Michael W. Dean talks about his band Bomb

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Michael W. Dean talks about his band Bomb …..interviewed by Thomas Schulte for the book Thomas is working on.

Q. (Thomas Schulte): What do you remember of the 1988 Detroit show or tour? That would have been for the album Hits of Acid.

A. (Michael W. Dean): I don’t remember that show much in particular. That was a long time ago and I was doing a lot of drugs and alcohol. I remember snippets here and there of all the Bomb tours, collectively I have a lot of memories, but we played over 700 shows in 43 states and six countries, so it’s hard to say. I think I remember that show being in a horrible scary neighborhood (many of our gigs were), on something Mile Road, but not much else.

It’s odd….I sometimes remember things from when I was a little kid better than my time in the band Bomb. But Bomb was an intensely emotional time, and I had a really twisted love/hate relationship with one of the members, the drummer, and he was emotionally abusive….He kind of looked at me like his innocent hick little brother to corrupt and he liked to experiment with my emotions, used me like a mental plaything. So I’ve shut a lot of that out of my memory as a defense mechanism. That guy is a sociopath and I am not in contact with him. I never will be again.

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Editing Feens episodes

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This blog post is basically just for the Feens co-hosts, though anyone is free to check it out. And if there are any Feens fans who’d like to learn to do this and save me some work and edit a couple episodes a month, let me know.

I’ll be doing this in Sound Forge, a non-free program that is MUCH better than the free program that most people use, Audacity. But all of the functions are pretty much the same between both programs. Also, Feens co-hosts who are ready to try this, I can help you get Sound Forge if you’d like. Let me know if you want it.

If you have no experience editing audio, there are lots of tutorials for each program on YouTube. This blog post I’m writing assumes you have some experience editing audio.

One of the great things about being on GCN is that they record the show on their end and put up a good sounding archive. Before the Feens were on GCN, we had to record the archives from our end, which is one more thing to do while doing a live show. Not having to worry about it during a live show is a nice perk.

The GCN high-quality archives are only up for a few weeks, then they are archived permanently in lower quality, but really, the archives need to be edited and uploaded to the Feens site within a couple hours of the show being over, preferably within one hour.

The archives are in one-hour chunks (two for each two-hour show), and go up on the GCN site about 20-25 minutes after each hour is over.

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Uploading Feens episodes

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This is a Feens co-host only post that is a continuation of this post on Editing Feens episodes.

SO….you’ve followed the other post and edited and tagged a perfect Feens MP3. What now?

First you need to upload it to the server. You’ve been given an FTP login to do that. You’ll need an FTP program, if you don’t have one, grab WS_FTP LE. It’s free. You’ll have to give them your email address. And save the email they send you, you may need it later if the program ever expires.

Install the program and enter your Server/User name /Password info into the program and save it. (Again, MWD can TeamViewer in and set this up for you if you have any problems with it.)

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The (new) best only inexpensive Feen(Phone) USB mic in the world

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For several years, I’ve been recommending the Audio-Technica AT2005USB (Get it here on Amazon). It’s a solid mic. It has a great sound, great pickup pattern, good rejection of off-mic noise, has a headphone jack in the mic for latency-free monitoring, and all in all, is perfect for low-budget spoken audio. I’ve tested hundreds of mics, and again and again I’ve returned to recommending this mic to people who want to start sharing their voice with the world.

I recently saw another similar USB mic and decided to spend some Amazon rewards cash getting one to test. I did, and now I can fully recommend this mic: Samson Q2U Handheld Dynamic USB Microphone with Headphones and Accessories. This mic has all the features and quality of the Audio-Technica, yet sells for 25 dollars less AND comes with some headphones that will work fine for talk radio.

Michael W. Dean uses the mic for the first segment of this Freedom Feens show here, with MWD calling in over FeenPhone.

The Samson mic with headphones is currently 44 bucks. The AT2005 is 72 dollars without the headphones. The Samson headphones are OK, not great, and you do have to have them tight on your head to prevent leakage of audio into the mic. You’ll also need a mic stand, get this one (I like it better than the one I used to recommend), and some foam windscreens, get these.

I actually like a few things better about the Samson mic. For one, the volume control is on the bottom side of the mic, not on the bottom end, it’s easier to get to. And the indicator LED light actually turns red if you’re distorting (not that it’s easy to see while using the mic, especially with a windscreen on). I did not like the internal foam inside the grill, it smelled funky, like petrol, like most things shipped on a slow boat from China these days. I unscrewed the grill, pulled that foam out, threw it away, and just relied on an add-on foam windscreen.

What a time to be alive when the price of the gear for getting on worldwide radio is 44 bucks. Things sure have changed since I was a kid, and I’m digging getting to go along for the ride. And I’m glad to have helped in the from of co-developing FeenPhone. Check it out, FeenPhone is free, and is much better than Skype for connecting remote spoken media producers over the miles.

–MWD

Unboxing video with setup of best budget Windows tablet – WinBook TW802.

Get it HERE (price varies from $100 to $145, depending on who’s selling it and how fast you want it):

Inexpensive kick-ass Windows 8.1 tablet. Works GREAT. Weighs less than a pound.

MAKE SURE TO READ BELOW ON REMOVING THE INSTALLED Crap Ware (installing all of that is part of how the manufacturer keeps the price low…they’re paid to add this crap by the people who make the crap):
Install Malwarebytes, free version: https://www.malwarebytes.org/
Run it and let it remove everything it wants. Then go into Control panel and make sure all these are removed. (and read and uncheck things in the removal windows, they’re tricky and try to ADD more things!). Remove all these if any are still there:
Bubble Docks
Pro PC Cleaner
Coupon Alert
Trovi
Selection Tools.
Wajam
ESET Activation Helper
Web Bar
Bing.

Do NOT allow the tablet to add the anti-virus program (Pro PC Cleaner) at start up. Delete that and instead run Windows Defender. (Included). If the tablet starts talking to you and telling you to call some phone number, Pro PC Cleaner got installed. Malwarebytes will get rid of it.

You can add Ad-Aware Web Companion to keep this computer from switching your home page on any browser to Bing, and Web Companion is light and good to have for extra protection anyway.

Then pay 5 bucks and get Start8, this little program that adds the start menu back to Windows 8 (and yeah, and it’s better than the free thing classicshell).

I added Firefox, made it my default browser. Add AdBlock Plus: https://adblockplus.org/

Also added a 64 Gb SD card to extend memory (25 bucks).

I got this ten-dollar case. (If you want a case with a keyboard, this one is $23).

NOT ALL STYLUS PENS WILL WORK WITH THIS TABLET. This seven-dollar one will. And this seven-dollar one that also doubles as an actual pen on the other end works even better.

The Free VoIP program I test at the end is FeenPhone, available from www.feenphone.com

Radio show played as test in this video is The Freedom Feens.