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1. Rimrock Country
2. Purple
3. I Still Do
Eric Clapton
4. 2
5. Coming Home
Leon Bridges
6. Love Letter for Fire
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
7. The Impossible Kid
Aesop Rock
8. Paging Mr. Proust
The Jayhawks
9. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Sturgill Simpson
10. Fallen Angels
Bob Dylan

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May 27th, 2016


cover only1. Rimrock Country, Idyltime
2. Purple, Baroness
3. I Still Do, Eric Clapton
4. 2, Mudcrutch
5. Coming Home, Leon Bridges
6. Love Letter for Fire, Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
7. The Impossible Kid, Aesop Rock
8. Paging Mr. Proust, The Jayhawks
9. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
10. Fallen Angels, Bob Dylan

May 27th, 2016


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


Idyltime – Rimrock Country

Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Flume – Skin

Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride

The Monkees – Good Times!

Beth Orton – Kidsticks

Gutter Instinct – Age of the Fanatics

Spell – For None and All

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – Bright Star Original Broadway Cast Recording

Miles Davis and Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful

Six Feet Under – Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest

Jim Breuer and the Loud and Rowdy – Songs From the Garage

Death Angel – Evil Divide (deluxe edition also available)

Frank Zappa – Lumpy Money Project/Object

Frank Zappa – Road Tapes Venue 1

Frank Zappa – Road Tapes Venue 2

Frank Zappa – Road Tapes Venue 3

My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves Deluxe Edition

Mark Kozelek – Sings Favorites

Daniel Romano – Mosey

Tony Joe White – Rain Crow

Real Friends – Home Inside My Head

Travis – Everything at Once (deluxe edition also available)

Summer Cannibals – Full of It

Of Mice and Men – Live at Brixton

Mark Mothersbaugh – Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday Sountrack

Austin Lucas – Between the Moon and the Midwest

Band of Skulls – By Default

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Big Thief – Masterpiece

Pup – The Dream is Over

Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Gold Panda – Good Luck and Do Your Best

Frost – Falling Satellites

Hesitation Wounds – Awake for Everything

Dierks Bentley – Black

Various Artists – Deadpool Reloaded: More Music from the Motion Picture

Earthless and Harsh Tone – Acid Crusher/Mount Swan

Bonnie Bishop – Ain’t Who I Was

Cloud Becomes Your Hand – Rest in Fleas

The Wailers – Wailing Wailers

Iron Maiden – Brave New World

Iron Maiden – Dance of Death

Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom

Skepta – Konnichiwa

Jigmastas – Resurgence


Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered

Flume – Skin (deluxe edition available)

Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride

David Bowie – The Reality Tour

My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves Deluxe Edition

Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Real Friends – Home Inside My Head

Quasi – Featuring Birds

Quasi – R&B Transmogrification

Goat – I Sing in Silence/The Snake of Addis Ababa

ELO – Out of the Blue

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

Death Angel – Evil Divide

Miles Davis and Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful

Beth Orton – Kidsticks

Travis – Everything at Once

Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Gold Panda – Good Luck and Do Your Best

Gwen Stefani – This is What the Truth Feels Like


Prince – Rave Un2 the Year 2000 DVD

Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music/A Man and His Music Pt. 2 DVD

Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music + Ella and Jobim/Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing/Sinatra DVD

Frank Sinatra – Sinatra and Friends/The Man and His Music DVD


FullSizeRenderThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host the Idyltime “Rimrock Country” Album Release Party at 6pm Thursday, May 26. “Rimrock Country” will be available for purchase at the party. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Rimrock Country, Idyltime’s second album, consists of 11 original and four traditional songs delving into the time and space of love lost and found. Driven by fiddle and banjo, tied together through harmony, and energized by the bass fiddle, Idyltime’s new album is a toe tapping retrospect. It was recorded at AudioLab by Steve Fulton and Pat Storey in December 2015.


cover onlyMost people can hear a certain song and it will take them back to a prior experience, maybe to a feeling had and relived through a melody. Idyltime is comprised of four souls eternally searching for the source of this nostalgia. People often say that their music takes them back to a memory and reminds them of the good in the world.

