Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, September 20, 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: 9/20/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree, Bad Seed Ltd.
2. Fox Face, Teen Wiccan, Chop Haus*
3. Dex Romweber, Carrboro, Bloodshot Records
4. Angel Olsen, My Woman, Jagjaguwar
5. The Pukes, Revenge Of…, self-released*
6. Nineteen Thirteen , Music For Time Travel, self-released*
7. Steve Gunn, Eyes On the Lines, Matador
8. Y La Bamba, Ojos Del Sol, Tender Loving Empire
9. Sneaks, Gymnastics, Merge
10. Various Artists, Day Of the Dead [box set], 4AD
11. Lydia Loveless, Real, Bloodshot
12. Cass McCombs, Mangy Love, Anti-
13. Nots, Cosmetic, Goner
14. Teenage Fanclub, Here, Merge
15. Death Valley Girls, Glow In the Dark, Burger
16. Thee Oh Sees, A Weird Exits, Castle Face
17. Wing Dam, Glow Ahead, Friends Records
18. Psychic Twin, Strange Diary, Polyvinyl
19. Broncho, Double Vanity, Dine Alone
20. Omni, Deluxe, Trouble In Mind
21. Allah-Las, Calico Review, Mexican Summer
22. Preoccupations, s/t, Jagjaguwar
23. Tobacco, Sweatbox Dynasty, Ghostly International
24. Faux Fiction, Staring at the Sun, self-release*
25. Alice Bag, s/t, Don Giovanni
26. Ian Sweet, Shapeshifter, Hardly Art
27. Dinosaur Jr., Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, Jagjaguwar
28. NO/NO, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
29. Alex Cameron, Jumping the Shark, Secretly Canadian
30. Motion Graphics, s/t, Domino


1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree, Kobalt
2. Sat. Nite Duets, Air Guitar, Father/Daughter
3. El Perro Del Mar, KoKoro, The Control Group
4. Cymbals Eat Guitars, Pretty Years, Sinderlyn
5. Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shine a Light, Cooking Vinyl


1. Flume, Skin [EP], PIAS
2. Tobacco, Sweatbox Dynasty, Ghostly International
3. NO/NO, Sound and Light, Gloss Records*
4. Motion Graphics, s/t, Domino
5. Aphex Twin, Cheetah [EP], Warp Records
6. badbadnotgood, IV, Innovative Leisure
7. River Tiber, Indigo, self-released
8. Gold Panda, Good Luck and Do Your Best, City Slang
9. Sylvan Esso, “Radio” [single], Loma Vista
10. DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, Mass Appeal

New World

1. Jorge Ben, Ben, Phonogram
2. Cometa, Jogada Senil, Nublu
3. Debo Band, Ere Gobez, FPE
4. Frightnrs, Nothing More to Say, Daptone
5. HIRIE, Wandering Soul, Rootfire Cooperative
6. ZMEI3, Rough Romanian Soul, Six Degrees
7. Various Artists, Quiero Creedence, Concord
8. iLe, iLevitable, Sony Music Latin
9. Zomba Prison Project, I Will Not Stop Singing, Six Degrees
10. Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band, 55, Big Crown


1. Madeleine Peyroux, Secular Hymns, Impusle!
2. Bobby Avey, Inhuman Wilderness, self-released
3. badbadnotgood, IV, Innovative Leisure
4. Steve Lehman and Selebeyone, s/t, Pi
5. Marquis Hill, The Way We Play, Concord
6. Claudia Quintet, Super Petite, Cuneiform
7. Anthony Branker and Imagaine, Beauty Within, Origin
8. Catherine Russell, Harlem On My Mind, Jazz Village
9. Ben Adkins, Salmagundi, self-released
10. One For All, The Third Decade, Smoke Sessions

Blues (updated monthly)

1.  John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band, That Will Never Do, Wolf Records
2. Ina Forsman, s/t, Ruf Records
3. Bonnie Bishop, Ain’t Who I Was, Thirty Tigers
4. William Bell, This Is Where I Live, Stax
5. Kat Riggins, Blues Revival, Bluzpik Media Group
6. Alexis P. Suter Band, All For Loving You, American Showplace
7. Gary Hoey, Dust and Bones, Provogue
8. Mike Wheeler, Turn Up!!, Delmark
9. Gov’t Mule, The Tel-Star Sessions, Evil Teen
10. Little Boys Blue, Tennissippi, VizzTone
11. Swamp Cabbage, Jive, Chicken Head Knob
12. C.W. Stoneking, Gon’ Boogaloo, self-released
13. Smokey Greenwell, South Louisiana Blues, self-released
14. David Honeyboy Edwards & Jeff Dale & the South Woodlawners, I’m Gonna Tell You Something That I Know – Live at the G Spot Los Angeles, CA, September 4, 2010, Pro Sho Bidness
15. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Jumpin’ and Boppin’, Stony Plain
16. Tinsley Ellis, Red Clay Soul, Heartfixer Music
17. Moreland & Arbuckle, Promised Land or Bust, Alligator Records
18. The Lucky Losers with Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz, In Any Town, Dirty Cat Records
19. Lee Delray, Brand New Man, self-released
20. Eric Bibb and North Country Far With Danny Thompson, The Happiest Man in the World, Stony Plain
21. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue, s/t, Electro-Fi Records
22. The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Anson Funderburgh, Strong Like That, Severn
23. Dennis Gruenling, Ready Or Not, VizzTone
24. Erin Krebs, Love Always Wins, self-released
25. Nick Moss Band, Live and Luscious, Blue Bella
26. Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Royal Gospel, Ruf Records
27. Walter Trout, Alive In Amsterdam, Provogue
28. Al Basile, Mid-Century Modern, Sweetspot Records
29. Dan Bubien, Grinding These Gears, Blind Raccoon
30. Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, VizzTone