WBEZ | Chad Briggs http://www.wbez.org/tags/chad-briggs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en DJ Muzak: The catharsis of music we try to tune out http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/dj-muzak-catharsis-music-we-try-tune-out-100493 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3323198607_8d35a4eccb.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 211px; " title="(Flickr/Susanna Bolle)" />Muzak &mdash;&nbsp;the catch-all name for bland soothing, elevator music &mdash; gets a bad wrap. Comedian Chad Briggs recently gave it another shot and it shook up his listening-view a little bit. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>Summer of course, is the time of the outdoor music festival and any number of overblown and overpriced touring shows.</em></p><p><em>Last week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2012/06/16/154863819/i-never-owned-any-music-to-begin-with">a blog post by a 22-year-old NPR intern</a>&nbsp;kicked yet off another round in the debate on the ethics of paying for versus pirating music.</em></p><p><em>I had become mired in ambivalence about illegally downloading music and attending festivals, both of which I&rsquo;ve done with trepidation in the past.</em></p><p><em>I wasn&rsquo;t sure how to feel. I needed something to deliver me from my musical morass. And it was coming. I was soon to discover two acts that would shatter everything I thought I knew about music.</em></p><p><em>It all started a few weeks ago with the return of warm temperatures.</em></p><p><em>That&rsquo;s when I discovered Ice Cream Truck, an avant garde DJ who parks his canary yellow rig right under my open window. Committed to his outsider art ethos, he played a private show just for me. That night I was treated to over a full hour of the same five seconds of &ldquo;The Entertainer&rdquo; diabolically looped until it bore a crater in my brain and filled it with the pale orange not quite sherbet substance in those pushup bars he pimps along with his relentless beats.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/dj-muzak-catharsis-music-we-try-tune-out-100493 Chad Briggs thinks the Girl Scouts should start offering an Apology Badge http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-02/chad-briggs-thinks-girl-scouts-should-start-offering-apology-badge- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-02/4121427310_d86af9c82c_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-02/4121427310_d86af9c82c_z.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 269px; height: 400px;" title="A Connecticut troop in the 1920s (Flickr/arcx1972)">The Girls Scouts have had a rough time lately, for a group of children who wear multicolored vests. The latest slam came from Indiana State Rep. Bob Morris, who wrote<a href="http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120220/BLOGS01/120229962">&nbsp;a letter</a> to his colleagues in which he alleged that the organization had been "radicalized" and claimed that had "a close strategic affiliation with Planned Parenthood."</p><p>This week, Morris <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73241.html">apologized</a>; however, he didn't entirely recant his claims. As such, his apology wasn't enough for some people like comedian Chad Briggs. Read an excerpt of Briggs' thoughts on the matter, or listen below:</p><p><em>"Oh ladies! February has been a tough month for you. From all-male panels for congressional hearings on birth control, to honoring abusive men at the Grammys, to the proposal of unnecessary and humiliating procedures for women seeking abortions in Virginia. Not to mention these</em> Real Housewives<em> shows seem to be multiplying asexually.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>It's been a dark time all around. Believe me, if I were in charge, I'd order a massive distribution of flowers and fancy bath oils all around this country. You deserve it, because GIRL, it has been a month.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>And the high profile cases of men being jerks to females isn't just limited to adults. This week those little sash-wearing, cookie-slinging sweethearts, the Girl Scouts, came under fire from an Indiana lawmaker. You see, the Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and the Indiana state legislature was poised to honor them by doing what state governments do best: passing some dopey nonbinding resolution that says 'Yayyy.' </em></p><p><em>But hold the phone, Hoosiers! At least until you hear what Bob Morris (R) of Fort Wayne has to say."</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332744177-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/chad briggs.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-02/chad-briggs-thinks-girl-scouts-should-start-offering-apology-badge-