Weekly Top Airplay: May 13, 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: 5/13/14

Radio 200

1. Wye Oak, Shriek, Merge
2. Space Raft, Space Raft, Dusty Medical*
3. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
4. Klaus Johann Grobe, Im Sinne Der Zeit, Trouble In Mind
5. Pink Mountaintops, Get Back, Jagjaguwar
6. Thee Oh Sees, Drop, Castleface
7. Black Angels, Clear Lake Forest, Blue Horizon
8. The Spits, Kill the Kool, In the Red
9. Woods, With Light and With Love, Woodsist
10. Pattern Is Movement, Pattern Is Movement, Hometapes
11. Future Islands, Singles, 4AD
12. Death, III, Drag City
13. The War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
14. Afghan Whigs, Do To the Beast, Sub Pop
15. Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams, Arts and Crafts
16. Haley Bonar, Last War, Graveface
17. OFF!, Wasted Years, Vice
18. TEEN, The Way and the Color, Carpark
19. Mac Demarco, Salad Days, Captured Tracks
20. The Delphines, Feral b/w Careless 7″, self-released*
21. Eels, The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, Pias
22. Strypes, Snapshot, Photofinish
23. Tweens, Tweens, Frenchkiss
24. Menzingers, Rented World, Epitaph
25. Joseph Arthur, Lou: The Songs of Lou Reed, Vanguard
26. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack, 4AD
27. Ava Luna, Electric Balloon, Western Vinyl
28. Owls, Two, Polyvinyl
29. Lykke Li, I Never Learn, Atlantic
30. Pixies, Indie Cindy, Pixies Music


1. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
2. Atmosphere, Southsiders, Rhymesayers
3. Mirah, Changing Light, K
4. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, A Long Way to the Beginning, KFR
5. Swans, To Be Kind, Young God


1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
2. Eno + Hyde, Someday World, Warp
3. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
4. Tobacco, Ultima II Massage, Ghostly International
5. Liars, Mess, Mute
6. Teebs, Estara, Brainfeeder
7. De Lux, Voyage, Innovative Leisure
8. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
9. Fort Knox Five, 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five remixed, Fort Knox
10. The Faint, Doom Abuse, SQE

New World

1. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
2. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, A Long Way to the Beginning, KFR
3. Balval, Ten Hand Band, Whaling City Sound
4. Ozomatli, Place In the Sun, Vanguard
5. Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta, Tuff Gong
6. Selda, Turkulerimiz 1, Major Plak
7. Christos DC, Long Road, Honest
8. Las Cafeteras, It’s Time, self-released
9. Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate, Toumani and Sidiki, World Circuit
10. Tribal Seeds, Representing, self-released


1. Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway & Assif Tsahar, Code Re(a)d, Hopscotch Records
2. Fareed Haque, Trance Hypothesis, Delmark
3. King William Jazz Collective, King William Jazz Collective, self-released
4. Mark Buselli, Untold Stories, oa2
5. Caterino Zapponi, Romantica, Motema
6. Beat Funktion, Voodooland, Do
7. Jim Clayton, Songs My Daughter Knows, Clay-Tone
8. Badbadnotgood, III, Innovative Leisure
9. Patrick Butler, Primemover, M.M.O.S.
10. Sam Boshnack Quintet, Exploding Syndrome, Shnack

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, Daptone
2. Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Blues Shock, Blind Pig
3. Mick Kolassa, Michissippi Mick, Swing Suit
4. Magic Sam, Live at the Avant Garde: June 22, 1968, Delmark
5. Various Artists, Delmark: 60 Years of Blues, Delmark
6. Scott H. Biram, Nothin’ But Blood, Bloodshot
7. Catfish Keith, Honey Hole, Fish Tail
8. John and Sylvia Embry, Troubles, Delmark
9. John Hammond, Timeless, Palmetta
10. Joe Louis Walker, Hornet’s Nest, Allligator
11. Lisa Biales, Belle of the Blues, Big Song Music
12. Blue Lunch Special, 30th Anniversary Edition, Rip Cat
13. Eddie Cotton, Here I Come, De Champ
14. Johnny Drummer, Bad Attitude, Earwig
15. Tweed Funk, First Name Lucky, Tweed Tone
16. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, The Devil You Know, Alligator
17. Damon Fowler, Sounds of Home, Blind Pig
18. Patti Parks, Cheat’n Man, self-released
19. Nick Moss Band, Time Ain’t Free, Blue Bella
20.  Annika Chambers and the Houston All-Stars, Making My Mark, Montrose