Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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: 8/16/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200 

1. Steve Gunn, Eyes On the Lines, Matador Records
2. Aphex Twin, Cheetah [EP], Warp
3. Ryley Walker, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Dead Oceans
4. The Avalanches, Wildflower, Astralwerks
5. Guided By Voices, Please Be Honest, GBV Inc.
6. The Blue Mooners, Wildwood, self-released*
7. The Kills, Ash and Ice, Domino
8. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal
9. Beyond the Wizards Sleeve, The Soft Bounce, PIAS
10. Haley Bonar, Impossible Dream, Thirty Tigers
11. GOGGS, s/t, In the Red
12. No/No, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
13. Omni, Deluxe, Trouble In Mind
14. Xeno and Oaklander, Topiary, Ghostly International
15. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound, Domino
16. Gotobeds, Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic, Sub Pop
17. Big Thief, Masterpiece, Saddle Creek
18. Faux Fiction, Staring at the Sun, self-released*
19. Devata Daun, Look, Pytch Records
20. Bjork, Vulnicura Live, One Little Indian
21. Ages and Ages, Something to Ruin, Partisan
22. Nite Jewel, Liquid Cool, Gloriette
23. Cerise, Smoke Screen Dreams, Psychic Cats
24. Pup, The Dream Is Over, SideOneDummy
25. Dinosaur Jr., Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, Jagjaguwar
26. Death Valley Girls, Glow In the Dark, Burger Records
27. Let’s Eat Grandma, I,Gemini, PIAS
28. Whitney, Light Upon the Lake, Secretly Canadian
29. Thee Oh Sees, A Weird Exits, Castle Face
30. Male Gaze, King Leer, Castle Face


1. Ryley Walker, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Dead Oceans
2. Russian Circles, Guidance, Sargent House
3. Chris Staples, Golden Age, Barsuk
4. Atmosphere, Fishing Blues, Rhymesayers
5. Pascal Pinon, Sundur, Morr


1. Aphex Twin, Cheetah [EP], Warp
2. The Avalanches, Wildflower, Astralwerks
3. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal
4. No/No, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
5. Xeno and Oaklander, Topiary, Ghostly International
6. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound, Domino
7. Devata Daun, Look, Pytch Records
8. Nite Jewel, Liquid Cool, Gloriette
9. Luxi, Astral Memories (Paradise), self-released*
10. Plaid, The Digging Remedy, Warp

New World

1. Sultans of String, Subcontinental Drift, McKhool
2. Ciro Hurtado, Selva, Inti Productions Recordings
3. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, La Salvaction de Solo y Juan, Sony Latin
4. ZMEI3, Rough Romanian Soul, Six Degrees
5. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Soulrocker, Universal Music
6. Imarhan, s/t, City Slang
7. Bossacucanova, The Best Of Bossacucanova, Six Degrees
8. Bombino, Azel, Partisan
9. Soapkills, The Best Of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
10. Various Artists, Quiero Creedence, Concord Picante


1. Three More Sounds, High Voltage: A Tribute to McCoy Tyner, SP
2. Joe Lovano Quartet, Classic: Live at Newport!, Blue Note
3. Steve Bach, 8 Keys, self-released
4. badbadnotgood, IV, Innovative Leisure
5. Miss Sophie Lee and the Parish Suites, Traverse This Universe,
6. Will Calhoun, Celebrating Elvin Jones,
7. Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson, Dream In Blue,
8. Nels Cline, Lovers, Blue Note
9. Matt Parker Trio, Present Time, Bynk
10. Kitt Lyles, Real Talk Saluda

Blues (updated monthly)

1. William Bell, This Is Where I Live, Stax
2. Walter Trout, Alive In Amsterdam, Provogue
3. The Lucky Losers, In Any Town, Dirty Cat Records
4. Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, VizzTone
5. Mike Sponza, Ergo Sum, Epops
6. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Jumpin and Boppin’, Stony Plain
7. Tweed Funk, Come Together, Tweed Tone*
8. The Terry Hanck Band, From the Roadhouse to Your House – Live!, VizzTone
9. Eric Lindell, Matters of the Heart, Red Parlor
10. Sugar Blue, Voyage, MC Records
11. Grady Champion, One of a Kind, Malaco
12. Janiva Magness, Love Wins Again, Bluelan
13. John Long, Stand Your Ground, Delta Groove Music
14. Albert Catiglia, Big Dog, Ruf Records
15. The Hitman Blues Band, The World Moves On, Nerus Records
16. Delta Generators, Hipshakers and Heartbreakers, Delta Generators
17. Erwin Helfer, Last Call, The Sirens
18. Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Blood Moon, World Indie
19. Bonnie Raitt, Dig In Deep, Redwing
20. Markey Blue, The Blues Are Knocking, Soul O Sound Records
21. Tinsley Ellis, Red Clay Soul, Heartfixer Music
22. A. G. Weinberger, Mighty Business, Big Foot
23. Eddie Turner and the Trouble Twins, Naked…In Your Face, self-released
24. Dennis Gruenling, Ready Or Not, VizzTone
25. Shaun Murphy, It Won’t Stop Raining, Vision Wall Records
26. Curtis Salgado, The Beautiful Lowdown, Alligator
27. Big Harp George, Wash My Horse in Champagne, Blues Mountain Records
28. Spencer MacKenzie, Infected With the Blues, self-released
29. Nick Schnebelen Band, Live at Knuckleheads, VizzTone
30. Alabama Mike, Upset the Status Quo, Grassland Records