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2015 staff picks

After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2015 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!


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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 23-27 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, including a special "locals-only" pass price of $119 for one day only at The Record Exchange!


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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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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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1. Blackstar
David Bowie
2. Cayamo Sessions at Sea
Buddy Miller
3. 25
4. Slow Nights
Innocent Man
5. The Astonishing
Dream Theater
6. Trumpet Vine
Belinda Bowler
7. Marguerite
Sons of Guns
8. Sermon on the Rocks
Josh Ritter
9. Let Me Get By
Tedeschi Trucks Band
10. Traveller
Chris Stapleton

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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.


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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.



October 20th, 2015


shimabukuro publicity photoJake Shimabukuro will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an in-store performance and signing at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 (NOTE NEW TIME). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Shimabukuro is performing at Caldwell Fine Arts later that evening.

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase Travels on CD or vinyl and we’ll give you a VIP wristband guaranteeing admission and access to our reserved viewing area!


6PAN1T.E1 [Converted].epsConsider the humble ukulele. It’s an adaptation of a stringed instrument that traveled with Portuguese immigrants who came to work in the sugar cane fields of Hawaii. Islanders made the “machete” their own, mixing external influences of classical European music and Spanish guitar with Hawaiian songs. Native Hawaiians renamed the little machete the ukulele and it’s become synonymous with Hawaiian music and Hawaiian culture.

Jake Shimabukuro comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He’s combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that’s uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.

Growing up in Hawaii, Jake’s influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake’s life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played.

Jake began his music career in the mid-’90s, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake’s solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.

In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world. He’s sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

He has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.” He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, who states “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with”; been talked about by Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta; wowed audiences on national TV with appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show”; and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Jake has been the subject of an award winning documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings,” currently on Netflix.

Jake also travels to schools around the world and spreads positive messages to young people, encouraging them to find their passion and live drug-free.

Although he is constantly touring, playing 140 shows a year, Jake and his family continue to make Hawaii their home.

October 20th, 2015


It’s Vinyl Tuesday! Record Exchange customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased and have access to early and exclusive releases. This week’s releases:


JOHNNY CASH – A Concert Behind The Prison Walls
A Concert: Behind the Prison Walls features Cash performing for inmates inside the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. Recorded in 1976, this is one of only two prison concerts Cash ever shot for broadcast and features legendary performers Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt and Roy Clark performing their greatest hits. The concert aired on national television, and this vinyl edition features rare, live performances of mega hits Folsom Prison Blues, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Boy Named Sue, Love Has No Pride, and more.


TASTE – What’s Going On: Taste Live at the Isle of Wight
Originally formed in Cork, Ireland, in 1966 by Rory Gallagher, Taste had a brief but influential career, releasing two studio albums in 1969 and 1970 and disbanding shortly after their legendary appearance at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival, which is the centerpiece of this film. The core of “What’s Going On” is the band’s performance at the festival on August 28th but it is encapsulated by a documentary on the history and importance of Taste and setting the scene for their Isle Of Wight Festival appearance. This features contributions from Rory Gallagher’s brother Donal along with Brian May (Queen), The Edge (U2), Bob Geldof and renowned guitarist Larry Coryell. Rory Gallagher would go on to enjoy an acclaimed and highly successful solo career and this electrifying show by Taste is an early example of Rory’s justified reputation as the ultimate live performer.


With the move to a global Friday street date in July, Vinyl Tuesday was established to celebrate music in physical form and give record store customers access to early and exclusive releases. For artists, it’s a chance to showcase special releases on a special day and not get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.

* Must be redeemed at time of purchase. Offer valid during regular business hours (10am-9pm) on Tuesdays only. The Record Exchange will not issue store credit for any unused portion of the Vinyl Tuesday used vinyl bonus.

