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Author: Craig Finn & Talkhouse

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That’s How I Remember It is a podcast that examines the connection between memory and creativity. Each episode will feature a discussion between Craig Finn and one creator — a musician, author, filmmaker, etc. — about the role that memory plays in their art. These conversations will reveal the different ways each creator synthesizes their remembered life experiences to tell stories about themselves and the world we live in. This podcast is not a nostalgia trip, but rather an exciting conversation about storytelling, process, and the desire to create art that reflects the world the artist has experienced. That’s How I Remember It is co-produced and distributed by Talkhouse.

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Welcome to a bonus episode of That’s How I Remember It. This episode was recorded live at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn the first night of the Hold Steady’s annual Massive Nights celebration in November 2023. The first guest is Peter Shapiro, stellar music promoter, owner of the Brooklyn Bowls, former owner of The Wetlands music club, the list goes on. We talked about his philosophies about multi-night events, leaving early, playing zone defense and his first show at Wetlands. After Pete, we visited with Michael Hann, a music writer based in the UK who authored The Gospel of The Hold Steady book that came out in 2023. Michael is a longtime friend and fan of the band and we spoke of surprises in the book, favorite THS shows, first meetings, etc. Throughout it all I check in with my bandmates in THS to hear their recollections of 2023, our 20th year as a band. This was a great event, and it’s a lot of fun to revisit it on the eve of the THS Weekender 2024 shows in London this weekend.
Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

2024-02-2149:461

Jason Isbell is my guest on the final episode of Season 3 of That’s How I Remember It. Jason is, of course, one of the great songwriters of our time. His newest record with his band The 400 Unit is 2023’s Weathervanes. It continues an incredible and probably unrivaled streak of great records in this past decade. We talked about that as well as Patterson Hood’s songs, Pentecostal band chaos, sequencing for vinyl, David Gilmour and Paul Kossoff, great backstage graffiti, whether Tool was influenced by The Grifters and, of course, Ybor City. Big thanks to Jason for joining us. Thanks to you for listening to Season 3. We will be back for more, stay tuned!
Alynda Segarra makes music as Hurray For The Riff Raff and they are my guest on this episode of That’s How I Remember It. I’ve been really loving Alynda’s new record The Past is Still Alive so we talked about that as well as the surprising nature of grief, ABC NO RIO, songs as monuments, taking lessons from nature, and Blood on the Tracks weather. This was such a great talk with a fantastic artist. Listen and subscribe!
Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

2024-02-0752:32

Josh Ritter is my guest on this episode of That’s How I Remember It. Josh is an immensely talented and prolific songwriter and author. I really dug his most recent record, 2023’s Spectral Lines. We talked about that as well as Lutheran hymns, looking back on old records, the night we met at a Springsteen tribute at Carnagie Hall, and Bob Dylan covering a song that he wrote. Josh is a fascinating guest and I enjoyed it immensely. Listen and subscribe!
Jay Sweet

Jay Sweet

2024-01-3157:51

Jay Sweet is my guest on this episode of That’s How I Remember It. Jay has done a lot of things but is best known as the force behind the Newport Folk Festival. I have been at Newport for the past two years and have been blown away by the music and the community. Jay and his staff are in the business of making memories at Newport. We talked about that special vibe as well as Lewis Carrol, his first Grateful Dead show, REM at Radio City Music Hall as a youth, Lana Del Rey, and THS at Newport 23. Great talk. Listen and subscribe!
Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan

2024-01-2442:17

Duff McKagan is my guest on the newest That’s How I Remember It. Duff is, of course, a founding member of Guns & Roses, one of the biggest rock bands of all time. He also is a million other things: old-school punk, martial arts enthusiast, history buff, etc. In 2023, Duff toured with Guns & Roses and found the time to release his own record Lighthouse. We talked about all of that as well as the influence of seeing The Clash in 1979, losing memory to excess, telling the truth, going through a Crusades phase, and so much more. Duff was an amazing guest. Please listen and subscribe!
Tom Scharpling

Tom Scharpling

2024-01-1752:24

Tom Scharpling is my guest on today’s episode of That’s How I Remember It. Tom is the host and creator of The Best Show, a comedy and music radio show that has run since 2000. He has also written for television and, in 2021, published a great memoir called It Never Ends. We talked about the book, bad behavior at rock concerts, trying out for the New Monkees, the aggrieved yet positive tone of The Best Show, and so much more. Big thanks to Tom for coming on the show and being a great guest. Listen and subscribe!
Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane

2024-01-1044:02

Dennis Lehane is my guest on this episode of That’s How I Remember It. Dennis is the author of over a dozen fantastic novels. Some of these, such as Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone Baby Gone, have been made into successful films. We talked about his most recent novel Small Mercies as well as Boston bussing protests, “Strawberry Letter 23,” the '70s hangover of the Vietnam War in America, nicknames, and so much more. Huge thanks to Dennis for joining, please listen and subscribe.
Slaughter Beach, Dog

Slaughter Beach, Dog

2023-12-2050:08

Slaughter Beach, Dog’s Jake Ewald is my guest on this week’s That’s How I Remember It. Jake is a fantastic songwriter and storyteller, and in 2023 he released a killer record called Crying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling. We talked about the record as well as novelty songs, being a “talky” singer, artists with large catalogs, Delaware beach towns, and much more. Jake was such a fun cool guest and I really enjoyed the talk. Listen and subscribe!
Dessa

