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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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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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1. Blackstar
David Bowie
2. Cayamo Sessions at Sea
Buddy Miller
3. 25
Adele
4. Slow Nights
Innocent Man
5. The Astonishing
Dream Theater
6. Trumpet Vine
Belinda Bowler
7. Marguerite
Sons of Guns
8. Sermon on the Rocks
Josh Ritter
9. Let Me Get By
Tedeschi Trucks Band
10. Traveller
Chris Stapleton

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94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS NEEDTOBREATHE LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE MAY 12; ONLY BOISE SHOW!

needtobreathe94.9 FM The River presents NEEDTOBREATHE live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise) at 6 p.m. Monday, May 12. This is the band’s only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is all ages.

Purchase NEEDTOBREATHE’s new album Rivers in the Wasteland on CD or vinyl at The Record Exchange and we’ll give you a wristband guaranteeing your admission — we anticipate a big crowd for this one!

ABOUT NEEDTOBREATHE

Needtobreathe_AlbumCover_RiversInTheWastelandHiResRivers In The Wasteland, NEEDTOBREATHE’s latest album, opens a new chapter in the South Carolina-based rock band’s story. But the band, comprised of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt, couldn’t have arrived here without the tumultuous narrative that came before, each aspect of their career building up to this point. After the band’s previous album, The Reckoning, was released in 2011, the group spent over two years on the road, where the musicians began grappling with both significant inner turmoil and the external pressure created by notoriety. With the Rinehart brothers, sons of a pastor who hail from the rural town of Possum Kingdom, as the songwriting core of the band, NEEDTOBREATHE has built a successful career, earning a sizeable fanbase with their extensive touring. But tension between Bear and Bo was so high by the end of the touring cycle there was discussion of ending the band. The brothers kept to separate dressing rooms, uncertain that this was the sort of band they’d wanted to become, the possibility of quitting lingering in their minds.

“We were asking ourselves ‘Are you willing to change yourself in order to succeed?’” Bear says. “I think, in some ways, we tried that for a while. It was so tough on our souls and our stomachs and I think all of us knew that we couldn’t do that any longer. There was a moment where I thought the band was over. We had to take a break and meditate on what we each wanted NEEDTOBREATHE to be.”

For all three musicians, the answer was to return to the band’s roots and find the anchor of musical simplicity. They agreed that the most important moments of touring came at the end of each show, when they cut off the sound system in each venue and played directly to the fans. It’s a moment of realness NEEDTOBREATHE wanted to capture on their new album, a means of letting go of everything that isn’t truly essential to the song. Bear and Bo began writing a year ago, while still intermittently touring on The Reckoning, doing most of the initial work at their own Plantation Studios in Charleston. The band then spent time at Fairfax Recordings (formally Sound City Studios) in Los Angeles and at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, to co-produce the album with the help of various producers, including Joe Chiccarelli, Kevin Augunas, Jerrod Bettis and Ed Cash. It was a long, sometimes tumultuous process, that ultimately yielded a collection of songs the band feels reflect who they want to be as musicians now.

“We had a few goals as a band for the album,” Bear says. “I had them written in my notebook while I was writing songs. They were really basic: Keep it simple, not too many instruments, and have fun with it. And the last one was: be ourselves.”

“There was so much over-the-top production on the last album and on our tour,” Bo says. “We wanted to blow it all up and start over. The idea for the record was to get as much of the production elements out of the way and then force ourselves to not rely on extra stuff and studio tricks and technology. We wanted to force limitations and see how far we could take the songs with just us. Probably 90 percent of the record is all live takes. It’s very much an honest record.”

The album reflects these sentiments, each song lending itself to the idea of honest expression and genuine identity. “More Heart, Less Attack” is the heart of Rivers In The Wasteland, written in the studio as a response to the pressure of doing something for the wrong reasons. “Rise Again,” a twanging acoustic ballad, is about the necessity of adversity in order to move forward and the pensively soulful “Difference Maker” contemplates the qualities the musicians hope to embody in their lives, embracing a sparse instrumentation that lends to the emotional tone of the song. “The Heart,” the disc’s lead single, is a stomping number imbued with an infectious sense of hopeful anticipation. In the end, after the album was complete, the band saw the connectivity of the songs, each songwriter’s contributions threaded together in a surprising way.

“On the other side of it, it’s crazy how these songs really show a clarity that I don’t think we had while writing them,” Bear says. “These songs feel very timely for us. They feel like they were written for this time that we’re in now, not when we actually wrote them.”

