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Friday nights, 8-10pm CT. Click here to get show reminders and playlists via email, which I send out periodically.

The honest truth is that I am mildly obsessed with collecting vinyl records, and the radio show is a place for me to share my finds and justify the habit, at least a little bit. A typical broadcast will feature the best new music CHIRP Radio has to offer, woven with my own penchant for cuts that evoke memories, as well as stuff I never got into when it was a thing for others; I just decided I am no longer too cool for the stuff I used to think I was too cool for. Is anyone?

The Long Story: I liked whatever mom liked (Beatles, Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel, CSN, Pink Floyd) ---> I watched MTV incessantly in the 80's and listened to Top 40 radio, so...that (Paula Abdul, U2, The Police, Janet Jackson) ---> I grew a mullet in the 10th grade and listened hair metal (Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi) ---> Became fully enamored with golden era hip-hop (Yo! MTV Raps! Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T) ---> My cooler friends got into synthpop by the early 90s (Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, New Order) as well as college rock (Talking Heads, REM, Tom Waits, Pixies) ---> I liked to sing, so I ended up in jazz choir in high school, and started listening to vocal jazz (Jon Hendricks, Take 6) plus some instrumental jazz---> Grunge and alt-rock happened, and I lived in the Seattle suburbs so I got into it like the rest of the world (Nirvana, Soungarden, Singles soundtrack), plus alt-rock (Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, NIN) ---> I started doing college radio in 1996 and was introduced to indie rock (SPOON, Shellac, Neutral Milk Hotel, Fugazi) and specifically local indie rock in the Pacific Northwest (Elliott Smith, Built to Spill, Juno, DCFC) ---> Suddenly I wanted to have a broader, cooler cross-section of music in my head, which lead me to: punk (New York Dolls, Patti Smith) ---> funk (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone) ---> folk (Nick Drake, Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie) ---> soul (Temptations, Otis Redding, Stax) ---> dirtier classic rock (Stones, Velvets, Zeppelin) ---> blues and country (Robert Johnson, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Willie Nelson) ---> reggae (Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, The Upsetters) ---> I came to Chicago in 2010 and began to explore local music via my CHIRP show (Andrew Bird, Chance, Russian Circles, Jamila Woods...) ---> In recent years I realized I have to prioritize non-cis-white-males with guitars in an active way, as a means to disrupt the paradigm and make diversity the cornerstone of my interests, rather than the seasoning, which leads to endless possibilities! See you on the air.

Click to see my favorite releases of:

202120202019201820172016201520142013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Listen to my two most recent shows below:

