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Mike Nikolich DJ Profile

I host The Friday Spin from noon to 3 pm CST every Friday afternoon. My show is an eclectic mix of new and old indie, world, alternative, punk, rock, jazz, prog, ambient, blues, soul, artist interviews, and anything else that tickles my fancy. If you enjoy Chicago blues, listen to the "Pre-Happy Hour Blues" at 1:55 pm, plus "Cover 3" at 2:25 pm, featuring one obscure original and three cool covers of songs you may or may not recognize. My show also features concert news, Rock & Roll birthdays, and plenty of music trivia. Oh yeah, and I love to play your requests, so submit them to via any of CHIRP's social media channels, my Facebook page ("@mikenikolich") or dj@chirpradio.org. If I can't work your request into today's show, I will do my best to get it on the air the following week.

Check out Mike's two most recent shows below:

Mike Nikolich's Playlists

7/12 - 2pm hour
2:55pm Bleach Party Local Glamour of Old California Single (Self-released)
Buy Bleach Party Single at Reckless Records Buy Bleach Party at iTunes Buy Bleach Party Single at eMusic Add to Collection
Yes - The New Age of Atlantic album artwork 2:45pm Yes America The New Age of Atlantic (Atlantic)
Track Notes: This was an unreleased bonus track for Yes that originally appeared on an Atlantic Records sampler in 1972. You heard the scratchy vinyl version. Buy Yes The New Age of Atlantic at Reckless Records Buy Yes at iTunes Buy Yes The New Age of Atlantic at eMusic Add to Collection
2:39pm The Stranglers Walk On By Black and White (A&M)
Track Notes: If I had to pick one cover to listen to on permanent repeat, this Burt Bacharach cover of Dionne Warwick's hit does the trick. This is the song that started "Cover 3" on my show. Buy The Stranglers Black and White at Reckless Records Buy The Stranglers at iTunes Buy The Stranglers Black and White at eMusic Add to Collection
2:31pm Wilson Pickett Fire & Water 1970 (Warner Music Group)
Track Notes: This was Wilson Pickett's cover of the title track from Free's third LP. Paul Rodgers is a huge fan of Pickett. Imagine the thrill of seeing one of idols record a chart-topping cover (it reached the top 5 in the US R&B charts). Buy Wilson Pickett 1970 at Reckless Records Buy Wilson Pickett at iTunes Buy Wilson Pickett 1970 at eMusic Add to Collection
The System - Sweat album artwork 2:27pm The System You Are In My System Sweat (Mirage)
Track Notes: Big hit for Robert Palmer; not so much for The System, true one-hit wonders.... Buy The System Sweat at Reckless Records Buy The System at iTunes Buy The System Sweat at eMusic Add to Collection
Custard Flux - Einsteinium Delirium album artwork 2:22pm Custard Flux Time for Me to Go Einsteinium Delirium (self-released)
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Guided by Voices - Strut of Kings album artwork 2:21pm Guided by Voices This Will Go On Strut of Kings (GBV Inc.)
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Raveena - Where the Butterflies Go in the Rain album artwork 2:17pm Raveena Smile For Me Where the Butterflies Go in the Rain (Empire)
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Big Joe Williams - Nine String Guitar Blues album artwork 2:09pm Big Joe Williams I Got the Best King Biscuit Nine String Guitar Blues (Bluebird)
Track Notes: Shout out to Makenna Eldridge from the Chicago History Museum, who curated an exhibit at the museum called "Electric Chicago Blues." She took Susan and me on a private tour of the exhibit and then DJ'd with me at CHIRP, where she recommended all of the artists and songs for me to play. That hooked me! Buy Big Joe Williams Nine String Guitar Blues at Reckless Records Buy Big Joe Williams at iTunes Buy Big Joe Williams Nine String Guitar Blues at eMusic Add to Collection
2:03pm Carey Bell Local I Got a Rich Man's Woman Alligator Records—50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music (Alligator)
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Son Seals - Live and Burning album artwork 2:00pm Son Seals Local I Can't Hold Out Live and Burning (Alligator)
Track Notes: Recorded live at Wise Fools Pub in the late 1970s. Buy Son Seals Live and Burning at Reckless Records Buy Son Seals at iTunes Buy Son Seals Live and Burning at eMusic Add to Collection
7/12 - 1pm hour
The Cash Box Kings - Hail to the Kings! album artwork 1:58pm The Cash Box Kings Local The Wine Talkin' Hail to the Kings! (Alligator)
Track Notes: Yes, that's Shemekia Cop Buy The Cash Box Kings Hail to the Kings! at Reckless Records Buy The Cash Box Kings at iTunes Buy The Cash Box Kings Hail to the Kings! at eMusic Add to Collection
