Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, July 12, 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: 7/12/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool, XL
2. Wye Oak, Tween, Merge
3. Midwest Death Rattle, Post-Apocalypso, self-released*
4. Garbage, Strange Little Birds, STUNVOLUME
5. Big Deal, Say Yes, FatCat
6. Cerise, Smoke Screen Dreams, Psychic Cats
7. Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything, PIAS*
8. Deerhoof, The Magic!, Polyvinyl
9. Whitney, Light Upon the Lake, Secretly Canadian
10. Fruit Bats, Absolute Loser, Easy Sound Recording Company
11. Devata Daun, Look, Pytch
12. White Lung, Paradise, Domino
13. Psychic Mirrors, Nature of Evil, Cosmic Chronic Records
14. Homeboy Sandman, Kindness For Weakness, Stones Throw
15. Pup, The Dream Is Over SideOneDummy
16. PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Island
17. Danielle French, Miss Scarlett and the Madman, self-released
18. Paul Simon, Stranger to Stranger, Concord
19. Casket Girls, The Night Machines, Graveface
20. Plaid, The Digging Remedy, Warp
21. No/No, The Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
22. Tigernite, Blood Moon EP, Tasty Tapes*
23. Haley Bonar, Impossible Dream, Thirty Tigers
24. Kaytranada, 99.9%, XL
25. Young Magic, Still Life, Carpark
26. Chris Cohen, As If Apart, Captured Tracks
27. Frankie Lee, American Dreamer, Thirty Tigers
28. The Living Statues, “I Never Asked” single, self-released*
29. Nico Yaryan, What a Tease, Partisan
30. Trapper Schoepp, Rangers and Valentines, Xtra Mile*


1. Hey Mercedes, Everynight Fire Works, Run For Cover*
2. The Julie Ruin, Hit Reset, Hardly Art
3. Heliotropes, Over There That Way, The End Records
4. Pkew Pkew Pkew, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Royal Mountain
5. Deepakalypse, Floating On a Sphere, Everloving


1. Plaid, The Digging Remedy, Warp
2. No/No, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
3. Jean-Michel Jarre, Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise, Red-Sony
4. Kaytranada, 99.9%, XL
5. Destroyer, “My Mystery” single, Dead Oceans
6. Gold Panda, Good Luck and Do Your Best, City Slang
7. Kristin Kontrol, X-Communicate, Sub Pop
8. Yeasayer, Amen and Goodbye, Mute
9. Beth Orton, Kidsticks, Anti-
10. Tegan and Sara, Love You to Death, Warner Bros.

New World

1. Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos, Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963  – 1969), Knitting Factory Records
2. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton
3. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
4. Ziggy Marley, s/t, Tuff Gong
5. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Soulrocker, Universal
6. Imarhan, s/t, City Slang
7. Bombino, Azel, Partisan
8. Konono No. 1, Konono No. 1 Meets Batida, Crammed Discs
9. Anoushka Shankar, Land of Gold, Deutsche Grammophon
10. Samba Toure, Gandadiko, Glitterbeat


1. Joe Policastro Trio, Pops, JeruJazz
2. Ergo, As Subtle As Tomorrow, Cuneiform
3. Kandace Springs, Soul Eyes, Blue Note
4. Jack Dejohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, In Movement, ECM
5. Erik Friedlander, Rings, Skipstone
6. Hiromi, Spark, Telarc
7. Ben Adkins, Salmagundi, self-released
8. Miss Sophie Lee and the Parish Suites, Traverse This Universe, Kingmoon Productions
9. George Coleman, A Master Speaks, Smoke Sessions
10. Randy Napoleon, Soon, Detroit Music Factory

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Tweed Funk, Come Together, Tweed Tone*
2. Shaun Murphy, It Won’t Stop Raining, Vision Wall Records
3. Bonnie Raitt, Dig In Deep, Redwing
4. William Bell, This Is Where I Live, Stax
5. Paul Reddick, Ride the One, Stony Plain
6. Janiva Magness, Love Wins Again, Bluelan
7. The James Hunter Six, Hold On!, Daptone
8. Eric Lindell, Matters Of the Heart, Red Parlor
9. Sugar Blue, Voyage, MC Records
10. Steve Gilbert, Hempstead Highway, H Tone
11. Spencer MacKenzie, Infected With the Blues, self-released
12. John Long, Stand Your Ground, Delta Groove Music
13. Moreland & Arbuckle, Promised Land Or Bust, Alligator
14. Alabama Mike, Upset the Status Quo, Grassland Records
15. Delta Generators, Hipshakers and Heartbreakers, Delta Generators
16. Guy King, Truth, Denmark Records
17. Albert Castiglia, Big Dog, Ruf Records
18. The Hitman Blues Band, The World Moves On, Nerus Records
19. The Record Company, Give It Back to You, Concord*
20. Big Harp George, Wash My Horse In Champagne, Blues Mountain Records
21. Curtis Salgado, The Beautiful Lowdown, Alligator Records
22. Toronzo Cannon, The Chicago Way, Alligator
23. Joe Bonamassa, Blues of Desperation, J and R
24. Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore, House Party at Big Jon’s, Delta Groove
25. Dr. Lonnie Smith, Evolution, Blue Note
26. Billy Talbot Band, Dakota, Vapor Records
27. Jeff Healey, Heal My Soul, Provogue
28. Swamp Cabbage, Jive, self-released
29. Markey Blue, The Blues Are Knocking, Soul O Sound Records
30. Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Method to My Madness, Alligator