Phonographic Memory

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Phonographic Memory
Phonographic Memory.jpg
Studio album by The Alice Rose
Released November 10, 2006
Recorded February – August, 2006 at Congress House Studio, Austin, Texas
Genre Indie rock, indie pop
Length 33:55
Label Emerald Wood Records
Producer Mark Hallman
The Alice Rose chronology
Phonographic Memory
All Haunt's Sound

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.[1] 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.[2]

Colin Slagle at Congress House Studio during sessions for Phonographic Memory, March 2006.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Light Up" 3:32
  2. "Save Me" 2:43
  3. "Lamplight" 3:44
  4. "Ocean" 3:47
  5. "Saints" 3:29
  6. "All Over Your Body" 3:43
  7. "Wisteria" 3:18
  8. "West" 3:05
  9. "Stop" 3:19
  10. "This Night" 3:24
  • All songs written by JoDee Purkeypile (2006 Emerald Wood Music, ASCAP)


  • A number of outtakes came from the album's sessions, and have yet to be re-recorded.[citation needed]
  • The album's cover art was hand drawn by the drummer Chris Sensat's aunt, Alice Bourque.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • The songs "Save Me" and "Wisteria" are the band's first uses of a Mellotron, which was later used extensively on their subsequent recordings.[citation needed]
  • JoDee Purkeypile, Sean Crooks and Chris Sensat had recorded an album with their first band, PigGie Hat, at Congress House Studio in 1998.[citation needed]


  • JoDee Purkeypile: lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar ("All Over Your Body", "Wisteria", "West"), piano ("Lamplight", "Saints"), percussion
  • Sean Crooks: bass guitar, backing vocals, percussion
  • Chris Sensat: drums, percussion
  • Brendan Rogers: organ, piano, Mellotron, percussion
  • Colin Slagle: lead guitar, acoustic guitar

Production credits[edit]

  • Produced by Mark Hallman and The Alice Rose
  • Recorded February–August 2006 at Congress House Studio, Austin, Texas.
  • Engineer: Ned Stewart
  • Mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman at Congress House Studio.


  1. ^ Brown, David (November 27, 2006). "'West': Oddly Warm and Instantly Memorable". NPR. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "20ft High: Blog of Director Toby Wilkins | Indie Band "Alice Rose" From Splinter Soundtrack". March 14, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2009.