Weekly Top Airplay: September 2, 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: 9/2/14
Listed As: artist, title, label

Radio 200

1. J Mascis, Tied to a Star, Sub Pop
2. New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers, Matador
3. Ty Segall, Manipulator, Drag City
4. Reigning Sound, Shattered, Merge
5. Spoon, They Want My Soul, Loma Vista
6. Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs, Yep Roc
7. Spider Bags, Frozen Letter, Merge
8. Wytches, Annabel Dream Reader, Partisan
9. Sugar Stems, Only Come Out at Night, Dirtnap*
10. Rosebuds, Sand + Silence, Western Vinyl
11. Midwestern Charm, Growing Pains, self-released*
12. Raveonettes, Pe’ahi, Beat Dies
13. Guided By Voices, Cool Planet, GBV
14. The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville, Polyvinyl
15. Roadkill Ghost choir, In Tongues, Greatest Hiss
16. Braid, No Coast, Topshelf
17. Twin Peaks, Wild Onion, Grand Jury
18. Jenny Lewis, Voyager, Warner
19. Boris, Noise, Sargent House
20. Lia Ices, Ices, Jagjaguwar
21. Allah-Las, Worship the Sun, Innovative Leisure
22. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
23. Caroline Rose, I Will Not Be Afraid, Little Hi! / Thirty Tigers
24. OBN IIIs, Third Time to Harm, Tic Tac Totally
25. Adelyn Rose, Summering, self-released*
26. David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, End Times Undone, Merge
27. Pete Molinari, Theosophy, InGrooves
28. Midwest Beat, Free of Being, Waterslide*
29. The Abigails, Tundra, Burger
30. Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker, ATO


1. Blonde Redhead, Barragan, Kobalt
2. Helado Negro, Double Youth, Asthmatic Kitty
3. Heavy Hand, Northwoods Knives, Latest Flame*
4. Lia Ices, Ices, Jagjaguwar
5. Avi Buffalo, At Best Cuckhold, Sub Pop


1. GGOOLLDD, $tandard$ EP, self-released*
2. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso, Partisan*
3. Caribou, Can’t Do Without You [single], Merge
4. ENO + HYDE, High Life, Warp
5. Mndsgn, Yawn Zen, Stones Throw
6. Lusine, Arterial, Ghostly International
7. Plaid, Reachy Prints, Warp
8. Throwing Snow, Mosaic, Houndstooth
9. Nightmares on Wax, N.O.W. Is the Time, Warp
10. Tom Vek, Luck, Moshi Moshi

New World

1. Meridian Brothers, Salvadora Robot, Soundway
2. Shonen Knife, Overdrive, Good Charamel
3. Hollie Cook, Twice, Mr. Bongo
4. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Libation, Modiba
5. Eliana Cuevas, Espejo, Alma
6. Martina Johnsson, Nine Stories Then the Weather, self-released
7. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul, Skinny Fish
8. OY, No Problem Saloon, Crammed Discs
9. Soweto Gospel Choir, Divine Decade (Celebrating 10 Years), Universal Music
10. Angelique Kidjo, Eve, 429


1. The Extra Crispy Brass Band, The Extra Crispy Brass Band, self-released*
2. Theo Croker, AfroPhysicist, OKeh
3. Joshua Redman, Trios Live, Nonesuch
4. Kevin Cline, Make Up Your Mind, self-released
5. Signal Problems, Signal Problems, PFMENTUM
6. Lynn Riley and the World-Mix, Say What, Ru Ba Groove
7. Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash Duo, Duologue, Manchester Craftstmen’s Guild
8. Dennis Angel, On Track, Timeless Grooves
9. Bobby Selvaggio, Short Stories, Origin
10. Charlie Apicella and Iron City, Big Boss, Zoho

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Jim Liban with Joel Paterson Trio, I Say What I Mean, Ventrella*
2. Johnny Winter, True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, Columbia
3. Elvin Bishop, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, Alligator
4. Dave Specter, Message in Blue, Delmark
5. Sena Ehrhardt, Live My Life, Blind Pig
6. The Levon Helm Band, The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3, Vanguard
7. Ruthie Foster, Promise of a Brand New Day, Blue Corn
8. Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson, For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters, Severn
9. Selwyn Birchwood, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Alligator
10. Steve Freund and Gloria Hardiman, Set Me Free, Delmark
11. The Robert Cray Band, In My Soul, Provogue
12. Jarekus Singleton, Refuse to Lose, Alligator
13. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Living Tear to Tear, Severn Records
14. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Cold World, Daptone
15. Bobb Corritore, Taboo, Delta Groove
16. Daddy Mack Blues Band, Blues Central, Inside Sounds
17. Big Harp George, Chromaticism, Blue Mountain Records
18. Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, Wide Open, Jamthack Inc.
19. Bob Stroger and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Keepin’ It Together, Big Eye
20. Missy Andersen, In the Moment, Main Squeeze Records