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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

7/12 - 6pm hour
6:06pm Sonic Youth Schizophrenia Sister (SST)
Track Notes: 1987 Buy Sonic Youth Sister at Reckless Records Buy Sonic Youth at iTunes Buy Sonic Youth Sister at eMusic Add to Collection
Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night album artwork 6:03pm Tom Waits San Diego Serenade The Heart of Saturday Night (Elektra)
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7/12 - 5pm hour
Club 8 - Strangely Beautiful album artwork 5:59pm Club 8 What Shall We Do Next? Strangely Beautiful (Labrador)
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John Prine - Diamonds In The Rough album artwork 5:56pm John Prine Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You Diamonds In The Rough (Atlantic)
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DEHD - Blue Skies album artwork 5:53pm DEHD Local Bad Love Blue Skies (Fat Possum)
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5:46pm Daft Punk Da Funk Homework (Virgin)
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Love Tractor - Love Tractor album artwork 5:43pm Love Tractor Cowboy Songs Love Tractor (HHBTM)
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5:39pm Sky Creature Bear Mountain Bear Mountain (Open Ocean)
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Guided by Voices - Tremblers and Goggles By Rank album artwork 5:34pm Guided by Voices Goggles by Rank Tremblers and Goggles By Rank (GBV Inc)
Track Notes: Square Roots last Saturday! Buy Guided by Voices Tremblers and Goggles By Rank at Reckless Records Buy Guided by Voices at iTunes Buy Guided by Voices Tremblers and Goggles By Rank at eMusic Add to Collection
The Roots - Game Theory album artwork 5:30pm The Roots Clock With No Hands (featuring Mercedes Martinez) Game Theory (Def Jam)
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James Brown - Star Time album artwork 5:25pm James Brown Papa Don't Take No Mess Star Time (Polydor)
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Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town album artwork 5:18pm Bruce Springsteen Adam Raised a Cain Darkness on the Edge of Town (Columbia)
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The National - Alligator album artwork 5:15pm The National Abel Alligator (Beggars Banquet)
Track Notes: Headlining Friday at Pitchfork! Buy The National Alligator at Reckless Records Buy The National at iTunes Buy The National Alligator at eMusic Add to Collection
5:12pm The Webstirs Local Should Be Letting Go The Webstirs (Presmark)
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Grace Ives - Janky Star album artwork 5:10pm Grace Ives Loose Janky Star (True Panther/Harvest)
Track Notes: This is the second album from this Brooklyn-based indie popper. Ives works with an array of keyboards and electronic instruments on concise tunes, and this effort finds her making fuller recordings. Ives describes her music as “like a pop song that’s been deconstructed and formed into this imperfect shape Buy Grace Ives Janky Star at Reckless Records Buy Grace Ives at iTunes Buy Grace Ives Janky Star at eMusic Add to Collection
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message album artwork 5:02pm Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five She's Fresh The Message (Sugar Hill)
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Electric Youth - Innerworld album artwork 5:01pm Electric Youth A Real Hero (Feat. College) Innerworld (Secretly Canadian)
Track Notes: request from Estrella Buy Electric Youth Innerworld at Reckless Records Buy Electric Youth at iTunes Buy Electric Youth Innerworld at eMusic Add to Collection
6/27 - 7pm hour
Grant Green - Grant 7:55pm Grant Green Baby's Minor Lope Grant's First Stand (Blue Note)
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Craig Finn - A Legacy of Rentals album artwork 7:47pm Craig Finn The Amarillo Kid A Legacy of Rentals (Thirty Tigers)
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7:45pm Gino Parks Blibberin' Blabbin' Blues The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-1961 (Hip-O Select)
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7:40pm New York Dolls Trash New York Dolls (Mercury)
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Σtella - Up and Away album artwork 7:36pm Σtella Charmed Up and Away (Sub Pop)
Track Notes: Greek artist Stella Chronopoulou’s new album Up and Away is a unique fusion of traditional Greek melodies and the pop music from her parents’ record cabinet. Buy Σtella Up and Away at Reckless Records Buy Σtella at iTunes Buy Σtella Up and Away at eMusic Add to Collection
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe album artwork 7:32pm Bobby Womack Love is Gonna Lift You Up The Bravest Man in the Universe (XL)
Track Notes: RIP - passed away June 27, 2014 (aged 70) Buy Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe at Reckless Records Buy Bobby Womack at iTunes Buy Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe at eMusic Add to Collection
The Cars - Heartbeat City album artwork 7:26pm The Cars Magic Heartbeat City (Elektra)
Track Notes: 1984 Buy The Cars Heartbeat City at Reckless Records Buy The Cars at iTunes Buy The Cars Heartbeat City at eMusic Add to Collection
Patsy Cline - 12 Greatest Hits album artwork 7:23pm Patsy Cline Sweet Dreams (Of You) 12 Greatest Hits (MCA)
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Hercules and Love Affair - In Amber album artwork 7:20pm Hercules and Love Affair Dissociation In Amber (BMG)
Track Notes: 
Andy Butler’s fifth LP “In Amber” blends industrial, goth, electronica, and 1980s rock and brings the return of ANOHNI. Dissociation” (5) features Icelandic singer Elín Ey Buy Hercules and Love Affair In Amber at Reckless Records Buy Hercules and Love Affair at iTunes Buy Hercules and Love Affair In Amber at eMusic Add to Collection
Terry Callier - First Light: Chicago 1969-71 album artwork 7:13pm Terry Callier Local Lean on Me First Light: Chicago 1969-71 (Premonition)
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7:10pm Willie Dixon Local I'm Ready Willie Dixon: The Chess Box (MCA / Chess)
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7:07pm Carey Bell Local Walking In The Park South Side Chicago Blues (Delmark)
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7:04pm Greenlights Music Local Stroke of A Genius A Beautiful Mood (self-released)
Track Notes: Locals Greenlights Music are back with their fourth full-length album, and this release marks a big shift for the local hip-hop collective. Buy Greenlights Music A Beautiful Mood at Reckless Records Buy Greenlights Music at iTunes Buy Greenlights Music A Beautiful Mood at eMusic Add to Collection
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