Weekly Top Airplay: June 9, 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: 6/9/15
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. The Sonics, This Is the Sonics, Revox
4. Metz, II, Sub Pop
5. Shilpa Ray, Last Year’s Savage, Northern Spy
6. Django Django, Born Under Saturn, Ribbon Music
7. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
8. Algiers, Algiers, Matador
9. Daughn Gibson, Carnation, Sub Pop
10. Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer, Carpark
11. Heartless Bastards, Restless Ones, Partisan
12. Crocodiles, Boys, Zoo
13. Mikal Cronin, MCIII, Merge
14. Piles, Planet Skin, self-released*
15. Wume, Maintain, Ehse
16. Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color, ATO
17. Dawes, All Your Favorite Bands, HUB
18. Tyondai Braxton, Hive1, Nonesuch
19. Girlpool, Before the World Was Big, Wichita
20. Jim O’Rourke, Simple Songs, Drag City
21. Saun and Starr, Look Closer, Daptone
22. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
23. My Brightest Diamond, I Had Grown Wild EP, Asthmatic Kitty
24. Total Babes, Heydays, Wichita
25. Squarepusher, Damogen Furies, Warp
26. Ceremony, The L-Shaped Man, Matador
27. Giant Sand, Heartbreak Pass, New West
28. Death, N.E.W., Drag City
29. Holly Herndon, Platform, 4AD
30. The Acorn, Vieux Loup, Paper Bag


1. No Joy, More Faithful, Mexican Summer
2. Hudson Mohawke, Lantern, Warp
3. Round Eye, Round Eye, Ripping
4. Vaadat Charigim, Sinking As a Stone, Burger
5. Cayucas, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon, Secretly Canadian


1. Tyondai Braxton, Hive1, Nonesuch
2. Squarepusher, Damogen Furies, Warp
3. Holly Herndon, Platform, 4AD
4. Rio Turbo, Rio Turbo, Gloss*
5. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
6. Shamir, Ratchet, XL
7. Midival Punditz, Light, Six Degrees
8. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
9. Diplo, F10RIDA, Big Dada
10. Toro Y Moi, What For?, Carpark

New World

1. Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa, World Circuit
2. Vercky’s Et L’Orchestre Veve, Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969 – 1978, Analog Africa
3. Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, 21st Century Molam, Studio Lam
4. Lila Downs, Balas Y Choclate, Sony
5. Buena Vista Social Club, Lost and Found, World Circuit
6. Niyaz, The Fourth Light, Six Degrees
7. Midival Punditz, Light, Six Degrees
8. Flavia Coehlo, Mundo Meu, Mr. Bongo
9. Rocky Dawuni, Branches Of the Same Tree, Cumbancha
10. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, Ba Power, Glitterbeat


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