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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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On Black Friday,The Record Exchange will have more than 100 vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley, including titles from the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Flaming Lips, The Doors, Metallica and more!

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1. The Endless River
Pink Floyd
2. Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters
3. The Basement Tapes Raw
Bob Dylan and the Band
4. Lost on the River
The New Basement Tapes
5. My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Damien Rice
6. Storytone
Neil Young
7. Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
8. Cadillactica
Big Krit
9. Primitive and Deadly
Earth
10. Burnt Offering
The Budos Band

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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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August 14th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: VALERIE JUNE’S DISARMING ‘PUSHIN’ AGAINST A STONE’

valerie-june-pushin-against-a-stonePREVIEW/BUY THE VINYL HERE

Valerie June‘s first album for a proper record label (after three earlier, self-published efforts) is all about her voice. In an era of identikit R&B “divas”, June has the most strikingly individual delivery I’ve heard in ages, a reedy, piercing intonation that cuts straight to the quick.

Significantly, it owes little or nothing to contemporary R&B mores, but instead is grounded as much in bluegrass and Appalachian singing as in Southern soul, gospel and blues. It’s utterly disarming in its directness: when she sings “I’ll be somebody/If you need somebody/To love”, the almost childlike simplicity of the lyric and the plaintive banjo and fiddle arrangement is echoed in the sincerity of a performance entirely bereft of disingenuous slants or ironies.

It’s music that slips between the generic niches favoured by broadcasters; but isn’t that exactly where the most interesting music comes from?The Independent

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August 6th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: ELECTRONIC ANTHOLOGY PROJECT’S ‘THE ELECTRONIC ANTHOLOGY PROJECT OF DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE’

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The Electronic Anthology Project was formed by Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson in 2009. Having always loved 80’s New Wave music Nelson wondered what a guitar driven band like Built To Spill would sound like as an 80’s synth-pop band. So Nelson entered his home studio and emerged with seven Built To Spill tracks recorded using only synthesizers and a drum machine. Fellow BTS bandmate Doug Martsch re-sang all new vocals and helped Nelson mix the final product. The Electronic Anthology Project debuted July 2010 as a self released C.D.    

  In late 2012, Nelson recorded five demos of his favorite Death Cab for Cutie songs as 80’s synth-pop and sent them to lead singer, Ben Gibbard, who agreed to re-sing two of the songs for The Electronic Anthology Project of Death Cab for Cutie.   Nelson and Gibbard re-imagine 2005’s Soul Meets Body (Plans) and 1998’s Champagne From A Paper Cup (Something About Airplanes) to be released July 2, 2013 as various runs (500 each) of colored 7″ vinyl and a digital bundle for download.-Electronic Anthology Project

August 1st, 2013

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July 30th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’S NEW ALBUM ‘THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL VOL. 1′

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With a title like, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1, it would be easy to think that Five Finger Death Punch had gone off the deep end and decided to release a concept album. Fortunately, the only concept here is that the band went into the studio and felt like they were putting out too much good work to be contained on one album, so they opted to release two records in quick succession. Listening to the first installment, it’s hard to argue with their logic. The opening salvo of their sprawling, two-volume work is an incredibly solid album of hard hitting alt-metal that finds the band on a (mostly) inspired run. The best moments on the album come when the band pushes its sound to its most aggressive limits, with “Burn MF” and Dot Your Eyes” both representing the most pit-worthy offerings on the album with their chugging guitars and propulsive, pounding beats. The album also sports an impressive guest list, with metal legend Rob Halford dropping in on the albums opening track, “Lift Me Up,” as well as Max Cavalera and Jamey Jasta, who drop in on alternate versions of “I.M. Sin” and “Dot Your Eyes,” respectively. The album’s most surprising guest appearance comes by way of its biggest misstep, with rapper Tech N9ne dropping a verse on the band’s cover of LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Although the song is executed nicely, a rap-metal song on an album in 2013 just feels like a step backward for the band. Given how solid the rest of the album is, it’s an easy mistake to overlook, and if the material on The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1 is any indicator, it’s going to be a pretty good year for Five Finger Death Punch fans.- Allmusic

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July 16th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: GOGOL BORDELLO’S ALBUM ‘PURA VIDA CONSPIRACY’

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Internationally renowned gypsy punk rock group Gogol Bordello return with their sixth full-length album Pura Vida Conspiracy. Produced by Andrew Scheps, the new album was recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios and is a powerful collection of 12 surging new songs.

The album’s title is derived from a Spanish slang phrase for “pure life,” which is a theme that resonates throughout the new material.  The disc’s opener, “We Rise Again,” introduces the album’s limitless, all-embracing themes instantly, centered on a chorus of “Borders are scars on face of the planet.” The new songs are infused with ideas rooted in Eastern philosophy but also search for a means of joining fragmented parts and persons, and of creating a worldwide consciousness.

“For me music is a way to explore human potential,” frontman Eugene Hutz says. “And that’s my main interest in life – human potential. Everyone knows there’s something inside of us that we’re not using. How do we get it? How do we reach it?  Every single person knows that there’s something and nobody knows what it is. So at one point I said to myself, I’m gonna get down and get it.”

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