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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2016 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 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 select live music events!

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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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1. You Want It Darker
Leonard Cohen
2. Revolution Radio
Green Day
3. 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory
Dropkick Murphys
4. Hardwired … To Self-Destruct
Metallica
5. Awaken My Love
Childish Gambino
6. A Seat at the Table
Solange
7. Eponym
SFM-Steve Fulton Music
8. Peace Trail
Neil Young
9. Collage
The Chainsmokers
10. The Essential Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen

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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the sixth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 22-26 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2017 5-day passes are now on sale at The Record Exchange!

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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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Can't find it in the store? The Record Exchange does special orders!

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October 28th, 2015

BOB SUREN ‘CRATE DIGGER’ PUNK BOOK READING AND SIGNING OCT. 29 (6:30PM)

bob suren screenPunk author, musician and collector Bob Suren will visit The Record Exchange to read and sign his new book “Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records” at 6:30pm Thursday, Oct. 29. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

ABOUT BOB SUREN AND ‘CRATE DIGGER’

cratedig_lg-1Bob Suren discovered punk rock as a teenager and spent 30 years of his life obsessing about all aspects of the genre. He is the founder of Sound Idea Record Store, Sound Idea Distribution, Burrito Records and the band Failure Face.

In “Crate Digger,” Suren’s engaging memoir, a small town Florida teenager discovers punk rock through a loaned mix tape and before long, punk music and culture slowly takes over all aspects of his life. His new passion causes him to form a band, track down out-of-print records that he loves and begin to reissue them, open a record store, begin a record distribution operation as a public service, mentor a host of young musicians, and befriend all manner of punk luminaries along the way. Slowly, his life’s pursuit pushes him to the point of personal ruination and ultimately redemption.

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS MATT NATHANSON LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE SATURDAY, OCT. 24 – ONLY SHOW IN TOWN; WRISTBAND AVAILABLE WITH ‘SHOW ME YOUR FANGS’ (CD/LP)!

matt_nathanson94.9 FM The River presents Matt Nathanson live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at noon Saturday, Oct. 24. This is Nathanson’s only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

VIP wristbands guaranteeing admission to the in-store are available with purchase of Show Me Your Fangs on CD or vinyl (vinyl available Oct. 30).

ABOUT MATT NATHANSON AND ‘SHOW ME YOUR FANGS’

show-me-your-fangs-albumMatt Nathanson’s new album Show Me Your Fangs, his tenth studio recording, delves deeper and further into the complexities and observations of everyday life than any of his previous albums. Songs such as “Giants,” “Bill Murray,” “Adrenaline,” “Washington State Fight Song,” and the title track tell vivid stories touching on the overall theme of self-identity and how we choose to reveal ourselves. These vignettes are all offered wrapped in richer, musical textures with Nathanson’s signature seductive hooks. In as much as these songs have a solemn message, leave it to Nathanson to offer the perfect counter balance with the sultry ’70s soul groove of single “Gold In The Summertime.”

JAKE SHIMABUKURO IN-STORE PERFORMANCE AND SIGNING OCT. 21; VIP WRISTBAND WITH PURCHASE OF ‘TRAVELS’ (CD/LP) AVAILABLE NOW!

shimabukuro publicity photoJake Shimabukuro will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an in-store performance and signing at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 (NOTE NEW TIME). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Shimabukuro is performing at Caldwell Fine Arts later that evening.

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase Travels on CD or vinyl and we’ll give you a VIP wristband guaranteeing admission and access to our reserved viewing area!

ABOUT JAKE SHIMABUKURO

6PAN1T.E1 [Converted].epsConsider the humble ukulele. It’s an adaptation of a stringed instrument that traveled with Portuguese immigrants who came to work in the sugar cane fields of Hawaii. Islanders made the “machete” their own, mixing external influences of classical European music and Spanish guitar with Hawaiian songs. Native Hawaiians renamed the little machete the ukulele and it’s become synonymous with Hawaiian music and Hawaiian culture.

Jake Shimabukuro comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He’s combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that’s uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.

Growing up in Hawaii, Jake’s influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake’s life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played.

Jake began his music career in the mid-’90s, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake’s solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.

In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world. He’s sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

He has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.” He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, who states “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with”; been talked about by Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta; wowed audiences on national TV with appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show”; and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Jake has been the subject of an award winning documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings,” currently on Netflix.

Jake also travels to schools around the world and spreads positive messages to young people, encouraging them to find their passion and live drug-free.

Although he is constantly touring, playing 140 shows a year, Jake and his family continue to make Hawaii their home.