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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

6/27 - 7pm hour
7:01pm The Curls Local Stiff Lightning Smothered & Covered (Truth Zone)
Track Notes: Mick Fansler’s funky new wave quartet weaves a hypnotic blend of danceable tracks, featuring Matt Phur (bass, percussion), Steve Plock (drums) and Jen Darshall (synth, keys, vocals). Buy The Curls Smothered & Covered at Reckless Records Buy The Curls at iTunes Buy The Curls Smothered & Covered at eMusic Add to Collection
6/27 - 6pm hour
The Slaps - Tomato Tree album artwork 6:59pm The Slaps Local Hell No 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
6:54pm Dexter Romweber Come Back Blues That Defy My Soul (Yep Roc)
Buy Dexter Romweber Blues That Defy My Soul at Reckless Records Buy Dexter Romweber at iTunes Buy Dexter Romweber Blues That Defy My Soul at eMusic Add to Collection
The Who - A Quick One album artwork 6:52pm The Who Boris The Spider A Quick One (MCA)
Track Notes: RIP bassist John Entwistle - passed away June 27, 2002 Buy The Who A Quick One at Reckless Records Buy The Who at iTunes Buy The Who A Quick One at eMusic Add to Collection
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Uprising album artwork 6:46pm Bob Marley & the Wailers Real Situation Uprising (Tuff Gang)
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Yaya Bey - Remember Your North Star album artwork 6:44pm Yaya Bey keisha Remember Your North Star (Big Dada)
Track Notes: Brooklyn NY, poet, singer, activist, as well as a multi-disciplinary visual artist and curator and this is her second full length record. She is channeling the misogynoir of the Black experience to tell the stories of varied characters in myriad settings, using elements of jazz, R&B, soul, lo-fi, even Reggae, to project an aura of healing. Singing, speaking, rhyming, spitting a verse. Buy Yaya Bey Remember Your North Star at Reckless Records Buy Yaya Bey at iTunes Buy Yaya Bey Remember Your North Star at eMusic Add to Collection
Fashion Club - Scrutiny album artwork 6:40pm Fashion Club Scrutiny Scrutiny (Felte)
Track Notes: While on their 2018 European tour, Moaning's bassist, Pascal Stevenson, became reinvigorated by the nightly interaction with audiences. The renewed creative spark led to Stevenson working on song instrumentation in the back of the tour van. Buy Fashion Club Scrutiny at Reckless Records Buy Fashion Club at iTunes Buy Fashion Club Scrutiny at eMusic Add to Collection
Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock album artwork 6:34pm Sleater-Kinney Get Up The Hot Rock (Kill Rock Stars)
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Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles album artwork 6:29pm Echo & the Bunnymen Rescue Crocodiles (Sire/Korova)
Track Notes: 1980 Buy Echo & the Bunnymen Crocodiles at Reckless Records Buy Echo & the Bunnymen at iTunes Buy Echo & the Bunnymen Crocodiles at eMusic Add to Collection
Andrew Bird - Inside Problems album artwork 6:25pm Andrew Bird Local Atomized Inside Problems (Loma Vista)
Track Notes: Prolific multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Andrew Bird returns with his sixteenth album, Inside Problems, sticking to the eclectic, unique blend of blues/folk/indie rock that led to his 2019 Grammy nomination for My Greatest Work Yet. Buy Andrew Bird Inside Problems at Reckless Records Buy Andrew Bird at iTunes Buy Andrew Bird Inside Problems at eMusic Add to Collection
Bartees Strange - Farm to Table album artwork 6:18pm Bartees Strange Wretched Farm to Table (4AD)
Track Notes: The UK Born/Oklahoma raised Bartees Cox, Jr. aka Bartees Strange releases his sophomore album on 4AD following his 2020 debut Live Forever. Bartees continues his polymath genre hopping style with elements of arena-ready rock hooks mixed with trap beats with layers of acoustic and folk and occasional electronic flourishes. Buy Bartees Strange Farm to Table at Reckless Records Buy Bartees Strange at iTunes Buy Bartees Strange Farm to Table at eMusic Add to Collection
6:14pm A Tribe Called Quest Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts) People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Jive)
Track Notes: 1990 Buy A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm at Reckless Records Buy A Tribe Called Quest at iTunes Buy A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm at eMusic Add to Collection
Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock: The Story of the Incredible Bongo Band album artwork 6:12pm Incredible Bongo Band Let There Be Drums Bongo Rock: The Story of the Incredible Bongo Band (Strut)
Buy Incredible Bongo Band Bongo Rock: The Story of the Incredible Bongo Band at Reckless Records Buy Incredible Bongo Band at iTunes Buy Incredible Bongo Band Bongo Rock: The Story of the Incredible Bongo Band at eMusic Add to Collection
Face to Face - Big Choice album artwork 6:08pm Face to Face Disconnected Big Choice (A&M)
Track Notes: 1995 Buy Face to Face Big Choice at Reckless Records Buy Face to Face at iTunes Buy Face to Face Big Choice at eMusic Add to Collection
