The Weird Turn Pro—COVID 19 Distance Learning Assignment for Investigative Journalism at Madison College

The Founder of Gonzo Journalism

One cannot put into words to describe Hunter S. Thompson other than “Gonzo Journalist.” Thompson was a stuntman who went out of his way to ride with the Hell’s Angels on a cruising for a bruising that eventually turned ugly. As a rebellious youth growing up in Appleton, Wis. in the ‘90s, I followed Thompson’s writing style whose genre piqued the interest of weirdos like me. Gonzo Journalism was first introduced through my History teacher who hated the concept that defied all the laws of journalism objectivity.

He called us all “Jag bag Rhodes Scholars” for liking him. Thompson was my form of literary escape and rebellious rebuttal to my teacher’s low appraisal of me. “Fear and Loathing” became my montage attending his class where I purposely placed Thompson’s books on my desk for my teacher to see. I lived each day by one of Thompson’s quotes that propelled me to barely pass his class. My history teacher told me I would never make it to college. Hunter S. Thompson’s writing style fed me who is responsible for my rebellious approaches to journalism today.

“When the going gets weird—the weird turn pro.”-Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson profile photo

Biographical Source: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hunter-S-Thompson and Google search.

The Man Behind the Scenes

Name: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Place of Birth: Springfield, Kentucky
Born: July 18, 1937
Died: February 20, 2005
Education: Columbia University, Florida State University, Columbia University of General Studies, Louisville Male High School.

Hunter S. Thompson Defies the Laws of Journalism

My love for Thompson starts with his going above the status quo to write feature stories from the first-person cockpit. Journalist editors scold writers from inserting themselves in their reporting. Thompson ignores the editor and does it anyway. Gonzo Journalism is frowned upon at the Clarion. I have been scolded on many occasions for taking the gonzo approach. My favorite character feature about Hunter S. Thompson was his beat down he took with the Hell’s Angels who reported his life behind the scenes. My favorite gonzo movies are “Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).” Bill Murray and Johnny Depp take on the role of animating the life of the Gonzo Journalist, who feature Thompson’s signature cigarette filter chewing memoirs—his best attribute. Thompson served in the Air Force as a sports editor for an on-base newspaper starting in 1956 until he was discharged in 1957. Hunter S. Thompson followed his journalism career long after.

Going Gonzo with the Hell’s Angels

The best way to describe Gonzo Journalism would be to examine Hunter S. Thompson through introspection to delve into the mind of a madman who documented his ride-along with the Hell’s Angels. Introspection seeks to form observations regarding the writer’s state of mind leading them into their journalism career. Thompson was a rebel. By disregarding journalism expectations of objectivity, his writings became outlawed in the eyes of editors. But the reader kept wanting more and more. Gonzo Journalism investigated the Hell’s Angels after befriending the organization who turned on Thompson and beat the life out of him. The introspection of Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels (1966)” prospect editorial, dialogued a state of mind of a writer, who lived beyond the human capacity, to go above and beyond the status quo, to entertain ideas with readers (Introspection examination: https://youtu.be/ccyu44rsaZo).

 

Journalism Sample: Fear and Loathing in America

“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time. Make no mistake about it. We are at war now—with somebody—and we will stay At War with that mysterious enemy for the rest of our lives.”
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The Black Panther and the Misrepresentation of the Black Panther Party of Self Defense by the Press

 

Bobby Seale Standing

Meet Bobby Seale

He’s a man who has been misunderstood for much of his 83 years. During his recent visit to Madison College, Black Panther Party of Self Defense Co-founder Bobby Seale set the facts straight and put his life into perspective.

The Black Panther Party in the ‘60s was a hot item in the press, often falsely described as a paramilitary organization. It was that false description that lead to Seale being put on trial, accused by the Federal government of organizing an anti-American movement.

Seale contends that he, along with the others in his party, were bringing African American historical awareness into the education system and not creating militias.

