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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. Soft Opening
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6. Currents
Tame Impala
7. Coming Home
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Faith No More
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94.9 THE RIVER AND BOISE WEEKLY PRESENT DAWES ACOUSTIC AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE SUNDAY, DEC. 1; WRISTBAND/LITHOGRAPH WITH CD/LP!

dawes94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly present a special acoustic set by Dawes at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. The band will perform a short acoustic set on The Record Exchange stage followed by a Q&A moderated by The River’s Tim Johnstone and album signing. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Dawes is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase any Dawes title on CD or vinyl and we’ll give you a wristband guaranteeing admission plus a custom Dawes lithograph (while supplies last) — the first 10 people also get a free ticket to the Knitting Factory show! Listen to The River prior to the event for a chance to win a wristband/litho combo!

ABOUT DAWES

While the city of Los Angeles has been both an inspiration and a home to the four members of Dawes, they found themselves traveling East last fall to record their third album in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with newly enlisted producer Jacquire King.  It was a chance to hunker down and work each day for a month away from familiar landmarks and routines. The tracks they laid down at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studio have yielded a 12-song disc of tremendous sonic and narrative clarity, book-ended in classic album fashion by two very different versions of the wistful  “Just Beneath The Surface” – a misleading title, really, since the songs stacked in between dig so deep. Stories Don’t End is not so much a departure from the quartet’s previous efforts as a distillation of them. It spotlights the group’s maturing skills as arrangers, performers and interpreters who shape the raw material supplied by chief songwriter and lead vocalist Taylor Goldsmith into an artfully concise and increasingly soulful sound.

Once again, Goldsmith displays a particular gift for tunes that balance tough and tender, hardboiled and heartbroken. As a writer, he prowls his psyche like a forties detective, looking for clues to the mysteries of life and love.  “Just My Luck” has the irresistible pull of a vintage country tune, though the arrangement is understated and contemporary. If Goldsmith’s vocal delivery weren’t plaintive enough, the band ups the emotional ante with a beautiful wordless coda that intertwines Tay Strathairn’s piano and Goldsmith’s lead guitar. Similarly “Something In Common” is a morning-after shuffle that builds into a bigger and more dramatic track before dropping back to a quiet melancholic finish. Goldsmith takes a few simple words, like “something in common,” and uses them like chapter headings to develop a compelling story, full of unexpected twists, from verse to verse. “Someone Will” includes the same kind of word play while boasting a little more swagger. “Hey Lover,” a cover of a tongue-in-cheek tune by Dawes’ good buddy Blake Mills, is a playful mid-album break with Taylor Goldsmith and his young brother, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, trading off lead vocals.

Before he started composing for the album, says Taylor, “I went through a Joan Didion tear.” It was right after he read the legendary author’s Democracy that he found the title, Stories Don’t End, in her work. Though Didion is currently a New Yorker, she is most associated with Southern California, its culture of the sixties and seventies, a subject she examined in gimlet-eyed prose. When Goldsmith started penning new songs after several months on the road in support of Dawes’ 2011 disc, Nothing Is Wrong, his writing was even more keenly observant. “From a Window Seat” was the first he completed and, he admits, “It’s a very singular song. A lot of the songs on the record can be a little more broad, about a period in someone’s life or trying to explore a certain feeling. This song is about a specific experience of being on an airplane and that’s not a very poetic or lyrical idea.” Yet Goldsmith, employing an accumulation of small details, once again finds the bigger picture, about the narrator’s past and his (and our) uncertain future, about the history lurking beneath the swimming pool-dotted landscape below him. Just as important is the track itself — lean, propulsive and guitar-driven – lending urgency to Goldsmith’s in-flight musings. Similarly, “Bear Witness,” a last-minute addition to the lineup that the band arranged during the Asheville sessions, is an almost cinematically vivid rendering of a man having a conversation with his child from his hospital bed.

Nothing Is Wrong had garnered considerable acclaim, with London’s Independent declaring, “It’s as close to a perfect Americana album as there’s been this year.”  Up to then, the band had relied on good friend Jonathan Wilson as producer, cutting its 2009 debut disc, North Hills, at Wilson’s Laurel Canyon studio and its follow-up with Wilson at a larger room in Echo Park. But Wilson’s own career as a solo artist was taking off following the release of his Gentle Spirit disc, and the band began a search for a new collaborator.  King boasted an impressive and unusual resume, having produced an eclectic range of artists, including Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Norah Jones and the Punch Brothers. Says keyboardist Strathairn, “He’s really easy to work with. As a producer he doesn’t want to be the artist, he simply tries to make the band sound the best that the band can be. And the work speaks for itself.”

