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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2015 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!


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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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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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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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Mark your calendars: Record Store Day 2016 is April 16 at The Record Exchange! We'll have 350+ exclusive releases, live music 20% off used music/video and more all weekend long!


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1. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Sturgill Simpson
2. 3001: A Laced Odyssey
Flatbush Zombies
3. Santana IV
4. Changes
Charles Bradley
5. Sounds Like a Reasonable Thing for a Band to Play
6. Dig in Deep
Bonnie Raitt
7. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
8. Kin
Larkin Poe
9. Human Performance
Parquet Courts
10. Cleopatra
The Lumineers

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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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20141217041653!Smoke_and_Mirrors_album_cover1. Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons
2. Shadows in the Night, Bob Dylan
3. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, Robert Earl Keen
4. Terraplane, Steve Earle and the Dukes
5. Terminal Current, The Ravenna Colt
6. Hozier, Hozier
7. Onward & Sideways, Joshua Radin
8. Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs
9. I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty
10. Wallflower, Diana Krall


Payette Brewing Co. presents The Ravenna Colt (ex-My Morning Jacket) album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 5! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. The Ravenna Colt’s official album release party for Terminal Current is Friday, Feb. 20, at Neurolux and we have tickets for sale at the store!


“It shimmers like summer heat waves off a rural blacktop road.” – Twang Nation

“It sounds like he’s got some more of that early MMJ sound he was a part of in him.” – Will Ford,

“Breezy sweet country.” – Post to Wire

“Well constructed folk-pop.” – Never Nervous

the ravenna colt terminal current coverThe Ravenna Colt is the alias of Kentucky-born musician Johnny Quaid. The Ravenna Colt creates dreamlike Americana sounds that range from folk to rock while maintaining a cosmic connection. With a collective-like structure, Quaid is joined by musicians and artists who help create his vision of stories and soundscapes as told from the eyes and ears of a carpenter and troubadour.

In 1998, Quaid joined Jim James on a project that would change their lives – My Morning Jacket. The group worked feverishly touring and recording and has not slowed down since. Quaid lends his guitar licks and engineering style to the first three albums, The Tennessee Fire, At Dawn and It Still Moves, as well as a barrage of EPs and singles.

Quaid departed from the group amicably at the start of 2004. He left his native Kentucky, headed west to California and worked as a carpenter while keeping a writer’s pen at hand. After moving back east to Tennessee, Quaid released The Ravenna Colt’s debut album Slight Spell in 2010.

Quaid has since relocated to Boise, Idaho, where he pulled talent from the city’s fervent indie/roots music scene to assemble the latest incarnation of The Ravenna Colt. Terminal Current was recorded in Boise and Louisville, Ky., at Above the Cadillac and La La Land studios.

December 7th, 2014


CTE-White_Seamless_472_BWColin-Lane-_094.9 FM The River presents the Cage the Elephant album signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Cage the Elephant is performing at the Revolution Concert House later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Thursday, Dec. 4, purchase Melophobia and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.) Listen to 94.9 FM The River for a chance to win a wristband!


418455626902-500MELOPHOBIA: A fear of music.

On Cage The Elephant’s third album, MELOPHOBIA, the rock band was faced with the challenge of finding cohesiveness in the ideas of five different people. After touring for nearly five years straight on their prior releases, 2008’s Cage The Elephant and 2011’s Thank You, Happy Birthday, the musicians took some time off the road, to write as individuals before getting back together in August of 2012 to begin work on MELOPHOBIA as a collective.

“As individuals we all had fairly vague visions for how we wanted the record to turn out,” lead singer Matt Shultz says. “They were pretty polar. It really became a challenge to combine all these polar opposites together in a cohesive way. We first started writing material that was very intimate and had a very kind of close and hushed sound to it, but our hearts missed that energy and swagger and playfulness we love so much. Once that came to light, the record really started taking shape on its own. It was the uniting of several different ideas that were really different from each other.”

The album, a varied collection of unabashedly vivid and notably thoughtful rock songs, was written and recorded over the course of a year, with various recording sessions taking place at St. Charles Studio in Nashville over the winter and spring with longtime producer Jay Joyce. The approach was highly experimental and based around the idea that that you don’t write a song, you find it. Along with Joyce, the band focused on bringing each track to its greatest potential, which sometimes posed a significant challenge. Throughout the process the musicians stopped listening to other musical recordings almost entirely and Matt Shultz drew songwriting inspiration from listening to those around him interact.

“I wanted the making of this music to be comparable to drawing your childhood house purely from memory,” continues Shultz. “Your mind recreates things that aren’t based so much on physical truth but more based on emotion. I can speak from my own personal experience that pride and fear are always the enemy when you’re creating. Sometimes we cater toward certain sounds or approaches or deliveries because that is what we think society at that particular time has deemed artistic and we totally lose sight of the fact that art is a form of expression. On this record, lyrically and musically, we really strived to be better communicators.”

