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1. Brill Bruisers
The New Pornographers
2. Gary Clark, Jr. Live
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3. Standing in the Breach
Jackson Browne
4. You’re Dead
Flying Lotus
5. Our Love
Caribou
6. Popular Problems
Leonard Cohen
7. This is All Yours
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9. 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault
Stevie Nicks
10. Wonder Where We Land
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NEW RELEASE TUESDAY: LUCINDA WILLIAMS, PRINCE AND EXCLUSIVE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PINK VINYL, PLUS VINYL TUESDAY AND EDMOND DANTES RELEASE PARTY!!

edmond dantes vinyl tuesdayIt’s New Release Tuesday, and a very special one because we are hosting the Edmond Dantes Release Party at 6 p.m. to celebrate the release of their new EP Juno!

Our new Vinyl Tuesday sale also continues this week – customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased all day long every Tuesday!

* Must be redeemed at time of purchase. Offer valid during regular business hours (10am-9pm) on Tuesdays only. The Record Exchange will not issue store credit for any unused portion of the Vinyl Tuesday used vinyl bonus.

Here’s a quick look at the bright and shiny new releases this week at The Record Exchange:

CD

Edmond Dantes – Juno

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Prince – Art Official Age

Prince and 3rdeyegirl – Plectrumelectrum

Electric Wizard – Time to Die

Colbie Caillat – Gypsy Heart

Melissa Etheridge – This is M.E.

Lady Antebellum – 747 (deluxe edition also available)

Blake Shelton – No Sound Without Silence

Kat Edmonson – Big Picture

Oasis – What’s the Story, Morning Glory? Deluxe Edition

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

Sick of It All – Last Act of Defiance

Madchild – Switched On

Finch – Back to Oblivion

The Script – No Sound Without Silence

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Luke Winslow-King – Everlasting Arms

Between the Buried and Me – Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium

Slow Magic – How to Run Away

SPM (South Park Mexican) – Son of Norma

Nonpoint – Return

Decapitated – Blood Mantra (deluxe edition also available)

Stiff Little Fingers – No Going Back

Excel – Split Image Deluxe Edition

Steve Aoki – Neon Future I

Bryan Adams – Tracks of My Years

Status Quo – Frantic Four’s Final Fling: Live at the Dublin 02 Arena

Mr. Big – Stories We Could Tell

Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks 15: Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ 9/3/77

Genesis – R-Kive

Various Artists – Link of Chain: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Chris Smither

Hot Rize – When I’m Free

Ricky Skaggs/Sharon White – Hearts Like Ours

Alabama and Friends – At the Ryman

Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien

Jon Lord, Deep Purple and Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord The Composer

Jon Lord, Deep Purple and Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord The Rock Legend

Abba – Live at Wembley

Herb Alpert – In the Mood

The Toure-Raichel Collective – The Paris Sessions

Trigger Hippy – Trigger Hippy

Jimbo Mathus – Jimmy the Kid

Sam Amidon – Lily-O

Pieta Brown – Paradise Outlaw

Butcher Babies – Uncovered

Flying Colors – Second Nature

Ferry Corsten – Full On: Ibiza 2014

Zodiac – Sonic Child

Weedeater – Sixteen Tons

Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Within Temptation – Hydra Media Book Tour Edition

Torch Runner – Endless Nothing

Tantric – The Blue Room Archives

Katatonia – Last Fair Day Gone Night

10 FT Ganja Plant – 10 Deadly Shots Vol. III

Meshuggah – I Remastered

Meshuggah – Ophidian Trek

1349 – Massive Cauldron of Chaos (deluxe edition also available)

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – The Hightone Years

Django Reinhardt – The Best of the Broadcast Performances

Bud Powell – I Know That You Know On Stage

Charlie Haden/Jim Hall – Charlie Haden/Jim Hall

Stanley Clarke – Up

Ian Anderson – Homo Erracticus

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Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Courtney Barnett – Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Jason Isbell – Southeastern (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Half the City (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Temples – Sun Structures (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Nothing – Guilty of Everything (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Lucius – Wildewoman (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

