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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

11/1 - 9pm hour
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory album artwork 9:46pm A Tribe Called Quest Buggin' Out The Low End Theory (Jive)
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9:44pm The Contours Determination The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 6: 1966 (Hip-O Select)
Track Notes: Motown song of the week! Buy The Contours The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 6: 1966 at Reckless Records Buy The Contours at iTunes Buy The Contours The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 6: 1966 at eMusic Add to Collection
Beat Happening - Jamboree album artwork 9:37pm Beat Happening Bewitched Jamboree (K)
Track Notes: Happy Birthday, Calvin Johnson - Born November 1, 1962) is an American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, music producer, and disc jockey born in Olympia, Washington.[1] Johnson was a founding member of the bands Cool Rays, Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, The Go Team and The Halo Benders. Calvin Johnson is also the founder and owner of the influential indie label K Records (now Dub Narcotics) and has been cited as a major player in the beginning of the modern independent music movement. Buy Beat Happening Jamboree at Reckless Records Buy Beat Happening at iTunes Buy Beat Happening Jamboree at eMusic Add to Collection
Lucas Tala - Cameroon Garage Funk album artwork 9:32pm Lucas Tala Woman Be Fire Cameroon Garage Funk (Analog Africa)
Track Notes: From Yaounde in Cameroon comes a new release Cameroon Garage Funk, a compilation of various artists from the 1970's. Buy Lucas Tala Cameroon Garage Funk at Reckless Records Buy Lucas Tala at iTunes Buy Lucas Tala Cameroon Garage Funk at eMusic Add to Collection
Roxy Music - Country Life album artwork 9:29pm Roxy Music All I Want Is You Country Life (Island)
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Shad - TAO album artwork 9:25pm Shad Out of Touch (featuring pHoenix Pagliacci) TAO (Secret City)
Track Notes: TAO is his seventh album overall and has some loosely connected themes about money, labor, God, and the meaning of it all Buy Shad TAO at Reckless Records Buy Shad at iTunes Buy Shad TAO at eMusic Add to Collection
MF Doom - Special Herbs, Vols. 3 & 4 album artwork 9:21pm MF Doom Dragon's Blood Resin Special Herbs, Vols. 3 & 4 (Nature Sounds)
Track Notes: Daniel Dumile[a] (/ˈduːməleɪ/ DOO-muh-lay; July 13, 1971[2] – October 31, 2020), best known by his stage name MF Doom or simply Doom (both stylized in all caps), was a British-American rapper and record producer. Buy MF Doom Special Herbs, Vols. 3 & 4 at Reckless Records Buy MF Doom at iTunes Buy MF Doom Special Herbs, Vols. 3 & 4 at eMusic Add to Collection
9:17pm Love & Rockets Mirror People Earth, Sun, Moon (Big Time)
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9:13pm Majestic Choir & The Soul Stirrers Local Why Am I Treated So Bad Chicago Soul: Electric Blues, Funk & Soul (Soul Jazz)
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The Arrows - Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label album artwork 9:10pm The Arrows Local Boogedy Boogedy Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label (Numero Group)
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Bo Diddley - Ride On: The Chess Masters 1960-1961 album artwork 9:08pm Bo Diddley Local When the Saints Go Marching In Ride On: The Chess Masters 1960-1961 (Hip-O Select)
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9:05pm Neptune's Core Local Hey You Evolving (self-released)
Track Notes: The second album from this quartet comprised of two sets of sisters of high school age. Buy Neptune's Core Evolving at Reckless Records Buy Neptune's Core at iTunes Buy Neptune's Core Evolving at eMusic Add to Collection
9:03pm Press A Local Take My Word Press A (self-released)
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11/1 - 8pm hour
Dos Santos - City of Mirrors album artwork 8:59pm Dos Santos Local A Tu Lado City of Mirrors (International Anthem)
Track Notes: Second album from this Chicago quintet that specializes in Latinx fusion, blending cumbia styles with R&B, folk forms, surf/twang guitar, jazz instrumentation, keys, and percussion for a propulsive, moody grip of new songs (mostly sung in Spanish). Buy Dos Santos City of Mirrors at Reckless Records Buy Dos Santos at iTunes Buy Dos Santos City of Mirrors at eMusic Add to Collection
8:56pm Gun Club Promise Me Fire of Love (Ruby)
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Gorillaz - Demon Days album artwork 8:52pm Gorillaz Last Living Souls Demon Days (Virgin)
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Duran Duran - Duran Duran album artwork 8:46pm Duran Duran Careless Memories Duran Duran (Capitol)
Track Notes: 1981 debut Buy Duran Duran Duran Duran at Reckless Records Buy Duran Duran at iTunes Buy Duran Duran Duran Duran at eMusic Add to Collection
Alvilda - Négatif album artwork 8:43pm Alvilda Cinéma Négatif (Alien Snatch)
Track Notes: Négatif is a super fun EP from this quartet of women (Nina, Mélanie, Eva, and Sandra--first names only, TYVM) out of Paris, France. They combine the classic 1960s girl group sound and jangly power pop to create something simple but lively. Buy Alvilda Négatif at Reckless Records Buy Alvilda at iTunes Buy Alvilda Négatif at eMusic Add to Collection
George Jones - The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country album artwork 8:41pm George Jones Still Doin' Time The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country (Epic/Legacy)
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The Specials - Specials album artwork 8:34pm The Specials Concrete Jungle Specials (2-Tone)
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Boy Scouts - Wayfinder album artwork 8:31pm Boy Scouts That's Life Honey Wayfinder (Anti-)
Track Notes: Boy Scouts is the project of Oakland singer-songwriter Taylor Vick. Wayfinder is her fourth album, which follows 2019’s Free Company. It was recorded at The Unknown, a studio converted from a church in Anacortes, Washington. Buy Boy Scouts Wayfinder at Reckless Records Buy Boy Scouts at iTunes Buy Boy Scouts Wayfinder at eMusic Add to Collection
Shannon Lay - Geist album artwork 8:28pm Shannon Lay Shores Geist (Sub Pop)
Track Notes: Slumbering, sweeping acoustic ballads similar to founding folk singers Vashti Bunyan, Nick Drake or Karen Dalton are perfect for fall day wanderings on LA based Shannon Lay’s fifth LP “Geist.” Buy Shannon Lay Geist at Reckless Records Buy Shannon Lay at iTunes Buy Shannon Lay Geist at eMusic Add to Collection
Eric B. & Rakim - Don 8:23pm Eric B. & Rakim Teach the Children Don't Sweat the Technique (MCA)
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Doleful Lions - The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! album artwork 8:20pm Doleful Lions Local The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! (Parasol)
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Alicia Walter - I Am Alicia album artwork 8:19pm Alicia Walter House of Yes I Am Alicia (Sooper)
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Alicia Walter - I Am Alicia album artwork 8:15pm Alicia Walter House of Yes I Am Alicia (Sooper)
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Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One album artwork 8:08pm Yo La Tengo Autumn Sweater I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (Matador)
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The Meters - Rejuvenation album artwork 8:07pm The Meters Just Kissed My Baby Rejuvenation (Reprise)
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10/31 - 11am hour
11:52am King Crimson Pictures of a City (Including 42nd at Treadmill) In The Wake Of Poseidon (Island)
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The 5.6.7.8 11:48am The 5.6.7.8's Highschool Witch The 5.6.7.8's (Time Bomb)
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