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Go Listen Boise is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with the mission of fostering a vibrant and diverse musical culture in the Boise area.

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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2013 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we're posting individual lists here on the website. You can also visit the store to view all the lists in realtime and shop our special '13 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

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Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!

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The Record Exchange is a proud partner with Boise's Payette Brewing Company! Enjoy Payette Brewing Company beer (and for free!) at Record Exchange events such as Record Store Day, the annual holiday Bonus Club Sale and our singer-songwriter Birthday Bash celebrations!

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1. Blood for Blood
Hellyeah
2. Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
3. Southsiders
Atmosphere
4. El Pintor
Interpol
5. Ritual in Repeat
Tennis
6. Primitive and Deadly
Earth
7. Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Robert Plant
8. Physical World
Death From Above 1979
9. Into the Wide
Delta Spirit
10. They Want My Soul
Spoon

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The Record Exchange is proud to be part of Radio Boise's KRBX Card program! Present your card on Sunday and New Release Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) and get 20% off all gift shop items and 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and cassettes!

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April 26th, 2012

NEW DVD/BLU-RAY: FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY ON THE BEATLES’ DOOMED APPLE VENTURES

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It was one of the great failures of rock ‘n’ roll and arrived just before the dawn of The Beatles’ great undoing. The idea was magnificent — to dodge the taxman, the Fab Four would invest money in a business venture that was unprecedented in the music industry: a boutique, a label, an electronics wing, all owned by a rock band. The boutique lasted about as long as a plate of Gran’s famous fish and chips; the electronics wing — run by band friend Magic Alex — was doomed in the womb.

But the label thrived, more or less, thanks in part to a major hit from folk singer Mary Hopkin, whose material was overseen by none other than Paul McCartney. Other hopes, such as the soulful Jackie Lomax, faded faster than a bootleg Ted Nugent t-shirt. Interestingly, for as much freedom as Apple could have represented it was ultimately subject to all the same constraints as imprints run by The Man. McCartney carefully crafted Hopkin’s records to the point that some have argued she was little more than his pop puppet; Lomax’s record died a swift death in America, lost in a glut of four Apple singles released on the same day, including one from the lads themselves. They weren’t touring and didn’t consider that some of their stable might have to. (Manager Brian Epstein died in late 1967, leaving the boys to fend for themselves.)

Strange Fruit pays particular attention to the story of Badfinger — birthed from The Iveys, a band that suffered from its share of Beatles comparisons as would its successor — a group that is either derided as derivative or praised for being an early power pop act. The documentary doesn’t mention the short-lived subsidiary Zapple, more of a paragraph than a chapter in the Apple story, and the albums released on the label by The Beatles are not delved into, making this truly about the other artists surrounding the group. Jackie Lomax, Badfinger’s Joey Molland, and Ron Griffiths of The Iveys appear alongside David Peel and Van Scyoc. The usual round of music journalist also pop in, giving their insightful appraisals to the releases and bringing some greater pace to the sometimes-glacial narrative. — PopMatters

OTHER NEW DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES:

Joe Satriani Satchurated: Live in Montreal DVD
Calexico Flor De Muertos DVD
Green Day Before the Idiot DVD
Joe Jackson Rockpalast DVD
Jerry Lee Lewis Live DVD
Billboard’s Best Hip-Hop DVD
Unauthorized: The Story of Rock-N-Roll Comics DVD
Woodstock Days: Compilation DVD
Hellcats DVD
Of Dolls and Murder DVD

April 14th, 2012

NEW DVD/BLU-RAY: OPETH LIVE!

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Music for Nations and the END records present Opeth‘s Lamentations: Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This live Opeth performance is captured on film from London’s historic Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an old camera friendly BBC theater that has no seats—the audience must stand attentively while experiencing the atmospheric musical assault of Opeth.

Like the originality of the group’s music, Lamentations: Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire is presented in a unique format. This show basically consists of two sets: the first one hour displays Opeth’s fondness for atmospheric, gothically-influenced material. The second thirty minute set shows Opeth paying tribute to their roots; these songs are more heavier and doomier than their recent albums. On both sets the music is not only thoughtfully composed, but also artfully performed by Akerfelt, Lindgren, Lopez, and Mendez.

