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RSD leftovers/restocks

Record Store Day is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of titles still available, plus limited restocks and a few late arrivals.


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pono is here!

Pono is here! The Record Exchange is now carrying the PonoPlayer, a high-resolution digital music player created with the intent of providing a higher quality digital listening experience.


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2014 staff picks

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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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 our singer-songwriter Birthday Bash celebrations!


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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Before This World
James Taylor
2. Pop Songs for Elk
Hillfolk Noir
3. Coming Home
Leon Bridges
4. Payola
5. Sticky Fingers
Rolling Stones
6. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Florence + the Machine
7. Angeleno
Sam Outlaw
8. Still
Richard Thompson
9. In Colour
Jamie xx
10. Django and Jimmie
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

[ sell us your stuff! ]

sell us your stuff!

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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go listen boise

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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rx amazon store

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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May 21st, 2015


10478931_10152840675073144_4664278927573015198_nKevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Friday, June 5, at the Sapphire Room (inside Riverside Hotel), 2900 E. Chinden Blvd., Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia’s new album What is the Nature of Your Emergency? will be available for purchase at the in-store!


Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia is a daring ensemble that explores the musical frontiers where jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass, Celtic and Brazilian sounds converge. Led by Kevin Kirk on keyboards, with Tom Tompkins on strings and flute, Mike Seifrit on 5- and 6-string basses, Jon Hyneman on drums, Greg Perkins on saxophones, Pat Hyneman on percussion and Jeffrey Barker on flute, these seven accomplished artists perform original songs that are exuberant, high energy, direct and hope-filled for an ever anxious and chaotic world.

What Is the Nature of Your Emergency? is the band’s fifth album. The first four have been greeted with critical acclaim. Some Assembly Required made the final 50 for a Grammy Award! Idaho Public Television’s multi-award-winning, high definition broadcast of the band’s concert at the Egyptian Theatre is still broadcast both nationally and internationally. The program was given the top 2009 NETA award (the highest Public Television award for broadcast of a performance). It also garnered the 1st place Platinum Award at World Fest out of 4,500 entries at its International Film Festival. The 30th annual Telly Awards gave the broadcast its Bronze Award out of 13,000 entries!

One of Onomatopoeia’s songs was voted in the top two songs of the year by the picky listeners of National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered.” The band’s song “Salsa To The Wallsa a la Telemann” was chosen by New York City Center to support their largest annual production, “Fall For Dance!” The song was played for 8 million viewers in New York City on a daily basis as part of the promotion of NYC’s most beloved, best attended annual production.

When not performing at jazz festivals, Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia especially love sharing their music with fellow Idahoans. They are also dedicated to perform with them, especially young musicians. Their most recent concerts have included some of Idaho’s brightest young string players: The Centennial High School Chamber Orchestra, The Treasure Valley Youth Symphony/Boise Junior Philharmonic and The Collegiate All Star Orchestra. For the past two years the band has collaborated with the string section of the Meridian Symphony.

May 4th, 2015


BoiseHiveLgoClrOL_PIdaho Gives is on First Thursday, May 7, and The Record Exchange is honored to be hosting Live Out Loud – Battle of the Bands, a benefit for Boise Hive, at 6 p.m.!

Two bands (Deviant Kin vs. Lee Penn Sky and the Oliphants) will each have 30 minutes to perform on the new Record Exchange stage and get their fans to “vote” with a donation to Boise Hive during their set. The winning band will receive a resource package that includes rehearsal and recording time, tax and marketing consultations and more. Boise Hive, meanwhile, wins your financial support, as all donations pledged at the event will help its Idaho Gives tally!

The Record Exchange will have customer giveaways at the end of each band’s set – everyone who donates to Boise Hive gets a raffle ticket!

Boise Hive staff will be on hand to accept your donation and provide more information on the awesome resources they’re providing for local musicians!

Go Listen Boise buskers will be outside the store performing from 4-6pm, too!


