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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2013 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we're posting individual lists here on the website. You can also visit the store to view all the lists in realtime and shop our special '13 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

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Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!

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1. ULTIMATE ALTERNATIVE WAVERS
Built to Spill
2. HALF THE CITY
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
3. THE SPACE PROJECT
Various Artists
4. TIME TRAVELERS AND BONFIRES
Sevendust
5. DEMOLICIOUS
Green Day
6. BECAUSE THE INTERNET
Childish Gambino
7. THE DEVIL LOVES YOU
aka Belle
8. DO TO THE BEAST
Afghan Whigs
9. DOTTED LINE
Nickel Creek
10. MEMPHIS GREASE
John Nemeth

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February 18th, 2014

ESCAPE THE FATE SIGNING THURSDAY, FEB. 20; PRIORITY-LINE WRISTBAND AVAILABLE WITH CD/LP PURCHASE!

escape the fate 700Escape the Fate will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an album signing at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Escape the Fate 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 Monday, Feb. 10, purchase Ungrateful on CD, deluxe 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.) The first 25 people to purchase Ungrateful also get a free ticket to the Knit show!

ABOUT ESCAPE THE FATE

Escape-the-Fate3.jpg?94a171While their previous, self-titled album found them taking their sound in a more muscular direction, Escape the Fate find their knack for melody again on their fourth album, Ungrateful. Though the album retains a lot of the heaviness of their last effort, there’s a soaring quality here that feels like the band is opening its sound up more, allowing the big moments to go in whatever direction is natural rather than trying to give everything a hard edge. With more room to stretch out, it definitely feels like Escape the Fate are moving into more familiar — and more comfortable — territories, making Ungrateful an album that feels like a return to form for the band.Allmusic.com

Originally from Las Vegas, Escape The Fate features Craig Mabbitt, Robert Ortiz, TJ Bell and Max Green. The band’s fifth studio recording and first for Eleven Seven Music, Ungrateful, is an example of the foot-to-the-throat intensity combined with soaring choruses that has set the band apart from their contemporaries.

OUTBURN Magazine says of the album, “Ungrateful is a marauding alt-metal manifesto that establishes that Escape The Fate just might be entering their prime.”

The album was co-produced by John Feldman, Monte Money and Brandon Saller (Atreyu) and mixed by Josh Wilbur.

February 13th, 2014

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS THE TREEFORT WARMUP PARTY WITH LUCIUS FEB. 13; WIN A MUSIC LOVERS PRIZE PACK, INCLUDING NIGHT AT MODERN!

lucius94.9 FM The River presents the Treefort Music Fest Warmup Party featuring Lucius live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Lucius is performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

We will be raffling a Music Lovers Prize Pack — including goodies from Treefort 2014 artists, a $25 Record Exchange Gift Card and night at The Modern Hotel and Bar* — at the event. To enter, purchase a Treefort Music Fest pass at The Record Exchange between now and Feb. 13. The winner will be drawn following Lucius’ in-store performance on the 13th.

* Subject to availability; room may not be redeemed during Treefort.

ABOUT LUCIOUS

lucius wildewoman“Perfect, magnetic pop music.” -NPR
“The best band you may not have heard yet.” -Rolling Stone

Lucius knew from the start they were on to something special. Centered around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the Brooklyn band has evolved from a promising duo into the dynamic quintet that released its debut LP, WILDEWOMAN (Mom + Pop) in 2013.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as a Band to Watch, alliteratively lauded by The New York Times for their “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies” and praised by NPR for their “charisma and charm,” Lucius pairs the synchronous vocals of Wolfe and Laessig, who play synth and keyboards, with guitars and drums from Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri. Together, they make music that evokes classic girl-group pop and iconic rock ’n’ roll with a modern twist, that belongs solely to Lucius. But none of it happened overnight.

“We’ve been singing together for almost nine years, and this will be our first record as a band,” Wolfe says. “We never wanted to rush anything. We never looked for a record deal before it felt like we needed one, and we never wanted to be on tour until we felt like we could sustain ourselves on the road. It was important for us to hone our craft.”

Wolfe and Laessig met in college in Boston, bonding over a love of old-school soul, David Bowie and the Beatles. They sing as though each is one half of the same voice, with riveting, resonant unison parts on songs like “Hey Doreen,” the propulsive first single from WILDEWOMAN; and harmonies that feel instinctive as their voices diverge and then meld together on the ineffably catchy title track.

