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


Radio 200

1. Surgeons In Heat, Disaster, Top Five*
2. Moon Duo, Shadow Of the Sun, Sacred Bones
3. Waxahatchee, Ivy Trip, Merge
4. Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart, Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart, Secretly Canadian
5. Wand, Golem, In the Red
6. Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color, ATO
7. Calexico, Edge Of the Sun, Anti-
8. The Blind Shake, Fly Right, Slovenly
9. OFF!, Live From the BBC [10-inch], Vice
10. Rio Turbo, Rio Turbo, Gloss*
11. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
12. Warpaint, “No Way Out Redux” [single], Rough Trade
13. Aero Flynn, Aero Flynn, Ooh La La*
14. Shilpa Ray, Last Year’s Savage, NSPY
15. POW!, Fight Fire, Castle Face
16. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell, Asthmatic Kitty
17. Giant Sand, Heartbreak Pass, New West
18. Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn, Nonesuch
19. Toro Y Moi, What For?, Carpark
20. Colleen, Captain Of None, Thrill Jockey
21. Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer, Carpark
22. Diplo, F10RIDA, Big Dada
23. Eternal Summers, Gold and Stone, Kanine
24. SALES, SALES [EP], self-released
25. Platinum Boys, Future Hits, Dusty Medical*
26. Miami Horror, All Possible Futures, Dine Alone
27. Turbo Fruits, No Control, Thirty Tigers
28. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
29. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
30. Male Gaze, Gale Maze, Castle Face


1. Sonic Youth, Bad Moon Rising, Goofin’
2. Surfer Blood, 1000 Palms, Joyful Noise
3. The Weather Station, Loyalty, Paradise Of Bachelors
4. Hop Along, Painted Shut, Saddle Creek
5. My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall, Capitol


1. Rio Turbo, Rio Turbo, Gloss
2. Diplo, F10RIDA, Big Dada
3. Miami Horror, All Possible Futures, Dine Alone
4. Doldrums, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, Sub Pop
5. MG, MG, Mute
6. LoneLady, Hinterland, Warp
7. Purity Ring, Another Eternity, Warp
8. Thomas Blondet, Future World Remixed, Rhythm and Culture
9. Lapalux, Lustmore, Brainfeeder
10. Cuushe, Night Lines [EP], Cascine

New World

1. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984, Born Bad
2. Various Artists, 90 Degrees Of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
3. Buena Vista Social Club, Lost and Found, World Circuit
4. Tania Saleh, Shway it Souwar (A Few Images),
5. Niyaz, The Fourth Light, Six Degrees
6. Le Vent Du Nord, Tetu, Borealis
7. Dom La Nena, Soyo, Six Degrees
8. Vercky’s Et L’Orchestre Veve, Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969 – 1978, Analog Africa
9. Tony Allen, Film Of Life, Jazz Village
10. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Celtic Cafe, Putumayo


1. Jack DeJohnette, Made In Chicago, ECM
2. Dawn Muhammad and Billy Higgins Sextet, Smoke Signal, Lifeforce Jazz
3. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Imsoneworleans, Basin Street
4. Barney McClure, Show Me!, oa2
5. Mark Egan, Direction Home, Wavetone
6. Tatvamasi, Parts Of the Entirety, Cuneiform
7. Motor City Jazz Octet, Beyond Words,
8. David Sanborn, Time and the River, OKeh
9. Troy Roberts, Secret Rhymes, Inner Circle
10. Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Soundprints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, Blue Note

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