Podcast

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

Episode 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. This story was recorded in front of our live audience at the Bernal Heights Public Library … Read more

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 Bay Area. In this episode, Max shares a record and a story … Read more

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. This story was recorded in front of our live audience at the Bernal … Read more

Episode 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-loathing Jello Biafra and how Winston made Green Day pick up his pizza tab. He also shares his observations … Read more

Episode 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, just days away from Halloween. Today’s storyteller is Fashion Designer Lia Wesp. Host: Corey Bloom Producer/Sound: … Read more

Episode 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, writing for publications like VIBE Magazine, Tower Records’ Pulse! Magazine, The San Jose Mercury, and … Read more