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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2016 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!


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1. Voids
Minus the Bear
2. Divide
Ed Sheeran
3. Side Pony
Lake Street Dive
4. Last Place
5. Volcano
6. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
7. Prisoner
Ryan Adams
8. Windy City
Alison Krauss
9. Graveyard Whistling
Old 97’s
10. Eponym
Steve Fulton

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November 3rd, 2016


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


Jim James – Eternally Even

STRFKR – Being No One, Going Nowhere

Magic Hero – Serenades

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now

Beat Bugs – The Best of Seasons 1 and 2

Alicia Keys – Here

Common – Black America Again

Lambchop – Flotus

Queen – Queen on Air: The BBC Sessions

Mother Love Bone – On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works

Bon Jovi – This House is Not for Sale (deluxe edition available)

Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

Esben and the Witch – Older Terrors

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter

Dark Tranquillity – Atoma

Crippled Black Phoenix – Bronze

Blessing a Curse – Satisfaction for the Vengeful

Waterparks – Double Dare

Tad – God’s Balls

Susan Boyle – Wonderful World

Shirley Collins – Lodestar

Frank Zappa – Chicago 78

Frank Zappa – Little Dots

Frank Zappa – Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object

Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna Deluxe Edition

Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart Deluxe Edition

Brian Setzer – Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka Live in Japan 2016 CD/Blu-ray

Kaiser Chiefs – Stay Together

Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible Youth

The Pop Group – Honeymoon on Mars

Attila – Chaos

Vader – Emire

Hammerfall – Built to Last

Berwanger – Exorcism Rock

Rossington – Take It On Faith

Kenny Burrell – Unlimited 1

Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra – Time/Life

Hierophant – Mass Grave

Sims – More Than Ever

Big Scoob – H.O.G.

Wolves at the Gate – Types and Shadows

Sho Baraka – The Narrative


Lambchop – Flotus

STRFKR – Being No One, Going Nowhere

Mother Love Bone – On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works

Queen – Queen on Air: The BBC Sessions

Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors

Bright Eyes – Lifted

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now

Toro y Moi – Live from Trona

Tad – God’s Balls

Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club

Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna

Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart

Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation

Aerosmith – Pump

American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible Youth

Horse – For Twisted Minds Only

Various Artists – Hairspray Soundtrack

Joe Bonamassa – Ballad of John Henry

Joe Bonamassa – Beacon Theatre: Live from New York

Joe Bonamassa – Blues Deluxe

Joe Bonamassa – Dust Bowl

Dark Tranquilllity – Atoma


Motley Crue – The End: Live in Los Angeles DVD and Blu-ray

Everything is Terrible 2: Tokyo Drift DVD

October 28th, 2016


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


Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 2

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Alejandro Escovedo – Burn Something Beautiful

Nada Surf – Peaceful Ghosts

Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah

She & Him – Christmas Party

Rebelution – Live at Red Rocks

CRX – New Skin

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… Deluxe Edition

Otis Redding – Live at the Whiskey a Go Go: The Complete Recordings

Lou Barlow – Apocalypse Fetish

Arab Strap – Arab Strap

Dope – Blood Money Pt. 1

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid

Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

Upon a Burning Body – Straight from the Barrio

Wayne Hancock – Slingin’ Rhythm

Lil Yachty – Lil Boat

Jeezy – Trap or Die 3

The Olympians – The Olympians

Frank Iero and the Patience – Parachutes

Various Artists – Broad City Soundtrack

Nocturnal Habits – New Skin for Old Children

Mannequin Pussy – Romantic

Chasms – On the Legs of Love Purified

Nicole Dollanganger – Observatory Mansions

Nicole Dollanganger – Ode to Dawn Wiener: Embarrassing Love Songs

Peals – Honey

Nina Diaz – The Beat is Dead

Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears

Foreign Fields – Take Cover

Memphis May Fire – This Light I Hold

My Dying Bride – Meisterwerk 3

Crowbar – The Serpent Only Lies

Serpentine Dominion – Serpentine Dominion

Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis

The Answer – Solas

Anaal Nathrakh – The Whole of the Law

Whores – Gold

Cognitive – Deformity

Dehumanized – Beyond the Mind

Dee Snider – We Are the Ones

The Piano Guys – Uncharted


Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1

Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

Weezer – Various Reissues

Schoolboy Q – Blank Face

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… Deluxe Edition

Various Artists – DFA Compilation 1

She & Him – Christmas Party

Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

The Fall – Grotesque (After the Gramme)

CRX – New Skin

Frank Iero and the Patience – Parachutes

Maxwell – Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite

Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther

Laura Viers – Carbon Glacier

The Olympians – The Olympians

Fujiya and Miyagi – EP2

Duane Allman – An Anthology

Roy Orbison – The Ultimate Roy Orbison

The Acacia Strain – Dead Walk

Set Your Goals – Mutiny! 10th Anniversary Edition

Rachel’s – Systems/Layers

Shawn Mendes – Illuminate

Gorguts – Colored Sands

The Infectious Grooves – The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move

Gaika – Spaghetto

Muuy Biien – The Age of Uncertainty

Lindsey Stewart – Spitballin’


Bob Dylan – No Direction Home Deluxe Edition DVD and Blu-ray

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression Live DVD and Blu-ray

October 26th, 2016


large_550_tmp_2f1469059163565-laruithd9av4wxr9-533b81d425361803e32f8aec827295fd_2fcausticThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) will host a Caustic Resin vinyl reissue release party Q&A and performance at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Caustic Resin is celebrating the re-release of The Medicine is All Gone with a special concert at The Olympic on Friday, Oct. 28 and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

The evening will kick off with a Q&A with the band about The Medicine is All Gone, followed by a performance. The vinyl will be available for purchase at the event. The local version includes an insert with artwork by Boise artist Noble Hardesty.


“I was obsessed with this record when it was first released and it still blows my mind — a forgotten classic of American underground rock” — Mark Lanegan

“Caustic Resin made a bunch of great f***ing records and The Medicine Is All Gone was one of their best. The riff (and everything else) of the lead track ‘Cable’ is from one of the finest songs not only of 1998, but ever. You need this record.” — Dylan Carlson (Earth)

Caustic Resin announce the deluxe reissue of their celebrated 1998 album The Medicine is All Gone. Recorded in 1998 with engineer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill), the album was a highpoint both sonically and in terms of songwriting in the 15 year career of the Boise rock trio. Initially released on Alias Records, after many years of the album’s high repute passing, largely by word of mouth, the calls and campaigns for this landmark album to be released on vinyl have finally been heeded.

Even after over a decade and a half The Medicine Is All Gone still sounds remarkable. The album is an intoxicating ride through the heaviest of psychedelic trips, its avalanche of layered guitars cascading into fathomless waters of calm respite before the white knuckle ride rises again and again. Its vocals and lyrics sound as though they are the last gasp scream uttered by a man who stands at the precipice of his own mortality. And indeed he might have been.

Caustic Resin vocalist/guitarist Brett Netson is also a longtime member of indie rock heroes Built To Spill and currently plays in drone legends Earth as well as fronting his own Brett Netson and Snakes.