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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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give the gift of music

The Record Exchange has 60 hand-picked new CDs sale-priced at $9.99 for your holiday gift-giving, and you can send music to our troops overseas, too.

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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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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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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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black friday exclusives

On Black Friday,The Record Exchange will have more than 100 vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley, including titles from the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Flaming Lips, The Doors, Metallica and more!

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small business saturday

Saturday, Nov. 29, is the fifth annual Small Business Saturday, and you can celebrate this national buy-local day by shopping small at The Record Exchange and other independent businesses!

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[ best of 2014 vinyl sale ]

best of 2014 vinyl sale

Our friends at Beggars Group — which includes such fine indie labels as Matador, 4AD, XL and True Panther — released some great albums in 2014, and to celebrate, we’re offering 14 titles on vinyl on sale through January 15!

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buy rx gift cards online!

Record Exchange Gift Cards can now be ordered for picky music fans from anywhere in the world!

Whether you live in town and want Aunt Sally in Sheboygan to stop sending you a Sears Gift Card, or you're Aunt Sally in Sheboygan and want to send your favorite RX shopper some store dollars, a Record Exchange Gift Card offers the perfect online shopping experience — and we'll ship it anywhere you want it to go!

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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. The Endless River
Pink Floyd
2. Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters
3. The Basement Tapes Raw
Bob Dylan and the Band
4. Lost on the River
The New Basement Tapes
5. My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Damien Rice
6. Storytone
Neil Young
7. Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
8. Cadillactica
Big Krit
9. Primitive and Deadly
Earth
10. Burnt Offering
The Budos Band

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208 MUSIC VIDEO SHOW SCREENING AND FIRST BORNS IN-STORE WITH FREE PAYETTE BREWING CO. BEER OCT. 4!

Head to The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) on First Thursday, Oct. 4, for the 208 Music Video Show Screening with a special performance by First Borns and free Payette Brewing Co. beer! The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The third 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 first-place band, First Borns, was a showcase 30-minute set at the RX during the Oct. 4 screening. Natasha Louie, director of First Borns’ winning video for “Gene” 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!

ARTISTS SCREENING VIDEOS:

Tristan Andreas (of Phantahex)
Central City Music Company
Dedicated Servers
Fauxbois
Finn Riggins
First Borns
Chad Gold Band
Grandma Kelsey
Josh Gross
Jared Hallock
Jumping Sharks/Slow Bunny
Glenn Mantang
Brett Netson
Nollifur
James Orr
Owlright
Project 213
Moses Splawn
Stardust Lounge
Storie Grubb and The Holy Wars
Thomas Paul
Ugly Tree
Unicorn Feather
UZALA
Wolvserpent

PAYETTE BREWING CO. AND THE RECORD EXCHANGE PRESENT THE LEONARD COHEN 78TH BIRTHDAY BASH SEPT. 21: LIVE LOCAL MUSIC, FREE BEER, PRIZES!

Payette Brewing Co. and The Record Exchange proudly present the Leonard Cohen 78th Birthday Bash at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Leonard Cohen turns 78 on Sept. 21, and Payette Brewing Co. and The Record Exchange are hosting a celebration in his honor!

The festivities include:

• Live Cohen covers performed on The Record Exchange stage by local musicians, including A Seasonal Disguise, With Child, Thomas Paul, aka Belle’s Catherine Merrick, Dan Costello, Lee Penn Sky, Speedy Gray, Kayleigh Jack, Chris Gutierrez, Xandra Bonar, James Coberly Smith, James Miller and more!

• Free craft beer courtesy of Payette Brewing Co. (21 and older; ID required).

• Huge storewide sale on Cohen CDs, vinyl, DVDs and more.

• Cohen raffle prizes.

September 13th, 2012

ATMOSPHERE MEET & GREET AND AUTOGRAPH SESSION SEPT. 13!

Atmosphere will visit The Record Exchange for a meet and greet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all-ages. Atmosphere is performing at Knitting Factory Sept. 14 and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Fourteen years after becoming the first hip-hop act to put the Twin Cities on the map, Atmosphere has grown into one of the most accomplished MC/producer duos around. Between Slug and Ant, they’ve released seven albums, 13 Sad Clown tour albums and various side-projects like Felt — amounting in well over a million units sold. And along the way have performed to sold-out crowds everywhere from modest sized venues in their hometown to colossal festivals in Japan.

Since releasing their 1997 debut, Overcast!, Ant’s ASR-born melodic beats and Slug’s open book and observational style of rapping continues to evolve into hip-hop that’s more honest — more textured. And the praise for these Rhymesayers pioneers hasn’t stopped flowing in. 

As Rolling Stone once gushed about Slug, “This Minneapolis indie rap hero has potential to spare, delivering taut, complex rhyme narratives with everyman earnestness.” Or as the Village Voice once wrote of Ant, “His dusty grooves are hooky and R&B-informed, and even when they back up Slug’s most maniacally depressed rhymes, they never feel heavy-handed.”

Atmosphere’s latest album The Family Sign comes from a place well refined and firmly planted, from a universal perspective. It’s about being okay with losing friends and strengthening your bonds with others, celebrating the person who’s been the most positive in your life, your kids, your homies, leaving the people you need to behind, and bringing the ones you love with you. It’s about your family, your time and the time you have with them. It’s about living and dying. It’s the truth about family, that it comes from loyalty as much as biology. It’s about breaking down your perceptions of family and really appreciating the people who’ve made you who you are and continue doing so.

The Family Sign is Atmosphere’s most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug’s signature voice weaves in and out of Ant’s ASR-born production, Nate Collis’ bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson’s unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere’s signature sound.

THE WELL SUITED RECORD RELEASE PARTY FIRST THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 (6PM)

The Well Suited will perform a special Record Release Party set live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. First Thursday, Sept. 6. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages.

The Well Suited’s debut EP The Story of James Douglas will be available for purchase at the party! The Well Suited also will be playing record release shows at Tom Grainey’s (with Sun Blood Stories) on Friday, Sept. 7 (9 p.m.) and the Flying M Coffeegarage Saturday, Sept. 8 (8 p.m.).

The Story of James Douglas is a musical story revolving around the central character, James Douglas, as he grapples with lost love amidst the descent of planet Earth into a dystopian, alien robot-inflicted, chaotic maelstrom of death and destruction. This tribute to optimism will first see the light of day at the RX on Sept. 6!

MORE ON THE WELL SUITED: facebook.com/thewellsuitedmusic