In This Moment – Blood (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Kellie Pickler – Woman I Am (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Electric Wizard – Time to Die

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory Deluxe Edition

Touche Amore – Live on BBC Radio One: 2

Touche Amore/Title Fight – Split

Death – Spiritual Healing

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

Frank Zappa – Apostrophe

Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault

Annie Lennox – Nostalgia

Joni Mitchell – Hejira

In Flames – Siren Charms

Thievery Corporation – Mirror Conspiracy

Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon

Thievery Corporation – Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi

Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall

Jayhawks – Rainy Day Music

Hudson Mohawke – Chimes

Weedeater – Sixteen Tons

King Diamond – Fatal Portrait

Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’

Freddie Hubbard – Ready for Freddie

Kenny Drew – Undercurrent

Milt Jackson – Wizard of the Vibes

Stanley Turrentine – That’s Where It’s At

Sick of It All – Last Act of Defiance

DVD/BLU-RAY

Between the Buried and Me – Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium DVD

EDMOND DANTES RELEASE PARTY SEPT. 30; ‘JUNO’ COMES OUT THAT DAY, TOO!

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Genre-defying duo Edmond Dantes has wrapped up its second EP of original tunes. The EP, titled “Juno,” is set to be released on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and the band will celebrate with a free, all-ages release party that evening (6 p.m.) at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise.

“Juno” consists of four original songs and a remix of the Edmond Dantes song “Decade” by Boise synth wizards The Dirty Moogs. “Juno” will be available in CD form at The Record Exchange during the in-store.

Who:

Edmond Dantes (the band, not the literary character)

What:

They made an EP with 4 new songs and a remix by The Dirty Moogs

Why:

Because Andrew and Ryan aren’t very good at any other endeavors

Where:

The Record Exchange

When:

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.

For a taster of the EP, visit edmonddantesband.bandcamp.com/album/juno or edmonddantesmusic.com.

September 18th, 2014

ATMOSPHERE SIGNING THURSDAY, SEPT. 18; VIP PRIORITY-LINE WRISTBAND AVAILABLE WITH CD OR LP PURCHASE!

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Atmosphere will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an album signing at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Atmosphere is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Thursday, Aug. 28, purchase Southsiders on CD or vinyl prior to the event 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.)

ABOUT ATMOSPHERE

atmosphere southsidersMinneapolis is known for many things — pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out to the masses. And thanks to the duo’s indefatigable touring habits, Top 20-charting albums, and their galvanizing artist-owned label Rhymesayers (MF Doom, Aesop Rock), they’re still pushing the boundaries of what indie rap can mean.

It’s with that overachieving-underdog spirit that MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis have named Atmosphere’s eighth studio album Southsiders, a shout-out to their native neighborhood. Because, says Slug, “We have spent the majority of our career — God, we can call it a career! — repping the south side of Minneapolis pretty hard.”

While Southsiders is a celebration of the group’s fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes conflicted, work. “It’s a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my family,” says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. “I’m starting to think, ‘What is post–family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?’ I’m sticking to my roots, rapping about what I’m doing, what I think about. This record is — much like the other ones — a very detailed look at my life.”

The album captures everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown in “Southsiders,” to the ebb-and-flow of loss in the sauntering “Arthur’s Song,” to emotional abandon in the rousing “Kanye West.” The latter — and its mantra, “put your hands in the air like you really do care” — is a high-five to the rapper whose emotional reactions are often misperceived as not caring. Say Slug, “I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment.”

All told, Southsiders took about ten months to complete. During that time, “I spent a lot of time agonizing over every detail, every word,” Slug says. He and Ant started out writing together in a Minneapolis basement. But these days, they trade tracks back and forth over email, with Ant triggering the creative flow by offering skeletons of songs.

