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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
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!




1408483168Sallie Ford will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Sallie Ford is performing at Neurolux for Radio Boise Tuesday later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

A Q&A with Sallie and Boise Weekly music writer (and Record Exchange staffer) Ben Schultz will follow the performance!


sallie-ford-slap-backWhen Sallie Ford first burst into the music scene she quickly established herself as one of the most powerful voices in indie rock.  Her new album Slap Back was released on Oct. 14, marking her debut on Vanguard Records.  Produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists, Black Prairie, Red Fang), the new album introduces Sallie’s all-new line-up – Anita Lee Elliot (Viva Voce & Blue Giant) on bass, Amanda Spring (Point Juncture, WA) on drums & Cristina Cano (Albatross & Siren & the Sea) on keyboards.

Sallie Ford grew up playing music in Asheville, NC. In 2006, she decided to move to Portland, OR where she met her band The Sound Outside. Together they released three albums and an EP but parted ways in 2013.  The beginning of this year Sallie fulfilled her dream of starting an all-girl rock n’ roll band, and in February of 2014, the band went into the studio with producer Chris Funk to begin recording Slap Back.  The new record has a surf, garage rock & classic rock feel. Sallie proclaims Slap Back to be an “ode to all babe rockers from Joan Jett, Blondie and Pat Benatar to PJ Harvey & Exene Cervenka.”

Sallie Ford has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and garnered critical acclaim from USA Today, NY Daily News, Boston Globe, Interview, Nylon, BUST, Paste and many more.


first thursday facebookInterfaith-Sanctuary.-1.17.12Join us on First Thursday, Dec. 4 for a special in-store performance by the Interfaith Sanctuary House Band at 7 p.m.! Belinda Bowler will open. We’ll have a special raffle to benefit Interfaith Sanctuary at the event, which will be preceded by a Radio Boise on-air appearance by the house band and Interfaith Sanctuary team at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Full details below.

The Record Exchange also is offering First Thursday specials all day long, including 30% off holiday music (excluding Idaho Ho Ho benefit CDs) and ornaments, plus buy-two-get-one-free savings on used music/video (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, DVD, Blu-ray), espresso drinks and more!

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band:

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band is a group of men and women currently staying at the Interfaith Sanctuary shelter who have joined together to share their musical talents to create something beautiful for themselves and those who are lucky enough to hear them. With a rhythm section, guitars, and vocals, this group of talented musicians have chosen songs that express the joy and struggle of their lives. Their collaborative efforts and the restorative power of music make for a unique, heartfelt performance you won’t want to miss.

The Partnership:

The Musicians’ Fund of Boise, Boise Rock School and Interfaith Sanctuary have come together to bring music to the guests at Interfaith Sanctuary. Jared Goodpaster and Melody English from Boise Rock School provide musical equipment and instruction each week during Tuesday night band practices at the shelter. Belinda Bowler volunteers each week helping to work with the band, singers and music selections. Andy Lawless can be seen each week shooting video to capture the story of “The Building of the House Band.” Jodi Peterson, Interfaith Sanctuary’s PR & Marketing Consultant and Volunteer Executive Director of The Musicians’ Fund of Boise, proudly serves as the band manager.

The Radio Appearance:

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band will perform live on Radio Boise at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Jayne Sorrels, Interfaith Sanctuary’s Executive Director, Jodi Peterson and Jared Goodpaster will talk about the program, the shelter and the Dec. 4 in-store event at Record Exchange.

The Event:

The Interfaith Sanctuary House Band will perform a selection of songs from their repertoire following a solo acoustic set from Belinda Bowler. Music kicks off at 7 p.m.

Raffle tickets will be available for two front-row tickets to each night of the 9th Annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, hosted by Curtis Stigers and The Fool Squad and starring a cast of hundreds Dec. 21-23 at The Egyptian Theatre. Raffle tickets are $10 each. All proceeds to benefit Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.

About Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services:

Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Sanctuary provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children and provides supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition.

November 22nd, 2014


14 of 14 vinylOur friends at Beggars Group — which includes such fine indie labels as Matador, 4AD, XL, Rough Trade and True Panther — released some great albums in 2014, and to celebrate, we’re offering 14 select titles on vinyl — all of which come with a code to download the digital version of the album for free — on sale through January 15!

The titles are as follows:

Future Islands – Singles

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

Interpol – El Pintor

Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack

SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Warpaint – Warpaint

Jungle – Jungle

EMA – The Future’s Void

FKA Twigs – LP1

Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love

Single Mothers – Negative Qualities

Merchandise – After the End

November 22nd, 2014


universal black friday titles reducedThe Black Friday deals are a-plenty at The Record Exchange, and here’s one we’re super-excited about: brand-spankin’-new $6.99 CDs!

This special sale features a baker’s dozen CDs, including new releases, staff picks and 2014 top sellers. This deal is only good in store and quantities are limited — no rain checks!

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

U2 – Songs of Innocence

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

TV on the Radio  – Seeds

The New Basement Tapes – Lost on the River

Primus – Primus and the Chocolate Factory

Phantogram – Voices

Childish Gambino – Because the Internet

Nickelback – No Fixed Address

Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Darius Rucker – Home for the Holidays

November 22nd, 2014



The name says it all: Give the Gift of Music. Our annual $9.99 holiday CD sale is back, and a top-drawer coalition of record store people across the country (including The Record Exchange) hand-picked 60 titles for your holiday gift-giving and personal pleasure.

Starting Sunday, Nov. 23 and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 4, the CDs listed below will be sale-priced at $9.99 each.

And this year, we have an added bonus for you and a way to show our troops overseas some love. Our friends at RED Music assembled a 2014 CD sampler to give away free with purchase of any Give the Gift of Music title – one for you and one to send to a soldier currently serving our country overseas … literally giving them the gift of music. There’s a space on the CD package to write a note of gratitude, then we’ll send the CD to Operation Troop Aid for them to distribute to the troops.


Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You

Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

Shovels and Rope – Swimmin’ Time

Delta Spirit – Into the Wide

Shakey Graves – And the War Came

The Lumineers – The Lumineers Deluxe Edition

Atmosphere – Southsiders

Real Estate – Atlas

Arctic Monkeys – AM

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow

OFF! – Wasted Years

Danny Brown – Old

Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon

Mac Demarco – Salad Days

Tycho – Awake

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Kishi Bashi – Lighght

The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast

King Tuff – Black Moon Spell

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Goat – Commune

J Mascis – Tied to a Star

Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue

Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory

Thievery Corporation – Saudade

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest

Raveonettes – Pe’ahi

Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals

Spanish Gold – South of Nowhere

Reverend Horton Heat – Rev

Pixies – Indie Cindy

The Both – The Both

Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half the City

Keb’ Mo’ – BluesAmericana

String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

Umphrey’s McGee – Similar Skin

Hozier – Hozier

Broken Bells – After the Disco

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

Bleachers – Strange Desire

Alt-J – This is All Yours

Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

Fitz and the Tantrums – More Than Just a Dream

Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Black Keys – Turn Blue

Tom Petty – Hypnotic Eye

Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar

Prince – Art Official Age