Weekly Top Airplay: November 25, 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: 11/25/14
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. The Blind Shake, Breakfast of Failures, Goner
2. TV On the Radio, Seeds, Harvest
3. Death Blues, Ensemble, Sige/Rhythmplex*
4. Hookworms, The Hum, Weird World
5. Wampire, Bazaar, Polyvinyl
6. Goat, Bazaar, Polyvinyl
7. Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita, Polyvinyl
8. King Tuff, Black Moon Spell, Sub Pop
9. Useless Eaters, Bleeding Moon, Castle Face
10. Ex Hex, Rips, Merge
11. Laetitia Sadier, Something Shines, Drag City
12. Flake Music, When You Land Here It’s Time to Return: Reissue, Sub Pop
13. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
14. White Dune, Expanse, self-released*
15. The Jazz June, After the Earthquake, Topshelf
16. Christian Bland & the Revelators, The Unseen Green Obscene, The Reverberation Appreciation Society
17. Serengeti, Kenny Dennis III, Joyful Noise
18. Ramma Lamma, Ice Cream, Certified PR*
19. Lagwagon, Hang, Fat Wreck Chords
20. Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
21. Zammuto, Anchor, Temporary Residence Ltd.
22. Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty, Sub Pop
23. My Brighest Diamond, This Is My Hand, Asthmatic Kitty
24. Les Sins, Michael, Mistletone
25. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead, Warp
26. Los Straitjackets, Deke Dickerson Sings the Instrumental Hits, Yep Roc
27. Dead Horses, Space and Time, self-released*
28. Marianne Faithfull, Give My Love to London, Easy Sound
29. Via Tania, Via Tania and the Tomorrow Music Orchestra, Narooma
30. Arctic Sleep, Passage Of Gaia, self-released*


1. CJ Ramone, Last Chance to Dance, Fat Wreck Chords
2. Little May, Little May EP, Dew Process
3. Oh Land, Earth Sick, Kobalt
4. Lia Mice, I Love You, Old Flame
5. Jozef Van Wissem, It Is Time For You to Return, Crammed Discs


1. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
2. White Dune, Expanse, self-released*
3. Zammuto, Anchor, Temporary Residence Ltd.
4. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead, Warp
5. Busdriver, Perfect Hair, Big Dada
6. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
7. Clark, Clark, Warp
8. Kate Tempest, Circles, Big Dada
9. Odesza, In Return, Counter
10. Eliot Lipp, Watch the Shadows, Pretty Lights

New World

1. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Camboida, World Music Network
2. Goat, Commune, Sub Pop
3. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara, World Music Network
4. Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
5. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
6. Damien Dempsey, It’s All Good: The Best of Damien Dempsey, IRL
7. Various Artists, 90 Degrees Of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From the Caribbean, Soul Jazz
8. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative Leisure
9. Various Artists, Putumayo Presents: Australia, Putumayo
10. La Sucursal De La Cumbia, Cumbia A Domicilio, Intolerancia


1. Dylan Ryan/Sand, Circa, Cuneiform
2. Don Cherry, The Codona Trilogy, ECM
3. Brian Groder Trio, Reflexology, Lathan
4. Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP, Return the Tides, Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost, Cuneiform
5. Todd Walton, Nature of Love, self-released
6. Anthony Pirog, Palo Colorado Dream, Cuneiform
7. Alex Mercado Trio, Symbiosis, Fornarte Latino
8. Tal Gur, Under Contractions, Internal Compass
9. Arthur Barron/Dave Liebman/Abel Pabon, The Miami Jazz Project, Zoho
10. Jim Norton Collective, Time Remembered: Compositions Of Bill Evans, Origin

Blues (updated monthly)

1. The Uptown Savages, Rock ‘N’ Roll With You, Cuca*
2. The Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
3. Billy Boy Arnold, The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold, Stony Plain
4. Jim Liban with the Joel Paterson Trio, I Say What I Mean, Ventrella*
5. Johnny Winter, Step Back, Megaforce
6. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, Columbia
7. Gary Clark Jr., Gary Clark Jr. Live, Warner Bros.
8. Ruthie Foster, Promise Of a Brand New Day, Blue Corn
9. Marcia Ball, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man, Alligator
10. Devon Allman, Ragged Dirt, Ruf Records
11. Various Artists, Soundtrack: Take Me to the River, Stax
12. Mississippi Heat, Warning Shot, Delmark
13. Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, Eclectic, Concord
14. Joe Bonamassa, Different Shades of Blue, J& R Adventures
15. Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls, Soul Brothers, Catfood
16. Dom Flemons, Prospect Hill, Fat Possum
17. Terry Garland, RWRD, Silver Moon
18. Elvin Bishop, Can’t Even Do Right Wrong, Alligator
19. Missy Andersen, In the Moment, Main Squeeze Records
20. The Sonny Moorman Group, Lucky 13, Atlas Records