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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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[ 2014 staff picks ]

2014 staff picks

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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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fourth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 25-29 throughout Downtown Boise. With an amazing lineup of national, regional and local music, including TV on the Radio, Trampled By Turtles, Built to Spill, Josh Ritter, Joyce Manor and hundreds more, the Treefort Music Fest is one of the most anticipated events on the Treasure Valley music calendar.

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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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[ rx top 10 ]

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1. Smoke + Mirrors
Imagine Dragons
2. Shadows in the Night
Bob Dylan
3. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions
Robert Earl Keen
4. Terraplane
Steve Earle and the Dukes
5. Terminal Current
The Ravenna Colt
6. Hozier
Hozier
7. Onward & Sideways
Joshua Radin
8. Lost in the Dream
The War on Drugs
9. I Love You, Honeybear
Father John Misty
10. Wallflower
Diana Krall

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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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RECORD EXCHANGE TOP 10 SELLERS (WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 22, 2015)

20141217041653!Smoke_and_Mirrors_album_cover1. Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons
2. Shadows in the Night, Bob Dylan
3. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, Robert Earl Keen
4. Terraplane, Steve Earle and the Dukes
5. Terminal Current, The Ravenna Colt
6. Hozier, Hozier
7. Onward & Sideways, Joshua Radin
8. Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs
9. I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty
10. Wallflower, Diana Krall

PAYETTE BREWING CO. PRESENTS THE RAVENNA COLT ALBUM RELEASE PARTY PREVIEW IN-STORE FEB. 19 – FREE BEER!

Payette Brewing Co. presents The Ravenna Colt (ex-My Morning Jacket) album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 5! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. The Ravenna Colt’s official album release party for Terminal Current is Friday, Feb. 20, at Neurolux and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT THE RAVENNA COLT AND ‘TERMINAL CURRENT’

“It shimmers like summer heat waves off a rural blacktop road.” – Twang Nation

“It sounds like he’s got some more of that early MMJ sound he was a part of in him.” – Will Ford, Louisville.com

“Breezy sweet country.” – Post to Wire

“Well constructed folk-pop.” – Never Nervous

the ravenna colt terminal current coverThe Ravenna Colt is the alias of Kentucky-born musician Johnny Quaid. The Ravenna Colt creates dreamlike Americana sounds that range from folk to rock while maintaining a cosmic connection. With a collective-like structure, Quaid is joined by musicians and artists who help create his vision of stories and soundscapes as told from the eyes and ears of a carpenter and troubadour.

In 1998, Quaid joined Jim James on a project that would change their lives – My Morning Jacket. The group worked feverishly touring and recording and has not slowed down since. Quaid lends his guitar licks and engineering style to the first three albums, The Tennessee Fire, At Dawn and It Still Moves, as well as a barrage of EPs and singles.

Quaid departed from the group amicably at the start of 2004. He left his native Kentucky, headed west to California and worked as a carpenter while keeping a writer’s pen at hand. After moving back east to Tennessee, Quaid released The Ravenna Colt’s debut album Slight Spell in 2010.

Quaid has since relocated to Boise, Idaho, where he pulled talent from the city’s fervent indie/roots music scene to assemble the latest incarnation of The Ravenna Colt. Terminal Current was recorded in Boise and Louisville, Ky., at Above the Cadillac and La La Land studios.

PAYETTE BREWING CO. PRESENTS RX TREEFORT WARMUP PARTY WITH NEW MADRID IN-STORE FRIDAY, MARCH 13!

newmadrid-pr3-72dpiPayette Brewing Co. presents the Treefort Music Fest Warmup Party featuring New Madrid live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 13. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 6! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. New Madrid is performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT NEW MADRID

newmadrid-cover-72dpiFrom just south of the Appalachian Mountains, in the rolling hills of Athens, GA., comes the roaring young four-piece New Madrid. Following the critical acclaim of their 2012 independently released album Yardboat, the band signed with Normaltown Records and promptly began work on their sophomore album Sunswimmer.

Recorded during a cool, rainy July, under the direction of David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers), the aural landscapes forged in Sunswimmer become almost palpable. Combining reverb-drenched vocal harmonies, soaring underwater noise and floating, meandering melodies, the sounds don’t exit the speakers as much as they condense and hang in the air like the humid Athens summer that birthed them.