In fact, Seale contends that the Black Panther Party of Self Defense was really about developing a revolutionary approach to community service and being a social force that included the exercise of their legal right to carry arms.

“You see, people confused our organization by leaving off self-defense in our title,” Seale explained.

Bobby Seale Intercultural Exchyange

California Growing Up

Seale grew up in Berkley, California where his father taught him cabinetry as a Master Carpenter and entrepreneur. His dad owned a business and expected Seale to learn the carpentry trade.

But Seale had other plans. Seale dropped out of high school and joined the United States Air Force in 1955. After being discharged, he worked as a sheet metal mechanic for various aerospace plants while studying for his high school diploma at night. After earning his high school diploma, Seale attended Merritt Community College where he studied engineering and anthropology.

The Advocacy

In college, he was formally introduced to Huey P. Newton through the Afro-American Association who met during a rally protesting the Cuban Blockade of ’62, who would later form the Panther party with.

The Afro American Association’s slogan was, “Come to tell it like it is,” and Seale did just that. He confronted those who used derogatory terms like “colored people” or “negro people,” to describe the African American community.

But he didn’t stop there. He came to confront those who used slang terms for Native American tribes as well. Seale says using slang terms to describe a community, leads to robbing the identity of ethnicity and customary practices by other cultures.

“When we say Afro-America, we are not saying Negro-America, we are not using derogatory terms. We are saying we are Afro and African American people,” Seale explained.

Bobby Seale Chair

Political Party Organizing

Seale and Newton created the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in October 1966. Seale credits his anthropology classes for helping him discover the necessary tools to develop the Black Panther Party along with his instruction in the field of research methods that lit his passion to start an organization. Their mission was to liberate the people of their community with protections from discrimination.

“Going back-and-forth to community college and having no background in politics what have you etcetera are how I developed the Black Panther Party—boom,” Seale explained.

One of Bobby Seale’s fondest memories was falling asleep in court. Hon. Julius J. Hoffman found many numerous ways to hold him in contempt to include shackling and gagging his ability to speak freely. Seale spent three months in jail staying up all night to organize the Black Panther Party while engineering the blueprints in jail. Bobby Seale was able to write his book behind bars by having his attorney take a pocket recorder back-and-forth to Newton for his members to transcribe.

William Kunstler appeared as his counsel on Nov. 5. 1969. Bobby Seale was charged with sixteen individual and separate accounts who was committed to the custody of the Attorney General of the United States for three months for criminal contempt. The judge ordered the clerk to deliver certified copies to the U.S. Marshal to confine the defendant.

The Trial

As a historical figure, a seasoned federal advocate and a passionate member of the African American community, Seale never missed a chance to seek the press to share his views. While in court, the press returned the favor by shining every opportunity on him as a militant.

During trial, Bobby Seale was removed from the courtroom. The courts forcibly restrained him who did not let the use of the gag stop him from speaking out. After being returned to the courtroom, he shouted as loud as he could through his gag. The court enforced the marshal to tighten the gag. The jury was allowed to witness the behavior demonstrated by the court that affected their decision. The courts asserted that Bobby Seale and his willful misconduct were deliberate in attempt to disrupt the orderly administration of justice.

“I was tired from staying up all night drafting plans for cooperative community housing,” Seale chuckled.

The Anthem of Protest

Bobby Seale protested the Vietnam War to protect and preserve his culture from the draft. Seale understood how colonization worked and wasn’t about to allow law enforcement to continue to destroy his people.

“I began to recognize part of the ethnic struggle in the ‘60s. The Afro American Association was on campus ‘to tell it like it is’ who wasn’t about to allow any funny business with our people,” Seale announced.

Bobby Seale was not going to allow anymore African American men and women to serve in the Armed Forces either. The ‘60s was a radical period where Americans burned draft cards and African Americans were considered expendable in war who were facing backlash from law enforcement. Seale and Newton created their own press and called the newspaper “the Black Panther.”

