Weekly Top Airplay: October 21, 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: 10/20/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
2. The Blind Shake, Live In San Francisco, Castle Face
3. Kurt Vile, B’Lieve I’m Goin Down…, Matador
4. Wand, 1,000 Days, Drag City
5. Yo La Tengo, Stuff Like That There, Matador
6. Shannon and the Clams, Gone By the Dawn, Hardly Art
7. The Exotics, Twangy Surf and Spy Themes, self-released
8. Protomartyr, The Agent Intellect, Hardly Art
9. Testa Rosa, III, self-released*
10. Low, Ones and Sixes, Sub Pop
11. Telekinesis, Ad Infinitum, Merge
12. Craig Finn, Faith In the Future, Partisan
13. Beach House, Depression Cherry, Sub Pop
14. Wavves, V, Ghostramp
15. Reatards, Grown Up Effed Up [reissue], Goner
16. Phylums, Phylum Phyloid, Dirtnap*
17. Mike Krol, Turkey, Merge
18. The Dead Weather, Dodge and Burn, Third Man
19. CHVRCHES, Every Open Eye, Glassnote
20. Ms. John Soda, Loom, Morr
21. Panda Bear, Crosswords, Domino
22. Maritime, Magnetic Bodies / Maps of Bones, Dangerbird*
23. Beirut, No No No, 4AD
24. Pure Bathing Culture, Pray For Rain, Partisan
25. Chelsea Wolfe, Abyss, Sargent House
26. Slow Meadow, Slow Meadow, Hammock
27. Guides, Abstract Mind EP, self-released
28. Slim Twig, Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig, DFA
29. City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You, Dine Alone
30. Radkey, Dark Black Makeup, Strangeloop


1. Maritime, Magnetic Bodies / Maps of Bones, Dangerbird
2. Courtney Barnett, Boxing Day Blues Revisited 7″, Third Man Records
3. Neon Indian, Vega Intl. Night School, Mom + Pop
4. The Twilight Sad, Oran Mor Session, FatCat
5. The Gun Outfit, Dream All Over, Paradise of Bachelors


1. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
2. FKA Twigs, M3LL155X EP, Young Turks
3. Made Of Oak, “Pinebender” single, Partisan*
4. Vinyl Williams, Into, Company Records
5. Little Boots, Working Girl, Dim Mak
6. Gardens and Villa, Music For Dogs, Secretly Canadian
7. Mas Ysa, Seraph, Downtown
8. Panda Bear, Crosswords, Domino
9. Metric, Pagans In Vegas, MMI
10. Hudson Mohawke, Lantern, Warp

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 (updated monthly)

1.Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts of Love, Alligator
2. Jimmy Burns, It Ain’t Right, Delmark
3. Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Hold On a Little Bit Longer, Armadillo
4. Deb Callahan, Sweet Soul, Blue Pearl
5. The Claudettes, No Hotel, Yellow Dog
6. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, Under the Savage Sky, Bloodshot
7. The Ragpicker String Band, s/t, Yellow Dog
8. John Mayall, Find a Way to Care, Forty Below
9. Buddy Guy, Born To Play Guitar, RCA
10. The Betty Fox Band, Slow Burn, self-released
11. Zac Harmon, Right Man Right Now, Blind Pig
12. John Ginty, No Filter, American Showplace Music
13. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Father’s Day, Stony Plain
14. Corte, Seasoned Soul, self-released
15. The Robert Cray Band, 4 Nights of 40 Years Live, Provogue
16. John Ginty, No Filter, American Showplace Music
17. Dave and Phil Alvin, Lost Time, Yep Roc
18. Patrick Sweany, Daytime Turned to Nighttime, Nine Mile
19. Diane Blue, Blues In My Soul, Regina Royal
20. Andy Poxon, Must Be Crazy, Eller Soul
21. Albert Cummings, Someone Like You, Blind Pig
22. Brother Dege, Scorched Earth Policy, Psyouthern
23. Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner, The Caster Blaster, self-released
24. Mick Kolassa, Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel, Swing Suit
25. Bey Paule Band, Not Goin’ Away, Blue Dot
26. Eddie Cotton, One at a Time, DeChamp
27. The Reverend Shawn Amos, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Put Together
28. Kevin Gordon, Long Time Gone, Crowville Media
29. A.J. Croce, That’s Me in the Bar [20th Anniversary Edition], Compass Records
30. Eddie Taylor Jr., Stop Breaking Down, Wolf Records