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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

8/23 - 12pm hour
12:32pm Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames Local Looking for a Man Slip into a Dream (Delmark)
Track Notes: Great interview with Dave Weld and Monica Meyers of the Imperial Flames. You can hear CHIRP artists interviews every Tuesday at 7:12 am, Wednesday at 9:12 pm and Friday on my show at 1:12 pm or any time at chirpradio.org/podcasts. Buy Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames Slip into a Dream at Reckless Records Buy Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames at iTunes Buy Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames Slip into a Dream at eMusic Add to Collection
12:11pm Wild Wing State of the Art New Futures (Self-Released)
Buy Wild Wing New Futures at Reckless Records Buy Wild Wing at iTunes Buy Wild Wing New Futures at eMusic Add to Collection
Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won 12:08pm Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold The Center Won't Hold (Mom+Pop)
Track Notes: This is the LP that forever changed this band. It was produced by St. Vincent and drummer Janet Weiss left after recording the LP, saying "The band was heading in a new direction and it's time for me to move on." Actually, I really liked it! Buy Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold at Reckless Records Buy Sleater-Kinney at iTunes Buy Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold at eMusic Add to Collection
Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won 12:08pm Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold The Center Won't Hold (Mom+Pop)
Track Notes: This is the LP that forever changed this band. It was produced by St. Vincent and drummer Janet Weiss left after recording the LP, saying "The band was heading in a new direction and it's time for me to move on." Actually, I really liked it! Buy Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold at Reckless Records Buy Sleater-Kinney at iTunes Buy Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold at eMusic Add to Collection
12:01pm Sam Cohen I Can't Lose The Future's Still Ringing in My Ears (30th Century)
Buy Sam Cohen The Future's Still Ringing in My Ears at Reckless Records Buy Sam Cohen at iTunes Buy Sam Cohen The Future's Still Ringing in My Ears at eMusic Add to Collection
8/23 - 11am hour
11:57am The Lawrence Arms Local Uptown Free Radio Guided Tour of Chicago (Asian Man)
Buy The Lawrence Arms Guided Tour of Chicago at Reckless Records Buy The Lawrence Arms at iTunes Buy The Lawrence Arms Guided Tour of Chicago at eMusic Add to Collection
11:56am Ohmme Local Fingerprints Ohmme (Fox Hall)
Buy Ohmme Ohmme at Reckless Records Buy Ohmme at iTunes Buy Ohmme Ohmme at eMusic Add to Collection
11:55am Japan Life In Tokyo Assemblage (BMG UK)
Track Notes: Going out to Matthew, who just won a pair of tickets to see King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard tomorrow night at the Aragon. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Buy Japan Assemblage at Reckless Records Buy Japan at iTunes Buy Japan Assemblage at eMusic Add to Collection
11:46am Amyl and The Sniffers Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled) Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO)
Track Notes: Going out to my new pooch, DXtR! Buy Amyl and The Sniffers Amyl and The Sniffers at Reckless Records Buy Amyl and The Sniffers at iTunes Buy Amyl and The Sniffers Amyl and The Sniffers at eMusic Add to Collection
Lina Tullgren - Free Cell album artwork 11:39am Lina Tullgren Golden Babyland Free Cell (Captured Tracks)
Buy Lina Tullgren Free Cell at Reckless Records Buy Lina Tullgren at iTunes Buy Lina Tullgren Free Cell at eMusic Add to Collection
11:37am Hooverphonic The Magnificent Tree The Magnificent Tree (Columbia)
Buy Hooverphonic The Magnificent Tree at Reckless Records Buy Hooverphonic at iTunes Buy Hooverphonic The Magnificent Tree at eMusic Add to Collection
11:33am Marika Hackman hold on Any Human Friend (Sub Pop)
Buy Marika Hackman Any Human Friend at Reckless Records Buy Marika Hackman at iTunes Buy Marika Hackman Any Human Friend at eMusic Add to Collection
11:27am Fly Pan Am Bleeding Decay C'est Ca (Constellation)
Buy Fly Pan Am C'est Ca at Reckless Records Buy Fly Pan Am at iTunes Buy Fly Pan Am C'est Ca at eMusic Add to Collection
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Murder of the Universe album artwork 11:22am King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard The Lord of Lightning Murder of the Universe (ATO)
Track Notes: Win a pair of tickets to see King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard right now by sending your email to dj@chirpradio.org or calling me at 773-357-6647 (773-DJ-SONGS). Buy King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Murder of the Universe at Reckless Records Buy King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at iTunes Buy King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Murder of the Universe at eMusic Add to Collection
