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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

7/25 - 7pm hour
Afrika Bambaataa - Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985 album artwork 7:57pm Afrika Bambaataa Looking For The Perfect Beat Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985 (Tommy Boy)
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Afrika Bambaataa - Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985 album artwork 7:56pm Afrika Bambaataa Looking For The Perfect Beat Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985 (Tommy Boy)
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7:49pm Party Ben Tender Umbrella single (self-released)
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Gloria Jones - The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter... Ever! album artwork 7:47pm Gloria Jones Tainted Love The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter... Ever! (Virgin)
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Les Savy Fav - Go Forth album artwork 7:45pm Les Savy Fav Reprobate's Resumé Go Forth (Frenchkiss)
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7:41pm Bunny Paul I'm Hooked The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (Hip-O Select)
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Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? album artwork 7:35pm Of Montreal Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
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7:29pm Avi Buffalo Jessica Avi Buffalo (Sub Pop)
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7:26pm Sessa Música Estrela Acesa (Mexican Summer)
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A Tribe Called Quest - People 7:21pm A Tribe Called Quest Can I Kick It? People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Jive)
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7:19pm Louis Theroux, Duke & Jones Jiggle Jiggle single (self-released)
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Lou Reed - Transformer album artwork 7:16pm Lou Reed Vicious Transformer (RCA)
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Baby Huey & The Babysitters - The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend album artwork 7:11pm Baby Huey & The Babysitters Local Hard Times The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend (Curtom)
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Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology album artwork 7:09pm Syl Johnson Local Concrete Reservation Complete Mythology (Numero Group)
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7:06pm Willie Dixon Local I'm Ready Willie Dixon: The Chess Box (MCA / Chess)
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Neptune 7:03pm Neptune's Core Local White Lies Can't Have it All (self-released)
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7:01pm Phil Yates & the Affiliates Local I Can't Wait A Thin Thread (Futureman Records)
Track Notes: For their 4th album, Phil Yates & The Affiliates - formerly of Burlington VT, now Chicago - deliver an engaging mix of power pop, folk, and fuzz-rock. Buy Phil Yates & the Affiliates A Thin Thread at Reckless Records Buy Phil Yates & the Affiliates at iTunes Buy Phil Yates & the Affiliates A Thin Thread at eMusic Add to Collection
7/25 - 6pm hour
Post Office Winter - Music Box album artwork 6:59pm Post Office Winter Local See the avalanche Music Box (self released)
Track Notes: Local high school indie rock/shamble folk duo are the latest in the city's Hallogallo youth band movement to step up with a new record. Headed to their senior year, members Johnston and Huffman (last names only) Buy Post Office Winter Music Box at Reckless Records Buy Post Office Winter at iTunes Buy Post Office Winter Music Box at eMusic Add to Collection
The Ventures - The Very Best of the Ventures album artwork 6:54pm The Ventures Walk Don't Run The Very Best of the Ventures (EMI)
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R.L. Burnside - Burnside On Burnside album artwork 6:52pm R.L. Burnside Skinny Woman Burnside On Burnside (Fat Possum)
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Japandroids - Post-Nothing album artwork 6:49pm Japandroids Wet Hair Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl)
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6:44pm Linda Rondstat Goodbye My Friend Greatest Hits (Sony)
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way album artwork 6:39pm Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Better Things to Do I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone)
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Thurston Moore - Psychic Hearts album artwork 6:34pm Thurston Moore Staring Statues Psychic Hearts (Geffen)
Track Notes: Happy Bday! Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958) founding member of Sonic Youth. Buy Thurston Moore Psychic Hearts at Reckless Records Buy Thurston Moore at iTunes Buy Thurston Moore Psychic Hearts at eMusic Add to Collection
6:31pm The Beat Tears of a Clown This Are Two Tone (Chrysalis)
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Beabadoobee - beatopia album artwork 6:29pm Beabadoobee 10:36 beatopia (Dirty Hit)
Track Notes: Filipina/British singer-songwriter Bea Kristi’s second LP as Beabadoobee melds bedroom pop, 90’s-ish college rock sounds, and the 00s-era collision of pop production and grunge guitar sounds ( Buy Beabadoobee beatopia at Reckless Records Buy Beabadoobee at iTunes Buy Beabadoobee beatopia at eMusic Add to Collection
Pusha T - My Name is My Name album artwork 6:25pm Pusha T Numbers on the Boards My Name is My Name (GOOD Music)
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Rhett Miller - The Instigator album artwork 6:19pm Rhett Miller The El The Instigator (Elektra)
Track Notes: Playing at SPACE this Friday! Buy Rhett Miller The Instigator at Reckless Records Buy Rhett Miller at iTunes Buy Rhett Miller The Instigator at eMusic Add to Collection
NoSo - Stay Proud of Me album artwork 6:16pm NoSo Suburbia Stay Proud of Me (Partisan)
Track Notes: Wonderful debut from LA-based Korean-American non-binary singer/songwriter Abby Hwong, who goes by the stage name of NoSo. Shorthand for North/South, a node to their Korean heritage, NoSo (they/them) delivers ten slices of dreampop heaven, with gentle, reflective lyrics and hooks galore. Buy NoSo Stay Proud of Me at Reckless Records Buy NoSo at iTunes Buy NoSo Stay Proud of Me at eMusic Add to Collection
Liz Phair - Whip-Smart album artwork 6:11pm Liz Phair Local Nashville Whip-Smart (Matador)
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