Weekly Top Airplay: September 1, 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: 9/1/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. The Blind Shake, Live in San Francisco, Castle Face
2. Testa Rosa, III, self-released*
3. Beach House, Depression Cherry, Sub Pop
4. Yo La Tengo, Stuff Like That There, Matador
5. Tame Impala, Currents, Interscope
6. The Grovelers, Derelicts and Screw-Ups, self-released*
7. Son Lux, Bones, Glassnote
8. Reatards, Grown Up Effed Up [reissue], Goner
9. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
10. Dommengang, Everybody’s Boogie, Thrill Jockey
11. La Luz, Weirdo Shrine, Hardly Art
12. Destroyer, Poison Season, Merge
13. Lou Barlow, Brace the Wave, Joyful Noise
14. Heartless Bastards, Restless Ones, Partisan
15. Silicon, Personal Computer, Weird World
16. Tenement, Predatory Headlights, Don Giovanni*
17. Vaadat Charigim, Sinking As a Stone, Burger
18. Low, “What Part of Me” [single], Sub Pop
19. Thee Oh Sees, Mutilator Defeated at Last, Castle Face
20. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, self-released, Stax
21. Deradoorian, The Expanding Flower Planet, Anticon
22. FFS, FFS, Domino
23. Damaged Bug, Cold Hot Plumbs, Castle Face
24. Chelsea Wolfe, Abyss, Sargent House
25. Briana Marela, All Around Us, Jagjaguwar
26. T. Hardy Morris, Drownin’ On a Mountaintop, Dangerbird
27. White Reaper, White Reaper Does It Again, Polyvinyl
28. Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Under the Savage Sky, Bloodshot
29. Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, Merge
30. Nap Eyes, Whine of the Mystic, Paradise of Bachelors


1. Craig Finn, Faith In the Future, Partisan
2. Panda Bear, Crosswords, Domino
3. Mike Krol, Turkey, Merge
4. Lou Barlow, Brace the Wave, Joyful Noise
5. FKA Twigs, M3LL155X [EP], Young Turks


1. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
2. Silicon, Personal Computer, Weird World
3. FFS, FFS, Domino
4. Little Boots, Working Girl, Dim-Mak
5. Jamie xx, In Colour, Young Turks
6. Giorgio Moroder, Deja Vu, RCA
7. Maribou State, Portraits, Counter
8. Georgia, Georgia, Domino
9. Skylab, Skylabe No. 1 and Skylab No. 2, Tummy Touch
10. Bomba Estereo, Amanecer, Sony

New World

1. Vaadat Charigim, Sinking As a Stone, Burger
2. Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa, World Circuit
3. Bomba Estereo, Amanecer, Sony
4. Migguel Anggelo, La Casa Azul, Jupiter Moons
5. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba, Ba Power, Glitterbeat
6. Chui Wan, Seven Chances, Maybe Mars
7. Angelique Kidjo and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Sings, SLG
8. Nattali Rize and Notis, New Era Frequency, One Rebel Creative
9. Taraf de Haidouks, Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts, Crammed
10. Lila Downs, Balas y Chocolate, Sony


1. George Freeman and Chico Freeman, All In the Family, Southport
2. Christian McBride Trio, Live at the Village Vanguard, Mack Avenue
3. Dawan Muhammad, Consider the Source, Lifeforce
4. Throttle Elevator Music, Jagged Rocks, Wide Hive
5. Kenny Carr, Idle Talk, self-released
6. Nick Finzer, The Chase, Origin
7. Lee Ritenour, A Twist of Rit, Concord
8. David Chesky, Jazz in the New Harmonic, self-released
9. Brad Myers, Prime Numbers, Colloquy
10. Terence Blanchard and the E Collective, Breathless, Blue Note

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Sonny Landreth, Bound By the Blues, Provogue
2. The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson, Meet Me In Bluesland, Alligator
3. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Father’s Day, Stony Plain
4. Albert Cummings, Someone Like You, Blind Pig
5. Charles Wilson, Sweet Soul Blues, Blues Critic
6. The Peterson Brothers, The Peterson Brothers, Blues Point
7. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
8. Charlie Parr, Stumpjumper, Red House
9. The Cash Box Kings, Holding Court, Blind Pig
10. Jackie Payne, I Saw the Blues, Blue Dot
11. Charlie Musselwhite, I Ain’t Lyin’, Henrietta
12. Gina Sicilia, The Alabama Sessions EP, Vizztone
13. Hot Roux, Stranger’s Blues, Hi-Hat
14. The Dogtown Blues Band, Dogtown Blues, self-released
15. Rick Vito, Mojo On My Side, Delta Groove
16. Pops Staples, Don’t Lose This, Anti-
17. Robben Ford, Into the Sun, Provogue
18. Westside Andy, Blues Just Happen, self-released
19. The Joe Moss Band, Manifesto, self-released
20. Amy Black, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, Reuben Records
21. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes: Country Blues, Rough Guides
22. Mississippi Fever, 300 Miles to Memphis, Ardent
23. James Harman, Bonetime, Electro-Fi
24. Sugaray Rayford, Southside, Nimoy Sue
25. Debbie Davies, Love Spin, Vizztone