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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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1. Voids
Minus the Bear
2. Divide
Ed Sheeran
3. Side Pony
Lake Street Dive
4. Last Place
5. Volcano
6. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
7. Prisoner
Ryan Adams
8. Windy City
Alison Krauss
9. Graveyard Whistling
Old 97’s
10. Eponym
Steve Fulton

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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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Clarke and the Himselfs

Clarke and the Himselfs will perform a special album release in-store set in celebration of the vinyl release of The Well-Rounded Clarke and the Himselfs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

The Well-Rounded Clarke and the Himselfs will be available for purchase at the in-store!

TheWellRoundedClarkeandtheHimselfsABOUT CLARKE AND THE HIMSELFS

Clarke and the Himselfs is the sonically extended portion of Clarke Aleksandr Howell. What originally began with multi-track records transmographied into the full band it is today, with Howell using the drums, guitar, his voice and no loops, creating catchy, dark, powerful sounds that are supported ultimately by the gravity of the songs themselves.

The Himselfs are regularly on the road and have extensively toured the South, Midwest and East Coast. Clarke and the Himselfs opened for Built to Spill on two different month-long North American tours. He has played with the likes of Colleen Green, No Bunny, Paleo, Sad Horse, La Luz, Naomi Punk and many more.

Their latest release, The Well-Rounded Clarke and the Himselfs, is the cumulative LP debut from Clarke and the Himselfs. Recorded in Portland, Oregon, on half-inch tape at Fluff and Gravy in early spring of 2014. Engineered and mixed by David Strackany (Paleo). Mastered by Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Boris, Earth) Featuring brand new cuts as well as re-done classics, all recorded, mixed and mastered to audiophile quality.

“Songs like ‘Asteroid’ and ‘Toxic World’ are infectious, fuzzed-out earworms that are sure to get trapped in your head for days.” – Chipp Terwilliger/Portland Mercury

“..Clarke Howell’s not simply working a stripped aesthetic, he’s a single player going for a full sound. Unlike most one-man bands who play drums with just their feet, one of his hands handles both guitar and stick on a practically full drum kit. Drape all that with the kind of gorgeously groaning guitar effects that Pink Mountaintops used to specialize in and a weird trilling vocal effect and you’ve got an impressively lush solo act. Perhaps most importantly though, the actual quality of his songs proves he’s more than just some novelty act.” – Bao Le-Huu/Orlando Weekly


Album_Cover 394.9 FM The River presents Idaho Ho Ho Live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 7pm Thursday, Dec. 10. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

In celebration of the sixth 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. Scheduled performers include:

Tracy Morrison

Chad and Vashti Summervill

Tylor Bushman

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


Moxie Java, in collaboration with the Idaho Foodbank, is pleased to announce the release of the sixth-anniversary album in its annual Idaho Ho Ho: A Celebration of the Holidays with Idaho Artists series. Over the past six years, over 100 recording artists with Idaho ties have participated in the Idaho Ho Ho recordings, with local musician Steve Fulton serving as producer throughout the series. The album has topped the best-seller list at The Record Exchange each of the last five years.

As in the past, the album serves up a uniquely Idahoan take on Christmas music, showcases established and upcoming local musicians, covers a variety of musical genres, and includes both original holiday songs and unique covers of holiday favorites. The 2015 album also celebrates Idaho’s visual arts community. This year’s cover art is by local graffiti artist Hawk Sahlein (Elmer One) of Boise’s Sector Seventeen, whose art is on display in multiple Idaho public spaces, including representation in downtown Boise’s famous Freak Alley Gallery. The ‘Escher-esque’ mural featured on the album cover was painted on Moxie Java’s headquarters building in Garden City and can be viewed throughout the holiday season.

Since 2010, the Idaho Ho Ho program has generated funds that have enabled the Idaho Foodbank to provide nearly 125,000 meals to Idahoans in need throughout the state. “For six years, Moxie Java has been synonymous with the holidays and the efforts to solve hunger in our communities,” said Karen Vauk, President and CEO of the Idaho Foodbank. “Buying this album will no doubt bring holiday cheer to not only those who buy it, but also the thousands in need in our state.”

Ken Stokes, president of Moxie Java, commented, “Moxie Java has always been committed to celebrating what is unique in the Idaho experience, and there are few initiatives that are as near and dear to us as a company as our long-time collaboration with Idaho musicians and the Idaho Foodbank. We at Moxie Java once again would like to thank the many musicians, artists, individuals and businesses who generously donated their time and talents to this very worthy cause, and, of course, we offer our sincere gratitude to the residents of Idaho for their continued and enthusiastic support of this program and the Idaho Foodbank.”


Tracy Morrison and the Jolly Egg Noggins – Pinto Bennett Santa
Lee Penn Sky and the Oliphants – My Christmas Song
Paul Tillotson – Simple Pleasures (with Strings)
Idyltime – The Christians and the Pagans
Revolt Revolt – Off White Christmas
Amuma Says No – Gaueko Izar
Innocent Man – Whiskey on the Sly
John Jones – The Christmas Song
Kelly Lynae- Winter Town
Tylor Bushman – Baked Beans & Sauerkraut
Brook Faulk- Count Your Blessings
Chad and Vashti Summervill – Oh Holy Night

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.


Jeff_Crosby_PressJeff Crosby will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). Crosby’s official album release party is Dec. 11 at Neurolux and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Jeff Crosby’s new album Waking Days will be available for purchase at the in-store. Get your tickets to the official album release show at the in-store and save money on service fees!


JeffCrosbyWakingDaysGifted with a gritty and genuine voice that at once feels familiar to fans of rock and country music, Idaho-born songwriter, singer and guitarist Jeff Crosby has been writing songs, grinding out shows and sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the United States and beyond for the better part of the past 10 years.

Alongside him now to form The Refugees, brother Andy Crosby (bass), Will Prescott (drums) and Dave Manion (pedal steel/ guitar) have created a force of honest, provocative rock and roll that is quickly gathering both a fervent fan base and critical acclaim wherever they go.

Two songs (“Oh Love, Oh Lord” and “This Old Town”) from the first official release featuring The Refugees, 2013’s Silent Conversations, were featured on the FX hit series Sons of Anarchy, then in 2014 the band released their first full-length LP titled All Nighter. An 11-track album released significantly on July 4, 2014 and recorded in both Los Angeles and Idaho, All Nighter is a powerful and cohesive record that deals with love, loss and a new perspective of the American Dream. As renowned publication No Depression puts it, “The story is there, the musicality is there, the songs are just great.”

Crosby now adds another notch to his musical belt with Waking Days. The 10-song LP was recorded in Los Angeles at Bedrock Studios and in Nashville and was produced by John Gilbertson and engineered in Nashville by Rob Matson. In addition to The Refugees, Crosby also added some stellar guest musicians. His guest crew consisted of Brian Whelan on pedal steel (Dwight Yoakam), Marshall Vore on drums (Ryan Adams/Olin & The Moon), Fran Breem on drums (The Waterboys/Lucinda Williams), Ben Waligoske on guitar (Springdale Quartet) and Adrian Engfer on standup bass (Grant Farm).

Waking Days blends the sounds of Americana, folk, and ’70s-inspired psychedelic rock. “I’m in a much different head space musically since the last record,” said Crosby, “This record has more soundscapes and has stretched out the atmospheric tones that are floating around the songs.”