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pono is here!

Pono is here! The Record Exchange is now carrying the PonoPlayer, a high-resolution digital music player created with the intent of providing a higher quality digital listening experience.

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[ 2014 staff picks ]

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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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

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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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fourth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 25-29 throughout Downtown Boise. With an amazing lineup of national, regional and local music, including TV on the Radio, Trampled By Turtles, Built to Spill, Josh Ritter, Joyce Manor and hundreds more, the Treefort Music Fest is one of the most anticipated events on the Treasure Valley music calendar.

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[ ritter treefort bundles ]

ritter treefort bundles

Josh Ritter is returning to Boise for a special performance at the Cathedral of the Rockies during Treefort Music Fest, and The Record Exchange has exclusive album/ticket bundles (CD and LP) that get you a guaranteed-admission ticket to the show and Ritter's new album Acoustic Live Vol. 1!

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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin
2. Complicated Game
James McMurtry
3. I Love You, Honeybear
Father John Misty
4. Terraplane
Steve Earle and the Dukes
5. Wovenwar
Wovenwar
6. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions
Robert Earl Keen
7. Shadows in the Night
Bob Dylan
8. Mono
The Mavericks
9. Smoke + Mirrors
Imagine Dragons
10. Ol’ Glory
JJ Grey and Mofro

[ sell us your stuff! ]

sell us your stuff!

The Record Exchange buys and trades used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and vinyl in good condition Monday-Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m.

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June 30th, 2011

IN THE RECORD EXCHANGE GIFT SHOP: BEATNIK SUMMER ROAD TRIP TOOLS!

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

JOSH RITTER’S DEBUT NOVEL ‘BRIGHT’S PASSAGE’ NOW AVAILABLE AT THE RX!

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

KIDROBOT DUNNY 3-INCH 2011 SERIES AVAILABLE AT THE RX THURSDAY!

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

ROCKIN’ FATHER’S DAY GIFTS AT RX!

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!