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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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Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!


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1. Primus and the Chocolate Factory
2. Songs
John Fullbright
3. 5: The Gray Chapter
4. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
Lucinda Williams
5. Songs of Innocence
6. Standing in the Breach
Jackson Browne
7. You Can't Stop Me
Suicide Silence
8. Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso
9. From the Ground Up
John Fullbright
10. This is All Yours

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October 29th, 2014


VPS-record-Show-Poster-2014-outlinesThe Record Exchange is participating in the seventh annual Boise Record Show and Swap from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District.

General admission is $5 beginning at 10 a.m. Want to get in the door before the public? Purchase a VIP early admission pass ($10) beginning at 9 a.m. A free raffle ticket is included with all admissions.

Dealers from five states — including record stores and private collectors — will have on hand thousands of records from multiple genres, offering everything from affordable classics to hard-to-find pieces. Everyone from the hardcore collector hunting for rarities to the thrifty newcomer looking to start a collection will find something at the swap. Vintage audio equipment, including turntables, also will be available for purchase.

This year we will have dealers from:
– Idaho
– Utah
– Colorado
– Oregon
– Washington

VPS Idaho will have hourly raffle drawings, records spinning all day on the VPS hi-fi and merchandise for sale. Visitors to the swap can also sign up for free VPS membership.

October 27th, 2014


418456063123-5001. Primus and the Chocolate Factory, Primus
2. Songs, John Fullbright
3. 5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot
4. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams
5. Songs of Innocence, U2
6. Standing in the Breach, Jackson Browne
7. You Can’t Stop Me, Suicide Silence
8. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso
9. From the Ground Up, John Fullbright
10. This is All Yours, Alt-J

October 27th, 2014


LZ_IV_HOTH_(950x950)_black_streetAt The Record Exchange, you give a little, you get a little, and we have tons of free stuff to give away when you slap your dirty money down on the barrelhead.



• 7″x7″ poster, Large button, button pack and lanyard with purchase of Led Zeppelin‘s Led Zeppelin IV or Houses of the Holy reissues!

• Limited-edition numbered lithograph with purchase of The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen at 21 reissue!

• Lithograph with purchase of Obituary‘s Inked in Blood!


• Patch with purchase of Exodus’ Blood In, Blood Out.

• Large lithograph with purchase of Weezer‘s Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
• Bonus CD with purchase of Sixx AM‘s Modern Vintage.
• Goodie pack (patch, sticker, koozie, key chain and button) with purchase of The Rural Alberta Advantage‘s Mended With Gold.

• Rolling papers with purchase of Electric Wizard‘s Time to Die.

• Pennant flag with purchase of The Drums’ Encyclopedia.

• Lithograph and dropcard (with access to exclusive online content) with purchase of Aphex Twin‘s Syro.
• Lithograph with purchase of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore Deluxe Edition.

• Lithograph with purchase of any George Harrison reissue title.

• Lenticular poster with purchase of Lecrae‘s Anomaly.

• Promotional booklet and autographed CD card with purchase of Banks’ Gossip.

• Bonus remix CD and sticker set with purchase of Odesza‘s In Return – only 750 made!

• Window cling with purchase of the Grateful Dead‘s Wake Up to Find Out.

 • Lithograph with purchase of Dry the River‘s Alarms in the Heart.

• Patch with purchase of Wovenwar‘s Wovenwar.

• Poster with purchase of the Allman Brothers Band‘s 1971 Fillmore East Recordings.

• Patch with purchase of Jenny Lewis’ Voyager.

• Lithograph with purchase of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s CSNY 1974.

• Bottle opener keychain with purchase of Seether‘s Isolate and Medicate!

• Button pack with purchase of Linkin Park‘s Hunting Party.

• Bonus CD featuring live and studio tracks with purchase of Umphrey’s McGee‘s Similar Skin.

• Turntable slipmat with purchase of any Blue Note Records 75th anniversary vinyl reissue.
• Guitar pick with purchase of Rich Robinson‘s The Ceaseless Sight.

• 7″ x 7″ lithographs with purchase of the Led Zeppelin I, II and III reissues.

• Double-sided lithograph with purchase of Soundgarden‘s Superunknown deluxe edition (various CD and vinyl formats).

• Lithograph with purchase of R.E.M.‘s Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions.

