Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, July 19, 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: 7/19/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool, XL
2. PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Island
3. Xposed 4Heads, “Light It Up” [single], self-released*
4. The Coathangers, Nosebleed Weekend, Suicide Squeeze
5. Deerhoof, The Magic!, Polyvinyl
6. Faux Fiction, Starting at the Sun, self-released*
7. Steve Gunn, Eyes On the Line, Matador
8. Whitney, Light Upon the Lake, Secretly Canadian
9. Homeboy Sandman, Kindness For Weakness, Stones Throw
10. Useless Eaters, Relaxing Death, Castle Face
11. Face To Face, Protection, Fat Wreck Chords
12. Mean Jeans, Tight New Dimension, Fat Wreck Chords
13. Wesley Fuller, Melvista [EP], PIAS
14. Paul Simon, Stranger to Stranger, Concord
15. Stargazer Lilies, Door to the Sun, Graveface
16. Weaves, s/t, Kanine
17. Gotobeds, Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic, Sub Pop
18. Direct Hit!, Wasted Mind, Fat Wreck Chords*
19. Minor Victories, s/t, Fat Possum
20. The Julie Ruin, Hit Reset, Hardly Art
21. Devata Daun, Look, Pytch Records
22. The Kills, Ash and Ice, Domino
23. Holy F***, Congrats, Innovative Leisure
24. William Tyler, Modern Country, Merge
25. The Dandy Warhols, Distortland, Dine Alone Records
26. Seratones, Get Gone, Fat Possum
27. NO/NO, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
28. Deepakalypse, Floating On a Sphere, Everloving
29. Midwest Death Rattle, Post-Apocalypso, self-released*
30. Sir Was, Says Hi, City Slang


1. Direct Hit!, Wasted Mind, Fat Wreck Chords*
2. No Joy, Drool Sucker [EP], Topshelf
3. Aphex Twin, Cheetah [EP], Warp
4. Various Artists, To Emmylou: A Tribute to Emmylou Harris, Fleeing Ghost
5. Beyond the Wizards Sleeve, The Soft Bounce, PIAS


1. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal
2. Devata Daun, Look, Pytch Records
3. Holy F***, Congrats, Innovative Leisure
4. NO/NO, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
5. Kaytranada, 99.9%, XL
6. Pantha Du Prince, The Triad, Rough Trade
7. BADBADNOTGOOD, IV, Innovative Leisure
8. Luxi, Astral Memories (Paradise), self-released*
9. RJD2, Dame Fortune, RJ’s Electrical Connection
10. Gold Panda, Good Luck and Do Your Best, City Slang

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. Carla Bley Trio, Andando El Tiempo, ECM
2. Henry Threadgill, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs, Pi
3. Bill Evans, Rise Above, self-released
4. Wayne Bergeron, Full Circle, self-released
5. Kenny Garrett, Do Your Dance, Mack Avenue
6. Adrienne Fenemor, Mo’ Puddin’, self-released
7. Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life, Nihil Novi, Blue Note
8. Tommy Smith, Modern Jacobite, Spartacus
9. Phronesis, Parallax, Edition
10. Anthony E. Nelson Jr., Swift to Hear, Slow to Speak, Musicstand

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