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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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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!



June 24th, 2010


Heard of Main Source? If not, well, if you’re into hip-hop, especially its Golden Age, you’ll want to read Brion Rushton‘s Staff Pick of the Week on Main Source’s Breaking Atoms:

Even though I haven’t heard a single beat from it, I considered waxing poetic and telling you how amazing Revolutions Per Minute is, the first album by Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek) in ten years. That’s just how unassailable their chemistry is. But I was sidetracked when all this First-Day-Of-Summer business got me thinking about barbecues, which then got me thinking about (and eventually listening to) “Live at the Barbeque,” a cut from Breaking Atoms, the debut from unheralded hip-hop greats Main Source.

Released in 1991, Breaking Atoms should have brought Main Source the same notoriety granted to contemporaries De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. Instead it’s that old, woeful music industry tale: a label that’s sketchily run; a distribution system that’s even sketchier; a promising young group growing quickly disillusioned. But the music. Prime ’70s soul and jazz given seamless sampling treatment one moment, unexpected scratching the next. Wordplay that’s sometimes playful and sometimes angry, but all the time assertive and incisive. Check the aforementioned “Live at the Barbeque,” featuring the lyrical spitfire of a 16 year old Nas — completely unknown and completely brash — for further proof. Back in print and perfect for playing at your summer get-togethers. Like, say, your barbecue.

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