Bobby Seale Hat Autograph

Spreading the News Through “The Black Panther”

The Black Panther Party sought to organize community information centers to stay close to the people in the African American community to be able to locate each other amongst the masses. The Black Panther was their method of self-defense to distribute warnings quickly when one of their community centers would inform the Black Panther Party of the event.

The Black Panther Party sought to abolish the war. Their intent was to strengthen communities under attack who distributed their message by means of motto printed in their issues. Don Cox, Field Marshal for the Black Panther Party in his public address, would recite his words through the press in order to time stamp historical events.

“We are the advocates of the abolition of war. We do not want war. But war can only be abolished through war. In order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun,” Cox stated in the G. Louis Heath pamphlet titled, “the Black Panthers Leaders Speak (1976).”

Bobby Seale’s love for humanity and his background in anthropology helped develop his advocacy to seek justice to bring important and significant achievements to the light of day. Community college opened the portal of respect that holds true to Seale’s genuine love for human beings was heard when he cried out in Federal court to set all who are oppressed by the government free.

As a veteran, he knew full well the cost of war and the sacrifice in Vietnam that went unnoticed that lit the way for the Black Panther Party of Self Defense to take leaps of faith to see to it no African American veteran would ever feel the pain and stigma of systematic oppression ever again.
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Calling All Trauma Informed Warriors—The Witching Hour is Your Saving Grace

The Witching Hour is your catharsis.

What does it mean to be a warrior? Warriors are defined by battle. Fighting the stigma of treating trauma is a war all in its own. Do you struggle with overcoming the impossibility of intrusive thought? Try these next steps and overcome the nature of discourse by releasing the beast within.

Step one: Find Your Mode of Catharsis. 

Start by picking out a favorite death metal or screaming form of music. When the 11th Hour of crippling panic rears its ugly head, screaming along to death metal, drumming through headphones, or walking on the treadmill while listening to spotify helped overcome the impossibility of intrusive thoughts.

Outpost 422 was created to develop catalyst research to help others through talk radio. The Witching Hour was designed to offer music as well, which airs weekly at http://www.clarionradio.com on Saturdays at 3 a.m. CDT, to offer opportunities to try out new ideas.

Step Two: Stick With Your Favorite Band. Mine is Immortal. Abbath and Mighty Ravendark are my quick reaction in times of crippling panic.

The key is to find the center of your universe. By reaching out to blog casts in times of struggle, the listener starts out with a quick link to YouTube to immediately navigate intrusive thoughts. Our methods are suggestive only. Take it or leave it. The choice is yours. You are the warrior. You are the only one who knows your own fight.

Step Three: Give Yourself a Break.

Have you downloaded the PTSD Coach App yet? The best method of fighting intrusive thoughts starts with the downloading an easy to use app. Scroll through the Outpost blog archive to find first-hand stories of triumph to keep you centered.

The Outpost 422 Witching Hour Mission:

 

The Outpost 422 Blogcast Brand

What is Blogcasting?

Blogcasting is the face of radio. Blogcasting is a method of development used to create writing and speaking outlets for vets who struggle in school. The program started with the Journalism Certificate Program at Madison College and will finish with the Business Plan Certificate by merging blogs with podcasts. Blogcasting is a podcast and blog writing development process to teach mechanisms of catharsis through on-air and feature writing.

Overcoming Impossibility starts at Madison College. Once the veteran transfers from their 14-week Cognitive Processing Therapy at the Madison VA, fast-writing methods will be offered through a welcoming committee to calm anxiety that become a daily exercise. The Madison College Writing Center tours will be offered to connect those who wish to pursue the Journalism and Practicum programs.

Blogcasting internships will begin the next phase of writing and speaking taking the individual from crisis to catharsis, who become the catalyst. Speaking and writing develop in an effort to purge thoughts into research. Opportunities are made available to all who complete their therapy.

