Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, May 24, 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: 5/24/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Various Artists, WMSE 35th Anniversary Compilation – Live at WMSE Volume 14, WMSE*
2. Space Raft, Rubicon, Dusty Medical*
3. PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Island
4. The Pukes, Murder 7″, self-released*
5. Indonesian Junk, Indonesian Junk, Rum Bar Records*
6. Parquet Courts, Human Performance, Rough Trade
7. White Lung, Paradise, Domino
8. Little Scream, Cult Following, Merge
9. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity, ATO
10. Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Atlantic
11. Trapper Schoepp, Rangers and Valentines, Xtra Mile
12. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool, XL
13. Holy Wave, Freaks of Nurture, Reverberation Appreciation Society
14. David Bazan, Blanco, Barsuk
15. Autolux, P****’s Dead, Columbia
16. Black Mountain, IV, Jagjaguwar
17. Hot Coffin, Hot Coffin, Triple Eye Industries*
18. Audacity, Hyper Vessels, Suicide Squeeze
19. James Blake, The Colour In Anything, Republic
20. Robert Pollard, Of Course You Are, GBV
21. Aesop Rock, The Impossible Kid, Rhymesayers
22. The Hullmen, Pretty Red Flags, Golden Key Records*
23. Synthetic ID, Impulses, Castle Face
24. Sonny and the Sunsets, Moods Baby Moods, Polyvinyl
25. Laser Background, Correct, La Societe Expeditionnaire
26. Andy Shauf, The Party, Anti-
27. Ultimate Painting, Live at Third Man Records, Third Man Records
28. Jessy Lanza, Oh No, Hyperdub
29. Suuns, Hold/Still, Secretly Canadian
30. Size, 5s, “This Isn’t the End” single, self-released*


1. Andy Shauf, The Party, Anti-
2. My Morning Jacket, It Still Moves [deluxe reissue], ATO
3. Mutual Benefit, Skip a Sinking Stone, Mom + Pop
4. Marissa Nadler, Strangers, Sacred Bones
5. Kristin Kontrol, X-Communicate, Sub Pop


1. James Blake, The Colour In Anything, Republic
2. Jessy Lanza, Oh No, Hyperdub
3. Sylvan Esso, Live From WMSE 7″, WMSE*
4. Deakin, Sleep Cycle, My Animal Home, self-released
5. Tiga, No Fantasy Required, Counter Records
6. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
7. Jean-Michel Jarre, Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise
8. Big Black Delta, Tragame Tierra, Master of Bates
9. Com Truise, Silicon Tare [EP], Ghostly International
10. Yeasayer, Amen and Goodbye, Mute Records

New World

1. Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos, High-Life Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963 – 1969), Knitting Factory
2. Pedrito Martinez Group, Habana Dreams, Motema
3. Soapkills, The Best of Soapkills, Crammed Discs
4. Konono No. 1, Konono No. 1 Meets Batida, Crammed Discs
5. Debo Band, Ere Gobez, FPE
6. Anoushka Shankar, Land of Gold, Deutsche Grammophon
7. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Multishow Live, Nonesuch
8. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
9. Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley, Tuff Gong
10. Imarhan, Imarhan, City Slang


1. Theo Croker, Escape Velocity, Okah
2. Naima, Bye, Cuneiform
3. Herlin Riley, New Direction, Mack Avenue
4. Dan Sistos, Ventura Boulevard
5. Cuong Vu Trio, …Meets Pat Metheny, Nonesuch
6. Mac Gollehon, …And the Hispanic Mechanics, True Groove
7. Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family, Beginning Of a Memory, Palmetto
8. Dave Flippo Trio, Life On Mars, self-released
9. Fabrizio Sotti, Trio, Forty, self-released
10. Raul Agraz, Between Brothers, oa2,

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