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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2016 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!


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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 select live music events!


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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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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!


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rx top 10

1. Voids
Minus the Bear
2. Divide
Ed Sheeran
3. Side Pony
Lake Street Dive
4. Last Place
5. Volcano
6. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
7. Prisoner
Ryan Adams
8. Windy City
Alison Krauss
9. Graveyard Whistling
Old 97’s
10. Eponym
Steve Fulton

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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the sixth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 22-26 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2017 5-day passes are now on sale at The Record Exchange!


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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.


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Can't find it in the store? The Record Exchange does special orders!



February 23rd, 2010


Spoon‘s latest album Transference, which debuted at No. 4(!) on the Billboard chart, is one of the new year’s best albums thus far, and it’s Record Exchange Owner Michael Bunnell‘s Staff Pick of the Week:

The word “pop” has several connotations (positive and negative) in the world of music, and despite increasing sales success, Spoon is better defined by the term “classic pop” than “pop chart.” After all, this is a band that named itself after a Can song.

At the core, each Spoon album is a study in pop songcraft, drawing on everything from the Beatles to R ‘n’ B. Over time, the band’s left-field take on pop has developed into a signature sound; when you listen to the excellent Transference, you know you’re listening to a Spoon record — even if it is less groove-oriented than past efforts.

But what Spoon gives up in groove they gain in sonic texture, as the layered arrangements and varied instrumentation yield a rich album that rewards repeated listens. It may seem ramshackle at first, but Transference ultimately reveals itself to be just as meticulous — and equally as infectious — as Spoon classics like Gimme Fiction and Kill the Moonlight.

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