December 7th, 2014

CAGE THE ELEPHANT SIGNING SUNDAY, DEC. 7; VIP PRIORITY-LINE WRISTBAND AVAILABLE WITH PURCHASE DEC. 4!

CTE-White_Seamless_472_BWColin-Lane-_094.9 FM The River presents the Cage the Elephant album signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Cage the Elephant is performing at the Revolution Concert House later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Thursday, Dec. 4, purchase Melophobia 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.) Listen to 94.9 FM The River for a chance to win a wristband!

ABOUT CAGE THE ELEPHANT

418455626902-500MELOPHOBIA: A fear of music.

On Cage The Elephant’s third album, MELOPHOBIA, the rock band was faced with the challenge of finding cohesiveness in the ideas of five different people. After touring for nearly five years straight on their prior releases, 2008’s Cage The Elephant and 2011’s Thank You, Happy Birthday, the musicians took some time off the road, to write as individuals before getting back together in August of 2012 to begin work on MELOPHOBIA as a collective.

“As individuals we all had fairly vague visions for how we wanted the record to turn out,” lead singer Matt Shultz says. “They were pretty polar. It really became a challenge to combine all these polar opposites together in a cohesive way. We first started writing material that was very intimate and had a very kind of close and hushed sound to it, but our hearts missed that energy and swagger and playfulness we love so much. Once that came to light, the record really started taking shape on its own. It was the uniting of several different ideas that were really different from each other.”

The album, a varied collection of unabashedly vivid and notably thoughtful rock songs, was written and recorded over the course of a year, with various recording sessions taking place at St. Charles Studio in Nashville over the winter and spring with longtime producer Jay Joyce. The approach was highly experimental and based around the idea that that you don’t write a song, you find it. Along with Joyce, the band focused on bringing each track to its greatest potential, which sometimes posed a significant challenge. Throughout the process the musicians stopped listening to other musical recordings almost entirely and Matt Shultz drew songwriting inspiration from listening to those around him interact.

“I wanted the making of this music to be comparable to drawing your childhood house purely from memory,” continues Shultz. “Your mind recreates things that aren’t based so much on physical truth but more based on emotion. I can speak from my own personal experience that pride and fear are always the enemy when you’re creating. Sometimes we cater toward certain sounds or approaches or deliveries because that is what we think society at that particular time has deemed artistic and we totally lose sight of the fact that art is a form of expression. On this record, lyrically and musically, we really strived to be better communicators.”

The album’s flagship single “Come A Little Closer” is a boisterous, blues-laden rocker and was one of the first songs the band completed for the album. The song marries the raw energy and playfulness the band is known for with their present interest in creating intimately expressive music, both in its pensively poetic lyrics and surging melody. That sensibility carries over to “It’s Just Forever,” the final track the band laid down, which features guest vocals from The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. Mosshart’s yelping croon builds the intensity of the stomping number, an apt juxtaposition to the mid-tempo soulfulness of album standout “Hypocrite” and acoustic closer “Cigarette Daydreams.” Overall the album captures familiar sounds in a new way, balancing a nostalgic sonic aesthetic with a fresh, innovative sensibility and embodying a truly classic voice. MELOPHOBIA resonates with a sense of joyful abandon, which comes from facing those initial challenges head on.

“The more intensely we worked on it and the more we put it under a microscope, the more afraid we became of it,” Shultz adds. “Then we had to overcome that. Sometimes it’s not the most fun thing in the world and sometimes it’s jubilation. Immense joy. It was all about overcoming that fear of creating music under false pretense or with skewed intent.”

MELOPHOBIA follows Thank You, Happy Birthday, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and has sold over 250,000 copies to date. The album’s single, “Shake Me Down,” spent six weeks at No. 1 on Alternative radio, following Cage The Elephant’s 2009 breakout single “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” which landed in the Top 5. Cage The Elephant has sold over 550,000 copies to date and spent 73 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Top 200. The band has toured extensively, selling out several headlining runs and performing alongside Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Stone Temple Pilots and Silversun Pickups.

For Cage The Elephant, who originally hail from Bowling Green, KY, the aim is to always improve and evolve, ensuring that each subsequent release and tour represent a step forward. In that way MELOPHOBIA is not so much about a fear of music but a fear of not pushing music to its potential.

“You hope that you naturally evolve as a person and you’re able to apply the things that you’ve learned to your creative works,” Shultz says. “Sometimes you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to keep yourself from getting into this place where you’re just dialing it in. That’s what we’re really afraid of.”