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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. LET'S GO OUT TONIGHT
Curtis Stigers
2. DOTTED LINE
Nickel Creek
3. CARRY THE FIRE
Delta Rae
4. MORNING PHASE
Beck
5. AWAKE
Tycho
6. OUT AMONG THE STARS
Johnny Cash
7. WASTED YEARS
OFF!
8. CARTER GIRL
Carlene Carter
9. TIL THE CASKET DROPS
ZZ Ward
10. LOST IN DREAMS
Curtis Stigers

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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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January 8th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: CRYSTAL CASTLES’ III FINALLY MAKES IT TO YOUR TURNTABLE

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Crystal Castles’ third album ushers in a new approach. Recorded in Warsaw with Kath’s digital arsenal of old replaced by vintage analogue synthesizers, it retains something of Crystal Castles’ initial approach – a spontaneous first-take policy still reigns – but adds a bigger sound and glossy production values to the mix.

This wasn’t guaranteed to turn out well. For one, ‘analogue synths’ are what literally everybody from Hot Chip to Metronomy to James Murphy is banging on about these days. And two, Crystal Castles have always felt as digital as a corrupt data file – the last people you’d expect to go analogue. But as the first tracks from (III) began to sneak out, it was clear Ethan and Alice had found a way to expand their palette without losing their essence. First there was ‘Plague’ – an apocalyptic liturgy retooled for the dancefloor – and then the exceptional ‘Wrath Of God’. It beams in on a pulsing, David Guetta-like synth fanfare, with something sinister coursing through its veins. The melodies take on a funereal hue while Alice’s voice goes from subsumed to strangulated, and the pummelling beats sound less like freedom and more like a prison.

But (III) is, unmistakably, the sound of a band softening. Yes, there are moments of wilful sonic evil: see ‘Insulin’, its beats distorted as if cushioned by concrete, Alice’s wails stuttering through the mix as if broadcast through a run-down walkie-talkie. But as the cover image – a striking picture of a burka-clad woman cradling a wounded relative, shot in Yemen by photojournalist Samuel Aranda – suggests, (III) is out to find moments of beauty in a world full of ugliness.

The first Crystal Castles album (2008’s Crystal Castles) was a punkish exhortation to murder on the dancefloor. For (III), they’ve remade themselves. Not entirely. But in toning down the shock and awe, they’ve revealed the beating heart at the centre of their work. The message, still, is that the world is a cruel and fucked-up place. But being doomed seldom sounded so beautiful.NME

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November 2nd, 2012

THE RECORD EXCHANGE AT THE BOISE RECORD SHOW & SWAP SUNDAY, NOV. 4

The Record Exchange is participating in the fifth annual Boise Record Show and Swap from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District.

General admission is $5 beginning at 11 a.m. Want to get in the door before the public? Purchase a VIP early admission pass ($10) beginning at 10 a.m. A free raffle ticket is included with admission.

Dealers from three states — including record stores and private collectors — will have on hand thousands of records from multiple genres, offering everything from affordable classics to hard-to-find pieces. Everyone from the hardcore collector hunting for rarities to the thrifty newcomer looking to start a collection will find something at the swap.

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.

October 30th, 2012

VINYL WORD: BLACK MARBLE’S MELODIC DEBUT ALBUM ‘A DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENT’ IS ‘QUIETLY INFECTIOUS’

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Every object inside Black Marble‘s debut A Different Arrangement LP seems swaddled in a thick layer of nicotine-stained gauze. The basslines flex their muscles inside the dressing, the bioluminescence of the synth leads peeking through at the seams. Chris Stewart could be singing across a foggy Brooklyn alley, his voice trailing with detached amusement as he spells out his wry philosophies. His lyrics come through in fits and starts, but even when they’re intelligible, they’re not the point. A Different Arrangement hinges on melody and the way it wrestles with itself across open space to nestle into a satisfying whole.

 Black Marble is all notes, nests and wires of notes, notes in logical progressions and notes that fall just short of where you expect them to go. The old, warm melodies of New Wave and the rigid post-punk spines are all there, but they’ve been pixelated and slushed around into a new product–a different arrangement, if you will.

The result is a quietly infectious record, the kind that seeps into your brainstem and bounces its many charms around without your realizing their source. So many tracks on A Different Arrangement chirp and squirm with soft synths and subtle hooks, yet Black Marble offer enough variation in texture and structure as to keep a uniform aesthetic interesting. They’re the chaos of Former Ghosts honed in to a knife’s edge, retaining the raw heat while relinquishing the forthright emotional barbs. As far as content goes, Black Marble relish ambiguity, straddling optimism and nihilism, never quite letting on what they’re thinking. But the masks only serve to augment a record whose textural complexities and depths sink in further, quietly addictive, play after play.Prefix

 

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October 23rd, 2012

RECORD EXCHANGE NEW USED VINYL ARRIVALS: RARE PROG COLLECTION!

 

Here’s an overview of a large collection of ’70s-era prog LPs that recently arrived at The Record Exchange, including tons of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese. All of the records are in fantastic shape — lots of imports and Brain releases! The collection includes many more records you don’t see here.

If you’d like anything held or want to purchase via mail order, call (208) 344-8010 or email us. Albums must be purchased within 24 hours of your hold.

NOTE: Albums featured in Record Exchange New Used Vinyl Arrivals videos are kept at the counter for the first 24 hours they’re on the floor. If you can’t find the box, ask a clerk!

October 11th, 2012

THE VINYL WORD: CHROMATICS SYNTH-SOAKED BEATS DRIVE NEW ALBUM

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Kill for Love, Chromatics‘ first album since Night Drive, finally gives this loosely associated, prematurely decayed musical aesthetic its magnum opus– and brilliantly transcends it. The moonlit vibe of previous highlights like street-skulking stunner “In the City” or haunting Kate Bush cover “Running Up That Hill” recurs, and various tracks still crackle and pop with the all-too-mortal degradation of vinyl. And despite the unfinished-seeming recording quality of the music videos that preceded the album’s release, the completed product also boasts some of the most engrossing synth-pop songs so far this year.

The 90-minute Kill for Love signals its tour-de-force ambitions from the opening track, a synth-draped cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”. As with their past brooding renditions of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” or Dark Day’s “Hands in the Dark”, it’s a thoroughly rewarding pop deconstruction, setting one of singer Ruth Radelet’s most affecting performances against an evocatively restrained backdrop. “There’s more to the picture than meets the eye,” Radelet coos, in what emerges here as a key lyric. There’s more to Kill for Love than the sum of its best songs.

If Kill for Love had been a 10-track LP, with its most immediately striking songs each edited down to around 3 minutes, it would’ve still been impressive. In fact, as recently as an interview posted last month by Self-Titled, Jewel hadn’t yet made up his mind about whether to put out one or two discs. Ultimately, he made the right choice. Closer “No Escape” may not be as immediate as the title track when heard in isolation, but luckily, we don’t have to listen to it in isolation. Just as on albums by the War on Drugs, Deerhunter, and countless others, the experimental interludes here help create a context that makes the pop songs that much more effective; by including so many mood-oriented parts, Kill for Love paradoxically rises above hazy synth-pop’s occupational hazard of dissolving into a blur of mood and mood alone. It’s not just a collection of hits; it’s an album, one that gives the project’s familiar nocturnal foreboding a new sense of grandeur.Pitchfork

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