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Record Store Day is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of titles still available, plus limited restocks and a few late arrivals.

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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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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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1. Sound & Color
Alabama Shakes
2. Wilder Mind
Mumford & Sons
3. Untethered Moon
Built to Spill
4. The Waterfall
My Morning Jacket
5. Sol Invictus
Faith No More
6. The Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
7. The Magic Whip
Blur
8. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
9. Painted Shut
Hop Along
10. Strangers to Ourselves
Modest Mouse

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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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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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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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KQXR AND THE RECORD EXCHANGE PRESENT JASON NEWSTED Q&A AND ‘HEAVY METAL MUSIC’ SIGNING SEPT. 26

newsted publicity photoJason Newsted (Metallica, Voivod, Flotsam & Jetsam and his new band NEWSTED) will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for a Q&A and ‘Heavy Metal Music’ signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Fans will get a chance to ask Newsted questions about his legendary career during a Q&A moderated by 100.3 FM The X‘s Big J, then Newsted will sign a CD or vinyl LP copy of NEWSTED’s new album Heavy Metal Music and one other item of your choice. Listen to The X earlier in the day to hear a live interview with Newsted and win a pair of front-of-line passes for the signing!

ABOUT JASON NEWSTED AND ‘HEAVY METAL MUSIC’

newstedThe pursuit of heaviness has fueled Jason Newsted for over 30 years. As an integral component of Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam, Voivod, Ozzy Osbourne’s touring band, and countless other fan and critical favorites, he’s among the metal world’s most fearless adventurers. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy winner is charting new territory—for the first time fronting his own band, the explosive power quartet Newsted.

Matching and exceeding teaser EP Metal (which bowed at #1 on the iTunes metal chart), Newsted’s debut full-length assault, Heavy Metal Music, is likewise short on pretense and long on crushing riffs. Be it the throwback Sabbathian strut of “Ampossible,” the breakneck gallop of “Long Time Dead,” or the full speed ahead charge of breakout single “Above All,” the 11-song behemoth is sure to cement the quartet’s place as one of metal’s hungriest outfits.

Heavy Metal Music is the product of Jason’s long hours learning and performing with rock’s greats—Warren Haynes, Zakk Wylde, James Hetfield, Andreas Kisser—yet never losing sight of his old-school sensibilities.

“I could’ve pulled superstars together, but it wouldn’t be the same belief,” he stresses. “These guys support me. We hang out before we jam, we hang out after we jam. We have dinners, we have drinks, we vibe like brothers.”

Still, today’s elation is the product of years of struggle. In December 2004, Jason had his first major shoulder surgery—one of many intrusive procedures, as he had to deal with one arm overcompensating for the other for three and a half painful years. In his downtime, always artistically insatiable, he took solace in painting, and became rather successful at it, making some “pretty thick lemonade out of what I was given,” he laughs.

But “the itch” to get heavy again didn’t strike until Metallica’s 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco in late 2011. Drummer Lars Ulrich enticed Jason to perform, dangling the carrot of participating idols like Rob Halford, Geezer Butler and Mercyful Fate.

“I’ve been in front of some big crowds, but I hadn’t tasted sweetness like that for 10 years, at least,” Jason admits. “I had an epiphany the third night: I’ve got to get back to this. I can’t ignore my feelings. How dare I?

“So far I’ve gotten to live three dreams,” he muses. “Metallica, Ozzy and Voivod—those were all dreams for me. I’m 50 and working on my fourth dream now. I feel great and grateful, and I’m only halfway through.”

ANATHEMA IN-STORE SEPTEMBER 26; BUY THEIR NEW CD, GET A FREE TICKET TO THEIR KNITTING FACTORY SHOW!

Rod Maurice_anathema_ (17)Anathema will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. The band is playing the Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale here at the store! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Be one of the first 25 people to buy their new album Universal (available Tuesday, Sept. 24) and we’ll give you a free ticket to the Knit show!

ABOUT ANATHEMA

Anathema have been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement for many years. They began their journey as pioneers of melodic heavy music, influencing a myriad of bands to follow them, before outgrowing all genres and limitations as they fearlessly explored new territory and new ways to express feeling through sound.

Formed in Liverpool in 1990, the band’s sound and musical vision have continually evolved over the ensuing years while always remaining true to their original goal of creating forward thinking, meaningful, passionate and honest music.

The line-up is really a collective of two families who were quite simply born to do it. Anathema consists of brothers Vincent and Daniel, alongside childhood friends John Douglas and his sister Lee, who is an incredible singer in her own right. Live they are joined by the third Cavanagh brother, Jamie and Daniel Cardosa.

There is a deeper bond in the group that transcends usual band politics, ego, and self-interest. They have a shared vision: to make the most incredible music they possibly can, and it seems, despite the lavish praise heaped on the band for their past work, that they are now taking their work to a whole new level.

The band’s first four albums, Serenades (1993), The Silent Enigma (1995), Eternity (1996) and Alternative 4 (1998), were released on Peaceville Records. Following these four albums the band moved to the now defunct Music For Nations where they released a further three albums, Judgement (1999), A Fine Day To Exit (2001) and A Natural Disaster (2003), which was hailed as ‘darned near essential’ by Metal Hammer.

