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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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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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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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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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Black Friday is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley!

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1. Acoustic Live Vol. 1
Josh Ritter
2. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
The Decemberists
3. No Cities to Love
Sleater-Kinney
4. Fear and Saturday Night
Ryan Bingham
5. Pale Emperor
Marilyn Manson
6. Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Belle and Sebastian
7. Evermotion
Guster
8. Lost in the Dream
The War on Drugs
9. B4.DA.$$
Joey Bada$$
10. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear

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March 14th, 2010

STAFF PICK OF THE WEEK: JOANNA NEWSOM

How about this for a creative outpouring: Folkie Joanna Newsom‘s new album Have One On Me is not a single LP, not a double LP, but a freakin’ triple LP. Freak-folk yeah!

That’s a lot of music to digest, but RX barista Elliot Soriano was up for the task, and he loved it so much he made the album our Staff Pick of the Week. And so says Elliot:

I’ve been anticipating this album for the last two years, since I first heard a live version of “Esme” on YouTube. I believe it’s the first time I’ve heard a horn section added to her music and it is so beautifully done. I haven’t been this genuinely enthusiastic about an album in my entire life. I hope that statement doesn’t discredit me from being a Record Exchange employee.

January 5th, 2010

RECORD EXCHANGE STAFF PICK: ELLIOT ON CHRIS BROWN

Record Exchange barista mista Elliot Soriano steps up in defense of Chris Brown‘s new album Graffiti. Let the man testify:

This album has garnered a lot of attention recently, mostly for the wrong reasons. Don’t let the controversy surrounding the Chris Brown and Rhianna scandal deter you from giving this album a chance. It’s like the world has forgotten that Chris Brown is actually a really brilliant performer.

The first single from the album, “I Can Transform Ya” with Lil Wayne, aside from being catchy and making transformer references, reminds me of “Wall to Wall” from his last album. That alone is almost enough reason to remind me exactly why I still love Chris Brown’s music. The one track I can’t get out of my head is “Girlfriend.” The handclaps and chanting in this track alone are more than enough to make even the most uptight listener relax and appreciate the song.

Keep in mind that most big box chain stores are blackballing this album and refusing to carry it, and the Record Exchange is carrying it. Keep an optimistic mind towards this album and appreciate the music for what it is.