Madison College assists veteran transfers through the Veterans Integrational to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program provided at the Truax campus. The VA offers therapy and support for all who are struggling with symptom management.

https://www.annarbor.va.gov/services/VITAL.asp

None of the other University of Wisconsin campuses offer this tool to succeed, which makes Madison College the right choice for vets who struggle overcoming the impossibility of managing anxiety and depression once therapy completes.

The Madison College Challenge introduced business plan writing during the Spring semester of 2018. As a perk for competing, I was offered the Kaufmann Template that taught me methods of brainstorming. Brainstorming calms anxiety. Executive summaries are lengthy, requiring maximum concentration to develop prototypes, which helped me stay grounded to overcome periods of panic.

After becoming acquainted with Madison College and academia, I started attending free entrepreneurship seminars that led to the blogcast ideation. What is one thing we all agree about radio? We never see who is behind the microphone. How can anyone trust what is broadcasted? Seeing is believing right? Exactly. Those who invest in blogcasting watch their development.

Blogcasting improves Terminal Brain Injury. Outpost 422 was developed during the Launch Your Business program that lit the brainstorm during the summer of 2019. Social Media Writing and Practicum pilot writing developed the talk show at Clarion Radio. After an eye-opening discovery, the revelation occurred that broadcast, along with speaking on-air, develops fluent speech—a disability symptom as a result of TBI. Slurred and broken speech plagued my ability to communicate.

Blogcasting is a form of outreach to connect with the crisis veteran to offer methods of catalyst.  When the 11th hour of crippling panic sets in, blogs and widgets help those in crisis have the tools to communicate. Outpost 422 blogs are the backpack radio in the watchtower.

The Outpost 422 weekly show was granted through the Madison College Clarion General Manager of Broadcast position. Outpost 422 was branded through the Launch Your Business six-week entrepreneur summer program prior to launch. The WordPress branding was developed through the Social Media Writing Course and is now an entry to the Madison College Challenge 2020.

 

The Outpost 422 priority is to serve active duty and veterans who are faced with crisis to offer an opportunity to find their way out. The primary job is to connect indirectly by establishing trust.  The main goal is to provide as many chances to succeed as possible. Between broadcast, documentary, blogs and testimony, the odds greatly increase through social media connects.

As General Manager of Broadcast, ethics is the top priority, by meeting the inspection of the viewing audience. Being gunned down in a guard tower in Port au Prince one night severely changed my life—my on-air story. Talking about it through case study research opens portals to healthy living.

Transitioning from the Madison VA into college has been overwhelming at times. Outpost 422 is the campus watchdog look out surveying the needs of those who are needing extra help. Blogs and podcasts converge on our WordPress website to distribute information.

Outpost 422 weekly broadcasts at http://www.clarionradio.com focus on the one listener who may need to hear the words from someone who was there. Overwhelming chaos and intrusive thoughts take every ounce of energy to overcome. I certainly hope all who listen will also interact through blog comments and connect with our listeners at our Facebook page available in the widgets section at Outpost 422. Thank you all for your continued support.

 

You Are Listening to the Witching Hour—Blogcast Launch

Metal Max and Brad Burt host a late night metal review at Madison College called “The Witching Hour.” The show takes on death metal from a pragmatic approach to survey the ecstatic human nature of warrior culture through case study.

Outpost 422 future surveys seek to offer cathartic methods to overcome the impossibility of conquering ideations during the trauma informed 11th hour.

The argument? Death metal is warrior catharsis. Outpost 422 is surveying combat active duty and veterans to prove their point. Please continue to tune in on Saturdays at 3 a.m. CDT at http://www.clarionradio.com or click on the “CR” link in the widget section.

Stop by and give Metal Max a shout. Max hosts the Witching Hour’s “Metal Max Maximum Metal Top 5” picks of the week. Max is an articulate critic and an expert reviewer of the Madison, Wis. metal scene.

