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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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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2013 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we're posting individual lists here on the website. You can also visit the store to view all the lists in realtime and shop our special '13 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

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Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!

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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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1. Southsiders
Atmosphere
2. Stellar Motel
Mike Doughty
3. Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Robert Plant
4. Physical World
Death From Above 1979
5. The Beauty of Destruction
Devil You Know
6. Partners
Barbra Streisand
7. Primitive and Deadly
Earth
8. Wild Animals
Trampled By Turtles
9. El Pintor
Interpol
10. Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

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The Record Exchange is proud to be part of Radio Boise's KRBX Card program! Present your card on Sunday and New Release Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) and get 20% off all gift shop items and 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and cassettes!

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SECOND RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED!

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 second confirmed show:

Thursday, March 22 (4:30 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

That’s right before Finn Riggins officially kicks off the festival next door at Neurolux (6 p.m.), so head down early and join us for some warm-up fest-ivities!

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 22, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23, 6 p.m.

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 artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

Shhh!

FIRST RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED!

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:

Friday, March 23 (6 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

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 Friday morning via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

Shhh!

MEMORYHOUSE (SUB POP) IN-STORE THURSDAY, MARCH 8 (5PM); ALL AGES!

Memoryhouse will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Memoryhouse is opening for Cloud Nothings at Neurolux later that night and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT MEMORYHOUSE

Memoryhouse formed some five years ago in the depths of Southern Ontario, Canada, in a mid-size town called Guelph as a collaborative project meant to serve as an artistic outlet for composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion. Evan, a dedicated student of classical music and a pop-music encyclopedist, intended Memoryhouse to be a multimedia art project, pairing his instrumental compositions with Denise’s photographs and short films. Testing ways to blur the boundaries between genres, to weave a synthesis of music and photography, they experimented with themes, lyrics and multiple layers of instrumentation. Nouvion’s soft, ethereal voice anchored the frozen textures of Abeele’s compositions with frank sentimentality—a unique approach towards humanizing the electro-pop compositions they were creating. The results, at once timeless and new, were impressive and in September 2011 Sub Pop released a fully re-recorded, remixed and remastered version of the band’s 2010 self-released, digital-only EP, The Years.

The new album is called The Slideshow Effect, and its title speaks to what hasn’t changed for Memoryhouse: their continuing interest in the synthesis of the aural and the visual. It refers to the photographic/cinematic technique of zooming and panning to animate still images, often used in documentary film making to give movement to archival photographs. The 10-track album, produced by Abeele, with assistance from friend, collaborator, and occasional Memoryhouse bassist Barzin Hassani Rad, finds Memoryhouse heading toward a new clarity in composition as well as sound; a more organic direction for artists who are, in their own words, transitioning from a “bedroom recording project” into a fully realized band. Nouvion’s voice has never been more present than on the new album, which finds her stepping away from Memoryhouse’s past reverbed sound in favor of a more upfront, and intimate vocal approach. They half-seriously refer to their new sound as “Taylor Swift with Built to Spill as her backing band.” However The Slideshow Effect might be described, we fully-seriously love it.

HILLFOLK NOIR ALBUM RELEASE/SXSW SENDOFF PARTY TUESDAY, MARCH 6!

The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) is proud to host the Hillfolk Noir Album Release/SXSW Sendoff Party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The band’s new album Hillfolk Noir Radio Hour will be available for purchase at the party. Please join us for an evening of live music and a sendoff for the band, which is leaving on March 9 for a two-week national tour that includes an official showcase appearance at SXSW on March 14! Hillfolk Noir also is performing at Boise’s inaugural Treefort Music Fest on Saturday, March 24.

Archie’s Place will be here from 5 to 7 p.m. serving delicious soup and joes (vegan sloppy joe = awesome). There’s an Archie’s reference on the new Hillfolk record, so it’s a natural fit.

ABOUT HILLFOLK NOIR AND HILLFOLK NOIR RADIO HOUR

Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir‘s peculiar take on traditional acoustic mountain music is filtered through a half-century of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll and fed by an affinity for medicine show culture and Depression-era string-band blues. The band calls it Junkerdash, which has multiple definitions up to and including “psychedelic swamp-shack rags.” However, if you’re looking for something neat and tidy to place in print or casual conversation, feel free to use current music-journalism parlance and call it “indie folk.”

