Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, August 2, 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: 8/2/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Goggs, s/t, In the Red
2. Omni, Deluxe, Trouble In Mind
3. Deerhoof, The Magic!, Polyvinyl
4. The Mystery Lights, s/t, Daptone
5. Stargazer Lilies, Door to the Sun, Graveface
6. Haley Bonar, Impossible Dream, Thirty Tigers
7. Faux Fiction, Staring at the Sun, self-released*
8. White Lung, Paradise, Domino
9. Owen, The King of Whys, Polyvinyl
10. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool, XL
11. Dinosaur Jr., Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, Jagjaguwar
12. Wye Oak, Tween, Merge
13. Death Valley Girls, Glow In the Dark, Burger
14. Bat For Lashes, The Bride, Warner Bros.
15. No/No, Sound and Light, Gloss*
16. Useless Eaters, Relaxing Death, Castle Face
17. Devil Met Contention, Fuel the Lights, self-released*
18. Heliotropes, Over There That Way, The End
19. David Bazan, Blanco, Barsuk
20. Enjoy, Another Word For Joy, Burger
21. Sir Was, Says Hi, City Slang
22. Devata Daun, Look, Pytch Records
23. Roisin Murphy, Take Her Up to Monto, PIAS
24. Direct Hit!, Wasted Mind, Fat Wreck Chords*
25. River Tiber, Indigo, self-released
26. All the Real Girls, Elk City, self-released
27. Size 5s, s/t, self-released*
28. The Hullmen, Expensive Taste, Golden Key*
29. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal
30. Floating Points, Kuiper, Luaka Bop


1. Descendents, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, Epitaph
2. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Miss Sharon Jones!, Daptone
3. Owen, The King of Whys, Polyvinyl
4. Martha, Blisters In the Pit of My Heart, Dirtnap
5. Heaters, Bapistina, Beyond Beyond Is Beyond


1. No/No, Sound and Light, Gloss*
2. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal
3. Floating Points, Kuiper, Luaka Bop
4. Aphex Twin, Cheetah, Warp
5. Nite Jewel, Liquid Cool, Gloriette
6. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound, Domino
7. Beth Orton, Kidsticks, Anti-
8. Luxi, Astral Memories (Paradise), self-released*
9. Kaytranada, 99.9%, XL
10. M83, Junk, Mute

New World

1. Babymetal, Metal Resistance, RAL
2. Bombino, Azel, Partisan
3. Sainkho Namtchylak, Like A Bird Or a Spirit, Not a Face, Ponderosa
4. Konono NO. 1, …Meets Batida, Crammed Discs
5. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton
6. Francoise Atlan, Chordais Ensemble, Aman! Sefarad: Kantigas De Selanika a Estabol – Chants Sefarades De L’ex-Empire Ottoman, Buda Musique
7. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
8. Rokia Traore, Ne So, Nonesuch
9. Soapkills, The Best of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
10. Afro Peruvian New Trends Orquestra, Uniting Beats, Ritmos Que Unen, self-released


1. BADBADNOTGOOD, IV, Innovative Leisure
2. Michael Blum Quartet, Chasin’ Oscar, self-released
3. Phronesis, Parallax, Edition Records
4. Jeff Denson Quartet, Concentric Circles, self-released
5. Jane Ira Bloom, Early Americans, Outline Records
6. Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Pools Live at Jazz Festival Bern, MONS
7. A Bu, Butterflies In Paris, Sennheiser
8. Corey Christiansen, Factory Girl, Origin
9. Yellowjackets, Coherence, Mack Avenue
10. Andy Brown Quartet, Direct Call, Delmark

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