• Lithograph with purchase of The DoorsWeird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine.

• 24″ x 18″ print with purchase of Ronnie James Dio‘s This is Your Life.

• Rare 7-inch with purchase of Tune-Yards’ Nikki Nack.

• Lithograph with purchase of the Pixies’ Indie Cindy.

• Bottle opener necklace with purchase of Breathe Carolina‘s Savages.

• Lithograph with purchase of Band of Skulls’ Himalayan.

• Art print with purchase of Liars’ Mess.

• Patch, button and lithograph with purchase of Real Estate‘s Atlas.

• Limited edition lithograph with purchase of Beck‘s Morning Phase.

• Limited edition lithograph with purchase of The Fray‘s Helios.

• Limited-edition 9″x9″ lithograph with purchase of Neil Finn‘s Dizzy Heights.

• Lithograph with purchase of The Augustines’ The Augustines.

• 7-inch with purchase of Quilt‘s Held in Splendor.

• U.S. Albums CD sampler, tote bag and lithograph with purchase of any Beatles U.S. album reissue.

• 7-inch with purchase of Mogwai‘s Rave Tapes.

• 7-inch featuring two exclusive tracks with purchase of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ Give the People What They Want.

• Art print with purchase of Peter Gabriel‘s And I’ll Scratch Yours (pictured).

• Lithograph with purchase of Donny Hathaway‘s Never My Love: The Anthology.

• Christmas ornament with purchase of Nick Lowe‘s Quality Street.
• Limited edition lithograph (from Electric Fetus’ release party in-store) with purchase of Polica‘s Shulamith.

• Postcard set with purchase of The Head and the Heart‘s Let’s Be Still.

• 7-inch and lithograph with purchase of Cage the Elephant‘s Melophobia.

• 7-inch and signed poster with purchase of Austin Lucas Stay Reckless.

• Limited edition tour poster with purchase of Sleigh Bells’ Bitter Rivals.

• Autographed lithograph with purchase of Turin BrakesWe Were Here.

• Button with purchase of The Devil Wears Prada‘s 8.18.
• Limited edition 12×12 lithograph with purchase of The Clash‘s The Clash Hits Back (2CD), 5 Studio Album CD Set or Sound System Box Set.
• Limited edition lithograph with purchase of Sly and the Family Stone‘s Higher.
• Autographed poster with purchase of Tim Easton‘s Not Cool.
• Lithograph with purchase of Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Made Up Mind.
• Lithograph with purchase of The Civil Wars’ The Civil Wars.
• Lithograph with purchase of Norma Jean‘s Wrongdoers.
• Lithograph with purchase of Volto!‘s Incitare.
• Comic book with purchase of Ghostface Killah‘s Twelve Reasons to Die: The Brown Tape.
• 12″ x 12″ lithograph with purchase of Smashing Pumpkins’ The Aeroplane Flies High Deluxe Edition.
• 12″ x 12″ glossy lithograph with purchase of The National‘s Trouble Will Find Me.
• Ultra-limited edition lithograph with purchase of Pet Shop BoysElectric.
• Patch with purchase of BattlecrossWar of Will.
• Large lithograph with purchase of Empire of the Sun‘s Ice on the Dune.
• Vinyl flexi-disc and lithograph with purchase of Surfer Blood‘s Pythons.
• Lithograph with purchase of Jimmy Eat World‘s Damage.
• Limited edition poster with purchase of Filter‘s The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
• Limited edition poster with purchase of Portugal. The Man‘s Evil Friends.
• Original (not reproduced) 1989 tour program with purchase of R.E.M.‘s Green 25th Anniversary Edition.
• Poster with purchase of Kings of Leon‘s Complete Albums Collection.
• 19″ x 25″ lithograph with purchase of Phoenix‘s Bankrupt!
• Comic book with purchase of Ghostface Killah‘s Adrian Younge Presents
Twelve Reasons to Die Starring Ghostface Killah.
• Red colored vinyl 7-inch (with exclusive track) with purchase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito.
• Silkscreen litho with purchase of Dawes’ Stories Don’t End.
• Lithograph with purchase of Volbeat‘s Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies.
• Signed poster with purchase of ExodusExhibit B: The Human Condition.
• Bonus CD with purchase of Low‘s The Invisible Way.
• Lithograph with purchase of Clutch‘s Earth Rocker.
• Lithograph with purchase of Sound City: Real to Reel (CD, vinyl, DVD or Blu-ray).
• CD EP with purchase of Biffy Clyro‘s Opposites.
• 18″x24″ color poster with purchase of Youth Lagoon‘s Wondrous Bughouse.
• 7-inch featuring two exclusive tracks with purchase of Psychic Ills’ One Track Mind.
• Silkscreened lithograph with purchase of Eels’ Wonderful, Glorious.
• Lithograph with download code for bonus tracks with purchase of Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God.