Idyltime, a band originally playing bluegrass out of southern Oregon, reformed in 2011 when Beth and Tate Mason moved to Boise, Idaho. There they joined with Dave Daley and Ava Honey, who were hosting the weekly old-time jam at Pengilly’s Saloon. Delving into their common love for acoustic roots music, Idyltime’s sound is at once traditional and original.


Ava Honey – Guitar, upright bass and vocals
Beth Mason – Upright bass, guitar and vocals
Dave Daley – Fiddle and vocals
Tate Mason – Banjo, dobro and vocals

May 25th, 2016


unnamed-1The Monkees are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new album, and we’re making Friday, May 27 Good Times Friday at The Record Exchange!

We’ll be playing Good Times! throughout the day, and we’ll have coloring books to give away free with purchase. Customers then can take the coloring books home, color a page and enter it in our Monkees coloring contest! Winner will receive a Monkees prize pack that includes the out-of-print Monkees guitar-shaped Record Store Day single and T-shirt! Entries must be received by 9pm Friday, June 3.

On May 27, the Monkees release Good Times!, their first new album in 20 years, tied to the group’s 50th anniversary and extensive North American tour.

All three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) have written new songs for the album as well as providing vocals and music performances. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love.” To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy).

Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“She Makes Me Laugh”), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie (“Me & Magdalena”), Andy Partridge of XTC (“You Bring The Summer”), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (“Birth Of An Accidental Hipster”).

Good Times! finds all three band members taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions, including Nesmith’s “I Know What I Know” and Tork’s “Little Girl.” In addition to producing the album, Schlesinger also penned “Our Own World” and co-wrote the album’s finale with Dolenz, aptly titled “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time).”

To help bring the 50th anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs for Good Times! that were originally written and recorded for the group during the ’60s. Harry Nilsson wrote the title track “Good Times,” which he recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968. The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape (featuring Nilsson’s guide vocal) and have created a duet with his close friend Dolenz. “Good Times” will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz’ May 1973 single “Daybreak.” Good Times! also includes the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love,” the Carole King and Gerry Goffin collaboration “I Wasn’t Born To Follow,” “Whatever’s Right,” written by legendary songwriting duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who were responsible for many of the classic Monkees hits, and “Gotta Give It Time,” by Jeff Barry and Joey Levine.

In addition to the new album, Dolenz and Tork launched a Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour on May 18. The jaunt boasts nearly 50 North American dates through the end of the year including a homecoming gig at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles on September 16. Tickets are available now.

In other Monkees news, the band will release the entire series of “The Monkees” television show on Blu-ray for the very first time. All 58 episodes have been painstakingly restored in high-definition from the original film negatives. The 10-disc Blu-ray collection also includes the 1968 cult-classic “Head” along with many never-before-seen outtakes from the film. Due to the overwhelming amount of bonus material included, the collection, limited to 10,000 individually numbered pieces, will now be available on June 24 and can be purchased exclusively at for $199.98.

During the band’s time together, The Monkees amassed a dozen Top 40 hits, including a trio of tunes that soared to #1. Between September 1966 and December 1967, “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” and “Daydream Believer” collectively occupied the top position for 12 weeks. Sales of their LPs were more phenomenal still: The Monkees occupied the #1 position for 13 consecutive weeks, and More Of The Monkees for 18 weeks. Both Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. went to the top as well, for a four-in-a-row feat in the incomprehensible space of 13 months. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.

1. “Good Times” (Harry Nilsson)
2. “You Bring The Summer” (Andy Partridge)
3. “She Makes Me Laugh” (Rivers Cuomo)
4. “Our Own World” (Adam Schlesinger)
5. “Gotta Give It Time” (Jeff Barry/Joey Levine)
6. “Me & Magdalena” (Ben Gibbard)
7. “Whatever’s Right” (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
8. “Love To Love” (Neil Diamond)
9. “Little Girl” (Peter Tork)
10. “Birth Of An Accidental Hipster” (Noel Gallagher/Paul Weller)
11. “I Wasn’t Born To Follow” (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
12. “I Know What I Know” (Michael Nesmith)
13. “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time)” (Micky Dolenz/Adam Schlesinger)