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2016 staff picks

After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2016 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. 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 select live music events!


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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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1. You Want It Darker
Leonard Cohen
2. Revolution Radio
Green Day
3. 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory
Dropkick Murphys
4. Hardwired … To Self-Destruct
5. Awaken My Love
Childish Gambino
6. A Seat at the Table
7. Eponym
SFM-Steve Fulton Music
8. Peace Trail
Neil Young
9. Collage
The Chainsmokers
10. The Essential Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen

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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the sixth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 22-26 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2017 5-day passes are now on sale at The Record Exchange!


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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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Can't find it in the store? The Record Exchange does special orders!





The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host the Lounge on Fire Album Release Party Preview performance at 7pm Thursday, Jan. 26. Their new album “Lips of Calypso” will be available for purchase at the party. Lounge on Fire’s official album release party is Saturday, Jan. 28 at Neurolux and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.


Lounge on Fire is a steel cut, blackened and peppered, cock-eyed, funk-trunked, hip-dipped flat-on-your-back pants-off-dance-off machine, also known as a sexadelic freak funk band.

Lecherously charged spitfire vocals from singer and guitarist Nathan Norton are backed by co-founder Josh Gilmore’s precision finger-funk bass and Wade Ronsse’s pulsing disco-rock drums. Alan Schwaderer’s dexterously ripping keyboard, guitar, and accordion joins an indomitable horn trio of Seth Hoffman on trumpet, Matt Patterson on saxophone, and Kevan Ash on trombone to create a cabaret that offers a dance party for the dubious listener and a mélange of musical dynamics for those ambitious to engage beyond the beat.

Combining at times elements of funk, rock, jazz, latin, psychedelia, and hip hop, Lounge on Fire explores the spectrum of eclecticism, drawing from such influences as Frank Zappa, Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Talking Heads, and Led Zeppelin. The vigorous live performances channel the paisley-shirted members’ passion for making people move, often with synchronized choruses of howls, the horns running into the crowd to provide an intimate yet vociferous experience for the crowd, and the stage tremoring from the gyrations of the ensemble itself.


facebook-sliderRiver Boise Presents presents Idaho Ho Ho Live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6pm First Thursday, Dec. 1. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

In celebration of the seventh installment of the popular Idaho Ho Ho holiday benefit CD series, musicians from this year’s album will perform mini-sets on The Record Exchange stage as a preview of the Idaho Ho Ho Benefit Concert Dec. 3 at Visual Arts Collective.

Idaho Ho Ho CDs will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from sales of the CDs benefit The Idaho Foodbank.

Scheduled performers include:

SFM-Steve Fulton Music
Davey Jones and the Spiders from Bars
The Divas of Boise

More info, including ticket link, for the Dec. 3 benefit concert here.


Each year, Moxie Java and Audio Lab Recording Studios come together to create “Idaho Ho Ho: A Celebration of the Holidays with Idaho Musicians.” The CD has become a yearly top seller at The Record Exchange, with the sale of 1 CD feeding an entire family of four.

Established in 1988, Moxie Java is Idaho’s oldest and largest chain of coffeehouses in Idaho. As part of the company’s mission to celebrate the Idaho lifestyle and Idaho communities, Moxie Java has been committed to supporting Idaho charities; in addition to the Idaho Foodbank, the company has supported numerous local charitable organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Idaho Special Olympics, Make-a-Wish Idaho and Susan G. Komen, to name a few.

The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit organization founded in 1984, and is the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. From warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, the Idaho Foodbank has distributed more than 17 million pounds of food to Idaho families in the past year through a network of more than 190 community-based partners. These include rescue missions, church pantries, emergency shelters and community kitchens. The Idaho Foodbank also operates direct-service programs that promote healthy families and communities through good nutrition.


14657325_10153918778743144_4089121631312219648_nRiver Boise presents Mike Doughty live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6pm Wednesday, Nov. 16. This is Doughty’s only show in Boise on this tour! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Doughty’s new album The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns will be available for purchase at the in-store, including the vinyl, which you can get ahead of its Nov. 25 release date!


418457623070-1By his ninth solo album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, you’d figure Mike Doughty would have slipped into a comfortable pattern, but he’s just not that kind of artist. The former frontman of Soul Coughing is obsessively, constantly driven to sound new.

The title is pulled from a WTF! podcast, on which Doughty’s old buddy Marc Maron used the phrase, somehow, in reference to chewing nicotine gum, in his struggle to quit smoking. The two go back to the East Village comedy scene of the late ‘90s, so when Doughty asked Maron if he could use the line as an album title, the comic responded, “Use it and throw me a bone.”

The record is Doughty’s third collaboration with Queens, New York, hip-hop producer Good Goose, and the two collaborated long distance after Doughty left his longtime New York City base behind for the “fascinating, mysterious town” of Memphis, Tennessee.

Influences for the tracks vary wildly — and not just because Good Goose was, Doughty says, “going through this kind of unexpected heartland-rock phase.” The song “Brian” comes from a beat called the guaila that Doughty heard in a nightclub in East Africa. “Sad Girl Walking in the Rain” was the result of a “Week of Six Sad Songs” songwriting challenge Doughty self-imposed while touring the U.K., writing and recording a daily song, most with “sad” in the title.

Doughty is always coming up with self-imposed songwriting challenges because he’s the kind of artist who is not afraid to push himself to work outside of his comfort zone and take risks. Fortunately for listeners, those risks seem to consistently pay off. In the case of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, those risks result in a charming, elegant, and ultimately timeless record.