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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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1. Voids
Minus the Bear
2. Divide
Ed Sheeran
3. Side Pony
Lake Street Dive
4. Last Place
Grandaddy
5. Volcano
Temples
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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March 9th, 2017

‘GIMME SHELTER’ LIVE MUSIC AND ART BENEFIT FOR INTERFAITH SANCTUARY FIRST THURSDAY, APRIL 6 (6-8PM)

“Gimme Shelter,” a live music and art benefit for Interfaith Sanctuary, will be held at 6 p.m. First Thursday, April 6 at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. The event is free and all ages.

This special event will feature:

  • Live performances by Curtis Stigers, Eilen Jewell, Belinda Bowler with the Foothills School Choir, aka Belle, Rebecca Scott, Bill Coffey & Ashley Rose, Andy Lawless & Thomas Paul, and Cherie Buckner-Webb.
  • A sneak preview of Interfaith Sanctuary’s new music video made for the Idaho Gives charity event in May. The music video features a song written about Interfaith Sanctuary by Stigers and Los Angeles songwriter David Poe entitled “You Are Welcome Here,” sung by Stigers and produced by Lawless.
  • Art by Mike Rogers (Precious Metal Arts) and Rachel Teannalach. Rogers has created a limited edition charm that will be sold that evening. The charm is the state of Idaho with a keyhole on top of Boise. Four original Teannalach paintings created for the “You Are Welcome Here” video will be part of a silent auction.

“Gimme Shelter” aims to share the story of the work Interfaith Sanctuary does at the shelter and the hope they have for all of their guests to one day have a key to a place of their own. The theme represents Interfaith’s belief that everyone deserves shelter and care, and that their guests, no matter where they are from, how they pray, who they love, all our welcome at the shelter.

February 1st, 2017

ANTI-FLAG ACOUSTIC SET, ALBUM SIGNING AND FOOD DRIVE FEB. 7!

Anti-Flag - Press PhotoAnti-Flag will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) for an acoustic set, album signing and food drive at 5:30pm Tuesday, Feb. 7. Anti-Flag is performing at Knitting Factory with Reel Big Fish later in the evening and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 27, bring a non-perishable food item to The Record Exchange and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband to meet the band before everyone else!* The food will be donated to the Idaho Foodbank.

*There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.

ABOUT ANTI-FLAG

418456463563Great rock n’ roll doesn’t have to be mindless and socially conscious tunes don’t have to be dull. When art and entertainment devolve into mere commercial escapism, the status quo of an oppressive system and the empty banality of mediocre music will prevail.

ANTI-FLAG burst through the concrete wall of apathy like a proverbial desert flower. American Spring is an empowering, energetic antidote to the crippling cynicism that infects even the most dedicated of rabble-rousers. Co-produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman and the band, Anti-Flag’s tenth studio album is both a shot across the bow of the political discourse and creatively challenging.

American Spring is a stylistic leap forward that captures the essence of their dense catalog while conjuring a fresh new sound. Anti-Flag’s commitment to high caliber neo-punk music remains as strong as their devotion to raising awareness. “I hope this record can be an encouragement to people to never give up,” declares Justin Sane, guitarist/vocalist and cofounder of Anti-Flag. “I know that music changed my life.”

American Spring is the next natural step in a career that produced activist-punk classics like For Blood and Empire (2006), The Terror State (2003) and Underground Network (2001), and inspired international audiences to learn more about the Occupy movement, the anti-war movement, and the idea that “socialism” isn’t a dirty word.

Drawing inspiration equally from political thinkers like Howard Zinn and Cornel West as from The Clash and The Dead Kennedys, Anti-Flag got going in earnest in 1993, a year before massive records by Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid pushed punk back into the spotlight. Anti-Flag hail from Pittsburgh, site of the Homestead Steel Strike in 1892 (one of the most serious labor disputes in history), Hill District riots in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination, in a state that helped birth abolitionism.

Anti-Flag attacks the issues head on. Anti-poverty and social justice coalition Oxfam projects the world’s wealthiest 1% will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016, a fact tackled in “The Great Divide.” “There’s a class war going on. The rich are waging it on the poor and they’re winning in a staggering wave of crushing defeats, over and over again,” says Sane. “Most wealth is concentrated in about 200 corporations, which are owned and run by a really small group of people. We’re living in occupied territory. When the Germans in World War II occupied the French they had a resistance. It’s up to all of us living in corporate occupied territory to be the resistance.”

As detailed by the essays in the American Spring liner notes, Anti-Flag’s lyrics are as socio-politically minded as ever, but through the lens of deeply personal experience. Drummer/cofounder Pat Thetic’s uniquely identifiable rhythms and the dual vocals of Sane and bassist/vocalist Chris #2 ensure each song retains the sound Anti-Flag has established, even as Sane and longtime guitarist Chris Head unleash their heaviest riffs.

