Weekly Top Airplay: June 2, 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: 6/2/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Thee Oh Sees, Mutilator Defeated At Last, Castle Face
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love, Jagjaguwar
3. POW!, Fight Fire, Castle Face
4. Giant Sand, Heartbreak Pass, New West
5. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, Mom + Pop
6. Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color, ATO
7. Crocodiles, Boys, Zoo
8. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
9. American Wrestlers, American Wrestlers, Fat Possum
10. Saun and Starr, Look Closer, Daptone
11. Ceremony, The L-Shaped Man, Matador
12. Total Babes, Heydays, Wichita
13. Sonics, This Is the Sonics, Revox
14. Mac McCaughan, Non-Believers, Merge
15. Will Butler, Policy, Merge
16. Shilpa Ray, Last Year’s Savage, Northern Spy
17. Wand, Golem, In the Red
18. Moon Duo, Shadow Of the Sun, Sacred Bones
19. Surfer Blood, 1000 Palms, Joyful Noise
20. Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, ATO
21. Robert Pollard, Faulty Superheroes, GBV
22. Alchemist and Oh No, Welcome to Los Santos, Mass Appeal
23. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
24. Eternal Summers, Gold and Stone, Kanine
25. WUME, Maintain, Ehse
26. Surgeons In Heat, Disaster, Top Five*
27. Jaga Jazzist, Starfire, Ninja Tune
28. Metz, II, Sub Pop
29. Piles, Planet Skin, self-released*
30. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop


1. Girlpool, Before the World Was Big, Wichita
2. Daughn Gibson, Carnation, Sub Pop
3. Eternal Summers, Gold and Stone, Kanine
4. Sharon Van Etten, I Con’t Want to Let You Down [EP], Jagjaguwar
5. Soak, Before We Forgot How to Dream, Rough Trade


1. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
2. Jaga Jazzist, Starfire, Ninja Tune
3. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
4. Holly Herndon, Platform, 4AD
5. Tyondai Braxton, Hive1, Nonesuch
6. DIPLO, F10RIDA, Big Dada
7. Pale Blue, The Past We Leave Behind, 2MR
8. Squarepusher, Damogen Furies, Warp
9. Nosaj Thing, Fated, Innovative Leisure
10. East India Youth, Culture Of Volume, XL


1. Rob Mazurek and Exploding Star Orchestra, Galactic Parables, Vol. 1, Cuneiform
2. Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest, Sylva, Impulse
3. Dawan Muhammad, Consider the Source, Lifeforce Jazz
4. Throttle Elevator Music, Jagged Rocks, Wide Hive
5. Joe Locke, Love Is a Pendulum, Motema
6. Kenny Carr, Idle Talk, self-released
7. Euginie Jones, Come Out Swingin’, Open Mic
8. Jovan Alexandre, Collective Consciousness, Xippi Phonorecords
9. Chamber 3, Grassroots, oa2
10. Cassandra Wilson, Coming Forth By Day, Legacy Recordings

New World

1. Niyaz, The Fourth Light, Six Degrees
2. Vercky’s Et L’Orchestre Veve, Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978, Analog Africa
3. Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa, World Circuit
4. Axel Krygier, Hombre De Piedra, Crammed Discs
5. Flavia Coelho, Mundo Meu, Mr. Bongo
6. Buena Vista Social Club, Lost and Found, World Circuit
7. Nneka, My Fairy Tales, Bushqueen
8. Lila Downs, Balas Y Chocolate, Sony
9. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Cafe Del Mundo, Putumayo
10. Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, 21st Century Molam, Studio Lam

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