Weekly Top Airplay: May 19, 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: 5/19/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Surgeons In Heat, Disaster, Top Five*
2. Wand, Golem, In the Red
3. Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color, ATO
4. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
5. Piles, Planet Skin, self-released*
6. Moon Duo, Shadow of the Sun, Sacred Bones
7. Sonics, This Is the Sonics, Revox
8. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp, Merge
9. Surfer Blood, 1000 Palms, Joyful Noise
10. Metz, II, Sub Pop
11. The Staves, If I Was, Nonesuch
12. Calexico, Edge Of the Sun, Anti-
13. Holydrug Couple, Moonlust, Sacred Bones
14. Shilpa Ray, Last Year’s Savage, Northern Spy
15. Giant Sand, Heartbreak Pass, New West
16. Mac McCaughan, Non-Believers, Merge
17. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, Mom + Pop
18. Warm Soda, Symbolic Dream, Castle Face
19. American Wrestlers, American Wrestlers, Fat Possum
20. The Tallest Man On Earth, Dark Bird Is Home, Dead Oceans
21. Rio Turbo, Rio Turbo, Gloss Records*
22. Aero Flynn, Aero Flynn, Ooh La La*
23. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
24. The Helio Sequence, The Helio Sequence, Sub Pop
25. Peach Kelli Pop, III, Burger
26. Torres, Sprinter, Partisan
27. Mikal Cronin, MCIII, Merge
28. Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer, Carpark
29. Colleen, Captain of None, Thrill Jockey
30. Tobias Jesso Jr., Goon, True Panther


1. Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, Domino
2. Unkown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love, Jagjaguwar
3. Heartless Bastards, Restless Ones, Partisan
4. Milk Carton Kids, Monterey, Anti-
5. WhoMadeWho, Ember EP, Get Phsyical


1. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
2. Tyondai Braxton, Hive1, Nonesuch
3. Nosaj Thing, Fated, Innovative Leisure
4. Rio Turbo, Rio Turbo, Gloss Records*
5. LoneLady, Hinterland, Warp
6. Bob Moses, All In All, Domino
7. DIPLO, F10RIDA, Big Dada
8. Purity Ring, Another Eternity, 4AD
9. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
10. MG, MG, Mute

New World

1. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Cafe Del Mundo, Putumayo
2. Buena Vista Social Club, Lost and Found, World Circuit
3. Various Artists, Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq, Sublime Frequencies
4. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove, Vol. 2, World Music Network
5. Los Crema Paraiso, De Pelicula, Cutupra
6. Lila Downs, Balas Y Chocolate, Sony
7. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to African Rare Groove, World Music Network
8. Tapper Zukie, Tapper Roots, Virgin
9. Tony Allen, Film Of Life, Jazz Village
10. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984, Born Bad


1. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Imsoneworleans, Basin Street
2. Mark Wade Trio, Event Horizon, self-released
3. Jacob Shulman, Until Autumn EP, Mogold Records
4. Larry Coryell, Heavy Feel, Wide Hive
5. Akua Dixon, Akua Dixon, Akua’s Music
6. Hailey Niswanger, PDX Soul, Calmit
7. Opus, Definition, Blujazz
8. Ali Bey, My Finest Hour, self-released
9. Dave Stryker, Messin’ With Mister T, self-released
10. Gloria Reuben, Perchance to Dream, MCG Jazz

Blues (updated monthly)

1.Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
2. JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll, Rounder
3. Robben Ford, Into the Sun, Provogue
4. Gina Sicilia, The Alabama Sessions EP, VizzTone
5. Rockin’ Johnny, Greetings From Greaseland, West Tone
6. Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn, Nonesuch
7. Anthony Gomes, Electric Field Holler, Up to Zero
8. Joe Bonamassa, Different Shades of Blue, J&R Adventures
9. JJ Grey & Mofro, Ol’ Glory, Provogue
10. Debbie Davies, Love Spin, VizzTone
11. Bettye LaVette, Worthy, Cherry Red
12. Junior Wells, Southside Blues Jam, Delmark
13. Beth Hart, Better Than Home, Provogue
14. Jorma Kaukonen, Ain’t In No Hurry, Red House Records
15. Leadbelly, The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Smithsonian Folkways
16. Slam Allen, Feel These Blues, American Showplace Music
17. AJ Ghent Band, Live at Terminal West, Blue Corn Music
18. The Juke Joint Pimps, The Juke Joint Pimps, Voodoo Rhythm Records
19. Breezy Rodio, So Close To It, Wind Chill
20. Pops Staples, Don’t Lose This, Anti –
21. Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Unclassified, Warner
22. Steve Earle and the Dukes, Terraplane, New West
23. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, So Delicious!, Shanachie
24. Altered Five Blues Band, Cryin’ Mercy, Omnivibe*
25. Tad Robinson, Day Into Night, Severn