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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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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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1. Soft Opening
Foul Weather
2. High Country
The Sword
3. Compton
Dr. Dre
4. Star Wars
Wilco
5. Meliora
Ghost
6. Currents
Tame Impala
7. Coming Home
Leon Bridges
8. Sol Invictus
Faith No More
9. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
10. Midnight
Grace Potter

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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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94.9 THE RIVER AND BOISE WEEKLY PRESENT THE DEVIL MAKES THREE IN-STORE JAN. 24; WRISTBAND WITH PURCHASE OF ‘I’M A STRANGER HERE’!

TheDevilMakes3-PiperFerguson-300dpi94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly present The Devil Makes Three live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. The Devil Makes Three is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase The Devil Makes Three’s new album I’m a Stranger Here on CD or vinyl starting Wednesday, Jan. 15 and we’ll give you a wristband guaranteeing admission plus a Devil Makes Three bandanna or magnet (while supplies last) — the first 10 people also get a free ticket to the Knitting Factory show! Listen to The River prior to the event for a chance to win a wristband!

We’re also giving away a Devil Makes Three vinyl test pressing and New West Records prize pack at the in-store!

ABOUT THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

devil makes three“There’s a road that goes out of every town. All you’ve got to do is get on it,” Pete Bernhard says.

The guitarist/singer and his cohorts in the raw and raucous trio The Devil Makes Three have found their way onto that road numerous times since they first left their picaresque rural hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. Back then, they had no idea it would lead them to such auspicious destinations as the Newport Folk and Austin City Limits Festivals, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and on tours with Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Trampled By Turtles. Along the way, they drew numerous accolades from a growing fan base and press alike.

TDM3’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.

With upright bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean, Bernhard crafted a dozen tunes, part road songs, part heartbreak songs and part barnburners. While most bands are propelled from behind by a drummer, TDM3 builds exuberant rhythms from the inside out, wrapping finger-picked strings and upsurging harmonies around chugging acoustic guitar and bass, plying an ever-growing audience onto its feet to jump, shake and waltz.

TDM3’s sound is garage-y ragtime, punkified blues, old n’ new timey without settling upon a particular era, inspired as much by mountain music as by Preservation Hall jazz. “We bend genres pretty hard,” Bernhard says.

The combination could only have happened via the circuitous route each of them took to forming the band. As kids in Vermont, “all raised by sort of hippie parents” who exposed them to folk, blues and jugbands, Bernhard says, they blazed a path to nearby Boston, Massachusetts in search of punk rock shows. They found venerable venues like The Rat and The Middle East, drawn to east coast bands like the Dropkick Murphys and Aus-Rotten.

“It would be like 6 bucks for 13 bands, everyone playing for 20 minutes,” Bernhard says. “I had so much fun going to shows like that. The energy coming off the stage makes a circle with the crowd and comes back. We were really attracted to that energy.”

Bernhard and McBean, a multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, musical saw and bass, forged a particular bond. Unlike most of their mutual friends, they both liked to play acoustic music, with McBean showing Bernhard the wonders of Hank Williams and Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. They kept in touch after high school, when nearly everyone in their clique relocated to the west coast like the characters in Delbert McClinton’s song “Two More Bottles of Wine.”

“It was a mass exodus of kids who went out to start bands and be creative, searching for the unknown, dreaming of something different,” Bernhard says. “We wanted to get away from where we were from, as many kids do, and California was the farthest we could get.” Eventually they landed in sunny Santa Cruz, California, where TDM3 took shape in 2001. Their early gigs were house concerts, then small bars, punk shows, bigger rock clubs and theaters and festivals, all the while defying genre and delighting whomever turned up to listen.

Turino learned bass to join the band, but her unremitting sense of rhythm comes naturally from being raised by parents who were dance teachers, and from her own dance background. Attacking the strings of her upright, she understands how to infuse songs with the force it takes to get a crowd moving.

