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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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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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1. Sound & Color
Alabama Shakes
2. Wilder Mind
Mumford & Sons
3. Untethered Moon
Built to Spill
4. The Waterfall
My Morning Jacket
5. Sol Invictus
Faith No More
6. The Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
7. The Magic Whip
Blur
8. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
9. Painted Shut
Hop Along
10. Strangers to Ourselves
Modest Mouse

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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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94.9 FM THE RIVER AND BOISE WEEKLY PRESENT THE WILD FEATHERS (OPENING FOR WILLIE NELSON) IN-STORE AUG. 25

wild feathers bannerwild feathers publicityThe Wild Feathers will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The in-store is presented by 94.9 The River and Boise Weekly. The Wild Feathers are opening for Willie Nelson at the Idaho Botanical Garden later that evening. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT THE WILD FEATHERS

Long before it got broken up into a million sub-genres, rock & roll was just rock & roll. Pure, true, organic. Six strings, booming harmonies and the call of the open road. It’s a singularly American tradition that Nashville’s The Wild Feathers are full-force dedicated to not only preserving but also – more importantly — evolving. Their sound melds the five unique voices of Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Preston Wimberly and Ben Dumas, taking inspiration from across the musical spectrum – country, blues, folk and rock – and spinning it into a roaring web of warm, cosmic melodies with vintage roots and modern tones. The Wild Feathers are a rock band that feels impossibly fresh with the air of having been here all along.

Ricky, Joel, Taylor and Preston were all lead singers before they came together as The Wild Feathers, fronting their own bands and writing songs with their own distinct sounds. All hailing from Texas with the exception of Joel (Oklahoma), each member grew up with a deep sense of southern musical traditions, while at the same time being raised on records like Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Tom Petty. As kids, their moms played them the Rolling Stones instead of lullabies, literally and figuratively rocking them to sleep.

Eventually Ricky and Joel both migrated to Nashville, where they connected in 2010. Occasionally, they’d get together to write music and play: Stones songs, riffs they’d written, ideas here and there. “Ricky and I wanted to do something with a bunch of singers, not just one lead,” Joel says. Their vision was of a group where each member is as indispensible as the next; a solid set of four, not just a front man backed by session players. Of course, finding the proper matches for something like this is no easy task. With strong voices can come stronger egos – just the thing to rip a fledgling band apart. Somehow, The Wild Feathers found their missing pieces, leading them to become what Joel calls a “four-headed monster,” not four separate monsters, butting heads.

Mutual friends suggested a man by the name of Taylor Burns with a strong electric-guitar rip and bluesy growl. He seemed the perfect thing to complement Ricky’s smooth, folk tone and Joel’s rock & roll bellow. Next came Preston Wimberly, who rounded out the loose, bright harmonies and added an occasional country twang through some masterful pedal steel. The four gathered to play music in Austin, and it clicked nearly instantly. Instead of a battle of wills, it was effortless. The Wild Feathers was born that day. “It was a match made in heaven,” says Joel. “Or hell,” he adds with a smirk.

“I wanted to do something greater than I could on my own,” Ricky says, but every member of the band could easily echo the same sentiment. “To create something bigger than any one of us individually, and write great songs that last the test of time.” While some of their influences come from deep in the 60’s and 70’s, they’re still thoroughly modern, fusing and evolving their pedal steel and Laurel Canyon harmonies rather than regurgitating and repackaging what’s already in existence. So it’s no surprise that they’re more likely to simply call themselves American than Americana.  “We like folk music, but we’re going to have a distortion pedal on when we do it,” laughs Preston.

For their 2013 debut, The Wild Feathers, the band enlisted Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, the Wallflowers, Emmylou Harris) as producer, who encouraged the band to tap into their innate sense of harmony and true rock & roll sound. Their days in his Nashville studio were full and tiring (“like we’d been waterskiing and drinking beer in the sun all day,” says Ricky, “but so inspiring”), recording most tracks live, one at a time. “It was kind of like the old days with Elvis at RCA,” says Joel, “recording one song per day, really living in each one.”

The resulting record is a display of four unique talents effortlessly unified: bluesy, hard rock tunes like “Backwoods Company” live effortlessly next to harmonic stunners like “Hard Wind” and slow, folky love songs like “Tall Boots.” “When Rick Danko (of The Band) would sing harmonies, it was like he was singing lead,” says Ricky. “That’s what we try to do.” And it shows. Songs like “Left My Woman,” allow Ricky, Joel and Taylor to sing a few solo bars each in the opening, before joining with Preston on the chorus. Visually, they are united, too – playing shows standing in a line straight across the stage, as one.