Where Slug is the stalwart perfectionist, Ant persists as his healthy foil, finding beauty in sonic flaws. Says Slug: “He gives me the room to be as anal as I can be, even though he’s usually like, ‘Okay man, it’s okay. Let it go.’ He is the voice of reason I listen to.” Ant’s behind-the-board acumen is also key to Atmosphere’s unique sound: the live instrumentations provide vibrant tonal contrast to Slug’s often-weighty subject matter. Such as in album’s first single, “Bitter”: A condemnation of self-entitlement, it’s set, intriguingly, against sly synth percolations.

Much of Slug’s songwriting agony stems from his need to translate things he relates to into universal messages — which is why even after all these years, Atmosphere remains relevant in the rap game. “Do I want to leave a legacy of, ‘Oh, that guy was really dope. He figured out how to rhyme astral projections with gastral infections’? Or do I want to be a positive energy source for the movement in general?” Slug says. “There is purpose behind what I do than just talking about me.” And how does that impact his rhymes now? “Well,” he points out, “I have to keep things realistic: making sure the gross stuff represented itself as gross, and that the beautiful stuff stays beautiful.”

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS MIKE DOUGHTY LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE SEPT. 9 (HIS ONLY SHOW IN TOWN); GET HIS NEW ALBUM A WEEK BEFORE THE OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE!

MikeDoughty_by_DeborahLopez_0128-large94.9 FM The River presents Mike Doughty live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. This is Doughty’s only show in town, and fans will have the opportunity to purchase his new album “Stellar Motel” (CD or LP) a week before its official Sept. 16 release date! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

ABOUT MIKE DOUGHTY

Mike Doughty has built a successful solo career in the 14 years since his departure from Soul Coughing. In the fall of 2013, after famously eschewing his former band’s repertoire for most of his career, Doughty released an album of re-imagined Soul Coughing songs titled Circles Super Bon Bon… (the full title is 41 words long — a list of every song on the album) and toured the U.S. in support of it with Catherine Popper on upright bass, Pete Wilhoit on drums, and Doughty himself on guitar, turntables, and sampler. Now, Doughty returns with Live At Ken’s House, a recording of the live show, featuring many Soul Coughing songs that were arranged for the tour, but weren’t on the album. Live at Ken’s House was banged out in a single day, four days after the tour’s end.

“The band was pretty spectacular,” Doughty says, “and the shows were intense. Obviously, we were at maximum tightness after 32 shows, and I wanted to take immediate advantage of that.” Doughty, who has a tendency to be almost psychotically busy, will follow this live release with his next studio album, titled “Stellar Motel,” in September, and will tour the country extensively in the fall in support of both releases.

PAYETTE BREWING CO. PRESENTS COLONY HOUSE IN-STORE FRIDAY, SEPT. 5; FREE PAYETTE BREWING CO. BEER!

ColonyHouse_Press_307Payette Brewing Co. presents Colony House live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Colony House is performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT COLONY HOUSE

colony house albumIn a relatively brief span of time, Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative force, as well as a beloved fan favorite with a passionate, fiercely loyal fan base. That audience is likely to expand substantially with the release of When I Was Younger, the Nashville trio’s first full-length album, whose 14 compelling original tunes fulfill the abundant promise of the band’s three widely-acclaimed, self-released EPs.

It’s not surprising that Colony House has struck a resonant chord with listeners. The threesome maintains a balance of craft and immediacy that reflects its affinity for the sound of such alt-rock outfits as Interpol and The Killers, while echoing the influence of such alternative icons as U2 and New Order. They’ve assimilated their multiple influences in a manner that’s wholly distinctive, adding tight harmonies, strong instrumental chops and a keen melodic sensibility that’s all their own.

Lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Caleb Chapman writes effortlessly infectious tunes that resonate with personal experience and emotional authority. The songs’ messages of faith, hope and perseverance are matched by the organic musical rapport of Caleb and his bandmates, brother Will Chapman on drums and Scott Mills on lead guitar and harmony vocals.

“The songs I write have always come from deep places, whether they’re deep places of joy or deep places of hurt, and it can be hard inviting people into those places with you,” Caleb states.

