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

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

Episode 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, 2015 at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco … Read more

Episode 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 iNSANLAR) that traces Turkey’s rich musical history, from Anatolian times, through several … Read more

Episode 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 discovering music should: in a skate punk house in the Midwest. This story was … Read more

Episode 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 1996 to speak at our May session, including Ilyich Sato, better known as Equipto. … Read more

Episode 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 Public Library. Host: Corey Bloom Producer/Sound: Ashleyanne Krigbaum Logo Design: … Read more

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. This story was recorded at our live show on March 30, 2016 at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public … Read more

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 song can have, no matter how much time and life has … Read more

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. The tale he shares recalls to us an old crate digger’s proverb: “Sometimes you find the records, … Read more