Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, May 3, 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: 5/3/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Space Raft, Rubicon, Dusty Medical*
2. Woods, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, Woodsist
3. Parquet Courts, Human Performance, Rough Trade
4. Deftones, Gore, Reprise
5. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
6. Suuns, Hold/Still, Secretly Canadian
7. Little Scream, Cult Following, Merge
8. The Dirty Nil, Higher Power, Dine Alone
9. Laura Carbone, Sirens, Aporia
10. Nada Surf, You Know Who You Are, Barsuk
11. Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything, PIAS*
12. Liima, II, 4AD
13. LNZNDRF, s/t, 4AD
14. CFM, Still Life of Citrus and Slime, In the Red
15. Bronze, Live In San Francisco, Castle Face
16. Autlux, P****’s Dead, Columbia
17. Trapper Schoepp, Rangers and Valentines, Xtra Mile*
18. Yuck, Stranger Things, Mame
19. Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Atlantic
20. Charles Bradley, Changes, Daptone
21. Heat Death, 9 Steps to a Happier Life, self-released*
22. Laura Gibson, Empire Builder, Barsuk
23. Cate Le Bon, Crab Day, Drag City
24. Sego, Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around, Dine Alone
25. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
26. Teen, Love Yes, Carpark
27. Adrian Younge, Something About April II, Linear Labs
28. PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Vagrant
29. Drinking Flowers, New Swirled Order, Manifesto,
30. Bur Gur, Have You Lost Your Faith In God?, New Los Angeles


1. White Lung, Paradise, Domino
2. Kyle Craft, Dolls of Highland, Sub Pop
3. Islands, Taste, Manque
4. Trashcan Sinatras, Wild Pendulum, Bob Frank
5. Pity Sex, White Hot Moon, Run For Cover


1. Animal Collective, Painting With, Domino
2. Bibio, A Mineral Love, Warp
3. Ceu, Tropix, Six Degrees
4. Various Artists, Star Wars Headspace, Hollywood
5. Luxi, A Life Surreal [EP], self-released*
6. RJD2, Dame Fortune, RJ’s Electrical Connection
7. Moderat, III, Mute
8. Polica, United Crushers, Mom + Pop
9. Underworld, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Astralwerks
10. Lapsley, Long Way Home, XL

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. Avishai Cohen, Into the Silence, ECM
2. Gogo Penguin, Man Made Object, Blue Note
3. Esperanza Spalding, Emily’s D+Evolution, Concord
4. Kenny Barron Trio, Book of Intuition, Impulse!
5. Sonny Rollins, Holding the Stage (Road Shows, Vol. 4), Okeh
6. Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life, Nihil Novi, Blue Note
7. Greg Fishman, New Journey, self-released
8. Paul Yonemura, Coming Back Home, Chronograph
9. Renee Rosnes, Written In the Rocks, Smoke Sessions
10. Darren English, Imagine Nation, Hot Show

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