By Phonographic Memory
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Phonographic Memory is a storytelling project dedicated to examining and celebrating the human experience as framed by vinyl records. Each month, people share a personal story about a specific record, and then play a song from it on our turntable. This bi-monthly podcast highlights some of our favorite stories and songs along with in-depth interviews with DJs and record collectors.
||CleanEpisode 20: Listening to “Gnossiennes” in Paris with Catherine Girardeau||Writer Catherine Girardeau uncovers a story she wrote decades ago about an artist who came into her life and the LP he brought along with him. This story was recorded at our live show on April 26, 2017 at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco ...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: A & B-side experiences with Davey D||Hip-Hop historian Davey D takes us back to the night that Public Enemy produced the track “911 is a Joke,” when a hunt for records ended with a nasty surprise from the NYPD. This story was recorded at our live show on July 8,||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Justin Torres on Friendship, Serendipity, & Sweet Soul||Over the years, Justin Torres has brought many, lost Bay Area records back to life, through tracking down the original recordings and their histories. The story he shares with us is definitely rooted in his search for these lost songs,||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: How friendship & heartbreak shapes Josette Melchor’s record collection||Josette Melchor shares a word of warning to those of us who combine our records with our housemates’ and reminds us how our personal relationships can permanently affect our record collections. This story was recorded at Noise Pop‘s Nightlife event on||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Will Georgantas & the Mysterious “Sha-duh-sha”||Will Georgantas shares how getting to know a neighbor led not only to a friendship, but to an album he couldn’t have anticipated. This story was recorded at our live show on February 24, 2016 at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public L||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Fixing buildings & producing albums with Dug Infinite||How do you balance restoring an abandoned building with creating an album from the ground up? You get your A&R to chip in on fixing the plumbing. Dug Infinite shares the story behind making the album “Accept Your Own & Be Yourself (The Black Album)” w||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Barb Hauser’s Desert Island Disc||As a firestorm swept across the hills of Oakland, Barb Hauser had to make a quick and very tough decision: which of her many records would she be taking with her when she evacuated. This story was recorded at our live show on December 16,||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: A Record Store Oasis in Istanbul||While trying to forget a nightmarish encounter with his rental apartment in Istanbul, Corey stumbles upon a vinyl oasis and has a chance meeting with a long-time crate digger: Haluk Damar. In this episode, Haluk introduces us to a record (“Kime Ne” by||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Double Feature with Masha Pershay & John Schreiner||We’re highlighting two presenters who recently shared their stories on the Phonographic Memory stage: DJ Masha Pershay, who bridges thousands of miles with a Boney M record; and John Schreiner who spins a tale that starts where most great stories about.||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: How Equipto turned tough times into ‘Timeless’ music||20 years ago, the San Francisco Public Library opened the doors of their main branch building in downtown San Francisco. To celebrate the anniversary of the opening, we curated a line-up of San Francisco musicians who recorded and released albums in 19...||7/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Arthur O’Donnell and a roadie for the Kinks||Arthur O’Donnell shares the inspiration behind a local record, and the story of how it went from idea, to reality, and then to cult legend. We recorded Arthur at our live show on December 16, 2015 at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Publi.||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 9: When a door to Narnia opened for Sami Fink||Just as everyone remembers their first kiss, vinyl junkies remember their first record. Today’s presenter, Sami Fink, shares her own experience with her first record, and the rite of passage she associates with it.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 8: A spontaneous serenade from Eric Leckbee||Eric Leckbee’s story about one particular song has been almost 30 years in the making, and now, he wants to share it with you. Earlier this year, he enchanted the Phonographic Memory audience with his first-hand experience of the power a memory of a so.||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 7: Casey Fay’s Late Night Haul||This story is a combination of a lot of elements: late night drinking, bike riding in the rain, a reliable taxi, a scorned ex-lover, and impeccable timing. Casey Fay is an Oakland-based painter, animator, illustrator, and children’s book author.||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: DJ lessons learned by Ashleyanne Krigbaum||Ashleyanne Krigbaum has been DJing records and producing public radio around the Bay Area for over eight years. She’s made some mistakes during that time, and she shared with us the one that still sticks out to her the most.||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 5: Max Sidman on Bud on Bach||Max Sidman is the kind of friend who you can call up and say, “I have this crazy idea,” and without hesitation, they’re down. He’s also a music aficionado all the way through, and currently works for a musical instrument manufacturer here in the||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 4: Eric Ball’s Family Time Capsule||When Eric Ball contacted us, he mentioned that the particular record he wanted to share probably hadn’t been played in almost 40 years, and definitely not on American soil. We couldn’t wait to hear what was on it, and neither could he.||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Winston Smith shares his box of TNT||Artist Winston Smith joins us on the Phonographic Memory stage to share a few selections from his record collection, including albums he designed the cover art for, like Green Day’s “Insomniac” (1995). You’ll also hear stories about a cat-loathin||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Lia Wesp, Ghost Detective||In this episode, a young, ghost investigator decodes a message, goes to an address, and gets a random record for a dollar. Fittingly, this story was recorded on October 28th, 2015 at the Bernal Heights Library in San Francisco,||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: All Aboard the Soul Train with Todd Inoue||The first story we want to pull down from the shelf for you was recorded at our live event in April 2015 at the Bernal Heights Library in San Francisco. Todd Inoue has been a music journalist for many years,||1/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhonographic Memory Podcast: Test Pressing||Get ready, because Phonographic Memory’s podcast is heading to your earbuds very soon. Take a listen to a short preview of the stories and music to come, and be sure to subscribe now on iTunes, Stitcher, or another podcatcher of your choice.||1/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Lovely Bay Area storytelling to the masses
I’m a big fan of the monthly storytelling events that Phonographic Memory hosts, and I’m really excited to hear how they turn those stories into a show. It’s a really fun event, and I always leave feeling more connected to my community… and my record collection!
Aww hell yes (if you love music and the tales of listening to it)
And if you don’t, let’s talk about your relationship with things like joy, hugs, ice cream and world peace. Stories connected with favorite records, think The Moth meets crate digging, with a sprinkling of Song Exploder. Hooked right away and digging it like an old soul record.
Storytelling and Records
The live events are great, and this podcast really captures the essence. There is so much range and diversity in the stories that people share, and the songs that they play, I can’t wait to hear it unfold and be put on display digitally. Keep on keeping on!