Go to: www.askmetalmax.com to learn more.

 

Legal Disclaimer—The Madison College Challenge Outpost 422 Trademark Branding of Blogcasting

 

What is Outpost 422?

We are the academic brand of veterans who transition from the Veterans Crisis Line to Madison College who help veterans survive the appeals system. We are a meet and greet tabling service to assist those who deal with communication struggles overcome the impossibility of being trauma-informed. Our mission is to develop a welcoming committee at the Madison College Truax campus who assists with fundraising and philanthropy event organizing for suicide awareness.

We are alumni of the Madison College UW Liberal Arts Transfer program and Technical College Apprenticeships. Our responsibility as veterans is to offer our mental health stories as a means to end veteran suicide. We are panelists who assist corporate philanthropies with WordPress blog sample and survey prototype assembly to spread awareness of PTSD and how to organizing a workplace veteran coalition to end veteran suicide.

We take donations for our Bravo 6-6 CAV at FOB Fenty in Afghanistan. The canteen is the place we veterans come to when we are dog-tired to replenish with coffee and conversation in the field as light fighters. We assist our community as battle buddies to open portals of discussion to can improve how we communicate with the trauma-informed and how to treat one another.

Our Mission:

  • Share intel gathered from all American Legion, VFW, and DAV National and Department Conventions.
  • Exchange intel through the Oracle Cloud survey and sample collection services our group provides.
  • Tell veteran stories and hand out vouchers.
  • Meet and Greet “Each Veteran Has a Unique Perspective” Story.

Life is a Landmine Tour expo open speaker meetings set up concerts and expos to donate our time to pursue internships to serve the USO overseas for undergraduate research. We take perks and running costs off the top to cover our expenses and the rest will be invested in our campaign to end veteran suicide. The 422nd Rescue and Recovery Brigade is operated by veterans who have found their way out of the abyss.

“We speak the truths about suicide, VA opiate addiction homelessness, to teach writing mechanisms through the Outpost 422 Practicum Internships we are creating.” -Outpost 422 Mission Statement.

 

Anonymous tips receive a $20 Voucher for homeless survey. Homeless will also be required to keep downtown clean and free of pollution from garbage trucks. The Freegan business district at Peace Park is my Culture Park business plan through the Madison College Challenge we are hosting titled, “Operation Restore Americana.”

We are teaching homeless to barter vouchers and develop entrepreneurship strategies to prepare for a possible opportunity to clean up and go back to school through VA VITAL.

  • Sacred Warrior Outpost 422 Chaplain “The Sacred Warrior Chaplains of the United States Intervention and Prevention Program.”
  • Broadcast PBS Podcast from the Clarion Broadcast Medium through Practicum.
  • Introduce techniques shared by the VA through the Cognitive Processing Program.

Outpost 422 Executive Summary Academic Transitional Flow Chart

The veteran starts out at Building 22 at the Madison VA after a Veterans Crisis Line referral.  The VA does not treat patients who are pre-9/11 right away because they are backlogged. The company EAP Program I attended screened my condition and notified the VA I was in urgent need of extended care. Had it not been for corporate EAP, Gov. Walker’s ACT 385 and a few social workers helping me survive, I was told my VA Comp and Pen doctors I did not qualify, which led to me developing Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the VA’s policy to deny all pre-9/11 combat veterans.

Corporate Employee Assistance Programs helped win my appeal. The Mission Act helps private doctors allow the right to screen workplace veterans and receive hiring grants throught the Federal government.

Outpost 422 is your assurance of success. The program is now entering into the undergraduate research phase that utilizes classroom research projects for veterans to exchange scientific information for research abstracts. The interns develop through the Madison College Journalism Certificate Program prior to transfer to spit-shine their reading, writing, grammar, syntax, social interaction and classroom professionalism.

