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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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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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Josh Ritter is returning to Boise for a special performance at the Cathedral of the Rockies during Treefort Music Fest, and The Record Exchange has exclusive album/ticket bundles (CD and LP) that get you a guaranteed-admission ticket to the show and Ritter's new album Acoustic Live Vol. 1!


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Black Friday is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley!


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1. Acoustic Live Vol. 1
Josh Ritter
2. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
The Decemberists
3. No Cities to Love
4. Fear and Saturday Night
Ryan Bingham
5. Pale Emperor
Marilyn Manson
6. Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Belle and Sebastian
7. Evermotion
8. Lost in the Dream
The War on Drugs
9. B4.DA.$$
Joey Bada$$
10. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear



stringfellowKen Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Stringfellow is performing at Neurolux later that evening as part of Radio Boise Tuesdays and we have tickets for sale at the store! RSVP HERE.


ken-stringfellow-danzig-in-the-moonlight 200Ken Stringfellow – musician, songwriter, producer, arranger – has been part of the indie landscape since the debut of his acclaimed band The Posies in 1988. Hailing from the musical hotbed of Seattle at the time when that music scene exploded into national prominence, The Posies went on to sign with Geffen Records and released brilliant, successful albums such as 1993’s legendary Frosting on the Beater. The band is still active today, having released their seventh album Blood/Candy in 2010 … an album heaped with critical praise in the U.K. press: The Word magazine devoted two pages to a review, which called it “a finely calibrated … dazzling tapestry … just stupidly good.”

In addition to his groundbreaking work with the Posies, Ken was part of rock legends Big Star, one of the most acclaimed and legendary groups of all time, from 1993 until the death of Alex Chilton in 2010. Ken played bass, sang and helped create the band’s 2005 album In Space, their first since 1978’s timeless Third/Sister Lovers. He’s still frequently called upon to perform, speak about and celebrate the music of one of the cornerstones of indie rock.

Ken also spent ten years on the road and in studio with R.E.M., appearing on two albums (2001’s Reveal and 2004’s Around the Sun) and propelling the band on keyboards, bass, guitar and accordion during headlining slots at Glastonbury, Rock In Rio, Rock Am Ring, etc., as well as on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, Saturday Night Live, Later With Jools Holland and countless others.

The list of collaborations goes on: guitarist in punk legends Lagwagon; producer/engineer on albums for Damien Jurado, the Long Winters, China’s Hanggai and dozens more; onstage and on-album appearances with Snow Patrol (keyboards on their landmark Eyes Open album), Neil Young, Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Death Cab For Cutie … to list all his work over the years would add up to hundreds of albums and thousands of live appearances.

Then there’s his solo work. A scant four albums over the last two decades (1997’s This Sounds Like Goodbye, 2001’s Touched, 2004’s Soft Commands and 2012’s Danzig in the Moonlight), all garnering high praise in Pitchfork, Mojo, NME and other incontrovertible indie rock media. The albums mix Ken’s deeply expressed, emotional singing with delicate support: acoustic, electric, electronic, chamber — Stringfellow is adept at many styles. His shows are legendary, pushing minimalism to its core definition, often performing without using the house P.A,. Ken’s voice soars, cries, leaps from barely audible to room-filling anguish, joy, sorrow and humor. Ken’s live show has been raved about in packed audiences from Lithuania to Lima, from Taipei to Tasmania, from Johannesburg to Trinidad.


The Record Exchange will host a special IdaHo Ho Ho with Moxie Java benefit album release in-store at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages.

Once again, Moxie Java and Idaho musicians have combined efforts to support the Idaho Foodbank with the third volume of IdaHo Ho Ho with Moxie Java, another holiday celebration with music from 13 Idaho artists.

The CD will be available at The Record Exchange during the in-store, which will feature artists from the album performing their holiday tunes live on the RX stage!

Scheduled to perform are:

Steve Fulton
Andy Byron
Willison Roos
Scott Riggan

The limited-edition CD will be 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.


