Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, November 1, 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: 11/1/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Goat, Requiem, Sub Pop
2. Direct Hit!, Wasted Mind, Fat Wreck Chords*
3. SURVIVE, RR7349, Relapse
4. Unearthed Elf, Into the Catacombs, Abyss*
5. Black Marble, It’s Immaterial, Ghostly International
6. Ian Sweet, Shapeshifter, Hardly Art
7. Various Artists, Mild In the Streets, Fat Wreck Chords
8. Def Harmonic, The Lead Singer of Genesis, self-released*
9. Soul Low, Nosebleeds, Gloss Records*
10. RX Drugs, Future Friction, self-released*
11. Sat. Nite Duets, Air Guitar, Father/Daughter*
12. TOBACCO, Sweatbox Dynasty, Ghostly International
13. Gauss, Thalweg, self-released*
14. Dead Horses, Cartoon Moon, self-released*
15. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal
16. NO/NO, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
17. Regina Spektor, Remember Us to Life, Siren
18. Lydia Loveless, Real, Bloodshot Records
19. The Pukes, Revenge Of…The Pukes, self-released*
20. Russian Circles, Guidance, Sargent House
21. Size 5’s, 53207, self-released*
22. NOFX, First Ditch Effort, Fat Wreck Chords
23. Alex Cameron, Jumping the Shark, Secretly Canadian
24. Conor Oberst, Ruminations, Nonesuch
25. Adrian Younge, The Electronique Void, Linear Labs
26. Devendra Banhart, Ape in Pink Marble, Nonesuch
27. Angel Olsen, My Woman, Jagjagjuwar
28. The Blind Shake, Celebrate Your Worth, Goner
29. Michael Swan, “Crosswinds” [single], self-released*
30. Purling Hiss, High Bias, Drag City


1. STRF*R, Being No One, Going Nowhere, Polyvinyl
2. Big Mother Gig, Smiling Politely, self-released*
3. Berwanger, Exorcism Rock, Doghouse
4. Jim James, Eternally Even, ATO
5. Notwist, Superheroes, Ghostvillains and Stuff, Sub Pop


1. Kaytranada 99.9%, XL
2. SURVIVE, RR7349, Relapse
3. Tobacco, Sweatbox Dynasty, Ghostly International
4. Christian Loffler, Mare, Ki
5. A Tribe Called Red, We Are the Halluci Nation, Radicalized Records
6. Adrian Younge, The Electronique Void Linear Labs
7. Crystal Castles, Amnesty (I), Republic
8. Patten, PSI, Warp
9. Flock of Dimes, If You See Me, Say Yes, Partisan
10. Shura, Nothing’s Real, Interscope

New World

1. Balkan Beat Box, Shout It Out, self-released
2. A Tribe Called Red, We Are the Halluci Nation, Radicalized Records
3. Frightnrs, Nothing More to Say, Daptone
4. Alsarah and the Nubatones, Manara, Wonderwheel
5. Eljuri, La Lucha, Manovill
6. Mariza, Mundo, Nonesuch
7. ZMEI3, Rough Romanian Soul, Six Degrees
8. Jah Works, Believe, Riddim House Productions
9. Bossacucanova, The Best of Bossacucanova, Six Degrees
10. Pat Thomas, Coming Home, Strut


1. Bad Plus, It’s Hard, Okeh
2. Etienne Charles, San Jose Suite, Culture Shock
3. Arjun, Gravity, Pheromone Records
4. Madeleine Peyroux, Secular Hymns, Impulse!
5. Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, Revelation, oa2
6. Naima, Bye, Cuneiform
7. Orrin Evans, Knowingishalfthebattle, Smoke Sessions
8. Bobby Avey, Inhuman Wilderness, self-released
9. Michael Vlatkovich, Myrnofant’s Kiss, PFmentum
10. Rez Abbasi, Behind the Vibration, Cuneiform

Blues (updated monthly)

1. Gina Sicilia, Sunset Avenue EP, Blue Elan Records
2. Various Artists, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music, Concord
3. Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat, Rounder
4. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Strong Like That, Severn
5. Joanna Connor, Six String Stories, M.C. Records
6. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Bonafide, Jesi-Lu
7. Various, Putumayo Presents Blues Party, Putumayo
8. Gary Hoey, Dust and Bones, Provogue
9. Mike Wheeler, Turn Up!!, Delmark
10. Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Alligator
11. Matthew Skoller, Blues Immigrant, Tongue ’N’ Groove
12. Barrelhouse Chuck, Remembering the Masters, The Sirens
13. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Seeing Is Believing, Severn Records
14. Dave Stryker, Eight Track II, Strikezone Records
15. Lisa Lystam Family Band, Give You Everything, self-released
16. Walter Trout, Alive In Amsterdam, Provogue
17. The Dogtown Blues Band, Everyday, RVL Music
18. Lurrie Bell, Can’t Shake This Feeling Delmark
19. Bonnie Bishop, Ain’t Who I Was, Thirty Tigers
20. James O’Neill and the Silver Shadows, A Little More Than the Blues, self-released
21. Swamp Cabbage, Jive, Chicken Head Knob
22. Kat Riggins, Blues Revival, Bluzpik Media Group
23. John Scofield, Country For Old Men, Verve
24. Doyle Bramhall II, Rich Man, Concord
25. Liz Mandeville, The Stars Motel, Blue Kitty
26. Little Boys Blue, Tennissippi, VizzTone
27. Ina Forsman, s/t, Ruf Records
28. C.W. Stoneking, Gon’ Boogaloo, self-released
29. Dennis Gruenling, Ready Or Not, VizzTone
30. Little Boys Blue, Tennissippi, VizzTone