Matt Garman's Playlists

1/21 - 9pm hour
Sault - UNTITLED (Rise) album artwork 9:53pm Sault Strong UNTITLED (Rise) (Forever Living Originals)
Buy Sault UNTITLED (Rise) at Reckless Records Buy Sault at iTunes Buy Sault UNTITLED (Rise) at eMusic Add to Collection
9:47pm Shredded Sun Local Sad Sad Song SOS Phantoms (self-released)
Buy Shredded Sun SOS Phantoms at Reckless Records Buy Shredded Sun at iTunes Buy Shredded Sun SOS Phantoms at eMusic Add to Collection
Spacehog - Resident Alien album artwork 9:41pm Spacehog Zeroes Resident Alien (Sire)
Track Notes: 1995 Buy Spacehog Resident Alien at Reckless Records Buy Spacehog at iTunes Buy Spacehog Resident Alien at eMusic Add to Collection
The Beatles - Love album artwork 9:38pm The Beatles Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows Love (Capitol)
Track Notes: 2006 Buy The Beatles Love at Reckless Records Buy The Beatles at iTunes Buy The Beatles Love at eMusic Add to Collection
Blunt Bangs - Proper Smoker album artwork 9:32pm Blunt Bangs Odessa Proper Smoker (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Buy Blunt Bangs Proper Smoker at Reckless Records Buy Blunt Bangs at iTunes Buy Blunt Bangs Proper Smoker at eMusic Add to Collection
Sloan - The Double Cross album artwork 9:28pm Sloan Unkind The Double Cross (Yep Roc)
Track Notes: 2011 Buy Sloan The Double Cross at Reckless Records Buy Sloan at iTunes Buy Sloan The Double Cross at eMusic Add to Collection
9:26pm Scott Free Local Her Body Her Choice Her Body Her Choice (self-released)
Buy Scott Free Her Body Her Choice at Reckless Records Buy Scott Free at iTunes Buy Scott Free Her Body Her Choice at eMusic Add to Collection
Cochemea - All My Relations album artwork 9:21pm Cochemea Mitote (featuring Sunny Jain) All My Relations (Daptone)
Track Notes: 2019 Buy Cochemea All My Relations at Reckless Records Buy Cochemea at iTunes Buy Cochemea All My Relations at eMusic Add to Collection
Cochemea - All My Relations album artwork 9:20pm Cochemea Mitote (featuring Sunny Jain) All My Relations (Daptone)
Track Notes: 2019 Buy Cochemea All My Relations at Reckless Records Buy Cochemea at iTunes Buy Cochemea All My Relations at eMusic Add to Collection
Jay-Z - I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) album artwork 9:17pm Jay-Z I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) - instrumental I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) (Roc-A-Fella)
Track Notes: 2000 Buy Jay-Z I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) at Reckless Records Buy Jay-Z at iTunes Buy Jay-Z I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) at eMusic Add to Collection
Blake Saint David - Be Your Own Celebrity album artwork 9:14pm Blake Saint David Local All Evil Be Your Own Celebrity (Sooper)
Buy Blake Saint David Be Your Own Celebrity at Reckless Records Buy Blake Saint David at iTunes Buy Blake Saint David Be Your Own Celebrity at eMusic Add to Collection
9:08pm Charles Bradley Changes Changes (Daptone)
Track Notes: 2016 Buy Charles Bradley Changes at Reckless Records Buy Charles Bradley at iTunes Buy Charles Bradley Changes at eMusic Add to Collection
1/21 - 8pm hour
Jana McCall - Slumber album artwork 8:59pm Jana McCall Echoes Slumber (Up)
Track Notes: 2002 Buy Jana McCall Slumber at Reckless Records Buy Jana McCall at iTunes Buy Jana McCall Slumber at eMusic Add to Collection
Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful album artwork 8:58pm Spiritualized Crazy Everything Was Beautiful (Fat Possum)
Buy Spiritualized Everything Was Beautiful at Reckless Records Buy Spiritualized at iTunes Buy Spiritualized Everything Was Beautiful at eMusic Add to Collection
Jana McCall - Slumber album artwork 8:57pm Jana McCall Echoes Slumber (Up)
Track Notes: 2002 Buy Jana McCall Slumber at Reckless Records Buy Jana McCall at iTunes Buy Jana McCall Slumber at eMusic Add to Collection
Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful album artwork 8:53pm Spiritualized Crazy Everything Was Beautiful (Fat Possum)
Buy Spiritualized Everything Was Beautiful at Reckless Records Buy Spiritualized at iTunes Buy Spiritualized Everything Was Beautiful at eMusic Add to Collection
8:50pm Jason Lytle Drop That Hero Over and Outsider (VanGerrett)
Buy Jason Lytle Over and Outsider at Reckless Records Buy Jason Lytle at iTunes Buy Jason Lytle Over and Outsider at eMusic Add to Collection
8:49pm Jason Lytle Drop That Hero Over and Outsider (VanGerrett)
Buy Jason Lytle Over and Outsider at Reckless Records Buy Jason Lytle at iTunes Buy Jason Lytle Over and Outsider at eMusic Add to Collection
8:44pm Glad Rags Local U Say All of Them (Sinkhole Sounds)
Buy Glad Rags All of Them at Reckless Records Buy Glad Rags at iTunes Buy Glad Rags All of Them at eMusic Add to Collection
The Ronettes - Baby, I Love You album artwork 8:43pm The Ronettes Baby, I Love You Baby, I Love You (Philles)
Track Notes: 1964 / RIP Ronnie Buy The Ronettes Baby, I Love You at Reckless Records Buy The Ronettes at iTunes Buy The Ronettes Baby, I Love You at eMusic Add to Collection
The Zombies - She 8:42pm The Zombies You Make Me Feel So Good She's Not There (Parrot)
Track Notes: 1964 Buy The Zombies She's Not There at Reckless Records Buy The Zombies at iTunes Buy The Zombies She's Not There at eMusic Add to Collection
Leo Nocentelli - Another Side album artwork 8:35pm Leo Nocentelli You've Become a Habit Another Side (Light in the Attic)
Track Notes: 1971/2021 Buy Leo Nocentelli Another Side at Reckless Records Buy Leo Nocentelli at iTunes Buy Leo Nocentelli Another Side at eMusic Add to Collection
8:32pm Davy Graham and Alexis Korner 3/4 A.D. 3/4 A.D. (Topic)
Track Notes: 1962 Buy Davy Graham and Alexis Korner 3/4 A.D. at Reckless Records Buy Davy Graham and Alexis Korner at iTunes Buy Davy Graham and Alexis Korner 3/4 A.D. at eMusic Add to Collection
Beck - It 8:28pm Beck It's All In Your Mind It's All In Your Mind (K)
Track Notes: 1995 Buy Beck It's All In Your Mind at Reckless Records Buy Beck at iTunes Buy Beck It's All In Your Mind at eMusic Add to Collection
Garcia Peoples - Dodging Dues album artwork 8:22pm Garcia Peoples False Company Dodging Dues (No Quarter)
Buy Garcia Peoples Dodging Dues at Reckless Records Buy Garcia Peoples at iTunes Buy Garcia Peoples Dodging Dues at eMusic Add to Collection
8:20pm Sport of Kings Local Every Night The Same Breath (self-released)
Track Notes: 1981 Buy Sport of Kings The Same Breath at Reckless Records Buy Sport of Kings at iTunes Buy Sport of Kings The Same Breath at eMusic Add to Collection
NicFit - Fuse album artwork 8:17pm NicFit Fuse Fuse (Upset the Rhythm)
Buy NicFit Fuse at Reckless Records Buy NicFit at iTunes Buy NicFit Fuse at eMusic Add to Collection
wøunds - No Beauty in the World album artwork 8:10pm wøunds Local For Ennio I No Beauty in the World (Past Inside the Present)
Buy wøunds No Beauty in the World at Reckless Records Buy wøunds at iTunes Buy wøunds No Beauty in the World at eMusic Add to Collection
Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone album artwork 8:07pm Mavis Staples Local You Are Not Alone You Are Not Alone (ANTI-)
Track Notes: 2010 Buy Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone at Reckless Records Buy Mavis Staples at iTunes Buy Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone at eMusic Add to Collection
Bruno Pernadas - Private Reasons album artwork 8:01pm Bruno Pernadas Lafeta Uti Private Reasons (Pataca Discos)
Track Notes: 2021 Buy Bruno Pernadas Private Reasons at Reckless Records Buy Bruno Pernadas at iTunes Buy Bruno Pernadas Private Reasons at eMusic Add to Collection
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