WBEZ | Sad Brad Smith http://www.wbez.org/tags/sad-brad-smith Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 9/10/11: The Passage of Time http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/paper-machete-radio-magazine-91011-passage-time-91994 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/interviewshow.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-14/tavi interview.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 227px; height: 250px; " title="Tavi, as discussed by Megan Steilstra">Christopher and Ali talk way too much about cats, so skip the beginning of this week's issue if you're not so inclined. First up, Benno Nelson discusses how art hasn't changed as much as you'd think it might have since 9/11. Megan Stielstra celebrates the launch of&nbsp;Tavi Gevinson's <em>Rookie Magazine </em>by diving back to the 90's, to its predecessor <em>Sassy</em>. Sad Brad Smith brings our sad&nbsp;weather report. And there's a word from our sponser O'Reilly's artisan wafers, courtesy of Doug Hurley. Music from Chris Damiano on your way out. And as usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE (and recorded this week by&nbsp;Nick Freed).&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483721-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-10-papermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div>This Saturday, we FINALLY have <a href="http://vocalo.org/amp">Brian Babylon</a>, and also Dan Sinker, who's book reminiscing about his time as the <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MayorEmanuel">Twitter sensation @MayorEmanuel</a>. They'll be joined by <a href="http://ianbelknap.com/">Ian Belknap</a>&nbsp;of the Writer Club; Mel Evans of <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=491&amp;Itemid=166">ComedySportz</a>; &nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/6">Nancy Friedrich</a> and <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/237">Colleen Doyle</a> team up; <a href="http://www.english.northwestern.edu/people/savage.html">Dr. Bill Savage</a>, Northwestern professor and <em>Chicago Tribune</em> contributor; and <a href="http://www.hobojunctionproductions.com/page1/page1.html">Josh Zagore</a>n will be back with his good puppet friend Chad the Bird. They'll be talking about the pregnant Beyonce, Mayor Daley's newly reduced bodyguard posse, and James Franco's all-over-the-place-ness. And music from <a href="http://www.blanefonda.com/">Blane Fonda</a>.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/paper-machete-radio-magazine-91011-passage-time-91994 The Paper Machete Interview: Looking good in Fall colors with Sad Brad http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-09/paper-machete-interview-looking-good-fall-colors-sad-brad-91783 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/180851_10150091069209891_149647049890_6322546_2570255_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You might know Brad Smith; he wrote the song 'Help Yourself' you may have heard at the end of <em>Up in the Air</em>, the Oscar-nominated film from a few award seasons ago. He'll be performing at <em>The Paper Machete</em>&nbsp;Saturday, and he talked to WBEZ for a few minutes about the kind of music he writes, what colors he looks best in, and whether or not there is a party going on at his house this weekend.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-09/180851_10150091069209891_149647049890_6322546_2570255_n.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 386px; " title="He doesn't look so sad here (Photo by Brad Bretz)"></p><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">1:50 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: I'm around if you are.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">1:54 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Great, hey Brad.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>So tell us a little bit about the love affair that is you + <em>The Paper Machete</em>.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">1:55 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>It's been a long time, has it not.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:01 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: </span>Well, I love <em>The Paper Machete</em> because its close to my house.</span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>First and foremost.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:02 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>But additionally, there is a great community to be found there. Some of chicago's brightest and most well spoken. Give or take.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Give away who?</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Name names!</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>We want the drama.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: Well, there's me. For starters.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:03 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>And . . . um.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>The NeoFuturists often appear and its always great to see them get to speak more at length than they are allowed at the theatre, because they are all such talented writers.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:05 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>But I'm bad with names.</span></span></div><div>2:14 PM &nbsp; &nbsp; <span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: It's alright, I don't want you to make enemies.</div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:15 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>How much variety is there in what you write about -- and what's the process like?</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:17 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: I mostly write songs. And there's not a whole lot of variety in them, I must confess. They are mostly just upbeat takes on how hard and stupid everything is.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>That's not true. Jeez, this is hard.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:18 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: We just want to KNOW you</span></span></div><div><span style="font-weight: bold; ">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span>No pressure..</div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: I'm trying to let my heart and mind find a sort common language in their quest to piece together a viable game plan for getting through life in an often bleak, but sometimes beautiful, universe.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:19 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>:&nbsp;</span>And the process consists of sleeping late and pacing around the house, looking at the piano, going online, taking lots of breaks, and waiting for inspiration to hit, usually around one or two in the morning.