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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
2:52pm 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
2:50pm 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
2:43pm Hawkwind Silver Machine 7" Single (United Artists)
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2:40pm Surfbort Dope Friendship Music (Cult)
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2:36pm The Differents Local What You Got It's All Too Beautiful (self-released)
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2:33pm Kind Local Total Insanity Vasoli, Gardner, Capek (Kindtoons)
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2:31pm 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
2:10pm Art Brut I Hope You're Very Happy Together Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! (Alcopop!)
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2:06pm Curtis Mayfield Local Superfly Superfly (Curtom)
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2:03pm 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 - 1pm hour
1:56pm Tim Rutili & Craig Ross Local Back to the Plow 10 Seconds to Collapse (Jealous Butcher)
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1:51pm Des Demonas Bay of Pigs Single (Slovenly)
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1:48pm SAVAK Nature Erased Beg Your Pardon (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
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1:46pm Shoes Local In My Arms Again Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago (Numero Group)
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Grave Flowers Bongo Band - Flower Pot album artwork 1:44pm Grave Flowers Bongo Band Sacred Flower Pot (Permanent)
Track Notes: Gabe Flores' solo project got in under the wire on my 2018 "Best of" list. Buy Grave Flowers Bongo Band Flower Pot at Reckless Records Buy Grave Flowers Bongo Band at iTunes Buy Grave Flowers Bongo Band Flower Pot at eMusic Add to Collection
1:37pm The Young Mothers Shanghai Morose (Self Sabotage)
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1:37pm Red Baraat Ghadar Machao Sound the People (Rhyme & Reason)
Track Notes: Definitely the best show of the year and one of my favorite LPs, you need to explore "Sound the People" by Red Baraat. Buy Red Baraat Sound the People at Reckless Records Buy Red Baraat at iTunes Buy Red Baraat Sound the People at eMusic Add to Collection
Paul Kossoff - KOSS album artwork 1:24pm Paul Kossoff Bird Dog Blues KOSS (DJM)
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Windhand - Eternal Return album artwork 1:19pm Windhand Grey Garden Eternal Return (Relapse)
Track Notes: This LP didn't make the CHIRP rotation but it's one of my favorites of 2018. Buy Windhand Eternal Return at Reckless Records Buy Windhand at iTunes Buy Windhand Eternal Return at eMusic Add to Collection
1:09pm Diagonal Local Jump Back Tomorrow (Midwest Action)
Track Notes: This album made my "Best of 2018" list Buy Diagonal Tomorrow at Reckless Records Buy Diagonal at iTunes Buy Diagonal Tomorrow at eMusic Add to Collection
Quicksand - Interiors album artwork 1:06pm Quicksand Warm and Low Interiors (Epitaph)
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Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf album artwork 1:04pm Queens of the Stone Age Do It Again Songs For The Deaf (Interscope)
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12/21 - 3pm hour
3:51pm Stove Annoying Guy 's Favorite Friend (Exploding in a Sound)
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3:50pm Naked Raygun Local Live Wire Jettison (Quarterstick)
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3:48pm didi Haru Like Memory Foam (Damnably)
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3:47pm The Funs Local Fur Cup Alienated (Sister Polygon)
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3:38pm David Benoit Carol of the Bells A GRP Christmas (T)
Track Notes: This popular Christmas carol was written by Ukranian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914 with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. It's based on the Ukranian folk chant "Schenendryk." Buy David Benoit A GRP Christmas at Reckless Records Buy David Benoit at iTunes Buy David Benoit A GRP Christmas at eMusic Add to Collection
3:35pm The Limiñanas Curse of Santa Claus I've Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2 (Rare Stuff 2015/2018) (Because Music)
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3:32pm Chuck Berry Merry Christmas Baby St. Louis to Liverpool (Geffen)
Track Notes: Originally recorded by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. Buy Chuck Berry St. Louis to Liverpool at Reckless Records Buy Chuck Berry at iTunes Buy Chuck Berry St. Louis to Liverpool at eMusic Add to Collection
3:30pm Mark Kozelek Christmas Time is Here Sings Christmas Carols (Caldo Verde)
Track Notes: This is the saddest version of this popular Christmas song that was written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Buy Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols at Reckless Records Buy Mark Kozelek at iTunes Buy Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols at eMusic Add to Collection
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