Weekly Top Airplay: Tuesday, September 27, 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: 9/27/16
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree, Bad Seed Ltd.
2. Fox Face, Teen Wiccan, Chop Haus*
3. De La Soul, And the Anonymous Nobody, A.O.I.
4. Sneaks, Gymnastics, Merge
5. Fleshtones, The Band Drinks for Free, Yep Roc
6. NO/NO, Sound and Light, Gloss*
7. Reuben Hollebon, Terminal Nostalgia, Bright Antenna
8. Angel Olsen, My Woman, Jagjaguwar
9. Julia Jacklin, Don’t Let the kids Win, Polyvinyl
10. Size 5’s, The Red CD, self-released*
11. Soul Low, Nosebleeds, Gloss*
12. Ian Sweet, Shapeshifter, Hardly Art
13. Bloodshot Bill and Shannon Shaw, Honey Time, Slovenly
14. Allah-Las, Calico Review, Mexican Summer
15. Drugdealer, The End of Comedy, Weird World
16. Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shine a Light, Cooking Vinyl
17. Martha, Blisters In the Pit of My Heart, Dirtnap
18. Infinity Crush, Warmth Equation, Joy Void
19. Bright Black, Black Bright EP, self-released*
20. Dex Romweber, Carroboro, Bloodshot
21. Cool Ghouls, Animal Races, Empty Cellar
22. Sat. Nite Duets, Air Guitar, Father/Daughter*
23. Hoops, s/t EP, Fat Possum
24. Preoccupations, s/t, Jagjaguwar
25. Sylvan Esso, “Radio” single, Loma Vista
26. Gringo Star, The Sides and In Between, Nevado
27. Thee Oh Sees, A Weird Exits, Castle Face
28. Something To Do, Not Making a Sound, self-released*
29. Beyond the Wizards Sleeve, The Soft Bounce, PIAS
30. Hiss Golden Messegner, Heart Like a Levee, Merge


1. Beach Slang, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, Polyvinyl
2. Against Me!, Shape Shift With Me, Total Treble
3. Devendra Banhart, Ape In Pink Marble, Nonesuch
4. Dom La Nena, Cantando EP, Six Degrees
5. LVL.UP, Return To Love, Sub Pop


1. NO/NO, Sound and Light, Gloss*
2. Sylvan Esso, “Radio” single, Loma vista
3. Album Leaf, Between Waves, Relapse
4. Lady Parts, Fudge, Lex Records
5. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound, Domino
6. Let’s Eat Grandma, I, Gemini, PIAS
7. TOBACCO, Sweatbox Dynasty, Ghostly International
8. KLLO, Well Worn EP, Ghostly International
9. River Tiber, Indigo, self-released
10. Vinyl Williams, Brunei, Company

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