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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

8/16 - 12pm hour
12:58pm Junior Wells Local Stop Breaking Down South Side Chicago Blues (Delmark)
Buy Junior Wells South Side Chicago Blues at Reckless Records Buy Junior Wells at iTunes Buy Junior Wells South Side Chicago Blues at eMusic Add to Collection
12:52pm Mt. Pocono Local Stranded Fear of the Savanna, Terror of the Suburbs EP (self-released)
Buy Mt. Pocono Fear of the Savanna, Terror of the Suburbs EP at Reckless Records Buy Mt. Pocono at iTunes Buy Mt. Pocono Fear of the Savanna, Terror of the Suburbs EP at eMusic Add to Collection
Twin Peaks - Lookout Low album artwork 12:50pm Twin Peaks Local Dance Through It Lookout Low (Grand Jury)
Track Notes: The new LP is coming out Sept. 13. Buy Twin Peaks Lookout Low at Reckless Records Buy Twin Peaks at iTunes Buy Twin Peaks Lookout Low at eMusic Add to Collection
12:45pm Allah-Las In The Air LAHS (Mexican Summer)
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12:42pm King Ropes California Stars Gravity and Friction (self-released)
Buy King Ropes Gravity and Friction at Reckless Records Buy King Ropes at iTunes Buy King Ropes Gravity and Friction at eMusic Add to Collection
The Time - Ice Cream Castle album artwork 12:36pm The Time Jungle Love Ice Cream Castle (Warner Brothers)
Track Notes: This track showed up in the "Purple Rain" movie and on the new "Originals" album by Prince. Buy The Time Ice Cream Castle at Reckless Records Buy The Time at iTunes Buy The Time Ice Cream Castle at eMusic Add to Collection
12:32pm Prince Computer Blue Purple Rain (Warner Bros.)
Track Notes: Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes mentioned in his CHIRP podcast interview that he loves "Computer Blue," even though it never gets played on the air. Hope Kevin's listening to CHIRP right now! Buy Prince Purple Rain at Reckless Records Buy Prince at iTunes Buy Prince Purple Rain at eMusic Add to Collection
12:30pm Of Montreal Psychotic Feeling Daughter of Cloud (Polyvinyl)
Track Notes: I loved Mick Reed's interview with Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal. CHIRP artist interviews air Tuesdays at 7:12 am, Wednesdays at 9:12 pm, and Fridays at 1:12 pm, or check them out anytime at chirpradio.org. Buy Of Montreal Daughter of Cloud at Reckless Records Buy Of Montreal at iTunes Buy Of Montreal Daughter of Cloud at eMusic Add to Collection
Ephraim Lewis - Skin album artwork 12:09pm Ephraim Lewis Summer Lightning Skin (Elektra)
Track Notes: On request from Matthew... Buy Ephraim Lewis Skin at Reckless Records Buy Ephraim Lewis at iTunes Buy Ephraim Lewis Skin at eMusic Add to Collection
12:05pm Isaac Birituro and the Rail Abandon So Ma Kalba (Wah Wah 45s)
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8/16 - 11am hour
11:59am Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra Dirty Money Antibalas (Daptone)
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Art Ensemble Of Chicago - We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration album artwork 11:58am Art Ensemble Of Chicago Local Chi-Congo 50 We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Erased Tapes)
Buy Art Ensemble Of Chicago We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at Reckless Records Buy Art Ensemble Of Chicago at iTunes Buy Art Ensemble Of Chicago We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at eMusic Add to Collection
11:54am The Hecks So 4 Real My Star (Trouble in Mind)
Track Notes: The LP is out 10/11. The Hecks are playing Saturday at Hideout at 9:30 pm. Buy The Hecks My Star at Reckless Records Buy The Hecks at iTunes Buy The Hecks My Star at eMusic Add to Collection
11:43am The Phantom Broadcast Local Benediction Antiquities, Vol. II (Self-released)
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The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar album artwork 11:41am The Joy Formidable Whirring The Big Roar (Atlantic)
Track Notes: Dedicated from Mike J in Mexico to Shaun, who passed away this week. RIP, Shaun. Hope you're listening on the big stereo system in the sky. Buy The Joy Formidable The Big Roar at Reckless Records Buy The Joy Formidable at iTunes Buy The Joy Formidable The Big Roar at eMusic Add to Collection
KOKOKO! - Fongola album artwork 11:34am KOKOKO! Zala Mayele Fongola (Transgressive/Royal Mountain)
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11:28am Richard Papiercuts Starless Summer Night Twisting the Night (Ever/Never)
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11:15am Santana Soul Sacrifice -- Live at The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival Santana (Legacy Edition) (Sony BMG Music Entertainment)
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11:08am Tarrus Riley She's Royal Parables (Vp Music Group)
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11:07am Bob Marley & The Whalers Sun Is Shining Kaya (Island Def Jam)
Track Notes: The sun is shining and it's a beautiful weekend for the Chicago Air & Water Show! Buy Bob Marley & The Whalers Kaya at Reckless Records Buy Bob Marley & The Whalers at iTunes Buy Bob Marley & The Whalers Kaya at eMusic Add to Collection
8/2 - 1pm hour
1:57pm The Mekons Local Ghosts Of American Astronauts So Good It Hurts (Twin/Tone)
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1:54pm DEHD Local Sunburn DEHD (Maximum Pelt)
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1:48pm Ratboys Pot Kettle Black all of god's money: a tribute to wilco's yankee hotel foxtrot (Better Yet)
Buy Ratboys all of god's money: a tribute to wilco's yankee hotel foxtrot at Reckless Records Buy Ratboys at iTunes Buy Ratboys all of god's money: a tribute to wilco's yankee hotel foxtrot at eMusic Add to Collection
1:45pm Young Guv Roll Wit Me GUV I (Run for Cover)
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Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe album artwork 1:42pm Nilüfer Yanya In Your Head Miss Universe (ATO)
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Bright Eyes - Cassadaga album artwork 1:39pm Bright Eyes Four Winds Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
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1:38pm Freakwater Local You Make Me Feels Like the Third Time (Thrill Jockey)
Track Notes: Freakwater does Nick Lowe. Buy Freakwater Feels Like the Third Time at Reckless Records Buy Freakwater at iTunes Buy Freakwater Feels Like the Third Time at eMusic Add to Collection
1:34pm Amen Corner Expressway to Your Heart The Mod Scene (Decca)
Track Notes: This Gamble and Huff song was recorded first by the Soul Survivors, and covered by everyone from the Vibrations to the Blues Brothers and Southside Johnny & the Jukes. Today is Amen Corner guitarist Andy Fairweather-Low's birthday and Amen Corner released this song as a B side to the single "Judge Rumpel Crassila" in 1969. Buy Amen Corner The Mod Scene at Reckless Records Buy Amen Corner at iTunes Buy Amen Corner The Mod Scene at eMusic Add to Collection
Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers album artwork 1:29pm Big Star Till The End Of The Day Third/Sister Lovers (Rykodisc)
Track Notes: Alex Chilton covers Ray Davies and the Kinks. Buy Big Star Third/Sister Lovers at Reckless Records Buy Big Star at iTunes Buy Big Star Third/Sister Lovers at eMusic Add to Collection
1:26pm Gladys Knight & The Pips I Heard It Through the Grapevine Everybody Needs Love (Motown)
Track Notes: The original version of this song, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. It was a much bigger hit for Marvin Gaye and CCR. Buy Gladys Knight & The Pips Everybody Needs Love at Reckless Records Buy Gladys Knight & The Pips at iTunes Buy Gladys Knight & The Pips Everybody Needs Love at eMusic Add to Collection
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