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2014 staff picks

After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2014 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we will be posting individual lists here on the website. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and shop our special '14 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!


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give the gift of music

The Record Exchange has 60 hand-picked new CDs sale-priced at $9.99 for your holiday gift-giving, and you can send music to our troops overseas, too.


[ idaho ho ho 2014 ]

idaho ho ho 2014

The 2014 installment of the Idaho Ho Ho benefit holiday CD is now available at The Record Exchange. Proceeds from sales of the CD go to the Idaho Foodbank!

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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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go listen boise

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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rx amazon store

Visit The Record Exchange's Amazon Marketplace store to shop for rare and discount CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books. Live in Boise? Order online and arrange for in-store pickup!


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rx holiday hours

Friday, Dec. 19: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Saturday, Dec. 20: 9am-10pm

Sunday, Dec. 21: 9am-9pm

Monday, Dec. 22: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Tuesday, Dec. 23: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 8am-6pm

New Year's Eve, Dec. 31: 10am-7pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

New Year's Day, Jan. 1: 10am-9pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 9am)

[ best of 2014 vinyl sale ]

best of 2014 vinyl sale

Our friends at Beggars Group — which includes such fine indie labels as Matador, 4AD, XL and True Panther — released some great albums in 2014, and to celebrate, we’re offering 14 titles on vinyl on sale through January 15!


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black friday exclusives

Black Friday is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley!


[ buy rx gift cards online! ]

buy rx gift cards online!

Record Exchange Gift Cards can now be ordered for picky music fans from anywhere in the world!

Whether you live in town and want Aunt Sally in Sheboygan to stop sending you a Sears Gift Card, or you're Aunt Sally in Sheboygan and want to send your favorite RX shopper some store dollars, a Record Exchange Gift Card offers the perfect online shopping experience — and we'll ship it anywhere you want it to go!


[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Idaho Ho Ho 2014
Various Artists
2. The Endless River
Pink Floyd
3. Rock or Bust
4. 1989
Taylor Swift
5. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Sturgill Simpson
6. They Want My Soul
7. Classics
She & Him
8. Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters
9. Popular Problems
Leonard Cohen
10. Cheek to Cheek
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga


June 30th, 2011


And here we have summer (finally), and for many travelers of the mind and soul, that means an epic road trip or two.

Keep good company with some beat legends in The Record Exchange Gift Shop. In addition to classic novels by the likes of Kerouac, Burroughs and Salinger, we have a new collection of Penguin ‘On the Road’ road trip tools, including a journal, card holder, passport cover and water bottle.

Keep calm and carry on.

June 29th, 2011


Returning from the traumas of the French battlefield, a young World War I veteran must face up to dark primal conflicts back home in West Virginia, where he is aided and instructed by an angel in the form of a horse.

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter‘s first novel Bright’s Passage is a sometimes fatalistic, sometimes fanciful allegory about Henry Bright, a taciturn Appalachian whose wife dies in childbirth, leaving him with a son whom the angel proclaims the future King of Heaven. After burning down his cabin at the behest of the talking horse, he heads into an uncertain future with the baby, making his way through mountains that seem less familiar than they once did. Moving back and forth in time, the novel details Henry’s off-kilter childhood, when he was paired off with his future wife, Rachel; his time in France, where one fellow soldier died in a trench in mid-sentence and another saved him from a massacre by falling dead on top of him; and his homecoming, when he is targeted by his wife’s evil father and brutal, unbalanced sons. Aiming for the austere existentialism of Cormac McCarthy, the story unfolds with leisurely ease, told in lofty, even tones. Ritter has a knack for details, such as the difference between the German’s spacious, cement-fortified trenches and the cramped ones hurriedly dug by the Americans. He’s an assured stylist as well: “The fields in between the trenches were wind-whipped ponds of bodies, and even though the bodies were dead they could still pull you down with them; the dead were hungry that way.” It will be difficult for some readers to get past the talking horse (not to mention the cranky goat that plays a supporting role), but those who are able to will enjoy an original, freshly observed novel that lingers after the final pages have been turned.

A tender, touching novel about a survivor of both World War I and a nasty family conflict. Kirkus Reviews

June 21st, 2011


Hey, kidrobot fans, the Dunny 3-inch 2011 Series will be available at The Record Exchange on Thursday!

Featuring 18 designs from 15 inspired artists, 2011’s curation is killer — thanks to styles by KR vets Aya Kakeda, Chuckboy, Huck Gee, Kronk, MAD, Dirty Donny, Mister Frames and Mishka, and debuting designs by deserved artists and customizers such as Squink!, 64 Colors, DrilOne, Elphonso Lam, Le Merde, Travis Lampe and Betso, 2010’s MUNNY MUNTH winner. Whatever your Dunny bent, Series 2011’s got you covered.

Each 3-inch vinyl figure comes blind boxed with a trading card and a little somethin’ extra.

June 16th, 2011


Father’s Day (June 19) is only a day away, and The Record Exchange wants to make sure all the Dad Rockers out there get the kind of treatment they deserve.

In addition to our new collection of Father’s Day cards, The Record Exchange Gift Shop is well-stocked with Dad-itude, including tons of Beatles gifts: T-shirts, hats, mugs, Beatles Trivial Pursuit, Beatles Monopoly, album cover puzzles, stickers, patches, key chains, books, etc. Oh yeah, and Beatles music on CD, DVD and vinyl — new, used and collectible.

If you’re thinking clothing, well, let’s just say your dad would probably rather rock one of our rock T-shirts than some crappy Sears pastel polo shirt. No matter his listening tastes, we have your dad’s torso covered: Built to Spill, Josh Ritter, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Black Flag, U2, Pearl Jam, Pixies, Nirvana, Radiohead, etc. etc. We also have custom Record Exchange and Record Store Day tees!

Music? Oh yeah, we got music, too — new and used CDs, vinyl and videos for freewheelin’ dads of all ages and listening tastes, with hundreds of titles priced $9.99 or less. We also have new and vintage turntables, including $99.99 USB turntables.

Your dad is a dude, but does he abide? If he does, consider a Big Lebowski action figure. Putting the “big” in Big Lebowski, these giant vinyl figures of The Dude and Walter come complete with real cloth clothing, bowling balls and other movie-accurate accessories! We have a whole bunch of other action figures, too, from movie characters to historical figures to Jesus — the O.G. Jesus, not Jesus Quintana. You said it, man.

Is Dad into facial hair, ironic or otherwise? Then he may stroke his scruffy chin in prideful gratitude if you get him one of our mustache novelties. The fine folks at Accoutrements have some good ones, like the Seven Deadly Mustaches set and Mustache Puffy Stickers. Or if you want to make a big and bold statement, get dad the jumbo Magnetic Mustache from Archie McPhee (pictured). No matter the mustache gift, we even have mustache gift wrap to cover it.

Can’t decide what to get Dad? Get him a Record Exchange Gift Card and send him to the store to shop on Sunday — we’ll have free drip coffee for fathers all day long!