Recording with King and foregoing the quickly cut, straight-to-analog tape approach of its first two recordings was a way, says Taylor, for Dawes “to push the boundaries of what might be expected of us, or feel like a comfort zone for us, while trying to be the same band we always are. That was important to us. We didn’t want to abandon anybody’s sense of who we were and, more importantly, our sense of ourselves. We wanted to stay true to this thing that we had while starting to widen the spectrum a little bit.”

The reprise of “Just Beneath the Surface” at the end of the disc, however, is a first-take document of the band figuring out the tune together, and it was too good not to keep. As bassist Wylie Gelber recalls, “We knew the vibe we were going for and we were running through it while Jacquire was setting up. But we were completely unaware that he was recording us. We were fooling around and towards the end of it, we stopped for a minute and Jacquire said, Hey man, I think we’ve got it. We tried to beat that take but we couldn’t. You can hear it there, you can feel that it’s the first time it’s being played, it’s a simple song and there’s a subtle art to doing it. It ebbs and flows.”

“With Jacquire,” explains Taylor, “we were able to hold on to an essence of what we had been, but I feel now, more than with our first two records, that this makes a case that we’re a band from 2013. There a lot of bands that harken back to a period or style of a different time and that can be really limiting. That was never our intention.”

JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS PRE-RELEASE IN-STORE NOV. 12

13.11.16 BILLY GOATS CD RELEASEjonathan warren 200Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats will perform a special pre-release in-store at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Visual Arts Collective and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats’ new album On This Very Evening will be available for purchase at the in-store — the first 20 people to buy On This Very Evening will receive a free ticket to the release party show at the VaC!

ABOUT JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS

Born to an ever-moving military family in Texas, Jonathan Warren got his musical start in Knoxville, TN. He quickly developed an ear for traditional folk and Americana while listening to greats such as Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams. While playing bass for Christabel and the Jons (one of the original Jons) he started experimenting with his own songwriting and playing guitar, banjo and harmonica. David Sather-Smith, born and raised in Jackson, MS, grew up alongside classical music, which helped to form his knack for the cello and operatic singing. He attended Western Illinois University where he majored in Vocal Performance and fell in love with the tunes of Frank Sinatra. Andrew Smith, born in Los Angeles, CA, spent many of his years studying jazz from legends like Charles Mingus and Count Basie. As a young-teen, he moved to San Francisco, where the diverse music scene allowed him to experiment with a variety of styles including Latin, funk and blues music. Somehow these three crossed paths and collaborated in Boise, where they created the amalgamation they call “Progressive Psychobilly Folkgrass.”

It’s a goat chewing on a can, it’s a cat scratching at your door, it’s foot stompin’ music that makes you want to eat a biscuit. Melodies you wake up humming in the morning, that stick to your bones like peach cobbler. It’s new-timey, post-retro, pre-apocolyptic, southern Appalachian, gypsy porch swing. It’s Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats.

Instrumentation:
Jonathan Warren– Vocals, Guitar, Upright Bass, Banjo, Harmonica
David Sather-Smith – Vocals, Cello, Guitar
Andrew Smith – Drums, Percussion

Discography:

On This Very Evening (2013)
A Little Something Stronger Than Wine (2011)
You Just Relax Honey (2010)
Tieton (2008)

BOISE WEEKLY AND THE DUCK CLUB PRESENT OF MONTREAL PRE-PARTY WITH LA LUZ IN-STORE TUESDAY, NOV. 5; FREE PIE HOLE PIZZA, VINYL RAFFLES!

LaLuz1Boise Weekly and The Duck Club present the Of Montreal Pre-Party with La Luz at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). La Luz will perform on the RX stage before heading across the street to open for Of Montreal’s Radio Boise Tuesday show at the El Korah Shrine — free Pie Hole pizza while it lasts, too! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

We have tickets for the Shrine show here at the store and will be waiving our ticket fees on all Duck Club shows during the pre-party. Anyone who purchases Duck Club tickets at the event will be entered to win a signed Of Montreal vinyl LP or Moondoggies signed vinyl LP prize pack!

ABOUT LA LUZ

LaLuz_ItsAlive_608x608Seattle’s La Luz recorded their debut EP, Damp Face, in a small trailer on a hot August day. But barring the inevitable “no-AC-in-the-van” summer tour calamity, La Luz runs cool. Their brand of coolness isn’t about distance or affect; it’s a mood, and—sue us, but to totally rip off Zelda Fitzgerald: Something about this music vibrates to the dusky, dreamy smell of dying moons and shadows. So yeah, that kind of cool.

