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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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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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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. True Sadness
The Avett Brothers
2. Falling Into Place
3. Dirty Heads
Dirty Heads
4. The Getaway
Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Teens of Denial
Car Seat Headrest
6. Blank Face
Schoolboy Q
7. Why Are You Ok
Band of Horses
8. Human Performance
Parquet Courts
9. Hardlove
10. Wildflower
The Avalanches

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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.




strummerjam-facebook-headerThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise) is honored to host StrummerJam Boise, a live Clash/Joe Strummer benefit for Boise Hive, at 6pm First Thursday, Aug. 4. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

BoiseHiveLgoClrOL_PThe event features live covers of Clash and Joe Strummer songs performed by Boise musicians. Guests will have an opportunity to donate directly to Boise Hive and purchase raffle tickets for a Clash prize pack, with proceeds from the raffle also going to Boise Hive.

Scheduled to perform:

Jimmy Sinn and the Bastard Kinn
Armagideon Times (eLDopamine + Troy Wright)
Ryan Curtis
Boise Rock School

StrummerJam Boise is part of StrummerJam – Rocking Locally, Acting Globally, a monthlong fundraising campaign in honor and memory of Joe Strummer to mobilize musicians, venues, promoters and music fans around the world to unite under a single banner and raise funds for local music nonprofit. StrummerJam runs Aug. 1- 31 (Joe’s birthday month). See all StrummerJam events on a global map HERE.

The objective of StrummerJam is, as Steve Mullen campaign coordinator and digital media manager for the Joe Strummer Foundation says, “…about keeping the spirit and memory of Joe Strummer alive and to mobilize the troops to unite under a single banner and raise funds for their local music nonprofits. We wanted to unite local music scenes, connect the dots, put venues, bands and local music nonprofits on the map for all to discover and explore.”

All funds collected for each event will be reported by the organizers and added to the StrummerJam Funds Barometer on the StrummerJam website to demonstrate the total results of the collective efforts of all the organizers. The global target has been set at £15,000 GBP.


The mission of Boise Hive, a nonprofit musicians resource center, is to provide a safe, all-ages, sober space for fostering a supportive, creative musicians community in Idaho. Boise Hive empowers musicians, and other artists, through access to mental health services, business tools and other resources to thrive. This donor-funded, volunteer-run community space aims to provide a facility where artists come to practice and hone their craft.


The Joe Strummer Foundation was formed by family and close friends a year after Joe’s passing. Their mission has always been to give opportunities to musicians and support to projects around the world that create empowerment through music.


I Hear It Now EP cover squareThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host the a.k.a. Belle “I Hear It Now” Release Party at 6:30pm Thursday, June 23. “I Hear It Now” will be available for purchase at the party. Free Payette Brewing Co. will be served beginning at 6pm. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

In March, a.k.a. Belle released the “I Hear It Now” track “Mustangs” as a benefit single for Wild Love Preserve, a 501(C)3 nonprofit whose mission is to rescue, protect and preserve Idaho’s wild horses. “I Hear It Now” features a guest appearance from Snakes/Caustic Resin/Built to Spill/Earth guitarist and wizard Brett Netson.


Belle Treefort main pica.k.a. Belle ride fiercely in a no man’s land where intimate vocals sneak into bed with wild guitar serenades and wrestle with beats from a bygone era.

The seedlings of a.k.a. Belle began in a land far, far away called Los Angeles, where Sam and Catherine Crooks Merrick, Boise, Idaho, natives, found themselves sharing a flat in pursuit of musical greatness. They didn’t know it then, but their paths would cross many times over subsequent decades and eventually their lives would converge in a very personal and musically magical way. In 2008, after Catherine returned home to Boise from living and performing under the moniker of Belle of Les Bois in Manchester, England, she reunited with her former roomie (and soon to be husband). a.k.a. Belle was born.

Catherine grew up in Boise amongst some major musical talents. She played alongside Doug Martsch (Built to Spill) in Suiciety and in the B-sides with Curtis Stigers. Merrick’s overflowing with instrumental chops and is most often seen wailing on guitar or banjo, but it’s her voice that audiences find most captivating:

“… When you are blessed with a vocalist like Catherine Merrick, you’re light years ahead of the game. The singer and multi-instrumentalist for a.k.a. Belle has an alluring, lovely voice – the kind that stands out in any genre.” – Michael Deeds, The Idaho Statesman

Between L.A. and 2008, Sam was met with major musical success. He toured the US and Europe with The Leaving Trains (SST Records) and signed a multimillion dollar contract in blood with L.A. band The Nymphs (Geffen Records). He’s also played badass guitar and lent vocals to a variety of musical projects based in the US.

a.k.a. Belle’s eclectic sound is elevated by the creative musical minds of Johnny “Bongos” Townsend (percussion) and Shlomo Kostenko (standup bass), who hear and interpret Merrick’s songs intuitively.

The band have released two albums – Disappearing Night (2012) was in the Top Ten Best Selling Local Albums at independent record store The Record Exchange, coming in a sweet #6; and The Devil Loves You, released in February 2014, entered the Top Ten Best Sellers at #3 and remained in the top twenty several weeks after its release. Tracks from The Devil Loves You are particular favorites of local radio stations KRBX and KBSU (“Mess You Up,” “HG Wells is Alive and Well” and “Collecting Songbirds” being the most played).

The band are highly championed by DJ Tim Johnstone of 94.9FM The River, as well as being favorites of Carl Scheider, DJ at (NPR affiliated) KBSU. Living Room Radio, a Friday afternoon show on 89.9FM Radio Boise, listed Disappearing Night as one of their top albums of 2014.

a.k.a. Belle is a rock band that’s not afraid to play with different genres to get the desired effect in creating well-crafted, thoughtfully constructed songs. Collectively, these four musicians, playfully coined “The Magic Four,” have collaborated with and supported some big names in music, including: John Doe and Exene Cervenka from L.A. band X, Iggy Pop, Elizabeth Cook, Holly Golightly, Lydia Loveless, Curtis Stigers, Bill Kirchen, Doug Martsch from Built to Spill and many more.