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Mike Nikolich DJ Profile

I have been passionate about music since I was a kid and worked as a DJ in college at WHCM (Harper College) and WKDI (Northern Illinois University). After discovering CHIRP at a Trail of Dead concert at the Bottom Lounge several years ago, I became a regular listener and donor. As an active volunteer, I enjoy reviewing new music for CHIRP and started DJing in March 2016. You can listen to my regular shift on Fridays from 12 noon to 3 pm. I guarantee that you will hear artists that aren't played anywhere but on CHIRP -- and I love to play your requests!

Mike Nikolich's Playlists

12/28 - 2pm hour
2:54pm The Amazing Voices Sound In Transit (Partisan)
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2:51pm Music City Do I? Single (Static Shock)
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2:50pm MaMA Local Girls Next Door Eye in the Sky (Maximum Pelt)
Track Notes: MaMa is playing at the Chop Shop at 6:30 pm. Buy MaMA Eye in the Sky at Reckless Records Buy MaMA at iTunes Buy MaMA Eye in the Sky at eMusic Add to Collection
2:43pm All Night Newsboys Local She's Gone Hollywood Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago (Numero Group)
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2:42pm Amyl & the Sniffers Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled) Single (Flightless Records)
Track Notes: One of my favorite singles of the year. Buy Amyl & the Sniffers Single at Reckless Records Buy Amyl & the Sniffers at iTunes Buy Amyl & the Sniffers Single at eMusic Add to Collection
2:37pm Big Star I'm In Love With A Girl* #1 Record/Radio City (Ardent)
Track Notes: Alex Chilton's love note to nowhere. 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
2:35pm Tori Amos Real Men Strange Little Girls (Atlantic)
Track Notes: Tori does Joe Jackson. Buy Tori Amos Strange Little Girls at Reckless Records Buy Tori Amos at iTunes Buy Tori Amos Strange Little Girls at eMusic Add to Collection
2:34pm The Searchers September Gurls Love's Melodies (Warner Brothers)
Track Notes: Great remake of the Big Star classic Buy The Searchers Love's Melodies at Reckless Records Buy The Searchers at iTunes Buy The Searchers Love's Melodies at eMusic Add to Collection
2:30pm The Concretes Miss You Layourbattleaxedown (Licking Fingers)
Track Notes: Mellow take on the Stones' classic from 1978's "Some Girls" LP, which featured the boys in drag alongside photos of Lucille Ball, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe and others, whose lawyers threatened legal action for featuring their images. Buy The Concretes Layourbattleaxedown at Reckless Records Buy The Concretes at iTunes Buy The Concretes Layourbattleaxedown at eMusic Add to Collection
2:22pm Ben LaMar Gay Local Dere Ma Baby Go Benjamim e Edinho (International Anthem)
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2:15pm Ohmme Local Water Parts (Joyful Noise)
Track Notes: Ohmme's LP "Parts" made my "Best of 2018" list. It's eclectic and oh, so good! Buy Ohmme Parts at Reckless Records Buy Ohmme at iTunes Buy Ohmme Parts at eMusic Add to Collection
2:14pm Ryley Walker Local Captain The Lillywhite Sessions (Dead Oceans)
Track Notes: Ryley Walker, Ohmme and Ben LaMar Gay are playing at the Empty Bottle tonight at 9 pm. Buy Ryley Walker The Lillywhite Sessions at Reckless Records Buy Ryley Walker at iTunes Buy Ryley Walker The Lillywhite Sessions at eMusic Add to Collection
David Nance Group - Peaced and Slightly Pulverized album artwork 2:07pm David Nance Group When I Saw You Last Night Peaced and Slightly Pulverized (Trouble in Mind)
Track Notes: David Nance made my "Best of 2018" list. "Peaced and Slightly Pulverized" is a killer album. Nice to see Chicagoans making great music! Buy David Nance Group Peaced and Slightly Pulverized at Reckless Records Buy David Nance Group at iTunes Buy David Nance Group Peaced and Slightly Pulverized at eMusic Add to Collection
2:01pm didi Heavy Ghosts Like Memory Foam (Damnably)
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12/28 - 1pm hour
1:57pm Pilotcan Daylight Savings Time Bats Fly Out from Under the Bridge (EVOL)
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1:55pm Grimes We Appreciate Power (fea. Hana) Single (4AD)
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1:52pm Motorhead Over The Top Over The Top: The Rarities (Sanctuary)
Track Notes: RIP Lemmy, who died of cancer in 2015. Buy Motorhead Over The Top: The Rarities at Reckless Records Buy Motorhead at iTunes Buy Motorhead Over The Top: The Rarities at eMusic Add to Collection
1:50pm Black Sedan The Right Stuff Adventure Lit Their Star (Pomona)
Track Notes: Journalist, author and BBC contributor Mark Hodkinson created this tour de force in 2018, featuring this version of a Hawkwind classic. Buy Black Sedan Adventure Lit Their Star at Reckless Records Buy Black Sedan at iTunes Buy Black Sedan Adventure Lit Their Star at eMusic Add to Collection
1:43pm Hawkwind Silver Machine 7" Single (United Artists)
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1:40pm Surfbort Dope Friendship Music (Cult)
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1:36pm The Differents Local What You Got It's All Too Beautiful (self-released)
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1:33pm Kind Local Total Insanity Vasoli, Gardner, Capek (Kindtoons)
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1:31pm Melissa Laveaux Nibo Radyo Siwél (No Format)
Track Notes: Radyo Siwél is a great album of traditional Haitian music with a modern twist. This one made my "Best of 2018" list. Buy Melissa Laveaux Radyo Siwél at Reckless Records Buy Melissa Laveaux at iTunes Buy Melissa Laveaux Radyo Siwél at eMusic Add to Collection
1:10pm Art Brut I Hope You're Very Happy Together Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! (Alcopop!)
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1:06pm Curtis Mayfield Local Superfly Superfly (Curtom)
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1:03pm Ike & Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine It's Gonna Work Out Fine (Sue Records)
Track Notes: This one's going out to Red Horse and the gang working out at A Woman's Gym in Old Town. Thanks for playing CHIRP during the noon workout! Buy Ike & Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine at Reckless Records Buy Ike & Tina Turner at iTunes Buy Ike & Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine at eMusic Add to Collection
12/28 - 12pm hour
12:56pm Tim Rutili & Craig Ross Local Back to the Plow 10 Seconds to Collapse (Jealous Butcher)
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12:51pm Des Demonas Bay of Pigs Single (Slovenly)
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12:48pm SAVAK Nature Erased Beg Your Pardon (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
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12:46pm Shoes Local In My Arms Again Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago (Numero Group)
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