Still, La Luz’s live shows, more than most these days, are about connection. It’s evident that the four ridiculously talented ladies on stage are not only playing music with each other, but for each other. And they engage their audience as well. Like a proper punk band—which they are not— they give you shit for not dancing. They convey a gritty self-possession, a sense that they’ve been there and back again. And, like the expert, but seemingly effortless, surf licks and meandering bass lines that rise and fall throughout their songs, their mocking is playful and dreamy and disarming enough to get most of the crowd (and sometimes the keyboard player) dancing down the center line of a soul train.

But as any half-assed Freudian will tell you, there can be no meaningful connection without first weathering some dark and lonely times. Here comes the chilly part: What makes La Luz stand out—and stand out fast—the band has only been playing together for a year and people took notice almost immediately—is that this is a band that embodies that most elusive slant on the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags alongside deep desire.

In Spanish, La Luz means “light” and that’s the perfect thing to evoke when your songs give the illusion of veering in the opposite direction. But lift out most any lyric—which is a good excuse to give a closer listen to the delicate, four-part harmonies that are fast becoming the band’s signature—and you’ll find that the aches and pains of love and loss, of living in a world where no foothold is ever a promise—all this is delivered with a nuanced dose of perfectly timed exhilaration, like the whole thing might just be worth it in the end.

Last spring, La Luz returned to that steamy trailer park to record It’s Alive – the much-anticipated follow up to Damp Face – with their friend and engineer Johnny Goss. From the first get-psyched drum roll and eerie chords of “Sure As Spring”, the dinged-up pop gem that opens the album, the rest moves like a slow drive on a dangerous road, slinking and bending as the terrain shifts. On “What Good Am I?”, the lead vocals, and the swirl of harmonies that surround it, recall the Spartan haze of Mazzy Star’s misty-eyed super hit. Smack in the middle is the title track. “It’s Alive” is a jangly rocker with a spooky refrain, oodles of ooohs, and a marauding narrative that nails down the misty logic of the rest of the album. Two instrumentals, “Sunstroke” and “Phantom Feelings”, showcase the band’s beach jam surf chops, and fall perfectly between the chilled out heartache that surrounds them.

208 MUSIC VIDEO SHOW SCREENING AND AVTALE IN-STORE FIRST THURSDAY 10/3

208MusicVideo_FinalLogo_RGBHead to The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) on First Thursday, Oct. 3, for the 208 Music Video Show Screening with a special performance by Avtale! The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The fourth annual 208 Music Video Show drew submissions from dozens of Idaho musicians and directors. The winners were crowned at a First Thursday event at Neurolux in September. Part of the prize for the Judges’ Choice winner, Avtale, was a showcase 30-minute set at the RX during the Oct. 4 screening. Christopher Raymond Brown and Alex Oyler, directors of Avtale’s winning video for “Groundless”, will discuss the video and answer questions during a post-performance chat.

It’s also First Thursday, so we’ll have our regular store-wide First Thursday specials, too. Hope you can join us for this fantastic display of homegrown creativity!

i6LSUKjvf4u0bABOUT AVTALE

Avtale is an electronic music experiment formed in 2013 by Chris Raymond and Kelly Lynae. Their varied live performances explore light, sound and improvisation. Learn more at avtalemusic.com and interact with the band on Facebook and YouTube.

ABOUT THE 208 MUSIC VIDEO SHOW

In 2009, Kathy O, Lawrence B and Nancy S met in a booth at Neurolux, one of Idaho’s premier concert venues, to brainstorm an idea Kathy O had about an event to showcase music videos by Idaho bands.

Looking to foster a collaborative and supportive environment whereby bands and directors could learn together about creating music videos. And a night where the bands, fans, directors and crews could watch their work projected on a movie screen and concert venue sound system.

Initially voting was done battle-of-the-bands style, where the bands/directors turn out their supporters, audience members vote as often as they want, $1 per vote, and the winning bands are those that earn the most dollar votes. Proceeds from the minimal entry fee, door and voting dollars are split between the winning bands.

Now we ask creative professionals to sit as a panel of judges prior to the event to review the merits of each music video based on the following subjective criteria: Direction; Camera; Actors/Art/Set; Story; and Editing.

Over the years, it has become clear that most people learn about new music by videos shared with them. Music videos can help increase the exposure Idaho bands and musicians have to a wider audience through YouTube/Vimeo views, sharing on blogs and music sites as well as aiding in tour booking.

Up and coming film directors get their legs under them by working on music videos and commercials. Music videos help showcase the skills of the director in scripting, managing the process, gathering crew and equipment and final cut. Music videos become a way directors can land either larger projects or the opportunity to work with the bands they desire.

Ultimately, 208 Music Video Show celebrates and promotes Idaho’s creative forces … music and video. Two creative flavors together in one medium, like peanut butter and chocolate.

Follow the 208 Music Video Show on Facebook and YouTube!