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save the boise hive!

Boise Hive is in danger of losing its building, and we're looking to you to help The Record Exchange help #SavetheBoiseHive.

The non-profit musicians resource center has until Oct. 10 to raise $75,000 to match an offer on the building it's currently leasing and occupying. Boise Hive has invested significant time and money into the space and hopes to avoid relocating. A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE; you also can donate in person at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702).


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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 23-27 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, including a special "locals-only" pass price of $119 for one day only at The Record Exchange!


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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!


[ RSD leftovers/restocks ]

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.


[ pono is here! ]

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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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. Savage Hills Ballroom
Youth Lagoon
2. B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Kurt Vile
3. Every Open Eye
4. Dodge the Burn
The Dead Weather
5. Cass County
Don Henley
6. Servant of Love
Patty Griffin
7. Better Nature
Silversun Pickups
8. Depression Cherry
Beach House
9. Rattle That Lock
David Gilmour
Lana Del Rey

[ idaho horror film festival ]

idaho horror film festival

The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival, taking place Oct. 15-18 throughout Downtown Boise! Join us on Oct. 15 for a special event at the RX featuring our own Rachel Prin DJing two hours of horror film soundtracks on vinyl, plus free Payette Brewing Co. beer!


[ 2014 staff picks ]

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!


[ 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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August 2nd, 2015


kaleo123494.9 FM The River presents Kaleo live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. This is Kaleo’s only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.


kaleo_alltheprettygirlsFirmly a phenomenon in their home country of Iceland, the four-piece band Kaleo is set to descend upon foreign shores in 2015, bringing their gorgeous blend of folk, blues, country, and rock to a wider mainstream audience in America. Their isolated heritage inspires a unique take on familiar sonic elements, resulting in diversity and freedom on each and every breathtaking track.

Best friends since attending elementary school in the small town of Mosfellsbaer outside of Reykjavik, bandleader JJ Juliusson, drummer David Antonsson Crivello, and bassist Danny Jones began playing together at the age of 17. Honing their skills, they played countless shows around the nation’s capital for a few years before adding guitarist Rubin Pollock to the mix in 2012. They named the band Kaleo, which means “the sound” in Hawaiian, and started their career in earnest with a handful of well-received shows at the 2012 Iceland Airwaves music festival.

They recorded their first pair of original songs in early 2013, the fiery “Rock N Roller” and laid-back, bluesy “Pour Sugar On Me,” which earned Kaleo some radio airplay and press in Iceland. Then, that spring, their cover of the traditional Icelandic ballad “Vor í vaglaskógi” during a live radio show was videotaped and posted to YouTube, where it quickly went viral. The band recorded a studio version of the song in June, which went straight to Number One in virtually every radio station in the country. “It’s a different kind of cover, more dramatic and the tempo is taken down,” says JJ. The buzz for Kaleo had begun.

The band signed to Iceland’s largest record label, Sena, in the fall of 2013 and recorded their full-length debut, Kaleo, in just six short weeks. Five singles would reach Number One and the album would go Gold, receiving high praise and sending the band to shows and festivals in Europe over the next year, including an appearance on the biggest stage in their home country, Culture Night, where they played to 100,000 people and reached 90 percent of Iceland’s population in broadcast. Then, in the spring of 2014, Kaleo recorded the lush, introspective song “All the Pretty Girls” and in one night their destiny to outgrow their small, island nation was cemented.

“It’s a very delicate song. It seemed to speak to a lot of people,” says JJ. “From there everything started to happen. We got contacted from other places: managers, labels, publishers—they all went crazy over one night.” Drawn to Kaleo’s multi-layered dynamics, their ability to play different genres with equal skill, the vocals and mood reminiscent of everything from Bon Iver and Iron & Wine to Coldplay and David Gray, and wise-beyond-their-years songwriting, the world came calling.

Now, signed to Atlantic Records in the US, Kaleo has moved to Austin, Texas, and has begun touring nationwide. Get ready for the sound.

July 23rd, 2015


ASN StairsAmuma Says No will perform a special Album Release Party concert at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Amuma Says No’s new album “Gatz and Berakatz” will be available for purchase at the event!


