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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.

Kyle Akerman's Playlists

9/16 - 8pm hour
8:33pm Metallica The Frayed Ends of Sanity ...And Justice for All (Elektra)
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8:29pm B.B. King How Blue Can You Get? Live at the Regal (MCA)
Track Notes: Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later blues electric guitar players Buy B.B. King Live at the Regal at Reckless Records Buy B.B. King at iTunes Buy B.B. King Live at the Regal at eMusic Add to Collection
8:21pm Cut Copy Like Breaking Glass Freeze, Melt (Cutters)
Track Notes: Australian electronic trio Cut Copy’s sixth album, Freeze, Melt is more chilled out, lovelorn and minimal than their past synth-led, euphoric dance tracks. Written over three years when singer Dan Whitford was living in Copenhagen, it somehow feels in tune with our times. Buy Cut Copy Freeze, Melt at Reckless Records Buy Cut Copy at iTunes Buy Cut Copy Freeze, Melt at eMusic Add to Collection
8:21pm T. Rex Baby Strange The Slider (Fat Possum)
Track Notes: RIP - Marc Bolan (/ˈboʊlən/ BOH-lən; born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and poet. He was the lead singer of the band T. Rex and was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. Buy T. Rex The Slider at Reckless Records Buy T. Rex at iTunes Buy T. Rex The Slider at eMusic Add to Collection
8:13pm Nubya Garcia La cumbia me esta llamando (featuring La Perla) Source (Concord Jazz)
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8:05pm Kazyak Paper Bird Odyssey (self-released)
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8:01pm Salt-N-Pepa Swift Blacks' Magic (Next Plateau)
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9/16 - 7pm hour
7:58pm No Age Sandalwood Goons Be Gone (Drag City)
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7:57pm Brick Head Don't Wanna Play Thick as Bricks (self-released)
Track Notes: Thick as Bricks is the debut release for Brick Head, the newest project for Melbourne’s Sarah Hardiman, also known for her work with Deaf Wish and Moon Rituals. Hardiman sings and plays everything but drums, covered by Carolyn Hawkins. Buy Brick Head Thick as Bricks at Reckless Records Buy Brick Head at iTunes Buy Brick Head Thick as Bricks at eMusic Add to Collection
7:50pm Aluna Sneak Renaissance (Mad Decent)
Track Notes: Aluna Francis (of AlunaGeorge) has stepped into the spotlight with her electrifying debut solo record Renaissance Buy Aluna Renaissance at Reckless Records Buy Aluna at iTunes Buy Aluna Renaissance at eMusic Add to Collection
7:48pm Toots & The Maytals Sweet & Dandy Time Tough: The Anthology (Island Jamaica)
Track Notes: Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert, OJ (8 December 1942 – 11 September 2020), was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who was the lead vocalist for the reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals. A reggae pioneer, he performed for six decades and helped establish some of the fundamentals of reggae music.[1][2] Hibbert's 1968 song "Do the Reggay" is widely credited as the genesis of the genre name reggae.[3] His band's album True Love won a Grammy Award in 2005.[2] Buy Toots & The Maytals Time Tough: The Anthology at Reckless Records Buy Toots & The Maytals at iTunes Buy Toots & The Maytals Time Tough: The Anthology at eMusic Add to Collection
7:44pm The Underdogs Mojo Hannah The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967 (Hip-O Select)
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7:36pm The Stooges Raw Power Raw Power (Columbia)
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Rocket from the Crypt - Scream, Dracula, Scream! album artwork 7:32pm Rocket from the Crypt Come See, Come Saw Scream, Dracula, Scream! (Interscope)
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7:29pm Bully Let You SUGAREGG (Sub Pop)
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7:24pm Wire Reuters Pink Flag (EMI)
Track Notes: Colin Newman (born 16 September 1954) is an English musician, record producer and record label owner. He is best known as the primary vocalist and songwriter for the post-punk band Wire. 65 Buy Wire Pink Flag at Reckless Records Buy Wire at iTunes Buy Wire Pink Flag at eMusic Add to Collection
7:21pm Isaac Hayes Run Fay Run Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It (Stax)
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7:19pm Brick Briscoe The Blue Jean Bridge My Favorite Los Angeles Restaurant (self-released)
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7:16pm Pixies Monkey Gone To Heaven Doolittle (4AD)
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7:10pm Buddy Guy Local Mary Ann Feels Like Rain (Silvertone)
Track Notes: 1993 Buy Buddy Guy Feels Like Rain at Reckless Records Buy Buddy Guy at iTunes Buy Buddy Guy Feels Like Rain at eMusic Add to Collection
7:08pm Rev. Robert Ballinger Local Drop Your Net Working the Road: The Golden Age of Chicago Gospel (Delmark)
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7:05pm Jimmy Jones Local Yesterday's Mistakes Twinight's Chicago Soul Heaven (Kent)
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7:01pm Old Joy Local Life is Long demo (self-released)
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9/16 - 6pm hour
6:58pm Jordanna Local When I'm Around You single (self-released)
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6:56pm Jovan Landry Local Ubique World Vibe EP (self-released)
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6:49pm Okay Kaya Comic Sans Surviving Is the New Living (Jagjaguwar)
Track Notes: The second album from Okay Kaya in 2020 (real name: Kara Wilkins) finds the Norwegian singer recording true bedroom pop, due to the pandemic, which informs the lyrics of some of these songs. Buy Okay Kaya Surviving Is the New Living at Reckless Records Buy Okay Kaya at iTunes Buy Okay Kaya Surviving Is the New Living at eMusic Add to Collection
6:46pm Brian Eno An Ending (Ascent) Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (EG)
Track Notes: Composed, performed and recorded in 1983 to soundtrack a documentary film of the Apollo moon landings (space being a vacuum, the majority of the NASA stock footage used had no audio component), Apollo was a collaborative effort featuring not only Brian Eno but also his brother Roger, as well as Daniel Lanois. In the liner notes, the more famous of the two Enos comments that, when watching the moon landings in realtime when they were broadcast years earlier, he was disappointed by the heavy presence of journalistic commentary and melodramatic hyperbole, not to mention the poor fidelity of the sound and visuals. Buy Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks at Reckless Records Buy Brian Eno at iTunes Buy Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks at eMusic Add to Collection
6:43pm Sam Spence Round Up Autumn Thunder (BMG)
Track Notes: NFL! Bears! Buy Sam Spence Autumn Thunder at Reckless Records Buy Sam Spence at iTunes Buy Sam Spence Autumn Thunder at eMusic Add to Collection
The Meters - Rejuvenation album artwork 6:40pm The Meters What'cha Say Rejuvenation (Reprise)
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6:34pm The Replacements My Little Problem All Shook Down (Sire)
Track Notes: 1990 Buy The Replacements All Shook Down at Reckless Records Buy The Replacements at iTunes Buy The Replacements All Shook Down at eMusic Add to Collection
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