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pono is here!

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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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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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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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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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fourth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 25-29 throughout Downtown Boise. With an amazing lineup of national, regional and local music, including TV on the Radio, Trampled By Turtles, Built to Spill, Josh Ritter, Joyce Manor and hundreds more, the Treefort Music Fest is one of the most anticipated events on the Treasure Valley music calendar.


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Josh Ritter is returning to Boise for a special performance at the Cathedral of the Rockies during Treefort Music Fest, and The Record Exchange has exclusive album/ticket bundles (CD and LP) that get you a guaranteed-admission ticket to the show and Ritter's new album Acoustic Live Vol. 1!


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1. Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin
2. Complicated Game
James McMurtry
3. I Love You, Honeybear
Father John Misty
4. Terraplane
Steve Earle and the Dukes
5. Wovenwar
6. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions
Robert Earl Keen
7. Shadows in the Night
Bob Dylan
8. Mono
The Mavericks
9. Smoke + Mirrors
Imagine Dragons
10. Ol’ Glory
JJ Grey and Mofro

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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.




Once again, The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our first confirmed show:

Thursday, March 21 (5 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)


The secret in-store will take place right before the official festival kick-off with Finn Riggins next door at Neurolux.

All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because this festival is gonna rule).

The RX and Treefort will announce the artist on the morning of March 21 via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.



what made milwaukee famousWhat Made Milwaukee Famous will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. What Made Milwaukee Famous is performing at Neurolux on Feb. 19 as part of Radio Boise Tuesdays and we have tickets for sale at the store! RSVP HERE.

It’s also Presidents Day, and given that it’s a holiday The Record Exchange is offering customers 20% off storewide* all day long! The coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30 a.m., then the record store side opens at 9 a.m. (closing at 9 p.m. in our usual fashion). (*Excludes sale and clearance items.)

The RX is holding a Treefort Music Fest Flash Sale during the in-store. From 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, we’re selling 4-day Treefort passes for only $99 — that’s $10 cheaper than you can get them anywhere else! At $99 with 250 bands on the bill, that amounts to 40 cents a band.


what made milwaukee coverWhat Made Milwaukee Famous has been a stalwart of the Austin music scene since their inception in 2003. The three original members, Michael Kingcaid (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Farmer (bass), and Jason Davis (guitars, vocals), each bring a diverse range of influences to the table, allowing them to seamlessly shift between genres at the drop of a hat.

With the release of their first two records, Trying to Never Catch Up and What Doesn’t Kill Us on Seattle’s Barsuk imprint, the band was touted for their abilities to channel strong musicianship and diverse song-writing into instantly, addictive hooks. Nearly five years later comes their third album You Can’t Fall Off the Floor, which was self-released in January.

Their “elegant pop” (Billboard) has landed them on the bill at a number of the mammoth festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Sasquatch, SXSW and Lollapalooza, highlighted by a taping on PBS’s prestigious Austin City Limits with Franz Ferdinand. They have also shared the stage with the likes of Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, The National, Snow Patrol, The Walkmen, TV on the Radio, and the Pretenders to name a few; a testament to their musical diversity and mutual respect with other artists in the industry.


stringfellowKen Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Stringfellow is performing at Neurolux later that evening as part of Radio Boise Tuesdays and we have tickets for sale at the store! RSVP HERE.


ken-stringfellow-danzig-in-the-moonlight 200Ken Stringfellow – musician, songwriter, producer, arranger – has been part of the indie landscape since the debut of his acclaimed band The Posies in 1988. Hailing from the musical hotbed of Seattle at the time when that music scene exploded into national prominence, The Posies went on to sign with Geffen Records and released brilliant, successful albums such as 1993’s legendary Frosting on the Beater. The band is still active today, having released their seventh album Blood/Candy in 2010 … an album heaped with critical praise in the U.K. press: The Word magazine devoted two pages to a review, which called it “a finely calibrated … dazzling tapestry … just stupidly good.”

In addition to his groundbreaking work with the Posies, Ken was part of rock legends Big Star, one of the most acclaimed and legendary groups of all time, from 1993 until the death of Alex Chilton in 2010. Ken played bass, sang and helped create the band’s 2005 album In Space, their first since 1978’s timeless Third/Sister Lovers. He’s still frequently called upon to perform, speak about and celebrate the music of one of the cornerstones of indie rock.

Ken also spent ten years on the road and in studio with R.E.M., appearing on two albums (2001’s Reveal and 2004’s Around the Sun) and propelling the band on keyboards, bass, guitar and accordion during headlining slots at Glastonbury, Rock In Rio, Rock Am Ring, etc., as well as on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, Saturday Night Live, Later With Jools Holland and countless others.

The list of collaborations goes on: guitarist in punk legends Lagwagon; producer/engineer on albums for Damien Jurado, the Long Winters, China’s Hanggai and dozens more; onstage and on-album appearances with Snow Patrol (keyboards on their landmark Eyes Open album), Neil Young, Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Death Cab For Cutie … to list all his work over the years would add up to hundreds of albums and thousands of live appearances.

Then there’s his solo work. A scant four albums over the last two decades (1997’s This Sounds Like Goodbye, 2001’s Touched, 2004’s Soft Commands and 2012’s Danzig in the Moonlight), all garnering high praise in Pitchfork, Mojo, NME and other incontrovertible indie rock media. The albums mix Ken’s deeply expressed, emotional singing with delicate support: acoustic, electric, electronic, chamber — Stringfellow is adept at many styles. His shows are legendary, pushing minimalism to its core definition, often performing without using the house P.A,. Ken’s voice soars, cries, leaps from barely audible to room-filling anguish, joy, sorrow and humor. Ken’s live show has been raved about in packed audiences from Lithuania to Lima, from Taipei to Tasmania, from Johannesburg to Trinidad.


The Record Exchange will host a special IdaHo Ho Ho with Moxie Java benefit album release in-store at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages.

Once again, Moxie Java and Idaho musicians have combined efforts to support the Idaho Foodbank with the third volume of IdaHo Ho Ho with Moxie Java, another holiday celebration with music from 13 Idaho artists.

The CD will be available at The Record Exchange during the in-store, which will feature artists from the album performing their holiday tunes live on the RX stage!

Scheduled to perform are:

Steve Fulton
Andy Byron
Willison Roos
Scott Riggan

The limited-edition CD will be available at the Record Exchange and participating Moxie Java locations throughout the Treasure Valley for $15, with all profits going directly to help fund the efforts of the Idaho Foodbank – the largest distributor of free emergency food in the state. Since 1984, the Idaho Foodbank has provided 100 million pounds of food to a network of more than 200 hunger-relief partners.


1. Carole King – “Carol Of The Bells”
2. New Transit with Todd Sloan – “Satisfy My Heart (Christmas For Beginners)”
3. Ben Darwish & Shook Twins – “Carol Of The Drum”
4. Ryan Bayne – “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
5. Scott Riggan & Jamie Thietten – “Come To Us (O Little Town)”
6. Ophelia – “This Mistletoe (The Bum, Bum, Bum Song)”
7. Micky & The Motorcars – “Odessa Snow”
8. Andy Byron & The Lost River Band – “Christmas Time Again”
9. James Orr – “Auld Lang Syne”
10. Todd Dunnigan – “One For The Angels”
11. Willison Roos – “All I Want Tonight (Christmas In Boise)”
12. Fiona Luray – “For All Eternity”
13. Steve Fulton – “Merry Wishes”

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