WBEZ | NPR intern http://www.wbez.org/tags/npr-intern 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