Weekly Top Airplay: November 4, 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: 11/4/14
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
2. King Tuff, Black Moon Spell, Sub Pop
3. New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers, Matador
4. Medicine, Home Everywhere, Captured Tracks
5. Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Thirty Tigers
6. Goat, Commune, Sub Pop
7. Ex Hex, Rips, Merge
8. Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita, Polyvinyl
9. Field Report, Marigolden, Partisan*
10. Peaking Lights, Cosmic Logic, Weird World/Domino
11. David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet, Volume 1, self-released
12. Wampire, Bazaar, Polyvinyl
13. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
14. The Kooks, Listen, Astralwerks
15. Foxygen, And Star Power, Jagjaguwar
16. Ladders, Suha, Breadking*
17. Homeboy Sandman, Hallways, Stones Throw
18. John Wesley Coleman III, The Love That You Own, Burger
19. Mark Lanegan, Phantom Radio, Vagrant
20. Sleater-Kinney, Start Together, Sub Pop
21. Broncho, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, Dine Alone
22. Laetitia Sadier, Something Shines, Drag City
23. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
24. Vaselines, V For Vaselines, Rosary
25. Scott Walker and Sunn O))), Soused, 4AD
26. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, Columbia
27. Budos Band, Burnt Offering, Daptone
28. Vashti Bunyan, Heartleap, FatCat
29. Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty, Sub Pop
30. Mr. Twin Sister, Mr. Twin Sister, Twin Group


1. Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita, Polyvinyl
2. Panda Bear, Mr. Noah, Domino
3. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2, Mass Appeal
4. Los Straitjackets, Deke Dickerson Sings the Instrumental Hits, Yep Roc
5. Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite, Nonesuch


1. Aphex Twin, Syro, Warp
2. Caribou, Our Love, Merge
3. Mr. Twin Sister, Mr. Twin Sister, Twin Group
4. Yelle, Complement Fou, Kemosabe
5. Panda Bear, Mr. Noah, Domino
6. Diamond Version, CI, Mute
7. Fhloston Paradigm, The Phoenix, Hyperdub
8. Zammuto, Anchor, Temporary Residence Ltd.
9. SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land, Young Turks
10. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead, Warp

New World

1. Goat, Commune, Sub Pop
2. Bombay Royale, The Island of Dr. Electrico, HopeStreet
3. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, Innovative Leisure
4. Various Artists, Finding Fela: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Knitting Factory
5. Marty Dread, Upcountry Boy, Five Corners
6. Awa Sangho, Ala Ta, Motema
7. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
8. Hollie Cook, Twice, Mr. Bongo
9. Antonio Castrignano, Fomenta: Ilenu De Taranta, Ponderosa
10. Eliana Cuevas, Espejo, Alma


1. Lenny Pickett with UMO Jazz Orchestra, The Prescription, Random Act
2. Eli Bennett, Breakthrough, Addo
3. Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy, Concord
4. Eliana Cuevas, Espejo, Alma
5. Clarence Penn and Penn Station, Monk: The Lost Files, Origin
6. Moon Hooch, This Is Cave Music, Palmetto
7. Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, 21st Century Trad Band, Basin Street
8. Gary Schunk Trio, Kayak, Detroit Music Factory
9. Dave Liebman Group, Samsara, Whaling City Sound
10. Kat Edmonson, The Big Picture, Sony

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