1:53pm beastii Local Justine Follower (Dark Circles)
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John Cale - POPtical Illusion album artwork 1:53pm John Cale Shark-Shark POPtical Illusion (Double Six/Domino)
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1:52pm Angélica Garcia Gemini Gemelo (Partisan)
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1:40pm Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson Better Days Ahead Secrets (Arista)
Track Notes: Keep the faith, brothers and sisters! Buy Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson Secrets at Reckless Records Buy Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson at iTunes Buy Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson Secrets at eMusic Add to Collection
1:34pm Caleb Veazey You Make Me Feel like We Live in Better Days Movie Stars & Politicians (SADFAM)
Track Notes: CHIRP artist interviews air on Wednesdays at 8:12pm and Fridays at 1:12pm, or check them out any time at chirp radio dot org slash podcasts! Buy Caleb Veazey Movie Stars & Politicians at Reckless Records Buy Caleb Veazey at iTunes Buy Caleb Veazey Movie Stars & Politicians at eMusic Add to Collection
William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? album artwork 1:13pm William Onyeabor Fantastic Man World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
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David Bowie - Low album artwork 1:12pm David Bowie Sound And Vision Low (RCA)
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13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators album artwork 1:09pm 13th Floor Elevators Reverberation (Doubt) The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators (International Artists)
Buy 13th Floor Elevators The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators at Reckless Records Buy 13th Floor Elevators at iTunes Buy 13th Floor Elevators The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators at eMusic Add to Collection
The Bliss Band - Neon Smiles album artwork 1:05pm The Bliss Band Chicago Neon Smiles (Columbia)
Track Notes: ...But I know you do, Chicago! Buy The Bliss Band Neon Smiles at Reckless Records Buy The Bliss Band at iTunes Buy The Bliss Band Neon Smiles at eMusic Add to Collection
7/12 - 12pm hour
Brigitte Calls Me Baby - The Future Is Our Way Out album artwork 12:58pm Brigitte Calls Me Baby Local We Were Never Alive The Future Is Our Way Out (ATO)
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The Pretenders - Pretenders II album artwork 12:57pm The Pretenders Message of Love Pretenders II (Sire)
Track Notes: Going out to my lovely wife, Susan! Thanks for listening. Buy The Pretenders Pretenders II at Reckless Records Buy The Pretenders at iTunes Buy The Pretenders Pretenders II at eMusic Add to Collection
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - Over-Nite Sensation album artwork 12:45pm Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention Fifty-Fifty Over-Nite Sensation (DiscReet)
Track Notes: Christos says, "It was great listening to you and your musical selections. Can you play something from Uncle Frank Zappa?" Buy Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention Over-Nite Sensation at Reckless Records Buy Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention at iTunes Buy Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention Over-Nite Sensation at eMusic Add to Collection
Royal Trux - Twin Infinitives album artwork 12:37pm Royal Trux Yin Jim Versus the Vomit Creature Twin Infinitives (Fire)
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12:34pm Whitworth Standard Faces Earth To Dreamer (self-released)
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Wilco - Hot Sun Cool Shroud album artwork 12:33pm Wilco Local Hot Sun Hot Sun Cool Shroud (dBpm)
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Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City album artwork 12:27pm Big Star Daisy Glaze #1 Record/Radio City (Ardent)
Track Notes: Catch the Big Star Quintet at Fitzgerald's this Saturday. The band features original drummer Jody Stephenson, plus Chris Stamey and John Stiratt and the show starts at 7 pm. Buy Big Star #1 Record/Radio City at Reckless Records Buy Big Star at iTunes Buy Big Star #1 Record/Radio City at eMusic Add to Collection
Rui Gabriel - Compassion album artwork 12:24pm Rui Gabriel Church of Nashville Compassion (Carpark)
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Royal Thunder - WICK album artwork 12:13pm Royal Thunder We Slipped WICK (Spinefarm)
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