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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

2/3 - 2pm hour
2:56pm LowDown Brass Band Local Call Me Single (Self-released)
Buy LowDown Brass Band Single at Reckless Records Buy LowDown Brass Band at iTunes Buy LowDown Brass Band Single at eMusic Add to Collection
2:52pm LOTEC Local Special Squares! (Self-Released)
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2:49pm Shredded Sun Local Sad Sad Song SOS Phantoms (Self-released)
Buy Shredded Sun SOS Phantoms at Reckless Records Buy Shredded Sun at iTunes Buy Shredded Sun SOS Phantoms at eMusic Add to Collection
Tom Verlaine - Tom Verlaine album artwork 2:44pm Tom Verlaine Kingdom Come Tom Verlaine (Elektra)
Track Notes: Covered famously by David Bowie, at the suggestion of guitarist Carlos Alomar. Appeared on the Elektra/Parlophone double single, Kingdom Come in 2015, with versions of Verlaine's original and Bowie's cover, and became a medium hit for Bowie. Buy Tom Verlaine Tom Verlaine at Reckless Records Buy Tom Verlaine at iTunes Buy Tom Verlaine Tom Verlaine at eMusic Add to Collection
2:38pm James Yorkston Smoke Signals Covers of Covers (American Laundromat)
Track Notes: Yorkson covers Pheobe Bridgers. This tune originally appeared on Pheobe's LP, "Stranger in the Alps." Buy James Yorkston Covers of Covers at Reckless Records Buy James Yorkston at iTunes Buy James Yorkston Covers of Covers at eMusic Add to Collection
2:33pm The Lovemongers Battle of Evermore Singles Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Epic Soundtrax)
Track Notes: Ann and Nancy Wilson have always been huge Zeppelin fans... They made Robert Plant cry with their performance of "Stairway to Heaven." Buy The Lovemongers Singles Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at Reckless Records Buy The Lovemongers at iTunes Buy The Lovemongers Singles Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at eMusic Add to Collection
J.T. IV - The Future album artwork 2:30pm J.T. IV Local I Wish I Was Your Mother The Future (Drag City)
Track Notes: The late John Henry Timmis IV (d 2002) does Ian Hunter proud on this track. Buy J.T. IV The Future at Reckless Records Buy J.T. IV at iTunes Buy J.T. IV The Future at eMusic Add to Collection
The Holy Circle - Don 2:23pm The Holy Circle Heartache Don't Disturb My Waking Dream (Deathbomb Arc)
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The Firm - Mean Business album artwork 2:20pm The Firm Live in Peace Mean Business (Atlantic)
Track Notes: Going out to Vic. Buy The Firm Mean Business at Reckless Records Buy The Firm at iTunes Buy The Firm Mean Business at eMusic Add to Collection
2:09pm Morry Sochat & The Special 20s Local Last Time Dig It (Self-released)
Track Notes: Morry Sochat & The Special 20s are at Untitled this Saturday at 8 pm. Buy Morry Sochat & The Special 20s Dig It at Reckless Records Buy Morry Sochat & The Special 20s at iTunes Buy Morry Sochat & The Special 20s Dig It at eMusic Add to Collection
Mud Morganfield - Fall Waters Fall album artwork 2:06pm Mud Morganfield Local You Gonna Miss Me Fall Waters Fall (Self-released)
Track Notes: Mud Morganfield and Studebaker John are playing at Hey Nonny at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights this Saturday at 8 pm. Buy Mud Morganfield Fall Waters Fall at Reckless Records Buy Mud Morganfield at iTunes Buy Mud Morganfield Fall Waters Fall at eMusic Add to Collection
Breezy Rodio - So Close to It album artwork 2:04pm Breezy Rodio Local Walking With My Baby (feat. Billy Branch) So Close to It (Wind Chill Productions)
Track Notes: Catch Breezy Rodio at Buddy Guy's Legends tonight at 9 pm. Buy Breezy Rodio So Close to It at Reckless Records Buy Breezy Rodio at iTunes Buy Breezy Rodio So Close to It at eMusic Add to Collection
Golden Earring - The Continuing Story of Radar Love album artwork 2:02pm Golden Earring Ce Soir The Continuing Story of Radar Love (MCA)