“Being in the band for years now, there’s only a handful of moments where everybody in the band is on the same page,” Bo adds. “Going into this record, there’s no doubt that we were all of one mind and being inspired by the same things. We wanted to say the same things. I think this record is mostly about the journey of the heart. Ours were in much different places when we started this record but now, like the first day we started the band, are of the same heart.”

The past few years have seen NEEDTOBREATHE touring relentlessly, crisscrossing the country on multiple headlining tours, playing standout sets at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, and performing throughout Europe (which included a personal highlight of opening for Sting in France). They’ve experienced the departure of their longtime drummer and a harrowing band scuffle that landed one member in the emergency room, but have also seen the birth of Bo’s first child and found a sincere reconciliation between brothers. Rivers In The Wasteland balances a palpable tension between two very different songwriters with a sense of brotherhood and shared voices. The album reveals that truly honest and authentic music can only come when everyone in the band believes in the same thing. For the musicians, the hope is that the songs inspire their fans and emphasize how committed NEEDTOBREATHE is to doing what they love in a way that doesn’t compromise anything.

 “We’ve come through some rough moments and some amazing moments,” Bo says. “We’re the most energized we’ve ever been. The band is young again. We’ve got a new sense of purpose and we believe in what we’re doing and are completely honored and humbled that there are fans out there who appreciate that and love the music along with us. We just fell back in love with the idea of what we get to do.”

BOISE WEEKLY PRESENTS FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE THURSDAY, APRIL 24 (6PM)

famous motel cowboysBoise Weekly presents Famous Motel Cowboys at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Famous Motel Cowboys are performing three nights of reunion shows April 25-27 at Humpin’ Hannah’s!

ABOUT PINTO BENNETT AND THE FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS

garden city skylinePinto Bennett and the Famous Motel Cowboys return to Boise the last weekend in April for their eleventh annual Famous Motel Cowboys Reunion.  They’ll be celebrating the release of their first album in over 20 years, Garden City Skyline, and will be performing songs from the new album, as well as familiar favorites from their four previous albums.

Pinto Bennett has been an influential part of the vibrant Northwest music scene since the seventies when he was a member of the hard country band Tarwater.  The eighties saw him and the Motel Cowboys touring extensively throughout the Western U.S. and in Europe.  The band broke up (they thought) in 1991, and Pinto moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for a few years to pursue his craft. He eventually returned to Boise and continued to perform in a more acoustic setting with his new band – Trio Pinto. Guitarists Rob Matson and Sergio Webb also relocated to Nashville, and still live there.  Bassist Jim Lemmon now lives in Eugene, Oregon, and drummer Joe Dow is in Salt Lake City, so the band is effectively spread out across the country.

In 2004, Jim Lemmon had the idea to hold a reunion, and thirteen years after they broke up, they put together the first of what has become an annual event.  The reunion has evolved into a three day affair involving not only the Motel Cowboys, but artists from all over the Northwest and beyond.  Many of Boise’s talented musicians donate their time each year to help celebrate a musical tradition that continues to make Boise one of the richest and most diverse live music cities in the country.

This year’s line-up features close to 60 musicians, including Montana Rose, Joshua Tree, John Hansen, Kole Moulton and Lonely Road, Reilly Coyote, David Lyle Evans, SFM Steve Fulton Music, Old Death Whisper, New Transit, Kip Attaway and his All Star Band, The Lemmon Family Band, Dale Keys, Kenny Saunders, The Neckid Rednecks, and Carolina Morning.

More information on the band, their music and the FMC Reunion can be found on their website: famousmotelcowboys.com.

CATE LE BON IN-STORE APRIL 23 (4PM)

2093Cate Le Bon will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Cate Le Bon is opening for Franz Ferdinand at the Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT CATE LE BON

cate le bonCate Le Bon is an artist hailing from Carmarthenshire, rural West Wales and is currently a resident of Highland Park, Los Angeles, having relocated across the pacific to record her latest album Mug Museum.

Her first album Me Oh My was released on Gruff Rhys’s Irony Bored label in 2009 and was followed by CYRK (OVNI/Turnstile) which was released to widespread acclaim in 2012 and saw her play live across the world. A frequent collaborator, Cate sang the duet ‘I Lust You’ with Gruff Rhys on Neon Neon’s Mercury nominated debut album ‘Stainless Style’ and also features on ‘4 Lonely Roads’, from the forthcoming Manic Street Preachers album ‘Rewind The Film’. Perfume Genius features on the Mug Museum song ‘I Think I Knew’.

