the memory palace

by Nate DiMeo

the memory palace

  

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Episode 184: Betty Robinson

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A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first.

Music

  • Pollen by H.Takahashi and, later, Photosynthese.

  • The New York Herald Tribune by Martial Solal

  • Trying Something Again, Again by Lullatone

  • Wiffle Ball from Joel P. West’s score for Short Term 12

  • The title theme to Cani Arrabbiati

  • Increase by David Lang and Alarm Will Sound

  • Nijuichi by Sylvain Chaveau

  • Occam II for Violin by Eliane Radigue

  • Drunken Aviator by the (great, truly) Ida.

  • Eyes Closed and Travelling by Peter Broderick

Notes

  • If you are looking to read more about Betty, I’d suggest Rosanne Montillo’s terrific book, Fire on the Track.


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Posted on 18 July 2021 | 4:55 am


Episode 183: Goblins

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Music

  • Wasser by H.Takahashi


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Posted on 4 July 2021 | 8:15 pm


Episode 90: A White Horse

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This episode was originally released in 2016 in the days after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It is re-released every year on the anniversary of the incident.

A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first.

Notes and Reading:
* Most of the specific history of the White Horse was learned from "Sanctuary: the Inside Story of the Nation's Second Oldest Gay Bar" by David Olson, reprinted in its entirety on the White Horse's website.
* "Gayola: Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," by Christopher Agee.
* June Thomas' series on the past, present, and future of the gay bar from Slate a few years back.
* Various articles written on the occasion of the White Horse's 80th anniversary, including this one from SFGATE.Com
* Michael Bronski's A Queer History of the United States.
* Radically Gay, a collection of Harry Hay's writing.
* Incidentally, I watched this interview with Harry Hay from 1996 about gay life in SF in the 30's multiple times because it's amazing.

Music
* We start with Water in Your Hands by Tommy Guerrero.
* Hit Anne Muller's Walzer fur Robert a couple of times.
* Gaussian Curve does Talk to the Church.
* We get a loop of Updraught from Zoe Keating.
* We finish on Transient Life in Twilight by James Blackshaw


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Posted on 12 June 2021 | 5:35 am


Episode 182: The Surfmen

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A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first.

Music:

  • Flowering Jasmine as performed by Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Batica.

  • Kaspburger by Clogs

  • 20 (Lichen) by Berndan Eder Ensemble

  • Fall Again by Duval Timothy, Lil Silva and Melanie Faye.

  • Wurzer by H.Takahashi

  • Bone Collector by Julian Lage and Chris Etheridge

  • Titan’s Island by Ancient Oceans

Notes:

  • My favorite account (among many) of Richard Etheridge and the story of the Pea Island Surfmen is Fire on the Beach by David Wright and David Zoby.


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Posted on 5 June 2021 | 3:55 am


Episode 181: The Adventures of Pearl


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Music:

  • Suite from A Hatful of Rain from the GOAT, Bernard Herrmann

  • Sexfaldur from amiina

  • Piano 1 from Emily Sprague

  • Earring from Julia Wolfe and Lisa Moore

  • The Squirrel, from Herrmann’s score to The Three Worlds of Gulliver

  • All in Circles by Shida Shinabi

  • Them by Nils Frahm


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Posted on 23 May 2021 | 5:00 pm


Episode 180: Tracks

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Music:

  • Rosee by Piano Novel

  • Eyes Closed and Traveling by Peter Broderick

  • Future Waves by Uther Moads

  • Go Home by h. hunt

  • Juneau from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrians score to Wildlike


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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 10:07 pm


Episode 179: Keyhole

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Music:

  • Individuation by Eluvium

  • Kola - Lighthouse Version by amiina

  • Seeming by Helios

  • Portrait Gallery by Luke Howard

  • Disillusionment for the Emotional Type by You’ll Never Get to Heaven

  • Clouds by Hiroshi Yoshimura

Notes:

  • Leviathan: the History of Whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolan was super useful and very readable.

  • You can find the study on Sperm Whale adaptation in the North Pacific here.


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Posted on 22 April 2021 | 7:14 am


Episode 178: Crossfade


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Music:

  • Wiegenfield, S. 198 as played Khatia Buniastihivilli

  • Van McCoy sings Mr. DJ

  • Vier Stucke fur Xylophon

  • Love is Blue by Jackie Mittoo

  • Calvary by Quicksilver Messenger Service

  • Tizita by Tijist Ejigu

  • Violin Solo no. 1 by Peter Broderick

  • Two Aquerelles 1. Slow

  • The Hustle by Van McCoy

  • Coffee Beans by Moondog

  • Dogs of Straw from Larry Groupe's score to Straw Dogs

  • Flowering Jasmine by George Pelecis

  • Visit Croatia by Alabaster DePlume

  • Absence by Matti Bye


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Posted on 3 April 2021 | 2:33 am


Episode 77: Butterflies

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A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first.

This episode was originally released in 2015. Sometimes you’re working on an episode (and when I say “you’re” I mean, “I’m,”) working on an episode and you realize it’s just all wrong. That there’s a good episode in there but you need to take a few days and go at it again. Because you (and, again, “you”=”I”) think it, and you (this time I mean you, the listener) deserve better. And you put out a re-run. It’s a good one, though.


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Posted on 20 March 2021 | 7:06 am