Of special note is the vocal performance of Mikael Akerfelt, who changes pitch and tone as required by each song. He can sing high and clean, yet can still rip into the Cookie Monster vocals when he has to. Akerfelt is also a charismatic-yet-reserved frontman, as he provides commentary before each song, and inspires the audience to either listen to the melodies in awe, or thrash hard during the heavy parts. Opeth delve into their back catalog, performing their best material, including:

Window Pane
In My Time of Need
Death Whispered A Lullabye
Closure
Hope Leaves
To Rid the Disease
Ending Credits
Harvest
Weakness
Master’s Apprentice
The Drapery Falls
Deliverance
The Leper Affirmation
A Fair Judgment

April 5th, 2012

NEW DVD/BLU-RAY: ELVIS COSTELLO’S SPECTACULAR SPINNING SONGBOOK!

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BUY THE CD HERE
BUY THE DELUXE CD HERE

A rambunctious carnival atmosphere pervades The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, the live CD and DVD concert performance from Elvis Costello released last fall only as a $300+ “super deluxe” box set (and promptly badmouthed by Costello for the price tag).

Revived 25 years after he launched the concept in 1986, the show revolves, so to speak, around Costello and his audience working together to randomly choose songs from his expansive catalog via the spinning of a 16-foot giant wheel with 40 song titles, concepts and “joker tabs” for “artist’s choice”.

The format, popular with fans, allowed Costello to play a variety of roles during the 2 1/2 hour concert from game show emcee to folksy song statesman, carnival barker, aging punker and stand up comic. These performances, recorded at L.A.’s Wiltern Theater last May, show a feisty frontman ready to rock, leading his Impostors through rag-tag, raucous versions of many well-known Costello classics and a cover of the Stones’ “Out of Time”. Note: the CD and DVD each contain exclusive songs (listing below).

DVD Track Listing:

1. I Hope You’re Happy Now*
2. Heart Of The City*
3. Mystery Dance*
4. Radio Radio*
5. Clubland
6. God Give Me Strength*
7. Tear Off Your Own Head (It s A Doll Revolution) w/ Susanna Hoffs of the The Bangles*
8. Out Of Time*
9. I Want You*
10. Everyday I Write The Book*
11. Stella Hurt
12. A Slow Drag With Josephine
13. Jimmie Standing In The Rain
14. Alison
15. Earthbound
16. (What s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding*

DVD Bonus Tracks:

– Uncomplicated
– Watching The Detectives*
– Monkey to Man

*Songs not on the CD

CD Track Listing:

1. I Hope You’re Happy Now
2. Heart Of The City
3. Mystery Dance
4. Radio Radio
5. Everyday I Write The Book
6. God Give Me Strength
7. Watching The Detectives
8. Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s A Doll Revolution)
9. Out Of Time
10. I Want You
11. Stella Hurt
12. All Grown Up*
13. Lipstick Vogue*
14. Man Out Of Time*
15. National Ransom*
16. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

*Songs not on the DVD

OTHER NEW DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES:

Legends of Folk: The Village Scene DVD
We Bought a Zoo DVD
Chinatown Blu-ray
West Side Story Blu-ray
Office Space Blu-ray
Love and Other Drugs DVD
Jeff Healey Band Live in Belgium DVD
Thelma & Louise Blu-ray
Water for Elephants Blu-ray
Cyrus DVD

April 5th, 2012

IT’S FIRST THURSDAY AT THE RX: BUY 2 GET 1 FREE SAVINGS ALL OVER STORE!

It’s First Thursday, and there’s all kinds of sexy savings throughout the store, including:

• Buy 2 get 1 free used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and vinyl!
• Buy 2 get 1 free kidrobot action figures in the Gift Shop!
• Buy 2 get 1 free coffee and espresso drinks!

March 28th, 2012

NEW DVD/BLU-RAY: JOE BONAMASSA LIVE NYC DVD FOR THE RIGHT PRICE!

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This 2 DVD set (on sale for the $17.99 Right Price – $7 off list price!) rips through 19 songs spanning Joe Bonamassa‘s career with smoky vocals complementing the guitar wizardry and rapid-fingered ease with which his fans know and love. Alongside the great chemistry he shares with his formidable bandmates Carmine Rojas, Tal Bergman and Rick Melick, the performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City is mesmerizing to watch.

Bonamassa is joined by John Hiatt for “Down Around My Place” and “I Know a Place” and Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers for “Fire and Water” and “Walk in My Shadows.” Other songs include “Slow Train,” “Cradle Rock,” “When the Fire Hits the Sea,” “Midnight Blues,” “Dust Bowl,” “The River,” “You Better Watch Yourself,” “Steal Your Heart Away,” “Bird on a Wire,” “Blue and Evil,” “Mountain Time” and “Young Man Blues.”

OTHER DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES:

Iron Maiden En Vivo! DVD, deluxe DVD and Blu-ray
Chemical Brothers Don’t Think DVD and Blu-ray
South Park Season 15 DVD
Casablanca Blu-ray