Weekly Top Airplay: July 8, 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: 7/8/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
2. Phox, Phox, Partisan*
3. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
4. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
5. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
6. The Spits, Kill the Kool, In the Red
7. White Lung, Deep Fantasy, Domino
8. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal, What’s Your Rupture?
9. Wye Oak, Shriek, Merge
10. Thee Oh Sees, Drop, Castleface
11. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack, 4AD
12. Black Bananas, Electric Brick Wall, Drag City
13. The Horrors, Luminous, XL
14. Sharon Van Etten, Are We There, Jagjaguwar
15. La Sera, Hour Of the Dawn, Hardly Art
16. Apollo Vermouth, Fractured Youth, Bridgetown*
17. Strand Of Oaks, Heal, Dead Oceans
18. Fujiya & Miyagi, Artificial Sweeteners, Yep Roc
19. Say Hi, Endless Wonder, Barsuk
20. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
21. OFF!, Wasted Years, Vice
22. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
23. Tigers Jaw, Charmer, Run For Cover
24. Masked Intruder, M.I., Fat Wreck Chords*
25. Piles, Piles, self-released*
26. A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Sea When Absent, Lefse
27. ENO + HYDE, High Life, Warp
28. Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours, Ribbon
29. White Hex, Gold Nights, Felte
30. Ama-Dots, Ama-Dots, Rerun Records*


1. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
2. Luluc, Passerby, Sub Pop
3. Young Widows, Easy Pain, Temporary Residence Ltd.
4. We Are Hex, We Are Hex EP, Latest Flame
5. Matt Kivel, Days Of Being Wild, Woodsist


1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
2. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
3. Fujiya & Miyagi, Artificial Sweeteners, Yep Roc
4. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
5. ENO + HYDE, Hight Life, Warp
6. Chet Faker, Built On Glass, Downtown
7. Nightmares On Wax, N.O.W. Is the Time, Warp
8. GGOOLLDD, Gold single, self-released*
9. Tom Vek, Luck, Moshi Moshi
10. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista

New World

1. Oy, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
2. Various Artists, Playing For Change 3: Songs Around the World, Concord
3. Rodrigo Y Gabriela, 9 Dead Alive, ATO
4. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Libation, Modiba
5. Hollie Cook, Twice, Mr. Bongo
6. Selda, Turkulerimiz 1, Major Plak
7. Karol Conka, Batuk Freak, Mr. Bongo
8. Mexican Dubweiser, Electric City, Koolarrow
9. Quantic, Magnetica, Tru Thoughts
10. Rodrigo Amarante, Cavalo, Easy Sound


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