Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, February 23, 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: 2/23/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. James Hunter Six, Hold On!, Daptone
2. Ty Segall, Emotional Mugger, Drag City
3. Xposed 4Heads, Choose to Be Human, Internal Combustion*
4. Tortoise, The Catastrophist, Thrill Jockey
5. Brett Newski, Hi-Fi D.I.Y [EP], self-released*
6. Savages, Adore Life, Matador
7. Ringo Deathstarr, Pure Mood, Reverberation Appreciation Society
8. Indonesian Junk, s/t, Rum Bar Records*
9. Moon Curse, Spirit Remains, Kozmik Artifactz*
10. Two Tens, Volume 1, Ugly Sugar
11. Diiv, Is the Is Are, Captured Tracks
12. Jaill, Wherever It Be, Infinity Cat*
13. Charlie Hilton, Palana, Captured Tracks
14. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
15. Benji Hughes, Songs In the Key of Animals, Merge
16. Daughter, Not to Disappear, Glassnote
17. Wray, Hypatia, Communicating Vessels
18. Porches, Pool, Domino
19. Adrian Younge, Something About April II, Linear Labs
20. The Record Company, Give It Back to You, Concord
21. So Pitted, Neo, Sub Pop
22. Pillar Point, Marble Mouth, Polyvinyl
23. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
24. Night Beats, Who Sold My Generation, Heavenly
25. Applesauce Tears, Alpha Drift, Black Cottage
26. David Bowie, Blackstar, Columbia
27. Klaus Johann Grobe, Baby Las Uns Sein [7-inch], Trouble In Mind
28. Freakwater, Scheherazade, Bloodshot
29. Quilt, Plaza, Mexican Summer
30. Field Music, Commontime, Memphis Industries


1. Mavis Staples, Livin’ On a High Note, Anti-
2. The Dirty Nil, Higher Power, Dine Alone
3. The Cave Signers, Banshee, self-released
4. Esperanza Spalding, Emily’s D+Evolution, Concord
5. Quilt, Plaza, Mexican Summer


1. Prefuse 73, Rivington Nao Rio [Expanded], Temporary Residence
2. Grimes, Art Angels, 4AD
3. Pillar Point, Marble Mouth, Polyvinyl
4. Junior Boys, Big Black Coat, City Slang
5. The Demix, Havoc Run, self-released*
6. Keys N Krates, Midnite Mass [EP], Dim Mak
7. Beacon, Escapements, Ghostly International
8. Polica, “Lime Habit” [single], Mom + Pop
9. Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete, Warp
10. Letherette, Refresh [EP], Ninja Tune

New World

1. Klaus Johann Grobe, Baby Lass Uns Sein [7-inch], Trouble In Mind
2. Rokia Traore, Ne So, Nonesuch
3. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton
4. Sainkho Namtchylak, Like a Bird or a Spirit, Not a Face, Ponderosa
5. Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express, Junun, Nonesuch
6. Mariachi Flor De Toloache, s/t, self-released
7. Soapkills, The Best of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
8. Francoise Hardy, L’Amitie, Disques Vogue
9. Sidestepper, Supernatural Love, Real World
10. Various Artists, Excavated Shellac: Reeds, Dust-to-Digital


1. Jeff Coffin with Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band, The Inside Of The Outside Ear Up
2. Adison Evans, Hero, Aditone
3. Ron Davis, Pocket Symphronica, Really Records
4. Bill Frisell, When You Wish Upon a Star, Okeh
5. Peter Eskine, Dr. Um, Fuzzy
6. Orrin Evans, The Evolution of Oneself, Smoke Sessions
7. Roxy Coss, Restless Idealism, Origin
8. Big Picture Holiday, Shimmer and Melt, Ropeadope
9. Liberty Ellman, Radiate, Pi
10. Goat’s Notes, Cosmic Circus, Leo Records

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Third Coast Blues Collective, Music Friends, self-released*
2. Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar, RCA
3. Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s, Perfectamundo, Concord
4.  Fiona Boyes, Box & Dice, Fresh Reference
5. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Lost Time, Yep Roc
6. Walter Trout, Battle Scars, Provogue
7. Guy Davis, Kokomo Kid, MC Records
8. Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts Of Love, Alligator
9. Nikki Hill, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, Deep Fryed Records
10. Diane Blue, Blues In My Soul, Regina Royale Records
11. Eddie Taylor Jr., Stop Breaking Down, Wolf Records
12. Joe Louis Walker, Everybody Wants a Piece, Provogue
13. The Claudettes, No Hotel, Yellow Dog
14. Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Friday Night, Elrob Records
15. Robert Cray Band, 4 Nights of 40 Years Live, Provogue
16.  Henry Gray and Bob Corritore, Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest – Vol. 1, Delta Groove
17. The Knickerbocker All Stars, Go Back Home to the Blues, JP Cadillac
18. The Betty Fox Band, Slow Burn, self-released
19. King Mud, Victory Motel Sessions, Alive NaturalSound
20. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men, Friend Like Me, Out of the Past Music
21. Bob Margolin, My Road, VizzTone
22. Kathy and the Kilowatts, Groovin’ With Big D, Lectro Fine
23. Greg Koch & the Tone Controls, Vivid Gristle, self-released*
24. Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood, Getaway, self-released
25. Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames, Slip Into a Dream, Delmark
26. The Jimmys, Hot Dish, Brown Cow
27. Ale Basile, B’s Expression, Sweetspot
28. The Reverend Shawn Amos, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Blind Raccoon
29. Andy Poxon, Must Be Crazy!, EllerSoul
30. John Mayall, Find a Way to Care, Forty Below Records