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2016 staff picks

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!

VIEW STAFF LISTS HERE

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black friday exclusives

Black Friday is over, but we still have many of the 125+ vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley!

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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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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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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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FRIDAY, DEC. 16
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
9am - 10pm
SUNDAY, DEC. 18
9am - 7pm
MONDAY, DEC. 19
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
TUESDAY, DEC. 20
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
THURSDAY, DEC. 22
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
FRIDAY, DEC. 23
9am (gift shop 7:30am) - 10pm
CHRISTMAS EVE, DEC. 24
8am - 6pm
CHRISTMAS DAY, DEC. 25
Closed
NEW YEAR’S EVE, DEC. 31
9am - 9pm
NEW YEAR’S DAY, JAN. 1
10am - 7pm

[ give the gift of music ]

give the gift of music

The Record Exchange has 50 hand-picked new CDs sale-priced at $9.99 plus 40 select sale-priced vinyl LPs for your holiday gift-giving!

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[ idaho ho ho 2016 ]

idaho ho ho 2016

The 2016 edition of the Idaho Ho Ho benefit holiday CD is available at The Record Exchange! Proceeds from sales of the CD go to the Idaho Foodbank!

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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 on sale at The Record Exchange starting Sept. 9!

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rx top 10

1. Idaho Ho Ho Vol. 7
Various Artists
2. Blue and Lonesome
Rolling Stones
3. You Want It Darker
Leonard Cohen
4. Hardwired … To Self-Destruct
Metallica
5. Cleopatra
The Lumineers
6. Eponym
SFM-Steve Fulton Music
7. We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest
8. 22, A Million
Bon Iver
9. Day Breaks
Norah Jones
10. Sea Change
Beck

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September 15th, 2016

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO SEE CYNDI LAUPER AT IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN!

418457329404Cyndi Lauper is performing at the Idaho Botanical Garden on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and The Record Exchange has two tickets to give away!

To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Cyndi LauperHERE by midnight Monday, Sept. 19. We will draw a name and notify the winner on Sept. 20.

Cyndi Lauper‘s new album Detour is available at The Record Exchange on CD and vinyl!

* One entry per person, NOT per email address.

September 13th, 2016

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER AT THE MORRISION CENTER!

09-17Mary Chapin Carpenter is performing at the Morrison Center on Saturday, Sept. 17, and The Record Exchange has a pair of tickets to give away!

To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Mary Chapin Carpenter” HERE by midnight Thursday, Sept. 15. We will draw a name and notify the winner on Sept. 16.

Mary Chapin Carpenter
Morrison Center
Saturday, Sept. 17 8pm
With special guest Rose Cousins

Over the course of her acclaimed career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

The Things That We Are Made Of, the new full-length album, perfectly captures the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serves as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation. – Rolling Stone

* 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.

September 13th, 2016

Y LA BAMBA LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE SEPT. 14 – FREE/ALL AGES!

y-la-bambaY La Bamba will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6pm Wednesday, Sept. 14. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Y La Bamba is performing at The Olympic Venue later in the evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Purchase Y La Bamba’s new album Ojos Del Sol (CD or LP) at the in-store!

ABOUT Y LA BAMBA AND OJOS DEL SOL:

418457610847It’s easy to talk about an artist’s growth as a series of musical decisions: an expanding sonic palette, a change in mood or tempo, an escape from the trappings of genre. It’s harder to talk about an artist’s personal—or even spiritual—growth, because that kind of progress is hard to track. Until, that is, an album like Y La Bamba’s Ojos Del Sol comes along and screams of radical transformation on every level. The Portland act’s fourth offering is a sweeping, playful and vulnerable collection that’s ripe with both musical and personal discovery. From the intimate, contemplative verses of the Spanish-language title track to the revelations delivered over the loping beats of “Ostrich,” this is an album that’s painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw.

Throughout the collection, Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching and metamorphosis. On one level, this is born from the Y La Bamba frontwoman’s continuing exploration of her identity as a Mexican woman. Both of Mendoza’s parents grew up in Mexico—Luz was born in San Francisco, then brought up in a strict Catholic household in Southern Oregon. She spent her childhood summers playing in the orchards of California’s San Joaquin Valley with her cousins, and it was there that she soaked up the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional folk songs with three-part harmonies. These are sounds that remain a vital building block of the songs on Ojos Del Sol, an album which she says represents “a celebration of family and community.”

But on another level, Ojos Del Sol is about Luz’s search for shared humanity outside of her own community, and for a faith that is greater than just religion. These are themes that run throughout Y La Bamba’s body of work work—with roots in a 2003 journey to India, which found Mendoza falling ill and trading her Christianity for something broader—but there’s a maturity to Ojos Del Sol that speaks to true, lasting transformation. You can hear this on the lush “Kali,” where she sings—with wonderment rather than fear—that “to know yourself is to lose everything.” And you can hear it on the album’s epic closer, “Ulysses,” where Mendoza sings that her life is “written in sand and ash and stone.”

These are songs built to soundtrack coming to grips not just with one’s own mortality, but with the fragility of the world. This is heady, emotional fare, and “this record is about being a mother to these emotions,” Mendoza says.

Her clarity of voice is intimately tied to a renewed musical approach, which Luz attributes to a greater self-awareness that developed through recent collaborations with singer-songwriters Edna Vazquez and Lila Downs, as well as an exploration of mariachi, cumbia, and Latin pop with Calexico’s Sergio Mendoza—no relation—on a collaborative 2015 album released under the name Los Hijos De La Montaña.

Those collaborations helped Mendoza find her own voice as a more confident producer and songwriter on an album that is often a stripped-down affair. Mendoza plays guitar throughout Ojos Del Sol, and worked actively with composer Richie Greene to create a new sonic voice. Percussion from another regular Mendoza collaborator, Nick Delffs (Shaky Hands, Death Songs), is a welcome near-constant that adds depth and soul to the album. To that same end, Mendoza hand-cut stencil art pieces, which appear in Ojos Del Sol’s liner notes, to pair with each new song. All of this is presented as a cohesive offering, an entry in Y La Bamba’s ongoing musical conversation about community, about the self, and about survival.

“I am thankful for all of my hardships,” Mendoza says in the album’s liner notes. “They have guided me to find rest in my soul, time after time. Over and over again.”