Phonographic Memory is the first album by the indie pop group The Alice Rose, released November 10, 2006, on Emerald Wood Records. The album was recorded between February and August, 2006, at Congress House Studio in Austin, Texas, with producer Mark Hallman and engineer Ned Stewart. The record's 10 songs, written by the lead vocalist JoDee Purkeypile, draw heavily from 1960s' rock and 1980s' power pop influences.
Shortly after the record's release, the song "West" was named NPR's "Song of the Day" on November 27, 2006. Two years later, the song was used in the soundtrack to the award-winning independent horror film Splinter, directed by Toby Wilkins, released in October 2008.
Colin Slagle at Congress House Studio during sessions for Phonographic Memory, March 2006.
A number of outtakes came from the album's sessions, and have yet to be re-recorded.
The album's cover art was hand drawn by the drummer Chris Sensat's aunt, Alice Bourque.
Two different variations of the album's inner sleeve exist. The first pressing has a group photograph by the photographer Jeremy Green, while the second pressing has recording session portraits by Chris Sensat.
The songs "Save Me" and "Wisteria" are the band's first uses of a Mellotron, which was later used extensively on their subsequent recordings.
JoDee Purkeypile, Sean Crooks and Chris Sensat had recorded an album with their first band, PigGie Hat, at Congress House Studio in 1998.