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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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On Black Friday,The Record Exchange will have more than 100 vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley, including titles from the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Flaming Lips, The Doors, Metallica and more!

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Saturday, Nov. 29, is the fifth annual Small Business Saturday, and you can celebrate this national buy-local day by shopping small at The Record Exchange and other independent businesses!

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Our friends at Beggars Group — which includes such fine indie labels as Matador, 4AD, XL and True Panther — released some great albums in 2014, and to celebrate, we’re offering 14 titles on vinyl on sale through January 15!

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1. The Endless River
Pink Floyd
2. Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters
3. The Basement Tapes Raw
Bob Dylan and the Band
4. Lost on the River
The New Basement Tapes
5. My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Damien Rice
6. Storytone
Neil Young
7. Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
8. Cadillactica
Big Krit
9. Primitive and Deadly
Earth
10. Burnt Offering
The Budos Band

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September 5th, 2014

PAYETTE BREWING CO. PRESENTS COLONY HOUSE IN-STORE FRIDAY, SEPT. 5; FREE PAYETTE BREWING CO. BEER!

ColonyHouse_Press_307Payette Brewing Co. presents Colony House live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Colony House is performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT COLONY HOUSE

colony house albumIn a relatively brief span of time, Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative force, as well as a beloved fan favorite with a passionate, fiercely loyal fan base. That audience is likely to expand substantially with the release of When I Was Younger, the Nashville trio’s first full-length album, whose 14 compelling original tunes fulfill the abundant promise of the band’s three widely-acclaimed, self-released EPs.

It’s not surprising that Colony House has struck a resonant chord with listeners. The threesome maintains a balance of craft and immediacy that reflects its affinity for the sound of such alt-rock outfits as Interpol and The Killers, while echoing the influence of such alternative icons as U2 and New Order. They’ve assimilated their multiple influences in a manner that’s wholly distinctive, adding tight harmonies, strong instrumental chops and a keen melodic sensibility that’s all their own.

Lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Caleb Chapman writes effortlessly infectious tunes that resonate with personal experience and emotional authority. The songs’ messages of faith, hope and perseverance are matched by the organic musical rapport of Caleb and his bandmates, brother Will Chapman on drums and Scott Mills on lead guitar and harmony vocals.

“The songs I write have always come from deep places, whether they’re deep places of joy or deep places of hurt, and it can be hard inviting people into those places with you,” Caleb states.

That openhearted attitude is reflected throughout When I Was Younger, both in Caleb’s expressive vocals and in the band’s vivid performances of such personally-charged tunes as “Silhouettes,” “Second Guessing Games,” “Keep On Keeping On,” “Waiting for My Time to Come” and “Won’t Give Up,” which exemplify the combination of sharp lyrical insight and indelible melodic craft that makes Colony House special.

As When I Was Younger demonstrates, much of Colony House’s appeal lies in the three bandmates’ powerful rapport, which extends into every aspect of their lives—and which has defined their approach towards the music.

“Our musical and personal chemistry goes hand in hand,” Caleb affirms. “The three of us are best friends, which means that at any given moment we are each other’s worst enemies as well. Being in a band is like being in a marriage—it’s a constant reminder of your own pride, and a reminder that you have to be willing to sacrifice in order for it to be successful. We’ve made a conscious effort to build the foundation of the band on our friendship, and then letting that spill over into our creative relationship.”

As the sons of Contemporary Christian pop superstar Steven Curtis Chapman, Caleb and Will Chapman have been steeped in music for their entire lives. They began making music together in early childhood, playing with their dad as well as their own combos. In 2009 they joined forces with Scott Mills, who they’d met through a cousin. Although initially known collectively as Caleb, the trio rechristened themselves Colony House in 2013, borrowing the name of an apartment complex in their hometown of Franklin, where Will and Scott as well as Caleb’s future wife had all lived prior to the band’s formation.

