Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, August 30, 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: 8/30/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Thee Oh Sees, A Weird Exits, Castle Face
2. Cosmonauts, A-OK! Burger Records
3. Midwest Death Rattle, Post-Apocalypso, self-released*
4. Crystal Castles, Amnesty (I), Republic
5. The Kills, Ash and Ice, Domino Records
6. Trapper Schoepp, Rangers and Valentines, Xtra Mile*
7. Guided By Voices, Please Be Honest, GBV Inc.
8. Tobacco, Sweatbox Dynasty, Ghostly International
9. Alex Cameron, Jumping the Shark, Secretly Canadian
10. Shilpa Ray, Paisley, Northern Spy
11. Broncho, Double Vanity, Dine Alone
12. Soul Low, Nosebleeds, Gloss*
13. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound, Domino
14. Avalanches, Wildflower, Astralwerks
15. Gringo Star, The Sides and In Between, Nevado
16. Lydia Loveless, Real, Bloodshot
17. Dietrich Strause, How Cruel That Hunger Binds, self-released
18. Will Butler, Friday Night, Merge
19. Dex Romweber, Carrboro, Bloodshot
20. Mourn, Ha, Ha, He., Captured Tracks
21. Faux Fiction, Staring at the Sun, self-released*
22. Leland Sundries, Music For Outcasts, L’echiquier
23. The Pukes, Revenge Of…, self-released*
24. Steve Gunn, Eyes On the Lines, Matador
25. Dinosaur Jr., Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, Jagjaguwar
26. William Tyler, Modern Country, Merge
27. High Waisted, On Ludlow, self-released
28. Enjoy, Another Word For Joy, Burger
29. Ages and Ages, Something to Ruin, Partisan
30. Wye Oak, Tween, Merge


1. De La Soul, And the Anonymous Nobody, A.O.I
2. Angel Olsen, My Woman, Jagjaguwar
3. Dex Romweber, Carrboro, Bloodshot
4. Ezra Furman, Big Fugitive Life, PIAS
5. Cass McCombs, Mangy Love, Anti-


1. Crystal Castles, Amnesty (I), Republic
2. Tobacco, Sweatbox Dynasty, Ghostly International
3. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound, Domino
4. Ladyhawke, Wild Things, Polyvinyl
5. Kaytranada, 99.9%, XL
6. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal
7. River Tiber, Indigo, self-released
8. Plaid, The Digging Remedy, Warp
9. Aphex Twin, Cheetah [EP], Warp
10. Tegan and Sara, Love You to Death, Warner Bros.

New World

1.  Various Artists, Quiero Creedence, Concord Picante
2. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, La Salvacion De Solo Y Juan, Sony Music Latin
3. Imarhan, s/t, City Slang
4. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton
5. ZMEI3, Rough Romanian Soul, Six Degrees
6. Jah Works, Believe, Riddim House
7. Ana Moura, Moura, Universal
8. Hirie, Wandering Soul, Rootfire Cooperative
9. Asia I Koty, Sing, Nasiano
10. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Soulrocker, Universal


1. Steve Turre, Colors for the Masters, Smoke Sessions
2. Jane Ira Bloom, Early Americans, Outline Records
3. Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Pools – Live at Jazz Festival Bern, Mons
4. Bill Evans, Rise Above, self-released
5. Rolf Sturm, Young, Water Street Music
6. Sara Gazarek and John Nelson, Dream In Blue,
7. Organik Vibe Trio, Things We Did Last Summer, Cellar Live
8. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and Whatsnext?, Resolution, Dunya
9. Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison, In Movement, ECM
10. Carla Bley Trio, Andando El Tiempo, ECM

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