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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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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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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. Blood for Blood
Hellyeah
2. Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
3. Southsiders
Atmosphere
4. El Pintor
Interpol
5. Ritual in Repeat
Tennis
6. Primitive and Deadly
Earth
7. Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Robert Plant
8. Physical World
Death From Above 1979
9. Into the Wide
Delta Spirit
10. They Want My Soul
Spoon

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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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April 18th, 2013

RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVES LIST PLUS RECORD EXCHANGE RSD EVENTS, INCLUDING 20% OFF USED APRIL 19-21!

RSDCOM2010vectorHere it is — the list of Record Store Day 2013 exclusives. More than 400 limited-edition pieces ranging from vinyl to CDs to cassettes to DVDs to books, all available at The Record Exchange on Saturday, April 20.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Look at the list HERE and get ready to get in line for the biggest RSD yet.

[Full product descriptions and more album art available at recordstoreday.com]

A FEW THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GET TO THE STORE

sub-pop-logo- The Record Exchange Gift Shop will open at 8 a.m., and the exclusives will be available for purchase at 9 a.m. Customers in line will be treated to free drip coffee and Guru Donuts (courtesy of Alternative Distribution Alliance and Sub Pop). A line will most likely form outside the store well before 8 (first people got in line at 3:30 a.m. last year). Quantities are limited on all titles; we recommend getting here early.

ada_logo- Customers are limited to one copy per title. In accordance with Record Store Day policy, there are no pre-orders or holds.

Demand for the Dave Matthews Band 4LP set greatly exceeded the number pressed and we ended up with only one copy. We are holding a benefit silent auction for our lone copy with proceeds going to Go Listen Boise. Full details HERE.

We will not be buying used products on Record Store Day. Buying will resume on Sunday, April 21. Thank you for your cooperation.

The store is staying open late (until 10 p.m.) on Record Store Day.

RECORD EXCHANGE RECORD STORE DAY EVENTS

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

- RSD Exclusives Listening Party 6-8pm — free Payette Brewing Co. beer and tons of raffle prizes, including a drawing for “first in line” privileges on Record Store Day!!
20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

- 400+ exclusives released — open 9am-10pm; Gift Shop opens at 8am for line. Free drip coffee & Guru Donuts (courtesy of Alternative Distribution Alliance) 8-9am! The Record Exchange will stay open until 10 p.m. on Record Store Day.
Record Store Day Food Truck Rally 4-8pm!
Go Listen Boise buskers and bake sale on the sidewalk!
20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!

SUNDAY, APRIL 21
20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!

April 2nd, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: THE BLACK ANGELS’ PSYCH-RICH ‘INDIGO MEADOW’

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Over the past few years The Black Angels have emerged as the patriarchs and greatest ambassadors for modern psych rock. They’re from the psych-rich city of Austin, have been at it for longer than most and have used their stature to help along worthy up-and-comers. In 2008 they founded the Austin Psych Fest, the nation’s preeminent celebration of the genre. Their music is full of reverb and warble, acid trippiness, jangly tambourines and a certain menacing, droning heaviness all their own. It’s all gold to psych fans, but appealing to those not already immersed in the scene has been a different story. In 2010 they released Phosphene Dream, easily their most dynamic, energetic and focused album to date. It still droned, it was still heavy, it was still The Black Angels, but its tightened arrangements made it less intimidating and more appetizing on a broader scale. They even played the poppy, British Invasion-inspired single “Telephone” on Letterman.

The Black Angels’ fourth album, Indigo Meadow, isn’t nearly as approachable as its predecessor, existing more as an iteration of a particular, darkened Alice in Wonderland-esque aesthetic than as a collection of songs that pop individually. If Phosphene Dream was akin to speeding across a sun-scorched desert (which it kind of was), Indigo Meadow is a dark, suffocating, drowsily medicated trip through…well, actually, some kind of lightless indigo meadow is a pretty good way to describe the tonal setting for most of the album. The effects are eerier, and catchy rhythms and smooth verse-to-chorus transitions are secondary to instilling a sense of hazy, slowly creeping disorientation. The album, particularly on songs like “Evil Things,” “Holland” and “Twisted Light,” seems to wallow in its own darkness rather than thrusting forward with the energy and momentum that was present on Phosphene Dream or even previous Black Angels albums.

Helping fuel the album’s psychedelic wooziness is what sounds like a heavy Doors influence. On “The Day,” frontman Alex Maas sings with sing-song-y vocal inflections that immediately bring Jim Morrison to mind (there’s even a call to “run, run, run”). “Love Me Forever” features incredibly heavy, Morrison Hotel-era organ, and much of the organ work throughout the rest of the album is also reminiscent of Manzarek’s. War imagery is present as well on “Broken Soldier,” a song that proceeds like a march and step and notes how, “It’s hard to kill when you don’t know whose side you’re on.” But this isn’t exactly new territory for The Black Angels; one of their first singles, “The First Vietnamese War,” also tackled the ills and confusions of combat head-on.

