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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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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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February 5th, 2016


4184570321521. Blackstar, David Bowie
2. Cayamo Sessions at Sea, Buddy Miller
3. 25, Adele
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

February 5th, 2016


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


Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20

Leon Bridges – Louisiana Sun

Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night (deluxe edition available)

Elliott Smith – Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

Dr. Dog – Psychedelic Swamp

LED – This Side of Paradise

The Cult – Hidden City

Diiv – Is the Is Are

Porches – Pool

Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony

Trixie Whitley – Porta Bohemica

Mass Gothic – Mass Gothic

Luther Dickinson – Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol. 1 and II

Charles Kelley – Driver

Drowning Pool – Hallelujah

Obscura – Akroasis

The High Highs – Cascades

The James Hunter Six – Hold On

Jason Collett – Song and Dance Man

Prong – X- No Absolutes

Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan

The Pines – Above the Prairie

Junior Boys – Big Black Coat

Hey Marseilles – Hey Marseilles

Fat White Family – Songs for Our Mothers

Johnnyswim – Live From Rockwood

Quicksilver Messenger Service – More Happy Trails 1969

Josh Groban – Stages Live

Dressy Bessy – Kingsized

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys – The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus!

Game Theory – Lolita Nation Deluxe Edition

Dori Freeman – Dori Freeman

Anchor and Braille – Songs for the Late Night Drive Home

Various Artists – Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Showcase

Sidestepper – Supernatural Love

Gogo Penguin – Man Made Object

Fleshgod Apocalypse – King


Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20

Dr. Dog – Psychedelic Swamp (limited-edition swamp colored vinyl also available)

Diiv – Is the Is Are

Grimes – Geidi Primes

Orchid – Sign of the Witch (beer and blue colored vinyl versions available)

Marty Robbins – Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs

The Cult – Hidden City

Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night

The Prettiots – Funs Cool

The James Hunter Six – Hold On

Doug Sahm – Doug Sahm and Band

Kode9 – Nothing

Beat Connection – Product 3

Various Artists – Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Showcase

Prong – X – No Absolutes

Game Theory – Lolita Nation


Various Artists – Take Me to the River DVD and Blu-ray

Slash – Raised on the Sunset Strip DVD and Blu-ray


12376170_982495565144725_2037983152965673332_nPayette Brewing Co. presents Sons of Guns live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. First Thursday, Feb. 4. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 5:30! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Sons of Guns is performing at Neurolux later that evening with Hillfolk Noir.


a4085135853_16In 2003, Mike Surber and Gregory Rawlins began to write and play songs together. So confident were they in these magic beans that they left their little town of Union, Oregon, and moved to Seattle to start a real rock and roll band. Within a few weeks they had met the rhythm section duo of EJ Sander and Seth Johnson, and Sons of Guns was formed.

After a couple years of writing and playing songs within this 4-piece brick house, Hurricane Katrina brought Mike and Greg to New Orleans—and what started as a few weeks off turned into a bonafide hiatus. Separated from the original backline, Mike and Greg continued to write and play together, and called on the likes of musician friends Luke McKern, Wayne Callahan, and Jeff Grammer to fill those massive shoes. Shows were played, albums were made, and the embers caught just enough wind to keep them burning.

In February 2015, in a cabin on the Olympic Peninsula, the four original members of Sons of Guns met up for the first time in a decade. A more suitable location there never was. Misty, quaint, picturesque – the prime muse for a band who had once formed some twenty miles through the saltwater bends, in Seattle. The objectives were simple: reunite as friends, eat oysters, and write music.

With as much sustenance and sound equipment as thought necessary, they set up their instruments, sharpened their pencils, toasted, and set to composing what would become, after the quickest and longest weekend of all time, an album called “Marguerite.”

Ten autobiographical songs encompass the state of friends picking up where they’d left off, sifting through what they’d left behind, and charging toward what lay ahead; in a fashion nearly indistinguishable from the poetic folk ballads and carnal American rock ‘n’ roll which had previously earned Seth Johnson, E.J. Sander, Mike Surber and Gregory Rawlins a reputation as one of the Northwest’s most prized ensembles.

“Marguerite” features Seth Johnson (Telescope) on drums, Gregory Rawlins (Catskills) on acoustic guitar, banjo, and vocals, EJ Sander (Tightpants Slowdance) on bass, and Mike Surber (Fast Man) on electric guitar and vocals.

In 1950, Elmer and Marguerite (EJ’s grandparents) bought a cabin. Sixty-five years later, Sons of Guns spent four days writing and playing these songs in that cabin. They’re proud to share this album with you entitled “Marguerite.”


innocentman-44Innocent Man will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). Innocent Man’s official album release party is Feb. 5 at Knitting Factory and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Innocent Man’s new album “Slow Nights” will be available for purchase at the in-store, three days before its official release date! Get your tickets to the official album release show at the in-store and save money on service fees!


Web-IM_SlowNights_FINAL“Honest Music, Played by Honest Folks for Real People”

Innocent Man‘s new album “Slow Nights” celebrates the unique regional diversity of the Northwest. Drawing from an array of genres, the band navigates from bluegrass and pop to the blues and progressive rock while staying true to the group’s signature sound. The resulting 11-track album takes the listener on a journey from the high desert to Interstate 84 and most places in between. With a nod to their roots, Innocent Man’s newest album gives an authentic look at the Northwest through the lens of love, self-discovery and adventure.

Innocent Man plays honest rock ‘n’ roll, fostered with Americana, while pursuing the unending development of the band’s musical abilities. By using deep heartfelt lyrics that reflect shared life experiences, tasteful guitar, premier fiddle, driving rhythms and graceful melodies, Innocent Man comes through as a breath of fresh air that dabbles with acoustic echoes of the past. With a hunger to constantly create great compositions, the members of Innocent Man continue to push the conceptual limitations of music.

With an original sound that is hard to define, Innocent Man brings elements of genuine Americana or outlaw country, reminiscent of acts like Wilco, The Wood Brothers, The Clumsy Lovers and Johnny Cash, along with glimmers of classic rock such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and The Band, combined with jamband grooves resembling those of Phish, The Grateful Dead and Assembly Of Dust.

Innocent Man’s first album, “Home Grown” was released Feb. 9, 2013. The album release included a notable sold-out party at Visual Arts Collective. The album is a brilliant assortment of new and seasoned, original cross-genre songs. Fans that have followed the band for years will delight in the new life the band has breathed into many of its familiar songs as they continue to progress their sound and push their musical boundaries.

This Boise based six-piece was cultivated by childhood friends sharing their love of music. Scott Sprague, Dan Burns and Kristen Burns (no relation) grew up in McCall and graduated from the same small high school. Likewise, Tim Callender and Conlyn McCain grew up in the small town of Payette.

While in college, the core members of the band became friends and started to jam. Scott, Dan, Tim, Conlyn and Josh Sears played together for more than a decade in various lineups and great bands around Idaho’s Treasure Valley such as Red House, Classic Ashley, the3hundred and Enormous G. In 2008, the guys switched up instruments and song arrangements and founded a new band.

Each member of the band has their own specific tastes in music, which helps make for a unique and special sound that touches many different genres all within a single song. This special sound reverberates through all ages and creates a common connection that sparks new friendships everywhere it’s heard.

Band Members:

Dan Burns – Guitar/Vocals

Josh Sears – Drums

Conlyn McCain – Bass Guitar/Vocals

Scott Sprague – Guitar/Vocals

Tim Callender – Keyboard/Noises

Kristin Burns – Fiddle/Vocals