, Domino
25. Craft Spells, Nausea, Captured Tracks
26. How To Dress Well, What Is This Heart?, Weird World
27. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
28. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack, 4AD
29. Jolie Holland, Wine Dark Sea, Anti-
30. Black Bananas, Electric Brick Wall, Drag City


1. Jenny Lewis, Voyager, Warner
2. Bear In Heaven, Time Is Over One Day Old, Hometapes/Dead Oceans
3. Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty, Sub Pop
4. Wytches, Annabel Dream Reader, Partisan
5. Hooray For Earth, Racy, Smalltown Supersound


1. Xeno and Oaklander, Par Avion, Ghostly International
2. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
3. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
4. ENO + HYDE, High Life, Warp
5. GGOOLLDD, $tandard$ EP, self-released*
6. Tom Vek, Luck, Moshi Moshi
7. Chromeo, White Women, Atlantic
8. Austra, Habitat, Domino
9. Nightmares On Wax, N.O.W. Is The Time, Warp
10. Fujiya and Miyagi, Artificial Sweeteners, Yep Roc


1. Extra Crispy Brass Band, Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
2. Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope, Mack Avenue
3. Caterina Zapponi, Romantica, Motema
4. Beat Funktion, Voodooland, Do
5. Stockton Helbing Quartet, Handprints, Armored
6. Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra, Travel Notes, Blujazz
7. Sean Jones Quartet, Improvise, Mack Avenue
8. Rebirth Brass Band, Move Your Body, Basin
9. Lenny Pickett and UMO Jazz Orchestra, The Prescription, Random Act
10. Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash Duo, Duologue, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

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