Amuma Says No represents the heart and soul of Basque music in America today. The band brings together the best of traditional trikitixa–a duo of accordion and tambourine–with a modern rhythm section and songs sung in euskara. Based in Boise, home of one the largest communities of Basques outside their home provinces along the French and Spanish Pyrenees, Amuma Says No’s sound is energetic, contemporary and unique, like the Basques.

Jill Aldape, Dan Ansotegui, Sean Uranga Aucutt and Spencer Basterrechea Martin (Now the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Idaho), the founders, are second and third generation Amerikanuak. They grew up dancing with the Oinkari Basque Dancers and listening to Basque artists like Jimmy Jausoro and Domingo Ansotegui. Joined by Rod Wray, Micah Deffries and David Gluck, Amuma Says Noc arries on this timeless traditional repertory by presenting it with a touch of twenty-first century rock, pop and jazz.

Jaialdi, the international Basque festival held in Boise every five years being this year, inspired Amuma Says No to release their third album, “Gatz and Berakatz.” With the help of Steve Fulton at Audio Lab, Amuma Says No started recording in the spring of 2015. This recording is a little different from the previous two, which were primarily dance songs. With the addition of acoustic guitar, organ, violin and even the traditional Basque txalaparta, “Gatz and Berakatz” captures some of the subtle elements of the ensemble.

Amuma (for whom the band is named) used to describe people or events or food that lacked spark or personality with the expression “ez gatz ez berakatz.” It literally means no salt nor garlic and other similar idioms might include vim and vigor or blood in the veins. Her eyes would twinkle when she saw, heard or talked about something or someone that had moxie … especially if it raised a few eyebrows; it made life more interesting. In this album, Amuma Says No hopes to bring vitality, enthusiasm, strength risk, and the flavor of gatz and berakatz through music.

July 21st, 2015


RB_Image1Ryan Bingham will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Bingham is performing at the Egyptian Theatre later that evening (show is SOLD OUT).

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase Fear and Saturday Night on CD or vinyl and we’ll give you a VIP wristband guaranteeing admission and access to our reserved viewing area!


ryan-bingham-fear-and-saturday-nightRecorded mostly live with a brand new backing band, Fear and Saturday Night shows Ryan Bingham facing down his past with a poetic grace throughout. The lead single “Radio” is about coping with a darkness that doesn’t want to let go, searching for a safe place to make sense of your life and the strength to stay on the right track through it all. Some of the most affecting moments on the album are in the harmonica-driven wistful waltz “Broken Heart Tattoos,” a song written to an unborn child, and in the title track, when he sings, “I don’t fear nothin’ except for myself / So I’m gonna go out and raise me some hell.”

“Certain things aren’t going to change,” he explains of the song. “You can’t run away or hide from the past. You have to live in it and deal with stuff and find your own way to overcome.”

Those hard-learned lessons, through both good times and bad, helped make Bingham the man he is today. Fear and Saturday Night is the most authentic, personal and deeply moving portrait of that man we’ve heard yet.

July 15th, 2015


CALEXICO2JairoZavalaCalexico will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Calexico is opening for The Decemberists at the Idaho Botanical Garden later that evening.

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase Edge of the Sun on CD or vinyl and we’ll give you a VIP wristband guaranteeing admission and access to our reserved viewing area –  the first 25 people to take advantage of this deal also get a FREE TICKET TO THE BOTANICAL GARDEN SHOW!


418456378198-500Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles, variety in instrumentation, and well-cultivated signature sounds. Under fences it digs and over mountains it climbs, sometimes into untrodden terrain, sometimes towards a more familiar landscape, and sometimes simply walking that fine line to soak up sustenance from all sides. These are men from the desert, yes, but there has always been so much more to Calexico than just heritage and heat. Now, with Edge of the Sun, Burns and Convertino find themselves straddling that celestial division of light and dark, taking inspiration from a trip to a place surprisingly unexplored by the band before, and with the benefit of many friends and comrades to help guide the way.

“When I step back from this record I see the spirit of collaboration,” says Burns. “As we began working on it, we started inviting people and it was a natural thing. We’ve always welcomed guests; it’s in our DNA. John and I are really good at hopping in to play with people and improvise but we’re also sensitive to what artists need.”