Hillfolk Noir Radio Hour is a full-length studio recording sequenced like an old-timey radio program straight out of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, complete with commercial breaks plugging a bunch of fake products they made up. The album is available on CD, MP3 and limited-edition 10-inch vinyl packaged to resemble a 1920s-era 78 (but sounding much better).

Hillfolk’s performance lineup usually but not always consists of:

Travis Ward: Resonator guitar, vocals, harmonica, kazoo, words
Mike Waite: Stand-up bass
Jared Goodpastor: Snare, washboard, tambourine, harmonies
Alison Ward: Singing saw, washboard, banjo, harmonies
Shaun King: Banjo

Hillfolk Noir has performed with Built to Spill, James McMurtry, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Gourds, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Gerald Collier, Heroes and Villains, Train, Jesse Dayton, The Dusty 45s, Neva Dinova and tons of other great acts that you may or may not have heard of. The good Junkerdash word also has been spread on countless American street corners because the Hillfolkers hold the busking tradition in high regard and, well, sometimes they need the gas money.

TREEFORT MUSIC FEST WARMUP PARTY FEATURING RADIATION CITY ON FIRST THURSDAY, MARCH 1 (6PM); FREE BEER!

The Record Exchange is proud to present the Treefort Music Fest Warmup Party featuring Radiation City at 6 p.m. First Thursday, March 1, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The party includes a live set by Portland Tender Loving Empire recording artists Radiation City and free craft beer (21 and older with I.D.) courtesy of our partners Payette Brewing Co.! Radiation City is playing Visual Arts Collective later that evening (8 p.m.) with Atomic Mama and Shades. The VaC show is free for anyone who purchases a Treefort Music Fest 4-day pass before 2 p.m. March 1; full details HERE.

We’ll also have Treefort 4-day passes for sale in physical form and Treefort-related raffle prizes!

And since it’s First Thursday, there’s all kinds of sexy savings throughout the store, including:

• Buy 2 get 1 free used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and vinyl!
• Buy 2 get 1 free stickers and patches in the Gift Shop!
• Buy 2 get 1 free coffee and espresso drinks!

ABOUT RADIATION CITY

The inspiration for Radiation City’s newest output stems from an old piano. The piano has lived in drummer Randy Bemrose‘s basement for eons. It’s old, cumbersome, and on it’s last legs. The band used sounds from the piano throughout the recording of its new EP Cool Nightmare … not just the keys, though, the clicks and clacks from the body, the slamming of the lid, and virtually every other sound you can imagine making on the piano. After they were finished, the piano was beat up, out of tune, and falling apart. Having used the old piano of all it’s worth, and as a celebration of an intense year, Radiation City engaged in the ceremonial destruction of the old piano documented on the first single’s video, “Find it of Use.”

Cool Nightmare is the followup to the dream-pop quintet’s acclaimed debut, The Hands That Take You, released this past fall on Tender Loving Empire (Finn Riggins, Typhoon, Loch Lomond). Originally out via cassette on Radiation City founders Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison’s cassette-only record label Apes Tapes, The Hands That Take You has been lauded by MTV, ELLE, Brooklyn Vegan, Paste, FuseTV, Prefix, and The L Magazine.

Radiation City is influenced by certain staple macro-genres such as ’60s bossa nova and Chicago jazz, but their version of this classical sound is supported by irresistible pop vocal hooks and the employment of minimal electronics, which provide rhythm but leave plenty of space. The band will soon embark on their first trip to SXSW as part of a tour that will take them down the West Coast and through the Midwest.

Radiation City is Lizzy Ellison (vocals, keys), Cameron Spies (guitar, vocals), Randy Bemrose (drums, vocals), Matt Rafferty (bass, vocals), Patti King (vocals, keys, bass).

PRESS QUOTES

“The music lives up to the buzz…Plus, Lizzy Ellison’s gorgeous vocals are infectiously charming.” — ELLE

“Their dreamy, faraway sound reminds us of a sunshiny marriage between Reading Rainbow and the Dum Dum Girls…Either way, let’s just say it’s really good.” — NYLON

“One of the year’s more charming debuts, which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Super dreamy … some of the most pleasing music of the last few decades thoughtfully time-warped into a fresh new tune.” — My Old Kentucky Blog

“This is superbly crafted, easily pinpointed yet unmistakably captivating, pop music.” — Death + Taxes

“They’ve got a sly bossa nova thing going on too, and a slight gothic-pop thing, and a Phil Spector girl-group thing, and a clear-blue vocal thing … We’d like to make a bid for them to move to Brooklyn, please.” – L Magazine