Weekly Top Airplay: May 20, 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: 5/20/14

Radio 200

1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan
2. Klaus Johann Grobe, Im Sinne Der Zeit, Trouble In Mind
3. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
4. Future Islands, Singles, 4AD
5. Chromeo, White Women, Atlantic
6. Phox, Phox, Partisan
7. La Sera, Hour Of the Dawn, Hardly Art
8. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else, Carpark
9. Black Angels, Clear Lake Forest, Blue Horizon
10. Pattern Is Movement, Pattern Is movement, Hometapes
11. Yann Tiersen, Infinity, Mute
12. Mac Demarco, Salad Days, Captured Tracks
13. Atmosphere, Southsiders, Rhymesayers
14. Lisa Ridgely and the Fainting Room, Heart Hot EP, self-released
15. Various Artists, I Saved Latin!: A Tribute to Wes Anderson, American Laundromat
16. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack, 4AD
17. Nikki Lane, All Or Nothin’, New West
18. Pixies, Indie Cindy, Pixies Music
19. Thee Oh Sees, Drop, Castleface
20. War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream, Secretly Canadian
21. Afghan Whigs, Do To the Beast, Sub Pop
22. Lykke Li, I Never Learn, Atlantic
23. The Spits, Kill the Kool, In the Red
24. Pink Mountaintops, Get Back Jagjaguwar
25. HTRK, Psychic 9-5 Club, Ghostly International
26. Real Estate, Atlas, Domino
27. Vocokesh, Shadow of Things Past, Krauted Mind
28. Denney and the Jets, Mexican coke, Burger
29. OFF!, Wasted Years, Vice
30. Survival Knife, Loose Power, Glacial Pace


1. Phox, Phox, Partisan
2. Black Keys, Turn Blue, Nonesuch
3. Sharon Van Etten, Are We There, Jagjaguwar
4. La Sera, Hour Of the Dawn, Hardly Art
5. Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain, Nonesuch


1. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan
2. Phantogram, Voices, Barsuk
3. Chromeo, White Women, Atlantic
4. GGOOLLDD, Gold single, self-released
5. HTRK, Psychic 9-5 Club, Ghostly International
6. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
7. Eno + Hyde, Someday World, Warp
8. The Faint, Doom Abuse, SQE
9. FM Belfast, Brighter Days, World Champion Records
10. Thievery Corporation, Saudade, ESL

New World

1. Rodrigo y Gabriela, 9 Dead Alive, ATO
2. William Onyeabor, What?!, Luaka Bop
3. Rafter, It’s Reggae, Asthmatic Kitty
4. Pacifika, Amor Planeta, Six Degrees
5. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429
6. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Faya, Cumbancha
7. Balval, Ten Hand Band, Whaling City Sound
8. Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta, Tuff Gong
9. Thievery Corporation, Saudade, ESL
10. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Libation, Modiba


1. Devin Drobka, Bell Dance Songs, self-released
2. Beat Funktion, Voodooland, Do
3. Western Jazz Quartet, Free Fall, Blujazz
4. Scenes, But Not Heard, Origin
5. Elias Haslanger, Live At the Gallery, Cherrywood
6. Bobby Selvaggio, Short Stories, Origin
7. Adam Smale, Out Of the Blue, Ropeadope
8. Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway and Assif Tsahar, Code Re(a)d, Hopscotch
9. Doc Stewart, Code Blue, Cannonball Jazz
10. John A Lewis Trio, One Trip Out, Valarteri

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