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Here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 18 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!

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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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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. Strange Trails
Lord Huron
2. Untethered Moon
Built to Spill
3. The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Brandi Carlile
4. Edge of the Sun
Calexico
5. Lonesome Dreams
Lord Huron
6. Kintsugi
Death Cab for Cutie
7. Beat the Champ
The Mountain Goats
8. Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
Courtney Barnett
9. Turn Blue
The Black Keys
10. Strangers to Ourselves
Modest Mouse

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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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SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: MAGIC SWORD TODAY AT 2 PM!

maxresdefaultToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Magic Sword!

Magic Sword will perform at 2 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).

ABOUT MAGIC SWORD

When the Magic Sword appears…good will always prevail.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm — Buxton
Thursday, March 26, 5pm — Francisco the Man
Friday, March 27, 3pm — Joyce Manor
Saturday, March 28, 2pm — Magic Sword
Sunday, March 29, 2pm — ?

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.

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: JOYCE MANOR TODAY AT 3 PM!

JoyceManor_DanMonick_02Today’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Joyce Manor!

Joyce Manor (playing at the Knitting Factory at 10:30 p.m. tonight) will perform at 3 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).

ABOUT JOYCE MANOR

418456004422-500Joyce Manor was conceived in the back of a car in the Disneyland parking lot—the kind of beginning California dreams are really made of. It was the fall of 2008 over a bottle of cheap booze when co-founders Barry Johnson (guitar, vocals) and Chase Knobbe (guitar) decided to team up. They formed a power violence band where everyone would have Johnny Thunders-style glam-names … like “Joyce Manor,” named after an apartment complex Barry walked past every day. But when longtime friend Andrew Jackson Jihad suddenly asked Barry if his old band wanted to open for their LA show, he scrambled to say yes.

I was like, ‘We have a new band!’ ‘What’s it called?’ And the first thing I thought of was … ‘Uh, Joyce Manor!’ We didn’t even have a band. But they put it on the flyer.”

So Joyce Manor made their debut as an acoustic two-piece, with Chase and Barry quickly learned that they were really a pop-punk band trapped inside a folk-punk duo—too many songs just demanded bass and drums. “Playing loud is just more fun,” explains Barry.

By the end of 2009, they’d made a new friend in new drummer Kurt Walcher and welcomed old friend Matt Ebert back from Portland to play bass. (“He moved back like, ‘Dude, wanna start a band?’” says Barry. “And I said, ‘Wanna be in THIS band?’”) With their line-up settled, they attacked their songs with new enthusiasm and neurotic precision, discovering their own kind of beauty in simplicity and pursuing heartbroken punk perfection.

Their first self-titled album in 2011 exploded out of nowhere and their second in 2012 landed them on the storied Asian Man Records, home of all of Barry’s first favorite bands. Across these two albums, they discovered what Joyce Manor really sounded like—the speed and sense of melody of fellow South Bay band the Descendents, the artfully bittersweet lyricism of Jawbreaker and the undeniable heart-on-sleeve honesty of the first two Weezer albums. By the close of 2013, they had the experience, the discipline and the inspiration to make one of those rare albums that redefines a young band—Never Hungover Again, on Epitaph Records.

Some of these songs, they’d been working on for years, says Barry. Joyce Manor never demos. They just mercilessly rehearse, chopping and editing and reworking songs until there’s nothing left that lags. (“I just know when it’s right,” says Barry) Guitarist Chase had graduated to a co-writing position with Barry, pouring new ideas and techniques into the songs, and while their first two albums were learn-as-you-go experiences, they started Never Hungover Again with a vision, a budget and two whole weeks to make exactly what they wanted. (That’s a long time in Joyce Manor world.) Friend and Philly producer Joe Reinhardt took the controls in Hollywood’s analog dreamland the Lair. They assigned the final mix to Tony Hoffer—the guy who found the definitive sound Supergrass, Belle and Sebastian, M83 and Phoenix.

Together, they made an album of pop-punk in paradox, right down to the title and photo on the cover. It’s something like believing the impossible, says Barry, or at least the too good to be true: “Those people look wasted—yeah, there will definitely be a hangover! There will be pain!’” (Referring to the cover art). It is ten precisely put-together songs about how things fall apart, with some of the saddest lyrics you’d ever shout along to from the front row.

