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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

7/20 - 7pm hour
ULNA - OEA album artwork 7:04pm ULNA Local Turn the Record On OEA (Born Yesterday)
Track Notes: The first solo effort from Adam Schubert of Cafe Racer formerly known as Ruins, Schubert has re-branded as Ulna to commemorate when he shattered a bone in his arm due to a skating accident, and as a result, decided to take up learning how to play guitar. Buy ULNA OEA at Reckless Records Buy ULNA at iTunes Buy ULNA OEA at eMusic Add to Collection
7:01pm Natalie Bergman Local I'm Going Home Mercy (Third Man)
Buy Natalie Bergman Mercy at Reckless Records Buy Natalie Bergman at iTunes Buy Natalie Bergman Mercy at eMusic Add to Collection
7:00pm Meat Wave Local For Sale Volcano Park (Big Scary Monsters)
Track Notes: Volcano Park EP is a 6-track EP from the Chicago punks. This EP follows 2017’s The Incessant and its release coincides with the band’s 10-year anniversary. Buy Meat Wave Volcano Park at Reckless Records Buy Meat Wave at iTunes Buy Meat Wave Volcano Park at eMusic Add to Collection
7/20 - 6pm hour
6:53pm Lily Allen Everything's Just Wonderful Alright, Still (Capitol)
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Shonen Knife - Let 6:50pm Shonen Knife Bear Up Bison Let's Knife (MCA)
Buy Shonen Knife Let's Knife at Reckless Records Buy Shonen Knife at iTunes Buy Shonen Knife Let's Knife at eMusic Add to Collection
6:43pm Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force Planet Rock MTV Presents: Hip Hop Back in the Day (Priority)
Buy Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force MTV Presents: Hip Hop Back in the Day at Reckless Records Buy Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force at iTunes Buy Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force MTV Presents: Hip Hop Back in the Day at eMusic Add to Collection
Alejandro Escovedo - Thirteen Years album artwork 6:41pm Alejandro Escovedo Mountain of Mud Thirteen Years (Watermelon Records)
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6:37pm Loretta Lynn You Ain't Woman Enough You Ain't Woman Enough (Decca)
Buy Loretta Lynn You Ain't Woman Enough at Reckless Records Buy Loretta Lynn at iTunes Buy Loretta Lynn You Ain't Woman Enough at eMusic Add to Collection
6:30pm Talking Heads New Feeling Talking Heads: 77 (Sire)
Buy Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77 at Reckless Records Buy Talking Heads at iTunes Buy Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77 at eMusic Add to Collection
Lucy Dacus - Home Video album artwork 6:26pm Lucy Dacus First Time Home Video (Matador)
Track Notes: Lucy Dacus establishes a clear theme on her third full-length, drawing on experiences from her adolescence to craft heartthrobbing torch songs. Buy Lucy Dacus Home Video at Reckless Records Buy Lucy Dacus at iTunes Buy Lucy Dacus Home Video at eMusic Add to Collection
6:23pm Shirese The Glue Murder Three Going on Four (C/Suite Recordings)
Track Notes: Lo-fi psych third eye/real people rock killer. Part of a double-headed Connecticut Conquest (alongside the new Mountain Movers album), this is an unprecedented 20th release since they formed in 2015 Buy Shirese Three Going on Four at Reckless Records Buy Shirese at iTunes Buy Shirese Three Going on Four at eMusic Add to Collection
6:18pm Built to Spill Strange Ancient Melodies of the Future (Warner Bros.)
Track Notes: 2001 Buy Built to Spill Ancient Melodies of the Future at Reckless Records Buy Built to Spill at iTunes Buy Built to Spill Ancient Melodies of the Future at eMusic Add to Collection
Santana - Santana album artwork 6:14pm Santana Persuasion Santana (Columbia)
Track Notes: Happy Birthday, Carlos! 74 today. July 20, 1947 Buy Santana Santana at Reckless Records Buy Santana at iTunes Buy Santana Santana at eMusic Add to Collection
6:11pm Serengeti Local Gotta Good Thing Going Have a Summer (Self-Released)
Buy Serengeti Have a Summer at Reckless Records Buy Serengeti at iTunes Buy Serengeti Have a Summer at eMusic Add to Collection
6:04pm Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Stranger Than Kindness Your Funeral... My Trial (Mute)
Track Notes: 1986 Buy Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial at Reckless Records Buy Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at iTunes Buy Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial at eMusic Add to Collection
6:02pm Lily Konigsberg Rock and Sin The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now (Wharf Cat)
Buy Lily Konigsberg The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now at Reckless Records Buy Lily Konigsberg at iTunes Buy Lily Konigsberg The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now at eMusic Add to Collection
6/25 - 7pm hour
Dosh - Summertime Time album artwork 7:55pm Dosh Summertime Time Summertime Time (self-released)