Dessa

2023-12-0654:44

My guest on this episode of THIRI is Dessa. She’s at true multi-hyphenate artist: a rapper, singer, author, podcast host, and more. This year she released a great album called Bury the Lede and we talked about that as well as her 2018 book My Own Devices, lutes, secret songs on CDs, lucid dreams, the term “breaking news”, our hometown of Minneapolis, and a whole lot more. It was a really great conversation. I very much enjoyed it and I bet you will too. Listen and please subscribe!
Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

2023-11-2240:17

This week’s THIRI guest is Johnny Marr. Johnny is truly one of the all-time great rock and roll guitarists, and has created a musical body of work that has very few rivals. He’s recently released a new book called Marr’s Guitars as well as Spirit Power, a collection pulled from his solo records. We talked about all of that as well as his emotional response to colors, “street bands”, the life-changing moment of buying The Stooges’ Raw Power LP, and the time The Smiths met Van Halen. An incredible episode!
Peter Jesperson

Peter Jesperson

2023-11-1550:58

Today my guest on That’s How I Remember It is Peter Jesperson. Peter has written an awesome book called Euphoric Recall which details a rock and roll life filled with amazing music stories. We talked about our mutual hometown of Minneapolis, hearing the White Album for the first time, early 1970s concerts, managing the Replacements, whether the Replacements should have been bigger, his fandom for Phoebe Bridgers, and so much more. It’s an incredible book and a great episode. Listen and subscribe!
Deer Tick

Deer Tick

2023-11-0852:17

Today on That’s How I Remember It, I welcome John McCauley and Ian O’Neil from Deer Tick. This year they put out a new album called Emotional Contracts, and I think it’s their best yet. We talked about that as well as songs about space, John playing with Los Lobos at Newport Folk Festival this year, playing covers, and increasingly shared songwriting duties. It was a great talk and the first double guest episode of this podcast. Lots more coming up, listen and subscribe!
Bob Mould

Bob Mould

2023-11-0152:16

This week on That’s How I Remember It, I am thrilled to host an absolute hero of mine, Bob Mould. In his seminal '80s band Husker Du, in the '90s with Sugar, and across all decades as a solo artist, Bob is an artistic force that shows no signs of slowing down. We talked about '60s pop music, taking guitar lessons, visiting The Replacements Tim sessions, the 1984 Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, and writing a memoir before releasing five more albums. Huge thanks to Bob Mould for being awesome. Listen and subscribe to hear even more great guests coming up.
Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

2023-10-2542:02

Welcome back to That’s How I Remember It. I’m honored to have the incredible songwriter Lucinda Williams here to kick off Season 3. Lucinda is an all time great American songwriter and a three time Grammy winner. This year she put out a fascinating memoir and a great new album as well. I talked to her about all of this as well as seeing Jimi Hendrix in concert, getting past grieving to write songs, Blaze Foley & Townes Van Zandt, how the Vietnam War affected her personally, and so much more. A huge thanks to Lucinda for joining me here. Season 3 is full of great guests, so listen and subscribe.
Season 2 Wrap-Up

Season 2 Wrap-Up

2023-05-1709:05

That’s a wrap on Season 2! School is out for summer. We had a great time here with some incredible guests. Here I reflect on the season that was: the great conversations, what I enjoyed, what I learned, etc. I also let you know what I’m doing this summer and where I’m going to be. A huge thanks to everyone that listened and we’ll be back for Season 3 in a little bit. Stay Positive!
The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

2023-05-1001:00:42

The Hold Steady is my guest on this week’s episode of That's How I Remember It. It was recorded live in front of a wonderful audience at Rev Hall Show Bar in Portland Oregon during our amazing weekend of shows there. This was our first episode with more than one guest, and it all worked out pretty great. I asked my fellow band members about their memories, especially how it relates to our twenty years as a band. We talked about early music memories, 9th albums, shirtless frontmen, remembering songs, The Doors, when exactly heavy metal dudes stopped being scary, and so much more. It was such a cool honor to have my bandmates join me here. Keep listening and subscribing!
Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

2023-04-2650:45

Hanif Abdurraqib is my guest on this episode of That's How I Remember It. Hanif is the author of two poetry collections and three non-fiction books, all of which have garnered critical acclaim and awards. We spoke a lot about his most recent book 2021’s A Little Devil in America as well as touring as an author, discovering MTV, dancing in school, "Don’t Stop Believing," geographic memory, and much much more. Great talk, was thrilled to have Hanif join me. Lots more coming up, please listen and subscribe.
Bill Hader

Bill Hader

2023-04-1945:543

Bill Hader is my guest on this episode of That's How I Remember It. Bill is an incredibly talented actor, writer, director. Barry, the show that Bill created and stars in, has just entered its fourth and final season, so we talked a lot about that. But we also spoke of Frank Zappa, late night movies, memorizing lines, being a PA on films, playing the same character for 4 seasons, the initial idea for Barry, and so much more. Huge thanks to Bill Hader for joining me here. We’ve got even more great guests coming up, so please listen and subscribe.
Eric D. Johnson is my guest on the newest episode of That's How I Remember It. Eric is the singer, songwriter and principal of the band The Fruit Bats, and also a member of modern folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman. The Fruit Bats are releasing their 10th studio album this week titled A River Running To Your Heart. We talked about that as well as the first Boston album, writing songs as therapy, anxiety dreams about shows, and how every audience is a unique organism. Big thanks to Eric for joining me here. Please listen and subscribe, lots more to come here in the future.
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David Flynn

I had heard about the Podcast and wasn't planning on adding another podcast to my growing list. Then I saw Craig got Alison Moore. So I've listened to them all and can't wait for the next one. Such great conversations!

Jul 29th
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