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Record Store Day is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of titles still available, plus limited restocks and a few late arrivals.


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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

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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1. Soft Opening
Foul Weather
2. High Country
The Sword
3. Compton
Dr. Dre
4. Star Wars
5. Meliora
6. Currents
Tame Impala
7. Coming Home
Leon Bridges
8. Sol Invictus
Faith No More
9. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
10. Midnight
Grace Potter

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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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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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JoshRitter-PressPhoto-5-landscape94.9 FM The River presents Josh Ritter live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. This is Ritter’s only show in town in celebration of his new album Sermon on the Rocks (out Oct. 16), and fans will have the opportunity to purchase the album (CD or LP) before its official release date! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

VIP wristbands guaranteeing admission to the in-store will be available Wednesday, Aug. 5 with preorder of Sermon on the Rocks, available in four versions:

– Standard CD

– Limited edition deluxe CD (with bonus CD of demo/home recordings)

– Standard vinyl (with download card)

– Limited edition deluxe vinyl (with blue colored vinyl, bonus CD of demo/home recordings and download card)


1. Birds of the Meadow (3:14)
2. Young Moses (4:09)
3. Henrietta, Indiana (3:44)
4. Getting Ready To Get Down (3:16)
5. Seeing Me Round (4:58)
6. Where The Night Goes (3:50)
7. Cumberland (2:17)
8. Homecoming (5:31)
9. The Stone (3:55)
10. A Big Enough Sky (2:48)
11. Lighthouse Fire (3:12)
12. My Man On A Horse (Is Here) (3:49)


JR_Sermon_Album_Cover_itunes“…I wanted to make something grand. I wanted it to swing hard. I wanted to peek through death’s keyhole. I wanted my monster to run …” – Josh Ritter

Sermon on the Rocks, the new album from critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released October 16 on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. In advance of the release, the first single, “Getting Ready To Get Down,” premiered last month at NPR Music.

Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), the 12-song album was recorded over two weeks at New Orleans’ The Parlor Recording Studio and features Matt Barrick from The Walkmen on drums, Zachariah Hickman on bass, Josh Kaufman on guitar and Sam Kassirer on piano.

Of his inspiration behind Sermon on the Rocks, Ritter comments, “I wanted to play messianic oracular honky-tonk.”

Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”


revolt_revolt-bwRevoltRevolt will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Friday, Aug. 8, at Neurolux and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

RevoltRevolt’s new EP Wild Unraveling will be available for purchase at the in-store!


Revolt Revolt Wild UnravelingThe music of RevoltRevolt incorporates simple ’60s garage band drones, hard rock, industrial noise, opera and space music to produce a challenging, mind altering experience. On Wild Unraveling, they take their driving, noise drenched, delicately nuanced sound in surprising new directions. “The lyrics and music on this record are about being on the edge,” says group founder, guitarist and singer Christopher Bock. “I relate a lot to the wilderness, I feel that we are beautiful, unique, interesting beings, all on our own epic journeys. The album title implies letting go and opening up to the wild. The songs all talk about being on the edge, not knowing, realizing that nothing is sure in life, but change.” After a lifetime of playing in bands, Bock took a brief time out from music, returning in 2007 to start RevoltRevolt. “I had a friend mad enough to join me as a duo and we began playing gigs, touring like crazy” Bock says. “We gradually evolved into today’s quartet with Jake (Fredrickson), who is a tightly grooved eclectic bass player, and Ben (Wieland), who delivers dynamically solid killer drums. Guitarist Mike Muir has the balance from a delicate touch to a definitive shred; he’s the perfect complement to the band and my dark, chord heavy approach.”

The adventurous sonic palette and open-ended approach to the recording of Wild Unraveling allowed band members to give full expression to their creative impulses. “I wrote the majority of the songs on our first two albums, Chordata and Latah Nights,” Bock says. “This record was a cooperative venture. We all brought in ideas and developed them together. It was written in three weeks and recorded and mixed in a few months, with producer/engineer Todd Dunnigan (Built to Spill, Caustic Resin).”