1. Carole King – “Carol Of The Bells”
2. New Transit with Todd Sloan – “Satisfy My Heart (Christmas For Beginners)”
3. Ben Darwish & Shook Twins – “Carol Of The Drum”
4. Ryan Bayne – “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
5. Scott Riggan & Jamie Thietten – “Come To Us (O Little Town)”
6. Ophelia – “This Mistletoe (The Bum, Bum, Bum Song)”
7. Micky & The Motorcars – “Odessa Snow”
8. Andy Byron & The Lost River Band – “Christmas Time Again”
9. James Orr – “Auld Lang Syne”
10. Todd Dunnigan – “One For The Angels”
11. Willison Roos – “All I Want Tonight (Christmas In Boise)”
12. Fiona Luray – “For All Eternity”
13. Steve Fulton – “Merry Wishes”

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Boise Weekly and The Record Exchange present the Ned Evett Treehouse Release Party preview in-store live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Evett’s official release party will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Linen Building and we have tickets for sale at the store!


After two years in the Nashville music scene, fretless guitarist Ned Evett marks his return to Boise with a release party for his new album Treehouse.

Treehouse is the result of a remarkable collaboration of well-known music industry talent. The album was produced and recorded in the studio of Adrian Belew, the guitarist, songwriter, and record producer who has played with David Bowie, the Talking Heads, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, and other famed acts. Evett met Belew in Milan, Italy, in 2010 while both were on tour with Joe Satriani.

“Adrian is one of my all-time heroes,” Evett said. “I was thrilled when he invited me to Nashville to record this album. He didn’t allow me to second guess myself.”

Evett is backed on the record by Lynn Williams on drums, Malcom Bruce-the son of Jack Bruce from Cream-on bass, Ed Roth on keyboard, and Belew on guitar. Ryan Hewitt mixed the album, directly after working on the latest Avett Brothers production. He also mixed Evett’s previous release, Afraid4U.

“This album is about love lost and redemption,” Evett notes. “It’s more singer-songwriter than fretless guitar gunslinger, but the gunslinger is still there.”

Taking special note of the title track “Treehouse” and “Mars River Delta 2128,” the album has received note-worthy four- and five-star reviews from magazines including No Depression, Guitar Player, Maverick, Premier Guitar, Guitar World, and more. Evett launched the album this summer with a two-month release tour of England.

Treehouse opened a floodgate of new writing for me,” Ned said. “I’m excited to share be able to share this work with my hometown.”


Join us Nov. 1 (6 p.m.) for Stone Brew First Thursday featuring live music by Bill Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins, free Stone Brewing Co. beer and a special Usful Glassworks glassware sale. This free, all-ages event is presented by Boise Weekly, Stone Brewing Co., Usful Glassworks and The Record Exchange.

Usful Glassworks (formerly Sustainable Futures) has created a unique line of glassware made from recycled hand-painted Stone bottles. The glassware will be available for purchase at the event — and we’re serving bottles of Stone that you can recycle right on the spot! We’ll also throw in a 30% off Record Exchange coupon with each Usful Glassworks purchase and give away some raffle prizes following the music!

Proceeds from the glassware sales will benefit Usful Glassworks.


Usful Glassworks (formerly Sustainable Futures) is a local non-profit here in Boise that makes glassware out of recycled wine, beer and liquor bottles. But, that does not even begin to tell the story about what we really do. What we really do is help put people back to work. This beautiful glassware is made by our job program participants — women and men coming out of the department of corrections, refugees, youth at risk, low-income seniors and our homeless. The production of this glassware is part of a work readiness program that is designed to get people back to work. The purchase of this glassware helps to fund the work of Usful Glassworks.


Bill Coffey has been singing and writing songs for two decades. This high-energy, roots-rock and retro-country singer, songwriter and guitar player has been compared to John Prine, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen. Both as a solo artist and in various groups, Coffey has played tour dates throughout the West and shared the stage with such artists as John Hiatt, Dwight Yoakam, Todd Snider, Alejandro Escovedo, John Hammond, Peter Case, Glen Phillips and many others. His latest album Cemetery Skyline Rose is one of the top-selling local albums at The Record Exchange.