Having finished live commitments for CYRK towards the end of 2012, Le Bon returned to Wales to write the songs that would become Mug Museum. The album is informed by a period of taking stock after a bereavement. “Following the death of my maternal Grandmother I felt a very palpable shift in the roles that we’d all become accustomed to within the female line of the family which, for the first time, had me mulling over the importance of my place and purpose within this female chain” says Le Bon “The album’s theme emerged from and circulates around these maternal familial relationships and this period of a calm, lengthy, intent consideration in turn drew other relationships into the Mug Museum”.

With Le Bon subsequently relocating to California, Mug Museum was recorded at the recently opened Seahorse Sound studios, Los Angeles. Produced by Noah Georgeson (who is perhaps best known for his work with Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart) and Josiah Steinbrick, Mug Museum is an album that lets in the sunlight and space and relocates the West Wales lilt in Le Bon’s voice to an equally apposite West Coast setting.

In the studio Le Bon assembled a band of friends from both continents such as multi-instrumentalists Sweet Baboo and H. Hawkline and Nick Murray from White Fence. As well as describing the personnel involved in Mug Museum, ‘Welsh – Californian’ is a phrase that captures the album’s sound: melodic, confident and wrapped in a hazy psychedelic gauze.”I wrote the majority of the record in the home country but a few songs were finished out here in the run up to recording” says Le Bon “I’m sure Los Angeles has bled into the recordings somehow but exactly how I do not know”.

Throughout Mug Museum Le Bon’s voice changes register to both dramatic and emotional effect. This is beautifully exemplified on ‘I Think I Knew’, a duet with Perfume Genius, one of the album’s most atmospheric tracks and one on which two distinctive personalities combine to produce a performance of rare alchemy.

From the bewitching circular riff of the album’s opener ‘I Can’t Help You’ to the closing title track that sees Le Bon accompanied by piano and the occasional burst of double-tacked clarinet, Mug Museum’s reflective song-writing weaves around a richly detailed framework. Like all museums it is a contemplative space, a personal world that is open to everyone. As these ten songs attest Mug Museum is also a unique and dreamlike edifice, created by an artist at the height of her powers.

April 20th, 2014

100.3 FM THE X PRESENTS SEVENDUST NEW ALBUM SIGNING SUNDAY, APRIL 20; PRIORITY-LINE WRISTBAND AVAILABLE!

1888732_10152305950103959_3975776078364466037_n100.3 FM The X presents the Sevendust new album signing at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) during Record Store Day Weekend. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Sevendust is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Purchase Sevendust’s new album Time Travelers and Bonfires and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.) The first 25 people to purchase Time Travelers and Bonfires also get a free ticket to the Knit show!

ABOUT SEVENDUST

Sevendust-Time-Travelers-BonfiresA truly meaningful song will always stand the test of time. It won’t ever age, and its impact will only grow stronger as the years go by. Moreover, its melody will spark the same kind of emotion regardless of the era. That sentiment holds true for Sevendust‘s tenth offering, Time Travelers & Bonfires [7Bros. Records/ADA Label Services].

For the album, the gold-selling hard rock stalwarts re-recorded six classic tracks acoustically and cut another six new acoustic numbers. Despite inception at different moments over nearly two decades, all twelve tracks converge upon one distinct journey.

It’s a ride that the Atlanta outfit—Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint Lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]—invited fans along for as well. Those same supporters have been urging Sevendust to cut an acoustic album since 2004’s live CD/DVD, Southside Acoustic Double-Wide.

“For the last ten years, people have been talking about it,” smiles Witherspoon. “They kept asking us to do a full record like that. So, we had to do something unique and very special for them.”

For the first time, they engaged their diehards via PledgeMusic. In the midst of supporting their ninth effort, 2013’s Black Out the Sun, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart and #18 of the Top 200 Albums chart, the boys initiated a PledgeMusic campaign to fund what would eventually become Time Travelers & Bonfires. The response proved overwhelming, to say the least.

Within 60 days of a planned 130-day campaign, the band exceeded 155% percent of its goal, offering incentives ranging from dinner with the members to a jam session at a pledger’s home. The idea initially spawned from Connolly and Hornsby’s experience utilizing the platform to successfully fund the 2012 debut from their side project, Projected.

“That was the first time I got familiar with the whole idea of fan-funding,” recalls Connolly. “It worked out so well that it felt obvious to try for Sevendust. People get to buy in on the front end, and they get some killer exclusives in return. We were floored by the amount of support we received. At the end of the day, it’s about the fans. This gives them more power. They make us. We cut out all of the middle men and went right to crowd.”

“We’re a people’s band,” adds Lowery. “We’re very accessible. We’ve toured these same cities for almost twenty years, and we’ve become family with everyone who comes out to the shows. They have a tremendous amount of loyalty to us, and we wanted to bring them into the process of making the record.”

