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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

11/25 - 7pm hour
7:54pm Ohio Players Jive Turkey Gold (Island)
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7:49pm Pixies Here Comes Your Man Doolittle (4AD)
Track Notes: Amy from Yorkville! Buy Pixies Doolittle at Reckless Records Buy Pixies at iTunes Buy Pixies Doolittle at eMusic Add to Collection
7:45pm Of Montreal Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games The Sunlandic Twins (Polyvinyl)
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7:42pm Mike & The Modifiers It's Too Bad The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Hip-O Select)
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7:35pm Serengeti Local Wasps With Greg from Deerhoof (Joyful Noise)
Track Notes: Serengeti and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier met in 2009, when Serengeti supported Deerhoof at the Bottom Lounge. A chance meeting in Berlin led to the pair improvising the lengthy “I Got Your Password” [7 - FCC], and eventually putting this LP together. Buy Serengeti With Greg from Deerhoof at Reckless Records Buy Serengeti at iTunes Buy Serengeti With Greg from Deerhoof at eMusic Add to Collection
7:32pm Mark Lanegan Band Gray Goes Black Blues Funeral (4AD)
Track Notes: Happy Birthday Mark! Mark William Lanegan (born November 25, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is known for his baritone voice, which has been described as being "as scratchy as a three-day beard yet as supple and pliable as moccasin leather"[4] and has been compared to Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.[5] Lanegan began his musical career in 1984 as the frontman of the psychedelic grunge band Screaming Trees, with whom he released seven studio albums and five EPs before they split up in 2000. Buy Mark Lanegan Band Blues Funeral at Reckless Records Buy Mark Lanegan Band at iTunes Buy Mark Lanegan Band Blues Funeral at eMusic Add to Collection
7:29pm Kiko Dinucci Dadá Rastilho (Mais um Discos)
Track Notes: Recorded on analog tape with a nod to the production techniques of Brazilian records from the 1960s and 1970s, Dinucci explores folk music textures with a chunky, percussive playing style on Rastiho. He is considered one of the most innovative Brazilian artists, and plays in Metá Metá, a band that combines elements of Brazilian music, candomblé (a Brazilian folk religion that includes sorcery, ritual dance and fetishes), punk rock and free jazz. Buy Kiko Dinucci Rastilho at Reckless Records Buy Kiko Dinucci at iTunes Buy Kiko Dinucci Rastilho at eMusic Add to Collection
7:23pm Tom Jones Thunderball The Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary (EMI)
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7:21pm The Kinks Set Me Free Kinda Kinks (Pye)
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7:18pm Tomberlin Wasted Projections (Saddle Creek)
Track Notes: Sarah Beth Tomberlin’s latest EP (after her acclaimed debut “At Weddings”) is a collection of acoustic folk songs continuing her journey breaking up with her Baptist faith. Recorded and produced in Philadelphia at Alex G’s apartment, this album has a cozy, stripped down feeling perfect for fall vibes. Buy Tomberlin Projections at Reckless Records Buy Tomberlin at iTunes Buy Tomberlin Projections at eMusic Add to Collection
7:14pm Naked Raygun Local Thank You Basement Screams (Ruthless)
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7:10pm James Cotton Local Diggin´ My Potatoes Rare Chicago Blues (1962-1968) (Rounder)
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7:09pm Syl Johnson Local Thank You Baby Complete Mythology (Numero Group)
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7:06pm The Love Gods Local Sick Day single (self-released)
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7:05pm Sick Day Local The Love Gods single (self-released)
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7:02pm Cody Lee Local New Normal Woodpecker Crisis (Periscope)
Track Notes: Local singer/songwriter Cody Lee (Cody Sokolski) is back with another well crafted DIY collection of semi-acoustic tunes stripped down with acoustic and sparse electric guitars, understated percussion, and his near whisper vocal delivery Buy Cody Lee Woodpecker Crisis at Reckless Records Buy Cody Lee at iTunes Buy Cody Lee Woodpecker Crisis at eMusic Add to Collection
11/25 - 6pm hour
6:59pm Luke Titus Local Gold Plasma (Sooper)
Track Notes: PLASMA is the debut LP from 24-year-old "singer/songwriter, producer, musician, disc jockey, hermit, alien, mac & cheese enthusiast" Luke Titus, featuring contributions from label co-founder Sen Morimoto (sax on "Air") and label mate Ravyn Lenae. The Lakeview native came up in the local scene at a very young age, drumming for Blue Man Group at 15, jamming with Donnie Trumpet in high school, and Buy Luke Titus Plasma at Reckless Records Buy Luke Titus at iTunes Buy Luke Titus Plasma at eMusic Add to Collection
6:54pm Big Boi Back Up Plan Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
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6:51pm The Undertones Teenage Kicks The Undertones (Rykodisc)
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6:46pm Gorillaz The Valley Of The Pagans Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez (Parlophone/Warner)
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6:43pm The Cranberries I Can't Be with You No Need to Argue (Island)
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6:40pm Nick Drake The Thoughts Of Mary Jane Five Leaves Left (Island)
Track Notes: RIP - (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition.[2][3][4] Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and a student at the University of Cambridge. He released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release Buy Nick Drake Five Leaves Left at Reckless Records Buy Nick Drake at iTunes Buy Nick Drake Five Leaves Left at eMusic Add to Collection
6:33pm Ray Charles Mess Around Rock & Roll (Friday Music)
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6:30pm Songhoy Blues Pour toi Optimisme (Fat Possum)
Track Notes: (pronounced “ahpt-tee-mizm”) This is the third album from this quartet from Mali who were discovered by Blur’s Damon Albarn back in 2013. The band’s music is rooted in desert blues, like other Malian bands such as Tinariwen, Buy Songhoy Blues Optimisme at Reckless Records Buy Songhoy Blues at iTunes Buy Songhoy Blues Optimisme at eMusic Add to Collection
6:27pm Beastie Boys Gratitude Check Your Head (Capitol)
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6:19pm Suuns PRAY FICTION (Joyful Noise)
Track Notes: Since the COVID Pandemic has eliminated touring, many bands are using the isolation to create interesting new recordings from their home studios. Montreal-based SUUNS return with six songs reworked from old recordings and outtakes. Buy Suuns FICTION at Reckless Records Buy Suuns at iTunes Buy Suuns FICTION at eMusic Add to Collection
6:17pm James Brown (Do The) Mashed Potatoes, Pt. 1 Star Time (Polydor)
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6:14pm Oceanator A Crack in the World Things I Never Said (Polyvinyl)
Track Notes: This is the debut LP of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Elise Okusami. While the album's lyrics focus on endings (of the world, relationships, life, etc), the overall goal of Things I Never Said seems to be to find solace in those fleeting, joyful moments of today's hellscape. Buy Oceanator Things I Never Said at Reckless Records Buy Oceanator at iTunes Buy Oceanator Things I Never Said at eMusic Add to Collection
6:13pm Big Star Thank You Friends* Third/Sister Lovers (Rykodisc)
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6:03pm Andrew Hill Local Pumpkin Black Fire (Blue Note)
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