4-6pm – Go Listen Boise buskers outside the store

6pm – Introduction

6:15-6:30pm – Deviant Kin

6:45pm – First raffle for donors

7-7:30pm – Lee Penn Sky and the Oliphants

7:30pm – Second raffle for donors, announcement of winning band


Boise Hive was founded to provide an all-ages rehearsal and recording place for local musicians and artists. This donor-funded, volunteer-run community space aims to provide a facility where artists come to practice and hone their craft. Boise Hive empowers musicians and artists by providing affordable and soundproof rehearsal/practice space; gear rental and demo recording; education, training and other support for development; and access to resources for health and wellness.


Idaho Gives is a special day for philanthropy across Idaho: a day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share their work, which enriches communities throughout our state. It’s a day for Idahoans to come together with one voice of support for our nonprofits, big and small. On May 7, 2015, join us here to find your passion, donate to your favorite causes, learn about new nonprofits, and share in the excitement!

Schedule your donation now or visit the site on Idaho Gives day to make a contribution to the nonprofits you love. Your donations could help them win extra award money! Last year, with your help, Idaho Gives raised $782,862 from 7,566 individuals who gave to more than 660 nonprofit causes.

May 1st, 2015


417184_286913341377555_1523274202_nIdaho Songwriters Association is presenting Brook Faulk Band with Johnny Shoes live at The Sapphire Room on Sunday, May 3, and we have tickets and Brook Faulk CDs to give away!

To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Brook Faulk” HERE by midnight Friday, May 1. We will draw names at random and notify the winners on Saturday, May 2.

The love of music for singer/songwriter Brook Faulk comes from the same motto that makes most businesses successful…location, location, location. Raised on a cattle ranch under the Western sky, Brook comes from a long line of real cowboys and rodeo men. She grew up listening to all the old country favorites with her dad, while driving down the long dusty roads. It was there that Brook developed her love affair with music. A throwback from the past, she began singing at a young age, quickly finding her way into the rural music scene of country fairs, coffee houses, and local honkytonks.

Her music quickly evolved with an array of influences from indie rock to traditional country. She became known for her in-depth songwriting and incredible vocal skills. Hailed as “Emotional, sensual and completely captivating, with a stunning stage presence,” Brook became the leader of the most in demand band in Anchorage, Alaska, where she performed six nights a week for several years. She recently relocated to Boise and is looking forward to a year of steady touring.

Her new album, “Down in Flames” was released in 2014.

* One entry per person, NOT per email address. If you have 16 email addresses and you enter with each address, we’ll just delete 15 of them. We have the technology. To be eligible to win, you must live in the Boise metro area and be able to pick up your prize at the store.

April 19th, 2015


LH_01Alley94.9 FM The River presents the Lord Huron Record Store Day Weekend In-store at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise). This is Lord Huron’s only show in town, and it will be the first performance on our new and improved stage! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Enjoy free Idaho Kombucha samples courtesy of IAMSOUND and RED Distribution, City Peanut Shop samples and bicycle parking courtesy of Boise Bicycle Project during the event!

Purchase Lord Huron’s new album Strange Trails on CD or LP and you’ll get a wristband guaranteeing your admission to the in-store! Listen to 94.9FM The River for a chance to win a pair of wristbands!


418456360992-500Ben Schneider conjured Lord Huron from the depths of Lake Huron during a trip to his family home in northern Michigan in 2010. Ancient memories, smoke over the moon and nights full of perilous laughter all bolstered the brew from which Lord Huron emerged. Ben brought Lord Huron back with him to Los Angeles, where strange young things are known to flourish, unhindered.

As the songs grew, so did the need for a band to play them. Answering the call ringing out from California, grand brethren from years past, friends and fellow Michiganders, Mark Barry, Miguel Briseno and Tom Renaud, left their respective paths, or bent each road to their own will, to reconvene out west. An old crew reformed in a new harbor.

After a pair of EPs, a debut album, Lonesome Dreams, saw release in 2012. Tours followed that found the boys in blistering deserts, reveling in sinister paradises, wandering frozen coasts and lost among the hanging fog of bygone forests. Who can say but the soles of their shoes how far they travelled and how wide?

In 2014, trail-weary but intrepid, Lord Huron set up camp deep in Los Angeles at Whispering Pines Studios to notch their latest songs and abet the journeys of others. Lord Huron will release the next chapter of their adventures, Strange Trails, on April 7.