Rose says, “We got to see firsthand how much the people who support us really care. We’ve never taken them for granted. It was amazing to be able to do this record together with them. This is their record.”

The audience actually had the opportunity to choose which songs Sevendust would re-record via a poll on Facebook. As a result, they chose the six “classics” from the catalog that would appear acoustically when they hit Architekt Music Studios in Butler, New Jersey last December. Among those, their signature anthem and the set’s first single,”Black,” takes on a whole new life. Preserving the original’s intensity, the group transposes it into a hypnotic and haunting gem.

“That was literally the first song I ever wrote in 1993,” Connolly says. “It was demo number one before we were even Sevendust. It’s amazing that everyone wanted to hear it in this form. As far as we’ve gone and as many things as we’ve done, that one is the epitome of what Sevendust is. That’s the embryo and the nucleus. We built this from zero, and it’s incredible to revisit where everything began.”

Hornsby goes on, “It’s probably the song we’ve played the most out of our catalog. To do it acoustically shows the longevity and strength of it.”

Elsewhere on the record, “Come Down” begins with an ominous guitar before building into a soulful and soaring refrain from Witherspoon. The singer explains, “Everything came together easily. This one felt so natural. It’s dedicated to those people we’ve seen past. We want to see them again. It says, ‘Come on back until we’re all done, and then we’ll go back up together.’ Experience and live what we’re going through now.”

There’s also an extremely heartfelt tribute to Connolly’s recently deceased father within “The Wait.” It’s a song that speaks loudly to all of the members and anybody else who’s ever lost someone.

“I was thinking about my dad a lot,” he sighs. “I decided I would just write, and whatever comes out comes out. I wanted to channel him without trying. I initially wanted to sing it, but I couldn’t make it through. I showed it to the guys without telling them who it was about. They immediately loved it. Then, I told them the story after the fact. Lajon started crying when I said it was my dad’s song. It’s extremely personal, and my brothers hooked me up on it.”

“It’s such a heavy song,” agrees Lowery. “My father had passed too, and John and I shared that. It means a lot to both of us. There’s a therapeutic release that we shared.”

“That one gives me chills,” Rose adds. “I have a hard time listening to it. It reminds me of my own Nana. I think it’s the deepest and most emotional song we’ve ever written.”

The album title itself reflects its two halves, with the Time Travelers being the old songs and the Bonfires representing the new ones. Witherspoon explains, “When you play those old songs, it puts you back in that time and place mentally. They’re like Time Travelers. The Bonfires have that fresh and new fire. It’s a great juxtaposition.”

“We’re bringing the old songs into a new format,” claims Hornsby. “It’s like time traveling and breathing fresh life into something we’ve spent so much time with. Also, after all these years together, we are time travelers.”

Ultimately though, this is for that “family” who have been with Sevendust since day one. They gave the group three consecutive gold records starting with their self-titled 1997 debut and followed by 1999’s Home and 2001’s Animosity. They’ve packed sold-out shows around the globe, and they elevated the likes of their eighth offering Cold Day Memory in 2010 to a career-high chart position of #12 on the Billboard Top 200. Still, there’s more road to travel.

“We’re blessed to still be doing this,” Witherspoon leaves off. “We wanted to give everybody something to hold on to. I hope they enjoy it. It feels like a magical experience to me, and I just want to say, ‘Thank you.’”

RECORD EXCHANGE RECORD STORE DAY WEEKEND EVENTS

THURSDAY, APRIL 17
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Record Store Day Weekend Kickoff In-store (presented by 94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly) 6pm
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
Full event details HERE.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18
– RSD Exclusives Listening Party/‘Last Shop Standing’ film screening 6pm — free Payette Brewing Co. beer/Pie Hole pizza* and tons of raffle prizes, including drawings for the first five places in line on Record Store Day! Michael Bunnell, Record Exchange Owner, Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and Record Store Day Founding Board Member, will lead a Record Store Day Q&A at 6:30pm.
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
*While supplies last
Full event details HERE.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
400 exclusives released — open 9am-10pm; Gift Shop opens at 8am for line. Free drip coffee & Guru Donuts (courtesy of New West Records)* 8-9am! The Record Exchange will stay open until 10pm on Record Store Day.
Go Listen Boise buskers and bake sale on the sidewalk (10am-7pm)
Pie Hole pizza for sale
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
*While supplies last
Full event details HERE.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20
Sevendust new album signing 3pm — get a VIP line wristband with purchase of Time Travelers and Bonfires (out April 15).
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
Full event details HERE.