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Collecting Tales Podcast
153 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Episode 015: The Story of Murfie w. Preston Austin & John Fenley
Founded in 2010, Murfie was a unique streaming service that provided both physical and cloud-based storage for a user's physical music collection. The company lasted for nine years before suddenly announcing its closure, only to be resurrected just weeks later by new owner John Fenley. Murfie co-founder Preston Austin joins me first, to talk about the founding of the company and the original concepts behind it, as well as his current role as CEO of Rabble and its associated (and very cool!) Musicat service. I then chat with John Fenley to find out what led to him buying what appeared to be a failed company, and his plans to restore all of its services to an increasingly anxious user base. Links from the episode: Murfie MUSICat Capital City Records John Fenley YouTube Channel
94 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Episode 014: From PA to Eternity w. Justin Bender
Musician, producer and now mobile game designer Justin Bender is a long-time friend of yours truly, and asking him a be a guest on the show was a clear no-brainer. From his time in bands like Cessate, Third Ion and Into Eternity, Justin has toured the world over and played in front of thousands of fans. He sits down with me to cover the course of his career writing and performing music, his production work with other bands, and the launch of his first-ever video game! Links from the show: Third Ion Website Bitwad Entertainment
140 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Episode 013: Welcome to WonderHarbour w. Vincent Joyall
Time to go back to the comic shop! WonderHarbour and Wonderland Games owner Vincent Joyall joins me to trace his path from young comic fan to store owner, detailing both the struggles along the way and the successes that came from pushing through the obstacles.
111 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Episode 012: All Things Space Quest! w. The Space Quest Historian
We. Are. BACK! From the farthest reaches of the chronostream, The Space Quest Historian rockets by to discuss the popular video game franchise, his own exploits around the adventure game universe, and his awesome efforts in getting Space Quest music pressed on vinyl! Links to stuff mentioned in the episode: Space Quest Historian Website SQH on Twitter Space Quest IV Reorchestrated - Blue Frogs Edition Vinyl Campaign!!
88 minutes | May 19, 2020
Episode 011: Chapter of the Mad w. Jameson Calantoc
Chapter of the Mad was the premiere online Metallica Fan Club Chapter from '96-'99. Founder and chapter co-head Jameson Calantoc joins me via Skype to talk about his early days as a Metallica vinyl collector, the ambitious beginnings of Chapter of the Mad, and why it eventually shut down. I also get his thoughts on Metallica's output in the years since, and an update on what he's up to now. Hint: His Metallica fandom is still alive and well!
76 minutes | May 5, 2020
Episode 010: Chip MF Zdarsky w. Chip Zdarsky
Comic creator Chip Zdarsky is my guest this week! What more do you need?? Ok, fine. Chip is the current writer on Daredevil, and has previously written Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Howard the Duck all at Marvel. He is also the co-creator of the wildly popular and award-winning Sex Criminals over at Image comics. Chip graciously sat down to discuss his career path from his indy days all the way to writing some of Marvel's most popular characters and WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS?!?! Go listen!
98 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Episode 009: Born to Entertain w. Mike Carroll
Musician and sound engineer Mike Carroll joins me via Skype to break down over a decade of being involved in the Edmonton music scene. We chat about his work as a sound engineer, his time in bands like The Cowabungas, Bikini Atoll Beach Party, and Systems To Chaos, and what a creative mind does when faced with social distancing. He also throws in a tip that every sound engineer should know when working with live bands, and vice versa!
97 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Episode 008: Happy Harbor Comics: A Retrospective - Part II w. Jay Bardyla
Part 2 of my conversation with Jay Bardyla as we look back over the history of Happy Harbor Comics, including two re-locations in less than two years, what went into their mammoth Free Comic Book Day celebrations, and when Jay knew it was time to finally step away from the institution he helped build. Plus Jay tells us what he's been up to since the sale, and teases an all-new exciting project! (For comic nerds, yes, this DOES count as a 1st Cameo Appearance, so this episode is now considered a Key Issue. Take that, speculators!)
62 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Episode 007: Happy Harbor Comics: A Retrospective - Part I w. Jay Bardyla
Jay Bardyla, former co-owner of the multi-award winning comic store Happy Harbor Comics, stops by Studio 1 to give us his own origin story and the history of what became an Edmonton institution. This is Part I of a 2-part conversation. Come back in 2 weeks to hear the rest!
46 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Episode 006: My Elementary School Music Teacher! w. Judith Burdett
On this episode we travel to Canada's east coast to track down my very first music teacher! Ms. Burdett was kind enough to allow me into her home to discuss her career as a music educator, and I take the opportunity to explain the impact those music classes had and my appreciation for it.
77 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Episode 005: Comic Books and Libraries w. Amie Wright
Phil's guest this week is Amie Wright, who is the American Library Association's President of Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable. First we cover what that means, then we dive into why comic books can be a vital component of any library, but how getting them there can still be an uphill battle.
100 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Episode 004: Collecting Music w. Craig H
Local musician Craig H sits down with Phil to discuss their mutual love of collecting music, and the pros and cons of physical media vs streaming and downloads. We also cover the death and resurgence of vinyl, and the explosion and current state of CDs as streaming becomes the new dominant platform.
121 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Episode 003: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster w. German Villegas
In this episode Phil sits down with German Villegas, host of the Modern Manhood Podcast, to discuss the 2004 documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." German shares his insights on the film from a masculinity perspective, and we manage to throw in a little Oilers chat at the end. This episode was recorded in July of 2019, so feel free to mock us on our Oilers predictions!
100 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Episode 002: Wrestling! w. Dan, Jeff & Troy
For this first episode, wrestling fans Dan Schneider, Jeff Martin and Troy Voong stop by the studio to elbow-drop some wrestling knowledge on your totally-new-to-this host.
4 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Episode 001: What Is Collecting Tales?
A brief introduction message from the host, in which he tries and probably fails to describe what the podcast is about, and why you may find it entertaining.
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