Weekly Top Airplay: November 3, 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: 11/3/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Fuzz, II, In the Red
2. Testa Rosa, III, self-released*
3. Joanna Newsom, Divers, Drag City
4. Here We Magic, Be Small, Secretly Canadian
5. FIDLAR, Too, Mom + Pop
6. Phylums, Phylum Phyloid, Dirtnap*
7. Yo La Tengo, Stuff Like That There, Matador
8. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
9. Foxing, Dealer, Triple Crown
10. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, s/t, Stax
11. Tigernite, s/t, self-released*
12. Beirut, No No No, 4AD
13. Doghouse Flowers, Cold Comfort, self-released*
14. Wand, 1,000 Days, Drag City
15. Protomartyr, The Agent Intellect, Hardly Art
16. Slow Meadow, s/t, Hammock
17. Blessed Feathers, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow, self-released*
18. El Vy, Return to the Moon, 4AD
19. City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You, Dine Alone
20. Yppah, Tiny Pause, Counter
21. !!!, As If, Warp
22. Pure Bathing Culture, Pray For Rain, Partisan
23. Shmu, Shhh!!!, GTZ
24. Beach House, Depression Cherry, Sub Pop
25. Maritime, Magnetic Bodies / Maps of Bones, Dangerbird*
26. The Chapin Sisters, Today’s Not Yesterday, Lake Bottom Records
27. Mike Krol, Turkey, Merge
28. Disclosure, Caracal, Capitol
29. Widowspeak, All Yours, Captured Tracks
30. Reatards, Grown Up Effed Up [reissue], Goner


1. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
2. Beach House, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Sub Pop
3. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mache Dream Balloon, ATO
4. Shigeto, Intermission [EP], Ghostly
5. Thus Owls, Black Matter, Secret City


1. Here We Go Magic, Be Small, Secretly Canadian
2. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
3. Made Of Oak, Penumbra [EP], Partisan*
4. Yppah, Tiny Pause, Counter
5. !!!, As If, Warp
6. Disclosure, Caracal, Capitol
7. Darkstar, Foam Island, Warp
8. Introverted Dancefloor, s/t, Carpark
9. New Order, Music Complete, Mute
10. Big Grams, s/t [EP], Epic

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. Miles Davis, Miles Davis at Newport 1955 – 1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, Legacy
2. Karin Krog, Don’t Just Sing: An Anthology 1963 – 1999, Light In the Attic
3. Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Cheap Rent, Origin
4. Corbin Andrick, Olmstead’s Whistle, self-released
5. Christian McBride Trio, Live at the Village Vanguard, Mack Avenue
6. Oran Etkin, What’s new: Reimagining Benny Goodman, Motema
7. Mack Avenue Superband, Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival 2014, self-released
8. Tia Brazda, Bandshell, Flatcar
9. Bob Mintzer Big Band, Get Up!, MCG
10. Adam Scone, I Scream Scone!, Rondette

Blues (udpated monthly)

1. 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