“Sky is Falling” is one of the darkest Anti-Flag songs ever recorded, capturing the oppressive feeling of its subject matter, drone strikes. “All of the Poison, All of the Pain” lashes out against nihilism, offering empathy to artists who’ve lost themselves to hopelessness across the generations, but urgently insisting to keep up the fight. “The Debate is Over” owes a debt to Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. There’s no more arguing to do about climate change. It’s real. It’s here.

Chris #2 ended a relationship that consumed a huge portion of his life during the writing for American Spring. When he watched the events in Ferguson, Missouri, unfold on television, he immediately felt the same rage he had hearing a not guilty verdict after a year and a half of court hearings surrounding the murder of his own sister. On American Spring, he’s connected his personal life to the bigger political picture like never before.

“I felt torn up, vulnerable, and unsure of my identity. I’d never had that experience before. So whenever I started looking at the politics of the world, I couldn’t help but connect each thing that was happening to something that had happened in my life.”

Punk icon Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Transplants) guests on “Brandenburg Gate,” a song Chris #2 envisioned as akin to Billy Bragg’s “Socialism of the Heart” meets The Clash. “I’ve wanted to write a song with that sort of groove ever since I’ve known I can write songs.”

“Without End” confronts the false doctrine of perpetual war, dismantling the idea that a military “victory” can be had over concepts like “terror,” topped off with a blistering solo from Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine.

The entire band shares a strong point of view when it comes to compromise, to surrender, to giving up on the promise of a better world. Chris #2 flies the flag for optimism in the face of cynicism in songs like “To Hell with Boredom” and “Believer,” which declares: “Don’t give up / don’t give in / there’s no peace in the end / the war worth raging is right here.” Sane rails against apathy on “Low Expectations.”

Unthinkable income inequality, militarized police, neo-colonialism, corporate oligarchy, apocalyptic environmental destruction, loss of privacy and individual liberty, crackdowns on whistleblowers, perpetual wars on the tightening grip of mainstream media, the prison industrial complex, fascism and extremism of all stripes– there’s plenty to feel defeated about today. But as “Believer” proclaims, that means justice is up to “Just Us.”

“Change happens one person at a time. It takes time. But it’s important for those ideas to be out there,” Sane insists. “It’s impossible to connect with every single person. When you’re putting an idea out there, you’re just hoping it will resonate with enough people that it has some kind of ability to affect their lives. But change does happen in incremental steps. The first part of being involved is being aware. Then beyond that, there are steps we can all take to become a more active part of progressive resistance.”

Yes, thankfully there remain those whose resilience is assured, who fight harder against adversity and difficult odds. They are the proud torchbearers for progressive collectivism, radical change, and a free expression with heavy social responsibility. They are the artists with the talent to create works worthy of their message. Bessie Smith, Woody Guthrie, MC5, Bad Religion, Boogie Down Productions, The Clash – and after more than two decades, Anti-Flag carries the tradition forward, injecting the underground and the mainstream with politically charged, deliberate, smart-but-no-lessvisceral neo-punk.

November 17th, 2016

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS IDAHO HO HO LIVE AT RECORD EXCHANGE DEC. 1!

facebook-sliderRiver Boise Presents presents Idaho Ho Ho Live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6pm First Thursday, Dec. 1. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

In celebration of the seventh installment of the popular Idaho Ho Ho holiday benefit CD series, musicians from this year’s album will perform mini-sets on The Record Exchange stage as a preview of the Idaho Ho Ho Benefit Concert Dec. 3 at Visual Arts Collective.

Idaho Ho Ho CDs will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from sales of the CDs benefit The Idaho Foodbank.

Scheduled performers include:

SFM-Steve Fulton Music
Davey Jones and the Spiders from Bars
The Divas of Boise

More info, including ticket link, for the Dec. 3 benefit concert here.

ABOUT ‘IDAHO HO HO’

Each year, Moxie Java and Audio Lab Recording Studios come together to create “Idaho Ho Ho: A Celebration of the Holidays with Idaho Musicians.” The CD has become a yearly top seller at The Record Exchange, with the sale of 1 CD feeding an entire family of four.

Established in 1988, Moxie Java is Idaho’s oldest and largest chain of coffeehouses in Idaho. As part of the company’s mission to celebrate the Idaho lifestyle and Idaho communities, Moxie Java has been committed to supporting Idaho charities; in addition to the Idaho Foodbank, the company has supported numerous local charitable organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Idaho Special Olympics, Make-a-Wish Idaho and Susan G. Komen, to name a few. www.moxiejava.com

The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit organization founded in 1984, and is the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. From warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, the Idaho Foodbank has distributed more than 17 million pounds of food to Idaho families in the past year through a network of more than 190 community-based partners. These include rescue missions, church pantries, emergency shelters and community kitchens. The Idaho Foodbank also operates direct-service programs that promote healthy families and communities through good nutrition. www.idahofoodbank.org