Buy Dosh Summertime Time at Reckless Records Buy Dosh at iTunes Buy Dosh Summertime Time at eMusic Add to Collection
7:50pm Comet Gain Mid 8Ts Fireraiser Forever! (Tapete)
Buy Comet Gain Fireraiser Forever! at Reckless Records Buy Comet Gain at iTunes Buy Comet Gain Fireraiser Forever! at eMusic Add to Collection
7:47pm Mike & The Modifiers It's Too Bad The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Hip-O Select)
Buy Mike & The Modifiers The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 at Reckless Records Buy Mike & The Modifiers at iTunes Buy Mike & The Modifiers The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 at eMusic Add to Collection
Green Day - 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours album artwork 7:42pm Green Day Disappearing Boy 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (Lookout)
Track Notes: Adios Conan! Buy Green Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours at Reckless Records Buy Green Day at iTunes Buy Green Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours at eMusic Add to Collection
Allison Russell - Outside Child album artwork 7:37pm Allison Russell The Runner Outside Child (Fantasy/Concord)
Track Notes: This is the debut solo album from Montreal native Russell (now based in Nashville) of the duo Birds of Chicago and the traditional music group Our Native Daughters (with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Amythyst Kiah). This album is blues/R & B-based singer-songwriter material, with some gospel and folk music undertones. Russell sings these autobiographical songs with commitment and passion. Buy Allison Russell Outside Child at Reckless Records Buy Allison Russell at iTunes Buy Allison Russell Outside Child at eMusic Add to Collection
James Elkington - Wintres Woma album artwork 7:34pm James Elkington Local Make It Up Wintres Woma (Paradise of Bachelors)
Track Notes: Happy 50th birthday! Buy James Elkington Wintres Woma at Reckless Records Buy James Elkington at iTunes Buy James Elkington Wintres Woma at eMusic Add to Collection
Crowded House - Together Alone album artwork 7:27pm Crowded House Locked Out Together Alone (Capital)
Track Notes: Happy Birthday, Tim Finn! (68) Brian Timothy Finn OBE (born 25 June 1952) is a New Zealand singer and musician. His musical career includes forming 1970s and 1980s New Zealand rock group Split Enz, a number of solo albums, temporary membership in his brother Neil's band Crowded House and joint efforts with Neil Finn as the Finn Brothers. Buy Crowded House Together Alone at Reckless Records Buy Crowded House at iTunes Buy Crowded House Together Alone at eMusic Add to Collection
Bachelor - Doomin 7:23pm Bachelor Back of My Hand Doomin' Sun (Polyvinyl)
Track Notes: Bachelor is the project of Melina Duterte, best known as Jay Som, and Ellen Kempner of Palehound. The dynamic duo first met back in 2017 while sharing the stage at a show and immediately bonded over a mutual love of fried food and reality TV. Buy Bachelor Doomin' Sun at Reckless Records Buy Bachelor at iTunes Buy Bachelor Doomin' Sun at eMusic Add to Collection
Hard Nips - Master Cat album artwork 7:20pm Hard Nips Analog Guys Master Cat (Dadstache)
Track Notes: The Hard Nips (Hard N for on air), a quartet of Japanese women who now call Brooklyn home, are back with their 5th album, Master Cat. Buy Hard Nips Master Cat at Reckless Records Buy Hard Nips at iTunes Buy Hard Nips Master Cat at eMusic Add to Collection
The City on Film - I 7:16pm The City on Film Local I'd Rather Be Wine Drunk I'd Rather Be Wine Drunk (Post 436)
Track Notes: Bob nanna Buy The City on Film I'd Rather Be Wine Drunk at Reckless Records Buy The City on Film at iTunes Buy The City on Film I'd Rather Be Wine Drunk at eMusic Add to Collection
Canasta - We Were Set Up album artwork 7:11pm Canasta Local Slow Down Chicago We Were Set Up (Broken Middle C)
Buy Canasta We Were Set Up at Reckless Records Buy Canasta at iTunes Buy Canasta We Were Set Up at eMusic Add to Collection
7:08pm Bo Diddley Local Hush Your Mouth Bo Diddley (Checker)
Buy Bo Diddley Bo Diddley at Reckless Records Buy Bo Diddley at iTunes Buy Bo Diddley Bo Diddley at eMusic Add to Collection
E.R. Jurken - I Stand Corrected album artwork 7:05pm E.R. Jurken Local Give My Best to the Fox I Stand Corrected (Country Thyme)
Track Notes: Pretty wonderful orchestral pop, extremely out of joint for the times. E.R. Jurken (friends call him Ed) debuts in music with this lovely and idiosyncratic collection of tunes, co-produced by the Coctails' Mark Greenberg and Drag City mascot Rian Murphy. Buy E.R. Jurken I Stand Corrected at Reckless Records Buy E.R. Jurken at iTunes Buy E.R. Jurken I Stand Corrected at eMusic Add to Collection
7:01pm DRAMA Local Don't Hold Back single (self-released)
Buy DRAMA single at Reckless Records Buy DRAMA at iTunes Buy DRAMA single at eMusic Add to Collection
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