October 15th, 2015


new release fridayHere’s a quick look at the bright and shiny new releases this week at The Record Exchange:


Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks (deluxe edition available)

Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

Neon Indian – Vega Intl Night School

Borns – Dopamine

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Pentatonix – Pentatonix (deluxe edition available)

Coheed and Cambria – Color Before the Sun

Mannheim Steamroller – Live

A Silent Film – A Silent Film

Wax Idols – American Tragic

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – As If

Here We Go Magic – Be Small

Small Black – Best Blues

Son Little – Son Little

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs – Coulda Shoulda Woulda

Prof – Liability

Raury – All We Need

Demi Lovato – Confident (deluxe edition available)

Machine Gun Kelly – General Admission (deluxe edition available)

Various Artists – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Mix Vol. 1

Zombi – Shape Shift

Magical Cloudz – Are You Alone

Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez – Red Dog Tracks

Chris Walla – Tape Loops

Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie (Tour Edition)

State Champs – Around the World and Back

Yacht – I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler

Christine and the Queens – Christine and the Queens

Stryper – Fallen

The Innocence Mission – Hello, I Feel the Same

The Oh Hellos – Dear Wormwood

Various Artists – The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music

Doug Hream Blunt – My Name is Doug Hream Blunt: Featuring the Hit ‘Gentle Persuasion’

Cult Leader – Lightless Walk

Youssou N’Dour – Fatteliku: Live From Athens

Lee Perry and Various Artists – Mr. Perry, I Presume

Eji Oyewole – Charity Begins at Home

Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers – L.A.M.F.: Live at the Village Gate

Rival Consoles – Howl

Luke Vibert – Bizarster

Yppah – Tiny Pause

John Renbourn – The Attic Tapes

Maia Sharp – Dash Between the Dates

Jamie Lawson – Jamie Lawson

Gentlemans Pistols – Hustler’s Row

Grave – Out of Respect for the Dead

Gorod – Maze of Recycled Creeds

Thou – Ceremonies of Humiliation

Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying to Love

Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Ugly Kid Joe – Uglier Than They Used Ta Be


Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks

Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Glitch Mob – Piece of the Indestructible

Frank Zappa – One Size Fits All

Zombi – Shape Shift

Iron and Wine – Archive Series Vol. 2

Patty Griffin – Servant of Love

!!! – As If

Here We Go Magic – Be Small

John Carpenter – Lost Themes Remixed

Neon Indian – Vega Intl Night School

Prof – Liability

Disclosure – Caracal

Motion City Soundtrack – Panic Station

King Khan – Hurtin’ Class

Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1

Fela Kuti – Everything Scatter

The Selecter – Subculture

Various Artists – Back to the Future Soundtrack

Various Artists – The Wizard of Oz Soundtrack

Further Seems Forever – The Moon is Down

Emery – The Question

Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit 10th Anniversary Edition

Chris Walla – Tape Loops

Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays

Halestorm – Halestorm

Hollywood Vampires – Hollywood Vampires


Rage Against the Machine – Live at Finsbury Park DVD and Blu-ray

Nazareth – No Means of Escape DVD

Mannheim Steamroller – Live DVD

October 13th, 2015


12108915_10153390177144877_1900272012165532715_nThe Record Exchange is participating in the eighth annual Boise Record Show and Swap on Saturday, Oct. 17 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at El Korah Shrine, 1118 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. General admission is $5 beginning at 10 a.m.; VIP early admission hour is $10 beginning at 9 a.m. A free raffle ticket is included with all admissions.

Dealers from four states – including private dealers and independent record stores – will offer thousands of records across a wide variety of genres. Everyone from the hardcore collector hunting for rarities to the thrifty newcomer looking to start a collection will find something at the swap. The Record Exchange will have vinyl ranging from collectibles to budget, audio equipment and vintage concert posters for sale, including used vinyl that hasn’t hit the floor yet at the store!

El Korah Shrine’s downstairs bar will be open for guests 21 and over for beer, wine and cocktails during the show. Food from Archie’s Place food truck will be available for purchase in the El Korah Shrine parking lot.

VPS Idaho will have hourly raffle drawings, records spinning all day on the VPS hi-fi and merchandise for sale. Visitors to the swap can also sign up for free VPS membership.