• 7-inch (includes exclusive track) with purchase of Ra Ra Riot‘s Beta Love.

• Limited-edition lithograph with purchase of Voivod‘s Target Earth.
• Sheet music with purchase of Christopher Owens’ Lysandre.
• 7″ x 7″ litho with purchase of Green Day‘s Tre!
• Lithograph with purchase of Rage Against the Machine‘s Rage Against the Machine XX (20th Anniversary).
• Poster and button set with purchase of Led Zeppelin‘s Celebration Day.
• 7-inch with purchase of RNDM‘s Acts.
• Lithograph with purchase of Jamey Johnson‘s Livin’ for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.

• Instrumental CD version of the soundtrack with purchase of The Man with the Iron Fist OST (not the score, but instrumentals of the songs on the soundtrack).

• Color lithograph with purchase of Peter Gabriel‘s So 25th Anniversary Edition.

• Lithograph and sticker set with purchase of Green Day‘s Uno!

• 7-inch with purchase of Aimee Mann‘s Charmer.

• Aces companion CD with purchase of The Helio Sequence‘s Negotiations.

• 7-inch with purchase of Two Door Cinema Club‘s Beacon.

• Glow in the dark poster with purchase of Blaqk Audio‘s Bright Black Heaven.

• 12″x12″ lithograph with purchase of Gotye‘s Making Mirrors.

• Foil poster with purchase of Animal Collective‘s Centipede Hz.

• Color lithograph with purchase of IncubusHQ Live.

• Button pack and autographed CD booklet with purchase of The HivesLex Hives.• Limited edition poster with purchase of Heart‘s Strange Euphoria box set.

• Limited-edition print with purchase of Sigur RosValtari.

• Color litho with purchase of Beach House‘s Bloom.

• Extremely limited mylar poster with purchase of Madonna‘s MDNA.

• Color lithograph with purchase of The Mars Volta‘s Noctourniquet.

• Large color lithograph with purchase of White RabbitsMilk Famous.

• Large color poster (designed through a fan contest) with purchase of the Robert Glasper Experiment‘s Black Radio.

• Large color lithograph with purchase of The Little WilliesFor the Good Times.

• 11×17 color poster with purchase of Disturbed‘s The Lost Children.

• 7-inch (“This City”/”Saturday Night Again”) with purchase of Patrick Stump‘s Soul Punk.

• Autographed lithograph with purchase of Mason JenningsMinnesota.

• 7-inch with purchase of Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams.

• Lithograph with purchase of Kasabian‘s Velociraptor.

• Lithograph with purchase of We Are AugustinesRise Ye Sunken Ships.

• Color lithograph with purchase of Drive-By TruckersUgly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009.

• Lithograph with purchase of Incubus If Not Now, When?

• Two-sided glossy poster with purchase of Peter Murphy‘s Ninth.

• Limited-edition color lithograph with purchase of Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Revelator.

• Many more — just ask an RX clerk!

October 26th, 2014


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


Led Zeppelin – IV (2CD reissue and deluxe box set with unreleased material)

Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (2CD reissue with unreleased material)

Taylor Swift – 1989

Yusuf/Cat Stevens – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone

Flaming Lips and Fwends – With a Little Help From My Friends

The Who – The Who Hits 50! (deluxe edition also available)

Paul McCartney – New Collector’s Edition (2CD/1DVD)

Jerry Lee Lewis – Rock & Roll Time

Daniel Lanois – Flesh and Machine

Misfits – Horror Xmas

Misfits – Project 1950

Obituary – Inked in Blood (deluxe edition also available)

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides

At the Gates – At War With Reality (deluxe edition also available)

Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You

Partynextdoor – Partynextdoor Two

Lagwagon – Hang

Negativland – It’s All in Your Head

Underworld – Oblivion with Bells

Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants

Dave Davies – Rippin’ Up Time

Ray Price – New Place to Begin

Devin Townsend Project – Z (deluxe edition also available)

Dillon Francis – Money Sucks, Friends Rule

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – The Complete Epic Albums Collection

Eric Johnson and Mike Stern – Eclectic

Grouper – Ruins

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Peepshow

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Rapture

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Superstition

Suicidal Tendencies – No Mercy: Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red)

Dawnbringer – Night of the Hammer

Gretchen Wilson – Still Here for the Party

Dionne Warwick – Feels So Good

Branford Marsalis – In My Solitude: Live in Concert at Grace Cathedral

Jason Marsalis – 21st Century Trad Band

Leighton Meester – Heartstrings

Radio Riddler – Purple Reggae

Stalley – Ohio

Mike Mictlan – Hella Frreal

Barry Manilow – My Dream Duets

Bessie Jones – Get in Union

Dave Ray – Legacy

Secondhand Serenade – Undefeated

Abysmal Dawn – Obsolescence

Arsis – Diamond for Disease

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

Annihilated – XXIII Steps to Ruination

Necrophagia – White Worm Cathedral

Flight Facilities – Down to Earth

Mystery Skulls – Forever

Giant Squid – Minoans

Sam Hunt – Montevallo

Lily & Madeleine – Fumes

Haerts – Haerts


Led Zeppelin – IV (2LP reissue with unreleased material)

Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (2LP reissue with unreleased material)

Ryan Adams – Vampires

Modest Mouse – This is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About

Modest Mouse – White Lies Yellow Teeth / Buttons to Push the Buttons

Flaming Lips and Fwends – With a Little Help From My Friends

Miles Davis – Young Man With a Horn

Iron Maiden – 2 Minutes to Midnight

Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind

Grouper – Ruins

Isis – In the Absence of Truth

Minus the Bear – Planet of Ice

Marble Sky – Marble Sky

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Suicidal Tendencies – No Mercy: Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) [deluxe edition also available]

Lagwagon – Hang

Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight

Bell Gardens – Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions

Cass McCombs and Meat Puppets – Tour Single

The Field – From Here We Go Sublime

Slash/Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – World on Fire

John Mayall – Special Life

Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music Volume 1

Hank Mobley – No Room For Squares

Cathedral – Carnival Bizarre

Kylesa – Spiral Shadow

Various Artists – From the Rabbit Hole


October 23rd, 2014


barrel of laughs contestIn case you haven’t noticed — and it’s kinda hard not to — there’s a lot of construction going on outside The Record Exchange (as well as a lot of nothing despite blocked parking spots and other wacky impediments to our natural order of things). And that means barrels, oh so many orange barrels.

With that, we give you The Record Exchange Barrel of Laughs Photo Contest.

The rules are pretty simple: Visit The Record Exchange, take a funny/strange photo (preferably of you and/or some friends) that somehow incorporates the store and surrounding construction, post it to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with the hashtag #rxbarreloflaughs and we’ll select first-place, second-place and third-place winners.

What exactly does a winning photo make? Basically, it has to make us laugh and/or creep us out. Suggestions for accomplishing this include befriending an orange barrel (inappropriate behavior, while championed, has to fall within the parameters of various social media photo guidelines), incorporating real live construction workers or recreating a scene from your favorite movie set in a post-industrial wasteland from the near-distant future. In short, wow us with your creativity.

The prizes are as follows:

First place – $25 Record Exchange Gift Card, vinyl LP, album cover canvas print and T-shirt prize pack from Royal Blood (who successfully drowned out the din of the construction with their blistering Record Exchange in-store) and a pair of tickets to an upcoming Duck Club Presents show of your choice*.

Second place – $10 Record Exchange Gift Card, Delta Spirit Into the Wide vinyl LP and a pair of tickets to an upcoming Duck Club Presents show of your choice*.

Third place – $10 Record Exchange Gift Card and a pair of tickets to an upcoming Duck Club Presents show of your choice*.

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Deadline to enter? Well, we’re really not sure. When the construction is finally over and the barrels have been removed, we’ll consider the contest over. But that could take while.
* Tickets subject to availability.