Our interns will enter the first phase of Truax part-time to get acquainted. The interns start out by frequenting the writing center at Madison College and speaking on-air while writing blogs for their weekly talk show appearance. The following courses will be introduced the first semester:
-Intro to Literature
-Written Communication
-Practicum 1 or a College Writing prep class

The Outpost 422 Pilot was written to create new opportunities to mentor VITAL transfers through a method called “blog-casting.”

Practicum starts out the veteran scholar through a literary beginng phase after completing 14 weeks of Cognitive Processing Therapy at the Madison VA.  Journalism is the core foundation of the Madison College Veterans Integration Transitional Leadership (VITAL) program that offers catalyst into rapid recovery for crisis through catalyst.

Our corporate VA Diversion model takes the crisis and fast-tracks development through voucher rewards-based programs also available for company EBITDA business models. We are only as strong as our weakest link and leave no veteran behind. We turn learning into entrepreneurship by selling professors and philanthropies a solid product.

Welcome to the OutCountry—Guiltshamed and Gaslighted for Reaching Out to the VA for Help

What exactly happens when you get out of the military and end up with a service-connected disability? Post 9/11 combat veterans receive red carpet treatment who go to the front of the line at the VA. The rest of us, those who served in combat in diplomatic wars during the Somalia era, are left in the OutCountry. The VA throws us into appeal and makes us starve financially to tap out. I am currently on my sixth year in remand for a left knee condition I sustained in 1995. Why do you do in the meantime? You fight.

Picture everything you aspired to be turned inside out and you will have what I call a “9/10” disabled veteran. We are disenfranchised for our service who gets ran off the job for seeking help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We listen to you when you tell us to call the Veterans Crisis Line. When we end up at the VA, we get interrogated to the third degree who are marginalized beyond compare. We develop Complex PTSD and are filled with a mail-order painkiller death sentence.

There is no yellow brick road. There is no happy ending. Your sacrifice means nothing to the Comp and Pen evaluators at the VA.

  • You are collateral damage. A liability.
  • Your only hope is to try to salvage the grace of an employer who will grant mercy on you and your situation.
  • They tell you to “grow some thick skin.”
  • You are now an outcast, a problem child, who is sent to the OutCountry.

They loved you when you were “over there” in-country. You made your family proud because you served loud. You suspect there may be something wrong, but you know if you use the Employee Assistance Program they will run you off the job. You let the pain manifest beyond any threshold you can bare.

 

The bottle becomes your nightly embrace. The VA painkillers tell you to take more and the pain will go away. The pain manifests into incarceration. You swear you won’t do it again and pledge to get well. The warrior credo runs through your blood, but you continue to believe the lie there is nothing wrong and you roll the dice at happy hour one more time. The police show up. The soldier and his legacy are flushed down the gutter. One last time to make it up to your mother. She weaps silently praying beside her bed, knowing if her son keeps this up, he will end up dead. PTSD devours all hope. The VA dishes out mail order dope. Another one bites the dust.

The OutCountry is not the end. Outpost 422 is a crisis central website for you to connect with many portals to reach out to any of us who have lived through the crisis to tell the story. The world will change and you will find your niche. There is an extraction helicopter waiting for you until then. We live in a world of conflict and contemplation. Knowing there is a solution changes the game for everyone.

Please take a moment to review all the videos in times of despair and know Outpost 422 harvests support to help you see this through. We are your back up battle buddy. We are here to help you overcome impossibility. You are worth every ounce of courage you can muster. Download the PTSD Coach App and see this through. Even though we live in a cold and dark society. We have each other. We are your sisters and brothers. Stay as long as you like. You are welcome here.

The Witching Hour Blogcast Playlist for February 1, 2020, at www.ClarionRadio.com

Welcome to the Witching Hour. This week we will be featuring great death metal bands who have visited Madison, Wis. over the years and hope to see them play again. If you are a local, regional or global death metal act and want to be added to our playlist, go to the Grin Reefer on Facebook and drop your video. We upload from Spotify as well. Happy Hauntings.