The new combo quickly began to win attention, bringing its charismatic live shows to fans via diligent touring, while earning critical raves with a series of acclaimed EPs: Colony House, Trouble and To the Ends of the World. Along the way, the band members found time to pursue other musical adventures, with Caleb collaborating with Will’s wife, singer Jillian Edwards, as the In-Laws, and Will moonlighting playing drums on tour with noted indie combo Ivan and Alyosha.

But Colony House remains the focus of their musical lives, as When I Was Younger makes clear. “We labored on the album for a long time,” Caleb notes. “We began recording it in September 2012 and finished it in July 2013. We had our dear friends Joe Causey and Ben Shive co-produce it, which made it a very special experience. They knew that this was our first full-length project, and I think that they felt the responsibility to help us tell our story the right way.

“Creating this record had such a strong set of contrasting emotions: joy, hope, frustration, sorrow, uncertainty, confidence,” he continues.

“These songs are questions that I have been wrestling with for months, sometimes years,” Caleb asserts. “They’re stories I had been trying to write in the dim light of my 100-square-foot room long before they were ever brought to life in a studio. We created the album conceptually, trying to keep in mind the rules of telling a story. There must be a dramatic arc, a beginning, a middle and an end. So in that way, every song is a piece of the equation. The front half of the album is a bit more lighthearted and fun, and then the back half gets a bit heavier. And the last third, starting with ‘Won’t Give Up,’ is very important to us.”

Perhaps the most startling aspect of When I Was Younger is the band’s forthrightness in addressing some deeply personal, emotionally raw issues, most notably the accidental death of Caleb and Will’s 5-year-old adoptive sister Maria Sue in 2008. That tragedy is addressed on several of the album’s songs, including “Keep On Keeping On” and “Won’t Give Up,” underlining the songs’ recurring themes of faith and family.

“It has been a difficult thing to do, sharing your family tragedy when telling your story or singing your songs,” Caleb states. “But I think that it’s important to tell. Everyone has a story of pain, of heartbreak, of a letdown or failure, and that is a thread that ties us all together—the ones on stage and the ones in the crowd. We were dealt a painful hand, but it’s what has bound us together so tightly. We want to create honest art, and this is the most important thing that has happened in our lives, so it would be a hard thing to leave out of our story.”

That heart-on-sleeve honesty is just one of the qualities that make Colony House a special band, and make When I Was Younger such a remarkable musical statement.

“We believe that we have a story to tell—a story of hope and perseverance—and that’s what we want to leave people with,” Caleb concludes. “We are not in the business of writing tragedies. We have experienced tragedy, but we’ve also seen hope triumph. Our faith is woven throughout everything we do musically, just as it’s woven into the foundation of our lives.”

August 29th, 2014

HI-TOPS REUNION AT VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE AUG. 30/31 – GET YOUR TICKETS AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE!

hi-topsHi-Tops, arguably the most popular Boise party band of all time, reunites for two special concerts at Visual Arts Collective (VaC) on August 30th and 31st. Tickets are $20 in advance while they last, available online at Brown Paper Tickets or in person at Visual Arts Collective and The Record Exchange. Doors open at 8 pm and the show begins at 9 pm. VaC is located at 3638 Osage Street behind the Woman of Steel Gallery on Chinden Blvd. in Garden City. VaC is a 21-and-older venue; valid IDs required.

Hi-Tops:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hi-tops-30-years-strong/335351829946368

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https://www.facebook.com/events/575937645848894/

The original members of the Hi-Tops return to VaC’s stage for the first time since 2010, when they reunited to play sold-out shows to an audience of over 770 fans. Hi-Tops formed in the mid-1980s in Boise, becoming the band that Curtis Stigers and Steve Fulton grew up in. The group recorded two albums in the mid and late 80s and moved to San Diego together in 1988.

The original members performing include John Laufenburger, lead singer; Craig Sofaly, lead guitar and vocals; Sandon Mayhew, saxophone, lyricon and vocals; Ancel Schoberg, bass guitar; Steve Fulton, keyboards, guitar, and vocals. Guest Tim Willis will fill in on drums for the original drummer Dave Browne, who can’t make the reunion.