“We make songs that I could never write on my own,” says Ricky, “even if I worked from now until I die. But with these guys and what they bring, it’s easy.” Adds Taylor, “we’re making something better than we could have ever done by ourselves.” What they make is modern rock & roll, laced with nostalgia, built for the new millennium. What they are is The Wild Feathers.

OTHERWISE IN-STORE SUNDAY, AUG. 25: BUY THEIR CD AT THE IN-STORE, GET A FREE TICKET TO THEIR KNIT SHOW!

otherwise publicity photoOtherwise will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The in-store is presented by Boise Weekly. Otherwise is opening for Three Days Grace at Knitting Factory later that evening, and if you buy Otherwise’s latest CD True Love Never Dies at the in-store we’ll give you a free ticket to the show! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT OTHERWISE

otherwiseLas Vegas will always be the city of sin, but it means a lot more to Otherwise. While the rest of us go there to let off steam, roll the dice and enjoy the eye candy, Otherwise grew up in the shadows of all the bright lights and broken dreams. Las Vegas is their home, and it’s where they’ve lived life, faced death, and climbed the mountain of trials and tribulations that have become True Love Never Dies, their debut album for Century Media Records.

“We weren’t as aggressive when my brother and I first started jamming together, but then things started to happen – people died, relationships ended, and life got more real,” says Otherwise frontman Adrian Patrick. Despite being raised in a tight-knit family, Adrian only started playing music with his brother – guitarist Ryan Patrick – a few short years ago. “Our writing was a lot simpler when we started, but as circumstances forced us to grow up, our music matured with us. Tragedies and loss are part of life, and our music is one of the ways we maintain a positive outlook, despite the setbacks.”

Nowhere is that more evident than on the band’s breakthrough single, “Soldiers.” The song began as a metaphor for the battle that unsigned bands go through to get their message heard as artists, then quickly transformed into an anthem for everyone living on the front-lines of life. “When I started writing the lyrics, I was staring at my bandmates and thinking that they are my brothers in arms,” says the singer. “It was going to be our anthem, but by the time I finished I realized it was an anthem for our whole nation. We are all soldiers fighting for something, whether it’s to put food on the table, to be heard, or just to be happy. Every soldier is human, and we’re all human.”

Already hailed by Fox News as the No. 1 unsigned band in America, “Soldiers” became the song that brought the local Vegas rockers to the national spotlight. Hand-picked to perform alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on the main stage of the inaugural 48 Hours Festival in October 2011, MTV Headbangers Ball host and Sirius XM DJ Jose Mangin was so impressed by Otherwise that he immediately added “Soldiers” into rotation on Sirius XM’s Octane channel.

In a matter of weeks, the track reached the top of Octane’s charts, the single sold more than 10,000 units independently, and Las Vegas’ best-kept secret was making tremors at a national level. They signed with Century Media Records in December, began recording their debut album with acclaimed producer Jay Baumgardner [Godsmack, Bush, Papa Roach, Seether, Sevendust, P.O.D.] at his NRG Studios in January, and in February embarked on their first national tour as a band, opening for Pop Evil.

“Soldiers” is the first time America is hearing Otherwise, but it’s not the first time they’re hearing Adrian Patrick, who was the featured male vocalist on the In This Moment single “The Promise,” from the band’s 2010 album A Star-Crossed Wasteland. Patrick was asked to record a scratch vocal for the song, so producer Kevin Churko could shop the track to more established vocalists… However, the results were so good his vocals ended up making the final cut, and his duet with In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink was promoted and performed on each date of 2010’s Mayhem Tour. “Ryan and I followed Mayhem around in our Mom’s decade-old minivan,” says Adrian, who hit the road with his brother and put 17,000 miles on the vehicle, paying for gas by walking into the crowd and selling CDs on every date of the tour. “We had to send the van off to a junkyard right before Thanksgiving – I had a lump in my throat.”

