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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!




The Record Exchange is a proud partner with Boise’s Payette Brewing Company!

Payette Brewing Company ( is a production brewery that serves beer on draft throughout Boise and other parts of the Treasure Valley. Visit the brewery on Fridays and Saturdays for a tour of the facility and samples of the beer in the tasting room. Check out the “Beer Finder” to see where the beers are on draft around the Treasure Valley.

You also can 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!




Payette Brewing Company was established in 2010 in Boise, Idaho, by brewer Mike Francis. The brewery runs a 15-barrel brewing system and offers two year-round beers, Payette Pale Ale and Outlaw IPA. The beers are currently available in draft only throughout the Treasure Valley.

The name “Payette” can be found on landmarks and geographical features throughout Idaho. While the name originated from the French fur trader once stationed at Fort Boise named Francois Payette, in Idaho, it has become synonymous with world class whitewater, a mountain lake, a town and a National Forest. When you hear Payette, it probably takes your mind to some place great in Idaho — that is the place the brewery is named after. Next time you are at that place, be sure and have a Payette Brewing Company beer.

Our brewery currently runs a 15-barrel brewing system and offers four year-round beers: Payette Pale Ale, Outlaw IPA, Mutton Buster Brown Ale and North Fork Lager. In 2012, we made Idaho brewing history when we introduced Payette Pale Ale and Mutton Buster in cans. Be on the lookout for even more choices of canned beer in the future. In the meantime, you can find our beer in bars, restaurants, and retail locations including grocery and specialty stores throughout Idaho.


Mike Francis — Founder

Mike founded Payette Brewing Company after finding the corporate life wasn’t his place. After earning a degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Washington, he went on to start a career at the Boeing Company in Seattle. 2.5 years into that, he detoured to Chicago to attend the Siebel Institute of Technology and get his Associates in Brewing Technology. That took him back to Seattle, where he got on at Schooner Exact Brewing Company to get practical experience in brewing. After gathering brewing experience, Mike moved back home to Boise with the goal of bringing more great beer to the Treasure Valley.

Jacob Black — Mike’s Minion

Jacob found his way on board with Payette Brewing about 2 years ago when an old friend from high school (Mike) wanted to learn more about Boise’s beer and bar scene. Jacob, being skilled in the ways of Boise’s beer geeks and bars, gladly sat down and discussed the likes and dislikes of the market. With a degree in hospitality and restaurant management and having worked in the Boise restaurant and bar industry for many years, Mike decided to add Jacob on as his first minion.

Sophie — Brew Dog

Sophie is Mike’s Golden-doodle that spends her days sleeping at the brewery and barking at squirrels out front. Don’t let the name and breed fool you — the mohawk-sporting Sophie is 100% outlaw.


When it comes to making uncompromising, awesome beer, we go against the grain. We are passionate, rebellious, beer pioneers. We stick to our guns and venture down the road less traveled to make the best beer in the west. This isn’t just our livelihood, it’s our life and we’ve tapped into something good.