Weekly Top Airplay: June 17, 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: 6/17/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. Jack White, Lazaretto, Third Man
2. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista
3. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical
4. Wye Oak, Shriek, Merge
5. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin, Merge
6. Black Angels, Clear Lake Forest, Blue Horizon
7. Plaid, Reachy Prints, Warp
8. Eels, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, E Works
9. Future Islands, Singles, 4AD
10. Calliope, ORBIS, self-released*
11. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days, Captured Tracks
12. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! Fat Wreck Chords
13. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
14. Paquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal, What’s Your Rupture?
15. Sharon Van Etten, Are We There, Jagjaguwar
16. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack, 4AD
17. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Enter the Slasher House, Domino
18. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
19. Pink Mountaintops, Get Back, Jagjaguwar
20. Spits, Kill the Kool, In the Red
21. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Dereconstructed, Sub Pop
22. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
23. Verma, Sunrunner, Trouble In Mind
24. Black Keys, Turn Blue, Nonesuch
25. Lykke Li, I Never Learn, Atlantic
26. Band of Skulls, Himalayan, Electric Blues
27. Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain, Nonesuch
28. I Saved Latin!  A Tribute to West Anderson, American Landromat
29. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
30. The War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian


1. Greys, If Anything, Carpark
2. Strand of Oaks, Heal, Dead Oceans
3. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
4. White Lung, Deep Fantasy, Domino
5. Antlers, Familiars, Anti-


1. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband, Loma Vista
2. Plaid, Reachy Prints, Warp
3. Future Islands, Singles, 4AD
4. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
5. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
6. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
7. Throwing Snow, Mosaic, Houndstooth
8. Tom Vek, Luck, Moshi Moshi
9. Mr. Scruff, Friendly Bacteria, Ninja Tune
10. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk

New World

1. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
2. Meta Meta, MetaL MetaL, Mais Um Discos
3. Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate, Toumani and Sidiki, World Circuit
4. Selda, Turkulerimiz 1, Major Plak
5. Ibibio Sound Machine, Ibibio Sound Machine, Soundway
6. Souljazz Orchestra, Inner Fire, Strut
7. Rodrigo Y Gabriela, 9 Dead Alive, ATO
8. Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta, Tuff Gong
9. Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, A Long Way To the Beginning, KFR
10. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Libation, Modiba


1. David Hazeltine, For All We Know, Smoke Sessions
2. Ari Brown, Groove Awakening, Delmark
3. Holly Hofmann, Low Life, Capri
4. Joe DeRose and Amici, Peace Streets, F.O.S.M.
5. Brenda Earle Stokes, Right About Now, Magenta
6. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, Landmarks, Blue Note
7. Chris Greene Quartet, Music Appreciation, Single Malt
8. Janice Borla Group< Promises to Burn, Tall Grass
9. Moutin Factory Quintet, Lucky People, Plus Lion
10. Juliet Green Think About That, self-released

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Ray Bonneville, Easy Gone, Red House
2. The Greyhounds, Accumulator, Ardent Music LLC
3. Roxi Copland, Truth Be Told, self-released
4. Al Basile, Woke Up In Memphis, Kenoza
5. Little Mike and the Tornadoes, All the Right Moves, Elrob
6. Chicago Blues All-Stars, Red Hot & Blue, Azure Music Group
7. Eden Brent, Jigsaw Heart, Yellow Dog Records
8. Rachelle Coba, Mother Blues, Mono
9. Mark Hummel, The Hustle Is Really On, Electro-Fi
10. Lisa Mann, Move On, self-released
11. Jarekus Singleton, Refuse To Lose, Alligator
12. John Mayall, A Special Life, Forty Below
13. Carmen Grillo, A Different World, Big Surprise
14. Joe Louis Walker, Hornet’s Nest, Alligator
15. Arthur Migliazza, Laying It Down, Hobemian Records
16. Harpdog Brown, What It Is, Dog Breath
17. Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’, Decisions, Silver Talon
18. Kenny Wayne Shepherd with the Rebirth Brass Band, Goin’ Home, Concord
19. The Holmes Brothers, Brotherhood, Alligator
20. John Primer and the Teardrops, Big Fat Woman, Wolf Records