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem album artwork 6:03pm LCD Soundsystem Tribulations LCD Soundsystem (DFA)
Buy LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem at Reckless Records Buy LCD Soundsystem at iTunes Buy LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem at eMusic Add to Collection
6/20 - 9pm hour
Miles Davis - Workin 9:55pm Miles Davis Four Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige)
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9:50pm Sky Creature Bear Mountain Bear Mountain (Open Ocean)
Buy Sky Creature Bear Mountain at Reckless Records Buy Sky Creature at iTunes Buy Sky Creature Bear Mountain at eMusic Add to Collection
9:47pm The Beach Boys I Just Wasn't Made For These Times Pet Sounds (Remastered with Bonus Tracks) (Capitol)
Track Notes: Happy 80th b-day to Brian Wilson Buy The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (Remastered with Bonus Tracks) at Reckless Records Buy The Beach Boys at iTunes Buy The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (Remastered with Bonus Tracks) at eMusic Add to Collection
9:44pm Herman Griffin Sleep (Little One) The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Hip-O Select)
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9:43pm Herman Griffin Sleep (Little One) The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Hip-O Select)
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Cake - Pressure Chief album artwork 9:37pm Cake No Phone Pressure Chief (Columbia)
Track Notes: Dedicated to Fluffy in Andersonville Buy Cake Pressure Chief at Reckless Records Buy Cake at iTunes Buy Cake Pressure Chief at eMusic Add to Collection
Ural Thomas & The Pain - Dancing Dimensions album artwork 9:35pm Ural Thomas & The Pain Dancing Dimensions Dancing Dimensions (Bella Union)
Track Notes: Longtime R&B singer from Portland, Ore., Ural Thomas was born in Louisiana and moved to the City of Roses during WWII. Thomas made more than 40 appearances at NY’s Apollo Theater in the ‘60s (opening for Etta James, Otis Redding, and James Brown), and then drifted around the country before settling back in Portland, Buy Ural Thomas & The Pain Dancing Dimensions at Reckless Records Buy Ural Thomas & The Pain at iTunes Buy Ural Thomas & The Pain Dancing Dimensions at eMusic Add to Collection
Adrian Quesada - Boleros Psicodélicos album artwork 9:29pm Adrian Quesada Hielo Seco (featuring Marc Ribot & Money Mark) Boleros Psicodélicos (ATO)
Track Notes: Austin-based guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada has been a part of numerous bands (Brownout, Ocote Soul Sounds, Spanish Gold, Echocentrics) over the past 20+ years, winning a Grammy with Grupo Fantasma, and nominated for another as one half of Black Pumas Buy Adrian Quesada Boleros Psicodélicos at Reckless Records Buy Adrian Quesada at iTunes Buy Adrian Quesada Boleros Psicodélicos at eMusic Add to Collection
The Beatles - The Beatles (The White Album) album artwork 9:25pm The Beatles Blackbird The Beatles (The White Album) (Apple)
Track Notes: Happy belated b-day! Paul turned 80 on Saturday 18 June Buy The Beatles The Beatles (The White Album) at Reckless Records Buy The Beatles at iTunes Buy The Beatles The Beatles (The White Album) at eMusic Add to Collection
Blunt Chunks - Blunt Chunks album artwork 9:21pm Blunt Chunks BWFW Blunt Chunks (Telephone Explosion)
Track Notes: Toronto-based singer-songwriter Caitlin Woelfle-O Brien (Jaunt) collaborates with members of the Weather Station, Broken Social Scene, Scott Hardware, Luna Li, and Hooded Fang on this EP. If you’re a fan of the mellower side of Waxahatchee and Laura Marling, you’ll enjoy these five, country-twanged songs Buy Blunt Chunks Blunt Chunks at Reckless Records Buy Blunt Chunks at iTunes Buy Blunt Chunks Blunt Chunks at eMusic Add to Collection
The Fall - I 9:18pm The Fall Totally Wired I've Never Felt Better In My Life - 1979-1982 (Great American Music)
Buy The Fall I've Never Felt Better In My Life - 1979-1982 at Reckless Records Buy The Fall at iTunes Buy The Fall I've Never Felt Better In My Life - 1979-1982 at eMusic Add to Collection
Donny Hathaway - Donny Hathaway album artwork 9:13pm Donny Hathaway Local I Believe In Music Donny Hathaway (Atlantic)
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9:09pm Junior Wells Local Stop Breaking Down South Side Chicago Blues (Delmark)
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Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology album artwork 9:07pm Syl Johnson Local Wiggle In Your Hips Complete Mythology (Numero Group)
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Central Heat Exchange - Central Heat Exchange album artwork 9:03pm Central Heat Exchange Local Tulips at My Bedside (feat. Living Hour) Central Heat Exchange (Birthday Cake/Citrus City/Sunroom)
Buy Central Heat Exchange Central Heat Exchange at Reckless Records Buy Central Heat Exchange at iTunes Buy Central Heat Exchange Central Heat Exchange at eMusic Add to Collection
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