Otherwise aren’t the first band to put their blood, sweat and tears into their music, but they are the only band who could have made True Love Never Dies – the 11-track debut is a testament to their perseverance in the face of adversity, and a living, breathing tribute to their cousin, who died shortly before they signed with Century Media. “Our cousin had those words tattooed on his neck, so now we’re holding onto that idea, and the belief that true love never dies,” explains Ryan of the album title.

On an album ripe with anthems, “Scream Now” and “Vegas Girl” are both arena ready – The first being a call to arms for everyone to scream out in unison (for loved ones, lost ones and life), while the latter is a testimonial of sorts – not pointed at any one girl in particular, but definitely targeting a particular “type of girl” from Las Vegas…

One of the album’s more emotional moments is “1000 Pictures (I Don’t Apologize).” “We wrote that song one night in Hollywood,” says Ryan, “the chords came, the melodies came, heartbreak came right after … and the lyrics were written. It’s an anthem for the heartbroken.”

“When we look back at the songs and their subject matter, calling the album True Love Never Dies was very fitting,” says Adrian. “We’ve worked really hard to get to this point, and this album is proof that hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of talent can take you a long way.” Adds his brother Ryan, “we’re at the foot of Everest now – we’ve been climbing the small desert hills in Vegas, now it’s time for the mountain…”

MOSES GUEST IN-STORE THURSDAY AT 5!

MosesGuest_photoMoses Guest will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18. The band is performing a pair of Boise shows this week – Wednesday at Neurolux and Thursday at Reef and we have tickets for sale here at the store! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT MOSES GUEST

Started in 1995, and named after founder Graham Guest’s fifth generation grandfather, Moses Guest is a Texas-based Southern Rock band that has just enough Pop, Jazz, Funk, and Country in its veins to appeal to audiences of all ages and origins.

The current lineup formed in 1998, was voted “Best Rock/Pop Band” in the 2001 Houston Press Music Awards, and has won numerous Battle of the Bands contests.

The band has been selling out shows in Houston since 1999 and concentrating hard on winning over their region, with frequent tours through the South and West.

The band has self-produced five records and one EP on its own record label, Aufheben Records.

Moses Guest has shared the stage with many great acts in the past few years: Moe. (twice), Steve Miller Band, JGB Band, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, David Nelson Band, Rebirth Brass Band, The Jayhawks, Lisa Loeb and Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners (on H.O.R.D.E. 1998 sidestage in Antioch, TN).

Moses Guest was recently voted into the Homegrown Music Networks “Hall Of Fame“.  One of only a handful of bands that have been bestowed this coveted award.

QUICK AND EASY BOYS IN-STORE FRIDAY

13.6.28 and 29 - QEB cd release Make it EasyQEB_highresThe Quick and Easy Boys will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6p.m. Friday, June 28. The band is performing a pair of release shows celebrating their new album Make It Easy on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at Tom Grainey’s (10 p.m. both nights; $5 at the door; 21 and older). Buy the CD at the in-store ($9.99) and get free admission to one of the shows! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT THE QUICK AND EASY BOYS

make it easyThe funky R&B, psychedelic rock, garage-pop of this Portland power-trio is representative of an emerging West Coast post-jam band sound, in which the 80s and 90s pop-rock-funk of L.A. has merged with an indie rock feel and an ability to extend the core rock songs through live improvisation.

The Quick & Easy Boys bring an element of honky-tonk into this mix and arrive at a sound akin to The Minutemen, My Morning Jacket, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Funkadelic rolled into one. Formed in Eugene, Oregon, in 2005, the band moved to Portland and released their first recording—Bad Decisions With Good People—in between jaunts up-and-down the Pacific Coast, then headed out on their first national tour in 2009. By the end of 2011, they had toured the country two more times and released their second album, Red Light Rabbit (2010).

On the road, the band has opened for an eclectic array of talent, including Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper, The Bridge, Iglu & Hartly, The Pimps of Joytime, Southern Culture On The Skids, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and many others, subjecting unsuspecting audiences to The Quick & Easy Boys’ interactive party—complete with thought provoking lyrics, quirky eclecticism and unexpected stage antics.

The trio of Jimmy Russell (guitar), Sean Badders (bass) and Michael Goetz (drums) has gained a reputation for moving a crowd all-night long, whether on a big festival stage or in the corner of a tiny watering hole, and for pouring out every ounce of their energy, leaving nothing behind. In appreciation, home town crowds scream out “Yeah Bud!” at every show, and it appears that this disturbing trend is spreading to other markets …