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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2014 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we will be posting individual lists here on the website. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and shop our special '14 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!


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Josh Ritter is returning to Boise for a special performance at the Cathedral of the Rockies during Treefort Music Fest, and The Record Exchange has exclusive album/ticket bundles (CD and LP) that get you a guaranteed-admission ticket to the show and Ritter's new album Acoustic Live Vol. 1!


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1. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear
2. The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse
3. This is All Yours
4. Uptown Special
Mark Ronson
5. Black Messiah
6. Ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey
7. Evermotion
8. Talking is Hard
Walk the Moon
9. Lost on the River
The New Basement Tapes
10. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Sturgill Simpson


September 29th, 2014


edmond dantes vinyl tuesdayIt’s New Release Tuesday, and a very special one because we are hosting the Edmond Dantes Release Party at 6 p.m. to celebrate the release of their new EP Juno!

Our new Vinyl Tuesday sale also continues this week – customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased all day long every Tuesday!

* Must be redeemed at time of purchase. Offer valid during regular business hours (10am-9pm) on Tuesdays only. The Record Exchange will not issue store credit for any unused portion of the Vinyl Tuesday used vinyl bonus.

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


Edmond Dantes – Juno

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Prince – Art Official Age

Prince and 3rdeyegirl – Plectrumelectrum

Electric Wizard – Time to Die

Colbie Caillat – Gypsy Heart

Melissa Etheridge – This is M.E.

Lady Antebellum – 747 (deluxe edition also available)

Blake Shelton – No Sound Without Silence

Kat Edmonson – Big Picture

Oasis – What’s the Story, Morning Glory? Deluxe Edition

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

Sick of It All – Last Act of Defiance

Madchild – Switched On

Finch – Back to Oblivion

The Script – No Sound Without Silence

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Luke Winslow-King – Everlasting Arms

Between the Buried and Me – Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium

Slow Magic – How to Run Away

SPM (South Park Mexican) – Son of Norma

Nonpoint – Return

Decapitated – Blood Mantra (deluxe edition also available)

Stiff Little Fingers – No Going Back

Excel – Split Image Deluxe Edition

Steve Aoki – Neon Future I

Bryan Adams – Tracks of My Years

Status Quo – Frantic Four’s Final Fling: Live at the Dublin 02 Arena

Mr. Big – Stories We Could Tell

Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks 15: Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ 9/3/77

Genesis – R-Kive

Various Artists – Link of Chain: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Chris Smither

Hot Rize – When I’m Free

Ricky Skaggs/Sharon White – Hearts Like Ours

Alabama and Friends – At the Ryman

Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien

Jon Lord, Deep Purple and Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord The Composer

Jon Lord, Deep Purple and Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord The Rock Legend

Abba – Live at Wembley

Herb Alpert – In the Mood

The Toure-Raichel Collective – The Paris Sessions

Trigger Hippy – Trigger Hippy

Jimbo Mathus – Jimmy the Kid

Sam Amidon – Lily-O

Pieta Brown – Paradise Outlaw

Butcher Babies – Uncovered

Flying Colors – Second Nature

Ferry Corsten – Full On: Ibiza 2014

Zodiac – Sonic Child

Weedeater – Sixteen Tons

Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Within Temptation – Hydra Media Book Tour Edition

Torch Runner – Endless Nothing

Tantric – The Blue Room Archives

Katatonia – Last Fair Day Gone Night

10 FT Ganja Plant – 10 Deadly Shots Vol. III

Meshuggah – I Remastered

Meshuggah – Ophidian Trek

1349 – Massive Cauldron of Chaos (deluxe edition also available)

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – The Hightone Years

Django Reinhardt – The Best of the Broadcast Performances

Bud Powell – I Know That You Know On Stage

Charlie Haden/Jim Hall – Charlie Haden/Jim Hall

Stanley Clarke – Up

Ian Anderson – Homo Erracticus


Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Courtney Barnett – Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Jason Isbell – Southeastern (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Half the City (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Temples – Sun Structures (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Nothing – Guilty of Everything (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Lucius – Wildewoman (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

In This Moment – Blood (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Kellie Pickler – Woman I Am (exclusive pink colored vinyl Ten Bands One Cause Breast Cancer Awareness version)