And the songs on I’m a Stranger Here tell the rest of the story, with the music often joyously juxtaposed against lyric darkness…the rootless nature of being in a touring band, traveling from town to town with little sense of community, represented by a devil-like character (“Stranger”)…thorny transitions into adulthood…struggling with relationships (“Worse or Better”), watching friends succumb to addiction (“Mr. Midnight”), coming to terms with mortality (“Dead Body Moving”), nostalgic notions of childhood (“Spinning Like a Top”). Bernhard even considers the destruction of changing weather patterns, inspired in part by Hurricane Katrina as well as a flood that wreaked havoc in Brattleboro (“Forty Days,” a gospel rave-up recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band).

Bernhard wrote more than 20 songs for the album and turned them over to producer Buddy Miller, who gravitated toward the darker material but insured that the recording was lit up by the band’s innate ebullience. It was Miller’s idea to record at Easy Eye rather than his renowned home studio. “Easy Eye is like Sun Records,” Bernhard says. “There’s one live tracking room filled with amazing gear, and that defines the kind of record you’re going to make. That was exactly the record we wanted to make, and we knew Buddy was the one who could capture us playing together like we do.”

For a band that made its bones with dynamic performances, recording an album is almost like coaxing lightning into a bottle, but Miller and TDM3 succeed on I’m a Stranger Here. Now they’re continuing the journey that began when they found their way to the road that led them out of Vermont. “I can’t wait to get onstage, I love it,” Bernhard says. “Playing music for a living is a blessing and a curse, but for us there’s no other option.”

THE RIVER PRESENTS VANCE JOY LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE SUNDAY, JAN. 19 – VANCE’S ONLY SHOW IN TOWN!

vance joy94.9 FM The River presents Vance Joy live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. This is Vance’s only show in town!

ABOUT VANCE JOY

vance joy epVance Joy’s debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing worms its way under your skin. It’s not an easy task to produce a record so evocative, yet so stripped-back; simplicity in art is often a challenging feat. For Melbourne-based singer and songwriter Vance Joy, the songs began as a collection of loose threads, which over time naturally weaved together, like they were always meant to find a life of their own.

Like the unforced orchestration of his songs, Vance Joy’s recent success developed organically. Earning his chops on Melbourne’s open mic circuit, he tested out new material at venues like the iconic Great Britain Hotel in Richmond. Naturally, his music attracted fans, press and label interest. Before long, the musician played sold out Australian tours and penned a deal with Liberation Music in Australia, Atlantic Records for the rest of the world, and Infectious Music for the UK. He’s supported Of Monsters and Men, Julia Stone, Bernard Fanning locally, Lissie & Tom Odell across the USA, and headlined sold out Canada & UK shows.

Vance Joy’s love of music was inspired by his mother’s aptitude at literature and his father’s fondness of singing.  His parents’ vast, eclectic record collection only served to heighten his partiality to it – while he was growing up he would listen to everything from The Pogues to Paul Kelly.  After completing a university degree in law, he decided to take a year’s break to focus on making music. He traveled to India and South-East Asia with a collection of songs rattling around in his head.  When he came home, they all fell into place. “I’m learning subtleties in my voice, understanding what I sound like and trying to embrace who I am,” he intimates. “It wasn’t rushed song writing at all.”

The production process for God Loves You When You’re Dancing was any artist’s dream. For just one week Vance Joy holed up with producer John Castle (Lior, The Drones) in The Shed Studios with Ed White on percussion and cello. “It was spontaneous,” Vance Joy says. “John’s style is very instinctive, and that felt really good for me. I’d have an idea, and he’d just say ‘let’s do it’. For us, the whole process felt right.”

The EP opens with the lilting ‘Emmylou’, a lullaby with a subtle streak of darkness. “The keyboard and harmonium give the song tension; a sense of pensiveness,” Vance Joy says. “The best lullabies are gentle and tender but also hint at the real world outside.” The striking element in this song is the delicate guitar, which Vance Joy wanted to sound like “rolling, pulsing momentum. Like a Bruce Springsteen song”. ‘Riptide’, the EP’s second track, gives the record a rhythmic texture, highlighting his raw, stripped-back song writing.