 

Our playlist for the week is as follows:

Note: The playlist will appear after the show airs Feb. 2.

Thank you for tuning in. We are a University of Wisconsin PTSD Communications Research endeavor. We hope you will listen to our show with an open ear to explore the pragmatic origins of death metal from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. CDT. You can do so by either clicking on the Clarion Radio icon on our Outpost 422 widgets section or by going to http://www.clarionradio.com.

Thank you to all who are serving our military across the globe. We hope you will use our show to flush out the infidels and scream along in times of crisis. Channeling dark energy through catharsis is a coping mechanism proven to work according to our research. We hope our outreach will give you the strength to reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line right away. Please download the PTSD Coach app as well. Please leave a comment below if you need to connect with someone right away.

Micawber Melts Faces at High Noon Saloon’s Wisconsin Metal Fest—The Witching Hour Review

By Bradley J. Burt

Madison, Wis.—High Noon Saloon featured one of the best metal bands hailing from the north winds who showed up to the Capitol Jan. 10 to melt faces and did. They are from Two Rivers, Wis. who call themselves “Micawber.”

Micawber put on an impressive show blowing away Madison-area bands. After sticking around for the headliner after the Micawber set, I headed for the door after the change over in disappointment. Madison dance metal could not hold their end of the social contract being featured by High Noon Saloon’s “Wisconsin Metal Fest.” Strike one goes to High Noon Saloon for hosting Madison mishaps. Being a metal band is about being the means to produce quality original musical bedlam, not modes of electronica and poorly tuned snares—totally not metal. Now Micawber, on the other hand, brought the metal.

WI metal fest

High Noon Saloon kicked out early birds who were forced to stand out in the elements as ice sheets came down.

  • Strike two for poor quality venue ethics. Buyer beware—show up on time if you plan to see any bands.
  • You will be spending the next day recovering from getting soaked in subzero temperatures.
  • High Noon Saloon scored a flawless victory for being a Madison-area metal fan adversary.

Micawber Merch table

Micawber started out the show working their merchandise table. Great dudes who interacted with fans. T-shirts were fairly priced and multi-colored that made for an incredible score to help continue funding the touring efforts of the band.

Fans can buy Micawber merch here.

Micawber tours the globe through national record label “Prosthetic Records.” Their fans brought the venue down with an all-out moshpit circle that engulfed those who were there to watch. Micawber is loved by fans on YouTube as well. Check out Youtubers who support them. Great group of dudes who melt faces with metal. Stop by and give them a shoutout on Facebook.

Micawber on Facebook can be found here.

The Witching Hour Micawber Review—the band, the myth, the legend.

Critics are everywhere. Fans of death metal are relentless. Musicians who play death metal are ruthless and aggressive when judging live performance. The Witching Hour takes on a different aspect by looking into songwriting from a cultural and pragmatic aspect versus live performance.

The sound at High Noon Saloon was weak and am not grading Micawber on sound. Strike Three for poor sound quality. The overhead speakers barely picked up the drums and guitars were hard to hear. Our scout was on the scene last night who went live via a smartphone where the Witching Hour first impression was taken.

The second review came from the use of a Go-Pro 4K. Again, the sound quality was subpar through overheads. High Noon’s subs were cutting out and made reviewing performance difficult. Micawber gets a blast beat 10/5 stars for making the audience circle pit the entire venue as a result of High Noon’s default.

  • Overcoming impossibility starts with fan interaction.
  • Bad sound always makes a first and lasting impression.
  • Micawber’s “Beyond the Reach of Flame (2018)” video and sound will be reviewed instead.
  • The band’s legendary status dispells myths death metal is dead.

The myth? Death metal is great for veterans who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Witching Hour seeks to survey vets who end up in the University of Wisconsin to collect communications research and Micawber is one of our featured experimental bands.