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Shemekia Copeland - Done Come Too Far album artwork 2:00pm Shemekia Copeland Local Fried Catfish and Bibles Done Come Too Far (Alligator)
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2/3 - 1pm hour
Duckwrth - Chrome Bull album artwork 1:57pm Duckwrth Ce Soir Chrome Bull (Supergood/The Blind Youth)
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Glyders - Maria 1:42pm Glyders Local High Time Maria's Hunt (Country Thyme)
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Frank Okay - Escape from Chicago album artwork 1:39pm Frank Okay Local Engage Escape from Chicago (self-released)
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Dead Meadow - Force Form Free album artwork 1:34pm Dead Meadow The Left Hand Path Force Form Free (Blues Funeral)
Track Notes: After piece runs: CHIRP artist interviews air on Tuesdays at 10:12am, Wednesdays at 8:12pm, and Fridays at 1:12pm, or check them out any time at chirp radio dot org slash podcasts! Buy Dead Meadow Force Form Free at Reckless Records Buy Dead Meadow at iTunes Buy Dead Meadow Force Form Free at eMusic Add to Collection
1:30pm beastii Local Got the Van B.E.A.S.T.I.I. (Whats For Breakfast?)
Buy beastii B.E.A.S.T.I.I. at Reckless Records Buy beastii at iTunes Buy beastii B.E.A.S.T.I.I. at eMusic Add to Collection
Hightown Pirates - Dry and High album artwork 1:09pm Hightown Pirates Just for Today Dry and High (Strike-Back)
Track Notes: Founder Simon Mason is best known for his book, “Too High Too Far Too Soon,” which recounts his decadent adventures at Glastonbury Festival and his notoriety as personal chemist to some of the biggest bands of the 1990s. Buy Hightown Pirates Dry and High at Reckless Records Buy Hightown Pirates at iTunes Buy Hightown Pirates Dry and High at eMusic Add to Collection
Free - Heartbreaker album artwork 1:03pm Free Seven Angels Heartbreaker (Island)
Track Notes: I posted a quick review of Free's last LP on Facebook today. When Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke left Free to form Bad Company, they often played this song live. I heard it during their second US tour at the old Chicago Stadium. Buy Free Heartbreaker at Reckless Records Buy Free at iTunes Buy Free Heartbreaker at eMusic Add to Collection
2/3 - 12pm hour
Wilco - Being There album artwork 12:59pm Wilco Local Hotel Arizona Being There (Reprise)
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New Order - Low-Life album artwork 12:52pm New Order Love Vigilantes Low-Life (Qwest)
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12:51pm The Serfs Politics of Emptiness Primal Matter (Dream Recordings)
Track Notes: You can catch this Cincinnati post-punk/industrial/dark wave trio tonight at the Empty Bottle. Choke Chain opens the show at 9 pm. Buy The Serfs Primal Matter at Reckless Records Buy The Serfs at iTunes Buy The Serfs Primal Matter at eMusic Add to Collection
Sonic Youth - Dirty album artwork 12:42pm Sonic Youth Sugar Kane Dirty (DGC)
Track Notes: Happy birthday, Lee Ranaldo, guitarist, Sonic Youth. Buy Sonic Youth Dirty at Reckless Records Buy Sonic Youth at iTunes Buy Sonic Youth Dirty at eMusic Add to Collection
Fucked Up - One Day album artwork 12:35pm Fucked Up Falling Right Under One Day (Merge)
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Florry - Sweet Guitar Solos album artwork 12:33pm Florry Big Fall Sweet Guitar Solos (Dear Life)
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White Reaper - Asking for a Ride album artwork 12:32pm White Reaper Fog Machine Asking for a Ride (Elektra)
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Arbor Labor Union - Yonder album artwork 12:25pm Arbor Labor Union Remember to Water Your Head Yonder (Sophomore Lounge)
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12:20pm Gruff Rhys Layer Upon Layer The Almond and the Seahorse Soundtrack (Rough Trade)
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