Weekly Top Airplay: November 24, 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: 11/24/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Midnight Reruns, Force Of Nurture, Dusty Medical*
2. Arcs, Yours, Dreamily, Nonesuch
3. Testa Rosa, III, self-released*
4. Deerhunter, Fading Frontier, 4AD
5. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
6. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
7. Dilly Dally, Sore, Partisan
8. Joanna Newsom, Divers, Drag City
9. Fuzz, II, In the Red
10. Trolley, Caught In the Darkness, Easter*
11. New Order, Music Complete, Mute
12. Beat Happening, Look Around, Domino
13. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mache Dream Balloon, ATO
14. Blessed Feathers, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow, self-released*
15. Toe, Hear You, TopShelf
16. Beirut, No No No, 4AD
17. Protomartyr, The Agent Intellect, Hardly Art
18. Jonathan Burks, Getting Low, self-released*
19. Dungen, Allas Sak, Mexican Summer
20. Timmy’s Organism, Heartless Heathen, Third Man
21. Wand, 1,000 Days, Drag City
22. Julia Holter, Have You In My Wilderness, Domino
23. Kelley Stoltz, In Triangle Time, Castle Face
24. Larry Gus, I Need New Eyes, DFA
25. Yawpers, American Man, Bloodshot
26. Natalie Prass, Side By Side, Startime Intl.
27. Kurt Vile, B’live I’m Goin Down…, Matador
28. Wavves, V, Ghostramp
29. Courtney Barnett, Boxing Day Blues Revisited [7-inch], Third Man
30. Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Country Agenda, Sinderlyn


1. Lizzo, Big Grrrl Small World, self-released
2. Natalie Prass, Side By Side, Startime Intl.
3. Jonny Greenwood / Shye Ben Tzur / Rajasthan Express, Junun, Nonesuch
4. Kishi Bashi, String Quartet Live!, Joyful Noise
5. Tapebenders, Set Your Life On Fire, self-released*


1. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
2. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
3. New Order, Music Complete, Mute
4. Floating Points, Elaenia, Luaka Bop
5. Hot Chip, Dancing In the Dark, Domino
6. Will It Burn, In Other Circumstances, self-released*
7. Ursula 1000, Voyeur, Insect Queen
8. Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete, Warp
9. GGOOLLDD, For the Night, Gloss*
10. Bob Moses, Days Gone By, Domino

New World

1. Dungen, Allas Sak, Mexican Summer
2. Goat, “It’s Time For Fun” b/w “Relax” single, Sub Pop
3. Souljazz Orchestra, Resistance, Strut
4. Dayme Arocena, Nueva Era, Brownswood
5. Songhoy Blues, Music In Exile, Transgressive
6. Ceu, Live, Six Degrees
7. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Vintage Latin, Putumayo
8. Empresarios, The Vibes, self-released
9. Amadou Balake, In Conclusion, Sterns
10. Chuck Foster, Righteous Dub, Catch Me Time


1. Billy Cobham, The Atlantic Years 1973 – 1978, Rhino
2. Miles Davis, Miles Davis at Newport 1955 – 1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, Legacy
3. Lionel Louek, Gaia, Blue Note
4. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Live In Cuba, Blue Engine
5. Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Two, Concord
6. Peter Paulsen Trio, A Few Thoughts, Square Peg
7. John Scofield, Past Present, Impulse!
8. Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet, The Journey, self-released
9. Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields, ArtistShare
10. Gaetano Letizia / Wilbur Kreb / Mike Clark, Froggy and the Toads, self-released

Blues (updated monthly)

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Lost Time, Yep Roc
2. Nikki Hill, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, Deep Fryed Records
3. Shemekia Copeland, Oustskirts of Love, Alligator Records
4. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Method to My Madness, Alligator Records
5. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, Under the Savage Sky, Bloodshot
6. Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar, RCA
7. Fiona Boyes, Box & Dice, Blue Empress Records
8. The Claudettes, No Hotel, Yellow Dog Records
9. Sonny Landreth, Bound By the Blues, Provogue
10. Lara Price, I Mean Business, self-released
11. Eddie Taylor Jr., Stop Breaking Down, Wolf Records
12. Zac Harmon, Right Man Right Now, Blind Pig
13. Mitch Woods, Jammin’ On the High Cs, Club 88 Records
14. Diane Blue, Blues In My Soul, Regina Royale Records
15. John Mayall, Find a Way to Care, Forty Below Records
16. Debbie Davies, Love Spin, VizzTone
17. The Ragpicker String Band, s/t, Yellow Dog
18. Walter Trout, Battle Scars, Provogue
19. Diane Blue, Blues In My Soul, Regina Royal
20. The Reverend Shawn Amos, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Put
21. Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames, Slip Into a Dream
22. Kathy and the Kilowatts, Growin’ With Big D!, Lectro Fine
23. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Father’s Day, Stony Plain
24. Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner, The Caster Blaster, self-released
25. Karen Lovely, Ten Miles of Bad Road, self-released
26. Guy Davis, Kokomo Kid, MC Records
27. James Harman, Bonetime, Electro-Fi Records
28. Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Live at the Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, self-released*
29. Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s, Perfectamundo, Concord Records
30. Laura Rain and the Caesars, Gold, LRC