“We decided it was time for Hi-Tops to get together again, especially after finding out we could get the Swiveltones to play with us!” says Steve Fulton, owner of Audio Lab recording studios and original member of Hi-Tops. “Swiveltones, a super fun, high energy group, used to come home from University of Idaho for Christmas break and play each night for a week with Hi Tops at the Bouquet! We always felt like ‘we better be on our game, these kids are GREAT!’ We formed a great friendship with them and are now finally able to share the stage again with them! Led by Steve Smart and Drew Kirk, ALL the original members will be there!

Visual Arts Collective, recent recipient of The Rauschenberg Foundation Grant, is an innovative venue located in Garden City’s Live Work Create district with year-round live music, arts exhibitions, theater from Alley Repertory Theater, and special events. Stay tuned at visualartscollective.com.

August 28th, 2014

HERMIT MUSIC FESTIVAL FLASH SALE: 20% OFF TICKETS THURSDAY, AUG. 28!

hermit music festThe second annual Hermit Music Festival takes place Aug. 29-31, and this Thursday The Record Exchange is holding a flash sale on Hermit Fest tickets!

Visit The RX Thursday, Aug. 28 and save 20% on your ticket:

Weekend pass – $36 (regularly $45)
Weekend student/senior pass – $28 (regularly $35)
Saturday ticket – $20 (regularly $25)
Saturday student/senior ticket – $16 (regularly $20)
Sunday ticket – $20 (regularly $25)
Sunday student/senior ticket – $16 (regularly $20)

Hermit website: hermitmusicfestival.com
Hermit Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Hermit-Music-Festival/229342560540362

August 27th, 2014

RECORD EXCHANGE ALIVE AFTER FIVE SEASON FINALE: THE BOTH AUG. 27!

theboth_photo_gal__photo_201861164Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 27, for the annual end-of-season Record Exchange Party at Alive After Five featuring The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo). This free, all-ages concert on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise kicks off at 5 p.m. with Go Listen Boise opener Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles.

ABOUT THE BOTH
the both“Throughout the song and the album, each singer sounds freshened and energized- never diminished-by the collaboration.” – NPR Music

“The Both represents the pairing of two great … talents who go great together.” – Rolling Stone

“The project places the talents of the two artists in perfect harmony…” – The Los Angeles Times

“Coupled with Mann’s gift for a pop melody and Leo’s penchant for spiky, urgent guitars, the end result is a best-of-both-worlds situation.” – Boston Globe

“It isn’t just a collection of well-constructed tunes. It’s a unified album, in which sound is every bit as crucial as craft. Despite the formidable solo careers involved, The Both improbably sounds like the work of a band.” – Chicago Tribune

“Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have combined their eloquent, slightly off-kilter songwriting powers…” – SPIN

The Both is a collaborative project from critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.”

The band’s all original songs were written as back-and-forth collaborations between Mann and Leo. With their differing musical vocabularies and mutual admiration for one another, the duo found working together to be a boon. “We were just like ‘Fuck it, let’s push and make it happen,'” notes Mann. “You really just have to go, ‘You know what, I have to trust that this other person’s instincts are good.'” Leo furthers, “I think as Aimee and I have gotten closer, we have realized how much in common we have and how much respect we have for what the other person does and what they’re bringing to the table. The writing process has largely been long distance, but it’s been line by line, verse by verse, part by part; we’ll send each other something and go back and forth until it’s finished.” The album was recorded in Los Angeles with Ryan Freeland, between stretches of touring in 2013, and produced by Mann’s longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan.

Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album “Whatever” and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-lauded “Magnolia” and appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series “Portlandia.” The new collaboration follows Mann’s eighth studio album “Charmer,” which received national attention.

Punk/indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leo is best known for his work with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists over the past fifteen years. His most recent album The Brutalist Bricks was released on Matador Records in 2010. Leo also kept up a consistent presence as a solo performer since the late 1990s and began playing with Mann in February 2012.