11:14am Siissisoq Puuluki Rock From The Cold Seas (Tutl)
Track Notes: President Trump tried to buy Greenland this week. He was unsuccessful, but there are many great Greenlandic acts you can add to your personal music collection! Buy Siissisoq Rock From The Cold Seas at Reckless Records Buy Siissisoq at iTunes Buy Siissisoq Rock From The Cold Seas at eMusic Add to Collection
Nanook - Nanook album artwork 11:09am Nanook Ingerlaliinnaleqaagut Nanook (Mermaid Records Denmark)
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11:06am The Juan McClean Pressure Danger The Brighter the Light (DFA)
Buy The Juan McClean The Brighter the Light at Reckless Records Buy The Juan McClean at iTunes Buy The Juan McClean The Brighter the Light at eMusic Add to Collection
8/16 - 1pm hour
Russian Circles - Blood Year album artwork 1:52pm Russian Circles Local Arluck Blood Year (Sargent House)
Buy Russian Circles Blood Year at Reckless Records Buy Russian Circles at iTunes Buy Russian Circles Blood Year at eMusic Add to Collection
Alex Lahey - The Best Of Luck Club album artwork 1:51pm Alex Lahey Misery Guts The Best Of Luck Club (Dead Oceans)
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1:45pm Peter Laughner Solomon's Mines (1972) Fat City Jive (Smog Veil)
Buy Peter Laughner (1972) Fat City Jive at Reckless Records Buy Peter Laughner at iTunes Buy Peter Laughner (1972) Fat City Jive at eMusic Add to Collection
Alexander Tucker - Guild of the Asbestos Weaver album artwork 1:43pm Alexander Tucker Energy Alphas Guild of the Asbestos Weaver (Thrill Jockey)
Buy Alexander Tucker Guild of the Asbestos Weaver at Reckless Records Buy Alexander Tucker at iTunes Buy Alexander Tucker Guild of the Asbestos Weaver at eMusic Add to Collection
Sonic Youth - If I Were A Carpenter album artwork 1:37pm Sonic Youth Superstar If I Were A Carpenter (A&M Records)
Track Notes: Originally a hit for the Carpenters. Buy Sonic Youth If I Were A Carpenter at Reckless Records Buy Sonic Youth at iTunes Buy Sonic Youth If I Were A Carpenter at eMusic Add to Collection
1:35pm Terry Reid Gimme Some Lovin' The Driver (Warner Brothers)
Track Notes: Original hit for the Spencer Davis Group, but this version wound up on the Days of Summer soundtrack. Buy Terry Reid The Driver at Reckless Records Buy Terry Reid at iTunes Buy Terry Reid The Driver at eMusic Add to Collection
1:34pm The Zombies I Love You Greatest Hits (Parrot)
Track Notes: The Zombies recorded the original but The People had the hit. Chris White of the Zombies wrote this classic. Buy The Zombies Greatest Hits at Reckless Records Buy The Zombies at iTunes Buy The Zombies Greatest Hits at eMusic Add to Collection
1:26pm The American Breed Local Bend Me, Shape Me Bad Times At The El Royale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (20th Century Fox)
Track Notes: This song was written by Scott English and Larry Weiss and first recorded by the Outsiders, but the American Breed had the hit in the US, while Amen Corner scored in the UK. Today is vocalist Gary Loizzo's birthday. He was born in 1945 and died in 2016 of pancreatic cancer. The American Breed later became Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Buy The American Breed Bad Times At The El Royale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) at Reckless Records Buy The American Breed at iTunes Buy The American Breed Bad Times At The El Royale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) at eMusic Add to Collection
1:20pm Weeping Bong Band Elf's Promise II (Feeding Tube)
Buy Weeping Bong Band II at Reckless Records Buy Weeping Bong Band at iTunes Buy Weeping Bong Band II at eMusic Add to Collection
1:17pm Marion Belle & Sam Mehran Way of Life MELT EP (Total Decay)
Buy Marion Belle & Sam Mehran MELT EP at Reckless Records Buy Marion Belle & Sam Mehran at iTunes Buy Marion Belle & Sam Mehran MELT EP at eMusic Add to Collection
1:13pm Sugaray Rayford Local Time to Get Movin' Somebody Save Me (Forty Below)
Track Notes: You can catch Sugaray Rayford at Buddy Guy's Legends at 9 pm tonight. Buy Sugaray Rayford Somebody Save Me at Reckless Records Buy Sugaray Rayford at iTunes Buy Sugaray Rayford Somebody Save Me at eMusic Add to Collection
1:07pm John Primer, The Real Deal Blues Band Local Please Don't Leave Me The Soul of a Blues Man (Self-released)
Track Notes: John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band are playing at Rosa's Lounge tonight at 9 pm. Buy John Primer, The Real Deal Blues Band The Soul of a Blues Man at Reckless Records Buy John Primer, The Real Deal Blues Band at iTunes Buy John Primer, The Real Deal Blues Band The Soul of a Blues Man at eMusic Add to Collection
1:02pm Luther Allison Local You Done Lost Your Good Thing West Side Chicago Blues (Delmark)
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