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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

7/28 - 9pm hour
Boo Williams - Home Town Chicago album artwork 9:54pm Boo Williams Local Make Some Noise Home Town Chicago (Anotherday)
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The Natvral - Tethers album artwork 9:49pm The Natvral New Moon Tethers (Kanine)
Track Notes: The Natvral is the new project by Kip Berman, former frontman of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. It has a more traditional 60's rock sound with Blonde on Blonde organs and a Fruit Bats vocal sound, or Tallest Man on Earth. Buy The Natvral Tethers at Reckless Records Buy The Natvral at iTunes Buy The Natvral Tethers at eMusic Add to Collection
Prince - Dirty Mind album artwork 9:46pm Prince When You Were Mine Dirty Mind (Warner Bros.)
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9:44pm Mary Wells I'm so Sorry The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (Hip-O Select)
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The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks album artwork 9:38pm The Kinks Funny Face Something Else by the Kinks (Pye)
Track Notes: 1967 Buy The Kinks Something Else by the Kinks at Reckless Records Buy The Kinks at iTunes Buy The Kinks Something Else by the Kinks at eMusic Add to Collection
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST album artwork 9:35pm Tyler, The Creator HOT WIND BLOWS (featuring Lil Wayne) CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST (Columbia)
Track Notes: Headlining Lolla Friday night Buy Tyler, The Creator CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST at Reckless Records Buy Tyler, The Creator at iTunes Buy Tyler, The Creator CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST at eMusic Add to Collection
9:31pm Foals The French Open Antidotes (Sub Pop)
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Pom Pom Squad - Death of a Cheerleader album artwork 9:26pm Pom Pom Squad Be Good Death of a Cheerleader (City Slang)
Track Notes: Death of a Cheerleader is the debut album from the New York indie outfit. At first glance, Pom Pom Squad appears to be yet another addition to the current crop of ‘90s alt rock revivalists (ie: Charly Bliss, Potty Mouth, Speedy Ortiz, etc) but there is more than meets the eye. Buy Pom Pom Squad Death of a Cheerleader at Reckless Records Buy Pom Pom Squad at iTunes Buy Pom Pom Squad Death of a Cheerleader at eMusic Add to Collection
EPMD - Unfinished Business album artwork 9:23pm EPMD It's Time 2 Party Unfinished Business (Fresh)
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The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part One album artwork 9:18pm The Go! Team Pow Get Up Sequences Part One (Memphis Industries)
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Baby Huey & The Babysitters - The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend album artwork 9:14pm Baby Huey & The Babysitters Local Mighty Mighty (Mighty Mighty Children Part 2) The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend (Curtom)
Track Notes: Baby Huey himself was a 400-pound Chicago soul performer who died of a heart attack at age 26 before his debut album would be released in 1971. Buy Baby Huey & The Babysitters The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend at Reckless Records Buy Baby Huey & The Babysitters at iTunes Buy Baby Huey & The Babysitters The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend at eMusic Add to Collection
9:11pm Fred Hughes Local Baby Boy We're a Lover: A Chicago Rhythm & Soul Compendium 1966-76 (Westside)
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9:08pm Bo Diddley Local Another Sugar Daddy Chicago Soul: Electric Blues, Funk & Soul (Soul Jazz)
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Arthhur - Occult Fractures album artwork 9:04pm Arthhur Local No Results Occult Fractures (Self-Released)
Track Notes: Arthhur are a Chicago-based dance-punk/rock band from right here in Chicago. Occult Fractures is their second record, following 2018's excellent Lost in the Walled City. Buy Arthhur Occult Fractures at Reckless Records Buy Arthhur at iTunes Buy Arthhur Occult Fractures at eMusic Add to Collection
9:01pm Shawn Maxwell Local Lockdown Expectation & Experience (Self-Released)
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7/28 - 8pm hour
Sonic45 - SPACE AND TIME album artwork 8:57pm Sonic45 Local I Feel Alive SPACE AND TIME (Pravda)
