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Kyle Akerman DJ Profile

There is so much great music in the world that commercial radio will not touch.  And the fact that we can program our own music is awesome. That is why I love CHIRP.

Did you know that the founders of CHIRP literally built the station from the ground up? They did not purchase an existing studio. They BUILT ONE.

The station does not have a big budget, but it's got a giant heart. Do you believe in the DIY spirit? Then you might just like what we're doing here at CHIRP.

 

WANT to BE a DJ?

When I began volunteering in March 2011 I had no intention of ever becoming a DJ. I just wanted to volunteer in the marketing department. I had NEVER DJ'd before and frankly the idea scared the hell out of me.

But the station had some open DJ slots to fill and I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone. So I took the CHIRP DJ training, passed the required audition and the rest, as they say, is history.  Hey, if I can do it, anyone can.

You can catch my show every WEDNESDAY night, 6-8PM CST.  I enjoy serving up a musical cocktail of songs from different genres and time periods.  And each week around 7PM I play 6 songs in a row from Chicago artists - it's called the Local Sixpack.

If you ever want to chat with me online I'm most active on Twitter (@KyleAkerman).

Bands I like: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, the Jesus Lizard, Sleater-Kinney, Les Savy Fav, the Old 97's and many more.

You can listen to Kyle's two most recent shows here.

