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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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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 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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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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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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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Strangers to Ourselves
Modest Mouse
2. The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Brandi Carlile
3. Tracker
Mark Knopfler
4. To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar
5. Another Eternity
Purity Ring
6. Complicated Game
James McMurtry
7. Sour Soul
Badbadnotgood and Ghostface Killah
8. Sing Elliott Smith
Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield
9. 1989
Taylor Swift
10. Eclipse
Twin Shadow

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SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN AT 4:30!

FuckYa-CamperVanBeethoven-ThrasherToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Camper Van Beethoven!

Camper Van Beethoven (playing at the El Korah Shrine at 9 p.m. tonight) will perform at 4:30 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway and we have them for sale at the store).

ABOUT CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN

Camper Van Beethoven is an American alternative rock group formed in Redlands, California, in 1983 and later located in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Their eclectic and ever-evolving style mixes elements of pop, ska, punk rock, folk, alternative country, and various types of world music. The band initially polarized audiences within the hardcore punk scene of California’s Inland Empire before finding wider acceptance and, eventually, an international audience. Their strong iconoclasm and emphasis on do-it-yourself values proved influential to the burgeoning indie rock movement.

Released within an 18 month period, the band’s first three independent records enjoyed critical success, each placing in The Village Voice’s 1986 Pazz and Jop Top 100 Albums list. Their debut single, “Take the Skinheads Bowling”, remains a college rock radio staple. The group signed to Virgin Records in 1987, released two lauded albums and enjoyed chart success with their 1989 cover of Status Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men”, a number one hit on Billboard Magazine’s Modern Rock Tracks. They disbanded the following year, however, due to internal tensions.

Individual members found greater commercial success thereafter, with lead singer David Lowery forming Cracker, multi-instrumentalist David Immerglück joining the Counting Crows, and several other members playing in Monks of Doom. Beginning in 1999, the former members resumed their collaboration, resulting in a full-fledged reunion and several new releases.

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND AT 3!

wooden indian burial groundToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Wooden Indian Burial Ground!

Wooden Indian Burial Ground (playing a 21+ Treefort show at the Red Room at 1 a.m. tonight) will perform a full electric set at 3 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway and we have them for sale at the store).

ABOUT WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND

Happy to take influence from grey skies & early sci-fi novels, Portland’s Wooden Indian Burial Ground brings a fuzzy, sweaty, reverb drenched beast to the dinner table. Come dancing.

Jon Parales of the New York Times recently described WIBG as “particularly molten…riding riffs towards euphoric dementia.” Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered chose WIBG as one of his top discoveries of CMJ 2012, stating “WIBG are the rare breed of psychedelic garage music that rises above the mediocrity of most bands making this sort of music these days and gets me remembering why I’ve loved this kind of music for so long.”

Find their new LP out on MON AMIE RECORDS of Brooklyn, NY!

REMAINING SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m. — Wooden Indian Burial Ground
Sunday, March 24, 4:30 p.m. — ?

The RX and Treefort are announcing the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: HILLSTOMP TODAY AT 4PM!

hillstompToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Hillstomp!

Hillstomp (playing a 21+ Treefort show at Reef at 10 p.m. tonight) will perform at 4 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway and we have them for sale at the store).

ABOUT HILLSTOMP

Drawing heavily from North Mississippi trance blues, a bit from the hills of Appalachia and stealing energy from punkabilly, Portland, Oregon, duo Hillstomp create a raucous hill-country blues-stomp with a fiery youth and vigor. It comes clanging and tumbling out of an assortment of vintage mics, buckets, cans and BBQ lids drenched in rambunctious slide guitar.

In the spring of 2001, Hillstomp was born in a basement (of course) in Portland, Oregon. It was the bastard child of Henry Kammerer and John Johnson’s mutual need to make music and drink beer. Within a few weeks the Guitar/”Drum” duo played their first open mic to a rousing and slightly scary response. Unfortunately, John’s drumset (cardboard box, plastic bucket and Weber grill lid) didn’t survive the ordeal, so the pair went back under the basement stairs to build some new drums and practice.

In June 2002, Hillstomp emerged from the dust and dark with a visceral music that makes you want to stomp your feet, shake your butt and love your neighbor. Whether playing original songs, traditionals, or the occasional revamped blues classic, Hillstomp has duct-taped together a distinctive sound that quickly bubbled upward in Portland’s roots, blues and alternative-music circles. Their do-it-yourself brand of minimal gothic junkbox blues differs drastically from the 12-bar blues style listened to by your uncle. A whole different approach.

Hillstomp tours non-stop in the United States: They’ve developed fanbases in cities up and down the West Coast and have performed as far east as Detroit. Along the way, they’ve shared bills with Split Lip Rayfield, Avett Brothers, Scott Biram, Michelle Malone, Robert Belfour, Southern Culture on the Skids, Devil Makes Three, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Two Gallants and O’Death, to name a few. They’ve also showcased their live act on local radio shows & festivals across the country including OPB’s LiveWire and KDNK’s Blues Fest in Carbondale, Colorado.

REMAINING SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Friday, March 22, 4 p.m. — Hillstomp
Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m. — ?
Sunday, March 24, 4:30 p.m. — ?

The RX and Treefort are announcing the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: SAGE FRANCIS TONIGHT AT 5PM!

sage_francisToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Sage Francis!

Francis (playing a 21+ Treefort show at Reef at 12:30 a.m. tonight) will deliver a special spoken word performance at 5 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway and we have them for sale at the store).

ABOUT SAGE FRANCIS

Dubbed as the “forefather of indie-hop,” Sage Francis first made a name for himself in the spoken word scene and by winning the most highly coveted titles in the emcee battle circuit during the early 2000s.

After that, Francis set aside the more boastful sides of rap and became recognized for his poetic leanings and the scathing socio-political commentary in the lyrics featured on his Strange Famous and Epitaph Records releases. Like so many great songwriters before him, Francis uses his gifted wordplay for a much greater good, creating vivid narratives and heartfelt confessionals to instigate and inspire the listener. Whether either of those things happen, his dying wish is simply for his beard to grow so long that he can fuck it.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 21, 5 p.m. — Sage Francis
Friday, March 22, 4 p.m. — ?
Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m. — ?
Sunday, March 24, 4:30 p.m. — ?

The RX and Treefort are announcing the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.