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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 - 6pm hour
Palm Ghosts - Architecture album artwork 6:04pm Palm Ghosts Who Knew Me Better Than You? Architecture (Ice Queen)
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Medicine Singers - Medicine Singers album artwork 6:02pm Medicine Singers Sunrise (Rumble) Medicine Singers (Joyful Noise)
Track Notes: This debut release began as an impromptu collaborative performance in 2017 at SXSW, when Israeli-American guitarist Yonatan Gat (formerly of garage rock band Monotonix) invited Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson and the rest of the Eastern Medicine Singers onstage to perform with him — to an overwhelmingly rave response Buy Medicine Singers Medicine Singers at Reckless Records Buy Medicine Singers at iTunes Buy Medicine Singers Medicine Singers at eMusic Add to Collection
7/12 - 7pm hour
Killer Moon - Tunnel Vision album artwork 7:51pm Killer Moon Local Heavy Trip Tunnel Vision (self-released)
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Anderson .Paak - Malibu album artwork 7:47pm Anderson .Paak Come Down Malibu (EMPIRE / OBE / Steel Wool / Art Club)
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7:44pm Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Rocketship Now I Got Worry (Matador)
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7:42pm Marvin Gaye Pride And Joy The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (Hip-O Select)
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Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees album artwork 7:34pm Fleetwood Mac Spare Me A Little Of Your Love Bare Trees (Reprise)
Track Notes: Happy Birthday Christine McVie! born July 12 Buy Fleetwood Mac Bare Trees at Reckless Records Buy Fleetwood Mac at iTunes Buy Fleetwood Mac Bare Trees at eMusic Add to Collection
Blake Babies - Sunburn album artwork 7:31pm Blake Babies I'll Take Anything Sunburn (Mammoth)
Track Notes: Juliana Hatfield recently played at Metro for Hot Stove Cool Music fundraiser event. Buy Blake Babies Sunburn at Reckless Records Buy Blake Babies at iTunes Buy Blake Babies Sunburn at eMusic Add to Collection
1990s - Nude Restaurant album artwork 7:28pm 1990s (My Baby's) Double Espresso Nude Restaurant (Last Night in Glasgow)
Track Notes: Long-buried third album from this great, underrated, sarcastic Scottish indie rock trio. Buy 1990s Nude Restaurant at Reckless Records Buy 1990s at iTunes Buy 1990s Nude Restaurant at eMusic Add to Collection
Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil album artwork 7:22pm Mötley Crüe Too Young to Fall in Love Shout at the Devil (Universal)
Track Notes: 1983 - Played at Wrigley Field last Friday Buy Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil at Reckless Records Buy Mötley Crüe at iTunes Buy Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil at eMusic Add to Collection
Petrol Girls - Baby album artwork 7:19pm Petrol Girls Preachers Baby (Hassle Records)
Track Notes: The debut album Contra from Georgia-based Luzana Flores, known as OLAN, melds many electronic styles from melodic house and ambient to hip hop and downtempo. Buy Petrol Girls Baby at Reckless Records Buy Petrol Girls at iTunes Buy Petrol Girls Baby at eMusic Add to Collection
7:16pm The Action Never Ever Action Packed! (Edsel)
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Outer Minds - Outer Minds album artwork 7:13pm Outer Minds Local Gimmie a Reason Outer Minds (Southpaw)
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Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology album artwork 7:11pm Syl Johnson Local Soul Drippin' Complete Mythology (Numero Group)
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7:09pm Little Milton Local More & More Chicago Soul: Electric Blues, Funk & Soul (Soul Jazz)
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The Slaps - Tomato Tree album artwork 7:05pm The Slaps Local Strawberry Tomato Tree (Tiger Bomb)
Track Notes: Local Bedroom Psych Trio, The Slaps, are back at it again with their sophomore release, “Tomato Tree”, an album that many listeners will agree…slaps! Buy The Slaps Tomato Tree at Reckless Records Buy The Slaps at iTunes Buy The Slaps Tomato Tree at eMusic Add to Collection