“We’ve collaborated a lot in the past on other records but this one is the most vastly collaborative,” says Convertino. “Almost every song has a different guest.”

The first outside invitation came when Burns was writing “Bullets and Rocks” and recognized space for a former Calexico collaborator to join. “When putting vocals on that song, it immediately reminded me of the Iron & Wine feel,” says Burns. “So I texted Sam (Beam), who wrote back quickly and got it going.” Encouraged by that experience, the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case. Burns’ older brother John Burns lent a hand to some lyrics and songwriting, and the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher. It was, in fact, at Mendoza’s suggestion that Calexico would physically cross an actual border for a retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán to begin the writing process for Edge of the Sun.

In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Burns sought Mendoza’s involvement in finding a new writing destination. “I wanted to see the band revisit elements in the songwriting that led to songs from [the band’s 1998 breakthrough album] The Black Light, so I suggested going to Mexico City,” says Mendoza. “To me, it wasn’t going back to something they had already done, but rather adding another chapter with Mexican collaborators. The surroundings of Coyoacán really helped bring life to those ideas that were waiting for a special time and place to come out.”

“Going to another city to jumpstart the creative writing process helped us to know what this record is about and where we are as a band, like an open canvas with few ties to normal routines when recording and writing,” says Burns. “Of course, we have been influenced by Mexican music and culture since the beginning, and you would imagine that a trip to Mexico City would have happened on past projects, but it hadn’t. So going to the center of Mexico and seeing an artistic community with such an impressive history as well as notable current musicians really inspired us.”

The ten days in Coyoacán were not without their surprises. Initially expecting for the world of Calexico to mesh with the sounds and vibe of Mexico City and take on varied overt Latin influences, Burns and Convertino were amazed when they left the country with some of their poppiest songs to date. Album opener “Falling from the Sky” is earnestly straightforward in its rafter-reaching approach, and “When the Angels Play,” with additional vocals and lyrics by Pieta Brown, connects thematically to the Aztecs but, in Burns’ words, could have been written anywhere.

Perspective achieved, the band internalized the influence of Mexico and continued to write and record in their home Wavelab studio in Tucson throughout the middle half of 2014. Songs such as the electronica “Cumbia de Donde” and the cinematic swell of “Coyoacán” were direct results of the foreign experience and the type of lessons that can only be realized upon reflection. While Convertino’s move to El Paso, Texas, presented another slight border to cross, all this distance only served to inspire and preserve the unique Calexico identity: unconventional timing and instrumental elements, an electrifying live show, and the pushing forward of social connection and ideas to create a profound space.

“It really demonstrates the dynamics of our live show, and I’m hoping this album helps translates some of that energy,” says Burns, identifying Edge of the Sun most closely to the wide-ranging styles of their 2003 album Feast of Wire. “We weren’t trying to replicate anything or make it hugely different from song to song, but there is some of that carryover, I think. As much as we try to break new ground on records, inevitably there’s continuity, which works well on a record like this.”

Convertino, too, singles out Feast of Wire as a touchstone for the new album and a special era for Calexico, one that informed the band’s unique relationship with space and distance today. “Feast of Wire opened the door for us and attached our sound to the region, helping us discover that we could have that sound and still be our own thing,” he says. “Joey and I have talked a lot about space in music; we make sure to give the notes we don’t play as much emphasis as the notes we do play, because they’re just as important. It’s a big part of what Calexico does: we create a space.”

Negotiating borders and the spaces within, then inviting others inside those edges: that may be the recipe for Calexico’s success. As its empire expands and the familiar pieces join with fresh ideas and a new cohort to pass under wires and across fields and time, Calexico now finds itself here in 2015 on the solar precipice, navigating the edge and trying to find hope in that balance of darkness and light.

“The ‘edge of the sun’ could be coming from the direction of darkness seeking light, or riding the line between both,” says Burns. “Which side of this edge are you on? Traversing along the edge of the sun, that to me feels closest to what this album is and what the band has been, and where we are with this international makeup of musicians. Madrid, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix. All in all, this album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark themes that I think we all share.”