The EP opens with “Catch the Light.” Wieland’s drums and Fredrickson’s bass lock down a mellow, Velvet Underground groove to compliment Bock’s whispered vocal, which urges us to forget our pains and reach for the light. Guest guitarist, Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch, adds shimmering, tremolo drenched guitar figures to the background, before stepping up with an eerie solo. Todd Dunnigan’s gospel tinged organ gives the poignant melody of “Hold On Let’s Let Go,” a dark, unnerving tone. Bock’s bluesy, distorted solo duels with Martsch’s mixed down, metallic shredding to disturb the song’s calm, quiet feel, then quickly vanishes to let the woeful vocals and mournful sustained notes of special guest Earl Hughes’s steel guitar take the tune home.

“Never Fade” is a droning, cacophonous sound sculpture that sets Fredrickson’s subterranean bass, Wieland’s wild cymbal splashes and an avalanche of guitar noise produced by Bock, Martsch and Muir against the operatic improvisations of guest vocalist Emma Doupe. “The EP is balanced between taking things too far and reeling them back into place,” Bock says. “It’s our most intricate, dynamic album. “It really challenged us to move in new creative directions.”

RevoltRevolt is the culmination of Chris Bock’s long musical journey. “My mother got me a guitar at age 12, after I’d been blown away by a Mariachi group in Mexico City,” he recalls. “I learned how to play songs off of the radio. I was captivated by the process of songwriting. My father is a guitar player and my grandmother and grandfather met while playing in a symphony orchestra in France. My father’s side of the family were mostly artists and musicians, and within the family tree is the famous Dutch Golden-Age artist Jan Vermeer. My step-father was Basque; he sang Spanish love songs around the house while he worked. My mom’s record collection included jazz, country, and rock. I liked punk, metal, new wave, Black Sabbath, Dead Kennedys, The Cars, Joy Division and spent all of my lunch money on LPs, until I got a job in a record store. I worked in record stores until 1996.”

Bock grew up in Boise, Idaho, teaching himself guitar, bass, piano, harmonica, percussion and keyboards along the way. “I had some personal stuff to attend to, and dropped out for a short time, but I found that music is always there waiting. I enjoyed the years playing in other friend’s bands, but was looking to take on a new direction. I really dug the idea of embracing life through travel and music. Eight years ago, I started RevoltRevolt to record songs I’d been working on. I’ve been lucky to have some great musicians on board for the projects we’ve completed. The current line-up solidified in 2014 and Wild Unraveling is our first collective project. I feel we are right where we need to be right now with RevoltRevolt. Being in a band that puts out records and tours like we do has provided a wealth of experience beyond what I’ve ever imagined.”


Mike Muir – Guitars
Jake Fredrickson – Bass (also plays with Obscured by the Sun & Bliiss)
Ben Wieland – Drums (also plays with Jumping Sharks)
Christopher Bock – Guitar/Vocals/Korg (past bands – The Hand [with Scott Schmaljohn of Treepeople], Geyser, The Magnetics, Bock [solo recordings])

With Special Guests:

Doug Martsch – Guitars (Built to Spill, Halo Benders, Treepeople)
Todd Dunnigan – Organ/Piano/Keys (Built to Spill, Caustic Resin)
Emma Doupe, Jie Cheng – Operatic Vocals
Earl Hughes – Pedal Steel (Don Ho, Alabama, The Beach Boys, Freddy Fender)
Ebony Jorgensen – Backing Vocals
Mindrips – Gang Vocals


kaleo123494.9 FM The River presents Kaleo live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. This is Kaleo’s only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.


kaleo_alltheprettygirlsFirmly a phenomenon in their home country of Iceland, the four-piece band Kaleo is set to descend upon foreign shores in 2015, bringing their gorgeous blend of folk, blues, country, and rock to a wider mainstream audience in America. Their isolated heritage inspires a unique take on familiar sonic elements, resulting in diversity and freedom on each and every breathtaking track.