</span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:21 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Are their constraints put on you? Like, this week, make it more upbeat and about Miley Cyrus?</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:22 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: If Chris had his way, people would only talk about Miley Cyrus. But I don't let him push me around.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Yea! Good for you!</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: There's a good back and forth, I think, in truth.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:23 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Chris I think asks people he trusts and gives them a certain amount of freedom, which usually results in better work.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:24 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Agreed.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>So can you give us a preview of this week?</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>And perhaps any pre-show rituals?</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:26 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a little this week. I'm not just playing music, I'll be giving the Weather Report, where I talk about the weather. And how hard and stupid it is.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>The only pre-show ritual I have is to force myself not to bail and follow through with my commitment.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:27 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Weather is hard and stupid?</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:29 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: If you're depressed, it is.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:30 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I'll really be talking about the onset of Fall and how it relates, in my mind, to the creative process.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:32 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: That's totally fair.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:33 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>In that, I feel like fall is always the beginning of the year, so I get seasons being important.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:35 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Sad Brad</span>: Yeah, its funny. It does have a sense of beginnings in it, somehow, despite its ushering in Winter and decay.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Plus, Fall colors look really good on me.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">2:36 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Oh yea? 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I have to run Kate, to pick up some Mics.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I'll be back in about 20 minutes though, if there's more.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: It's cool!</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I think that's it.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I like leaving it on this dramatic end.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Thanks for taking the time.</span></span></div><div><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><b>Sad Brad</b>: No problem. Thanks to you as well.</span></span></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E6PAqnhIK9s" width="480"></iframe><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 19:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-09/paper-machete-interview-looking-good-fall-colors-sad-brad-91783 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 9/3/11: The Great Flood http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/2011-09-03 Julia Sweeney photo by Erin Nekervis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-08/julia sweeney.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 294px; " title="Julia Sweeney brings down the house (Photo by Erin Nekervis)"></p><p>When it rains outside the Horseshoe, it rains inside the Horseshoe. But that didn't put a damper on things! We have&nbsp;Julia Sweeney ragging on strollers at the acquarium. Stephanie McCanles comments on reality television and the Emmy season. Bond Benton reports on pro-wrestling. Michael Patrick Thornton with Ed Flynn, a famous LA Storm Trooper, talks politics. Paper Thick Walls wails along with the storm.&nbsp;As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below. And a shoutout to&nbsp;Aadam Jacobs, who recorded the whole thing.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483711-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-03-PaperMacheteRadioMagazine.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Saturday, <em>The Paper Machete</em> takes on America, which is obviously falling apart at the seams. 9/11, the post office, pro-football, and the end of summer will all be discussed. People joining us; Megan Stielstra of <a href="http://2ndstory.com/">Second Story</a>; Benno Nelson from the <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/">New Colony Theatre</a>; writer and editor <a href="http://www.joelcreese.com/">Joel Reese</a>; comedian <a href="http://www.neilarsenty.com/">Neil Arsenty</a>, and <a href="http://www.sadbradsmith.com/">Sad Brad Smith</a>. With music from Chris Damiano. Be sure to be there, as Christopher Piatt will reveal his real talents!</div></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699 Sad Brad Smith finds his song in a major Hollywood film http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/sad-brad-smith-finds-his-song-major-hollywood-film <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sad-brad-smith.png" alt="" /><p><p>Fate works in mysterious ways. For local musician Brad Smith, it came in the form of an old high school buddy, Philip Sternberg. Sternberg came across a tape of Smith&rsquo;s songs and thought they&rsquo;d be perfect for a film his brother in law was making. The brother in law? Jason Reitman.&nbsp; And the film? &quot;Up in the Air.&quot; And now the man who likes to call himself <a href="http://sadbradsmith.com/" target="_blank">Sad Brad Smith</a> is a lot happier. His song &ldquo;Help Yourself&rdquo; underscores a pivotal moment in the Oscar-nominated film, and he dropped by &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; studios right before Oscar night to share his story and, his music. Here, we revisit a short excerpt from that interview, plus a performance of &ldquo;Help Yourself.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/sad-brad-smith-finds-his-song-major-hollywood-film