Wingtips - Cutting Room Floor album artwork 7:02pm Wingtips Local Fallback Cutting Room Floor (Artoffact)
Track Notes: 2021 Buy Wingtips Cutting Room Floor at Reckless Records Buy Wingtips at iTunes Buy Wingtips Cutting Room Floor at eMusic Add to Collection
7/12 - 6pm hour
6:59pm The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club Local Hold You Up Please Stand By (Big Blast)
Track Notes: Please Stand By is the first album in three years from BDSC so singer/guitarist William Giricz had plenty of time to pen tunes (27 in all) to hone down to the 12 that appear on the album. Please Stand By is steeped in Power Pop, 70's Glam and Arena Rock, with a little Queen and The Sweet thrown in Buy The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club Please Stand By at Reckless Records Buy The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club at iTunes Buy The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club Please Stand By at eMusic Add to Collection
The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers album artwork 6:54pm The Raconteurs Level Broken Boy Soldiers (Third Man Records/V2)
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Jimi Hendrix - Blues album artwork 6:52pm Jimi Hendrix Hear My Train Comin' Blues (MPG)
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MUNA - MUNA album artwork 6:48pm MUNA Silk Chiffon (featuring Phoebe Bridgers) MUNA (Saddest Factory)
Track Notes: MUNA is the self-titled third album from the LA indie pop trio following 2019’s Saves the World and their 2017 debut, About U. This is the band’s first release on Phoebe Bridgers’ imprint, Saddest Factory Records after being dropped from RCA. Buy MUNA MUNA at Reckless Records Buy MUNA at iTunes Buy MUNA MUNA at eMusic Add to Collection
The Beatles - A Hard Day 6:45pm The Beatles And I Love Her A Hard Day's Night (Parlophone)
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Soccer Mommy - Sometimes, Forever album artwork 6:42pm Soccer Mommy newdemo Sometimes, Forever (Loma Vista)
Track Notes: On the third studio album from Swiss-born Nashville singer-songwriter Soccer Mommy, lush instrumentation, big drums, and synth-power-pop combine with sonic Beatles references to create a dynamic indie rock sound that would bust the seams of a mid-sized venue. Buy Soccer Mommy Sometimes, Forever at Reckless Records Buy Soccer Mommy at iTunes Buy Soccer Mommy Sometimes, Forever at eMusic Add to Collection
Sugar - Copper Blue album artwork 6:35pm Sugar A Good Idea Copper Blue (Rykodisc)
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Rodriguez - Cold Fact album artwork 6:32pm Rodriguez Rich Folks Hoax Cold Fact (Sussex)
Track Notes: Sugarman! Buy Rodriguez Cold Fact at Reckless Records Buy Rodriguez at iTunes Buy Rodriguez Cold Fact at eMusic Add to Collection
D 6:28pm D'Arcangelo Arium Arium (A Colourful Storm)
Track Notes: Awesome IDM-oriented techno from then and now. D'Arcangelo are a duo of Italian siblings who first appeared on the scene in the '90s, ratcheting up releases on Aphex Twin's legendary Rephlex imprint in that era. Buy D'Arcangelo Arium at Reckless Records Buy D'Arcangelo at iTunes Buy D'Arcangelo Arium at eMusic Add to Collection
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! album artwork 6:22pm Devo Uncontrollable Urge Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Warner Bros.)
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Cult Objects - Secrets of Pain-Free Living album artwork 6:19pm Cult Objects Sea Foam Secrets of Pain-Free Living (World Gone Made)
Track Notes: Raging postpunk noise from a great Philly trio, a town that recently has known no shortage of awesome punk bands, from +HIRS+ to Soul Glo to Poison Ruin and everything in between. Buy Cult Objects Secrets of Pain-Free Living at Reckless Records Buy Cult Objects at iTunes Buy Cult Objects Secrets of Pain-Free Living at eMusic Add to Collection
Ane Brun - It All Starts with One album artwork 6:16pm Ane Brun Do You Remember (featuring First Aid Kit) It All Starts with One (PIAS)
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Circuit Des Yeux - -io album artwork 6:13pm Circuit Des Yeux Local Dogma -io (Matador)
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