Kyle Akerman's Playlists

10/11 - 10pm hour
James Brown - Star Time album artwork 10:01pm James Brown Get On The Good Foot Star Time (Polydor)
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10/11 - 9pm hour
Native Soul - Teenage Dreams album artwork 9:55pm Native Soul Teenage Dreams Teenage Dreams (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Track Notes: Amapiano, the latest mutation in South African house music, is the rage in the UK, and the Pretoria production duo of Zakhele Mhlanga and Kgothatso Tshabalala channels this sound with 14 engaging and immersive tracks. Buy Native Soul Teenage Dreams at Reckless Records Buy Native Soul at iTunes Buy Native Soul Teenage Dreams at eMusic Add to Collection
Ada Lea - one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden album artwork 9:49pm Ada Lea damn one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden (Saddle Creek)
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9:46pm Mike & The Modifiers It's Too Bad The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Hip-O Select)
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Hüsker Dü - Everything Falls Apart and More album artwork 9:42pm Hüsker Dü Do You Remember? Everything Falls Apart and More (Reflex)
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9:38pm Energettics Rainy Days and Monday Eccentric Soul: Omnibus (Numero Group)
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Calicoco - Underneath album artwork 9:35pm Calicoco Shade of Blue Underneath (Dadstache)
Track Notes: Angry sophomore release from Rochester, NY solo artist and multi-instrumentalist Giana Caliolo (they/them), who goes by the stage name of Calicoco and previously played with Secret Pizza, Pony Hand and Buckets. Recorded in Rochester with eight fellow instrumentalists, the album Buy Calicoco Underneath at Reckless Records Buy Calicoco at iTunes Buy Calicoco Underneath at eMusic Add to Collection
9:29pm Smirk So Original EP (Total Punk/Iron Lung)
Track Notes: Los Angeleno Nick Vicario returns for another round of short, catchy, jagged solo punk / post-punk Buy Smirk EP at Reckless Records Buy Smirk at iTunes Buy Smirk EP at eMusic Add to Collection
Helium - The Magic City album artwork 9:26pm Helium Aging Astronauts The Magic City (Matador)
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The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur album artwork 9:20pm The Cinematic Orchestra To Build a Home Ma Fleur (Ninja Tune)
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Buddy Guy - Blues Singer album artwork 9:15pm Buddy Guy Local Moanin' and Groanin' Blues Singer (Silvertone)
Track Notes: 2003 Johnny Shines’ “Moanin’ and Groanin’ Buy Buddy Guy Blues Singer at Reckless Records Buy Buddy Guy at iTunes Buy Buddy Guy Blues Singer at eMusic Add to Collection
9:12pm Little Brother Montgomery Local Salty Dog Rare Chicago Blues (1962-1968) (Rounder)
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Altyrone Deno Brown - Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label album artwork 9:09pm Altyrone Deno Brown Local Sweet Pea Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label (Numero Group)
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Stuck - Content That Makes You Feel Good album artwork 9:05pm Stuck Local Labor Leisure Content That Makes You Feel Good (Exploding in Sound)
Track Notes: A quartet fronted by Yeesh/Clearance member Greg Obis (who also runs the Born Yesterday label), along with guitarist Donny Walsh (Bloom) Buy Stuck Content That Makes You Feel Good at Reckless Records Buy Stuck at iTunes Buy Stuck Content That Makes You Feel Good at eMusic Add to Collection
Tobacco City - Tobacco City, USA album artwork 9:03pm Tobacco City Local AA Blues Tobacco City, USA (Scissor Tail)
Track Notes: Debut album from a sleepy Chicago country/singer-songwriter quintet, fronted by guitarist-vocalists and principal songwriters Chris Coleslaw and Lexi Goddard. Buy Tobacco City Tobacco City, USA at Reckless Records Buy Tobacco City at iTunes Buy Tobacco City Tobacco City, USA at eMusic Add to Collection
10/11 - 8pm hour
8:59pm Neptune's Core Local AAA Evolving (self-released)
Track Notes: The second album from this quartet comprised of two sets of sisters of high school age. The band has further honed its ‘90s-sounding indie rock style, with continued improvement both musically and lyrically. Buy Neptune's Core Evolving at Reckless Records Buy Neptune's Core at iTunes Buy Neptune's Core Evolving at eMusic Add to Collection
8:52pm Steph Wall Shotgun Blues Wall Plays Hall (self-released)
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Willie Nelson - Yesterday 8:49pm Willie Nelson Yesterday's Wine Yesterday's Wine (RCA Victor)
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Turnstile - Glow On album artwork 8:45pm Turnstile Underwater Boi Glow On (Roadrunner)
Track Notes: Glow On is the third album from the Baltimore hardcore quintet. This album follows 2018’s Time & Space and finds the band perfecting their blend of ‘90s hardcore stylings with groove/thrash metal, alt rock, and even a sprinkling of synths and R&B. Buy Turnstile Glow On at Reckless Records Buy Turnstile at iTunes Buy Turnstile Glow On at eMusic Add to Collection
Nite Jewel - No Sun album artwork 8:42pm Nite Jewel Before I Go No Sun (Gloriette)
Track Notes: This is the fifth LP from Nite Jewel a/k/a Ramona Gonzalez. In the past 4 years, Gonzalez got her Ph.D in musicology at UCLA and got divorced, both relevant to this LP. Buy Nite Jewel No Sun at Reckless Records Buy Nite Jewel at iTunes Buy Nite Jewel No Sun at eMusic Add to Collection
Fugees - The Score album artwork 8:35pm Fugees The Score The Score (Ruffhouse)
Track Notes: United Center Nov 2 Buy Fugees The Score at Reckless Records Buy Fugees at iTunes Buy Fugees The Score at eMusic Add to Collection
The Bug - Fire album artwork 8:31pm The Bug Demon (featuring Irah) Fire (Ninja Tune)
Track Notes: Massive return for Kevin Martin's digital dub/industrial concussion project The Bug. Buy The Bug Fire at Reckless Records Buy The Bug at iTunes Buy The Bug Fire at eMusic Add to Collection
The Budos Band - The Budos Band III album artwork 8:27pm The Budos Band Golden Dunes The Budos Band III (Daptone)
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8:21pm Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon Local Kites Are Fun Hideout Workers' Comp (Humboldt)
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Sufjan Stevens - Greetings From Michigan album artwork 8:18pm Sufjan Stevens Say Yes! To Michigan! Greetings From Michigan (Asthmatic Kitty)
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illuminati hotties - Let Me Do One More album artwork 8:15pm illuminati hotties Knead Let Me Do One More (Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless)
Track Notes: After her latest “mixtape,” “FREE I.H.: This Is Not the One You’ve Been Waiting For,” was released to fulfill the obligations of her exit agreement with label Tiny Engines, Sarah Tudzin aka Illuminati hotties is back with “Let Me Do One More” Buy illuminati hotties Let Me Do One More at Reckless Records Buy illuminati hotties at iTunes Buy illuminati hotties Let Me Do One More at eMusic Add to Collection
The Amazing - Ambulance album artwork 8:08pm The Amazing Moments Like These Ambulance (Partisan)
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Red House Painters - Songs For A Blue Guitar album artwork 8:07pm Red House Painters Long Distance Runaround Songs For A Blue Guitar (Island)
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9/27 - 8am hour
Booker T. & the M.G. 8:53am Booker T. & the M.G.'s Melting Pot Melting Pot (Stax)
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Ramones - Leave Home album artwork 8:50am Ramones I Remember You Leave Home (Rhino)
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