The album’s flagship single “Come A Little Closer” is a boisterous, blues-laden rocker and was one of the first songs the band completed for the album. The song marries the raw energy and playfulness the band is known for with their present interest in creating intimately expressive music, both in its pensively poetic lyrics and surging melody. That sensibility carries over to “It’s Just Forever,” the final track the band laid down, which features guest vocals from The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. Mosshart’s yelping croon builds the intensity of the stomping number, an apt juxtaposition to the mid-tempo soulfulness of album standout “Hypocrite” and acoustic closer “Cigarette Daydreams.” Overall the album captures familiar sounds in a new way, balancing a nostalgic sonic aesthetic with a fresh, innovative sensibility and embodying a truly classic voice. MELOPHOBIA resonates with a sense of joyful abandon, which comes from facing those initial challenges head on.

“The more intensely we worked on it and the more we put it under a microscope, the more afraid we became of it,” Shultz adds. “Then we had to overcome that. Sometimes it’s not the most fun thing in the world and sometimes it’s jubilation. Immense joy. It was all about overcoming that fear of creating music under false pretense or with skewed intent.”

MELOPHOBIA follows Thank You, Happy Birthday, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and has sold over 250,000 copies to date. The album’s single, “Shake Me Down,” spent six weeks at No. 1 on Alternative radio, following Cage The Elephant’s 2009 breakout single “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” which landed in the Top 5. Cage The Elephant has sold over 550,000 copies to date and spent 73 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Top 200. The band has toured extensively, selling out several headlining runs and performing alongside Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Stone Temple Pilots and Silversun Pickups.

For Cage The Elephant, who originally hail from Bowling Green, KY, the aim is to always improve and evolve, ensuring that each subsequent release and tour represent a step forward. In that way MELOPHOBIA is not so much about a fear of music but a fear of not pushing music to its potential.

“You hope that you naturally evolve as a person and you’re able to apply the things that you’ve learned to your creative works,” Shultz says. “Sometimes you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to keep yourself from getting into this place where you’re just dialing it in. That’s what we’re really afraid of.”


first thursday facebookInterfaith-Sanctuary.-1.17.12Join us on First Thursday, Dec. 4 for a special in-store performance by the Interfaith Sanctuary House Band at 7 p.m.! Belinda Bowler will open. We’ll have a special raffle to benefit Interfaith Sanctuary at the event, which will be preceded by a Radio Boise on-air appearance by the house band and Interfaith Sanctuary team at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Full details below.

The Record Exchange also is offering First Thursday specials all day long, including 30% off holiday music (excluding Idaho Ho Ho benefit CDs) and ornaments, plus buy-two-get-one-free savings on used music/video (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, DVD, Blu-ray), espresso drinks and more!

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band:

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band is a group of men and women currently staying at the Interfaith Sanctuary shelter who have joined together to share their musical talents to create something beautiful for themselves and those who are lucky enough to hear them. With a rhythm section, guitars, and vocals, this group of talented musicians have chosen songs that express the joy and struggle of their lives. Their collaborative efforts and the restorative power of music make for a unique, heartfelt performance you won’t want to miss.

The Partnership:

The Musicians’ Fund of Boise, Boise Rock School and Interfaith Sanctuary have come together to bring music to the guests at Interfaith Sanctuary. Jared Goodpaster and Melody English from Boise Rock School provide musical equipment and instruction each week during Tuesday night band practices at the shelter. Belinda Bowler volunteers each week helping to work with the band, singers and music selections. Andy Lawless can be seen each week shooting video to capture the story of “The Building of the House Band.” Jodi Peterson, Interfaith Sanctuary’s PR & Marketing Consultant and Volunteer Executive Director of The Musicians’ Fund of Boise, proudly serves as the band manager.

The Radio Appearance:

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band will perform live on Radio Boise at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Jayne Sorrels, Interfaith Sanctuary’s Executive Director, Jodi Peterson and Jared Goodpaster will talk about the program, the shelter and the Dec. 4 in-store event at Record Exchange.

The Event:

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band will perform a selection of songs from their repertoire following a solo acoustic set from Belinda Bowler. Music kicks off at 7 p.m.

Raffle tickets will be available for two front-row tickets to each night of the 9th Annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, hosted by Curtis Stigers and The Fool Squad and starring a cast of hundreds Dec. 21-23 at The Egyptian Theatre. Raffle tickets are $10 each. All proceeds to benefit Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.

About Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services:

Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Sanctuary provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children and provides supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition.