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


Radio 200

1. Dam-Funk, Invite the Light, Stones Throw
2. Yo La Tengo, Stuff Like That There, Matador
3. The Blind Shake, Live In San Francisco, Castle Face
4. Joanna Newsom, “Spanokanikan”, Drag City
5. Mike Krol, Turkey, Merge
6. La Luz, Weirdo Shrine, Hardly Art
7. Tame Impala, Currents, Interscope
8. Testa Rosa, III, self-released*
9. Low, Ones and Sixes, Sub Pop
10. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, s/t, Stax
11. Matilde Davoli, I’m Calling You From My Dreams, Loyal to Your Dreams
12. Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Under the Savage Sky, Bloodshot
13. Tommy Stinson, L.M.A.O. [EP], self-released
14. Jaill, Brain Cream, Burger*
15. T. Hardy Morris, Drownin’ On a Mountaintop, Dangerbird
16. Shannon and the Clams, Gone By Dawn, Hardly Art
17. Panda Bear, Crosswords, Domino
18. Desaparecidos, Payola, Epitaph
19. Arcs, Yours, Dreamily, Nonesuch
20. Collections of Colonies of Bees, SET, self-released
21. Deradoorian, The Expanding Flower Planet, Anticon
22. Tenement, Predatory Highlights, Don Giovanni
23. Silicon, Personal Computer, Weird World
24. Mac Demarco, Another One, Captured Tracks
25. James Leg, Below the Belt, Alive Naturalsound
26. Public Image LTD., What the World Needs Now, self-released
27. The Hussy, Galore, SouthPaw*
28. Peacers, Peacers, Drag City
29. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
30. The Bohicas, The Making Of, Domino


1. Battles, La Di Da Di, Warp
2. Phil Cook, Southland Mission, Thirty Tigers
3. Shannon and the Clams, Gone By Dawn, Hardly Art
4. Souljazz Orchestra, Resistance, Strut
5. Telekinesis, Ad Infinitum, Merge


1. Silicon, Personal Computer, Weird World
2. Ratatat, Magnifique, XL
3. Vinyl Williams, Into, Company
4. Nozinja, Nozinja Lodge, Warp
5. Hudson Mohawke, Lantern, Warp
6. Will It Burn, In Other Circumstances, self-released
7. Mas Ysa, Seraph, Downtown
8. Bomba Estereo, Amanecer, Sony
9. Monokle, Rings, Ki
10. FFS, FFS, Domino

New World

1. Nozinja, Nozinja Lodge, Warp
2. Chico Trujillo, Reina De Todas Las Fiestas, Barbes
3. Axel Krygier, Hombre De Piedra, Crammed
4. Razteria, Maz Raz, self-released
5. Bomba Estereo, Amanecer, Sony
6. Rocky Dawuni, Branches of the Same Tree, Cumbancha
7. Macaco, Historias Tattooadas, Sony
8. Songhoy Blues, Music In Exile, Transgressive
9. Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa, World Circuit
10. Eliane Elias, Made In Brazil, Concord


1. Miles Davis, Miles Davis at Newport 1955 – 1975: The Bootlege Series Vol. 4, Legacy
2. Kamasi Washington, The Epic, Brainfeeder
3. Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Two, Concord Jazz
4. Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus, s/r, Nonesuch
5. Lizz Wright, Freedom and Surrender, Concord
6. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Battle For Earth, Royal Potato Family
7. Joe Locke, Love Is a Pendulum, Motema
8. Aaron Diehl, Space, Tim, Continuum, Mack Avenue
9. Barney McClure, Show Me!, oa2
10. Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields, ArtistShare

Blues (updated monthly)

1.Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar, RCA
2. Sonny Landreth, Bound By the Blues, Provogue
3. Eddie Taylor Jr., Stop Breaking Down, Wolf Records
4. Various Artists, The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes: Country Blues, Rough Guides
5. Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Do It Live, Secret Stash
6. Lazer Lloyd, Lazer Lloyd, self-released
7. A.J. Croce, That’s Me in the Bar (20th Anniversary Edition), Compass Records
8. Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Live at the Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, Nevermore
9. Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts of Love, Alligator
10. Mitch Woods, Jammin’ On the High C’s, Club 88
11. Muddy Waters, 100, Raisin’ Music Records
12. John Ginty, No Filter, American Showplace Music
13. Pops Stapes, Don’t Lose This, Anti-
14. The Cash Box Kings, Holding Court, Blind Pig
15.  Dave and Phil Alvin, Lost Time, Yep Roc
16. The Lucky Losers, A Winning Hand, West Tone Records
17. Charlie Musselwhite, I Ain’t Lyin…, Henrietta Records
18. Albert Cummings, Someone Like You, Blind Pig
19. Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, Grassland California, West Tone Records
20. Johnny Tanner, Juke Joint Rambler, Self-released
21. Omar Coleman, Born & Raised, Denmark
22. Rick Vito, Mojo On My Side, Delta Groove
23.  Smoky Greenwell’s New Orleans Blues Jam, Live at the Old U.S. Mint, Greenwell Records
24. Bob Corritore and Henry Gray, The Henry Gray and Bob Corritore Sessions: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest: Vol. 1, Delta Groove
25. Roy Rogers, Into the Wild Blue, Chops Not Chaps
26. Crissinger, Blues Expression, self-released
27. Westside Andy, Blues Just Happen, self-released
28. Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, Love & Life, self-released
29.  Beth Hart, Better Than Home, Provogue
30. James Harman, Bonetime, Electro-Fi