Electric Wizard – Time to Die

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory Deluxe Edition

Touche Amore – Live on BBC Radio One: 2

Touche Amore/Title Fight – Split

Death – Spiritual Healing

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

Frank Zappa – Apostrophe

Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault

Annie Lennox – Nostalgia

Joni Mitchell – Hejira

In Flames – Siren Charms

Thievery Corporation – Mirror Conspiracy

Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon

Thievery Corporation – Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi

Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall

Jayhawks – Rainy Day Music

Hudson Mohawke – Chimes

Weedeater – Sixteen Tons

King Diamond – Fatal Portrait

Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’

Freddie Hubbard – Ready for Freddie

Kenny Drew – Undercurrent

Milt Jackson – Wizard of the Vibes

Stanley Turrentine – That’s Where It’s At

Sick of It All – Last Act of Defiance


Between the Buried and Me – Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium DVD

September 29th, 2014


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Genre-defying duo Edmond Dantes has wrapped up its second EP of original tunes. The EP, titled “Juno,” is set to be released on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and the band will celebrate with a free, all-ages release party that evening (6 p.m.) at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise.

“Juno” consists of four original songs and a remix of the Edmond Dantes song “Decade” by Boise synth wizards The Dirty Moogs. “Juno” will be available in CD form at The Record Exchange during the in-store.


Edmond Dantes (the band, not the literary character)


They made an EP with 4 new songs and a remix by The Dirty Moogs


Because Andrew and Ryan aren’t very good at any other endeavors


The Record Exchange


Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.

For a taster of the EP, visit or

September 18th, 2014



Atmosphere will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an album signing at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Atmosphere is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Thursday, Aug. 28, purchase Southsiders on CD or vinyl prior to the event and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.)


atmosphere southsidersMinneapolis is known for many things — pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out to the masses. And thanks to the duo’s indefatigable touring habits, Top 20-charting albums, and their galvanizing artist-owned label Rhymesayers (MF Doom, Aesop Rock), they’re still pushing the boundaries of what indie rap can mean.

It’s with that overachieving-underdog spirit that MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis have named Atmosphere’s eighth studio album Southsiders, a shout-out to their native neighborhood. Because, says Slug, “We have spent the majority of our career — God, we can call it a career! — repping the south side of Minneapolis pretty hard.”

While Southsiders is a celebration of the group’s fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes conflicted, work. “It’s a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my family,” says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. “I’m starting to think, ‘What is post–family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?’ I’m sticking to my roots, rapping about what I’m doing, what I think about. This record is — much like the other ones — a very detailed look at my life.”

The album captures everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown in “Southsiders,” to the ebb-and-flow of loss in the sauntering “Arthur’s Song,” to emotional abandon in the rousing “Kanye West.” The latter — and its mantra, “put your hands in the air like you really do care” — is a high-five to the rapper whose emotional reactions are often misperceived as not caring. Say Slug, “I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment.”

All told, Southsiders took about ten months to complete. During that time, “I spent a lot of time agonizing over every detail, every word,” Slug says. He and Ant started out writing together in a Minneapolis basement. But these days, they trade tracks back and forth over email, with Ant triggering the creative flow by offering skeletons of songs.

Where Slug is the stalwart perfectionist, Ant persists as his healthy foil, finding beauty in sonic flaws. Says Slug: “He gives me the room to be as anal as I can be, even though he’s usually like, ‘Okay man, it’s okay. Let it go.’ He is the voice of reason I listen to.” Ant’s behind-the-board acumen is also key to Atmosphere’s unique sound: the live instrumentations provide vibrant tonal contrast to Slug’s often-weighty subject matter. Such as in album’s first single, “Bitter”: A condemnation of self-entitlement, it’s set, intriguingly, against sly synth percolations.

Much of Slug’s songwriting agony stems from his need to translate things he relates to into universal messages — which is why even after all these years, Atmosphere remains relevant in the rap game. “Do I want to leave a legacy of, ‘Oh, that guy was really dope. He figured out how to rhyme astral projections with gastral infections’? Or do I want to be a positive energy source for the movement in general?” Slug says. “There is purpose behind what I do than just talking about me.” And how does that impact his rhymes now? “Well,” he points out, “I have to keep things realistic: making sure the gross stuff represented itself as gross, and that the beautiful stuff stays beautiful.”

September 10th, 2014


1409025969_frontZammuto just released their new album Anchor, and this Sunday (Sept. 14) they’ll be visiting Boise for a performance at Boise Contemporary Theater.

While supplies last, purchase Anchor at The Record Exchange and get a free ticket to the show!