Track Notes: Former Cubs TV and current White Sox radio play-by-play man Len Kasper began writing songs at age 45 (hence the band name), and plays bass here. He is joined by vocalist Matt Spiegel (Tributosaurus), guitarists Dag Juhlin (Sunshine Boys, The Slugs), Liam Davis (Frisbie, who also produced), and Gerald Dowd (Frisbie, Robbie Fulks) on this moody, well-executed set of thoughtful tunes. Buy Sonic45 SPACE AND TIME at Reckless Records Buy Sonic45 at iTunes Buy Sonic45 SPACE AND TIME at eMusic Add to Collection
8:51pm Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones Let's Go! Here to Tell the Tale (SOWER)
Track Notes: Here To Tell The Tale is the third record from this rootsy, rockabilly band from Upstate New York that got started in 2012. They were named the “Best Up-And-Coming Band” by New York's Hudson Valley Magazine in 2017 and have toured with Brian Setzer, The Blasters, and Reverend Horton Heat Buy Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones Here to Tell the Tale at Reckless Records Buy Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at iTunes Buy Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones Here to Tell the Tale at eMusic Add to Collection
Ike & Tina Turner - It 8:48pm Ike & Tina Turner I'm Gonna Cut You Loose It's Gonna Work Out Fine (Sue Records)
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SPELLLING - The Turning Wheel album artwork 8:45pm SPELLLING The Future The Turning Wheel (Sacred Bones)
Track Notes: On her third album, Bay Area musician Chrystia Cabral expands from her experimental pop sound, which was heavily steeped in electronics, to broaden her musical pallet both musically and instrumentally. The result finds her exploring more while managing to make her most accessible music yet. Buy SPELLLING The Turning Wheel at Reckless Records Buy SPELLLING at iTunes Buy SPELLLING The Turning Wheel at eMusic Add to Collection
ZZ Top - Rio Grande Mud album artwork 8:41pm ZZ Top Just Got Paid Rio Grande Mud (Warner Bros.)
Track Notes: RIP Bassist Dusty Hill Buy ZZ Top Rio Grande Mud at Reckless Records Buy ZZ Top at iTunes Buy ZZ Top Rio Grande Mud at eMusic Add to Collection
Olivia Kaplan - Tonight Turns to Nothing album artwork 8:35pm Olivia Kaplan Ghosts Tonight Turns to Nothing (Top Shelf)
Track Notes: LA singer-songwriter Olivia Kaplan’s debut album is a pleasant midpoint between Aldous Harding’s close-mic’d, knowingly-weird folk and Big Thief’s contemplative rock. Her voice is clear, melancholy, and lovely. Buy Olivia Kaplan Tonight Turns to Nothing at Reckless Records Buy Olivia Kaplan at iTunes Buy Olivia Kaplan Tonight Turns to Nothing at eMusic Add to Collection
8:31pm The Soggy Bottom Boys I am Man of Constant Sorrow O Brother, Where Art Thou (Soundtrack) (Mercury)
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Minutemen - What Makes a Man Start Fires? album artwork 8:30pm Minutemen Sell Or Be Sold What Makes a Man Start Fires? (SST)
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8:27pm Off Peak Arson Paranoid Hum Self Titled (self-released)
Track Notes: Debut EP from a fairly new band out of Memphis working all the angles that jangly, spring-loaded guitars full of corrosion can offer. Pretty energetic and Devan Theos does a pretty great Valley Girl-esque performance on vocals, placing this record in a California state of mind Buy Off Peak Arson Self Titled at Reckless Records Buy Off Peak Arson at iTunes Buy Off Peak Arson Self Titled at eMusic Add to Collection
Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue album artwork 8:07pm Electric Light Orchestra Mr. Blue Sky Out Of The Blue (Epic)
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8:03pm Mazes Local Is This the Way We've Always Been? PEACE BRIDGE (Sanzimat International)
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7/26 - 9pm hour
Parliament - Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome album artwork 9:55pm Parliament Bop Gun (Endangered Species) Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome (Casablanca)
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Spud Cannon - Good Kids Make Bad Apples album artwork 9:50pm Spud Cannon You Got It All (NOT) Good Kids Make Bad Apples (Good Eye)
Track Notes: Poughkeepsie, NY power pop quintet formed while attending Vassar College in the fall of 2016. Members include Meg Matthews (vocals), Jack Walker Lewis (guitar), Ari Bowe (keys), Lucy Horgan (bass) and Benjamin Scharf (drums) Buy Spud Cannon Good Kids Make Bad Apples at Reckless Records Buy Spud Cannon at iTunes Buy Spud Cannon Good Kids Make Bad Apples at eMusic Add to Collection
Serengeti - Have a Summer album artwork 9:47pm Serengeti Local Our House Have a Summer (Self-Released)
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9:45pm Hattie Littles Is It True (What They Say About You) The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Hip-O Select)
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