Best friends since attending elementary school in the small town of Mosfellsbaer outside of Reykjavik, bandleader JJ Juliusson, drummer David Antonsson Crivello, and bassist Danny Jones began playing together at the age of 17. Honing their skills, they played countless shows around the nation’s capital for a few years before adding guitarist Rubin Pollock to the mix in 2012. They named the band Kaleo, which means “the sound” in Hawaiian, and started their career in earnest with a handful of well-received shows at the 2012 Iceland Airwaves music festival.

They recorded their first pair of original songs in early 2013, the fiery “Rock N Roller” and laid-back, bluesy “Pour Sugar On Me,” which earned Kaleo some radio airplay and press in Iceland. Then, that spring, their cover of the traditional Icelandic ballad “Vor í vaglaskógi” during a live radio show was videotaped and posted to YouTube, where it quickly went viral. The band recorded a studio version of the song in June, which went straight to Number One in virtually every radio station in the country. “It’s a different kind of cover, more dramatic and the tempo is taken down,” says JJ. The buzz for Kaleo had begun.

The band signed to Iceland’s largest record label, Sena, in the fall of 2013 and recorded their full-length debut, Kaleo, in just six short weeks. Five singles would reach Number One and the album would go Gold, receiving high praise and sending the band to shows and festivals in Europe over the next year, including an appearance on the biggest stage in their home country, Culture Night, where they played to 100,000 people and reached 90 percent of Iceland’s population in broadcast. Then, in the spring of 2014, Kaleo recorded the lush, introspective song “All the Pretty Girls” and in one night their destiny to outgrow their small, island nation was cemented.

“It’s a very delicate song. It seemed to speak to a lot of people,” says JJ. “From there everything started to happen. We got contacted from other places: managers, labels, publishers—they all went crazy over one night.” Drawn to Kaleo’s multi-layered dynamics, their ability to play different genres with equal skill, the vocals and mood reminiscent of everything from Bon Iver and Iron & Wine to Coldplay and David Gray, and wise-beyond-their-years songwriting, the world came calling.

Now, signed to Atlantic Records in the US, Kaleo has moved to Austin, Texas, and has begun touring nationwide. Get ready for the sound.


ASN StairsAmuma Says No will perform a special Album Release Party concert at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Amuma Says No’s new album “Gatz and Berakatz” will be available for purchase at the event!


Amuma Says No represents the heart and soul of Basque music in America today. The band brings together the best of traditional trikitixa–a duo of accordion and tambourine–with a modern rhythm section and songs sung in euskara. Based in Boise, home of one the largest communities of Basques outside their home provinces along the French and Spanish Pyrenees, Amuma Says No’s sound is energetic, contemporary and unique, like the Basques.

Jill Aldape, Dan Ansotegui, Sean Uranga Aucutt and Spencer Basterrechea Martin (Now the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Idaho), the founders, are second and third generation Amerikanuak. They grew up dancing with the Oinkari Basque Dancers and listening to Basque artists like Jimmy Jausoro and Domingo Ansotegui. Joined by Rod Wray, Micah Deffries and David Gluck, Amuma Says Noc arries on this timeless traditional repertory by presenting it with a touch of twenty-first century rock, pop and jazz.

Jaialdi, the international Basque festival held in Boise every five years being this year, inspired Amuma Says No to release their third album, “Gatz and Berakatz.” With the help of Steve Fulton at Audio Lab, Amuma Says No started recording in the spring of 2015. This recording is a little different from the previous two, which were primarily dance songs. With the addition of acoustic guitar, organ, violin and even the traditional Basque txalaparta, “Gatz and Berakatz” captures some of the subtle elements of the ensemble.

Amuma (for whom the band is named) used to describe people or events or food that lacked spark or personality with the expression “ez gatz ez berakatz.” It literally means no salt nor garlic and other similar idioms might include vim and vigor or blood in the veins. Her eyes would twinkle when she saw, heard or talked about something or someone that had moxie … especially if it raised a few eyebrows; it made life more interesting. In this album, Amuma Says No hopes to bring vitality, enthusiasm, strength risk, and the flavor of gatz and berakatz through music.