“We started singing in unison because we were always drawn to doubled vocals on recordings,” Wolfe says. “We figured it couldn’t hurt to try it in a live setting and it just felt like our voices were supposed to be sitting together – an automatic vocal kinship. In truth, many of our intentional decisions, when it comes to sounds and arrangements and even band setup, have been happy accidents.”

After their initial musical gathering, the pair started writing songs together, exploring a sense of otherness that each had felt growing up, and pairing it with arresting musical arrangements: from bright acoustic guitars and heartbroken vocals to layers of irresistible rhythm and bold melodies.

“Jess and I have shared unusually parallel experiences,” Laessig says. “We were both bullied during adolescence, which lit a fire in each of us. We have both experienced relationships and love on a similar timeline, so when we write songs together we have a natural empathy. The themes that run through this record reflect the struggles and realizations of becoming an adult, and of being a bit of an outsider sometimes, but embracing it. I think that’s something people can relate to.”

In 2007, Wolfe and Laessig moved to Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, taking up residence at the Bromley House, which had, unbeknownst to them at the time, been a music school and recording studio for more than 60 years prior. Wolfe and Laessig established an open-door policy for the strong local community of musicians. First came Molad, a drummer, producer and engineer whom Lucius sought out for some early recording sessions (he also co-produced WILDEWOMAN). He introduced them to Lalish, his former bandmate in the indie-pop trio Elizabeth and the Catapult. Later, Molad met Burri while working on a different recording project, rounding out the Lucius family.

At the same time, Lucius was developing the memorable visual look the band employs onstage — “dressing the sound,” they call it. Taking inspiration from strong visual artists, and citing Bjork, Bowie, Warhol and Prince as style icons, the women are bedecked in a seemingly endless array of identical head-to-toe ensembles, complemented by the men’s sharp, tailored style.

January 24th, 2014

94.9 THE RIVER AND BOISE WEEKLY PRESENT THE DEVIL MAKES THREE IN-STORE JAN. 24; WRISTBAND WITH PURCHASE OF ‘I’M A STRANGER HERE’!

TheDevilMakes3-PiperFerguson-300dpi94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly present The Devil Makes Three live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. The Devil Makes Three is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase The Devil Makes Three’s new album I’m a Stranger Here on CD or vinyl starting Wednesday, Jan. 15 and we’ll give you a wristband guaranteeing admission plus a Devil Makes Three bandanna or magnet (while supplies last) — the first 10 people also get a free ticket to the Knitting Factory show! Listen to The River prior to the event for a chance to win a wristband!

We’re also giving away a Devil Makes Three vinyl test pressing and New West Records prize pack at the in-store!

ABOUT THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

devil makes three“There’s a road that goes out of every town. All you’ve got to do is get on it,” Pete Bernhard says.

The guitarist/singer and his cohorts in the raw and raucous trio The Devil Makes Three have found their way onto that road numerous times since they first left their picaresque rural hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. Back then, they had no idea it would lead them to such auspicious destinations as the Newport Folk and Austin City Limits Festivals, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and on tours with Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Trampled By Turtles. Along the way, they drew numerous accolades from a growing fan base and press alike.

TDM3’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.

With upright bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean, Bernhard crafted a dozen tunes, part road songs, part heartbreak songs and part barnburners. While most bands are propelled from behind by a drummer, TDM3 builds exuberant rhythms from the inside out, wrapping finger-picked strings and upsurging harmonies around chugging acoustic guitar and bass, plying an ever-growing audience onto its feet to jump, shake and waltz.

TDM3’s sound is garage-y ragtime, punkified blues, old n’ new timey without settling upon a particular era, inspired as much by mountain music as by Preservation Hall jazz. “We bend genres pretty hard,” Bernhard says.

The combination could only have happened via the circuitous route each of them took to forming the band. As kids in Vermont, “all raised by sort of hippie parents” who exposed them to folk, blues and jugbands, Bernhard says, they blazed a path to nearby Boston, Massachusetts in search of punk rock shows. They found venerable venues like The Rat and The Middle East, drawn to east coast bands like the Dropkick Murphys and Aus-Rotten.

“It would be like 6 bucks for 13 bands, everyone playing for 20 minutes,” Bernhard says. “I had so much fun going to shows like that. The energy coming off the stage makes a circle with the crowd and comes back. We were really attracted to that energy.”

