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black friday exclusives

Black Friday doesn't have to be so, well, bleak. Ditch the mall and dash to The Record Exchange for 125+ vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley on Friday, Nov. 27, plus 20% off books and journals and used music and video, $6.99 staff picks and 2015 top sellers on CD, 50 $9.99 Give the Gift of Music titles, select sale-priced 2015 vinyl releases and more!


[ $6.99 sale CDs ]

$6.99 sale CDs

Now through Nov. 29, get select 2015 top sellers and staff picks for $6.99, including Ryan Adams, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Brandi Carlile, The Weeknd and more!


[ best of 2015 vinyl sale ]

best of 2015 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 2015, and to celebrate, we’re offering 14 titles on vinyl on sale through January 15!


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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 23-27 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, including a special "locals-only" pass price of $119 for one day only at The Record Exchange!


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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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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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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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small business saturday

Saturday, Nov. 28, is the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, and you can celebrate this national buy-local day by shopping small at The Record Exchange and other independent businesses — first 50 people through the door get a $5 RX gift card!


[ give the gift of music ]

give the gift of music

The Record Exchange has 50 hand-picked new CDs sale-priced at $9.99 for your holiday gift-giving!


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8am (gift shop 7:30am) - 9pm
9am - 9pm
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
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9am - 7pm
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
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8am (gift shop 7:30am) - 6pm
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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Trumpet Vine
Belinda Bowler
2. Traveller
Chris Stapleton
3. Bless My Soul
Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats
4. Alone in the Universe
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
5. 1989
Ryan Adams
6. So Familiar
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
7. Thank Your Lucky Stars
Beach House
8. Strangers Again
Judy Collins
9. Coming Home
Leon Bridges
10. Show Me Your Fangs
Matt Nathanson

[ 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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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.



April 2nd, 2014


Goliath-Staggered-cover-4-800x390The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. Boise) is honored to be hosting a launch party for Steve Bunk’s anti-megaloads book Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil” at 6 p.m. First Thursday, April 3. The event will feature a presentation by Bunk, live music by Hillfolk Noir and free beer (21 and older with valid I.D.) courtesy of Payette Brewing Co. As always, this Record Exchange event is free and all ages.

Festivities start at 6 p.m. with a set by Hillfolk Noir on The Record Exchange stage, followed by remarks from Bunk on the significance of the grassroots resistance to the megaloads, and ending with another set by the band. The book will be available for purchase at the event and Bunk will sign copies.

“Goliath Staggered” follows the rise, growth, and triumph of the people’s movement to prevent major oil companies from transforming Highway 12’s federally protected Wild and Scenic River corridor through northern Idaho from transformation into a high-and-wide industrial thoroughfare. The battle, which raged in meeting halls, on the streets, in the media, and the courts from spring 2010 until autumn 2013, forced Big Oil to find another route for giant infrastructural equipment bound for the tar sands of Alberta, Canada.

The people’s victory, which was far from assured until a federal court ruled in their favor, became an inspiration for the current national grassroots movement against the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from the tar sands through six states to the Gulf of Mexico for refining.

Bunk, who reported for New West on the saga as it unfolded, and whose book has been warmly received by prominent conservationists, will talk about the importance of grassroots movements to slowing the rate at which carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels enters the atmosphere, imperiling the health of the planet.

“Goliath Staggered,” which will be available April 3 in paperback and eBook, is the initial release from New West Books. More information on the book can be found at


Taking_Back_Sunday_Fall_2011_4_credit_Camille_NolanTaking Back Sunday will perform live and sign copies of their new album Happiness Is at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 23. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Taking Back Sunday is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase Happiness Is (out March 18) on CD ($14.99) or vinyl ($19.99) and we’ll give you a wristband guaranteeing admission to the event!


taking back sundayTaking Back Sunday are a band who truly need no introduction. Since forming in Long Island in 1999, the group have sold millions of albums, evolved from a scrappy punk act into seasoned songwriters and continued to forge a successful career. That spirit of resilience and innovation is dripping all over the band’s sixth full-length Happiness Is (which is also their first release for Hopeless Records). As you can guess from the title the album addresses some heady concepts, but it simultaneously showcases a new musical and conceptual leap for this band of mainstream misfits that’s certain to endear them to fans both new and old.

The group’s second album since reviving the classic lineup of vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist/vocalist John Nolan, guitarist Eddie Reyes, bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O’Connell was written over a two year period with no involvement from a record label for the first time since their legendary 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends. “The last record [2011’s Taking Back Sunday] was us feeling each other out and learning how to work together again and on this one everybody was a little more comfortable and free to express themselves,” Lazzara explains. “At this point in the game we all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses so well that it has made writing music together a bit easier,” O’Connell confirms. “Don’t get me wrong, there are still arguments but we are older and wiser and with that comes less fighting.”

Co-produced by longtime collaborators Mike Sapone in Long Island and Marc Jacob Hudson in Michigan, and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer, the album sees the band expanding their musical palette and stretching out sonically in ways they’ve never done before by utilizing each producer’s strengths. “Recording with Marc was great because we’ve been working together for a decade on the road so we are so relaxed around him,” Lazzara says, adding that the fact the studio was located in a remote wooded area in the Midwest helped free the band from external distractions during the recording process. “When it comes to Mike that’s like our second home and it helped make those sessions feel so familiar since we actually recorded our very first demos there.”