With each release, they moved beyond the boundaries of limited scenes and pigeon holes, creating a complex and emotive atmospheric sound.

In August 2008, the band released Hindsight, a semi-acoustic album featuring old and new favourites from the band’s career, with new arrangements utilizing acoustic, electrical and orchestral instruments. The album was released on Kscope, a sister label of Peaceville.

This proved the start of a successful partnership with Kscope, which continued with 2010 studio album We’re Here Because We’re Here, which was awarded Classic Rock’s Prog Album of the Year as well as a host of other accolades. The producer of WHBWH, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), has described it as “definitely among the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on.”

In late 2011, Kscope also released the Falling Deeper album, which continued where Hindsight left off, featuring brand new arrangements of songs and haunting melodies from the band’s earliest days as pioneers and co-creators of an entire genre of heavy music.

This was followed in April 2012 with Weather Systems, the band’s new studio album. Weather Systems was equally well received as its predecessor, receiving rave reviews around the world and charting across Europe.

It debuted at #14 in the German top 40 chart and it also reached the top 20 of the national charts in Poland (#9), Holland (#18), Finland (#15) and the top 40 in Norway (#29) and France (#31). In the UK it reached number #10 in the indie chart and #50 in the national chart. The album once again took the #1 place in the Prog magazine Critics Choice awards and Anathema were voted number one in the band of the year category in the readers’ poll.

The band also won the award for best live event at the inaugural Progressive awards, rightly recognizing the band’s incredible live experience. Honed over years of performing together, the band now display a rare understanding and confidence, which wowed fans across the world during the lengthy world tour that followed the release of Weather Systems.

The European part of this tour opened with a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. This special evening was filmed by the respected director Lasse Hoile and a concert film and live CD of the evening, titled Universal, will be released Sept. 24.

PICKWICK IN-STORE TUESDAY, SEPT. 17

PICKWICK_Polaroids_1Pickwick will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The band is opening for Neko Case at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale here at the store! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT PICKWICK

Pickwick was formed in 2008 when singer Galen Disston began writing songs on his acoustic guitar while drummer Matt Emmett kept time in the background. The duo settled on the name as an homage to ‘The Ostrich,’ an obscure dance song written by Lou Reed and released by Pickwick Records in 1964. With the later additions of Emmett’s childhood friend Cassady Lillstrom on keys, Kory Kruckenberg on vibraphone, and brothers Garrett and Michael Parker on bass and guitar, the six-piece began playing shows in small clubs around Seattle.

By the beginning of 2010 the band was in a state of disarray. Frustrated by the direction the music was taking, the band began having discussions about throwing in the towel and going their separate ways. Up until that point, band members had little to do with the writing process and simply added color to Disston’s songs. Ultimately, the band decided to throw out all of their old material and start over from scratch with a new collaborative approach to songwriting. This rebirth allowed the band to take a new look at their individual and collective strengths, as well as look to new places for inspiration.

Raised on indie rock and a love for lo-fi garage bands, the members of Pickwick found themselves entrenched in underground gospel and blues recordings from the 1950s and 60s as well as popular northern soul artists. This new reference point combined with a renewed appreciation for UK bands like The Animals, Spencer Davis Group, and The Zombies helped the members of Pickwick cultivate their own unique take on garage rock, gospel, and 60s-era pop while interpreting those genres through a modern lens.

Along with a shift in musical aesthetic, Disston began exploring darker, more complicated themes in the lyrics of his songs. Contrasting stories of murder, mental illness, and confused sexual identity with major chords, three-part harmonies, and church organs. This unlikely pairing quickly became a mainstay of the band’s approach to songwriting. “I’ve always been drawn to music that seems a bit schizophrenic,” says Disston.

Inspired by a new burst of creative output, the band wasted little time to self-release their music. Instead of waiting to record a full-length record, the band decided to do things on their own terms, putting their music out exclusively on vinyl with three installments of a 7-inch series. Each 45 was accompanied by a record release show at a different club in Seattle. With the release shows under their belt and a series of DIY live videos gaining attention online, the band had cultivated a strong local following by the middle of 2011.

By late 2011, Seattle independent radio station KEXP caught wind of what the band was doing and began playing the band’s music on-air. By the end of the year Pickwick’s 7-inch series ‘Myths’ was voted the #9 record of the year by KEXP listeners alongside artists such as TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Wilco, Adele and Radiohead.

The band released their first full-length album Can’t Talk Medicine in early 2013.

THE GRAHAMS IN-STORE TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 (6 P.M.) WITH FREE PIE HOLE PIZZA!

approved GrahamsThe Grahams will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The band is playing Radio Boise Tuesday at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale here at the store! We’ll also have free Pie Hole pizza while it lasts! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT THE GRAHAMS

The Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.

While the duo first met in grade school — a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards – the Grahams’ journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.

While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song “Riverman’s Daughter,” a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa’s bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug’s cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.

Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage.

And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman’s Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.

Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman’s Daughter was Doug’s own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi’s “angel band,” and played by her side until she passed away.

As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn’s idea to record both Alyssa and Doug’s parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation — in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album’s foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70’s country rock flavored “Carrying The Torch,” the spirited traditional vibe of “The Piney River,” and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of “Revival Time.”

Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams’ long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.