Bernhard and McBean, a multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, musical saw and bass, forged a particular bond. Unlike most of their mutual friends, they both liked to play acoustic music, with McBean showing Bernhard the wonders of Hank Williams and Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. They kept in touch after high school, when nearly everyone in their clique relocated to the west coast like the characters in Delbert McClinton’s song “Two More Bottles of Wine.”

“It was a mass exodus of kids who went out to start bands and be creative, searching for the unknown, dreaming of something different,” Bernhard says. “We wanted to get away from where we were from, as many kids do, and California was the farthest we could get.” Eventually they landed in sunny Santa Cruz, California, where TDM3 took shape in 2001. Their early gigs were house concerts, then small bars, punk shows, bigger rock clubs and theaters and festivals, all the while defying genre and delighting whomever turned up to listen.

Turino learned bass to join the band, but her unremitting sense of rhythm comes naturally from being raised by parents who were dance teachers, and from her own dance background. Attacking the strings of her upright, she understands how to infuse songs with the force it takes to get a crowd moving.

And the songs on I’m a Stranger Here tell the rest of the story, with the music often joyously juxtaposed against lyric darkness…the rootless nature of being in a touring band, traveling from town to town with little sense of community, represented by a devil-like character (“Stranger”)…thorny transitions into adulthood…struggling with relationships (“Worse or Better”), watching friends succumb to addiction (“Mr. Midnight”), coming to terms with mortality (“Dead Body Moving”), nostalgic notions of childhood (“Spinning Like a Top”). Bernhard even considers the destruction of changing weather patterns, inspired in part by Hurricane Katrina as well as a flood that wreaked havoc in Brattleboro (“Forty Days,” a gospel rave-up recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band).

Bernhard wrote more than 20 songs for the album and turned them over to producer Buddy Miller, who gravitated toward the darker material but insured that the recording was lit up by the band’s innate ebullience. It was Miller’s idea to record at Easy Eye rather than his renowned home studio. “Easy Eye is like Sun Records,” Bernhard says. “There’s one live tracking room filled with amazing gear, and that defines the kind of record you’re going to make. That was exactly the record we wanted to make, and we knew Buddy was the one who could capture us playing together like we do.”

For a band that made its bones with dynamic performances, recording an album is almost like coaxing lightning into a bottle, but Miller and TDM3 succeed on I’m a Stranger Here. Now they’re continuing the journey that began when they found their way to the road that led them out of Vermont. “I can’t wait to get onstage, I love it,” Bernhard says. “Playing music for a living is a blessing and a curse, but for us there’s no other option.”

December 23rd, 2013

TREEFORT PASSES WITH EXCLUSIVE GIFT PACKAGING & VIP UPGRADE CONTEST!

treefort ticket holders 200Our friends at Treefort Music Fest gave us a nice exclusive for gift-related pass purchases along with a contest to win a VIP upgrade!

Buy a 4-day Treefort 2014 pass at The Record Exchange before Christmas and we’ll give you exclusive gift packaging designed by Team Treefort. You’ll also be entered to win a VIP upgrade – winners will be drawn the week of Dec. 29!

More info on Treefort, including initial artist announcement, HERE.

December 18th, 2013

BOISE WEEKLY PRESENTS ALL-AGES TENNIS IN-STORE SATURDAY, JAN. 4 (3P)

tennisTennis will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. The in-store is presented by Boise Weekly. Tennis is playing Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale here at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT TENNIS

tennisCelebrated Denver-based husband and wife duo Tennis will continue to tour to support their new EP Small Sound with a run of dates in January on the West Coast. The new EP, which is out now, is the bands first collaboration with Communion Records.

Small Sound follows their much lauded previous full length efforts, 2011’s Cape Dory and 2012’s Young and Old. Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track “Cured of Youth” produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). The band inked a new deal with Communion Records and will return to the studio to work on new music for a Spring 2014 full length album. Small Sound is available as a limited 10” vinyl release and CD. Noisey recently premiered their lyric video for the song “Mean Streets,” which can be viewed HERE and shared HERE.

Tennis was born aboard Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s nearly seven-month sailing trip. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was Cape Dory, an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.

Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young and Old, which The New York Times called “striking indie-pop” and The New Yorker described as “winsome as it is ebullient.” The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart, #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three weeks in a row and debuted on Soundscan’s “New Artist Chart” at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. The band performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”