“We had a month off between the two recording sessions which I think was really important because we’d never had that before and it helped us take a step back and reassess things once we were halfway through,” Nolan explains. In that spirit the soaring choruses and tender verses of the opening salvo “Flicker, Fade” is a perfect illustration of how that fresh perspective helped these songs achieve their full potential. “I’m very proud of that song in particular because in some ways it’s exactly what you would expect from Taking Back Sunday but it also manages to incorporate all of these completely new elements in it such as the orchestral flourishes,” Nolan explains. “I’m also extremely proud of the last song ‘Nothing At All’ because we’ve had acoustic songs before but we’ve never had anything acoustic that builds into such a gigantic climax and I think fans are going to be pleasantly surprised with that.”

“I tried to be a little more loose; I was more focused on being myself than trying to sound perfect or anything,” Lazzara responds when asked how he approached Happiness Is. “We also played around a lot with arranging the harmonies and playing with layers and I think that makes these songs a lot more rich.” Correspondingly “Stood A Chance” alternates between melodic moments and moody breakdowns in a way that’s so seamless that you’ll hardly notice it’s happening until it’s all over while “Better Homes And Gardens” is catharsis set to a driving drumbeat. The band also clearly weren’t afraid to let these songs truly take on their own spirit as evidenced by the ambient ballad “It Takes More,” which started out as an upbeat rocker before organically becoming into the atmospheric masterpiece that it evolved into.

Fans of Taking Back Sunday will also rejoice at the fact that Happiness Is sees the band’s enigmatic frontman at his most personal. “Through the years I’ve tried to stay pretty cryptic because often times it’s easier not to have to explain yourself but on this record I was very direct in the sense I tried to use the simplest way to get an idea across,” Lazzara explains. “In the past I don’t think I ever would have let a song like ‘Like You Do’ go on an album because it’s so heartfelt in a simple way and I also think it’s actually one of the first love songs we’ve ever written.” The band also agree that performing in the Middle East at places like Kuwait were the inspiration for “We Were Younger Then”—and lines like, “I remember when comfort was not an option” illustrate how far these five guys have come along from playing basements in Long Island in the late nineties.

Ultimately this search for meaning and pursuit of progress lies at the core of why the band have managed to retain a fervent fanbase over the years and survive numerous passing trends. But it’s also important to note that none of the band members take any part of this experience for granted. “In the past when we were on a major label there would be A&R people giving us suggestions but with this album it was just us pushing ourselves,” Lazzara summarizes, sounding even more hopeful than he did over a decade ago. “There is no question to me that Happiness Is is the best unfiltered representation of what happens when the five of us get in a room together and that makes me really happy. Nolan confirms this sentiment by adding, “this album really is a testament to each of the members talents because it’s just us.”

In other words, prepare yourself because it’s time to fall in love with Taking Back Sunday all over again.


newmadrid-pr3-72dpiToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

New Madrid!

New Madrid (playing a 21+ Treefort show at The Bouquet at 8 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).


newmadrid-cover-72dpiFrom just south of the Appalachian Mountains, in the rolling hills of Athens, GA., comes the roaring young four-piece New Madrid. Following the critical acclaim of their 2012 independently released album Yardboat, the band signed with Normaltown Records and promptly began work on their sophomore album Sunswimmer.

Recorded during a cool, rainy July, under the direction of David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers), the aural landscapes forged in Sunswimmer become almost palpable. Combining reverb-drenched vocal harmonies, soaring underwater noise and floating, meandering melodies, the sounds don’t exit the speakers as much as they condense and hang in the air like the humid Athens summer that birthed them.


Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m. — Coastwest Unrest
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m. — Horse Feathers
Saturday, March 22, 4:30 p.m. — New Madrid

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.


318187_10150686216971076_1400995298_nToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Horse Feathers!

Horse Feathers (playing a 21+ Treefort show at Pengilly’s Saloon at 12 a.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).


coverNew Year’s Eve always suggests a new beginning, and Cynic’s New Year welcomes Horse Feathers‘ fans with the promise of something new. To be sure, old friends return. Wrapped around Justin Ringle’s unique vocals are sparkling guitars, dancing fiddles, and smoky banjo woven through the foundation of the lower strings. But new elements are everywhere: horn, woodwind and brass appear and fade, and drums drive the beat in places, providing new texture and heft. The lyrics traverse familiar themes from natural disaster to the deeply personal, each through Justin Ringle’s uniquely American linguistic lens. New vistas and new stories are explored with deep insight and fresh intimacy, always with an abiding respect and affection. The universe rises to threaten, inspire, and sometimes punish, but always to teach a valuable lesson. Souls, lost and found, embark on thoughtful emotional journeys.

The first single, “Fit against the Country”, describes a nation where working men and women shoulder their careworn lives with neither apology nor surrender. These are words that need to be held close, owing their poignance as much to the savor of their pure sound as to their meaning. “Where I’ll Be”, another single from this brilliant collection, has an infectious rhythmic cadence that marks it as one of the great songs evoking trains, with a compelling sentiment that belies the gray landscape it travels.

Again joining Justin is instrumental coconspirator Nathan Crockett, accompanied by a gathering of gifted Northwest musicians including Dustin Dybvig, Victor Nash, Justin Power, Catherine Odell, Jedadiah Bernards, Cory Goldman, Jenn Rawling, Adam Thompson, Scott Magee, Brandon Johnson, and sound engineer Skyler Norwood. Cynic’s New Year does not fail to deliver something beautiful and new. It navigates a thoughtful, thought-provoking expedition from the wide sky and rolling ocean to the most private corners of the human heart.


Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m. — Coastwest Unrest
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m. — Horse Feathers
Saturday, March 22, 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.