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[ save the boise hive! ]

save the boise hive!

Boise Hive is in danger of losing its building, and we're looking to you to help The Record Exchange help #SavetheBoiseHive.

The non-profit musicians resource center has until Oct. 10 to raise $75,000 to match an offer on the building it's currently leasing and occupying. Boise Hive has invested significant time and money into the space and hopes to avoid relocating. A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE; you also can donate in person at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702).


[ treefort music fest ]


The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 23-27 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, including a special "locals-only" pass price of $119 for one day only at The Record Exchange!


[ rx amazon store ]

rx amazon store

Visit The Record Exchange's Amazon Marketplace store to shop for rare and discount CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books. Live in Boise? Order online and arrange for in-store pickup!


[ RSD leftovers/restocks ]

RSD leftovers/restocks

Record Store Day is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of titles still available, plus limited restocks and a few late arrivals.


[ pono is here! ]

pono is here!

Pono is here! The Record Exchange is now carrying the PonoPlayer, a high-resolution digital music player created with the intent of providing a higher quality digital listening experience.


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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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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Savage Hills Ballroom
Youth Lagoon
2. B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Kurt Vile
3. Every Open Eye
4. Dodge the Burn
The Dead Weather
5. Cass County
Don Henley
6. Servant of Love
Patty Griffin
7. Better Nature
Silversun Pickups
8. Depression Cherry
Beach House
9. Rattle That Lock
David Gilmour
Lana Del Rey

[ idaho horror film festival ]

idaho horror film festival

The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival, taking place Oct. 15-18 throughout Downtown Boise! Join us on Oct. 15 for a special event at the RX featuring our own Rachel Prin DJing two hours of horror film soundtracks on vinyl, plus free Payette Brewing Co. beer!


[ 2014 staff picks ]

2014 staff picks

After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2014 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we will be posting individual lists here on the website. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and shop our special '14 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!


[ sell us your stuff! ]

sell us your stuff!

The Record Exchange buys and trades used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and vinyl in good condition Monday-Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m.


[ go listen boise ]

go listen boise

Go Listen Boise is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with the mission of fostering a vibrant and diverse musical culture in the Boise area.


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shimabukuro publicity photoJake Shimabukuro will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an in-store performance and signing at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Shimabukuro is performing at Caldwell Fine Arts later that evening.

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase Travels on CD or vinyl beginning Friday, Oct. 9 and we’ll give you a VIP wristband guaranteeing admission and access to our reserved viewing area!


6PAN1T.E1 [Converted].epsConsider the humble ukulele. It’s an adaptation of a stringed instrument that traveled with Portuguese immigrants who came to work in the sugar cane fields of Hawaii. Islanders made the “machete” their own, mixing external influences of classical European music and Spanish guitar with Hawaiian songs. Native Hawaiians renamed the little machete the ukulele and it’s become synonymous with Hawaiian music and Hawaiian culture.

Jake Shimabukuro comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He’s combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that’s uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.

Growing up in Hawaii, Jake’s influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake’s life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played.

Jake began his music career in the mid-’90s, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake’s solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.

In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world. He’s sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

He has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.” He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, who states “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with”; been talked about by Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta; wowed audiences on national TV with appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show”; and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Jake has been the subject of an award winning documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings,” currently on Netflix.

Jake also travels to schools around the world and spreads positive messages to young people, encouraging them to find their passion and live drug-free.

Although he is constantly touring, playing 140 shows a year, Jake and his family continue to make Hawaii their home.


418456522762Dale Watson recently released his new album Call Me Insane via Red House Records, and we have a killer prize pack — tickets to his Oct. 11 Neurolux show, plus a vinyl copy of Call Me Insane and other goodies that Dale will sign at the show — to give to one lucky customer!

To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Dale Watson” HERE by midnight Thursday, Oct. 8. We will draw a name and notify the winner on Friday, Oct. 9.

* One entry per person, NOT per email address. If you have 16 email addresses and you enter with each address, we’ll just delete 15 of them. We have the technology. To be eligible to win, you must live in the Boise metro area and be able to pick up your prize at the store.


anderson-east_wide-e8ec26366e230e965cac4f191c80f2e2037da1ef-s900-c8594.9 FM The River presents Anderson East live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. This is East’s only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.


anderson_east_cover“…Eclectic, fully formed debut album.” —NPR Music

“With an earthy rasp beyond his years, he draws inspiration from Tom Jones and the soul-rock songwriter George Jackson.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“These are Sam Cooke-caliber love songs…He is a spectacular talent, and releases like this one are as thrilling as they come.”— Daytrotter

“His voice is full of gravely soul, easily tackling both piano ballads and foot-stompers, going head-to-head with a gospel chorus thanks to a killer range and often heartbreaking lyrics.” —Rolling Stone Country, “20 Reasons to Love This Year”

Anderson East’s full-length debut, Delilah, is out now to widespread acclaim on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records—the first release on producer Dave Cobb’s new imprint. In celebration of the release, East recently made his network television debut on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” performing his new single “Satisfy Me.” Watch the full performance here:

In support of the album, East is performing nationwide throughout the fall, including dates alongside The Lone Bellow and Jason Isbell. Of his recent performance at Triple A Radio’s NON-COMMvention, Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer praises, “Anderson East was an eye opener. I assumed the Alabama singer was a roots-rock-country singer, from bills I’d seen his name on. But he is in fact a wicked soul wailer with a huge voice, a skinny white guy with a raspy, weathered sound coming out his body that defied expectation. Definitely worthy of further investigation.” Additionally, Entertainment Weekly asserts, “Anderson East likes to groove. Live, his shoofly pie-sweet drawl and blues-influenced backing is simultaneously euphoric and mommy-and-daddy-need-some-time-alone sexy.”

Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music’s Ann Powers calls Delilah “…a homecoming of sorts for this Athens, Ala., native, whose shoofly pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts fit perfectly within the classic soul settings he and Cobb create…East has a gruff way with phrasing and a lot of youthful enthusiasm, but he’s learning his way into mastery. There’s thought behind every rhythmic push and melismatic twist,” while Yahoo Music declares, “It’s hard to not get excited by this authentic-sounding slice of southern R&B courtesy of Nashville’s Anderson East…No excess, expressive stuff, and the sort of sincere musical statement 2015 sorely needs.”

In addition to this critical praise, “Satisfy Me” recently debuted at #28 on the AAA Radio chart with rotation at various tastemaker stations, including L.A.’s KCSN, Philadelphia’s WXPN, Nashville’s WRLT and Kansas City’s KTBG. A live video of the song, which was shot at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., premiered at NPR Music and can now be viewed here:

Of Anderson, producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) comments, “You don’t hear voices like that everyday. The first time I saw him was at the Bluebird in Nashville—he started to sing and shut the place down. And he had the charm and wit to completely hold the audience in the palm of his hand. When I got the chance to have my imprint LCS, he was the first person I wanted to sign. When he sings you can hear the soil and landscape of great southern soul in his voice and he’s an amazing writer as well.”

October 5th, 2015


It’s Vinyl Tuesday! Record Exchange customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased and have access to early and exclusive releases. This week’s releases:


TEENAGE TIMEKILLERS Greatest Hits Vol. 1 [exclusive indie doublemint vinyl and standard black vinyl]
The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album’s 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the Rudimentary Peni deep cut that inspired the project’s title) are: Jello Biafra, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Mike “IX” Williams of Eyehategod, Mullin’s Corrosion of Conformity bandmates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Karl Agell and many, many more. All instrumental tracks on Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Grohl’s 606 Studios in Northridge, Calif. The album was produced by John “Lou” Lousteau, Reed Mullin and Mick Murphy, and engineered and mixed by John “Lou” Lousteau at 606.


SUPERGRASS I Should Coco: 20th Anniversary [black vinyl w/bonus red 7-inch]
20th Anniversary; 180-gram black vinyl, single sleeve + 7inch single of ‘Stone Free’/’Odd?’ on red vinyl (3-CD deluxe edition coming o11/3). The front cover has been re-photographed at high resolution from the original painting by The Moody Painters, who created all artwork for the original release and singles. The package has been designed by Nick Bax at Human Studios, who was also responsible for graphic design the first time around. The reissue is dedicated to David Norland, founder of Backbeat Records, who died at the age of 40 last year from cancer. The LP includes a special bonus: The original 7-inch single of ‘Stone Free’/’Odd?’ on red vinyl with a reworked red/yellow classic Parlophone 45 label but in its original retro Parlophone housebag. ‘Stone Free’ was originally recorded during a long night at Falconer Studios April 12, 1995 just after the band returned home from their first American tour. ‘Odd?’ was recorded at BBC Maida Vale on Jan. 10, 1995, as part of their first John Peel session, which was initially broadcast Feb. 4, 1995. It was Rob Coombes’ first appearance on keyboards with the band.


WISHBONE ASH – Pilgrimage [vinyl replica CD]
This vinyl replica CD is an import. Pilgrimage is the second studio album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. The album focuses more on folk and acoustic music as opposed to the blues rock sound that dominated the first album. The album also contains an instrumental jazz workout (“Vas Dis”) and a four-part harmony vocal track in the spirit of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (“Valediction”).The album sold well, reaching #14 in the UK charts, but the band would reach their creative and commercial peak with their next studio album release.


VARIOUS ARTISTS B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985
An influential blueprint for the evolution of French electronic music, the majority of the performers featured on B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985 never made it beyond limited DIY pressings of 500 or 1,000 copies of 7-INCH vinyl singles. Wired called them “lost synthwave gems” and Interview called it “A veritable treasure trove of post nuclear pop.” Includes the bonus track “Rainbow Man” by Busy P (sampling the track Comix’s “Touche Pas Mon Sexe”) as heard endlessly on TV behind the GooglePlay campaign! On limited edition double colored vinyl with poster.


With the move to a global Friday street date in July, Vinyl Tuesday was established to celebrate music in physical form and give record store customers access to early and exclusive releases. For artists, it’s a chance to showcase special releases on a special day and not get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.

* Must be redeemed at time of purchase. Offer valid during regular business hours (10am-9pm) on Tuesdays only. The Record Exchange will not issue store credit for any unused portion of the Vinyl Tuesday used vinyl bonus.