The Legend: If you are currently serving, take a minute to tune in and scream along when times of crisis arrive. Cultures use myth as a form of religious persecution.  The satanic and occult subversive and dismissive methods used by organized religion labels death metal bands as outcasts dismissing veteran adaptive aid in times of crisis. Vikings used catharsis and Norse legend to conquer in battle. Death metal is a pragmatic art and the Micawber legend definitely lives up to the face-melting religious prototype.

Micawber’s ax-wielding sweep picking mastery meets the listener’s ear with destroying double bass delivery. Micawber has been an amazing band from day one. The Wisconsin metal scene continues to thrive as a result of their efforts.

“Beyond the Reach of Flame (2018)” as a song in general masks the era of Wisconsin death metal prototypes found in the early years at the Rave’s Milwaukee Metal Fest. Micawber’s song-writing mastery exceeds the expectations of every death metal critic. Death metal musicians and their criticism can be harsh and brutal, which makes Micawber stand out even more. Micawber melts the face of every critic and will always be a featured band weekly on the Madison College server available for all who are serving across the globe.

The Wisconsin Metal Fest at High Noon Saloon was a low-cost show of an affordable ten dollars. Micawber was worth every cent. The venue sound, staff and booking were awful. The Madison-area bands did not bring the metal. If standing out in a blizzard to catch Wisconsin’s best metal act is your thing—by all means go to the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wis. to be treated like garbage and sit through ear bleeding electronica, poorly tuned snares and subs that cut in-and-out. Micawber made the trip out in the blizzard worth it and hope all continue to support this great band as they tour for Prosthetic Records.

 

 

The Witching Hour Kicks Off in January on Madison College Clarion Radio

The Madison College spring semester kicks off in two weeks along with a newly formatted show featuring Wisconsin death metal acts to entertain our troops who are checking in.

What is the Witching Hour? The Madison College Clarion Broadcast General Manager’s show sharing stories about being in the band, living up to the myth by being a legendary drummer at Appleton West High School class of ’93. We are creating a soundtrack for Documentary Storytelling through Blog-casting.

The Witching Hour Blog

The Witching Hour Blog-cast is a prototype for the Outpost 422 entry in the Madison College Challenge. We are pursuing our startups to write a documentary that interacts with our Facebook audience. The documentary will be called “Batshark—the Mike Fleury Story.”

We are assembling Wisconsin death metal musicians to pay their respects who will be session musicians for benefit shows through the Life is a Landmine Tour Mike Fleury helped get off the ground. The Witching Hour format selects songs from his favorite bands around Wisconsin.

Go to The Clarion Broadcast General Manager’s Facebook page and drop a comment requesting songs or giving a shout out to the troops here: https://www.facebook.com/clarionradio

 

The Witching Hour

What can listeners expect? An in-depth overview of how death metal songs develop from prototypes from the ’90s commonly heard at Apple Emporium in Appleton, WI, which closed its doors never to be seen or heard from again, thus vanishing into a myth. Apple Emporium was a legendary place where teens gathered to play hacky sack and plan opportunities to explore the Necronomicon. Listeners can expect nothing short of the most brutal death metal being played on Saturdays from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. at clarionradio.com.

Do expect to hear masterpiece engineered music followed by stories of myths and legends. The Witching Hour also investigates what bands are playing in the Madison, WI, and Capitol area. Our first featured story talks about a Two Rivers, WI band who is being backed by a major record label called “Prosthetic Records.” The Witching Hour featured band “Micawber” will be sure to turn many heads as they develop as seasoned musicians and masters of their craft. Check out their video featured below:

Please do tune in and support the Wisconsin music scene. Our efforts across the state will be used for the University of Wisconsin communications research to end veteran suicide through a method called “warrior catharsis.” Screaming along with death metal cruising down the highway is therapeutic when panic sets in. Let out the frustration through channeling dark energies to turn critical moments around 180 degrees.