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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

7/8 - 7pm hour
7:56pm SiP Local Malabar Leos Naturals (Not Not Fun)
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7:49pm Beck Tropicalia Mutations (DGC)
Track Notes: Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide-ranging genres. He has musically encompassed folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 14 studio albums (three of which were released on indie labels), as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music. Buy Beck Mutations at Reckless Records Buy Beck at iTunes Buy Beck Mutations at eMusic Add to Collection
7:46pm Coriky Clean Kill Coriky (Dischord)
Track Notes: Ian MacKaye's follow-up project, the folky and downplayed duo The Evens with his partner, ex-Warmers drummer Amy Farina. The two are back with Fugazi's bassist Joe Lally in a new group called Coriky, proudly hanging back until ready (the trio formed in 2015 and didn't play a show until 2018, before they had a name). In many ways, Coriky sounds like these performers' answer to Shellac Buy Coriky Coriky at Reckless Records Buy Coriky at iTunes Buy Coriky Coriky at eMusic Add to Collection
7:41pm Slade Run Runaway Get Yer Boots On: The Best Of Slade (Shout Factory)
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7:36pm Modern Nature Harvest (feat. Itasca) Annual (Bella Union/PIAS)
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7:33pm Louis Jordan Saturday Night Fish Fry No Moe! The Greatest Hits (Verve)
Track Notes: July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975 was an American musician, songwriter and bandleader who was popular from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", his highest profile came towards the end of the swing era. Buy Louis Jordan No Moe! The Greatest Hits at Reckless Records Buy Louis Jordan at iTunes Buy Louis Jordan No Moe! The Greatest Hits at eMusic Add to Collection
7:30pm Kim Weston Love Me All The Way The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (Hip-O Select)
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Run the Jewels - RTJ4 album artwork 7:24pm Run the Jewels Pulling the Pin (featuring Mavis Staples & Josh Homme) RTJ4 (Jewel Runners)
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7:20pm Mudhoney Pokin' Around Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (Sub Pop)
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7:17pm The Saints No Time (I'm) Stranded (EMI)
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7:12pm The Messengers Local Hard Hard Year 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage & Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records (Sundazed)
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7:10pm Stereos Local Stereo Freeze Chicago Soul: Electric Blues, Funk & Soul (Soul Jazz)
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7:08pm Big Mojo Local Slow Down Baby Sweet Home Chicago (Delmark)
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7:03pm Paddlefish Local Drain All Flyer (Planetary)
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7:01pm Civic Center Local Golden Days Interlude The Ground Below (American Dreams)
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7/8 - 6pm hour
6:56pm Ben LaMar Gay Local Oh no...not again! 500 Chains (International Anthem)
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6:52pm BOAT Metabolism Tread Lightly (Magic Marker)
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6:50pm The Beatles I Wanna Be Your Man With the Beatles (Parlophone)
Track Notes: Ringo Starr born 7 July 1940 - 80th yesterday Buy The Beatles With the Beatles at Reckless Records Buy The Beatles at iTunes Buy The Beatles With the Beatles at eMusic Add to Collection
6:44pm Sports Team Camel Crew Deep Down Happy (Bright Antenna)
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6:41pm The Poets of Rhythm North Carolina The Anthology 1992-2003 (Daptone)
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6:38pm The Eighteenth Day of May The Highest Tree The Eighteenth Day of May (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube)
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6:33pm The National All The Wine Alligator (Beggars Banquet)
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6:28pm The Red Garland Trio Hey Now Groovy (Fantasy)
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6:25pm Linton Kwesi Johnson Reggae Sounds Bass Culture (Island)
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6:18pm Diet Cig Thriving Do You Wonder About Me? (French Kiss)
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6:15pm Phoebe Bridgers Kyoto Punisher (Dead Oceans)
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6:13pm Trey Gruber Local Summer City Herculean House Of Cards (Numero Group)
Track Notes: Before his tragic and untimely death from an overdose of fentanyl-laced heroin in 2017, Trey Gruber was on the cusp of indie-pop greatness. As the frontman of Chicago band Parent, the 26-year-old Gruber showed flashes of bruised, melodic brilliance that put his band's work in the same conversation as recent city success stories from Whitney to Twin Peaks. Buy Trey Gruber Herculean House Of Cards at Reckless Records Buy Trey Gruber at iTunes Buy Trey Gruber Herculean House Of Cards at eMusic Add to Collection
6:06pm Herbie Hancock Rockit Street Jams: Electric Funk, Part 1 (Rhino)
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6:05pm The Pipettes Judy We Are the Pipettes (Memphis Industries)
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7/1 - 7pm hour
7:56pm Africa Negra Mino bô bé quacueda Léve Léve: Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s-80s Vol. 1 (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
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