There are broken homes, drunken nights, faltering relationships and the kind of numbness that makes you want to feel anything at all, even if it hurts. Naturally, there are some Morrissey-esque moments in there—like “In the Army Now” about watching friends grow out of music and move on. Or in “End of the Summer,” which somehow puts a Big Star-style intro in front of Moz-ian vocals and a chorus that’s pure blue-album Weezer. “Heart Tattoo” is a pop-punk stormer (think Lifetime or Dillinger Four) about what really happens when you get a tattoo—“What about the regret?” asks Barry. And “Catalina Fight Song” is maybe Hungover’s definitive song, about hanging out on the cliffs that overlook the Pacific—what locals call the end of the world—and thinking “What the fuck am I gonna do?”

If there’s a feeling to Never Hungover Again, says Barry, it’s a feeling he can’t quite pin down—some complex thing that’s part anger and part sadness. It’s the loneliness when you’re surrounded by people and that lostness when everything you’ve wanted seems to be right in front of you. And if there’s a single moment that defines Never Hungover Again, it’s the way “The Jerk” ends with feedback and a chord ringing over Barry’s last shout of “It all goes wrong!”—because despite the confusion and sorrow and resignation, it somehow sounds so right.

Joyce Manor is:

Barry Johnson (guitar, vocals)
Chase Knobbe (guitar)
Matt Ebert (bass)
Kurt Walcher (drums)

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm — Buxton
Thursday, March 26, 5pm — Francisco the Man
Friday, March 27, 3pm — Joyce Manor
Saturday, March 28, 2pm — ?
Sunday, March 29, 2pm — ?

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.

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: FRANCISCO THE MAN TODAY AT 5 PM!

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Today’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Francisco the Man!

Francisco the Man (playing at the Linen Building at 9 p.m. tonight) will perform at 5 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).

ABOUT FRANCISCO THE MAN

418456106357-500It took roughly seven years for Scotty Cantino, Nestor Romero and Abdeel Ortega to arrive at Francisco The Man. Following a two-year hiatus beginning in 2008, the band relocated from Riverside to Los Angeles, CA, bringing along a new addition, guitarist Brock Woolsey.

Following two 7-inches on Small Plates Records, their debut LP, Loose Ends, was released in Fall 2014 on Fat Possum and gives its audience a more encompassing look at Francisco The Man. “I think the LP shows a broader, more realized, version of Francisco The Man,” Scotty Cantino explains. “You can’t do that with a single”. This broader, more realized version of Francisco that’s shown on Loose Ends is enveloped in a sound that blends garage rock, new wave, and shoegaze and gives listeners a fair shot at understanding just how loud this band is.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm — Buxton
Thursday, March 26, 5pm — Francisco the Man
Friday, March 27, 3pm — ?
Saturday, March 28, 2pm — ?
Sunday, March 29, 2pm — ?

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.

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: BUXTON TODAY AT 7 PM!

Buxton portraitToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Buxton!

Buxton (playing a 21+ Treefort show at The Bouquet at 10 p.m. tonight) will perform at 7 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).

ABOUT BUXTON

4220Some places you feel like you only sort of fit in, and it is this theme that permeates Houston based folk rock band Buxton’s new aptly titled album Half A Native. One of the leading lights of an emerging music scene from a city with a burgeoning youth culture, Buxton have won 2 Houston Press Music awards as best Houston Folk/Americana band as well as Best Male Vocals (Sergio Trevino).

Their new album ventures into vast sonic territories, sometimes pairing atmospheric piano with off-kilter electric guitar, blanketed by Trevino’s heart-clenched voice and melancholic but optimistic lyrics. “We take from a lot of different genres and present it in a way that I think is most honest for us,” Trevino says. “You’ll hear rock, folk, country, ambience, and distortion, all interpreted through us.”

Recorded in Los Angeles with Thom Monahan (Peter, Bjorn & John, Devendra Banhart and Vetiver), the 11 new tracks broadcast a wandering sound, from the dusty tones of guitar-slinging anthems to lonesome acoustic affairs that look outward and within. Their latest effort is music for the search for home; the long journey to find somewhere, something, or someone that makes everything fall into place.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm — Buxton
Thursday, March 26, 5pm — ?
Friday, March 27, 3pm — ?
Saturday, March 28, 2pm — ?
Sunday, March 29, 2pm — ?

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.