“I was house-sitting this awesome mansion in Camberwell which had a piano,” he says, referring to ‘Play With Fire’. “I wrote this song on that piano. It’s really just the same chords over, and over. It’s not a complicated song at all, and that’s why I like it.’’ The song, similar to Tom Petty’s simple yet powerfully expressive song structures, was written with as much delicacy as ease for Vance Joy. “That song just wrote itself.” 

‘Snaggletooth’, the EP’s second-last track plucks at the heartstrings with every strum of Vance Joy’s ukulele. His lyrics are beautifully put, with lines including “when she sings, the heavens part”. He explains that the song is about embracing the imperfections in the people you love. Just as you thought Vance Joy couldn’t take hold of your emotional core any further, ‘From Afar’ wallops you in the chest. ‘From Afar’, the latest single off the EP, tells the story of romance, friendship or life-long camaraderie gone awry.

God Loves You When You’re Dancing comes from an artist who finds beauty in darkness, and power in simplicity.

BOISE WEEKLY PRESENTS ALL-AGES TENNIS IN-STORE SATURDAY, JAN. 4 (3P)

tennisTennis will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. The in-store is presented by Boise Weekly. Tennis is playing Neurolux 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 TENNIS

tennisCelebrated Denver-based husband and wife duo Tennis will continue to tour to support their new EP Small Sound with a run of dates in January on the West Coast. The new EP, which is out now, is the bands first collaboration with Communion Records.

Small Sound follows their much lauded previous full length efforts, 2011’s Cape Dory and 2012’s Young and Old. Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track “Cured of Youth” produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). The band inked a new deal with Communion Records and will return to the studio to work on new music for a Spring 2014 full length album. Small Sound is available as a limited 10” vinyl release and CD. Noisey recently premiered their lyric video for the song “Mean Streets,” which can be viewed HERE and shared HERE.

Tennis was born aboard Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s nearly seven-month sailing trip. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was Cape Dory, an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.

Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young and Old, which The New York Times called “striking indie-pop” and The New Yorker described as “winsome as it is ebullient.” The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart, #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three weeks in a row and debuted on Soundscan’s “New Artist Chart” at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. The band performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”

RECORD EXCHANGE FIRST THURSDAY: IDAHO HO HO ROAMING BUSKERS, BUY-2-GET-1-FREE DEALS, FREE COFFEE/HOT COCOA/FOUNTAIN SODA 5-9 AND MORE!

482453_435742833194675_1441088126_nIt’s First Thursday and December, so to celebrate the season we’ll have roaming buskers from the 2013 Idaho Ho Ho CD performing inside the store (6-8pm), not to mention a host of holiday savings:

• Buy 2 get 1 free used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and vinyl!
• Buy 2 get 1 espresso drinks!
• Free drip coffee, hot cocoa and fountain soda 5-9 pm!
60 $9.99 Give the Gift of Music CDs!
13 of ’13 vinyl LP sale!
Black Friday exclusive releases!

Once again, Moxie Java and Idaho musicians have combined efforts to support the Idaho Foodbank with the fourth volume of IdaHo Ho Ho with Moxie Java, another holiday celebration with music from 12 Idaho artists.

The limited-edition CD is available at the Record Exchange and participating Moxie Java locations throughout the Treasure Valley for $15, with all profits going directly to help fund the efforts of the Idaho Foodbank – the largest distributor of free emergency food in the state. Since 1984, the Idaho Foodbank has provided 100 million pounds of food to a network of more than 200 hunger-relief partners.

TRACK LIST:

1. John Nemeth – “Merry Christmas Baby”
2. Curtis Stigers – “Early On One Christmas Morn”
3. Eilen Jewell – “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’ To Heck with Old Santa Claus”
4. Ned Evett – “Broken Christmas Eve”
5. Edmond Dantes – “Hanging Memories”
6. Calico – “Our Home”
7. Nate Fowler – “Jingle Bells”
8. Kate Comstock – “O Holy Night”
9. Johnny Shoes – “C’mon Christmas”
10. Kayleigh Jack – “Your Holiday Cheer”
11. Reilly Coyote – “I Wanna Wassail With You”
12. Belinda Bowler – “Christmas in the Trenches”

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