Weekly Top Airplay: June 23, 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: 6/23/15
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. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
4. Shilpa Ray, Last Year’s Savage, Northern Spy
5. The Sonics, This Is the Sonics, Revox
6. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
7. Metz, II, Sub Pop
8. Algiers, Algiers, Matador
9. The Grovelers, Derelicts and Screw-Ups, self-released*
10. Crocodiles, Boys, Zoo
11. The Violet Hour, Fragments, self-released*
12. Abram Shook, Landscape Dream, Western Vinyl
13. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
14. Saun and Starr, Look Closer, Daptone
15. Jim O’Rourke, Simple Songs, Drag City
16. Pow!, Fight Fire, Castle Face
17. Various Artists, The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, Mass Appeal
18. Daughn Gibson, Carnation, Sub Pop
19. Ava Luna, Infinite House, Western Vinyl
20. FFS, FFS, Domino
21. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
22. Ryley Walker, Primrose Green, Dead Oceans
23. Giant Sand, Heartbreak Pass, New West
24. Prinzhorn Dance School, Home Economics, DFA
25. Jessica Lee Wilkes, Lone Wolf, Free Dirt
26. Shamir, Ratchet, XL
27. Piles, Planet Skin, self-released*
28. Torres, Sprinter, Partisan
29. Warm Soda, Symbolic Dream, Castle Face
30. Heartless Bastards, Restless Ones, Partisan


1. Damaged Bug, Cold Hot Plumbs, Castle Face
2. Bully, Feels Like, Startime Intl.
3. Desaparecidos, Payola, Epitaph
4. Black Mountain, Black Mountain: Deluxe, Jagjaguwar
5. Bomba Estereo, Amanacer, Sony Music Latin


1. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
2. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
3. Shamir, Ratchet, XL
4. Rio Turbo, Rio Turbo, Gloss*
5. Nosaj Thing, Fated, Innovative Leisure
6. Squarepusher, Damogen Furies, Warp
7. Midival Punditz, Light, Six Degrees
8. Sylvan Esso, H.S.K.T., Partisan
9. Jaga Jazzist, Starfire, Ninja Tune
10. Tyondai Braxton, Hive1, Nonesuch

New World

1. Axel Krygier, Hombre De Piedra, Crammed Discs
2. Dom La Nena, Soyo, Six Degrees
3. Taraf De Haidouks, Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts, Crammed Discs
4. Chui Wan, Seven Chances, Maybe Mars
5. Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa, World Circuit
6. Midival Punditz, Light, Six Degrees
7. Jaga Jazzist, Starfire, Ninja Tune
8. Macaco, Historias Tattooadas, Sony
9. Verky’s Et L’Orchestre Veve, Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978, Analog Africa
10. Gaudi, Bass, Dub, Sweat and Tears, Six Degrees


1. Frank Catalano, God’s Gonna Cut You Down, Ropeadope
2. David Chesky, Jazz In the New Harmonic, self-released
3. Aaron Diehl, Space Time Continuum, Mack Avenue
4. Greg Ruby and Rhythm Runners, Washington Hall Stomp, self-released
5. Adam Shulman Sextet, Here/there, oa2
6. Marc Cary, Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2, Motema
7. Robert Kennedy Trio, Big Shoes, self-released
8. Dave Hill, New World, ITI
9. United Shades of Artistry, United Shades of Artistry, self-released
10. Pete Rodriguez, El Conde, Destiny

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