Indigo Meadow‘s catchiest song by far is “You’re Mine,” a track that lies in stark contrast to the rest of the album. It’s a driving, infectious and relatively poppy message to a lover, with neither party involved being able to—or deep down, wanting to—rid themselves of the other. It’s the album’s clear standout track, and part of the problem with Indigo Meadow is that there aren’t many tracks like “You’re Mine” that strike a deep and ringing chord like there have been on previous Black Angels albums. There are plenty of promising riffs and catchy little guitar lines throughout, but a lot of the time the songs they belong to don’t end up developing into anything you can really take home. They do help add texture to the dark but fresh psychedelic palette The Black Angels have cultivated, though. The album is a disjointed trip but a trip nonetheless, and few can take listeners on a wandering journey better than The Black Angels. -Paste

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March 29th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: WAVVES’ ‘AFRAID OF HEIGHTS’ SOUNDS BIG AND AMBITIOUS

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Afraid Of Heights sounds bigger and more ambitious than anything Nathan Williams’ former backyard solo project has ever recorded. The big-name producer and studio certainly help; so does the three-year break between Afraid Of Heights and 2010’s breakthrough King Of The Beach. But unlike Wavves’ previous records (including two simply titled Wavves), Afraid Of Heights doesn’t sound like it’s filled with first-take toss-offs. The lo-fi garage surf stomp feels worn in this time, like Williams and partner Stephen Pope actually stepped away from the bong long enough to give the mixes a second listen.

Wavves doesn’t necessarily stray outside of its comfort zone on Afraid Of Heights. The best songs—the distortion-packed handclap-punk of “Mystic,” the cello-enhanced “Dog,” the hang-10 surf-pop of “Paranoid”—keep close to what they know. Everything just sounds fuller and more cleanly produced than the ragtag recordings that made King Of The Beach an indie hit. Hill brings out the artist in Williams, who no longer seems satisfied with just good enough. — The A.V. Club

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February 12th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: LED ZEPPELIN ‘CELEBRATION DAY’

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Available in a variety of varyingly priced packages, Celebration Day is an opportunity to witness the power and the glory of Led Zeppelin, quite possibly for the last time, and they certainly don’t disappoint. “There are certain songs that have to be played,” Robert Plant admits here, before a shrieking ride through one of the best back catalogues in rock.

There’s a scorched-earth take on Dazed and Confused, then the band harnesses its considerable energy on Ramble On, Black Dog and Rock and Roll. By the time they get to Whole Lotta Love you could swim home on the testosterone. 

But there was always more to Led Zeppelin than amps that went up to 11. You think you’d groan, but Stairway to Heaven is curiously affecting (“Hey Ahmet,” grins Plant afterwards, “we did it”), while Kashmir has the relentless drive and authority of an invading army.

In My Time of Dying and Nobody’s Fault but Mine display Plant’s strengths as a singer, and the band’s empathy with the music which so inspired them. Truth be told, some of the Jimmy Page solos go on longer than The Archers, but to hear that potency harnessed and unleashed is undeniably impressive. Surprisingly, the star of the show is the drummer, young Jason Bonham. The sheer physicality of his playing is awesome and exhausting.

Following their split, Led Zeppelin have always been protective of their legacy. Celebration Day is a fitting addition to their history. Experienced in conjunction with Barney Hoskyns’ eye-opening new biography, Trampled Under Foot, this is a powerful reminder of just what made Zeppelin fly. Now, do excuse me… I think I can hear Valhalla calling… -BBC

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February 8th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA’S ‘II’ AVOIDS THE SLUMP

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It’s something of a miracle that Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s singer Ruban Nielson is even alive to make a second album. Since his 2011 debut, Nielson has been testing the limits of the mind with a cocktail of drugs that would make Raoul Duke from Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas blush. Nielson describes his commitment to partying on tour as an “occupational hazard”. With II, he gets closer than ever to laying out those hazards for all to see.

“Isolation can put a gun in your hand”, he sings on first track ‘From The Sun’, setting the tone with a croak. From there, II maps out a single, sleepless night that takes Nielson through dreams of his home and wife and child in Portland (‘So Good At Being In Trouble’) through the process of getting out, getting high, and trying to resist temptation (‘One At A Time’, ‘The Opposite Of Afternoon’). ‘Dawn’ explores his obsession with new age theories (see also the cover art, featuring British Wiccan high priestess Janet Farrar), while ‘Faded In The Morning’ fizzes with warm cassette sounds and the cheerful proclamation: “Don’t want to die today”. By the end, the sun is up and Nielson has kept his mind. So why does he sound so sad to see his insanity drained of its intensity in the cold light of day?

All the storytelling and structure makes II much more considered than its self-titled 2011 predecessor. Although that album’s standout tracks ‘Ffunny Ffrends’ and ‘How Can You Luv Me’ were gloriously rough round the edges, ultimately it only grasped at themes that II pins down with ease. The loneliness in the latter of those two tracks is what II is all about. It’s drenched in the sense of being an outsider – a feeling that rises from Nielson’s life as a New Zealander in Portland, Oregon, perhaps.

II has clearly had the tape recordings cleaned up on a computer, but not enough to lose their analogue fuzz – the sound that makes this album as warm as any funk or psych classic. And make no mistake, the classics at work in Nielson’s mind are many: ‘No Need For A Leader’ reaches for the heaviness of Led Zeppelin and Yes, while ‘Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)’ mines that era’s baroque tendencies, with vocal melodies wound tight around quick-fingered guitar parts. Raw melody made Unknown Mortal Orchestra exciting two years ago; now they’ve matched it with attention to detail. — NME

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