21 episodes

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.

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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.

    Episode 20: Listening to “Gnossiennes” in Paris with Catherine Girardeau

    Episode 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 Public Library. Host: Corey Bloom Producer: Ashleyanne Krigbaum ... Read more

    • 13 min
    Episode 19: A & B-side experiences with Davey D

    Episode 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, 2017 at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public ... Read more

    • 17 min
    Episode 18: Justin Torres on Friendship, Serendipity, & Sweet Soul

    Episode 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, but goes even deeper. It’s about friendship and persistence, and why you should never overlook ... Read more

    • 11 min
    Episode 17: How friendship & heartbreak shapes Josette Melchor’s record collection

    Episode 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 February 9, 2017 at the California Academy of Sciences. Host/Producer: Ashleyanne Krigbaum Photo: Matt ... Read more

    • 15 min
    Episode 16: Will Georgantas & the Mysterious “Sha-duh-sha”

    Episode 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 Library. Host: Corey Bloom Producer/Sound Engineer: Ashleyanne Krigbaum Logo ... Read more

    • 15 min
    Episode 15: Fixing buildings & producing albums with Dug Infinite

    Episode 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)” which he co-produced with No I.D. in 1997. Dug’s story ... Read more

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

Christopher Mosson ,

Not just for record nerds

This is such a great framework for a live storytelling event. One way into a person's soul is through their musical tastes. Not only is this a good way to discover music, but it provides a platform for people to reveal apart of themselves through the songs that soundtrack their memory. Good stories, good music, good listen.

maxsidman ,

Music + Storytelling. Engaging & Engrossing.

Two key elements of the fabric of the human experience — music and storytelling — are the focus of this excellent podcast. Whether or not you’re a fan of the musical focus of a given episode's presenter, the stories invariably offer a view into another person’s perspective on songs, events, moments in time, history, lifestyles, and seemingly every other aspect of the shared human experience. This podcast is excellent.

Liz_____!# ,

For the music lovers out there

This is a great podcast for hearing about what makes music so special to others -- it's personal, it's funny, and very real (from real people!). It's like show and tell (and stories!) all over again.

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