Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, May 17, 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: 5/17/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Nineteen Thirteen, Music For Time Travel, self-released*
2. Trapper Schoepp, Rangers and Valentines, Xtra Mile*
3. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity, ATO
4. PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Island
5. Parquet Courts, Human Performance, Rough Trade
6. White Lung, Paradise, Domino
7. Black Mountain, IV, Jagjaguwar
8. Space Raft, Rubicon, Dusty Medical*
9. La Sera, Music For Listening to Music To, Polyvinyl
10. Midwest Death Rattle, Post-Apocalypso, self-released*
11. Com Truise, Silicon Tare, Ghostly International
12. New Madrid, Magnetkingmagnetqueen, New West
13. Cyberchump, The Construction Of Things, self-released*
14. M83, Junk, Mute
15. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
16. A Giant Dog, Pile, Merge
17. David Bazan, Blanco, Barsuk
18. Cate Le Bon, Crab Day, Drag City
19. Kevin Morby, Singing Saw, Dead Oceans
20. Antler House, Across the Waves, self-released*
21. Nada Surf, You Know Who You Are, Barsuk
22. Charles Bradley, Changes, Daptone
23. Hammock, Everything and Nothing, self-released
24. Coathangers, Nosebleed Weekend, Suicide Squeeze
25. The Pukes, Murder, self-released*
26. Kyle Craft, Dolls of Highland, Sub Pop
27. Robert Pollard, Of Course You Are, GBV
28. Synthetic ID, Impulses, Castle Face
29. Carter Hunnicut, Dangerous World, Ear Elf*
30. All India Radio, The Slow Light, Minty Fresh


1. Modern Baseball, Holy Ghost, Run For Cover
2. Matt and Kim, We Were the Weirdos, Fader
3. James Blake, The Colour In Anything, Republic
4. Twin Peaks, Down In Heaven, Grand Jury
5. Yak, Atlas Salvation, Third Man


1. Various Artists, Star Wars Headspace, Hollywood
2. Com Truise, Silicon Tare, Ghostly International
3. M83, Junk, Mute
4. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
5. Tourist, U, Monday
6. Underworld, Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Astralwerks
7. The Demix, Havoc Run, self-released
8. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
9. Deakin, Sleep Cycle, My Animal Home
10. Moderat, III, Mute

New World

1. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
2. Konono No. 1, Konono No. 1 Meets Batida, Crammed Discs
3. Anoushka Shankar, Land of Gold, Deutsche Grammophon
4. Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos, High-Life Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963 – 1969), Knitting Factory
5. Ana Moura, Moura, Universal Music Portugal
6. Mexrrissey, Mexico Goes Morrissey, Nacional
7. Bombino, Azel, Partisan
8. Sainkho Namtchylak, Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face, Ponderosa
9. Lakou Mizik, Wa Di Yo, Cumbancha Discovery
10. Eva Salina, Lema Lema, Vogiton


1. Noertker’s Moxie, Simultaneous Windows, Edgetone
2. Ark Ovrutski Quintet, Intersection, Origin
3. Clayton Brothers, Soul Brothers, ArtistShare
4. Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, Portraits and Places, Origin
5. Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin, Bye Bye Blackbird, Ropeadope
6. Hiromi, Spark, Telark
7. Nonch Harpin, Native Sons, self-released
8. Matt Hopper, First Love, self-released
9. Mike Dillon, Functioning Broke, Royal Potato Family
10. Chico Freeman 4-Tet, Spoken Into Existence

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Bonnie Raitt, Dig In Deep, Redwing
2. The James Hunter Six, Hold On!, Daptone
3. Janiva Magness, Love Wins Again, Blueland
4. Curtis Salgado, The Beautiful Lowdown, Alligator
5. Mavis Staples, Livin’ On a High Note, Anti-
6. Guy King, Truth, Delmark
7. Charles Bradley, Changes, Duham/Daptone
8. Sugar Blue, Voyage, MC Records
9. The Record Company, Give It Back to You, Concord
10. Toronzo Cannon, The Chicago Way, Alligator
11. Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau, Lead Belly’s Gold: Live at the Sunset and More, Stony Plain
12. Guy Davis, Kokomo Kid, MC Records
13. Blues Point, At a Crossroads, self-released
14. Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers With Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Genuine Blues Legends, Little Mike
15. Tweed Funk, Come Together, Tweed Tone Records*
16. Joe Louis Walker, Everybody Wants a Piece, Provogue
17. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Let me Get By [Deluxe Edition], Fantasy Records
18. Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Method to My Madness, Alligator Records
19. Duke Robillard, The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard, Stony Plain
20. Bruce “Mississippi” Johnson, The Deal Baby, self-released
21. Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames, Slip Into a Dream, Delmark
22. Joanne Broh Band, Wicked Cool, Double Y Records
23. Corey Dennison Band, s/t, Delmark
24. Zora Young & Little Mike & the Tornadoes, Friday Night, self-released
25. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, That’s What They Say, ManHat Tone 1090
26. Jeff Healey, Heal My Soul, Provogue
27. Robert Cray Band, 4 Nights of 40 Years Live, Provogue
28. Jeff Jensen, The River City Sessions – Live, self-released
29. Mark Cameron, Playing Rough, Blind Raccoon
30. Johnny Rawls, Tiger In a Cage, Catfood Records