That openhearted attitude is reflected throughout When I Was Younger, both in Caleb’s expressive vocals and in the band’s vivid performances of such personally-charged tunes as “Silhouettes,” “Second Guessing Games,” “Keep On Keeping On,” “Waiting for My Time to Come” and “Won’t Give Up,” which exemplify the combination of sharp lyrical insight and indelible melodic craft that makes Colony House special.

As When I Was Younger demonstrates, much of Colony House’s appeal lies in the three bandmates’ powerful rapport, which extends into every aspect of their lives—and which has defined their approach towards the music.

“Our musical and personal chemistry goes hand in hand,” Caleb affirms. “The three of us are best friends, which means that at any given moment we are each other’s worst enemies as well. Being in a band is like being in a marriage—it’s a constant reminder of your own pride, and a reminder that you have to be willing to sacrifice in order for it to be successful. We’ve made a conscious effort to build the foundation of the band on our friendship, and then letting that spill over into our creative relationship.”

As the sons of Contemporary Christian pop superstar Steven Curtis Chapman, Caleb and Will Chapman have been steeped in music for their entire lives. They began making music together in early childhood, playing with their dad as well as their own combos. In 2009 they joined forces with Scott Mills, who they’d met through a cousin. Although initially known collectively as Caleb, the trio rechristened themselves Colony House in 2013, borrowing the name of an apartment complex in their hometown of Franklin, where Will and Scott as well as Caleb’s future wife had all lived prior to the band’s formation.

The new combo quickly began to win attention, bringing its charismatic live shows to fans via diligent touring, while earning critical raves with a series of acclaimed EPs: Colony House, Trouble and To the Ends of the World. Along the way, the band members found time to pursue other musical adventures, with Caleb collaborating with Will’s wife, singer Jillian Edwards, as the In-Laws, and Will moonlighting playing drums on tour with noted indie combo Ivan and Alyosha.

But Colony House remains the focus of their musical lives, as When I Was Younger makes clear. “We labored on the album for a long time,” Caleb notes. “We began recording it in September 2012 and finished it in July 2013. We had our dear friends Joe Causey and Ben Shive co-produce it, which made it a very special experience. They knew that this was our first full-length project, and I think that they felt the responsibility to help us tell our story the right way.

“Creating this record had such a strong set of contrasting emotions: joy, hope, frustration, sorrow, uncertainty, confidence,” he continues.

“These songs are questions that I have been wrestling with for months, sometimes years,” Caleb asserts. “They’re stories I had been trying to write in the dim light of my 100-square-foot room long before they were ever brought to life in a studio. We created the album conceptually, trying to keep in mind the rules of telling a story. There must be a dramatic arc, a beginning, a middle and an end. So in that way, every song is a piece of the equation. The front half of the album is a bit more lighthearted and fun, and then the back half gets a bit heavier. And the last third, starting with ‘Won’t Give Up,’ is very important to us.”

Perhaps the most startling aspect of When I Was Younger is the band’s forthrightness in addressing some deeply personal, emotionally raw issues, most notably the accidental death of Caleb and Will’s 5-year-old adoptive sister Maria Sue in 2008. That tragedy is addressed on several of the album’s songs, including “Keep On Keeping On” and “Won’t Give Up,” underlining the songs’ recurring themes of faith and family.

“It has been a difficult thing to do, sharing your family tragedy when telling your story or singing your songs,” Caleb states. “But I think that it’s important to tell. Everyone has a story of pain, of heartbreak, of a letdown or failure, and that is a thread that ties us all together—the ones on stage and the ones in the crowd. We were dealt a painful hand, but it’s what has bound us together so tightly. We want to create honest art, and this is the most important thing that has happened in our lives, so it would be a hard thing to leave out of our story.”

That heart-on-sleeve honesty is just one of the qualities that make Colony House a special band, and make When I Was Younger such a remarkable musical statement.

“We believe that we have a story to tell—a story of hope and perseverance—and that’s what we want to leave people with,” Caleb concludes. “We are not in the business of writing tragedies. We have experienced tragedy, but we’ve also seen hope triumph. Our faith is woven throughout everything we do musically, just as it’s woven into the foundation of our lives.”